Index
Wednesday
May042016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Francisco Police Department, brutality, "Hunger strikers make it to mayor's office, but he's not there"; SFPD, "Ex-S.F. cops in racist text case plead not guilty to other charges"; S.F. local elections, "Lower voting age looks to have support of S.F. Board of Supervisors" ....

***Various items relating to local issues/local government in and around the Bay Area....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Hunger strikers make it to mayor's office, but he's not there"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Ex-S.F. cops in racist text case plead not guilty to other charges"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Lower voting age looks to have support of S.F. Board of Supervisors"

 

Wednesday
May042016

L.A. CITY HALL: Development, Hollywood: "L.A. votes to resurrect partially built Hollywood Target" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. votes to resurrect partially built Hollywood Target" - From the LAT:

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to allow construction of a long-stalled Target shopping center in Hollywood to resume, nearly two years after a judge ordered work halted at the site. On a 13-0 vote, the council revised the planning and zoning rules that govern the Sunset Boulevard site, ensuring that Target's 74-foot-tall retail center would be permitted on the property.

Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin Jr. struck down the council's approval of the project in 2014, leaving the three-story structure an empty and partly finished husk. In his decision, Fruin said the council had failed to show Target would suffer an "unnecessary hardship" if it was forced to comply with the city's height rules, which limited shopping centers to no more than 35 feet at that location.

Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, who represents part of Hollywood, welcomed Wednesday's vote, saying construction should resume within weeks. But foes of the project, who have been challenging the development since 2008, said they will file another lawsuit — this time arguing that an environmental impact report should have been prepared on the changes to city planning rules. "It’s just going to go back to court," said Hollywood resident Doug Haines, who belongs to the La Mirada Avenue Neighborhood Assn., the entity that sued over the Target project. "Rather than change the project to comply with the judge’s orders," he added, "they just decided to change the law."

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Target's partly finished shopping center has served as a glaring reminder of the city's struggle to ensure that its development decisions can withstand court challenges .............

Wednesday
May042016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles): Homelessness, new report, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority: "L.A. sees another sharp rise in homelessness and outdoor tents"; also, "Homelessness Surges 11% in City"; "Homeless growing in L.A. County as more live in cars, tents" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. sees another sharp rise in homelessness and outdoor tents" - From the LAT:

Homelessness rose 11% in the city of Los Angeles and 5.7% in the county last year despite an intensive federal push that slashed the county ranks of homeless veterans by nearly a third, according to a report released Wednesday. The increase marks the fourth consecutive year of rising homelessness in L.A., as local officials struggle to identify funding for billion-dollar plans they approved to solve the nation’s most intractable homeless problem.

Countywide, nearly 47,000 homeless people were counted in 2016, up from 44,000 in 2015 and 39,000 in 2013, the homeless report said. Nearly two-thirds — 28,000 — were in the city of Los Angeles.

The 11% increase in the city follows a 12% increase for the two-year period covered in the previous count. The most visible form of homelessness — tents, shantytowns and vehicles with people living in them — climbed 20% across most of the county, on top of a staggering 85% jump reported a year ago, according to results from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s 2016 count ....................

***ALSO:

* Downtown News:  'Homelessness Surges 11% in City"

* Daily News:  "Homeless growing in L.A. County as more live in cars, tents"

Wednesday
May042016

SACRAMENTO: Gun control, "Political tension ramps up at legislative hearing on Newsom's gun control initiative"; Board of Equalization, "California lawmakers question cost of tax board members' offices"; education funding, "Reminding Jerry Brown of Jerry Brown" .... 

***Various items relating to doings in and/or around the Capitol....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Political tension ramps up at legislative hearing on Newsom's gun control initiative"

* Sacramento Bee:  "California lawmakers question cost of tax board members' offices"

* CalMATTERS (Judy Lin):  "Reminding Jerry Brown of Jerry Brown"

Wednesday
May042016

SACRAMENTO: "Adult Use of Marijuana Act": "600K sign California initiative to legalize pot"; "California marijuana legalization initiative has the signatures"; "California voters getting chance to fully legalize marijuana" ....  

***November 2016 ballot:  "Adult Use of Marijuana Act"....

* Sacramento Bee:  "California marijuana legalization initiative has the signatures"

* Los Angeles Times:  "California voters getting chance to fully legalize marijuana"

* San Francisco Chronicle (AP):  "600K sign California initiatve to legalize pot"

* CBS News:  "Legalize-pot group says update on ballot measure proposal"