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THE NOONER for July 30, 2013

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As NOONER Lite week continues, we have a quick rundown of stories:

  • SANDY EGGO: Filner formally asks for public funds to fight the legal case against him.

  • Two groups seek to recall Filner, but efforts have legal questions [Tony Perry @ LAT] - "Two groups are vowing to force a recall election that could oust San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, but the city's recall law is snared in legal questions. Among the questions is whether there can be two recall efforts at the same time seeking to gather the signatures necessary to force an election."

  • CD15 (Fremont): Honda & Khanna Duke It Out Over Tech Bona Fides [Josh Richman @ BANG]

  • CD15 (Fremont): "100 tech stars" back challenger Khanna in House race against Rep. Honda - "Former Obama trade representative Ro Khanna, the Democrat running for Congress in the South Bay’s CD-17, has gotten big checks and lots of support from some Silicon Valley star players already — but today his campaign released a list of 100 endorsers that it describes as 'Silicon Valley’s most influential tech leaders and job creators.'"

  • DOWNSIZING: Assembly Speaker transfers absent member to smaller office [Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John @ LAT] - "Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) has been moved to a smaller office after missing a floor session without an excused absence. Williams missed the July 3 Assembly meeting, the lower house's last floor session before it began its summer break. . . After talking with the office of Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) about the unexcused absence, Williams agreed to move his staff into a smaller office and have some of his aides work in an annex office, according to spokesman Josh Molina."

  • PARA LA FAMILIA: Point man in the push for immigrant rights">State senator's father recounts years living illegally in the U.S. [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "California state Sen. Ricardo Lara, whose father swam a frigid canal to get to America, is often at odds with others in the immigration debate." 

  • FAREWELL: Benicia Man Dies in Hawaii Snorkeling Accident - "Michael Taugher, a 50-year-old Benicia resident, died in a snorkeling accident in Maui over the weekend. Taugher was a long-time journalist who wrote extensively on water issues and the Delta for the Contra Costa Times before going to work in 2012 for the California Department of Fish and Game."

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Unemployment Benefits, Water Top Jerry Brown's Post-Vacation List
Anthony York @
Now that Gov. Jerry Brown is back from his ancestral tour of Germany and Ireland, his attention is turning to priorities for the closing weeks of the legislative year, which ends Sept. 13.

White House: Healthcare law has helped improve cost picture
David Lauter @
President Obama's signature healthcare law has helped slow the pace of cost increases in healthcare, a senior administration official told reporters Monday as the White House continued to press its campaign to defend the law.

Red-Light Cameras Under Siege In California
Dan Walters @
One of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's first acts this year – before he became preoccupied with other affairs – was to end the use of cameras to catch motorists running red lights, labeling them "the San Diego version of a traffic trap." It was the latest in a string of recent setbacks for the devices, indicating that they may be on the way out of California.

BART, unions talk and bicker
Michael Cabanatuan @
Representatives of BART and its two largest unions met again Monday in hopes of settling their labor dispute before a contract extension expires on Sunday.

Former Pa. governor, presidential candidate dies
William Warren Scranton, a former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, has died. He was 96.

County GOP's Support Of Gay Marriage Draws Fire
Josh Richman @
California Republicans are abuzz following the Marin County Republican Central Committee’s vote Thursday to support same-sex marriage, becoming the nation’s first Republican county central committee to do so.

Pakistan elects new president as Taliban attack on prison frees 250 inmates
Sebastian Abbot @
Pakistani lawmakers elected a textile businessman who briefly served as the governor of southern Sindh province as the country's next president Tuesday, the election commission chief said, a result that was widely expected.

Celebrities Join Prison Hunger Strikers In Protesting Isolation
Paige St. John @
Celebs including Bonnie Raitt and Jay Leno join prison hunger strikers in protesting California's use of solitary confinement.

Calif. groups worry over environmental law reform
Laura Barron-Lopez @
A coalition of business, housing and local government leaders is warning California legislative leaders that a plan to rewrite the state's landmark environmental law could lead to more lawsuits and make it harder to approve responsible projects - the opposite of what lawmakers hope to achieve with the overhaul.

"100 Tech Stars" Back Challenger Khanna In House Race Against Rep. Honda
Carla Marinucci @
Former Obama trade representative Ro Khanna, the Democrat running for Congress in the South Bay’s CD-17, has gotten big checks and lots of support from some Silicon Valley star players already — but today his campaign released a list of 100 endorsers that it describes as "Silicon Valley’s most influential tech leaders and job creators."

Sacramento Arena Animosity Escalating
Ryan Lillis @
What began as a small group of neighborhood activists scraping for donations at a picnic in a midtown Sacramento garden has developed into a volatile political clash over whether to hold a public vote on the city's plan to subsidize a new Kings arena downtown.

The Pain Of Detroit And The Importance Of Prop 13 :: Fox&hounds
The most important benefit of Proposition 13 for taxpayers in communities tested by bankruptcy is that the measure protects taxpayers from unreasonable property tax increases as the path of least resistance when officials attempt to fix the problem.

County Gop’s Support Of Gay Marriage Draws Fire
By Josh Richman Monday, July 29th, 2013 at 1:04 pm in Republican Party, Republican politics, same-sex marriage.

Dan Walters: Red-light Cameras Under Siege In California - Capitol And California - The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters

San Francisco Taxi Drivers Turn Up Heat On Lyft, Uber, Sidecar - San Francisco Business Times
Taxi drivers said they will hold a rally outside City Hall on Tuesday to draw attention to "unlicensed, uninspected, unregulated and underinsured taxis" that are "allowed to roam the streets, creating a public safety hazard, increased congestion, greenhouse gasses and unfair competition against law-abiding cab drivers."

AG calls clerk's gay marriage petition improper
California Attorney General Kamala Harris says the elected clerk of San Diego County is improperly using the state's legal system to try to prevent same-sex couples from getting married.

Two Groups Seek To Recall Filner, But Efforts Have Legal Questions
Tony Perry @
Two groups are vowing to force a recall election that could oust San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, but the city's recall law is snared in legal questions.

Electricity Regulators Outline Claims Against Jpmorgan For Alleged Market Misdeeds - Business - The Sacramento Bee
Rows of transmission towers in Los Banos carry power lines linking Southern and Northern California. Federal regulators are outlining their claims against JPMorgan Chase, which they accuse of manipulating the power markets for profit.

'A Critical Moment': Officials Talk Preparations For Implementation Of Health Care Reform
Jose Martinez @
Congresswoman Maxine Waters convened federal, state and county leaders on Monday morning to discuss the status of health care reform implementation in California and, more specifically, Waters' congressional district. The verdict? There's still a whole lot of work to be done.

California IT snapshot
Jon Ortiz @
As the state's business tax and fee collector, the Board of Equalization takes in more than $53.7 billion annually. The agency recently put out a call for bids on a massive computer system overhaul, which ranks No. 9 on our list of California's 10 largest state government IT projects.