FROM Larry Agran
More Casualties in California's War over Public Money Governor Brown persuaded the Legislature to abolish local redevelopment agencies, so their $5 billion in taxes could go to public schools. But redevelopment was part of ambitious plans for other public projects all over the state. Today, a judge in Sacramento upheld the Governor's decision that the City of Irvine can't have $1.4 billion in tax revenues, planned for turning the former El Toro Marine Base into the Great Park . Irvine is not alone among cities trying to keep some of the tax money that went to the now defunct redevelopment agencies.
A Southern California Summer without Nuclear Power? At San Onofre , on the coast near the boundary of Orange and San Diego Counties, both nuclear generators have been shut down since January. On a high-profile visit with US Senator Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission , Gregory Jaczko, said they won't be started again until what he calls "a very serious" issue has been resolved. That means nine percent of the power in the LA region and 20 percent in San Diego won't be available if there's a summer heat wave.
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."
The airline electronics ban and what it means President Trump's Department of Homeland Security has banned all electronic devices larger than cell phones on some foreign airlines flying direct to the US. It's causing confusion as well as inconvenience. Is the motive really just increased security?
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?