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THE NOONER for July 29, 2014
The hardest part of this gig is writing daily. I now understand my critiques of those who do it for a living. Trust me, I have plenty of thoughts on the 165 races up for election and ballot measures, but we'll get to those.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Pam Haynes and Roger Hernandez!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
AM Alert: Jerry Brown addresses education, energy, immigration in Mexico
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Education, energy and the border crisis are the big topics for day two of Gov. Jerry Brown’s trip to Mexico.
Jacob Lew Warns Failure To Quickly Limit Inversions Imperils Tax Reform
Failure by Congress to move quickly to limit companies from shifting their headquarters offshore endangers comprehensive business tax reform, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew warned in ramping up pressure on lawmakers.
Carly Fiorina Taking 2016 Temperature - Us News
David Catanese @ usnews.com
Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in California in 2010, is diving back into electoral politics.
UC Davis Is Trailblazer In Three-year Medical School Model - Capradio.org
A handful of UC Davis students are trailblazers in a new medical school model that has won the approval of Californian Governor Jerry Brown. Brown signed legislation that will allow doctors to practice with three years of medical school instead of four.
Dan Walters Daily: Jerry Brown shares governorship while in Mexico
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
With Gov. Jerry Brown away in Mexico, Dan takes a look back at how acting governors have fared in the past.
2012 Campaign Cash Scandal Ends With Pac’s Shutdown | Kqed News Fix
In a quiet ending to one of the most high-profile campaign money controversies in California history, the political action committee reprimanded for accepting $11 million from mystery donors in 2012 has closed its doors.
The Rising Cost Of Veterans' Healthcare And Benefits
The House and Senate are expected to vote this week to approve a $17-billion plan to reduce the long lines for care in the Department of Veterans Affairs health system.
Google Drops $5m On Q2 2014 Lobbying: Self-driving Cars, Health, Tax, Immigration - Silicon Valley Business Journal
Healthiest Employers Awards
Jerry Brown Urges ‘religious Call ... To Welcome The Stranger’ In Border Crisis
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown addressing reporters in a joint news conference with José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Mexico’s foreign affairs secretary, in Mexico City, Mexico on July 28, 2014.
Appeals Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge To Obamacare
A federal appeals court has rejected a conservative challenge to President Obama 's healthcare law , ruling that the legislation did not violate the U.S. Constitution's "origination clause."
Drought Conditions Cancel Annual Gold Rush Days In Old Sacramento
But to pull off the event requires 3,000 gallons of water per day to water the streets to keep down dust, and takes another 100,000 gallons of water to clean the streets after the four-day festival, which includes street theater, live music, food booths and staged gunfights.
S.F. law blocks tech boom expansion
The problem is that while there is no shortage of demand at the moment - companies like Google, LinkedIn, Dropbox and Pinterest seem to have an insatiable appetite for expansion space - developers are bumping up against Proposition M, a 1986 San Francisco voter-approved law that caps the amount of new office space allowed at 875,000 square feet per year. During periods of modest growth the space bank can grow - the amount available under the cap typically swells to 4 million or 5 million square feet in down markets - but becomes a factor during boom times like the dot-com bubble of 1999 and the current tech explosion. Right now the San Francisco Planning Department is inundated with proposals like never before: 10 million square feet of tech-friendly space that would transform the look and feel of SoMa corridors along central sections of Townsend, Brannan, Bryant and Harrison streets. The high volume of the proposed buildings pouring in is being driven by the city's current rezoning of Central SoMa, an effort to create space for jobs along the Central Subway project, which will link the Caltrain Station at Fourth and King streets to Chinatown. At Fourth and Townsend, Tishman Speyer is proposing to build upward of 1,000 housing units on a property that is home to two restaurants, the Creamery and Iron Cactus, as well as the furniture showroom HD Buttercup. [...] the developer, which built such office towers as 222 Second St. and 555 Mission St., already has a proposed 700,000-square-foot project at 598 Brannan St. Given the cap and the amount of competition, Tishman is betting that that the Planning Commission is not going to approve two office projects from one builder. Matt Field, chief investment officer with developer TMG Partners, which has about 1.3 million square feet of office space in the pipeline, said uncertainties about how the Prop. Colin Yasukochi, research director for the brokerage CBRE, said the cap is exacerbating the tech space crunch and driving up average commercials rents. M makes it more expensive for everyone to do business in the city. "Because of the growth cap, we are about to see office rents go through the stratosphere," Metcalf said.
