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THE NOONER for October 1, 2014

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ONE WORD: Plastics

Or maybe not, after Governor Brown signed the plastic bag ban by Alex Padilla, which will ban most single-use bags by mid-2015.

The Bee's Jeremy B. White writes:

Minutes after Brown announced signing the bill, an industry group called the American Progressive Bag Alliance vowed to begin collecting signatures in an effort to overturn the law via a referendum on the 2016 ballot. They filed a request for title and summary later in the day.

"Our research confirms that the vast majority of California voters are opposed to legislation that bans recyclable plastic bags and allows grocers to charge and keep fees on other bags,” a release from the organization said, denouncing the legislation as “a back room deal between the grocers and union bosses to scam California consumers out of billions of dollars without providing any public benefit – all under the guise of environmentalism."

EVERYBODY LOVES GAVIN: The LA-LA Land Times and the Daily News both come out for California's golden son. I like Ron Nehring, and he would be a great governor of Montana.

THE OLD GRAY LADY:  New York Times to cut about 100 newsroom jobs, shut down Opinion app [Kurtis Lee @ LAT]

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Shaun Flanigan! and Drew Leavens!




EditorialProp 1: water bondProp 2: rainy day fundProp 45: health ratesProp 46: malpractice & testingProp 47: crim. penaltiesProp 48: gaming referendum
California Democratic Party Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
California Republican Party Yes Yes  No  No  No   
LA Times           Yes
Sacramento Bee     No No No  No
San Francisco Chronicle     No  No Yes No
SJ MercNews Yes   Yes Yes No Yes  
UT San Diego Yes  Yes  No  No No  No 


LA Daily News           Chiang    
LA Times   Newsom Peterson Harris  Swearengin   Jones  Tuck 
SacBee   Newsom Padilla     Chiang   Tuck
SF Chron     Peterson          
SJ MercNews Brown Newsom  Peterson  Harris   Chiang Jones  Tuck 
UT San Diego     Peterson       Chiang   Tuck




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California's initiative process could become more enlightened under this new law
It turns out that a legislative hearing can be simultaneously enlightening and pointless. Take, for example, Monday's hearing in Sacramento on Proposition 46, the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot to increase the cap on medical malpractice damages, and Thursday's on Proposition 47, the initiative to...

Father Of Isla Vista Gunman Praises Laws Signed Tuesday
The father of the young man who killed six UC Santa Barbara students in May said that two bills signed by the governor Tuesday might have prevented the tragedy if they had been law.

Campaign 2014: Marshall Tuck releases best ad of the 2014 election cycle
Election Day is still a month away, but Marshall Tuck's campaign for State Superintendent of Public Instruction has already delivered the best ad of the 2014 election cycle.

Gov. Brown Vetoes A Package Of Ethics Bills
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday vetoed key bills proposed by legislative leaders in response to a series of scandals at the Capitol, saying the measures would further complicate gift and campaign rules without sufficient benefit to the public.

Jerry Brown Signs 'revenge Porn 2.0 Act'
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown discusses a bill while meeting with advisers at his Capitol office on Monday in Sacramento. Brown announced action on several bills Tuesday, including his signing of the second version of a “revenge porn” ban, before the midnight deadline.

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Plastic Bag Ban And Gun Bill, Vetoes Three Dozen Others
On his last day to act on legislation, the governor also used his veto pen liberally. He rejected a bill that would have lengthened the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse and dismissed half of the ethics reform bills passed by the Legislature following a series of embarrassing political scandals that rocked Sacramento earlier this year.

Governor OKs Temporary Gun Seizures From People Judged To Be A Danger
Four months after a disturbed man killed six UC Santa Barbara students and wounded 13 others, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation allowing the temporary seizure of guns from people determined by the courts to be a threat to themselves or others.

Governor Signs Bill Requiring Annual Child Abuse Reporting Training
Matthias Gafni Contra Costa Times @
Spurred by more than two years of this newspaper's reports on incidents where school employees failed to properly report child abuse, Assembly Bill 1432 will change state law from "strongly encouraging" training to making it mandatory within the first six weeks of each year for certificated and classified workers. The requirement will begin next school year.

Dan Walters Daily: California needs a new higher education plan
As the state’s three systems of public higher education converge, California needs to revisit its master plan, Dan says.

