Index
Wednesday
Sep282016

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles Fire Department, fire marshal /Deputy Chief John Vidovich, retaliation claim vs. city: "Ousted L.A. fire marshal claims corruption among city fire inspectors" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Ousted L.A. fire marshal claims corruption among city fire inspectors" - From the LAT:

A top Los Angeles Fire Department official is alleging corruption in the city inspection programs he once administered as part of a $5-million retaliation claim filed Tuesday.

Deputy Chief John Vidovich was removed from his post as fire marshal last month after a two-year tenure that was marred by disclosures about delinquent inspections and mounting criticism from the firefighters' labor union. In his legal claim, Vidovich said he was pushed out after he exposed fraud, extortion and overtime schemes among the LAFD units charged with enforcing fire safety codes for apartment houses, schools, hospitals, film shoots and other buildings.

He pointed the finger at a group of senior inspectors who . . . . . . . .

Vidovich said that when he took over as fire marshal in 2014, the inspection program was “in disarray” with those inspectors responsible for much of the backlog. He accused them of falsifying records, engineering improper work slowdowns and manipulating a department database to prevent the inspection of vulnerable facilities such as the Veterans Administration hospital near Westwood ...................

Tuesday
Sep272016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Hofstra University, debate: "Clinton set the trap and Trump walked in"; "Trump points fingers after shaky debate"; "Giulani: I'd skip next debates if I were Trump"; also, "Clinton team preps for Trump's Bill attack" ....

***2016 presidential election, Hofstra University debate....

* POLITICO:  "Clinton set the trap and Trump walked in

* POLITICO:  "Trump points fingers after shaky debate"

* POLITICO:  "Giulani: I'd skip next debates if I were Trump"

***ALSO:

* POLITICO:  "Clinton team preps for Trump's Bill attack" - "GOP sees risk as Donald threatens to throw Bill's affairs in Hillary's face."

Tuesday
Sep272016

SACRAMENTO: Land use/development, housing, commentary (Dan Walters), "California needs to approve Jerry Brown's plan to increase housing"; also, AB 2299, SB 308, "More 'granny flats' are coming after governor signs two bills to ease housing shortage" ....  

***California housing policy/legislation....

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "California needs to approve Jerry Brown's plan to increase housing"

* Los Angeles Times:  "More 'granny flats' are coming after governor signs two bills to ease housing shortage"

Tuesday
Sep272016

POLITICS (National): Political civility/decorum?: "Michelle and George: The Embrace Seen Around the World" .... 

* New York Times (Mark Landler):  "Michelle and George: The Embrace Seen Around the World" - From the NYT:

WASHINGTON — Maybe it was the unexpected warmth of the gesture, the sheer enveloping display of affection. Maybe it was his response, the beatific expression on his face, eyes almost closed, head tilted toward her shoulder. Maybe it was the moment: tenderness at a time when presidential politics has become a festival of cruelty. But when Michelle Obama hugged former President George W. Bush on Saturday, at a ceremony to open the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the image quickly took flight online.

However one chose to interpret it — and overinterpretation is a hazard in such exercises — it became an instant metaphor. Some saw the lost virtue of civility in politics; others, the unlikely friendships that blossom at the rarefied heights of public life. To critics on the left, it was a shameful case of political amnesia by the wife of a president who spent years cleaning up the mess left by his predecessor.

Mrs. Obama and Mr. Bush have had a few such memorable moments . . . . . . . .

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Some of these encounters are explained by proximity. When the Obamas and the Bushes appear in public together, protocol dictates that Mrs. Obama stand next to Mr. Bush. Some of it is a function of the former president’s playful manner, which by all accounts has become more playful in his retirement. But some of it also has to do with the relationship between the couples, which current and former officials say has deepened over the past seven and a half years, both because of the shared bond of living in the White House and because of Mr. Bush’s decorum as an ex-president ...................

Tuesday
Sep272016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, debate, Hofstra University: Commentary (Dan Balz), "The real Donald Trump showed up at Hofstra. Republicans must live with it." .... 

* Washington Post (Dan Balz):  "The real Donald Trump showed up at Hofstra. Republicans must live with it." - From the WP:

Republicans learned again during the first presidential debate that no matter the setting, no matter the stakes, no matter the expectations, Donald Trump will insist on being Donald Trump. He will rise or fall politically as himself — brash, unpredictable, volatile and true to his own instincts.

Monday’s debate might not move mountains politically. Most Americans are already set in stone about their choice on Nov. 8. But Hillary Clinton didn’t need an earthshaking event on Monday. She needed no more than to resettle nervous Democrats and reinforce the reasons many ­college-educated white voters have had such reservations about voting for Trump. That much she no doubt accomplished, thanks in large part to Trump himself.

For weeks, Trump had been tethered to a teleprompter, delivering carefully scripted speeches on various policies. On Monday night, he was back to the Trump of the Republican primaries, a rough-hewed candidate with one overriding message, that being strength of leadership. But that freewheeling environment also underscored a glaring and well-known weakness, which is his inability to resist responding to any slight or criticism.

Trump had never been in a debate like this before — 90-plus minutes against a single opponent and a free-flowing agenda of topics guided with minimal interference by moderator Lester Holt, the anchor of NBC’s “Nightly News.” For Trump, the format was not ideal: Presidential debates aren’t exactly endurance tests, but they require patience, preparation and some sense of pacing. Trump was like a sprinter in a marathon, starting with gusto and flagging the longer the night went on.

No one expected a full 90 minutes of deep policy discussion. There were too many other things that have defined the competition between Trump and Clinton that deserved an airing. But what became evident as the debate moved along is that Trump has a genuine substantive interest in few policies and once he has said his piece, he is ready to move on.

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What also became evident — again — is that Trump cares more than almost anything about ....................