Index
Thursday
Feb112016

AFTERNOON MEMOS: Long Beach, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia asks for sales tax hike"; Porter Ranch/Aliso Canyon, "Breakthrough in Porter Ranch gas leak fix is expected soon"; Sacramento, "Wrecking ball for part of California Capitol on the table"; San Francisco, commentary (C.W. Nevius), "Homeless guy really was Mayor Ed Lee's college pal" ....  

***Various items this afternoon from across the spectrum of politics and/or public policy....

* Long Beach Press-Telegram:  "Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia asks for sales tax hike"

 

* Los Angeles Times:  "Breakthrough in Porter Ranch gas leak fix is expected soon"

* San Francisco Chronicle (C.W. Nevius):  "Homeless guy really was Mayor Ed Lee's college pal"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Wrecking ball for part of California Capitol on the table"

Thursday
Feb112016

MORNING MEMOS: "California lawmakers propose 15 percent marijuana sales tax"; "Could California's 16-year-old be casting ballot?"; "Anaheim Council Gives Final Approval to 'People's Map'"; "$475 million deal reflects Playa Vista's rise as a tech hub" .... 

***Various items this morning from across the spectrum of politics and/or public policy....

* Los Angeles Times:  "$475 million deal reflects Playa Vista's rise as a tech hub"

* Voice of OC:  "Anaheim Council Gives Final Approval to 'People's Map'"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Could California's 16-year-olds be casting ballots"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "California lawmakers propose 15 percent marijuana sales tax"

Thursday
Feb112016

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: California Coastal Commission, Morro Bay meeting, firing of executive director: Report/analysis, "Firing of Coastal Commission chief Charles Lester leaves deep divisions"; also, "Gov. Jerry Brown's complicated relationship with environmentalists"  ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Firing of Coastal Commission chief Charles Lester leaves deep divisions" - From the LAT:

The California Coastal Commission's decision late Wednesday to fire its executive director, Charles Lester, after closed-door deliberations sparked outrage by environmentalists and is expected to leave deep divisions. Many of the more than 100 Lester supporters awaiting the decision broke into tears or reacted angrily.

During an emotional meeting before the vote, many speakers warned that replacing Lester would send a powerful signal to staff to be more accommodating to development. "It's disgraceful that the commissioners voted in secret to fire Dr. Lester," Steve Jones, oceans communications specialist for the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a written statement. "This isn't over." Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) tweeted: "Let me apologize to the public. I truly thought my appointees would be better stewards of the coast."

The environmental group Heal the Bay issued a statement saying Lester's "firing is representative of a larger issue about the future of California’s coastline. The vote raises the question of what the Coastal Commission’s vision is for California’s coast."

The panel disclosed that it voted 7 to 5 in a private session to dismiss Charles Lester, touching off an emotional scene unique in the agency's 44-year history. Several commissioners who voted against Lester were escorted out of the meeting by law enforcement without explaining their votes.

Commission chairman Steve Kinsey, who voted against the firing, called it a difficult decision that . . . . . . . .

No other commissioners offered explanations following the vote. After giving Lester a moment to speak, they adjourned.

Commissioners Olga Diaz, Erik Howell, Wendy Mitchell, Effie Turnbull-Sanders, Mark Vargas, Martha McClure and Roberto Uranga voted to fire Lester. Voting no were Carole Groom, Mary Shallenberger, Kinsey, vice chair Dayna Bochco and Mary Luevano.

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A former chairman of the commission, Mel Nutter, said the way the hearing was structured -- with hours of public testimony before any commissioners uttered any criticisms of Lester -- was “totally backwards.” “The public was asked in effect to present a defense against a set of charges that were never presented,” said Nutter, a Long Beach attorney. “It was totally backwards and that put the public at a huge disadvantage.”

***ALSO, Related:

* Orange County Register (CALmatters):  "Gov. Jerry Brown's complicated relationship with environmentalists"

Thursday
Feb112016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (County of Los Angeles): Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, guilty plea, federal corruption investigation: "Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca's guilty plea caps a 'sad saga' of corruption" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca's guilty plea caps a 'sad saga' of corruption" - From the LAT:

For more than 15 years, Lee Baca was one of Los Angeles' most prominent politicians and law enforcement leaders. But on Wednesday, Baca's legacy as the former sheriff of Los Angeles County took a dark turn when he agreed to plead guilty to a single charge of making false statements as part of a sweeping federal investigation into corruption and abuse in his department. Baca resigned under pressure in 2014. But the criminal charge still stunned some observers, who reacted with a mixture of disappointment and gratification that justice was served.

“It is an unfortunate end to lengthy career in public service,” said Richard E. Drooyan, general counsel to the Citizen Committee on Jail Violence that examined the misconduct inside the county system. “This is a very significant event to charge and convicted a sheriff at the highest level.” “What this says is the Department of Justice viewed this as a systemic problem of violence and not just a problem with individual deputies. They wanted to hold people accountable all the way to the top,” Drooyan said.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich added: “This sad saga is now over for Lee. Hopefully the remaining prosecutions will end shortly so the Sheriff's Department can move forward."

Peter Eliasberg, legal director of American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said . . . . . . . .

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Chuck Jackson, a former sheriff’s chief who oversaw custody operations before the abuse allegations, said Baca contributed to his own downfall because ................

Thursday
Feb112016

POLITICS (State; Local): "Powerful casino tribes raise concerns with fantasy sports bill"; "Coastal Commission wades into a surf turf war on Palos Verdes Peninsula"; "Southwest Airlines makes bid to fly out of Long Beach Airport"; "Point Reyes: Lawsuit challenges historic ranching operations at iconic park"; "Price-gouging Airbnb hosts miss out on Super Bowl bookings" ....  

***Various items relating to business, politics and/or public policy -- state, local....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Coastal Commission wades into a surf turf war on Palos Verdes Peninsula"

* Long Beach Press-Telegram:  "Southwest Airlines makes bid to fly out of Long Beach Airport"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Price-gouging Airbnb hosts miss out on Super Bowl bookings"

* San Jose Mercury News:  "Point Reyes: Lawsuit challenges historic ranching operations at iconic park"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Powerful casino tribes raise concerns with fantasy sports bill"