Trump gets trade win with new NAFTA deal

first_imgEven without congressional approval, having the preliminary deal in hand will give the administration and vulnerable Republicans up for reelection at least the skeleton of a policy achievement to use on the trail.Officials have said that changes made to automotive rules to increase the amount of content that must be sourced from within NAFTA countries should play well in manufacturing states concerned about the offshoring of jobs.Meanwhile, leading congressional Democrats say they’re not yet convinced that the new deal represents a significant shift from past trade policies that have rarely earned their support.“The bar for supporting a new NAFTA will be high,” said Representative Richard Neal (D-Mass.), the ranking member on the House ways and means committee.Democrats and their backers in labor unions and environment groups will be looking for a deal they feel can be adequately enforced in terms of upholding worker rights and environmental protections.Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said the ability of the deal to enforce those provisions will be a “crucial test” for a new agreement. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in late August that officials are planning to sign with their Canadian and Mexican counterparts by the end of November — a date that would also satisfy Mexico, which is eager to have current President Enrique Peña Nieto sign the deal before his successor takes over December 1.“It’s a great win for the president and a validation for his strategy in the area of international trade,” a senior administration official said on a call with reporters late Sunday.People briefed on the outlines of a revamped deal described changes in language governing dairy imports, dispute resolution between countries, limits on online shopping that can be done tax-free, and limits on the U.S. threat of auto tariffs.“It’s a good day for Canada,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said as he left the office late Sunday night. He said he would save other comments for an official announcement on Monday.A formal vote in Congress won’t be held until 2019, and it is still an open question whether lawmakers — including members of the president’s own party who have often clashed with him on trade — will fall in line to support the deal.Republicans are expected to pay close attention to the final details regarding dispute settlement and intellectual property issues, while Democrats will likely be looking for stricter labor and environmental standards. Now, depending on the outcome of November’s midterm elections, control of the House of Representatives may well turn over to Democrats, who may have little incentive to work with a president from the opposite party to ratify a deal that they may not like.One strategy that circulated earlier this year was a plan to force a vote by withdrawing from the existing NAFTA agreement before the new one takes effect — thus forcing members of Congress to choose between the renegotiated deal or no deal at all.Trump indicated last month that he would pursue such tactics, telling reporters in the Oval Office that he would “be terminating the existing deal and going into this deal.”Several prominent lawmakers, however, expressed cautious optimism with the new pact.“Maintaining a trilateral North American deal is an important prerequisite to preserving and extending those gains and the Trump administration has achieved that goal,” said Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate finance committee. “I look forward to reviewing this deal to confirm it meets the high standards of Trade Promotion Authority.”Under the TPA, Congress will take a straight up-or-down vote without amendments. Those rules also have a series of other steps that also must be followed before the deal can be passed. The country’s largest organized labor group also stressed that it will be studying the labor language closely.“The text we have reviewed, even before the confirmation that Canada will remain part of NAFTA, affirms that too many details still need to be worked out before working people make a final judgment on a deal,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement.It remains unclear at this point what the preliminary deal means for the steel and aluminum tariffs the Trump administration has put in place as well as the retaliatory duties Canada and Mexico imposed. Many industry sources and others close to the talks have long expected that reaching a deal would lead the U.S. to lift the tariffs, a move that would lead Canada and Mexico to follow suit.A senior U.S. administration official said a possible exemption for Canada remains on a separate track from the broader trade negotiations and there was no agreement yet on that issue.Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said in late August that those tariffs — as well as Mexico’s retaliatory duties on $3 billion in U.S. products like agricultural goods — would be enforced until the countries are closer to signing an agreement later this year.Sabrina Rodriguez and Megan Cassella contributed reporting. Trade ministers from the U.S., Mexico and Canada have reached a deal to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Trump administration announced late Sunday night.The new pact, which is being called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, is a major step toward completing one of Trump’s signature campaign promises and gives the president a concrete policy win to tout on the campaign trail this fall. It also sets the stage for what is sure to be a high-stakes fight to get the agreement passed by Congress before it can become law.The Trump administration formally notified Congress at the end of August of its plans to sign a new pact and faced a deadline of the end of September to provide a draft of the agreement. Also On POLITICO Trump versus the killer asteroids By Bryan Bender History Dept. The world America made — and Trump wants to unmake By Robert Kagan Lawmakers from both parties, along with powerful business and industry groups, are also examining whether new provisions, such as stricter automotive rules, may end up making life more difficult for domestic companies rather than easier.A senior administration official highlighted the “great result” on dairy issues that was achieved. The pact opens up the Canadian dairy market to U.S. exports at a level higher than the 3.25 percent market share the Obama administration negotiated under the Trans-Pacific Partnership.The official also said that Canada agreed to eliminate a recent milk-ingredient pricing program that U.S. farmers complained has dried up demand for their exports of the product.In exchange, Canada was able to preserve dispute settlement language. Canada has historically insisted on an international panel to judge whether the U.S. improperly uses duties as a commercial weapon.Canada also agreed to an “accommodation” to its auto exports in response to tariffs Trump is expected to impose on vehicle imports for national security reasons, the senior administration official said. That arrangement will likely involve Canada agreeing to a side deal that would restrict its auto exports to a level well above the current volume of trade that flows south of the border, sources close to the talks said.Lighthizer had hoped to reach an agreement by the end of 2017, a timeline that was extended until the end of March. The three nations failed to make that deadline but have been meeting almost continuously in Washington since as they sought to reach compromises on issues that have been both technically and politically challenging for all three countries.last_img read more

