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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?