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The water fight is coming to a head in the capitol today, with a 2 pm floor vote scheduled on a $7 billion bond package.

As details of the plan emerged, Tuesday turned into a press release war, with Republicans still demanding $500 million more for storage, and Democrats enlisting environmental groups touting the revised proposal.

This may be old news very, very soon, but here’s the morning update from Jessica Calfeti.

 “The California Farm Bureau Federation and Los Angeles County's Metropolitan Water District had hoped for at least $3 billion in the bond for construction of dams, reservoirs and other storage projects.

But with time running out, they called on lawmakers from both parties to support a package crafted over the weekend by Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders with $2.5 billion for water storage.

"With California experiencing an unprecedented drought on the heels of two dry years, the most important issue on the November ballot is the passage of a water bond," said Paul Wenger, president of the Farm Bureau, the state's largest farm association, whose members have been crippled by the lengthening drought.”

 As they say in New Orleans, Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler.


<b>Time of the Season<b>: What would the end of session be without a CEQA exemption? With no sports teams left in the queue, it’s time to waive the rules for Elon Musk, who lawmakers seem to trample over when it comes time to get in line to kiss the Tesla CEO’s … ring.


Mark Lifsher reports: The plan being negotiated in the office of Gov. Jerry Brown could grant the automaker waivers for significant portions of the nearly half-century-old California Environmental Quality Act, Gaines said. <b>The proposal is alarming some environmentalists.</b>”

But not surprising, we’re guessing.

Lifsher continues, “The governor's pitch also includes a number of tax breaks for Tesla that could be worth as much as $500 million, or about 10% of the project's total cost, said Gaines, a Republican representing the Sacramento suburb of Rocklin. He and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), are the coauthors of a proposed Tesla incentive bill that would put the package of incentives into law.


<b>Ho-Hum Baby</b> The 2014 election has very little for fans of bloodsport – at least when talking about the statewide races. So the true connoisseurs are already looking to 2018. As Carla Marinucci reports, the California political world is clamoring for Gavin V. Kamala. Or is that Kamala V. Gavin? Let’s go to the tape…

“Both Newsom and Harris are considered “next generation” Democrats at the top of the contenders lists in post-Jerry Brown California. Already, Democrats are looking ahead to the potential elbow-throwing in 2018 — as the two share the same Democratic base, many of the same donors, a knack for oratory and equally loyal followings. And, we note, a very competitive spirit.

And now, they’re poised to be heavy-hitter fundraisers for their party.

Tickets for their Sept. 4 event at Il Fornaio in San Francisco range from $1,000 for individuals to $2,500 for a “friend” ticket, $5,000 for a “host committee” designation, and $10,000 for a “sponsor” title.

Jason Kinney, consultant to the California Democratic Party and a volunteer adviser to Newsom, tells us that that “the lieutenant governor and the attorney general are not just fellow Democrats – they are longtime friends and colleagues.”

Sure, sure. But which side are you on?

There was a Rod Wright sighting in Sacramento Tuesday, and Laurel Rosenthal caught up with the suspended Senator. The two talked housing, Ron Calderon, Leland Yee, among other things:

“Life ain’t fair. I don’t know the facts of what happened in Ronnie’s life. I don’t know the facts of what happened in Leland’s life. That’s why they’ll go to trial. Just as anybody, I wish them both well. I hope they have trials and they are found not guilty.”

When asked what kind of work he was doing, Wright replied: “Trying to stay out of jail.”


The Dude abides … in the U.S. Senate? Well, it’s that time in the political season where desperate parties turn to half-baked ideas to get people talking. The latest is a push for some Democrats from Montana to draft Jeff Bridges to run for Senate.

The plan has as much chance of happening as Weird Al performing at the Super Bowl halftime show, but let’s give it some run anyways, shall we?

From the National Journal: “Bridges and his wife, Susan, are bigDemocratic donors, so it's reasonable to assume that the political interest is there. But unfortunately for fans of The Dude (or his Tron character, who knows), this just isn't going to become a reality. For one thing, according to the Montana Secretary of State Office, Bridges isn't even registered to vote in the state (although he does own property in Paradise Valley). For another, Bridges himself told Howard Stern on Monday that his wife, who Bridges called "Mrs. Senator," is against the idea.”

Alas, we haven't yet reached the stage of American politics where a high-profile petition trumps a primary or nominating convention.

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Gavin! Kamala! Together At Last — To Benefit Ca Dems - Politics Blog
While political buzz already has state Attorney General Kamala Harris and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom engaged in early competition for a possible 2018 run for governor, the two star Democrats are plannin...

Manipulating The Ballot :: Fox&hounds
Meanwhile, the legislature also considered bills to change the order of ballot measures to try and influence the outcome of the election. The goal is to renumber ballot propositions to put the legislative-passed measures — the rainy day fund and a potential new water bond — at the top of the ballot with the belief that measures the voters deal with first have a better chance of approval.

Lawmakers plan vote on new California water bond
FENIT NIRAPPIL Associated Press @
Pressed by a deadline and California's severe drought, state lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on a measure that would swap out an existing water bond on the November ballot and authorize billions in borrowing to pay for new reservoirs, groundwater cleanup and habitat restoration.