UNHCR repatriates 300 Burundian refugees from Tanzania

first_imgThe United Nations refugee agency has started repatriating hundreds of Burundian refugees back to their country from neighbouring Tanzania.The government commissioner for the Kigoma region in northwestern Tanzania on Friday confirmed that the UNHCR had helped 300 refugees return home using public transport.At least 12,000 Burundian refugees are said to have signed up for the voluntary repatriation program.According to Maganga, an agreement between the UNHCR and Tanzania authorities will see 300 Burundians return home every week.More than 240,000 Burundian refugees have sought shelter in Tanzania. Most of them fled the political violence that gripped their country in 2015 following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial declaration that he would run for another term. He went on to win the vote, though international observers reported that it was marred by electoral irregularities.Tanzania’s government has been putting pressure on UNHCR to facilitate the repatriation of those refugees who want to return home.The Burundian government has also increased calls for its citizens to return home, assuring them of peace and security.last_img read more

Fifa awards Tutu’s football spirit

first_imgRay Maota Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutubecame the first black South AfricanAnglican Archbishop of Cape Townin South Africa when he was appointedin 1986.(Image: The Soccer Room) Lionel Messi and Marta Vieira Da Silvaare the inaugural winners of the FifaBallon d’Or award for the best male andfemale footballers during the footballseason.(Image: IMSoccer News)MEDIA CONTACTS• The Tutu Foundation+44 0207 654 3822Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been honoured with the Fifa Presidential Award for his role in uniting the nation ahead of the 2010 World Cup and embodying the spirit of the Beautiful Game.He was presented with the accolade on 10 January 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland, by Fifa president Sepp Blatter during the Fifa Ballon d’Or 2010 soccer awards ceremony.The 79-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate said: “I’m staggered … when I was told, I felt deeply humbled and also deeply honoured. To be recognised in this way is very significant and I accept this on behalf of the South African people, who really deserve the applause for having hosted such a fantastic World Cup.“It was a fantastic thing; no one could have predicted that South Africans would feel so good about themselves. It was reminiscent of the time, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison or when we first won the Rugby World Cup,” added Tutu.Thabo Makgoba, the current Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, congratulated Tutu by saying: “We are so proud of him. Once again he has shown how, in any and every context, he is able to continue to play a reconciling role in his public ministry, in this country, on this continent, and throughout the world.”Tutu also played an integral role in bringing the 2010 World Cup to South Africa by joining a delegation that went to the Caribbean in 2005 to convince that region’s football federation boss, Jack Warner, to vote for South Africa in the 2010 bid. Tutu was joined on this trip by fellow Nobel laureates Nelson Mandela and FW De Klerk, who preceded Mandela as president of South Africa.Honouring football starsThe Fifa Ballon d’Or award honours male and female players of club and national teams who have excelled throughout the football season. The winners are chosen through a vote by coaches, captains of national teams and high-profile sports journalists.The accolade is a result of a 2010 merger between the Ballon d’Or award, initiated by France Football magazine, and the Fifa World Player of the Year award.Barcelona FC’s Lionel Messi and Marta Vieira Da Silva of Brazil’s women national team were the winners for 2010.For the first time, Fifa also honoured outstanding football coaches during the awards. Real Madrid FC coach Jose Mourinho and Silvia Neid, Germany’s women national team coach, were the winners in this category.Messi faced fierce competition from his Barcelona teammates, Andreas Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez. Although Messi was triumphant in the end, he was an unpopular choice among some fans. In an online poll, the majority of voters tipped Xavi to win the award, with Messi coming second and Iniesta a distant third.Messi said: “I am surprised because the prediction was that either Xavi or Iniesta would win. I would like to thank those who voted for me, but Xavi and Iniesta were equally deserving because they had a great year and a wonderful World Cup.”Iniesta and Xavi were part of the Spanish team that won the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The exuberant archbishopIn 1978 Tutu was appointed the first black general secretary of the South African Council of Churches. A few years later, in 1986, he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, also being the first black person in the country to assume such a post.He has used his high profile to campaign for human rights and, previously, to fight apartheid in South Africa.Following the deadly Soweto riots of 1976, during which black school pupils took to the streets en masse to protest against being taught in Afrikaans, Tutu supported an economic boycott of South Africa.International companies soon started pulling out of the country and the rand’s value plummeted – this put heavy pressure on the government of the time to consider reforming the apartheid system.Tutu was responsible for coining the phrase “Rainbow Nation”, which became a metaphor for South African society following the first democratic elections in 1994. The term has been so widely used since then, it has become ingrained in the South African psyche.He is also regarded as a figurehead always ready to congratulate, critique and condemn the ruling government.Former president Nelson Mandela once described him as: “Sometimes strident, often tender, never afraid and seldom without humour, Desmond Tutu’s voice will always be the voice of the voiceless.”Tutu has won various awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.The Nobel laureate retired from public life in October 2010 at the age of 79. He said: “Instead of growing old gracefully, at home with my family; reading, writing, praying and thinking; too much of my time has been spent at airports and in hotels.“The time has now come to slow down, to sip rooibos tea with my beloved wife in the afternoons, to watch cricket, to travel to visit my children and grandchildren, rather than to be at conferences, conventions and university campuses,” added Tutu.last_img read more

