SACRAMENTO: Pension reform?: "Jerry Brown touted his pension reforms as a game-changer. But they've done little to rein in costs." ....

* Los Angeles Times (CALmatters - Judy Lin):  "Jerry Brown touted his pension reforms as a game- changer.  But they've done little to rein in costs." - "The governor pushed for sweeping action in 2011 to close a funding gap and ease the burden on taxpayers. Then lawmakers blocked his most ambitious ideas." - From the LAT:

A year after his 2010 election, Gov. Jerry Brown made a rare appearance at a legislative committee hearing to confront lawmakers about the steep cost of public employee pensions — and to demand that they pass his 12-point pension overhaul.

Brown challenged fellow Democrats to drink political “castor oil” so public retirement costs would not overburden future generations. “We don’t really have too much choice here,” Brown said in a commanding tone as he addressed a special panel of Assembly and Senate members in the Capitol in December 2011.

State lawmakers eventually passed many of Brown’s proposals, including a higher retirement age for new employees. But they rejected those with the biggest dollar savings — notably his plan for a hybrid retirement system combining smaller pensions with 401k-style savings plans. Instead, legislators chose to tinker at the margins of pension reform.

Although Brown touted it as the “biggest rollback to public pension benefits in the history of California,” the package of modest changes he signed into law in 2012 has done little to slow the growth of retirement costs. The state’s annual bill for retirement obligations is expected to reach $11 billion by the time Brown leaves office in January 2019 — nearly double what it was eight years earlier .....................


POLITICS (National, Local/Newport Beach, Culver City): Federal Aviation Administration, Metroplex project, new flight paths, litigation: "Newport Beach is suing the FAA over new flight paths, and Culver City is expected to follow" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Newport Beach is suing the FAA over new flight paths, and Culver City is expected to follow" - From the LAT:

Citing concerns about the potential for increased aircraft noise and pollution, Newport Beach officials sued the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday, alleging that the agency’s plan to reroute flights across the region was completed without adequate environmental review. Culver City officials said they expect to file an almost identical suit on Friday. 

The federal lawsuits target the FAA’s Metroplex project, which intends to replace aging air traffic control systems, redesign Southern California’s busy airspace and change the arrival and departure procedures for 21 local airports, including Los Angeles International and John Wayne in Orange County.

FAA officials say they will phase in the new procedures from November through April. In that time, the agency will also conduct outreach to inform the public about the changes. As the procedures are implemented, people will see and hear aircraft where they previously did not fly because of route changes and more concentrated flight paths. The cities are challenging the environmental impact analysis, which concluded the project would not cause significant new problems.

Municipal officials contend that changes in flight paths and the new procedures will make many Southern California communities, including Culver City and Newport Beach, louder and more polluted.


Both cities seek court orders to set aside project approvals and unsupported findings in the environmental analysis. In addition, they request that the project be halted until the FAA fully complies with the environmental policy act .................


POLITICS/TECHNOLOGY (National): Federal Communications Commission: "The FCC just passed sweeping new rules to protect your online privacy"; "Broadband Providers Will Need Permission to Collect Private Data"; "New rule: Internet providers must ask you before sharing your sensitive personal data" ....

***Federal Communications Commission, new rule, sharing of sensitive personal data....

* Washington Post:  "The FCC just passed sweeping new rules to protect your online privacy"

* New York Times:  "Broadband Providers Will Need Permission to Collect Private Data"

* Los Angeles Times:  "New rule: Internet providers must ask you before sharing your sensitive personal data"


L.A. CITY HALL: Department of General Services/ Los Angeles City Controller: "The city of L.A. didn't have an accurate count of how much prperty it owned -- until now" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "The city of L.A. didn't have an accurate count of how much property it owned -- until now" - From the LAT:

The city of Los Angeles now knows how many parking lots, parks, orange groves — even how much of Palmdale — it owns. 

A database released by the controller’s office Thursday shows the city owns nearly 9,000 parcels in Los Angeles County — more than previously listed by the Department of General Services, whose real estate division is responsible for tracking the city’s parcels and buildings. It’s the city’s most comprehensive listing in at least a decade. Officials hope the database is a first step toward identifying land that could be sold, leased or better utilized for things like condominiums, affordable housing complexes, parks, swimming pools or libraries.


The city previously had an asset management system but it failed in 2005 and the company behind the software was unable to repair it. Since then, General Services has relied on various, and often outdated, Excel spreadsheets, city records show. “It’s crazy for a city the size of Maywood, or for any city not to know what it has,” said Lowell Goodman, spokesman for the controller’s office. “That’s vital.”

The controller called on city leaders to appoint a chief asset manager from the private sector to oversee the portfolio and market the properties to potential buyers .................


LOCAL GOVERNMENT (County of Los Angeles): Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services: "Records obtained by The Times reveal boy was kept in closets for three years before his death" ....  

* Los Angeles Times:  "Records obtained by The Times reveal boy was kept in closets for three years before his death" - From the LAT:

For three years, the young boy was hidden in locked closets, sedated by liquid sleeping aids that authorities say were given to him by his mother. When people asked Veronica Aguilar where her son was, she told them he had been placed in an institution in Mexico, according to court records. Only her three other children — two of whom slept on a bed just outside the closet door — knew the truth, and they said they were forbidden by their mother from saying anything, authorities say.

Yonatan Daniel Aguilar’s tortured life came to an end in August. Police later found the 11-year-old’s battered, malnourished 34-pound body in the bedroom closet of the family’s tiny Echo Park home.

The grim details are laid out in records The Times obtained from Los Angeles County Juvenile Court this week. The records help explain how the people charged with his well-being — school officials, police, social workers and therapists — lost track of him despite earlier allegations of abuse. But they also raise new questions about whether more could have been done to save the boy who, court records suggest, might have been autistic and thus was treated differently .....................