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Aug172017

L.A. CITY HALL: Councilman Mike Bonin, Safe Streets Initiative, Playa del Rey, Westchester, community concerns: "Road Diet Opposition Won't Relent" ....

***Councilman Mike Bonin, Safe Streets Initiative, Playa del Rey, Westchester, community concerns....

* The Argonaut:  "Road Diet Opposition Won't Relent" - "Despite Mar Vista reversal, residents sue the city and neighborhood council calls for restoring lanes" - From The Argonaut:

A week after a group of residents made good on their threat to sue the city over traffic lane reductions in Playa del Rey, the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa officially called for restoring Culver and Jefferson boulevards to their former traffic patterns.

On Tuesday the neighborhood council voted 15-2 to ask L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin in writing that the lanes be restored — the rebuke coming despite Bonin’s intention to form a task force of residents, business owners and other stakeholders to hold public hearings on the lane closures. The letter’s final draft excluded changes to Pershing Drive after several residents spoke in support of traffic-calming measures on that street, citing safety improvements and less congestion than when the lane reductions fist took effect in May.

At least 150 people turned out for the meeting, 80 of them contributing public comment. More than half the speakers opposed the lane reductions, many of them complaining about traffic congestion and negative impacts on local businesses .................

Thursday
Aug172017

POLITICS/BUSINESS/LEGAL: Developer Jay Belson, Securities and Exchange Commission: "Beverly Hills developer accused of defrauding investors will pay millions to settle case with SEC" ....  

***Developer Jay Belson, Securities and Exchange Commission....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Beverly Hills developer accused of defrauding investors will pay millions to settle case with SEC" - From the LAT:

Jay Belson, a developer of extravagant mansions in the Los Angeles area, has reached a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over allegations he defrauded investors of more than $2 million.

In a court filing last week, the SEC alleged that between January 2011 and June 2016, Belson raised nearly $18 million from at least 23 investors, promising them that the money would be used only on individual properties they invested on. Instead, the SEC alleged, Belson, who runs his business out of Beverly Hills, spent $2.5 million in investor funds on himself and unauthorized business expenses. He also used money designated for specific properties on other developments, according to the SEC.

As part of the scheme, Belson allegedly gave his investors summaries that falsely inflated returns and, at times, he paid those inflated returns to “appear as if his enterprises were profitable and to encourage the investors to reinvest,” the SEC alleged.

As part of the settlement, Belson and related businesses entities will pay a total of roughly $7.5 million to the SEC. In court documents, the agency said it may later redistribute some of the funds. That could result in money being returned to investors.

Belson is a luxury real estate broker and developer of mansions in the Hollywood Hills, Bel Air and other posh neighborhoods in the L.A. area. According to his website, he has “enjoyed many guest appearances on Bravo’s ‘Million Dollar Listing, Los Angeles.’”

Among the projects from which Belson diverted investor funds, according to the SEC, was . . . . . . . .

Another such development, the SEC alleged, was .............

Wednesday
Aug162017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, Charlottesville, white supremacists: "Trump puts a fine point on it: He sides with the alt-right in Charlottesville"; "Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost"; "Why Trump Can't Say the Obvious"; also, "Obama tweeted a response to the Charlottesville violence. It's now the most 'liked' in Twitter history" .... 

***President Donald Trump, Charlottesville, white supremacists....

* Washington Post (Philip Bump):  "Trump puts a fine point on it: He sides with the alt-right in Charlottesville

* New York Times (Glenn Thrush, Maggie Haberman):  "Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost"

* POLITICO Magazine (Jeff Greenfield):  "Why Trump Can't Say the Obvious"- "The president won't condemn white supremacy because he has no appreciation for America's basic history."

***ALSO:

* Los Angeles Times (Jessica Roy):  "Obama tweeted a response to the Charlottesville violence. It's now the most 'liked' in Twitter history"

Wednesday
Aug162017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, Charlottesville, "rhetorical ricochet"?: Commentary (Marc Fisher), "Trump's rhetorical ricochet on Charlottesville highlights basic truths about the president" ....

***President Donald Trump, Charlottesville, "rhetorical ricochet"?

* Washington Post (Marc Fisher):  "Trump's rhetorical ricochet on Charlottesville highlights basic truths about the president" - From the WP:

When President Trump’s supporters rail against efforts to rein in his unpredictable, provocative behavior, they often call on White House aides, news reporters and Republicans in Congress to “let Trump be Trump.” But from Capitol Hill to the American heartland Tuesday night, the question was posed over and over again, “Which Trump?”

Was it the Trump who responded to calls from senators and ordinary citizens to “call evil by its name,” as Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) put it? Or was it the Trump who believes that he got where he is today by sticking to his guns and saying what no one else in public life would dare say?

The president’s rhetorical ricochet — from declining on Saturday to name the bad guys in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville to his muted acknowledgment Monday that neo-Nazis and white supremacists “are criminals and thugs” and then Tuesday to a classic doubling down on his original remarks — seemed almost perfectly designed to highlight some basic truths about Donald Trump: He does not like to be told what to say. He will always find a way to pull the conversation back to himself. And he is preternaturally inclined to dance with the ones who brought him ...................

Wednesday
Aug162017

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles City Council, Planning & Land Use Management Committee, Councilman Jose Huizar, Boyle Heights, proposed homeless project: "Council panel deals setback to proposed homeless housing project in Boyle Heights" ....

***Los Angeles City Council, Planning & Land Use Management Committee, Councilman Jose Huizar, Boyle Heights, proposed homeless housing project....

* Los Angeles Times (Doug Smith):  "Council panel deals setback to proposed homeless housing project in Boyle Heights" - From the LAT:

A Los Angeles City Council committee has rebuffed the city’s blue-ribbon homeless housing advocates, siding with a Boyle Heights shopping center owner who opposed a project to build 49 units for mentally ill homeless people.

In a procedure that provoked cries of bewilderment from the project’s supporters, Councilman Jose Huizar — without calling a vote — declared Tuesday that the planning and land-use management committee had granted an appeal of the project’s environmental clearance. If backed by the full council, the appeal would require an environmental report that could further delay a project that has been in the works more than five years and increase the cost of its subsidized housing.

When shouts from the audience demanded a vote, Huizar, who chairs the committee, simply asked if there were any objections. The other committee members remained silent ..................