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Monday
Jun202011

L.A. CITY HALL: Vacancy, Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, departure of Kaylynn Kim....

***Haven't seen any news reports or official announcements of this, but Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce June 16 newsletter notes a tribute to Kaylynn Kim upon her departure from the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, where she had served for six years.  Presumably, announcement will be forthcoming from the mayor's office as to his nomination of a successor to replace Kim. Excerpt from L.A. Chamber newsletter reads as follows:

   "On Thursday, the Chamber thanked Commissioner Kaylynn Kim. . .for her commitment to the Port of Los Angeles and the Southern California region at her last meeting on the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commission. . . . . ."

***[UPDATED]:  Daily Breeze:  "Kim to step down from Harbor Commission" - From the DB:

   Attorney Kaylynn Kim will step down at the end of this month from the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners to plan her upcoming wedding and spend more time with her future husband.

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   Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has until Aug. 15 to name a replacement, who must be confirmed by the City Council............

Monday
Jun202011

AFTERNOON MEMOS: S.F., L.A. among two "dirtiest" cities in U.S., Travel + Leisure Magazine annual survey; 2013 mayor's race, analysis/comparison, Beutner and Caruso, similar business credentials; Villaraigosa, on TV, end Mideast wars, more money available to cities....

* San Francisco Chronicle (City Insider):  "Travel magazine says S.F. is among the dirtiest" - From the Chronicle:

   San Francisco was the first city in the nation to ban plastic bags. It's obsessed with recycling and organic food. But apparently none of this is enough for the good people of Travel + Leisure magazine. Our city by the bay scored the dubious honor of being ranked as the 12th dirtiest city in the nation in Travel + Leisure's annual America's Favorite Cities survey, a highly scientific undertaking that polls the publication's dirty-minded - er, dirt-minded - audience.

   Despite placing San Francisco in the top 10 for environmental friendliness and quality of life, the magazine's readers somehow also decided the city was filthier than Dallas/Fort Worth, Boston and Washington. Not contradictory at all, nope.

   It's not all bleak. San Francisco also ranked high in diversity, coffee, ethnic food, noteworthy neighborhoods and views.

   The only other California city to make the not-so-bright-and-shiny list was Los Angeles, coming in third place. First and second, meanwhile, went to New Orleans and Philadelphia. Congrats - now go clean your room...............

* Daily News:  "Villaraigosa: Stop wars, give cities more money" - From the DN:

   In his first appearance on "Meet the Press" in his role as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa presented his argument Sunday for an increase of federal funding to cities. And, part of that, he said, is ending the wars in the Mideast to make more money available to cities.

   "I think the term was used that (it) is like they are on another planet," Villaraigosa said when asked about the Republican presidential debate. "The fact is, Americans are out of work. Too many people are not able to get back in the workplace and not enough is being done to train them for new work. "We are asking that we need to focus on home again, and the issue is front and center in the cities."

   Villaraigosa said because of the costs of war, Congress has taken money away from the biggest needs in the cities _ transportation, housing and education..................

* Los Angeles Business Journal (Joel Fox op-ed) [registration required]:  "Two-of-a-kind in L.A. Mayor's Race" - "Austin Beutner and Rick Caruso would bring similar business credentials to a mayoral run."  - From LABJ:

   With the term-limited mayoral run of Antonio Villaraigosa coming to an end, a number of possible candidates are lining up to test the waters in a quest to become L.A.’s next mayor. Two potential major candidates are successful businessmen: developer Rick Caruso and investment banker Austin Beutner.

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   Both Caruso and Beutner have spent some time in government. Caruso served on L.A. commissions including the Police Commission. Beutner worked as Villaraigosa’s deputy mayor for economic and business policy, but also worked for the U.S. State Department in Russia, helping the former Soviet Union transition to a market economy.

   A number of analysts looking at the coming race feel the environment is similar to the time Republican attorney and businessman Richard Riordan captured the mayor’s office in 1993. The opportunity may be there for a business executive to take control of the city government once again.

   Beutner and Caruso have similar outlooks when they talk about correcting the ills of Los Angeles. Both emphasize treating the city’s citizens like customers. . . . .

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   Both business execs could self-fund their campaigns, but neither plans to do so. Beutner is fundraising; Caruso said he would raise funds as well if he runs. Both potential candidates would be fighting for the same base and they make similar arguments on the issues of the day. So what might separate them in the public eye.......................

Monday
Jun202011

SACRAMENTO: California Chamber of Commerce, CEO remarks, potential business community support for a "comprehensive solution" to state budget stalemate, right mix of provisions....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Chamber CEO says still time for a 'comprehensive' deal" -

   California Chamber of Commerce CEO Allan Zaremberg said he still believes there's time for a "comprehensive" solution to the state budget in the wake of Gov. Jerry Brown's veto.

