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Saturday
May202017

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles city budget, 2017-18: "L.A. lawmakers sign off on $9.2 billion budget"; "L.A. City Council approves $9.2B budget after resolving transportation priorities"; "$9.2 billion L.A. budget funds housing for homeless, immigrant legal expenses, fire department expansion" ....

Saturday
May202017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, various reports: "Trump is Testing the GOP's Limits"; "Trump's media firewall is collapsing as the Russia probe gets closer"; "Trump's divisive unity plea"; also, "Striking TIME magazine cover shows Russia taking over the White House" ....  

***President Donald Trump, various reports....

* The Atlantic (Ronald Brownstein):  "Trump is Testing the GOP's Limits" - "After a week of controversies, and with midterms not too far away, it's not impossible to envision congressional Republicans turning against the president."

* Washington Post (Callum Borchers):  "Trump's media firewall is collapsing as the Russia probe gets closer"

* POLITICO (Edward-Issac Dovere):  "Trump's divisive unity plea"

***ALSO:

* San Francisco Chronicle (Katie Dowd):  "Striking TIME magazine cover shows Russia taking over the White House"

Saturday
May202017

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Joe Biden remarks, Las Vegas conference: "Biden disses Clinton: 'I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate.'"; "Joe Biden never thought Hillary Clinton was a very good candidate"; "Biden: I was the 'great candidate' for 2016 -- not Clinton" ....

Saturday
May202017

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, State Lands Commission, San Francisco waterfront?: "Gavin Newsom faces backlash as state fights Sierra Club and San Francisco over waterfront" .... 

***Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, State Lands Commission, San Francisco waterfront?

* Los Angeles Times:  "Gavin Newsom faces backlash as state fights Sierra Club and San Francisco over waterfront" - From the LAT:

One of Gavin Newsom’s few duties as lieutenant governor is to serve on the State Lands Commission, a powerful agency that governs much of California’s shoreline.

The three-member panel rarely draws public attention. But now its lawsuit to overturn a San Francisco ballot measure that can limit the height of waterfront developments is stirring up trouble for Newsom as he runs for governor. If the Lands Commission wins, environmental groups say, it could block voters statewide from passing local ballot measures to restrict coastal development and oil drilling, as Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach and other communities have done for decades.

Promoted by the Sierra Club, Proposition B, passed by 59% of San Francisco voters in 2014, requires voter approval for any waterfront project that exceeds the city’s height limit. But the Lands Commission, chaired by former San Francisco Mayor Newsom, says state law prohibits voters from having a direct say on the use of public waterfront. “I think it’s a stab in the back of the city he once governed,” said Becky Evans, a leader of the Sierra Club’s San Francisco Bay chapter.

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A trial is scheduled to start Sept. 11, but Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos might call it off and issue a final judgment as soon as June 28.

For Newsom, whose record usually wins praise from environmentalists, the court battle against the Sierra Club is awkward. And at a time when he’s arguing in the campaign that economic inequality is California’s No. 1 problem, the commission that he leads is faulting San Francisco’s Proposition B for bringing more affordable housing to its high-priced waterfront.

The lawsuit has also opened Newsom to accusations that he disrespects one of California’s most cherished political customs: initiative and referendum ..................

Saturday
May202017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: LAUSD, "L.A. teachers union faces tough questions in wake of charter election wins"; West Hywd., "Jury rules in favor of West Hollywood in whistleblower trial"; L.A. City Hall, "L.A. city attorney says new limits on assisting immigration agents don't violate federal rules"; also, "South L.A. charter school founder charged with embezzlement, money laundering" ....

***Various items relating to local issues/local government, in and around Southern California....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Jury rules in favor of West Hollywood in whistleblower trial"

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. teachers union faces tough questions in wake of charter election wins"

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. city attorney says new limits on assisting immigration agents don't violate federal rules"

***ALSO:

* Los Angeles Times:  "South L.A. charter school founder charged with embezzlement, money laundering"