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Friday
Sep252015

POLITICS/LEGAL (Bay Area): Berkeley, "Court lets Berkeley couple build 10,000-square-foot home"; Oakland, "Ex-Oakland city employee awarded $613,000 in unfair firing case"; San Francisco, "S.F. restaurant owner accused of underpaying, threatening workers" .... 

***Various items relating to politics/public policy/legal system in and around the Bay Area....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Court lets Berkeley couple build 10,000-square-foot home"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Ex-Oakland city employee awarded $613,000 in unfair firing case"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "S.F. resaurant owner accused of underpaying, threatening workers"

Friday
Sep252015

POLITICS (State; Local/Southern California): Water, editorial, "MWD's water recycling plan is a good one, but don't call it 'toilet to tap'"; Univ. of Calif., free speech/intolerance, "Opinions can be as hurtful as slurs and insults, but they should be protected"; road repair/bicyclists, commentary (George Skelton), "Bicyclists shouldn't get a free ride when it comes to repairing roads" ....

***Various items relating to poliics and/or public policy -- Sacramento, Southern California....

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "MWD's water recycling plan is a good one, but don't call it 'toilet to tap'"

* Los Angeles Times (George Skelton):  "Bicyclists shouldn't get a free ride when it comes to repairing roads"

* Los Angeles Times (Opinion L.A. - Michael McGough):  "Opinions can be as hurtful as slurs and insults, but they should be protected"

Friday
Sep252015

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Orange County, "Cities are being won over by electronic billboards. Will O.C. go Vegas?: Hardly."; Bay Area, commentary (Joe Garofoli), "Uber will change Oakland, but will Oakland change Uber?"; South Bay/Los Angeles County/Carson, "Carson city officials will seek restraining order against City Clerk Jim Dear" ....

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

* San Francisco Chronicle (Joe Garofoli):  "Uber will change Oakland, but will Oakland change Uber?"

* Orange County Register:  "Cities are being won over by electronic billboards. Will O.C. go Vegas? Hardly."

* Daily Breeze:  "Carson city officials will seek restraining order against City Clerk Jim Dear"

Friday
Sep252015

SACRAMENTO: Redevelopment, AB 2, authorization, "Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities": Commentary (Dan Walters), "New bottle contains old wine" ....

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "New bottle contains old wine" - From the Bee:

Redevelopment is dead. Long live redevelopment.

In one of his first major acts after returning to the governorship in 2011, Jerry Brown proposed to abolish hundreds of local redevelopment agencies, saying they had strayed from their original purposes and were consuming billions of tax dollars that would be better spent elsewhere. The Legislature agreed, but this week, Brown signed legislation that brings back a pared-down form of redevelopment, authorizing creation of “Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities” with many, but not all, of the same powers.

Assembly Bill 2 sailed through the Legislature with bipartisan floor votes, responding to years of pleading by local officials for tools to clean up blighted neighborhoods and generate more money for low- and moderate-income housing. The new agencies can be formed by individual cities or counties or as joint powers operations, and can issue bonds, acquire land and construct facilities within areas that meet the criteria of high unemployment and crime rates, and physical deterioration. They also can capture . . . . . . . .

The new agencies would not be quite the cash cows that their predecessors became, because . . . . . . . .

The new entities, like redevelopment agencies, could be formed without votes of those living and owning property in proposed project areas unless they register significant opposition . . . . . . .

Redevelopment agencies had become vehicles for giving massive tax subsidies and sweet land deals to developers with political pull, and there’s little in the new law that would preclude that from happening again . . . . . . . .

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While California does need to address its growing shortage of housing for low- and moderate-income families, this new scheme is a roundabout way of doing it. Furthermore, it’s unlikely to produce any better overall economic results ..............

Friday
Sep252015

SACRAMENTO: Climate change, SB 350, Gov. Jerry Brown, California Air Resources Board: "California air regulators likely to re-adopt fuel standard to fight climate change"; also, "Following petroleum defeat, Jerry Brown's air board flexes muscle on climate"; "California air regulators to restore emissions-cutting fuel rule" ....

***Climate change, SB 350, Governor Jerry Brown, California Air Resources Board....

* Los Angeles Times:  "California air regulators likely to re-adopt fuel standard to fight climate change"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Following petroleum defeat, Jerry Brown's air board flexes muscle on climate"

* San Francisco Chronicle (AP):  "California air regulators to restore emissions-cutting fuel rule"