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THE NOONER for August 15, 2014

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There was never ever any real doubt, was there?

Like a teenager with her homework assignment, the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown finished their work on a water bond at the 11th Hour, and then celebrated with nighttime high-fives in the governor’s office. OK, so teenagers don't usually end with high-fives in the governor's office. But you get the idea.Stay with me here...

As with that teenager, there were fits and starts, and a fair share of complaining and melodrama along the way. But the work got done. 

Jeremy White reports, “An extraordinary drought that has strained California’s water supply spurred a concerted push for a new water bond. Lawmakers moved to replace an $11.1 billion previously slated for the ballot, convinced that voters would reject it.

Instead, voters will see a $7.5 billion measure that contains significantly less money for Delta restoration. The final sum represents a compromise both from Republicans, who called for $3 billion for surface storage projects, and from Brown, who sought an overall total closer to $6 billion.

In a pivotal concession, Democrats and the governor agreed to boost the amount of money for surface storage projects to $2.7 billion. Republicans had opposed a pact between Brown and Democrats containing $2.5 billion for new dams and reservoirs.

George Skelton gives the credit to the governor.

“Credit mainly Gov. Jerry Brown, who had the right recipe: smaller portions, light on delta ingredients.

“This latest bond — to be called Proposition 1 — will replace the former stinker, which was saturated with fatback to attract legislative votes as sleep-deprived lawmakers and then-Gov.Arnold Schwarzenegger bargained all night.”

Now it’s up to the voters to decide. The Chron’s Melody Gutierrez reports, “The smaller water bond will appear on the November statewide ballot as Proposition 1. Included in the deal is $2.7 billion for water storage projects, $900 million for groundwater cleanup and monitoring, $725 million for water recycling and $1.5 billion for watershed restoration programs.

The water bond is seen as critical to improving California's water delivery system and combatting the effects of the current drought and those that follow.

"This bond has a great deal of good for everyone and harms no one," said Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis. 

In addition to asking voters to approve $7.12 billion in new bond debt, the deal struck Wednesday redirects $425 million in existing unspent bond funds to bring the total spending plan to $7.5 billion. The new water bond replaces the $11 billion one from 2009, which was twice pulled from the ballot due to low voter approval ratings.”

KQED’s Scott Detrow had the Tweet of the Day on the post-game festivities.


Let’s make a deal In his spare time, the governor renegotiated the Viejas compact.David Siders has the details.

“In a compact signed by the governor the previous day, the Brown administration and officials with the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians said the tribe can no longer afford terms of a 2004 compact, which required Viejas to contribute a flat fee of $17.4 million to the general fund each year.

The Department of Finance estimated that the state will receive reduced revenue of about $3 million to $5 million annually under the new deal, which requires the tribe to contribute a percentage of earnings.

The original compact was one of five major agreements Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed with tribes in 2004.”

Electionpalooza? A lawsuit filed in Fullerton could have implications about the future of municipal election.

 “A former Fullerton City Council candidate is suing the city, alleging its at-large system of electing council members violates the California Voting Rights Act of 2001.

The law is designed to make it easier for ethnic minorities to elect their preferred candidates by encouraging district elections to replace at-large elections.”

In short, it means a lot of cities could soon be carved up into voting districts. That means a lot of new mapmakers will have a lot of new work.

Sounds like the Mitchell/Rexroad full employment act.


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2 lawmakers vote no on California water bond
Associated Press @
While California lawmakers were nearly unanimous in their approval of a $7.5 billion water spending plan to go before voters in November, two lawmakers cast votes against it Wednesday night.

Diapers, Condoms And Whistleblower Protections Among California Bills Halted By Senate Appropriations
Jeremy B. White @
The State Capitol in Sacramento on Monday December 11, 2006.

California water bond signals historic compromise
JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press @
The $7.5 billion water package Gov. Jerry Brown brokered with legislative leaders this week marks a rare bipartisan agreement on a thorny, politically divisive issue that has stymied California's governors and lawmakers for decades.

Assembly Approves Bill For Franchise Owners
Jeremy B. White @
In this Friday, April 20, 2012, file photo, McDonald's sign is displayed at a McDonald's restaurant in East Palo Alto.

