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Monday
Apr232018

SACRAMENTO: California gubernatorial election, Gavin Newsom: "Sierra Club backs Gavin Newsom for California governor"; "Exclusive: Gavin Newsom didn't really go to rehab"; also, commentary (Steven Greenhut), "Charters blast Gavin Newsom, but did they shoot their own feet?" ....

***California gubernatorial election, Gavin Newsom....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Sierra Club backs Gavin Newsom for California governor"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Exclusive: Gavin Newsom didn't really go to rehab"

***ALSO:

* Orange County Register (Steven Greenhut):  "Charters blast Gavin Newsom, but did they shoot their own feet?"

Monday
Apr232018

POLITICS/MEDIA: Los Angeles Times, new owner Patrick Soon-Shiong, new location, El Segundo?: Editorial, "The L.A. Times to El Segundo? Really?" ....

***Los Angeles Times, new owner Patrick Soon-Shiong, new location, El Segundo?

* Downtown News (editorial):  "The L.A. Times to El Segundo? Really?" - From the DTN:

DTLA - Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong may in time prove to be the local and visionary leader that the Los Angeles Times desperately needs. However, his first major decision, to move the paper out of Downtown Los Angeles and to a new headquarters in, of all places, El Segundo, is dunderheaded and tone deaf to the greater community.

Soon-Shiong’s $500 million acquisition of the Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and other properties in the California News Group is expected to close this month. The return to local ownership for the first time since 2000, and extricating the Times from the odious grasp of Michael Ferro’s Tronc, deserves all the applause it has received. Soon-Shiong’s promise to invest in journalism is precisely what the institution requires. The Times is the most important newsgathering organization on the West Coast and deserves to be as strong as possible.

But location matters, on both a physical and symbolic level, and fleeing Downtown when the community is thriving is the wrong choice . . . . . . . .

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To be sure, in the 21st century one can operate a newspaper anywhere, and reporters can file stories from any place where there is an Internet connection. It doesn’t matter where a physical paper is printed as long as there is an effective distribution plan. But with that said, Soon-Shiong is displaying outdated thinking by moving the headquarters far away from the local power base and the most important entities and stories the Times covers (the center of government, the locus of homelessness, etc.). Even if a Downtown satellite office remains, he’ll weaken the Times’ institutional status by situating it in a small city known for oil production.

The initial response has been skeptical ..............

Monday
Apr232018

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Los Angeles, "Garcetti seeks to repair more streets and sidewalks -- and make them safer"; O.C., "Canyons Homeless Shelter Opposed by Two Supervisors"; downtown Los Angeles, editorial, "Another Chance to Make Grand Truly Grand" ....

***Various items relating to local issues/local government, in and/or around Southern California....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Garcetti seeks to repair more streets and sidewalks -- and make them safer"

* Voice of OC:  "Canyons Homeless Shelter Opposed by Two Supervisors"

* Downtown News (editorial):  "Another Chance to Make Grand Truly Grand"

Monday
Apr232018

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt: "Scott Pruitt Before the E.P.A.: Fancy Homes, a Shell Company and Friends with Money": "'A factor of bad ideas': How Scott Pruitt undermined his mission at EPA"; also, editorials, "Scott Pruitt Has Become Ridiculous"; "The latest Pruitt revelations are the swampiest. He should be long gone." ....

***President Donald Trump, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt....

* New York Times:  "Scott Pruitt Before the E.P.A.: Fancy Homes, a Shell Company and Friends With Money"

* Washington Post:  "'A factory of bad ideas': How Scott Pruitt undermined his mission at EPA"

***ALSO:

* New York Times (editorial):  "Scott Pruitt Has Become Ridiculous"

* Washington Post (editorial):  "The latest Pruitt revelations are the swampiest. He should be long gone."

Monday
Apr232018

POLITICS (State, Local/ Los Angeles): Rent control, ballot measure repeal, Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act?: "Rent control measure on its way to California ballot"; also, "Garcetti says he would consider expanding rent control in L.A." ....

***Rent control, ball measure, repeal, Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act?

* Sacramento Bee:  "Rent control measure on its way to California ballot"

***ALSO:

* Los Angeles Times:  "Garcetti says he would consider expanding rent control in L.A."