Index
Saturday
Dec032016

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT (National, State): President-elect Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency? California Coastal Act protections?: Commentary (Steve Lopez), "The Trump victory, the threat to California's greatest natural resource, and the new urgency for a strong Coastal Commission" ....

* Los Angeles Times (Steve Lopez):  "The Trump victory, the threat to California's greatest natural resource, and the new urgency for a strong Coastal Commission" - From the LAT:

All summer long, I celebrated the California coast, marking the 40-year anniversary of protections built into the Coastal Act. Now winter is coming on, and I’m scared of what could happen to the greatest 1,100-mile beach on  the planet. We have a president-elect who said he’d like to bulldoze the Environmental Protection Agency, thinks global warming is a fairy tale, and has surrounded himself with knuckle-draggers who would frack in marine sanctuaries and drill in Yosemite if they could get away with it.

“I think California’s clean-coast economy is hanging on by a thread right now,” said Ocean Foundation senior fellow Richard Charter, who has worked for decades to protect coastal waters from offshore oil and gas drilling. "There have been three or four instances in the last three years where the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to either open up new leases off Southern California or to require the secretary of the interior to promote new drilling from existing leases,” said Charter. Those efforts were beaten back, but Charter fears President- elect Donald Trump might spearhead future attempts to chip away at restrictions and drill, baby, drill. At the moment, leading candidates to head the Energy and Interior departments include a billionaire oil magnate and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who declared Oct. 13 “Oilfield Prayer Day” in her state.

Former California Sen. and U.S. President Richard Nixon, an arch conservative in his day, is an environmental visionary and hero next to Trump and his minions ....................

Saturday
Dec032016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (County of Los Angeles): Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, new board composition, new approach to governance/county government?: Editorial, "Are we entering new era for L.A. County, or merely putting new faces on old problems?" ....  

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Are we entering new era for L.A. County, or merely putting new faces on old problems?" - From the LAT:

For most of the century and a half since its formation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has been exclusively the province of white males. As of Monday, for the first time in its history,  it will have none. The board in fact will be composed of a supermajority of women, with newcomers Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn joining Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl, both of whom are now midway through their first terms. Mark Ridley-Thomas, so recently the new African American kid on a board of old-timers, now takes the chairmanship as the senior member — the only supervisor with tenure longer than two years, and the board’s only man.

Does any of that matter? County government is so mammoth, so sluggish and, to the public, so obscure that it is tempting to greet the historic transition with a shrug and an assumption that it makes little difference who fills the five board seats. Over the last two years, though ..................

Saturday
Dec032016

POLITICS (National, International): Imperialism, colonialism, "perils" of multiculturalism?: Report/analysis (Ishaan Taroor), "the other side of the global right-wing surge: Nostalgia for empire" ....  

* Washington Post (Ishaan Taroor):  "The other side of the global right-wing surge: Nostalgia for empire" - From the WP:

In August, François Fillon, a right-wing French politician, lamented the existence of school books that instructed students to feel “ashamed" about the misdeeds of France's imperial past. “No, France is not guilty of having wanted to share its culture with the peoples of Africa, Asia and North America,” Fillon said in a speech. His framing of the history of colonialism — built, as all empires are, on domination, violence and exploitation — as simply a “sharing of culture” raised eyebrows. But it did nothing to dim his political star.

This week, Fillon won . . . . . . . .

He grandstands over the threat of Islam, writ large; he inveighs against the perils of multiculturalism; he bucks the liberal European status quo and admires the authoritarian rule of Russian President Vladimir Putin. And, as he made clear a few months back, he is fond of a simpler, whiter, more glorious imperial moment in France's political history.

“A Fillon victory” in the center-right primary, my colleague James McAuley explained ahead of his success, “would represent the party’s fringe ideology becoming the political mainstream.” Now that it has, Fillon will face off against [Marine] Le Pen, whose National Front was founded by her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, an unapologetic believer in the “inequality of races” and alleged participant in . . . . . . . .

The shadow of empire doesn't only hang over France. Britain's pro-Brexit politicians — who scored a shock victory in a referendum this summer over Britain's place in the European Union — embraced their nation's imperial legacy as the antidote to abandoning the European project.

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And it's not just in Western Europe and the United States where dreams of the past have taken hold: ...................

Saturday
Dec032016

POLITICS/MEDIA: 2016 presidential election, fake news, "voter fraud"/Facebook?: Commentary (Chris Cillizza), "This may be the most depressing CNN news clip you'll see this year"; "CNN: Trump supporters cite Facebook in pointing to widespread voter fraud"; "Trump supporters left a CNN host stunned over a question about voter fraud" ....

***2016 presidential election, fake news, voter fraud, Facebook/CNN....

* Washington Post (Chris Cillizza):  "This may be the most depressing CNN news clip you'll see this year"

* San Francisco Chronicle (Business Insider):  "Trump supporters left a CNN host stunned over a question about voter fraud"

* The Hill:  "CNN: Trump supporters cite Facebook in pointing to widespread voter fraud"

Saturday
Dec032016

POLITICS/BUSINESS (National, International): Airbnb, home-sharing, regulation, local rental limits?: "Airbnb regulation deal with London and Amsterdam marks dramatic policy shift"; "Airbnb to Enforce Limits on Rentals in London, Amsterdam"; "Airbnb Toughens Up Home Sharing Limits in London, Amsterdam"; also, "Airbnb New Rules Abroad Could Impact San Francisco" .... 

***Airbnb, regulation/enforcement, local rental limits....

* The Guardian:  "Airbnb regulation deal with London and Amsterdam marks dramatic policy shift" - "Under agreement, Airbnb takes responsibility for ensuring hosts follow local rentals limits -- leading some analysts to express optimism"

* Wall Street Journal:  "Airbnb to Enforce Limits on Rentals in London, Amsterdam" - "The deals may provide a template for Airbnb's efforts to settle disputes with cities around the world"

* Bloomberg:  "Airbnb Toughens Up Home Sharing Limits in London, Amsterdam"

***ALSO:

* NBC Bay Area:  "Airbnb New Rules Abroad Could Impact San Francisco" - "Airbnb will soon limit how often its users in London and Amsterdam can rent out their homes to visitors"