Index
Thursday
Nov152012

AFTERNOON MEMOS: Report, post-election "educational trips," state legislators and interest groups "travel in tandem"; editorial, Krekorian "fake letter"; analysis, newly-elected L.A. County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, "stepping out of Steve Cooley's shadow"....

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

* Sacramento Bee:  "After election, state lawmakers and interest groups travel in tandem"

* Daily News (editorial):  "Fake letter in L.A. Councilman Paul Krekorian's column a disturbing example of phoniness in local politics"

* LA Weekly (Gene Maddaus):  "Jackie Lacey Steps Out of Steve Cooley's Shadow" - "Will this black woman be a game-changer at the D.A.'s office?"

Thursday
Nov152012

POLITICS: State Controller John Chiang, posting of new website, payroll data from the state, cities, counties and California public colleges and universities....

* Orange County Register:  "Controller unveils website for tracking public pay" - From the Register:

Want to know how much your city is paying its cops and clerks? And how their pay compares with a neighboring city? The answer is a mouse click away.

State Controller John Chiang posted a new website, publicpay.ca.gov, with payroll data from the state, cities, counties and public colleges and universities Tuesday. The site is the result of the controller’s campaign to prod public agencies to provide consistent pay reports to his office.

You won’t find names on the site. But you will find numbers – thousands of them. And you will find a lot of sometimes surprising details.............

Thursday
Nov152012

SACRAMENTO: Report, constitutional amendment to increase vehicle license fee, proposal by Sen. Ted Lieu would triple current fee calculation; editorial, "taxing overreach"....

***Plan to bring vehicle license fee back to level in place prior to administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; estimate of $3.5 billion to $4 billion annually in additional revenue to the state....

* Daily Breeze:  "Vehicle license fees would triple under measure planned by state Sen. Ted Lieu"

* Daily News (editorial):  "Taxing overreach -- Plan to triple vehicle license fee is in need of a rewrite"

Thursday
Nov152012

SPORTS/BUSINESS: Dodgers, News Corp./Fox Sports, report, analysis, "Selling the Dodgers will end up costing News Corp. a lot"....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Selling the Dodgers will end up costing News Corp. a lot" - From the LAT:

As News Corp.'s Fox Sports unit prepares to spend billions of dollars to keep television rights to the Los Angeles Dodgers, one has to wonder if the media giant has any pangs of regret over selling the team in the first place.

News Corp. owned the Dodgers from 1998 to 2004. It paid $350 million to get the team from the O'Malley family and sold it for $430 million to Frank McCourt, who earlier this year sold it to private equity firm Guggenheim Partners for $2.1 billion. Now, if Fox Sports wants to keep the Dodgers on its Prime Ticket cable channel here, it will likely have to pay an average of at least $150 million a season. When McCourt still owned the team, Fox Sports made an offer of $3 billion for a 20-year deal. Fox Sports is nearing the end of its exclusive negotiating window with Guggenheim Partners for a new TV agreement.

Waiting in the wings if Fox Sports can't get a deal done is Time Warner Cable, which already snagged the rights to the Lakers away from Fox for its new channel, SportsNet.

A potential battle for the Dodgers was no doubt a motivating factor in Fox Sports' efforts to secure a minority stake in the YES Network, the sports channel owned by the New York Yankees. . . . . . .No price has been put on the YES deal yet, but the estimates of the channel's value run to at least $3 billion. If Fox Sports is acquiring stakes held by Goldman Sachs and other equity partners, it will probably cost north of $1 billion.

Hindsight is always 20/20..........

Thursday
Nov152012

L.A. CITY HALL: 2013 mayor's race, candidate debate, unified opposition to measure for one-half cent sales tax increase on March ballot....

* Daily News:  "Los Angeles mayoral candidates unite against proposed sales tax hike" - From the DN:

One day after the City Council tentatively agreed to place a half-cent sales tax hike on the spring ballot, the four leading mayoral candidates criticized the plan Wednesday at a forum in Koreatown. During the candidate event and in interviews afterward, Councilwoman Jan Perry, Councilman Eric Garcetti, City Controller Wendy Greuel, and Kevin James, a former federal prosecutor and radio talk show host, all spoke out against the tax proposal, which would face voters next March. 

"I have concerns about going to the public for a sales tax at a time when the public doesn't believe we've done everything that we can do," Greuel said. Garcetti, who, along with Perry, voted against the motion on Tuesday, also was quick to dismiss the tax proposal, which passed on a 10-4 tally. "I think we need to have an emphasis on growing our economy," Garcetti said. "We can't tax our way out of this."

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In addition to financial issues, the issue of redistricting dominated Wednesday's forum, which was held at an upscale mall in Koreatown and attended by about 200 people.

Koreatown leaders sued earlier this year after the city leaders approved new district maps - part of the once-a-decade process of redistricting - charging that communities of interest weren't kept together and that their neighborhood was divided into different districts. Councilwoman Perry, who voted against the maps along with Councilman Bernard Parks, vocally criticized the redistricting process. "There was was no need to chop up communities," Perry said. "It was transactional politics at its worst."

Throughout the forum, candidate James was the only one to attack his opponents.........