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THE NOONER for July 31, 2014
DEADLINE: Midnight tonight is the deadline to submit semi-annual campaign reports and quarterly lobbying reports.
AD08 (East Sacto): Changed from Leans Democrat to Likely Democrat.
BEGGING FOR VOTES: Neel Kashkari takes campaign to the streets, literally [Seema Mehta @ LAT]:
"'California Comeback!' is the favorite slogan of Gov. Jerry Brown and other Sacramento politicians cheering a temporary budget surplus provided by a roaring stock market," Kashkari wrote in an essay on the Wall Street Journal's website Wednesday night. "But California also has the highest poverty rate in America at 24%. Is California really back?"
Kashkari wrote that he took a Greyhound bus from Los Angeles to Fresno on July 21 with "only $40 in my pocket (and no credit cards), a backpack, a change of clothes and a toothbrush." He said he planned to find a job. "I am an able-bodied 41-year-old. Surely I could find some work."
There is a bit of irony in that Kashkari's week-long experience is chronicled in an op-ed behind the Wall Street Journal's paywall, although it's also available on his website. And, there's a video documenting his experience.
Also, his approach walking in to mom and pop stores--wearing a hat and carrying a duct taped backpack and apparently being followed by videographers--to say "I just got in town and really need a job" is not exactly a fair representation. If you did that even in the economically red hot Bay Area cities clamoring for employees, you'd get the same response. Nevertheless, yes, things are very tough in Fresno and other valley communities.
Slate's Dave Weigel challenges Kashkari's assertion that the solution is simply creating more jobs, rather than social services. "People with jobs receive food stamps; people with jobs fall below the poverty line. Millions of them." John Hrabe looks at Kashkari's effort and why he chose Fresno.
California Public Utilities Commission sweetly snuggles up to PG&E [Editoral @ SacBee] - "We’ve all heard the warnings: the "e" in email stands for evidence. Never put anything into email that you expect to remain private. Apparently, the memo never found its way to the California Public Utilities Commission, Commission President Michael R. Peevey, or certain executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co."
Lawsuit challenges write-in rules under California's top-two system [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "An independent write-in candidate who ran in the primary to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging California’s ban on write-in contenders in the general election."
Independent Commission: Fix Parks System, Then Ask Voters to Pay For It [Ben Adler @ CapPubRad] - "Here's the recipe from an independent commission to turn around a California Department of Parks and Recreation in turmoil after financial scandals and budget cuts: Fix the broken bureaucracy, then ask voters to approve new taxes or fees to pay for the parks system."
Leland Yee is in court today to offer a plea to the racketeering charges...expect "not guilty."
Former KQED capital reporter Tamara Keith, now White House Correspondent for NPR, did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit this morning.
Here's a corrected link to Laurel Rosenhall's story in The Bee yesterday about Darrell Steinberg's post-Senate plans.
A HOT ONE: How To Stay Cool During The Night [Digg]
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to John Chiang, Mai Harvill, Dane Hutchings, Jim Nielsen, Dan Schnur, and Amy Supinger!
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Business Money And Arena Fight Shape Two Sacramento Assembly Races
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
In an election populated with Sacramento Democrats, David Townsend had little trouble deciding where to direct hefty sums from his business allies.
Initiatives And Referenda Pending Signature Verification - Elections & Voter Information - California Secretary Of State
If the raw count of signatures equals 100% or more of the total number of signatures needed to qualify the initiative measure, the Secretary of State notifies the county elections officials that they will have to randomly sample signatures for validation, to ensure petitions were signed by registered voters. If the result of the random sample indicates that the number of valid signatures represents between 95% and 110% of the required number of signatures to qualify the initiative measure for the ballot, the Secretary of State directs the county elections officials to verify every signature on the petition. This process is referred to as a full check of signatures. If the total number of valid signatures is less than 95% of the number of signatures required to qualify the initiative measure, the initiative measure will fail to qualify for the ballot. If the number of valid signatures is greater than 110% of the required number of signatures, the initiative measure is considered qualified without further verification. Spreadsheets containing the progress of an initiative in the signature verification stage are updated regularly.
