Index
Friday
Apr292016

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Los Angeles, "Lower-Income Residents Are Leaving L.A. Because Rent's Just Too High"; O.C., "Squeezed out: Millennials and low-income residents leaving O.C. at higher rates than expected"; Marina del Rey, "Tourism Dollars Surge in Marina del Rey" ....

Friday
Apr292016

POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION: California high-speed rail project, approval, new business plan: "Bullet train agency approves a new business plan with 26 pages of changes"; also, "High-speed rail board approves revised California plan" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Bullet train agency approves a new business plan with 26 pages of changes" - From the LAT:

The California high-speed rail authority approved a new two-year business plan Thursday that attempts to patch up concerns and problems that erupted up and down the state over details of a draft plan that was issued in February.

The final plan incorporates 26 pages of changes, including many that were made last week. Among the biggest revisions is a commitment to include service to Merced in the first operating segment, which could cost more than $1 billion. The plan also reiterates a commitment to make large investments in Southern California, which was dropped from the initial operating segment when the rail agency elected in the new plan to build an initial $21-billion operating segment from San Jose to the Central Valley.

As something of a condolence prize, the authority plans to invest about $2 billion into Southern California passenger rail improvements, including rebuilding some existing railroad street crossings. Rail chief Dan Richard has said several times that the rail will reach San Jose first, but the dollars will flow to Southern California first. But the source of the $2 billion remains unclear.

The authority also backed off from a plan to . . . . . . . .

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In its efforts to build support for its business model, the plan embraces many hot button issues among supporters . . . . . . . .

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The result was a lot of expansive language and some tortured text, such as ..................

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* Fresno Bee (AP):  "High-speed rail board approves revised California plan"

Friday
Apr292016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (County of Los Angeles): Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, controversy, "offensive emails": "Offensive emails from a top official put L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell on the spot"; also, "High-Ranking Cop Who Sent Racist Emails Should Go, Civil Rights Groups Say" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Offensive emails from a top official put L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell on the spot" - From the LAT:

Outrage over emails sent by a top aide mocking Muslims, blacks, Latinos, women and others is presenting Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell with a serious test as he attempts to reform his troubled agency.

On Thursday, more civil rights groups called for the sheriff to fire or discipline the aide, Tom Angel, after the emails were published by The Times this week. A person who made light of those stereotypes is unfit for a top position at an agency that polices the very groups he mocked, some civil rights leaders said. But McDonnell has said he has no immediate plans to discipline his chief of staff because the emails date from Angel’s time with the Burbank Police Department and were an “uncharacteristic act” that do not reflect Angel’s usual good character and judgment .......................

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* LA Weekly (Dennis Romero):  "High-Ranking Cop Who Sent Racist Emails Should Go, Civil Rights Groups Say"

Friday
Apr292016

INTERNATIONAL (Mexico): Acapulco, "resort paradise" -- violence, chaos: "Acapulco paralyzed by fear after gunfights between police and gang members"; also, "Acapulco continues slide into chaos, Mexico's resort paradise gripped by violence" ....  

* Los Angeles Times:  "Acapulco paralyzed by fear after gunfights between police and gang members" - From the LAT:

The Pacific city of Acapulco remained gripped by fear Tuesday with thousands of businesses and many schools shuttered following two brazen attacks on federal authorities — the latest round of bloodshed in the city's long fall from storied vacation paradise to Mexico's murder capital. Gov. Hector Astudillo of Guerrero state pleaded for a return to "normalcy" after Sunday night's attacks by suspected drug gangs on a police station and a hotel that housed federal police.

The attacks were apparently reprisals for the arrest Saturday of Fredy del Valle, alias "El Burro," head of the Independent Cartel of Acapulco, the governor said. Though the casualties were limited to one dead attacker and a wounded policeman, prolonged gunfire transformed several blocks into a war zone and left residents in a state of shock. City streets, including the Costera Miguel Aleman beach side road, were largely deserted Tuesday amid fears that violence could erupt again.

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The decline of Acapulco, with a population of roughly 800,000, has been underway for at least a decade as the city, its port and Guerrero state have taken on increasing strategic importance as way stations for South American cocaine destined for the United States.

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The violence stands in sharp contrast to a reputation forged more than a half-century ago, when the city was a playground for international film stars ..................

***ALSO:

* Fox News Latino:  "Acapulco continues slide into chaos, Mexico's resort paradise gripped by violence"

 

Friday
Apr292016

POLITICS/EDUCATION: University of California, Davis, controversy, Chancellor Linda Katehi: "UC investigator to scrutinize employment of Davis chancellor's relatives"; "Documents outline UC Davis efforts to monitor online reputation of Katehi, university"; "Gavin Newsom says 'it's time' for UC Davis chancellor to quit" ....

***University of California, Davis, controversy, Chancellor Linda Katehi....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Gavin Newsom says 'it's time' for UC Davis chancellor to quit"

* Sacramento Bee:  "UC investigator to scrutinize employment of Davis chancellor's relatives"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Documents outline UC Davis efforts to monitor online reputation of Katehi, university"