San Diego Lawmaker's Paid Sick Leave Proposal Advanced In Legislature While A Diaper Subsidy Initiative Stalled. |
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Cop-backed California Medical Marijuana Bill Stalls
Jeremy B. White @
Regulating California’s medical marijuana industry will likely have to wait another year.

FBI Undercover Agent Under Fire In Leland Yee Case
Howard Mintz @
The agent, who posed as an Atlanta businessman in the investigation, was being probed for misconduct in late 2012 and early 2013. He appeared to have been removed from the undercover probe at that time, lawyers for indicted San Francisco political consultant Keith Jackson revealed in the court filing.

Legislative Committee Orders Audit Of Medi-cal Directories After Reports Of Inaccuracies - California Health Report | California Health Report
Hannah Guzik @
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Editorial: Jerry Brown, Democrats and Republicans agree on that most contentious of issues, water
the Editorial Board @
For one night, Republican and Democratic legislators agreed on a fundamental tenet – that California cannot progress without an updated water system.

Gun Control And Medical Marijuana License Bills Shelved For The Year
Bills requiring state licenses for medical marijuana shops, speeding confiscation of guns from criminals and requiring campaign mailers to be posted on a state website were among the dozens of measures shelved for the year Thursday by a state Assembly panel.

No Tea Party Aid For Ro Khanna - Politics Blog
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California unemployment steady at 7.4 percent; Sacramento area up to 7.4 percent
Richard Chang @
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UC Davis Scientists Say The Drought Has Helped Water Quality At Lake Tahoe -
The drought had at least one positive effect on Lake Tahoe in 2013: improved water clarity.

Labor Department: Sacramento Landscaping Firm Agrees To Pay Back Wages
Mark Glover @
A Sacramento-based landscaping firm has agreed to pay $185,270 in back wages and damages to 164 employees in connection with multiple labor violations.

Assembly passes bill expanding franchisee rights
FENIT NIRAPPIL Associated Press @
A bill that generated spirited debate over the leverage corporations can hold over their franchise owners has narrowly passed the Assembly.

Legal Wrangling Means No Rush To Sell High-speed Rail Bonds | High-speed Rail |
Tim Sheehan @
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Dan Walters Daily: Appropriations committees are undemocratic
Alexei Koseff @
Transparency dies in the legislative appropriations committees, as do dozens of bills, Dan says.

Court rejects Colleen Hanabusa's bid to delay special Hawaii election
An effort by U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to delay a special election was denied by a circuit court judge Thursday -- a move that brings Hawaii a step closer to deciding the outcome of its bitter Democratic Senate primary. 

Panel Wants L.A. To Look At Using Prizes To Boost Voter Turnout
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Ferguson protests should spark peaceful uprising of raised hands
Consecutive days of protest, interspersed with looting and violence, have captured the nation's attention and raised serious concerns that the police response - with smoke bombs, tear gas and rubber bullets used on protesters - is worsening the situation. Like the protests in Ferguson, the demonstrations after the killing of the unarmed Grant by BART police on New Year's Day 2009 were violent and destructive and fueled by outrage at the slaying and law enforcement's lack of transparency. There should be doctors and lawyers and engineers and police officers, political leaders and professionals of all kind. Collective sadnessIt would not only be a profound statement too broad to ignore, it may be the best way to convey our collective sadness, fear and concern for our kids - especially our young men - far too many of whose lives end unfulfilled and tragically by a shot from a law enforcement officer's firearm. The scene in Ferguson, a predominantly black city of 21,000 residents patrolled by a police department with just two black officers in a force of 55, looks like it was torn from the pages of a history book on the civil rights demonstrations in the South in mid-1960s. In Chicago, where African Americans are 80 percent of the victims in officer-involved shootings but make up just under one third of the city's population, there's a community perception that police only make bad situations worse when they are called, said Craig Futterman, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School who has studied the relationship between police and black residents in some of Chicago's poorest and most segregated communities. While there is no repository that gathers statistical data on how many unarmed African Americans are shot by police each year in the U.S., the anecdotal evidence from cities large and small has become too overwhelming to ignore.

Bill would expand stealth bomber tax credit
Associated Press @
Dueling bidders for a major Pentagon stealth bomber contract would be eligible for massive tax credits under a bill before the governor's desk.