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Tuesday
Oct172017

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT (State, Local/Ventura County): California Energy Commission, NRG Energy, proposed Puente power plant, Oxnard: "Power plant developer pulls the plug on its natural gas project in Oxnard" ....

***Following up on most recent earlier item noted here (California Energy Commission, proposed Puente power plant, Oxnard)....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Power plant developer pulls the plug on its natural gas project in Oxnard" - From the LAT:

The developer of a proposed natural gas power plant in Ventura County asked state regulators Monday to suspend review of the plans, effectively ending the controversial project. In response to regulators’ recommendation this month to reject the project, NRG Energy asked the California Energy Commission to end all hearings regarding its proposal while the company determines whether it will completely withdraw the application.

Energy commission members Janea Scott and Karen Douglas issued a rare statement Oct. 5 recommending that the full regulatory body reject the Puente power project in Oxnard, after an outcry from residents, local officials and state lawmakers. The commissioners, who make up a two-member review committee, received hundreds of messages protesting the project as another potential pollution threat to a community already overwhelmed by electricity-generating plants.

"We hereby notify the parties and interested members of the public that we intend to issue a [decision] that recommends denial of the project on the grounds that it creates inconsistencies with LORS [laws, ordinances, regulations or standards] and significant environmental impacts that cannot be mitigated," Scott and Douglas said ............

Tuesday
Oct172017

POLITICS (National): Donald Trump presidency, Sen. John McCain: "'Half-baked spurious nationalism': McCain's most biting recent criticisms of Trump"; "Sen. John McCain warns against 'spurious nationalism' in Liberty Medal speech"; "McCain denounces 'spurious nationalism' in thinly veiled shot at Bannon"; also, full text of speech, "Half-baked spurious nationalism is unpatriotic" ....

***Donald Trump presidency, Senator John McCain....

* Washington Post (Amber Phillips):  "'Half-baked spurious nationalism': McCain's most biting recent criticisms of Trump"

* CNN (Sophie Tatum):  "Sen. John McCain warns against 'spurious nationalism' in Liberty Medal speech"

* Los Angeles Times (David Lauter):  "McCain denounces 'spurious nationalism' in thinly veiled shot at Bannon"

***ALSO:

* The Guardian (John McCain, full text of Liberty Medal speech):  "Half-baked spurious nationalism is unpatriotic"

Tuesday
Oct172017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Los Angeles, "At the Reef Mega-Project, A Battle and Resolution"; San Francisco, "Homeless camp-clearing Proposition Q beginning to have an impact"; Burbank, "Burbank fire chief to take on new role at Hollywood Burbank Airport"; Bay Area, "Crude-by-rail via East Bay cities unlikely as refinery drops lawsuit" .... 

***Various items relating to local issues/local government -- Northern California, Southern California....

* Downtown News:  "At The Reef Mega-Project, a Battle and Resolution"

* San Francisco Chronicle (Heather Knight):  "Homeless camp-clearing Proposition Q beginning to have an impact"

* Los Angeles Times (Burbank Leader):  "Burbank fire chief to take on new role at Hollywood Burbank Airport"

* East Bay Times:  "Crude-by-rail via East Bay cities unlikely as refinery drops lawsuit" - "Oil trains could be routed to Central Coast along Amtrak's Capitol Corridor through East and South Bay shoreline cities."

Tuesday
Oct172017

POLITICS (National): Update(s), Internal Revenue Service, Equifax, identity fraud contract?: "IRS temporarily suspends contract with Equifax"; also, "GAO denies Equifax dispute of IRS contract" ....

***Internal Revenue Service, Equifax, identity fraud contract?

* POLITICO:  "IRS temporarily suspends contract with Equifax"

* POLITICO:  "GAO denies Equifax dispute of IRS contract"

Tuesday
Oct172017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Los Angeles, "Portable Restrooms for Homeless on the Horizon?"; OC, "Amid Court Battle, South County Wastewater Faces Audit"; San Diego, "Councilman seeks hepatitis testing in San Diego surface water"; also, L.A., "The LADWP responds to concerns about lithium n Valley's water supply. Here's what they said" ....

***Various items relating to local issues/local government, in and around Southern California....

* The Argonaut:  "Portable Restrooms for Homeless on the Horizon?" - "Supervisors ask for evaluation of encampments that need hygiene facilities"

* Voice of OC:  "Amid Court Battle, South County Wastewater Faces Audit"

* San Diego Union-Tribune:  "Councilman seeks hepatitis testing in San Diego surface water"

***ALSO:

* Daily News:  "The LADWP responds to concerns about lithium in Valley's water supply. Here's what they said"