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THE NOONER for July 15, 2014

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DEADLINE: Midnight tonight is the federal reporting deadline for the period ending June 30, 2014. I'll be getting them posted to the district pages, although if past experience repeats, it'll be a few days before the FEC parses all the data into electronic format.

CONTROLLER RECOUNT: In Kern, John A. Pérez has picked up 4 net votes with 29 of the 389 selected precincts counted. In Imperial, Pérez has picked up 1 vote with 62, or about half the precincts counted. Imperial should be done counting by Wednesday, although at the current pace, Kern probably won't be done until the end of this month. Perez has the option of accelerating the counts in other counties, rather than waiting for Kern to be done before moving on to San Bernardino.

In short, Perez is now 475 votes behind Betty Yee. John Hrabe gets into the math.

California controller race recount won't begin in Fresno County until August [John Ellis @ Fresno Bee] - "The unprecedented recount in the state controller's race is underway, but Fresno County Clerk Brandi Orth says it isn't likely to start here until mid-August. When it does, election workers will be asked to recount votes in 212 of the county's 447 precincts. Orth estimates the task will take 10 days."

SIX CALIFORNIAS DREAMING: Six Californias measure heading for 2016 ballot, backers say [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron] - "Supporters would not say how many signatures they have gathered until [Tim] Draper holds a news conference Tuesday in Sacramento. But they said they were confident they had plenty to spare."

H2NO: Little oversight as Nestle taps Morongo reservation water - "The plant, located on the Morongo Band of Mission Indians' reservation, has been drawing water from wells alongside a spring in Millard Canyon for more than a decade. But as California's drought deepens, some people in the area question how much water the plant is bottling and whether it's right to sell water for profit in a desert region where springs are rare and underground aquifers have been declining."

Meanwhile, the State Water Resources Control Board votes today on whether to institute $500 per day fines for water wasters. So, get ready to tattle on your neighbors.

CA21 (Kings): Service Employees International Union targets four House Republicans [Seung Min Kim @ Politico] - "The union is targeting Republican Reps. Cory Gardner and Mike Coffman of Colorado, as well as David Valadao of California and Joe Heck of Nevada with a round of Spanish-language television ads that will run for about two weeks, SEIU officials said. The ad buy is in the mid-six figures."

CA31 (San Bernardino): Aguilar, Chabot seek front-runner status [Jeff Horseman @ PE]

I'LL RAISE YOU: San Diego Hikes Minimum Wage To $11.50 [David Garrick @ UTSD] - "Thousands of San Diego workers got a big pay raise Monday night from the City Council, which voted 6-3 along party lines to increase the city's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by January 2017."

WEIRD SCIENCE: The Jalapeño Grinding Experiment That Nearly Caused the 'Sriracha Apocalypse' [Jason Koebler @ Vice] - "The ridiculousness of this shouldn't be ignored: South Coast AQMD measured particle levels in a random kitchen after grinding peppers in a completely different way than Huy Fong Foods does. The group did it on a tiny scale, with none of the filtration systems that are common in factory-level food production. Its researchers measured particle matter right next to the blender; presumably the residents who were allegedly smelling this stuff were not living inside the factory."

BEST WISHES: The UTSD's Michael Gardner turned in his typewriter yesterday and we wish him the best in retirement. Stepping in is Chris Nichols, who has been on the transportation beat.

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Judy Lin!





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Controller Recount Day 2: John Perez can't win at current rate
Although he picked up a handful of votes on Monday, Asm. John A. Perez's long-term prospects for overturning his third place finish in the state controller's race aren't good. The sample size is small, but the current rate has Perez gaining one vote for every 15 precincts (15.166). If our math's right, after his recount request is completed, Perez could expect to gain just 271 votes -- not enough to change the results. (4,103 precincts / 15.1666 current change rate = 270.52 vote gain for Perez)

All State Businesses Deserve Tax Help :: Fox&hounds
Hooray for Hollywood! Oh, yes, and hooray for batteries for electric cars. And another hooray for some jet plane manufacturers. It seems the state Legislature has found a number of causes to create state tax credits to encourage business and jobs in the Golden State.

Full Recount Could Last Beyond November Election
Jim Miller @
Election officials in Kern and Imperial counties continued hand recounts Monday of thousands of ballots in the state controller’s race, with a new survey by the secretary of state’s office suggesting that the recount could last well beyond the Nov. 4 election if it covers all of the 15 counties sought by former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.

New Sweetwater Superintendent Will Make $225,000
Matthew Bowler @
The interim superintendent hired this month to head the Sweetwater Union High School District will make $225,000 a year under a contract the school board members are expected to ratify Thursday.

