Index
Monday
Aug102015

LOCAL GOVERNMENT/AVIATION: Ontario, management/control of Ontario International Airport, commentary (Dan Walters): "Ontario airport's transition is chance to think big" ....

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "Ontario airport's transition is chance to think big" - From the Bee:

So, Ontario is getting its airport back. What now?

The small San Bernardino County city built the airport as World War II was beginning, allowed it to be used as a military training base during the war and resumed civilian traffic afterward. Two decades later, Ontario ceded management control to the city of Los Angeles and later turned over ownership. By and by, Los Angeles invested millions of dollars in two large new terminals, with contingency plans to build two more, replacing the decrepit, World War II-vintage facilities it inherited.

Traffic reached 7.2 million passengers in 2007, most of them via Southwest Airlines, but as recession hammered the Inland Empire, flights and passengers plummeted, the latter to as low as 4.2 million.

Ontario International’s decline has sparked years of acrimonious exchanges over the decline’s causes and effects. Ontario blamed it on promotional neglect by the Los Angeles airport system, violating an agreement to promote regional airport use, while Los Angeles blamed it on the recession. Ontario – the city – formed an Ontario International Airport Authority and began campaigning to resume ownership, including a lawsuit alleging mismanagement that was to go to trial this month.

Last week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Ontario officials announced a deal that would return the airport to local ownership. But Ontario will have to reimburse Los Angeles for the money it has invested in the airport, which means it will begin business in a financial hole, with airline and passenger traffic still well below capacity.

The Inland Empire’s economic recovery is still slow, and Ontario International will no longer have marketing help from Los Angeles’ airport system, so it faces a stiff challenge to achieve prosperity. It will need some creative management, and one solution to its dilemma may lie 100 miles south via Interstate 15 ....................

Monday
Aug102015

POLITICS/EDUCATION: State Bar of California, oversight, unaccredited law schools: "State bar urged to require unaccredited law schools to disclose graduation, dropout rates" ....

***Following up on earlier item noted here (unaccredited law schools, California)....

* Los Angeles Times:  "State bar urged to require unaccredited law schools to disclose graduation, dropout rates" - From the LAT:

Legislators and legal experts are urging California bar officials to require the state's unaccredited law schools to be more transparent to give prospective students a better idea of their chances of becoming an attorney. The proposed changes, which include the disclosure of such information as dropout rates and alumni employment, would mirror similar changes made by nationally accredited law schools such as UCLA and USC.

The proposals come after a Times investigation last month showed that nearly 9 out of 10 students at those schools dropped out before their final year of study. About 1 in 5 unaccredited law school students who finish these programs pass the bar each year, according to state statistics.

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Currently, the state's 22 unaccredited law schools are not required to disclose the number of graduates who get jobs in the legal field. The schools report the number of dropouts in annual reports to the state bar that are available only upon request and not readily available to the public.

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State bar officials, who oversee unaccredited law schools, are considering rules to require these schools to meet more academic standards within a decade, including maintaining a 40% bar passage rate over five years. The proposed regulations, however, do not include graduation and dropout rates, among other things. Patti White, chairwoman of the state committee of bar examiners, said she is unsure when such proposals could go into effect ..................

Monday
Aug102015

POLITICS (State, Local/San Diego): California Coastal Commission, preservation, lodging affordability along California coast: "Commission still trying to preserve affordable lodging along California coast" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Commission still trying to preserve affordable lodgingn along California coast" - From the LAT:

When the Hotel del Coronado won state approval in 2010 to add 144 rooms, owners of the luxury ocean-view resort agreed to write a check for more than $1 million so that less well-heeled vacationers could afford an overnight stay on the coast — in a hostel. Five years later, that hostel has yet to be built, but the California Coastal Commission is still trying, as it has for four decades, to enforce a little-known mandate that everyone, regardless of income, is entitled to affordable lodging along the coast.

Though the commission is widely known for its well-publicized efforts to safeguard the public's access to the water — be it a bayfront promenade in San Diego or a walkway to the beach fronting celebrity-owned homes in Malibu — its mission to preserve affordability has largely flown under the radar.

That long-standing policy will be front and center this week when the commission takes up plans for a 175-room hotel overlooking a marina on Harbor Island. Located on public tidelands, the $30-million project is part of a larger initiative by the Port of San Diego to redevelop the eastern end of the peninsula with 500 hotel rooms, a source of concern among coastal commissioners.

The sticking point remains the same: The overall proposal fails to offer strong-enough guarantees that there will be lower-cost accommodations once the eastern part of Harbor Island is built out with new, possibly upscale hotels, the commission staff asserts. It is recommending denial ........................

Sunday
Aug092015

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Northern Calif.; Southern Calif.): County of Los Angeles, editorial, "Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital: A failed promise renewed"; Orange County, "Anaheim Councilwoman Criticized for Trip With Disneyland Lobbyist"; San Francisco, "Longtime S.F. tenants fight city move to remodel their apartments"; San Jose, "River goes dry in San Jose" .... 

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

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital: A failed promise renewed"

* San Francisco Chronicle (Heather Knight):  "Longtime S.F. tenants fight city move to remodel their apartments"

* Voice of OC:  "Anaheim Councilwoman Criticized for Trip With Disneyland Lobbyist"

* San Jose Mercury News:  "River goes dry in San Jose"

Sunday
Aug092015

INTERNATIONAL: North Korea, creation of its own time zone: "North Korea to Move 30 Minutes Backward to Create Its Own Time Zone"; also, "North Korea sets clock back 30 minutes creating itw own time zone"; "North Korean's new time zone to break from 'imperialism'"; "North Korea's time new time zone is perfectly bizarre" ....