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THE NOONER for October 3, 2014
The Non-Election Election [Tony Quinn @ Fox and Hounds]
#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Al Austin, Mark Orozco, Tim Steed, and Joan Buchanan (Saturday)!
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Yes On Proposition 2
The California state budget is notoriously prone to boom and bust cycles, a volatility caused largely by the state's tax code. To try to manage that problem, voters in 2004 required Sacramento to set aside money each year in a rainy-day fund for use when times got tough. That fund has been ineffective at best, however, and now voters have another chance to get it right. Proposition 2 on November's ballot would strengthen the current fund while also requiring the state to pay down more of its debts and unfunded liabilities. Although voters should be wary of proposals that would supplant lawmakers' judgments with rigid budget rules, this one deserves their support.
Satellite Images Reveal Shocking Groundwater Loss In California
Shocking satellite images from NASA's GRACE mission depict loss of trillions of gallons of groundwater in California.
Ad Watch: Prop. 46 Foes Distort Reality In New Tv Ad
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
The campaign formed to oppose Proposition 46 has added to its critique of the measure, arguing in a new TV ad called “ Inside” that it puts Californians’ medical information at risk.
L.A. County Unable To Avert Federal Oversight Of Jails
Federal officials have rejected a last-ditch effort by Los Angeles County to maintain control over its jails and will move forward with a consent decree to address longstanding problems with mental health care in the troubled facilities.
Decision in Dublin: development or open space in canyon?
Carolyn Jones @ sfgate.com
The measure has sharply divided the Alameda County suburb, which until recently was one of the Bay AreaâĂ‚Â€Ă‚Â™s most developer-friendly enclaves. Since the 1970s, Dublin has grown from 14,000 to 50,000, due largely to its good schools, central location at the crossroads of interstates 580 and 680, and generally pro-growth government. Doolan Canyon is one of a handful of places in the Bay Area where building single-family homes in open space âĂ‚Â€Ă‚Â” also known as suburban sprawl âĂ‚Â€Ă‚Â” is still under consideration, according to the Greenbelt Alliance. Most other cities have adopted strict urban growth limits and are focusing their development on infill. Biddle and his colleagues on the City Council voted unanimously in June to exclude Doolan Canyon from the cityâĂ‚Â€Ă‚Â™s urban growth limit, leaving it as unincorporated agricultural open space. Staff at Pacific Union did not return phone calls, nor did a Doolan Canyon property owner whoâĂ‚Â€Ă‚Â™s supporting Measure T. If Dublin decides to leave Doolan Canyon alone, that does not stop Livermore from annexing the canyon and permitting vineyards, homes, casinos, malls or other projects recently OKd by DublinâĂ‚Â€Ă‚Â™s neighbor to the east. Donations to the Yes on Measure T campaign top $160,000, nearly all of it from a group called Dublin Community Partnership, which has the same address as Pacific Union Eevelopment Co. Dublin Community Partnership has spent most of that money on signature-gatherers and a Sacramento law firm that specializes in campaigns.
Unions, Business Group Take Sides On Sacramento Strong Mayor
Ryan Lillis @ sacbee.com
More parties are weighing in on Measure L, the strong-mayor proposal being pushed by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.
Justices Take Cases on Redistricting and Judicial Elections
The Supreme Court added 11 cases to its docket, including ones on redistricting, judicial elections and discrimination in housing and employment.
California Hospitals Save Millions Under Aca, Yet Financial Challenges Still Loom | Reporting On Health
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Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes expansion of state Voting Rights Act
Amid a flurry of last-minute action on legislation awaiting his signature, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have expanded the ability of minority groups to sue under the state's Voting Rights Act.
American River Flows Dropping To Preserve Crucial Water Supplies
Matt Weiser @ sacbee.com
The level of the American River isn’t scheduled to fall as low as shown in January 2014, when flows were cut to 700 cfs, but they are being reduced significantly to conserve cold water to help the fall run of Chinook salmon, as well as communities that depend on the water.
