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THE NOONER for June 25, 2014
It's a cray-cray day in the Capitol as policy committees seek to complete most work today before Friday's deadline to act on bills. Meanwhile, the battle with the spam filters continue and I have a new tech team working on it. Meanwhile, I'm on day three of a miserable summer cold and, as I've promised my office, it has nothing to do with the World Cup. If anything, it forces me to be in the office tomorrow during USA v. Germany.
From Miller's article: "Diane Fridley, the Lake County registrar, said Tuesday that the office plans to process 5,263 vote-by-mail ballots Thursday morning and will sometime later deal with 743 provisional and 47 damaged ballots. The office will finish its work no later than next Tuesday’s deadline, said Fridley, who is on light duty following surgery and has only a skeleton staff to help with the ballot work."
Okay, folks, there's a $25 Starbucks gift card at stake for whoever gets closest in predicting the Lake County votes for John A. Pérez and Betty Yee! The deadline is 12pm tomorrow, since Lake plans to start count ballots tomorrow.
By the way...here is the Venn Diagram of California politics.
POLL POSITION: Field released numbers today on the governor's race, and Kashkari has a steep hill to climb:
November 2014 Gubernatorial Election
From David Siders's Bee article:
[Field Poll Director Mark] DiCamillo said conservatives who supported [Tim] Donnelly have "quickly gone to Kashkari, given the choice vs. Brown," adding, "I don’t think it’s going to be a problem for Kashkari to shore up the conservative base."
WATER: Brown Opposes Existing Water Bond, Wants $6 Billion Replacement [Ben Adler @ CPR]
The LAT's Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy report: "According to legislative sources, Brown indicated he would want one-third of the bond--$2 billion--for water storage. Republicans and Central Valley Democrats had wanted at least $3 billion for storage projects such as dams and reservoirs, which are a top priority for agriculture interests."
'Make it a quickie' — S.F's sex-themed water campaign [Kurtis Alexander @ SFChron] - "Saving water is sexy. At least that's what San Francisco's water department wants you to believe with a new conservation campaign launched Monday. A series of newspaper ads and billboards will soon urge customers to "Make it a quickie" (in the shower) and "Get paid for doing it" (replacing a leaky toilet). . . Television commercials, which are scheduled to air next week, are similarly seductive with smooth jazz, a slick-talking narrator and a woman fondling a toilet handle.
#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Sam Blakeslee, Jonathan Brown, and Larry Kaplan.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Water And Rail In The Central Valley :: Fox&hounds
The $10.5 billion water bond that stalled in the senate yesterday is only slightly smaller than the bond already scheduled for the ballot. For some perspective on the size of these bonds, both are about twice as big as the last water bond California voters passed. Proposition 84 in 2006 was a $5.4 billion bond for water projects.
Recount Possibility Looms In California Controller's Race After Canvass
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
But even then, the vote count could continue well into the summer. The razor-thin margin separating Yee and PÃ©rez â representing just .02 percent of the more than 4 million votes cast in the controllerâs contest â could prompt one or both candidates to launch a statewide recount â the first in the modern era â that could cost millions and upend preparations for the Nov. 4 general election.
California Senate Panel Shelves GOP Ethics Bill
State Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a Republican bill that proposed some of the toughest ethics and campaign finance restrictions put forward since three Democratic lawmakers were suspended while facing criminal charges, two of them involving corruption.
Jerry Brown Signs Teacher Pension Fund Bill
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday to begin paying down an estimated shortfall of more than $74 billion in the California State Teachers' Retirement System, acting on the last of a raft of budget-related bills ahead of the July 1 start of the next fiscal year.
Gov. Jerry Brown Pushes For Scaled-down, $6-billion Water Bond
Gov. Jerry Brown told legislative leaders Tuesday that he wants a $6-billion water bond to be put before voters in November — a substantially lower price tag than proposals making their way through the Legislature.
No on Prop. B robocall lands Mary Jung in hot water
The San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee - known as the D-triple-C if it's known at all - is a hotbed of good, old-fashioned political squabbles. The elected committee voted 13-12 to endorse a no vote on Proposition B on the June 3 ballot. Six members of the DCCC recently wrote a letter to Chairwoman Mary Jung to register their complaints about phone calls she authorized shortly before the election. The six say that unbeknownst to them, Jung accepted a $25,000 last-minute donation from Ron Conway, a multimillionaire tech investor and close supporter of Mayor Ed Lee. Jung spent $11,674.48 of that money - again without telling the rest of the DCCC - for "membership communication calls," which turns out to have been phone bank calls to voters encouraging a no-on-B vote.
Gov. Jerry Brown Relays Water Bond Priorities To Lawmakers
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
Breaking his silence on the push to get a new water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot, Gov. Jerry Brown spent Tuesday meeting with lawmakers and laying out his priorities.
