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THE NOONER for August 14, 2013
Good morning from Ventura, where I'm trying to open my eyes with Embassy Suites coffee. Shortly, I'll be driving just west of CD25, where the watch on whether Buck McKeon runs for reelection or not continues.
And, while I was at Outside Lands, I missed Timm Herdt's VCStar story that Elton Gallegly "has been approached" about running if McKeon does not. Everyone continues to wait on Buck to decide whether to run or not. Beyond Gallegly, that will determine what Tony Strickland will do, which will determine what Jeff Gorrell does, and several other dominoes.
As of now, there is only one open congressional seat next year--CD45 in Orange County.
UNDER THE DOME:
...HUDDLED WORDS YEARNING TO BE FREE... The San Francisco Chronicle announced the end of its paywall yesterday, which had kept non-subscribers from reading columns and led to writers being told to write teaser paragraphs on SFGate.com to bring readers to the paid SFChronicle.com. The paywall lasted only four months. Really, San Francisco just needs a more interesting mayor than Ed Lee, who is quiet and just gets the job done.
After all, your mayor being banned from Hooters sells newspapers!
BREAKING BAD FANS: If you missed yesterday's AMA (ask me anything) on Redditwith Aaron Paul, who plays Jesse, it'll be a great timesuck for you today. Here's his reponse to the question of what he's doing now that filming of the series has wrapped:
"Right now I'm reliving the Wonder Years from the beginning with my wife and it's so much better in this day and age. It absolutely lives up to what it was back then. So if you haven't seen it, get on Netflix and watch it now... bitch."
Life always comes back to Winnie.
SD02 (North Coast): Chris Lehman
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Lawmakers Seek Safeguards Against Sterilization Of Prison Inmates
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Advocates for women prison inmates called Tuesday for state law to be changed to make sure convicts are not subject to sterilization surgery for birth control, and oversight over medical care is improved.
Legislative Analyst Says Cost Of Delta Tunnels Could Outweigh Benefits » Ventura County Star
Ventura County Star and Ventura County Star @ vcstar.com
The Legislative Analyst's Office told a Senate panel Tuesday that the projected economic benefits of a $16 billion plan to build twin tunnels to route water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are "fragile."
Federal Officials Delay Another Health-law Provision For Employers
Chad Terhune @ latimes.com
In another delay for the federal healthcare law, some employers will have until 2015 to comply with new limits on out-of-pocket medical spending for consumers.
Sacramento, Calif.: Actresses Urge Support For Calif. Paparazzi Bill | Celebrities | Modesto Bee
LAURA OLSON @ modbee.com
Actress Halle Berry told lawmakers that the constant presence of photographers have made her daughter scared to go to school, while testifying before the Assembly Judiciary Committee in support of a bill that would limit the ability of paparazzi to photograph children of celebrities and public figures, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Berry and actress Jennifer Garner urged lawmakers to approve SB606, by State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, left, that would change the definition of harassment to include photographing a child without the permission of a legal guardian.
Legislature Begins To Talk About Prison Bailout
Paige St. John @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown already has begun talking to legislative leaders about the amount of money that would be needed to bail the state out of its prison crowding crisis.
Susan Kennedy: On Being Official “sob” For Two Ca Governors — And Why She’d Love To Work For Hillary
Wyatt Buchanan, Michael Collier, Richard Dunham, Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Marisa Lagos, Carolyn Lochhead, Carla Marinucci, @ blog.sfgate.com
Susan Kennedy: on being official “SOB” for two CA governors — and why she’d love to work for Hillary
State To Send More Inmates To Fungal-infected Prisons | News | Oakland, Berkeley, Bay Area & California | East Bay Express
The deadly disease lies dormant during dry summers in Central California, but it comes alive when the rains arrive in fall. Causing flu-like symptoms, it goes airborne, with spores that root in the soft tissue of your lungs. Californians have a higher chance of contracting the disease than chickenpox, hepatitis, or West Nile virus, according to the health care news organization Reporting on Health. The fungal infection known as valley fever also has a preference for people of certain ethnic backgrounds. In the prisons of California's Central Valley, about 70 percent of the victims have been African-American.
