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THE NOONER for June 18, 2014
Morning from Sandy Eggo, where we're likely to see one of the hottest congressional races in the entire country this November between Carl DeMaio (R) and first-term incumbent Scott Peters (D) for CD52. The race is as tossity-uppity as one could be, and it will come down to 1) turnout and the 2) national mood.
In another tossity-uppity race, endorsements are getting sorted out in the SD26 general between Democrats Ben Allen and Sandra Fluke. Allen picked up the endorsement of former Assemblymember George Nakano and lawyer Barbi Appelquist, who ran for the seat in June. Meanwhile, Fluke picked up the support of LA councilmember Mike Bonin, former councilmember Bill Rosendahl and Speaker Toni Atkins.
PRESSURE: This morning, we learned that California Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter is going to step down next year, giving Jerry Brown the opportunity to fill another seat on the Supremes on McAllister. Last time, he picked Goodwin Liu, who was caught in a federal confirmation black hole for the Ninth Circuit. While liberals generally loved the political jiu-jitsu, African-American and Latino groups were pretty frustrated as a majority of the Supreme Court became Asian.
Now, the governor has two seats to fill--Baxter and Joyce Kennard, who announced her retirement in February. That leaves the court with three Asian-Americans and two white justices, which will certainly put the pressure on the governor to look to Latino and African-American justices. Here were the names I floated in February, with a few more:
POP GOES THE BILL! California soda warning label bill stalls in committee [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "It's an honorable effort but I feel it's ineffective," said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, who acknowledged that soda manufacturers are prominent job generators in her district. "I think this bill creates as much confusion as it does information. A label which will appear on soda and sports drinks with no labels appearing on chocolate milk, juices or alcoholic beverages sends the wrong message."
By the way, you know I love California-based Virgin America, which I took from SFO to SAN yesterday. But, I really don't need a teevee to watch the Giants drop eight runs to the White Sox.
#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for V. Manuel Pérez!
Oh, yeah. That race for state controller is still pretty darn close. An update after the jump!
THE WIRE: John A. Pérez now leads Betty Yee by 1,689 votes according to SOS, although both projection models still show Yee with a razor-thin win. As John Hrabe writes, the race is actually closer, as not all counties turn in their latest counts right away. Basically, Pérez has about a 1,000 vote lead.
WWSD? The biggest question is What Will Sonoma Do? Sonoma is known for holding off its post-election report until all ballots are counted, and has the most outstanding ballots with 28,015. Yee beat Pérez there by 4.6 points. If 80% of the ballots are valid, that's a margin of over 1,000 votes.
As I think I wrote yesterday, models just don't work when a race is this close.
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San Jose Eyes Sales-tax Measure As Council Passes Another Flat Budget
Mike Rosenberg @ mercurynews.com
Soon, potential voters will be getting phone calls from pollsters to ask them whether they'd vote to bump the sales tax up a quarter- or half-cent in San Jose, or increase the marijuana shop tax. If the response is encouraging, the proposal will likely hit the November ballot, and, if passed, could give the city enough cash for general services such as staffing up fire stations and extending library hours. Another option would send all the money toward something specific such as hiring cops or plugging potholes, but two-thirds of voters would need to be supportive.
When Hillary Clinton looked to boost 'traditional marriages'
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is getting heat for taking a star role at Thursday's March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., an event he says is strictly aimed at supporting "traditional marriage." Clinton would not go so far as to sanction gay marriages - a recent debate in the California Assembly - but she acknowledged, There are people who are able to fulfill the functions of child rearing who don't fit into the traditional pattern. In a wide-ranging telephone interview with The Examiner on Tuesday, Clinton also discussed Mayor Brown's proposal to hire young inner-city men to patrol Muni, the Assembly's proposed paddling bill and the pressures of parenting a daughter in the dating years. Clinton's interview with The Examiner came before her visit to San Francisco on Thursday during the national tour of her best-selling book, "It Takes a Village." Clinton said she would like to see "acceptable young people, who have the right attitudes, given responsibility for helping to patrol streets, watching for younger children, supervising playgrounds - having some stake in rebuilding their communities." Asked about a rash of recent Republican-sponsored legislation regarding children, including tougher juvenile sentencing and even paddling in public schools, Clinton said, I think there's a lot of frustration in the country (in dealing with) social problems . . . certainly with regard to children's behavior and violence. Clinton addressed whether the wives of the Republican presidential candidates had stayed out of the campaign spotlight because her high-profile role as first lady has sparked criticism. "[...] Wendy Gramm (wife of Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas) was head of the commodities futures commission, and she's on a lot of corporate boards, " she said. Clinton responded to a recent Examiner poll showing the president at a 2 1/2-year high in approval ratings among California voters - despite Whitewater and her testimony before a federal grand jury. The president, facing a subpoena in a Whitewater-related trial, "will be saying what he has said publicly - so there is not going to be any surprise there, " she said, adding that presidents from Thomas Jefferson to Ronald Reagan had been called to testify on legal matters. Asked about Whitewater's effect on her husband's re-election campaign, the first lady said: Four years ago, we were asked if we had lost money on this failed land deal, and we said we had. Clinton acknowledged perceptions the family had profited from its financial dealings, but "given the legal fees we've had to incur in order to defend ourselves - we are bankrupt," she said.
Top 5 Taxes You May See On 2016 Ballot :: Fox&hounds
5. SODA TAX. The push is on to raise taxes on sweetened beverages. Proponents say it is a health issue to end the scourge of diabetes and obesity. The warning label on soda bill the legislature considered this year is the first step in softening the ground for such a move.
