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  • Fri, August 10, 2018 12:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sacramento Bee: Trump wants to clear trees to stop wildfires. Experts say the Feds must spend more

    When it comes to wildfires, California is “not on the side of nature,” Gov. Jerry Brown acknowledged in an Aug. 1 press conference. “We’re fighting nature.”

    There are, however, things people can do to mitigate the risk of forest fires, which are growing ever longer and more destructive in the West thanks to high temperatures, drought and invasive species. After years of neglect, California’s government is now stepping up efforts to do just that.

    The federal government, however, is not moving with the same sense of urgency.

    Over the weekend, President Trump tweeted that California’s multiplying wildfires are “being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws...“Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!”

    There’s just one problem. The Trump administration’s own budget request for the current fiscal year and the coming one proposed slashing tens of millions of dollars from the Department of Interior and U.S. Forest Service budgets dedicated to the kind of tree clearing and other forest management work experts say is needed. And it’s just one example of how the federal government is still not prioritizing fire mitigation to the scale that is needed, according to forestry experts.

    LA Daily News: Democrat Delgado leading LA-area State Senate special election

    Democrat Vanessa Delgado appears to have defeated Republican Rita Topalian  in a close race in a special election Tuesday for a California Senate seat left vacant after a sexual-harassment scandal last winter.

    Delgado, the mayor of Montebello, had 51.7 percent, and Topalian, an attorney from Whittier, had 48.3 percent — a difference of 1,572 votes — with all precincts reporting but some votes still uncounted in state Senate District 32.

    It has been a weird, confusing race in the district that covers parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties, including the cities of Artesia, Whittier, Pico Rivera, Downey, Norwalk and Buena Park.

    The winner will serve until December, completing the term of Tony Mendoza, the veteran lawmaker who resigned in February as his Senate colleagues prepared to vote on whether to expel him. An investigation had found Mendoza engaged in “a pattern of unwelcome flirtation and sexually suggestive behavior” toward female colleagues and staffers as young as 19.

    The Senate district’s representative for the next full, four-year term won’t be chosen until Nov. 6 in an election between Topalian, a Whittier resident, and Bob Archuleta, a Democratic city councilman from Pico Rivera.

    The Hill: Dems seek GOP wipeout in California

    The shared work space in a suburban office park just across the street from the University of California Irvine bustles with young employees walking between glass-walled conference rooms with purpose.

    Some work for tech startups, like a virtual photo booth company. Others work for a gum ball machine distributor.

    And still others work for another new type of startup that Orange County hasn't seen in recent years: A serious and professionally run Democratic congressional campaign.

    For generations, Orange County has been the bastion of Western conservatism, the foundation on which Republicans such as Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Pete Wilson built their statewide campaigns. As recently as 2000, the Republican presidential nominee, George W. Bush, spent precious time campaigning here.

     But after Hillary Clinton became the first Democrat to win Orange County since Franklin Roosevelt, Democrats now believe several congressional seats in the Los Angeles suburbs and exurbs are critical to their hopes of reclaiming the House of Representatives this November.

     They just have to learn how to run a campaign here, in districts where the party has not been seriously competitive for decades — and how to overcome roadblocks Republicans have erected in the lead-up to the midterm elections.

    Los Angeles Times: Recalled Sen. Josh Newman 'more than open' to running for the seat again in 2020

    A few months after state Sen. Josh Newman was recalled from office by voters, the Fullerton Democrat has scheduled a political fundraiser to collect money for a possible 2020 campaign to reclaim the seat.

    In an invitation posted on a new website,, the ousted senator invites supporters to an Aug. 22 fundraiser at the Sacramento Masonic Temple.

    “Josh Newman, everybody’s favorite recently recalled Senator, may be out — for now —  but he’s not down,” the invitation reads. “Got a little extra dough to help retire the Recall debt and pave the way for 2020? We’ll take it!”

    Newman, who was targeted for recall by GOP leaders over his vote to raise the gas tax, said in an interview that the fundraiser is being held to replenish his committee to run for reelection in 2020, which he had formed before the recall. It loaned $260,000 to a separate Newman committee that fought the recall.

