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Faster, Cell Phone. Kill. Kill.  Sen. Mark Leno’s cell phone kill switch bill cleared the Assembly Thursday over strong opposition from the wireless industry. The Merc’s Tracy Seipel reports :

“Leno believes the California bill could become a national template and drive down smartphone thefts and robberies -- which in recent years have become an urban plague. "Because of the size of our market and what we have seen in the past with other issues, it becomes the way the nation operates," Leno said.

Brown has not yet commented on the bill. But Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who co-sponsored the proposed legislation with Leno, said: "It would be hard for me to imagine him vetoing this bill because it's such a common-sense consumer measure.”

From our Much Too Late for Perez files, John Myers reports on new legislation that would trigger automatic recounts in close elections

Mullin’s newly amended Assembly Bill 2194 would require an automatic recount of all ballots in a statewide race — including ballot measures — if the gap between winning and losing sides is less than one-tenth of one percent of the votes that each side received. In a June primary election, the automatic recount would apply to candidates who appear to have placed second and third … the third place vote-getter, of course, being the one who misses making the fall ballot under California’s top-two primary system.

Had AB 2194 been in effect this year, the margin between Betty Yee and John Pérez of 481 votes would have easily triggered an automatic recount, as would have happened for any gap smaller than 1,756 votes.

Uber plays hardball The Recorder's Cheryl Miller reports, "Uber sent mailers to constituents of Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, the author of the main ride-sharing bill moving this session, accusing the lawmaker of serving as an insurance industry pawn and "leaving consumers and entrepreneurs on the curb." The notices have also hit mailboxes in a wider Senate district that Bonilla may run for in a future election.

 “Bonilla’s Assembly Bill 2293 would force UberX drivers to carry $750,000 in liability insurance during the so-called Period One phase when they've turned on their apps but haven't been matched yet with a rider. The amount is far higher than what the transport network carriers have offered to provide and what they say is fair or needed.”


Adonde Va, El Niño? Promises of a wet winter may be fading as scientists say the odds of an El Niño event diminish. The LAT’s Veronica Rocha reports:

Forecasters previously put the chances of an El Niño forming during the same period at 80%. It is now at 65%

If an El Niño does develop, it should emerge by October and peak during late fall and early winter, according to the Climate Prediction Center and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society.

 Meanwhile this week, Doctors and Insurers have dropped another $6 Million against Proposition 46, bringing the total amount raised in August alone to more than $17 million.

In Lakers news, Kobe’s friend has become The Panda’s Friend. China Daily reports, “Metta World Peace, who is known in China as "Ci Shiping", a literal translation of "Metta World Peace," now plans to name himself after China's giant panda, a precious animal based in Southwest China's Sichuan province, where his new team is also based.”

Maybe Dennis Rodman can make room for The Panda’s Friend next time he drops in on Kim Jung Un.






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Water Bond Realities :: Fox&hounds
There are two realities with the current $11.1 billion water bond currently scheduled to appear on the November ballot as Proposition 43. One, the bond is too big and filled with pork. Two, even so, if it appeared on the ballot as is, it likely would pass.

Wells On UC Davis Campus See Dramatic Decline In Water Levels
Matt Weiser @
Water wells on the UC Davis campus have seen a dramatic decline in recent months due to the ongoing drought in California, prompting campus officials to spend $50,000 to deepen one pump and install new monitoring devices.

Senate Republicans Offer New $8.7 Billion Water Bond Proposal To Meet California's Needs
SB 1013 is co-authored by Senators Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte,) Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres,) Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield,) Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley,) Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar,) Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Beach,) and Mark Wyland (R-San Diego.)

Lawmakers Consider Automatic Recounts In California Elections | Kqed News Fix
To hear Kevin Mullin tell it, this summer’s saga in the race for state controller was the first time even he — a sitting assemblymember — realized just how antiquated and unfair California election law is when it comes to recounting votes in razor-thin races.

New Charges Filed Against Ex-CalPERS Official In Corruption Case
SACRAMENTO — A federal grand jury Thursday handed down new and expanded corruption charges against investment deal "placement agent" Alfred J.R. Villalobos, a central figure in the 2009 influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country's largest public pension fund.

Sacramento City Residents Increase Water Conservation In July -
The City of Sacramento reported today that city water users saved about 22 percent, or more than one billion gallons of water in July compared to the amount used a year ago.

Mercury Lobbying Firm Working To Open Office In Mexico
Laurel Rosenhall @
Fabian Núñez, as speaker of the Assembly, talks with then-president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, in the California Capitol on Feb. 13, 2008.

