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Sunday
Oct182015

POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION: California high-speed rail project, funding?: "Funding and subsidies worry potential partners in California's bullet train project"; "Private firms question California high-speed rail funding"; also, "Chinese firms want to build, finance California high-speed train" ....

Friday
Oct162015

AFTERNOON MEMOS: Sacramento, proposed mininum wage increase, "Rethinking tipping, wages in Sacramento's booming restaurant scene"; Sacramento City Hall, "Attorneys to Kevin Johnson: Don't hug city workers"; Capitol, "State engineers OK contract that requires they pay for retiree benefits" ....

***Various items this afternoon relating to the spectrum of politics and/or public policy....

* Sacramento Bee:  "State engineers OK contract that requires they pay for retiree benefits"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Attorneys to Kevin Johnson: Don't hug city workers"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Rethinking tipping, wages in Sacramento's booming restaurant scene"

Friday
Oct162015

SACRRAMENTO: Governor's Mansion, renovation: "Jerry Brown to move into historic governor's mansion" ....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Jerry Brown to move into historic governor's mansion" - From the Bee:

Gov. Jerry Brown, who chose an apartment over mansion life when he was governor before, now plans to move into the historic Governor’s Mansion in downtown Sacramento, likely late this year or early next year. His move will follow the completion of a months-long renovation of the residence, which is expected to be finished by the end of the year, Brown’s office said. The governor and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, will give up their rented loft in downtown Sacramento.

The mansion, purchased by the state in 1903 and now maintained as a state park and museum, has not housed a governor since Ronald Reagan in 1967.

When Brown signed a budget last year that included $2.5 million for renovations at the mansion, his office said he had “no immediate plans” to move in. That appeared to change this year, however, with an additional $1.6 million appropriated for the project and the renovation growing to include security improvements. The administration considered the building a possible home for Brown and future governors.

California is one of only a handful of states without a permanent governor’s residence – the lack of which has been a source of consternation for years to Sacramento-based politicians.

The historic mansion housed 13 governors before falling into disrepair . . . . . . . .

In more recent years . . . . . . .

Funds for the historic mansion’s renovation are from proceeds ..............

Friday
Oct162015

POLITICS/BUSINESS: Uber drivers, protests, threat of weekend strike: "Uber drivers threaten to strike over tips and fares"; also, "Uber drivers protest in Dallas as strikes are threatened across the country"; "Some UberX drivers plan weekend protests"; "Strike Planned: Some Uber Drivers to Stay Off Roads This Weekend" ....  

* Los Angeles Times:  "Uber drivers threaten to strike over tips and fares" - From the LAT:

Groups of Uber drivers across the country are organizing to go on strike this weekend unless the on-demand transportation company agrees to increase fares and add a tipping option. The drivers, who are coordinating over Facebook, are proposing a strike that begins Friday evening and lasts through the weekend.

Drivers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Houston have said on the social network that they will participate in the strike, but it is unclear how many will actually carry out the plan.

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As of Friday afternoon, more than 1,200 drivers had indicated on the nationwide event’s Facebook page that they were going to participate .................

***ALSO:

* Dallas Morning News:  "Uber drivers  protest in Dallas as strikes are threatened across the country"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Some UberX drivers plan weekend protests"

* NBC News (Wash., D.C.):  "Srike Planned: Some Uber Drivers to Stay Off Roads This Weekend"

Friday
Oct162015

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, divergent paths to campaign funding: "In campaign money race, Democrats vastly outpacing Republicans" ....

* Washington Post:  "In campaign money race, Democrats vastly outpacing Republicans" - From the WP:

The Democratic presidential contenders dramatically outpaced their Republican counterparts in the race for campaign cash last quarter, spotlighting how the parties are taking divergent paths in their pursuit of 2016 funding. The emphasis by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders on raising money directly for their campaigns has helped them amass large donor pools critical to generating the estimated $1 billion each party’s candidate will need to raise by Election Day.

While GOP candidates put an intense focus early in the year on raising huge sums for independent groups, many have had less success in attracting smaller donations that are the lifeblood of campaign operations, campaign finance reports filed Thursday show.

The risk of the big-money approach was underscored by the modest $13.4 million raised over the summer by former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who earlier this year was expected to be a financial powerhouse. Just $877,000 came from donations of $200 or less. After helping scoop up more than $100 million for his allied super PAC before declaring his bid, Bush is now struggling to explain to backers why he is not getting more traction among the party’s rank-and-file ..................