    “I am more than open to the prospect of putting my hat in the ring to do it again,” Newman said. “I am strongly considering it. Apart from my vote as one of 81 [legislators] who voted for SB 1, I was otherwise acknowledged as being a very good, capable, responsive state senator. I truly liked that part of the job.”

    Politico: Trump blows up GOP's formula for winning House races

    The vote breakdown in Ohio’s special election this week amplified a trend that's been building in the suburbs during the Trump era — and illustrated how the traditional Republican path to victory has been upended in key congressional districts.

    Deep suburban antipathy toward President Donald Trump has turned the old GOP electoral coalition inside-out in many areas in 2017 and 2018 — like Ohio’s 12th District, which for two decades sent former Rep. Pat Tiberi to Congress on the back of his popularity in the Columbus suburbs. His anointed successor, Republican Troy Balderson, took a different path to a small special-election lead, instead building on Trump’s rural strength while Democrat Danny O'Connor cut deeply into Tiberi’s old base.

    In Columbus’ Franklin County, where Tiberi regularly received more than 55 percent support, O’Connor held Balderson to just one-third of the special election vote. In Delaware County — a wealthier, whiter bedroom community to the north — Balderson scraped together a majority where Tiberi used to win 70-plus percent. But the further Balderson got from the city, the better he performed compared to Tiberi’s baselines, taking up to 71 percent of the vote in further-flung counties.

    It’s a shift that was underway before Trump arrived on the political scene — but the president accelerated it. In 2016, Tiberi and some other Republicans even combined their traditional suburban power with growing rural strength on Trump’s ticket. But that combination has proven unattainable in elections during the president’s tumultuous first term, and Republicans across the country will have to confront the full force of that change in the November elections.

    New York Times: Opinion: Why the Midterms Won't Be Won By Playing to the Base

    Most strategists and analysts say this November’s midterms will be determined by turnout. According to this view, whichever party more fully energizes its partisans will come out on top. New data, though, shows this common wisdom has it exactly backward. It’s the voters who sit between the two parties, not the party bases, who will choose which party wins.

    That’s a surprising finding from the most recent Democracy Fund Voter Study Group poll. This biannual poll, which asks thousands of Americans their views on issues, personalities and voting intentions, has been querying the same people going back to 2011 (in the polling world, this is known as a longitudinal survey). That means it is large enough and has the right sort of questions to do what most polls can’t: report accurately on small groups within the overall electorate.

    Two of these groups are of vital import: “Romney-Clinton” voters and “Obama-Trump” voters. Each consists of people who changed which party’s nominee they voted for from 2012 to 2016. Where they go will determine who wins because they are strategically placed in most of the target House and Senate races up for grabs this fall.

    “Romney-Clinton” voters are generally the sort of highly educated, affluent, more moderate voters who disapprove of Donald Trump. The most recent Voter Survey shows Mr. Trump had less than a 20 percent job approval rating among them; nearly 70 percent of these formerly Republican voters disapprove of his job performance. And they are taking this dislike with them to the voting booth. Forty-three percent say they will vote for Democrats this fall; only about 20 percent intend to back Republicans.

  • Fri, July 20, 2018 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Partnership votes to oppose Proposition 10 which would expand rent control statewide

    IRWINDALE - The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership has announced its firm opposition to Proposition 10, a November statewide ballot initiative that would dramatically expand rent control in California.

    Under current state law, only 15 cities in California have rent control and rent control is limited to apartment units built before a certain date. If Proposition 10 were to pass in November, it would make it easier for cities across the state to enact rent control ordinances and apply rent control to a broad spectrum of housing units.

    "The availability and cost of housing is by far the number one economic concern of Californians today," said Jeff Allred, President and CEO of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. "The business community strongly supports more housing growth and development but enacting rent control will lead to less housing availability and higher rents. Passing Prop 10 would be an absolute disaster for California."

