POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: "Metro b

***Following up on earlier item noted here (Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, San Fernando Road, rail crossings)....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Metro board OKs plan to close two rail crossings along San Fernando Road" - From the LAT:

Metro's board of directors agreed to move forward with a plan to close two railroad crossings along the San Fernando Road corridor to traffic, and variations of that proposal are expected to be heading to the public for community feedback by the end of the year.

Unanimous approval was given to close crossings at Doran Street and Broadway/Brazil Street where the roads intersect with San Fernando Road. The latter intersection has been the scene of five fatalities. However, the closures necessitate construction of a few connectors to help drivers access West San Fernando Road, and that's where the public will have an opportunity to provide input on a series of options.

The favored proposal suggests a P-shaped connector be built that links Fairmont Avenue to West San Fernando Road, which some residents worry will bring additional traffic to the adjacent residential area. The second half of the plan outlines an overpass between Salem and Sperry streets to replace the Broadway/Brazil crossing.

Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, who serves on Metro's board of directors, suggested .......................


AFTERNOON MEMOS: Mexico, "Baja turns to desalination": California drought, "In California's drought, canal now flowing backward"; L.A., "Tensions are high as Hollywood tour bus operators vie for customers"; politics, commentary (Willie Brown), "Obama's chance to shine, thanks to Supreme Court, Cuba" ....atio 


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

* Sacramento Bee:  "In California's drought, canal now flowing backward"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Tensions are high as Hollywood tour bus operators vie for customers"

* San Francisco Chronicle (Willie Brown):  "Obama's chance to shine, thanks to Supreme Court, Cuba"

* San Diego Union-Tribune:  "Baja turns to desalination" - "Ensenada plant set to open in 2017"


MEDIA (Bay Area): San Francisco, television news crew robbed at gunpoint on live TV: "TV news crew robbed in S.F.; cameraman pistol-whipped"; "Bay Area news crew robbed on live TV while reporting on a homicide"; "News Crew Mugged, Cameras Stolen at San Francisco Pier"; "KTVU news crew robbed at gunpoint on San Francisco's Embarcadero" ....

***San Francisco, television news crew robbed at gunpoint while reporting on a homicide, various reports....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "TV news crew robbed in S.F.; cameraman pistol-whipped"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Bay Area news crew robbed on live TV while reporting on a homicide"

* NBC4 Bay Area:  "News Crew Mugged, Cameras Stolen at San Francisco Pier

* KTVU:  "KTVU news crew robbed at gunpoint on San Francisco's Embarcadero"


POLITICS (State, Local/Orange County): AB 718, SB 608, homeless, legalization, sleeping in cars: "Should the homeless be allowed to sleep in their cars?" ....  

* Orange County Register:  "Should the homeless be allowed to sleep in their cars?" - From the Register:

A bill making its way through the state legislature would legalize something that, on its face, seems uncontroversial: sleeping in your car. But for homeless advocates and leaders of some beach communities in Orange County, the bill, AB718, is a point of contention that reflects starkly different worldviews.

People who work with the homeless say the bill would provide a small measure of dignity for people struggling to survive on the streets. They view the practice of issuing fines, or rousting people from their cars, as many local agencies now do routinely, as a form of harassment. But leaders in Laguna Beach and Dana Point, and several other California cities, say a state law would limit local control and jeopardize residents’ safety. What’s more, they add, the bill does nothing to address the basic reasons why people sleep in their cars in the first place.

For both sides, a day of reckoning might be coming. The bill passed the Assembly and is scheduled for a vote Wednesday in the state Senate, though its prospects are unclear. A bill that would have created a homeless bill of rights in California was defeated in the Legislature two years ago.



It isn’t the first time California has considered a state law to legalize sleeping in cars.

In 2013, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano introduced legislation known as the Homeless Bill of Rights. That bill would have guaranteed the homeless a host of rights – legal counsel, access to showers and bathrooms and the right to sleep in a car or outdoors. The idea didn’t pass. Cities pushed back, saying it would have been too expensive. And some city leaders offered another thought – the state was proposing a law that overrode local views.

City leaders in Orange County are saying the same thing about the narrower proposal, AB718.


Many other cities in California also oppose the bill.


... [S]upporters of a separate bill, SB608, say it’s important that ..................


POLITICS/EDUCATION (Beverly Hills): Beverly Hills Unified School District, federal discrimination lawsuit: "Beverly Hills Unified will pay $685,000 to settle ex-principal's suit" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Beverly Hills Unified will pay $685,000 to settle ex-principal's suit" - From the LAT:

The Beverly Hills Unified School District will pay $685,000 to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit filed last year by its former principal, according to a copy of the agreement. The settlement, reached last month, resolves a lawsuit by Carter Paysinger in which he alleged district officials routinely ignored his complaints of racial discrimination and retaliated against him through attacks in the media, harassment and by denying job opportunities to him and his family.

In a 32-page complaint filed in federal court, Paysinger, who retired as principal this month, made a host of allegations against the district. The complaint cited discriminatory comments by board members toward the African American administrator and deliberate leaks of information to the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers.

In a statement, Paysinger said the settlement is “a huge victory for everyone who has ever suffered in the workplace” and that he will now “focus all of my attention on seeking election to the board and continuing my goals of moving our district forward to the highest level of excellence.”


Paysinger and the district have been embroiled in a dispute since 2013 .................