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  • Thu, January 10, 2019 2:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    New Partnership CEO interviewed by ABC 7 Eyewitness News on potential bankruptcy and closing of Sears

    IRWINDALE, CA - New Partnership CEO Bill Manis was interviewed by ABC 7 Eyewitness News this week on the potential closing of iconic department store Sears. An 11th hour deal was negotiated late Tuesday night to keep Sears open.

    ABC 7 News wanted the perspective of the Partnership of how a potential closing of Sears would affect the local economy of the San Gabriel Valley.

    "Every city with a Sears has worried these past few years about whether the company could keep its doors open," Manis said. "Sears is usually one of the anchors of a local shopping plaza. A Sears store closing means many smaller businesses in the area lose those Sears customers and businesses in the city suffer for lack of traffic."


    Sears is famous for its legendary catalogs which were a shopping essential for millions of Americans in the 20th century whose access to quality goods required them to order it through the catalog. The department store more recently has struggled to find its footing with sharp competition from retail giants Walmart and Target as well as online competitors like Amazon.

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  • Tue, December 11, 2018 10:21 AM | Deleted user

    We have had three cohorts of bioscience entrepreneurs boot camp since summer of 2017 and they have been hugely successful. (http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/ppa/publicat/supervisor-solis-commends-la-biostart-graduates-cal-state-la-event).

    Some activities of the boot camp can be found on our website (http://www.calstatela.edu/LABioStart/news).

    We are accepting applications for Winter 2019 boot camp, which will run from Jan 15 through Feb 13, 2019. The deadline for application is December 28, 2018. Please check out the website (http://www.calstatela.edu/LABioStart/bootcamp).

    The main elements of the boot camp include:

    o Five weeks, intimate, intensive training/mentoring program (12 teams/cohort; a team may include up to four partners);

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    o We encourage all applicants: early-stage entrepreneurs, emerging entrepreneurs (scientists, physician-scientists, faculty, engineers, postdoc fellows, undergraduate and graduate students);

    o Applications accepted from individuals or teams of partners;

    o 4th cohort of Boot Camp: Jan 15 – Feb 13, 2019;

    o Six full-day modules; the rest are mostly half-day sessions on some weekdays and Saturdays;

    o An exceptional line-up of bioscience CEO, executives and experts who have confirmed to work with boot camp participants;

  • Tue, December 11, 2018 10:00 AM | Deleted user


    Azusa Pacific University is reimagining the career fair experience in order to better serve students and the needs of local San Gabriel Valley Companies. This annual event is designed for companies & organizations to meet top alumni & student talent from Azusa Pacific University.

    Our Career Center team is pleased to introduce you to the nearly 10,000 undergraduate, graduate & professional students from APU campuses across the Southern California region. With our growing network of alumni talent, we offer a broad spectrum of candidate profiles from more than 100 academic programs and professional work experience from countless industries & sectors.

    Whether you are recruiting undergraduate students for summer internships at your organization or sourcing candidates for hard-to-fill technical positions at your company, we are ready to welcome you to APU Talent Connect! Learn more

    Join us Tuesday, February 12th 2019, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm (901 East Alosta -Azusa, CA 91702)

    Employer registration


  • Tue, December 11, 2018 9:33 AM | Deleted user


    Foothill Consortium Duarte representatives: Economic Development Commissioner Brian Quandt; DUSD Director Kevin Morris; DUSD Michelle Trail; SGVEP Director of Education Pathways Michelle Yanez and Chamber President Sheryl Lefmann.

    (Reprinted with permission from the Duarte Chamber of Commerce)

    The last few years, the Duarte Chamber of Commerce has been working with educators and our members on workforce development Workforce development is critical to economic development and helps create and retain a viable workforce for today and the future.

    This year, the Duarte Chamber Board of Directors made an expanded commitment to this process. Participants of the Chamber’s newly expanded Workforce Development and Education Committee represent K-12 schools, continuing education colleges and universities, businesses, government partners, organizations, and Chamber staff. This cross section allows us to proceed without duplicating efforts with existing regional workforce development coalitions and strengthening our resources.

