Index
Tuesday
Jul262016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Democratic National Convention: "A day of humiliation for party chair underscores Democratic divide"; "Life Among the Berned"; editorial, "Hey, Sandernistas, are you trying to elect Donald Trump?" .... 

***2016 presidential election, Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders....

* Washington Post:  "A day of humiliation for party chair underscores Democratic divide"

* POLITICO:  "Life Among the Berned" - "How long can you hold onto a hope? On the convention floor, that argument got personal."

* Sacramento Bee (editorial):  "Hey, Sandernistas, are you trying to elect Donald Trump?"

Tuesday
Jul262016

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, California WaterFix (proposed tunnels): "Dissent brews over governor's $16 billion water project" ....

***Following up on most recent earlier item noted here (State Water Resources Control Board, Sacramento- San Joaquin River Delta, proposed tunnels/California WaterFix)....

* San Francisco Chronicle (Kurtis Alexander):  "Dissent brews over governor's $16 billion water project" - From the Chronicle:

By the time the Sacramento River winds its more-than-400-mile course from the slopes of Mount Shasta past the state capital, it’s well into its leisurely stride, running slowly by fields of sweet corn, tomatoes and alfalfa. But this lazy stretch of river, just south of Sacramento, is a metaphorical whitewater. The rural Sacramento County town of Hood, at the north end of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, is where state and federal authorities have planned the starting point of California’s hotly debated tunnel project — a $16 billion proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to improve water deliveries to the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California, as well as parts of the Bay Area.

On Tuesday in Sacramento, state regulators are set to begin what are expected to be six months of hearings on whether Hood’s riverbanks are an appropriate place to draw water from the Sacramento River. While the question hinges on a handful of technical issues — mainly if water rights will be violated, and if the project will harm threatened fish — the meetings by the state water board mark the first real public debate on the project and are certain to stoke broader concerns about who’s getting California’s precious water, and who’s not .....................

Tuesday
Jul262016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton: Commentary (Richard Cohen), "If Hillary Clinton were a man" ....

* Washington Post (Richard Cohen):  "If Hillary Clinton were a man" - From the WP:

What if Hillary Clinton were a man? What if she were a 68-year-old man rather than a 68-year-old woman? Would we think differently of her? Her raised voice would be lower. She would be better at physically commanding the stage. Her indomitability might be seen as manly. If she were taller and bigger, might she have been able to get away with saying nothing about her email server — as Donald Trump has with his tax returns? As they say, I’m just askin’.

I am asking because the dislike of Clinton is so palpable that it has become akin to a prejudice. I understand the criticisms and don’t reject them out of hand. She has been slippery. She has fibbed. She has used a private email server, which was wrong and careless. She has been the marital partner of a man who has taken other partners. She did not leave him, as many women wanted her to do. To them, she became the personification of the female doormat.

Still, it does not all add up. I know her a bit but I know others who know her quite well. In the corners of rooms dedicated to ugly gossip and whispered betrayals, what you hear from those who know her is not agreement with the general consensus but puzzlement: She’s warm. She’s bright. She’s charming. She has a great sense of humor.

And yet, on the podium, these qualities are rarely in sight. Her voice escalates, the pitch rising, the emphasis misplaced. She is often rhetorically wrong-footed. Her smile seems fake, the wave is to no one, the laugh sounds manufactured. She is defensive. She fights for privacy yet she has chosen politics played on the most expansive of all scales. If she wins, she will be a renter in a house owned by all of us. She will remain under continuous observation.

 

I met Clinton during her husband’s first campaign for the White House. It was 1992, New Hampshire, and . . . . . . . .

   ****

I would, to get right down to it, vote for Kim Kardashian over Donald Trump, so support of Clinton comes easy. Still, I am vexed by her rampant unpopularity, especially among the young women who found Bernie Sanders so exciting . . . . . . . .

After Bill’s sex scandal broke, I never thought Hillary would . . . . . . . .

She will win this time, too. But it will be harder than it ought to be. It will be hard because she is a tone-deaf politician, because lots of people find her to be shrill and because she has an awesome ability to turn a political misdemeanor into a firestorm. But as Trump lazes through the campaign, relying on his unreliable instincts, she will work harder than he knows how. After all, as a woman, she’s always had to.

Tuesday
Jul262016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Democratic Party/Republican Party, family (intra-party) feuds?: Analysis (Cathleen Decker), "What's at stake in the Democratic and Republican family feuds" ....

* Los Angeles Times (Cathleen Decker):  "What's at stake in the Democratic and Republican family feuds" - From the LAT:

If nothing else, the opening day of the Democratic National Convention showed that family feuds are not solely the province of the Republican Party.

Party stalwarts arrived onstage only to be treated dismissively — loudly so —  by many of the delegates. That followed a second day of protests by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, the second-place finisher, who was booed by many of his own backers for suggesting they should cast their November ballots for the winner, Hillary Clinton. That followed Florida delegates yelling at the party’s chairwoman, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, on Monday morning, contributing to her decision to cancel her convention appearances.

“Brothers and sisters, this is the real world that we live in,” Sanders had implored his supporters as they booed.

Real world or not, it should come as no shock after the campaign season America has witnessed that chaos has been visited upon both political parties as they seek to put their best faces forward in four-day television extravaganzas. But the lines of division are not the same in each party ..................

Tuesday
Jul262016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: South Bay (L.A. County), "Why refinery fires cost ExxonMobil nearly $20 million in pollution fines in just two years"; Nevada County Bd. of Supervisors, "Protests roil over Nevada County's proposed pot farm rules"; O.C., "Fundingn plan for O.C. streetcar climbs $9 million"; L.A. County, "Los Angeles County sues SoCalGas as to force installation of safety shut-off valves" ....

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

* Sacramento Bee:  "Protests roil over Nevada County's proposed pot farm rules"

* Orange County Register:  "Funding plan for O.C. streetcar climbs $9 million"

* Daily Breeze:  "Why refinery fires cost ExxonMobil nearly $20 million in pollution fines in just two years"

* KPCC:  "Los Angeles County sues SoCalGas to force installation of safety shut-off valves"