Index
Friday
Dec022016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: O.C., "Anaheim's New Majority Eager to Set a Different Course"; Los Angeles, "A New Path for the L.A. River"; O.C., "Brea police asking D.A. to charge city treasurer in suspected DUI, hit and run"; L.A., "Ex-charter school chief gets $215K after resigning in wake of spending controversy" ....

***Various items relating to local issues/local government, in and around Southern California....

* Orange County Register:  "Brea police asking D.A. to charge city treasurer in suspected DUI, hit and run"

* Downtown News:  "A New Path for the L.A. River"

* Voice of OC:  "Anaheim's New Majority Eager to Set a Different Course"

* Daily News:  "Ex-charter school chief gets $215K after resigning in wake of spending controversy"

Friday
Dec022016

POLITICS (National, Local/Los Angeles): President-elect Donald Trump/Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti?: "Mayor Eric Garcetti is trying to strike a balance with Donald Trump. Will it pay off?" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Mayor Eric Garcetti is trying to strike a balance with Donald Trump. Will it pay off?" - From the LAT:

Before election day, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti didn’t hold back when it came to Donald Trump. “He’s a racist. He’s a bigot. He’s sexist,” Garcetti told reporters in May, criticizing the Republican presidential hopeful for his views on the economy, immigration and women, among other things. “What we cannot do with Donald Trump is normalize him as a candidate.”

That kind of criticism was common for Democratic leaders in deep-blue California, where slamming Trump brought few political risks. But since Trump’s victory, Garcetti has adopted a more civil tone. They spoke by phone last week, and Garcetti has expressed his willingness to work with the president-elect on infrastructure and the economy. At the same time, Garcetti has offered assurances that the city won’t aid Trump on any widespread crackdown against immigrants who are in the country without authorization. 

It amounts to a political tightrope walk by Garcetti — an approach that could help the city in significant ways but may disappoint groups that want the mayor to take a harder line against Trump, especially on immigration. “If Trump plays him for a fool, Garcetti is going to look bad,” said Brent Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens. “And there will be progressives that are angry that he didn’t take a tougher stance.” ..................

Friday
Dec022016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT/MEDIA: Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, corruption case: "Judge rules ex-L.A. Times reporter must testify in corruption trial of former Sheriff Lee Baca" .... 

* Los Angeles Times:  "Judge rules ex-L.A. Times reporter must testify in corruption trial of former Sheriff Lee Baca" - From the LAT:

A federal judge ruled Thursday that a former Los Angeles Times reporter who interviewed then-Sheriff Lee Baca during an unfolding scandal over abuses in the county jails must testify in the former sheriff’s corruption trial, which is scheduled to begin next week. Prosecutors want the reporter, Robert Faturechi, to testify about a Sept. 29, 2011, article in which Baca described an FBI undercover sting and a visit that sheriff’s investigators made to an FBI agent’s home. They also want to ask Faturechi about statements he made on KCRW radio earlier this year.

Attorneys for Faturechi, who is now with the nonprofit news outlet Pro Publica, argued that the First  Amendment protects him from testifying, in part because prosecutors could find other witnesses to establish similar facts. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson said the prosecution’s need for disclosure outweighs Faturechi’s 1st Amendment protection as a journalist. He noted that Faturechi’s attorney has not argued that the interview with Baca was confidential or that the reporter would be reneging on a promise to keep the conversation off the record.

Faturechi’s testimony will generally be limited to the content of the newspaper article and the radio appearance, but attorneys may be allowed to ask related questions, such as where he interviewed Baca ..................

Friday
Dec022016

SACRAMENTO: Service Employees International Union, Local 1000, December 5 strike?: "Jerry Brown heads to court to stop state worker strike" ....

***Following up on most recent earlier item noted here (Service Employees International Union, Local 1000, December 5 one-day strike?)....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Jerry Brown heads to court to stop state worker strike" - From the Bee:

The Brown administration will go to court on Friday to block an unprecedented and potentially disruptive one-day strike next week by California’s largest state employee union.

The California Department of Human Resources confirmed on Thursday that it had filed a request with the Sacramento Superior Court for an injunction against SEIU Local 1000 that would prohibit the union from carrying out the strike or, alternatively, prevent certain “essential employees” from participating in the planned work stoppage.

Local 1000, which represents about 95,000 workers in nine of the state’s 21 bargaining units, announced last week that it would strike on Dec. 5 amid ongoing contract negotiations over a multiyear raise, gender pay inequities and how much members will contribute to their health care plans.

State agencies have warned their employees that the action is illegal because of a no-strike clause in the union’s contract and that they could be subject to discipline if they walk out on Monday. But Local 1000 argues that .................


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article118307863.html#storylink=cpy
Thursday
Dec012016

L.A. CITY HALL: Great Streets Initiative, progress, Venice Boulevard/Mar Vista: "Good News for Great Streets" ....

* The Argonaut:  "Good News for Great Streets" - From The Argonaut:

Mar Vista residents can expect to see a little more movement along Venice Boulevard next year — not increased vehicle traffic, but progress on streetscape improvements designed to get people out of their cars.

The mile-long stretch of roadway between Inglewood Boulevard and Beethoven Street is part of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative to revitalize neighborhood commercial centers. Great Streets launched in 2014, but until recently the boulevard fell under the authority of Caltrans, not L.A. City Hall.

Following more than two years of negotiations and a legislative push by state Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, city officials took possession of Venice Boulevard earlier this month. This means ideas that have been taking shape through public engagement efforts begun in 2014 can start being implemented next year . . . . . . .

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Bonin, who pushed for Mar Vista’s inclusion in Great Streets, hopes to catch up with similar projects in other council districts now that the jurisdictional red tape has been cut. “I’d like to see everything done in 2017. We could have gone a year ago if we had the boulevard,” he said. But even as they waited, city officials have been able to make forward progress on other improvements. These include ................