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THE NOONER for July 16, 2014
CONTROLLER: The pressure on John A. Pérez to cease the recount effort continues to escalate, with yesterday's op-ed in the Bee by party activists, yesterday's report of a $50,000 contribution received last Friday from the California Democratic Party to Betty Yee, and today's strongly worded article (uh, effective Speakers are supposed to be "bullies"--e.g. Unruh and Brown) on CalBuzz.
BABY, LET'S TALK: Should California Be Split Into Six States? Voters Will Get To Decide [Jim Dalrymple II @ BuzzFeed] - Tim "Draper spoke to BuzzFeed Tuesday and said splitting up California will provide a much-needed "refresh" for a region that has become mired in outdated technology, poor schools, an overburdened justice system and an array of other problems. "It seems to be ungovernable right now," he said, adding that even good leaders over the past 40 years have been unable to stop California's steady decline."
The Chron opines - "There might be two silver linings in this crazy move. One, it might remind Californians of the power and beauty of their diverse state. And it might be just what is needed for the state to get serious about reforming an initiative process that is out of control."
CHAIN REACTION: The fascinating connection between Los Angeles gangs, California state prisons, and the influx of children arriving at the border.
TICKET TO RIDE: The Strange Case Of The Congressman Who Resigned And Never Left [Kate Nocera @ BuzzFeed] - Yeah, that congressman who represented my mom in Oregon.
SHAME: See which Californians are increasing water use despite the drought [MercNews]
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Shane Goldmacher!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
SF's voter-approved waterfront height limits target of suit
Bob Egelko @ sfgate.com
The State Lands Commission filed suit Tuesday to overturn San Francisco's voter-approved limits on high-rise buildings along the city's waterfront, arguing that the lands belong to the state and are managed by the Port Commission, not the city and its voters.
Why Bully Boy Perez Should Concede To Betty Yee
Former Assembly Speaker John Perez is a bully. He was a bully as Speaker and heâs a bully now, weilding his financial advantage over State Board of Equalization member Betty Yee to use Californiaâs screwed-up election law to cherry pick precincts in hopes of overcoming the 481 votes by which he took third place to his fellow Democrat in Juneâs election for Controller.
Controller 2014: 7 reasons why John Perez should quit while he's behind
The sunk cost fallacy - a self-destructive quirk of human behavior - explains why we persist in losing. We hold onto loser stocks, attend concerts weÂd rather skip and demand recounts of decided elections. Here are seven reasons why John Perez should quit while heÂs behind in the controller recount.
See Which Californians Are Increasing Water Use Despite The Drought
Meanwhile, California decided on Tuesday to come down hard on water wasters by imposing fines of up to $500 per violation.
Los Angeles County Supervisors Vote To Implement Laura's Law
Los Angeles County leaders voted Tuesday to fully implement Laura's Law, a state law that allows counties to pursue court-ordered outpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness.
AM Alert: UC Regents discuss budget ‘shortfall’
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
The University of California Board of Regents gathers for its bimonthly meeting, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. Over the next two days of sessions, which frequently draw a visit from Gov. Jerry Brown, the regents are expected to approve Sam Hawgood as the new chancellor of UC San Francisco, among other business.
Alameda County Water District To Consider Drought Surcharge
Chris De Benedetti @ mercurynews.com
The agency has proposed a surcharge on bills customers pay every other month to fill a $15 million budget gap that Alameda County Water District leaders blame on the drought.
Oakland voters to weigh in on anti-crime tax measure, minimum wage
Oakland voters will have the chance to approve a tax to stop violence in the city, a plan to bolster the city's Ethics Commission and raise the minimum wage after three decisions by the City Council overnight. An anti-violence measure approved by seven members of the council calls for two-thirds of voters to approve a $98-per-year parcel tax that would fund police officers and anti-crime community services. The ballot measure will extend Measure Y, an $20 million-per year anti-crime tax that pays for police officers and anti-violence programs and was approved by voters in 2004. The ballot measure splits funds between police and community non-profits, like street teams that try to disrupt violent behavior. The council also unanimously approved a amendment to the city charter that would ask a majority of voters to significantly increase the authority of the city's Ethics Commission, an independent body charged with investigating questionable dealings by elected officials. [...] Councilwoman Pat Kernighan told the council and members of the audience when it was time to vote on the proposal, the council was obligated to add the item to the November ballot.
Pizarro: President Obama highlights work of Silicon Valley Education Foundation CEO Muhammed Chaudhry
Sal Pizarro @ mercurynews.com
Muhammed Chaudhry, CEO of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, was a guest at President Barack Obama's table Monday night at the White House's annual Iftar dinner to mark the end of Ramadan.
