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THE NOONER for September 8, 2014

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Schwarzenegger Makes Rare Return To State Capital
FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2007 file photo, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gives the crowd a thumbs up after his inaugural speech in Sacramento, Calif. Schwarzenegger is returning to the state capital Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, for two high-profile public events to discuss California's fight against climate change and unveil his official portrait at the Capitol.

S.F. Fire Department hires private ambulances amid major shortage
The call went out when 12 fire engine companies that had been dispatched to emergencies throughout the city Aug. 30 were left without any way to get the people they were treating to hospitals. The ambulance flare-out came just three days after frustrated representatives of the firefighters union presented the Fire Commission with records showing that there were 374 occasions in August alone when it took more than 20 minutes for Fire Department ambulances to arrive after being called. Lefty David Campos' state Assembly campaign is buzzing over a new poll that has him running even with the more moderate David Chiu, who finished five points ahead of his fellow supervisor in the June primary. The poll, paid for by a statewide business group - and conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz and Associates - has both Chiu and Campos with 37 percent of the vote, with 26 percent undecided, in the race to replace termed-out Assemblyman Tom Ammiano. Waste Management has hit the streets of Oakland with a paid signature-gathering drive to stop the city from awarding a $1 billion trash hauling and recycling contract to a competitor. Political consultant Larry Tramutola, who is heading the Waste Management campaign - and who is also getting political help from former City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente - says it's unclear whether the city could go ahead with the new contract next year if the measure qualifies. [...] over the weekend, supporters of the new contract were out in force handing out their own "fact sheet" - making life tough for petition gatherers on north Oakland's Lakeshore Drive.

CalSTRS Debt Report Drops From $167b To $59.5b | Calpensions
But a long-sought rate increase approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Brown in the nick of time, a week before the current fiscal year began July 1, will allow CalSTRS to report a debt that is shrinking not ballooning.

9th Circuit to take up same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii
Three federal appeals court judges who have ruled in favor of gay rights in the past are to hear arguments Monday on whether to uphold same-sex marriage bans in Western states.

Democrats Criticize Obama On Immigration-order Delay
With President Obama deciding not to take executive action on immigration until after the November election, some Democrats took to the Sunday talk shows to voice their frustration with him and with Congress ' continued inaction. 

The Public Eye: Health Costs For Counties Rise With Influx Of Inmates
Brad Branan @
The Public Eye

Political Blotter: Arnold returns to Sacramento, and former Oakland lawyer leaves Justice Department
Josh Richman @
Why is former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to Sacramento on Monday? Also, a former Oakland attorney is stepping down as the Justice Department's third-in-command.

AM Alert: It’s judgment day for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s official portrait
Alexei Koseff @
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been busy crushing things with his tank since he left office almost four years ago, but today he’ll return to Sacramento for the first time to debut his gubernatorial portrait.

Two Women On A Mission To Reform Assisted Living In California | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
Many of us dream of starting a revolution. Few of us make it happen. One of the most dramatic stories of the last year belongs to a loose collection of activists, working to reform assisted living oversight in California. Together with lawmakers, these activists launched 17 bills in Sacramento, 12 of which passed, 2 of which have become law, so far.

Legislature Passes Three Of Top Four Bills Backed By Organized Labor
Organized labor is having a good year at the Capitol.

Dan Walters Daily: Scandals trump accomplishments for California Legislature
Alexei Koseff @
Despite a productive legislative session, public opinion of California lawmakers took a dive this year, Dan says.

Gov. Brown Rejects Parole For Cop Killer
Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected a parole panel’s recommendation that he free an inmate who has spent nearly 36 years in prison for the 1978 killing of an on-duty San Diego police officer.

UC Helps Build Resources, Revenue At Private Armenian University - Sfgate
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Afghanistan Election Talks Stall As Abdullah Rejects Outcome Of Audit
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said Monday that he would not accept the outcome of an internationally backed audit of a disputed election runoff and that talks over sharing power with his opponent are deadlocked.

As Home Care Program Shifts, Adversarial Relationship Evolves
Dan Walters @
Dan Walters

Politico Executive Editor Resigns, Citing Disagreement Over Strategy
Less than a year into the job, Politico Executive Editor Rick Berke has resigned from the news website because he and the site’s co-founders couldn’t agree on strategy, according to internal memos sent Sunday.

Tillis dismisses 'mansplaining' charges
The North Carolina GOP Senate candidate says claims he's playing gender politics are "just silly."

Endorsement: Five primary picks we still support for November election
the Editorial Board @
There are a handful of races in which a candidate who received our endorsement in the June primary advanced to the general election. We don’t switch endorsements unless something untoward or unusual happens between a primary election. Below are the recaps of our original endorsement in those five races.

Bills Regulating State's Groundwater Not An Instant Fix For Aquifers
California, groundwater, aquifers, Gov. Jerry Brown, Central Valley

Political Shift Stalls Efforts to Overhaul Immigration
Though granting legal status to undocumented immigrants once looked like an imperative for both parties, a surge of Central American migrants into the United States has rendered the issue too toxic for President Barack Obama.

Congress' Post-summer Agenda Includes Isis, Avoiding Government Shutdown | 89.3 Kpcc
Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield chides the president for lack of a plan to combat Islamic militants in Iraq. Kitty Felde/KPCC

Ro Khanna Challenges Status Quo In Race Against Rep. Mike Honda - Sfgate
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Latinos Furious At Obama On Immigration Delay, Vow More Pressure | Reuters
WASHINGTON Sun Sep 7, 2014 3:30pm EDT