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Jul232014

POLITICS (National, Local/Bay Area): George Lucas, proposed museum, Chicago, community opposition, San Francisco still interested, editorial: "George Lucas encounters the City of Cold Shoulders" ....

* San Francisco Chronicle (editorial):  "George Lucas encounters the City of Cold Shoulders" - From the Chronicle:

A month ago, filmmaker George Lucas took his "Star Wars" museum plan to Chicago. He clearly was fed up with haughty, picky, billionaire-resenting, NIMBY-ridden San Francisco.

Well, guess what? It turns out that the Windy City knows how to put up a little gale-force resistance of its own. Chicago's parks advocates are upset at the idea of more building along the city's prized lakefront; they're threatening a lawsuit. The Chicago Tribune editorialized against the lakefront site, and design critics are using terms like "vanity project" and "Darth Vader" to describe the museum. Grousing has emerged from Chicago Bears fans who resent the intrusion on sacred tailgating ground for games at Soldier Field.

A torrent of objections is casting doubt on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's deal-making prowess. It may be more difficult than he first thought to push the project through the approval process. And, oh yes, there are echoes of that other issue that arose in snooty San Francisco: grumbling that the Lucas collection featuring easy-on-the-untrained-eyes painters and movie memorabilia is a bit too kitschy for a big-league city.

Lucas has yet to debut a design for the 15-acre spot consigned to him, a fateful step in a city famous for its standout architecture. This movie is a long way from over, but it's doesn't look like it's going to be a love story. Meanwhile, there is that sweet spot back on San Francisco's Embarcadero that would be perfect for a museum. Even the waterfront's most ardent protectors agree.

We're just saying, Mr. Lucas, there's nothing like a dramatic plot twist that leads to a happy ending.

Let bygones be bygones in a galaxy far, far away........

Wednesday
Jul232014

SACRAMENTO: Senator Ron Calderon, corruption case, trial delay: "Delay sought in Sen. Calderon trial until after he leaves office"; also, "Delay likely in corruption trial for California Sen. Ron Calderon" ....

***Delay of trial from September until next May....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Delay sought in Sen. Calderon trial until after he leaves office"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Delay likely in corruption trial for California Sen. Ron Calderon"

Wednesday
Jul232014

POLITICS (National, Local/Los Angeles): President Obama in Los Angeles, fundraising tour, July 23-24, street closures: "President Obama's fundraising tour to hit Los Angeles, and commuters"; also, "Traffic alert: President Obama to Attend Hancock Park Fundraiser Wednesday" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "President Obama's fundraising tour to hit Los Angeles, and commuters" - From the LAT:

President Obama's scheduled arrival in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon will mean two things: big bucks for his fundraising tour and traffic headaches for commuters as his motorcade hopscotches across the city.

Obama will be arriving in L.A. after first stopping in San Francisco. He kicked off his West Coast tour on Tuesday with a stop in Seattle. For the president's L.A. visit, a section of West Hollywood will be affected for most of Wednesday and Thursday, with areas in between shut down sporadically, police warned. Here's a look at the street closures planned over the two-day visit:

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, police will be blocking traffic around Beverly Boulevard and North Doheny Drive. From 2 to 4 p.m., La Brea Avenue and West Olympic Boulevard in Mid-Wilshire will be affected, and from 4 to 8 p.m., roads around West 3rd Street and Rossmore Avenue in Hancock Park will see delays. Rimpau Boulevard, between Edgewood Place and Olympic, and Olympic between Rimpau and West boulevards, will also be shut down the entire day, according to the LAPD.

From 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, the area around Beverly and Doheny will remain affected by the president’s visit, along with the area around Grand Avenue and West Washington Boulevard downtown.

The president will be in the Pacific Palisades area of Sunset Boulevard and Mandeville Canyon Road between 9 and 11 a.m., then Brentwood between 10 a.m. to noon and Exposition Park, near Figueroa Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Police will close West Martin Luther King from Hoover to South Figueroa streets; Figueroa from Exposition Park Drive and West Martin Luther King Jr.; West Washington between South Flower Street and Grand; South Flower between West Weshington and West 23rd Street, and South Grand between West Washington and West 23rd.  

Bus routes connected to the shutdown areas Wednesday and Thursday will also be affected......

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* Larchmont Buzz:  "Traffic Alert: President Obama to Attend Hancock Park Fundraiser Wednesday"

Tuesday
Jul222014

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (County of Los Angeles): Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Zev Yaroslavsky seat, L.A. County Federation of Labor endorsement: "L.A. County workers union endorses Sheila Kuehl in supervisor's race" .... 

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. County workers union endorses Sheila Kuehl in supervisor's race" - From the LAT:

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the region's largest union voice, gave its official "enthusiastic" endorsement of former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl in her campaign for Los Angeles County supervisor.

Rank-and-file members representing a range of organized workers across the county -- including  teachers, lifeguards, nurses, bus drivers and grocery and hotel workers -- voted to give the endorsement. . . . . . . .

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Kuehl and former Santa Monica City Council member Bobby Shriver, both Democrats, are seeking Zev Yaroslavsy's nonpartisan seat on the Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 4 election. Yaroslavsky is retiring due to term limits

Shriver also sought the County Fed's endorsement. He's been backed by a trade union and by several groups representing business interests. The L.A. County Federation of Labor represents about 800,000 workers countywide.

Tuesday
Jul222014

POLITICS/BUSINESS (Aviation): Airline crashes, impact, aviation insurance market: "After Malaysia Airlines Crashes, the Payments Are Adding Up for Air Insurers" ....

* New York Times:  "After Malaysia Airlines Crashes, the Payments Are Adding Up for Air Insurers" - From the NYT:

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia Airlines’ two crashes in less than five months are sending tremors through the aviation insurance market — not least because the carrier’s $2.25 billion overall liability policy is mysteriously missing a standard phrase that usually limits insurers’ payments for search-and-rescue costs.

The looming payments are coming as underwriters face other claims, because of the shelling of Libya’s main airport a week ago, with 20 planes damaged, and a pair of deadly Taliban attacks on Karachi’s airport in Pakistan.

For just one category of aviation insurance — war risk insurance on the planes — estimated claims for incidents in the last five months now total up to $600 million for a sector that collects $65 million a year in premiums  ......................................