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LAUSD School Board member Schmerelson goes his own way on Beutner’s handling of strike: ‘I couldn’t keep quiet anymore’

A Los Angeles Unified School District board member representing the West San Fernando Valley criticized Superintendent Austin Beutner’s handling of this week’s massive strike, arguing there is more money to fulfill some of the teachers’ contract demands in what has become the first walkout in the giant school system in 30 years. Board member Scott Schmerelson issued a statement this week pledging his support to teachers on the picket lines. It highlighted the rift on the school board among those...
Tags: School, News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, City Hall, McKenna, Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, School Board, Scott Schmerelson

Who could benefit when biggest utility falls apart?

If there’s one classic line in the controversial movie “Vice,” it probably comes early in the film, when then-Vice President Richard Cheney is portrayed thinking about the World Trade Center attacks of 9-11 as “an opportunity,” rather than a tragedy. So it might be today in California, where tragedies partly of its own making afflict the state’s largest utility, whose chief executive has left the firm just when it says it will declare bankruptcy. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. faces as much as $29 b...
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No, the government shutdown isn’t a ‘crisis’

This government shutdown is now longer than any in history. The media keep using the word “crisis.” “Shutdown sows chaos, confusion and anxiety!” says The Washington Post. “Pain spreads widely.” The New York Times headlined, it’s all “just too much!” But wait. Looking around America, I see people going about their business — families eating in restaurants, employees going to work, children playing in playgrounds, etc. I have to ask: Where’s the crisis? Pundits talk as if government is the most i...
Tags: England, Congress, California, Washington Post, Opinion, Washington, La, America, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, Fda, Tsa, Lausd

Lawmakers here today, gone to Maui

As November and its slight autumnal chill — along with whipping Santa Ana winds, and  huge wildfires in the north and the south — descends upon California every year, a state legislator’s mind turns to … well, naturally, to the Hawaiian island of Maui. That’s where 10 members of the California Assembly and two state senators gathered this past November along with some of the state’s top power company officials at the Fairmont Kea Lani resort. It was four days of mai tais, long walks on the beach...
Tags: California, Opinion, La, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Editorials, New York Times, Lausd, Jerry Brown, Republican National Committee, Malibu, Consumer Watchdog, Gavin Newsom, Maui

The LA teachers strike is actually a win for charter schools and students

Since January 14, Los Angeles teachers have been on strike—calling for higher salaries, smaller class sizes, increased support staff, and caps on charter schools. They could very well get what they’re demanding, but it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, LA’s students and charter schools will come out ahead. The United Teachers of Los Angeles union (UTLA) demands would cost $880 million, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). This is funding that Superintendent Austin B...
Tags: California, Opinion, La, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, New Orleans, Lausd, Louisiana, Stanford University, Gavin Newsom, Tulsi Gabbard, Austin Beutner, California California, Newsom

Like Dr. King and Cesar Chavez, striking LAUSD teachers are fighting for justice

We stand with the striking teachers. The 33,000 teachers of Los Angeles are fighting for the 500,000 students they serve. And the Los Angeles community should stand with them, too. This weekend, we commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who sacrificed his life for the sake of “we the people of the United States.” 50 years ago, in 1968, we stood with Memphis Sanitation Workers who launched a strike for justice and dignity. In 1965, we stood with the Delano farm workers wh...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Lausd, Martin Luther King Jr, Gavin Newsom, Cesar Chavez, Delano, Mahatma Gandhi, Tulsi Gabbard, Newsom, Dolores Huerta, United Farm Workers of America

California’s proposed water tax: Gavin Newsom’s trickle down economics

Less than a month into newly minted California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s term, the Golden State has been inundated with a series of rain storms. Most people peeked up at the droplets and thought of impending mudslides, road closures and traffic jams. Not Gavin Newsom. Nope. California’s new governor looked at the rainfall and saw millions of dollars in uncollected water taxes going right down the drain. In one of his first moves as chief executive, Newsom declared that he wants to tax the state’s drin...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Beverly Hills, Central Valley, Gavin Newsom, John Phillips, Legislature, KABC, Golden State, Association of California Water Agencies, State Water Resources Control Board, Newsom, Opinion columns, Jillian Barberie