    One of our workforce development partners is the Foothill Consortium. The Consortium prepares students for college and career. This organization is a joint effort with the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, NAF, chambers, businesses, and the Azusa, Charter Oak, Monrovia and Duarte school districts. At the November quarterly meeting, the Consortium started development of a career showcase which would have a target audience of regional businesses.

    After all, it is the businesses that know what types of employees they need now and, in the future, to ensure their success. These businesses will gain exposure of what students are currently learning, upcoming education development, and how they can be a part of career development. The consortium will also have a question and answer session featuring a panel of experts in workforce development.

    Additionally, there will be opportunities for businesses to be involved in internships. Career themes of the Foothill Consortium academies include finance, engineering, health sciences, hospitality and tourism, and information technology. In the four represented school districts of the Consortium, there are nearly 700 students currently enrolled in these programs, with a goal of 2,000 students enrolled in the program when fully operational. If you, your business or your employer would like to be a part of this exciting opportunity, reach out to Sheryl Lefmann at the Duarte Chamber (626-357-3333) for more information.

  • Sun, December 09, 2018 12:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    San Gabriel Valley Tribune: In lieu of dead 710 freeway extension, LA Metro Board awards cities $515 million for road projects

    In an historic vote, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board Thursday approved $515 million in local roadway projects in lieu of a north 710 Freeway extension, ending nearly 60 years of debate.

    A list of 34 projects include removal of the southern 710 stub at Valley Boulevard in Alhambra, construction of a train overpass at California Boulevard in Pasadena, and three parking structures in Monterey Park.

    The LA Metro board voted 8-0 to spend more than half a billion dollars in projects. Most of the funding comes from the $780 million set aside in Measure R, a half-cent sales tax adopted by Los Angeles County voters in 2008 earmarked for the 4.3-mile 710 Freeway gap closure tunnel.

    Both LA Metro and Caltrans killed the 710 Freeway extension first offered in the 1950s that more recently was proposed as a tunnel from the terminus at Valley Boulevard through South Pasadena and Pasadena to the 210 Freeway.


    San Gabriel Valley Tribune: More than 100K acres would be added to the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument with this sweeping conservation bill

    A sweeping conservation bill introduced Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris would expand the boundaries of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument to include popular hiking trails north of Pasadena and create a federally designated recreation area along the San Gabriel River, including the western portion of the Puente-Chino Hills.

    Harris’ San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act mimics two bills by Rep. Judy Chu, D-Pasadena reintroduced in May 2017 after they languished for two years in a previous Congress without being discussed in committee.

    Today, conservation bills, once seen as dead on arrival in a Republican-majority Congress, are viewed by watchdogs as receiving a green light in a Democratic-majority House of Representatives.

    Many see Harris’ companion bills as laying the groundwork for merged House-Senate legislation that will require approval by the Senate, in which Republicans hold a slim majority.


    OC Register: Joel Kotkin: The Soul of the New Machine

    Thirty-five years ago Tracy Kidder electrified readers with his “Soul of a New Machine,” which detailed the development of a minicomputer. Today we may be seeing the emergence of another machine, a political variety that could turn the country toward a permanent one-party state.

    This evolution has its roots in California, where a combination of Silicon Valley technology, changing demographics, control of media, culture and academia have worked to all but eliminate the once-fearsome state GOP.  For all intents and purposes, the California Republican Party has ceased to exist.

    But this is not, as some conservatives contend, a case simply of California lunacy. Several once historically conservative states — Colorado, Arizona, Nevada — have been turning ever-bluer in recent elections. The party now barely is able to hold onto seats in places such as Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida, while the  Midwest, the region that elected Donald Trump, seems to be shifting back to its bluer past.

    Just two years ago, the Republican Party was at its apex at the state level, while controlling both the House and the Senate. Yet Trump’s histrionics and narcissistic persona have undermined his own party, as Utah’s defeated Rep. Mia Love recently suggested. “It’s all the Donald that’s killed us,” says Kevin Shuvalov, recounting the beating Republicans suffered in most Texas metro areas, and where Beto O’Rourke almost dethroned Senator Ted Cruz.

