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The debate over the debate is finally over. Gov. Jerry Brown and GOP nominee Neel Kashkari will square off on Sept. 4 for what looks like their one and only gubernatorial sparring match.

Scott Detrow has the details: “Brown and Kashkari campaigns have now agreed to the September debate, which will be produced by KQED, the Los Angeles Times, the California Channel and Telemundo California. KQED’s senior California politics and government editor, John Myers, will moderate the one-hour forum. Journalists from the Los Angeles Times and Telemundo will ask the candidates questions as well.”

Kashkari had challenged Brown to 10 debates, but until now, Brown had brushed off that proposition.”

Greasing the skids: Melody Guiterrez looks at the debate over a bill aimed at cracking down of grease thieves. 

“Fetching around $3 a pound, a truckload of used cooking oil can bring in as much as $600 at a grease recycling center, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The surge in grease thefts has been compared to the rise in copper thefts when prices for the metal skyrocketed.

“The California Restaurant Association estimates grease thefts are costing restaurants millions of dollars. Restaurants and state-licensed grease haulers earn a profit from selling and transporting the grease.

“The rise in demand for used cooking oil is due to the growing biofuels market. Used grease from cooking and frying foods is transformed into "yellow grease," which is sold to agriculture, biofuel and commercial industries.”

Moving to the Valley The Orange County Register examines how the Central Valley has become the new heart of the California Republican Party – a heart that used to lie in the OC.

“The loss of thousands of defense-industry jobs, combined with massive waves of immigration, have shifted the politics of Southern California to the left. One-time Republican strongholds like Long Beach, the South Bay and Central Orange County now lean purple, if not outright blue.

This has not only depleted the ranks of GOP politicians, it has created new launching pads for industrious Democratic officeholders, many of whom are women and minorities.

“Republicans, on the other hand, have seen their power shift to the Central Valley. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, arguably the state’s most powerful Republican, represents Bakersfield. Kristin Olsen, the newly elected Assembly Minority Leader, is a former Modesto city councilwoman. Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, the GOP nominee for controller, is currently the Republican with the best chance of winning a statewide office.”

Hey Big Spender Consumer Watchdog pitches in $100K to Prop. 45, which would give the state Insurance Commissioner new powers to regulate health-insurance rates.

Are you ready for some football? State lawmakers added their voice to the growing chorus urging Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the name of the team. 

“The vote was a lopsided 51-4 in the State Assembly, with only four Republicans voting against the bill, including former gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly.

“Donnelly complained that the legislature was wasting time on an issue that does not affect Californians while there are more pressing priorities, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. In a related vote, the State Assembly also passed a bill that prohibits the Battle Flag of the Confederacy or other Confederate symbols from being displayed or sold on state property--with some exceptions for books, museums, and online media.”

Wonder if this will get any coverage Hillary Clinton is heading to Iowa next month.

AP Reports: “Former President Bill Clinton and Mrs. Clinton will attend retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry in Indianola on Sept. 14, Iowa Democrats said Monday. It will be the former first lady's first appearance in Iowa since 2008 when she finished a disappointing third in the state's presidential caucuses.

“Clinton has urged Democrats to mobilize for November's midterm elections and party officials said she would likely appear at other events around the country to help the party's major fundraising committees.”

RIP Don Pardo Here’s the legendary announcer discussing Frank Zappa. Because, hey, why not?

Elsewhere Around the Capitol

Mushroom Watch: Dan Walters keeps his eye on the fungal activity in the final days of the legislative session.

PG&E Pleads Not Guilty As the criminal case in the wake of the San Bruno explosion gets underway, PG&E pleads not guilty.  

Man in the Middle: Capitol Weekly profiles High-Speed Rail Chief Dan Richard.


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November Ballot Won’t Ask Californians About Yanking Pay Of Suspended Lawmakers
Laurel Rosenhall @
Senate leader Darrell Steinberg’s effort to ask voters whether the Legislature should be able to yank the pay of lawmakers who are suspended for allegations of dishonorable behavior will not make it onto the November ballot, marking a setback for the Sacramento Democrat who proposed the constitutional amendment in response to criminal allegations this year against a trio of senators.

Measure To Withhold Pay From Suspended Legislators Misses 2014 Ballot
Amid criticism over three state Senators continuing to collect salaries as they serve suspensions, a ballot measure that would allow lawmakers to suspend colleagues without pay has missed the deadline for the 2014 ballot.

