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Jul142016

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Race relations?: "Race Relations Are at Lowest Point in Obama Presidency, Poll Finds"; "Black senator describes facing unfair scrutiny by police"; also, commentary (Op-Ed: John McWhorter), "What Clinton Should Have Said About Race" .... 

***National politics, race relations??

* New York Times:  "Race Relations Are at Lowest Point in Obama Presidency, Poll Finds"

* New York Times (Op-Ed: John McWhorter):  "What Clinton Should Have Said About Race"

* CNN:  "Black senator describes facing unfair scrutiny by police"

Wednesday
Jul132016

AFTERNOON MEMOS: CalPERS, commentary (Dan Walters), "California's big pension fund sees flat earnings for a second year"; environment/ energy, "Former ExxonMobil Torrance refinery shuts down following equipment failures"; San Francisco, "A new vision for Presidio with leader's hiring"; also, "These California congressional leaders spent the most taxpayer money communicating with constituents" ....

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

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "California's big pension fund sees flat earnings for a second year"

* Daily Breeze:  "Former ExxonMobil Torrance refinery shuts down following equipment failures"

* San Francisco Chronicle (John King):  "A new vision for Presidio with leader's hiring"

***ALSO:

* Los Angeles Times:  "These California congressional leaders spent the most taxpayer money communicating with constituents

Wednesday
Jul132016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Orange County): Anaheim City Council, approval, $550 million, Disney tax incentives: "Three new hotels: Anaheim to give tax incentives to Disney, another developer to build the resorts" ....

* Orange County Register:  "Three new hotels: Anaheim to give tax incentives to Disney, another developer to build the resorts" - From the Register:

ANAHEIM – The city will reimburse an estimated $550 million in bed taxes back to two developers, including Disney, that will build three four-diamond hotels in the city’s popular resort district.

During a City Council meeting that ran past midnight and left Mayor Tom Tait visibly upset when he had to leave early to make an appointment at the White House, the council voted to give Wincome Group and Disney the tax incentives: 70 percent of Transient Occupancy Tax for the next 20 years. “This to me is a win-win for the city of Anaheim,” Councilwoman Kris Murray said of the hotels that will more than double Anaheim’s inventory of hotels that meet AAA’s stringent four-diamond rating.

The City Council voted 3-1 for each project:

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Councilman James Vanderbilt was the lone dissenter. Mayor Tait left the meeting early to catch a red-eye flight to Washington, D.C. for a meeting with President Obama and other mayors, police chiefs and community leaders at the White House about the recent police killings in cities. Tait strongly opposed the tax subsidies, saying the tax incentives would be “financially devastating” for the city.

Wednesday
Jul132016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, new polls: "Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Locked in Tight Race in Ohio and Iowa, Poll Finds"; "Polls: Clinton Ahead Or Even In Midwest Battlegrounds"; "Swing-state polls: Trump, Clinton neck-and-neck"; "Polls in 3 Crucial States Show Donald Trump Improving" .... 

***2016 presidential election, new polls....

* Wall Street Journal:  "Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Locked in Tight Race in Ohio and Iowa, Poll Finds" - Democratic candidate holds 9-point lead in Pennsylvania"

* NBC News:  "Polls: Clinton Ahead Or Even In Midwest Battlegrounds"

* CNN:  "Swing-state polls: Trump, Clinton neck-and-neck"

* New York Times:  "Polls in 3 Crucial States Show Donald Trump Improving"

Wednesday
Jul132016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election: Commentary (Op-Ed: Andrew Rosenthal), "Bernie's Uninspiring Endorsement"; "Three words that Republicans wrestle with: 'Black Lives Matter'"; "Trump seeks $10 million from former aide in disclosure case"; also, "Trump seeks to block release of Trump University testimony" ....

***2016 presidential election....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Trump seeks $10 million from former aide in disclosure case"

* New York Times (Andrew Rosenthal):  "Bernie's Uninspiring Endorsement"

* Washington Post:  "Three words that Republicans wrestle with: 'Black Lives Matter'"

***ALSO:

* San Francisco Chronicle (AP):  "Trump seeks to block release of Trump University testimony"