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Sunday
May202018

L.A. CITY HALL: L.A. City Council Pres. Herb Wesson, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Koreatown, homeless shelter: "Koreatown needs a homeless shelter. It also needs city officials to learn from the mistakes of the past" (Op-Ed: Joon Bang); "Faced with rallies opposing a temporary shelter in his district, council president Herb Wesson holds his own"; editorial, "Stop fighting the Koreatown homeless shelter"

***Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Koreatown, homeless shelter....

* Los Angeles Times (Op-Ed: Joon Bang):  "Koreatown needs a homeless shelter. It also needs city officials to learn from the mistakes of the past"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Faced with rallies opposing a temporary shelter in his district, council president Herb Wesson holds his own"

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Stop fighting the Koreatown homeless shelter"

Sunday
May202018

SACRAMENTO: Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, various reports, sexual harassment investigation "comes to a close"; "chilly reception" awaiting her return ....

Thursday
May172018

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT (Riverside, Imperial counties): Salton Sea, revival, habitat restoration, dust control?: "As salinity and toxic dust spreads, patience wears thin at Salton Sea" ....

***Salton Sea, revival, habitat restoration, dust control?

* Los Angeles Times (Louis Sahagun):  "As salinity and toxic dust spreads, patience wears thin at Salton Sea" - From the LAT:

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia watched with ill-disguised frustration as a hearing aimed at expediting state projects to restore habitat and control dust storms at the shrinking Salton Sea instead dissolved into discussion of why the efforts were falling further behind schedule. "We have a plan, we have money, there is additional money lined up, and we have a constituency — myself included — that is running out of patience," Garcia (D-Coachella), chairman of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, said.

 

Those banking on a revival of the Salton Sea have unfortunately grown familiar with waiting. After decades of environmental collapse, the state Legislature in 2017 approved a restoration plan estimated to cost more than $400 million. So far, $80.5 million has been approved, but delays are already mounting for initial projects designed to be showcases of restoration and dust mitigation.

Few dispute the need for prompt action: . . . . . . . .

But a thickening cloud of cynicism has extended among some locals over the ability of government agencies to complete Salton Sea restoration projects ....................

Thursday
May172018

SACRAMENTO: State Board of Equalization, Third District election? abolition of this "obscure agency"?: "Unnecessary Trouble" ....

***State Board of Equalization, Third District election? abolition of this "obscure agency"?

* The Argonaut:  "Unnecessary Trouble?" - "Some candidates for State Board of Equalization are running to abolish the obscure agency" - From The Argonaut:

Some lawmakers want to abolish the State Board of Equalization. Others believe it’s still a viable governing body. Whatever its ultimate fate, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature have already stripped much of the tax-collection board’s authority and duties in the wake of a 2017 audit that uncovered rampant nepotism and the mishandling of tens of millions of dollars.

Campaigns for geography-bound seats on the board get little voter attention, overshadowed by a glut of advertising and news coverage for higher-profile statewide contests. Although board members received a salary of $146,000 last year for overseeing the collection of about $60 billion in sales and use taxes on jet fuel, marijuana and hazardous waste, the agency is practically invisible to the average voter.

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This year might be a little different, if only due to public outrage over the findings of the audit — like a $130,000 expenditure on designer office furniture by Board Chairman Jerome Horton, who currently represents Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties on the board but terms out this year. 

Five hopefuls are vying to replace Horton in June 5’s nonpartisan “jungle primary” free-for-all: . . . . . . . .

Meanwhile, former members of the board and some major newspapers are calling for a constitutional amendment that, with voter approval, would abolish the agency ...............

Thursday
May172018

POLITICS (National): Donald Trump presidency, various reports: "'That's not what we do': Republicans balk at confronting Trump over McCain smear"; "Why a mailer on Dreamers from a 'nonpartisan' Latino group is worrying Democrats"; "Trump administration support for Israel goes beyond its predecessors and isolates U.S. internationally" ....