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THE NOONER for July 30, 2014
Happy Wednesday. Today, California has its first openly gay acting governor.
AD07/AD09: Business money and arena fight shape two Sacramento Assembly races [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee]
SOS: The Republicans Best Chance in 2014 [Tony Quinn @ Fox and Hounds] - "It may very well be impossible for any Republican to win a statewide office this fall. Jerry Brown may sweep all Democrats into office; the GOP brand may remain so toxic in California, especially to minorities, that winning is impossible. But given his likely newspaper support, and that all important ballot pamphlet statement, Pete Peterson has the best chance of anyone on the down ballot of breaking through to victory."
CAREER PLANS: Steinberg discusses ambitions after leaving the Legislature [Laurel Rosenhall @ SacBee] - "The Sacramento Democrat described a position on the Supreme Court as “one of many things I’ve thought about,” and left open the possibility that he may run for mayor of Sacramento in 2016 or statewide office in 2018. He said he would only run for mayor if current Mayor Kevin Johnson does not seek re-election. In the short term, Steinberg said that after leaving the Senate at the end of the year, he plans to practice law and pursue foundation work on the public policy issues he cares most about."
ENERGIZER CANDIDATE: Former Rep. Joe Baca takes steps to run for Fontana mayor this fall [Jean Merl @ LAT] - "The former congressman from Rialto, who has moved to Fontana, would face current Mayor Acquanetta Warren, who is seeking a second four-year term. Two others also have taken steps to run for the office."
H2NO: Broken water main floods UCLA at 75,000 gallons per minute - "The rupture of the 90-year-old main sent a geyser shooting 30 feet in the air and deluged Sunset Boulevard and UCLA with 8 million to 10 million gallons of water before it was shut off more than three hours after the pipe burst, city officials said."
AGNOSTIC: DMV joins motorcycle lane-splitting controversy [Charles Fleming @ LAT] - "The California Department of Motor Vehicles has joined the California Highway Patrol in withdrawing safety guidelines for motorcycle lane-splitting. The agency confirmed late Tuesday that it had removed its online guidelines, and would also be removing guidelines from its printed literature."
AMERICA'S FINEST: Strippers are suing the San Diego police for making them pose for photos in their underwear [Arielle Pardes @ Vice]
APPLIES TO CAPITOL JOBS AS WELL: Will Robinson's Rules for Campaign Staffers [h/t Rose Kapolczynski]
33 Pictures Taken At The Right Moment [boredpanda.com]
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Nancy Bui-Thompson, Laurette Healey, Neel Kashkari, Richelle Norayan, and Neil Pople.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Jerry Brown Says He Would Support More Shelters For Immigrant Minors
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Mexico’s Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell shakes hands with Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday after signing a memo of understanding in Mexico City.
S.F. supes put housing goals, minimum wage hike on ballot
San Francisco voters will weigh in on aggressive housing development goals and a minimum wage hike that would bring the city's base pay to $15 an hour by 2018, the highest in the nation, after the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to place both measures on the November ballot. The board also voted unanimously to place a policy statement on the fall ballot that would set specific housing development goals for the city, including Lee's aggressive plan to build or rehabilitate 30,000 housing units by 2020. Kim, backed by affordable housing advocates and developers, had initially planned to put a controversial measure on the ballot that would have forced market rate developers to submit to a time-consuming review process anytime the amount of affordable housing in the city's development pipeline slipped below 30 percent. The resolution by Supervisor David Campos stated that the board would consider a $3.4 million supplemental appropriation, or a 0.75 percent increase for nonprofit workers, if city revenue from the fiscal year that just ended is above expectations in the coming months. Kathrin Moore, an architect and expert in urban design, was reappointed for a third term to the Planning Commission; Dennis Richards, a longtime Castro District and Duboce Triangle community activist, was named to the Planning Commission; and Bobbie Wilson, an intellectual property attorney, was appointed to the Board of Appeals.
Video: Jerry Brown, Mexican Officials Pledge To Increase College Student Exchanges
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Joining government officials here Tuesday in a call to increase college student exchanges between California and Mexico, Gov. Jerry Brown praised âanother way to bring California and Mexico closer together.â
Is Raiders stadium roof proposal over the top?
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @ sfgate.com
Planners for a new, largely privately financed Oakland Raiders stadium are considering something even more ambitious than the towering seats of Mount Davis - a retractable or transparent roof.
Activists Sue Santa Barbara, Alleging Voting Rights Violations
Jean Merl @ latimes.com
Santa Barbara on Tuesday joined the ranks of California cities to be sued over their method of electing public officials.
Jerry Brown Calls Wait Times At Tijuana Border Crossing ‘unconscionable’
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.
HealthCare.gov probe finds flaws
JAMES LYALL @ politico.com
A new report says management failures caused computer problems that affected HealthCare.gov.
Business money and arena fight shape two Sacramento Assembly races
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Both Sacramento City Councilman Cohn and Elk Grove City Councilman Cooper are Democrats. They are vying with fellow Democrats, Sacramento City Councilmen Kevin McCarty and Darrell Fong, to claim two Assembly seats currently held by Democrats, Assemblymen Richard Pan and Roger Dickinson, who are seeking an open state Senate post.
Democrats Want To Ban Government Contracts For Companies That Leave The U.S. To Avoid Taxes
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San Jose's Democratic Mayor Backs Republican For State Controller
John Wildermuth @ blog.sfgate.com
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearenginâs campaign for controller got a bipartisan boost Tuesday when Chuck Reed, San Joseâs Democratic mayor, endorsed the Republican candidate.
Bilingual Education Could Make A Comeback
Lillian Mongeau @ edsource.org
After nearly two decades, bilingual education in California could stage a resurgence if the state Senate approves a bill in August that would put the issue on the ballot in November 2016.
Boulder County, Colo., told to stop same-sex marriage licenses
The Colorado Supreme Court took another hand in the gay marriage battle Tuesday, ordering Boulder County to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The Republicans Best Chance In 2014 :: Fox&hounds
But the biggest difference between Peterson and Swearengin is that he will have his name and a personal message in the ballot pamphlet that goes out to 16 million voters, and Swearengin will not.
Jones: Fearful of voters, insurers will temper health rate hikes
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who is pushing a ballot measure to give him the power to regulate health insurance rates, released an analysis Tuesday showing that health insurance costs for individuals increased dramatically over the last year.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris Champions School Truancy Bills
Thomas Himes @ presstelegram.com
Californiaâs top law enforcement official, Attorney General Kamala Harris, explained her plans to curb crime by clamping down on school truancy Tuesday in an interview with the editorial board of the Los Angeles News Group, which includes the Daily News.
Activists Seek Civil Rights Probe Into Chp Officer's Beating Of Woman
Los Angeles civil rights activists on Tuesday asked the U.S. Attorney's civil rights division to open a formal investigation into a California Highway Patrol officer who was caught on cellphone video beating a woman on the side of a freeway.
GOP Steps It Up For Convention, Sec’y Of State Race « Political Blotter
The party in May announced U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kent., will speak at the convention as well.
Economics Q. and A.: Tyler Cowen on Inequality and What Really Ails America
s recommendation for countering wage stagnation is increasing the quality and affordability of housing, health care and education.
New Statewide Water Waste Prohibitions Take Effect
Matt Weiser @ sacbee.com
Folsom Water Conservation specialist Jan Famestad, left, evaluates water usage by Ina Tompkins at Tompkins home in Folsom on Friday. Folsom, with its large lots, has one of the regions highest rates of per-person water use. But residents like Tompkins use drip irrigation emitters, below, to cut consumption.