Los Angeles city officials have filed suit to block a proposed ballot initiative requiring porn actors to wear condoms during film shoots.City officials contend that the proposed measure is unnecessary and will waste taxpayer money, the Associated Press reports.The suit, filed Thursday, says state laws mandating workplace safety already address the need for protective barriers to be used when workers are exposed to blood-borne pathogens such as HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.But officials with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is trying to collect enough signatures to put the proposed measure on the June 2012 ballot, say the proposition won’t cost the city a dime since the election will be held either way.“I think it’s extraordinary to attempt to thwart the will of 71,000 [petition signers] who under the laws of the city of Los Angeles wish to see this measure put before the voters,” said Michael Weinstein, president of the advocacy group.The … [Read more...] about LA City Attorney Sues to Block Ballot Measure Requiring Condom Use in Porn
Measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method
The key military role played by the over 7,500 drones used by the Pentagon is well-known. But until recently, the deployment of drones by the government inside U.S. borders has attracted little attention or critical oversight.Now a new internal audit from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has raised concerns about the utility of those drones, focusing on their high costs and how they have been managed. U.S. Customs and Border Protections's unmanned aircraft arrives for a 2009 air show in Oshkosh, Wis. U.S. Customs and Border Protection websiteDHS has spent more than $250 million on its program in the past six years, and currently has nine Predator drones on call. While each drone is purchased at a cost of around $18 million each, the GAO estimated that the hourly charge is $3,234 — or almost $65,000 per 20-hour mission.The majority of the drones are based on the U.S./Mexico border, where a growing drug war has slowly seeped into parts of California … [Read more...] about Drones Not Used Effectively on U.S. Borders
SECTIONS Search E-edition Customer Service Customer Service SacBee Rewards About Us About Us Contact Us Apps Mobile & Apps Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube News in Education (NIE) Newsletters Local Sacramento Region Arena City Beat Crime Local Govt Salary Database The Homeless Marcos Bretón Transportation Education Environment Health & Medicine Traffic Conditions Weather Communities Elk Grove Folsom/El Dorado Roseville/Placer Yolo Sports Sports Kings NBA News 49ers Giants Oakland A's High School Sports Joe Davidson More Sports Raiders NFL News MLB News River Cats Soccer Colleges Golf Autos Racing Politics Politics Capitol Alert State Workers The California Influencer Series Local Elections PoliGRAPH State Worker Salary Database Legislative Gifts … [Read more...] about As Measure U propaganda adds up, what are the facts behind the city’s tax hike?
On October 27, 2015, the Treasury Department published final regulations on the allocation of tax-exempt bond proceeds to mixed use projects and related topics (the “Allocation Regulations”). The Allocation Regulations finalize proposed regulations that were issued in 2006 and 2003. Click here for a copy of the Allocation Regulations, and read below for a high-level summary of them. We will in subsequent posts be publishing more detailed analyses of specific provisions of the Allocation Regulations.To start with the basics, the interest on a state or local governmental bond is excludable from gross income for federal income tax purposes if the bond is not a private activity bond (other than a qualified private activity bond). A state or local governmental bond is a private activity bond if: (1) more than 5%/10% (depending on the circumstances) of the proceeds of the bond is used for a private business use (i.e., use by any person other than a … [Read more...] about Summary of Final Regulations on Allocation of Bond Proceeds to Mixed-Use Projects
In Dillingham-Ray Wilson v. City of Los Angeles, the California Court of Appeal signaled its holding in the first sentence of its opinion: "The City of Los Angeles (City) obtained millions of dollars worth of construction work that it does not want to pay for." The City argued it was absolved of any obligation to pay the contractor, Dillingham-Ray Wilson (DRW), pursuant to Public Contracts Code sections 7105 and 7107 and Amelco Electric v. City of Thousand Oaks (2002) 27 Cal.4th 228 on the theory that they dictate a method of proving contract damages, a method DRW said was impossible under the circumstances. The Court disagreed because "section 7107 [sic] and Amelco impact the measure of damages, not the method of proving them . . . ." The Court also held that the modified total cost method of proving damages is permissible in California. BackgroundThe City awarded a contract to DRW to expand the digester capacity at the Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant. During construction, the … [Read more...] about Modified Total Cost Method of Proving Damages: Approved For California Public Works