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Sunday
Feb142016

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: California Coastal Commission, commentary: "Editorials, "California Coastal Commission owes us all an explanation"; "Coastal Commission, firing Lester, now has someething to prove"; also, commentary (Dan Walters), "Paranoid wave hits the coast"; editorial, "Coastal Commission needs a course correction" ....

***California Coastal Commission, firing of Executive Director Charles Lester, additional coverage/ commentary....

* San Diego Union-Tribune (editorial):  "California Coastal Commission owes us all an explanation"

* San Jose Mercury News (editorial):  "Coastal Commission, firing Lester, now has something to prove"

And other viewpoints:

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "Paranoid wave hits the coast"

* Orange County Register (editorial):  "Coastal Commission needs a course correction"

Sunday
Feb142016

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS (Bay Area): Homelessness, San Francisco: Editorial, "A surging bill to solve city's homeless problem" .... 

* San Francisco Chronicle (editorial):  "A surging bill to solve city's homeless problem" - From the Chronicle:

San Francisco’s homeless situation is growing worse. The numbers remain unchanged despite a battery of programs, costs are skyrocketing, and fundamental management flaws remain. Scores of sidewalk tents, shiny as Easter eggs, are the latest symbols of failure.

In response, city leaders have fresh plans that will come at a hefty price. Mayor Ed Lee — who played down the issue in his first term — is boosting the homeless budget by over $80 million. The money will go to . . . . . . . .

These are the latest initiatives in ending a problem that has dogged city leaders for decades. Mayor Willie Brown, now a Chronicle columnist and political consultant, once declared the problem unsolvable, while his successor, Gavin Newsom, pushed major changes to take away welfare cash. The responses moderated the problem but never solved it . . . . . . . .

San Francisco could be at another pivot point. There are a number of factors: . . . . . . . .

The new ideas build on what works and what is missing. Lee is planning .................

Sunday
Feb142016

INTERNATIONAL: Russia, "new cold war"?: "Russian PM warns of 'new cold war' amid Syria accusations"; "Russian PM: West is rekindling the Cold War with NATO moves"; "Russia warns of new Cold War as east Ukraine violence surges"; "Russian premier: 'We have slid into ... a new cold war"; "Russian Premier Calls Entanglements a 'New Cold War'" .....  

***Sampling of coverage, Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev, "a new Cold War"?

* Los Angeles Times:  "Russian premier: 'We have slid into .... a new cold war'"

* Wall Street Journal:  "Russian Premier Calls Entanglements a 'New Cold War'" -  "Dmitry Medvedev warns of grave consequences if West fails to cooperate with Russia in Syria, elsewhere"

* Washington Post:  "Russian PM: West is rekindling the Cold War with NATO moves"

* The Guardian:  "Russian PM warns of 'new cold war' amid Syria accusations"

* Reuters:  "Russia warns of new Cold War as east Ukraine violence surges"

Sunday
Feb142016

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: California Coastal Commission, firing of Eecutive Director Charles Lester: Editorial, "Only a complete coastal reboot will do"; also, "Gov. Brown 'had no plans' to intervene, his aide said before coastal panel's vote to fire Charles Lester" ....

* Sacramento Bee (editorial):  "Only a complete coastal reboot will do" - From the Bee:

With the bloodbath that was the firing of Charles Lester completed, the California Coastal Commission will now have to find a new executive director to lead one of the most powerful land-use bodies in the United States.

Here’s hoping that the good Lord himself is on the short list, because the commission will need a miracle to get anything done now. Environmentalists are enraged. Staffers are bereft. The agency is polarized. and the voters smell a beach rat – and want explanations, of which very few good ones have been forthcoming. Though they had a forum at the seven-hour hearing Lester requested on Wednesday and a go-ahead from their own legal counsel, the commission opted not to go into much detail on its reasons for the 7-5 vote, in closed session, to replace Lester.

The few specifics that surfaced were penny-ante: . . . . . . . .

In any case, most of California now believes that its Coastal Commission is preparing to pollute its coast with resorts and golf courses. Nothing but a total reboot will do if public confidence is to be restored. To that end, the commissioners should . . . . . . . .

Whomever they bring in had better . . . . . . . .

And the commissioners who instigated this uproar must go. Lester may not have been the employee of the month, and his staff may have needed an attitude adjustment. But . . . . . . . .

The Senate and Assembly appointees can’t be replaced until their terms end. But the commission chairman terms out this year and Gov. Jerry Brown’s four appointees serve at the governor’s pleasure. If thos who pushed hardest for Lester to go really were doing Brown’s wet work – as was implied by his silence – fine. Their work is done now. If not, even more reason to clean the slate on all sides and move on.

***ALSO, Related:

* Los Angeles Times:  "Gov. Brown 'had no plans' to intervene, his aide said before coastal panel's vote to fire Charles Lester"

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article59886206.html#storylink=cpy
Sunday
Feb142016

MORNING MEMOS: South Bay/L.A. County, "Centinela Valley school board appoints newcomer to vacant seat"; Bay Area, "Concord: Investigation finds improper lobbying in weapons station developer selection"; Calif. drought, "No running water and no solutions as driest county despairs"; education/UC, "UC Berkeley's tuition break is nearly erased"; Sacramento, "When is a tax hike really a tax hike?"... 

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

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "UC Berkeley's tuition break is nearly erased"

* Contra Costa Times:  "Concord: Investigation finds improper lobbying in weapons station developer selection"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Fact Check: When is a tax hike really a tax hike?"

* Orange County Register (Washington Post):  "No running water and no solutions as driest county despairs"

* Daily Breeze:  "Centinela Valley school board appoints newcomer to vacant seat"