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Oct112017

L.A. CITY HALL: Mayor Eric Garcetti, political future?: "Los Angeles mayor plays coy on possible runs for governor, president"; also, commentary (Dan Morain), "Is L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti being coy about running for governor? If so, he'd be formidable" ....  ....

***Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, political future?

* Los Angeles Times:  "Los Angeles mayor plays coy on possible runs for governor, president" - From the LAT:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made clear from the outset of his appearance at the Sacramento Press Club on Tuesday that he would not be offering definitive pronouncements on his future. But his remarks did little to dampen what has become a rowdy parlor game among California politicos: speculating on just what Garcetti will do next.

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"I haven’t made a decision about governor," Garcetti said. "I’m going to take a little bit more time to think about it. And I’m much more focused on today, my responsibilities in L.A. than plotting my political future." He quickly pivoted to touting his years being active in national politics by collaborating with mayors across the country.

Garcetti said he has not committed to remaining as Los Angeles mayor until his term ends in 2022.

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Garcetti acknowledged he has contemplated a gubernatorial run and is having conversations to mull his options.

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One path he appeared to rule out definitively: challenging U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who announced Monday she will seek reelection next year. Garcetti, who is hosting a fundraiser for Feinstein on Tuesday night in Beverly Hills, swiped at Democrats who may consider taking her on. “The idea of Democrats challenging [Feinstein] right now — that is ripped from the corrosive playbook of our quote-unquote enemies," he said, adding that Democrats should focus their energies on flipping seats currently held by Republicans.

***ALSO:

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Morain):  "Is Eric Garcetti being coy about running for governor? If he gets in, he'd be formidable."

Tuesday
Oct102017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, Latino voters?: Report/analysis, "Trump never had a good relationship with Latino voters. It's only getting worse." ....

***President Donald Trump, Latino voters?

* Washington Post (John Wagner, Ed O'Keefe):  "Trump never had a good relationship with Latino voters. It's only getting worse." - From the WP:

When President Trump said a few weeks ago that he wanted to find a way to continue protecting young “dreamers” from deportation, some Republicans touted the possibility of a “Nixon goes to China” moment that could reset the president’s deeply frayed relationship with Latino voters. But ever since, Trump has returned to antagonizing this growing segment of the electorate — including proposing new hard-line immigration measures Sunday — deepening a rift that many in his party fear will do lasting damage to the GOP’s ability to win future elections.

Trump’s hostile rhetoric and actions toward Latinos, Republican strategists say, could not only undercut candidates in competitive 2018 races and make the White House harder to retain in 2020 but also further tarnish a GOP brand that party leaders have struggled for years to sell to skeptical Latino voters.

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Trump’s actions have already hurt Republicans’ ability to recruit Latino candidates to run for local and state offices. And they’ve become fodder in the Virginia governor’s race, as well as contests in states such as New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado and Florida, where an energized Latino turnout could tip what are expected to be competitive elections next year ..................

Tuesday
Oct102017

AFTERNOON MEMOS: "Republicans to Trump and Corker: Please stop"; commentary (Op-Ed: Margaret Sullivan), Hillary Clinton thinks the new media was unfair to her. She's right."; editorial, "Dianne Feinstein's re-election shouldn't be a coronation. But here's what foes will face"; editorial, "Trump's decisions to end DACA and the Clean Power Plan are all about negating Obama" ....  

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

* POLITICO (Burgess Everett):  "Republicans to Trump and Corker: Please stop"

* Washington Post (Margaret Sullivan):  "Hillary Clinton thinks the news media was unfair to her. She's right."

* Sacramento Bee (editorial):  "Dianne Feinstein's re-election shouldn't be a coronation. But here's what foes will face"

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Trump's decisions to end DACA and the Clean Power Plan are all about negating Obama"

Tuesday
Oct102017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: San Diego, "Trolley workers fear hepatitis from riders who use trains as bathrooms"; LAUSD, "L.A. Unified Supt. Michelle King on medical leave"; OC, "Santa Ana Rethinks Ban Aimed at Curbing Homeless Civic Center Campsites" ....

***Various items relating to local issues/local government, in and around Southern California....

* Voice of OC:  "Santa Ana Rethinks Ban Aimed at Curbing Homeless Civic Center Campsites"

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. Unified Supt. Michelle King on medical leave"

* San Diego Union-Tribune:  "Trolley workers fear hepatitis from riders who use trains as bathrooms"

Tuesday
Oct102017

POLITICS (National): Donald Trump presidency, various reports: "Sen. Bob Corker is saying what other Republicans will only whisper about President Trump"; "For some foreign diplomats, the Trump White House is a troubling enigma"; "For Disney's Iger, an Unlikely Political Turn" .... 

***Donald Trump presidency, various reports....

* Los Angeles Times (Lisa Mascaro, Noah Bierman):  "Sen. Bob Corker is saying what other Republicans will only whisper about President Trump"

 * Washington Post (Karen DeYoung, Greg Jaffe):  "For some foreign diplomats, the Trump White House is a troubling enigma"

* New York Times (Jim Rutenberg):  "For Disney's Iger, an Unlikely Political Turn"