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Thursday
Aug252016

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS (National, Local/Indianapolis): Law enforcement: "A black homeowner called 911 to reporet a carjacking. He wound up getting shot by police." .... 

* Washington Post:  "A black homeowner called 911 to report a carjacking. He wound up getting shot by police." - From the WP:

An Indianapolis homeowner who called police to report an attempted armed robbery at his house was apparently mistaken for the suspect and shot in the stomach by a responding officer, authorities said.

Carl Williams, a 48-year-old black man, called 911 early Tuesday morning and told the emergency dispatcher that an armed man tried to assault his wife outside their home, then stole her car keys and drove away in her car, according to a statement from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. When two officers arrived at the property on the city’s east side, the homeowner, who was also armed and apparently prepared to confront the carjacker, emerged from his home, a law enforcement official told ABC affiliate RTV6. Apparently confusing him for the suspect, Christopher Mills, a white, nine-year veteran of the force, then shot Williams in the stomach, police said. Williams was taken to a nearby hospital. Police said Wednesday morning that he was in serious but stable condition and was expected to survive.

“This is a tragic incident involving a homeowner attempting to protect his family and IMPD officers trying to do the same thing,” Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Assistant Chief Randal Taylor said during a news conference. “Of course our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the homeowner.”

In 911 audio released by police, the homeowner was heard telling a dispatcher that a man — armed with a rifle and wearing a red shirt and a hat — had tried to assault the caller’s wife. A woman sobbed in the background, and the caller repeatedly told the woman, “Calm down, baby; calm down.” He told the dispatcher that the attacker stole the couple’s Nissan Sentra and that there was only one way out of the housing complex. Seconds later, he shouted, “Oh wait, is that him? Is that him?” — then they were disconnected.

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It’s unclear whether Williams matched the description of the carjacker, whether he confronted the officers or whether the officers told him to drop his weapon. [Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Assistant Chief Randal] Taylor and Maj. Richard Riddle said at the news conference that authorities were not yet certain whether the officer gave Williams any such orders, according to the Indianapolis Star. In the dispatch audio, no conversation can be heard between Williams and the officers ................

Thursday
Aug252016

L.A. CITY HALL: Billboard regulation, Los Angeles Citywide Planning Commission, L.A. City Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee: "L.A. may soften proposal to limit billboards" ....

* KPCC:  "L.A. may soften proposal to limit billboards" - From KPCC:

A proposal for strict regulations that would bar new billboards outside of narrowly drawn sign districts appears at risk of being watered down by a group of Los Angeles City Council members.

That was the indication this week from members of the council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee, known as PLUM. During a meeting Tuesday, members of the committee expressed skepticism about a plan from LA's Citywide Planning Commission, which recommended banning any new billboards outside of sign districts. At one point, Councilman Jose Huizar chastised the planning commission for "an unusual move that I have rarely seen, kind of grabbed that sign ordinance and redid it."

The PLUM committee ordered staff members to explore more lenient options, including one in which the city would partner with billboard companies and share revenue.

For years, the city has been trying to develop an ordinance to regulate the number and placement of billboards, particularly digital billboards that drawn criticism as being too bright and distracting for drivers. A city staff proposal reviewed by the PLUM committee could let the city share income from new signs in exchange for letting the companies keep more of their old signs in place. Past proposals have been delayed by litigation, changes in elected and appointed officials and pressure from sign companies .................

Thursday
Aug252016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, polling methodology?: "What's Wrong (or Right) About the L.A. Times Poll That Says Donald Trump Could Win" ....  

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "What's Wrong (or Right) About the L.A. Times Poll That Says Donald Trump Could Win" - From the Chronicle:

Last week, CNN’s Brianna Keilar left Donald Trump advisor Michael Cohen looking helpless as she asserted that Trump is down in the polls — “all of them.” But in one poll, Trump wasn’t doing so badly. On the day of Keilar’s meme-ready moment, Aug. 17, the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Daybreak poll had Trump at 43.2 percent and Clinton at 44.2, even as other polls had him trailing. In the week since, Trump has led Clinton for three days — according to the poll.

Conservative sites have pointed to the poll to show Trump is still in the fight. But since most other polls show him further behind, the Times’ poll is either way off — or capturing a phenomenon other polls have missed. Does the LA Times poll have a quality that makes it better at counting Trump voters? Maybe ...................

Thursday
Aug252016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (County of Los Angeles): Corruption case, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca: "Competency hearing is sought for former L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca"; "Feds Ask For Competency Hearing For Former L.A. County Sheriff"; "Disgraced ex-Sheriff Baca's trial set for Dec. 6" ....

***Corruption case, Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Competency hearing is sought for former L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca"

* CBS2 (AP):  "Feds Ask For Competency Hearing For Former L.A. County Sheriff"

* MyNewsLA:  "Disgraced ex-Sheriff Baca's trial set for Dec. 6"

Thursday
Aug252016

SACRAMENTO: SB 32, AB 197: "California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law"; commentary (George Skelton), "With new climate change legislation, Gov. Brown gets even with the oil industry"; "Lawmakers, Jerry Brown claim major political victory on climate change bills" ....

***SB 32, AB 197, climate change legislation....

* San Francisco Chronicle (AP):  "California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law"

* Los Angeles Times (George Skelton):  "With new climate change legislation, Gov. Brown gets even with the oil industry"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Lawmakers, Jerry Brown claim major political victory on climate change bills"