    Earlier this year, the San Gabriel Valley cities of Pasadena and Pomona - the two most populous cities in the region - each saw separate attempts to gather signatures to place rent control measures on the municipal ballot. Both attempts failed due to lack of local support.

    "The San Gabriel Valley generally has lower housing costs than downtown L.A., Orange County, Long Beach, the West Side, and the San Fernando Valley," said Allred. "This housing affordability, plus our great schools and colleges, gives our region a competitive advantage over other areas of Southern California for residents and businesses moving to or starting up. Rent control would significantly curtail that unique advantage."

    The Partnership strongly encourages our member organizations and residents of the San Gabriel Valley to oppose Proposition 10 this November.

    For more information, contact Brad Jensen, Director of Public Policy, at (626) 856-3400.


  • Fri, July 20, 2018 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sacramento Bee: Three Californias measure removed from November ballot by State Supreme Court

    he California Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of opponents of a plan to divide California into three, saying the measure should not appear on the November ballot.

    The court instructed Secretary of State Alex Padilla to refrain from putting the measure before voters pending further review, “because significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition’s validity, and because we conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election...”

    The environmental nonprofit Planning and Conservation League and political attorneys alleged that breaking up the state is a “revision” of the state constitution and requires support by two-thirds of the California Legislature before it can go to the 2018 ballot.

    Los Angeles Times: Kevin de Leon wins Democratic Party endorsement over longtime incumbent Dianne Feinstein

    California Democratic Party leaders took a step to the left Saturday night, endorsing liberal state lawmaker Kevin de León for Senate in a stinging rebuke of Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

    De León’s victory reflected the increasing strength of the state party’s liberal activist core, which was energized by the election of Republican Donald Trump as president.

    The endorsement was an embarrassment for Feinstein, who is running for a fifth full term, and indicates that Democratic activists in California have soured on her reputation for pragmatism and deference to bipartisanship as Trump and a Republican-led Congress are attacking Democratic priorities on immigration, healthcare and environmental protections.

    De León, a former state Senate leader from Los Angeles, received 65% of the vote of about 330 members of the state party’s executive board — more than the 60% needed to secure the endorsement. Feinstein, who pleaded with party leaders meeting in Oakland this weekend not to endorse any candidate, received 7%, and 28% voted for “no endorsement.”

    New York Times: From the start, Trump has muddied a clear message: Putin interfered in the 2016 election

    Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election.

    The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation.

    Mr. Trump sounded grudgingly convinced, according to several people who attended the intelligence briefing. But ever since, Mr. Trump has tried to cloud the very clear findings that he received on Jan. 6, 2017, which his own intelligence leaders have unanimously endorsed.

    The shifting narrative underscores the degree to which Mr. Trump regularly picks and chooses intelligence to suit his political purposes. That has never been more clear than this week.

    Sacramento Bee: Why California's business leaders are fighting to save the gas tax

    It’s not often the California Chamber of Commerce endorses a tax increase.

    You are more likely to see such legislative proposals – on high-income earners, on services, on corporations — make the “job killers” list that the state’s largest business advocacy organization puts out each year to beat back bills it doesn’t like.

    But when Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers last year passed a measure raising fees on transportation fuels and vehicle registration to pay for road repairs, it was because CalChamber, and the larger California business community, helped push it across the finish line.

    Their support, along with the money and the bully pulpit it brings, will be essential for the coalition waging an uphill campaign to preserve the tax plan. Public polling indicates that California voters are ready to approve an initiative this November that would repeal the 12-cent-per-gallon hike on gasoline, 20-cent-per-gallon increase for diesel and new annual fee for cars based on their value.

    CALMatters: As a Kern County canal sinks 1 inch a month, a $8.9 billion water bond holds out an infrastructure solution

    A 152-mile long canal that irrigates pistachios and other crops in the eastern San Joaquin Valley is sinking by an inch a month, the result of groundwater over-pumping by farmers.

    The Sacramento Bee described the Friant-Kern Canal as an engineering marvel, but its capacity has been reduced by as much as 60 percent at because of subsidence.

