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Saturday
Apr092016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Francisco, homeless encampments, Mayor Ed Lee: Commentary (Matier & Ross), "S.F. mayor plans crackdown on homeless camps citywide" ....

* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross):  "S.F. mayor plans crackdown on homeless camps citywide" - From the Chronicle:

In the wake of the fatal police shooting of a homeless man on Shotwell Street in the Mission District, San Francisco MayorEd Lee is declaring all homeless tent encampments to be safety hazards and has ordered his department heads to draw up plans for a systematic citywide takedown policy.

“Once the various investigations have finished collecting evidence and completed their interviews of witnesses, I will be ordering the Shotwell camp to be taken down and for it not to come back,” Lee told us. “It is also time to focus on why the police were called to the scene in the first place,” Lee said, declaring that the city needs to deal with camps where some people are carrying weapons.

People living near the camp on Shotwell between 18th and 19th streets told a Chronicle reporter that 45-year-old Luis Gongora had been living on the street there for several months before he was shot by police Thursday. Police and witnesses agreed that Gongora had a kitchen knife when officers arrived, but disagree on whether he was a threat to officers. Two officers fired seven rounds at Gongora shortly after shooting four less-lethal beanbags at him.

It was the second time this year that law enforcement officers were in a confrontation with a homeless person wielding a knife at an encampment in San Francisco. In February, a California Highway Patrol officer was stabbed in the neck and badly injured, allegedly by a homeless man living in an encampment near the Bay Bridge.

“It’s not just that people do not feel safe around the camps — they aren’t safe,” Lee said .....................

Saturday
Apr092016

MORNING MEMOS: Bay Area, commentary (Willie Brown), Rose Pak bounces back, gets a street in her name"; L.A. County, editorial, "Let the ruling stand on the L.A. County seal cross"; environment, "Aliso Canyon gas field to remain stalled another year, PUC exec says"; legal, "Arbitrator dismisses Joe Dunn's lawsuit against State Bar of California" ....  

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

* San Francisco Chronicle (Willie Brown):  "Rose Pak bounces back, gets a street in her name"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Arbitrator dismisses Joe Dunn's lawsuit against State Bar of California"

* KPCC:  "Aliso Canyon gas field to remain stalled another year, PUC exec says"

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Let the ruling stand on the L.A. County seal cross"

Saturday
Apr092016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Port of L.A., "BNSF Railway says firm may cancel Wilmington rail yard after judge's ruling"; Bay Area, "Peskin calls for halt to SFPUC sale of spare parts"; L.A. City Hall, "Krekorian recall drive begins; spark was Marilyn Monroe house razing"; LACMTA, "Transforming Union Station from a transit hub to an urban destination" .... 

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

* MyNewsLA:  "Krekorian recall drive begins; spark was Marilyn Monroe house razing"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Peskin calls for halt to SFPUC sale of spare parts"

* Long Beach Press-Telegram:  "BNSF Railway says firm may cancel Wilmington rail yard after judge's ruling"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Transforming Union Station from a transit hub to an urban destination"

Saturday
Apr092016

POLITICS/EDUCATION: California State University, details, agreement, faculty pay raise: "CSU, faculty reach deal on pay raises, avert 5-day strike"; "Deal to end Cal State strike gives faculty a 10.5% raise over three years"; "CSU faculty will receive 10.5 percent raise over next two years" ....

***California State University, agreement, faculty pay raise....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Deal to end Cal State strike gives faculty a 10.5% raise over three years"

* Sacramento Bee:  "CSU faculty will receive 10.5 percent raise over next two years"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "CSU, faculty reach deal on pay raises, avert 5-day strike"

Saturday
Apr092016

POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION: California high-speed rail project, possible routes, Bakersfield to Anaheim?: "State releases new details on posible bullet train routes" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "State releases new details on possible bullet train routes" - From the LAT:

The California rail authority released four voluminous reports Friday on proposed alternatives for bullet train routes from Bakersfield to Anaheim — providing new details on how the train would traverse the Southern California mountains, cut through downtown Los Angeles, enter Union Station and reach Orange County. The roughly 164 miles of track from the Central Valley to Anaheim will be the most technically complex, environmentally sensitive and financially taxing part of the $64-billion project to connect San Francisco to Southern California by 2029.

Among the key disclosures in the reports was a plan to enter Union Station with surface tracks, abandoning an option to arrive at the rail hub on a viaduct with an elevated platform. The state also revealed that it was considering sharing tracks with the Metrolink commuter rail service on a portion of the 12-mile stretch from Burbank to Los Angeles — which could affect the bullet train system's capacity and speed.

The documents also deal with the impacts to potentially thousands of homes, hundreds of businesses and dozens of churches — as well as parks, wind farms, cement factories, hospitals, wildlife and archaeological resources along the proposed routes.

The four analyses constitute an intermediate step; still to come is the release of a draft environmental impact report that would identify the preferred routes ......................