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  • Fri, January 12, 2018 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IRWINDALE, CA - The Partnership applauds local lawmaker Asm. Ed Chau of Monterey Park for abstaining on a key vote yesterday that doomed AB 1506, a bill that would have repealed a pivotal state law limiting the use of rent control in the state. The bill went down to defeat for this year but could end up as a statewide ballot measure for voters to decide.

    Rent control is an extremely controversial measure, supported by renters and opposed by housing advocates and landlords. Currently, only 15 cities in the state have rent control, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, while many others use a modified form in limited cases depending on the type of housing. AB 1506 would have repealed the Costa-Hawkins Housing Act that limited the use of rent control across the state.

    Rent control advocates say that by limiting the amount of rent charged, or by limiting the amount of increases that can be added to rent, this helps the affordability of housing in regions where rent can rise at a fast clip. Opponents argue that rent control only helps current renters while discouraging new multi-family construction as developers can't recoup their significant initial investment without being able to charge market rate rents. Rent control discourages new housing investment, keeping housing supplies limited and prices high. As Paul Krugman wrote in the New York Times in 2000, rent control is “among the best-understood issues in all of economics, and—among economists, anyway—one of the least controversial”.

    Asm. Ed Chau's abstention was a key step supporting pro-growth housing policies. The Partnership and its members applauds his brave stance on behalf of his constituents.

  • Fri, January 12, 2018 11:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Roll Call: House Foreign Affairs Chair Ed Royce Announces Retirement

    Rep. Ed Royce announced Monday he will not be running for re-election. The California Republican is in his final term as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

    “In this final year of my Foreign Affairs Committee chairmanship, I want to focus fully on the urgent threats facing our nation, including: the brutal, corrupt and dangerous regimes in Pyongyang and Tehran, Vladimir Putin’s continued efforts to weaponize information to fracture western democracies, and growing terrorist threats in Africa and Central Asia,” Royce said in a statement.

    “With this in mind, and with the support of my wife Marie, I have decided not to seek re-election in November,” Royce said.

    Royce becomes the fifth term-limited chairman to exit Congress this election cycle. House GOP rules state lawmakers can serve only three consecutive terms as chairman of a committee. Three other GOP chairmen have decided not to run for re-election, meaning eight of the 22 House committee chairmen will not be returning in 2019.

    Royce, who was first elected to Congress in 1992, was a Democratic target in 2018 as one of the Orange County Republicans representing districts Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Clinton carried the 39th District by nearly 9 points, according to calculations by Daily Kos Elections. GOP presidential nominees Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain won the district in 2012 and 2008.

    Royce’s retirement could lead to a crowded field on the Republican side.

    OC Register: More GOP candidates rush into congressional race after Rep. Royce's announced retirement

    Republicans are quickly launching campaigns in the wake of GOP Congressman Ed Royce’s unexpected retirement announcement Monday, with three relatively well-known politicians announcing bids Tuesday evening and joining two others who declared earlier that day.

    Former Assemblywoman and longtime former Royce aide Young Kim is among the latest to declare, and carries Royce’s endorsement. Also jumping in Tuesday night were former state Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff and Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson. There are six Democrats and two independents running, none of whom has held elected office. The seat is targeted by national Democrats in their effort to flip the 24 seats needed to take control of the House.

    Royce’s backing of Kim is also likely to come with financial assistance as the Yorba Linda congressman had $3.45 million in his campaign account, according to the most recent filings.

    “Kim will clearly have the financial resources on the GOP side with Royce’s infrastructure and a fair amount of his $3.4 million likely to flow through party committees to support her,” said Sacramento-based political analyst Scott Lay. “I would say that she is the favorite on the GOP side.”

    Sacramento Bee: California lawmakers kill rent control bill. The issue could be headed to voters

    California lawmakers killed a bill Thursday that likely would have expanded rent control laws in cities and counties, setting the stage for a protracted statewide battle over how to rein in the state’s soaring housing costs.

    Democratic Assemblyman Richard Bloom’s Assembly Bill 1506 died in the Assembly’s housing committee.

    The 3-2 vote set off protests in the committee room, with angry tenants chanting, “Housing is a human right,” and “Repeal Costa-Hawkins.” The bill needed four votes to get out of committee.

    Lawmakers on the housing committee “turned their backs on tenants,” said Dean Preston, executive director of Tenants Together, a statewide advocacy organization. “The bill died in committee, but the conversation about rent control...the only solution to this displacement just getting started.”

    Initiative backers promised a fight at the ballot box over rent control, a deeply polarizing issue that for years has split landlords and renters over how to address the statewide housing affordability crisis.

    Los Angeles Times: California's governor's race is likely to be decided in Los Angeles County

    For the hopefuls in California’s race for governor, the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles County is as mesmerizing as the blanket of lights that glistens every night from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Long Beach coast. The election will be decided here, where 1 in 4 of the state’s voters live. It’s diverse, sprawling, expensive to advertise in and voters often don’t show up, especially compared with the Bay Area. That’s why anyone hoping to topple Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has to win the county.

    For two hometown Democratic candidates especially — former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and state Treasurer John Chiang of Torrance — doing well in L.A. County is essential. Yet this overwhelmingly Democratic stronghold continually bedevils even the most adept campaigns.

    More than 180 languages are spoken here, where 5.2 million voters live, outnumbering the electorate in most states. A plurality of the county is Latino — 47.5 percent — and huge ethnic enclaves abound: Armenian Americans in Glendale, Chinese Americans in Monterey Park; and Filipino Americans in West Covina. The city of Los Angeles has the second largest population of Native Americans in the U.S.

    Airing an effective television ad campaign — the only realistic way to reach voters from Palos Verdes to Palmdale and Pacific Palisades to Pomona — can cost $2 million a week.

    Harnessing the county’s political power base is tricky, since it’s a mishmash of entrenched public employee unions, Westside wealth, Latino-led political bulwarks and grass-roots organizations, Hollywood glitterati and corporate titans.

    “I don’t see a path to victory unless Villaraigosa or Chiang can dominate in Los Angeles,” said Democratic political consultant Rose Kapolczynski, who served as former Sen. Barbara Boxer’s chief campaign adviser.