    Proposition 3, an $8.9 billion bond on the November ballot, would set aside $750 million to repair the canal, and additional sums to avert subsidence. Gerald Meral, a former water policy advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown, wrote the initiative.

    Business groups and farmers, many of them seeking canal improvements, donated $1.75 million of the $2.75 million Meral raised for the initiative so far. Environmental groups attracted by the measure’s promise of billions for habitat restoration have given $1 million.

    UnHerd: Are the midterms rigged for the Republicans?

    By all rights, Donald Trump should have his power clipped after this autumn’s midterms. Fully 53% of Americans disapprove of his performance so far, and his Republican Party trails the Democrats by over 8% in the polls.

    Nonetheless, the Republicans are expected to retain control of the Senate, perhaps even gaining some seats; analysts also reckon the party is in with a fighting chance of hanging on to a slim majority in the House.

    How is this possible?  In most countries with only two major parties, an eight-point lead would guarantee a strong Democratic majority whether a country used a proportional representation system or an American-style first-past-the-post(FPTP) approach. In both Jamaica’s 2011 elections and the Bahamian 2012 elections, for example, victorious margins of nearly 7% gave the winning parties huge supermajorities of legislative seats.

    But America’s unique electoral laws and political geography currently mitigate against the Democrats. The party’s strength is not evenly spread throughout the country. Instead, it is highly concentrated in urban areas, especially in those dominated by ethnic majorities. Democrats will win these seats with extreme margins of up to 90% more than their Republican challengers, but those surplus votes are useless, since they only count within the seats where they are cast.

    Republican strength, however, is more evenly spread throughout the country, allowing them to win more seats with fewer votes. We know all this from the 2016 election results.

  • Fri, July 20, 2018 10:52 AM | Deleted user


    July, 2018

    Jed Daly

    The Abundance Of Capital

    X-Prize Founder Peter Diamandis writes a recurring newsletter around abundance.  Ever the optimist, Diamandis believes we are living in a world in which resources are becoming increasingly less scarce . . . that tech and other drivers will soon unleash a world of opportunity heretofore unknown.

    His most recent newsletter focuses on the explosion of capital worldwide for entrepreneurs, breaking it down into four categories:

    Ø Crowdfunding: Worldwide funding in 2017 reached $34 billion, and is expected to hit $300 billion by 2025;

    Ø Venture Capital: New records were set in 2017, with worldwide investments exceeding $150 billion;

    Ø Cryptocurrencies and ICOs: A rapidly emerging method of raising capital (the number of ICO’s in Q1, 2017 was roughly a dozen  compared to more than 100 by Q4 of the same year), ICO’s generated more than $7 billion in the first half of 2018;

    Ø Sovereign Wealth Funds and the Vision Fund: Sovereign Wealth Funds hold more than $6.6 trillion in assets, and invested $16 billion in 2017.  Softbank founder Masayoshi Son’s Vision Fund raised $100 billion, investing $36 billion in its first year (2016).  Son plans Vision Funds 2, 3 and 4 over the next few years, growing to more than $880 billion in investable assets and investing in more than 1,000 companies.

    Lest anyone think all this capital is only funding young tech entrepreneurs, a recent research article in the Harvard Business Review found that the average

    age if entrepreneurs when they founded their companies in their early 40’s.  Take out software startups and the average age is late 40’s.  HBR also found that the average age of the top .1% of startups based on five year growth rate was 45.

    What does this mean for you?  Well, for one thing, competition.  Disruptive startups will be more and more common and better funded.  With the increasing abilities of artificial intelligence, you’ll do better keeping your eyes on the competitive horizon and away from micro-managing your employees.  For another, your employees with entrepreneurial mindsets will find it easier to raise their own capital.  So maybe you should be looking to create a more intrapreneurial culture, providing seed funding for innovative, out of the box thinkers.  And get started educating yourself about the new financial world and how you might tap into it to launch new products or spin-offs because, if you don’t, someone else might.

  • Fri, June 22, 2018 12:23 PM | Deleted user

    Join us for an intimate breakfast and discussion regarding the state of the local nonprofit community and get updates on important issues facing the nonprofit sector and the available resources that can help support your organization.

