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Friday
Apr222016

AFTERNOON MEMOS: Environment, "It's time for the California Air Resources Board to focus on low-income areas, lawmakers say"; education, editorial, "CSU faculty union, senators turn back on students"; Bay Area, "Oakland to impose impact fees on new housing developments"; elections, O.C., "Costa Mesa residents will likely cast ballots on voting districts in November" ....

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

* Los Angeles Times:  "It's time for the California Air Resources Board to focus on low-income areas, lawmakers say"

* Sacramento Bee (editorial):  "CSU faculty union, senators turn back on students"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Oakland to impose impact fees on new housing developments"

* Orange County Register:  "Costa Mesa residents will likely cast ballots on voting districts in November"

Friday
Apr222016

MISCELLANEOUS: Downtown Los Angeles, free parking, Pershing Square?: "You Can Now Park For Free in Pershing Square Thanks to Some Weird Lawsuit"; also, "Free parking in downtown L.A.? Get it while it lasts" ....

***Downtown Los Angeles, free parking, Pershing Square....

* LA Weekly:  "You Can Now Park For Free in Pershing Square Thanks to Some Weird Lawsuit"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Free parking in downtown L.A.? Get it while it lasts"

Friday
Apr222016

L.A. CITY HALL: Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon: "D.A. wants to retry ex-L.A. Councilman Richard Alarcon on perjury, voter fraud charges"; also, "D.A. wants to try former L.A. City Councilman, wife" ....

***Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon....

* MyNewsLA:  "D.A. wants to retry former L.A. City Councilman, wife"

* Daily News:  "D.A. wants to retry ex-L.A. Councilman Richard Alarcon on perjury, voter fraud charges"

Friday
Apr222016

MORNING MEMOS: County of L.A., "Grand jury report blames underfunding for problems at coroner's office"; Bay Area, "Judge delays PG&E's criminal trial on pipeline safety charges"; O.C., "OC's Rise In Suicides Largest Among Major U.S. Counties"; Sacramento, "Legislature's attorney says Jerry Brown can't set climate targets" ....

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

* Los Angeles Times:  "Grand jury report blames underfunding for problems at coroner's office"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Judge delays PG&E's criminal trial on pipeline safety charges"

* Voice of OC:  "OC's Rise In Suicides Largest Among Major U.S. Counties"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Legislature's attorney says Jerry Brown can't set climate targets"

Friday
Apr222016

POLITICS (National, New York): Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver: Editorial, "Sheldon Silver Still Doesn't Get it" ....

* New York Times (editorial):  "Sheldon Silver Still Doesn't Get It" - From the NYT:

Sheldon Silver, felon, symbol of all that is rotten in New York State government, is still ducking and weaving, saying much but revealing little, heedless of the shame and opprobrium clinging to him like cat hair on a coat.

The former Assembly speaker awaits sentencing next month for extortion, money laundering and other crimes. On April 14 he wrote a letter to the judge. “What I have done has hurt the Assembly, and New York, and my constituents terribly,” he wrote, “and I regret that more than I can possibly express.” This was supposed to sound like an apology, though Mr. Silver was vague about what he was actually sorry for. “My attorneys,” he wrote, “have advised me not to comment on the facts of my case” — given “my possible appeal.”

What Mr. Silver didn’t say: He is trying to keep his taxpayer-financed pension, trying to stay out of prison and trying to forfeit as little cash as possible from the schemes that the federal government says netted him more than $5 million over the decades.

As for what he will do to repair the damage to the voters’ trust, to counter the cynicism and ridicule that pervade Albany, thanks to him and felons like Dean Skelos, the former Senate majority leader, he has no answer .....................