Covered California marks 1st year with millions more insured
Victoria Colliver @
Covered California, the state-run health insurance marketplace created by the federal Affordable Care Act, turns a year old Wednesday. In the early days, California’s rollout hit some snags with delays in online enrollment and outages, but those technical glitches paled compared with those of the federal government’s website, Some people who bought policies through the exchange found themselves suddenly dropped and moved into to Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid for the poor that was expanded under the federal health law. “This has been the biggest change since Medicare,” said Covered California spokesman James Scullary, referring to the federal health program for the elderly and disabled that started in 1965. [...] Covered California last month began a $94 million marketing and community outreach campaign with hopes of reaching another 500,000 uninsured Californians, which would bring 2015 insurance enrollment to more than 1.7 million state residents. The state Department of Health Care Services is also busy whittling down a backlog of pending Medi-Cal applications from a high of about 900,000 in March to 250,000 as of Sept. 23. Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, who is hosting an event Wednesday at Oakland’s Asian Health Services to honor Covered California officials and mark the anniversary, said there is plenty to celebrate. “Ninety percent of physicians in the state are in a Covered California plan — not an all-in-one plan — but people have the choice to take charge of the situation and find a plan with a network that works best for them,” said Charles Bacchi, executive vice president of the California Association of Health Plans, an industry trade group.

Tuck, Torlakson Debate Union Power, Lawsuit | Edsource
Meet the StaffJohn Fensterwald | Editor-At-Large

California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Privacy, Anti-spying Bills
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed several bills that address concerns about spying and privacy, including new restrictions on the paparazzi, tighter laws against “revenge porn,’’ and a prohibition on the state from helping federal intelligence agencies collect phone records without warrants.

Governor Splits On Bills Aiming To Reduce Truancy
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a split decision on a package of bills designed to help reduce California's dropout rate.

No on Proposition 45
Angered by rapidly rising premiums for automobile insurance, voters approved Proposition 103 in 1988 to give the state insurance commissioner the power to veto unreasonable rate hikes for auto policies. Now, after years of premium hikes in health insurance, voters have the chance to extend that...

Prop. 46, Inspired By Tragedy, Pits Doctors Against Lawyers | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
Troy and Alana Pack had spent the day at their neighborhood Halloween party in Danville. Ten-year-old Troy went as a baseball player, and 7-year-old Alana was a good witch. In the afternoon, they changed out of their costumes and set out for a walk with their mother down Camino Tassajara. Destination: 31 Flavors.

Jerry Brown Vetoes Childhood Sex-abuse Lawsuit Bill
Jim Miller @
State Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, the author of SB 924 and SB 926, during session in March 2013.

Sen. Cannella Legislation to Strengthen Revenge Porn Law Signed by Gov. Brown
State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today announced that

Jerry Brown Vetoes Seafood Labeling Bill
Alexei Koseff @
Fishmonger Erik Espinoza shovels ice onto fresh fish at the Pike Place Market in Seattle.

SF court clerks authorize strike as negotiations stumble over pay
Bob Egelko @
San Francisco Superior Court clerks have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike during contract negotiations, saying court officials have $16 million in their reserve fund but refuse to offer them a raise. Out of 186 clerks who cast ballots over the last week, 169, or more than 90 percent, voted to authorize their negotiating team to call a strike at their discretion, Steve Stallone, spokesman for Service Employees International Union Local 1021, said Tuesday. Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget for the fiscal year that started July 1 included a $129 million increase for the trial courts, about half of what court officials said they needed to maintain services.

Brown Signs Package Of Assisted-living Reform Bills | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
Deborah Schoch, @
By Deborah Schoch, Center for Health Reporting

Database Shows $3.5 Billion In Industry Ties To Doctors, Hospitals
Pulling the curtain back on long-hidden industry relationships, the federal government revealed that U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals had $3.5 billion worth of financial ties with drug and medical-device makers in the last five months of 2013.

Why so many voters care so little about the midterm elections
because so much of the campaign seems to be about nothing.

Tanaka's Low-profile Campaign Has L.A. County Sheriff's Race In Limbo
After squeaking into the runoff election for Los Angeles County sheriff, Paul Tanaka posted a message on his website.