    Free Registration!

    Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 

    Time: 9:00-10:30 AM

    Location: Foothill Unity Center 790 West Chestnut Avenue Monrovia, CA 91016

    RSVP by July 20th with Jeannie Delaure  


    OR CALL (626) 535-1802

  • Fri, June 22, 2018 11:56 AM | Deleted user

    Over 100 business and civic leaders gathered to understand US-China trade.

    (L-R) Gil Flores, Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager at City National Bank, and Jeff Allred, President & CEO at SGVEP 

    "China does not want to have a trade war with the United States,” said Haiyan Liu, Senior Commercial Consul for the Chinese Consul General in Los Angele, to an audience of over 100 business and civic leaders on Thursday, June 21 at an event titled “Power Lunch 2.0 -- International Trade: What’s Really Happening with US-China,” a monthly business series hosted by the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.

    (L-R) Haiyan Liu, Senior Commercial Consul for the Chinese Consul General in Los Angeles; David Atkinson, senior vice president and foreign exchange sales manager at City National Bank; and Andrew Kositkun,  vice president and interbank FX trader

    Joined by two senior analysts from City National Bank, a sponsor of this event, Mr. Liu showed the audience the facts: China is the Largest Trade Partner and the largest import source of the US. China, at the same time, is a significant market for US exports. That means, according to Mr. Liu, trade between the world’s two largest economies is mutually beneficial.

    David Atkinson and Andrew Kositkun of City National Bank offered insights into the recent increase threat of a trade war between Washington and Being. On Friday, Washington announced a 25% levy on $50 billion of imports from China. Beijing fired back by slapping a 25% tariff on American imports. This week Washington threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports and to double that amount if Beijing retaliates.

    The Partnership would like to thank all the following individuals and organizations for attending this event:

    Government Officials

    City of Irwindale, Council Member Manuel Ortiz

    Three Valleys, John Mendoza

    Office of Congress Member Ed. Royce, Stephanie Hu

    Office of LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Sandra Maravilla and Paul Green

    Office of Congress Member Grace Napolitano, Bob Pence and Heather Elizalde

    City of Arcadia, Tim Schwehr

    City of Monterey Park, Donna Ramirez & Tom Welch


    Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley News Group (SGV Tribune and Pasadena Star News)

    Apple Daily

    Charming China 

    EDI Media

    News Agency America

    Sky Link TV

    Business Organizations

    Chinese Consulate General, Yuan Hao

    Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Paul Little

    Irwindale Chamber of Commerce, Marlene Carney

    El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce, Ken Rausch

    San Gabriel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, Anthony Duarte

    Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce, Dora Leung

    Pacific Merchants Shipping Association (Ports of LA and Long Beach), Jessica Alvarenga

    Chinese American Federation, Sher Li

    US Zhejiang General Chamber of Commerce, Guang Lin

    Beijing Association, Peter Wei

    Guandong Economic Development & Trade Promotion Office of North America, Ding Hong He

    Invest Shanghai, Michael Yu

    America Guizhou Chamber of Commerce, Mandy Carter

    SGVEP Board Members 

    Paul Donaldson, Citizens Business Bank

    Michel Rodgers, Lucas, Horsfall Accountants and Adv

  • Fri, June 15, 2018 12:20 PM | Deleted user



    June, 2018

    Jed Daly


    The Invisible Gorilla 

    If a life sized gorilla walked right across your field of vision, right in front of you, would you see it? “You bet I would,” you answer. “No one would miss something that obvious!”

    You would be wrong!

    In a mind blowing, now world famous psychology experiment in the late 1990’s, University of Illinois professor Daniel Simons and his collaborator, Christopher Chabris constructed an ingenious experiment. They created a video, The Monkey Business Illusion, in which they filmed two teams of college students, 3 in white shirts and 3 in black shirts, pass a basketball to other members of their team. The audience is asked to count the number of times that the players on the white team pass the ball to each other. Spoiler alert: The answer is 16.

