Index
Thursday
Jun112015

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (City of Industry): City of Industry City Council, new council majority, firing of longtime city attorney: "City of Industry's new council majority fires city attorney" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "City of Industry's new council majority fires city attorney" - From the LAT:

During two quick closed sessions Wednesday, the City of Industry's new council majority fired a city attorney who had led a lawsuit against the powerful Perez family and its businesses, then hired a law firm that once represented the city of Bell. Casso & Sparks, which has also represented the cities of La Puente and South El Monte, will serve as the primary legal counsel for the city and its entities.

The move comes a day after the City Council voted to repeal part of a new ordinance that protected the city attorney and other city employees from losing their jobs for at least 180 days after a new council is elected. The ordinance still protects the city clerk, city treasurer and City Manager Kevin Radecki, but that could change, Radecki believes. "They're going to try something," said Radecki, who has accused the new council of representing Perez business interests.

Council members Newell Ruggles, Mark D. Radecki — the city manager's brother — and Cory C. Moss, who ran as a slate backed by the Perez family in the June 2 election, voted in favor of both actions Wednesday, with Councilman Jeff Parriott opposed. Councilman Roy Haber III was absent ...................

Wednesday
Jun102015

MISCELLANEOUS: A "budding area of law," navigating complex marijuana regulations: "Bay Area lawyers launch Cannabis Bar Association" ....  

* San Jose Mercury News:  "Bay Area lawyers launch Cannabis Bar Association" - From the MN:

SAN FRANCISCO -- Reflecting a budding area of law, a group of Bay Area attorneys Wednesday launched the Cannabis Bar Association, the nation's first professional body to specialize in helping businesses navigate complex marijuana regulations rather than in defending drug cases.The group is a sign of what cannabis activists call the "Green Rush," a twist on the term "Gold Rush," referring to the burgeoning, quasi-legal pot industry.

"As the industry goes from being verboten to being taxed and regulated as commerce, the lawyers like these come with that," said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

While federal law still forbids the sale, cultivation, transportation or possession of marijuana, California and 22 other states allow its medicinal use. Recreational marijuana now is legal in Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Washington, D.C., and come July, Oregon. Many cities, including San Jose, have established local regulations and taxes for marijuana businesses. And that means the need for legal advise is growing like a weed ........................

Wednesday
Jun102015

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area; Los Angeles): Downtown Los Angeles, development, editorial, "In Metro-Arts District Dispute, Everyone Will Lose Something"; Bay Area, commentary (Matier & Ross), "Giveaway to artists of steel from Bay Bridge will cost toll payers"; L.A. County Bd. of Supervisors, 2016 elections, "Janice Hahn, Elan Carr score big endorsements in county supervisor races" .... 

 ***Various items relating to local government -- Bay Area; Los Angeles....

* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross):  "Giveaway to artists of steel from old Bay Bridge will cost toll payers"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Janice Hahn, Elan Carr score big endorsements in county supervisor races"

* Downtown News (editorial):  "In Metro-Arts District Dispute, Everyone Will Lose Something"

Wednesday
Jun102015

L.A. CITY HALL: Affordable housing, "illegal apartments," process of legalization: "Bootlegged apartments could get a chance at L.A. city approval" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Bootlegged apartments could get a chance at L.A. city approval" - From the LAT:

Lamenting a housing crisis that has priced many Angelenos out of decent, affordable homes, a Los Angeles City Council committee moved Wednesday to start hammering out rules that would help legalize bootlegged apartments that have long existed without the city's blessing. The proposed amnesty was born out of an unusual alliance of landlords and tenant advocates worried about the elimination of quality, affordable units that were created without city permits.

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In the face of rising rents, city lawmakers are trying to smooth the process for legalizing such units. The goal, Councilman Felipe Fuentes said, is to “maintain affordability and try to get folks into stable, dignified housing.” Under the proposed new rules .......................

Wednesday
Jun102015

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, "disillusioned black voters," Hillary Clinton: "Disillusioned black voters ask: Is voting even worth it? ....

* Washington Post:  "Disillusioned black voters ask: Is voting even worth it? - From the WP:

During those two electric Novembers, the chance to elect a black president, and then keep him in office, seized Regenia Motley’s neighborhood. Nightclubs were registering voters. Churches held fish fries after loading buses that ferried parishioners to the polls. A truck hoisted a big sign that said “Obama.” And residents waited in long lines at precincts across the community.

But as Motley and some friends sought shade recently under a mulberry tree and looked across the landscape of empty lots and abandoned houses that has persisted here, they wondered whether they would ever bother voting again. “What was the point?” asked Motley, 23, a grocery store clerk. “We made history, but I don’t see change.”

On Jacksonville’s north side and in other struggling urban neighborhoods across the country, where Barack Obama mobilized large numbers of new African American voters who were inspired partly by the emotional draw of his biography, high hopes have turned to frustration: Even a black president was unable to heal places still gripped by violence, drugs and joblessness.

The dynamic, made prominent in recent months after unrest in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo., sets up a stark challenge for Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner. While supporting Obama became a cause for many here rather than a typical campaign, Clinton faces a higher bar in making a case that she, too, can be a transformative figure .......................