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THE NOONER for August 26, 2014

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Last year, the proposed ban on single-use plastic bags died on the Senate floor. This time, it was the Assembly that took the measure out.


LAT’s Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason report: More than 100 local governments -- including the city and county of Los Angeles -- already ban single-use plastic bags. Supporters said that the measure by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) would expand that patchwork of regulation to a statewide rule.


Before Monday's vote, the measure suffered a major setback when the union representing store workers announced its opposition. The action by the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council sent Padilla scrambling to put together enough votes in the Assembly to pass his legislation.


Gov. Jerry Brown was in Los Angeles yesterday with the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, just one month after the two met during Brown’s visit to Mexico City.


Kate Linthicum and Tiffany Hsu have the details: “Pledging reduced wait times at border crossings and faster services at Mexican consulates across the United States, Nieto said he had an obligation to serve all Mexicans, regardless of where they lived.

"This is the other Mexico," he said of the United States, which is home to an estimated 11 million Mexican immigrants.

Somewhere, Tim Donnelly is nodding. 

This morning, Brown talked about Mexico on LA radio and earthquakes on NorCal radio this morning in a pair of short interviews. Outside of saying Tim Donnelly thinks the new Common Core curriculum is “some kind of U.N. Plot or something,” the two talks were sufficiently news-free.


Faster Cell Phone, Kill Kill: Also yesterday, Brown signed a bill by Mark Leno that would require kill switches in smart phones.

David Siders reports: The switch, which could render a stolen phone inoperable, was promoted by law enforcement groups as a deterrent to theft, while manufacturers argued disabling software is already widely available.

Senate Bill 962, by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, applies to smartphones manufactured after July 1, 2015.

“California has just put smartphone thieves on notice,” Leno said in a prepared statement.

Deasy like Sunday Morning LAUSD has cancelled its $1 billion iPad program amid concerns that Superintendent John Deasy had a relationship with Apple before the contract was inked.

Howard Blume reports: Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple on Monday that was to provide iPads to all students in the nation's second-largest school system amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort.

The suspension comes days after disclosures that the superintendent and his top deputy had especially close ties to executives of Apple, maker of the iPad, and Pearson, the company that is providing the curriculum on the devices. And an internal report that examined the technology effort showed major problems with the process and the implementation.

Congrats to AG Kamala Harris who tied the not in a Santa Barbara ceremony on Friday.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has hired former Al Gore and Gray Davis adviser Mark Fabiani to help with his latest legal troubles, reports WaPo’s Sean Sullivan.

Fabiani’s job “will be to defend Perry, a Republican, against felony charges alleging he abused his office and tried to coerce an elected official to resign. 

That means Fabiani will be teaming up with a lawyer who represented George W. Bush in the 2000 Florida recount battle against Gore: Ben Ginsberg.”


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Quake Early-warning System Could Be Built With Water Bond Funds - Sfgate
Sunday's early-morning Napa quake could serve as the impetus for locking down the estimated $80 million it would take to build the warning system that was approved by the Legislature last year and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown without funding. Proposition 1Proposition 1 would authorize more than $7 billion in general obligation bonds for state water supply infrastructure projects, including public water system improvements, drinking water protection and watershed protection and restoration. Richard Allen, director of UC Berkeley's Seismological Laboratory and a leading developer of the statewide early-warning system, said Monday an incomplete version operated superbly Sunday as the magnitude 6.0 earthquake began to rupture the ground under what scientists believe is the West Napa Fault near the Napa Valley city of American Canyon. In a fully operating system, signals that dangerous ground-shaking is imminent would automatically and instantly reach public agencies like fire departments and hospitals and transit systems like BART - where trains have already been automatically slowed and even stopped during system tests. Under the Alquist-Priolo act of 1972, the State Geological Survey must create detailed maps of all the "active" seismic faults in California, and property owners must disclose any seismic hazards on their land so buyers can know of any dangers they're facing, Schwartz explained.

California Assemblyman Richard Pan Answers Questions About His Residency
Jon Ortiz @
Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, who is running for the state Senate in November, fielded questions from The Sacramento Bee Capitol Bureau’s staff on Monday. The conversation covered a wide range of topics, including questions that arose last year from a Sacramento Bee investigation about where Pan lived at the time. The investigation found that Pan was spending his time at the his family home in Natomas, which was not in the Assembly district he represents. He had purchased a condominium in the district to comply with the law, and began taking $28,000 in annual per diem payments from the state that local lawmakers typically decline.

