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Thursday
Sep272012

L.A. CITY HALL: Sacramento South? Another state legislator to seek seat on Los Angeles City Council; papers filed by Sen. Curren Price for Council District 9 seat being vacated by Jan Perry.... 

* Los Angeles Times:  "Sen. Curren Price latest lawmaker to seek L.A. council seat" - From the LAT:

State Sen. Curren D. Price Jr. has filed papers to seek the Los Angeles City Council seat occupied by Councilwoman Jan Perry, becoming the second Sacramento lawmaker to pursue that post and the sixth to run for office in the March municipal election.

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Price, 61, had been living in Baldwin Hills in the district represented by Councilman Bernard C. Parks. He and his wife will move into a home in Perry's district on Oct. 1, said Price spokeswoman Fahizah Alim.

Assemblyman Mike Davis (D-Los Angeles) has already spent months on a campaign to replace Perry, who is running for mayor and must leave because of term limits. Twelve others have taken steps to seek the seat, including LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara; school teacher Ron Gochez; David Roberts, a former aide to Parks; and Ana Cubas, a former aide to Councilman Jose Huizar.

Three other state lawmakers are running for seats being vacated by Councilmen Ed Reyes, Dennis Zine and Richard Alarcon, each of whom must leave because of term limits. In addition, Assemblyman Mike Feuer is seeking to replace City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, who is seeking a second term.

Five current council members -- Alarcon, Paul Krekorian, Paul Koretz, Tony Cardenas and Herb Wesson -- and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have also served in the Legislature.

Thursday
Sep272012

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: L.A. Weekly, Space Shuttle Endeavor, removal of almost 400 trees, report, criticism, "Endeavor's Tree-Killing Debut"....

* L.A. Weekly:  "Endeavor's Tree-Killing Debut" - "Steve Soboroff falsely said the chopped trees were dying, sick" - From the Weekly:

"Moving the Endeavour will be a marvel of wonder and ingenuity," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at an August press conference, where it was announced that some 212 traffic signals and streetlights would be dismantled to accommodate the shuttle's slow crawl through South L.A. to its new home at the California Science Center.

What Villaraigosa pointedly did not say that day — and what no one from the Science Center said either — was that they also were quietly planning to chop down hundreds of mature, often beautiful shade trees in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods. Until the moment Inglewood residents awoke to buzzsaws outside their homes on Sept. 3, few people knew of California Science Center president Jeffrey N. Rudolph's controversial plan to hack down more than 370 magnolia, coral, bottlebrush, eucalyptus, sycamore and pine trees that line the 12-mile shuttle route from LAX.

"This is unbelievable!" well-known wetlands activist Marcia Hanscom says with disgust. She views the destruction of nearly 400 trees — after zero public notice or involvement — as "symptomatic of deeper problems: Here in L.A., it's OK to bulldoze a wetland away because 'it will come back.' The same disconnected thinking leads to approval of something like this tree massacre: 'We'll just plant more!' "

Ever since the truth belatedly emerged that city leaders and Rudolph planned to destroy 119 trees in South L.A., 124 in the Westchester area, 128 in the city of Inglewood and a handful near LAX to make way for L.A.'s latest tourist attraction, Angelenos and even many living outside the city have been up in arms..................

Thursday
Sep272012

POLITICS/EDUCATION: City College of San Francisco, unveiling of plan for survival, response by California's largest community college to "scathing findings" by Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges....

***Following up on earlier report noted here....

* Los Angeles Times:  "City College of San Francisco to unveil blueprint for survival" - "California's largest community college responds to findings this summer by an accrediting commission that placed its future in jeopardy." - From the LAT:

SAN FRANCISCO — Officials at City College of San Francisco will unveil a tough blueprint for survival Thursday that will include an increased focus on moving students through the two-year school, a more centralized approach to finances and closing campuses.

The state's largest community college prepared the detailed report in response to scathing findings by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges earlier this summer that placed its future in jeopardy. To emerge from the crisis, by next spring the college must justify its right to exist — an uncommon status known as "show cause" that falls one step shy of losing accreditation.

Among the litany of commission concerns: paltry financial reserves, a dearth of leadership and a slow-moving style of governance that has crippled accountability................

Thursday
Sep272012

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Los Angeles County Assessor's Office, report, "Medical building went missing from L.A. County tax rolls"....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Medical building went missing from L.A. County tax rolls" - "Redondo Beach facility's owners did not receive a tax bill for three years. It is one of 15 cases of questionable assessments forwarded to the D.A.'s office." - From the LAT:

The Prospect South Bay Medical Center in Redondo Beach is home to dozens of doctors' offices — cardiologists, obstetricians and an urgent care center. But for three years, the $11-million, 47,000-square-foot building disappeared from the Los Angeles County tax rolls. During that time, county officials acknowledge, they never sent a tax bill to the owner.

The assessor's office forwarded the case of the missing building and 14 other questionable assessments to the Los Angeles County district attorney last month following inquiries from The Times. Prosecutors are in the midst of an influence-peddling probe of the county assessor's office, examining hundreds of properties suspected of getting illegal tax reductions from a former county appraiser. Assessor officials said they could not explain why one of those buildings vanished from the roll.

"That's the kind of question I find myself asking a lot," said Santos Kreimann, who took charge of the assessor's office after a criminal probe into the department prompted Assessor John Noguez to take a paid leave of absence................

Thursday
Sep272012

MORNING MEMOS: Sen. Rod Wright, voter fraud case, court hearing delayed; L.A. mayor's race, Steve Cooley endorsement of Kevin James; editorial, L.A. Dept. of Water & Power salaries, editorial, "why DWP isn't trusted"; Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, fundraising for Alameda County Bd. of Supervisors....  

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

* Los Angeles Times (PolitiCal):  "Sen. Rod Wright wins court delay"

* Los Angeles Times:  "D.A. Steve Cooley throws support to Kevin James for mayor"

* Daily News (editorial):  "Report shows why DWP isn't trusted"

* Bay Area Observer:  "Mary Hayashi's Sacto pals stick with her, despite shoplifting conviction"

* Los Angeles Times (PolitiCal):  "After shoplifting plea, lawmaker seeks another office"