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Feb162016

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Crenshaw Boulevard/South Los Angeles: "A grand vision to revive Crenshaw Boulevard" ....  

* Los Angeles Times:  "A grand vision to revive Crenshaw Boulevard" - From the LAT:

Perched high atop a parade float on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Yvonne Ellett surveyed Crenshaw Boulevard, the once-vibrant retail spine of South Los Angeles. She was disappointed by what she saw: tattoo parlors, marijuana dispensaries and boarded-up businesses. "Our retail corridors make us look like we are poverty-stricken," said Ellett, co-chairwoman of the Empowerment Congress West Area Neighborhood Development Council. "That's not necessarily the case. These are solid middle-class neighborhoods."

The economic renaissances that have roared into neighborhoods like downtown Los Angeles, Highland Park and Venice have largely skipped over the south side of the city. Now, there's a grand vision to revive Crenshaw Boulevard, a stretch high in symbolism especially for L.A.'s black community. The plan is to transform the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza into an "urban village" that would mirror Glendale's Americana, with a 12-story hotel, office space, new shops, restaurants, condominiums and apartments.

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Over the years, Crenshaw Plaza has experienced peaks and valleys . . . . . . . .

There is a feeling that much is riding on being able to morph the Crenshaw mall into a broader shopping destination — and that if such a plan were to succeed it could revitalize the entire Crenshaw corridor from West Adams to Leimert Park ....................

Tuesday
Feb162016

POLITICS/IMMIGRATION: Cuban immigration to U.S.: "Unlike other migrants, Cubans pouring into Texas get a helping hand and full benefits" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Unlike other migrants, Cubans pouring into Texas get a helping hand and full benefits" - From the LAT:

Scores of Cubans crossed the border bridge here from Mexico on a recent week day, pregnant women in fluorescent rhinestone-studded T-shirts, men in tight jeans towing suitcases – all in search of Alejandro Ruiz. Many of the migrants find Ruiz via his cellphone or by navigating his Facebook page. But on this day, those searching for Ruiz came up empty when they reached his storefront office. He was on the other side of town, busy helping new arrivals at one of two temporary shelters he operates.

Ruiz, 49, a Cuban American auto body shop owner, noticed the need here years ago as the influx was just starting. He encountered Cuban migrants at the border checkpoint who seemed to have no idea what to do once they stepped into America, the same overwhelming feeling he had when he flew from Havana to New Jersey in 1992. Back then, a Cuban women’s group helped him navigate the system. Now a citizen, Ruiz founded Cubanos en Libertad, a nonprofit that provides transportation, shelter and assistance to Cuban migrants.

The number of Cubans arriving in the U.S. has steadily increased since 2009 but nearly doubled in the fiscal year that ended in September to more than 43,000, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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Thanks to the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966, Cubans who arrive in America are granted permission to stay legally. Unlike the tens of thousands of Central Americans who have poured into south Texas in recent years, the immigrants from Cuba are also eligible for federal welfare benefits and permanent residency, a path to citizenship.

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Once they arrive, Ruiz – a heavyset man with gray hair and a goatee -- is there to help. He provides ....................

Tuesday
Feb162016

POLITICS/LEGAL (National): U.S. Supreme Court, impact, death of Justice Antonin Scalia?: "Untold story: How Scalia's death blew up an anti-union group's legal strategy"; "Scalia's death flips Supreme Court dynamics, hurts conservative hopes"; "Scalia's Death Is Likely to Alter Court's Major Decisions This Term"; "How Scalia's death impacts Supreme Court's pending cases, future" ....  

***U.S. Supreme Court, death of Justice Antonin Scalia, impact on pending cases??....

* Los Angeles Times (Michael Hiltzik):  "Untold story: How Scalia's death blew up an anti-union group's legal strategy"

* Washington Post:  "Scalia's death flips Supreme Court dynamics, hurts conservative hopes"

* New York Times:  "Scalia's Death Is Likely to Alter Court's Major Decisions This Term"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "How Scalia's death impacts Supreme Court's pending cases, future"

* CNN:  "What happens to Supreme Court cases this year?"

Tuesday
Feb162016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Repubican debate, South Carolina: "Debate rips open GOP wounds, and party risks tearing itself apart"; "The GOP's bitter South Carolina brawl"; "Can GOP wipe off all this mud in time to still win?"; "GOP brawl in South Carolina may have repercussions in the general election"; "Republican Debate Takeaways: Saturday Night Fighting" ....

***2016 presidential election, Republican debate/brawl in South Carolina....

* Sacramento Bee (AP):  "Can GOP wipe off all of this mud in time to still win?"

* Washington Post:  "Debate rips open GOP wounds, and party risks tearing itself apart"

* Los Angeles Times:  "GOP brawl in South Carolina may have repercussions in the general election"

* CNN:  "The GOP's bitter South Carolina brawl"

* New York Times:  "Republican Debate Takeaways: Saturday Night Fighting"

Tuesday
Feb162016

POLITICS (State; Local): Transportation, "Proposal would shift bullet train funding for use on new water projects"; November 2016 election, "That blockbuster California ballot will be a $452-million battle"; environment, "Solana Beach pushes ahead with plan to charge sea wall owners an offset fee"; "Glendale OKs 'quiet zone' upgrades to silence train horns along Metrolink tracks" ....