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Aug162017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, Charlottesville, business advisory councils: "After CEO exodus, Trump ends two advisory councils"; "Trump Ends C.E.O. Advisory Councils as Main Group Votes to Disband"; "Trump disbands CEO councils as business leaders desert"; "Trump's business advisory councils disband as chief executives repudiate president over Charlottesville views" ....

***President Donald Trump, Charlottesville, corporate CEO's, business advisory councils....

* Washington Post (Damian Paletta, Jena McGregor):  "Trump's business advisory councils disband as chief executives repudiate president over Charlottesville views"

* New York Times (David Gelles, Landon Thomas Jr., Kate Kelly):  "Trump Ends C.E.O. Advisory Councils as Main Group Votes to Disband"

* Los Angeles Times:  "After CEO exodus, Trump ends two advisory councils"

* POLITICO (Dan Diamond):  "Trump disbands CEO councils as business leaders desert." - "'I am ending both,' he tweets."

Wednesday
Aug162017

POLITICS (National): Charlottesville, "Unite the Right" rally, white nationalism, fascist symbolism, national spotlight?: Analysis (Matt Pearce), America's far right stole the spotlight. Now comes the backlash." ....

***Charlottesville, "Unite the Right" rally, white nationalism, fascist symbolism, national spotlight....

* Los Angeles Times (Matt Pearce):  "America's far right stole the spotlight. Now comes the backlash." - From the LAT:

By their nature, fringe movements usually don’t find the scalding-hot center of the national spotlight. Last weekend’s “Unite the Right” rally in Virginia was an extreme — and informative — exception. Around the nation, TV screens and social media feeds overflowed with Confederate flags, fascist symbolism and bloody images of violence as far-right groups brawled with anti-racism protesters on the streets of Charlottesville. Their white-power message was suddenly hard to ignore.

What has happened since underscores a basic principle about the far right in the United States: Attention is a double-edged sword for white nationalists and neo-Nazis, a tool of further empowerment and an implement of their ruin.

Over the last two years, embracing the energy of Donald Trump’s presidency, far-right millennials have grown increasingly vocal on social media and at public events around the country. They’ve accumulated new followers, piled up donations and garnered profiles in mainstream media outlets. But their rising visibility also breeds contempt. Outside the far right, antipathy to neo-Nazis, white nationalists and other fascist figures has been building for months, sometimes giving rise to protests that boil into violent street fights.

Now, the blowback from last weekend’s high-profile chaos has spread further — into the business world, on the streets and even at home ...................

Wednesday
Aug162017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, Charlottesville, white supremacists, corporate CEO's?: "Trump pours gasoline on feud with CEO's" ....

***President Donald Trump, Charlottesville, white supremacists, corporate CEO's?

* POLITICO (Dan Diamond):  "Trump pours gasoline on feud with CEO's" - "The president ramps up attacks on leaders who have left his manufacturing council, calling them 'grandstanders.'" - From POLITICO:

The businessman president is bleeding support from business leaders he once called allies — and his latest comments cost him another adviser. “I cannot sit on a council for a President that tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism,” Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO, said in a statement on Tuesday, an hour after President Donald Trump defended protesters in Charlottesville at a free-wheeling news conference. “His comments today were the last straw.”

Since Monday morning, Trumka and four other business leaders have dropped out of Trump’s manufacturing council, citing his inadequate response to the Virginia protests or suggesting that their companies shouldn’t be involved in politics. Trump on Tuesday escalated his feud with those leaders, accusing them of failing to do their jobs and rebuffing criticism from Walmart’s CEO that his comments about Charlottesville were insufficient.

The business leaders are leaving his advisory council because “they are not taking their job seriously” and aren’t committed to U.S. manufacturing, Trump said on Tuesday. “We want products made in the country,” he added. “I have to tell you, some of the folks that will leave, they’re leaving out of embarrassment, because they made their products outside.” Earlier in the day, the president tweeted that the departing CEOs were “grandstanders.”

Trump’s latest attacks — coupled with his renewed defense of the protesters in Charlottesville — only heighten the conundrum for business leaders, who don’t want to antagonize the White House but are also facing growing calls for possible boycotts ..................

Wednesday
Aug162017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Homelessness: Bay Area, "Cal hires $92,000-a-year social worker for People's Park"; County of Los Angeles, "L.A. County leaders greenlight effort to pay homeowners to house the homeless" ....

***Homelessness, Bay Area; County of Los Angeles....

* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross): "Cal hires $92,000-a-year social worker for People's Park"

* Daily News:  "L.A. County leaders greenlight effort to pay homeowners to house the homeless"

Wednesday
Aug162017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Bay Area, "BART considers a later daily start during systemwide rebuild"; OC, "Hundreds of Dollars in 'Gifts' From Contractors to Supervisor Nelson Raise Legal Questions"; Bay Area, "Whistleblowers file lawsuit against Bay Area air district for file destruction"; San Diego, "Voting rights group fined for not disclosing union support for ballot measures"....

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

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "BART considers a later daily start during systemwide rebuild"

* Voice of OC:  "Hundreds of Dollars in 'Gifts' From Contractors to Supervisor Nelson Raise Legal Questions"

* East Bay Times:  "Whistleblowers file lawsuit against Bay Area air district for file destruction"

* San Diego Union-Tribune:  "Voting rights group fined for not disclosing union support for ballot measures"