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THE NOONER for September 27, 2011
Greetings from the City by the Bay. While yesterday was the tribute to R.E.M., I simply can't get Journey out of my head this morning. Share my pain. Anyway, as the lights go down in the City, I'm catching CalTrain down to Stanford today, which isn't a bad junior university.
At the real university, however, today promises real drama as the Berkeley College Republicans hold a bake sale to call attention to SB 185 (Hernandez), which states legislative intent to allow California's public universities to consider race (among other things) in admissions. While forced to downplay it over the last few days as media attention soared, the original pricing for the bake sale was as follows:
To say that the bake sale has generated a buzz is an understatement. The top six search keywords driving traffic to aroundthecapitol.com yesterday were all related to the bill, accounting for over 1,000 visits:
1. sb 185 california
THE OTHER DAN: @DanielMorain: "Most Rep legislators voted to raise fees on car purchases, AB 1215. It's not a tax if the right groups lobby it. http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/r.html?s=n&l=http://t.co/bcjzOygM #cagov"
"I am signing Senate Bill 707 which imposes a 1% fee on the sale of olive trees. The author vouches for this fee by stressing the need to ensure that olives are "healthy and viable for California farmers." I agree.
"Perhaps the author and his colleagues might apply the same solicitude -- and revenue -- to ensure the health and viability of our schools?"
And, then there were more bills:
Signed, with message
Supreme Court Could Rule On Healthcare Law Early Next Year - David G. Savage @ latimes.com
The Obama administration set the stage Monday for the Supreme Court to rule early next year on the constitutionality of the president¿s healthcare law by declining to press for a full appeal in a lower court.
Rainy Day Fund/spending Limit Supported In Poll - Joel Fox @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
On Friday in this space, I reported on a poll sponsored by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the Small Business Action Committee that by a 3 to 1 margin voters wanted Governor Jerry Brown to veto a last minute bill passed by the legislature to move all initiatives to November ballots as well as move the scheduled 2012 vote on a rainy day fund/spending limit to 2014. Voters are unhappy with the legislative move in part because, as the poll showed, there is solid support for the rainy day fund measure.
California Group Vows To Back Candidates With 'Courage' - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
Three wealthy Californians have launched a new effort aimed at helping elect state legislators who demonstrate the "courage" to tackle major issues facing the Golden State.
Supreme Court could rule on healthcare law early next year - David G. Savage @ latimes.com
The Obama administration set the stage Monday for the Supreme Court to rule early next year on the constitutionality of the president’s healthcare law by declining to press for a full appeal in a lower court.
Governor Allows Alameda County Voters To Consider Tax Hike - Matt Krupnick @ contracostatimes.com
A bill signed Monday will allow the Alameda County Transportation Commission to ask voters to approve a sales tax that would be up to double the current rate.
Vote Shift Bill Is A Tough One For Jerry Brown - Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Strictly on its merits â devoid of petty politics â restricting statewide initiative ballot measures to the every-other-year November general election makes much sense.
Governor Signs Bill Raising Doc Fees On New And Used Cars - latimesblogs.latimes.com
The documentation fees that auto dealers charge car buyers will go up at least $25 and consumers will get new regulatory protection under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Dan Walters: Vote shift bill is a tough one for Jerry Brown - sacbee.com
Strictly on its merits – devoid of petty politics – restricting statewide initiative ballot measures to the every-other-year November general election makes much sense.
Gov. Jerry Brown Asks PUC To Pass Electric Bill Surcharge - latimesblogs.latimes.com
Electric bill surcharge: Gov. Jerry Brown is asking his appointed members of the California Public Utilities Commission to come up with a way to continue tacking a small surcharge on residential and commercial electric bills to pay for an energy efficiency program that failed to get renewed by the Legislature last month.
School officials to challenge legality of California budget - Kevin Yamamura @ blogs.sacbee.com
Local school officials said today they will sue California over $2.1 billion in education funding they believe state leaders should have provided in the June budget.
Health suit might head to SCOTUS - Jennifer Haberkorn @ politico.com
A ruling on Obama's health care law during a presidential election could carry huge political risks.
National Briefing | Washington: Full Appeals Court Wonât Be Asked to Rule on Health Care Law - nytimes.com
s ruling against the 2010 health care law.
California Treasurer: Put Renewable-energy Tax Exemption On Hold - latimesblogs.latimes.com
California Treasurer Bill Lockyer, the head of panel that hands out sales tax exemptions to renewable-energy manufacturing companies, wants to suspend the program in the wake of the Solyndra scandal. Lockyer said he will ask fellow members of the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority at a meeting Tuesday to not approve any new applications for exemptions from paying California sales tax. .
Jerry Brown signs Los Angeles stadium bill - David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation this morning to accelerate judicial review of environmental challenges to a proposed NFL football stadium in Los Angeles, while also extending the same break to other large projects involving clean energy or downtown stadiums that get an environmental certification.
Obama Defends Push To Raise Taxes On Rich - sacbee.com
President Barack Obama stops to greet people on the tarmac during his arrival at Moffett Airfield, near San Jose, Calif., Sunday, Sept., 25, 2011.
Lungren's Chief Of Staff To Seek Newly Drawn Assembly Seat - Jim Sanders @ blogs.sacbee.com
U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren's chief of staff will run for a political seat of his own next year.
Gov. Jerry Brown Signs 38 Bills, Vetoes 4 - Marisa Lagos @ sfgate.com
Gov. Jerry Brown signed 38 bills and vetoed four others on Monday, including a Republican-sponsored measure that would have mandated that one of the state's Air Resources Board members be a small-business owner. In a...
Oakland Effect: Senate bill would hurt youth violence prevention programs - mercurynews.com
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved the 2012 budget, which would cut $19.7 million from the Centers for Disease Control's Youth Violence Prevention measures, the only federally-funded program that tackles youth violence through public health initiatives.
Gov. Brown Set To Meet In Private With L.A. County Supervisors - Jason Song @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown is set to meet with Los Angeles County supervisors this afternoon in closed session over a controversial plan to shift care of some parolees from state workers to county probation officers.
Community Colleges Get $20 Million For Job Training - toped.svefoundation.org
A consortium of community colleges in California’s economically distressed San Joaquin Valley has been tapped by the U.S. Department of Labor for the first round of funding in a $2 billion federal program to train laid-off and dislocated workers.