    After the video ends, the audience is asked if they saw the person in a life sized gorilla suit walk across the stage about half way through. About half the audience doesn’t. The experiment has been replicated thousands of times and it doesn’t matter who is in the audience. Men or women, high IQ or low IQ, detail oriented or creative types, young or old -- the result is always the same.

    In 2010, Simons followed up, repeating the experiment in front of audiences who knew about the gorilla, but with a few changes. This time, as the gorilla comes into your field of view, a player from the black team leaves the stage and the background curtain changes color from red to gold. In this case, just 20% of the audience noticed the new changes. If you’re looking for something specific, Simons concluded, the chances are that you’ll miss something else.

    I didn’t see the gorilla. I would have testified in court that it wasn’t there. And, confronted by someone telling me it was there, I would have thought them delusional. We now know the neuroscience: the brain, overwhelmed with input, selectively ignores most of what the eyes see. It’s called “inattentional blindness.”

    Consider the implications for your organization. About half the time, you and members of your staff will not see things that are right in front of them. Not just abstract concepts, but real physical things. Large items. This is normal. So, what are you missing? What can you do to be sure that you miss less? That your staff misses less? How will you (or your managers) react the next time a staff member doesn’t see something that is right in front of them (if you get angry or impatient, what does that do to your culture)?

    The next time you’re with a group of people, with your staff or your Board, try running the video (see the above link or google “The Monkey Business Illusion”). You’ll be amazed at what happens.

    A  CEO for more than 25 years, Jed Daly works with the CEOs and senior executives of more than 40 Los Angeles companies as a Vistage Chair.  Vistage is the world’s leading CEO membership organization, with more than 22,000 members in 19 countries who run companies with annual revenues ranging from $1 million to over $18 billion. Mr. Daly chairs three out of the 50 Los Angeles based Vistage Boards, and will shortly be forming a fourth Board in the San Gabriel Valley. His 40 members make better decisions, become more profitable AND work less, so they can spend more time with their families, do the things they love and have better personal and professional relationships. For additional posts and content, please link here.  He can be reached or

  • Fri, June 15, 2018 10:53 AM | Deleted user

    SCORE - For the Life of Your Business

    East San Gabriel Valley SCORE and West Covina Present

    SCORE Workshop: "Staying Current with Employment Laws"

    A No-Charge Workshop

    SCORE is a nonprofit association that provides free and confidential business advice, to provide local businesses, and entrepreneurs convenient access to this great business resource

    Click Here to Register

    Date: Thursday June 28, 2018    Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Place: City of West Covina City Hall

    1444 West Garvey Ave

    Council Chambers

    West Covina, CA 91790

    Here's Why You Should Come:

    Employers with operations in California - from established corporations to emerging and startup companies - face unique challenges. California law often sets the national trend with employment law developments predating changes across the country. This workshop is aimed at helping participants learn about the latest legal developments and explore ways they may avoid liability by developing preventive strategies.

    About the presenter:

    Hazel U. Poei is a Principal in the Los Angeles, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She has practiced exclusively in the field of employment law for over 15 years. Her practice is focused on single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action employment litigation in state and federal courts in areas such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination of employment, failure to pay wages, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, and improper disclosures relating to background checks. She also handles general advice and counsel matters, including leaves of absence, employee handbooks, and best practices. Ms. Poei has also handled arbitration proceedings and matters before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. She has also prepared briefing to the United States Supreme Court.

  • Fri, June 15, 2018 10:44 AM | Deleted user


    Enjoy a meal at the EST Prime Steakhouse located at the San Gabriel Sheraton for its Father’s Day Weekend Special

    Three-course meal featuring its signature dry-aged KC Steak.

    $85 per person | 20% off select wines

    Available June 15-17 | 5:30 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.

    Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel   626.607.2012

    303 East Valley Blvd 

    San Gabriel, CA 91776


  • Thu, June 14, 2018 5:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Pasadena Star-News: Why it's important that a bill declaring Route 66 a National Historic Trail passed the House of Representatives

    Route 66 is one step closer to National Historic Trail status thanks to a bill that passed the House of Representatives on June 5 by a unanimous vote, a month after it cleared the House Natural Resources subcommittee.

