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May172018

POLITICS (National, Local/Los Angeles): 2020 presidential election, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti: "Garcetti taps Hollywood ties to fuel 2020 campaign" ....

***2020 presidential election, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti....

* POLITICO (David Siders):  "Garcetti taps Hollywood ties to fuel 2020 campaign" - "Los Angeles mayor uses unorthodox strategy to make inroads in early primary states." - From POLITICO:

LOS ANGELES — Eric Garcetti is employing a unique and potentially potent home-state advantage as he prepares for an expected presidential campaign — delivering Hollywood’s expansive donor network to Democratic Party officials from early primary states. The Los Angeles mayor hosted the South Carolina Democratic Party on Tuesday for a fundraiser in the city’s Hancock Park, raising about as much in a few hours as the state party collected during the entire month of March.

Presidential candidates have long sought ways to ingratiate themselves with early presidential primary state officials, but Garcetti is taking an unorthodox route. He’s drawing small-state parties across state lines and offering them an opportunity to tap into one of the nation’s most lucrative donor bases, while providing himself a rare platform to connect with operatives in the key early-voting states that make or break presidential campaigns.

Thanking Garcetti in front of more than 100 donors and guests, South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson hinted at the inroads Garcetti is making in the run-up to 2020, saying to applause, “After the mess we’ve got in Washington, we all may need somebody who’s got experience managing a large government and an economy.”

Garcetti advisers said they are talking with party officials in other states about hosting similar events, though they declined to identify them. The effort comes as Garcetti and a large field of potential presidential candidates begin jockeying ahead of the 2020 election, while Democrats search for new avenues to fund down-ballot campaigns in Republican-held states like South Carolina ................

Thursday
May172018

SACRAMENTO: Housing, "California state senators pitch $1 billion in new relif for low-income housing and homelessness"; environment, "Oil industry allies challenge California regulator's funding request"; Public Records Act, editorial, "California government agencies suing state citizens who just want the facts"; also, "An ungiddy governor proposes stashing most of state's surplus . . ."

Thursday
May172018

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT (National, State/ CA): President Donald Trump, EPA: "Auto executives got more than they bargained for in lobbying Trump to ease fuel standard"; "Trump open to negotiations with Calif. on auto gas mileage"; "Trump, Softening His Tone, Calls for More Talks on Car Emissions"; also, "Auto mileage and emissions: Will Washington and California be negotiating?" ....

***President Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency, fuel standards, auto emissions....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Auto executives got more than they bargained for in lobbying Trump to ease fuel standard"

* New York Times:  "Trump, Softening His Tone, Calls for More Talks on Car Emissions"

* Washington Post (AP):  "Trump open to negotiations with Calif. on auto gas mileage"

***ALSO:

* CALmatters:  "Auto mileage and emissions: Will Washington and California be negotiating?"

Thursday
May172018

POLITICS (National): Food and Drug Administration, no-bid grant award, favoritism?: "FDA reverses course on a $4.2 million no-bid grant to a former commissioner"; "FDA reverses course on Duke's reserach grant after favoritism concerns" ....

***Food and Drug Administration, no-bid grant award, favoritism?

* Washington Post:  "FDA reverses course on a $4.2 million no-bid grant to a former commissioner"

* POLITICO:  "FDA reverses course on Duke's research grant after favoritism concerns"

Thursday
May172018

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): Bay Area, housing crisis: "Amid soaring Bay Area home prices, a struggle to keep home aides"; "San Franciscans need to earn $333,000 a year to buy a median-priced home" ....

***Bay Area, housing crisis....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Amid soaring Bay Area home prices, a struggle to keep home aides"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "San Franciscans need to earn $333,000 a year to buy a median-priced home"