FROM Miguel Santana
Score One for LA Labor as Pension Reforms Are Rolled Back Eric Garcetti ran for Mayor of LA with a promise to restore services, including street and sidewalk repair, in part by reducing employee retirement costs. When he was on the City Council, he supported what are called “pension reforms,” but they were tossed out unanimously this week by the Employee Relations Board.
The Primary's Over, Prepare for the Runoff In May's runoff election for Mayor of Los Angeles, City Controller Wendy Greuel will face off against City Councilman Eric Garcetti . Both were opposed to Proposition A , the sales tax increase that went down to a sound defeat in yesterday's election. Garcetti, who touted his role in bringing about pension reform, spoke of a choice in the mayor's race "between someone who is going to be beholden to these [union] interests and somebody who can collaborate, step up and make the tough decisions to keep this city moving forward to balance the budget and to protect the city services we depend on." Greuel, who acknowledge the support of yet another union, assured voters, "That I will do my best to make sure that we can address our fiscal crisis. And that they will be at the table – they've got great ideas, they know better than anybody else how the city operates, and they are willing to sit at the table and negotiate." We discuss election results with a high-powered cadre of political pundits.
Los Angeles City Budget Crunch Mayor Villaraigosa will present what is promised to be a grim Los Angeles City budget next week, based, in part, on the latest report from the City Council's Chief Administrative Officer. Miguel Santana has warned of a $222 million shortfall next year, and expects that to almost double the year after that.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
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.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
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.