L.A. Is Nation's 4th Largest Economy - L.A. Biz
Allen Young @ bizjournals.com
The five-county Los Angeles region is the nationâs fourth largest economy among states, ranking only behind California, Texas and New York, according to new findings from the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy.
Groundwater Pumping Propping Up Farms In California Drought - Sfgate
Consumers will see no shortages of California-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables this year despite one of the worst droughts in state history, but that's because farmers are draining groundwater reserves and leaving no insurance should heavy rains fail to materialize next winter, UC Davis researchers said Wednesday. Strong El NiÃ±os often bring above-average rain and snowfall to the state, but forecasters' latest predictions are for a weak to moderate event. Howitt and Lund were among the authors of a new study by the watershed sciences center that combined NASA satellite data with economic models to forecast the effect of the drought on Central Valley farm production. The drought is projected to sap $2.2 billion from the state's economy, with $1.5 billion of that coming from agriculture, through revenue losses and higher costs to buy and pump water.
California Water Use Rises Amid Crippling Drought - Yahoo News
The new figures surfaced as state water regulators prepared to vote later in the day on fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.
Sacramento County supervisor subject of review
Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
The state's political watchdog is reviewing votes by Sacramento County Supervisor Susan Peters to determine whether she violated California law by approving projects at an airfield near property she owns.
S.F. supervisors pass budget, easily and early
Marisa Lagos @ sfgate.com
The Board of Supervisors passed a city budget for the next two fiscal years Tuesday, easily approving the $8.6 billion annual spending plan, as well as health care rates for city employees that will fall by nearly 3 percent in 2015. The board made about $23 million in tweaks to the mayor's spending plan, including adding $3 million for subsidies to prevent homelessness and pay for tenant eviction defense, $1 million for more park patrol officers and $2 million for home delivery meals for seniors. Health care costs fallIn a vote that was void of the controversy of last year, board members also unanimously approved 2015 health care rates for city workers, a package that will cut Kaiser members' rates by 2 percent, keep rates for Blue Shield static and reduce the rates for employees covered by the city self-funded plan by 18 percent. The measure would renew a fund that helps pay for community groups and nonprofits that help kids and young adults, another fund that gives city dollars to the school district. The ballot measure would shift control of part of the city's rainy day fund for the public schools to the school district itself and would create a Children and Families Council of department heads.
Six Takeaways From The June Primary :: Fox&hounds
Every election occurs in a unique political context. The 2014 primary results could be an anomaly rather than indicative of some flaws with the top-two primary system. The 2016 presidential year and the 2018 gubernatorial year may feature competitive statewide primary races that lead to different outcomes. Still, the six issues that surfaced in this primary also reflect longer-term trends that are worthy of serious consideration.
House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes
Stephen Ohlemacher @ mercurynews.com
The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.
UC Davis Study Finds Drought Will Cost California Billions
Michael Doyle @ sacbee.com
California's dogged drought will cost the stateâs economy $2.2 billion and an estimated 17,100 jobs, but consumers will largely be spared higher prices, according to a major study released Tuesday.
Kevin Mullin Mulls Election Recount Reform Bill
By Josh Richman Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 10:27 am in Assembly, Kevin Mullin.
San Diego Minimum Wage Hike May Face Referendum Challenge
David Garrick @ utsandiego.com
Leaders of San Diegoâs business community say theyâve begun exploring a referendum that could overturn the City Councilâs vote on Monday to incrementally increase the local minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by January 2017.
Police Union Leaders, Garcetti Trade Charges Over Contract
With Los Angeles city and police union officials headed back to the negotiating table, the two sides spent Tuesday taking public jabs at the other over the failure so far to reach a contract agreement. Scores of rank-and-file cops and their leaders from the Police Protective League packed a morning meeting of the Los Angeles Police Commission, the civilian board that oversees the LAPD.
Six Californias Booster: A Chance To 'reboot And Refresh' - Sfgate
"Our gift to California is this - it's one of opportunity and choice," the multimillionaire investor said as he personally delivered 44,000 signatures to the Sacramento County registrar of voters for his "Six Californias" measure, which could go before voters in November 2016.
Assemblyman plans to introduce California recount overhaul measure
Assemblyman Kevin Mullin said he plans to introduce legislation next month to overhaul California’s recount laws, with the goal of preventing a repeat of the increasingly acrimonious recount underway in the state controller’s race.
This North Carolina Candidate Wants Votes, Taco Trucks And Beer Money
A Libertarian pizza delivery man running for U.S. Senate in North Carolina is drawing unusually high poll numbers. In his quirky YouTube videos, he asks for votes and beer money.