Index
Friday
Jun282013

L.A. CITY HALL: Various reports, Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum, Councilman-elect Mike Bonin: Bonin "talks development, gay marriage"; "The drama of Mike Bonin"; Bonin "Sees Ties to Same Sex Marriage Decision, Downtown Turnaround".... 

***Various reports, Councilman-elect Mike Bonin remarks, Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum luncheon....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Councilman-elect Mike Bonin talks development, gay marriage"

* LA Observed (Bill Boyarsky):  "The drama of Mike Bonin"

* Downtown News:  "New Council Rep Sees Ties In Same Sex Marriage Decision, Downtown Turnaround"

 

[NoteLos Angeles Current Affairs Forum events are organized by yours truly....]

Thursday
Jun272013

L.A. CITY HALL: Villaraigosa farewell bus tour, Friday, June 28, schedule of stops across the city....

* Press release - Villaraigosa "farewell bus tour" on Friday, June 28, 2013:

Mayor Villaraigosa thanks Los Angeles on farewell bus tour

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will embark on a 24-hour bus tour of Los Angeles, stopping at its various landmarks to thank constituents and say goodbye after eight years as Mayor.

  6:30-7:00 AM

ILWU LOCAL 13 HIRING HALL - 343 N. Broad Avenue - Wilmington


  9:30-10:15 AM - CRIME STATS PRESS CONFERENCE

POLICE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING - 100 W. First St.  - Los Angeles

  2:30-3:00 PM
         

PINKS HOT DOGS - 709 North La Brea Ave. - Los Angeles

 

  9:30-10:00 PM        

SUMMER NIGHT LIGHTS SITE

SEPULVEDA REC CENTER - 8801 Kester  Ave. - Panorama City

 

Thursday
Jun272013

SACRAMENTO: California Public Utilities Commission, PUC president Michael Peevey, service on nonprofits created by the commission: "Deal reached on California PUC leaders serving on related nonprofits"....  

***Following up on most recent earlier item noted here (PUC - Peevey - nonprofits - oversight -spending exemption)....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Deal reached on California PUC leaders serving on related nonprofits" - From the LAT:

Lawmakers have reached a deal on a measure aimed at barring Public Utilities Commission leaders from simultaneously serving on nonprofits created by the commission. The Assembly originally wanted the provision, one part of a larger budget-related bill, to take effect Jan. 1. However, the Senate wanted to wait until the following year — after PUC President Michael Peevey's term expires. Gov. Jerry Brown also sought the delayed start date, according to legislative sources who requested anonymity to discuss negotiations.

Peevey serves as chair of two nonprofits created by the commission, a practice critics say allows him to steer agency-related money with less oversight.

Each house of the Legislature previously passed its own version of the bill. Now they've agreed to essentially split the difference, and the revised proposal would take effect June 1, 2014, affecting Peevey's positions but giving nonprofits more time to prepare.

Evan Westrup, a spokesman for the governor, commented only on the final compromise, saying it includes "a reasonable set of limits" and "a sufficient transition period."

The bill is expected to receive a vote in the Assembly on Thursday. If it is approved and signed by the governor, the measure would allow the Legislature to remove PUC commissioners for simultaneously serving on the board of nonprofits created by the PUC......

Thursday
Jun272013

POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION: California high-speed rail project, a new hurdle to initial construction: "Rep. Valadao erects another hurdle to high-speed rail"....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Rep. Valadao erects another hurdle to high-speed rail" - From the Bee:

Freshman Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, has erected yet another hurdle to construction of the California high-speed rail project.

Using his seat on the House Appropriations Committee, Valadao on Thursday won approval by voice vote of an amendment that says the federal Surface Transportation Board cannot take action on initial construction phases until the board has given final approval to the entire project. The practical effect would be to stop initial construction for at least the foreseeable future, as a massive and necessary environmental impact study has not yet been completed for the project..

The federal board had previously ruled, in a 2-1 vote, that initial construction of the Bakersfield to Merced section of the project could proceed. The board's majority sided with the California high-speed rail planners in determining that exempting the initial construction project from prior approval requirements would "minimize the need for federal regulation and reduce regulatory barriers." That determination, though, did not amount to approval of the entire project.

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Valadao's Surface Transportation Board amendment adds clout to another provision of the House transportation appropriations bill, which prohibits any funds from the bill from being used on the California project...........

Thursday
Jun272013

SACRAMENTO: California state Senate approval, 22-11 vote (one vote over minimum required), ratification of Madera casino deal for North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians....

***Following up on most recent earlier items noted here....

* Sacramento Bee:  "California Legislature ratifies Madera casino deal for tribe" -- From the Bee:

The Senate approved on Thursday a controversial gambling compact to allow the North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians to build a casino in Madera County. The vote marked the final step in a lengthy and unconventional ratification process. The North Fork tribe had to seek approval from the federal government, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature to build a casino some 35 miles away from their ancestral lands.

Allowing the tribe to choose this site sparked concern from legislators about setting a precedent of "reservation shopping" instead of building only on tribal lands. Competing tribal casinos also opposed the compact, and both sides spent heavily on campaign contributions and lobbyists to make their case.

After a heated debate, the compact cleared the 40-member Senate with one vote to spare, 22-11............