CPUC member sorry for 'serious mistakesâ
Jaxon Van Derbeken @ sfgate.com
The scandal erupted last month, when PG&E fired three executives and commission President Michael PeeveyâĂ‚Â€Ă‚Â™s chief of staff resigned. The aide, Carol Brown, had promised a PG&E vice president that she would try to get his preferred administrative law judge appointed to a $1.3 billion rate case, e-mails released by PG&E showed. At the commissionâĂ‚Â€Ă‚Â™s meeting in San Francisco on Thursday, the first since PG&E released the e-mails, Florio repeated apologies that he had already voiced to reporters. In the e-mails, Florio told then-PG&E vice president Brian Cherry that he was âĂ‚Â€Ă‚ÂśhorrifiedâĂ‚Â€Ă‚Âť at the news that administrative law Judge Douglas Long had initially been assigned to the rate case, which will determine how much PG&E customers must pay for gas-pipeline improvements the utility began after the 2010 San Bruno explosion. There has been speculation that the fired PG&E executives, including Cherry, were seeking to make the companyâĂ‚Â€Ă‚Â™s backing for a pet project of PeeveyâĂ‚Â€Ă‚Â™s conditional to a decision to assign Wong to the rate case.
Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Boost Oversight Of Narrow Provider Networks
Senate Bill 964 by state Sen. Ed Hernandez requires the California Department of Managed Health Care to review Medi-Cal managed-care plans and plans sold through Covered California annually for compliance with standards related to timely access, network adequacy, continuity of care and quality management.
Sacramento Manufacturer Siemens To Compete For California Bullet-train Contract
Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
Siemens Rail Systems, the Sacramento-based train-manufacturing giant, said it will make a play this month to win the first major contract to build trains for the California High Speed Rail Authority.
President Has A Short List Of Potential Attorney General Candidates
Solicitor Gen. Donald B. Verrilli Jr., Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez and Kathryn Ruemmler said to be attorney general hopefuls.
In Stockton Bankruptcy Case, The Target Is The Working Class
The investment house Franklin Templeton's effort to knock down the city of Stockton's proposal to emerge from bankruptcy portrays the case as one in which Franklin is defending itself against three big, faceless adversaries.
Bankruptcy Judge Lights Fuse With Stockton Pension Ruling
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
It should have surprised no one that federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher Klein declared that public employees’ pensions are not sacrosanct when their employers declare bankruptcy.
State May Be Forced To Intervene In Jefferson High Scheduling Issues
Civil rights organizations asked a judge Thursday to order the state Education Department to remedy problems at Jefferson High School in South Los Angeles, where attorneys say some students have languished for nearly eight weeks without the appropriate classes.
UC Davis Opens Campus Office For Undocumented Students
Richard Chang @ sacbee.com
As UC Davis began its school year Thursday with the most undocumented students in its history, the university introduced an unprecedented campus office designed to assist them with everything from graduation requirements to legal filings.
Is A Prisoner's Beard Dangerous?
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Holt vs. Hobbs, another big-ticket case that tests the limits of religious liberty when it comes into conflict with government regulation. The petitioner — Gregory Holt — is a prison inmate, housed by the Arkansas Department of Correction. But Holt is also known by another name, Abdul Maalik Muhammad, and he is by all accounts a sincere adherent of Islam. As part of that faith commitment, he wants to grow his beard 1/2-inch long in accordance with Islamic practice.
Court Upholds Water Releases For Salmon On North State Rivers | Kqed News
A federal judge in Fresno has ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation did not violate the law when it made special reservoir releases last year to help salmon in Northern California’s Klamath River survive the drought rather than save the water for farms.
High-speed Rail Authority Takes First Step Toward Buying Trains
The California High-Speed Rail Authority took its first formal step Thursday to procure trains, asking rail manufacturers to submit interest letters for an initial order of up to 95 sets of engines and cars. The trains must be capable of transporting passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in less than three hours.
Recession In Once-booming Brazil Shakes Up Presidential Race
A recession in long-booming Brazil and discontent over government services have given Marina Silva a boost in her effort to unseat President Dilma Rousseff.
Smartphone Apps Let Neighbors Report Water Wasters
With Californians being urged to cut water use as the state's historic drought drags on, a growing number of local water agencies are enlisting the public to play water cop with their smartphones.