CalPERS’ Pension Rules Would OK 99 Types Of Extra Pay To Count Toward Pensions
Jon Ortiz @
A courtyard at CalPERS’ Sacramento headquarters

Prisoner Lawyers Question Three Deaths At New Prison
A legal team representing California prisoners is questioning adequacy of emergency medical care at the state's newest prison, where admissions recently resumed after being halted to remedy problems.

Jerry Brown sets debate with Neel Kashkari
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown will debate Republican Neel Kashkari in Sacramento early next month, the only debate the incumbent governor will participate in ahead of the November election, his campaign said Monday.

Gov. Jerry Brown Defends CpUC President, Delta Tunnel Plan
Josh Richman and Jessica Calefati Staff Writers @
Brown, meeting with this newspaper's editorial board, also said he plans to proceed with his twin-tunnel plan for the Delta whether or not the public votes on it, and suggested that comprehensive reform of the California Environmental Quality Act, long one of his top priorities, is all but dead.

CalPERS Considers Proposal That Could Boost Pensions -
Some newly hired state workers could see their pensions increase under changes being considered by the California Public Employees Retirement System.

California Republicans Want To Reverse Limits On School Reserves
California Republican lawmakers want to revisit one of the most controversial parts of this year's budget debate, proposing legislation on Monday to remove new limits on how much money school districts can keep in their reserve accounts. 

CalPERS’ pension rules would OK 99 types of extra pay to count toward pensions
Jon Ortiz @
More than a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law he said would tamp down pension spiking, the state’s biggest public pension fund is on the verge of adopting rules critics say would undermine its intent.

Governor, cities criticize pension board proposals
JUDY LIN Associated Press @
Gov. Jerry Brown and local governments say California's pension board is making the nation's largest public retirement system vulnerable to additional pension spiking by misinterpreting reforms passed two years ago.

California Voters’ Support For Health Care Law Inches Up
Christopher Cadelago @
Kristy Farrington, a Sacramento State student, looks at a pamphlet with information on Covered California on October 16, 2013.

California Lawmakers Pass 3 Campaign Reform Bills - Sfgate
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The Buzz: Assembly Bids Farewell To Longtime Insider
Jeremy B. White @
Jon Waldie, shown in the Capitol Dome in 2008, led the Assembly Rules Committee for years. He has now retired, and legislators honored him Monday with a resolution.

Calif. Dems Balk At Obama Climate Talk | Thehill
President Obama has repeatedly blamed global warming for episodes of severe weather, including wildfires and droughts in the Golden State, but Democrats seeking to unseat Republicans in the hard-hit Central Valley region are balking at that argument.

California Prisons Begin ‘use-of-force’ Reforms For Mentally Ill Inmates | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
Julie Small @
By Julie Small

Editorial: CalPERS proposal would authorize pension spiking by another name
the Editorial Board @
CalPERS proposal would step back from 2012 pension overhaul.

Anger clouds Oakland council's judgment on garbage contract
Unfortunately, there's ample reason to believe that anger played a role in the Oakland City Council's decision to award a $1 billion garbage franchise to a local recycling firm with no experience in the U.S. providing garbage service. In its lawsuit, the Houston company claims the City Council essentially reopened the bid process at the 11th hour and trampled its own policies and procedures to steer the contract to the local firm. City Council members have said the cost difference between the two proposals was a driving force, but they were clearly agitated by Waste Management. City Council members may have had every right to be angry with the negotiating tactics of the waste-disposal behemoth, but frustration cannot cloud their judgment or interfere with their key responsibilities as stewards of the public trust. For years and years, Oakland politicians have looked for ways to include local businesses in the bounty of city contracts, and have come up with creative ways of accomplishing the task.

Supporters Rally For ‘gun Restraining Order’ Bill
By Josh Richman Monday, August 18th, 2014 at 11:19 am in Assembly, California State Senate, gun control, Nancy Skinner.

West Sacramento Could Restrict Where Guns May Be Sold
Darrell Smith @
The Sacramento River flows under the Tower Bridge on April 22. West Sacramento is on the left; Sacramento on the right. The I Street Bridge is further upstream.

In Santa Barbara County, Oil Firms And Environmentalists Square Off
Oil companies and environmentalists in Santa Barbara County are battling over a November ballot measure that would ban "high-intensity petroleum operations."

Police Rarely Analyze, Share Racial Data On Stops - Sfgate
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