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THE NOONER for July 4, 2011

flagHey, it's Fourth of July. Stop working. Go outside, have a BBQ and enjoy the day!

Politics: Lawmaker Upset With Controller, But Not His Bill - pe.com
Word came late last week in the state Capitol that some Democratic lawmakers were jettisoning bills sponsored by Controller John Chiang.

Prickly Allies For Jerry Brown - George Skelton @ latimes.com
Capitol Journal: Tensions between Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats continue a tradition in Sacramento as American as the Fourth of July. In some eras, the fireworks were more explosive.

Jerry Brown, Andrew Cuomo Similar But Different - Carla Marinucci @ sfgate.com
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and California Gov. Jerry Brown are on opposite coasts, but they have a lot in common as leaders of powerhouse blue states. Both are politically ambitious former attorneys general, sons of...

California school districts push to reverse new protections for teachers - Kevin Yamamura @ sacbee.com
A budget-related bill that Gov. Jerry Brown signed Thursday has sparked a division within the education community as school districts push to reverse new protections for teachers.

Legislators: "Less Power To The People" - STEVEN GREENHUT @ calwatchdog.com
California legislators -- who seem unable to come up with an honest balanced budget, who always seek tax increases, and who won't pass even modest reforms to the state’s unfunded pension system or to anything else, for that matter -- want to blame the government’s problems on voters, rather than themselves.

Mexico Votes, With All Eyes On 2012 Presidential Election - Cecilia Sanchez and Tracy Wilkinson @ latimes.com
Millions of Mexicans vote to elect governors in three states, but the real focus is on Mexico's presidential race next year.

Public Finance Law Not In Danger - Heather Knight @ sfgate.com
The first reaction of many San Francisco political observers upon learning the U.S. Supreme Court had struck Arizona's public financing law earlier this week was, "Our own version's going down faster than a soft-story...

Region: State Fees Loom For Homeowners In Fire-prone Areas - JIM MILLER @ pe.com
SACRAMENTO - The just-signed state budget is poised to hit the wallets of thousands of Inland Southern California residents living in places where the state has the main firefighting responsibility.

Mayor Villaraigosa Pushes Plan For L.A. Bike Lane Network - latimesblogs.latimes.com
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is making a summertime push for urban cyclists, pushing city managers and administrators to help implement the L.A. Master Bicycle Plan. The plan was adopted in 2010 and aims to create a citywide network by designating nearly...

Health Insurance Rate Hikes Draw Scrutiny At California's Capitol - Jim Sanders @ sacbee.com
The Monterey Park resident praised Assembly Bill 52, which would give the state the authority to approve, deny or modify excessive health insurance rate hikes – much as regulators do now with auto insurance. The bill is a lightning rod for many of the Capitol's most influential interest groups, pitting consumer, labor, small business and health care advocacy groups against the California Chamber of Commerce and hospital, physician and health insurance associations.

San Jose Redevelopment Agency Trying To Keep Up Spirits Amid Its Last Stand - Local @ mercurynews.com
The once powerful city department has seen its staff of 90 last year reduced to eight

2 GOP Senators In Afghanistan Slam Drawdown Of U.S. Troops - Don Lee, Washington Bureau @ latimes.com
Less than two weeks after President Obama announced a drawdown of 33,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, two Republican senators visiting the country say many Afghans may see the move as a full-fledged pullout, which the lawmakers argued could undercut the decade-long efforts to combat terrorists.

Exit Polls: Pri Wins In Mexico State Election - Adriana Gomez Licon @ mercurynews.com
TOLUCA, Mexico -- Mexicos Institutional Revolutionary Party was headed toward a decisive win in voting for governor of the countrys most populous state, according to exit polls, a result that would boost the partys chances of retaking the presidency in national elections next year.

Hacker Tweets Fake Obama Assassination Announcement Through Fox News' Political Account - Los Angeles Times @ latimes.com
Hackers broke into Fox's political Twitter account early Monday, posting updates saying President Barack Obama had been assassinated.

Reporter's Notebook: From Estimates to Secessionists - John Myers @ blogs.kqed.org


Antelope Valley Residents Not Fired Up Over Green Energy Projects - Ann M. Simmons @ latimes.com
Antelope Valley residents fear that proposed wind and solar energy projects would harm their quality of life and have adverse environmental effects.

Pension board reviews chairman’s campaign move - signonsandiego.com
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Raley's To Donate A Nickel To California State Parks For Every Reusable Bag Used - Mark Glover @ sacbee.com
West Sacramento-based Raley's on Friday announced a new partnership with California State Parks to raise funds for Northern California parks, which have been squeezed by the state's budget problems.

U.S. Funds Help S.F. School Serve Kids Over Summer - Jill Tucker @ sfgate.com
Nellie Gaoteote sat at a desk in a fourth-floor classroom at John Muir Elementary School on a recent summer day, working on a writing assignment, as she paused to relate a recent lesson on Africa. Across San Francisco,...

In Los Angeles, Cuts Will Make Lengthy Bus Commutes Longer - nytimes.com
LOS ANGELES — The women shuffle back and forth as they wait just after 7 a.m. for the orange bus crawling down the street. It will be more than an hour before they arrive at work, and soon the same journey may stretch to nearly two hours.