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Tuesday
Mar012016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: "L.A. County is shutting down troubled centers for foster kids with nowhere else to go"; "San Francisco supervisors put affordable housing measure on June ballot"; "Suspects in Anaheim's bloody KKK melee released"; "San Jose: Eddie Garcia sworn in as police chief amid broad backing" ....

***Various items relating to local issues/local government -- Northern California, Southern California....

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. County is shutting down troubled centers for foster kids with nowhere else to go"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "San Francisco supervisors put affordable-housing measure on June ballot"

* Orange County Register:  "Suspects in Anaheim's bloody KKK melee released"

* San Jose Mercury News:  "San Jose: Eddie Garcia sworn in as police chief amid broad backing

Tuesday
Mar012016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: L.A. City Hall, "Emails show Garcetti staffers' concerns over gas leak as mayor kept low profile"; Orange County, "Prosecutors to consider charging anti-KKK protesters in Anaheim melee"; San Francisco Sheriff's Department, "17 counts for accused leader of San Francisco jail 'fight club'"; Sacramento City Hall, "Sacramento homeless committee urged to look at tent cities" .... 

***Various items relating to local issues/local government -- Northern California, Southern California....

* Daily News:  "Emails show Garcetti staffers' concerns over gas leak as mayor kept low profile"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Prosecutors to consider charging anti-KKK protesters in Anaheim melee"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "17 counts for accused leader of San Francisco jail 'fight club'"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Sacramento homeless committee urged to look at tent cities"

Tuesday
Mar012016

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles Police Department: "More than a third of people shot by L.A. police last year were mentally ill, LAPD report finds" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "More than a third of people shot by L.A. police last year were mentally ill, LAPD report finds" - From the LAT:

More than a third of the people shot by Los Angeles police last year had documented signs of mental illness, nearly triple the number from the year before, according to a lengthy review by LAPD officials. The report, made public Tuesday morning, offered an in-depth look at how and when officers used force in recent years, breaking down police shootings and less-serious incidents in a variety of ways.

The analysis comes during a period of heightened national scrutiny of how police officers use force, particularly against African Americans. Some shootings by LAPD officers have generated criticism in recent months, including the fatal shooting of a homeless man on skid row and another living in Venice Beach.

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The commission praised the department for the analysis, saying it offered valuable data that could help reduce the number of times LAPD officers use varying degrees of force. One commissioner, Robert Saltzman, said the report was among the most important he had seen during his nine-year tenure as a police commissioner. Commission President Matt Johnson said the report offered an "extraordinary level of detail and transparency" into shootings by LAPD officers. "This report will be an important tool," he said, to find "trends and patterns that can be addressed in training and tactics."

But it's not the only forthcoming report looking at how LAPD officers use force. Johnson noted that the inspector general would publish his own report next week -- a 10-year review of use of force -- that will include recommendations for strengthening department policies to minimize officers' "reliance on serious uses of force." ..................

Tuesday
Mar012016

SACRAMENTO: Elections, "All of California's voters are now in one online database"; state law, tenant evictions, commentary (David Lazarus), "Eviction system 'allows itself to be gamed,' frustrating landlords"; state treasury, "Supreme Court OK's California's use of 'unclaimed' cash" ....  

***Various items relating to issues or actions in and/or around the Capitol....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Supreme Court OK's California's use of 'unclaimed' cash"

* Los Angeles Times:  "All of California's voters are now in one online database"

* Los Angeles Times (David Lazarus):  "Eviction system 'allows itself tp be gamed,' frustrating landlords"

Tuesday
Mar012016

SACRAMENTO: Senate District 15, intra-party Democratic challenge: "California lawmaker battles fellow Democrat in state Senate race" ....

* Sacramento Bee:  "California lawmaker battles fellow Democrat in state Senate race" - From the Bee:

For some California Democrats, the biggest election threat these days comes not from Republicans but from members of their own party.

When Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, announced in January he would not seek re-election – thus clearing the way for Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego – California Democrats breathed a sigh of relief at avoiding a costly and divisive internecine race. They may have relaxed too soon.

Assemblywoman Nora Campos, D-San Jose, announced on Tuesday that she would challenge Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, for a spot in the upper house. While Campos is termed out at the end of this year, Beall has four years left in the Senate.

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Campos will start with some name recognition, since her Assembly district overlaps the 15th Senate District. As of the 2010 census, about 43 percent of the people in Beall’s Senate district also lived in Campos’ Assembly district.

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It is not unusual for multiple Democrats to vie for open legislative seats. But a Democrat taking on an incumbent from her own party creates a different sort of political conundrum, pitting legislators against one another and threatening to divert party resources.

Defending incumbents is a key duty for legislative leaders. The challenge from Campos could force Senate Democrats to spend money on Beall that could otherwise be put toward picking up new seats ...............