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THE NOONER for October 11, 2013
Good morning from Burlingame. It's been a heck of a week, so I'm going to be short today.
Polls: Shutdown damages 2014 GOP prospects [Alex Isenstadt @ Politico]
REFERENDUM: The referendum to overturn the gaming compact for the North Fork Rancheria for an off-reservation casino in Madera County has enough signatures to require validation by counties, the Secretary of State notified counties this morning. The referendum was qualified by a generally anti-gaming organization, although the funding came largely from other casinos and investment funds with interests in casinos that fear the competition of a casino on Highway 99.
WATER WARS: Capital Public Radio concludes a great five-part series on the Delta today. "It's one of the largest sources of water for the world's 8th largest economy. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has been called the heart of California's water system. As lawmakers, conservationists, farmers, policy experts and others debate the future of the Delta, this five-part series tells the story of how the region both connects and divides Californians."
CAFFEINATED: Starbucks Flexes Its Political Muscle With Petition [Vanessa Wong @ BusinessWeek]
***The Leadership California Institute hosts "Candidate Forum 2014" on October 16 in Sacramento! The most talked about candidates for the 2014 cycle will be joined by influential leaders like Former Senate Minority Leader Jim Brulte, Former Assembly Member Bev Hansen, and PPIC President Mark Baldassare for a one-day bipartisan forum. Join the growing list of sponsors today! For more information, contact Nicki Arnold: (916)529-4722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Jerry Brown Puts Veterans Housing Measure On June Ballot
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
California voters will decide next June whether the state should restructure $600 million in bonds to help build apartments and houses for low-income veterans, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed Thursday.
California Governor's Aide Picks Fight With Unions
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Steve Glazer has seen politics up close as a veteran campaign consultant, most notably as the manager of Jerry Brownâs comeback election as governor three years ago. That familiarity, one might think, would breed contempt, but instead, Glazer yearns to join the ranks of the elected. Heâs already an Orinda city councilman and wants to serve in the state Assembly.
Kamala Harris Sues For-profit Parent Of Heald College, Wyotech
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
A for-profit college chain intentionally deceived prospective students and investors about the value of its degrees and sought out the socially isolated and disadvantaged, according to a lawsuit California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed Thursday.
Naacp Asks Federal Judges To Release Three-strikes Prisoners
Paige St. John @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- The NAACP is weighing in on California's prison crowding problem, asking federal judges Thursday to order the state to seek release of some 2,000 prisoners eligible for shorter sentences under the state's revised three-strikes law.
Brown Signs Bill To Create Pilot Program For Higher-Fee Community College Classes
Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
Saying it "sounds like a reasonable experiment," Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that will allow selected community colleges to offer high-demand classes for a higher fee.
State’s GOP lawmakers put politics aside to help constituents understand health law
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert opposes the federal health care overhaul. He’s uneasy about its potential adverse effects on small businesses. He worries that it will drive up health care costs.
Brown Has No Plans To Use State Money To Reopen National Parks
Melanie Mason @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO--Gov. Jerry Brown is not jumping to accept an offer by the Obama administration to use state money to reopen national parks closed by the federal government shutdown.
Scoring The Legislature And Governor On Business Related Bills :: Fox&hounds
Minimum wage was increased against business opposition as businesses, especially small businesses, struggle to recover from the recession. Business is still battling the burdens of heavy taxes and regulations, which has prompted some businesses to consider relocating outside the state.
Gov. Brown Orders Swift Response To Mental Hospital Crimes
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed legislation aimed at protecting victims of sex crimes in state hospitals and developmental centers.
California job apps won't ask about criminal past
People who seek jobs with state or local government agencies in California will not be asked on their initial applications whether they have been convicted of a crime, under legislation that was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The restrictions will not apply to police, school teachers or other government jobs working with children, the elderly or the disabled, in which applicants can be asked about criminal convictions. Dickinson said his measure dovetails with Brown's realignment program, in which many low-level felons have been sentenced to county jail instead of state prison and are then released into the community under local law enforcement supervision.
States Prepare Layoffs, Furloughs During Shutdown
Tom Risen @ usnews.com
States have started furloughing employees as the absence of federal funds is straining already tight state budgets, so more workers will be sent on unpaid leave or even laid off if the shutdown continues.
House, Senate Republicans Offer Competing Plans On Debt-limit, Government Shutdown
House and Senate Republicans offered competing plans Thursday to resolve Washington’s debt-limit and government shutdown crises, as President Obama held the latest in a series of meetings aimed at persuading them to accept at least short-term solutions with no partisan strings attached.
Immigration Poll Puts Pressure On Central Valley Lawmakers
Kitty Felde @ scpr.org
A pair of House Republicans from Californiaâs Central Valley appeared at this weekâs immigration rally on the National Mall. But immigration activists say thatâs not enough: they want them to back comprehensive legislation. Activists on Thursday unveiled a poll showing voters in those lawmakers' districts would support them if they did.
New Law Allows Experiment With Higher Tuition For In-Demand Courses At Community Colleges
Kathryn Baron @ edsource.org
Despite opposition from the community college Academic Senate and some concerns from the chancellorâs office, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill allowing a few community colleges to charge more for high-demand courses.
Assembly speaker announces 2014 bid for controller
Assembly Speaker John Perez says he is running for state controller next year.
President Obama Signs Bill To Help Families Of Fallen Soldiers
Lesley Clark @ mcclatchydc.com
President Barack Obama tonight signed into a law one of the measures he's dismissed as a "piecemeal" approach to reopening the federal government.
Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Two Telecom Bills
Marc Lifsher @ latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes bills on collecting fees on prepaid cellphone minutes and on the PUC's LifeLine powers.
Federal Funds Still Flow To California, November In Doubt
Carolyn Lochhead @ blog.sfgate.com
Ten days into the government shutdown, federal funds continue to flow to major benefit programs in California such as MediCal, the federal/state health insurance program for the poor that serves one in five Californians, said California Department of Finance deputy director H.D. Palmer. But Palmer warned that should the shutdown stretch into November, bets are off.
Governor Signs Bill To Expand Epipen Use
JIM MILLER @ pe.com
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday that adds California to the list of states that allow the certification of scout leaders, camp counselors and other non-medical professionals in the use of life-saving epinephrine auto-injectors.
Jerry Brown Vetoes Teacher Firing Bill
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected a bill intended to streamline the process for firing teachers in California.
Republicans Announce $10-million Initiative To Lure Latino Voters
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
The Republican effort seeks to improve the party's appeal among Latinos in California and 16 other states.
Nbc/wsj Poll: 60 Percent Say Fire Every Member Of Congress - First Read
Domenico Montanaro, Deputy Political Editor, NBC News @ firstread.nbcnews.com
The Capital is mirrored in the Capital Reflecting Pool on Capitol Hill in Washington early Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.
Bart Strike: Last-second Proposals Could Avert Friday Morning Shutdown
Mike Rosenberg @ mercurynews.com
As of 3 p.m., no deal had been reached and the unions had not announced whether they would shut down BART starting Friday morning.