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Apr282017

L.A. CITY HALL: Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD, Los Angeles Police Protective League, overtime $$$?: "Garcetti budget would reduce police patrols in neighborhoods and increase response times, LAPD union warns"; also, "L.A. police officers union alleges mayor's budget 'shenanigans' would reduce officers on streets" ....  

***Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD, Los Angeles Police Protective League, overtime $$$?

* Los Angeles Times:  "Garcetti budget would reduce police patrols in neighborhoods and increase response times, LAPD union warns" - From the LAT:

The union that represents Los Angeles police officers launched a broadside against Mayor Eric Garcetti’s budget on Thursday, warning that the spending plan will divert funds away from neighborhood patrols and to the policing of Metro buses and trains.

Garcetti’s budget proposal for 2017-18 calls for $121 million for sworn-officer overtime, up from the $90 million planned in the current year. But about a third of the money would go to patrol the county’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which signed a contract with the Los Angeles Police Department earlier this year. In a letter to the City Council, the Los Angeles Police Protective League said the reduction in overtime hours for non-Metro duties would leave the LAPD with fewer officers to respond to neighborhood-level crime. Union leaders contend the shift would also increase police response times and leave some non-emergency calls unanswered altogether.

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For months, the police union has been pressuring city leaders to take action with what league officials believe is one of the most pressing issues facing the city: how officers are deployed. The league contends there aren’t enough officers patrolling city streets, forcing cops to rush from call to call, causing response times to creep higher and limiting the quality of interactions they can have with residents.

Now, union leaders are threatening to sue over Garcetti’s spending plan, saying it violates the terms of the league’s contract, which guarantees a minimum $100 million of sworn overtime in the coming fiscal year. That overtime was supposed to go to city patrols, not Metro duties, league officials said.

City Administrative Officer Rich Llewellyn, the city’s top budget advisor, said the spending plan complies with the union contract. Meanwhile, Garcetti spokesman George Kivork defended the plan, saying ...............

***ALSO:

* Daily News:  "L.A. police officers union alleges mayor's budget 'shenanigans' would reduce officers on streets"

Friday
Apr282017

L.A. CITY HALL: Council District 1, runoff election: "The Times rescinds its endorsement of Joe Bray-Ali for City Council"; "L.A. City Council candidates loses endorsements over his comments on provocative website"; also, "L.A. City Council members call for Joe Bray-Ali to drop out of race"; "L.A. council candidate vows to stay in race despite losing endorsements over online slurs" .... 

Friday
Apr282017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): "Oakland's latest fire hazard: homeless camps"; "BART keeps riders in dark about teen mob robbery"; "East Bay burger battle ends as developer halts In-N-Out plans"; also, "Report: Oakland Ghost Ship Lease Specified Illegal Use" ....

***Various items relating to local issues/local government, in and around the Bay Area....

* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross):  "Oakland's latest fire hazard: homeless camps"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "BART keeps riders in dark about teen mob robbery"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "East Bay burger battle ends as developer halts In-N-Out plans"

***ALSO:

* ABC Bay Area:  "Report: Oakland Ghost Ship Lease Specified Illegal Use"

Friday
Apr282017

POLITICS/BUSINESS (National): Well Fargo Bank, fake accounts scandal, new litigation: "A Lawsuit Claims Wells Fargo Targeted Undocumented Immigrants to Hit Sales Quotas"; "Wells Fargo Account Scam Targeted Undocumented Immigrants, Lawsuit Claims"; "Suit: Wells Fargo targeted 'undocumented immigrants' for accounts" ....

***Wells Fargo Bank, fake-accounts scandal, new litigation....

* The Atlantic:  "A Lawsuit Claims Wells Fargo Targeted Undocumented Immigrants to Hit Sales Quotas" - "It is the latest in a string of allegations following the bank's fake-account scandal."

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Suit: Wells Fargo targeted 'undocumented immigrants' for accounts"

* NBC News:  "Wells Fargo Account Scam Targeted Undocumented Immigrants, Lawsuit Claims"

Friday
Apr282017

SACRAMENTO: "New Democrats," new leadership: "Business-friendly 'mod' Democratic lawmakers tap a new leader in shakeup" ....

***"New Democrats," new leadership....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Business-friendly 'mod' Democratic lawmakers tap a new leader in shakeup" - From the LAT:

Looking to reclaim influence in debates over taxes, regulation and environmental policies, a key bloc of Democrats who typically align with business interests are revamping their leadership, with Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) at the helm.The informal caucus — commonly known in the state Capitol as the “mods," for moderate Democrats — have been led over the last year and a half by two Assembly Democrats: Jim Cooper of Elk Grove and Rudy Salas of Bakersfield.

Gray described his role as "convener" of the caucus, which, unlike other legislative caucuses, does not publicize its membership. He secured support from 14 legislators, representing ample support within the loosely affiliated group for the top post, according to a letter viewed by The Times.

Salas confirmed the shakeup, describing it as restructuring to include an executive committee, with whom Gray must consult. “This is just the way we’re operating now,” said Salas, describing the structure as “the best way moving forward.” Cooper declined to comment.

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The business-aligned bloc has flexed its muscle in major Capitol battles in recent years, including . . . . . . . .

But the group was less of a force in last year’s debates around .............