LAUSD teachers strike, Day 3: Thousands of teachers heading back to picket lines as UTLA calls out district for ‘mixed messages’

LOS ANGELES — The first teachers strike to hit the Los Angeles Unified School District in 30 years goes into its third day today as thousands of educators seeking increased pay, smaller class sizes and the hiring of more support staff, such as nurses, counselors and librarians. Teachers at The Accelerated Schools charter school in South Los Angeles also went on strike — it began Tuesday — and are calling for increased teachers’ salaries and health benefits in order to bolster teacher retention. ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Union, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, South Los Angeles, LA County, Garcetti, Koreatown

LAUSD teachers strike, Day 3: Thousands of teachers heading back to picket lines

LOS ANGELES – The first teachers strike to hit the Los Angeles Unified School District in 30 years goes into its third day today as thousands of educators seeking increased pay, smaller class sizes and the hiring of more support staff, such as nurses, counselors and librarians. Teachers at The Accelerated Schools charter school in South Los Angeles also went on strike — it began Tuesday — and are calling for increased teachers’ salaries and health benefits in order to bolster teacher retention. ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Union, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, South Los Angeles, LA County, Koreatown, Wilshire Blvd

PG&E plunges for second day after step toward bankruptcy

The state's biggest private utility's shares have lost 75 percent of their stock value since the start of January, when the company first began exploring options for protection from claims its equipment was responsible for the fires. California politicians are in a quandary over whether to offer a bailout or risk allowing the state's largest private utility to fail. Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, told reporters late on Monday his team was discussing the possibility of helping PG&E stay sol...
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Fire and Chaparral - Some Answers

What's wrong with this picture!Muhlenbergia rigens, deer grass, is  not the best choice of plantnext to a building  in a fire prone area of California.  (The fences adjoining the greenhouse are also problematic. But that's not the topic of this post.) Since my last post (Fire and Chaparral - Some Questions) I've been doing some reading, hand wringing, and hacking at defenseless plants--the ones in obviously wrong places such as slap up against a structure. Digging out the grasse...
Tags: Gardening, California, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Halsey, CCI, Bert, Santa Cruz County, Country Mouse, California Chaparral Institute, Bert Wilson, CNPS, Fremontia, Suzanne Schettler, Richard Halsey, California Halsey

LAUSD teachers strike, Day 2: Beutner urges teachers to get back to classroom, says district lost $25 million on first day of walkout

As thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers headed back to the picket lines Tuesday, the district’s chief urged teachers and their union to come back to the classroom, and made a plea for a renewed effort to seek funding from Sacramento to meet teachers’ demands. “Our students are best served with an educator in every classroom,” said LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner in a morning news conference. “We need our educators back in our classrooms, helping to inspire our students.”...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Wilmington, South Los Angeles, San Pedro High School, Gipson

LAUSD teachers strike, Day 2: Here’s what’s happening today

Thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers were headed to the picket lines Tuesday for a second day of striking over demands for smaller class size, a pay hike and more resources in local classrooms. After two years of negotiations that found little common ground between the teachers union and district, thousands of teachers made good on a threat to strike on Monday — the first district walkout since 1989. They formed picket lines outside schools across the vast district and conve...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Wilmington, South Los Angeles, San Pedro High School, Gipson, SAG AFTRA

California governor, lawmakers confront utility bankruptcy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers must now deal with the fallout of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s announcement it will file for bankruptcy. That will include looking at how to keep ratepayer costs down, ensure wildfire victims get the money they’re owed and rethink California’s energy picture in the […]
Tags: Business, News, California, Ap, Nation, Gavin Newsom, Sacramento Calif, Pacific Gas Electric Co

