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Sunday
Aug212016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election: "Lies, insults and exaggeration: A U.S. presidential campaign tradition"; "Trump was very smart to go to Louisiana. (But he can't quite seem to help himself.)"; "Trump wants GOP to block voters -- then slams voting rights for felons." ....

Sunday
Aug212016

MISCELLANEOUS: Airport advertising?: "Mariah Carey ad is too racy for Bob Hope Airport but not for John Wayne Airport" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Mariah Carey ad is too racy for Bob Hope Airport but not for John Wayne Airport" - From the LAT:

Mariah Carey will appear in a series of concerts at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this month but you probably won’t see any ads for her shows at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, which runs the facility, decided last week that a proposed ad for the top-selling singer showed a little too much skin to be posted at the airport. The government body that runs the airport said the ads needed “more coverage” of Carey before they could be posted at Bob Hope Airport, said airport spokeswoman Rachael Warecki, adding that the concert promoter has yet to respond with a more modest ad.

Meanwhile, the ads, depicting Carey lying on her side, draped in gold lame and showing lots of cleavage, won the go-ahead to be posted at the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, which is owned and operated by Orange County. The ads will appear starting Monday, according to an airport spokeswoman.

As for Los Angeles International Airport, the Carey ads won’t appear there because the city has adopted a policy that permits only ads that promote business connected to the airport, such as retail shops in the terminals.

Sunday
Aug212016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election: Commentary (Maureen Dowd), "An Open Letter From Mr. Trump"; commentary (Willie Brown), "Trump team will hit hard to reap rewards of split votes"; report/analysis (Josh Zeitz), "The 1965 Law That Gave the Republican Party Its Race Problem"; also, "As she gains in the polls, Clinton seeks Latino support in unusual places" .... 

***2016 presidential election....

* New York Times (Op-Ed: Maureen Dowd):  "An Open Letter From Mr. Trump"

* San Francisco Chronicle (Willie Brown):  "Trump team will hit hard to reap rewards of split votes"

* POLITICO (Josh Zeitz):  "The 1965 Law That Gave the Republican Party Its Race Problem" - "LBJ didn't think the Immigration and Nationality Act would be revolutionary. He was wrong."

***ALSO:

* Washington Post:  "As she gains in the polls, Clinton seeks Latino support in unusual places"

Sunday
Aug212016

SACRAMENTO: AB 2757/AB 1066, overtime pay, farmworkers?: "Calfornia lawmakers expect another showdown on overtime pay for farmworkers" .... 

* Los Angeles Times:  "California lawmakers expect another showdown on overtime pay for farmworkers" - From the LAT:

On the floor of the California Assembly in June, lawmakers voiced passionate but opposing stances on whether to expand overtime pay for farmworkers. They quoted scripture. They called upon their own experiences on family farms. They turned to the historic exploitation of black, Latino and Asian laborers in the fields.

The moment was historic for advocates and lobbyists who remember the movement to establish farm workers’ rights in the 1960s and ‘70s: Cesar Chavez walking alongside civil leaders and workers on a pilgrimage to Sacramento, Bobby Kennedy standing with farmworkers in Delano. In those days, the emotional appeals occurred outside the state Capitol.

In June, the fervor had moved to the Assembly chamber, where AB 2757, which would have phased in new overtime rules for agricultural employees, died four votes short of the majority needed to pass. “I was devastated,” Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) said. “This is really about whether people who are doing the hardest, most backbreaking work are finally — after decades and centuries of being treated differently in California — going to be seen as equal under the law.” 

Gonzalez revived the legislation two weeks later by amending an unrelated bill, AB 1066, that’s now pending in the Senate. The upper house, controlled by liberal Democrats who are generally supportive of farm worker rights, may consider the bill as soon as Monday. But lawmakers say the most intense debate will once again unfold among Gonzalez’s Democratic colleagues in the Assembly, where the demographics have changed, but where powerful agricultural interests remain .................

Sunday
Aug212016

POLITICS/LAW ENFORCEMENT: Mistaken arrests, same name?: "A woman was wrongfully arrested and detained as a fraud suspect. The reason? Her name."  

* Los Angeles Times:  "A woman was wrongfully arrested and detained as a fraud suspect. The reason? Her name." - From the LAT:

Half-awake and barefoot, Maria Elena Hernandez hurried toward the loud banging on her front door. It was before sunrise, and she hoped the noise wouldn’t wake her 14-month-old granddaughter. As she cracked open the door, dressed in a sheer nightgown, Hernandez, 62, saw six California Department of Insurance officers staring back at her. “Are you Maria Hernandez?” one of them shouted. Yes, she answered. A female officer yanked her arm, twisted it behind her back and tightened handcuffs around her wrists. “Why? Why? Why?” she asked. “Let me go. You’re arresting the wrong person.”

It would take more than two months before authorities realized they had, indeed, arrested the wrong person. 

Incarcerations of innocent people mistaken for wanted criminals represent a tiny fraction of the roughly 16,700 people locked up in L.A. County, and they have declined sharply from a decade ago. But, from May through July, records show, at least six people were released from jail in Los Angeles County after authorities determined they had arrested the wrong person. (That does not include people, such as Hernandez, who bailed out before authorities realized the error.)

Officials introduced reforms to reduce the problem after a 2011 Times investigation found such cases had occurred nearly 1,500 times in five years. The mistakes usually involved . . . . . . . .

But extra checks by the jail would not have helped Hernandez. Her arrest warrant was issued after the California Department of Insurance  confused her with an insurance fraud suspect, who had used a false date of birth as well as a first and a last name that matched Hernandez’s . . . . . . . .

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Hernandez spent nearly two days in the county’s jail in Lynwood before her family managed to bail her out. Her family now owes $2,000 to a bail bonds company. And Hernandez, who cleaned homes for years but is now retired, faces another bill of $1,470 for a medical exam conducted at the direction of jail staff.

The events that led to her arrest began in the summer of 2013 ...............