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THE NOONER for September 3, 2013
Good morning from the Nooner's Cancun office. Don't be jealous, as it has rained for the last 24 hours. Oh well, it's been a good opportunity to watch the first two seasons of The Walking Dead, which draws an appropriate analogy to the legislative work over the next two weeks, not only to the back-from dead bills, but also the way legislators, staff and lobbyists will feel when the gavel falls on September 13.
Speaking of gut-and-amends, it sounds like proponents and opponents to SB 594 have reached an agreement.
DECISION DAY: In Sandy Eggo, both Carl DeMaio and Todd Gloria are expected to announce mayoral campaigns today. The DeMaio announcement is scheduled for 11am, and thus should be out there when today's Nooner hits your e-mail box.
Over the weekend, Politico reported that DeMaio was out of the congressional race and in the mayoral race. The DeMaio camp was quick to contest the story, e-mailing reporters (and pretend ones like me) a picture of his "modern family" with whom he said he was still pondering the decision.
All I know is that it's a tough decision for Carl. Fletcher also decided that today was the official day to declare with a video.
SD28/AD42: Democrats not done with top California seats yet [Erica Felci @ Desert Sun]
R-R-R-RUMORS: I've now heard from a few people that there's a movement to push soon-to-be-elected Holly Mitchell as the next State Senate President Pro Tempore. In particular, some with strong labor ties are uncomfortable with Bob Hertzberg because of his co-chair position with California Forward. Others think Hertzberg is ideal because of his fundraising abilities (h/t Dan Weitzman). Of course, if Kevin de Leon can put together enough votes soon, the musing is moot.
DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Neel Kashkari has lived in California since 1998, aside from his stints at Wharton and Treasury. Damn you, Wikipedia.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
California Unions, Local Governments Agree On Compromise
Dan Walters @ blogs.sacbee.com
For a couple of weeks, media warriors for labor unions and local governments traded daily barrages of charges and countercharges over union-sponsored legislation aimed at curbing local officials' use of auxiliary organizations' funds for political campaigns.
CalPERS Vs. San Bernardino: What Do They Want?
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
A federal judge ruled San Bernardino eligible for bankruptcy last week, despite opposition from CalPERS, and then pressed the city to promptly deliver something the big pension fund wanted prior to the ruling: a plan to cut debt and exit bankruptcy.
California Legislature's Leadership Positions Now In Play
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Term limits will compel both PÃ©rez and Darrell Steinberg, the president pro tem of the state Senate, to leave their leadership positions next year.
Crunch Time Begins For Calif. Lawmakers
Ben Adler @ capradio.org
Itâs finally the time of year when committee hearings come to an end, and all-day floor sessions begin â day after day, until lawmakers adjourn at the end of next week.Â But theyâve got some big issues to tackle first â none bigger than prisons.Â Two competing plans propose different ways of responding to a federal court order requiring the state to reduce overcrowding in its prisons.
Undocumented Immigrant's Bid For California Law License Heads To Court
After years of waiting, Sergio Garcia, a Chico man who has secured his law degree but not his U.S. citizenship, on Wednesday will be at the center of closely watched legal arguments in the California Supreme Court.
Brown Ponders Noncitizens On Juries
Michael Gardner @ utsandiego.com
Legislation has landed on Gov. Jerry Brownâs desk posing a touchy question: Should noncitizens serve on juries? The measure is being challenged as a threat to the fundamental premise that those who judge a suspectâs fate should generally understand American principles of justice, as well as a retreat from the basic right to go before a jury of your peers.
Bridge party is one an engineer could love
Carolyn Jones @ sfgate.com
It was a party that would have delighted engineers everywhere. Monday's Bay Bridge opening celebration - held in an old Key System repair warehouse by the toll plaza - was punctual and organized, with decorations of wire cable, bridge models and hard hats, along with lanyards for everyone.
Viewpoints: More prison beds won’t make Californians safer
There are better, safer and more immediate ways to reduce the population of California’s prisons without dumping hundreds of millions of additional tax dollars into incarceration.
Obama steps up campaign for Congress' support for Syria strikes
Kathleen Hennessey and Paul Richter @ latimes.com
The White House warns that a 'no' vote could put Israel at risk and embolden Iran. The president wins a qualified endorsement from Sen. John McCain (R.Ariz.).
Mexico's Vicente Fox Pushes Marijuana Debate To Forefront
Richard Fausset @ latimes.com
Former President Vicente Fox has become a vocal advocate of marijuana legalization. He says his change of heart stems from Mexico's mounting drug violence.
Bay bridge to open after ceremony lauds overdue structure
David Siders @ sacbee.com
This was not the opening that California state officials once envisioned, with little fanfare and no public celebration. But then, neither was this project – the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge finally opening years late and billions of dollars over budget.
Rim Fire In And Around Yosemite Is 75% Contained, Officials Say
Joseph Serna and Scott Gold @ latimes.com
The massive Rim fire burning into Yosemite National Park is now 75% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday morning.
State's Job-creation Streak Hits 25 Months
Mark Glover @ sacbee.com
California employers have added jobs for 25 straight months, the longest streak in the nation, with a total gain of 807,700 since the state's job market hit bottom in February 2010, the state Employment Development Department's annual Labor Day Briefing said.
New Senate Syria plan limits Obama
John Bresnahan @ politico.com
The proposal includes a 60-day period for the president to launch strikes against Assad's regime.
Demaio Won't Run For Mayor | Utsandiego.com
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State Nears A Deal To Keep Exide Open; Cleanup Assurances Sought | 89.3 Kpcc
Molly Peterson @ scpr.org
Join Alex Cohen and A Martínez for a conversational and witty look at the issues people are buzzing about.
Council vote could lure big-box stores to Meadowview
Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
Sacramento's recent decision to ease restrictions on big-box stores did more than put the city back in the mix for future Wal-Mart and Target stores.
Obama Meets Lawmakers to Press Case for Syria Strike
President Obama began meeting with Republican and Democratic leaders at the White House on Tuesday as administration officials prepared to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Veteran Prosecutor Describes SoCal As 'Epicenter' of Medicare Fraud
Frank Stoltze @ scpr.org
Last week, a federal judge in Los Angeles sentenced the the ringleader of a $9 million Medicare fraud scheme to 18 months in prison, and ordered him to reimburse the federal government. Estill Mitts, 68, was a Vietnam War veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart who apologized for his actions â even as he sought to minimize his role in the operation that including recruiting bogus patients from Skid Row.
In School iPad Project, L.A. Might Need To Tap Funding For Keyboards
Howard Blume @ latimes.com
L.A. school officials are acknowledging a new looming cost in a $1-billion effort to provide iPads to every student: keyboards.
Editorial: Fix CEQA, end carve-outs for special projects
the Editorial Board @ sacbee.com
If Steinberg’s end run around CEQA is good for Sacramento – and it may well be – it should be good for the entire state
New $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge span opens to public after years...
New $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge span opens to public after years of delays.