Index
Friday
Dec022016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: San Francisco, "S.F. police union's ad slamming proposed gun policy draws criticism"; Palm Springs, "Palm Springs passes wide-range of restrictions on vacation rentals"; Silicon Valley, "Facebook commits $20 million for affordable housing, other assistance"; Glendale, "City, school officials explain new voting districts to residents at town hall meeting" .... 

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

* KPCC:  "Palm Springs passes wide-range of restrictions on vacation rentals"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "S.F. police union's ad slamming proposed gun policy draws criticism"

* Los Angeles Times (Glendale News-Press):  "City, school officials explain new voting districts to residents at town hall meeting"

* Mercury News:  "Facebook commits $20 million for affordable housing, other assistance"

Friday
Dec022016

POLITICS (National, State): Gov. Jerry Brown, Rep. Xavier Becerra, President-elect Donald Trump: Commentary (Opinion L.A. -- Mariel Garza), "A reliable, respectable (and surprising) pick for the next California attorney general"; analysis, "California's brewing battles with Trump get a new face"; editorial, "Brown picks Becerra, draws a line against Trump" ....

***Governor Jerry Brown, Rep. Xavier Becerra, President-elect Donald Trump....

* Los Angeles Times (Opinion L.A. -- Mariel Garza):  "A reliable, respectable (and surprising) pick for the next California attorney general"

* POLITICO (Carla Marinucci):  "California's brewing battles with Trump get a new face"

* Sacramento Bee (editorial):  "Brown picks Becerra, draws a line against Trump"

Friday
Dec022016

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS (Bay Area): Bay Area, low-income communities, socio-economic disparities, "resegregation"?: "Report: Racial, economic disparities have led to Bay Area's 'resegregation'" ....  

* East Bay Times:  "Report: Racial, economic dispariities have led to Bay Area's 'resegregation'" - From the EBT:

The Bay Area’s black population experienced a dramatic migration into outer suburban parts of the region over a 14-year span, the result of the rising cost of living in inner regions, according to a new report by the Oakland nonprofit Urban Habitat. An estimated 22,000 black residents — about the population of Millbrae — left the Bay Area altogether during that time period, according to the report, which analyzed data in 11 counties between 2000 and 2014.

The report aims to highlight the socio-economic disparities that have led to a “resegregation” of the Bay Area, according to the group, as people of color migrate to more affordable pockets of the region. But in these new, distant places — such as Antioch and Stockton — residents also encounter difficulties finding quality jobs and schools, decent affordable housing, public transportation and adequate social services.

It’s the latest analysis depicting a decades-long trend plaguing low-income communities of color, in which thousands of residents are being pushed out of the Bay Area’s inner core into once-remote suburban areas where housing is cheaper, but resources are often few and far between .....................

Friday
Dec022016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Francisco charity, "Helpers Community Inc.," questionable practices?: "A fashionable San Francisco charity's ugly reality" ....  

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "A fashionable San Francisco charity's ugly reality" - From the Chronicle:

San Francisco socialite Joy Venturini Bianchi has long been a striking presence among the city’s elite, soliciting donations and earning accolades from fashion icons, philanthropists and politicians for the cause she says propels her: helping people with developmental disabilities. At a recent VIP fundraiser at Ghirardelli Square, Bianchi, 78, beamed in a silver-sequined dress and her signature oversized eyeglasses as she received a state Senate resolution honoring her “outstanding community service” and “high business ethics.”

Yet some donors to Bianchi’s 60-year-old charity have struggled with concerns that their donations were misused, raising doubts they said were never resolved.

A Chronicle examination of the public financial records of Helpers Community Inc. — known until 2015 as Helpers of the Mentally Retarded — shows the $6 million charity indeed appears to have strayed from its cause, pursuing questionable practices with scant oversight from a small board that includes its director, Bianchi, and her longtime friend.

Over the last decade, filings to the Internal Revenue Service reveal the nonprofit has done little charitable work while amassing millions of dollars in assets and donations and generously compensating Bianchi, whose work includes attending red-carpet galas from Beverly Hills to Manhattan where she appears alongside celebrities such as Demi Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow and Katy Perry.

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Five accounting experts and a former bookkeeper for Helpers, who reviewed 18 years of the charity’s financial disclosures to the IRS at The Chronicle’s request, questioned Helpers’ legitimacy as a nonprofit and cautioned future donors about contributing .......................

Friday
Dec022016

SACRAMENTO: Gov. Jerry Brown, Rep. Xavier Becerra: "How Jerry Bropwn came to appoint Xavier Becerra as attorney general" ....

***Following up on most recent earlier item noted here (Gov. Jerry Brown, Rep. Xavier Becerra, interim California Attorney General)....

* Sacramento Bee:  "How Jerry Brown came to appoint Xavier Becerra as attorney general" - From the Bee:

Gov. Jerry Brown’s surprise selection of Democrat Xavier Becerra for state attorney general came into sharper focus after the election of Donald Trump as president – when administration officials said they saw the veteran congressman as more likely to accept the position.

While Brown aides began pursuing Becerra after Trump’s win on Nov. 8, putting him on the short list of top contenders, it wasn’t until this week that Becerra began talking with the governor himself, whom he did not know well. A Brown official, speaking on background, said it was those conversations, in which Becerra was able to convey a level of smarts and political savvy reflected in his resume, that convinced Brown he was right for the job.

Though Brown could have made his decision when U.S. Sen.-elect Kamala Harris formally leaves the attorney general’s office, congressional leadership wrangling essentially meant the governor had to move more quickly. Becerra, preparing to vie for the top Democratic post on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, would have needed to begin whipping votes from colleagues.

Brown announced his choice Thursday ............