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Wednesday
Jun202018

POLITICS: President Donald Trump, various reports: "Trump voices his admiration and envy of Kim Jong Un, underscoring his respect for autocrats"; "Trump reportedly told Japanese prime minister he'd send him '25 million Mexicans"; "It was a Trump favorite. Now lawyers want the famously discreet Beverly Hilsl Hotel to share its secrets."; "Paul Ryan has been living in a cave" (Op-Ed: Dana Milbank)

Wednesday
Jun202018

POLITICS (Miscellaneous) Gay rights, acceptance, sexual diversity?: Commentary (Op-Ed: Amin Ghaziani), "What we really mean when we talk about acceptance of gay people" 

***Gay rights, acceptance, sexual diversity?

* Los Angeles Times (Op-Ed: Amin Ghaziani):  "What we really mean when we talk about acceptance of gay people" - From the LAT:

Every year the polling organization Gallup takes America’s pulse on gay rights. A random sample of more than 1,000 Americans adults is asked whether “gay or lesbian relations” between consenting adults are “morally acceptable or morally wrong.” Over the 17 years Gallup has looked at this issue, the trend has been steeply positive, a shift that has influenced public policy, political candidates, civil rights claims and Supreme Court cases. The 2018 survey found that 67% of the population embraces moral acceptability.

But when we talk about acceptance related to sexual diversity, as many of us are right now during LGBTQ Pride Month, what is really being offered? If you’re gay, exactly how far does being found “morally acceptable” by two-thirds of your fellow Americans get you? Maybe not as far as you think, even among your most progressive neighbors ...................

Wednesday
Jun202018

SACRAMENTO: Senate District 32: "Ex-L.A. Lawmaker Tony Mendoza Loses Effort To Win Back Seat"; also, "Los Angeles voters picked different candidates for the same job" ....

***Senate District 32, Tony Mendoza....

* CBS2 Los Angeles:  "Ex-L.A. Lawmaker Tony Mendoza Loses Effort To Win Back Seat"

***ALSO:

* Los Angeles Times:  "Los Angeles voters picked different candidates for the same job"

Wednesday
Jun202018

SACRAMENTO: AB 1405, pilot program, commercial digital billboards, state-operated electronic message signs?: "Digital billboards have nearly tripled along California freeways -- and state officials are proposing more" .... 

***AB 1405, pilot program, commercial digital billboards, state-operated electronic message signs?

* Los Angeles Times:  "Digital billboards have nearly tripled along California freeways -- and state officials are proposing more" - From the LAT:

Once a rare sight, electronic billboards that flash new ads every few seconds have sprouted up by the hundreds along California freeways in recent years, much to the alarm of environmentalists and traffic-safety experts.

In the nearly eight years since Jerry Brown was elected governor, his administration has nearly tripled the number of commercial digital signs permitted along highways, from 125 to 366, records show. Now the Brown administration thinks California can make a profit, sending lawmakers a report that says it is “feasible” to allow commercial ads on state-operated electronic message signs along freeways in a test program that it estimates would bring in millions of dollars.

If successful, the pilot program could lead to ads for commercial products on many of the 904 state-operated message signs that currently are limited to flashing traffic information, road hazard warnings and Amber alerts on abducted children, according to a feasibility study sent by the California Department of Transportation.

The study led to the introduction last week of legislation to authorize a five-year pilot program pushed by lobbyists for the influential billboard companies that would benefit from the change. Meanwhile, cities and counties have launched efforts to kill the measure, fearing it would take away their power to control signage ,..................

Wednesday
Jun202018

POLITICS/EDUCATION: Harvard University, Asian-American student admissions?: "Harvard Rated Asian-American Applicants Lower on Personality Traits, Suit Says" ....

***Harvard University, Asian-American student admissions?

* New York Times:  "Harvard Rated Asian-American Applicants Lower on Personality Traits, Suit Says" - From the NYT:

Harvard consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower than others on traits like “positive personality,” likability, courage, kindness and being “widely respected,” according to an analysis of more than 160,000 student records filed Friday by a group representing Asian-American students in a lawsuit against the university.

Asian-Americans scored higher than applicants of any other racial or ethnic group on admissions measures like test scores, grades and extracurricular activities, according to the analysis commissioned by a group that opposes all race-based admissions criteria. But the students’ personal ratings significantly dragged down their chances of being admitted, the analysis found.

The court documents, filed in federal court in Boston, also showed that ...................