The Politics Of California's Proposition 187 In One Chart
In 1994, California voters approved Proposition 187, a controversial ballot measure to deny public services, such as public education and healthcare, to people in the country illegally.
Thousands Of California Mail-in Ballots Too Late To Count
MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press @ mercurynews.com
LOS ANGELES -- Thousands of mail-in ballots are being invalidated in California elections because they arrive too late to be counted, government officials and political experts said Monday.
Assembly committee rejects Ellis Act bill
(06-18) 11:35 PDT Sacramento -- A bill to curtail the number of Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco met a fate that has become customary - it was rejected by lawmakers Wednesday, but it will be allowed to be brought back for another vote at a later date. The Ellis Act is a state law intended to help owners who no longer wanted to be in the rental business, but has been used by investors as a way to buy affordable properties, evict tenants and flip the rental for profit. The bill has garnered much interest among property owners and tenant groups in San Francisco, but it was mostly opponents that filled hearing rooms at the state Capitol during each step of the legislative process.
UberX, Lyft Reject Latest California Regulation Push
Daniel Rothberg @ sacbee.com
Opponents to AB-2293 and AB-612 hold signs during a rally at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. The pink furry mustache is the symbol for Lyft. Drivers for ride-sharing apps UberX and Lyft will argue Tuesday that regulations could pose an existential threat to the popular companies, at a time when California officials consider new rules for the fledgling industry
Teen rape law vote delayed in Legislature
Jessica Calefati @ mercurynews.com
Foes oppose mandatory minimum sentencing in 'Audrie's Law,' which would strengthen penalties for assaulting unconscious or disabled person.
Young adults healthier after passage of Obamacare, study finds
Expanding the number of young adults with health insurance appears to have improved their health and saved them money, according to a new study that is among the first to measure the effect of the healthcare law that President Obama signed four years ago.
Yosemite National Park Expansion Stalls In Congress
Paul Rogers @ mercurynews.com
Declaring his distrust in the National Park Service, the tea party Republican from Granite Bay is at odds with local Republican state legislators and the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors over efforts to add a scenic parcel of land on Yosemite's western boundary now owned by a Bay Area conservation group. The deal is even becoming a campaign issue in this rugged part of California as McClintock fights for re-election against a fellow Republican.
Report: California Has A Long Way To Go On Water Conservation
Matt Weiser @ sacbee.com
California Department of Fish and Wildlife technician Kevin Alberts on Tuesday nets young rainbow trout at the American River Fish Hatchery. The fish are being evacuated to avoid losses from rising water temperatures due to drought.
SF voters will have pick of competing housing measures
San Francisco voters will decide between competing affordable housing measures on the November ballot after Mayor Ed Lee on Tuesday entered the fray with a proposal to counter a more controversial measure advanced by affordable housing advocates. [...] those efforts could be hampered by a November ballot proposal from Supervisor Jane Kim to hold market-rate developers to rigorous and time-consuming scrutiny when the ratio of affordable housing in the development pipeline slips below the 30 percent threshold, his administration says. Kim and affordable housing proponents see her measure as a way to ensure more low-income housing gets built, but developers argue it would add both time and expense to new housing creation in one of the country's most expensive cities to build in. [...] that would hamper construction of affordable housing, they say.
Water Flows Boosted In American River To Block Salty Incursion To Delta
Matt Weiser @ sacbee.com
Boosting flows into the American River is meant to keep encroaching salinity from spreading into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, an occurrence that could take weeks or months to flush out.
Silicon Valley Affordable Housing Crisis Fixes: Should Developers, Taxpayers Or Employers Pay?
Lauren Hepler @ bizjournals.com
On one hand, local city and county officials are set this week to finalize about $15 million in funding for affordable housing amid rapid job growth that has increased competition for housing at virtually all income levels. But bureaucratic city processes, political controversy and recent lawsuits over new developer requirements all hinder efforts to cobble together more money for housing, particularly as the real estate industry says regulatory uncertainty could discourage new projects.
Laurel Rosenhall @ blogs.sacbee.com
The new Assembly leader may have kissed her spouse on the Assembly floor after being sworn in as one of the state's most powerful politicians, but gay people have not yet attained full equality in California, Speaker Toni Atkins said Tuesday.
Ukraine's President Offers Unilateral Cease-fire As Part Of Peace Plan
Ukraine's president said Wednesday he has a peace plan that would provide for a unilateral cease-fire on the part of government forces, giving pro-Russia separatists a chance to lay down their arms and end a weeks-long confrontation that has left scores of people dead.
Calif. Supreme Court Justice Marvin R. Baxter to retire next year
California Supreme Court Justice Marvin R. Baxter, will retire from the state's high court when his term ends in January, the second vacancy this year to be filled by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Suicide Bomber On Tricyle Taxi Detonates Explosion At World Cup Viewing In Nigeria
Witnesses have reported that a suicide bomber in a tricycle taxi triggered an explosion that blasted a World Cup viewing center in northeast Nigeria, killing several people.
Reporter’s Purse Swiped From Tv Truck – Near Police Hq - Crime Scene
R u kidding me? Doing a live report at
Q&a: Katy Perry On Overexposure, Education And Keeping Fans Guessing
When you’re Katy Perry , time off is more a concept than a reality. The 29-year-old pop star just finished touring in the U.K. and is set to stretch her Prismatic World Tour through 46 North American cities starting on June 22.