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THE NOONER for August 3, 2011
First, if you were having problems with the district maps yesterday, I think I found the bug, and all seems to be grooving now. Now you can add an address marker to a district map to test whether an address is in a district or not.
Also, note that there are now static URLs to each district, such as: http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/districts/CD44/
Okay, let's face it, there are more questions than answers about next year's races. Here are ten of the most whispered questions around the Capitol. And, with an on-time budget and legislators gone for another ten days, there is a lot of time for whispering.
...and...one more thing...
Proposals To Overturn California Budget-related Bills Hit Streets - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
The Secretary of State has given opponents of two bills approved as part of this year's budget package the OK to begin collecting voter signatures to qualify their referendums for the 2012 ballot.
Dan Walters: Remapping Of California Districts Still On A Rocky Road - sacbee.com
So the state's new redistricting commission, after countless hours of hearings, discussions and mind-numbing exercises in specific line-drawing, has produced its almost-final maps of 177 legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization districts.
Attorney General, FPPC Asked To Investigate Identity Theft Ads - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
The state attorney general and California's campaign watchdog agency have been asked to investigate a new labor-backed group telling voters that signing initiative petitions increases risk of identity fraud.
Jerry Brown Laments 'Atrophying' Political Process - Anthony York @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
Jerry Brown laments 'atrophying' political process. He compares Republicans' "no taxes" policy to rigid church doctrine, says Democrats are voting in 'lock step' on nearly everything.
Marijuana Legalization Gaining Steam...in Colorado - baycitizen.org
A well-organized campaign to tax and regulate marijuana in Colorado may be sucking away campaign cash from the scattered efforts ...
Villaraigosa Raises $123,500 To Pay Costs In Free-ticket Scandal - latimesblogs.latimes.com
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa free ticket scandal: Faced with nearly $42,000 in fines because he accepted free tickets, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has turned to his friends from Sacramento for financial help.
Debt Ceiling Deal Ignores Real Driver Of Deficits: Healthcare Costs - Michael Hiltzik @ latimes.com
The debt ceiling agreement targets spending that isn't a significant problem in the federal budget, while ignoring the chief driver of deficit growth: healthcare costs.
Herdt: For Central Coast Democrats, A Prize And A Problem - Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
Democrats on California's Central Coast were handed a rare prize last week when the Citizens Redistricting Commission created a Senate district with no incumbent and a 12-percentage point Democratic voter registration edge.
San Jose Council Tables Tax Measure, Eyes Possible November 2012 Ballot - Local @ mercurynews.com
Polling over the summer showed disappointing support for new tax measures this fall, but city leaders said November 2012 may be the best time to ask voters to open their wallets.
Amazon Battles States Over Sales Tax - STU WOO @ online.wsj.com
Amazon.com Inc., the world's largest online retailer, hasn't charged sales tax in most states since its founding in 1994. And it has taken some extreme measures to keep it that way.
With Debt Debate Over, Obama Urges Focus On Jobs - Michael A. Memoli @ latimes.com
President Obama marked the end of the "long and contentious" debt-limit debate Tuesday afternoon, lamenting that the "manufactured crisis" has stunted the economic recovery and promising a return to a jobs-focused agenda.
Gov. Brown Says Debt-ceiling Crisis Shows Nation Is Becoming Ungovernable - Steven Harmon @ contracostatimes.com
Brown said that the unprecedented move by Republicans to tie the debt-ceiling vote -- which has always been done without condition --to their agenda is a dire signal that the countrys democratic traditions are in danger.
LA Officials Step Up Efforts To Address School Seismic Safety - Corey G. Johnson @ californiawatch.org
Concerned about a renewed state focus and the potential for lawsuits, the Los Angeles County Office of Education has stepped up efforts to help local school officials investigate the seismic safety of their buildings.
Grassroots Groups Hail Plan To Allow Text-message Political Contributions - Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
This fall, the chairwoman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission wants to see the political watchdog agency keep up California politics with the times by adopting a regulation that would permit individuals to make small contributions from their cellphones by sending a text message.
Former State Sen. Florez Expresses Interest In Congressional Run - fresnobeehive.com
Debt Drama Takes Political Toll On Obama - Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau @ latimes.com
Though he succeeded in staving off a historic default, President Obama emerges from the debt talks in a weakened political position with limited influence over a divided Congress.
Tech Leaders Upbeat About Jobs As Debt Drama Ends - Carla Marinucci @ sfgate.com
As weeks of partisan battles over a 10-year debt-reduction plan ended with its approval Tuesday, leading U.S. technology innovators and entrepreneurs said they are upbeat about Silicon Valley's ability to boost the...
Stalemate In Senate Leaves 4,000 Out Of Work At F.A.A. - Edward Wyatt @ nytimes.com
WASHINGTON â After dealing with the debt crisis, Senate negotiators tried and failed on Tuesday to end a stalemate over temporary financing for the Federal Aviation Administration, leaving 4,000 agency employees out of work and relying on airport safety inspectors to continue working without pay.
FPPC Begins Closing CalPERS Gift Reporting Investigation - Paresh Dave @ blogs.sacbee.com
The Fair Political Practices Commission has spared at least six current and former CalPERS officials from paying fines for failing to report gifts on official disclosure forms.
Vernon Has More Reform Work To Do, Watchdog Says - Hector Becerra and Sam Allen @ latimes.com
Salaries and legal costs are among items singled out by the watchdog for more attention.
Sacramento Man Files Class-action Suit Against Hilton Over 'free' Newspapers - sacbee.com
A Sacramento man has filed a class action suit against a Hilton hotel because he was charged 75 cents for a newspaper that he believed was free.
Stock Market Slides Again On Economic Fears - latimesblogs.latimes.com
Tracking the market and economic trends
Fish And Game Releases Delta Conservation Plan - sacbee.com
A new restoration plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta aims to help guide conservation efforts as state and federal officials ponder new water and habitat projects.
Tea Party Picks Up Steam, Demands Further Cuts - Joe Garofoli @ sfgate.com
National Tea Party leaders in California were thrilled about one by-product of the political bloodbath over raising the federal debt ceiling: The fight showed that after two years of rabble-rousing from outside the...
Robert Cruickshank: California's New Tax Revolt - Robert Cruickshank @ huffingtonpost.com
The California Dream is turning into the California nightmare. That dream was made possible by the public services that provided people the economic security and opportunity to live out their dreams in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Fifty years ago, college was free, and so were the state parks. The state built infrastructure to ensure affordable transportation, and its public schools and libraries were the envy of the nation. All of those services freed Californians to pursue their hopes, their ideas, their plans. It made California a leading innovator, with the 8th largest economy in the world.