    Trump’s antics, particularly on immigration, have brought the fabulously rich Brahmin elite — Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer, the Silicon Valley billionaires — out in force, continuing a trend that has been building for at least a decade. But they also built a very impressive grassroots funding base. Together these two efforts allowed the Democrats to garner effort for two-thirds of spending on critical congressional races.

    Money, as the late Jesse Unruh put it, is “the mother’s milk of politics” and the Democrats employed it in part to finance a first-rate get out the vote effort. This helped raise the midterm turnout to its highest rate since 1914. Numerous well-targeted campaigns in fairly affluent suburban districts saw GOP candidates, notably in Congress, chopped up like unwelcome crabgrass.


    CALMatters: Jerry Brown's last stand on pension reform

    Six years ago, as California strained to emerge from the Great Recession, Gov. Jerry Brown worked a minor political miracle—a rebalancing of the massive state pension systems for public employees.

    Shuttling between unions and the strapped governments on the hook for public sector benefits and paychecks, Brown scaled back some of the rules and perks that have made public sector workers more secure, arguing that the pain would be worth it. Results were mixed: The largest benefit rollback in state history yielded some savings, but not enough to entirely fix a pension commitment that taxpayers are increasingly finding hard to manage.

    Now, as Brown prepares to leave office—his own pension at hand, after five decades in public service—even that hard-won modicum of fiscal change could be loosened. In a case that went to oral arguments this week, the California Supreme Court is weighing a key legal precedent that could restore the generous pension formulas Brown worked so hard to tighten.

    Brown, who at 80 has already surpassed the average retirement age of state workers by 22 years, predicts that he’ll win. But Wednesday’s proceedings made it clear that workers’ arguments are also compelling.

    Whatever the ruling, Brown’s successor, Gavin Newsom, will have to cope with the outcome. And—though the state’s unfunded liabilities persist, and economists warn another recession could be just around the corner—Newsom will face a very different political landscape. Should California land in another downturn, Brown’s pension reform miracle could be difficult, if not impossible, to repeat.

    The case heard by the high court today involves the California Rule, a legal precedent that requires the state to compensate public employees if their retirement benefits are lessened. In a challenge brought by Cal Fire Local 2881, the firefighters union argues that the ability to purchase additional years of service credit toward retirement, known as “airtime,” is a pension benefit that employees rely on as part of their decision to go into public service.



    Washington Post: Opinion: Bill Clinton: 'George H.W. Bush's Oval Office note to me revealed the heart of who he was'

    On Jan. 20, 1993, I entered the Oval Office for the first time as president. As is the tradition, waiting for me was a note from my predecessor, George Herbert Walker Bush. It read:

    Dear Bill,

    When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too.

    I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described.

    There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I’m not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course.

    You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well.

    Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.

    Good Luck — George

    No words of mine or others can better reveal the heart of who he was than those he wrote himself. He was an honorable, gracious and decent man who believed in the United States, our Constitution, our institutions and our shared future. And he believed in his duty to defend and strengthen them, in victory and defeat. He also had a natural humanity, always hoping with all his heart that others’ journeys would include some of the joy that his family, his service and his adventures gave him.

    His friendship has been one of the great gifts of my life. From Indonesia to Houston, from the Katrina-ravaged Gulf Coast to Kennebunkport, Maine — where just a few months ago we shared our last visit, as he was surrounded by his family but clearly missing Barbara — I cherished every opportunity I had to learn and laugh with him. I just loved him.

    Many people were surprised at our relationship, considering we were once political adversaries. Despite our considerable differences, I had admired many of his accomplishments as president, especially his foreign policy decisions in managing America’s response to the end of the Cold War and his willingness to work with governors of both parties to establish national education goals. Even more important, though he could be tough in a political fight, he was in it for the right reasons: People always came before politics, patriotism before partisanship. To the end, we knew we would never agree on everything, and we agreed that was okay. Honest debate strengthens democracy.

