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Tuesday
Sep302014

SACRAMENTO: AB 1881, rules for appointments to local (City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles) employee relations boards, Gov. Jerry Brown veto .... 

*** Office of Governor Jerry Brown, veto message: 

" I am returning Assembly Bill 1881 without my signature.

" This bill sets standards in state law for appointing members to the Los Angeles City Employee Relations Board and the Los Angeles County Employment Relations Commission.

" Signing this bill would be a significant override of local decision-making authority and a  departure from my belief in subsidiarity. These issues should be resolved at the local level."

***ALSO:

* Los Angeles Times:

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Brown also weighed in on the side of Los Angeles city and county management in a dispute with unions, which object to how the local governments select panels that rule on labor disputes.

The county Board of Supervisors last year changed its process for appointing the Employee Relations Commission, which rules on requests for arbitration and charges of unfair labor practices. Formerly, labor leaders and management agreed on the selection of all three members. Under the new system, labor and management each pick one commissioner and the third is approved by both sides.

In the city, Mayor Eric Garcetti recently rescinded a process allowing unions to approve nominations to the city's five-member Employee Relations Board.

City and county employee unions backed AB 1881 by Jones-Sawyer, which would have restored their power to screen all appointments. City and county officials said the bill would have infringed on local control; Brown agreed........

Monday
Sep292014

SACRAMENTO: SB 1210, loan program for undocumented students, UC and CSU systems: "Jerry Brown approves loan program for undocumented students"; also, "UC, CSU to start loan program for students who entered the country illegally" .... 

* Sacramento Bee:  "Jerry Brown approves loan program for undocumented students" - From the Bee:

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation creating a new loan program for undocumented students in California’s public universities.

Senate Bill 1210, by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, would make available $9.2 million for University of California and California State University campuses to administer loans to students who are in the country illegally. These students, who are ineligible for federal financial aid and most private loans, often face a gap in funding their education – an estimated $5,000 to $6,000 at UC and $3,000 at CSU, according to Lara’s office.

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California has already taken several steps to make college more affordable for undocumented students, including extending in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants who graduate from California high schools and making them eligible to apply for Cal Grant scholarships...............

* San Jose Mercury News:  "UC, CSU to start loan program for students who entered the country illegally" - From the MN:

California public university students who can't take out federal loans because of their immigration status soon will be able to borrow from their colleges instead. Supported by UC and CSU and signed by the Governor Sunday, Senate Bill 1210 has established the California Dream Loan Program, which is expected to have up to 3,000 borrowers in its first year.

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This is the latest policy to help students who entered the United States illegally as children ......................

 

Monday
Sep292014

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, investigation, injury claims: "L.A. cops, firefighters abusing injury leave? Mayor issues warning" ....

***Following up on earlier item noted here (increasing number of injury claims, LAPD and LAFD, $$$)....

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. cops, firefighters abusing injury leave? Mayor issues warning" - From the LAT:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a warning to city police officers and firefighters who might be abusing a leave program that pays them 100% of their salaries, tax-free, while out with claimed injuries.  "Watch out," Garcetti said during a downtown news conference. "We're going to make sure that we're coming after you."

The mayor's comments come a day after a Times investigation that found the city spent more than $328 million on salaries, medical bills and other expenses for police and firefighters on injury leaves from 2009 through 2013.

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Garcetti did not indicate whether or how the city might increase oversight of the Injured on Duty, or IOD, program. He did say some leaves drag out because the city, which is responsible for medical care for injured employees, is responding to requests for treatment "too slowly."

About half of the medical costs covered claims for so-called cumulative trauma or occupational disease — umbrella terms for ailments that are not linked to a specific on-the-job injury.......................

Monday
Sep292014

L.A. CITY HALL: NFL team, downtown Los Angeles, Farmers Field stadium, AEG: "AEG seeks more tme to build NFL stadium in downtown L.A." ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "AEG seeks more time to build NFL stadium in downtown L.A." - From  the LAT:

With the clock running out on a proposal to build a pro football stadium in downtown Los Angeles, developer Anschutz Entertainment Group has appealed to the city for extra time. Citing progress in talks with the National Football League, AEG asked city officials Monday for an additional six months to land an NFL franchise and get underway building "Farmers Field" stadium while making improvements to the aging Los Angeles Convention Center.

The request will test city officials’ recently stated resolve to stop pining for an NFL franchise to come downtown and get to work on a “Plan B” for the convention center that doesn’t include a stadium. . . . . . . .

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Eric Grubman, an NFL executive vice president whose responsibilities include working on the return of a team to L.A., said the league supports AEG’s request for more time. “The discussions are very preliminary, but we are encouraged enough by recent progress that we share AEG’s view that continued conversations would be worthwhile,” Grubman told The Times in a written statement Monday. 

Both Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Herb Wesson signaled they are willing to give AEG the extra time it is seeking.

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Councilman Curren Price, whose district includes the stadium site, said the city needs to keep its options open when dealing with the convention center project.

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AEG’s bid for an NFL team seemed promising two years ago in the flurry of enthusiasm over the proposed stadium that included a multimillion-dollar commitment AEG secured from Farmers Insurance to put Farmers’ name on the venue. But by spring of this year...........................

Monday
Sep292014

L.A. CITY HALL: City of Los Angeles, outside counsel expenditures (by department), 2013/14 fiscal year .... 

***Council Referrals for September 26, 2014....

Los Angeles City Attorney report:  "Outside Counsel Expenditure Report" "Recap of Expenditures by Client Department - Fiscal Year 2013/14"