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Aug212017

POLITICS (National): Donald Trump presidency, racism, rollback of voting rights?: Editorial, "Voter suppression is the civil rights issue of this era" ....

***Donald Trump presidency, racism, rollback of voting rights?

* Washington Post (editorial):  "Voter suppression is the civil rights issue of this era" - From the WP:

STANDING UP to racism and intolerance is a moral imperative, and those who do, like Heather Heyer, the young woman who died as she challenged the thugs in Charlottesville last Saturday, are champions of American principles. In an era when so many bedrock values are under attack, it’s important to think strategically and prioritize the ones worth fighting for.

An exemplar of such strategic thinking, Martin Luther King Jr., fought on multiple fronts but prioritized one in particular: voting rights. Today, as in the 1960s, that same fight makes sense. For in this new civil rights era, voting rights for broad swaths of Americans — minorities, the young and the old — are again imperiled and under attack.

Many Confederate statues, which memorialize a murderous act of treason on an epic scale in defense of an inhumane institution, deserve to come down or at least be repurposed as museum pieces. Many were erected not just as historical remembrances but as retrograde political statements, mainly in the early 20th century as Jim Crow laws formally codified racism in the South, and in the 1950s and ’60s as a thumb in the eye of the civil rights movement.

Yet even if all 1,500 Confederate symbols across the country were removed overnight by some sudden supernatural force, the pernicious crusade to roll back voting rights would continue apace, with voters of color suffering its effects disproportionately. Pushing back hard against those who would purge voter rolls, demand forms of voter ID that many Americans don’t possess, and limit times and venues for voting — this should be a paramount cause for the Trump era. In statehouse after statehouse where Republicans hold majorities, the playbook is well established, and the tactics are becoming increasingly aggressive.

Mr. Trump’s voter fraud commission is at the vanguard of this crusade, and the fix is in ...............

Monday
Aug212017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, approval rating, new NBC News/Marist polls?: "Polls: Trump slumping in Midwest"; "Polls: Voters in three key states Trump won 'embarrassed' by his conduct as president"; "Analysis: Trump is embarrassing to lots of people"; also, "No, Trump's support hasn't collapsed, but he's increasingly alone" ....

***President Donald Trump, approval rating, new NBC News/Marist polls....

* POLITICO (Kyle Cheney):  "Polls: Trump slumping in Midwest"

* USA Today (Michael Collins):  "Polls: Voters in three key states Trump won 'embarrassed' by his conduct as president"

* CNN (Chris Cillizza):  "Analysis: Trump is embarrassing to lots of people"

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* Los Angeles Times (David Lauter):  "No, Trump's support hasn't collapsed, but he's increasingly alone"

Monday
Aug212017

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Los Angeles, residential racial segregation, separate neighborhoods, continuing social and economic problems: Commentary (Op-Ed: Richard Rothstein), "Why Los Angeles is still a segregated city after all these years" ....

***Los Angeles, residential racial segregation, separate neighborhoods, continuing social and eocnomic problems....

* Los Angeles Times (Op-Ed: Richard Rothstein):  "Why Los Angeles is still a segregated city after all these years" - From the LAT:

Every metropolitan area in the nation is racially segregated, and Los Angeles is no exception. We tolerate residential segregation because we’re convinced that it happened informally — because of personal choices and private discrimination. But what cemented our separate neighborhoods is something most of us have forgotten — government’s unconstitutional and systematic insistence on segregated housing in the mid-20th century, establishing patterns that persist to this day.

The 2010 census data show that 60% of Los Angeles’s African Americans live in neighborhoods where few whites are present. The exposure of blacks to whites is as minimal as it is in Chicago or Newark; concentrated African American poverty is as common in L.A. as in New York or Pittsburgh.

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Our entrenched residential segregation exacerbates serious political, social and economic problems. It traps the most disadvantaged young African American men in high-poverty neighborhoods, with inadequate access to good jobs or education, where police function as an occupying force. It impedes upward mobility: Low-income African American children in segregated neighborhoods are more likely to remain poor as adults than similarly low-income African American children raised in more diverse neighborhoods.

And segregation defeats efforts to close the black-white academic gap ................

Monday
Aug212017

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles Department of Sanitation, new trash pickup system, exclusive contracts?: "Soaring trash fees for L.A. condos and apartment buldings spark outrage" ....  

***Department of Sanitation, new trash pickup system, exclusive contracts?

* Los Angeles Times (David Zahniser):  "Soaring trash fees for L.A. condos and apartment buildings spark outrage" - From the LAT:

El Sereno resident Scott Toland is another unhappy customer of L.A.’s new refuse and recycling program. Toland recently learned that the monthly trash bill at the 10-unit condominium complex where he lives could double — at a minimum. And that’s only if his homeowner association cuts back on regular trash pickup.

The reason? An assortment of extra fees, all backed by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council as part of RecycLA.

Universal Waste Systems, the neighborhood’s designated refuse hauler, sent Toland an estimate indicating the company would charge $43.30 a month to open the gate to the complex, which requires a remote control clicker, for the property’s regular trash. The company added the same $43.30 “access charge” for recycling pickup. And it tacked on $303 in monthly “distance charges,” which compensate a hauler for moving trash bins across the parking lot to the street, where they are emptied.

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Businesses, landlords and condominium owners are voicing alarm over the additional charges being imposed under RecycLA, an environmental initiative championed by Garcetti that is aimed at diverting trash from landfills, putting cleaner-burning trash trucks on the street and creating safer conditions for refuse workers.

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The 10-month transition to new trash haulers has been bumpy so far, with customers across the city complaining about missed pickup and significantly higher bills .................

Monday
Aug212017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Bay Area, "$3 toll hike plan has Bay Area politicos dueling for dollars"; San Diego, "How SANDAG's former leader, Gary Gallegos, became a lightning rod"; Bay Area, "Berkeley gives city manager power to issue rules for unpermitted protests"; OC, "Anaheim Mayor Blocks Debates, Prompting Accusation He's 'Undemocratic'" ....

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

* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross):  "$3 toll hike plan has Bay Area politicos dueling for dollars"

* Voice of OC:  "Anaheim Mayor Blocks Debates, Prompting Accusation He's 'Undemocratic'"

* Daily Californian:  "Berkeley gives city manager power to issue rules for unpermitted protests"

* San Diego Union-Tribune:  "How SANDAG's former leader, Gary Gallegos, became a lightning rod"