  • Fri, November 30, 2018 1:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Partnership Opposes Text Message Tax Proposal by Public Utilities Commission

    IRWINDALE, CA - The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership is strongly opposed to a new proposal by the California Public Utilities Commission to place a tax on wireless cell phone users to pay for emergency text messaging services by the state. The proposal is still under review by the Public Utilities Commission.

    The proposal is designed to increase funding for the state Public Purpose Program, which is already supported by mobile phone fees and taxes. An additional tax on text messaging doubles the cost to the same consumers who are already supporting this program, disproportionately placing a financial burden on wireless consumers.

    This burden is particularly hard on lower income Californians who typically only have wireless phone service as their primary contact and communication vehicle. The Partnership believes the state should be sensitive to the needs of these Californians and conduct a thorough study of the impact such taxes could have before proceeding with implementation. Read the Partnership's full opposition letter here.

    For more information, contact Director of Public Policy Brad Jensen at bjensen@sgvpartnership.org or 626-856-3400.

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  • Fri, November 30, 2018 11:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Washington Post: Trump scores political win with signing of North American trade deal, but pact faces challenges in Congress

    President Trump celebrated a major political win Friday, joining the leaders of the Mexican and Canadian governments in signing a new North American trade deal that overhauls the rules governing more than $1.2 trillion in regional commerce and closes the door on a quarter-century of unbridled globalization.

    In a half-hour ceremony in a downtown hotel, the president lavished praise on the agreement, calling it a “truly groundbreaking achievement,” and he nodded to his blue-collar base with claims that the measure would promote “high-paid manufacturing jobs” and farm exports.

    But the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement faces uncertain prospects in Congress next year, where Democrats will control the House of Representatives and may be reluctant to help the president fulfill a 2016 campaign promise as he gears up to run for reelection.

    Friday’s ceremony was relatively subdued, save for Trump’s acknowledgment that the trio had done “battle” to reach an accord.

    Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose relationship has been rocky, interacted cordially, though Trudeau resisted Trump’s re-branding effort and called their handiwork a “new North American Free Trade Agreement.”


    Wall Street Journal: Steel Tariffs and Hot Economy Take Toll on Infrastructure Projects

    A light-rail extension in California. An interstate highway in West Virginia. A new ferry terminal in Washington.

    State and local governments could have to pay millions of dollars more to finance these and other infrastructure projects around the country, as the Trump administration’s steel tariffs combined with a strong economy and a tight labor market push construction costs higher.

    In Dover, N.H., city officials will have to make cuts to next year’s capital improvement budget after the winning bid on a flood-control project came in $1.5 million higher than the city’s $3.3 million estimate. “It’s not a project that we can delay,” said Michael Joyal, the city manager.

    The project involves installing hundreds of feet of steel-reinforced concrete pipe under an active railroad track. Glenn Cairns, president of George R. Cairns and Sons Inc., who won the bid, said the difficulty of the job pushed up costs along with higher steel prices, which he hopes to lock in with suppliers before they rise again.

    “We’re seeing steel and a lot of commodities going up, as well as labor,” said Mr. Cairns. “Everything is on the rise.”

    Through October, the price of diesel fuel was up 27%, asphalt-paving mixtures were up 11.6% and steel-mill products were up 18.2%, all compared with a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Tariffs of 25% on steel imported from China and other countries imposed in June have given domestic steel makers leverage to raise their own prices, say analysts.


    San Gabriel Valley Tribune: In a stunner, this new city is trying to muscle in to buy the 2500 acre Tres Hermanos Ranch property

    In a move that stunned three cities working to map a future for one of the largest remaining open spaces in the region, a small southeast Los Angeles County community has launched a $42 million effort to wrestle the ranch land away from the City of Industry.

    Industry and Chino Hills, one of the cities with jurisdiction over the near pristine, 2,500-acre Tres Hermanos Ranch, already have threatened to sue if Commerce moves forward with its bold venture.

    “It’s unbelievable,” said Konrad Bartlam, Chino Hills’ city manager. “If they think we wouldn’t sue them, as we have sued Industry, they’re completely crazy.”

