Index
Wednesday
Jul152015

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Francisco, "Sanctuary law unlikely to change despite clamor over pier slaying"; Oakland, commentary (Chip Johnson), "Oakland's high composting fees rotten"; San Francisco, "The Airbnb Impact: Hosts or hoteliers?"; Vallejo kidnapping, "Could police blunder damage Vallejo prosecution?"  ....

***Various items relating to politics and/or public policy in and/or around the Bay Area....

* San Francisco Chronicle (Chip Johnson):  "Oakland's high composting fees rotten"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Could police blunder damage Vallejo prosecution?"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Sanctuary law unlikely to change despite clamor over pier slaying"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "The Airbnb Impact: Hosts or hoteliers?"

Wednesday
Jul152015

SACRAMENTO: SB 450, "Legislative leaders shelve bill overhauling elections until next year"; AB 155, "Vending machines spark tax debate"; California Public Employees' Retirement System, "Calpers Chief Sees Interest Rates as Greatest Portfolio Stress"; law enforcement, "Driver cellphone use jumps; California safety officials concerned" .... 

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

* Los Angeles Times (PolitiCal):  "Legislative leaders shelve bill overhauling elections until next year"

* Capitol Weekly:  "Vending machines spark tax debate"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Driver cellphone use jumps; California safety officials concerned"

* Bloomberg:  "Calpers Chief Sees Interest Rates as Greatest Portfolio Stress"

Wednesday
Jul152015

POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION (Washington, D.C. area): Purple Line light-rail project, link between "two jurisdictions with dramatically different needs, priorities and resources": "In Purple Line rail project, a tale of two counties" ....

* Washington Post:  "In Purple Line rail project, a tale of two counties" - From the WP:

When activist Alice Bishop looks at the blighted shopping center along Kenilworth Avenue in Riverdale Park, which the Giant and the IHOP have left, she thinks of downtown Silver Spring — and envisions the light-rail Purple Line bringing a similar economic lift to her Prince George’s County neighborhood. “On Saturdays, they have farmers market, and you see people all together. That’s my idea of a community,” Bishop said. “This community could be that.”

The Prince George’s towns that would be served by the Purple Line are in dire need of a boost. But when Gov. Larry Hogan (R) demanded more local funding last month to pay for the Purple Line, Prince George’s Executive Rushern Baker III (D) balked, saying the county had ponied up plenty already. His counterpart in wealthier Montgomery County, meanwhile, said additional money would not be a problem.

The disparity in tone reflects a broader contrast: When finally built, the Purple Line will stitch together two jurisdictions with dramatically different needs, priorities and resources ......................

Wednesday
Jul152015

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Francisco, regulation, short-term rentals, proposed "hard cap" : "S.F. supes opt to give Airbnb law a chance to work" ....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "S.F. supes opt to give Airbnb law a chance to work" - From the Chronicle:

A divided Board of Supervisors rejected efforts on Tuesday to impose a hard cap on the use of short-term rentals through companies such as Airbnb, opting instead to try to enforce the existing law. In two 6-5 votes, the board rejected legislation by Supervisor David Campos and passed watered-down legislation by Supervisor Mark Farrell, underscoring once again the philosophical divide about whether short-term rentals exacerbate the city’s housing shortage or allow people to stay in their homes by renting out spare rooms.

Despite Tuesday’s votes, the debate over short-term rentals will continue, as an initiative to limit their use to 75 days a year has qualified for the November ballot .......................

 

Wednesday
Jul152015

SACRAMENTO: State budget, fiscal caution, expansion of social programs?: "California progressives challenge governor's fiscal caution" ....

* Reuters:  "California progressives challenge governor's fiscal caution" - From Reuters:

After years of fiscal and policy restraint by California Governor Jerry Brown, a new crop of legislative leaders are trying to push the state further to the left, with mixed results.It is a policy tussle that could ultimately benefit both sides, as Brown, criticized as too liberal during a 1970s-era stint as governor, burnishes his image as a moderate and legislative leaders play to their progressive base.

In recent weeks, progressive Democrats have won an expansion of subsidized healthcare for low-income undocumented immigrant children, eliminated religious exemptions for school vaccinations, and persuaded Brown to spend nearly a billion dollars more on higher education and social programs than he had intended. But they have also had to back down from efforts .......................