Governor Signs Morrell Legislation to Protect Funding for Senior Advocacy Group
Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) announced today that Governor Brown has signed Senate Bill 997, legislation to continue allowing taxpayers to donate to the California Senior Legislature through their filed state income tax forms. The new law is designed to secure needed funding for the senior advocacy organization.

Mexican President Calls For Immigration Reform
California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, greets Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto during a meeting with Mexican-American community leaders and others in Los Angeles, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.

Capitol Round-up: Plastic Bag Ban, Cell Phone 'kill Switch, And Sexual Assault Policies -
The California legislature took action on bills Monday ranging from vote-by-mail elections to sexual assault policies.

Cellphone 'kill Switches' Will Be Required In California
Josh Richman and Jessica Calefati @
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation, capping a long, contentious struggle in which California lawmakers and police went toe-to-toe with the smartphone industry over how best to curb an epidemic of thefts plaguing the Golden State.

Atkins May Consider New Assembly Rules About Drinking -
California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins says she’ll have to consider whether to create rules about drinking in the Assembly following the alleged drunken driving arrest of Senator Ben Huseo. Hueso is a San Diego Democrat and was photographed on the Assembly balcony with a drink in his hand several hours before his arrest.

Napa, Calif., Quake: Scores Of Homes Uninhabitable, Many Without Water
Hundreds of properties in Napa remain without water as city officials continue to take stock of the damage caused by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck early Sunday.

Editorial: Stop the delays; pass groundwater regulation
the Editorial Board @
Bills to create a system for managing groundwater are being undermined before they come up for final votes as early as today in the Senate and Assembly. The legislation would establish a framework to assess, manage and protect groundwater through local agencies.

Rural Legislators set the tone on water bond negotiations
Tom Berryhill @
Other key components include protections for existing water rights, area of origin protections, funding for watershed protection, restoration and state settlements, safe drinking water, regional water reliability, groundwater sustainability and a $100 million commitment from the governor and the Assembly speaker for cross-connectivity of the Central Valley, which will bring much needed water relief to the hardest hit areas in the region.

AM Alert: Mexican president’s visit stirs up controversy over jailed U.S. Marine
Alexei Koseff @
a Nieto wraps up his two-day tour of California in Sacramento today, where he’ll attend a noon luncheon at the Stanford Mansion hosted by Gov. Jerry Brown and address a joint session of the Legislature at 2:45 p.m. in the Assembly chamber.

Bill allows counting of late vote-by-mail ballots
Associated Press @
The state Assembly has approved a bill allowing elections officials to count ballots that are received up to three days after an election, even though it does not require a postmark.

Legislature Turns To Special Interest Battles In Final Week
Dan Walters @
Dan Walters

Obama Tells American Legion He's Working To Regain Veterans' Trust
President Obama said Tuesday that he is working to “regain the trust” of the nation’s veterans by improving their access to quality healthcare and education as he struggled to recover from a scandal that thrust the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs into the spotlight earlier this year.

Scrambling to restore water after Napa earthquake
Hundreds of residents in Napa and Vallejo remained without running tap water Monday after water mains busted during Sunday's earthquake. In Napa, workers were scrambling to repair about 90 pipeline breaks - up from 60 that had been reported by Sunday evening - that left about 600 properties without water, officials said. [...] they recommended that anyone who lost service completely for any period of time buy bottled water for cooking or drinking, boil tap water for a full minute before consumption, or stop by one of two water stations with their own containers.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris marries fellow lawyer
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has married an attorney from Los Angeles after a brief engagement.

Election Upset Of Rep. Mike Honda Seen As Unlikely - Sfgate
Washington -- - Rep. Mike Honda prefers the floor to a chair, sitting Japanese-style with his back against the couch. He loves to fish, not golf. Not the glamorous Idaho fly fishing that some of his Silicon Valley constituents might enjoy, but lowly surf fishing on Monterey Bay. Honda parks his car near Seascape and walks along the beach toward Castroville studying the currents to choose the best lure. "My wife used to say, 'You spend all that time, you don't catch any fish sometimes,' " Honda, D-San Jose, said in an interview in his Capitol Hill office. "I said, 'Well, that's fishing, too.