POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources: "State acknowledges major failures in regulating L.A. Basin oil production" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "State acknowledges major failures in regulating L.A. Basin oil production" - From the LAT:

California's oil regulatory agency acknowledged in a report Thursday that it has consistently failed to oversee oil operations in the Los Angeles basin.

A report issued Thursday by the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources found 'inconsistent permitting, monitoring and enforcement of well construction and operation," in the Cypress office of the agency.

The internal audit concluded that: ..................


LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Sacramento): Sacramento, city mininum wage increase plan: "State legal opinion: Key part of Sacarmento mininum wage plan illegal" ....  

***Following up on most recent earlier item noted here (Sacramento, increase, city mininum wage)....

* Sacramento Bee:  "State legal opinion: Key part of Sacramento mininum-wage plan illegal" - From the Bee:

The state Legislature’s chief attorney has opined that a key provision of Sacramento’s proposed minimum-wage plan likely violates state labor law. The controversial “total compensation” plan would exempt some businesses from paying the increased minimum wage if those businesses can prove their employees take home at least $15 an hour with tips. But a written opinion delivered Thursday by Legislative Counsel Diane Boyer-Vine’s office stated the proposal “would be preempted by state law” and that tips are the “sole property” of the employees.

Citing a section of state labor law, the Office of Legislative Counsel wrote that “it is unlikely that (tips) can be used as a credit toward an employer’s obligation to pay higher local minimum wages.” The opinion also cited a court ruling on a Los Angeles minimum-wage case that states: “California Labor Code prohibits the state and municipalities from establishing minimum wages that distinguish between tipped and non-tipped workers.”

The legal opinion was released by Assemblymen Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, and Roger Hernández, D-Baldwin Park. Hernández had requested the legal analysis after a task force appointed by Mayor Kevin Johnson recommended the total compensation plan last month. The provision is part of a broader recommendation to raise the city’s minimum wage to $12.50 an hour by 2020 .................


L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, Hollywood nightclubs, permit violations: "Hollywood nightclubs put on notice for bad behavior" ....  

* Los Angeles Times:  "Hollywood nightclubs put on notice for bad behavior" - From the LAT:

Hollywood nightclubs that serve drunken patrons, admit minors and fill the dance floor beyond capacity should be prepared to answer to the city’s building inspectors, a Los Angeles city councilman said Thursday.

Standing on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell warned nightclub owners that the city’s building inspectors would cite them for any violations of their operating permits.  One club already facing those repercussions is Cashmere. The club has had 18 permit violations since July, according to Frank Bush, executive officer of the Department of Building and Safety. A breakdown of those violations was not immediately available. A public hearing on the violations is scheduled for Oct. 22, according to Bush.


Permit violations at nightclubs in the Hollywood area are not new ................


LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Inglewood): "Lawsuit to silence a critic," court ruling, award of attorneys' fees: "Inglewood must pay $117,741 for 'meritless' lawsuit against critics, judge rules" .... 

***Following up on most recent earlier item noted here (Inglewood, "lawsuit to silence a critic")...

* Los Angeles Times:  "Inglewood must pay $117, 741 for 'meritless' lawsuit against critics, judge rules" - From the LAT:

A federal judge Thursday ordered the city of Inglewood to pay the legal fees of a local resident whom the city unsuccessfully sued for using snippets of City Council meetings in YouTube videos that were critical of elected officials.

In a 12-page decision filed Thursday, federal Judge Michael Fitzgerald awarded $117,741 to the lawyers at Davis Wright Tremaine who represented Joseph Teixeira. The judge rejected Inglewood’s argument that Teixeira’s legal team was not entitled to recover legal costs because the lawyers took on the case pro bono and charged exorbitant fees. “The Court is ... persuaded that a fee award is necessary to deter future meritless litigations of this kind,” Fitzgerald said in his decision.


Thursday’s decision concluded a highly unusual case that some legal experts -- as well as the judge -- called a blatant attempt to silence a political critic and a violation of his 1st Amendment rights. “This lawsuit posed a serious threat to critical political expression,” Fitzgerald said in his decision .......


POLITICS (National): Immigration policy: "Democrats move left on immigration, Republicans to the right" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Democrats move left on immigration, Republicans to the right" - From the LAT:

American views on immigration have grown more polarized, with Republicans taking harder-line positions as Democrats and independents take more liberal stands, a new poll indicates.

The shift can be seen on several issues, including whether children born in the U.S. to people in the country illegally should be eligible for citizenship. Over the last nine years, Democrats have become steadily more supportive of so-called birthright citizenship, which is guaranteed by the Constitution’s 14th Amendment. Republicans have become slightly more opposed to it.

Just more than half of Republicans favor amending the Constitution to end birthright citizenship, according to a new poll by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. Donald Trump is among the leading Republicans who have called recently for ending birthright citizenship, although Trump has argued the change could be made without amending the Constitution.

Fewer than 1 in 4 Democrats back an end to birthright citizenship, the poll found. That's a notable shift since 2006, when slightly more than 1 in 3 Democrats took that position. Among independents, 37% would back a constitutional amendment, down from 44% in 2006. Blacks and Latinos have both become more opposed to an amendment, as have Americans younger than 50.

A similar shift has taken place on the issue of building a fence along the entire U.S. border with Mexico ....................