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Wednesday
Jun292016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: O.C., "'Fighter' Sharon Petrosino named O.C. public defender, overseeing one of county's largest law firms"; San Francisco, "North Beach tenant's rent increased from $1,800 to $8,000 a month"; Sacto. Reg. Transit, editorial, "Regional Transit trims some sweeteners from Mike Wiley's exit deal"; Burbank, "Morale low, lack of improvement felt within Burbank Police Deparment" ....

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

* Orange County Register:  "'Fighter' Sharon Petrosino named O.C. public defender, overseeing one of county's largest law firms"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "North Beach tenant's rent increased from $1,800 to $8,000 a month"

* Sacramento Bee (editorial):  "Regional Transit trims some sweeteners from Mike Wiley's exit deal"

* Los Angeles Times (Burbank leader):  "Morale low, lack of improvement felt within Burbank Police Department, survey shows"

Wednesday
Jun292016

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: White supremacist organizations, violence, "intellectual racism"?: "Violence in Sacramento shows old and new faces of white extremism"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Violence in Sacramento shows old and new faces of white extremism" - From the LAT:

The two groups at the center of a violent Sacramento rally that left at least seven people with stab wounds on the Capitol grounds Sunday represent a marriage of the past and future of white supremacist organizations, experts and law enforcement officials said.

The Traditionalist Worker Party is a white nationalist group emblematic of a surge in “intellectual racism” that has pervaded across extremist circles in the last decade. The group they held the rally in conjunction with -- the Golden State Skinheads -- are among California’s oldest, largest, and most violent white supremacist organizations, experts say.

 Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said the event seemed to follow a strategy used frequently by white power groups in recent years. The groups will often announce a rally, seemingly bait counter-demonstrators into violence, and then use video footage of the attacks as further evidence of the “white genocide” they use as a rallying call. The pattern was similar to an incident in Anaheim earlier this year, where three people were stabbed after protesters attacked a small band of Ku Klux Klan members.

“Their biggest kind of whine right now is the idea that white people are being subjected to genocide,” Mark Potok, editor of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report magazine, said of the violence in Anaheim. “That kind of video simply illustrates how white people and particularly white nationalists are under attack.” .....................

Wednesday
Jun292016

SACRAMENTO: California Public Utilities Commission, "reforms": Editorial, "Does California now have a utilities regulator it can trust"; also, commentary (Dan Walters), "Should 'ex parte' discussions with high officials be restricted?" ....

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Does California now have a utilities regulator it can trust?" - From the LAT:

It took a deadly gas pipe explosion and the largest methane leak in U.S. history, but Sacramento has finally agreed to make major changes to the state Public Utilities Commission. The goal is to rebuild Californians’ confidence that the regulatory agency is working for them, and not for the energy companies it is supposed to oversee.

While not as far-reaching as some would like, the reforms worked out by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators this week will go a long way toward addressing the persistent complaints that the PUC is too cozy with utility executives – and that consumers have paid the price in higher rates and compromised safety. Specifically, the deal puts more limits on private meetings between regulators and those who are trying to influence them, shifts the regulation of transportation companies to more appropriate agencies and makes PUC documents and meetings more accessible to the public .....................

***ALSO, Related:

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "Should 'ex parte' discussions with high officials be restricted?"

Wednesday
Jun292016

INTERNATIONAL: Britain, Brexit vote, EU meeting: "EU leders toughen line over British 'divorce'"; "A Blunt Message After 'Brexit': Bolting Will Carry a Heavy Price"; "Merkel warns against British 'deluding themselves' in departure from EU"; "Brexit: David Cameron returns to UK after EU meeting, 'last supper'" ....

Wednesday
Jun292016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): Oakland City Council, Port of Oakland, coal shipment?: "Oakland coal: A day after defeat, developer tone changes" ....

***Following up on earlier item noted here (Oakland City Council, Port of Oakland, ban on coal shipping, storage)....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Oakland coal: A day after defeat, developer tone changes" - From the Chronicle:

The Oakland City Council has made its move, effectively blocking a developer’s plan to ship massive amounts of coal from the city’s port.  Now, all eyes are on developer Phil Tagami and his project team, whose members repeatedly threatened to sue the city in what could become a costly, drawn-out court battle.

On Tuesday, the day after the City Council voted unanimously to bar the black fossil fuel from being stored or handled in the city’s port, Tagami’s business partner, Mark McClure, expressed hesitation when asked if his team was going to file a lawsuit. “We’re really committed to getting the project done,” McClure said. “That’s probably a more likely outcome than some big battle.”

It was a markedly different tone from what Tagami’s crew had been saying ..................