Index
Friday
Jan202017

POLITICS (National, Local/Bay Area): 2016 presidential election, candidate rallies, unpaid invoices for city services, financial strain on local governments?: "Bernie Sanders campaign reportedly owes Solano County cities more than $82,000" ....  

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Bernie Sanders campaign reportedly owes Solano County cities more than $82,000" - From the Chronicle:

The presidential campaigns of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders are leaving some cities that hosted their rallies with a bit of a financial strain.

According to a lengthy report by the Center for Public Integrity, a Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalism nonprofit in Washington D.C., all three major candidates owe substantial sums to municipalities and their police forces. Senator Sanders, however, is the only candidate self-reporting such debt. The "Debts and Obligations" reports filed by Trump and Clinton with the FEC do not list any of the expenses, despite invoices published in the Center for Public Integrity's report.

"The Trump campaign — despite receiving demand letters and collection notices — doesn't acknowledge in federal campaign financial disclosures that it owes cities a cent," the report reads. "Nor does the Clinton campaign, which hasn't paid at least $25,000 in bills. The Sanders campaign, in contrast, says in federal campaign filings that it owes $449,409, spread among nearly two dozen municipalities and law enforcement agencies."

Sanders' public admittance of debt is overshadowed by his campaign's delay in paying local governments. In California, the area that appears to have taken the biggest hit is Solano County, home to seven cities that dedicated significant resources and helped staff event security for Sanders' rallies in 2016.

As outlined by the Federal Election Commission, the Sanders campaign owes Solano County cities $82,264.86 collectively. The fees are said to be owed to city administrations, police departments, and fire officials.

The city out the most money is ................

Friday
Jan202017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Orange County): Santa Ana City Council, election system, proposed change -- "from-district" system to "by-district" system?: "Santa Ana council won't consider change to election system, at least for now" ....  

* Orange County Register:  "Santa Ana council won't consider change to election system, at least for now" - From the Register:

SANTA ANA – A proposal to evaluate options to shift Santa Ana to by-district elections has been stopped in its tracks by the new Council majority.

Councilman Sal Tinajero led the charge to change the system in the days following the Nov. 8 election, when Jose Solorio, who moved from Ward 1 to Ward 3 to run for that seat without an incumbent, ended up being elected. Tinajero called for Santa Ana to replace its “from-district” system – in which candidates must reside in the ward they want to represent but are elected by voters across the city – to a “by-district” system – in which candidates must live in the ward and can only be elected by residents within it. “We had special interests weigh in very heavily in this last election and if you look at one of our Council members, they won their own ward but they didn’t win at-large,” he said, referring to Roman Reyna.

Reyna was the first incumbent ousted in decades, losing to Juan Villegas, one of three candidates endorsed by the Santa Ana Police Officers Association which spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on its slate. “Money in politics has a huge, huge effect on the outcome because it’s very difficult for a good person who is trying to do good things to walk to every single neighborhood in the city,” Tinajero said.

The by-district proposal hit a wall, at least for now, when the City Council on Tuesday opposed exploring the idea further in a 4-2 vote, with Mayor Miguel Pulido, Solorio, Villegas and Mayor Pro Tem Michele Martinez dissenting.

Solorio said he was open to cleaning up Santa Ana’s charter, but that . . . . He also defended his relocation leading up to the November election, saying . . . . . . .

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Tinajero’s additional proposals – to make the residency requirement one year, and to spell out what constitutes living at a location – also failed with the Council vote on Tuesday ............

Friday
Jan202017

POLITICS (National): Donald Trump presidency, Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C., conflicts of interest?: "Trump's Washington hotel is hub of inaugural action -- and potential conflicts"; also, "At Trump Hotel in Washington, Champagne Toasts in an Ethical 'Minefield'" ....  

* Washington Post (Matea Gold, Jonathan O'Connell):  "Trump's Washington hotel is hub of inaugural action -- and potential conflicts" - From the WP:

As he held court Thursday afternoon inside the ivory-and-gold ballroom of the Trump International Hotel, President-elect Donald Trump could not resist plugging the luxurious locale playing host to his Cabinet appointees, top Republican congressional leaders and hundreds of the GOP’s wealthiest donors. “This is a gorgeous room,” the soon-to-be president said of his new hotel’s presidential ballroom. “A total genius must have built this place.”

