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THE NOONER for September 23, 2014
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RUBBING IT IN: Following the CAGOP's ugh weekend, the California Democratic Party turns in a $1.5 million daily fundraising haul, with key underwriting by the California Teachers Association.
#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for Rebecca Barrett, Tom Cares, Adam Gray, Karen Grossglauer, Paul Hegyi, and Dan Weintraub.
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Campaign 2014: Labor unions donate $1.15 million to California Democratic Party
According to ElectionTrack.com's campaign finance records, the California Democratic Party accepted $1.59 million in campaign contributions on Friday, the overwhelming majority of funds came from the state's most powerful labor unions. The biggest check: $750,000 from the California Teachers Association.
Sacramento Taxpayer Group Tries New Tactic On School Bonds
Diana Lambert @ sacbee.com
The Sacramento Taxpayers Association is changing its tactics when it comes to school bonds. Instead of simply opposing school bonds they donât like, representatives from the organization have been meeting with Sacramento County school districts since early summer to collaborate on them. They recently dubbed the effort the Better Ways to Build Schools initiative.
California Property Taxes Could Skyrocket - Capradio.org
Katie Orr @ capradio.org
Proposition 13 regulates property tax values in California by limiting increases to 2 percent annually. But homeowners could see larger increases this year thanks to another, lesser-known proposition.
Oakland City Council was arrogant in awarding garbage contract
The Oakland City Council made a costly error last month when it acted in anger and frustration âÂÂ instead of calm consideration and logic âÂÂ and awarded the cityâÂÂs $1billion garbage franchise to a local recycling firm that did not possess the infrastructure to get the job done. Under the new deal, Waste Management will continue collecting garbage âÂÂ as it has for more than 100 years âÂÂ and California Waste Solutions will expand its service from 50,000 single-family homes to provide recycling services citywide. [...] it's beyond arrogant to hire a recycling company without trucks, trash bins or any place to sort and haul garbage to provide service for a city of nearly 400,000 people. The Texas-based, national waste hauler filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court in August challenging the city's decision, and a month later launched a referendum, costing the city and its new garbage services provider precious time and money. Last week, former Councilwoman Nancy Nadel and a group of West Oakland activists filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court challenging a plan by California Waste Solutions to piggy back on an environmental impact report for Army base redevelopment so the company could build a waste-transfer station in West Oakland. Larry Tramutola, a political consultant who ran Waste Management's referendum effort, said that when the dust settled after the celebration of California Waste SolutionsâÂÂ victory, it became obvious that the company would not be able to fulfill the contract.
Video: Business Groups Lobby Brown To Veto Subcontractor Bill
David Siders @ sacbee.com
John Kabateck, executive director of the California chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.
Judge suggests shift in defense to keep CCSF open
Bob Egelko @ sfgate.com
As City College of San Francisco faces a trial next month against an accrediting commission that wants to shut it down, the judge is signaling that the school should shift its focus from alleged conflicts of interest and procedural missteps by the commission and instead try to show that the overall assessment process was unfair.
Mt. Shasta Mudslide Blamed On Drought, Melting Glacier
California's prolonged drought is believed to have caused a massive mudslide on Mt. Shasta over the weekend after meltwater from a glacier sent torrents of debris and mud down the mountain, officials said.
Ad Watch: Senate Candidate Attack Overstates The Facts
Martin Wisckol @ ocregister.com
The California Republican Party, in coordination with state Senate candidate Janet Nguyen, hit the mailboxes of voters in the 34th Senate District on Friday with a flier touting Nguyen on one side and attacking her Democratic opponent, Jose Solorio, on the other. The district covers central Orange County and part of Long Beach.
Candidates For Elections Chief Spar On Performance, Politics | Kqed News Fix
They both want to shake up the job, but the two candidates vying for secretary of state sparred Monday on a host of issues, from their resumes to Republicanism and beyond.
HealthCare.gov Is Given an Overhaul
Federal health officials said the shorter application on HealthCare.gov has fewer pages and fewer screens to navigate, and allows people to sign up with fewer clicks.
New Afghan Government; Same Old Problems
President Obama called Kabul on Sunday to congratulate Afghan presidential contenders Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah for finally accepting a power-sharing deal to resolve a months-long dispute over who won in an election deeply marred by fraud. "Signing this political agreement," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest, "helps bring closure to Afghanistan's political crisis and restores confidence in a way forward."
Beach Access Bill Puts Brown In Middle Of Class War
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
On its merits, the conflict could be, it seems, easily resolved. But the real issue isnât the beach; there are many others in the area open to the public. Rather, itâs a symbol of the Bay Areaâs burgeoning class conflict over the impact of the techno-wealthy, and Brownâs in the middle.
Poll: 78% Oppose Pushing Toll Road Through San Onofre Preserve
The vast majority of registered voters in Orange County oppose construction of a new tollway through popular San Onofre State Beach, according to a public opinion poll.
United Auburn Tribe Gives $100,000 To Anti-casino Compact Campaign
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
People crowd around the Midi Baccarat tables at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Rocklin in 2010.
National Briefing | South: Louisiana: Judge Rules Against Marriage Ban
s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, in part because it violates equal protection rights, a state judge ruled Monday.
Oakland OKs waste contract compromise
The Oakland City Council ended the cityâÂÂs bitter argument over a 10-year garbage contract late Tuesday, voting to give back a large portion of the billion-dollar deal to the nationâÂÂs largest garbage hauler after city leaders accused the company of being a bully. The unusual deal would return the job of collecting garbage and compost in the city to Waste Management, one month after the Texas-based company had lost the huge deal to California Waste Solutions, an Oakland-based company that would have had to dramatically expand before it could collect the cityâÂÂs trash. In exchange, Waste Management agreed to drop its lawsuit, end its petition drive to ask voters to overturn the cityâÂÂs decision and pay the cityâÂÂs costs to fight the company, which are estimated to be roughly $800,000. When the council approved the original deal in August, some council members celebrated with high fives and posed for photos with California Waste Solutions leaders, hailing the vote as a historic decision that gave a small, local company the task of collecting refuse in Oakland. [...] members of the council said Waste ManagementâÂÂs lawsuits and petitions made it impossible for California Waste Solutions to get loans that would let them build new facilities and buy the 150 garbage trucks and 300,000 trash bins they would need to collect all the garbage in the city.
Another View: Hospital mergers put women’s health at risk
Since 2011, states have passed more restrictions on women’s health than were enacted in the previous decade. As more states limit access to reproductive health care, California bucked this trend. We are the only state in the nation to pass proactive legislation improving access to reproductive care.
Brown Veto Message: $35 School Traffic Fine Was Actually Lots Higher - Crime Scene
Gov. Jerry Brown. And he had a reason.
Ashley Swearengin For State Controller
Californians have been breathing a bit easier in recent months as the state government's finances have turned — slowly, like an ocean freighter — from disaster to solvency. But the work is hardly done, and diligence is called for to ensure the budget doesn't drift off course.
Amid Disunity Talk GOP Re-building :: Fox&hounds
Skeptics say the Republican effort at diversity is a sideshow; that refusing to budge on many social issues and actually recruit members of groups that typically identify with Democrats will not change the voting dynamics in the state.
Treasury Takes Steps To Discourage Offshore Tax-shifting Inversions
The Obama administration on Monday announced long-awaited executive actions to try to discourage companies from reincorporating abroad to reduce their U.S. taxes.