Index
Saturday
Sep242016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: L.A/O.C., law enforcement, "Police might not know where their guns are, and the law says that's O.K."; San Francisco, "S.F. supe candidate Fewer sought donations from subordinates"; Los Angeles, "L.A. audit seems more revenue from SoCalGas franchise agreement"; Sacramento, "Sacramento County offoicial says half-billion dollars will go uncollected" .... 

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

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "S.F. supe candidate Fewer sought donations from subordinates"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Sacramento County official says half-billion dollars will go uncollected"

* Orange County Register:  "Police might not know where their guns are, and the law says that's OK"

* Daily News:  "L.A. audit seeks more revenue from SoCalGas franchise agreement"

Saturday
Sep242016

POLITICS (National, State/New York): New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, innermost circle, federal corruption charges: "Ex-Cuomo Aides Charged in Federal Corruption Inquiry" ....

* New York Times:  "Ex-Cuomo Aides Charged in Federal Corruption Inquiry" - From the NYT:

Federal corruption charges were announced on Thursday against two former close aides to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a senior state official and six other people, in a blow to the governor’s innermost circle and a repudiation of the way his prized upstate economic development programs were managed.

The charges against the former aides, Joseph Percoco and Todd R. Howe, and the state official, Alain Kaloyeros, were the culmination of a long-running federal investigation into the Cuomo administration’s efforts to lure jobs and businesses to upstate New York’s limping economy by furnishing billions of dollars in state funds to developers from Buffalo to Albany. In doing so, says a 79-page criminal complaint unsealed on Thursday, Mr. Percoco and Mr. Howe sought to enrich themselves through bribes, using their positions to help particular companies receive “hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts and other official state benefits.”

The charges mark the second major inquiry of the Cuomo administration by the office of Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan; eight months ago, after investigating Mr. Cuomo’s handling of an anticorruption panel that he had created and abruptly shut down, Mr. Bharara said there was “insufficient evidence to prove a federal crime.”

At a news conference at which he announced the charges, Mr. Bharara was asked if he would essentially give Mr. Cuomo a “clean bill of health” again. “There are no allegations of any wrongdoing or misconduct by the governor, anywhere in this complaint,” Mr. Bharara replied. “That’s all I’m going to say.”

If the charges did not hit Mr. Cuomo directly, they did hit him in a peripheral and personal manner: . . . . . . . .

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The charges in the complaint included bribery, extortion under color of official right, and wire fraud and honest services fraud conspiracies ..............

Saturday
Sep242016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, law-and-order/ black outreach?: "Trump ratchets up nationalist and law-and-order rhetoric on campaign trail"; "Trump touts stop-and-frisk practice amid black outreach"; "Donald Trump's Crime Policies Might Hit Minorities Harder, Experts Say"; "Donald Trump Steps Deeper Into U.S. Race Debate" .... 

Saturday
Sep242016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton, first debate: "What Clinton and Trump must worry about in the first debate"; "Hillary Clinton Drops A Debate Bomb On trump By Releasing 19 Pages Of His Fact-Checked Lies"; "Trump tells Lester Holt: Don't fact-check debates"; also, commentary (Op-Ed: Paul Krugman), "The Lying Game" ....

***2016 presidential election, Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton, first debate....

* Washington Post:  "What Clinton and Trump must worry about in the first debate"

* PoliticsUSA:  "Hillary Clinton Drops A Debate Bomb On Trump By Releasing 19 Pages Of His Fact-Checked Lies"

* The Hill:  "Trump tells Lester Holt: Don't fact-check debates"

***ALSO:

* New York Times (Op-Ed: Paul Krugman):  "The Lying Game"

Saturday
Sep242016

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS (National, Local/Charlotte, NC): Charlotte, North Carolina, growing, prosperous Southern powerhouse/ deep divisions between rich and poor, racial minorities?: Report/analysis, "Charlotte, N.C., has prospered in recent years, but many black residents have been left behind" ....  

* Los Angeles Times (Jaweed Kaleem, Jenny Jarvis):  "Charlotte, N.C., has prospered in recent years, but many black residents have been left behind" - From the LAT:

Michael Jordan, easily the most famous resident of Charlotte, N.C., was so concerned about the divide between African Americans and police that he donated $2 million this summer to support programs that would foster greater trust. The donations, split equally between the International Assn. of Chiefs of Police and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, were aimed at solving a national problem. But Jordan didn’t have to go far to see the need, and this week the entire country watched as Charlotte’s racial tensions spilled into violence.

The violent protests that erupted after police fatally shot an African American man have exposed the rift in this fast-growing community of 800,000 people, which has prided itself on being a diverse and prosperous Southern powerhouse. Protesters and activists say the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott on the city's northeast side was merely the tipping point in growing divisions between white and black, rich and poor, police and racial minorities ....................