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Govt. Affairs & Legislative Update: October 23, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015


  • Irvine City Council meeting on October 27, 2015
  • Presentation honoring Chief Maggard
  • IBC general plan amendment to the residential mixed use design criteria
  • iShuttle transfer to OCTA discussion
  • Field of Flags postponed for 2015 due to low sales
  • Rep. Paul Ryan announced his candidacy for House Speaker
  • Heavy fiscal focus, but not a favorite of the far right members
  • Ex-Im bank to be reconsidered next week in Congress

Local Updates:

Irvine-based Western Digital agrees to buy SanDisk Corp. in $19 billion deal (OC Register)

Western Digital Corp. has agreed to buy SanDisk Corp. in a $19 billion cash and stock deal that will give it an entree to the fast-growing market for semiconductors at the heart of cloud-based computer storage, the Irvine-based hard-drive maker said Wednesday.

Residents invited to give input on park plans (OC Register)

A community meeting focused on the city’s Parks and Park Facilities Master Plan is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Oct. 29, at Irvine City Hall, 1 Civic Center Plaza.

County Seeking State Money for Jail Rebuild (Voice of OC)

Orange County early next month hopes to win state funding for a $40 million rebuild of its Intake Release Center in Santa Ana to improve health services for the 60,000 inmates booked annually into county jails.

California News:

Brown may seek new tax increases on 2016 ballot (CalWatchdog)

That was Brown’s judgment of the Legislature’s performance, which has left his administration with substantial unfinished business heading into the election year. The consequence may be a fresh round of tax increases.

Legislators propose differing plans to fund state-wide highway repair (CalWatchdog)

There is consensus that California’s roads and highways must be fixed. There is no consensus how the fix should be paid for.

Rain No Help For Long-Term California Drought (CapRadio)

The U.S. Drought Monitor released October 22 says the storm system last week did little to ease the long-term drought in California. The weekly report also pointed out that California reservoir storage is the “second lowest on record” for this time of year.

Federal News:

Obama vetoes defense spending bill with rare ceremony (LA Times)

President Obama vetoed the 2016 defense spending bill Thursday afternoon, fulfilling his promise to block Congress’ plan to increase the budget for a war account that has evolved into a broader source of funding while leaving spending caps in place on other government programs.

Paul Ryan announces candidacy for House Speaker (Reuters)

U.S. Republican congressman Paul Ryan formally announced his candidacy for speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday after he nailed down crucial endorsements from Republican factions.

Export-Import brawl enters upper chamber (The Hill)

Supporters of the besieged bank enraged conservatives earlier this month by deploying a rarely used legislative tactic to force a vote in the House — expected next week — to restore the bank’s congressional charter, which lapsed over the summer.

90 second preview: Transportation, energy, and the Ex-Im Bank (Politico)

What to expect from next week’s policy news.

For Fun:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

For all my fellow Star Wars nerds out there. Two more months!


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