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Thursday
Oct122017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Los Angeles, "L.A. is tight on funds and needs to save to avoid service cuts, controller warns"; San Diego, "San Diego's new projects czar -- and what she means for the city's biggest developments"; LAPD, "L.A. agrees to pay $1.9 mllion to family of man fatally shot by police"; OC, "San Clemente disputes survey showing majority of Orange County residents support 241 extension" .

Thursday
Oct122017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Los Angeles, "Supervisors ask for evaluation of encampments that need hygiene facilities"; Bay Area, commentary (Daniel Borenstein), "Who runs Alameda, city manager..or the fire union?"; OC, Santa Ana Offers City Manager Job to Lynwood's Public Works Director"; Bay Area, commentary (Heather Knight), "Former S.F. Sheriff Mirkarimi, wife recall bad old days" ....

***Various items relating to local issues/local government -- Northern California, Southern California....

* The Argonaut:  "Portable Restrooms for Homeless on the Horizon" - "Supervisors ask for evaluation of encampments that need hygiene facilities"

* San Francisco Chronicle (Heather Knight):  "Former S.F. Sheriff Mirkarimi, wife recall bad old days"

* Voice of OC:  "Santa Ana Offers City Manager Job to Lynwood's Public Works Director"

* East Bay Times (Daniel Borenstein):  "Who runs Alameda, city manager...or the fire union?"

Thursday
Oct122017

POLITICS (National, State): Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrats?: Commentary (George Skelton), "Will politics pass by Sen. Dianne Feinstein as both parties veer to extremes? Let's hope not"; also, "Steyer takes a shot at Feinstein, 'very much looking at the Senate seat'" ....

***Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrats?

* Los Angeles Times (George Skelton):  "Will politics pass by Sen. Dianne Feinstein as both parties veer to extremes? Let's hope not" - From the LAT:

Every ambitious politician yearning to replace Democrat Dianne Feinstein in the U.S. Senate missed their best shot. They should have started running hard before she committed to the race.While Feinstein was still mulling over whether to run a sixth time at age 85 next year, Senate wannabes could have been flexing muscle and charming voters all over the state. They could have been selling a futuristic, progressive agenda while projecting youth and energy. Raising money and climbing in the polls.

No challenger may have been that capable. But if one had been, it might have startled Feinstein and prodded her to think twice: I haven’t had a tough race in 23 years. Do I really want to endure one again at my age? Perhaps she would have been deterred from seeking reelection and retired.

We’ll never know. That window closed when Feinstein tweeted Monday she was “all in” for another Senate term ...................

***ALSO:

* Sacramento Bee:  "Steyer takes a shot at Feinstein, 'very much looking at the Senate seat'"

Thursday
Oct122017

POLITICS (National, State, Local/ Los Angeles): Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, "President" Eric Garcetti?: Report/analysis (Mark Barabak), "No one has ever gone straight from City Hall to the White House. Can L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti end that streak?" ....

***Mayor Eric Garcetti, "President" Eric Garcetti?

* Los Angeles Times (Mark Barabak):  "No one has ever gone straight from City Hall to the White House. Can L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti end that streak?" - From the LAT:

There are many paths to the presidency, most of them a standard climb from one elected office to the next.A whole passel of lawmakers have cycled their way through a governorship or the U.S. Senate en route to the White House. Others arrived with less buttoned-down backgrounds. There have been war heroes, a former haberdasher, a onetime movie actor.

And then, of course, there is the current occupant whose resume — real estate developer, beauty pageant promoter, conspiracy monger, reality TV celebrity — comprises a category all its own.

In the whole history of the United States, however, there has never been a candidate who made the leap straight from City Hall to the White House, or who even managed to win his party’s presidential nomination. Several mayors have tried, some more plausibly than others .....................

Thursday
Oct122017

POLITICS/MEDIA: President Donald Trump, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Washington Post profile, "How Sarah Huckabee Sanders sees the world" ....

***President Donald Trump, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders....

* Washington Post (Michelle Boorstein):  "How Sarah Huckabee Sanders sees the world" - From the WP:

This is the world as seen through the eyes of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders:

As a girl, she watched her father, Southern Baptist pastor-turned-GOP-governor Mike Huckabee, sidelined when he entered politics. Arkansas Democrats literally nailed his office door shut. In the years after, she saw conservative Christians — like her family, like most everyone she knew — ridiculed in American pop culture.

As a young woman, she moved to Washington for a government job, and noticed right away, she says, that people in the nation’s capital care more about your job than who you are. “Certainly not like where I’m from,” she says.

Sanders described this perpetual interloper experience from her other world: an elegant, well-appointed office at the White House, where reporters from places such as the New York Times and CNN metaphorically prostrate themselves at her door day in and out, and from where she can receive guidance on the phone every day from her father, long a political darling of conservative Christians, a TV celebrity now worth millions. As the public face of the U.S. president, Sanders is a fitting symbol for her fellow religious conservatives, who are both insider and outsider, powerful and powerless ......................