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May212016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump: "Trump once revealed his income tax returns. They showed he didn't pay a cent." ....

* Washington Post:  "Trump once revealed his income tax returns. They showed he didn't pay a cent." - From the WP:

The last time information from Donald Trump’s income-tax returns was made public, the bottom line was striking: He had paid the federal government $0 in income taxes. The disclosure, in a 1981 report by New Jersey gambling regulators, revealed that the wealthy Manhattan investor had for at least two years in the late 1970s taken advantage of a tax-code provision popular with developers that allowed him to report negative income.

Today, as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Trump regularly denounces corporate executives for using loopholes and “false deductions” to “get away with murder” when it comes to avoiding taxes. “They make a fortune. They pay no tax,” Trump said last year on CBS. “It’s ridiculous, okay?”

The contrast highlights a potentially awkward challenge for Trump. He has built a political identity around his reputation as a financial whiz, even bragging about his ability to game the tax code to pay as little as possible to the government — a practice he has called the “American way.” Moreover, he has aggressively pursued tax breaks and other government supports to bolster his real estate empire. But that history threatens to collide with his efforts to woo working-class voters who resent that they often pay higher tax rates than the wealthy who benefit from special loopholes.

Trump’s personal taxes are a mystery. He has refused to release any recent returns, meaning the public cannot see how much money he makes, how much he gives to charity and how aggressively he uses deductions, shelters and other tactics to shrink his tax bill. Trump, who said last week on ABC that his tax rate is “none of your business,” would be the first major-party nominee in 40 years to not release his returns.

In an interview this week, Trump said that he has paid “substantial” taxes but declined to provide specifics. He reiterated that he fights “very hard to pay as little tax as possible.” “One of the reasons is because the government takes your money and wastes it in the Middle East and all over the place,” he said.

Trump’s contradictory approaches have been apparent for years ...................

Saturday
May212016

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, long-term strategy?: "Judge upholds major provisions of complex Delta management plan" ....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Judge upholds major provisions of complex Delta management plan" - From the Bee:

A judge has upheld major provisions of a state plan that lays out a long-term strategy for managing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, rejecting most complaints included in a cluster of long-standing lawsuits. But in a ruling Wednesday, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny also found that some aspects of the plan are inadequate, raising fresh questions about Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial $15.5 billion plan to build two tunnels through the estuary.

Kenny issued his mixed decision in a case that combined multiple lawsuits against the Delta Stewardship Council, the state agency whose members were tasked by a 2009 law with crafting a vision for the Delta. The agency issued its sweeping plan in 2013, with the aim of resolving decades of conflict among environmentalists, farmers, anglers and south-of-Delta water agencies over how the fragile estuary should be developed and how much water could be exported from its channels. Instead, the Delta Plan was met with a flurry of lawsuits reflecting objections from virtually all of the competing interests that depend on Delta water.

A key requirement of the legislation that authorized the Delta Plan is that it balance the “co-equal goals” of protecting the rich Delta environment and ensuring stable freshwater supplies for the south state – seemingly contradictory demands that have defined the state’s water battles for decades.

Several key complaints in the lawsuits centered on this requirement, albeit from different angles: . . . . . . . .

In a complex 73-page ruling, Kenny denied most of the claims. But he did side with environmentalists in a couple of ways that could complicate Brown’s tunnels plan. Most notably, Kenny said ..................

Saturday
May212016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Francisco Police Department, resignation, Chief Greg Suhr: Commentary (Willie Brown), "Suhr's biggest enemy turned out to be his City Hall 'friends'" .... 

* San Francisco Chronicle (Willie Brown):  "Suhr's biggest enemy turned out to be his City Hall 'friends'" - From the Chronicle:

San Francisco needs someone who can reform the Police Department. To do that, we’ll have to find someone who can stand up to City Hall.

The city needs to turn inward and look honestly at what brought us to the point where Greg Suhr, the most progressive, respected and beloved of all the chiefs I’ve known, was unable to change the SFPD — or the city policies that govern the department. Suhr tried, but he wound up standing alone, waiting for that group over at City Hall to join him. They’re never going to join him or any other chief, because these elected officials are never going to take any risk that could cost them so much as a single vote.

Suhr should have cut the elected leadership loose a long time ago. He should have been establishing himself as the people’s chief, like Bill Bratton in New York and L.A. Suhr, however, was a team player. And in this case, the team had him pay the price for a hope for peace.

Saturday
May212016

SACRAMENTO: Assembly District 43, "In this Glendale Assembly district, Armenian Americans could be the key"; Senate District 15, "Wealthy climate activist Tom Steyer spends heavily in California Senate race"; also, court ruling, Metropolitan Water District, "Judge: California delta land deal can move forward" .... 

 

***Various items relating to doings in and/or around the Capitol....

* San Francisco Chronicle (AP):  "Judge: California delta land deal can move forward"

* Los Angeles Times:  "In this Glendale Assembly district, Armenian Americans could be the key"

* Orange County Register (AP):  "Wealthy climate activist Tom Steyer spends heavily in California Senate race"

Saturday
May212016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Fresno): Fresno Police Department, officer-involved shootings?: "Lawyer: Fresno police shoot without fear of reprisal" ....

* Fresno Bee:  "Lawyer: Fresno police shoot without fear of reprisal" - From the Bee:

A prominent civil rights attorney is again taking aim at the Fresno Police Department, accusing Chief Jerry Dyer of allowing his officers to shoot people without fear of punishment.

“There have been over 90 officer-involved shootings in the past 10 years in Fresno, and not one officer has been disciplined for shooting a human being,” San Francisco attorney Arturo Gonzalez says in court papers in preparation for a civil rights trial in U.S. District Court in Fresno. Gonzalez says he can back up his claim; he has police reports and Internal Affairs documents of dozens of officer-involved shootings. But a lawyer for the Police Department says Gonzalez violated a court order by not destroying the documents.

Gonzalez represents the family of 48-year-old Veronica Lynn Canter, a mentally ill woman who was fatally shot by police in March 2014. He says the evidence shows two police officers busted through the front door of an apartment and killed her within five minutes of being dispatched to a call of a domestic disturbance. Police say Canter was shot after she armed herself with two knives and charged toward two officers inside her ex-boyfriend’s apartment near Bulldog Stadium.

Before the trial can begin, a hearing will be held May 27 to determine whether Gonzalez can use the documents he says show an “institutional problem” about the use of deadly force by Fresno police.

Santa Ana attorney Bruce Praet, who represents the Fresno Police Department, says the police documents are confidential and under a court protective order. In his motion, Praet wants . . . . . . . .

Gonzalez says the information is a public record because .................