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Sunday
Nov192017

POLITICS (National, State): California Department of Motor Vehicles, domestic air travel, federal standards for driver's licenses ("REAL ID"): "Millions of Californians will soon have to visit the DMV. Here's why" .... 

***California Department of Motor Vehicles, domestic air travel, federal standards for driver's licenses ("REAL ID")....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Millions of Californians will soon have to visit the DMV. Here's why" - From the Bee:

As the deadline to meet new federal standards for state licenses and ID cards approaches, Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Sacramento and around the state are preparing for a rush.

The new standards mean California fliers who rely on their driver’s license to board domestic flights will no longer be able to do so beginning Oct. 1, 2020, unless they come equipped with the federally approved IDs and licenses or a different form of acceptable identification, such as a valid U.S. passport or military ID, the DMV said.

California DMV offices will begin accepting applications for the new licenses and identification cards, called REAL IDs, on Jan. 22, said Jessica Gonzalez, a DMV spokeswoman.

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Acquiring the new cards means a significant share of California’s 26.4 million licensed drivers will have to pay an in-person visit to the California Department of Motor Vehicles before the federal standards take effect, Gonzalez said. More than 7 million people also carried DMV-issued ID cards last year, according to department statistics.

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Congress approved the requirement for REAL ID cards in 2005 after finding security flaws in many states’ driver’s licenses in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. More than two dozen states have complied with the licensing and ID standards so far, but California and some other states have been slow to adhere to the new standards and have asked for extensions.

The Trump administration signaled an end to the extensions earlier this year, saying all domestic fliers will either need the federally approved IDs and licenses,or will need to carry a passport or other acceptable form of identification by the Oct. 1, 2020 deadline .........

Sunday
Nov192017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Sacramento): Sacramento International Airport, "Sacramento's older airport terminal is about to get an expansion and makeover"; health care, "Sutter Health destroyed documents needed in lawsuit. Judge says it was intentional."; transportation, "A new train station just opened for Capitol Corridor commuters" ....

***Various items relating to local issues/local government, in and/or around Sacramento....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Sacramento's older airport terminal is about to get an expansion and makeover"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Sutter Health destroyed documents needed in lawsuit. Judge says it was intentional."

* Sacramento Bee:  "A new train station just opened for Capitol Corridor commuters"

Sunday
Nov192017

L.A. CITY HALL: Mayor Eric Garcetti, announcement, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Street Lighting, Bureau of Street Services, retirements, Ed Abrahimian, Nazario Sauceda .... 

***Department of Public Works, Bureau of Street Lighting, Bureau of Street Services, Mayor Garcetti announcement, excerpts from press release....

MAYOR GARCETTI ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
BUREAU DIRECTORS ED EBRAHIMIAN AND NAZARIO SAUCEDA

LOS ANGELES
— Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that Bureau of Street Lighting (BSL) Director Ed Ebrahimian and Bureau of Street Services (BSS) Director Nazario Sauceda are both retiring after decades of service to the Department of Public Works. The leaders will leave their posts in the coming months, after a combined 61 years of dedicated service and an extraordinary record of achievements.

When Ebrahimian steps down at the end of 2017, 28-year BSL veteran Norma Isahakian will assume the post of acting director. She will be the first woman in City history to lead the Bureau.

Sauceda will stay on into the new year to assist with a nationwide search for a new BSS director, led by executive search firm Ralph Andersen & Associates.

Sunday
Nov192017

SACRAMENTO: Editorial, environment, "It's been a year since California banned single-use plastic bags. The world didn't end"; Fair Political Practices Commission, "Political probe launches for former utilities commissioner, governor's aide"; marijuana, "Too many rules and black-market rivals could stifle California's pot industry, experts say" ....

Sunday
Nov192017

SACRAMENTO: Gas tax, ballot measure, "Court sides with Becerra's descriptionof gas tax initiative"; marijuana, "New rules with hefty fees set for growing and selling of marijuana in California"; environment, "Are Jerry Brown's green state buildings worth their price?" ....

***Various items relating to doings in and/or around the Capitol....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Court sides with Becerra's description of gas tax initiative"

* Los Angeles Times:  "New rules with hefty fees set for growing and selling of marijuana in California"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Are Jerry Brown's green state buildings worth their price?"