Index
Thursday
Jan192017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Orange County): Santa Ana City Council, ouster effort, City Manager David Cavazos: "How a violent month in Santa Ana set the stage for Council infighting, election angst and jobs possibly lost"; also, "Santa Ana City Manager Accepts Deal to Resign Amid Ouster Effort" ....

***Following up on most recent earlier item noted here (Santa Ana City Council, ouster effort, City Manager David Cavazos)....

* Orange County Register:  "How a violent month in Santa Ana set the stage for Council infighting, election angst and jobs possibly lost"

* Voice of OC:  "Santa Ana City Manager Accepts Deal to Resign Amid Ouster Effort"

Thursday
Jan192017

POLITICS (National, Local/Los Angeles): 34th Congressional District, special election to succeed Rep. Xavier Becerra: Editorial, "Next Congressional Rep Must Be More Than a 'Fighter'" .... 

* Downtown News (editorial):  "Next Congressional Rep Must Be More Than a 'Fighter'" - From the DTN:

DTLA - Congressman Xavier Becerra’s promotion to California attorney general means a plum job is becoming available. Already about a dozen individuals have declared their intent to run to represent the 34th District, which includes Downtown, Boyle Heights, the Northeast Los Angeles communities of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, and portions of Koreatown. These seats don’t open very often — Becerra served for 24 years. 

Although Gov. Jerry Brown has yet to set a date for the election, the candidates have begun raising money and trying to establish themselves. To date, nearly everyone has declared that he or she will “fight” for Los Angeles, and will battle President-elect Donald Trump on the issue of immigration.

Becerra, for example, knew . . . . . . . . .

That’s just the start of what the next representative must do . . . . . . . .

We are pleased to see multiple individuals with impressive resumes in the race. That said, this is not a one-issue contest, and our next Congressperson could be in office for decades. We need more than just a self-described “fighter.” We also need a savvy politician, in the best sense of those words.

Thursday
Jan192017

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: Calif. Dept. of Conservation, Div. of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, SoCalGas Co., reopening, Aliso Canyon?: "Regulators conclude Aliso Canyon could reopen even though cause of massive gas leak undetermined"; "California moves toward reopening Aliso Canyon gas storage field"; "Aliso Canyon natural gas field could reopen after public hearings" ....  

***California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, Southern California Gas Co., reopening, Aliso Canyon gas field?

* Los Angeles Times:  "Regulators conclude Aliso Canyon could reopen even though cause of massive gas leak undetermined"

* Reuters:  "California moves toward reopening Aliso Canyon gas storage field"

* KPCC:  "Aliso Canyon natural gas field could reopen after public hearings"

***ALSO:

* Daily News:  "State senator wants to get to 'bottom of the cause' before re-opening Aliso Canyon gas field"

Thursday
Jan192017

POLITICS (National, State): U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, 2018 election plans?: "Dianne Feinstein hints at re-election bid: 'Well, that's sort of true'"; "Feinstein signals she''l run for re-election in 2018"; "Will Sen. Dianne Feinstein run for re-election in 2018"; also, "What will Feinstein do? California Democrats await senator's reelection decision to plot their own futures" ....

Thursday
Jan192017

POLITICS (National, Local): Donald Trump administration, big-city (Democratic) mayors?: "Trump key to political ambitions of many big-city mayors" ....

* POLITICO (David Siders):  "Trump key to political ambitions of many big-city mayors" - From POLITICO:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took to a microphone on Wednesday, declaring that his city’s schools and other gathering places would be “places of refuge” for undocumented immigrants if Donald Trump moves forward with mass deportations. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney mocked the president-elect and his cabinet choices, while New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio planned to protest outside Manhattan’s Trump International Hotel and Tower on the eve of the inauguration.
 
Arriving in Washington, D.C., for a meeting of the nation’s mayors, big-city leaders lit into Trump this week, presaging a rough start to their relationship. But their harsh criticism also signaled something else: the unparalleled political opportunity Trump presents to them.
 
For ambitious big city mayors who have historically struggled to achieve political success outside the confines of their own cities, Trump presents a chance to position local priorities against a broader national agenda that isn’t going over well in metropolitan America. The president-elect’s policies on issues ranging from immigration to health care and the environment are largely unpopular in the nation’s urban centers, where the ambitions of many mayors appear hitched to their ability to muster a resistance.

“Big cities are really the beachhead of Democratic politics in this country,” said Garry South, a Democratic strategist in California. “These big-city mayors have a chance … to really expand their profile by taking on Trump. Obviously, that was not possible during the eight years that you had a Democrat in the White House.”

With Trump’s public approval ratings cratering, especially in Democratic cities, leadership in the resistance stands to advance mayors’ interests in two ways. Some will leverage their opposition for local constituencies . . . . . . . .

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But for mayors with statewide aspirations, Trump could elevate their prospects for higher office ...................