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THE NOONER for August 27, 2014

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Drones are set to land on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, thanks to a measure passed by the Senate Tuesday.

Reuters’ Aaron Mendelson reports, “The legislation would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using an unmanned aircraft, or drone, except in emergencies such as a fire or a hostage-taking.

“Other public agencies would be able to use drones, or contract for their use, to achieve their "core mission," so long as that mission is not to gather criminal intelligence.

“The California law would require that data, video or photos collected from drones be destroyed by public agencies within a year, except in certain cases. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti supported the new regulations but the measure faced opposition from law enforcement groups, including the California Police Chiefs Association and the California State Sheriffs' Association.”

After eating some ‘assfire hot sauce’ courtesy of Patrick Mulvaney, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto addressed the Legislature, causing a bit of heartburn to those who want the state to crack down on illegal immigration.

Chris Megerian reports,California's policies, which include tuition assistance at public universities and drivers' licenses for immigrants who are in the country illegally, are a "recognition of human dignity," Peña Nieto said in a speech to a joint session of the California Legislature.

"’I want to thank you for everything you have done favoring migrants,’ he said in Spanish, with simultaneous translation provided in English.”

Prop. 227 could go the way of, well, Prop. 187 if Brown decides to autograph a bill by Sen. Ricardo Lara. The measure, which would pave the way for restoring bilingual education in public schools, was sent to the governor on Tuesday.

Laurel Rosenhall reports, “Californians would vote in 2016 to repeal the state’s ban on bilingual education under a bill the Legislature is sending to Gov. Jerry Brown.

“Over Republican objections, the Senate passed Senate Bill 1174 Tuesday night, 25-10. The bill by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, would ask voters to amend parts of a prior ballot measure, Proposition 227, that require most public schools to teach in English only.”

The NYT weighs in on the cell phone kill switch bill signed by Gov. Brown earlier this week.

“If the history of security technology is any indication, the kill switch could have a significant impact on phone theft. The introduction of sophisticated mechanisms, like GPS tracking and engine immobilizer systems that make it nearly impossible to start a car without its ignition key, for example, has led to a steady decline in car theft in the United States.

“There is already some indication that the switch is effective. Cellphone theft appears to be dropping after the introduction of a kill switch from Apple for its iPhone, the best-selling smartphone in the country. Apple’s iPhone has offered kill switch technology since September, and law enforcement statistics for several major cities show a significant decline in thefts of devices after the introduction of the anti-theft feature.

“Comparing data in the six months before and after Apple released its anti-theft feature, police said iPhone thefts in San Francisco dropped 38 percent, and in London, they fell 24 percent.

GOP Controller nominee Ashley Swearengin was also in town on Tuesday, and said she’s still not sure who she’ll support for governor.  The Republican candidate was publicly miffed at GOP gubernatorial nominee Neel Kashkari’s stint posing as a homeless man in her city earlier this summer.

Jim Miller reports, “In a lunchtime appearance at the Sacramento Press Club, Swearengin said she had no idea that Kashkari had been in her city until shortly before his campaign released a documentary on his experience as proof that Gov. Jerry Brown has exaggerated the state’s economic recovery.

“I wish I could have known because I could have shown him some great SRO housing we’ve built in Fresno,” Swearengin said, adding that “we were a little taken back” when she learned of the video shortly before its release.

The Fresno mayor, who supports the high-speed rail project Kashkari affectionately has dubbed the Crazy Train, did get some facetime with Brown when the governor was in Fresno earlier this year…

Elsewhere Around the Capitol

Nguyen-er Take All – GOP moves $100K to GOP candidate in SD 34

Koch and a smile – GOP money and political heavies gather in California

Toy soldiers – Toy gun bill clears Assembly



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Bills Asks California Voters To Consider Restoring Bilingual Education
Laurel Rosenhall @
Californians would vote in 2016 to repeal the state’s ban on bilingual education under a bill the Legislature is sending to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Transparency's Unlikely Foe | Politics & Government | Oakland, Berkeley, Bay Area & California | Robert Gammon
Robert Gammon, Sam Levin, Jean Tepperman, Madeleine Key, Julian Mark, Michael Berry and Julius Rea @
Under local and state election laws, political operatives and big donors can form these types of shadowy groups and then hide behind them so that they can keep their true identities secret from the general public. A similar group has yet to emerge in this year's mayor's race, but it could. In 2012, a secretive Arizona-based outfit — Americans for Responsible Leadership — funneled $11 million into a campaign to defeat Proposition 30, a tax measure, and in support of Proposition 32, a statewide measure that sought to dramatically weaken the power of organized labor in California.

Lawmakers Praise Mexican President's Message Of Cooperation
Lawmakers from both parties praised Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's message of economic and political partnership between California and Mexico after the president's address Tuesday to a joint session of the Legislature.

Jerry Brown Introduces Mexican President, Jabs At Texas
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown, right, makes a toast to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, fourth from left, during a luncheon held in his honor in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.

Sacramento, Calif.: Fresno Mayor Touts Independence In Controller Bid - Business Breaking News -
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is regarded as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November, introduced herself on Tuesday as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller.

National Republicans Wading Into Calif. Legislative Targets
Christopher Cadelago @
Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, right, at a campaign event for Meg Whitman, Republican candidate for Governor, in 2010.

No hesitation from Kashkari on his vote for state controller
Despite Ashley Swearengin's snub, Neel Kashkari wasted no time in making clear who he’s voting for in the state controller's race. "Neel enthusiastically supports Mayor Swearengin and looks forward to voting for her and the entire Republican ticket," says Kashkari campaign spokeswoman Mary Sarah Kinner.

