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THE NOONER for February 26, 2015
ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN: SD07 (Tri-Valley): Paul Mitchelll @politicaldata "20 days out and in SD7 we have 17k returns in Contra Costa portion alone. For comparison, Sen @isadorehall won his seat with 17k votes TOTAL"
THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD: Kamala Harris the 'prohibitive favorite' for Senate, which has drawbacks - "Several members of Congress, all of whom have more federal policy experience than Harris, are exploring whether to join the race. And as the first major candidate, Harris will face a prolonged period of scrutiny of her record by the media and political adversaries."
Other candidates include Democratic attorney Stewart Anderson and Republican small business owner John Estrada.
I'LL BE BACK: Antonio Villaraigosa run for California governor? 'Future is wide open' [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "A day after announcing that he would not run for Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had this to say Wednesday about a possible run for California governor: "The future is wide open.""
FIXING A HOLE: Field Poll: More Californians want mandatory water rationing [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Amid stubborn drought conditions, more Californians are warming to the prospect of government-imposed mandatory water rationing, but a majority still favor the state’s current approach of urging residents to voluntarily curtail their water use."
Of course, if you look at the PPIC poll, water is the fourth priority of Californians, after jobs, education, and immigration.
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER: Movement builds to correct major flaw in Prop. 47 [George Skelton @ LAT] - "Here's the big flaw: It is resulting in far fewer DNA samples being taken from suspects. And that is making it much harder — sometimes impossible — to solve old violent crimes such as murder and rape."
HERE COMES THE SUN: Atkins calls for CA affordable housing fee [Chris Nichols @ LAT] - "Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins on Tuesday called for placing a fee of up to $225 on property transfers and boosting the state’s low-income housing tax credit by $300 million as part of her comprehensive plan to tackle affordable housing."
YOU SAY IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY: Happy birthday to Amy Alley, Allison Gallagher, and Josh Richman!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Latino Leaders Scramble To Find Another Senate Candidate Without Villaraigosa
A day after Antonio Villaraigosa said he would not run for the U.S. Senate in 2016, Latino legislators were scrambling Wednesday to find another candidate who might represent their interests in the contest.
Owners of six nonprofit hospitals, nervously awaiting a buyerâÂÂs final approval of sale terms that would keep the hospitals from closing, have filed suit accusing a labor union of trying to sabotage the deal in order to extract concessions from the buyer at its other hospitals. Daughters of Charity Health System claimed that the Service Employees International Union and its United Healthcare Workers West affiliate have cost their hospitals tens of millions of dollars by delaying the sale and by pressuring potential bidders to drop out, thus driving the price down. The hospital chain filed the suit Monday in Santa Clara County Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages for its losses and punitive damages. The lawsuit alleged that Dave Regan, president of United Healthcare Workers West, told PrimeâÂÂs chief executive in July that Harris would not approve the sale unless Prime agreed to remain neutral, rather than opposing SEIU representation, in union elections at its other hospitals in California. The threat was an attempt to hold Daughters of Charity âÂÂhostageâÂÂ to the unionâÂÂs demands on other hospitals and amounted to a âÂÂcriminal act of extortion,âÂÂ the lawsuit said.
Proposition 47: L.A. County Report Details Profound Effect On Justice System
Proposition 47 is having a profound effect on Los Angeles County’s criminal justice system, from the jails to mental health treatment to workloads for prosecutors and public defenders, according to a draft report by the county’s chief executive.
Kamala Harris the 'prohibitive favorite' for Senate, which has drawbacks
With Antonio Villaraigosa no longer a threat to her campaign for U.S. Senate, some Democratic leaders see state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris as Barbara Boxer's inevitable successor.
Lawmakers and Businesses Call Upon President Obama to End Labor Dispute at CA Ports
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) joined fellow Republican lawmakers, farmers and local businesses at the State Capitol Friday to call upon President Obama to intervene to end the labor dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association. The nine-month disagreement has resulted in billions of dollars lost by small businesses.
Bid To Move L.A. Elections Faces Growing Opposition From Candidates
The campaign to combine Los Angeles' elections with state and federal contests has been hailed by backers as a way to lift the city's dismal turnout, which in the last mayoral race was 23%.