    Sacramento Bee: Gov. Jerry Brown releases 2018-19 budget, stashes billions in reserves

    In his 16th and final year as governor, Jerry Brown is using a surplus to stash away billions of dollars in reserves that would help his successor weather a recession while boosting some of his signature programs.

    He’s proposed a $190.3 billion spending plan on Wednesday that accelerates funding for his 2013 education law and uses new gas tax revenue to fund $4.6 billion in new transportation projects.

    The centerpiece of his plan, though, is a $5 billion jolt to the state’s so-called rainy day fund, which he championed with a 2014 ballot initiative to steady California’s boom and bust finances.

    For the first time, the rainy day fund would hold 10 percent of California’s general fund revenue. That would give the state $13.5 billion to use in a fiscal emergency by June 30, 2019.

    “We have the piggy bank waiting for the next governor and when the recession happens, he or she will be able to spend that money … and get through the recession with a minimum amount of pain,” Brown said.

    Brown characterized his budget as cautious, both because of the recession that he believes is looming and the prospect of the Republican Congress cutting social services in the wake of its vote for a tax cut last month that could swell the federal deficit by $1.4 trillion over a decade.

    Whittier Daily News: Think gas is too expensive? Pump prices could get even higher in 2018, says GasBuddy

    Get ready for sticker shock at the pump — gas prices this year are expected to be the highest since 2014.

    Industry price tracker GasBuddy said much of the price hike will be tied to OPEC’s decision to cut oil production, a move that left oil inventories to begin 2018 nearly 50 million barrels lower than a year ago.

    But a host of other factors, including both fuel taxes and the economy — and their impact on supply and demand — will figure into the mix, according to Patrick DeHaan, a petroleum analyst GasBuddy.

    “Even one event can completely change the trajectory of fuel prices for months,” DeHaan said in a statement. “Look what impact Hurricane Harvey and Irma had on gas prices and availability.”

    On Wednesday, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Los Angeles County was $3.26 a gallon, according to GasBuddy. That was up 10.3 cents from a month ago and up 38 cents from a year earlier.

    Prices in San Bernardino County were lower, although the year-over-year difference was just as pronounced. The average there was $3.15 per gallon on Wednesday, up 7 cents from a month ago and up 33 cents from a year earlier.

    Riverside County’s average was $3.17 a gallon. That was 8 cents more than a month ago and up 37 cents from a year earlier.

    Those prices probably seem high to most motorists, but some stations in Southern California are charging considerably more. A Union 76 station at 2601 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica posted regular for $4.25 a gallon on Wednesday, while a Mobil station at 9448 Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles was selling it for $4.13 a gallon.

    On the flip-side, a Speedy Fuel outlet at 1234 W. Cowles St. in Long Beach listed regular for $2.75 a gallon and a 7-Eleven at 13019 Imperial Highway in Whittier posted regular for $2.87 a gallon.

    GasBuddy’s “Fuel Price Outlook 2018” report predicts that the city of Los Angeles will see daily average prices ranging from $3.25 to $3.65 this year.

    Sacramento Bee: Is Tony Mendoza really gone? Lawmaker works on bills at Capitol while on leave

    Despite taking a leave of absence while under investigation for sexual harassment, Sen. Tony Mendoza returned this week to his Capitol office and attended a Sacramento event hosted by an interest group.

    The Artesia Democrat said he was in town to “confer with legal counsel.” But he also met with his Capitol staff and a proponent of one his bills on Monday to review his legislative agenda. On Tuesday evening, he attended a reception at the Citizen Hotel for the California Contract Cities Association.

    In a statement, spokesman Saeed Ali said Mendoza “is faithfully observing the previously agreed upon conditions regarding his work as a Senator on Leave.”

    Under intense pressure from his colleagues, who met with him behind closed doors for more than four hours, Mendoza agreed last week to step down from his official duties with pay until February. The Senate is currently investigating allegations that he made inappropriate advances toward three female employees in his Capitol and district offices over the past decade.

    Forbes: Downsizing Regulation

    President Trump last week promised to cut regulations to below 1960 levels. Standing next to stacks of regulatory code—one 20,000 pages high representing 1960, and the other 185,000 pages high from 2017—he touted his administration’s deregulatory achievements, claiming “the never-ending growth of red tape in America has come to a sudden, screeching and beautiful halt.”

    Looking beyond the hyperbole we’ve come to expect from the president (anyone who follows regulation knows that cutting the regulatory code back to 1960 levels is unrealistic), what has the administration achieved on the regulatory front in 2017? A review of the key events over the last tumultuous 11 months reveals some real changes.

    Within his first two weeks in office, President Trump issued Executive Order 13771 directing federal agencies to remove two regulations for every new one they issued, and to cap the total cost of new regulations at zero. In February, he issued a second executive order establishing in each agency a “regulatory reform officer” responsible for overseeing implementation of regulatory reform initiatives and policies, and a task force to make reform recommendations.

    These signaled a dramatic shift in regulatory practice, motivating agencies to focus more attention and resources on evaluating existing regulations, and less on initiating new regulatory actions. Last week he announced the initial results of those orders, and taken at face value, they are striking.

    An Office of Management and Budget report released last Thursday finds that during the first eight months of the administration (through September 30th), executive agencies issued 67 deregulatory actions and only 3 significant regulatory actions. The president said, “we aimed for 2-for-1 and in 2017, we hit 22-for-1.” As impressive as that ratio sounds, these results must be taken with a grain of salt, because the report counts any deregulatory action as an “out” but only significant regulatory actions as “ins.” Nevertheless, by changing reporting frequency, removing obsolete rules, and especially working with Congress to disapprove some of President Obama’s last-minute regulations, the administration appears to be taking the president’s orders seriously.

    More meaningful is the report’s estimate that these actions will save Americans more than $570 million per year on net. Most of these savings ($417 million) come from repeal of a Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) on “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces.” The swift repeal of this rule was possible both because President Trump rescinded President Obama’s Executive Order 13673, which had authorized it, and because Congress issued a joint resolution disapproving it under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Which brings us to another important series of events in 2017.

  • Wed, January 03, 2018 4:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CALMatters: 10 Hot Topics That Will Shape California in 2018

    The 2018 elections are coming—and those of you who don’t spend your waking hours monitoring the secretary of state’s website may have some questions. Questions like: Wait, there’s an election next year? And, didn’t we just have an election? And, Is Jerry Brown running again?

