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Tuesday
Mar212017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Oakland, "Oakland turns over Ghost Ship investigation report to D.A. after weeks of delays"; San Diego, "Bill could lead to more tax money for local transit systems"; Bay Area, "Uber slows move into Oakland headquarters"; O.C., "3 candidates declare for 1 Orange County supervisor seat opening in 2018" ....

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

* East Bay Times:  "Oakland turns over Ghost Ship investigation report to D.A. after weeks of delays"

* Orange County Register:  "3 candidates declare for 1 Orange County supervisor seat opening in 2018"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Uber slows move into Oakland headquarters"

* San Diego Union-Tribune:  "Bill could lead to more tax money for local transit systems"

Tuesday
Mar212017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump, West Wing office but not a government employee: "Ivanka Trump to get West Wing office as role expands"; "Ivanka Trump to et top security clearance and office, WH official says"; also, "Carter-era ethics rulings loom over Trump kids" .... 

***President Donald Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump, White House/West Wing office but NOT a government employee...

* POLITICO:  "Ivanka Trump to get West Wing office as role expands" - "The first daughter will not, however, become a government employee, raising ethics questions."

* CNN:  "Ivanka Trump to get top security clearance and office, WH official says"

***ALSO, Related:

* POLITICO:  "Carter-era ethics rulings loom over Trump kids" - "According to the Justice Department, it's up to the president to make sure everyone acting like an appointee actually takes an oath of office."

Tuesday
Mar212017

POLITICS/LEGAL: Former Senate Joseph Dunn, California State Bar, dispute, termination of employment: "Joe Dunn loses arbitration over his firing by State Bar" ....

***Following up on most recent earlier item noted here (former Senate Joe Dunn, California State Bar, dispute, termination of employment)....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Joe Dunn loses arbitration over his firing by State Bar" - From the Bee:

Capping a years-long conflict, an arbitrator Monday rejected former state Sen. Joseph Dunn’s allegation that he was fired as executive director of the State Bar for blowing the whistle on the licensing organization’s lapses.

Arbitrator Edward Infante had conducted a trial-like hearing into Dunn’s allegations last month in Los Angeles, and Monday’s 30-page ruling exonerated the State Bar, which had said it fired Dunn in 2014 for misleading the agency’s board about critical policy matters.

Dunn had initially filed a lawsuit against the State Bar, but his allegation was diverted into an arbitration proceeding under terms of his contract. Infante found that Dunn had, indeed, misled the board. Dunn, a Democrat who represented Orange County in the Senate, had sought more than $4 million for his whistleblower claim and another $190,000 in severance pay.

Dunn’s stormy tenure as State Bar executive director and his subsequent whistleblower claim have roiled an agency already under fire for running up a backlog of disciplinary actions against the attorney it licenses. Last year, the Legislature ...............

Tuesday
Mar212017

POLITICS (National, International): President Donald Trump, Obama wiretap allegation, British spy involvement?: Editorial, "London Ridicules the Ridiculous"; also, "Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims" .... 

* New York Times (editorial):  "London Ridicules the Ridiculous" - From the NYT:

Will President Trump ever learn — or care — that his fact-free tweets have painful consequences, not just at home but abroad? Surely he must sense this by now, as the administration faces the outrage of British allies who have been dragged into his increasingly bogus allegation that he was spied on by the Obama administration.

In a feverish defense of Mr. Trump’s charge, the White House press spokesman, Sean Spicer, on Thursday cited an unsubstantiated Fox News report that the British intelligence agency, Government Communications Headquarters, had been secretly called on by the Obama administration to spy on Mr. Trump.

British officials were terse in their fury, dismissing the allegation as “nonsense.” “Utterly ridiculous and should be ignored,” the British agency said.

White House aides tried to calm the waters with incensed British officials, who said they had received assurances that the allegations would not be repeated. But no one speaks for Mr. Trump. On Friday, he stuck by his wiretapping charge — without disputing a Fox News commentator’s claim of British spy involvement — despite Republican leaders in Congress debunking his accusation, saying that intelligence investigators have found no evidence to back it. “Very soon,” Mr. Trump said in an interview on Wednesday night, the administration “will be submitting things” to Congress to prove his outrageous accusation.

What things? From what Alt-Right Tooth Fairy? ....................

***ALSO, Related:

* Los Angeles Times:  "Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims"

Tuesday
Mar212017

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Owens Valley/ Los Angeles Aqueduct, flooding?: "Garcetti calls for state of emergency amid concerns that flooding could damage DWP facilities" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Garcetti calls for state of emergency amid concerns that flooding could damage DWP facilities" - From the LAT:

Mayor Eric Garcetti proclaimed a state of emergency Monday, citing concerns that melting snowpack in the eastern Sierra Nevada could flood homes and highways in the Owens Valley and damage the Los Angeles Aqueduct. The proclamation, which takes effect immediately and lasts seven days, is designed to help the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power protect its pumps, pipes and reservoirs in the Owens Valley and surrounding areas.

Although the head of the DWP downplayed the immediate threat level, Garcetti called the potential for infrastructure damage “very, very high,” adding that he doesn’t “want lives to be upended, families hurt, jobs lost because we waited too long and didn’t take action.”

Recent storms have dumped record levels of snow in the Sierra Nevada, helping ease the drought and swelling reservoirs. But melting snowpack and heavy rains have also sparked alarm about flooding.

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With the proclamation, which the council must renew every 14 days, the DWP can fast-track its contracting process to allow the utility to dig trenches to divert water runoff, for example. The proclamation also allows the city to seek federal and state funds ..................