Kennet: Backing Bootstrappers

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… bernard lunn We recently spoke with Michael Elias, a founding partner at Kennet. Go to Kennet’s website and the first thing you see is: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “You’ve funded your growth the hard way: by selling real value to real customers.You don’t need venture capital to validate your idea: the market has already done that. You need a different kind of capital.”In other words, they are looking for entrepreneurs who have bootstrapped.Huh? If you’ve bootstrapped, why would you need venture capital? We spoke with Michael to learn the reasoning behind this. Note, you need at least $10 million in revenue to appear on Kennet’s radar.Listen to the InterviewDownload the MP3.Questions and MP3 GuideQuestion #1: Kennet specifically targets entrepreneurs who have succeeded in bootstrapping. Can you explain the thinking behind this?Skip to 1:05 in MP3Summary: Michael explained that Kennet started as an early-stage fund, but after the technology crash in 2001, it shifted to a growth equity model, investing in mature but still high-growth ventures. It believed that the early-stage model of relying on a few blockbuster hits to make up for a lot of failed ventures would be difficult in a market where high-value exits via IPO were not an option.Question #2: How much revenue does a venture need before you become interested? And how big are they typically when they exit?Skip to 4:01 in MP3Summary: $10 to $30 million in revenue at the time of investment, and in the $50 to $100 million revenue range when exiting.Question #3: When you bootstrap, you trade scale for cash flow. With funding, you can go for scale and be less concerned about short-term cash flow. How do bootstrapping ventures make this transition?Skip to 6:11 in MP3Summary: If you are bootstrapping your business, this is well worth listening to. Michael describes four situations in which getting external capital might make sense:Market growth has accelerated beyond your ability to keep up. Capital enables you to maintain or grow market share.The sales model has become predictable enough that you can hire more sales people with low risk.You have opportunities to make acquisitions.You want to diversify and take in some cash. This is debatable in early-stage deals but makes total sense when you have taken on a lot of personal risk to build the company. That may make you too risk-averse.Question #4: Where are most of your ventures based? Would you do deals in continental Europe? The US? Asia?Skip to 15:50 in MP3Summary: Two thirds in Europe, one third in the US, none in Asia.Question #5: What market segments excite you today?Skip to 17:20 in MP3Summary: Michael explained that Kennet’s investments today look dramatically different than they did five years ago. In the past, it invested in enterprise software and semiconductors. By contrast, its recent deals have included such markets as:Education, in the USA,E-tailing, in Europe,Online video advertising, GoViral being an example.Most Interesting FactBroadcom, one of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers, was built on $10,000 in capital. Who would have thought that a semiconductor company could be bootstrapped.If you are just starting your venture and plan to bootstrap, this seems like a long way away. But it can be helpful to know what your options will be when you reach that stage.Listen to the InterviewDownload the MP3. Tags:#Interviews#start last_img read more