    Industry, which has owned Tres Hermanos through its former redevelopment agency for decades, was approved to buy back the land on the eastern edge of Los Angeles County by a county oversight board last year, but it has not closed the deal yet because of a series of ongoing lawsuits.

    The city of roughly 200 residents had to buy back the land when redevelopment agencies across the state were forced to dissolve.The state Department of Finance has signed off on the deal, said Jamie Casso, Industry’s city attorney.

    “It’s mind-boggling that anybody would think that this is possible,” Casso said of Commerce’s move.


    Sacramento Bee: Could this obscure California state agency derail Jerry Brown's Delta tunnels?

    As Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office, his controversial Delta tunnels plan is on the ropes.

    Most farmers who would get water from the tunnels still haven’t agreed to pay their share. Rather than support the tunnels, the Trump administration is trying to bend federal environmental laws to simply deliver more water through the existing Delta system to San Joaquin Valley farms and cities — and just rejected the project’s request for a big startup loan. Brown’s successor, Gavin Newsom, says he would like to see the project scaled down. Lawsuits challenging the project abound.

    Amid that uncertainty, an obscure state council is poised to send the $16.7 billion project back to the drawing board — potentially throwing another roadblock at the tortured, decade-long plan.

    On Dec. 20, the Delta Stewardship Council will vote to determine whether the tunnels project — officially known as California WaterFix — complies with what’s known as the “Delta Plan,” a set of policy goals, mandated by state law, that put protection and restoration of the fragile estuary’s eco-system on an equal footing with more reliable water supplies.

    The council was formed in 2009, when the Legislature passed the Delta Reform Act. The law established that water supply and eco-system improvements were “coequal goals” that must be met when it comes to managing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the hub of California’s north-to-south water delivery system.

    Now the council appears on the verge of ruling that WaterFix doesn’t measure up.


    CALMAtters: Those flipped House seats created a visible blue wave - but big blue shifts lurked beneath the surface

    No doubt you’ve heard about the blue wave: the electoral tsunami of left-of-center enthusiasm that slammed into California on election day, flipping seven of 14 GOP-held congressional districts to the Democrats. But that was just the wave’s frothy cap.

    For every single congressional district that featured a face-off between a Democrat and Republican in this midterm and the last, the California electorate shifted further blue. The average Democratic gain was 9 percentage points since 2014.

    As the sea of leftward pointing arrows above shows, Democrats amassed a larger share of the vote in all but five districts this year, including several that stayed in GOP hands. In 2014, for example, Central Valley Republican Rep. Devin Nunes won 72 percent of the vote. This year (at last count) he snagged a slim majority of 53 percent.

    There was a leftward shift in most solidly blue districts this year too. Take Rep. Ted Lieu in Torrence. In 2014, he won his seat by a little less than 60 percent of the vote, leaving 41 percent of the vote for his Republican opponent. This year, he won by an even more resounding 70 percent.


    Henry Olsen: A Bad Beat for Republicans - But Not Fraud

    Plenty of Republicans and Trump fans are crying foul at the number of congressional seats that have moved towards the Democrats since Election Day. Insinuations or outright accusations of orchestrated voter fraud fill my Twitter feed. I understand why people are upset—but there’s no hanky panky afoot. Our election system is broken, but it is not saturated with fraud.

    Let’s take a look at the California results. Republicans led in five closely contested congressional districts as vote counting ended on the Wednesday morning after the election. Most Republicans looked at that and said, “We won!” The experienced observer, though, noted how few votes had been cast in each contest. Compared to similar seats in the rest of the country, it was clear that only about half of the votes had been counted. There was more than enough left to be counted to change the results, unless California had significantly lower voter turnout than anyplace else.

    It also should have been clear that those votes would favor the Democrats. That was true for two reasons. First, we have years of experience that ballots arriving on or after Election Day typically favor Democrats in California. Second, the Election Night results would have indicated that California, arguably ground zero of #TheResistance, was more pro-Trump than similar seats in every other state. No one could be sure how many votes Democrats would gain in these seats, but it was painfully clear that they would gain.

