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THE NOONER for August 21, 2013
Good morning, I'm off to a staff retreat in Tahoe that I need to finish preparing for, so I may be a bit short this morning.
REMAKE: California GOP chair rebuilding the party from scratch [David Drucker @ WaEx] (interview with Brulte)
SONOMA: Supervisor Carrillo finishes rehab, returns to work [Carla Marinucci @ SFGate]
SOMEHOW I MISSED: Sizing Up the Landscape for Initiatives in 2014 [Joel Fox @ Fox and Hounds]
FOR SALE: Kobe and Vanessa Bryant selling home in Newport Coast [Eric Pincus @ LAT] - "[T]heir Newport Coast home was put on the market with an asking price of $8.599 million. The property was last sold in 1997 at $1.7 million. In addition to the four bedrooms and seven bathrooms, the home features an 850-square-foot-gym, a hair salon, a theater and, naturally, a shark tank."
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
California Mail Voters Could Learn If Ballot Counted
SACRAMENTO -- A bill headed to the governor's desk will allow voters to find out if their mail-in ballots are actually counted.
Did Ted Cruz, The Canadian, Get The Kind Of Healthcare He Now Scorns?
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was born in Canada, which has the kind of national healthcare he new scorns.
Governor will skip Bay Bridge opening
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @ sfgate.com
Gov. Jerry Brown won't be attending the big VIP chain-cutting ceremony over the Labor Day weekend to mark the opening of the new Bay Bridge eastern span. "Like many Californians, the governor has a family trip planned over the Labor Day weekend," Evan Westrup, Brown's press secretary, said Tuesday.
California Lawmakers Mull What To Do With Long-troubled Tax Board Building Downtown
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
California lawmakers weren't able to resolve the ongoing and soggy saga of the Board of Equalization headquarters on Tuesday but learned that public and private leaders have a keen interest in the outcome.
Former Villaraigosa associate to challenge state Supt. Torlakson
Marshall Tuck, who headed Mayor Villaraigosa's education nonprofit, is also taking on the state teachers union, a powerful backer of Torlakson.
Fundraisers Abound As California Legislative Session Nears End
Laurel Rosenhall @ sacbee.com
Schnur, who has worked for several GOP politicians, is pushing a proposal to ban fundraising during the legislative session. He said he's had "very good meetings" with legislative leaders about putting the proposal in a bill, but doesn't think it's likely to happen. He's pursuing a possible ballot initiative.
Republican Odd Couple Prepare To Face Off In New Primary Landscape
Scott Detrow @ blogs.kqed.org
Gov. Jerry Brown is a formidable candidate for re-election with $10 million in the bank, favorable poll numbers and the advantages that go to any Democrat running for re-election in California. Two Republicans are ignoring those odds, though, and are already campaigning for governor. And they couldnât be more different from each other. In fact, Tim Donnelly and Abel Maldonado represent the ends of the spectrum in Californiaâs Republican Party.
Jose Julio Sarria, gay political pioneer, dies
Neal J. Riley @ sfgate.com
JosÃ© Julio Sarria, a pioneering San Francisco drag queen who became one of the first openly gay candidates for U.S. public office, died Monday of cancer in his Albuquerque home. He was 90.
Denham's Ploy Backfires On High-Speed Rail
Dan Morain @ sacbee.com
Rep. Jeff Denham has tried gamely to block California's high-speed rail project. Now, it seems, he may have tripped over himself.
L.A. School Board Ratifies Hiring Of Garcetti's Top Education Aide
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday ratified the unusual hiring of the mayor’s top education advisor, Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana.
Poll shows Californians know little about state health insurance exchange, benefits
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Less than two months before California's health insurance exchange opens for enrollment under the federal health care overhaul, three-quarters of voters under age 65 say they've heard little or nothing about the exchange, according to a new Field Poll.
California Condom Bill May Be Resurrected
Katie Orr @ capradio.org
Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall said heâll try to revive his bill that would require condoms be used in adult films, after a judge ruled a similar law in Los Angeles County is constitutional. The adult film industry had challenged LA Countyâs law saying it infringed on the first amendment.
Health Insurance Costs Rise For Employers And Workers, Survey Finds
American workers and their employers saw another rise in health insurance premiums this year, though those increases are lower than in many previous years.
Big School Money Row Surfaces Again In California
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
When Gov. Jerry Brown's landmark overhaul of school finance aimed at shifting more money into educating poor and English-learner students was making its way through the Legislature this year, a big issue was whether the extra funds should go to school districts or the schools with large concentrations of the targeted kids.
Filner Apparently Still In Harassment Mediation, Not At City Hall
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner still not at City Hall, appears to be in second day of mediation for sexual harassment lawsuit.
LAPD Chief Beck: More Than 100 Cops Are Monitoring Felons Released Under California's Prison Realignment | 89.3 Kpcc
Rina Palta @ scpr.org
Join Alex Cohen and A Martínez for a conversational and witty look at the issues people are buzzing about.
Prison Hunger Strike: Medical Chief Says Order Allows Key Decisions
Paige St. John @ latimes.com
Californiaâs top prison doctor defends the court order to allow the force feeding of inmates on a 44-day hunger strike, saying that it gives physicians flexibility to make life-or-death decisions under difficult circumstances.
Tacking Health Care Costs Onto California Farm Produce
The contractors who provide armies of field workers in the state say they are already preparing for the potential cost the new health law will add to their businesses.
California Motorists Could See Lighter Wallets Under Pending Bills
Some California motorists would see the government reach deeper into their pockets under two bills approved by state lawmakers this week.
High court Justice Antonin Scalia promotes his book
John King @ sfgate.com
Even when he steers clear of combustive legal and political controversies, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia can't help throwing a barbed verbal punch.
Berkeley Moves Forward With UC Student District
Sarah Burke @ eastbayexpress.com
A new council district could result in the first student elected to the city council in decades â and it could oust longtime Councilman Kriss Worthington from office.
Lausd Takes Aim At Reforming Proposition 39 Charter Law
Barbara Jones @ dailynews.com
After years of battling over the co-location of charter and traditional campuses, the Los Angeles Unified board took steps Tuesday toward seeking changes to the law approved by voters in 2000 that requires districts to give unused space to the independent schools.
Poll: Many who could get 'Obamacare' don't know it
A new Field Poll finds most of those who would qualify for insurance coverage or tax breaks under President Barack Obama's health care reforms don't know it.