Index
Friday
Nov132015

SACRAMENTO: Follow-up, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, feud over control?: "Are Gavin Newsom and Kevin de Leon feuding over gun control?"; also, "Lt. Gov. Newsom seeks to keep workers claimed by state Senate president" ....

***Following up on earlier item noted here (Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Senate Pres. Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, "political rift"?)....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Are Gavin Newsom and Kevin de Leon feuding over gun control?"

* Los Angeles Times (PolitiCal):  "Lt. Gov. Newsom seeks to keep workers claimed by state Senate president"

Friday
Nov132015

MEDIA: Tribune Publishing, job cuts/buyouts: "Tribune Publishing approves buyouts for 7% of employees"; "Owner of Chicago Tribune, LA Times expects to cut jobs 7%"; "Bit Cuts Coming to (More) Newspapers" ....

***Tribune Publishing, job cuts/buyouts....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Tribune Publishing approves buyouts for 7% of employees"

* Chicago Sun-Times (AP):  "Owner of Chicago Tribune, LA Times expects to cut jobs 7%"

* US News & World Report:  "Big Cuts Coming to (More) Newspapers" - "Tribune Publishing, the owner of L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune expects buyouts to cut jobs 7 percent."

Friday
Nov132015

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, controversy, ratepayer advocate Fred Pickel?: "Consumer group wants L.A. officials to oust DWP ratepayer advocate" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Consumer group wants L.A. officials to oust DWP ratepayer advocate" - From the LAT:

Years ago, Los Angeles voters decided that the city needed an independent advocate to scrutinize water and electricity rates and stand up for customers at the Department of Water and Power. Now a Santa Monica-based consumer advocacy group wants city leaders to oust the man who holds that job, arguing that he has failed to speak up as scandals dogged the utility.

In a letter sent this week to MayorEric Garcetti and City Atty. Mike Feuer, Consumer Watchdog said that Fred Pickel, head of the Office of Public Accountability, should be replaced with “a true consumer advocate.” “Fred Pickel has been absent and done almost nothing,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog. “No one knows his office exists.”

Garcetti defended Pickel’s office while appearing Thursday on “Ask the Mayor” on KNX-AM (1070), saying that the ratepayer advocate has had “some very tough people that are working with him who really do hold the feet to the fire of the Department of Water and Power.” DWP General Manager Marcie Edwards added that Pickel “has been a huge thorn — and I realize that that’s his job.”

The push to eject Pickel comes in the middle of a public battle over a proposed lawsuit settlement tied to $44 million in faulty bills from the DWP. . . . . . . .

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Consumer Watchdog's Court said Pickel was a bad choice for the job because ..................

Thursday
Nov122015

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Housing, Orange County, "Millennials can't afford O.C. homes and would do well to look to the Inland Empire, study says"; Rancho Santa Fe, "California has a new top water hog"; Long Beach, "Los Angeles company may take over Queen Mary lease" ....  

***Various items relating to local government -- Southern California....

* Orange County Register:  "Millennials can't afford O.C. homes and would do well to look to the Inland Empire, study says"

* San Diego Union-Tribune:  "California has a new top water hog" - "Rancho Santa Fe home surpasses 'Wet Prince of Bel Air'"

* Long Beach Press-Telegram:  "Los Angeles company may take over Queen Mary lease"

Thursday
Nov122015

POLITICS (National, State, Local): Short-term rentals, Airbnb, regulation/cooperation with cities?: "Airbnb will pay taxes, play nice with cities -- on its own terms"; "Airbnb Pledges to Work With Cities and Pay 'Fair Share' of Taxes"; "Airbnb vows greater cooperation with cities"; also, "Airbnb vows to crack down on speculators who may drive up housing costs" .... 

***Short-term rentals, Airbnb, regulation, cooperation with cities?

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Airbnb will pay taxes, play nice with cities -- on its own terms"

* New York Times:  "Airbnb Pledges to Work With Cities and Pay 'Fair Share' of Taxes"

* CNET:  "Airbnb vows greater cooperation with cities" - "The home-sharing business promises to pay its 'fair share' of taxes, be more transparent with data and ban users from listing investment properties."

***ALSO:

* Washington Post:  "Airbnb vows to crack down on speculators who may drive up housing costs"