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THE NOONER for February 28, 2015
Well, we had another Nooner backfire yesterday. So, we get a special weekend edition. I am sorry for interrupting your binge-watch of House of Cards.
SIN AGUA: Feds say many Central Valley farmers will get no water deliveries [Matt Weiser @ SacBee] - "Hundreds of farmers in the Central Valley were told Friday they can expect zero water deliveries this year from the federal government, the latest fallout from what is likely to be a fourth straight drought year in California."
BENEFITS OF TERM LIMITS CHANGES: California Senators introduced fewer bills this year [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "The number of bills introduced by members of the California Senate by Friday’s deadline was the lowest number in the first year of a biennial session going back to 1989."
$$$: The California Democratic Party pulls in $752,700. Big money from CCPOA, Pechanga, and other tribes.
LA-LA LAND: Outside money aiding incumbents in L.A. City Council races [David Zahniser and Maloy Moore @ LAT]:
The spending has only added to the lopsided nature of the contests in Tuesday's election. On the Eastside, total campaign donations to Councilman Jose Huizar — both direct contributions and independent expenditures — exceed $1.3 million. That amounts to a more than 6 to 1 financial advantage for Huizar over his best-known challenger, former County Supervisor Gloria Molina.
Council President Herb Wesson holds a similar fundraising lead over his leading opponent, attorney Grace Yoo, in a Crenshaw-to-Koreatown district. In the San Fernando Valley, Councilwoman Nury Martinez has a sevenfold money-raising advantage over opponent, former Assemblywoman Cindy Montañez, fueled in large part by more than $230,000 in independent expenditures.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Eric Hogue, Favel Stoda Jens, and Clint Weirick! Sunday greetings to Alyssa Hanou, Beth Johns Holder, Mike Magee and Theo Offei!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Senate Candidate Kamala Harris Unknown To More Than 50% Of Voters
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, the only major candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer, is unknown by more than half the state's registered voters, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.
Teamsters Win Vote To Unionize More Tech Shuttle Bus Drivers In Silicon Valley
Julia Love @ mercurynews.com
Drivers for workers at Yahoo, Apple, Genentech, eBay and Zynga voted 104 to 38 to join the Teamsters union in an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board. The shuttle bus drivers, who are employed by Compass Transportation, followed the lead of Facebook's team, which voted to join the union in November and approved a contract last week. The Teamsters plan to use that agreement -- which provides for higher wages, full health insurance and paid sick and vacation time -- to set a standard for all the shuttle bus drivers who ferry high-tech workers from their homes in San Francisco, the East Bay and elsewhere to their offices in the valley.
Union Backing Influential In All But One L.A. Community College Race
In most elections for seats on the Los Angeles Community College District board of trustees, the candidates with the backing of the faculty union typically are the victors.
The Impossibility Of A Republican Us Senator :: Fox&hounds
But if Harris ends up running against a Republican in 2016, her only task will be to measure the curtains in her new Senate office.
Fresno Mayor Swearengin Passes On Race For Barbara Boxer's Senate Seat
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who received the most support among potential Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in a new poll, has decided not to run in the 2016 contest, said advisor Tim Clark.
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Declines U.S. Senate Run
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Be sure to include your name, daytime phone number, address, name and phone number of legal next-of-kin, method of payment, and the name of the funeral home/crematory to contact for verification of death.
California Senators Introduced Fewer Bills This Year
The number of bills introduced by members of the California Senate by Friday’s deadline was the lowest number in the first year of a biennial session going back to 1989.
Brown Continues Trailblazing Judicial Appointments - Politics Blog
Gov. Jerry Brown, a trailblazer in his judicial appointments, set some new milestones last year.
Nea's Jane Chu Visits L.A. Arts Programs, Calls For Focus On Education
National Endowment for the Arts' Jane Chu drops in on arts programs in Los Angeles and pushes for more education, collaboration.
New California Water Legislation Might Be On Tap
Michael Doyle @ sacbee.com
One newly introduced bill would speed approval of Sites Reservoir in the Sacramento Valley. Another would help restore San Francisco Bay habitat. More targeted bills are coming.
Gavin Newsom banks more than $700,000 for 2018 gubernatorial bid
California Farmers Face Another Year Without Federal Water - Wsj
Jim Carlton @ wsj.com
Where Do You Buy Your Snail Slime? A Push to Shop Locally
How NFL Stadium Promoters Are Snowing The City Of Inglewood
The Inglewood City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to build a $1.86-billion National Football League stadium in their municipality.
Boris Nemtsov, Russian opposition leader, gunned down in Moscow
Leading Russian opposition politician Boris Y. Nemtsov, a former first deputy prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin, was shot dead on a Moscow street near the Kremlin early Saturday, Russian officials and news agencies reported.
LAFD Failed To Properly Inspect Hundreds Of Hazardous Sites, State Says
Ben Welsh @ latimes.com
The Los Angeles Fire Department has failed to properly inspect hundreds of hazardous sites scattered across the city, exposing the public to increased risks from potential spills and mishandling of toxic substances, according to a state report released Friday.
GOP governors carry their states' fiscal baggage to CPAC
After bolting to national prominence on a record of bringing public employee unions to heel and taming runaway pension costs like those that have challenged state governments across the country, Chris Christie hit a very large hurdle recently.
Prosecutors: Hercules home invader tried rape in deadly attack
Contra Costa County prosecutors charged a man with special-circumstances murder, burglary and attempted rape Friday in connection with a home invasion robbery that left a Hercules man dead and his girlfriend âÂÂ who was found with her face covered in plastic âÂÂ critically injured. Mark Carr, 27, of San Pablo, could face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted in WednesdayâÂÂs attack on Buttercup Court. Prosecutors alleged three special circumstances âÂÂ that the murder of Leroy Sandoval, 58, was committed in the course of a kidnapping, in the course of an attempted rape and in the course of a residential burglary. Carr rode up to the home on a bicycle and armed with a BB gun, said Detective Connie Van Putten, a Hercules police spokeswoman. Near the open front door, police found Arnone unconscious, her face covered in clear plastic, the apparent victim of asphyxiation, police said.