Index
Monday
Apr202015

POLITICS (National): 2016 elections, report/analysis: "2016 election pits desire for change against a demographic shift"; also, commentary (Doyle McManus), "Democrats' hunt for the white working-class male voter" ....

* Los Angeles Times (David Lauter):  "2016 election pits desire for change against a demographic shift" - From the LAT:

The presidential campaign got fully underway this last week with a flurry of announcements, road trips and rallies that will roll across the country with increasing intensity for the next year and a half.

Most of what grabs headlines in the coming campaign will have little or no impact on who wins, past experience has shown. But underneath the hoopla, two clashing realities will shape what is likely to be a close and hard-fought battle.

Democrats will be trying to win a third consecutive presidential election, a difficult task made harder by the fact that by almost 2 to 1, Americans continue to believe the country is on the wrong track, polls show. Republicans will be trying to win with a base of supporters that is roughly 90% white in an increasingly diverse country, having failed so far to develop a strategy to attract the growing minority populations who rejected them in 2008 and 2012.

Who wins will almost certainly depend on which proves more powerful — the hunger for change or the inexorable demographic wave. Or to put it another way, the 2016 election will test whether the Obama coalition of minorities and white liberals can hold together, turn out and defeat the aging but still powerful coalition of social and economic conservatives and foreign policy hawks assembled by Ronald Reagan 35 years ago ..............................

***ALSO, Related:

* Los Angeles Times (Doyle McManus):  "Democrats' hunt for the white working-class male voter"

Monday
Apr202015

POLITICS (National, State): U.S. Senate election 2016, Barbara Boxer seat, Loretta Sanchez candidacy?: "Rep. Loretta Sanchez set to announce decision on Senate bid"; also, "Loretta Sanchez seen as unscripted alternative for U. S. Senate" ....

***Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, candidacy for U.S. Senate in 2016??

* Orange County Register:  "Rep. Loretta Sanchez set to announce decision on Senate bid"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Loretta Sanchez seen as unscripted alternative for U.S. Senate"

 

Monday
Apr202015

L.A. CITY HALL: Proposed increase, city mininum wage: "L.A. restaurants push for tips to count toward minimum wage" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. restaurants push for tips to count toward minimum wage" - From the LAT:

The battle over boosting the minimum wage in Los Angeles has turned to the dollar bills tucked under an empty coffee cup, the spare change dropped into tip jars and the hasty calculations jotted down on meal tabs.

As L.A. leaders weigh raising wages for businesses across the city, scores of local restaurateurs argue that the city should count tips toward the added amount they would have to pay workers to reach the proposed $13.25 or $15.25 minimum wage. Doing so, they say, would ensure the wage increase helps those who need it most and reduce the financial burden on businesses.

"There is just no room for us to be able to afford this increase and stay in business," said Caroline Styne, who owns several restaurants and cafes around Los Angeles. "None of us is refuting the fact that people making $9 an hour cannot get by on that. I'm talking about people that are already making well over that."

Restaurant servers may get $9 or $10 an hour in wages but as much as $30 or more hourly when tips are included, restaurant owners have argued at public hearings, citing industry research. They maintain that including tips in calculations of minimum pay would not harm workers. If tips were unusually low one day, they say, the restaurant would have to make up any difference to ensure employees receive the required minimum. "We're willing to pay people to get them to minimum wage," restaurant owner David Dickerson told lawmakers. "We're just asking that tips be part of the equation."

Labor activists warn that .........................

Monday
Apr202015

POLITICS (National): Income disparity, commentary (Dan Walters): "Income gap the widest in nation's blue cities" ....  

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "Income gap the widest in nation's blue cities" - From the Bee:

Income disparity – the divide between those at the top of the economic ladder and those stuck on lower rungs – is the era’s most explosive political issue. It has, however, a very ironic twist. As a recent report from the Brookings Institution reveals, income disparities are widest in the nation’s bluest – most liberal – cities and much narrower elsewhere.

Brookings compared 2013 family incomes of the most affluent 5 percent to those of the poorest 20 percent in the nation’s 50 largest cities, calculating a ratio for each. The largest disparity was found in Atlanta, where the average income of 5-percenters ($288,159) was 19.2 times that of the 20-percenters ($14,988). San Francisco was second at 17.1 times – an average of $423,171 at the top and $24,815 at the bottom.

Los Angeles was ninth highest at 12.5 and Oakland was 13th highest at 12.1. All other large California cities – Long Beach, San Jose, Fresno, Sacramento and San Diego – were below the national big-city average of 11.6.

With few exceptions, cities with high disparity ratios are solidly Democratic in voting (New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington, Minneapolis, for example) while cities at the lower end of the scale tend to be in conservative Midwestern, Southern and Southwestern states, such as Fort Worth, San Antonio, Wichita, Nashville and Oklahoma City.

San Francisco, with the nation’s second highest income disparity, easily tops all large cities in the sheer size of 5-percenters’ average incomes at $423,171. San Jose is second highest at $310,325, while only a few other cities cracked the $200,000 threshold.

Income gaps in blue cities are exacerbated by their very high costs of living, especially for housing ...................

Saturday
Apr182015

AFTERNOON MEMOS: Politics (South Bay/L.A. County), "Hermosa Beach official joins 2016 race to succeed Rep. Janice Hahn"; education, "Senior L.A. Unified official will head Burbank school district"; health care, "South L.A. fears loss of St. Francis trauma hospital"; education, "UCLA female faculty faced 'demeaning' mistreatment, probe finds" .... 

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

* Los Angeles Times (PolitiCal):  "Hermosa Beach official joins 2016 race to succeed Rep. Janice Hahn"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Senior L.A. Unified official will head Burbank school district"

* Los Angeles Times:  "UCLA female faculty faced 'demeaning' mistreatment, probe finds"

* Los Angeles Times:  "South L.A. fears loss of St. Francis trauma hospital"