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THE NOONER for October 30, 2013
Good morning from Oxnard, and be warned, this is a bad hotel coffee Nooner, and I still have to prepare for a talk this morning. I'll be quick and let you get to your lunch after a few bullets of what has caught my eye this morning:
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed extends hand to state unions
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
San Jose Mayor and public pension reform crusader Chuck Reed has asked the heads of state employee unions and the California Teachers Association to give him a call. The reason? To chat about Reed’s 2014 ballot measure to give state and local governments the authority to cut pensions for current state and local government employees.
Sebelius apologizes for health care site under grilling by Congress
Defending President Barack Obama's much-maligned health care law in Congress, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was confronted Wednesday with a government memo that raised security concerns about the website consumers are using to enroll.
Tax on soda to be floated in San Francisco
[...] Wiener said a mounting body of research has documented the link between sugary beverages and obesity and diabetes - and that voters are willing to tax the sweet drinks if they know that the money will help keep kids healthy. Wiener's proposal would add a tax of 2 cents per ounce on all sugar-sweetened beverages, defined as drinks with 25 or more calories that have added sugary sweeteners and are less than 50 percent fruit or vegetable juice. The money would go toward health and exercise programs at city schools, recreation centers and nonprofit organizations that contract with the city. The funds would be earmarked specifically for "active" recreation programs at the city's Recreation and Park Department; lunch, nutrition, physical education and after-school activities at the San Francisco Unified School District; and food access and activity programs funded by the city's Public Health Department and the Department of Children, Youth and their Families.
Trayvon Martin's Mother Testifies At Senate Hearing On "Stand Your Ground" Laws
Laurie Kellman @ washingtonpost.com
Trayvon Martinâs mother told a panel of senators Tuesday that state âstand your groundâ self-defense laws do not work and must be amended, reviving the politically charged gun-control issue a year ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.
S.F. Dems Ready To Throw Cash To Dump Mitch Mcconnell - Politics Blog
Her U.S. Senate race is 2,000 miles away, but Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is in the reliable political ATM of San Francisco on Tuesday to pick up cash for her bid to topple Republican...
Highlights And Analysis Of The 2013-14 Final Budget - Updated | Senate Republican Caucus
Debt Repayment Clearly Not A Priority. While this budget plan includes many supportable elements, such as the additional funding for education programs and $2 billion of budgetary debt repayments, it fails to adequately prioritize reducing the $27 billion of existing budgetary debts and the state's $180 billion of unfunded retirement liabilities.
California Legislature May Revisit Realistic Non-Lethal Gun Issue
Max Pringle @ capradio.org
State Senator Kevin de LeÃ³n introduced legislation that stalled two years ago that would have required bb and air guns to be clearly marked.
Health reforms could help Calif. prison spending
California could gain tens of millions of dollars annually in federal reimbursements for sick prison inmates under the nation's new health care law.
In Boston, Obama Will Point to a Health Lawâ
President Obama will speak in Faneuil Hall, where the Massachusetts health plan was signed into law, and is expected to underscore similarities to the Affordable Care Act.
CGI Warned Of Healthcare.gov Problems A Month Before Launch, Documents Show
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released documents Tuesday night showing one of the primary contractors for HealthCare.gov, CGI Federal, warned administration officials the Web site faced problems just weeks before its Oct. 1 launch.
Sacramento State To Get New $1.2 Million Track, And 2014 National Champion Meet
Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
Demetrius Snaer, 35, makes a javelin throw in the M35 competition during the 2010 Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Sacramento State University Sunday July 25, 2010. Sacramento State University will get a new $1.2 million running track in the deal to bring the 2014 USA Track & Field National Championships back to Sacramento.
California's Online Sales Tax Generating Millions - Capradio.org
California’s Board of Equalization released the numbers today. They include state, local and district taxes. 40 percent of the revenue, or just over 100 million dollars, has gone to the state’s general fund. That largely matches projections from state budget analysts.
San Jose Pension Reform Legal Bill Climbs
Fracking And Reducing Climate Change: Can Jerry Brown Have It Both Ways?
Paul Rogers @ mercurynews.com
Republican Congressman Jeff Denham Will Join Democrats In Immigration Overhaul Push
A Republican congressman from a heavily Hispanic district is breaking ranks from his party to join Democrats in an eleventh-hour push for a broad immigration overhaul before the end of the year.
State Senator Launches Probe Into Bay Bridge Costs, Delays
Lisa Vorderbrueggen @ contracostatimes.com
Christie Embraces Budget Strategies He Scorned as a Candidate
Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, has relied on the same kind of short-term strategies to balance the budget that he had criticized his Democratic predecessor, Jon S. Corzine, for while running for office.
AP Exclusive: Calif. recycling law lacks oversight
LAURA OLSON @ sacbee.com
Seeking to reduce the number of plastic shopping bags cluttering California's beaches and landfills, the state Legislature in 2006 passed a law requiring grocery stores and other large retailers to give consumers an easy way of returning used bags.
Grand jury indicts former California politician
Prosecutors say a former California politician has been indicted by a grand jury on charges that he impersonated a candidate on bogus fliers linking her to the communist government in Vietnam.
Hardship Fosters An Alumni Spirit
Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
Until three years ago, California had a cold-turkey policy for dealing with foster children upon their 18th birthday. At best, these kids who had no family support to help usher them into adulthood might get a birthday cake, a handshake and a heartfelt wish that they have a good life.
Budget Negotiations Open With Signs of Conciliation
Lawmakers hand-picked by their leadership to negotiate a budget agreement said they were willing to make concessions, but there were warning signs that Republicans and Democrats remained far apart.