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Friday
Aug292014

L.A. CITY HALL: Hollywood, Target shopping center, stop-work order, city planning rules/development guidelines, editorial: "In Hollywood, half-built target is construction-zone eyesore" ....  

***Following up on earlier items noted here (L.A. Dept. of Bldg. and Safety, Hollywood, Target shopping center, stop-work order)....

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "In Hollywood, half-built target is construction-zone eyesore" - From the LAT:

A half-built Target store in Hollywood is the latest example of how planning and land use in Los Angeles can go terribly wrong. This week, the Department of Building and Safety ordered the retailer to halt construction of a three-story complex on Sunset Boulevard at Western Avenue after a judge ruled that the City Council had erroneously OKd a 74-foot-tall structure, which is twice as tall as the rules allow for commercial development there.

Now the community is left with a construction-zone eyesore while Target appeals the court decision. The community groups that filed the lawsuits want Target to tear down the existing structure, which already has a foundation, walls and roof, and rebuild a store that meets the area's 35-foot height limit. Target wants the city to rewrite the area's zoning plan to allow a taller building. Neither option is satisfying.

The City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti — who was the councilman representing Hollywood when the project was approved in 2012 — could have avoided this mess if they'd followed the area's planning rules. Instead, Garcetti urged Target to scrap plans for a standard big-box store and build a larger complex with restaurants, more shops and a plaza fronting the sidewalk.

Garcetti was right to push for a project that would help revitalize a dull corner of Sunset Boulevard and encourage pedestrian activity in a neighborhood less than half a mile from a subway station. But why did he and Target have to ignore the area's planning rules to do it?.............................

Friday
Aug292014

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Sacramento): Follow-up, firing of Sacramento labor leader Bill Camp: "Fight over Sacramento labor leader's ouster escalates" ....  

***Following up on earlier item noted here (Measure L, Sacramento municipal ballot, dispute among labor groups)....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Fight over Sacramento labor leader's ouster escalates" - From the Bee:

Longtime Sacramento labor leader Bill Camp, who appeared to have been abruptly fired Monday, may still have his job. In a letter Thursday, the national AFL-CIO cautioned local officials at the Sacramento Central Labor Council that Camp, the council’s executive secretary, should not be considered terminated yet.

Addressed to the president of the Sacramento Labor Council, Lino Pedres, the letter states that in order to “properly” terminate the executive secretary, the labor group’s executive board must provide sufficient notice of the meeting in which the vote is taken, have a quorum, publish meeting minutes, and report the decision at the next delegates meeting for final approval.

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Several sources said AFL-CIO Western Region Director Jennifer Hernandez will be in Sacramento on Friday to meet with labor council executive board members to determine whether local leaders took the proper steps in terminating Camp. . . . . . . .

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The fight over Camp’s ouster as executive of the 104,000-member organization comes as proponents and opponents of a Sacramento’s strong-mayor ballot measure jockey for support from area labor leaders..................

Friday
Aug292014

MISCELLANEOUS: Another flight diversion, passenger argument over legroom: "Flight diverts to Boston over reclined-seat upset" ....  

***Following up on earlier item noted here (United Airlines, flight diversion, disturbance, argument over legroom)....

* San Francisco Chronicle (AP):  "Flight diverts to Boston over reclined-seat upset" - From the Chronicle:

BOSTON (AP) — An outburst over a reclined seat led an American Airlines flight to divert to Boston, at least the second such incident in the U.S. this week, authorities said.

Passenger Edmund Alexandre became upset after a woman reclined the seat in front of him on the Miami-to-Paris flight on Wednesday night, the Suffolk County district attorney's office said. Alexandre, who's from Paris, continued to be disruptive when a flight crew member attempted to calm him, following the crewman down the aisle and grabbing his arm, authorities said. Two undercover federal air marshals on the flight then subdued Alexandre and handcuffed him, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Massachusetts state police arrested Alexandre when the diverted plane landed around 10 p.m. Alexandre was taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of pre-existing health issues. Federal prosecutors said he told authorities he had high blood pressure and diabetes.

Alexandre was charged with interfering with a flight crew and was arraigned at the hospital on Thursday. A judge approved his release from custody on his own recognizance until a December hearing. . . . . . . .

On Sunday, a United Airlines flight diverted to Chicago after two passengers argued over reclining a seat...........

Friday
Aug292014

L.A. CITY HALL: Proposed city minimum wage increase: "Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti defends minimum wage proposal"; also, "Valley business group delays vote on potential L.A. minimum wage hike" ....

***Following up on earlier item noted here (Mayor Eric Garcetti, proposal, increase in city minimum wage to $13.25 an hour)....

* Daily News:  "Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti defends minimum wage proposal"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Valley business group delays vote on potential L.A. minimum wage hike"

Friday
Aug292014

SACRAMENTO: Bay Delta Conservation Plan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Water Act: "EPA says California's Delta water tunnel project could violate federal law"; also, "EPA says proposed Delta tunnel would harm environment" ....

***Following up on most recent earlier item noted here (Bay Delta Conservation Plan, delay, additional study needed)....

* Sacramento Bee:  "EPA says California's Delta water tunnel project could violate federal law" - From the Bee:

The pair of giant water diversion tunnels proposed in the Delta could violate the federal Clean Water Act and increase harm to endangered fish species, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which released its formal comment on the project Thursday.

In a 43-page letter sent Tuesday to the National Marine Fisheries Service and released publicly on the EPA’s website Thursday, the EPA said its research found that by diverting freshwater from three new intakes proposed on the Sacramento River – farther upstream from existing intakes – the project is likely to increase concentrations of salinity, mercury, bromide, chloride, selenium and pesticides in the estuary.

The letter was submitted as part of the formal comment process for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, a $25 billion proposal by the state of California to re-engineer water diversions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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The California Department of Water Resources had announced Wednesday that environmental studies for the project would be delayed so that certain portions could be rewritten. Officials at the department have not yet revealed what portions need more work. They had hoped to finalize the plan by the end of this year, but the delay is likely to push that timeline to mid-2015.

Richard Stapler, a spokesman for the state Natural Resources Agency, which oversees DWR, said the delay was not triggered by the EPA letter alone..........................

***ALSO:

* Los Angeles Times:  "EPA says proposed Delta tunnel would harm environment"