Index
Saturday
Jan312015

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Orange County): Orange County Board of Supervisors election, Andrew Do victor over Lou Correa, OC to have first Asian American board majority in Southern Californa: "Andrew Do wins seat on Orange County Board of Supervisors"; also, "Do Wins Central County Supervisors Election" .... 

***Orange County Board of Supervisors, Andrew Do victor over Lou Correa....

* Voice of OC:  "Do Wins Central County Supervisors Election"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Andrew Do wins seat on Orange County Board of Supervisors"

Saturday
Jan312015

POLITICS (National, State): Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senate seat, "conspiracy" talk: "Democratic Party official: 'Conspiracy' talk around Kamala Harris sexist" ....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Democratic Party official:  'Conspiracy' talk around Kamala Harris sexist" - From the Bee:

BERKELEY -- To the matter of Kamala Harris, Antonio Villaraigosa and political slights – whether real or perceived – on Friday came Shawnda Westly, executive director of the California Democratic Party. First, the set-up, which unfolded as a panel of experts began discussing California’s U.S. Senate race next year.

“There is a resentment,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political analyst at the University of Southern California, “that Washington is attempting to anoint the Democratic candidate for the election, and I don’t think it bodes well – I don’t think it bodes well for the party, I don’t think it bodes well for the state.”

While Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles, is considering running for the Senate seat Barbara Boxer is leaving, Harris has already announced her candidacy and is trotting out endorsement after endorsement – including from the East Coast.

Westly flagged the moderator from her end of the table of panelists. “I love this theory of a conspiracy, an anointment,” she said. “From my vantage point, I’m looking at a statewide elected official who has a strong electoral record winning statewide the last two election cycles, who has a national donor network and who is the only declared candidate and who is announcing endorsements that she has received. That is not a conspiracy. That is called effective campaigning.”

She paused before adding, “But I guess we only call it that when a man does it.” “Yeah,” Westly said. “Oh, you heard me.”

Saturday
Jan312015

POLITICS/BUSINESS (Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach): Court ruling, port truck drivers: "Los Angeles, Long Beach port truckers win major victory" ....

* Daily Breeze:  "Los Angeles, Long Beach port truckers win major victory" - From the DB:

A Superior Court judge on Thursday ruled that truck drivers in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are employees, not independent contractors, and that seven of them are owed more than $2 million in damages. The ruling, which comes after two years of legal wrangling and five strikes by drivers and their supporters, is a coup for labor activists and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which in recent months has helped bring several labor disputes to court. Earlier this month, drivers for a port trucking company in Carson unionized under the Teamster banner.

Judge Jay M. Bloom ruled that Pacer Cartage, a trucking company, should have given the independent drivers the same benefits and protections as employees, such as health care, overtime pay and sick leave. Companies also pay less taxes on independent contractors than full employees. He ordered Pacer to pay the seven drivers damages ranging from $387,936 to $85,632.

“This case sets the stage for all the other cases that are pending,” the drivers’ attorney, Alvin Gomez, said at a news conference Thursday. “Now, every truck company is put on notice that if they have a similar scheme in place, (they) are in willing violation of California law.”

The key indicator in any employment relationship is whether the worker has control over their activities, profits and losses. “From the evidence, it appears that Pacer had the control,” the judge’s decision states.

XPO Logistics Inc., the parent company of Pacer Cartage, and Harbor Rail Transport, another local drayage unit, said they would appeal the ruling.

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The independent contractor issue has flared in the port trucking world ........................

Saturday
Jan312015

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Los Angeles): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum corruption case: "Appeals court restores parts of alwsuit in Coliseum corruption scandal" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Appeals court restores parts of lawsuit in Coliseum corruption scandal" - From the LAT:

A California appellate court has reinstated key parts of a government lawsuit that seeks millions of dollars in damages from two rave concert promoters and their companies in connection with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum corruption scandal. A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal unanimously reversed a lower-court decision that dismissed civil complaints against the promoters and their firms, alleging unfair competition and conspiracy to defraud.

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The appellate ruling enables the commission to pursue profits that Insomniac Inc. and Go Ventures Inc. made from about three dozen rave concerts at the stadium complex, said Charles Slyngstad, an attorney for the commission.

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Slyngstad said a precise total of the concert profits was not immediately available but is likely to be millions of dollars. The ruling did not address the dollar amount.

Apart from their companies, the promoters — Pasquale Rotella of Insomniac and Reza Gerami of Go Ventures — could be held liable in the civil case for nearly $2 million in payments their firms made to a former Coliseum events manager, Slyngstad said.

The appellate judges upheld the lower court's decision in 2013 to throw out other claims of fraud, negligence and violations of the state False Claims Act ......................

Saturday
Jan312015

POLITICS (State, Local/Bay Area): California Public Utilities Commission: "Home of former PUC chief Michael Peevey is searched as probe expands"; "65,000 PUC-PG&E emails released amid state and federal probes";"E-mails show back-channel talks between CPUC, PG&E"; "AG cites possible felony crime in raid on ex-utility boss"; "Amid report Michael Peevey's home searched, Jerry Brown praises PUC" ....

***California Public Utilities Commission, former PUC president Michael Peevey, PG&E....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Home of former PUC chief Michael Peevey is searched as probe expands"

* Los Angeles Times:  "65,000 PUC-PG&E emails released amid state and federal probes"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "E-mails show back-channel talks between CPUC, PG&E"

* U-T San Diego:  "AG cites possible felony crime in raid on ex-utility boss" - "Warrant indicates notes involving San Onofre may have been among items seized"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Amid report Michael Peevey's home searched, Jerry Brown praises PUC"