Feb 092017

The Rule Of Law Prevails: Travel Ban Remains Suspended

Three Honorable Justices: Judge Michelle T. Friedland, appointed by President Barack Obama; Judge William C. Canby Jr., appointed by President Jimmy Carter; and Judge Richard R. Clifton, appointed by President George W. Bush UNANIMOUSLY upheld Judge Robart’s ruling (which temporarily lifted the travel ban) and refused to reinstate it.

The Rule Of Law Prevails: The Travel Ban Remains Suspended!

Even though the government’s lawyers attempted to argue that the President’s decisions are “unreviewable”; their contention has been not only dismissed but rebuked. The United States of America have a Constitution and a legal system. No one, the President included, is above the law or “unreviewable”.

The three judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, pointed out that the President’s travel ban violated the constitutional law of non-discrimination based on religion, inflicted hardship on individuals, businesses and learning institutions. (National security experts noted that President Trump’s executive order on the travel ban poses a threat to national security, inspires terrorism, attracts more followers to ISIS and worse: it alienates U.S. allies in the fight against terrorism.)

Government lawyers failed to substantiate the President’s claim that travelers from the seven singled out predominantly Muslim countries pose a threat to national security: there is no current terrorism threat, there has never been a terrorist act against America committed by anyone from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen.

President Trump has reacted with anger and tweeted: “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” indicating his intent to appeal the decision in the Supreme Court. (To his credit at least this time he didn’t refer to the judges as “so-called-judges”…)

There are three branches of government in the United States: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. For the President to disrespect or disparage any one branch of the government (which – by the way – is his equal!) is shocking.

Even his own nominee for a Supreme Court justice, Judge Neil Gorsuch, called the denigration of judges (President Trump calling U.S. District Senior Judge James Robart “so-called-judge” or his statements about U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel would be excellent examples) “disheartening” and “demoralizing”.

We hope that the President’s wrath won’t harm either the judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco or their careers. Their shared commitment to upholding the Constitution and the law, their judicial integrity and personal courage deserve the highest respect.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich



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May 172014

California Is Losing Tens Of Thousands Of Middle Class JobsMayors from Across CA Support Effort to Expand California Film & Television Production Tax Credit Program Posted by Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti .

In a call for action to support job retention and creation in one of California’s signature industries, the mayors from California’s largest cities — Los Angeles, Sacramento, Long Beach, San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego, Bakersfield, Santa Ana, Oakland and San Jose – today signed a letter backing legislation that will expand and improve California’s film and television production tax credit. In the letter, the mayors assert, “Extending California’s film and television production tax credit program is a smart, prudent investment in California’s future and economic competitiveness. The program is one of California’s most efficient and proven economic development tools, generating 51,000 jobs and providing $4.5 billion in direct spending since its inception in 2009.”

The letter comes at a time when California is losing tens of thousands of middle-class jobs and significant tax revenue to other states and nations when it comes to film and television production. Of the 54 big budget feature films of 2012 and 2013, only one was shot exclusively in California. Further, the current program does not accord tax credits to network, premium pay cable or Internet television series produced in California, all of which are now being produced elsewhere. Given these realities, few understand better than the mayors who are on the frontlines working to keep their cities thriving, the economic benefits that film and television production brings to local economies and the serious financial impact of this exodus of jobs and revenue.

“This is about middle class jobs across our state,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “California’s current incentive program is not competitive — the demand for productions that want to stay here far exceeds the current program’s resources. As a result, hundreds of productions are forced to relocate outside of California.  By providing incentives for productions to remain or locate here, local employees are hired and the local economy is revitalized.”

The legislation, Assembly Bill 1839 by State Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), is currently making its way through the state Legislature with broad bipartisan and geographic support. It has been co-authored by 66 legislators from across the state, and is supported by major state labor and business groups such as the California Labor Federation AFL-CIO and California Chamber of Commerce. In fact, the Regional Economic Association Leaders (R.E.A.L.) Coalition, an association of California’s 20 most influential business and economic development entities, also issued a definitive letter advocating for the bill’s enactment. Moreover, local government groups such as the League of California Cities and the 41 local film commission offices support the legislation.

“This is an economic development program focused on the retention and creation of jobs and economic opportunity,” asserts Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. “Enhancing the current program will help build a strong state and local tax base, and it is a wise strategic investment in California’s future.”

“A thriving film and television industry in San Francisco is creating jobs and economic opportunity for the residents of our world class city,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “This Statewide economic investment not only ensures that California remains competitive, but also brings an influx of local spending and tax revenue for the entire Bay

Area region and showcases our region to the world through the magic of the silver screen.”
The letter concludes with the mayors avowing that “to once again be competitive, California must put in place a meaningful, expanded credit that will bring back jobs, increase revenue, and support small businesses and vendors all across the state. Too much is at stake for the people of California to let this key industry slip away.”