Mexican President Delivers Speech In California's Capitol
In a speech to a joint session of the California Legislature, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said he chose the state for his first official trip to the United States because of its welcoming stance toward immigrants from his country.

Tesla Gigafactory: State Budget Watchdogs Urge Restraint On Tax Breaks, Incentives
Dana Hull @
Now budget watchdogs from Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas have jointly written an open letter to the states, urging them to rethink economic development and avoid giving away too much in tax breaks and incentives to corporations.

Audit: State Government Errors Give Employees $6.3 Million In Unearned Leave
Jon Ortiz @
State agencies gave their employees nearly 200,000 hours of unearned leave credits worth almost $6.4 million over five years, and the self-inflicted taxpayer expense will only grow until the government fixes the errors, according to a new state audit.

California plastic-bag ban bill hung up in labor squabble
The move to ban plastic bags at California grocery and other retail stores has fallen victim in the Legislature to labor's fight with nonunion stores like Walmart and the pending merger of Safeway and Albertsons. The union, fearing the consolidation will kill jobs, has been pushing the Legislature for a "retention bill" to help protect positions, or at least guarantee financial help to workers if they are laid off. "There's no enforcement mechanism to ensure the 10-cent fee stays at the local store and helps the local community," the union said in a letter to Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego. State Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima (Los Angeles County), who is pushing for the statewide system - which would include warnings on your smartphone - is suggesting using a mix of federal funds, money from the $7 billion water bond on the November ballot or even high-speed-rail money to cover the setup costs. Emergency Services head Mark Ghilarducci is hoping to put together a public-private partnership to cover the costs - one that would probably include a charge for users. News that crisis communications manager Mark Fabiani has joined indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry's legal team has political insiders scratching their heads. The two "masters of disaster" also jointly represent Democratic hedge fund manager and environmental activist Tom Steyer, who is spending millions on ads to fight climate change naysayers - even as Perry has called himself a climate change "skeptic."

Protesters, Lawmakers Criticize Mexico's Handling Of Marine Case
Demonstrators, including a Republican lawmaker, gathered outside the historic Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento on Tuesday to protest the jailing of a U.S. Marine in Mexico.

High-priced Drug Sovaldi Coming To California Prisoners With Hepatitis C | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
George Lauer @
By George Lauer, California Healthline

Afghanistan Election Audit Will Go On Without Candidates' Observers
The full audit of the about 8 million votes cast in the second round of Afghanistan’s presidential election will continue “without the direct physical engagement” of the two candidates’ observers, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Fresno Mayor Touts Independence In Controller Bid
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is regarded as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November, introduced herself on Tuesday as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller.

Hospital Bidder Sues Unions, Alleging Extortion
The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco by Prime Healthcare Services accuses Service Employees International Union and SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West; the union federation Change to Win; and three union leaders of conspiring to "target and attack Prime with the ultimate objective of either unionizing Prime, thereby altering its cost structure and business model, or eliminating Prime from the market altogether.''

The New Health Care: Medicare: Not Such a Budget-Buster Anymore
Estimates of future medical spending keep falling. The changes are projected to save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars.

Swearengin touts outside status while ‘still evaluating’ candidates for governor
Jim Miller @
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, the Republican candidate for California controller, said Tuesday she would bring an independent voice to the state’s top fiscal office, and later backed that up by refusing to commit to her party’s candidate for governor, Neel Kashkari.

Knight Measures to Safeguard Taxpayer Money Signed by Governor
Earlier this year, Senator Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley) authored Senate Bills 1074 and 1075, which were signed into law late last week. Both measures stem from a State Audit that confirmed the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) illegally diverted $3.7 million of taxpayer funds into a hidden account called the Wildland Fire Fund. The measures hold state employees accountable if they hide state funds from the public, require more transparency within the department, and require all funds in the secret account be returned to the general fund.

S.F. to take huge step for undocumented immigrant kids
While debate over the flood of unaccompanied minors streaming into the U.S. to escape violence in Central America rages elsewhere, San Francisco on Wednesday will unveil a program to provide legal counsel to its undocumented immigrants. The city will give $100,000 this year to the nonprofit Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, which will use the funds to provide pro bono legal representation to San Francisco residents facing deportation, including children and families. Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials recently announced a proposal to funnel $3 million of state money to immigration lawyers. "For 'justice for all' to mean anything, we have to make sure that individuals have at least a fighting chance to stay in our country," said Chiu, the son of Taiwanese immigrants and who previously worked at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. There are language and cultural differences, limited or in some cases no education at all, and additionally, a substantial percentage of individuals have experienced trauma, and sometimes very significant trauma, that make it very difficult to present a claim effectively. "There's an extreme value in having lawyers represent people in terms of the outcomes in their own cases and in terms of the effectiveness of the immigration courts," she said.

Swearengin: ‘Still evaluating’ candidates for governor
Jim Miller @
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, the Republican candidate for state controller, refused Tuesday to commit to supporting GOP guberantorial nominee Neel Kashkari this fall, saying she is “still evaluating” the candidates for governor several weeks after Kashkari annoyed many Fresno leaders by going undercover there posing a homeless man looking for a job.

Bill Requiring Public Access To Care Facility Inspection Reports Passes Assembly
Katie Nelson @
SB 895, authored by Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, would mandate care facilities to fix within 10 days -- unless otherwise directed -- any deficiencies found during inspections. The bill would also require the state Department of Social Services to post online instructions on how people may obtain facility inspection reports offline. The department would be required to make inspection reports available on its website by Jan. 1, 2020.