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Jun232017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: San Diego County Water Authority, "County water agency may suffer multibillion-dollar legal blow"; 

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

* Los Angeles Times (editorial:  "L.A. needs to clean up its ports, but truck drivers shouldn't have to pay for all of it"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "BART says it's 'safe,' but not a sanctuary, for immigrants"

* San Diego Union-Tribune:  "County water agency may suffer multibillion-dollar legal blow"

* East Bay Express:  "Oakland Police Commanders Who Buried Sex-Crime Investigation Were Late Promoted"

Friday
Jun232017

POLITICS (National): Donald Trump presidency, Obamacare repeal/ replace, U.S. Senate?: Commentary (Michael Hiltzik), "Senate GOP's Obamacare repeal will cost lives, but fatten the wallets of millionaires"; commentary (David Lazarus), "Recipe for disaster: How not to cook up healthcare reform" .... 

***Donald Trump presidency, Obamacare repeal/reform, U.S. Senate?

* Los Angeles Times (Michael Hiltzik):  "Senate GOP's Obamacare repeal will cost lives, but fatten the wallets of millionaires"

* Los Angeles Times (David Lazarus):  "Recipe for disaster:  How not to cook up healthcare reform"

Friday
Jun232017

SACRAMENTO: SCA 12, "Ballot meadsure to expand L.A. County Board of Supervisors advances"; banned state travel, "Texas, three more states on California's banned travel list"; redistricting, "California's shifting populations" ....  

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

* Los Angeles Times:  "Ballot measure to expand L.A. County Board of Supervisors advances"

* Sacramento Bee (The State Worker):  "Texas, three more states on California's banned travel list"

* Capitol Weekly (Paul Mitchell):  "California's shifting populations"

Friday
Jun232017

SACRAMENTO: 2018 gubernatorial election, Treasurer John Chiang: "John Chiang hits the road to raise his profile in California governor's race" ....

* Los Angeles Times (Seema Mehta):  "John Chiang hits the road to raise his profile in California governor's race" - From the LAT:

As California treasurer, John Chiang is most comfortable immersed in the state’s finances and rattling off numbers that would sail over average voters’ heads. But as he embarks on a yearlong tour of the state for his gubernatorial bid, Chiang is trying to show off another side: He’s taking jabs at his rivals, meeting with voters in neighborhood stores and taquerias and doing anything he can to raise his name recognition in the state he hopes to lead, but where few voters know who he is. On Friday, he sets off on the next leg of his trip with a pest-control conference in Anaheim and a summer solstice festival in Santa Barbara among the stops.

Chiang kicked off his tour this month at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, and as he put his retail politics skills to the test, his cerebral nature still showed through. He visited a lending library, where he marveled over a large map and the shopkeeper’s blue-and-brown-framed eyeglasses, musing that they reminded him of the Earth.

At Al & Bea’s Mexican Food, the founder’s grandson told Chiang that the stand’s signature burrito cost 18 cents when the eatery opened in 1966. Chiang pondered whether the current price, $5.65, had outpaced inflation. His staff didn’t entertain his question. “They wouldn't check for me — ‘That’s too John,’ ” he said, laughing. “I like a sense of proportion.”

Chiang has also shown he can throw some punches . . . . . . . .

Chiang’s greatest hurdle is lack of name recognition . . . . . . . .

So Chiang will talk to anyone who will listen . . . . . . . .

With his understated style and lower-profile office, Chiang has not been as visible as Newsom and Villaraigosa — both former big-city mayors with national profiles — something he readily acknowledges on the stump. “[I’m] the fiscally responsible progressive. It doesn’t capture everybody’s imagination at the outset,” he said at a recent Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum luncheon, when asked about how he would break through in the field. “But as people start thinking … we’re getting huge responses.”

Some political strategists say there is a path for Chiang — who has raised more than $5 million for his campaign to be California’s first Asian American governor — if a number of factors break his way ................

Friday
Jun232017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Transportation, "Metro Board Approves $1.4 Billion Budget for 11.5-Mile Extension of Foothill Gold Line to Claremont"; homelessness, "Antelope Valley is shortchanged in federal homeless funds, lawmaker claims in call for audit"; immigration, "L.A. City Council to consider $2 million to defend immigrants facing deportation" ....

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

* Los Angeles Business Journal:  "Metro Board Approves $1.4 Billion Budget for 11.5-Mile Extension of Foothill Gold Line to Claremont"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Antelope Valley is shortchanged in federal homeless funds, lawmaker claims in call for audit"

* Daily News:  "L.A. City Council to consider $2 million to defend immigrants facing deportation"