Quan campaign puts mayor on ethical hot seat
Carla Marinucci and Will Kane @
The campaign to re-elect Oakland Mayor Jean Quan sent letters to city employees at their official city e-mail accounts on Tuesday, informing them of political events and linking them to the mayor's re-election site, which solicits campaign donations. The e-mail was sent by Quan's campaign adviser and spokesman, Michael Colbruno, as a press advisory, inviting the public to "dialogue with roundtables of engaged leaders on hot topics like sustainability, affordability, including equitable development, the technology divide, and promoting arts and culture in Oakland at free events throughout the fall." Guidelines from the city attorney's office specify that "city and other public resources," including computers and software, "may not be used to campaign or advocate for or against candidates or ballot measures." The e-mail informed recipients of several events, the first of which took place Tuesday night at the Ginn House in Preservation Park, where volunteers wearing Quan campaign buttons greeted attendees at the front door, asking them for contact information and how they were willing to help the campaign. The guidelines state that an elected official may send out a campaign newsletter to voters using mail contacts housed in a city e-mail "if the elected official obtained the e-mail and contact information independently of city-owned computer or server systems and the city's e-mail list is not the source of the e-mail contacts." Campaign challengedBut the e-mail provides links to Quan's campaign sites, which solicit donations - and could constitute a violation of California Government Code Section 3205, which states that a city officer or employee may not solicit campaign contributions from other city officers or employees unless it is part of a solicitation made to a "significant segment of the public."

County Considers Requiring Supermajority Vote To Boost Pay, Benefits
Los Angeles County supervisors took a step Tuesday -- over the objections of labor groups -- toward approving a new set of rules that would require a four-fifths vote for any salary or benefit increases in union contracts. The proposal by Supervisor Don Knabe was touted as a means to preserve the county's fiscal health, but unions decried it as an attempt to tie the hands of new supervisors who will take office after November's election.

California water bond spending at a glance
The Associated Press @
The Legislature is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a $7.2 billion water bond proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown and top Democratic lawmakers, or a modified version. The bond includes $7 billion in new borrowing and $200 million in existing funds. If approved, it would replace an $11.1 billion bond that already is on the November ballot.

Jerry Brown, legislative leaders meet on California water bond
Jeremy B. White @
As California nears a new legislatively imposed deadline for putting a revised water bond on the November ballot, Gov. Jerry Brown met with legislative leaders and several prominent interest groups to push for a deal.

L.A. Lawmakers Name Conditions For Paying $4 Million To DWP Trusts
Five Los Angeles lawmakers are proposing that the city provide a $4 million payment that is due to two controversial nonprofits affiliated with the Department of Water and Power only after city auditors are given ¿unfettered access¿ to their records and a long list of other conditions are met. For months, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 has been locked in a legal battle with the city over transparency at the nonprofit trusts, which are run jointly by labor and management-appointed trustees.

New water bond may be close, but it&#x2019;s not fully cooked yet
Dan Walters @
Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders are close to finalizing a new water bond, but it still lacks enough votes to win legislative approval.

Democratic leaders make public push for water bond
FENIT NIRAPPIL Associated Press @
Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders are making a public push for their latest water bond proposal a day ahead of scheduled votes in the Legislature.

Gov. Brown On Water Bond Compromise: 'we're Very Close'
Warning that there is only a narrow window of opportunity to act on water, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he and lawmakers were "very close" to a deal on a new water bond.

Dan Walters Daily: Campaign finance measure does not belong on ballot
Alexei Koseff @
The California Supreme Court made the right call in booting an advisory measure about campaign finance from the November ballot, Dan says.

L.A., Police Union Reach Legal Deal Over Salaries For New Recruits
Los Angeles officials said Tuesday that they have reached an agreement to resolve a union lawsuit over the pay provided to nearly 1,000 police officers hired since 2010.

Renteria Moves From Dc In Bid For Congress | Election Update 2014
Renteria recently moved to the district, after spending 9 years as a Senate staffer where she made over $1 million in salary, paid for by taxpayers. Shortly after moving to California she announced her bid for Congress, and a look at her funding paints a clear picture of where her support lies.

Sen. Rod Wright: ‘life Ain’t Fair’
Laurel Rosenhall @
Suspended state Sen. Rod Wright in Sacramento on August 12, 2014.

Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near
The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law.

UC Davis &#x2018;whistleblower&#x2019; wins $730,000 verdict
Andy Furillo @
A Sacramento Superior Court jury has awarded a $730,000 verdict to a former UC Davis administrative nurse who claimed in a lawsuit that her career was ruined when she blew the whistle on an unethical pain management research project on prison inmates.

Virginia Court Allows Same-Sex Marriages to Proceed
s ban on same-sex marriages.

California Water Bond: Support For The Latest $7 Billion Plan Builds As Deadline Looms To OK It
Jessica Calefati @
The California Farm Bureau Federation and Los Angeles County's Metropolitan Water District had hoped for at least $3 billion in the bond for construction of dams, reservoirs and other storage projects.

Mckenna Wins Key L.A. School Board Seat, According To Unofficial Results
Veteran school administrator George McKenna won his bid for a key seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education besting political newcomer Alex Johnson, according to unofficial results released Tuesday night.

Sacramento County Approves Cargo-friendly Mather Plan
Brad Branan @
Sacramento County Supervisors approved a plan Tuesday to expand air cargo operations at Mather Airport, despite widespread opposition from neighboring communities.

State Legislator's Effort To Avoid Garnishment Is Rejected - The Orange County Register
BY MARTIN WISCKOL / Staff writer