Index
RSS Feed
Search
Archives
Wednesday
Jul112018

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Southern California): "Orange County streetcar tops $400 million; construction start delayed until fall"; "Customers sue embattled Compton water district over discolored water"; "Effort to get rent control on ballot in Long Beach on hld but focus is still on 2020 election, advocates say"; "Top San Bernardino gang prosecutor under fire for offensive social media posts" ....

Monday
Jul092018

POLITICS (National):Northrup Grumman employee, member, white supremacist group:"He Is a Member of a Violent White Supremacist Group. So Why Is He Working for a Defense Contractor With a Security Clearance?"; Northrup Grumman says it is looking into reporet of employee involved in white nationalist group"; "Major defense contractor fires employee who allegedly attended violent Charlotesville rally"

***Northrup Grumman employee, member of violent white supremacist group....

* ProPublica:  "He Is a Member of a Violent White Supremacist Group. So Why Is He Working for a Defense Contractor With a Security Clearance?" - "Michael Miselis took part in the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. So far, it hasn't damaged his standing at Northrup Grumman."

* Los Angeles Times:  "Northrup Grumman says it is looking into report of employee involved in white nationalist group"

***ALSO:

* The Hill:  "Major defense contractor fires employee who allegedly attended violent Charlottesville rally"

Monday
Jul092018

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: California Coastal Commission, Gaviota State Park, Hollister Ranch settlement?: Commentary (Steve Lopez): "Hollister Ranch access agreement is a wipeout and a sellout, hundreds of beach lovers scream" .... 

***California Coastal Commission, Gaviota State Park, Hollister Ranch settlement?

* Los Angeles Times (Steve Lopez):  "Hollister Ranch access agreement is a wipeout and a sellout, hundreds of beach lovers scream" - From the LAT:

Just in time for the start of summer, a new skirmish in an old fight for beach access has broken out in California, where people don’t let anyone kick sand in their faces without kicking back. Steady as the pounding surf, hundreds of emails have crashed ashore at the California Coastal Commission, sent by residents protesting a recent agreement that strictly limits public access to the beach at Hollister Ranch on the Gaviota Coast.

“I am a 13-year-old boy who enjoys surfing and junior guards,” wrote Marty Walsh, who asked commissioners to preserve access “for my future kids and grandchildren.” “I am writing to express my shock, alarm and complete resistance to the pending settlement,” wrote Topanga resident Karen Roberts, who railed against the clout of Hollister Ranch celebs and other residents who have resisted public access for decades.

   ****

The decision to settle the case was made after private legal wrangling, with the state attorney general’s office doing the negotiating for the state. Commissioners voted in closed session to approval the deal. “The commission is basically saying, ‘We can't tell you why we think we had to settle, but we had good reasons, and you have to trust that the public interest was best served by this settlement,’” said former Coastal Commission lawyer Ralph Faust.

But we’ve had plenty of good reasons not to trust the process, and to be on guard against the clout of developers, land owners and their high-powered lobbyists ..................

Monday
Jul092018

POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION (National, Local/ Southern California - Antelope Valley): Expanded use, electric vehicles?: "Buses, Delivery Vans and Garbage Trucks Are the Electric Vehicles Next Door" ....

***Expanded use, electric vehicles?

* New York Times (Eric Taub):  "Buses, Delivery Vans and Garbage Trucks Are the Electric Vehicles Next Door" - From the NYT:

As American car buyers cautiously dip their toes into the world of electric vehicles, pondering issues such as cost, charging times and driving range, big businesses and some government agencies are going in headfirst.

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority, which serves some 450,000 residents in parts of Los Angeles County, wants to be the first transit agency with an all-electric bus fleet. It hopes to ditch all its diesel vehicles by the end of the year and replace them with 80 fully electric versions.

Reducing pollutants is a high priority for Antelope Valley, which includes the cities of Palmdale and Lancaster, because the area has the highest rate of asthma and deaths from respiratory diseases in the county, according to the county health department. “This switch-over makes sense for the environment,” said Len Engel, the transit authority’s executive director.

   ****

McKinsey & Company, the management consulting group, forecasts that electric light- and medium-duty trucks — a group that includes pickups, flatbeds and some trash haulers — could achieve between 8 percent and 34 percent sales penetration by 2030. The wide range depends on .......................

 

Monday
Jul092018

SACRAMENTO: Ballot measure, repeal of California gas tax increase: "'This is their Hal Mary': California GOP bets on gas tax repeal"; "How Control of Congress Could Swing on a Gift to Repeal California's Gas Tax"; also, "Jerry Brown's $14.9 Million Campaign War Chest" ....

***Ballot measure, repeal of California gas tax increase....

* POLITICO (Carla Marinucci, Jeremy White):  "'This is their Hail Mary': California GOP bets on gas tax repeal"

* New York Times (Adam Nagourney): "How Control of Congress Could Swing on a Fight to Repeal California's Gas Tax"

***ALSO, Related:

* New York Times (Adam Nagourney, Charles McDermid):  "Jerry Brown's $14.9 Million Campaign War Chest"