Gov. Brown Agrees To Mexico Pact On Climate Change; Environment Activists Wary Of Business Ties
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade Kuribreña answer questions in Mexico City, Monday. Brown agreed to work with Mexican officials on policies to address air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
$12.25 minimum wage in Oakland could hit nonprofits
[...] the nonprofit could be forced to cut the jobs it offers by 30 percent next year if Oakland voters approve a plan in November to raise the city's minimum wage from $9 to $12.25 an hour starting March 1, its executive director said. Because nonprofits have only a fixed amount of grant money each year, the ballot measure, called Lift Up Oakland, could have the unintended consequence of making it harder to hire and train thousands of at-risk and needy workers - teens, parolees and those with limited work experience -nonprofit leaders say. Under the ordinance, minimum wage for teen trainees, apprentices and employees of small businesses would rise to $10 in July 2015 and increase to $12 by July 2018. [...] nonprofit officials, who rely on donations, grants and government reimbursements to pay workers $9 an hour, said it will be difficult, if not impossible, to raise enough money fast enough to pay all workers $12.25 an hour. Like Clark, the heads of several nonprofits - including Goodwill Industries of the East Bay and Youth Uprising, which offers job training to about 2,800 Oakland teens - have said that while they support sharp increases in the minimum wage for regular businesses, Lift Up Oakland could suffocate their paid job-training programs. Olis Simmons, president and chief executive officer of Youth Uprising, said she supports increasing the minimum wage, but the all-at-once increase proposed on the ballot measure would leave her with less money to "up-skill people."
Editorial: VA health care deal is a big chance for Congress
the Editorial Board @ sacbee.com
Our do-nothing Congress has a chance to get something vital accomplished before going on yet another vacation. At long last, a bipartisan deal emerged Monday to start fixing the scandalous health care system for veterans.
Watershed deal seeks to keep sewage out of San Francisco Bay
In the next two decades or so, the millions of gallons of sewage that flow each year to the San Francisco Bay from antiquated East Bay sewer systems will drop to zero. At least that's the goal of a sweeping agreement announced Monday requiring the East Bay Municipal Utility District and seven communities it serves, including Oakland and Berkeley, to repair 1,500 miles of pipes over a 21-year period. During rainstorms, it is inundated with water, forcing raw sewage leaks from manholes and massive discharges from three wastewater treatment plants along the bay - two in Oakland and one in Richmond, according to court documents. The utility district and local governments named in the lawsuit will be responsible for about $900 million in sewer work, including repairing cracked pipes, regularly cleaning them to prevent overflows of raw sewage, and eliminating illegal sewer connections.
Senators ask W.H. to clarify pot laws
LARRY J. SABATO @ politico.com
Senators from Colorado and Washington call for a "uniform interpretation" of federal drug laws.
Trying to talk with IRS can be taxing
ron Scott discusses his new Lakers role @ latimes.com
No one expects the federal government to be a model of efficiency. But with a projected deficit of nearly $600 billion this year, you'd think officials would do everything possible to help people pay their taxes.
Sidebar: Opinion May Pose Obstacle for Same-Sex Unions
A concurring opinion by an appeals court judge supporting same-sex marriage rejected the rationale most likely to appeal to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
Arnold Forde: Half A Century Of Big Time Politics
TRACY WOOD @ voiceofoc.org
Logging in from multiple locations may be the cause.
An Obscure State Agency Creates Big Money Problems
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Gov. Brown Signs Climate-change Agreement With Mexico
Gov. Jerry Brown pledged new cooperation with Mexico on tackling climate change, signing an agreement with Mexican officials on Monday at the foreign ministry here.