Index
Thursday
Jan292015

L.A. CITY HALL: Greek Theatre, new management contract, editorial: "Bid for the Greek Theatre: Why even bother?" ....

***Following up on earlier item noted here (Greek Theatre, new contract management award?").....

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Bid for the Greek Theatre: Why even bother?" - From the LAT:

Los Angeles City Council committee this week rejected the recommendation of an independent expert panel as well as the decision by the Recreation and Parks Commission to pick entertainment giant Live Nation as the new operator of the city-owned Greek Theatre. Instead, the committee voted to award the multimillion-dollar contract once again to the Nederlander Organization, which has managed the theater for four decades, and its new partner, AEG Live, which developed Staples Center and L.A. Live.

But what's the point of soliciting bids, hiring entertainment specialists to vet those bids and asking volunteer commissioners to select the best value for taxpayers if the members of the City Council are ultimately going to ignore all that analysis and pick the company they like best?

In fact, the complicated, multi-stage evaluation process was designed to insulate the decision from the kind of politicking that occurred the last time the contract was awarded more than a decade ago .......................

Thursday
Jan292015

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Francisco, arrest, detention of deputy public defender: "S.F. public defender detained outside court; office outraged" .....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "S.F. public defender detained outside court; office outraged" - From the Chronicle:

A San Francisco deputy public defender was handcuffed and arrested at the Hall of Justice after she objected to city police officers questioning her client outside a courtroom, an incident that her office called outrageous and police officials defended as appropriate.

The Tuesday afternoon arrest of attorney Jami Tillotson as she denied police officers’ attempts to take photos of her client without explanation raised questions about police intimidation and harassment, Public Defender Jeff Adachi said at a Wednesday news conference. But police said the five officers, led by a plainclothes sergeant, were investigating a burglary case in which Tillotson’s client and his co-defendant were considered persons of interest. Tillotson was cited for misdemeanor resisting or delaying arrest because she obstructed a police investigation, officials said.

“I was arrested for what we do as public defenders every day,” Tillotson said of the encounter, which was captured in a video that the public defender’s office posted on YouTube. “I asked questions. I talked to my client and explained to him his rights. At that point, I was told I was interfering and taken into custody.”

Adachi said......................

Thursday
Jan292015

POLITICS (National, State, Local): Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senate seat: "L.A. County D.A. Lacey backs Kamala Harris for Senate"; also, "Loretta Sanchez sets timeline for U.S. Senate decision" ....

***Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senate seat....

* Los Angeles Times (PolitiCal):  "L.A. County D.A. Lacey backs Kamala Harris for Senate"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Loretta Sanchez sets timeline for U.S. Senate decision"

Thursday
Jan292015

POLITICS (State, Local/Bay Area): California Public Utilities Commission, former CPUC President Michael Peevey, investigation: "Agents search Michael Peevey's home in PG&E judge-shopping case" ....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Agents search Michael Peevey's home in PG&E judge-shopping case" - From the Chronicle:

State investigators seized computers and other items from the homes of former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey and an ousted Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executive at the heart of the judge-shopping controversy that has embroiled the regulatory agency for months, The Chronicle has learned.

Investigators with the attorney general’s office executed a search warrant Tuesday at the home Peevey and his wife, Democratic state Sen. Carol Liu, share in La Cañada Flintridge (Los Angeles County), court documents show. The agents seized computers, smartphones and a thumb drive, a small data-storage device, according to the records.

State investigators also seized a computer and other items Tuesday from the Orinda home of former PG&E Vice President Brian Cherry, court documents show. He and two other PG&E executives were fired in September when the utility released e-mails showing that Cherry had negotiated with utilities commission officials, including Peevey’s chief of staff, to name a judge the utility preferred to oversee a $1.3 billion rate-setting case.

State Attorney General Kamala Harris and the U.S. attorney’s office opened separate investigations into the judge-shopping case to determine whether any laws were broken. The investigations are also looking into e-mails that PG&E later released in which Cherry said Peevey had solicited contributions from the company for a political cause in 2010 and hinted that, in return, the utilities commission would rule in PG&E’s favor in a separate rate case.

The search warrant covering Peevey’s and Cherry’s homes said investigators were looking for .................................

Thursday
Jan292015

SACRAMENTO: California budget, revenue vs. expenditures, sustainable recovery?: "S&P warns against increased spending in California budget"; also, "California runs risk of financial relapse, ratings agency says" ....

***California budget, sustainable recovery?....

* Sacramento Bee:  "S&P warns against increased spending in California budget"

* Los Angeles Times (PolitiCal):  "California runs risk of financial relapse, ratings agency says"