Index
Monday
Nov172014

INTERNATIONAL: Hong Kong-Shanghai stock market link: "Landmark Hong Kong-Shanghai stock link officially opens"; also, "Money flows to Shanghai as landmark stocks link with Hong Kong opens"; "Investors send billions to Shanghai as market opens to foreigners"; "Missing Link In Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect" ....

Monday
Nov172014

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Los Angeles, Long Beach): Port truckers strike: "L.A. area port truckers expand strike to three new companies"; also, "Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach truckers resume pickets targeting three more companies" .... 

***Truckers strike at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach....

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A.-area port truckers expand strike to three new companies"

* Daily Breeze:  "Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach truckers resume pickets targeting three more companies"

Monday
Nov172014

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Francisco, 2015 Sheriff's race, Ross Mirkarimi, others, commentary (Matier & Ross) ....

* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross):

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Sheriff’s race: After months of mulling it over, former acting Sheriff Vicki Hennessy has made up her mind about running against incumbent Ross Mirkarimi next year. “I’m definitely in,” she said.

Hennessy, whose resume includes more than 30 years with the Sheriff’s Department and two years as head of the city’s emergency services operation, was tagged by Mayor Ed Lee to be acting sheriff when he suspended Mirkarimi after the sheriff was charged with domestic violence.

Mirkarimi was later reinstated to his job, thanks to the votes of Supervisors Jane Kim, John Avalos, David Campos and Christina Olague. Olague subsequently was defeated at the polls, in part because of a campaign by anti-domestic-violence activists. This month, Campos lost his bid for state Assembly after the same activists backed his opponent, Supervisor David Chiu. And chances are, they’ll be taking direct aim at Mirkarimi this time out.

Mirkarimi tells us he looks forward to running on his record but added, “This year’s election demonstrated that the mayor’s billionaire bullies, along with their proxies who receive city contracts, will stop at nothing to smear with their vile tactics.”

Should be interesting.

 

Monday
Nov172014

POLITICS (National): Ferguson, Missouri: "US cities brace for protests off Ferguson decision" ....

* Yahoo News (AP):  "US cities brace for protests off Ferguson decision" - From Yahoo News:

BOSTON (AP) — From Boston to Los Angeles, police departments are bracing for large demonstrations when a grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. The St. Louis County grand jury, which has been meeting since Aug. 20, is expected to decide this month whether Officer Darren Wilson is charged with a crime for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown after ordering him and a friend to stop walking in the street on Aug. 9.

The shooting has led to tension with police and a string of unruly protests there and brought worldwide attention to the formerly obscure St. Louis suburb, where more than half the population is black but few police officers are. For some cities, a decision in the racially charged case will, inevitably, reignite long-simmering debates over local police relations with minority communities.

"It's definitely on our radar," said Lt. Michael McCarthy, police spokesman in Boston, where police leaders met privately Wednesday to discuss preparations. "Common sense tells you the timeline is getting close. We're just trying to prepare in case something does step off, so we are ready to go with it."

In Los Angeles, rocked by riots in 1992 after the acquittal of police officers in the videotaped beating of Rodney King, police officials say they've been in touch with their counterparts in Missouri, where Gov. Jay Nixon and St. Louis-area law enforcement held a news conference this week on their own preparations. "Naturally, we always pay attention," said Cmdr. Andrew Smith, a police spokesman...........................

Monday
Nov172014

POLITICS (National, State): Democratic Party, a "gerontocracy" dilemma in California, report/analysis: "New political generation on hold as elder Democrats hang on" ....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "New political generation on hold as elder Democrats hang on" - From the Chronicle:

When Rep. Mike Honda celebrated his hard-fought re-election win in Silicon Valley over fellow Democrat Ro Khanna, his victory speech crystallized one of his party’s biggest challenges in California as it looks toward the future. “There’s no reason to retire,” the 73-year-old Honda exulted when his narrow victory over Khanna, 38, was assured. “I’m going to live until 103. ... I’m not going anywhere.”

While Honda’s grit and enthusiasm is a boon to his progressive and labor backers, his stated determination to hang on to his House seat for years to come underscores the fears of some Democrats that they head into the 2016 elections in danger of losing ground to Republicans with critical Millennial voters. Some political observers suggest that a “gerontocracy” dilemma looms for Democrats, who fired up millions of young voters with a fresh face named Barack Obama in 2008, but who now face the dominance of the party’s older officeholders and the difficulty of its younger generation in moving up the ladder.

 

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In California, Democratic leadership is dominated by older warriors — from Gov. Jerry Brown, 76, to state party Chairman John Burton and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, both 81, to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Barbara Boxer, both 74.

Most members of the Bay Area’s House delegation — all of them Democrats — are in their 60s and 70s. The lone exceptions are Reps. Jared Huffman of San Rafael, 50, and Eric Swalwell, 33, of Dublin — who, like Khanna, bucked the Democratic Party establishment and the White House when he took on a long-term incumbent. Unlike Khanna, Swalwell won his race, defeating 20-term Rep. Pete Stark in 2012.

A recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll showed that although Boxer and Feinstein are still popular with voters, nearly 60 percent of respondents said they wanted fresh faces to take their jobs. With Republicans about to seize control of the U.S. Senate and speculation growing that Boxer won’t run for re-election in 2016, the political gossip mill is churning about the patience — or lack thereof — of younger Democrats who have been biding their time for several years.

“I don’t think talent is going to wait,” said Republican strategist Rob Stutzman, citing a Democratic bench that includes Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Controller John Chiang and a host of House members. If Boxer “doesn’t retire, I don’t know why she wouldn’t be challenged from within her party,” Stutzman said. “And it will almost certainly happen to Feinstein,” who will be 85 when she comes up for re-election in 2018, he said.

Even on the national stage, the Democratic leadership has a distinctly gray tinge. . . . . . . .

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GOP consultant Kevin Spillane says Democrats hoping to attract Millennials “will have to change, or Republicans are going to win.” He points to new faces like. . . . . . . .

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With few incumbents to protect, Republicans are concentrating on rebuilding the party. . . . . . . .

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Political consultant Rich Schlackman said Democrats have their own rising stars...................