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Dec302011

SACRAMENTO: Jerry Brown political adviser Steve Glazer to be consultant to California Chamber of Commerce political action committee on 2012 legislative races....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Jerry Brown adviser Steve Glazer to help CalChamber PAC" - From the Bee:

   Gov. Jerry Brown's political adviser, Steve Glazer, has been tapped to advise the California Chamber of Commerce's heavy-hitting political action committee in legislative races next year. The chamber's JobsPAC, whose donors include insurance, oil, tobacco and pharmaceutical companies, spent more than $9 million statewide last year, including opposing the elections of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, all Democrats. The chamber itself attacked Brown during the campaign, though it became largely supportive of the Democratic governor this year.

   Glazer is expected to work only on matters involving Democratic candidates. Republican strategist Rob Stutzman will be the chamber's Republican adviser, though in districts where no Republican candidate is competitive, he said, he could end up working on a Democratic campaign. In state Senate races last year, the chamber supported Republicans Sam Blakeslee and Anthony Cannella and Democrats Juan Vargas and Lou Correa.

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   The political action committee has traditionally relied on two strategists for each election, one from each party. . . . .

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   Brown considers business support is significant to his bid to raise taxes, and he spent months this year courting chambers of commerce. Glazer's new involvement with the chamber could be an asset to Brown................

Friday
Dec302011

POLITICS: 44th Congressional District, announcement, Isadore Hall decision NOT to be a candidate, to avoid split of black vote with Laura Richardson vs. Janice Hahn, potential now for two-way contest to be "hottest brawl this side of Berman vs. Sherman"........ 

* LA Weekly (Gene Maddaus):  "Isadore Hall Backs Out of Congressional Race, Leaving Janice Hahn and Laura Richardson in Harbor Area Showdown" - From the Weekly:

   Compton Assemblyman Isadore Hall announced today that he's dropping out of the race for the 44th Congressional District, and will instead run for re-election. The announcement leaves a two-way contest between Reps. Janice Hahn and Laura Richardson -- which should be the hottest brawl this side of Berman vs. Sherman.

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   Though Hall did well in fundraising, rumor has it that his campaign did an internal poll which showed him trailing well behind Hahn and Richardson. By announcing his plans to run for re-election in the Assembly, Hall is forcing out Carson Councilman Mike Gipson. Hall had previously endorsed Gipson's bid to succeed him in the Assembly.

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   Hall's announcement also creates trouble for Assemblyman Warren Furutani, who is running for the L.A. City Council. Redistricting has left Furutani without a district. Should Furutani lose to Joe Buscaino [in the upcoming 15th Council District special election] -- a strong possibility -- he might have considered running for re-election from Hall's district. But with Hall back in the race, that seems like a remote possibility. Furutani said he would deal with that after the Jan. 17 council runoff, if he has to. "I'm focused on one thing and that's the L.A. City Council race," Furutani said.

   The Congressional race will now be a one-on-one matchup between Hahn and Richardson. Thanks to the top-two primary system, the two candidates will likely face each other twice -- once in June and once in November........

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* Los Angeles Times (PolitiCal):  "Isadore Hall quits congressional race, avoiding split of black vote"

* Long Beach Press-Telegram:  "Isadore Hall drops out of 44th Congressional District race, seeks re-election to State Legislature"

Thursday
Dec292011

L.A. CITY HALL: Council District 15 runoff election, analysis/discussion: the candidates' perspectives regarding the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles; the "cop bloc" on the council in the event of a Buscaino victory; how to judge the winner in the 18 months before the current unfinished term ends in June 2013....

***Although the paper earlier this week came out with its official endorsement in the Council District 15 runoff, Los Angeles Times' editorial writer Robert Greene is continuing his series to inform voters regarding the candidates and various issues relating to City Hall.  Here are Greene's three most recent posts: 

* Los Angeles Times:  "Council District 15: Buscaino and the council cop bloc"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Council District 15: The candidates on the Housing Authority"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Council District 15: How to judge the winner"

Thursday
Dec292011

SACRAMENTO: California Supreme Court ruling eliminating redevelopment agencies, reaction/commentary, League of California Cities; reaction/commentary, local officials, city of L.A., county of L.A........

***Following up on California Supreme Court ruling noted here earlier today....

* Los Angeles Times:  "California high court puts redevelopment agencies out of business" - "The court's ruling will help generate funds for the troubled state budget but hobble local economic development and housing programs. More than 400 agencies will close after Feb. 1."

* Los Angeles Times:  "City officials decry court ruling against redevelopment agencies"

Thursday
Dec292011

INTERNATIONAL: Solar power ambitions in India, doubters now "taking back their words"....

* New York Times:  "In Solar Power, India Begins Living Up to Its Own Ambitions" - From the NYT:

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   Two years ago, Indian policy makers said that by the year 2020 they would drastically increase the nation’s use of solar power from virtually nothing to 20,000 megawatts — enough electricity to power the equivalent of up to 15 million modern American homes during daylight hours when the panels are at their most productive. Many analysts said it could not be done. But, now the doubters are taking back their words.

   Dozens of developers. . ., because of aggressive government subsidies and a large drop in the global price of solar panels, are covering India’s northwestern plains . . . with gleaming solar panels. So far, India uses only about 140 megawatts, including 10 megawatts used by the Azure installation, which can provide enough power to serve a town of 50,000 people, according to the company. But analysts say that the national 20,000 megawatt goal is achievable and that India could reach those numbers even a few years before 2020.

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   India does not have a large solar manufacturing industry, but is trying to develop one and China is showing a new interest in India’s growing demand. China’s Suntech Power sold the panels used at the Azure installation, which opened in June. Industry executives credit government policies with India’s solar boom, unusual praise because businesses usually deride Indian regulations as Kafkaesque.

   Over the last decade, India has opened the state-dominated power-generating industry to private players, while leaving distribution and rate-setting largely in government hands. European countries heavily subsidize solar power by agreeing to buy it for decades at a time, but the subsidies in India are lower and solar operators are forced into to greater competition, helping push down costs.................