    Yes, yes, and no, but you may hear a lot from the current governor between now and the elections.

    In fact, expect to hear more political chatter of all kinds as Californians gear up to select a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and other statewide constitutional officers; new Assembly members (all of them) and state senators (just half); members of Congress including a U.S. senator; and a yet-to-be-determined number of ballot propositions that may claim to remedy the housing crisis, fix healthcare policy and repeal the new gas tax, for starters.

    Here’s a quick primer for anyone resolving to enter 2018 as a more informed citizen:

    Los Angeles Times: California lawmakers return to Sacramento without the Democratic super-majority

    Both houses of the California Legislature will convene Wednesday afternoon for the formal beginning of an eight-month session to craft a state budget and consider hundreds of proposed laws.

    And they will do so with three fewer lawmakers, two having resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.

    The national conversation over sexual misconduct —  including the decision by women in California politics to decry what they call a culture of harassment around the state Capitol —  has taken place during the almost four months in which the Legislature has been in recess.

    Two Democrats —  former Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) and Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills) —  resigned in the wake of allegations by women about incidents during their political campaigns and while in office.

    A third legislator, Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles), resigned last week, citing serious health issues.

    Bay Area News Group: Will California outmaneuver a new federal cap on tax deductions?

    California Democrats are toying with a brash scheme to skirt a new federal cap on state and local tax deductions: Instead of paying taxes to the Golden State, Californians would be allowed to donate the money to the state’s coffers — and deduct the entire sum from their federal taxes.

    The hastily drafted proposal — to be unveiled as soon as Wednesday, when lawmakers return from a months-long recess — strikes back at one of the least popular elements of the GOP’s tax overhaul, one that hit California and other high-tax, high-cost states the hardest. It also promises to establish a new front in California’s famous anti-Trump resistance efforts, which last year took on immigration enforcement and environmental regulatory rollbacks.

    “The Republican tax scam disproportionately harms California taxpayers,” said Senate leader Kevin de León, also a candidate for U.S. Senate, who plans to introduce the proposal this week. “Our hard-earned tax dollars should not be subject to double-taxation, especially not to line the pockets of the Trump family, hedge fund managers and private jet owners.”

    The sweeping changes to the federal tax code — which also doubled the standard deduction and dramatically lowered the tax rates for corporations — have created great consternation in California, where until this year, taxpayers could deduct an unlimited amount of state and local taxes from their federal tax bills.

    San Gabriel Valley Tribune: Trump administration approves California wildfire major disaster declaration - freeing up funding

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday approved California’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration in response to recent wildfires in the state, including those in Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

    Gov. Jerry Brown sent Trump a letter last month requesting the declaration to aid in recovery efforts.

    According to the White House, the presidential declaration will free up federal funding for areas affected by wildfires that began Dec. 4.

    Brown previously issued a state emergency declaration on Dec. 5 in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and on Dec. 7 in San Diego and Santa Barbara counties. Trump issued a federal emergency declaration Dec. 8 authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal agencies to help respond to the wildfires. At the time, the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, the Lilac Fire near Fallbrook in San Diego County and a trio of fires in Los Angeles County were still burning.

    California’s two Democratic senators, Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, sent Trump a joint letter supporting Brown’s request.

    Politico: Trump-Romney rivalry set to take center stage again

    Donald Trump had just returned from Utah last month when the president placed a call to his longtime nemesis Mitt Romney.

    Trump was ostensibly trying to ease tensions between the two men, after a trip dominated by news reports that he was courting Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to run for reelection in order to keep Romney from seeking the seat. But the 10-minute chat only further raised suspicions within Romney’s inner circle that the president was out to stymie the former GOP presidential nominee’s political ambitions.

    The president told Romney that he knew he was thinking about running. But according to one person familiar with the conversation, the details of which have not been reported before, Trump didn’t press the former Massachusetts governor about his thinking or ask why he might be interested in being a senator. Romney’s aides came away convinced the president was trying to suss out Romney’s intentions and position himself as an ally, when he’d been anything but.

    The conversation highlighted the fraught relationship between the Republican heavyweights — one that will now take center stage as Romney prepares a Senate bid in the wake of Hatch’s announcement Tuesday that he won’t seek another term, contrary to Trump's wishes. Should Romney run and win, as many expect, he will be poised to be Trump’s most prominent GOP foil, representing the wing of traditional Republicanism that the president has purposefully cast aside.

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    Politico: GOP makes last-minute tax bill changes to win over holdouts

    House and Senate negotiators have agreed on last-minute changes to their sweeping tax measure in order to win over GOP holdouts — although it’s unclear whether it’ll be enough for a pair of Senate Republicans to come on board.

    The negotiators have agreed to expand the child tax credit at the behest of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who announced on Thursday that he would be a "no" unless the credit was made more generous. The refundable portion of the child tax credit was increased from $1,100 to $1,400, according to a senior Senate GOP aide.

    News of the changes leaked out as a joint panel of lawmakers from both chambers signed the legislative text they intend to be the final version of tax reform. At midday on Friday, the panel's chairman, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), declared the text to be "valid." His office said the text would be filed with the House Rules Committee at 5:30 p.m.

    Still, Rubio and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who also wants a bigger child tax credit, said they’d yet to see the details.

    “We have not seen bill text, and until we see if the percentage of the refundable credit is significantly higher, then our position remains the same,” a spokesperson for Rubio’s office said in an email.

    Five Thirty Eight: Special Elections So Far Point to a Democratic Wave in 2018

    Democrat Doug Jones’s stunning victory in Alabama on Tuesday should send a shiver down the spine of GOP elected officials everywhere. Yes, Jones likely would have lost the special election for a U.S. Senate seat had his Republican opponent, Roy Moore, not been an extremely flawed candidate. But Moore’s defeat is part of a larger pattern we’ve seen in special elections so far this year, one in which Democrats have greatly outperformed expectations. If history holds (and, of course, it may not), the special election results portend a Democratic wave in 2018.

    There have been more than 70 special elections for state and federal legislative seats in 2017 so far.

    We’re interested in each of those contests, naturally, but we’re also interested in what the races tell us about the national political environment. To measure that, we compared each special election result to the partisan lean of that state or district — how we’d expect the state or district to vote in a neutral environment (i.e. an environment in which a Democratic and Republican presidential candidate would tie 50-50 nationally).

