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THE NOONER for July 18, 2014
It seems somewhat trivial to write about California politics today, given the upsetting political events in eastern Ukraine and Gaza.
FISH OR CUT BAIT: Today is expected to be the last day of the very costly manual recounts in Kern and Imperial, with Pérez's campaign appearing to ask that the rest to be done by machine. Yesterday, the campaign requested San Bernardino to begin counting on Monday, rather than wait for Kern and Imperial to conclude, as originally requested.
Following its $50,000 contribution to Betty Yee last Friday, the California Democratic Party yesterday sent an email out yesterday seeking contributions to Yee and volunteers to observe the recount.
UNCALIFORNIA SCHEMING: Yesterday, One California, the committee against the Six Californias initiative, asked for an investigation into the signature gathering effort funded by Tim Draper. Specifically, the campaign--represented by Olson Hagel--asks that the Secretary of State investigate "bait and switch" tactics allegedly used by petition gatherers hired by Arno Political Consultants and its subcontractors. [letter to SOS]
SPEAKING OF SCHEMING: Bank Settles in California Political Fraud Case [Juliet Williams @ AP] - "A California bank that handled the accounts of a former campaign treasurer for several high-profile Democratic politicians has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the bank should have known the treasurer was embezzling money, attorneys for the politicians and the bank said Thursday."
IT'S GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME: California adds 24,000 jobs in June, surpassing pre-recession peak [Chris Kirkham @ LAT] - "California's unemployment rate dipped to 7.4% in June, a month in which the state finally recovered all the jobs lost during the recession. Data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday showed that California added more than 24,000 jobs in June, capping a year of steady employment growth for the state. Over the past year, California's unemployment rate has fallen from 9%, and the state has added more than 356,000 jobs."
In Tim Draper's world, here are the six unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted):
OUGHT TO BE A LAW: Political fundraising emails should not be allowed to have "personally" or any such crap in the subject line when it is a blast email. And, deadlines are legal deadlines, not arbitrarily set "fundraising" deadlines by a campaign.
And, "Team Brownley," using the subject line "terrifying:" as we are watching the horrors of MH17 is crass. Being shot out of the sky by terrorists is terrifying. Having Republican leaders cut legally allowable checks to your opponent is an A-ticket ride at Disneyland. Stop it.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jennifer Baker (Saturday), Erica Romero (Saturday), Sydney Kamlager (Sunday), and Krishnia Parker (Sunday)!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Controller Recount Day 5: John Perez gains 5 votes overall as recount heads to San Bernardino
One week into the recount for state controller, third place candidate Asm. John A. Perez has picked up less than a half-dozen votes in his quest to replace Board of Equalization member Betty Yee as the Democratic nominee. On Thursday, Perez's campaign formally requested that a manual recount of precinct and vote-by-mail ballots begin in San Bernardino County. After five days of recounting, Perez unofficially remains 476 votes behind Yee.
Schwarzenegger Rep Says Kashkari 'misinformed' About Governor's Tenure
A representative of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger blasted GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari as “misinformed” Thursday after the first-time candidate criticized the former governor as incapable of reforming the state because he “needed to be loved.”
Democrats Place Pointless Advisory Measure On Ballot, But Why?
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
The Legislatureâs Democrats voted to place an advisory measure on the Nov. 4 ballot, asking voters whether Congress should pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Courtâs highly controversial ruling removing barriers on corporate contributions in federal campaigns.
River Ruling Could Boost Regulation Of Groundwater
ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press @ sfgate.com
An attorney said Thursday he expects to appeal a potentially precedent-setting court finding that could make local governments responsible for controlling the largely unregulated pumping of groundwater in the state.
California Water Districts Face Suit For Ignoring Conservation Law | The Center For Investigative Reporting
Click for larger image A horse grazes at a ranch near Merced County, Calif. More than 20 of the state’s largest water districts have failed to turn in water management plans.
Caltrans Says Projects Won't Continue For Long Without Federal Funding
Bob Moffitt @ capradio.org
The Federal Highway Trust Fund is due to run out of money by the end of summer. About ten percent of the $35 billion fund goes to California for road construction and mass transit projects.
Obama, Hillary & Rand Paul Visiting Bay Area « Political Blotter
Paul, the junior Republican U.S. Senator from Kentucky, arrives Thursday for a three-day jaunt. Among the highlights will be his keynote speech at Reboot 2014, a conference organized by LincolnLabs, a libertarian-leaning political tech group.
