Index
RSS Feed
Search
Archives
Monday
Dec112017

SACRAMENTO: California election law, candidate ballot designation?: "That powerful office a candidate held years ago? California voters won't see if when they mark their 2018 ballot" ....

***California election law, candidate ballot designation?

* Los Angeles Times (John Myers):  "That powerful elected office a candidate held years ago? California voters won't see it when they mark their 2018 ballot" - From the LAT:

Of all his former political posts, Antonio Villaraigosa is most widely known for serving eight years as mayor of Los Angeles, a powerful position that he’s counting on voters to remember as they scan next year’s ballot in the race for governor. Except he can’t call himself the former mayor. His rival, former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, can’t use her previous title, either. The state election rules governing a candidate’s ballot description may have been designed to keep things fair and square, but they’ve instead given way to linguistic contortions that often confuse more than clarify.

It all comes down to three words: the allowed space for candidates to describe their “profession, vocation, or occupation.” Those descriptions, under California election law, can be rejected when “there is a substantial likelihood that a reasonably prudent voter would be misled.” But that leaves substantial room for interpretation. In fact, it seems the widely accepted rule of thumb is this: Don’t make yourself sound like a politician ...................

Monday
Dec112017

POLITICS (National): Female lobbyists, sexual harassment?: "For Female Lobbyists, Harassment Often Accompanies Success" ....

***Female lobbyists, sexual harassment?

* New York Times (Trip Gabriel, Julie Bosman):  "For Female Lobbyists, Harassment Often Accompanies Success" - From the NYT:

Vanessa Alarid was a lobbyist in New Mexico when she asked a lawmaker over drinks one night if she could count on his support for a bill that appeared to be coming down to a single vote. “You can have my vote if you have sex with me,” Ms. Alarid recalled the lawmaker saying, although he used cruder language for sexual intercourse. He told Ms. Alarid she had the same first name as his wife, so he would not get confused if he called out in bed. Then he kissed Ms. Alarid on the lips, she said.

Shocked, Ms. Alarid, who was 32 at the time, pushed him away. Only after he was gone did she let the tears flow. When her bill came up on the floor of the New Mexico House of Representatives the next day, March 20, 2009, it failed by a single vote, including a “No” by the lawmaker, Representative Thomas A. Garcia. As Ms. Alarid watched from the House gallery, she said, Mr. Garcia blew her a kiss and shrugged his shoulders with arms spread.

Charges of harassment are cascading through statehouses across the country, leading to investigations, resignations of powerful men and anguish over hostile workplaces for women that for years went unacknowledged. Amid this reckoning, one group of victims has stood apart: political lobbyists.

Part of a frequently disparaged profession, female lobbyists have emerged as especially vulnerable in legislatures and in Congress because, unlike government employees, they often have no avenue to report complaints and receive due process. Lobbyists who have been harassed are essentially powerless in their workplaces, all-dependent on access to mostly male lawmakers for meetings and influence to advance legislation and earn their living .................

Saturday
Dec092017

POLITICS (National, State/Minnesota): Sen. Al Franken, resignation: "Why Democrats had to dump Franken"; "Why Democrats decided Franken had to go"; editorial, "What Congress Can Learn from Al Franken"; editorial, "Is Al Franken's resignation a political stunt or a sign that #MeToo is here to stay?"; also, "Tension between Minnesota, D.C. on how to fill Franken's seat, sources say" ....

***Senator Al Franken, resignation....

* POLITICO (Edward-Isaac Dovere):  "Why Democrats had to dump Franken" - "The party needs a clean contrast with Republicans heading into 2018 elections."

* Washington Post (Karen Tumulty):  "Why Democrats decided Franken had to go"

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Is Al Franken's resignation a political stunt or a sign that #MeToo is here to stay?"

* New York Times (editorial):  "What Congress Can Learn from Al Franken"

***ALSO:

* Minneapolis StarTribune:  "Tension between Minnesota, D.C. on how to fill Franken's seat, sources say"

Saturday
Dec092017

INTERNATIONAL (China): Shanghai, opening, a 29,000-square foot Starbucks: "The World's Biggest Starbucks Opens in Shanghai. Here's What It Looks Like." ....  

***Shanghai, China, opening, a 29,000-sqaure-foot Starbucks....

* New York Times (Ailin Tang): "The World's Biggest Starbucks Opens in Shanghai. Here's What It Looks Like." - From the NYT:

SHANGHAI — He Junwei traveled about 100 miles on a high-speed train to wait an hour for a cup of coffee. Mr. He was one of hundreds of Chinese caffeine fiends gathered to visit what essentially serves as a tribute built by Starbucks in their honor. The American company on Wednesday opened its largest store in the world in Shanghai, a 29,000-square-foot sanctuary staffed by 400 employees.

The giant cafe represents the big bet it has placed on a country that until only recently much preferred tea. Starbucks has opened more than 3,000 stores in the country and plans to have 5,000 in four years. The company said it opens a store in the country at a rate of one every 15 hours. China is now one of Starbucks’s major revenue drivers at a time when other foreign companies are complaining about the country’s business environment.

Yum Brands, the owner of Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, spun off its China unit, in part, because of concerns over its ability to grow there. Others, like McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, have also been pulling back from China. But while other companies have run up against barriers, Starbucks has managed to invest heavily. It pays higher wages than many competitors, and has offered housing allowances and health care benefits. The company’s efforts have meant the ability to build trust in China ....................

Saturday
Dec092017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: County of L.A., "Inside a secret 2014 list of hundreds of deputies with histories of misconduct"; L.A. (city), "Council committee approves 'sanctuary' label for L.A. and rules on border wall contractors"; also, homelessness (Burbank), "Burbank approves homelessness plan, but funding still in question"; (San Diego), "Tents considered blessing for homeless in San Diego" ....

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

* Los Angeles Times:  "Inside a secret 2014 list of hundreds of L.A. deputies with histories of misconduct"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Council committee approves 'sanctuary' label for L.A. and rules on border wall contractors"

***ALSO:

* Los Angeles Times (Burbank Leader): "Burbank approves homelessness plan, but funding is still in question"

* ABCNews (AP):  "Tents considered blessing for homeless in San Diego"