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Apr262017

POLITICS/EDUCATION: Follow-up, University of California, state audit, "secret" reserve fund: "Here's what you need to know about the state's audit of the University of California.... 

***Following up on earlier item noted here (California State Auditor Elaine Howle, audit, University of California, "secret" reserve fund, excessive administrative salaries....)

* Los Angeles Times:  "Here's what you need to know about the state's audit of the University of California" - From the LAT:

California State Auditor Elaine Howle on Tuesday released a scathing audit of the University of California’s Office of the President. The examination had been requested by legislators who have complained for years that the semi-independent UC system is not transparent with its finances.

Here are some of the key findings of the audit:..................

Wednesday
Apr262017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, congressional business as usual?: Report/analysis (Dan Balz), "The disrupter president and the do-little Congress" .... 

***President Donald Trump, congressional business as usual?

* Washington Post (Dan Balz):  "The disrupter president and the do-little Congress" - From the WP:

Will President Trump and congressional Republicans ever understand one another? Over time, they might accomplish things of mutual interest. Big things, perhaps. But the mismatch between the disrupter president and what has been a business-as-usual, do-little Congress seems especially evident as the 100-day mark of the administration nears.

The president came to Washington on a mission to shake up the status quo. He prizes big and bold action and, absent that, a little showmanship. He wants to make this week one of the best of his short tenure, so he’s loading up with activities that will keep him visible and in motion. But as of Monday, he has no legislative accomplishment to pin on his wall and the prospects for changing that this week are mixed at best.

No wonder Trump is dissatisfied and impatient. Congress has been mired in status quo politics for years. Now, even with a president of their own party and majorities in the House and Senate, congressional Republicans have been stuck. Trump tries to prod Congress to act, not always forgiving of why things move slowly. Congressional leaders try to educate the president on the limits and culture of the legislative process.

The past few days have highlighted the disconnect between the two ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. Trump wants to tell the world that he has begun to change Washington and the country big time, that he is moving the government in dramatically new directions. His advisers are armed with talking points to prove it — steps that highlight movement on campaign promises on immigration and trade and business regulation.

To really make good on his promise to change the status quo, however, the president needs help from Congress . . . . . . . .

The message from Congress at the beginning of this big week could not be more prosaic or uninspired ...............

Wednesday
Apr262017

POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION: California high-speed rail project, court ruling (Sacramento Superior Court): "A judge has refused to block spending on California's bullet train"; also, "Judge intends to permit California high-speed rail funding" ....

***California high-speed rail project, court ruling (Sacramento Superior Court)....

* Los Angeles Times:  "A judge has refused to block spending on California's bullet train"

* Fresno Bee (AP):  "Judge intends to permit California high-speed rail funding"

 

Wednesday
Apr262017

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Los Angeles riots (1992), 25-year anniversary: "For first time, more L.A. residents believe new riots likely, new poll finds"; also, commentary (Steve Lopez), "25 years after riots, South L.A. still waiting for its renaissance" .... 

***Los Angeles riots (1992), 25-year anniversary....

* Los Angeles Times:  "For first time, more L.A. residents believe new riots likely, new poll finds"

* Los Angeles Times (Steve Lopez):  "25 years after riots, South L.A. still waiting for its renaissance"

Wednesday
Apr262017

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles Police Department, compliance, California Public Records Act?: "ACLU sues LAPD over 'systemic violation' of public records law" ....

***Los Angeles Police Department, compliance, California Public Records Act?

* Los Angeles Times:  "ACLU sues LAPD over 'systemic violation' of public records law" - From the LAT:

The American Civil Liberties Union has joined with a journalist, a college professor and an activist to sue the Los Angeles Police Department over what they describe as a “systemic violation” of California’s public records law. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, accused the LAPD of failing to comply with the California Public Records Act by not responding to requests within the time frame mandated by the law or by ignoring inquiries altogether. The civil complaint documents nearly a dozen examples of such requests, including some that were allegedly made years ago and have yet to be answered.

“More and more, police departments throughout the United States acknowledge the value of transparency — to increase public trust, promote better law enforcement, and facilitate effective oversight,” the lawsuit stated. “The LAPD’s pattern and practice of violating the [state’s records act] and ignoring requests for public information is not only unlawful, but also out of step.”

The suit asks the court to compel the LAPD to follow the law and order the department to track — and report publicly — how it responds to public records inquiries for at least three years to ensure it continues to do so ................