CA Gov. Newsom proposes tax on drinking water

falling to a new level of absurdity... Quote: Gov. Newsom proposes tax on drinking water Tackling what promises to be a controversial issue, Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a tax on drinking water Thursday to help disadvantaged communities clean up contaminated water systems. Newsom’s plan for a “safe and affordable drinking water fund,” included in the new governor’s first budget proposal, attempts to revi...
Tags: Weapon, Political News and Discussion, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, Newsom, Jon Coupal, Jonathan Nelson, Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association

Gov. Newsom hopes LAUSD teachers’ strike ends soon, but won’t take sides

California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for a quick end to the Los Angeles teachers’ strike that began Monday. But Newsom’s statement Monday didn’t take sides in the dispute, and it wasn’t clear how it might influence negotiations between the 35,000-member United Teachers Los Angeles and officials of the 640,000-student L.A. Unified School District over issues that include pay and class sizes. UTLA endorsed Newsom for governor before the June 2018 primary. “This impasse is disrupting the lives of to...
Tags: California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Gavin Newsom, Trump, United Teachers Los Angeles, Sen Graham, Newsom, Unified School District, UTLA

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti says ‘this is the time’ for LAUSD, UTLA to make an agreement

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday urged the Los Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles to return to the bargaining table, adding he was hopeful the two sides could find enough common ground soon to end what is the first such strike in 30 years. “This is the time to make an agreement,” Garcetti said at a news conference Monday afternoon. “There is notmuch that separates the two sides and there has been movement towards what the teachers have demanded and what the district can af...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, City Hall, Los Angeles Police Department, Downtown Los Angeles, Garcetti, City News Service, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze

A lot of big-money promises: Newsom’s housing budget explained

No wonder Gov. Gavin Newsom dropped those hints last week about an upcoming “Marshall Plan” for affordable housing. Sure, he’d made ambitious campaign promises to combat California’s housing crisis: leading the effort to build 3.5 million units over the next seven years (an unprecedented rate), jacking up state subsidies for housing reserved for lower-income Californians, and easing regulations so it would be easier to build all types of new housing. But what would he deliver? We got the first g...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Politics, News, California, Housing, California News, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, Bay Area News Group

No Excuses, California Has the Money to Get Forests Under Control in 2019

On January 10, 2019, California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a $144 billion general fund budget on Thursday that’s up 4 percent from the current year and predicts a $21.4 billion surplus from robust... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: California, Innovation, Gavin Newsom

The Latest: Newsom pledges safe power to customers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on utility PG&E seeking bankruptcy protection (all times local):8:10 a.m.California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he'll work to make sure consumers have access to safe and affordable power and that fire... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, California, San Francisco, Ap, Gavin Newsom, Newsom

Tens Of Thousands Of Los Angeles Teachers Strike After Contract Talks Fail

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers went on strike Monday after contentious contract negotiations failed in the nation’s second-largest school district. “Students, we are striking for you,” teachers union President Alex Caputo-Pearl told a cheering crowd of teachers marching in pouring rain. Members of United Teachers Los Angeles voted last year to walk off the job for the first time in three decades if a deal wasn’t reached on issues including higher wages and smaller...
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Could Gov. Newsom’s ambitious housing goals be sidelined by a worker shortage?

Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he wants to build as many as 3.5 million new houses by 2025 to solve California’s housing crisis. But those ambitious goals could be derailed without hundreds of thousands of new construction workers needed to dramatically accelerate the pace of California home building, even assuming that cities agree to zone for more housing and there’s money available to build it all. And it’s hard to imagine, given recent trends, where that many additional workers in the low-wage, ...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, California News, Sport, UPS, Soccer, Construction, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, SAN JOSE Calif, Blake, Romero, Diaz

