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Tuesday
Oct172017

POLITICS (National, State): Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 2018: "Feinstein draws primary challenge from Democrat de Leon"; "De Leon Takes on California's Most Durable Liberal"; "Defeating Dianne Feinstein will be expensive. Where will Kevin del Oen get the cash?"; "Feinstein's big name and big money will make it hard for Kevin de Leon"; "Feinstein supporters launch super PAC to support her . . ."  ...

Tuesday
Oct172017

SACRAMENTO: California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), increasing local government contributions, California Supreme Court decision?: "Cities face seven years of growing CalPERS costs" ....  

***California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), increasing local government contributions, California Supreme Court....

* Calpensions:  "Cities face seven years of growing CalPERS costs" - From Calpensions:

Cities jolted by a new CalPERS rate increase laid out in their annual pension reports this fall are finding few options for cost relief. Basically, they can pay more now to avoid higher costs later or curb the growth of employees and their pay.

As rising pension costs squeeze funding from government services, a big change could come from a state Supreme Court decision. Two unanimous rulings by appellate court panels allow cuts in pensions earned by current employees in the future. Appeals of the two rulings have yet to be heard by the Supreme Court. How the high court will rule, and what might follow if the groundbreaking appellate rulings are upheld, is far from clear ...................

Tuesday
Oct172017

POLITICS/EDUCATION: Former LAUSD board president Ref Rodriguez, new controversy: "L.A. school board member Ref Rodriguez faces conflict-of-interest complaint over $285,000 in payments"; also, later report, "Conflict-of-interest complaint against L.A. school board member Ref Rodriguez sparks widespread concern" ....

***Following up on earlier items noted here (former LAUSD board president Ref Rodriguez, criminal charges, fundraising?)....

* Los Angeles Times (Howard Blume):  "L.A. school board member Ref Rodriguez faces conflict-of-interest complaint over $285,000 in payments" - From the LAT:

The charter school network that L.A. school board member Ref Rodriguez co-founded and ran for years has filed a complaint with state regulators alleging that Rodriguez had a conflict of interest when he authorized about $285,000 in payments drawn on its accounts. Officials at Partnerships to Uplift Communities, or PUC Schools, filed the complaint Friday with the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission.

According to the complaint and documents reviewed by The Times, the vast majority of the money transfers that Rodriguez authorized and PUC has flagged went from school accounts to Partners for Developing Futures, a nonprofit under his control.

An attorney who reviewed the records for the school network said he has found little or no evidence so far of services provided for these payments. “The payments were made in 2014, but do not appear to have been properly authorized,” said attorney Gregory Moser, whose firm was hired by PUC to conduct the investigation. “Nor are the purposes of the expenditures and benefit to the schools adequately documented, our investigation revealed.”

PUC’s senior managers said they uncovered the transfers — made in a series of checks — while responding to questions and requests from The Times in compliance with the state’s Public Records Act.

The conflict-of-interest allegations could add to Rodriguez’s legal problems ..................

***ALSO, later report:

* Los Angeles Times (Howard Blume, David Zahniser):  "Conflict-of-interest complaint against L.A. school board member Ref Rodriguez sparks widespread concern"

Friday
Oct132017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: LACMTA, "Bad traffic in L.A's toll lanes? Blame the 25% of drivers who don't pay to use them, officials say"; Bay Area, "Senior housing proponents accuse Mayor Sam Liccardo of misusing public funds"; L.A., "L.A. wins hazardous waste case against Sun Valley metal recycler"; Sacramento, "Sacramento teachers OK strike if standoff persists. District may hire temporary replacements"

Friday
Oct132017

SACRAMENTO: SB 63, "Brown extends family leave to millions of small business workers"; AB 168, "California bosses can no longer ask you about your previous salary"; also, State Auditor report, "Limousine rides, other improper conduct by state employees uncovered through whistleblower hotline" ....

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

* Sacramento Bee:  "Brown extends family leave to millions of small business workers"

* Orange County Register:  "California bosses can no longer ask you about your previous salary"

***ALSO:

* Los Angeles Times:  "Limousine rides, other improper conduct by state employees uncovered through whistleblower hotline"