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Wednesday
Jul182018

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Chicago, CVS store, black woman with coupon: "CVS manager calls Chicago police on black woman over coupon"; "COUPON CARL': Black woman says CVS manager called police over wrong coupon"; "'He talked to me like I was a rabid dog': CVS employees call 911 on black woman trying to use a coupon"; also, "CVS Fires 2 for Calling Police on Black Woman Over Coupon" ....

Wednesday
Jul182018

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: So. Calif.: "Is a tattoo just a tattoo? Or are the bad old days returning to the L.A. Sheriff's Department?"; "Redondo Beach withdraws waterfront application, spelling project's demise"; No. Calif.: "London Breed has short term as S.F. mayor to prove herself for re-election"; "Major racial inequity exists in Oakland, report shows" ....

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

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Is a tattoo just a tattoo? Or are the bad old days returning to the L.A. Sheriff's Department?"

* Daily Breeze:  "Redondo Beach withdraws waterfront application, spelling project's demise"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "London Breed has short term as S.F. mayor to prove herself for re-election"

* East Bay Times:  "Major racial inequity exists in Oakland, report shows"

Wednesday
Jul182018

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: So. Calif.: "Los Angeles to hire tourism consultant to suggest fixes for gridlock and homelessness"; "Investigation of Former Laguna Niguel Mayor Shows No Wrongdoing"; No. Calif.: "How three Sacramento airport workers were caught allegedly stealing gift cards from mail"; "Commissioner Rod Manfred wants A's ballpark plan 'sooner rather than later'" .... 

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

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants A's ballpark plan 'sooner rather than later'"

* Sacramento Bee:  "How three Sacramento airport workers were caught allegedly stealing gift cards from mail"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Los Angeles to hire tourism consultant to suggest fixes for gridlock and homelessness"

* Voice of OC:  "Investigation of Former Laguna Niguel Mayor Shows No Wrongdoing"

Wednesday
Jul182018

POLITICS/HEALTH/ENVIRONMENT (National): Food policy, nutrition, conservation -- Sustainable Food Policy Alliance: "Four of the world's largest food comanies have a new plan for fixing food and farm policy" ....  

***Food policy, nutrition, conservation -- Sustainable Food Policy Alliance....

* Washington Post (Caitlin Dewey):  "Four of the world's largest food companies have a new plan for fixing food and farm policy" - From the WP:

A year after America’s powerful food lobby began to implode, four of the world’s largest food companies are launching an association of their own.

The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, unveiled Thursday by the U.S. divisions of Danone, Mars, Nestle and Unilever, says it will fight for progressive food policies — from conservation programs to prominent nutrition labels — that have long been eschewed by major food-makers. In doing so, the new alliance is likely to tangle with the mighty and well-moneyed Grocery Manufacturers Association, which Mars, Nestle, Unilever and seven other major firms abandoned amid high-profile philosophical disagreements in 2017. But with combined annual revenue of more than $200 billion, the four companies in the new alliance — responsible for such well-known brands as Dannon yogurt, Snickers candy bars and Hellman’s mayonnaise — could prompt other food-makers to foreground nutrition and sustainability.

Analysts say it’s the latest evidence of the impact of changing consumer tastes on the global food business.  “We truly believe consumers want this, and they vote with every purchase,” said Mariano Lozano, the chief executive of Danone North America. “We are reaching a moment when what makes business sense and what is the right thing to do come together,” he added.

The alliance will lobby in five policy areas that it says are of interest to modern consumers: product transparency, nutrition, the environment, food safety and a positive workplace for food and agriculture workers. The four companies say they have coordinated on these issues in the past, and view the formalized alliance as a means to more aggressively petition lawmakers and regulators .....................

Wednesday
Jul182018

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: So. Calif.: "Settlement of $4.75 million ends lawsuit with apartment developer over security deposit" (San Diego); "Armory Homeless Shelters Close, Many Unsure What's Next" (O.C.); No. Calif.: "Should the Bay Area follow Seattle's lead and tax tech giants?"; "Mixed-use tower to replace car dealership near Lake Merritt" ....

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

* San Diego Union-Tribune:  "Settlement of $4.75 million ends lawsuit with apartment developer over security deposits"

* Mercury News:  "Should the Bay Area follow Seattle's lead and tax tech giants"

* Voice of OC:  "Armory Homeless Shelters Close, Many Unsure What's Next"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Mixed-use tower to replace car dealership near Lake Merritt"