    So, in a neutral environment, we’d expect each special election result to match the partisan lean of that state or district. Instead, Democrats have outperformed the partisan lean in 74 percent of these races.

    San Diego Union-Tribune: Can we build our way out of the housing crisis? A Special Report

    The Union-Tribune examined if San Diego County can build more housing to slow the pace of rent and home price increases.What we found:

    - Zoning changes, emphasis on townhomes and reduced regulation would likely speed up construction;

    - Biggest hurdles continue to be anti-growth sentiments and lack of land zoned for housing;

    - Solutions for the future may include streamlined permitting processes, a change in parking requirements and a greater mix of housing types

    Here’s the full story:  San Diego County should be awash in new housing projects. Unemployment is low and wages are rising. Many millennials are marrying, having children and aiming to buy. Their parents want to downsize. But the market is not responding. Last year only about 10,000 housing units were approved, and most were for rent, not for-sale homes and condos.

    Norm Miller, a real estate economist at the University of San Diego, recalls attending a recent community meeting of Morena Boulevard-area residents. They gathered to talk about development plans around the Tecolote Road trolley stop opening in 2021. Nondescript big-box stores, industrial buildings and parking lots dominate the site.

    Miller expected residents would welcome high-density housing, new retail and office development, steps from mass transit headed to UC San Diego, San Diego State University, downtown and parts south and east. “Boy was I wrong,” he said. “They were vehemently opposed to development.”

    On the rental side, vacancy rates stand at only 2 or 3 percent in most neighborhoods when at least 5 percent is considered optimal for a balanced market. Miller said that unless things change, the county homeownership rate, now at 53.2 percent, will sink to a historic low of 50 percent, a point reached years ago in the city of San Diego.

    Sacramento Bee: Senate asks Tony Mendoza to take a leave of absence - he says no

    California Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León asked Sen. Tony Mendoza to step away from his position in the Legislature Thursday as law firms investigate three separate misconduct allegations against the Artesia Democrat.

    “I have spoken with Sen. Mendoza and I have asked him to take a leave of absence pending the outcome of that investigation,” de León said early Thursday. “Given the severity of the allegations against Sen. Mendoza, I do not believe he can perform the duties in Sacramento right now.”

    A lawyer for Mendoza said later in the day that the senator refused to comply with the request.

    “I was not appointed to the position I hold but was elected by the voters in my district,” Mendoza said in a statement. “The Senate owes them an opportunity to hear the truth. I assure them that I will vigorously defend myself to clear my name.”

    60 Minutes: The Governor Who's Castigating the President on Climate Change

    Our country is divided between red states and blue states, a division that has intensified since the election of President Donald Trump. And some of the blue states are intensifying their resistance to the president. Most prominently, California, the country's bluest and most populous state, led by Governor Jerry Brown. Brown has been governor of California twice -- the first time, 40 years ago. He criticizes the president on taxes. California is suing the Trump administration over health care, immigration, and air quality, but nothing raises more righteous passion in Jerry Brown than the issue of climate change. He castigates the president for denying the science and aggravating a problem Governor Brown says is causing California to burn.

    This is the most destructive fire season on record in California. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency this past week as raging wildfires, whipped by fierce Santa Ana winds and fueled by bone-dry brush, laid waste to tens-of-thousands of acres in Southern California. The smoke plume that shrouded the Los Angeles area could be seen from space. The fires that ravaged California's famed wine country in October were the deadliest the state has ever seen. Whole neighborhoods were incinerated. Dozens of people were killed.

    Governor Brown: The fire season used to be a few months in the summer, now it's almost year-long. These fires are unprecedented. We've never seen anything like it. Scientists are telling us, "This is the kind of stuff that's gonna happen." And we gotta deal with it.

    It's going to happen, he says, based on science that predicts extreme swings in weather patterns. This year, Southern California experienced record heat in October and November, creating the perfect conditions for this.

    Governor Brown: Nature is not a political game. Nature is the ground on which we stand, it's the air which we breathe. The truth of the case is that there's too much carbon being emitted, that heat-trapping gases are building up, the planet is warming and all hell is breaking loose.

    Bill Whitaker: President Trump has famously called climate change -- a hoax. When he pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord he said this wasn't a good deal for the United States. 

    Governor Brown: That's a preposterous idea not even a shred of truth in that statement. So I'd say to Mr. Trump, take a deeper look now is not the time to undo what every country in the world is committed to.

    Bill Whitaker: Are you fearful?

    Governor Brown: Oh yeah, you should, anyone who isn't is not looking at the facts. I don't think President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God, which leads one to more humility. And this is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed.

  • Fri, December 08, 2017 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Washington Post: California fires continue to rage through Southland communities

    Wildfires continued to ravage Southern California for a fifth day Friday, with growing blazes and new fires sending rivers of flames through communities and injuring several people.

    The largest of the fires spread across more than 200 square miles by Friday and crept toward the college town of Santa Barbara, while a new blaze in San Diego County grew quickly and dangerously, forcing a new round of evacuations.

    These dangers came as firefighters confronted a half-dozen blazes across the region, fires that imperiled communities and homes, burned through streets and roared over mountains, forcing many to flee and leaving them with no idea when they could return home or if they would have anything to return to. Hundreds of buildings were destroyed and thousands more remained in danger, officials said.

    The San Diego County blaze, dubbed the Lilac Fire, started Thursday morning and grew to more than 4,000 acres by that night. Ron Lane, the county’s deputy chief administrative officer, said it had never experienced December winds like these before.

    The Hill: GOP wrestles with keeping prized 20 percent corporate tax rate

    Republicans would face an uphill battle if they decide to increase the corporate tax rate from 20 percent in their tax-reform legislation.

    Reducing the corporate rate from 35 percent to 20 percent is seen as a crowning achievement and the bill’s centerpiece.

    GOP lawmakers also think a 20 percent rate is the key to improving business competitiveness.

    But members are coming under pressure to bump it up a percentage point or two to help pay for other tax cuts.

    Discussions about the corporate rate come as a conference committee prepares to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate tax bills. President Trump over the weekend suggested that the corporate rate could end up being 22 percent.

