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Jul222014

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (County of Los Angeles): Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Zev Yaroslavsky seat, L.A. County Federation of Labor endorsement: "L.A. County workers union endorses Sheila Kuehl in supervisor's race" .... 

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. County workers union endorses Sheila Kuehl in supervisor's race" - From the LAT:

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the region's largest union voice, gave its official "enthusiastic" endorsement of former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl in her campaign for Los Angeles County supervisor.

Rank-and-file members representing a range of organized workers across the county -- including  teachers, lifeguards, nurses, bus drivers and grocery and hotel workers -- voted to give the endorsement. . . . . . . .

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Kuehl and former Santa Monica City Council member Bobby Shriver, both Democrats, are seeking Zev Yaroslavsy's nonpartisan seat on the Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 4 election. Yaroslavsky is retiring due to term limits

Shriver also sought the County Fed's endorsement. He's been backed by a trade union and by several groups representing business interests. The L.A. County Federation of Labor represents about 800,000 workers countywide.

Tuesday
Jul222014

POLITICS/BUSINESS (Aviation): Airline crashes, impact, aviation insurance market: "After Malaysia Airlines Crashes, the Payments Are Adding Up for Air Insurers" ....

* New York Times:  "After Malaysia Airlines Crashes, the Payments Are Adding Up for Air Insurers" - From the NYT:

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia Airlines’ two crashes in less than five months are sending tremors through the aviation insurance market — not least because the carrier’s $2.25 billion overall liability policy is mysteriously missing a standard phrase that usually limits insurers’ payments for search-and-rescue costs.

The looming payments are coming as underwriters face other claims, because of the shelling of Libya’s main airport a week ago, with 20 planes damaged, and a pair of deadly Taliban attacks on Karachi’s airport in Pakistan.

For just one category of aviation insurance — war risk insurance on the planes — estimated claims for incidents in the last five months now total up to $600 million for a sector that collects $65 million a year in premiums  ......................................

Tuesday
Jul222014

SACRAMENTO: More info/details, Jerry Brown nominee, appointment to California Supreme Court: "Mexico-born law professor Cuellar chosen for California Supreme Court" ....

***Following up on earlier item noted here (Jerry Brown, nominee, appointment to California Supreme Court)....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Mexico-born law professor Cuellar chosen for California Supreme Court" - From the LAT:

Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he was nominating Mariano-Florentino Cuellar -- a Mexican immigrant who teaches administrative law at Stanford University -- to the California Supreme Court.

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Cuellar, 41, is Brown’s second nominee this term to the high court. In both instances, Brown picked law professors without judicial experience. 

Cuellar’s name began circulating as a possible nominee back when Brown was considering who to appoint to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Carlos R. Moreno. Brown’s decision to nominate Goodwin Liu, a UC Berkeley law professor, instead of a Latino angered some Latino bar leaders.

Cuellar was born in Matamoros, Mexico, and for years crossed the border by foot to attend school in Texas. He moved with his family to the Imperial Valley when he was 14.

Cuellar obtained his bachelor's degree from Harvard College, his law degree from Yale Law School and a doctorate in political science from Stanford.

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From 2011 to 2013, Cuellar co-chaired the National Equity and Excellence Commission, created by Congress to help develop ways to close the achievement gap in public schools. He also serves as a presidential appointee to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an agency charged with improving the fairness and efficiency of federal administrative programs. In addition he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Constitution Project, a national bipartisan organization devoted to advancing support for the U.S. Constitution.

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Cuellar will fill a vacancy created when Justice Marvin R. Baxter retires on Jan. 4, 2015.

After being reviewed by a state bar evaluation committee, Cuellar will go before a three-member judicial appointments commission for confirmation, and his name will appear before voters on the November ballot.

Brown also has another vacancy to fill on the state’s highest court. Former Justice Joyce L. Kennard retired in April. Her successor will give Brown three nominees on the seven-member court, which has been dominated by Republicans for decades.

Tuesday
Jul222014

POLITICS/EDUCATION: Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Times endorsement, August 12 special election: "George McKenna for L.A. Unified school board" ....

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "George McKenna for L.A. Unified school board" - From the LAT:

Two candidates with different styles and viewpoints are vying to join the Los Angeles Unified school board, replacing longtime board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died in December. Both of the candidates also hold different beliefs than did LaMotte, who was a fiery opponent of most school reform.

This is an opportunity for voters in District 1, which includes South Los Angeles and sections of West Los Angeles, to make themselves heard. That's especially true, sad to say, because voter turnout on this one-race election day, Aug. 12, is expected to be below 10%. The only good thing that can be said about such low participation is that those who do turn out to vote will be making their ballots count.

When they do, a strong choice for the job is retired L.A. schools administrator George McKenna, who won national attention and praise for reforms he instituted during the 1980s as principal of one of L.A. Unified's high schools, George Washington Preparatory High in Westmont. . . . . . . .

McKenna hasn't always been a successful administrator — his tenure as superintendent of the Inglewood schools was marked by fiscal and other problems that were addressed too slowly — but we think his well-thought-out positions will serve him well as a school board member.

McKenna's opponent, Alex Johnson, also talks about putting students first. But Johnson, an avid reform candidate and education aide to L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, lacks the depth of educational understanding that McKenna would bring to the board. . . . . . . .

It's encouraging to see that both candidates support the continued leadership of Supt. John Deasy, who has been a positive force for the school district........................

Tuesday
Jul222014

SACRAMENTO: November ballot, initiative measures: "Initiatives you won't see on November ballot" .... 

* EdSource:  "Initiatives you won't see on November ballot" - From EdSource:

Earlier this year, the secretary of state’s office gave sponsors of six proposed education-related ballot measures the go-ahead to collect the 505,000 signatures each needed to appear on the November ballot. None qualified.

Those that fell by the wayside are two proposals that would have rewritten teacher dismissal and evaluations statutes, two that would have imposed hiring restrictions and new disclosure requirements for charter school operators and two that would have given school districts added financial protections from the Legislature.

The one ballot measure that voters will see is Proposition 44, Gov. Jerry Brown’s revisions to the rainy day fund, which sets up a separate reserve for money from Proposition 98, the primary source of state funding for K-12 districts and community colleges. Still awaiting Brown’s OK is a school construction bond measure, which would total between $2 billion and $9 billion to fund building renovations and construction for K-12 schools, community colleges, the University of California and California State University. Brown is determined to reduce the state’s load of debt and wants to minimize the amounts of new bonds. He is negotiating with legislative leaders over his first priority, a water bond to build new dams and pay for water conservation efforts. Its size may determine whether the governor consents to put a school construction bond before voters.

The proposed initiatives didn’t qualify for the ballot because sponsors withdrew their measures or didn’t submit the required signatures. The measures included plans to............................