Index
Friday
Oct312014

POLITICS (National): South Carolina, Secretary of State election: "Jenny Sanford dishes on 'Mark' in a new campaign ad"; also, "Jenny Sanford has got a lot to say about 'Mark' -- Mark Hammond, that is" ....  

* Washington Post ("Post Politics"):  "Jenny Sanford dishes on 'Mark' in a new campaign ad" - From the WP:

Jenny Sanford has a lot to say about "Mark." Like how she was "scammed" by him. And how he is a "big waster." And she wants everyone in South Carolina to know it.

Okay, the former Palmetto State first lady isn't talking about that Mark -- ex-husband, onetime governor and now Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.). She's talking about Republican Mark Hammond, the secretary of state. And she's doing it on behalf of Ginny Deerin in one of the cleverest ads we have seen this election cycle................................

***ALSO:

* CNN:  "Jenny Sanford has got a lot to say about 'Mark' -- Mark Hammond, that is"

 

Friday
Oct312014

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Jose City Hall, mayoral and city council elections: "Balance of power at San Jose City Hall at stake in election" ....  

* San Jose Mercury News:  "Balance of power at San Jose City Hall at stake in election" - From the MN:

SAN JOSE -- The balance of power at City Hall will be up for grabs Tuesday as union-backed candidates for mayor and City Council seek to retake the reins and turn away from the fiscal and pension reform agenda of outgoing Mayor Chuck Reed.

Reed and his allies hold seven of the 11 seats on the council, swept into power over the last eight years with broad business support thanks to voter outrage over City Hall spending, secrecy, lobbying influence and runaway retirement costs. But Reed and three council allies are barred by term limits from running again, inviting competitive races for their four seats on the council.

Now politically powerful government unions are backing a slate of candidates who promise to peel back some of the legislation passed by Reed's coalition over the past several years, starting with a large chunk of the voter-approved pension reform measure that organized labor says has made San Jose an unattractive place for police and other public workers.

"There is a lot at stake," said Garrick Percival, an assistant professor of political science at San Jose State. "I see this election as serving as a foundation of what trajectory is the city going to go in over the next decade."..................................

Friday
Oct312014

AFTERNOON MEMOS: City College of San Francisco, "Panel chief appears to change testimony in CCSF trial"; editorial, State Supt. of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson campaign, "Campaign for state schools chief"; "Former state Sen. Rod Wright to tourn himself in Friday for 90-day fraud sentence"; San Pedro, "Port of Los Angeles High School schedules public metting to air simmering tensions" ....

***Various items this afternoon from across the spectrum of politics and/or public policy....

* San Francisco Chronicle (editorial):  "Campaign for state schools chief"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Panel chief appears to change testimony in CCSF trial"

* Daily Breeze (City News Service):  "Former state Sen. Rod Wright to turn himself in Friday for 90-day fraud sentence"

* Daily Breeze:  "Port of Los Angeles High School schedules public meeting to air simmering tensions"

Friday
Oct312014

LOCAL GOVERNMENT/AVIATION (Los Angeles, Ontario): Los Angeles World Airports, LA/Ontario International Airport, commentary (Dan Walters): "L.A., Ontario squabbling over airport" ....

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "L.A., Ontario squabbling over airport" - From the Bee:

ONTARIO – Ontario International Airport opened two large, modernistic terminals in the late 1990s to improve service in California’s fast-growing “Inland Empire” of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, replacing shabby facilities that would have embarrassed a Third World country. Oddly, the much-needed new terminals were numbered 2 and 4. Why? Because Los Angeles’ airport system, which had acquired Ontario from the local city government a decade earlier, had an ambitious master plan for at least two more big terminals to be numbered 1 and 3.

Flights and passenger traffic jumped after the new terminals were opened, with the latter hitting a peak of 7.2 million in 2007. ONT, with its ultra-long runways and located at the juncture of two major interstate highways, also became a busy airfreight hub. This week, however, one would find terminals so bereft of activity that their corridors could be bowling alleys. Fewer than 4 million passengers passed through the airport in 2013, a 46 percent decline from 2007 and a fraction of its capacity.

One reason for the decline is economic. . . . . . . . .

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Local civic leaders, however, also contend that Los Angeles airport executives, facing passenger declines at Los Angeles International, propped up the much-larger LAX by consciously starving Ontario of vital marketing support.

The city of Ontario founded the airport in 1941, later turned over operations to Los Angeles and in 1985 transferred ownership. It now wants ONT back and is suing to void the 1985 transfer, backed by other governments in the region. Los Angeles airport officials are flatly opposed, claiming that ONT faltered only because of the economy. However, Ontario’s lawyers have some fairly damning internal documents to buttress their claims. The case is before Riverside Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask, who could rule for either side this week or let Ontario’s suit go to trial.

The irony is that while Ontario has immense unused capacity, 110 miles away, San Diego’s smaller, one-runway airport is bursting at the seams, with more than four times as many passengers as ONT............

Friday
Oct312014

POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION: California high-speed rail project, Surface Transportation Board, CEQA: "State rail agency seeks to avoid bullet-train injunction battles" .... 

* Fresno Bee:  "State rail agency seeks to avoid bullet-train injunction battles" - From the Bee:

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is facing seven lawsuits over its approval of the Fresno-Bakersfield segment of its statewide bullet-train line. Now the agency is asking the federal Surface Transportation Board — which oversees rail lines in the U.S. and gave a green light to the project over the summer — to declare that those lawsuits should not be able to seek a California judge’s order to block construction.

The authority’s petition to the federal board, filed earlier this month, is the second time that the rail agency has taken a “head-’em-off-at-the-pass” tactic to argue that federal jurisdiction over the project essentially overrides portions of the California Environmental Quality Act. The lawsuits challenging the state’s approval of the Fresno-Bakersfield segment allege that the state’s environmental analysis of the route was inadequate and does not provide enough measures to make up for anticipated harm to residents, farmers, businesses and communities along the route.

The Surface Transportation Board, made up of three presidential appointees, is giving project supporters and opponents until Nov. 6 to respond to the rail authority’s petition...........................