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MISCELLANEOUS: Air travel woes: Delta misroutes puppy on cross-country flight"; "Another airline mishapy led to a puppy's days-long, cross-country misadventure"; also, "Father, toddler booted from Southwest Airlines flight after the child initially refused to sit in her seat"; "Southwest faces outrage after a father and toddler were kicked off a flight when the toddler threw a tantrum" ....


POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS (National, State): Tax cuts, affordable housing projects, funding?: "Affordable housing projects are threatened as tax cuts undermine a source of funding"; also, "HUD, affordablehousing programs get a boost in latest congressional spending bill" .... 

***Tax cuts, affordable housing projects, funding?

* Los Angeles Times:  "Affordable housing projects are threatened as tax cuts undermine a source of funding"

***ALSO, Update:

* Curbed:  "HUD, affordable housing programs get a boost in latest congressional spending bill" - "After being hit by the Republican bill, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit gets increased funding"


L.A. CITY HALL: South Los Angeles, Broadway/Manchester corridor, redevelopment?: "Revival of blighted South L.A. neighborhood is stalled by its onetime dentist, critics say"

***South Los Angeles, Broadway/Manchester corridor, redevelopment?

* Los Angeles Times: "Revival of blighted South L.A. neighborhood is stalled by its onetime dentist, critics say" - From the LAT:

Dr. Alan Kleinman’s former neighbors wonder why he stayed in South Los Angeles after his dental office was destroyed in the 1992 riots. Some say he was never much connected to the community. When the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church held parking lot barbecues, he never joined other shopkeepers from the street, said Roscoe Baker, longtime deacon of the church. But not only did Kleinman stay, he added to the real estate investments he had been making since the 1970s.

Today, he owns a dozen commercial parcels on Broadway in the two blocks south of Manchester Avenue. Among them are the still-vacant lot where his office once stood and the building across the street where he reopened his practice.

Kleinman retired a few years ago. He might already have been forgotten by the area’s sellers of religious paraphernalia, sewing machines, Spandex pants and marijuana, but for the “Dental Office” sign that remains on one of his buildings, all of which are either abandoned or demolished. In some circles of business and city politics, however, Kleinman is well known — as an obstacle to revitalizing an area that has languished in blight since the riots. “He's the bane of my existence,” said Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who can’t get Kleinman on the phone.

National retailers are said to be eager to occupy the slice of land between Broadway and the 110 Freeway, if only someone can acquire it. “Everybody looks at this site, all the big developers,” said Curtis Fralin, a real estate investor who wants to develop the area. “The problem with this site is absentee landlords.” .................


MISCELLANEOUS: United Airlines, "dog incidents": "Puppy dies on United flight out of Houston after passenger told to ut dog in overhead compartment"; "Texas prosecutors looking into dog death on United flight"; "United Airlines faces new criticism for the death of one dog and a mix-up with two other pooches"; "United Airlines flight diverted after third dog incident in single week" ....


POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: California Coastal Commission, ex parte communications?: Commentary (Steve Lopez), "Want to save the California coast? Here's a good start" ....

***California Coastal Commission, ex parte communications?

* Los Angeles Times (Steve Lopez):  "Want to save the California coast? Here's a good start" - From the LAT:

Let's say you have a favorite beach in California and you find out that someone has applied to build a restaurant nearby or add a wing onto the seaside house. Maybe the project will affect access or views, and you're convinced there's going to be a negative impact on the environment. And then you find out that the permit applicant has hired a big-name advocate who makes a handsome living by persuading members of the California Coastal Commission to approve projects. An advocate who routinely meets privately with voting commissioners and occasionally shares a cocktail with them.

You're not entirely helpless. You can hire your own advocate, if you've got a trust fund or you just hit the lottery. Or you can try to arrange your own private meeting to argue your point of view. But even if you get a commissioner's ear, can you compete with a lobbyist?

These are not hypothetical questions. These issues have come into play thousands of times in California, and they're at the center of the trial underway in San Diego, where two current and three former commissioners have been accused of violating the rules of private communications on hundreds of occasions.


This trial wouldn't be happening if ex-partes — which are rare for quasi-judicial bodies — were banned. In such a case, interested parties could make written arguments for or against projects, and those could be posted on the agency website for all to see. Or they could speak up at public hearings, rather than having private contact with commissioners.

A proposed ban on ex partes died in the Legislature two years ago, but for lovers and defenders of the coast, is it time to ride that wave again?