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Sep242016

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: State Water Resources Control Board, Shell OIl Co., cleanup, underground storage tanks: "Shell Oill could lose millions over false California environmental cleanup claims" ....  

* Sacramento Bee:  "Shell Oil could lose millions over false California environmental cleanup claims" - From the Bee:

Nailed by a private whistleblower over false claims, Shell Oil Co. has forfeited a chance to collect up to $150 million from a state-run fund that reimburses oil companies for cleaning up leaking underground storage tanks. Besides losing out on the potential reimbursements, Shell will pay $20 million in penalties under a settlement announced Friday by California officials, bringing the total cost to as much as $170 million. The whistleblower will collect a portion of the $20 million.

Shell and its Equilon Enterprises LLC subsidiary were essentially accused of double billing – collecting insurance proceeds and then submitting claims to a mammoth cleanup fund run by the State Water Resources Control Board. “They were getting reimbursement for cleanup costs from an insurer,” said Andrew DiLuccia, spokesman for the water board. Under the settlement announced Friday, the state is disallowing claims by Shell covering 100 underground tanks, worth up to $150 million in potential total reimbursements.

Shell is the third oil company in the past two years to settle with the state over false claims allegedly submitted to the storage tank fund. The Shell settlement is by far the largest.

Based in the Netherlands, Shell said “we feel this settlement is an amicable resolution to this issue” even though it denies doing anything wrong .................

Saturday
Sep242016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, advice?: Commentary (Steve Lopez), "Donald Trump asks this columnist for advice, and that's no lie" ....

* Los Angeles Times (Steve Lopez):  "Donald Trump asks this columnist for advice, and that's no lie" - From the LAT:

Donald Trump has been reaching out to me every day, and I’m not lying. All right, I’m exaggerating a little bit, but so what? Hillary Clinton, I never hear from. Not a peep out of her. But Trump wants my advice on how to handle the big Monday night debate. “Friend,” he emailed the other day, because that’s how close we are, “I’m turning to the very people who have humbled me and gotten me to where I am today…YOU…I want to make you proud, Friend.”

I don’t know how I got on Trump’s mailing list, but believe me, I’m grateful to him for teaching all of us that reality is negotiable and truthfulness is a wasted virtue. What a relief.

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Donald Trump wants my advice? It’s pretty simple. Do not, under any circumstances, tell the truth about anything. He has to stick with what’s working.

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In his personal correspondence with me, Trump asked if ...............

Saturday
Sep242016

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Development, downtown Los Angeles: "Architects' proposed design for Arts District skyscrapers would transform neighborhood"; also, "Tower development is proposed for L.A.'s Arts District: an 'opportunity for density'" ....

***Development, downtown Los Angeles, Arts District....

* Los Angeles Times (Christopher Hawthorne):  "Architects' proposed design for Arts District skyscrapers would transform neighborhood"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Towering development is proposed for L.A.'s Arts District: an 'opportunity for density'"

Saturday
Sep242016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Fourth District election: "Sparks fly in race between Janice Hahn and Steve Napolitano for Board of Supervisors"; also, "Dueling legacies in the race to replace Don Knabe o Board of Supervisors" ....

***Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Fourth District election:  Janice Hahn, Steve Napolitano....

* Daily Breeze:  "Sparks fly in race between Janice Hahn and Steve Napolitano for Board of Supervisors"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Dueling legacies in the race to replace Don Knabe on Board of Supervisors"

Saturday
Sep242016

SACRAMENTO: Fair Political Practices Commission, California Democratic Party, Governor Jerry Brown: "FPPC probes state Democratic Party for donations to Jerry Brown"; "Political watchdog launches probe into California Democratic Party over Jerry Brown donations"; "Probe into state Democratic Party's ties to PUC, PG&E and other utilities begins" ....