Local News RoundUp
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December 19, 2014
PENSIONS / LABOR RELATIONS
Special Report: Generous L.A. City Policy Rewards Workers Who Take Long Injury Leaves (Los Angeles Times)
Over the years, city financial analysts warned that the policy was too generous compared to other local governments, noting that employees were collecting extra take-home pay while not working.
Exiting Municipal Bankruptcy Only a Step in Road to Recovery (Governing)
Many cities that declare bankruptcy ultimately emerge from it in a year or two. But regaining the trust of their citizens is a long-term proposition.
Moreno Valley: Foreclosure Registration Program Pitched (Riverside Press-Enterprise)
Aiming to reduce blight from foreclosed homes, Moreno Valley officials are considering a mandatory registration program for banks.
The proposal, which the Moreno Valley City Council reviewed Tuesday evening , would require that homes be registered with the city as they go into default.
Grand Jury Open Inquiry into Sac City Council (KCRA)
The inquiry was launched after KCRA 3 revealed that City Council members have been using taxpayer-funded discretionary accounts to pay for pet projects and community events without a council vote.
Oceanside Trying to Close another Pot Shop (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Just weeks after Oceanside forced a medical marijuana dispensary to close, city officials are trying shut down another pot shop in a different part of town.
Richmond to Take Part in Obama Initiative to Advance Opportunities for Minority Youths (Inside Bay Area)
Councilman Jael Myrick joined city officials and nonprofit program workers Thursday to announce the city will be one of 135 nationwide to participate in President Barack Obama's initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color.
CITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
Study Begins for $4 Billion Plan to Build LAX People-Mover (Westside Today)
The commissioners’ action clears the way for an environmental review of the LAX Landside Access Modernization Program featuring an automated train that would take travelers around the airport, picking and dropping them off at a planned rental car center, airport terminal facilities and the Metro Crenshaw Line station at 96th Street and Aviation Boulevard.
Modesto Aims to Land Commercial Flights in 2015 (Modesto Bee)
The city and its airport consultant – Sixel Consulting Group – say they are talking with Utah-based SkyWest Airlines about resuming passenger air service. Modesto is aiming for twice-daily flights between Modesto and Los Angeles in 50-seat jets.
TRANSPORTATION & TRANSIT
Kevin Korenthal: Calif. Roads Still Vital to Transportation (Santa Clarita Valley Signal)
The League of California Cities reminds us in a report on infrastructure that “5,544 [CA bridges] are more than 50 years old, and another 2,384 are between 40 and 49 years old”. Many of these bridges are the sole or only feasible connection between vast swatches of the state such as those on Highway 1 and are in desperate need of repair. While receiving some attention in the water bond the state recently passed, hundreds of California levees, some of which are the only preventive measure against the destruction of thousands of homes and businesses still remain a huge need on our list of infrastructure improvement projects.
12.1 Million Californians Expected to Travel During Holidays (Suisan City Patch)
More California travelers will take to the roads, rails, skies and waterways than ever before this holiday season, according to the results of a AAA Northern California survey released Thursday.
Uber in a California Regulatory Standoff (Insurance Journal)
Uber argued Thursday that it should not have to turn over ride data in a California regulatory standoff that shows how the transportation service is falling afoul of officials who could threaten its expansion.
Uber to Halt Rides in Portland, Ore., until April; City to Drop Lawsuit (Los Angeles Times)
In a statement released Thursday, Uber said it will cease all rides in Portland on Dec. 21 to give city officials time to draft proper regulations for all private for-hire transportation services in the city.
San Francisco Approves HERO Program, Restoring Residential Clean Energy Financing to First Major City Where Concept Debuted (PR Newswire)
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted last night to make the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program available to local residents, returning residential PACE financing to the first major city to embrace the idea.
The vote revives a program called GreenFinanceSF that will give San Francisco homeowners access to HERO and two other PACE providers. Applications will be accepted starting in spring 2015.
JOBS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
California’s Unemployment Rate Decreases to 7.2 Percent (Employment Development Department)
California’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.2 percent in November, and nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 90,100 during the month for a total gain of 1,529,500 jobs since the recovery began in February 2010, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two separate surveys.
Costa Mesa Officials May Investigate Reported Tracking of Councilman (Los Angeles Times)
he city manager and police chief in Costa Mesa have issued an apology to three council members who were allegedly surveilled during bitter contract negotiations with police and vowed to examine the conduct of city officers.
Tom Hatch, Costa Mesa's chief executive officer, promised a formal investigation — perhaps in conjunction with the district attorney's office — if he concludes it is warranted.
Pumps Dropped from Delta Water Tunnel Plan (Sacramento Bee)
The massive water diversion tunnels proposed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have undergone another major design change aimed at appeasing local residents: The three intakes planned on the Sacramento River will no longer require pumps.
IN OTHER CITY NEWS
‘Evolving’ Bay Area Olympic Bid Seeks Insurance to Reduce Risks (San Francisco Business Times)
The risk of the Bay Area's "evolving" $4.7 billion plan for the 2024 Summer Olympics could be underwritten by private insurers, but the state also may put up $250 million as a final backstop for either a San Francisco or Los Angeles bid.