    Sacramento Bee: California launches study of per-mile fee for cars rather than fuel taxes as vehicles consume less gas

    Weeks into a new gas tax hike, California transportation officials said Thursday they are studying ways to charge drivers based on how many miles they drove since their last fill-up rather than the amount of fuel they use.

    The problem? California drivers are choosing such fuel-efficient cars that the state fears it will be deprived of enough road construction revenues in the long run.

    The Caltrans study – the California Road Charge Pilot Program report – is billed as a way for the state to move from its longstanding but outmoded pump tax to a system where drivers pay based on their odometer readings.

    Caltrans Deputy Director Carrie Pourvahidi said the state will send out a request early next year to technology companies for ideas on a simple communication system at gas stations or electric charging stations that can instantly tell how many miles the car has driven.

    “It’d be point-of-sale technology,” she said. “We’re looking for something so simple that there is nothing (the driver) has to do.”

    If the state finds technology that works, it will apply for a federal highway grant to explore how to set up a statewide system. Other states have been looking into switching to a per-mile road tax, but California appears to be the first to look at point-of-purchase technology in recent years, Pourvahidi said.

    Washington Post: Why Democrats decided Franken had to go

    It seems like a distant memory now, but Al Franken’s arrival in the U.S. Senate eight years ago marked the very moment when Democrats’ control of Washington reached its highest point in a generation.

    After an eight-month recount, the onetime “Saturday Night Live” star had been declared the narrow winner of the 2008 election in Minnesota — and Democrats, who also held the House and the White House, had gained the 60th Senate vote they needed to push their agenda through without fear of a filibuster.

    Franken’s announced departure Thursday, amid allegations of sexual misconduct, came at another inflection point for Democrats.

    Shut out of power completely, they are looking for a way out of the wilderness.

    Toward that end, getting rid of Franken was both a moral and political calculation. It was the Democrats’ strongest declaration yet that they — unlike the Republicans — are willing to sacrifice their own in the interest of staking out the high ground.

    Sacramento Bee: Atkins will be first woman to lead California Senate

    Toni Atkins will become the first woman to lead the California Senate next year.

    Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León announced Thursday that Atkins, a San Diego Democrat, is the consensus pick of the Senate Democratic Caucus to succeed him as leader. She will be formally elected in January, and a transition will take place later in the year, de León said in a statement.

    “Toni is a leader of great experience, achievement and integrity, and I have every confidence that she will lead America’s most accomplished legislative chamber to even greater heights,” de León said.

    In a series of firsts, Atkins will also be the first openly gay pro tem in state history and the first person to have served as both Assembly speaker and Senate president pro tem in nearly 150 years, according to Alex Vassar, a legislative historian at the California State Library.

    CalMatters: Dan Walters: Sex scandals may erase Democrat's super majority

    California Republicans have harbored thoughts—or fantasies—about eroding the Democrats’ two-thirds legislative “supermajorities” in next year’s elections. However, it appears that Democrats could do it to themselves by ousting legislators accused of sexual harassment.

    Raul Bocanegra, a Pacoima Democrat, was forced to resign from the Assembly due to revelations about harassment that occurred eight years ago, when he was a legislative staffer.

    Sen. Tony Mendoza, an Artesia Democrat, faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and has been stripped of his key leadership positions by the Senate Rules Committee, headed by Kevin de León, the president pro tem of the Senate who was, until recently, Mendoza’s weekday roommate.

    The latest eruption in the Capitol’s harassment scandal occurred Monday, when lobbyist Pamela Lopez identified Assemblyman Matt Debabneh, a Democrat from Woodland Hills, as the man who cornered her in a bar’s restroom and masturbated.

    “He told me to touch his genitals while he was masturbating,” Lopez told reporters at a news conference. Another woman, Jessica Yas Barker, said Dababneh harassed her when she was working for a Southern California congressman.

    The political question is this: If Bocanegra was compelled to resign over something that occurred eight years ago when he wasn’t even a legislator, how could the institution not demand the same penalty from two other men whose alleged misbehavior occurred while they were in office?

    City Journal: Playgrounds for Elites

    The revival of America’s core cities is one of the most celebrated narratives of our time—yet, perhaps paradoxically, urban progress has also created a growing problem of increasing inequality and middle-class flight. Once exemplars of middle-class advancement, most major American cities are now typified by a “barbell economy,” divided between well-paid professionals and lower-paid service workers. As early as the 1970s, notes the Brookings Institution, middle-income neighborhoods began to shrink more dramatically in inner cities than anywhere else—and the phenomenon has continued. Today, in virtually all U.S. metro areas, the inner cores are more unequal than their corresponding suburbs, observes geographer Daniel Herz.

    Signs of this gap are visible. Homelessness has been on the rise in virtually all large cities, including Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, even as it declines elsewhere. Despite numerous exposés on the growth of suburban poverty, the poverty rate in core cities remains twice as high; according to the 2010 census, more than 80 percent of all urban-core population growth in the previous decade was among the poor. For all the talk about inner-city gentrification, concentrated urban poverty remains a persistent problem, with 75 percent of high-poverty neighborhoods in 1970 still classified that way four decades later.

    Clearly, then, the urban renaissance has not lifted all, or even most, boats. San Francisco, arguably the nation’s top urban hot spot, is seeing the most rapid increase in income inequality of any metropolitan area in the nation, according to a Bloomberg study. The ranks of the country’s most bifurcated cities include such celebrated urban areas as San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, where the poverty rate is higher now than before the 1992 riots, both in the city proper and in the riot zone.

    Kristol Conversations: Kristen Soltis Anderson on Millenials and American Politics

  • Thu, November 30, 2017 11:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Washington Post: Republicans preparing short-term plan to avoid a government shutdown

    House Republican leaders are likely to try averting a partial government shutdown next week by extending talks on a longer-term funding deal until just before Christmas and possibly again into early 2018, senior House GOP aides said Thursday.

    Up against a Dec. 8 spending deadline, House Republican leaders are likely to introduce a measure that would extend current funding until Dec. 22, said the aides, who were granted anonymity to describe private deliberations.

    If negotiations on a longer-term deal to fund the government are not resolved by that time, GOP leaders are prepared to pursue another stopgap plan that would kick the talks into January, the aides said.

    Aides stressed that the plans are not finalized. House Republicans plan to gather Friday morning in the Capitol to discuss the matter, and leaders will begin assessing potential support.