Eyeing Shuttle Bus Drivers, Union Tries To Grab More Territory In Silicon Valley
Julia Love @ mercurynews.com
Drivers who ferry Yahoo, Apple, Genentech, eBay and Zynga workers -- all employed by contractor Compass Transportation -- will decide whether to join the Teamsters union in an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board. Union leaders say they want to bring the drivers into the fold so they can negotiate better pay and benefits, as well as relief from a split shift that has the drivers working morning and evening shifts with no pay in between. A contract the Teamsters struck over the weekend for Facebook's shuttle bus drivers, who work for Loop Transportation, offers a glimpse of what may be possible: Paid sick and vacation time, full healthcare coverage and wages of up to $27.50 an hour.
Senate Leaders Strike Deal To Fund Homeland Security, Avoid Shutdown
Senate leaders moved toward a deal Wednesday to avoid a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, sidestepping a fight over immigration policy, as President Obama headed to Miami to make the case for his policies before a powerful constituency — Latino voters.
Field Poll: More Californians Want Mandatory Water Rationing
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Amid stubborn drought conditions, more Californians are warming to the prospect of government-imposed mandatory water rationing, but a majority still favor the stateâs current approach of urging residents to voluntarily curtail their water use.
Prop 13 A Player In NFL Stadium Game
Joel Fox @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
A tax set aside for a football stadium would be a special tax requiring a two-thirds vote. The two-thirds vote provision was placed in the California Constitution when voters approved Proposition 13 in 1978.
Senate GOP Leads Statement On Affordable Housing Proposal From Assembly Democrats
Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) offered the following reaction tonight in response to Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins' new legislative proposal on affordable housing:
Parents Lobby California Lawmakers From Both Sides Of Vaccine Debate
Laurel Rosenhall @ sacbee.com
A bill to require vaccinations for more California kids has not even been scheduled for a committee hearing, but advocates on both sides of the issue were lobbying lawmakers in the Capitol on Wednesday â carrying petitions, hoisting signs and dragging along small children.
Antonio Villaraigosa run for California governor? 'Future is wide open'
A day after announcing that he would not run for Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had this to say Wednesday about a possible run for California governor:
Privacy Legislation Proposed To Balance New Technology
Katie Orr @ capradio.org
Technology is becoming an increasing part of our lives. And Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto and Republican Senator Ted Gaines announced today they are putting forward a package of bills designed to protect the privacy of consumers. The bills address body cameras, drones and data collection, among other things.
Charter School Group Is Political Force In L.A. Unified Board Election
Howard Blume @ latimes.com
In Tuesday's election, this role has shifted to a statewide charter school group, which is raising money, sending mailers and rallying parents in an effort to become a permanent political force. The push comes at a crucial time for charter schools, which have been growing at a rapid clip in Los Angeles Unified despite concerns from some â including union officials â that they are sapping vital resources from traditional public schools.
Assembly Democrats Want Real Estate Fees, Tax Credits For Affordable Housing | The California Report | Kqed News
“The bottom line is that every Californian deserves a stable, safe place to live,” Atkins said.
Nonprofit agencies make pitch for piece of city budget windfall
On Wednesday, the boardâÂÂs finance committee sent the full board a plan to give local nonprofit agencies an additional $3.4 million in city funds, arguing that since the extra money is there, the cash-strapped agencies should get it immediately. The 2014-15 city budget provided a 1.5 percent increase, or an additional $6.75 million, in payments to the 1,400 or so nonprofit organizations that have contracts with the city to provide such community services as mental health care and emergency shelter. [...] city employees received the equivalent of a 2.25 percent pay raise for the year and many for-profit groups with city contracts are guaranteed regular increases to cover their rising costs. Workers from nonprofit groups filled the Board of SupervisorsâÂÂ chambers for the hearing, telling tales of how hard it is to survive in the city at rock-bottom wages. With low-paid workers having to live as far away as Vallejo, âÂÂhiring and retention is a real problem,âÂÂ said Wendy Phillips of Dolores Street Community Services, which provides emergency shelter, immigrant services, tenant support and other programs. [...] while no finance committee member argued that the nonprofits didnâÂÂt need more money, the timing was a problem for some.
Obama attacks Boehner on immigration reform
Nick Gass @ politico.com
President Barack Obama is calling out John Boehner for not bringing comprehensive immigration reform up for a vote in the House last year.
Is Nevada Business Friendly? Sacramento Moving Company Sues State Over Licensing Laws
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
According to the lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, the state denies licenses to companies that would pose a competitive threat to existing businesses. The law says licenses wonât be granted to companies that will âunreasonably and adversely affect other carriers.â
Prop. 47 Report Finds Fewer Drug Arrests, Less Crowding In Jails
Less than four months after California voters approved Proposition 47, the landmark law is already having significant effects on Los Angeles County's criminal justice system.