It’s Hunting Season On Silicon Valley’s Habit Of Unscientific Claims

first_imgHow to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… Tags:#data#federal trade commission#Ferenstein Wire#FTC#Lumos Labs#science How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … gregory ferenstein How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Related Posts This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein. Government agencies and watchdog groups are going after tech companies that make promises they can’t deliver to consumers. The recent flood of lawsuits and exposés is a reaction to Silicon Valley’s bad habit of unscientific propaganda.Just in the last few months, the press has lambasted unicorn medical company, Theranos, for inaccurate blood tests, and food startup Hampton Creek Foods for questionable claims about its egg substitute. The Federal Trade Commission extracted a $2 million settlement with Lumos Labs for exaggerated conclusions of the benefits of brain games. And users are suing Fitbit for inaccurate heart-rate monitoring. Science Versus TechnologyWhile this may seem like a string of bad luck, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. In my experience as a professional reviewer of consumer technology, this is how much of Silicon Valley operates with respect to scientific claims.More often than not, tech companies will make big promises to consumers, using their early adopters as a research base to verify the accuracy of their products, and then release limited conclusions if the data turns out positive. That is, in their pursuit of short-term profit, tech companies have an incentive to release a product, advertise big benefits, and then hope the experience of an ever-expanding user base retroactively validates their conclusions.Case in point: Soon after a Stanford report contradicted the claims of Lumos Labs—that brain-training games dramatically improve cognition—I asked the company’s executives for a response. They told me that they were confident in their brain-training product and that their users were seeing big benefits. I asked them for the data and whether they would let independent researchers verify the claims.I was told that Lumos Labs had data scientists working on proving the claims and that the company would probably release the findings shortly. I never received the data.Waiting For DataI’ve seen this over and over again. When I tested the accuracy of health trackers, I personally experienced wide variation in heart-rate monitoring and calorie burning during exercise. One of my trackers showed that I was burning 1,000 more calories per day than the others I was wearing at the exact same time. If it was accurate, I should have looked a lot more like a shirtless Hugh Jackman than I actually do. When I confronted a company executive at a conference, he told me that some people, like myself, who do high-intensity training, can throw off the device. In other tests, optical heart-rate monitors varied widely—by 30 to 60 beats per minute during exercise (the difference between an all-out sprint and a mild jog). Prior to the test, I had asked one company about independent scientific research and got no response. After the bad review, I was contacted by the company. I told them how I did my review and never heard back from the engineers (again). The Numbers Don’t Ad(d) UpIt’s not just health: Advertisers are some of the worst offenders. Research scientists have long shown that making causal inferences about the effects of advertising is extremely difficult. Because click-through rates are so small, the sample sizes necessary to understand what works can reach into the millions, if not higher. When I inquired with one major social network about how they measured return on investment, I was told that if was looking for academic-quality research, I would come up “empty-handed”. I was then referred to data scientists on their team who were conveniently unavailable.Again (and again and again), statistical experts would tell me that they could not understand how companies could make scientific claims and the companies, when faced with this criticism, would tell me that the research was ongoing. The Revenge Of Real ScienceIt appears that these days of unscientific propaganda are coming to an end. Bad press is one thing. It’s going to be far harder for companies to brush off government agencies going after them when they can’t back up quantitative claims with solid research. In some cases, this could make life more difficult for tech companies. Proving things quantitatively can be very difficult—whether it be a heart monitor, calorie counter, brain game, or advertising campaign. In my opinion, the best strategy is to be honest and release what data you can to the public. If scientists have doubts, give researchers secure access to test the data and do independent verification. Otherwise, users become unwitting lab rats for the efficacy of products we can’t verify. Hiding data and exaggerating claims was always unethical. It may soon be legally dubious as well. And ultimately, it may prove to be a losing strategy. For Silicon Valley startups looking to win over consumers and regulators, that’s what really matters.For more stories like this, subscribe to the Ferenstein Wire newsletter here.Photo courtesy of Theranoslast_img read more

Oregon ~ Corporate Income Tax: Changes Regarding Determination of Corporations in a Unitary Group Passes House

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Oregon House of Representatives has passed a bill that would, if enacted, amend the determination of whether two or more corporate affiliates that are included in the same consolidated federal return are engaged in a unitary business by allowing the Department of Revenue to consider the role of foreign affiliates. Currently, whether two or more corporations in the same consolidated federal return are engaged in a unitary business is determined by making reference only to corporations that are doing business in the United State and are subject to federal income tax. The bill passed the Oregon Senate on March 20, 2017.Subscribers can view the bill passed by the House.SB_30S.B. 30, as passed by the Oregon House of Representative, May 18, 2017last_img read more

Change is always hard.