We pay through the nose to live in California

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s inaugural address was a bit too long and somewhat disjointed, but he did make some cogent points, including this one: “Even in a booming economy, there is a disquieting sense that things are not as predictable as they once were, that we must now run faster just to stay in place. Stagnant wages. Costs that keep rising – rent, utilities, visiting the doctor – the basics are increasingly out of reach.  We face a gulf between the rich and everyone else – and it’s not just inequal...
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California Supreme Court exercises its curious, rarely-used power to reject 10 of out-going Gov's clemencies

I have often said California is a crazy and crazy-interesting state for sentencing developments, and this story about recent clemency developments showcases this reality.  The story is headlined "‘It was like a ton of bricks crushed me’: California grapples with historic clemency rejections," and here are some of the particulars: Joe Hernandez found out that the California Supreme Court had rejected his commutation request late last month during a phone call with his wife, when she checked the ...
Tags: Justice, Supreme Court, Law, California, California Supreme Court, Gavin Newsom, Brown, Hernandez, Santa Clara County, Rosen, Newsom, Jeff Rosen, Joe Hernandez, Douglas A Berman, David Ettinger, Kate Chatfield

What else is new? Newsom’s budget calls for more spending, higher taxes

To the surprise of absolutely no one, California’s new governor has proposed a state budget with billions in increased spending and lots of tax hikes. And, as an added bonus, he is proposing new mandates on businesses and local governments as well as depriving Californians of the right to vote on certain kinds of local debt. From the perspective of taxpayers, this is not a propitious start. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget envisions spending $144 billion of general fund dollars, a 4 percent increase o...
Tags: Obama, Congress, California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Middle Kingdom, Newsom, Jon Coupal, Betty Yee, Opinion columns, Cyntoia Brown, Gov Newsom, Enhanced Infrastructure Finance Districts

Trump’s ‘trifecta of ineptitude’ on fires

When I got on the conference call with Gov. Gavin Newsom, along with six other California editorial writers Thursday afternoon, I was thinking back to newspaper photographs from the aftermath of the Camp fire. The then-governor-elect was helping tour President Donald Trump through the devastated town of Paradise. As they walked through Paradise lost, the many images shot that day by photojournalists showed a somewhat astounding — and then again, very humanly understandable — amount of touchy-fee...
Tags: California, Opinion, White House, Sport, West, Soccer, Fema, Donald Trump, Gavin Newsom, Paradise, Trump, Tucker Carlson, Larry Wilson, Newsom, Brian Rice, Southern California News Group

After California fires 'of Biblical proportions,' governor raises $5 million for victims

A benefit concert organized by California Gov. Gavin Newsom raised $5 million for California wildfire victims.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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California governor brings personal touch, fresh focus

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom held his toddler son during his inaugural address, spent nearly two hours discussing his state budget with reporters and engaged in two Twitter spats with the president. Newsom, 51, took office Monday and quickly dove into governing the nation’s most populous state, but with a different focus and […]
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Deadline to enroll for health care coverage in California is Jan. 15

The deadline to enroll for health care coverage through Covered California is Jan. 15 and its executive director, Peter V. Lee, will be riding a bus through Southern California starting Saturday, Jan. 12, to spread awareness about the importance of getting health insurance. Lee said the number of people buying insurance through Covered California has dropped, with enrollment down about 10 percent from last year, largely because Congress did away with the individual mandate requiring everyone to ...
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LAUSD: Last-chance talks to avert teachers’ strike begin today

It’s down to the wire as Los Angeles school teachers and district officials head into last-minute negotiations Jan. 12, in an effort to avert a strike that would upend schedules for many families with children in the nation’s second largest school district. Come Monday, Jan. 14, some 30,000 K-12 educators in Los Angeles may not show up for work, leaving close to half a million students without a teacher in their classrooms. While students will be expected to continue to attend school, many paren...
Tags: School, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Selma, SEIU, Local News, Gavin Newsom, Robert, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, Pacoima, Sylmar, Carson High School, Canoga Park, Kennedy Elementary School