Steinberg Discusses Ambitions After Leaving The Legislature
Laurel Rosenhall @ sacbee.com
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento listens on the day that Sen. Kevin de Leon was chosen to replace him on Monday, June 16, 2014.
Ca GOP Candidate Hunkers Down In Israeli Bomb Shelters - Politics Blog
Ron Nehring, California's Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, is forgoing the usual campaign swings this week for something far riskier -- he's huddling in Israeli bomb shelters, tweeting...
Drought Contributing To Waterfowl Deaths; Public Asked To Help
Matt Weiser @ sacbee.com
California wildlife officials are asking the public to help spot ducks, geese and other waterfowl that may be suffering from disease linked to the drought gripping the state.
Senate Opens Debate on Immigration Bill for Border Crisis
The Democratic proposal would allocate $2.7 billion toward what both President Obama and lawmakers have called an urgent humanitarian crisis.
House Votes To Move Forward On Lawsuit Against Obama - Nationaljournal.com
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Harmony out the window in Muni funding dispute
Lee has ratcheted up the political brinksmanship in a dispute with a majority of the Board of Supervisors, directing his department heads to propose 1.5 percent budget cuts that could be implemented if voters approve a measure the board put on the ballot to increase Muni funding by about $22 million a year. No specific cutbacks were offered during a Tuesday meeting between Lee and his department heads, the mayor's spokeswoman said, but Lee wants the proposed cuts on his desk by Aug. 22. Supervisor Scott Wiener proposed the transportation charter amendment after Lee decided not to pursue an increase to the vehicle license fee, which polled poorly, in the November election.
In Mexico, A ‘new Jerry Brown’ On Free Trade
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown and Mexico’s minister of economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, sign a trade agreement in Mexico City on Wednesday.
California Gov. Jerry Brown Highlights Immigration, Economy In Mexico Trip
Alejandro Lazo @ online.wsj.com
Governor Met With Mexican President, Spoke on Climate Change in Three-Day Visit
In Campaign Mode, Obama Slams Republicans For 'hating All The Time'
Having apparently given up on charm, golf and persuasion, President Obama on Wednesday went for taunting sarcasm in his long-fruitless attempt to persuade Republicans to work with him.
Wisconsin Supreme Court hands Gov. Walker a victory on labor law
s tough law that hobbled collective bargaining rights for most public employees, a decision that buoys the reelection campaign of Gov. Scott Walker, who used the law to climb to national political prominence.
Immigration Poll Finds Americans Cool To Border-crossing Children
Jennifer Agiesta and Elliot Spagat Associated Press @ contracostatimes.com
The new poll found 53 percent of Americans believe the United States has no moral obligation to offer asylum to people who escape violence or political persecution, while 44 percent believe it has that responsibility.
Lawsuit challenges write-in rules under California’s top-two system
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
An independent write-in candidate who ran in the primary to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging California’s ban on write-in contenders in the general election.
Richmond Approves Massive Chevron Refinery Project With $90 Million In Community Benefits
Robert Rogers @ mercurynews.com
The vote passed 5-0, with two abstentions, and triggered a raucous applause from the crowd.
House approves VA reform bill
JAMES LYALL @ politico.com
In a strong bipartisan vote, lawmakers backed the $17 billion compromise bill.
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Pay Raises Show California Government Stabilized
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Sacramentoâs economy gets a boost on Friday when state paychecks roll out with the first across-the-board raises many employees have received in years.
A Long Slate of Mayoral Candidates Hints at a Rapidly Changing Oakland
Melena Ryzik @ nytimes.com
There were 19 candidates on the scorecard for the mayoral forum at the Acts Full Gospel Church here last month. Fourteen of them actually showed up, primed to speak about their plans for public safety and job development, far in advance of the election in November. They are seeking to unseat the incumbent, Mayor Jean Quan, one of the few familiar faces on the panel. As for the others, it was sometimes hard to keep track.