   Labor unions have become less than enthusiastic about the idea of a fall election on taxes and long-term changes to pensions and spending, recognizing the uphill battle they would face with voters. David Kieffer, head of Service Employees International Union California State Council, said his group would have to think twice about funding a tax campaign. But Zaremberg suggested that if lawmakers and the governor strike the right deal, some of his members would be willing to finance the effort.

   "I think I have some members who would like to see a comprehensive solution so they're not in the crosshairs for targeted taxes," Zaremberg said. "And I can see the business community saying for the good of the community, let's get this behind us once and for all. We're tired of watching Fox News get their entertainment from bashing California."

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   Zaremberg thinks winning a fall campaign is "doable, but we have to have the right mix of provisions to create a formula the public can trust. What we learned in 2009 was, though there were a lot of problems like borrowing from the lottery, the mere fact that the Legislature puts it on the ballot creates some skepticism from voters. So that's one of the things we have to overcome."

   Brown said last week that if he were able to strike a deal for a fall election, he expected support from a variety of groups. Some thought he was hinting at business support, in addition to traditional Democratic allies like labor unions............

Monday
Jun202011

POLITICS (State, National): U.S. House of Representatives, California GOP influence, seniority, impact on potential Republican candidates for statewide office....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Change in power hasn't diminished California's clout" - "Since the Republicans won back power last year, party members from the state have taken the third-highest leadership post and chair four powerful committees. But that increased power hasn't yet helped develop candidates capable of winning statewide races." - From the LAT:

   California Republicans don't have a lot of reasons for optimism — they lost every statewide race in November, their share of the state's voters is plummeting and proposed new districts could give Democrats a supermajority in the Legislature and more seats in Congress in 2012. But one surprising bright spot has been the House of Representatives. When the GOP took control of the body last year, many of those who rose to lead the 112th Congress were members of California's congressional delegation.

   California Republicans hold the third-highest leadership post and chair four powerful committees, nearly double the number the state should have based purely on population figures. Until now, California and its congressional delegation have been known for their Democratic leanings — only 19 members out of 53 are Republicans.

   "It's such a Democratic delegation. The idea of Republicans taking over and California still having a lot of power in the House is pretty significant and unusual," said Christian Grose, an assistant professor of political science at USC. "It just shows what matters is seniority and staying power in the House as much as the political complexion of a state."

   But the burst of power has complicated efforts to find people to challenge Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year and Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014. Political observers say the congressional leaders are unlikely to relinquish their newfound powers to run when California has not elected a Republican statewide in years — unless a sweeping new method of drawing congressional districts creates hurdles for their reelection bids.

   "As long as they're in Congress, they're not likely to leave their current post. They're now in the majority, which means they have a lot of power where they are, whereas a race for statewide office would be chancy at best," said Jack Pitney, a government professor at Claremont McKenna College and former national GOP official...................

Monday
Jun202011

POLITICS, REDISTRICTING: Analysis/overview, redistricting's "complicated odd-even phenomenon", collision between term limits and renumbering newly-drawn state Senate districts.......

* San Jose Mercury News:  "Redistricting's complicated odd-even phenomenon" - From the MN:

   "Keep San Francisco Odd," as some of the city's residents are demanding, shouldn't be a tall order, what with national headlines about campaigns to ban infant circumcision and block the sale of goldfish.

   But that's not what the demand is all about. Rather, it refers to a stupefying numbering phenomenon in the once-a-decade redrawing of California's political districts. The result of that process could sideline some state Senate incumbents and deprive millions of voters of even one senator while bestowing upon others the gift of two.

   How could this happen?

   It's complicated. In fact, the number shuffle is so hard to explain that trying to describe it devolves into a parody of Abbott and Costello's "Who's On First?" skit. But broadly speaking, it is the unavoidable collision between the renumbering of the state's newly drawn 40 Senate districts and the body's four-year terms. Half of the Senate's seats come up for election every two years. Odd-numbered districts will appear on the 2012 ballot and even digits in 2014.  So, for example, a senator who swaps an odd digit district for an even one is out of a job for two years, while an even-number senator who turns odd must run two years early.

   It gets even weirder. Voters whose senator has been set aside must go without any representation -- except for a Senate Rules Committee-appointed custodian -- while others could end up with double the number of senators to complain about.

    And that's before term limits are factored into the equation.

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   This happens every 10 years. But never before has the specter of a numerical swap inspired so much fear in the hearts of so many state senators...................