first_imgWhat do Jack Welch, Henry Ford and Albert Einstein have in common?In their day they were innovators and they all accepted the need to adopt and change.  Einstein once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” He obviously had no interest in repeating history over and over again.Ford was heard to say “I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to NOT know what can’t be done.” He obviously was looking for people who asked “why” as opposed “why not.”  He sought thinkers and tinkerers.Jack Welch had the shortest, but the most interesting quote.  “Change before you have to.”  As we all know he embraced change and created it too.Technology gives us an opportunity to look at what we are doing now and find a better way to do it.  Used correctly, it can help you do more in less time with higher quality results.  Take the digital workbench (aka dual processor Intel® Xeon processor 5500 series based workstation) as an example.  While it can do CAD, it is really capable of much more.  It can help users model more what if’s than ever.  It can help users create and test ideas digitally long before they are made into physical prototypes.  While these new workstations can do this many continue to do just CAD.What new workflows can you think of that will radically change the rate of your innovation?last_img read more

Yankees acquire 17-year-old Then in trade with Mariners

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Mavericks stop 4-game slide with win against Bucks LATEST STORIES FILE PHOTO – Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates with Aaron Hicks #31 and Brett Gardner #11 after defeating the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins with a score of 4 to 8. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The New York Yankees acquired 17-year-old Dominican prospect Juan Then from the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.New York sent right-handed reliever Nick Rumbelow to Seattle for the right-hander Then and left-hander J.P. Sears.ADVERTISEMENT Then was signed by Seattle last year at age 16 and went 2-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 13 starts with the Dominican Summer League Mariners in 2017.Sears, 21, was drafted by Seattle in the 11th round this year and went 1-2 with a 0.65 ERA and three saves in 17 relief appearances for Single-A Everett and Clinton.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRumbelow, 26, made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015, going 1-1 with a 4.02 ERA in 15 innings. In five minor league seasons, he’s 14-8 with a 2.73 ERA and 29 saves in 126 relief appearances.last_img read more

New SDPD Chief to investigate narcotic arrest incentive program

first_img March 16, 2018 Updated: 10:28 PM New SDPD Chief to investigate narcotic arrest incentive program Sasha Foo, Posted: March 16, 2018center_img Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, “never authorized” departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.“Let me make this very clear — the San Diego Police Department does not have a quota system … It is not something that I will tolerate,” Nisleit said during a late-morning news conference called in response to community protests over the recently enacted incentive system for narcotics arrests.Nisleit pledged to thoroughly investigate the program, which he described as an unnamed department supervisor’s idea for “motivating our officers and focusing their efforts on drug enforcement within our community… in direct response to numerous community complaints regarding this drug activity.”The issue came to light this week when an anonymous SDPD officer divulged, in an interview with 10News, that rewards were being offered to officers who made the most drug arrests in the department’s Southern Division, which covers such border-area neighborhoods as Egger Highlands, Nestor, Ocean Crest, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro and Tijuana River Valley.An email that a sergeant sent to more than 90 officers detailed the system, which promised top-performing personnel the chance to work in a desirable specialized police-unit post for up to a month, the news station reported.According to the memorandum, between March 1 and April 14, officers could earn two points for arrests of certain drug suspects, including dealers, one point for “less serious” narcotics enforcement and half a point for controlled-substance citations.“It’s completely everything that we are against as law enforcement officers,” said the whistle-blower. “It’s unethical. It’s a reward system, a bounty system for officers seeking rewards for their arrests.”Nisleit — who took charge of the department two weeks ago, taking over for retiring Chief Shelley Zimmerman — insisted that the motivational concept was “never authorized, is not in line with the values” of his agency and was “not something I would approve or condone in our department.”“I will be launching an internal investigation about how and why this idea was developed,” Nisleit said. ” will ensure that every officer in a leadership position understands proper protocols for vetting and approving new programs. My clear directive to all of our officers is that every person they come in contact with is treated with respect and dignity, and building relationships with each and every community is a priority.”The unnamed officersaid that he and others raised concerns about the new incentive program but were told “that no one will find out” and that it was “technically not illegal.” The anonymous lawman did not specify who purportedly made those statements.Cornelius Bowser of the Community Assistance Support Team, a local civic activists group, called for “an open and transparent response and investigation” into the apparently short-lived rewards-for-arrests system.“It targets low-income neighborhoods and disproportionately affects people of color,” Bowser said. “We call for complete transparency from San Diego Police Department as they investigate these matters.”Nisleit insisted during Friday’s briefing at downtown SDPD headquarters that the program, while created without official approval, “was never intended to target anyone from a specific group, race or socioeconomic class.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more