    Sacramento: Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra resigns amid detailed accusations of sexual harassment

    Facing mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra on Monday announced that he would resign immediately rather than serve out the remaining nine months of his term.

    In a statement posted to his Facebook page, the Los Angeles Democrat said he would not wait for the outcome of a legislative investigation into the allegations to resign.

    “I did not want to undermine the credibility of any accusers so that each of us would have access to a fair due process. I believed in our system of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ and that the truth would come out clearing my name and reputation,” he wrote. “But clearly, the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ has been temporarily lost in a hurricane of political opportunism among the self-righteous in my case – to the detriment of both the accuser and the accused.”

    Bocanegra originally declared last week that he would not run for re-election next year, shortly before the Los Angeles Times published a story where six women accused Bocanegra of sexually harassing or assaulting them during his time as a Capitol staffer and lawmaker.

    But his legislative colleagues have placed increasing public pressure on Bocsanegra to step aside sooner than the Sept. 1, 2018, resignation date he set for himself.

    Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced an independent investigation of the allegations, and said he would move to expel Bocanegra if they were substantiated. Several Democratic Assembly members, including Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens and Todd Gloria and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher of San Diego, called on him to resign immediately.

    Sacramento Bee: Senator Tony Mendoza stripped of committee assignments as sexual harassment investigations continue

    California Senate leadership on Monday stripped Sen. Tony Mendoza of his committee chairmanship and two commission appointments as it investigates complaints of sexual harassment by the Artesia Democrat.

    In an emergency session, the Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously to remove Mendoza as chair of the Senate Insurance, Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and from appointments to the California Commission for Economic Development and the California Workforce Development Board. The vote took place without discussion.

    “Today, the Senate Rules Committee showed that no lawmaker is immune from our zero-tolerance harassment policies. This is only one important step – the next is a full, independent investigation led by outside experts, with publicly reported findings,” Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said in a statement. “Our State Senate must lead by example, restore trust and transparency, stop sweeping workplace misconduct under the rug and do everything we can to protect women who work in and around the Capitol.”

    The Bee reported last month that Mendoza fired three Capitol staff members after they complained to the rules committee about his behavior toward a fellow who worked in the office, including that he invited her to his home to review her resume. Mendoza, who has called the allegations “unsubstantiated,” and Senate officials have denied any connection.

    San Francisco Chronicle: Cracks in new Oroville Dam spillway are no great concerns, according to the state

    Several small cracks have been discovered on the Oroville Dam’s newly rebuilt concrete spillway, prompting federal regulators to express concern about the $500 million construction project under way at the troubled facility.

    But state water officials said Tuesday that the series of millimeter-wide cracks on the surface of the main spillway pose no structural problems for the nation’s tallest dam. Such tiny fissures, officials said, commonly develop after massive amounts of concrete are poured.

    “These cracks are not abnormal nor do they cause a concern,” Erin Mellon, spokeswoman for the California Department of Water Resources, said in an email.

    The dam has been under heavy scrutiny since the main spillway partially collapsed in February, forcing 180,000 people in downstream communities to evacuate due to fears that water could spill uncontrollably from the reservoir.

    Los Angeles Times: State regulators revise rules to encourage more bike lanes, housing development near mass transit

    Bike lanes, mixed-use residential and commercial construction near transit and other development projects might get easier to build in California after regulators on Monday released a long-awaited overhaul of the state’s environmental law.

    Regulators say the proposed changes, which modify rules under the California Environmental Quality Act or CEQA, will help the state meet its ambitious goals to combat climate change. That law requires developers to disclose and minimize a project’s impact on the environment.

    One key section of the proposal modifies how developers analyze traffic

    Under the current interpretation of the law, developers have to measure their project’s effects on car congestion — something that often stymies the installation of bike lanes because the removal of car lanes could tie up vehicles.

    Los Angeles Times: Q&A with Tom Steyer on his drive to impeach President Trump, his Democratic critics and his motivations

    I want to ask about some of the criticisms, coming not just from Republicans, as you’d expect, but from some Democrats like David Axelrod who suggested this is “a vanity project.”

    It doesn’t surprise me that the political establishment from Washington, D.C., can’t imagine the idea of the American people having an independent voice and therefore they can’t imagine that we could be better served than we’re already being served by our dysfunctional government in our national capital.

    Before we ever started this process we knew for sure that the political insiders and the political establishment would absolutely hate the threat to their control and, lo and behold, it’s played out exactly as we would have supposed. Since when has an elite given up any of its power willingly?

    Is this an effort in some way to lay the groundwork for a future run for office?

    One of the things that is now true in American politics, it is reflected in that question, is there is no sense that people might try and do something for its own purpose.. People need to find the hidden agenda and the secret thing. No, actually the people in the United States are threatened and in danger because of this president.

    We have the ability for the American people to raise their voice and change the conversation and if I can be part of the process of putting us back on a prosperous and just path, I will consider that, in a selfish basis, to be something incredibly meaningful for me that I will very much enjoy and be proud of.

    You know, throughout American history people have chosen to do the right thing ‘cause they felt like it was important. It doesn’t have to be about my ... resume.

    New York Times: Op-Ed: Whatever Happened to Trump's Populist Agenda?

    President Trump accomplished his unlikely rise to the White House powered in large part by an embrace of economic and cultural populism. Yet one year after this victory, the Republican Party still has no idea how to address or incorporate those populist elements into a coherent agenda. Nor, despite their best intentions, do Mr. Trump and his former adviser Steve Bannon.

    This populism does not sit easily within the Republican Party’s business conservative wing (think Mitt Romney) or its “liberty” conservatives (think Tea Party) faction. So it’s not too surprising that virtually all of Mr. Trump’s signature populist ideas have been watered down or ignored, or are in limbo. Instead, Republicans push tax plans that overwhelmingly benefit their donor and executive class. It’s as though Jeb Bush or Ted Cruz won after all.

    But they didn’t win, and they didn’t win for a reason. Republican voters want something different from anti-government or establishment Republicanism. And the voters who made Mr. Trump president, the millions of largely white men and women without college degrees who voted for Barack Obama before backing Mr. Trump, definitely do not want Romneyism with a human face.