    The potential status change carries tremendous significance for supporters, historians, cities and proprietors along the 2,400-mile roadway from Chicago to Los Angeles, dubbed the “Main Street of America.”

    Gaining historic trail status would mark the first, full-length national designation of the road that passes through eight states, and could open a permanent pathway to federal dollars for preservation, promotion and rehabilitation.

    Co-authored by local Rep. Grace Napolitano, a Democrat from El Monte and Rep. Darin LaHood, a Republican from Illinois, the bipartisan bill  making Route 66 the nation’s 20th historical trail was introduced last year.

    After advancing out of the House, the bill was referred to the U.S. Senate Transportation Committee and the subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

    Without the bill, the highway would lose funding from a temporary corridors preservation program funneled through the National Park Service that ends in September 2019, said Bill Thomas, chairman of an eight-state collaborative called the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership.

    Sacramento Bee: Why California won't refund billions in surplus taxes

    California state government has so much money this year that it’s opening two new savings accounts so it can keep socking away even more cash for the rainy day that Gov. Jerry Brown says is just over the horizon.

    That tactic — setting a course to pile up $16 billion in savings over the next 12 months — should reassure taxpayers that cuts to government services won’t be as severe as they were a decade ago when the state’s economy plummeted into the Great Recession.

    But the money is inviting a different kind ofpolitical problem for majority Democrats. It could be used to fuel the campaign that would repeal the 12-cents-a-gallon gas tax that they and Brown championed last year to lock in $52 billion in road repair funding for the next decade.

    Washington Post: House to vote next week on two competing immigration after negotiations fall short

    The House will vote next week on competing immigration bills that deal with the fate of young undocumented immigrants with no guarantee that either will pass and resolve the divisive issue.

    A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) made the announcement late Tuesday after a group of renegade Republican moderates failed to gather enough support to force votes on far-reaching protections for “dreamers” — including on bipartisan bills that could easily pass.

    “Members across the Republican Conference have negotiated directly and in good faith with each other for several weeks, and as a result, the House will consider two bills next week,” said AshLee Strong, an aide to Ryan.

    In a severe blow to the moderates’ hope of forcing action on an issue that has long bedeviled the GOP, the House adjourned Tuesday with the rebels two signatures short of completing a petition that would set up debate on legislation to shield dreamers from deportation.

    Instead, the House will consider a conservative bill, tilted toward hard-line positions that offers a limited path to permanent legal status for young undocumented immigrants. Another bill that has not been finalized would offer that status, and an eventual path to citizenship, but it remains unclear whether it could pass the House.

    Capital Public Radio: This Tax Increase Could Be A Major Issue in California's General Election

    California political campaigns are preparing for the increase of the gas tax to be this fall’s pre-eminent campaign issue, after Republicans focused on the issue during the successful recall of a state Senator.

    Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox jumped on the gas tax issue immediately after his primary win last week.

    “It wasn’t Donald Trump who gave us that gas tax,” he said in his victory speech on Tuesday night. “It was Gavin Newsom, and we’re going to repeal that tax in November!”

    Jen Jacobs, a Republican strategist based in Southern California — where several long-held GOP Congressional districts are considered potentially vulnerable — also says the gas tax will be a main message for the GOP, especially in swing districts. “They’re going after people who might be registered Democrat, but tend to be more conservative, or middle-of-the-road people who might have voted,” Jacobs said.

    KQED News: Breaking Up is Hard to Do: What the Proposal to Split California Could Learn From the Past

    With a complicated path to reality and the state's political and  business establishment lined up firmly against it, the proposal to split California into three separate states appears to be the longest of political longshots.

    But the move would not be completely unprecedented.

    The states proposed by Cal 3 proponent Timothy Draper (Northern California, Southern California, and California) would be the first states formed out of an existing state since West Virginia was carved out of Virginia in 1863. But Virginians didn't have complete say in that decision; the Commonwealth had seceded from the Union in 1861.