State Budget Leaves Big Holes In Court Funding
This is the second year of partial reinvestment in the judicial branch after five years of severe budget cuts, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye said in a statement. The judiciary needs $266 million just to keep things the way they are now, court officials say.
Controller 2014: Why the magic number is 645 votes
In the too close to call race for state controller, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee added to her lead over Asm. John A. Perez on Tuesday. But the only number that matters is 645.
O.C. Grand Jury indicts 15 people in alleged healthcare scam
More than a dozen Southern California healthcare providers, including a prominent donor to President Obama, have been indicted in an alleged multimillion-dollar insurance kickback scheme that resulted in the death of a 6-month-old Los Angeles boy.
Poll: Jerry Brown Leads Neel Kashkari By A Mile In Re-election Bid
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown leads Republican Neel Kashkari by 20 percentage points in the general election race for governor, according to a new Field Poll, with Kashkari struggling to raise his profile despite a heated primary contest.
The Caucus: Voters in Mississippi React to Senator Thad Cochranâ
Following a heated runoff in the Republican Senate primary between Senator Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel, voters in Mississippi were ready to sound off on social media about what the race meant.
Brown Headed For Another Term, But Major Acts Still Unsettled
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Jerry Brown may not be universally admired, but polls indicate that he’s virtually certain to win a record fourth term as governor, perhaps even in a landslide, and thus four more years to cement his place in political history.
Lausd OKs Budget; Spending On Teachers, Needy Students To Grow
Teresa Watanabe and Sara Hayden @ latimes.com
Marking a new direction in school finance, the Los Angeles Board of Education unanimously approved a $6.6-billion budget Tuesday that features the largest funding boost in years and the first-ever blueprint for spending millions of new dollars to improve the academic performance of the neediest students.
Highlights and Analysis of the 2014-15 Final Budget
However, this budget is far from perfect and does not reflect Republican priorities. If Republicans were the majority party, the budget would spend less on new programs and do more to pay down state government debt. Further, instead of using bond funds to build and repair local schools as Republicans recommend, this budget plan embraces the absurdly costly and illegal $70 billion High Speed Rail scheme that most Californians no longer support; and spends $500 million for 3,500 Caltrans employees that have no work to do according to a recent Legislative Analyst report. Those are wasted funds that should be used to repair neighborhood streets and roads (
Bera Co-sponsors Bill To Ease Hospital Wait Times For Veterans
Curtis Tate @ blogs.sacbee.com
Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, and a Republican House colleague from North Carolina, Mark Meadows, introduced a bill Thursday that would extend visas for U.S.-educated foreign doctors to ease a shortage that's affecting care in veterans hospitals, especially in rural areas.
Chicago beats out S.F. for George Lucas' museum
The long and thorny saga of trying to build a San Francisco waterfront museum to house George Lucas' collection of Americana art and Hollywood memorabilia was stopped cold Tuesday when the filmmaker chose to take his act to Chicago.
Lawmakers Join To Honor Mlk Jr., But Are Split Over Voting Rights Bill
Members of Congress joined in a rare moment of unity Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
Buchanan & Desaulnier Battle Over License Plates
By Josh Richman Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 10:37 am in Assembly, California State Senate, Joan Buchanan, Mark DeSaulnier, Transportation.
Dan Walters Daily: Kashkari's chances may hinge on high-speed rail
Alexei Koseff @ blogs.sacbee.com
Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is trailing in the polls, but the controversial high-speed rail project presents an opening, Dan says.
Officials not surprised Lucas refused S.F.'s offer
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @ sfgate.com
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas' decision to build his megabucks cultural arts museum in Chicago really wasn't much of a surprise to San Francisco officials.
Brown signs bill to fully fund teachers' pensions
Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill creating a long-term plan to pay down California's $74 billion in unfunded teacher pension liabilities.
Martins Beach bill limps over Assembly hurdle
Aaron Kinney @ mercurynews.com
A bill by state Sen. Jerry Hill to allow public access at Martins Beach cleared a big legislative hurdle Tuesday morning, but not before lobbyists representing the property's owner, high-tech billionaire Vinod Khosla, removed most of its teeth.
State audit: Universities failing to prevent sexual violence
Four California universities - UC Berkeley, UCLA, Chico State and San Diego State - do far too little to prevent sexual violence on their campuses by failing to train enough employees and educate students on the subject, according to a new state audit that urges the Legislature to strengthen state laws. "Universities risk having their employees mishandle student reports of the incidents...and may not know how to interact appropriately with students in these situations," which could discourage them from reporting the assault, says the report from the office of state auditor Elaine Howle. [...] the audit goes further, criticizing how quickly and thoroughly the universities responded to incidents of harassment and violence and noting that the campuses failed to keep all students who file complaints informed about the status and outcomes of their cases.
Drought Gives Cities Reason To Reuse Sewage Water - Capradio.org
Jim Quist farms 700 acres next to the one of the most secure water sources in Fresno County.