House GOP Group To Recommend Changes To Immigration Law | Thehill
Cristina Marcos and Peter Schroeder @
Fresh off a trip to Guatemala and Honduras, a House GOP working group on immigration will recommend Tuesday that the conference change a 2008 trafficking law to stop the thousands of immigrant children flooding across the border.

‘happy Fracking Day’ With Brown & Newsom
By Josh Richman Monday, July 14th, 2014 at 11:09 am in Environment, Gavin Newsom, Gov. Jerry Brown, Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor.

Let Oakland voters decide Public Ethics Commission funding
Chip Johnson @
Oakland has a Public Ethics Commission, but you'd never know it. Some of the city's elected elites have relied on the agency to justify salary hikes - and little else. It's languished for 18 years as a largely forgotten, underfunded, powerless branch of city government.

Colorado attorney general seeks end to 'legal chaos' over gay marriage
The Colorado attorney general will continue trying to halt the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in the state even though the governor has asked him to stop.

It's Open Season In Capitol For Rent-Seekers
Dan Walters @
“Rent-seekers” came to mean those who use government to enhance their ostensibly private investments. Halfway through his second stint as governor, Brown has become the rent-seekers’ friend, eager to give hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies from the state treasury and consumers’ wallets to a favored few.

Tax-credit Bills Signal California Is Putting Priority On High-tech Manufacturing
Days after Toyota announced in April that it was cutting 3,000 jobs from a Southern California plant and moving operations to Texas, the governor signed a ten-year tax break for commercial aircraft manufacturers. The bill was pushed by private space flight company SpaceX, run by magnate Elon Musk.

CalPERS, CalSTRS report 18 percent profit on investments
Dale Kasler @
Continuing to claw their way back from the 2008 market crash, California’s two giant public pension funds said Monday they each earned more than 18 percent on their investments in the just-ended fiscal year.

Relief For California Borrowers Seen In $7 Billion Citigroup Settlement
Pete Carey @
The settlement will bring California $192.7 million, the most of any state, according to state Attorney General Kamala Harris.

The Buzz: Perez gains five votes; recount could last beyond November election
Jim Miller and David Siders @
Pérez finished 481 votes behind second-place finisher Betty Yee, out of more than 4million votes cast. Both Democrats seek to take on first-place finisher Ashley Swearengin, the Republican mayor of Fresno.

California Looks To Regulate Medical Marijuana -
The strange bedfellows’ society was definitely in session at a recent Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing.

California water use rises despite governor's pleas to conserve during severe drought
California water use rises despite governor's pleas to conserve during severe drought.

2 Texas lawmakers offer bipartisan bill to combat border crisis
In an unlikely partnership, two Texas lawmakers -- one Democrat, one Republican -- are proposing a bipartisan bill that would empower the U.S. to speed up immigration hearings in hopes of stemming the crisis of unaccompanied children at the border.

The Buzz: Pérez gains five votes; recount could last beyond November election
Jim Miller and David Siders @
After two days of recounts, John A. Pérez has picked up five votes in Kern County in the tight race for state controller.

Anti-Chain-Store Vote Coming This Week In San Francisco
Annie Sciacca @
The San Francisco Planning Commission will vote Thursday to adopt rules that would make it harder for chain stores to open new locations in many areas of the city.

California Franchisees Accuse 7-Eleven Of Racial Discrimination
Brianna Sacks @
A new organization of California 7-Eleven franchisees is suing the convenience store chain, alleging the company violated store operators' civil rights through racial discrimination, as well as other complaints.

Crews cleaning flooded Union Square stores
Workers in galoshes labored Monday to soak up several hundred thousand gallons of water that flooded the basements of luxury retailers around San Francisco's Union Square when a subway construction crew hit a water main over the weekend. Crews using fans and suction machines removed water from stores that remained closed, two days after construction workers on the Central Subway project ruptured the water main.

L.A. City Attorney Seeks Court Order To Halt Cannabis Farmers Market
The Los Angeles city attorney is seeking an injunction to stop what's being dubbed as the city's first-ever cannabis-centric farmers market, which opened for business over the Fourth of July weekend.

With 8 Weeks Until School Starts, Sacramento Charter Starts From Scratch
Loretta Kalb @
School volunteer Arthur Aleman leaves a flyer with information about the reopening of the Joseph Bonnheim School on the door of a home on Concord Road in Sacramento on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Lawsuit claims city blocks minority candidates
Associated Press @
Latino and black voters are suing a Southern California city over an election system they claim excludes minorities from the City Council.

Election prevails for Contra Costa County Superintendent
Theresa Harrington @
Although some county Board of Education members said they would still like to appoint the superintendent, trustees have unanimously agreed not to try to place a measure on the November ballot seeking to convert the position from elected to appointed.