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Monday
Jun262017

POLITICS (National, State, Local): National politics? state politics? local politics?: Report/analysis, "America's 11 Most Interesting Mayors (And 7 Rising Stars" ....

***National politics? state politics? local politics?

* POLITICO Magazine:  "America's 11 Most Interesting Mayors (And 7 Rising Stars)" - From POLITICO:

At a time when one yellow-haired, Twitter-happy personality dominates American discourse, it’s easy to forget how much political energy—and important new thinking—emanates not from the nation’s capital but from city hall. We surveyed dozens of national and local political junkies, and came up with 11 leaders who are compelling for the fights they are waging, their personal backstories and how they are transforming their cities, often without Washington. Plus: Seven more to watch .....................

Monday
Jun262017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Orange County): Orange County Coroner, botched identification of body, burial of "wrong person": "Man believed dead is alive -- family buries wrong person after mix-up by O.C. Coroner's office"; "O.C. coroner botches an ID, and a family buries a stranger, not their homeless son"; "A grieving father buried a man he thought was his son -- who turned up alive a week later" ....

***Sampling of coverage:  Orange County Coroner, botched identification of body, burial of "wrong person"....

* Orange County Register:  "Man believed dead is alive -- family buries wrong person after mix-up by O.C. Coroner's office"

* Los Angeles Times:  "O.C. coroner botches an ID, and a family buries a stranger, not their homeless son"

* Washington Post:  "A grieving father buried a man he thought was his son -- who turned up alive a week later"

Monday
Jun262017

POLITICS (National): Pres. Donald Trump, former Pres. Barack Obama, Rep. Adam Schiff: "Schiff criticizes Obama's handling of Russia"; "Rep. Adam Schiff: Obama should have done more on Russia"; "Schiff: Obama's delayed response to Russia interference 'a very serious mistake'"; "Schiff: Obama should have acted on Russian intereference, but Trump shouldn't complain" ....

***President Donald Trump, former President Barack Obama, Rep. Adam Schiff, Russia intereference in U.S. presidential election....

* POLITICO:  "Schiff criticizes Obama's handling of Russia"

* CNN:  "Rep. Adam Schiff: Obama should have done more on Russia"

* The Hill:  "Schiff: Obama's delayed response to Russian interference 'a very serious mistake'"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Schiff: Obama should have acted on Russian interference, but Trump shouldn't complain"

Monday
Jun262017

POLITICS (State, Local/County of Los Angeles): Senate Constitutional Amendment 12, Sen. Tony Mendoza: Commentary (Dan Walters), "For the powerful five 'kings' of Los Angeles County, change is in the air" ....

* CALmatters (Dan Walters):  "For the powerful five 'kings' of Los Angeles County, change is in the air" - From CALmatters:

Los Angeles County has 10 million residents, a quarter of all Californians and more people than all but seven states. Not surprisingly, therefore, control of Los Angeles County’s government is a very big political deal. For decades, the county’s five long-serving male supervisors were known as the “five little kings,” and even though women now occupy four of the five seats, the royal appellation still applies because of the vast power they wield. However, whether the five incumbent supervisors can hold their seats – and their authority – until forced out by term limits is now uncertain because of efforts in the Capitol to change how the county is governed.

Last year, the Legislature passed and Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to create a supposedly independent commission to revise supervisorial districts after the 2020 census, rather than allow the board to redraw them, as they have for decades.

The last round of redistricting was a political dogfight, reflecting the simple fact that there are many more specific ethnic, regional, cultural and economic interest groups in the county than the five seats available to represent them. A deal was finally worked out, but Latino activists were angered that they got just one seat even though Latinos are about half of the county’s population.

Latino rights groups believe they would have a better shot at getting another seat via a commission. But Republicans are angry that the panel would, by law, have a majority of Democrats (matching voter registration), thus guaranteeing the party’s domination of county government. And the Board of Supervisors dislikes losing its redistricting power and has sued to block the commission.

Incidentally, a pending bill this year would give the state’s second largest county, San Diego, the same kind of partisan redistricting commission.

An even bigger change in Los Angeles County’s governance – one also opposed by the present board – is in the works. Senate Constitutional Amendment 12, carried by state Sen. Tony Mendoza of Cerritos, would expand the Board of Supervisors to at least seven members after the 2020 census and, most importantly, shift much of its power to an elected county executive. The new position would ..............

Monday
Jun262017

POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION (New York): New York City subway system, NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority: "Joe Lhota Returns as M.T.A. Chairman to Fix Subway Mess"; also, editorial, "New M.T.A. Chairman Is the Right Choice for a Tough Job" .... 

* New York Times:  "Joe Lhota Returns as M.T.A. Chairman to Fix Subway Mess" - From the NYT:

Joseph J. Lhota is perhaps best known for bringing the New York City subway back from one of its darkest moments after Hurricane Sandy flooded the system in 2012. Now, he faces another daunting task: rescuing it from a growing crisis that threatens to cripple the city’s continued growth. With subway delays mounting and riders irate, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo turned to a familiar face on Wednesday: Mr. Lhota, a former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority who will return for a second act.

State lawmakers applauded the decision to bring back Mr. Lhota, who served as chairman for about a year before stepping down in 2012 to run for mayor of New York City. Mr. Lhota, a deputy mayor under Rudolph W. Giuliani, used the good will he gained after the storm to run as a Republican, but lost to Bill de Blasio in a landslide. His appointment — a late-night surprise on the final day of the legislative session in Albany — almost did not happen. On Thursday, Mr. Cuomo said Mr. Lhota “didn’t say yes until 20 minutes before we put his name up.”

Mr. Lhota confirmed in an interview that it had taken a bit of prodding from the governor to convince him. “I wouldn’t call it arm-twisting,” he said. “I had to do some soul searching.” .................

***ALSO:

* New York Times (editorial):  "New M.T.A. Chairman Is the Right Choice for a Tough Job"