    The traditional Republican policy agenda is a political zombie, a relic that once served our nation well but is out of touch with what Americans want today. It doesn’t have to be this way. Mr. Trump and some of his supporters had good ideas for a reformed Republican Party that fuses conservative and populist elements into an alloy stronger than either on its own.

  • Fri, November 17, 2017 12:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Sandie Aguilar

    Job Description

    The Property Assistant - AP/AR is a key position to the overall performance and success of the Development and Property Management teams.  The position performs accounts payable and receivable duties, assists with various financial duties, handles tenant requests and dispatches the appropriate service members, as well assists the team in a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:


    Accounts Payable

    §  Process, batch, code and input operating and capital invoices weekly in YARDI; ensure appropriate backup is maintained and attached; submit batch with transmittal to the Property Manager for approval.

    §  Submit approved batch to the Property Accountant for approval and posting.

    §  Review invoices thoroughly to ensure billings are in accordance with contracts, purchase orders, work orders and packing slips; ensure prior balances are accurate and all invoices are paid timely.

    §  Process and print checks, attach checks to invoice with all back up and submit for various required signatures.

    §  Obtain and enter into YARDIW-9 for new vendors.

    §  Set up new vendor accounts as necessary.

    §  Responsible for producing monthly purchase order report and following up with vendor invoice collection.


    Accounts Receivable

    §  Responsible for timely tenant rent collections.

    §  Input cash receipts and apply to correct charges.

    §  Reconcile tenant accounts.

    §  Run and review aged receivable reports in accordance with the schedule established by the Property Manager.

    §  Prepare Monthly Late Fee schedule.

    §  Prepare Monthly Tenant Miscellaneous Billings (Electricity, After Hours HVAC, Conference Rooms, Above Standard Work Orders and Tenant Services).

    §  Update monthly sub meter readings report.

    §  Prepare quarterly invoices for intercompany billings.



    §  Assist with the preparation of the monthly Financial Package and Executive Summary as well as the annual budget.

    §  Prepare monthly tenant billings.

    §  Prepare and review yearly 1099 reporting.

    §  Assist with the coordination of yearly audits.

    §  Assist with the coordination of tenant CAM audits.

    §  Coordinate financial updates.

    §  Review general and administrative general ledger accounts quarterly.

    §  Coordinate daily bank deposits.



    §  Clerical support to property management and on-site owner representatives.

    §  Answers and screens incoming phone calls providing assistance when possible and routing other calls to appropriate personnel.

    §  Create and maintain various filing systems in an accurate and organized manner. Review, purge and forward files to dead storage as appropriate.

    §  Order and maintain adequate supplies for AP and AR processes.

    §  Maintain HVAC log for tenants as required.

    §  Update and scan all Utility bills and maintain logs (telephone, electricity, water, gas) for monthly billings.

    §  Perform other duties as required.


    Vendor and Tenant Assistance

    §  Report customer service related issues to the appropriate Property Management staff as necessary.

    §  Assist in planning and implementation marketing programs, including Tenant Events, Monthly Newsletter and Tenant Concierge program.


    Other duties as required

    §  Receive and send all departmental packages.  Sort, organize and distribute mail for building personnel.

    §  Organize lunches and meetings, including conference room usage (including clean up).

    §  Distribute tenant memorandums and maintain the appropriate backup.

    §  Maintain and update as necessary all tenant contact information, after hour access lists and emergency contact information as well as a master tenant contact e-mail address listing.

    §  Attend construction and design meetings to take notes and distribute meeting minutes to attendees as required.

    §  Input incoming tenant work order requests and dispatch the work orders as well as providing accurate and timely updates to the project’s work order system, Yardi.

    §  Handle tenant, vendor and prospective tenant walk-ins.

    §  Assist tenants in obtaining key cards and assure they are given proper access.

    §  Maintain tenant and vendor insurance logs and efficiently updating the information.

    §  Inventory “toy box” items and check out as need to tenants.





    Career Level Required

    Experienced (Non-Manager)

    Experience Required

    2+ to 5 Years

    Education Required

    Bachelor's Degree

    Job Type


    Job Status

    Full Time

  • Fri, November 17, 2017 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program available through the County of Los Angeles was unveiled to a full capacity audience at yesterday’s Power Lunch 2.0 held in the Bank of America in the City of Industry. Commercial building owners and other interested parties received information from David White, Director of PACE Programs for the SGVEP, and well as Ben Dodge of CleanFund (a PACE lending institution), Brad Donnelly of TRANE (a clean energy building contractor), and ICF Program Director for LA County Commercial PACE Richard Jett. Benefits of PACE financing available to commercial building owners include:

    • 100% Financing for building upgrades related to energy efficiency, seismic renovation, water conservation and renewable energy, including replacement of roofs, HVAC systems, lighting, windows, etc.

    • Asset modernization leading to competitive advantage and increased property value

    • Lower operating costs resulting in net operating income (NOI) and profit enhancement

    • Semi-annual principal and interest paid on property tax bill as an assessment (with tax advantages)

    • Longer amortization periods (up to 30 years)

    • The PACE assessment (loan) is attached to and remains with the real property upon a future sale

    • Off-balance sheet transaction with no adverse impact to leverage

    • Preserves borrowing capacity for daily business operations and equipment needs

    PACE financing for energy, seismic retrofit and/or water conservation is available to any commercial property owner that pays a property tax bill including industrial buildings, office buildings, hotels, apartments (5+ units), etc. For information on the Commercial PACE program, contact David White at the Partnership offices at (626) 856-3400 or .


  • Fri, November 17, 2017 10:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Los Angeles Times: Most California GOP House members vote to pass tax bill, with some hoping the Senate will help fix it

    California’s House Republicans took another tough vote Thursday, opting to approve a tax overhaul expected to cost many Californians more in taxes. Several of the Republicans said they supported the bill because they think a compromise with the Senate will make it better.

    “I don’t know if they’re going to make it better, but we’ll see,” said Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale), who is among the Republicans considered vulnerable in next year’s election. “There are some things in the Senate bill I like, there are some things in there that I don’t like.”

    Supporting a bill in hopes that the Senate will improve it is similar to the tactic the Republicans tried in the spring when the GOP attempted to push through a controversial effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. But the Senate never mustered enough support to pass a healthcare bill, leaving all 14 California Republicans with a “yes” vote on their record and nothing to show for it.

