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Friday
Apr212017

SACRAMENTO: AB 1234, editorial, "Lawmakers who believe in transparency ought to vote to close campaign finance loophole"; elections, "California election officials push $450 million voting machine bond for 2018"; ALRB, "California lawmakers aprove controversial Democrat for ag labor board"; also, "Senator who voted for gas tax says he received threats after cell number, address shared" ....

Friday
Apr212017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: San Francisco, homelessness, "With homeless camps 'out of control' in Mission, S.F. to open pop-up shelters"; San Diego, "San Diego County District Attorney Announces Resignation"; OC, "Developer near Bolsa Chica wetlands promised to restore burrowing owl habitat, but was it kept?" ....  

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

* Orange County Register:  "Developer near Bolsa Chica wetlands promised to restore burrowing owl habitat, but was it kept?"

* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross):  "With homeless camps 'out of control' in Mission, S.F. to open pop-up shelter"

* NBC San Diego:  "San Diego County District Attorney Announces Resignation"

Friday
Apr212017

POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION: California High-Speed Rail Authority, departure, CEO Jeff Morales: "Head of California's $64-billion bullet train project is stepping down"; "Big change in high-speed rail: CEO steps down, says new leader is needed"; "Head of California high-speed rail project calls it quits" ....

***California High-Speed Rail Authority, departure, CEO Jeff Morales....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Head of California's $64-billion bullet train project is stepping down"

* Fresno Bee:  "Big change in high-speed rail: CEO steps down, says new leader is needed"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Head of California high-speed rail project calls it quits"

Friday
Apr212017

POLITICS (National, State/Texas): Texas, legislative elections, violations, Voting Rights Act?: "Minority votes intentionally diluted by GOP-led Texas House redistricting, federal court says"; also, Court Again Finds Intentional Voter Discrimination in Texas" ....  ....

***Texas legislative elections, violations, Voting Rights Act....

* Dallas Morning News:  "Minority votes intentionally diluted by GOP-led Texas House redistricting federal court says" - From the DMN:

Texas statehouse districts drawn by the Republican-led legislature in 2011 intentionally diluted the votes of minorities, violating the U.S. Constitution and parts of the Voting Rights Act, a federal court ruled Thursday.

In a 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel in San Antonio found that the maps gave Republicans an advantage in elections and weakened the voting strength of minority voters. House Districts in Dallas and Tarrant counties were among those in which the judges ruled minority voters had seen their clout weakened.

The ruling is yet another blow to the state in its six-year legal battle over the redrawing of the maps. Last month, the same court found that the state's congressional maps were drawn with intent to discriminate against minority voters and invalidated three congressional districts. And last week, a federal judge ruled that the state's voter ID law was written with intent to discriminate ................

***ALSO:

* New York Times (AP):  "Court Again Finds Intentional Voter Discrimination in Texas

Friday
Apr212017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Los Angeles, "Why did L.A. County create another utility?"; Bay Area, "BART hires new police chief from Santa Ana"; South Bay (L.A.), "San Pedro's landslide road rebuilding plan moves forward -- but where's the money?"; Sacramento, "No. 2? Sacramento topped by Baltimore in ranking of cities with ugliest population" ....

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

* Daily Breeze:  "San Pedro's landslide road rebuilding plan moves forward -- but where's the money?"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "BART hires new police chief from Santa Ana"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Why did L.A. County create another utility?"

* Sacramento Bee:  "No. 2? Sacramento topped by Baltimore in ranking of cities with ugliest population"