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THE NOONER for April 3, 2015
AURAL PLEASURE: Admit it...you're not working this afternoon. What a great time to listen to the California Politics Podcast. John, Marisa, and Anthony talk (what else?) water and the new voter registration data.
DON'T EAT SHRIMP BOY: Apporpriately landing in the Attorney General's Office between April Fools Day and Passover, the Shellfish Suppression Act has been submitted for title and summary.
The proposed statutory initiative finds:
a) Shellfish are a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us in Leviticus to suppress. They also smell bad.
And would provide:
c) Any person who willingly consumes or sells shellfish is guilty of a felony, and shall be fined $666 thousand per occurrence, and/or imprisoned up to 6 years, 6 months, and 6 days.
Obviously, the measure is a $200 investment toward highlighting the absurdity of the state's initiative process following the "kill the gays" initiative.
US SENATE: Rep. Loretta Sanchez on verge of entering California Senate race [Lauren French and John Bresnahan @ Politico] - "Multiple congressional sources said Sanchez is laying plans to enter the race after Easter, although it's still possible that the Orange County Democrat won’t enter the hotly contested fight."
Lou Correa, call your campaign manager...
SIN AGUA: California agriculture, largely spared in new water restrictions, wields huge clout [David Siders and Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "Politically, agriculture occupies an influential rung in the hierarchy of industries lobbying – and contributing to – California's elected officials. The $40 billion industry employs about 420,000 and has made California the nation’s top agricultural producing state, sustaining its image as the nation's breadbasket."
Meanwhile, PPIC is setting up a Water Policy Center.
DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: The Wired article included yesterday has been corrected. You won't find 490 billion gallons of water in an acre foot, but you will find it in the 1.5 million acre feet the governor seeks to conserve.
#CAKEDAY: Weekend birthday greetings to Bryan DeBlonk (Saturday), David Graham-Caso (Sunday), Phong La (Sunday), and Mark Smith (Sunday)!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
How Jerry Brown Made Up His Mind On Drought Order
David Siders @ sacbee.com
One week before Gov. Jerry Brown strode into a bone dry meadow in the Sierra Nevada to issue the first statewide water reduction order in California history, he discussed the order at length with his advisers at the Capitol.
Daniel Borenstein: CalPERS Looking At More Rate Hikes To Guard Against Losses In The Next Recession
Daniel Borenstein @ contracostatimes.com
That's why leaders of the California Public Employees' Retirement System are looking to shift more assets to less-risky investments. But, as they do that, CalPERS will need additional up-front money from state and local governments.
California Drought: Most Cities, Water Districts Have A Long Way To Go To Hit Gov. Jerry Brown's Target
Last year, only 14 of the state's 412 largest cities and water districts --just 3 percent -- reduced consumption by that amount despite the historic drought.
Benioff calls Indiana law backlash 'defining momentâ
The San Francisco CEO who kicked off a- national drive by top executives to protest IndianaâÂÂs controversial âÂÂreligious freedomâÂÂ law as discriminatory said Thursday that the political response represented a âÂÂdefining momentâÂÂ for the country on a key political issue. Bush âÂÂ considered a likely 2016 presidential candidate âÂÂ had been criticized for defending the Indiana law, even as he arrived for campaign fundraising in the Bay Area. Benioff praised Bush for being âÂÂextremely receptiveâÂÂ to concerns about potential discrimination against gays and lesbians and said Bush âÂÂobviously changed his views this week.âÂÂ A Bush representative, however, challenged BenioffâÂÂs characterization, saying via e-mail that BushâÂÂs âÂÂviews on the need for protecting religious freedom without discrimination have not changed.âÂÂ
California Sen. Janet Nguyen's Story May Have You Waving U.S. Flag
George Skelton @ latimes.com
Every time she looks up at California's Capitol dome and walks into the grand old building, says freshman state Sen. Janet Nguyen, "I think to myself, 'Wow!'
Drought Drama: California Politics Podcast
Might the son of a California governor whose legacy was water reliability face his own legacy of water?
First California Governor To Deal With Two Droughts Over Four Terms
Ed Joyce @ capradio.org
Jerry Brown is the first California governor forced to deal with two droughts over four terms in office. This week Brown issued a sweeping executive order on water conservation.
State Officials Launch New Advertising Campaign For Water Conservation
Chris Megarian @ latimes.com
When it comes to conserving water, Gov. Jerry Brown needs Californians' help. His administration has launched a new advertising campaign to drive the message home, with billboards, radio messages and posts on social media. The campaign is scheduled to run until the end of June.
Benioff Meets With Jeb Bush -- "Extremely Receptive" On Indiana Law
Carla Marinucci @ blog.sfgate.com
The San Francisco-based CEO who kicked off a corporate drive to protest Indianaâs controversial âreligious freedomâ law said Thursday that the political response to pressure from more than 100 CEOs and major employers â many from Silicon Valley â represented a âdefining momentâ for the country on a key political action issue.