    For a more apt example, you'd have to look back to 1820, when Maine was admitted to the union by splitting from Massachusetts, where the legislature approved of the move.

    Maine's statehood lays bare two overwhelming hurdles to the Cal 3 proposal: meeting a legal standard for popular support, and gaining the required political support in Congress.

    Those are far from the only roadblocks that the initiative faces. The idea would first have to be approved by voters in November, and potentially by the state Senate and Assembly, although the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized initiative votes as a constitutional substitute for the legislature.

    O.C. Register: Joel Kotkin: Blue-collar blues in the Southern California job market

    Every year over the past decade, in the Forbes’ annual “Best Places for Jobs” survey, we have been fortunate to assess Southern California’s economy and compare it to other large metropolitan areas. The results point to some strong points but also many long-term problems that regional leaders need to address.

    Overall Southern California remains an economic powerhouse, with the nation’s largest collection of information workers, the third-largest business and professional sector and, remarkably, still the largest core of manufacturing employees. Our economic legacy remains strong, but the rest of the world is catching up on us, and fast.

    Our rankings balance last year’s growth with short-term and medium-term trends, emphasizing momentum. This year Los Angeles ranked a mediocre 43rd out of the 71 largest metros; employment has grown by 5.7 percent over the decade. Contrast that with Dallas, which ranked No. 1 the last two years and has expanded employment at five times L.A.’s rate since 2006. The Big D replaced the dominant post-2010 economic behemoths to the north — San Francisco and Silicon Valley — but both are still solidly in the top 10, having enjoyed over 20 percent job growth over the past decade.

    Within the region, job growth has been fastest the further you get from downtown. Orange County, for example, ranked 27th this year, enjoying a small edge over L.A. but the regional growth leader by far has been exurban Riverside-San Bernardino, which now ranks No. 10 on our overall list. Over the past decade, the region has enjoyed 15.3 percent job growth, which has actually accelerated from 2.6 percent in 2016 to a strong 3.8 percent rate last year.

    Perhaps the biggest threat to Southern California’s economy is not a lack of jobs, but a shortage of those that pay higher wages to offset high housing costs. As Citylab recently reported, Los Angeles is now the most unaffordable place in the nation, in large part due to a relative dearth of higher-paying jobs.

    City Journal: Joel Kotkin: In California, the "Jungle" is Predictable

    One doesn’t expect the unexpected in California elections. A progressive Democrat will become governor; Dianne Feinstein will return to the Senate yet again; and so on. Nuances still matter, particularly at the congressional level, in part due to the “jungle primary” system, but nothing much has changed. Statewide, the ideological die, at least for now, is cast.

    Perhaps the best news for Republicans, with the surprisingly strong showing of businessman John Cox, is that they will actually have a candidate on the November ballot for governor. Businessman Cox easily beat out the Democratic challengers to the front-running Democrat, former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom. Some conservatives, like Newt Gingrich, think that Cox has a serious shot at victory in November, but all GOP candidates combined pulled in barely 35 percent of the vote.

    Here’s the reality: California Republicans, constituting barely a quarter of the electorate, now make up a smaller cohort than Independents. Combined with Independents who lean to the GOP, they perhaps could win 40 to 45 percent of the vote in November—still not good enough. The big money that once filled the coffers of Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon now goes overwhelmingly to the other side: the top three Democratic gubernatorial candidates raised over $70 million, more than ten times what the GOP’s top candidate, the largely self-funded Cox, had drummed up by the end of last month.

    Even more than money, the problem for Republicans is demographics, which suggest a continued decline of the state party. In the last decade, the state gained 2 million Hispanics and 1 million Asians—both groups now trending overwhelmingly Democratic—while losing almost 800,000 whites, the GOP’s vanishing base. Migration patterns show middle-aged, middle- and working-class families exiting a state increasingly dominated by the unmarried childless and older, affluent white voters, including many who have profited from the rise in housing prices and are the most bullish on the state’s future.

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