    Three Republicans — Reps. Darrell Issa of Vista, Tom McClintock of Elk Grove and Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa — joined Democrats in opposing the tax plan, which passed227 to 205. The lawmakers said they couldn’t vote for a bill that raised taxes on Californians. Issa and Rohrabacher are considered to be among the most vulnerable House members in the country.

    Democrats, who are lambasting the GOP healthcare votes in ads, have warned vulnerable GOP members their “yes” tax votes will be used against them as Democrats work to regain power in the House.

    Los Angeles Business Journal: Foothill Gold Line Light-Rail Project Estimated to Provide $2.6 Billion Economic Boost

    Construction and operation of the 12-mile extension of the Foothill light rail line through the eastern San Gabriel Valley will provide a $2.6 billion economic boost to the region, according to a study released today.

    The $1.5 billion, 12.3-mile extension from Glendora to Montclair in San Bernardino County is slated to break ground next month; it will include six new stations. When completed around 2026, a trip from Montclair to downtown Pasadena will take just over 40 minutes. The trip to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles will take about 75 minutes.

    The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority is still in the process of selecting a general contractor; on Dec. 2, utility relocation work is set to begin.

    The study, by Los Angeles economic consulting firm Beacon Economics, estimated that the project will generate nearly 17,000 jobs, more than $2.6 billion in economic output, more than $1 billion in labor income and nearly $40 million in tax revenues for Los Angeles County. In addition, once passenger service begins, it will generate an annual benefit to the county of more than $52 million in economic output, $17 million in labor income and nearly $800,000 in tax revenues, while generating 277 jobs.

    The study also noted that the extension already has spurred $1 billion in private investments in residential and commercial development, including nearly 1,200 residential units near the future Montclair station alone and 1 million square feet of commercial development.

    Sacramento Bee: California Latino lawmakers shift focus on climate change: 'It's not about polar bears, it's about people.'

    State Sen. Ricardo Lara’s environmental awakening came when he left home and realized he didn’t have to shut his windows to avoid the dirty air.

    Lara said he learned that not everyone played in rail yards, or had trucks idling in their neighborhoods because of the heavy congestion. When he asked his parents why they lived so close to the freeway, they told him it was out of convenience.

    “The people that come from these communities are the ones that are having these discussions,” Lara said, reflecting on his upbringing this week at the UN climate talks in Germany. “There’s a been a big push for us to talk about how the policies are impacting people.”

    Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, whose past brush with environmentalism came when she formed a club with her sister in high school, said she was told early on in Sacramento by white environmentalists that her approach meant “you don’t get it.” It inspired her to talk about the stories of her neighbors as she began to prioritize climate change.

    “We’re dealing with real clean-air issues, real health issues tied to that (in) these communities that have been left behind,” said Garcia, also a Democrat from Bell Gardens. They are “communities of color, communities that are low-income and more importantly communities that do not have the resources ... to adjust and be ready for these events that are coming and their mitigation.”

    Sacramento Bee: California state government should have a budget surplus next year. Will lawmakers save it or spend it?

    The state budget is in good shape to weather a moderate recession, and lawmakers should be able to sock away more money in reserves next year, according to projections the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office issued Wednesday.

    The LAO’s outlook shows the state would finish its 2018-19 budget year with more than $19 billion in reserves – assuming lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown don’t make any more spending commitments. About $11 billion is obligated for the state’s rainy-day fund.

    Lawmakers could spend about $7.5 billion of the surplus, although analysts recommend that they save it to prepare for a recession. The Legislature also probably will have flexibility to spend several billion dollars in money that’s set aside for kindergarten through community college education, the report says.

    The Hill: Unemployment hits record lows in 13 states in 2017

    Thirteen states this year have seen their unemployment rates drop to the lowest levels ever recorded since the federal government began keeping track of state-level data more than four decades ago.

    Eight years after the bottom of the worst recession in modern history, the states seeing economic booms range from the bluest of the blue, like Hawaii and California, to the deepest shades of red, like Idaho and Texas.

    In October, the unemployment rates in Alabama, Hawaii, Maine, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Washington all met or beat their lowest rates ever recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), according to the agency’s monthly report issued Friday.

    California, Colorado, Idaho, North Dakota and Oregon also hit new lows earlier this year.

    Orange County Register: California is a national leader in outbound moves: Where do they go?

    California continues to see more folks moving elsewhere in the nation rather than relocating here, a sign the state looks relatively unappealing to others.

    Last year, California had 142,932 more residents exit to live in other states than arrive, according to an analysis of a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau, released Wednesday, Nov. 15. This “domestic net outmigration” was the second-largest outflow in the nation behind New York and just ahead of Illinois and New Jersey. And it was up 11 percent (13,699 net departures) vs. 2015.

    California’s net outmigration has been ongoing for two-decades-plus. Yet the state’s population continues to grow: By this count, up 108,301 in 2016 — or 0.3 percent — to 38.8 million.

    How? Primarily through foreign immigration — 332,197 new residents from other lands in 2016 — and more births than deaths. California’s population-growth challenge — and some folks think we’re crowded enough — is that the state has become a hard sell to folks from elsewhere.

    This census data shows how poorly California does at attracting U.S. residents. Yes,  514,758 move-ins from other states last year — virtually unchanged from 2015 — is the third-largest influx among nationally.

    The Wall Street Journal: Do States Have a Role in Making Climate Change Policy?

    When scientists from 13 U.S. federal agencies issued a report on climate change earlier this month that drew a direct connection between human activity and global warming, it was a reminder of the turmoil that has surrounded environmental issues since President Donald Trump took office.

    The Trump administration has rejected the international Paris climate accord, calling it a job-killing pact that impinges on U.S. sovereignty. It also has moved to repeal the domestic Clean Power Plan, following up on the president’s pledge to boost the energy industry by cutting regulation.

    In response, several state governors have pledged to take the initiative on climate change by crafting their own strict emissions standards and pursuing the development of renewable energy with renewed vigor.

    Supporters say such actions not only will benefit the environment but also will spur the development of the green-technology industry.

    But critics say that such state initiatives have a record of being ill conceived and ineffective, and that policies that run counter to the federal government’s stand on the climate in international talks are beyond the rightful scope of state governments.

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