    Now that the votes are nearly fully counted, we have no evidence of anything amiss. The margins of victory for each Democrat are in line with the baseline presidential results from 2016. Despite fervent GOP hopes, moderate anti-Trump Republicans who voted for Clinton in 2016 clearly voted straight Democratic in 2018. Not one of the seats that moved after election day exhibits a result out of the ordinary given the underlying partisan trends at work.

    Nor is the turnout unusual given the national trends. David Wasserman, a premiere political analyst for the Cook Political Report, complies a spreadsheet on the House voting in each district after each cycle. This year he computes how the midterm votes compare to the number of votes cast in 2016. California’s statistics are again in line with what similar seats elsewhere in the country have shown. The only difference between these seats is that most states, with many fewer mail ballot votes to count, finished their task sooner.

    The fact is that different types of people cast ballots in different manners and at different times. Since partisanship often follows these types of differences, like age and education, ballot types can often have clear partisan indications.

  • Wed, November 21, 2018 11:50 AM | Deleted user

    Thank you to board member Cliff Daniel of Methodist Hospital of Arcadia for hosting the Partnership’s workforce development meeting on November 14th. The focus was on the Health Sector and the speakers included member Dr. Alex Davis of the Los Angeles Orange County Regional Consortium (LAOCRC) of community colleges, Shari Herzfeld Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for Health, Pablo Artaza of Technical College and Cesar Hindu of Medica Talent Group.

    The conversation touched on how we went from having a nursing shortage to now having a shortage of nurses with specialty training. Another problem discussed was recruiting and keeping people on the job. Smaller hospitals and clinics are competing with the larger hospitals for talent. DSN Shari Herzfeld said sometimes it’s not pay, there might a large hospital that can pay well but the cost of housing becomes the barrier.

    Dr. Bill Scroggins, President of Mt.San Antonio College, shared about their partnership with Methodist Hospital to create a patient care coordination program for incumbent workers.

    Dr. Davis spoke about what the community colleges are doing to remedy some of the issues and how the Strong Workforce Program (SWP) works to address the needs of employers. The K-12 SWP is next to roll out and school districts can apply for grant funds to help them align their health pathways to community college pathways, visit http://doingwhatmatters.cccco.edu.

    Pablo Artaza shared that he provides the training for American Job Centers of California (AJCC) and that the costs are paid by workforce development funds so that low-income participants are not out-of-pocket or left out. His training programs are customized to meet employers’ needs and/or culture. Most students need help finding employment after they graduate or complete a training.

    Cesar Hindu shared that Medica is a staffing company dedicated to health positions that it is positioned to help Technical College, AJCCs and community colleges place their students. They are a natural workforce partner to are not limited by government, policies or funding. The workforce panel was moderated by Dr. Alma Salazar of the Los Angeles Chamber, Vice President of Workforce Development and member of the California Workforce Development Board.

    For information, contact Dr. Michelle Yanez at myanez@sgvpartnership.org or (626) 856-3400.



  • Fri, November 16, 2018 2:16 PM | Deleted user

    The Partnership’s Legislative Action Committee met this week to hear a special post-midterm elections presentation by David Siders, a POLITICO national political correspondent. Siders is a resident of Sierra Madre here in the San Gabriel Valley.

    Mr. Siders provided a detailed overview of several broad takeaways from the midterm elections, notably the significant increase in turnout – the highest for a midterm election since 1970. This turnout increase coincided with many younger voters turning out to the polls, along with minority voters who typically vote at lower rates than white voters. This electorate was a challenging one for Republicans across the country, as the GOP lost key voters in suburban districts which lead to the loss of their majority in the House of Representatives along with several governorships. While the Republicans managed to win a few Senate seats in places like Missouri, Indiana, and North Dakota, they lost two previously held GOP seats in Arizona and Nevada. In California, Republicans have now lost five House seats and are on the verge of losing a sixth, in addition to key losses in the State Senate and State Assembly, leaving Democrats with supermajorities in Sacramento.

