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Apr282017

SACRAMENTO: Calif. Dept. of Motor Vehicles, "Are dead people taking your parking place?"; state audit, "State-funded non-profit group spent on 'questionable activities' including overseas travel, auditor finds"; :AB 342, "Speed-camera trial for San Jose, San Francisco dies in Assembly"; also, "Latino economics, political clout linked" ....

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

* Sacramento Bee:  "Are dead people taking your parking place?"

* Los Angeles Times:  "State-funded non-profit group spent on 'questionable activities' including overseas travel, auditor finds"

* Mercury News:  "Speed-camera trial for San Jose, San Francisco dies in Assembly" - "Opposition to program led by police union, privacy advocates"

***ALSO:

* Capitol Weekly (John Howard):  "Latino economics, political clout linked"

Friday
Apr282017

POLITICS (National): Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) repeal/ replace, new plan?: Commentary (Paul Kane), "The new health-care bill may be little more than an exercise in blame-shifting" ....

***Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), repeal/replace, new plan?

* Washington Post (Paul Kane):  "The new health-care bill may be little more than an exercise in blame-shifting" - From the WP:

The renewed push by House Republicans to pass legislation replacing parts of the Affordable Care Act might just be a game of political hot potato, with no one sure who will end up holding the object when the legislative music stops.

A month ago, when Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) first pulled the bill from a planned vote, the blame fell squarely on the shoulders of the House Freedom Caucus, the group of almost three dozen hard-line conservatives who were largely opposed because Ryan’s proposal did not go far enough to eliminate the Obama administration’s landmark health-care bill.

Ryan and other leaders made clear that they blamed the conservative caucus with thinly veiled criticism, and in the days that followed President Trump eviscerated the group in a series of tweets that left no doubt where he believed the blame fell. On Wednesday, however, after a few changes to the legislation that modestly tilted the bill more to the right, the Freedom Caucus issued a forceful endorsement of the new package. Outside allies issued declarations that the bill’s fate now fell entirely on the shoulders of moderate Republicans.

It was a whiplash moment for a group that has previously based its existence largely on opposition in the pursuit of purity — and it set off alarm bells among other Republicans .................

Friday
Apr282017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Los Angeles, "L.A. Conservancy wins round in its bid to stop demolition of Googie-style bank building"; Bay Area, "'Dreamer' picked up by ICE in Monterey County jail"; OC, "Former Fullerton Police Chief Says Ex-City Manager's DUI Stop Handled With 'Objectivity'"; Sacramento, "Sacramento cop's false testimony in federal lawsuit costs city $220,000" ....

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

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. Conservancy wins round in its bid to stop demolition of Googie-style bank building"

* Voice of OC:  "Former Fullerton Police Chief Says Ex-City Manager's DUI Stop Handled With 'Objectivity'"

* Mercury News:  "'Dreamer' picked up by ICE in Monterey County jail"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Sacramento cop's false testimony in federal lawsuit costs city $220,000"

Friday
Apr282017

POLITICS (National): Department of Homeland Security, immigrant database, children's names?: "Babies and children listed in Homeland Security's immigrant database of alleged criminals" ....  

***Department of Homeland Security, immigrant database, children's names?

* Los Angeles Times (Cindy Carrano:  "Babies and children listed in Homeland Security's immigrant database of alleged criminals" - From the LAT:

The Trump administration’s online database of immigrants in detention was supposed to help the public search for potential criminals. But when it launched Wednesday, an immigration attorney noticed something unusual: babies. Turns out, the system mistakenly included children in immigration custody, some as young as a few months. A 3-year-old boy from El Salvador detained in Texas and a 4-year-old Guatemalan girl in Phoenix were among scores of children listed in the public system.

The database also included unaccompanied minors — children who came to the United States without their parents — who are currently held in group homes.

Department of Homeland Ssecurity officials said the release of children’s names was a lapse in policy that arose because a filter was not applied to the data made available on the website. “The Department of Homeland Security’s policy is and remains to protect the information of minors in our custody,” said Gillian M. Christensen, a spokeswoman for the agency.

By late Wednesday evening, the department had fixed the problem. But concerns remained about the amount of private information still easily available to the public, including potential asylum applicants whose identities are supposed to be confidential under DHS policy.

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Attorneys representing immigrants expressed anger and worry over the release of names that were supposed to be protected. Bryan Johnson, the Long Island, N.Y., lawyer who first noticed the error, called the release “reckless incompetence on the part of the Trump administration.” ...............

Friday
Apr282017

POLITICS (National): Donald Trump presidency, tax reform?: Editorial, "Trump's tax-code plan is short on reform and long on tax cuts for the wealthy"; commentary (Edward Kleinbard), "Trump's Candy Land School of Tax Reform"; commentary (David Horsey), "Trump's tax plan would reward the wealthy and balloon the national debt"; also, "Trump loves corporate tax cuts. Voters, not so much" ....

***Donald Trump presidency, tax reform?

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Trump's tax-code plan is short on reform and long on tax cuts for the wealthy"

* Los Angeles Times ("Top of the Ticket" - David Horsey):  "Trump's tax plan would reward the wealthy and balloon the national debt"

* Los Angeles Times (Op-Ed: Edward Kleinbard:  "Trump's Candy Land School of Tax Reform"

***ALSO:

* POLITICO:  "Trump loves corporate tax cuts. Voters, not so much"