Index
Thursday
Jan192017

POLITICS (National): Donald Trump, Budget Director nominee Mick Mulvaney -- "Nannygate" 2017?: "Trump Budget Nominee Did Not Pay Taxes For Employee"; "Trump budget nominee failed to pay $15,000 in taxes related to household employee"; "Mick Mulvaney's Unpaid Taxes"; also, "Schumer: Mulvaney disqualified for budget director job due to unpaid taxes" .... 

*** Donald Trump, Budget Director nominee Mick Mulvaney, failure to pay taxes for household employee -- "Nannygate" 2017?

* New York Times:  "Trump Budget Nominee Did Not Pay Taxes For Employee"

* Washington Post:  "Trump budget nominee failed to pay $15,000 in taxes related to household employee"

* The Atlantic:  "Mick Mulvaney's Unpaid Taxes" - "Donald Trump's nominee for budget director disclosed to the Senate that he failed to pay taxes for a household employee in the early 2000's."

***ALSO:

* CNN:  "Schumer: Mulvaney disqualified for budget director job due to unpaid taxes"

Thursday
Jan192017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Bay Area, "Oakland schools abruptly cut off money for AC Transit busing"; O.C., "San Clemente Council Scraps City Ethics Code"; Sacramento area, "TV ad rips Elk Grove casino project. Who's behind it?"; San Diego, "District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2018" ....

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

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Oakland schools abruply cut off money for AC Transit busing"

* KPBS:  "District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2018"

* Sacramento Bee:  "TV ad rips Elk Grove casino project. Who's behind it?"

* Voice of OC:  "San Clemente Council Scraps City Ethics Code"

Thursday
Jan192017

POLITICS (National, State/California): Donald Trump administration, Scott Pruitt, nominee, EPA Administrator -- California, auto emission rules?: "Trump's EPA pick casts doubt on California's power to regulate auto emissions"; "Trump's EPA pick won't guarantee California's right to tougher auto emission rules"; "EPA nominee will review vehicle emissions rules" ....

***Donald Trump administration, Scott Pruitt, nominee, EPA Administrator 00 California, regulation of auto emission rules?

* Los Angeles Times:  "Trump's EPA pick casts doubt on California's power to regulate auto emissions"

* Sacramento Bee (McClatchy D.C.):  "Trump's EPA pick won't guarantee California's right to tougher auto emission rules"

* Reuters:  "EPA nominee will review vehicle emissions rules"

Thursday
Jan192017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: San Diego, "City spends millions on retired workers who get paycheck on top of pensions"; Oakland, "East Bay exodus: Raiders file for relocation to Las Vegas"; O.C., "Short-term rentals like Airbnb face utility shutoffs, fines in Anaheim"; Bay Area, "San Francisco and its unions agree to extend contracts for two years" ....

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

* San Diego Union-Tribune:  "City spends millions on retired workers who get paycheck on top of pensions"

* East Bay Times:  "East Bay exodus: Raiders file for relocation to Las Vegas"

* Orange County Register:  "Short-term rentals like Airbnb face utility shutoffs, fines in Anaheim"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "San Francisco and its unions agree to extend contracts for two years"

Thursday
Jan192017

SACRAMENTO: Gov. Jerry Brown, Agricultural Farm Labor Relations Board, William B. Gould IV/ former U.S. Rep. Isadore Hall: Commentary (Dan Morain), "Brown hands out a plum and dims his legacy" ....

***Following up on earlier item noted here (Gov.Jerry Brown, appointment of former Rep. Isadore Hall to Agricultural Farm Labor Relations Board; resignation, ALRB Chairman William B. Gould IV, letter to Gov. Brown)....

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Morain):  "Brown hands out a plum and dims his legacy" - From the Bee:

Isadore Hall III is no William B. Gould IV, and the workers who harvest California’s crops will be worse off for it. Gould, a Stanford Law School professor-emeritus, is one of those rare individuals who spans the gap between high-level scholarship and real-world understanding of the plight of workers.

During Bill Clinton’s presidency, Gould was chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. During President Lyndon Johnson’s years, he worked in the South for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. His grasp of the nature of labor and need for worker dignity comes in no small measure by way of the great-grandfather he never met. The first William B. Gould was an escaped slave who enlisted in the U.S. Navy and helped to blockade the South during the Civil War . . . . . . . .

Gould is exactly the sort of person Gov. Jerry Brown would want to serve on the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, which he created when he was governor the first time. In the 1970s, the board was a vital part of the growth of the United Farm Workers and Cesar Chavez’s movement. By this decade, however, the board had become moribund, and the UFW is more a presence in Democratic politics than it is in the fields.

“My whole life is about labor law,” Gould, appointed board chairman in 2014, told me. “What I hoped to accomplish was to make the ALRB relevant again.”

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Last week, having concluded that the board had become irrelevant to farmworkers, Gould sent a letter informing the governor that he was stepping down. Not that the need for protection has passed. The letter notes that farmworkers are “disproportionately plagued by homelessness, diabetes and lack of health insurance.” But the board goes long stretches without receiving any new cases. Union organizing is at most lackluster.

To invigorate the board, Gould had proposed sending interpreters into the fields to explain to workers their rights . . . . Understandably, farmers, never fond of the Agricultural Labor Relations Act or the board, would not welcome such an intrusion, and Gould’s proposal has stalled.

The letter, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, was not meant to be angry, and Gould certainly didn’t mean to offend the governor. Rather, he said . . . . . . . .

Which leads to Isadore Hall. A former state senator and assemblyman from Compton, Hall ran for Congress and lost to fellow Democrat Rep. Nanette Barragán in November.

Politicians take care of their own. At 2 p.m. on Friday before a three-day weekend, Brown announced he nominated Hall to the board. The pay: $142,095. The Senate must confirm him. But that’s all but certain.

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Exactly what he knows about agriculture is not clear, though in the Legislature, he was known for taking money from tobacco, a farm product, albeit not one grown in California . . . . . . . .

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I couldn’t help but wonder why Brown would hand a sweet plum to an out-of-work pol, especially for a board he created 40 years ago with such lofty aspirations. So I waited at the Capitol until I could catch up with him. “He is a good man. He cares about people,” Brown said Wednesday, hustling from a Senate hearing into a side door leading to his office. “The ALRB is all about farmworkers and farmers, and I think his human touch and his experience in the world of Sacramento …” I couldn’t make out his final words as the governor’s door was closing.

Hall, who didn’t get back to me, undoubtedly will be a fitting addition to a board that doesn’t have much to do. I’d say the board has outlived its purpose. But it hasn’t. As Gould could attest, farmworkers, of all workers, need all the protection they can get.