    Mr. Siders turned his attention to the pivotal 2020 presidential election, noting that several major candidates like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris are already staffing up and preparing to run for president. He emphasized that many candidates will jump into this race from the Democratic side, while it is unlikely that President Trump would face a serious challenge from within his own party. In regards to Trump, this election defeat should show all Republicans – even those few who remain disaffected – that unless they rally around this candidate, their party is unlikely to prevail in future elections.


  • Fri, November 16, 2018 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Los Angeles Times: Democrat Gil Cisneros pulls ahead of Republican Young Kim as more votes are tallied

    Democrat Gil Cisneros pulled ahead of Republican Young Kim in one of California’s undecided congressional races Thursday, an ominous sign for a GOP already reeling from its loss of four House seats in the state.

    In updated vote counts released by the registrars for Orange and San Bernardino counties, Kim fell 941 votes behind Cisneros in the contest to succeed Republican Rep. Ed Royce in California’s 39th Congressional District. The 39th straddles Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange counties.

    The Nov. 6 midterm election has been devastating to Republicans in California. If Cisneros and Porter win, the party will have lost six of its 14 House seats in the state, essentially a wipeout in every contest that both parties spent heavily to win. The three Republicans already bounced from Congress are Reps. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa, Steve Knight of Palmdale and Jeff Denham of Turlock in the San Joaquin Valley. Democrat Mike Levin won the seat of retiring GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista in the fourth district flipped so far.


    Los Angeles Times: Republicans lose a fifth House seat as Democrat Katie Porter ousts Rep. Mimi Walters

    In another blow to California Republicans reeling from defeats in the Nov. 6 election, Democrat Katie Porter has ousted GOP Rep. Mimi Walters in an upscale Orange County congressional district that was a longtime conservative bastion.

    At the same time, the updated vote count Thursday by the Orange County registrar of voters had Democratic House candidate Gil Cisneros pulling 941 votes ahead of Republican Young Kim in an adjacent congressional district.

    The Associated Press projected Porter’s unseating of Walters in the 45th Congressional District contest after Orange County’s tally found that the two-term incumbent had dropped 6,203 votes behind her challenger.

    It is the fifth House seat in California that Republicans lost in last week’s election. Democrats will control at least 44 of the state’s 53 seats in the House. It’s a new low point for a state GOP sorely damaged over the last two decades by the kind of hard-line immigration politics championed by President Trump.

    In an essay Thursday in the Washington Examiner, former California GOP Chairman Shawn Steel bemoaned the party’s near-collapse, saying Republicans were “completely outmatched” in fundraising and grass-roots organizing.

    “California Republicans, long in the wilderness, have now reached the point of desperation,” he wrote.


    San Gabriel Valley Tribune: Gold Line extension delayed due to steel tariffs, runaway construction costs, authority says

    Citing tariffs on imported steel, tighter immigration policies and rising wages, the Gold Line Construction Authority board Tuesday voted to build only half the Glendora-to-Montclair extension, saying runaway construction costs could prevent building out to Montclair.

    By a 5-0 unanimous vote, the board authorized the surprise staff recommendation that the 12.3-mile extension needs to be built in two phases due to costs rising 38 percent, from $1.5 billion to $2.1 billion.

    The Authority, which had scraped together $1.5 billion and had broken ground on utility replacement work, was about to award a design-build contract and make history as the first light-rail train extending from Los Angeles County to the Inland Empire when all four bidders said their costs would be way above the Authority’s estimated price tag.

    In order not to derail the entire project, the Authority will use the money to build the first eight miles and new stations in Glendora, San Dimas and La Verne two years earlier than planned, by 2024.

    The project from La Verne to Claremont, Pomona and Montclair becomes an iffy phase two, dependent on the economy, market forces and the agency finding the extra funding within the next two years.

    “We have high probability we will be able to build from Glendora to La Verne with the funds we have now. To go beyond that, we need the $570 million,” said Habib Balian, CEO of the Construction Authority at the special board meeting in Monrovia.


    CALMatters: Dan Morain: A landslide victory, supermajorities, and a fat budget surplus: It's good to be Gavin right now

    The good news just keeps coming for California Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom.