Out in the airy lobby, where 4,000 red, white and blue balloons were cosseted in nets far above the crystal chandeliers, Trump supporters snapped selfies with incoming White House aides Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and other boldface surrogates who waltzed through the room. Major party fundraisers from Texas and New York huddled at the marble bar. Waiters rang bells before sabering the corks off champagne magnums.

The U.S. Capitol is the backdrop for the official swearing-in ceremony on Friday, but the hub of inaugural action is Trump’s hotel, the site of a slew of official events and some of the week’s most sought-after private gatherings. The main draw: “Donald Trump owns it,” said Doug Deason, a Dallas investor. “So many of the parties will be here. It’s electric — nobody wants to go to bed.” 

Nevertheless, after they awake Friday, the hotel will become the site of the first clash between Trump’s business interests and his presidency. At 12:01 p.m., when Trump becomes president, he may be in violation of his lease for the building, which is owned by the federal government. The agreement includes a clause barring any “elected official of the Government of the United States” from deriving “any benefit” from the agreement.

Ethics experts warn of other potential conflicts. For instance . . . . . . . .

For his part, Trump appears unconcerned about using his weighty platform to promote his business ...............

***ALSO:

* New York Times (Eric Lipton, Susanne Craig):  "At Trump Hotel in Washington, Champagne Toasts in an Ethical 'Minefield'"

Friday
Jan202017

POLITICS (National, International): Donald Trump presidency, transformation of U.S. immigration system?: "As soon as he is inaugurated, Trump will move to clamp down on immigration" .... he is

* Los Angeles Times:  "As soon as he is inaugurated, Trump will move to clamp down on immigration" - From the LAT:

Aides are clearing the way for President-elect Donald Trump to take the first steps toward transforming the immigration system as soon as he takes office Friday, fulfilling a major campaign pledge while deepening the fears of immigration advocates about what’s to come.

Gone will be the temporary protections of the final Obama years for people in the country illegally. In their place, say immigration advocates and people familiar with his plans, expect to see images on the evening news of workplace raids as Trump sends a message that he is wasting no time on his promised crackdown.

In addition to the high-profile raids, those people said in interviews, Trump will also widen the range of people singled out for deportation, focusing on those with criminal convictions, and he could move immediately to reduce the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. He may also limit who can come into the country as a security measure, making good on a sweeping vow to stop immigrants “from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism.”

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Other changes will unfold more slowly but are designed to have wide-ranging effects ..................

Friday
Jan202017

POLITICS/MEDIA: Donald Trump presidency, media coverage/media relationships?: "CNN's president has fired a warning shot at Donald Trump"; also, "President Trump will be a boon and a challenge for the cable news business" ....

* Washington Post (Callum Borchers):  "CNN's president has fired a warning shot at Donald Trump" - From the WP:

Don't mess with CNN. That's the unvarnished version of a message that the network's president, Jeff Zucker, delivered to President-elect Donald Trump in an interview published on Thursday by New York magazine.

"One of the things I think this administration hasn’t figured out yet is that there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran and Damascus — and that’s CNN," Zucker said. "The perception of Donald Trump in capitals around the world is shaped, in many ways, by CNN. Continuing to have an adversarial relationship with that network is a mistake."

Media relations experts — or, really, anyone with an ounce of common sense — would probably agree that Trump doesn't help his coverage by attacking CNN and its journalists. Reporters, anchors and producers are human, after all, and being called "terrible" or "fake news" or "wannabe journalist" can't possibly make anyone more sympathetic. But journalists are called to try as hard as humanly possible to compartmentalize all that stuff and continue to cover Trump fairly. Revenge is not in the job description.

Zucker's warning that it would be a "mistake" for Trump to keep bashing CNN seems to suggest that the network's coverage might change if the president-elect doesn't knock it off. Consider the reverse: If coverage on CNN could not be affected by Trump's behavior toward it, why would more insulting rhetoric be a mistake? Trump would have nothing to lose.

Thus, it is hard to escape the perception that Zucker issued a kind of threat. He also seemed to engage in a bit of trolling when he said . . . . . . . .

Zucker, let's remember, knows Trump well. He used to be president of NBCUniversal and is the one who put Trump's reality TV show, "The Apprentice," on the air. He told New York magazine that he still talks to Trump about once a month.

So, Zucker might know what he's doing here. He might know exactly the right blend of strength and poking and logic that will resonate with the incoming president. Yet he also played into Trump's effort to ..............

***ALSO:

* Los Angeles Times (Steven Battaglio):  "President Trump will be a boon and a challenge for the cable news business"