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THE NOONER for March 26, 2015x
LAW AND DISORDER: Kamala Harris seeks to block 'kill the gays' ballot measure [Christopeher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Calling the proposed "Sodomite Suppression Act" patently unconstitutional and utterly reprehensible, Harris filed a request with the Superior Court in Sacramento seeking to be relieved of her ministerial duty to prepare a title and summary for the measure before it advances to the signature-gathering stage. Harris argues that readying it for circulation would waste state resources, generate unnecessary divisions and mislead the public."
Shame, chastise and rebuke authors like Matt McLaughlin who submitted the Sodomite Suppression Act, as he so much deserves for his heinous proposal. And, don’t give bizarre initiatives the attention they crave. Most will disappear without a trace.
But the legislature should not use the righteous outrage people feel over the filing of one particular initiative proposal to undercut the people’s initiative power.
SMOKIN! Newsom, other supporters call for study before 2016 pot ballot measure [Seema Mehta @ LAT] - "group led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a proponent of legalizing marijuana, is calling for a public airing of the issue to prepare the ground for an expected 2016 ballot measure that would decriminalize use of the drug."
TIMMY! Former Inland assemblyman gets talk radio show [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - ""
SIN AGUA: Senate approves water legislation to address drought, flooding [Chris Megarian @ LAT] - "The state Senate approved on Wednesday a $1-billion spending plan that is billed as an emergency response to the state's drought, which has entered its fourth year with no sign of stopping. The legislation now goes to the Assembly, which is scheduled to take up the issue on Thursday before it goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature.
MUSICAL CHAIRS: How the seating chart of the White House press room has changed, in 1 cool graphic [Chris Cillizza @ WaPo]
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Stacy Berger, Jason Chan, Joel Cohen, Chris Roa, and Curtis Vandermolen!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
"Kill the Gays" Initiative: Attorney General Kamala Harris seeks court approval to block measure from circulation
Attorney General Kamala Harris won't allow an outrageous ballot measure that proposes to kill gays and lesbians to enter circulation, unless a court orders her to do so.
California Senate Moves $1 Billion Water Plan Amid Drought
FENIT NIRAPPIL @ sacbee.com
The state Senate on Wednesday approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects and offer about $75 million in immediate aid to residents and wildlife in drought-stricken California.
Assembly Approves $1-billion Water Bill, Sends It To Gov. Jerry Brown
The California Assembly on Thursday passed more than $1 billion in spending on water projects and drought relief.
Newsom's group draws state's road map to legal pot
Joe Garofoli @ sfgate.com
California takes the next step toward legalizing the nonmedicinal use of marijuana Thursday when experts led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom unveil a policy road map that includes such issues as taxes, driving under the influence and childrenâs accessibility.
Attorney General's Effort To Block Anti-gay Ballot Measure Could Work
Scott Shafer @ ww2.kqed.org
When state Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a statement Wednesday indicating that she would ask a court to allow her to ignore a proposed anti-gay ballot measure, legal experts I talked to scoffed.
Aid-in-dying Bill Passed By California Senate Panel
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
Legislation that would allow physicians in California to provide lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients to hasten their deaths passed the first committee Wednesday after some two hours of often-emotional testimony.
$1-billion water bill expected to clear final legislative hurdle
Chris Megarian @ latimes.com
The California Assembly is expected to vote Thursday on more than $1 billion in spending on water projects and drought relief.
New Legislation Takes Aim At Drought, Flood Issues
The state Senate is scheduled to consider a $1-billion spending plan Wednesday that's billed as an emergency response to the state's drought, which has entered its fourth year with no sign of stopping.
California Teachers Unions Promote Charter School Bills | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ 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.
Newsom, other supporters call for study before 2016 pot ballot measure
A group led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a proponent of legalizing marijuana, is calling for a public airing of the issue to prepare the ground for an expected 2016 ballot measure that would decriminalize use of the drug.
Judge lets suit to overturn SF waterfront height limits proceed
J.K. Dineen @ sfgate.com
Judge lets suit to overturn SF waterfront height limits proceed A state judge refused Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit that would have nullified a 2014 ballot measure requiring developers to seek voter approval for any project on port land that exceeds height limits. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos denied the cityâÂÂs request that the lawsuit by the California State Land Commission be thrown out. Bolanos did dismiss one of the stateâÂÂs claims, but allowed portions of the lawsuit to proceed. The three-member State Lands Commission, which regulates waterfront development across California, has asked the court to nullify Proposition B, passed by San Francisco voters in June. Tim Colen, executive director of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, which supports the nullification of Prop.
Garcetti Says State Should Give Tax Breaks For Quake Retrofits
Flanked by property owner and tenants' rights advocates, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged state lawmakers Wednesday to support a bill that would give owners a 30% tax break off the cost of seismically retrofitting vulnerable buildings.
Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris Seeks Court Order To Stop Anti-gay Initiative
Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris sought a court order Wednesday to keep her from having to provide an official title and summary for what she called an “utterly reprehensible” proposed ballot measure that would authorize killing gays and lesbians in California, her office announced.
Nguyen and Colleagues Announce Legislation Prohibiting State Funded Universities and College Campuses from Banning US Flag
If the constitutional amendment is passed by the State Legislature and approved by California voters on the November 2016 ballot, it would prohibit all University of California, California State University and Community Colleges campuses.
Lawmakers and Businesses Call 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.
Californians Worry About Water, Favor Legalizing Pot And Like Jerry Brown: Poll| Reuters
Sharon Bernstein @ reuters.com
About 55 percent of adults approve of the job Brown is doing, down from an all-time high of 61 percent in January, but still pretty good marks, according to the latest poll by the Public Policy Institute of California.
Poll: Californians Say Their Neighbors Could Do More To Conserve Water
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
The Public Policy Institute of California survey found that two-thirds of adults describe the regional water supply as a big problem, with Central Valley residents, at 76 percent, most likely to feel that way. Two-thirds of Californians believe others in their regions are falling short in their responses to the drought.
‘shoot The Gays’ Initiative Countered By ‘intolerant Jackass Act’ - Politics Blog
A Southern California attorney's "shoot the gays" initiative is apparently headed for circulation. While some of its would-be targets have asked the State Bar to take action against the author, a l...
State Bill Would Require Water Providers Assess Earthquake Risks
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
In a state where much of the public water supply runs underground in aging, brittle pipes, or in aqueducts that cross earthquake faults, too little is known about the risks to water systems. Hertzberg's proposal aims to change that.
Congress Members Urge $16 Million To Fund Quake Early Warning System
More than 30 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are urging their colleagues to allocate $16.1 million in the next federal budget for an earthquake early warning system, which could give people as much as a minute’s warning before severe shaking arrives.