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Friday
Jan192018

POLITICS (National): Donald Trump presidency, government shutdown?: "How Trump's TV habits raised the risks of a shutdown"; "Shutdown? Terrible, Say GOP, Dems. But Both Threatened It"; "More Americans blame Repubicans than Democrats for potential government shutdown, a Post-ABC News poll finds" ....

***Donald Trump presidency, government shutdown?

* POLITICO:  "How Trump's TV habits raised the risks of a shutdown" - "White House aides say the president woke up spoiling for a fight and focused his attention on the spending deal after it came up on his favorite cable news show."

* New York Times:  "Shutdown? Terrible, Say GOP, Dems. But Both Threatened It."

* Washington Post:  "More Americans blame Republicans than Democrats for potential government shutdown, a Post-ABC News poll finds"

Friday
Jan192018

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Los Angeles, "Former LAPD officer at center of cadet scandal sentenced to two years for weapons charges"; Bay Area, "New BART rail cars could start service in time for Friday's evening commute"; OC, "Santa Ana Says It Broke State Law Approving $1 Million Subsidy for Car Dealers"; Sacramento, "Why leaders are celebrating a new river trail that essentially goes nowhere" ....

Friday
Jan192018

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, assessment, first year in office: "Majority Of Americans See Trump's First Year As A Failure"; "Voters Give Trump An 'F' Grade For First Year In Office, Poll Shows"; "Trump first year report card: Voters say he's no genius"; "As Trump's first year in office ends, his support base has eroded and the opposition is energized" ....

Friday
Jan192018

L.A. CITY HALL: Bureau of Sanitation, RecycLA program, continuing problems, proposal for repeal?: "Foes of L.A.'s new recycling program are pushing for a repeal at the ballot box" ....  

***Bureau of Sanitation, RecycLA program, continuing controversy....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Foes of L.A.'s new recycling program are pushing for a repeal at the ballot box" - From the LAT:

Opponents of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s problem-plagued recycling initiative launched a campaign Thursday to dismantle the program, saying they want voters to replace it with a simpler trash system.

Valley Village resident David Hernandez said business owners, landlords and others have begun collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would give commercial refuse customers more than one company to choose from for their trash pickup. The proposal would repeal core elements of the RecycLA program, including requirements that trash companies supply their customers with recycling containers and pay their workers higher wages.

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Despite the uproar, the push to qualify for the ballot will still have a steep climb ..................

Friday
Jan192018

MEDIA: Tronc, Inc./Los Angeles Times, controversy, publisher Ross Levinsohn: "Los Angeles Times publisher under investigation by parent company over alleged misconoduct"; "Tron investigating L.A. Times publisher over alleged inappropriate behavior"; "More than 180 Los Angeles Times staffers sign letter caling for publisher's ouster" .... 

***Tronc, Inc./Los Angeles Times, controversy, publisher Ross Levinsohn....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Los Angeles Times publisher under investigation by parent company over alleged misconduct" - From the LAT:

Los Angeles Times’ parent company, Tronc, said Thursday that it had opened an investigation into past conduct of Times publisher Ross Levinsohn following a detailed report by National Public Radio. NPR’s media writer David Folkenflik reported that Levinsohn has been a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits and that the executive engaged in “frat-boy” behavior in work settings before joining The Times in August.

“This week, the company learned of allegations of inappropriate behavior by Ross Levinsohn,” Tronc Chief Executive Justin Dearborn said in a note to employees. “Tronc is committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion, and we will take appropriate action to address any behavior that is inconsistent with this culture. We are conducting an independent review into these matters. Once that review is complete, we will take swift and appropriate action to address any behavior that falls short of our expectations.”

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NPR said its story was based on a review of court documents, financial filings and interviews with 26 former colleagues of Levinsohn and his associates. The report said Levinsohn was sued when he was an executive at two separate companies, including the search engine AltaVista. In sworn testimony, Levinsohn reportedly acknowledged that he had rated the bodies and relative “hotness” of women who worked at AltaVista.

Separately, Levinsohn was a defendant in a lawsuit filed by ...................

***ALSO:

* New York Post:  "Tronc investigating L.A. Times publisher over alleged inappropriate behavior"

* Orange County Register:  "Allegations against L.A. Times publisher result in investigation of him by Tronc"

* CNN:  "More than 180 Los Angeles Times staffers sign letter calling for publisher's ouster"