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Monday
May022016

MEDIA: Gannett Co., Tribune Publishing: "Gannett asks Tribune Publishing shareholders to withhold support for directors"; "Gannett tells Tribune shareholders not to vote for board"; "Gannett pressures Tribune over takeover bid"; "Gannett to urge shareholders to withhold board slate vote" ....

Monday
May022016

AFTERNOON MEMOS: California budget, commentary (Dan Walters), "California budget flunks Moody's fiscal 'stress test'"; population growth/housing, "California sees popultaion growth while cities struggle to keep up with housing"; statewide mininum wage increase, "Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to use the mininum wage hike to steal California businesses" ....

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

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "California budget flunks Moody's fiscal 'stress test'"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to use the mininum wage hike to steal California businesses"

* Daily News:  "California sees population growth while cities struggle to keep up with housing"

Monday
May022016

POLITICS (New York): Former New York state legislators, tailored suits exchanged for prison jumpsuits: "From Albany to Prison: Ex-Lawmakers on Life Behind Bars" ....  

* New York Times:  "From Albany to Prison: Ex-Lawmakers on Life Behind Bars" - From the NYT:

Down the hall came Inmate No. 78764-053, a fist of a man diminished by the loss of the $2,500 suit and the $800 shoes he had just been forced to exchange for a jumpsuit, following a guard to his cell.

First night in federal prison, and he was already headed to solitary confinement, his case too notorious for him to mingle safely with the others. He remembers the cell being clammy and dark. It made him think of Rikers Island, where his father had been held after being arrested when Pedro was 11. But this was a few grades higher: the Metropolitan Detention Center, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a windowless cage looming over New York Bay. From the next cell came a voice, pricking him out of his numbness:  “Hey, Espada! Hang in there. You’re the senator, right?” the voice said. “My mother voted for you.”

Senator, he was: Pedro Espada Jr., once the third-most powerful man in New York State. And “senator” he remains — even today, three years into a five-year sentence for stealing money from a nonprofit.

There are a lot of “senators” in America’s federal prisons these days. In May, three more corrupt New York State lawmakers are expected to join the jumpsuited ranks, three more cautionary tales from a State Legislature with no apparent shortage of them.

There is . . . . . . . .

And then there is . . . . . . . .

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Outside, their names are synonymous with scandal. Inside, they command a measure of respect ..................

 

Monday
May022016

SACRAMENTO: Politics/water, "Judge refuses to halt Delta land sale to Southern California agency"; state regulation, medical marijuana, "California's gearing up to rein in medical marijuana"; elections, "Trump's message for California Republicans good news for Democrats" .... 

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

* Sacramento Bee:  "Judge refuses to halt Delta land sale to Southern Califorina agency"

* Orange County Register:  "California's gearing up to rein in medical marijuana"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Trump's message to California Republicans good news for Democrats"

Monday
May022016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: LACMTA, "Valley leaders defend Metro transit projects after others call for more"; South Bay (L.A. County), "Gardena's police chief offered city manager's job in narrow vote"; Long Beach, "Factions form for, against sales tax hike in Long Beach" .... 

***Various items relating to local issues/local government -- Los Angeles area....

* Daily News:  "Valley leaders defend Metro transit projects after others call for more"

* Daily Breeze:  "Gardena's police chief offered city manager's job in narrow vote"

* Long Beach Press-Telegram:  "Factions form for, against sales tax hike in Long Beach"