L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles World Airports, Proud Bird restaurant, doors to remain open at least another month: "Proud Bird, famed LAX aerospace hangout, gets one-month reprieve"

***Proud Bird doors to remain open at least another month....

* Daily Breeze:  "Proud Bird restaurant, slated to close Thursday, will stay open another month"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Proud Bird, famed LAX aerospace hangout, gets one-month reprieve"


L.A. CITY HALL: Plastic bag ban, city give-away of 1 million free tote bags, commentary (Patt Morrison): "Plastic bag ban: City Hall, don't blow this chance to brand L.A."....

* Los Angeles Times (Opinion L.A. - Patt Morrison):  "Plastic bag ban: City Hall, don't blow this chance to brand L.A." - From the LAT:

Here’s something to celebrate for New Year’s Day 2013: The city of L.A.  is finally banning plastic bags. Goodbye, and high time too, to those wispy, blow-away plastic bags that wind up in all the wrong places, from treetops to sea turtles’ bellies. Happily, the trope that is “paper or plastic?” will become as meaningless as “23 skidoo.”

But dear city fathers (and our one city mother, there being only one female elected official in City Hall), can we please, please, not blow this fantastic marketing opportunity and wind up looking lame once again?

The city is easing the transition to plastic baglessness by giving away a million free tote bags it’s having made thanks to environmental groups and nonprofits. Angelenos, said City Councilman Paul Koretz, “will be carrying these around for decades.”

So what will they look like, these million message boards? We don’t know! And we should. In fact, we should own this, before anyone owns a single bag.

I’m grateful to those nonprofits helping out with these bags, but this space should belong to the city................................


MORNING MEMOS: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, problems with new billing software, frustrated customers; City of L.A., Mayor Garcetti to launch parking enforcement web site; Port of Long Beach, repeal of infrastructure cargo fee

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

* Los Angeles Times:  "DWP customers frustrated by new billing software" - "The $59-million program has produced delayed and inaccurate bills, prompting council members to demand an explanation from DWP executives."

* Daily News:  "L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to launch new parking enforcement web site"

* Long Beach Press-Telegram:  "Infrastructure cargo fee repealed at the Port of Long Beach"


LOCAL GOVERNMENT (San Gabriel Valley): Rosemead, plea deal, corruption case vs. former Mayor John Tran: "Ex-Rosemead mayor John Tran pleads guilty in corruption case; faces 18 to 24 months in prison"....  "

* San Gabriel Valley Tribune:  "Ex-Rosemead mayor John Tran pleads guilty in corruption case; faces 18 to 24 months in prison" - From the SGVT:

Former Rosemead Mayor John Tran took a plea deal Monday that will enable him to avoid prosecution for bribery and extortion, the United States Attorney’s Office said. Tran, also a former El Monte Union High School District board member, pleaded guilty to two felonies, attempted witness tampering by corrupt persuasion and making a false statement to the FBI.

As part of the deal, federal prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 18 to 24 months in prison when Tran is sentenced April 28 in a Los Angeles court. He also will be fined and must pay about $38,000 in restitution, which is the total amount of the bribes the government accused Tran of taking from a local real estate developer.

Without the deal, Tran could have faced more than 25 years in prison..............................


SACRAMENTO: Legislative ethics, commentary (Dan Morain): "No matter the reforms, human nature won't change"....

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Morain):  "No matter the reforms, human nature won't change" - From the Bee:

The last time the FBI caught a Sacramento politician taking $3,000, California voters lashed out and imposed term limits.

Explaining that he had been out late drinking, the undercover FBI agent worried he might have written out the check for the wrong amount, $3,000, and urged state Sen. Joseph Montoya to “look at that thing real close to be sure.” As a camera secretly taped him at a restaurant near the Capitol, Montoya quipped that it was for 10 times the agreed-upon amount, “which is all right.” Not amused, jurors in 1990 convicted Montoya. Later that year, campaign consultants played on voter cynicism generated by the bribery scandal.

“A stench of greed and vote-selling hangs over Sacramento because lifetime-in-office incumbents think it’s their government, not yours,” backers said in their official argument for Proposition 140, the term limit initiative.

The so-called reform ended lifetime incumbency but did nothing to alter greed, or the going price ...........................