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Monday
Nov202017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: South Bay (L.A. County), "CenterCal files second $15 million lawsuit against Redondo Beach"; Sacramento (editorial), "Sacramento fails on parking meters. Why is it so hard?"; OC, "ACLU says too many people are killed by Anaheim police"; Bay Area (East Bay), "Counties target San Pablo Avenue corridor with $312 million project" .... 

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

* Sacramento Bee (editorial:  "Sacramento fails on parking meters. Why is it so hard?"

* Orange County Register:  "ACLU says too many people are killed by Anaheim police"

* Daily Breeze:  "CenterCal files second $15 million lawsuit against Redondo Beach"

* East Bay Times:  "Counties target San Pablo Avenue corridor with $312 million project"

Monday
Nov202017

SACRAMENTO: Pensions, "CalPERS shelves rate increase opposed by critics"; Democratic Party, "California Democrats vote to make it harder for incumbents to obtain party endorsement"; 2018 gubernatorial election, "Newsom has bipartisan target on his back as apparent front-runner for governor"; also, commentary (Dan Walters), "California also gives tax breaks to businesses" ....  

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

* Calpensions:  "CalPERS shelves rate increase opposed by critics"

* Los Angeles Times:  "California Democrats vote to make it harder for incumbents to obtain party endorsement"

* San Francisco Chronicle (John Wildermuth):  "Newsom has bipartisan target on his back as apparent front-runner for governor"

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* CALmatters (Dan Walters):  "California also gives hefty tax breaks to businesses"

Monday
Nov202017

POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION (New York): NYC, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, subway system?: "Subway Ridership Falls as M.T.A. Scrambles to Improve Service"; "In the Best of Times, the Worst of Rides"; "How Politics and Bad Decisions Starved New York's Subways" ....

***Mass transit, New York City, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, subway system?

* New York Times (Marc Santora):  "Subway Ridership Falls as M.T.A. Scrambles to Improve Service"

* New York Times (Jim Dwyer):  "In the Best of Times, the Worst of Rides"

* New York Times (Brian Rosenthal, Emma Fitzsimmons, Michael LaForgia):  "How Politics and Bad Decisions Starved New York's Subways" - "Disruptions and delays have roiled the system this year. But the crisis was long in the making, fueled by a litany of errors, a Times investigation shows."

Monday
Nov202017

L.A. CITY HALL: RecycLA program, new trash hauling contracts, "skyrocketing" fees?: Editorial, "Fix the Rising Trash Hauling Fees" .... 

***RecycLA program, new trash hauling contracts, "skyrocketing" fees?

DTLA - The RecycLA program that the city launched in July has what sounds like noble aims: Overseen by the Bureau of Sanitation, it seeks to increase recycling and reduce the number of exhaust-belching garbage trucks rolling through city streets. Wages for trash haulers would rise. All of that is a good idea, except for one boneheaded piece: The program got rid of competition between companies, so there is nothing to keep prices in line.

As Los Angeles Downtown News reported recently, numerous area building owners are facing skyrocketing waste-hauling rates. While recycling may increase, apartment complex owners will surely pass the burden on to residents in the form of rent increases.

The phased rollout began in July in Downtown and hit the Historic Core on Nov. 1. Other neighborhoods will see a change on Dec. 1 or Jan. 1. As should have been expected, complaints over increased fees have sounded across Los Angeles. City leaders have heard the outcry, to the point that, as Downtown News reported, they have hired 100 agents to field complaints and 40 inspectors to visit properties and manage disputes. We hope these city hires, and the higher-ups, will play hardball with the trash haulers.

As a bit of background . . . . . . . .

Again, few would argue the merits of the endeavor, but we must question the specifics ..............

Monday
Nov202017

POLITICS/BUSINESS (National): Donald Trump presidency, AT&T-Time-Warner merger?: "Trump administration to sue to block AT&T-Time Warner deal"; "The Justice Department is suing AT&T to block its $85 billion bid for Time Warner"; "Justice Department Expected to File Lawsuit Challenging AT&T-Time Warner deal"; also, "With AT&T and Time Warner, Battle Lines Form for an Epic Antitrust Case" ....