    Not only did he win a resounding 60 percent-plus landslide, but he will be greeted by a two-thirds supermajority of fellow Democrats in both houses—more than sufficient to approve a tax increase. Not that he’ll need it any time soon.

    That’s because he’ll also inherit a $200-billion plus budget that, as it turns out, is in “remarkably good shape” heading into the coming year, with nearly $30 billion in combined reserves and unexpected tax revenue, the Legislative Analyst’s Office reported Wednesday.

    “By historical standards, this surplus is extraordinary,” the analyst wrote in its annual fiscal outlook for the 2019-20 budget year.

    So is Newsom’s luck, says Hoover Institution research fellow Bill Whalen, who worked in Gov. Pete Wilson’s administration. “This,” Whalen said Wednesday, “is living under a fortunate star.”

    One reason for the analyst’s projected surplus is that spending increases will be “very low” for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that under Gov. Jerry Brown, lawmakers have sought to limit increases in ongoing spending.


    San Gabriel Valley Tribune: LA Metro committee approves $500 million in 710 freeway gap dollars for local SGV road improvements

    For the first time since LA Metro killed the extension of the 710 Freeway, the agency on Wednesday approved 34 alternative projects, saying improvements to roads and major thoroughfares affected by traffic from the freeway’s northern terminus represents a new, cities-driven approach that flies in the face of Caltrans’ more-than-60-year desire to complete the 4.1-mile gap between El Sereno, South Pasadena and Pasadena.

    The Metro Ad Hoc Congestion, Highway and Roads Committee unanimously approved the first set of projects worth a total of $514.4 million. The list must be approved by the LA Metro Board of Directors at their meeting in December.

    “A year ago, I would not have believed we could’ve put a project list like this together,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro committee member Kathryn Barger, who has led an effort to bring cities on opposite sides of the freeway fight together. “This is a bottoms-up approach. These projects are recommended by those cities impacted.”

    The cities of Pasadena and Alhambra — who have opposed and supported the freeway extension, respectively — are the big winners.


    Washington Post: Henry Olsen: How the GOP might win in 2020

    Tuesday’s midterm elections were important for the country’s future. They were also crucial for the Republican Party’s future. The GOP’s massive losses in traditionally Republican suburbs have set it irretrievably on a new path. Either it re-creates a William McKinley-style coalition based on the working-class voter or it dies.

    The party’s devastation in traditional, high-income suburban bastions is unmistakable. Nearly every House seat it lost was in these areas. Districts in suburban Atlanta, Houston and Dallas that voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 by between 15 and 24 points went Democratic. Districts that Republicans had held for decades outside Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia fell. The blue tide even swept away a GOP seat in Oklahoma City. This trend was more than a coastal fad.

    Republicans are used to being the party of the upper middle class, and their natural reaction will be to prioritize regaining these lost ancestral homes. But they should resist that urge, at least insofar as it would conflict with efforts to serve another, crucial part of the evolving GOP coalition: working-class, Obama-Trump voters.

    Those voters turned out in droves Tuesday, and their unexpected loyalty to their new party saved the GOP’s bacon. Their support captured two Minnesota House seats and rescued a number of other Republican candidates. They also propelled North Dakota’s Kevin Cramer, Indiana’s Mike Braun, Missouri’s Josh Hawley and probably Florida’s Rick Scott to victory in the Senate; had they not voted Republican, at least two of these seats would have stayed Democratic, and the post-election story line would be much different.

    Their votes also secured key governorships — in Ohio and Florida (pending a recount), specifically — for the party, preserving its control over redistricting there after the 2020 Census.

    Nonetheless, their importance remains drastically underappreciated by the GOP leadership. On Tuesday, in most states Obama-Trump voters’ support was high but still below 2016 levels. Had the party been willing to embrace them rather than ignore them, that support could have increased further, perhaps allowing Matt Rosendale to prevail in Montana’s Senate race. At least five House seats with large numbers of these voters also narrowly went Democratic. Overlooking these places was a mistake.

    Tuesday’s results should force the GOP to court these crucial voters more aggressively. That will mean looking at what they value and making a concerted effort to meet their concerns.

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