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.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.