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Thursday
May172018

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Francisco, Hunters Point, former Navy shipyard, cleanup scandal: "In Hunters Point Shipyard cleanup, supes push for redoing botched test"; "S.F. supervisors question Navy about fraud in Hunters Point cleanup"; "San Francisco Supervisors Kick Tetra Tech Official Out of Hearing on Hunters Point Cleanup Scandal" ....  

***San Francisco: Hunters Point, former Navy shipyard, cleanup scandal....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "In Hunters Point Shipyard cleanup, supes push for redoing botched test"

* Fox2 San Francisco:  "S.F. supervisors question Navy about fraud in Hunters Point cleanup"

* NBC Bay Area:  "San Francisco Supervisors Kick Tetra Tech Official Out of Hearing on Hunters Point Cleanup Scandal" - "Supervisor Malia Cohen says public trust has been 'completely eroded' while Tetra Tech stands behind its work."

Thursday
May172018

POLITICS/MEDIA (International/ China): Los Angeles Times, Beijing bureau chief: "L.A. Times suspends Beijing bureau chief while it investigates sexual misconduct allegation"; "L.A. Times Suspends Beijing Bureau Chief After Accusations"; "L.A. Times suspends bureau chief over sex misconduct allegations" ....

Thursday
May172018

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Chicano hipsters ("chipsters"), gentrification ("gentefication"), young Latinos?: Commentary (Gustavo Arellano), "Can 'chipsters' and barrio activists find common ground?" .... 

***Chicano hipsters ("chipsters"), gentrification ("gentefication?), young Latinos?

* Los Angeles Times (Gustavo Arellano):  "Can 'chipsters' and barrio activists find common ground?" - From the LAT:

A fierce philosophical debate about the future of Los Angeles is getting a national airing on the TV series "Vida" on Starz. It's ostensibly a family drama about two estranged Mexican American sisters whose mother's death brings them back to Boyle Heights. But its true focus is the real-world battle over a new kind of gentrification.

Young Latinos from Anaheim to El Paso, and from Highland Park to Chicago have argued for the past decade about whether it is OK for hipsters to turn barrios into a playground of Pilates studios, single-origin coffeehouses and vegan taquerias — so long as those hipsters look like the working-class people they're pushing out.

 

There are even cute terms for the phenomenon: "chipsters" (Chicano hipsters) and gentefication, a portmanteau of gente ("people") and gentrification. Both describe upwardly mobile Latinos who want to shop and dine in the neighborhoods of their youth — but in businesses that reflect their social class. Oh, and they'd like not to price out anyone in the process. Gentefication has a conscience never before seen in the annals of gentrification, its advocates say. Leftist Latino activists cry hypocrisy.

The clash has played out most prominently in Boyle Heights ....................

Thursday
May172018

SACRAMENTO: Public employee pensions, "'Crunch time' at CalPERS: Pension confidence drops among city managers"; environment, "A ban on Delta tunnels lawsuits slips into federal spending bill"; bipartisan politics, editorial, "Rocky Chavez did Dems a favor, and now look: This is why we can't have bipartisanship" ....

***Various items relating to doings in and/or around the Capitol....

* Sacramento Bee:  "'Crunch time' at CalPERS:  Pension confidence drops among city managers"

* Sacramento Bee:  "A ban on Delta tunnels lawsuits slips into federal spending plan"

* Sacramento Bee (editorial):  "Rocky Chavez did Dems a favor, and now look: This is why we can't have bipartisanship"

 

Thursday
May172018

POLITICS (National, International/ China): President Donald Trump, Chinese government, ZTE: "Trump let's ZTE off the hook"; "Trump's controversial ZTE order came days after the Chinese government provided millions to a Trump Organization-tied project"; "Trump talks trade with China as project linked to his company gets Chinese business"; also, "Is China Straight-Up Bribing Donald Trump?" ....

***President Donald Trump, Trump Organization, Chinese government ZTE....

* Wall Street Journal (editorial):  "Trump Lets ZTE Off the Hook" - "An arbitrary intervention hurts U.S. sanctions policy"

* San Francisco Chronicle (Business Insider):  "Trump's controversial ZTE order came days after the Chinese government provided millions to a Trump Organization-tied project"

* CNN:  "Trump talks trade with China as project linked to his company gets Chinese business"

* AP:  "Trump Indonesia project gets Chinese government partner"

* Vanity Fair (Bess Levin):  "Is China Straight-Up Bribing Donald Trump?" - "The president suddenly softens on a Chinese business after Beijing bankrolls a Trump Organization project."