Chiang Urges CalSTRS To Divest From Gun Maker
Josh Richman @ ibabuzz.com
California Treasurer John Chiang is concerned that the stateâs teachersâ pension system still has investments managed by a firm that hasnât kept its promise to sell off its firearm-manufacturing holdings.
Jerry Brown Releases Emails From Private Account | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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.
First Draft: Senator Kirk Adds Another Republican Vote for Lynch for Attorney General
Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois announced that he would vote to confirm Loretta E. Lynch as the next attorney general, meaning she almost certainly has the votes needed for confirmation.
The Huntington's New Education And Visitor Center Opens Saturday
Guests at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens will encounter an enhanced experience Saturday with the grand opening of the Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center.
Drought Will Prove A Formidable Opponent In Brown's Final Term
During the drive from the Capitol to Lake Tahoe this week, Gov. Jerry Brown could see the damage wrought by four years of drought. Rivers have turned to dribbles, parched forests threaten to ignite with a fateful spark, and meadows where snow should be piled high are instead completely bare.
A transformation is coming to Muni: service increases affecting a third of its riders, a rapid bus network, renamed routes plus bus shelter improvements and a new system map. The changes âÂÂ coming April 25 âÂÂ are part of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation AgencyâÂÂs âÂÂMuni ForwardâÂÂ program, which has been planned for years but was stalled by the recession and ensuing city budget problems. [...] Muni ridership is booming, the MTAâÂÂs budget is healthy and Muni Forward is, well, moving forward. On nine lines, including the 8AX and 14R âÂÂ the new âÂÂRâÂÂ designation stands for âÂÂrapidâÂÂ âÂÂ and 14X routes, buses will come more often during the morning commute. In addition to the service increase, Muni riders will see some changes that seem more cosmetic, though they should make the Muni ride better, said Sean Kennedy, Muni Forward program. All âÂÂlimitedâÂÂ routes, buses that skip some stops and have an âÂÂLâÂÂ after their number designation, will instead become part of a new rapid bus network and will have the letter changed to an âÂÂR.âÂÂ But itâÂÂs not just a letter change, Kennedy said. Buses on those lines will get devices that give them priority at traffic signals, will get some stretches of transit-only lanes and may see some buses added. While the roofs will remain, Muni will add a bigger âÂÂflag,âÂÂ a pole with a sign listing buses that stop at that shelter, and it will be topped with a small solar-powered light that will glow though the fog. Bike racks will also be installed near the stops, and stops serving rapid routes will get special red âÂÂrapidâÂÂ signs and a stripe of chevrons. Muni Forward is the latest rendition of a service improvement plan the MTA began several years ago called the Transit Effectiveness Plan. Muni is buying new buses and railcars, improving the way it handles maintenance and trying to do a better job of scheduling. [...] for the past 19 days in a row, Muni has managed to roll out 98.5 percent of its scheduled service âÂÂ the standard voters mandated when they passed Proposition E, which created the MTA, in 1999.
Professional Licensing Process Under Fire
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Some years ago, the state board that licenses veterinarians became embroiled in a nasty little turf battle with dog groomers over who had the legal right to clean dogsâ teeth.
Selma: Valley Leaders Urge Brown To Release More Delta Water For Local Livelihoods
Tim Sheehan @ fresnobee.com
In another of an ongoing series of pleas by elected leaders in the Valley, representatives of farming communities in Fresno and Tulare counties gathered Thursday in Selma and challenged Gov. Jerry Brown to do more to relieve the effects of drought on farms and families in the region.
California Moves To Kill The Lawn, Save The Water
Ellen Knickmeyer And Gillian Flaccus Associated Press @ mercurynews.com
What's it going to take to get people to use a lot less water in drought-stricken California, the Technicolor landscape of lush yards, emerald golf courses and aquamarine swimming pools?
Steve Westly Mulls Bid For California Governor
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Steve Westly, a wealthy Silicon Valley investor and former California state controller, met with friends and advisers over the weekend about a potential run for governor in 2018, a spokesman said.
Mayor Lee Plans $250 Million Housing Bond For November Ballot - San Francisco Chronicle
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PUC President Opposes Reconsidering San Onofre Cost Agreement
Marc Lifsher @ latimes.com
The president of the scandal-rocked Public Utilities Commission has rejected a call from a powerful lawmaker to reopen a financial settlement that apportioned nearly $5 billion in costs for the June 2013 permanent closure of the damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant.
Protests Hit Mcdonald's In Los Angeles, Nationwide
Workers rally against McDonald's minimum-wage policy, says it excludes franchise employees