What Will State Learn From Payroll Failure?
Chris Megerian @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Across California government, officials are pursuing dozens of technology projects worth $5 billion total.
Hollywood Drama Plays Out In California Legislative Hearing
Laurel Rosenhall @ blogs.sacbee.com
It was an interesting day in the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The panel that normally deals with issues like civil law and tort liability was instead the venue for a whole lot of Hollywood baby mama drama.
Military same-sex couples to get full benefits
David S. Cloud @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON — Same-sex military couples will qualify for full benefits, including government-provided health care and housing allowances, as long as they are legally married, under new rules announced by the Pentagon.
Lawmakers take up prison sterilization
Top state lawmakers pledged today to pursue legislation to prevent sterilization abuses in prisons.
Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill To Let Women Sell Eggs For Research
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Writing "not everything in life is for sale nor should it be," Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday vetoed legislation seeking to repeal a California law prohibiting women from selling their eggs for medical research.
Bay Bridge opening without the hoopla?
Up until this week, officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission had been sticking to their call to hold off the bridge opening until a permanent fix was made for the snapped bolts on the span's seismic-stability devices. California's new law allowing public school students to decide if they identify as boys or girls has grabbed a lot of national attention - but here in San Francisco, it's pretty much business as usual. Since the 1990s, San Francisco school officials have been willing to open either door to students who consider themselves transgender - some as young as kindergarteners. UC, relying on a $160 million private endowment, has provided housing for the president and university chancellors for decades, saying they need a place to conduct business and host fundraisers. [...] the Blake House in Kensington, which housed its first UC president in 1968, needs an estimated $3 million to $6 million in repairs "to make it livable," Montiel said. [...] that gets figured out, Montiel says, the university will continue to spend as much as $25,000 a year for routine maintenance and contemplate earthquake rehabbing, roof repairs and other fixes "so it's not irreparably damaged."
Timm Herdt: On State Prisons, Is Denial Phase Over? » Ventura County Star
Ventura County Star and Ventura County Star @ vcstar.com
Back in 2008, on the opening day of a trial that would lead to a crisis the state of California is finally being forced to confront, an attorney representing inmates began showing the court a video depicting a prison gymnasium filled wall-to-wall with triple-decked bunk beds.
Dan Walters: California Higher Ed Resistant To Change - Dan Walters - The Sacramento Bee
College administrators and instructors particularly those in public institutions usually profess "progressive" ideological outlooks.
Lausd Starts New School Year With More Security, New Curriculum
Carla Rivera @ latimes.com
More than 600,000 Los Angeles Unified School District students returned to class Tuesday after summer break and were greeted with enhanced security measures, new disciplinary rules and expanded health services.
California Gun-control Bills Advance In Sacramento
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
The Assembly Committee on Public Safety hearing offered a preview of that battle, as dozens of gun-control advocates -- including some who have lost loved ones to violent crime -- faced off against gun-rights supporters who believe that a basic freedom is threatened.
Booker favored to win Democratic primary for Senate in N.J.
Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON — New Jersey’s Democrats are expected to choose Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a rising party star, as their candidate in Tuesday’s special primary election to fill a U.S. Senate seat this fall.
Ratepayers Should Bear Part Of San Onofre Closure Cost, Utility Says
Marc Lifsher @ latimes.com
Southern California Edison launches a public relations campaign ahead of state hearings into who will ultimately pay the $4.1 billion to permanently close the San Onofre atomic plant.
Public pension changes imperil transit money
The federal government says public pension reforms pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown could cost the state billions of dollars intended for transit projects.
Feds Owe California Mass Transit Agencies $2 Billion - Capradio.org
Sacramento Regional Transit says the federal government is holding back $60 million in owed matching funds and the amount could more than double by the end of the year.