Senate Republicans Offer New $8.7 Billion Water Bond Proposal To Meet CA's Needs
SB 1013 is co-authored by Senators Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte,) Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres,) Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield,) Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley,) Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar,) Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Beach,) and Mark Wyland (R-San Diego.)

S.F. billionaire Tom Steyer ranks at top of political donors
Billionaire Bay Area activist Tom Steyer and his wife topped the list of the nation's individual political donors last year, with contributions of more than $20 million to Democratic and liberal causes, a political-money watchdog group said Thursday. Tom Steyer, 57, is a former managing partner at the investment firm Farallon Capital Management, co-founder of a community development bank in Oakland and a board member of the environmental activist group Next Generation. Sabrina Lockhart, communications director for Californians Against Higher Oil Taxes, said in a statement: It makes sense that a billionaire who can afford to dump millions to play in politics is willing to 'spend what it takes' to make energy costs soar for hard-working Californians. Napster co-founder Silicon Valley tech insider Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and recent founder of Brigade, a political action committee, gave $1 million last year, with 57 percent going to GOP and conservative causes, the watchdog group said.

Obama Signs $16.3 Billion Veterans’ Health Care Overhaul
Today's high

UC Davis Experiments With Fast-tracking Medical School | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
Pauline Bartolone, @
By Pauline Bartolone, Kaiser Health News

All Veterans Could Get California In-state Tuition Under Federal Change, Chávez Bill
Jeremy B. White @
Veterans from across the country could pay California prices for college under newly amended Assembly legislation that would conform state law to a federal change in tuition rules.

U.S. Case Against State Sen. Leland Yee, 28 Others To Be Split
Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed at a federal court hearing Thursday that the unwieldy criminal case against suspended state Sen. Leland Yee , Chinatown association leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and 27 others should be split up before trial.

The Riggs Report: When A Deadline Is Not A Deadline
When it comes to reaching agreement on high profile, high stakes deals like a statewide water bond, the concept of election deadlines is a bit, well, abstract at the state Capitol.

Too much sex in sex education book, Fremont parents say
Doug Oakley @
A health textbook that talks about masturbation, foreplay and erotic touch, among other sexual education topics, will stay even though some parents here are objecting to it on the grounds it's inappropriate for their ninth-grade children.

Voting Rights Activists Seek Governor's Help In Palmdale Case
Voting rights activists on Thursday petitioned the governor to intervene in their battle with the city of Palmdale over its method of electing officials.

In Hawaii, Democratic Battles Loom For U.S. Senate, Governor
Intraparty quarrels among Republicans have littered the political landscape this election cycle, but a battle among Democrats is set to take center stage Saturday in Hawaii, as Sen. Brian Schatz looks to stave off a formidable challenge from Rep. Colleen Hanabusa . 

Legislation Would Require Automatic Recounts In Very Close Statewide Finishes
Jim Miller @
California taxpayers would pick up the tab for recounts in close statewide elections under soon-to-be-amended legislation that follows criticism of existing state rules during last month’s recount in the controller’s race.

Many Americans Are Still Struggling Financially
 Four in 10 U.S. households are straining financially five years after the Great Recession — many struggling with tight credit, soaring education debt and profound issues related to savings and retirement, according to a new Federal Reserve survey.

Fresno Bee: Glenn Champ, ex-gubernatorial candidate from Fresno foothills, wanted in shooting
Jim Guy @
A Fresno County man who campaigned for governor this year is sought by Fresno County sheriff's deputies in the shooting of his neighbor and a horse Thursday afternoon.

Palos Verdes Schools Hire New Superintendent, Keep Old One On Staff
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Board of Education appointed a new superintendent this week but will keep the current one on staff — at full pay.

S.F. supes reaffirm tech shuttles' use of Muni stops
Tech employee shuttle buses will be allowed to use a limited number of Muni stops for a fee after the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to deny an environmental appeal meant to stall the pilot program. The appeal, which opponents filed in February, said the city did not properly examine and evaluate potential environmental impacts to the city from the buses, which carry employees from San Francisco to tech campuses on the Peninsula and in the South Bay. Environmentalists and union representatives said the city Planning Department should not have exempted the program from reviews under the California Environmental Quality Act. Activists surrounded and blocked a Google bus at 24th and Valencia streets in San Francisco on Tuesday morning in advance of the hearing to draw attention to the appeal vote.