Index
Thursday
Oct182012

POLITICS/SPORTS (Bay Area): Golden State Warriors, proposed move from Oakland to a new arena on San Francisco Waterfront, report, "Residents criticize Warriors' arena plan"....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Residents criticize Warriors' arena plan" - From the Chronicle:

A proposed move by the NBA's Golden State Warriors to the San Francisco waterfront would generate thousands of jobs and a major source of new tax revenue, according to a new city-commissioned report, even as residents and others have concerns about building a 17,500-seat arena just south of the Bay Bridge.

A Warriors arena on Piers 30-32 is projected to generate almost $54 million in one-time fees and taxes for city coffers during construction, plus about $19 million a year in ongoing revenue for the city once complete, according to a new fiscal analysis commissioned by the city. Building the arena and developing an adjacent parcel across the Embarcadero from Piers 30-32 would also generate about 5,000 temporary jobs during construction and about 2,800 ongoing jobs once the project is completed, according to a report by Economic & Planning Systems, a development consulting firm.

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The first public unveiling of the plans for the new arena drew more than 250 people to the auditorium at Delancey Street down the Embarcadero from the proposed development. About 50 people marched in front of the building before the 6 p.m. meeting, chanting "We want the Warriors" and carrying signs that read, "Warriors arena means local jobs."

The crowd inside was less enthusiastic............

Thursday
Oct182012

POLITICS (National, State): Report, $2.5 billion National Mortgage Settlement, significant portion of housing settlement funds being diverted to fill budget shortfalls or for non-housing purposes.... 

* Fresno Bee:  "California, others divert housing settlement funds" - From the Bee:

WASHINGTON -- It was supposed to provide a measure of restitution on behalf of homeowners who lost equity in the market collapse or lost their homes in the "robo-signing" foreclosure scandal. But after the states split their $2.5 billion share of the landmark National Mortgage Settlement in February, less than half of the money states have allocated will be used as intended -- to aid in stopping preventable foreclosures and financial fraud and to help stabilize communities scarred by the housing crisis.

The settlement did not require states to spend the bulk of their share on housing, but that was the intent.

While states have announced plans to use $977 million of their direct payments for housing and foreclosure-related assistance, $989 million will go to fill budget shortfalls or for non-housing purposes, according to a report released Thursday by Enterprise Community Partners, a national affordable housing and community development group.

The report, which updated an earlier analysis, found that six states -- California, Missouri, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and New Jersey -- ignored the agreed-upon uses for the money entirely by directing nothing for housing-related activities. It said that 23 states are using all, or nearly all, of their settlement money for housing, while five others. . . . . have dedicated between 70% and 89% for housing purposes. Fourteen others. . . . .are using less than half of their funds for the intended purposes.

In California, which received nearly $411 million, the settlement agreement said the state would use 10% of the money as civil penalties and the remaining $360 million for housing-related services, including counseling and consumer protection investigations. But Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown decided in May to use the money to help fill the state's $15.7 billion budget shortfall. The Attorney General's Office ended up keeping $18.4 million as civil penalties, the report said, with only a small portion going for housing counseling and to a state fair housing agency..........

Thursday
Oct182012

MORNING MEMOS: City of Oakland, budget cuts, shortage of police officers, city looking at contracting with outside law enforcement; CEQA, San Francisco, proposal to change rules for development challenges; CalPERS, board approval, 85% increase, long-term care insurance; update, redevelopment, historic Lincoln Place Apartments, closing of financing; Berman-Sherman, new series of TV attack ads....

***Various items this morning from across the spectrum of politics and/or public policy....

* Sacramento Bee:  "CalPERS board adopts long-term care hike"

* Oakland Tribune:  "Oakland looking at contracting out for police officers"

* San Francisco Chronicle (City Insider):  "Supervisor Weiner seeks to change rules for development challenges"

* The Argonaut:  "Lincoln Place property owner moves ahead with redevelopment"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Berman, Sherman running new attack ads on TV"

Thursday
Oct182012

L.A. CITY HALL: Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, Mitch Kamin resignation from HACLA board, Kamin being replaced by Marc Little....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Head of L.A. Housing Authority board resigns" - From the LAT:

The head of the commission that oversees the city’s housing authority has stepped down after serving a little more than a year on the job, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office announced Tuesday.

Mitchell Kamin said he resigned to dedicate more time to his law practice.

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He said he decided to step down after helping hire new leadership for the agency following a period of turmoil because it was too difficult to balance the demands of board service and running his law practice.

The mayor appointed Marc T. Little, a member of the city’s Commission for Community and Family Services, to replace Kamin. Little serves as the chief operating officer of Faithful Central Bible Church. 

The city’s housing authority has been rocked by a series of controversies over spending and management in recent years and was battered by criticism late last year when the authority board voted to pay an ousted chief executive $1.2 million to settle a wrongful termination claim.

Wednesday
Oct172012

POLITICS: Mervyn Dymally memorial service, R.I.P., "The Chairman," a life well-lived.......

***PERSONAL NOTES:

As an adult (after working as a legal secretary for many years), yours truly moved from Los Angeles to Sacramento and went back to school, enrolling at Sacramento State with a Government-Journalism major. Shortly after starting at Sac State, I was dispatched to an internship in the office of then-Senator Mervyn Dymally, who at the time was running for Lieutenant Governor. Later, when I obtained my B.A., my first "professional" (that is, non-clerical) job was an an "analyst" on the Border States Project put together by Dymally with a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

Then, later, after I had moved back to Southern California, I worked with Dymally on his re-election campaign (the unsuccessful campaign of 1978, when lost to Mike Curb).  After that, we had various periods of interaction -- various campaigns, various activities -- over the years.  Today, I went to Dymally's memorial service at Holy Cross Mortuary in Culver City.  I took a few notes...

Among the dignitiaries and officials, past and/or present, I spotted:  Jesse Jackson; Richard Polanco; Rod Wright; Diane Watson; Wendy Greuel; Bob Farrell; Rita Walters; Jackie Goldberg; Warren Furutani; Mike Feuer; Gil Cedillo; Kevin Murrary; Willard Murray; Yvonne and Bill Burke; Janice Hahn; Dennis Zine; Danny Bakewell.  I had a brief conversation with Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, believe I spotted California Atty. General Kamala Harris. Also, albeit that elected officials were seated in a separate part of the mortuary which was largely obstructed from view from the rest of the audience, the program for the memorial service showed Willie Brown, Richard Alatorre, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Jerome Horton and Herb Wesson as honorary pallbearers, so I am thinking may likely have been in attendance. And, again, although I didn't see them, I believe Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker John Perez and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg were also there to pay tribute to Dymally.

The program was brief, pursuant to specific directions from Dymally that it be so, that, according to Dymally long-time chief of staff Ken Orduna, the man known to many as THE CHAIRMAN 'wanted his deeds to speak for him," with "no need for long speeches or drawn-out services." And that Dymally had commented at times over the years, "the more important the person, the shorter the introduction."

Although there was no discussion as to cause of death, Orduna said that Dymally had stated earlier in the year (in April) that "his condition was terminal."  And, over the intervening months, Dymally planned every aspect of today's service, including direction that his favorite song, "MY WAY," be played at the very beginning of the services. And, inceed, for those who knew him, Mervyn did indeed live his life his way, a humble man, the boy from Trinidad who, as he was approaching the end, said he had "no regrets, that he had "lived an extraordinary life" and that he "had done everything" he wanted to.

Rest in peace, Mervyn M. Dymally....