Index
Tuesday
Aug302016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, media availability/ accesibility?: Editorial, "Hillary Clinton is overdue for a freewheeling news conference" ....

*  Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Hillary Clinton is overdue for a freewheeling news conference" - From the LAT:

Neither presidents nor presidential candidates are under any legal obligation to hold regular news conferences. But periodically submitting to questions from a diverse group of reporters is a way to demonstrate accountability to the public and an incentive to stay abreast of the issues. Hillary Clinton surely knows that, yet it has been almost nine months since she has held a news conference. It took place on Dec. 5, before the first primary was held, when she was still battling Sen. Bernie Sanders — and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (remember him?) — for the Democratic presidential nomination she formally secured in June. A lot has happened since then.

To be fair, Clinton often has answered questions from journalists in other settings during that period of time, including a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times editorial board in May.

If you squinted, you could even call one of those events a news conference . . . . . . . .

Clinton acts as if it doesn’t matter that she avoids the hurly-burly of news conferences so long as she talks to journalists in other situations . . . . . . . .

. . . .  . But a one-on-one television conversation is no substitute for a freewheeling news conference with multiple questioners  . . . . . . . .

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Donald Trump has committed his own sins against transparency, including revoking the credentials of reporters from media organizations whose coverage has displeased him. But the Republican nominee has held news conferences ...............

Tuesday
Aug302016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Bay Area, "S.F. homeless uprooted from sprawling creek-side encampment"; s Angeles County, "County-USC patients' personal informaton stolen in car break-in"; Sacramento, "Cost of Golden 1 Center jumps by million"; also, "Bill Lockyer sitting in on City of Industry closed sessions may violate Brown Act" ....  

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

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "S.F. homeless uprooted from sprawling creek-side encampment"

* Los Angeles Times:  "County-USC patients' personal information stolen in car break-in"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Cost of Golden 1 Center jumps by millions"

***ALSO:

* San Gabriel Valley Tribune:  "Bill Lockyer sitting in on City of Industry closed sessions may violate Brown Act"

Tuesday
Aug302016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump: Commentary (Charles Blow), "Donald Trump's Bigotry"; commentary (Joe Scarborough), "The devolution of the GOP"; Q&A, "What does Trump mean when he says he will deport 'criminal' immigrants first?" ....

***2016 presidential election....

* Washington Post (Op-Ed: Joe Scarborough):  "The devolution of the GOP"

* New York Times (Op-Ed: Charles M. Blow):  "Donald Trump's Bigotry"

* Los Angeles Times:  "What does Trump mean when he says he will deport 'criminal' immigrants first?"

 

Tuesday
Aug302016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin: "Scandal and separation put Clinton aide Huma Abedin in the spotlight again"; "Why Donald Trump Finds Huma Abedin Irresistible"; "Huma Abedin is Hillary Clinton's closest aide, and now she might become a liability"; also, "Clinton camp blasts Trump's 'outlandish' response to Abedin-Weiner split" ....

***2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Huma Abedin is Hillary Clinton's closest aide, and now she might become a liability"

* Washington Post:  "Scandal and separation put Clinton aide Huma Abedin in the spotlight again"

* New Republic:  "Why Donald Trump Finds Huma Abedin Irresistible" - "Hillary Clinton's longtime aide is free from Anthony Weiner but not from the sexist conspiracy theories."

***ALSO:

* POLITICO:  "Clinton camp blasts Trump's 'outlandish' response to Abedin-Weiner split"

Tuesday
Aug302016

L.A. CITY HALL: Development/housing/local parks: Editorial, "L.A. needs more parks. Here's how we should pay for them." ....

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "L.A. needs more parks. Here's how we should pay for them." - From the LAT:

Los Angeles needs more housing and less expensive housing. But the city also needs more parks and open space to balance the increased density and accommodate the influx of residents. To pay for those parks, the Los Angeles City Council is considering levying higher fees on new condo and apartment projects. But that would make it more costly to build housing, which could reduce the number of new homes and raise the prices.

This is no easy choice for city leaders, who should be laser-focused on fixing the city’s affordable housing crisis. Yet the park fees must be increased. This is how Los Angeles, and more broadly, California builds infrastructure and amenities: New development foots the bill.

Under state law, cities can require that developers . . . . . . . .

But the city’s fees, which currently range from $2,800 to $8,000 per unit, typically haven’t generated enough money to buy land or build parks . . . . . . . .

The proposal before the City Council would ensure that ................