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Wednesday
Jun282017

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS (National, Local): Housing market, return of McMansions?: "The ultimate symbol of the pre-recession boom is back" ....  

***Housing market, return of McMansions?

* Washington Post (Ana Swanson):  "The ultimate symbol of the pre-recession boom is back" - From the WP:

If there’s anything that typifies the boom times before the Great Recession, it is the McMansion. These sprawling houses proliferated around the country in the 2000s, as banks shelled out easy credit to fuel a housing bacchanalia they thought would never die. McMansions became the ultimate symbol of living beyond one's means. Unlike your standard mansion, McMansions aren't just large — they are tackily so. Looming over too-small lots, these cookie-cutter houses are often decked out with ersatz details, like chandeliers and foam-filled columns.

While their features mean they can command a decent price, many of these houses are shoddily built. During the recession, their construction ground to a halt. Today, McMansions are not exactly cool, especially compared with the exposed-brick urban lofts young people today will pay exorbitant prices for. But with the recent recovery of the housing market, they are coming back anyway.

As Americans have started building and flipping houses again, they are once again buying McMansions. Since 2009, construction of these homes has steadily trended upward, data from Zillow, a real estate website, shows. The median home value of McMansions is also rising, at a pace that eclipses the value of the median American home .................

Wednesday
Jun282017

SACRAMENTO: "Gov. Jerry Brown approves a $183-billion state budget, though a few details are unfinished"; State Bd. of Equalization, "In massive shakeup, Gov. Jerry Brown breaks up California's scandal-plagued tax collection agency"; SB 562, "Will Anthony Rendon pay a price for blocking universal health care bill in California?"; "CalPERS just lost a lawsuit at the U.S. Supreme Court . . ." ...  

Wednesday
Jun282017

POLITICS (National, Local/Los Angeles): Donald Trump presidency, Obamacare repeal/replace, U.S. Senate?: "Senate GOP healthcare bill would be 'devastating' for L.A. County, officials warn"; "L.A. County would be 'ground zero' for lost health care if Senate bill passes, leaders say"; also, editorial, "The GOP healthcare bill will devastate Los Angeles" ....

***Donald Trump presidency, Obamacare repeal/replace, U.S. Senate?

* Los Angeles Times:  "Senate GOP healthcare bill would be 'devastating' for L.A. County, officials warn"

* Daily News:  "L.A. County would be 'ground zero' for lost health care if Senate bill passes, leaders say"

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "The GOP healthcare bill will devastate Los Angeles"

Wednesday
Jun282017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: OC, "Is Santa Ana Illegally Overcharging for Trash Collection?"; Bay Area, "S.F. supervisors bar employers from asking about previous pay"; L.A. County, "Judge tosses conviction, says new jury could hear evidence questioning L.A. sheriff's deputy credibility"; Bay Area, "Santa Clara County poised to fight Muslim registry, internment" ....

***Various items relating to local issues/local government -- Northern California, Southern California....

* Voice of OC:  "Is Santa Ana Illegally Overcharging for Trash Collection?"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "S.F. supervisors ban employers from asking about previous pay"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Judge tosses conviction, says new jury could hear evidence questioning L.A. sheriff's deputy credibility"

* Mercury News:  "Santa Clara County poised to fight Muslim registry, internment" - "Advocates say the Supreme Court's decision underscores the importance of taking action locally"

Wednesday
Jun282017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Orange County): Orange County jails, Orange County Sheriff's Department: "Violence and inhumane conditions plague Orange County jails, ACLU report alleges"; "ACLU says Orange County jails are 'inhumane,' seeks citizen oversight"; "OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Embroiled in Jailhouse Snitch Scandal, Says She Won't Seek Re-Election Next Year";