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Apr082016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 5th District election, June primary election: "Judge also won't let L.A. Councilman Mitch Englander call himself 'reserve policeman' on ballot" ....  

***Following up on earlier items noted here (Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 5th District election, June primary election, ballot designations)....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Judge also won't let L.A. Councilman Mitch Englander call himself 'reserve policeman' on ballot" - From the LAT:

A tug of war over Los Angeles Councilman Mitch Englander's description of himself on the June ballot, in which he is running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, ended Thursday with a judge ruling that he can't call himself either a police officer or a reserve policeman.

Three other candidates running for the seat being vacated by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich — prosecutor Elan Carr, State Sen. Bob Huff, and Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian — challenged Englander's chosen ballot designation, which originally was "Councilmember/Police Officer," saying it was misleading because Englander is a volunteer reserve officer, not a full-time cop.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert H. O'Brien agreed with them at a hearing Wednesday. Englander subsequently amended his ballot designation to "Councilmember/Reserve Policeman," which the county's office of registrar-recorder accepted. The other candidates promptly challenged that description as well, arguing that being a reserve is not Englander's primary occupation.

O'Brien sided with the opponents again Thursday, leaving Englander with the designation "Councilmember." The opponents crowed over the victory ................

Thursday
Apr072016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: County of Los Angeles, editorial, "Convicting Paul Tanaka doesn't end the culture of lawlessness in the L.A. County Sheriff's Department"; Bay Area, "Sports tickets, a Mideast trip, a drone: freebies given to S.F. officials"; Sacramento, "Repeal of Sacramento minimum wage hike sought in wake of state action" ....  

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

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Convicting Paul Tanaka doesn't end the culture of lawlessness in the L.A. County Sheriff's Department"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Sports tickets, a Mideast trip, a drone: freebies given to S.F. officials"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Repeal of Sacramento minimum wage hike sought in wake of state action"

***ALSO:

* Pasadena Star News:  "Arcadia approves new housing standards, but could Tuesday's election reverse course?"

 

Thursday
Apr072016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: County of Los Angeles, "Christian cross has no place on L.A. County seal, judge rules"; South Bay (L.A.), "Torrance Mayor Pat Furey unloads on 'enemies,' council moves to fire his son from commission"; Sacramento mayoral election, "Steinberg transfers $1.4 million into Sacramento mayoral account"; East Bay, "Alameda County criticized for not investigating all in-custody deaths" 

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

* Los Angeles Times:  "Christian cross has no place on L.A. County seal, judge rules"

* East Bay Times:  "Alameda County criticized for not investigating all in-custody deaths"

* Daily Breeze:  "Torrance Mayor Pat Furey unloads on 'enemies,' council moves to fire his son from commission"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Steinberg transfers $1.4 million into Sacramento mayoral account"

Thursday
Apr072016

INTERNATIONAL: Pakistan, "giant rats"?: "As giant rats menace Pakistan, conspiracy theories swirl" ....

* Washington Post:  "As giant rats menace Pakistan, conspiracy theories swirl" - From the WP:

Here in a city that has defined Pakistan’s struggle against Islamist extremism, thousands of people have been killed or injured in terrorist attacks. But now, if asked their greatest fear, many residents cite one of the world’s other menaces: rats.

Over the past year, according to Peshawar’s mayor, eight children have been killed by rats. At night, rodents spill out of the city’s crude sewer system, chewing through doors and walls, feasting on food supplies and overrunning hospitals and schools. And these aren’t ordinary rats, residents say. These creatures are big — so big that residents swear they can’t be native to the area. And that gives rise to yet more conspiracy theories in a country already prone to blaming its woes on outsiders.

“They can be so big, like cats, and with two big sharp teeth in the front,” said Muhammad Humayun, 38, who describes the size of the rats by stretching out his arm and pointing from his elbow to the tip of his fingers.

Throughout history, tales of cat-size rats have repeatedly surfaced only to be debunked by scientists. The average body of a Norway rat in the West, they say, is six to eight inches long. But some rat species in Asia have been known to grow larger, creating some uncertainty about what sort of rodent is now rampaging through Peshawar.

Still, the roots of Peshawar’s rat problem appear obvious. More than 1 million people live packed together in poorly constructed houses in one of the oldest cities in South Asia. Uncovered sewage drains empty directly into streets or streams. Garbage is casually tossed onto sidewalks or vacant lots. Butchers slaughter cows and goats in store-front windows. And chicken and dairy farms can be found in the middle of densely populated neighborhoods.

It seems like the makings of a rat paradise, yet residents are mystified as to why they are now being terrorized by one of human civilization’s most persistent foes ...................

Thursday
Apr072016

SACRAMENTO: California Public Employees' Retirement System, investment/divestment policy, tobacco stocks?: "CalPERS rethinks ban on tobacco stocks"; also, editorial, "CalPERS should not take up the tobacco habit again" ....

***California Public Employees' Retirement System, investment/divestment policy, tobacco stocks?

* Sacramento Bee:  "CalPERS rethinks ban on tobacco stocks"

* Sacramento Bee (editorial):  "CalPERS should not take up the tobacco habit again"