Index
Monday
Mar032014

POLITICS (State, Local/Bay Area, Los Angeles): City of Los Angeles, proposed hotel wage hike, editorial, "Hotel Wage HIke Does Not Pass the Smell Test"; Oakland, department of City Administrator, "Tough-minded Oakland manager, Deanna Santana, stepping down"; Sacramento, "Convicted California Sen. Rod Wright defends accepting pay on leave" ....

***Various items from across the state....

* Los Angeles Times (PolitiCal):  "Convicted California Sen. Rod Wright defends accepting pay on leave"

* Downtown News (editorial):  "Hotel Wage Hike Does Not Pass the Smell Test"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Tough-minded Oakland manager, Deanna Santana, stepping down"

Monday
Mar032014

AFTERNOON MEMOS: Long Beach mayor's race, Jerry Brown endorsement of Bonnie Lowenthal; Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power, new general manager, apology for billing glitches; Jerry Brown, financial disclosure statement, $11,721 in gifts and travel last year....

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

* Long Beach Press-Telegram:  "Long Beach mayoral candidate Bonnie Lowenthal gets endorsement from Gov. Jerry Brown"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Jerry Brown reports receiving $11,721 in gifts and travel"

* Daily News (City News Service):  "New Department of Water and Power head apologizes for billing glitches"

Monday
Mar032014

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System, Mayor Eric Garcetti appointment of former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter....

***Mayor Eric Garcetti appointment, former Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, to the Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System Board, for the term ending June 30, 2016; Galanter to fill slot currently held by Barker Khorasanee....

Monday
Mar032014

POLITICS/SPORTS (Bay Area): San Francisco, proposed new waterfront arena, Warriors, Giants: "Warriors, Giants open to teaming up on arena near AT&T Park" ....

* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross):  "Warriors, Giants open to teaming up on arena near AT&T Park" - From the Chronicle:

An increasingly hostile political climate, coupled with the prospect of rocketing costs and a drawn-out permit fight, has rekindled prospects of the Warriors trying to team up with the Giants to shift the site for their proposed waterfront arena down to the parking lot across from AT&T Park. Although the two teams have not had direct talks, both sides are said to be open to discussing the idea.

"It's still full steam ahead on Piers 30-32, but we have always and will always consider backup plans," said Warriors spokesman P.J. Johnston.

Mayor Ed Lee has been reluctant to push any alternative until he gets the go-ahead from the Warriors. But in a statement, mayoral press secretary Christine Falvey said her boss "looks forward to sitting down again very soon with the Warriors' ownership to discuss next steps for the arena and Piers 30-32 site." She said "bringing the Warriors home to San Francisco and building a new waterfront basketball and entertainment pavilion ... remain a priority" for Lee.

Although the Giants' Parking Lot A across McCovey Cove from the ballpark lacks the breathtaking dazzle of Piers 30-32, building a 17,000-seat arena there would still boost the Warriors' overall value. It would also be a sufficiently central location for hosting the 150 events a year, in addition to basketball games, that would be needed to make the arena financially viable. Taking the arena off Piers 30-32 - and out of what is fast becoming one of the city's toniest neighborhoods - could also cut down on objections from nearby residents, plus ease concerns about traffic along the Embarcadero.

In other words, from the Warriors' perspective, it would get the job done in our lifetime and would still put them on the waterfront.

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One big reason for the possible southward shift is the emergence of a June ballot measure that would require voter approval for all waterfront developments taller than the current 48-foot limit. . . . . . . .

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One thing is certain - the most prominent opponents of an arena at Piers 30-32 would be a lot happier if it were built across from the ballpark instead.

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The big question is whether the Giants and Warriors owners - who fought over a previous plan to build an arena down the waterfront from AT&T Park at Pier 50 - can come to an agreement over who gets what out of the deal.....................

 

Monday
Mar032014

SACRAMENTO: Regulation, marijuana businesses in California: "California cities, police chiefs support pot regulation for first time" ....

* Sacramento Bee:  "California cities, police chiefs support pot regulation for first time" - From the Bee:

The last time lawmakers tried to regulate California’s medical marijuana industry, the League of California Cities warned of “a radical expansion of existing law” and “a slippery slope to distribution of marijuana for recreational use.” And police groups rushed out talking points protesting the “creation of a massive, for-profit medical marijuana model.”

California cities and police were long considered obstructionists to regulatory legislation they said would legitimize marijuana businesses. But now they are jumping into the marijuana-regulation effort out of fear that the state is inevitably moving toward a sanctioned cannabis industry with or without their input.

Expressing alarm over the changing “marijuana arena,” the League of California Cities and the California Police Chiefs Association announced Feb. 21 that they are dropping their policy of “unconditional opposition” to laws sanctioning marijuana businesses in California. They are backing a new bill that would license medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivators while setting new restrictions on doctors recommending marijuana to patients.

A battle looms over language in the bill targeting physicians specializing in medical marijuana. Yet cannabis advocates say the willingness of the two organizations to even consider state oversight is a concession that finally could put California on a path to regulating its teeming marijuana economy.............................