Index
Tuesday
Nov102015

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Ride-sharing/ride-hailing services, short-term rentals, new economy/new business models: "Airbnb, Uber: 'We are the saviors of the middle class'" ....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Airbnb, Uber: 'We are the saviors of the middle class'" - From the Chronicle:

Airbnb and Uber, two of the most valuable and controversial U.S. startups, have disrupted established industries — hotels and taxis, respectively. Now the two San Francisco companies are renewing efforts to disrupt politics with unprecedented campaigns to position themselves as champions of working folks, while influencing legislation that favors their business models.

"Our community represents a significant voting bloc, a voting bloc that is growing; it’s a formidable constituency,” said Chris Lehane, Airbnb head of global public policy, last Wednesday, the day after the defeat of San Francisco’s Proposition F, which would have curtailed Airbnb’s business of residential rentals for travelers.

Now Airbnb is launching a political crusade, he said, providing money and resources for its hosts and guests to organize into city-based guilds to lobby on its behalf, aiming to have 100 such clubs worldwide by late 2016. The campaign against Prop. F provided the impetus. “San Francisco is where our community evolved into a movement, where hosts and guests organized to become a political force,” Lehane said.

A day earlier, Uber’s David Plouffe, who has kept a low profile since leaving his post as senior vice president for policy and strategy to become an Uber board member and “chief advisor,” gave a major talk in Washington, D.C., appearing to chart a new course for the company’s image: savior of the struggling middle class.

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The two seasoned Democratic operatives — Plouffe was Barack Obama’s campaign manager, and Lehane was a top advisor to Bill Clinton and Al Gore — appear to be reading from the same playbook in casting their companies as populist movements to help struggling average Americans. The underlying refrain is that Uber and Airbnb are so beneficial that lawmakers would be short-sighted to rein them in .....................

Tuesday
Nov102015

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Police Commission: "Shootings by LAPD double in 'alarming' trend, police commission president says" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Shootings by LAPD double in 'alarming' trend, police commission president says" - From the LAT:

The new president of the Los Angeles Police Commission called Tuesday for improvements in the way the LAPD polices the city, citing what he called an "alarming" rise in shootings by officers and a "crisis of confidence" in the department among the city's minority residents.

President Matt Johnson unveiled a road map for the LAPD that focused on two key goals: reducing L.A.'s rising crime and the instances in which officers use force. To accomplish that, Johnson requested an extensive analysis of incidents when LAPD officers have used force and how that compares to other major police departments. He has also asked for reviews of the LAPD's new body cameras, training and less-lethal equipment, like Tasers and bean-bag shotguns. Johnson said he hoped the information presented in the reports would "guide us how and where we can improve the department."

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Johnson, the city's newest police commissioner, joined the civilian board nearly two months ago and was elected its president. At his first meeting, he said he intended to set forth specific goals after hearing from the public and police officers about the LAPD ..................

Tuesday
Nov102015

AFTERNOON MEMOS: Immigration, healthcare, "Half of immigrants in state illegally could be eligible for Medi-Cal expansion, study funds"; Los Angeles, 2024 Olympics, "Quake protection looms large in L.A. Coliseum bid for 2024 Olympics"; water, "Southern California water agency moves ahead on Delta land purchase"; legal, "'Shrimp Boy' depicted as ruthless killer, wise leader as trial opens" ....  

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

* Los Angeles Times:  "Half of immigrants in state illegally could be eligible for Medi-Cal expansion, study finds"

* Orange County Register (AP):  "Quake protection looms large in L.A. Coliseum bid for 2024 Olympics"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "'Shrimp Boy' depicted as ruthless killer, wise leader as trial opens"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Southern California water agency moves ahead on Delta land purchase"

Tuesday
Nov102015

SACRAMENTO: Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity, State Integrity Investigation: "California gets C-Minus for integrity" ....  

* Capitol Weekly:  "California gets C-Minus for integrity" - From Capitol Weekly:

One night in March 2014, state Senator Leland Yee stood before a fancy dinner thrown in San Francisco by the Society of Professional Journalists to receive the Public Official Award — for a second time. Yee, a San Francisco Democrat running for secretary of state, was saluted for “his courage to oppose his own Democratic Party leaders and the governor in 2013 with public criticism of efforts to weaken the California Public Records Act by loosening disclosure requirements for local governments.”

A week later, Yee, wearing handcuffs, appeared in federal court, accused of taking bribes from FBI agents, political racketeering and even running guns in the Philippines. On July 1, 2015, Yee, 66, pleaded guilty.

Given California's failing grade -- F -- for public access to information, perhaps it's fitting that one of the few legislators willing to stand up for open records in Califorina was living a secret criminal life and faces the possibility of a lengthy term in federal prison.  Yet despite Yee's troubles the overall picture suggests California takes accountability and transparency relatively seriously. The Golden State achieved a score of 73, or a C-, in the State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of state government accountability and transparency by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity.  The score placed the nation's most populous state second only to Alaska, the fourth-least populous.

Among the 13 individual categories, California had its highest score for ..................

Tuesday
Nov102015

POLITICS (National, State): Former California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, new job, president, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis: "It's not California governoship, but Neel Kashkari finds a job" ....

* Sacramento Bee:  "It's not California governorship, but Neel Kashkari finds a job" - From the Bee:

Failed gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari has a new job.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on Tuesday named Kashkari its next president and chief executive officer. The 42-year-old Republican will take over on Jan. 1. The bank is one of 12 regional banks of the Federal Reserve System.

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Kashkari, a former Goldman Sachs executive and U.S. Treasury Department official, was trounced in California’s gubernatorial race last year by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown ......