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Friday
Aug192016

POLITICS/BUSINESS: Uber drivers, class action lawsuit: "Uber's $100 Million Driver Pay Settlement rejected by Judge"; "Judge rejects $100M settlement in key case with Uber drivers"; "Judge rejects Uber's $100 million class action settlement, calling it unfair to drivers"; "U.S. Judge Rejects Uber's Proposed $100 Million Settlement With Drivers" ....

***Uber drivers, class action lawsuit....

* Wall Street Journal:  "U.S. Judge Rejects Uber's Proposed $100 Million Settlement With Drivers" - "Ride-hailing company sought to prevent court case over pay, benefits"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Judge rejects Uber's $100 million class action settlement, calling it unfair to drivers"

* Bloomberg:  "Uber's $100 Million Driver Pay Settlement Rejected by Judge"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Judge rejects $100M settlement in key case with Uber drivers"

* CNN:  "Judge rejects $100 million settlement between Uber and drivers"

Thursday
Aug182016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: LAUSD, "L.A. Unified targets well-known charter school for possible revocation"; Bay Area/transportation, "Borenstein: Is BART tax only down payment?"; Newport Beach, "Beachfront homeowners get 15 extra feet of public land -- for a fee"; Bay Area, "S.F. DCCC issues endorsements; no surprise they favor progressives" ....

***Various items relating to local issues/local government -- Northern California, Southern California....

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. Unified targets well-known charter school for possible revocation"

* Orange County Register:  "Beachfront homeowners get 15 extra feet of public land -- for a fee"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "S.F. DCCC issues endorsements; no surprise they favor progressives"

* East Bay Times:  "Borenstein: Is BART tax only down payment?"

Thursday
Aug182016

SACRAMENTO: Jerry Brown proposal, affordable houisng package?: "Affordable housing proposal is 'dead' for year, Assembly leader says" .... 

* Sacramento Bee:  "Affordable housing proposal is 'dead' for year, Assembly leader says" - From the Bee:

Attempts to craft an end-of-session affordable housing package are “dead” for the year, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said Thursday, saying there continues to be intense opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to relax local land-use rules in return for $400 million for housing projects. “I don’t think there’s any support in our caucus for the ... proposal as the architecture was rendered by the governor,” said Rendon, D-Paramount.

Labor and environmental groups earlier this month broke off talks on language the governor’s office said would ease bureaucratic hurdles to home construction in California, which has among the highest housing costs in the country.

Rendon’s comments came the same day advocates for the poor and other groups sent a letter calling on Brown and legislative leaders to approve the $400 million in spending and leave the rest of the debate for another day ..............

Thursday
Aug182016

POLITICS/EDUCATION: University of California, President Janet Napolitano -- two UC chancellor resignations: "'We don't sit around saying "woe is me."' Napolitano prepares to fill sudden chancellor vacancies at UC Berkeley, UC Davis" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "'We don't sit around saying "woe is me."' Napolitano prepares to fill sudden chancellor vacancies at UC Berkeley, UC Davis" - From the LAT:

For months, University of California President Janet Napolitano had been hearing about problems with two of her chancellors, at UC Berkeley and UC Davis. What would Napolitano do? Rumors raged, but few expected she would support two resignations in quick succession — and leave the campuses without permanent leaders just days before the new school year starts. Then UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi stepped down last week, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Napolitano called the sudden vacancies an opportunity for a new start.

“One of the things I’m here to do is identify issues and address them,” Napolitano said in an interview. “We don’t sit around saying ‘woe is me.’ This is an exciting opportunity to bring in fresh leadership to help two of the nation’s best research universities reach even greater heights.”

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Napolitano, who was hired to lead the 10-campus system of 250,000 students in 2013, cuts a very different figure than previous UC presidents. Unlike her predecessors, most of whom came from academia, Napolitano served as a two-term Democratic governor in the red state of Arizona and as Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama. Her handling of the back-to-back resignations demonstrated a decisive style, willingness to confront challenges and take action, experts said.

“The resignation of not one  — but two — presidencies signals that she is more hands-on and less willing to ignore mishaps,” said William G. Tierney, an education professor and co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education at USC ..................

Thursday
Aug182016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: O.C., "Santa Ana Council Clashes With Police Union Leadership"; Los Angeles, "L.A. City Council backs plan to protect renters from unscrupulous landlords"; Burbank, "Airport officials weigh reducing lights"; also, Bay Area, "'Big Soda' spending big money to fight Oakland tax" ....

***Various items relating to local issues/local government -- Northern California, Southern California....

* Voice of OC:  "Santa Ana Council Clashes With Police Union Leadership"

* Daily News:  "L.A. City Council backs plan to protect renters from unscrupulous landlords"

* Los Angeles Times (Burbank Leader):  "Airport officials weigh reducing lights"

***ALSO:

* East Bay Times:  "'Big Soda' spending big money to fight Oakland tax"