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Friday
Dec022016

SACRAMENTO: Service Employees International Union, Local 1000, December 5 strike?: "Jerry Brown heads to court to stop state worker strike" ....

***Following up on most recent earlier item noted here (Service Employees International Union, Local 1000, December 5 one-day strike?)....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Jerry Brown heads to court to stop state worker strike" - From the Bee:

The Brown administration will go to court on Friday to block an unprecedented and potentially disruptive one-day strike next week by California’s largest state employee union.

The California Department of Human Resources confirmed on Thursday that it had filed a request with the Sacramento Superior Court for an injunction against SEIU Local 1000 that would prohibit the union from carrying out the strike or, alternatively, prevent certain “essential employees” from participating in the planned work stoppage.

Local 1000, which represents about 95,000 workers in nine of the state’s 21 bargaining units, announced last week that it would strike on Dec. 5 amid ongoing contract negotiations over a multiyear raise, gender pay inequities and how much members will contribute to their health care plans.

State agencies have warned their employees that the action is illegal because of a no-strike clause in the union’s contract and that they could be subject to discipline if they walk out on Monday. But Local 1000 argues that .................


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article118307863.html#storylink=cpy
Thursday
Dec012016

L.A. CITY HALL: Great Streets Initiative, progress, Venice Boulevard/Mar Vista: "Good News for Great Streets" ....

* The Argonaut:  "Good News for Great Streets" - From The Argonaut:

Mar Vista residents can expect to see a little more movement along Venice Boulevard next year — not increased vehicle traffic, but progress on streetscape improvements designed to get people out of their cars.

The mile-long stretch of roadway between Inglewood Boulevard and Beethoven Street is part of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative to revitalize neighborhood commercial centers. Great Streets launched in 2014, but until recently the boulevard fell under the authority of Caltrans, not L.A. City Hall.

Following more than two years of negotiations and a legislative push by state Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, city officials took possession of Venice Boulevard earlier this month. This means ideas that have been taking shape through public engagement efforts begun in 2014 can start being implemented next year . . . . . . .

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Bonin, who pushed for Mar Vista’s inclusion in Great Streets, hopes to catch up with similar projects in other council districts now that the jurisdictional red tape has been cut. “I’d like to see everything done in 2017. We could have gone a year ago if we had the boulevard,” he said. But even as they waited, city officials have been able to make forward progress on other improvements. These include ................

Thursday
Dec012016

POLITICS (National, State): Gov. Jerry Brown announcement, Rep. Xavier Becerra as interim California Attorney General, speculation, candidates for Becerra seat, musical chairs?: Commentary (Dan Walters), "Jerry Brown jolts California politics with Becerra choice" ...

***Following up on earlier item noted here (Gov. Jerry Brown announcement, Rep. Xavier Becerra as interim California Attorney General)....

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "Jerry Brown jolts California politics with Becerra choice" - From the Bee:

When Gov. Jerry Brown chose Los Angeles Congressman Xavier Becerra to succeed Kamala Harris as the state’s attorney general Thursday, he gave California politics a jolt of high-voltage electricity, to wit:

▪ As Becerra ascends to an office second only to the governorship in authority, he immediately becomes the most visible Latino political figure in the nation’s most populous state with a wide-open pathway to the governorship, a U.S. Senate seat and perhaps even national office.

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Whatever he does about climate change, Becerra, as the son of immigrants, will certainly become a symbol of resistance to President-elect Donald Trump’s declared intention to crack down on illegal immigration. As attorney general, he’ll be positioned to use his legal powers for that resistance – and raise his national profile.

▪ Conversely, in bypassing state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who yearns for the attorney generalship, Brown may have strangled his political career. Becerra would be a shoo-in for election to a full term in 2018, and probably another in 2022. Jones had already declared his candidacy for attorney general, clearly hoping either for a Brown appointment to fill out Harris’ term or a caretaker appointment that would leave the office up for grabs. If he wants to continue in politics, Jones must now find another office to seek.

▪ Once he resigns from Congress, Becerra’s seat, representing the heart of Los Angeles, will be filled via special election sometime early next year, touching off a scramble among LA politicians. Within an hour of Brown’s announcement .................

Thursday
Dec012016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Palos Verdes Estates): Lunada Bay, "illegal" fort, demolition, vandalism: "Contractors' equipment vandalized during demolition of surfers' stone 'fort' at Lunada Bay"; also "Police investigate 'severe' vandalism, arson at Lunada Bay demolition site" ....

Thursday
Dec012016

POLITICS (National): President-elect Donald Trump, inaugural festivities, special perks for $$$$: "For $1 million and up, inaugural donors will get 'candlelight dinner' with Trump and other access" ....

* Washington Post (Matea Gold):  "For $1 million and up, inaugural donors will get 'candlelight dinner' with Trump and other access" - From the WP:

The committee raising money for President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural festivities is offering exclusive access to the new president, Cabinet nominees and congressional leaders in exchange for donations of $1 million and more.

For seven-figure contributions, Trump's richest supporters will get a slew of special perks during the inauguration weekend, including eight tickets to a “candlelight dinner” that will feature “special appearances” by Trump, his wife, Melania, Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, according to a sheet detailing “underwriter package benefits” obtained by The Washington Post. The 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee confirmed the authenticity of the donor brochure, which was first reported by the Center for Public Integrity.

Other million-donor benefits include an exclusive lunch “with select Cabinet appointees and House and Senate leadership,” four tickets to “an intimate dinner” with the Pences, eight tickets to a lunch with “the ladies of the first families,” eight tickets and premier access to the inaugural ball and priority booking at “Premier Inaugural Hotel(s).”

The special rewards being offered to Trump's biggest backers could cut against his pledge to “drain the swamp” and run an administration free from the influence of wealthy interests. The big-money solicitation comes as top Trump donors and former lobbyists are playing significant roles shaping the new administration. Among them is . . . . . . . .

Inaugural-committee officials said Tuesday that details of the donor packages could change and noted that contributions from registered lobbyists will not be accepted.

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The inaugural donor perks represent a more expansive menu of benefits than what President Obama offered top contributors for his second inauguration, when the committee organizing the festivities accepted unlimited individual contributions and corporate money. (That was a reversal from four years earlier, when Obama's first inaugural committee capped individual donations at $50,000 and barred corporate contributions.)

The top donor package for Obama's second inauguration solicited ................

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