Index
Wednesday
Feb102016

MORNING MEMOS: Calif. Coastal Comm., commentary (Steve Lopez), "The pristine beauty of California's coast shouldn't be for the few"; Sacramento, "CalPERS loses key court decision in lawsuit over long-term care"; Bay Area, commentary (Matier & Ross), "49ers thrown for loss in Santa Clara as mayor, a key ally, quits"; 2016 presidential election, "Brokered GOP convention? No way. Yes, way..." ....

***Various items this morning from across the spectrum of politics and/or public policy....

* Sacramento Bee:  "CalPERS loses key court decision in lawsuit over long-term care"

* Los Angeles Times (Steve Lopez):  "The pristine beauty of California's coast shouldn't be for the few"

* Capitol Weekly (Chuck McFadden):  "Brokered GOP convention? No way. Yes, way...."

* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross):  "49ers thrown for loss in Santa Clara as mayor, a key ally, quits"

Wednesday
Feb102016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Sacramento, "Sacramento City Council approves pot tax ballot initiative"; Orange County, "Another Twist in Anaheim's 'People's Map' Drama"; LAUSD, "L.A. teachers union seeks to raise dues as it fights a charter school push"; Bay Area, "Bay Area's new 'Lexus lanes' will require a new Fastrak" .... 

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

* Voice of OC:  "Another Twist in Anaheim's 'People's Map' Drama"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Sacramento City Council approves pot tax ballot initiative"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Bay Area's new 'Lexus lanes' will require a new Fastrak"

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. teachers union seeks to raise dues as it fights a charter school push"

Wednesday
Feb102016

POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION: Federal Transit Administration, funding, local transit projects: "$500 million in federal funds earmarked for L.A., Orange County transit projects"; also, "OC Streetcar light-rail project for Santa Ana and Garden Grove makes Obama's budget" .... 

***Federal Transit Administration, funding, local transit projects....

* Los Angeles Times:  "$500 million in federal funds earmarked for L.A., Orange County transit projects"

* Orange County Register:  "OC Streetcar light-rail project for Santa Ana and Garden Grove makes Obama's budget"

Wednesday
Feb102016

SACRAMENTO: 2018 gubernatorial election: Commentary (Dan Walters), "California has 5 would-be governors"; also, "John Chiang 'strongly leaning towards running' for governor" ....

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "California has 5 would-be governors" - From the Bee:

The 2016 political campaign season has scarcely begun, so of course it’s time to begin noodling about 2018 – and particularly the governorship that Jerry Brown will finally relinquish. Five Democrats – all middle-aged men, interestingly – are emitting varying levels of vibration about running.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom . . . . is the only declared candidate. He’s busily raising money and trying to get as much media attention as his powerless office allows.

John Chiang, state controller before segueing into the state treasurer’s office in 2014, all but announced his candidacy on Tuesday, telling a group of business executives, in response to a question, that he’s “strongly leaning toward running,” and adding, “I’m almost there.”

Antonio Villaraigosa had a mixed record as mayor of Los Angeles and has been out of office for three years, but he is trying to maintain a presence by traveling the state on what he describes as an effort to educate himself about its issues.

Former Controller Steve Westly, who made an unsuccessful bid for governor in 2006, has maintained a low public profile, but has been quietly talking to political insiders and interest groups about giving it another try. He has considerable personal wealth.

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer has been trying to gain some attention not only on climate change but on gasoline prices and on income equality, about which he obviously has personal knowledge.

Politics being what they are, it’s highly unlikely that all five would actually run when the time comes, two years hence, to make it official. Of the quintet, Newsom and Chiang, who hold office and are most open about their intentions, are also the most likely to follow through, while Villaraigosa and Westly may be the least likely .............

***ALSO, Related:

* Sacramento Bee:  "John Chiang 'strongly leaning towards running' for governor"

 

Wednesday
Feb102016

L.A. CITY HALL: Target shopping center, Hollywood, update: "'Zombie' Target project in Hollywood may get new life from L.A. City Council" ....

***Following up on earlier items noted here (development, Hollywood, Target shopping center, stop-work order)....

* Los Angeles Times:  "'Zombie' Target project in Hollywood may get new life from L.A. City Council" - From the LAT:

The long-running saga of a partially built Target shopping center in Hollywood took another twist Tuesday, with the city’s latest attempt at approving the project derailed by a disagreement over a child-care facility.

Target’s three-story shopping center has stood empty on Sunset Boulevard since August 2014, when a judge struck down the City Council's approval of the project. The judge said the council should not have approved a 74-foot-tall shopping center in a location where such projects are limited to 35 feet.

The council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee is weighing a proposal to change the planning rules for the Target site, increasing the height limit for the property. City officials say that move would allow the project to move forward and withstand a legal challenge. But the committee postponed its decision for six weeks after learning that Target and the city are still at odds over the child-care issue.

Three months ago, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s appointees on the Planning Commission voted to require that Target Corp. provide a 3,895-square-foot child-care facility within a mile of the Hollywood site as part of the project’s approval. In paperwork filed with the city, Target representatives called that demand “excessive, impractical, illegal, erroneous and an abuse of discretion.” The company said it would rather make a one-time payment of $407,619, with other businesses at the shopping center chipping in $76,381, to support a child-care facility in the area.

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Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who represents part of Hollywood, said through a spokesman that he backs completion of the project but declined to say whether he supports Target’s child-care request . . . . . . . .

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The Target project has had a tortured history at City Hall ....................