Index
Wednesday
May042016

POLITICS (State, Local/Los Angeles): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, new controversy: "Leadership of Coliseum Commission assailed as 'imperial,' lacking transparency by state official" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Leadership of Coliseum Commission assailed as 'imperial,' lacking transparency by state official" - From the LAT:

An appointee of Gov. Jerry Brown has accused the president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, of failing to be transparent and running “an imperial presidency” as leader of the government panel. The appointee, Bill Chadwick, also accused Coliseum staff of failing to be forthcoming when he asked questions about the qualifications of a person eventually selected to assist the panel in talks with the NFL. During a January meeting, Chadwick asked the staff how the person’s name came up. The Coliseum Commission’s chief administrative officer, Robert Osborne, replied: “I can’t answer that question right now.” Ridley-Thomas then cut off Chadwick’s questioning of Osborne.

Chadwick said the commission staff could have answered that question. Chadwick said he was later told that the job candidate had earlier met with Ridley-Thomas in his office with Osborne and a county lawyer. “I’m sorry, sir, that’s not right. That’s just not right, and that bothers me, terribly,” Chadwick said of the failure to disclose the information at the January meeting. Osborne declined to comment.

Chadwick also raised concerns about how Ridley-Thomas has continued to remain as president of the Coliseum commission for more than two years. In recent years, the panel has not conducted the annual rotation between representatives of the state, city and county, as has been the long-standing custom.

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State officials agreed with Chadwick’s concerns. “The state has concerns about the commission’s ability to operate transparently,” said .......................

Tuesday
May032016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election: Commentary (Maureen Dowd), "Donald the Dove, Hillary the Hawk" .... 

* New York Times (Op-Ed:  Maureen Dowd):  "Donald the Dove, Hillary the Hawk" - From the NYT:

WASHINGTON — IT seems odd, in this era of gender fluidity, that we are headed toward the most stark X versus Y battle since Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

Donald Trump exudes macho, wearing his trucker hat, retweeting bimbo cracks, swearing with abandon and bragging about the size of his manhood, his crowds, his hands, his poll margins, his bank account, his skyscrapers, his steaks and his “beautiful” wall. He and his pallies Paul Manafort and Roger Stone seem like a latter-day Rat Pack, having a gas with tomatoes, twirls and ring-a-ding-ding. The beauty pageant impresario’s coarse comments to Howard Stern, rating women on their breasts, fading beauty and ability to take the kids off his hands, reverberate through the campaign.

In Indiana, Trump boasted that “Iron” Mike Tyson and “all the tough guys” had endorsed him. The chair-throwing Bobby Knight backed Trump with the brass-knuckles encomium that Trump, like Harry Truman, would have the guts to drop the bomb. When his rallies become Fight Club, Trump boasts that it adds a little excitement.

Hillary Clinton’s rallies, by contrast, can seem like a sorority rush reception hosted by Lena Dunham, or an endless episode of “The View,” with a girl-power soundtrack by Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato. The ultimate insider is portraying herself as an outsider because she’s a woman, and the candidate who is considered steely is casting herself as cozy because she’s a doting granny. Her website is chockablock with empowerment gear, from a hot pink “woman’s card” to a “Make Herstory” T-shirt to a “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-damental Rights” tote bag to “A Woman’s Place Is in the White House” throw pillow. She says her favorite shows are “The Good Wife,” “Madam Secretary” and “Downton Abbey,” and she did a guest shot on “Broad City.”

Trump’s most ardent supporters, white men, are facing off against Hillary’s most loyal supporters, black women. Clinton and Trump have moved on to their mano a womano fight, leaving behind “the leftovers,” as Trump labels deflated rivals. Already, it’s unlovely.

“It’s going to be nasty, isn’t it?” says Obama Pygmalion David Axelrod. “Put the small children away until November.” ....................

Tuesday
May032016

AFTERNOON MEMOS: Uber, new litigation, "Uber sued again over drivers' employment status"; November 2016 election, "Key Argument on Revenue Bond Initiative Debated"; Sacramento, "Spending by outside groups revs up in California legislative races"; Calif. Public Utilities Comm., "CPUC meets with Wall Street types, too" ....  

***Various items this afternoon from across the spectrum of politics and/or public policy....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Uber sued again over drivers' employment status"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Spending by outside groups revs up in California legislative races"

* Fox & Hounds (Joel Fox):  "Key Argument on Revenue Bond Initiative Debated"

* San Diego Union-Tribune:  "CPUC meets with Wall Street types, too" - "Critics say it's back of the same backchannel dealings with utilities"

Tuesday
May032016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Los Angeles, "SEIU janitors in L.A. agree to new contract, avoid strike"; O.C., "Supervisor Concerned About County 'Hitting Up' Corporate Sponsors"; Sacramento, "Eight cited in Sacramento sting targeting unlicensed contractors"; also, "Lake Forest, Irvine among fastest growing cities in the state because of housing boom" ....

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

* Daily News:  "SEIU janitors in L.A. agree to new contract, avoid strike"

* Voice of OC:  "Supervisor Concerned About County 'Hitting Up' Corporate Sponsors"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Eight cited in Sacramento sting targeting unlicensed contractors"

***ALSO:

* Orange County Register:  "Lake Forest, Irvine among fastest-growing cities in the state because of housing boom"

Tuesday
May032016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: San Diego, "Faulconer: $127M for climate change projects"; San Francisco, "Anti-police activists won't take 'yes' for an answer"; San Diego, "Mission Beach reisdents hope coastal panel will overturn city's approval of condo project"; Bay Area, "El Nino leaves Bay Area a legacy of potholes (thousands of them)" ....  

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

* San Diego Union-Tribune:  "Faulconer: $127M for climate change projects" - "Mayor releases first detailed strategy for implementing San Diego's plan to fight global warming"

* San Francisco Chronicle (C.W. Nevius):  "Anti-police activists won't take 'yes' for an answer"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Mission Beach residents hope coastal panel will overturn city's approval of condo project"

* Mercury News:  "El Nino leaves Bay Area a legacy of potholes (thousands of them)"