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Friday
Dec152017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Los Angeles, "Bel Air wrestles with homeless crisis after encampment fire destroys multimillion-dollar homes"; San Diego, South Bay (L.A. County), "Manhattan Beach city manager placed on paid administrative leave"; "D.A. agrees to return $290,000 seized from marijuana business"; OC, "After decades in the shadows, O.C. liberal activists take center stage" ....

***Various items relating to local issues/local government, in and around Southern California....

Los Angeles Times: "Bel-Air wrestles with homeless crisis after encampment fire destroys multimillion-dollar homes"

* San Diego Union-Tribune:  "D.A. agrees to return $290,000 seized from marijuana business"

* Daily Breeze:  "Manhattan Beach city manager placed on paid administrative leave"

***ALSO:

* Orange County Register:  "After decades in the shadows, O.C. liberal activists take center stage"

Friday
Dec152017

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS (Los Angeles): Los Angeles, "city of extremes"?: Commentary (Steve Lopez), "Bel Air fire displays L.A.'s extremes of wealth and misery" ....

***Los Angeles, "city of extremes"?

* Los Angeles Times (Steve Lopez):  "Bel Air fire displays L.A.'s extremes of wealth and misery" - From the LAT:"

Sunbaked and wind-battered Los Angeles, blessed and burdened city of extremes, is home to those with everything and those with nothing. Last week, the two worlds intersected when a cooking fire at a homeless encampment destroyed six homes and damaged a dozen others in Bel-Air, where affluent residents complain now and then about the scale of colossal estates that dwarf their own mansions.

There has to be meaning in this, or it wouldn’t play so much like a parable. Was it a warning, a reckoning, a call to action? What does it say about Los Angeles and how should we respond? ..................

Friday
Dec152017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, 2016 election, Russian interference, "intelligence" briefings?: Report/analysis, "Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked" ....

***President Donald Trump, 2016 election, Russian interference, "intelligence" briefings?

* Washington Post (Greg Miller, Gref Jaffe, Philip Rucker):  "Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked" - From the Washington Post:

In the final days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, members of his inner circle pleaded with him to acknowledge publicly what U.S. intelligence agencies had already concluded — that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was real.

Holding impromptu interventions in Trump’s 26th-floor corner office at Trump Tower, advisers — including Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and designated chief of staff, Reince Priebus — prodded the president-elect to accept the findings that the nation’s spy chiefs had personally presented to him on Jan. 6. They sought to convince Trump that he could affirm the validity of the intelligence without diminishing his electoral win, according to three officials involved in the sessions. More important, they said that doing so was the only way to put the matter behind him politically and free him to pursue his goal of closer ties with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin. “This was part of the normalization process,” one participant said. “There was a big effort to get him to be a standard president.”

But as aides persisted, Trump became agitated. He railed that the intelligence couldn’t be trusted and scoffed at the suggestion that his candidacy had been propelled by forces other than his own strategy, message and charisma. Told that members of his incoming Cabinet had already publicly backed the intelligence report on Russia, Trump shot back, “So what?” Admitting that the Kremlin had hacked Democratic Party emails, he said, was a “trap.”

As Trump addressed journalists on Jan. 11 in the lobby of Trump Tower, he came as close as he ever would to grudging acceptance. “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,” he said, adding that “we also get hacked by other countries and other people.” As hedged as those words were, Trump regretted them almost immediately. “It’s not me,” he said to aides afterward. “It wasn’t right.”

Nearly a year into his presidency, Trump continues to reject the evidence that Russia waged an assault on a pillar of American democracy and supported his run for the White House ....................

Friday
Dec152017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (San Francisco): Death of S.F. Mayor Ed Lee: "San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies unexpectedly at 65"; "Ed Lee, San Francisco mayor who tried to take the city's tech boom, dies at 65"; "San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee leaves behind city in turmoil"; also, "Supervisor London Breed, raised in S.F. public housing, takes reins as acting mayor" ....

***Sampling of coverage, death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee....

* POLITICO:  "San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies unexpectedly at 65"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Ed Lee, San Francisco mayor who tried to tame the city's tech boom, dies at 65"

* Sacramento Bee (AP):  "San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee leaves behind city in turmoil"

***ALSO:

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Supervisor London Breed, raised in S.F. public housing, takes reins as acting mayor"

Friday
Dec152017

POLITICS (National, Local/Los Angeles): Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a national stage?: Commentary (Jon Regardie), "Why Eric Garcetti Should Run for President. And Why He Shouldn't"; report/analysis, "A Rite of Passage for a Los Angeles Mayor: A Natural Disaster" ....

***Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a national stage?

* Downtown News ("The Regardie Report" - Jon Regardie):  "Why Eric Garcetti Should Run for President. And Why He Shouldn't"

* New York Times (Adam Nagourney):  "A Rite of Passage for a Los Angeles Mayor: A Natural Disaster"