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SACRAMENTO: Service Employees International Union, Local 1000, December 5 strike?: "Brown admnistration warns of discipline for employees who strike next week" ....

***Following up on earlier items noted here (SEIU Local 1000, December 5, one-day strike?)....

* Sacramento Bee (The State Worker):  "Brown administration warns of discipline for employees who strike next week" - From the Bee:

California officials are pushing back on SEIU Local 1000’s plans for a one-day strike next week, warning employees that they could be subject to disciplinary action if they participate in what the state regards as an unlawful walkout.

At least one public agency sent out a memo Tuesday, a week after California’s largest union of state employees announced that it would picket on Dec. 5 amid ongoing contract negotiations, stating that “job actions such as work stoppages, strikes and sickouts are expressly prohibited by every contract between the State and exclusive bargaining representatives.”

“You are permitted to participate in informational picketing if you are doing so on your own time (e.g. before or after work, or if you have been approved for leave),” the California Department of Transportation wrote in the memo. But “employees who participate in an illegal job action,” it continued, “may be subject to disciplinary action, which may include time recorded as absence without leave.” State employees who are considered absent without leave, whether voluntary or involuntary, for five consecutive days are “automatically resigned” from service.

Joe DeAnda, spokesman for the California Department of Human Resources, said the state issued guidance this week to departments on how to communicate with employees about the possible strike. He did not have further comment about Caltrans’ memo, but said it reflected what Cal HR told other agencies ...................


POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: South Coast Air Quality Management District: "Air quality agency moves to stop metal plants accused of polluting Paramount with cancer-causing emissions" .... 

* Los Angeles Times:  "Air quality agency moves to stop metal plants accused of polluting Paramount with cancer-causing emissions" - From the LAT:

Air quality officials are taking enforcement action against two metal-processing plants they believe are contributing to alarming levels of cancer-causing hexavalent chromium discovered recently in Paramount.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District filed for an administrative order Tuesday against Aerocraft Heat Treating Co. and Anaplex Corp. to force them to cease operations or take steps to stop violating pollution and public nuisance rules.

The filing accuses the two facilities of . . . . . . . .

In a separate violation notice Tuesday, the air quality agency also cited Anaplex, a metal-processing and finishing facility, for endangering public health by discharging hexavalent chromium and for altering, installing and operating equipment without permission.

The violations were uncovered during a recent investigation of more than 20 facilities in the city southeast of Los Angeles. The agency expects to have results from its investigation of Aerocraft in the next few days ................


POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Homeownership, home prices?: "Southern California home prices jump. U.S. value surpass bubble-era peak" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Southern California home prices jump, U.S. values surpass bubble-era peak" - From the LAT:

Southern California home prices jumped last month, but sales flatlined in a region where homeownership is increasingly out of reach for the middle class. The six-county region’s median price rose 6.9% from a year earlier to $465,000 in October, real estate firm CoreLogic said Tuesday. Sales inched up 0.3%.

Prices in Southern California and across the nation have risen steadily in recent years – a result of an improving economy, rock-bottom mortgage rates and a shortage of homes for sale. Nationwide, prices have now surpassed their bubble peak in 2006, not adjusted for inflation, according to the closely followed Case- Shiller index, also released Tuesday. That gauge lags behind other home price indicators but is widely considered the most reliable read on home values. In the Los Angeles metro region, which includes Orange County, prices in September jumped 5.9% and are now 7.8% below their bubble peak, Case-Shiller data show.

The price surge has locked many first time buyers out of the market. But it has been a boon to owners, many of whom regained equity after being underwater on their mortgages following the Great Recession crash. 

The gains have been seen across Southern California, though inland areas remain farther behind . . . . . . . .


The sustained price gains have real estate agents, buyers and sellers wondering how long the hot market can continue ................


POLITICS (National): Nazi salutes/white supremacy/white nationalists/alt-right movement?: Report/analysis, "The 'alt-right' splinters as supporters and critics agree it was white supremacy all along" ....  

* Los Angeles Times (Matt Pearce):  "The 'alt-right' splinters as supporters and critics agree it was white supremacy all along" - From the LAT:

When people start throwing Nazi salutes in public, it has a way of clarifying where everybody stands.

The loosely defined “alt-right” movement — made up of social-media-savvy white supremacists, neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, misogynists and other fringe figures who supported Donald Trump’s election — has splintered in recent weeks as less hard-core supporters distance themselves from the term. At the same time, critics and media outlets have moved to avoid using the phrase “alt-right,” saying it’s a deceptive new term for old far-right ideologies that have traditionally been shunned in American public life.

And among die-hard fascists, the writing is on the wall.

“The alt-right is and has always been the same thing as it is right now – a white identity movement,” Andrew Anglin wrote at the Daily Stormer, a popular neo-Nazi site. “Looks like we finally have this term for ourselves. Finally.”

The shift came after a meeting of white nationalists inside the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington on Nov. 19, where members threw Nazi salutes and shouted, “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!” The man they were saluting was the white nationalist who coined the term “alternative right,” Richard Spencer, who had just given an anti-Semitic speech in which he quoted Nazi propaganda and called the United States a “white country.” One white nationalist called it “the Heil Heard Around the World.” Coverage of the Nazi salutes went viral, and public reaction was severe.


Among the alt-right’s less hard-core associates, the coverage of the Nazi salutes has been like a light suddenly turned on in a dark room. They scattered, issuing clarifications and recriminations along the way ..................


SPORTS (Major League Baseball): MLB, new collective bargaining agreement?: "Highlighting the major issues that could hang over the next labor deal"; "MLB CBA: What are the issues and what will happen if there's a lockout?"; "Deadline looms for baseball players and owners to reach labor agreement"; "MLB officials cautiously optimistic they'll beat deadline for new CBA" ....