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THE NOONER for September 16, 2014

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WRIGHT: Sen. Wright to resign Sept. 22, start sentence Oct. 31 [Patrick McGreevy and Jean Merl @ LAT]

Governor Brown will have two weeks to call a special election, which will likely be at the end of November or beginning of December. A runoff, if necessary would most likely be in late January or early February.

Assemblymembers Steve Bradford and Isadore Hall are expected to run. Bradford had $387,168 on hand as of June 30, while Hall had $365,798. Here's a map of the overlapping districts.

NO JOKE IN WEED: Fire Devastates City Of Weed, Burns 100 Structures [Jefferson Public Radio] - "Fire officials are beginning to assess the damage from a devastating fire that ripped through the small city of Weed Monday afternoon, reducing entire neighborhoods to smoldering rubble, burning the Holy Family Catholic Church, damaging an elementary school and burning portions of the town's largest employer, Roseburg Forest Products Mill."

DOING THE LAUNDRY: The Tulare County Republican Party gave $100,000 to Andy Vidak's campaign yesterday. 

LA-LA LAND: Assemblyman John Pérez won't run against L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar [David Zahniser @ LAT]

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Lorena Gonzalez and Chris Rogers!





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Jerry Brown Signs Bill Removing Language Of Prop. 187
David Siders @
State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, left, thanks Gov. Jerry Brown for his comments about about him during a ceremony honoring Steinberg, who is leaving the Senate due to term limits, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

Gov. Brown's Delta Water Diversion Project Gets Bashed In Washington
Kitty Felde @
California Governor Jerry Brown’s $25 billion twin tunnel water diversion project is getting no love from Washington these days. First, the Environmental Protection Agency said it would violate the Clean Water Act.  Now, California lawmakers are trying to pull the plug on federal funding to help launch the project.

Gov. Brown Repeals Unenforced Sections Of Prop. 187
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday that repeals unenforceable provisions of Proposition 187, the two-decade-old measure that sought to withhold public services from immigrants in the country illegally.

CalPERS Cleared To Sue Ratings Agencies
Dale Kasler @
The state Supreme Court has cleared CalPERS to sue Wall Street’s leading ratings agencies over a series of disastrous investments that cost the pension fund more than $1 billion.

14 California Officers Receive Medal Of Valor Awards At Capitol
Fourteen law enforcement officers, including three involved in a deadly shootout with cop killer Christopher Dorner last year, were honored by California Gov. Jerry Brown and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Monday.

San Diego May Not Be Allowing Public Comment Often Enough For Open Meetings Law
David Garrick @
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith told the City Council on Monday that the city may have been violating the state’s open meetings law for the last 13 years.

Appellate court upholds $9 million furlough decision against Jerry Brown
Jon Ortiz @
A San Francisco appellate court has upheld a trial judge’s decision that Gov. Jerry Brown wrongly furloughed thousands of state-government scientists and engineers three years ago.

State Senate 28: Neel Kashkari backs Bonnie Garcia over Jeff Stone
GOP gubernatorial nominee Neel Kashkari waded into the 28th State Senate race Monday, picking sides in one of the state's most contentious legislative races.

Gov. Brown signs bill repealing unenforceable parts of Prop. 187
In a disavowal of the hard line Californians once took against illegal immigration, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday repealing unenforceable provisions of Proposition 187.

CalPERS Decides Hedge Funds Are A Sell
The investments are too costly, intricate, nation's biggest public pension system says.

California's Ami Bera Doesn't Blend In On Capitol Hill, And That's OK | Rising Stars | Ozy
Emily Cadei @
His Indian-American roots augured well for his campaign warchest. The second generation of Indian-Americans is a growing force in political fundraising.

Prop. 46 campaign blasts opponents for payment to official’s committee
Christopher Cadelago @
Supporters of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative to increase medical malpractice awards blasted a Los Angeles County supervisor Monday for scheduling a board vote to oppose the measure after a group he founded accepted a $75,000 donation from opponents.

Health Law Falls Flat With Kentucky Voters, Even Those It Helps
Although expanded coverage made a state an early success story, there is little evidence it will help Democrats there in the midterm elections.

AM Alert: Jerry Brown signs historic groundwater management legislation
Alexei Koseff @
As this year’s legislative session drew to a close, groundwater regulation – and whether California would become the last state in the West to implement oversight for drilling and pumping wells – emerged as one of the major policy issues.

Wright Is Wrong But So Is The Application Of The Law :: Fox&hounds
Yet, the question if legislators actually live in the districts they represent, as California law requires, does not appear to be applied evenly. Both Republicans and Democrats have been challenged to their true living places.

New Solar Plant Nears Approval In California Desert - Politics Blog
Despite serious environmental concerns, the California Energy Commission has given a preliminary green light to a second big solar project in the California desert by BrightSource Energy of Oakland...

Governor 2014: Neel Kashkari opposes 4 gun control bills
GOP gubernatorial nominee Neel Kashkari assured gun owners Friday he's opposed to four controversial gun-control measures now sitting on the desk of his opponent, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

State Sen. Wright resigns after voter fraud case over residence
State Sen. Rod Wright submitted his resignation Monday after he was sentenced last week to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office. The Democratic senator from Los Angeles County was convicted of perjury in January for lying about his residence and later was suspended with pay from the Senate. The sentence came after defense lawyers stressed that Wright was re-elected by a landslide, even after he was charged in the case, and that voters who want Wright to continue serving would be hurt by a stiff penalty.

University Of California Plans Fund For Campus Startups
Erica E. Phillips @
The University of California is planning a $250 million venture-capital fund to finance startup companies stemming from research conducted by its faculty and students.

Kashkari's Model On Business Climate: Scott Walker
Bob Egelko @
One of Neel Kashkari’s foremost criticisms of Gov. Jerry Brown is that the Democrat has made California an unfriendly place for business. Too much taxing, too many regulations, and the latest evidence is Tesla’s decision to locate its electronic car battery factory in Nevada.

Keep The LAPD Drone-free, Downtown Protesters Demand
An anti-police drone coalition demonstrated outside Los Angeles City Hall on Monday and criticized legislation they said would help clear the way for law enforcement to use the unmanned aerial devices.

Fourteen law enforcement officers, including three from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department who were involved in a deadly shootout with cop killer Christopher Dorner last year, were honored by Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris on Monday. Speaking at the Capitol, Brown said the Medal of Valor awards are about “recognizing the absolute human necessity of duty, of courage and of solidarity, so our community, from the bottom up, gets stronger and stronger.” Others who were honored included officers who stopped shooting rampages in Santa Monica and at Los Angeles International Airport, another San Bernardino deputy who saved an adult and four children from a fire and a Shasta County cop who rescued a fellow diver during a 2013 operation at Lake Shasta.