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Wednesday
Dec232015

POLITICS (National, Local/Bay Area): Richmond, Islamic Society of West Contra Costa County, threat: "Richmond: Donald Trump supporter arrested on suspicion of threatening Muslims, possessing pipe-bomb device"; also, "Richmond man suspected of threatening Muslims, possessing pipe-bomb device" ....

* Contra Costa Times:  "Richmond: Donald Trump supporter arrested on suspicion of threatening Muslims, possessing pipe-bomb device" - From the CCT:

RICHMOND -- On Dec. 4, William Celli stood outside the Islamic Society of West Contra Costa County and yelled "I'm going to kill you all" at worshipers as they left a prayer service, the mosque's leader said Monday.

Members of the mosque alerted police, and they launched an investigation into the local plumber and self-proclaimed Donald Trump supporter who posted on Facebook that he would follow the Republican presidential candidate "to the end of the world." On Sunday, police said, they arrested Celli, 55, after learning he posted a photo of a pipe bomb on social media. Inside his Richmond home, investigators said they found a pipe bomb-type device that was not armed with explosives.

The mosque, which is attended by several hundred people, has hired private security guards to ensure the safety of its worshipers, said Imam Hamza Mehter, adding it's the first time in the nearly two decades the mosque has been in that neighborhood that threats have been made.  It also marks the latest in a string of alleged incidents targeting Bay Area Muslims in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks -- and amid a heated presidenetial campaign dominated by Trump's controversial remarks surrounding Muslims.

 

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Richmond police said Celli's motives in his alleged threats are unclear, and they were still investigating whether he had plans to carry out any violence. "His actions and words were so concerning, (mosque members) were photographing him in his car," Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan said. "He was threatening violence on them, and they were very shaken by it."

As police investigated the criminal threats, they learned Celli posted a photo of a pipe bomb on social media, Gagan said. "That raised the stakes to get him into custody and find out what his intentions were," Gagan said. "We're relieved to have him in custody and that the bomb we were afraid he would use has been found inert and seized." ..................

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* Los Angeles Times:  "Richmond man suspected of thretening Muslims, possessing pipe-bomb device"

Wednesday
Dec232015

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, overbilling, class-action lawsuit, court hearing: "Argument erupts between lawyer and activist on same side of DWP lawsuit" ....  

***Following up on earlier item noted here (L.A. Dept. of Water and Power, overbilling litigation, court hearing, appproval, conditional settlement?)....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Argument erupts between lawyer and activist on same side of DWP lawsuit" - From the LAT:

Inside the courtroom, a judge's review on Monday of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's still-evolving settlement of a class-action lawsuit over a malfunctioning billing system was a mostly somnolent affair. The real drama was outdoors, where a press conference on the courthouse steps devolved into a shouting match between two men ostensibly on the same side of the case. One of the attorneys representing utility customers and a consumer advocate traded a colorful slew of insults as television news cameras rolled.

The estimated $45-million settlement remained a work in progress. Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said that he accepts the main points of the draft agreement, including full refunds for DWP customers who were overcharged. But some technical details -- such as the timeline and methods for notifying ratepayers -- still need to be worked out before he grants the deal preliminary approval. Meanwhile, the argument outside the civil courthouse in Westlake laid bare tensions that have been mounting for months among some of the attorneys and activists vying to speak on behalf of Angelenos affected by the DWP billing fiasco ......................

Tuesday
Dec222015

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Los Angeles, "Feuer Wants Court Order to Speed Up Porter Ranch Relocation"; San Francisco, "Cautiously-greeted progress in reducing S.F. homelessness"; Pasadena, "Pasadena police fumbled their investigation of a black teen's shooting, report says" .... 

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

* Los Angeles Times:  "Pasadena police fumbled their investigation of a black teen's shooting, report says"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Cautiously-greeted progress in reducing S.F. homelessness"

* CBS2/KCAL9:  "Feuer Wants Court Order to Speed Up Porter Ranch Relocation"

 

Tuesday
Dec222015

AFTERNOON MEMOS: Bay Area, politics/land use, "S.F. Sierra Club leaders resist newcomers' takeover attempt"; NYC, Manhattan, "supertall towers", "As a New High Society Climbs in Manhattan, It's a Race to the Top"; Inglewood, "Construction is underway at Hollywood Park site; if they build there, will NFL's Rams come home?" .... 

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

* New York Times:  "As a New High Society Climbs in Manhattan, It's a Race to the Top"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Construction is underway at Hollywood Park site; if they build there, will NFL's Rams come home?"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "S.F. Sierra Club leaders resist newcomers' takeover attempt"

Tuesday
Dec222015

MISCELLANEOUS: Best American "food cities": "The 10 Best Food Cities in America, Ranked" ....

* Washington Post (Tom Sietsema):  "The 10 Best Food Cities in America, Ranked" - From the WP:

To be a great food city, it helps to have a large body of water nearby, a classic dish or three, and a population with a fondness for drink. Those are among my impressions after spending more than 60 days on the road this year, visiting more than a dozen destinations, then measuring them against a set of standards — for creativity, community and tradition, among other criteria — to come up with a Top 10 list of America’s Best Food Cities.

Not every trip produced fruit. (Maybe next year, Nashville and Seattle?) And there were plenty of surprises on the journey. I can’t wait to eat in Houston again, but New York let me down, at least for the present.

Let the debate begin! But remember: I didn’t just parachute into these cities, try a few bites and fly home. Before rating my subjects, I ate, drank and shopped in 271 restaurants, bars, food stores and farmers markets .......................