UC Regents make choice of UCSF's new chancellor official
Hawgood, 61, identified last week as UC President Janet Napolitano's top choice for the job, will fill the role left by outgoing Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, who left the university in the spring to become chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The regents approved a state-funded base salary of $500,000, plus $250,000 to be funded through an endowed chair, The Arthur Rock and Toni Rembe Distinguished Professorship, which was created specifically for the chancellor position by the UCSF Foundation and uses no state funds. Hawgood's total cash compensation ranks 34th among chancellors and presidents of the 62 public research universities that are part of the Association of American Universities, UC officials reported.
Judge Kills The Death Penalty :: Fox&hounds
In February former governors George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis announced an initiative to streamline the slow appeals process in death penalty cases. It is the uncertainty and unpredictable delays with the process that caused federal judge Cormac J. Carney to strike down the death penalty. The case he ruled on dealt with a man condemned to die in 1994.
Dignity Health Agrees To Pay $1.55 Million To Settle Claims That It Failed To Keep Tabs On Painkillers
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
Dignity Health agreed to pay the federal government $1.55 million to settle claims that its Sacramento area facilities failed to keep tabs on painkillers and other drugs, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Regents name new UC San Francisco leader, approve chancellor pay raises
The UC regents Thursday confirmed UC San Francisco's medical school dean, Sam Hawgood, as chancellor of that health sciences campus and set his new salary at $750,000, a 13.8% increase. The regents also approved 3% pay raises for other UC chancellors and some top administrators.
Kids meal law served as nudge to healthier path, study finds
Kids meals at fast-food restaurants in San Francisco have gotten healthier since San Francisco supervisors passed the (in)famous "Happy Meal ban" in 2010 that actually merely barred fast-food restaurants from giving away toys in unhealthy kids meals. Researchers found that kids meals at both fast-food chains had become slightly more healthy, though neither complied with the ordinance, which called for specific reductions in fat, sodium, calories and sugar. The fast-food giant cut the serving of french fries in Happy Meals in half, replacing them with apples; stopped serving caramel sauce with apples; and began offering nonfat chocolate milk. Otten said those substitutions were "pretty dramatic" - they reduced calories in a Happy Meal by 110, and cut the sodium and fat content of the meal as well. The survey of 400 likely voters was conducted earlier this month by David Binder and Associates for Todco, a nonprofit housing development firm that helped craft a proposal for the November ballot that has developers and Mayor Ed Lee all in a tizzy. Market-rate developers, however, predict the proposal would lead to a reduction in housing construction, and Lee recently introduced a competing ballot measure that would essentially invalidate Kim's if it received more votes.
Ucsf Chancellor Pay Set At $750,000; 3% Raises To Other UC Execs
The UC regents on Thursday confirmed UC San Francisco’s medical school dean, Sam Hawgood, as chancellor of that health sciences campus and set his salary at $750,000, a 13.8% increase. The regents also approved 3% pay raises for the other UC chancellors and some top administrators.
Sam Hawgood Confirmed As Ucsf Chancellor
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Sam Hawgood was confirmed as the tenth chancellor of UCSF.
Silicon Valley Venture Investments Continue To Set Records
Heather Somerville @ mercurynews.com
Venture capital firms in the valley invested $7.1 billion in private tech firms and startups in the second quarter this year, a 45 percent increase over the first quarter -- which, until now, had been the largest fundraising quarter since 2000, according to The MoneyTree Report, a quarterly report released Friday by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data from Thomson Reuters.
Judge Signals He'll Side With Garcetti Allies In DWP Nonprofit Fight
A judge has signaled his intention to order two controversial Los Angeles Department of Water and Power nonprofits to hold long-delayed meetings with trustees allied with Mayor Eric Garcetti .
Taller Dam Builds Water Certainty | Utsandiego.com
Bank Settles In California Political Fraud Case
JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press @ abcnews.go.com
A California bank that handled the accounts of a former campaign treasurer for several high-profile Democratic politicians has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the bank should have known the treasurer was embezzling money, attorneys for the politicians and the bank said Thursday.
McCain To GOP: If You Want To Beat Hillary, Pass Immigration Reform
Zeke J. Miller @ time.com
Arizona Sen. John McCain said Thursday that he believes Republicans can defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, but only if they pass immigration reform.
Obama To Meet With Single Mom, 'the Person We Are Working For'
The paper is stamped “Back from the Oval,” and though the scribbled note at the bottom isn’t signed, the loopy handwriting is clearly that of President Obama .