The Daily Populous

Tuesday August 22nd, 2023 day edition

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Already involved in two lawsuits with Disney, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appointees to a board that oversees Disney World’s governing district on Monday launched a battle against the company on a new front — free passes and discounts for district employees.

The arrangement was self-serving to the company because it funneled money back to Disney, with the district footing the bill, the release said.

A spokesman for the board didn’t respond to a request for the letter sent to the Inspector General, which investigates fraud, mismanagement, waste and abuse.

The complaint from the DeSantis appointees comes as the district administrator they appointed last May faces an ethics dilemma of his own.

Glen Gilzean, who earns $400,000 annually in his new job, also is chair of the Florida Commission on Ethics.

Disney has sued DeSantis in federal court, claiming the governor violated the company’s free speech rights.

The district has sued Disney in state court, seeking to nullify the agreements. »

Nearly Two Thirds of L.A.'s $1.3 Billion in COVID Relief Funds Went to Cops and Firefighters, Zero Went to Building Housing ~ L.A. TACO

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Under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the city of Los Angeles received more than $1.2 billion dollars in COVID relief funds.

But two years later, the city hasn’t allocated a single cent from the $1.2 billion award towards building temporary shelters or permanent housing for the homeless.

In total, roughly one billion dollars has been spent or designated to cover the costs of "critical government services.". »

MacKenzie Scott gave 17 nonprofits $97 million in the first half of 2023

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So far this year, 17 nonprofits have announced they’ve received unrestricted donations from Scott through her Yield Giving fund, according to a Chronicle of Philanthropy tally.

The gifts total $97 million and range from $1 million to $15 million.

The affordable housing group landed a $10 million gift from Scott last month, its largest donation to date. »

Central America parliament expels Taiwan, makes China permanent observer

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Aug 21 (Reuters) - The Central American Parliament on Monday voted to expel Taiwan after more than two decades as a permanent observer and replace it with China, whose growing economic influence in Latin America has increasingly marginalized Taipei.

The six-nation parliament, known as Parlacen, met in the Nicaraguan capital Managua where local legislators proposed adding China, which claims democratically ruled Taiwan as its own territory.

Guatemala, the most populous country in Central America, is the only Parlacen member that still recognizes Taiwan. U.S. »

Trump's bond set at $200,000 in Georgia case, warned about social media threats

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A Fulton County judge has set former President Donald Trump's bond at $200,000 in District Attorney Fani Willis' election interference case.

Trump and the other 18 defendants in the case have been given until Friday at noon to appear at the Fulton County Jail for processing.

In addition to Trump, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee set bond Monday for attorneys John Eastman and Kenneth Chesebro at $100,000, for Ray Smith III at $50,000, and for Scott Hall at $10,000. »