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THE NOONER for April 15, 2015

 

 

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California's Water Security Can't Wait


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ADVICE WE DON'T CARE FOR: Q&A with Florida Gov. Rick Scott on his bid to steal California jobs [Tiffany Hsu @ LAT] = "At a Monday luncheon hosted by the Valley Industry & Commerce Assn. at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Scott touted his administration's investments in transportation and ports. "

Seriously, in 2015 we have volunteers who can buy a badge and carry a gun?

SWAP: State Senate calls for swapping Father Serra statue with one of Sally Ride [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT]

#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to John Ferrera, Chris Napoleon Smith, and Mai Vang!

 


 

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Mayor, Farrell offer new restrictions on Airbnb rentals
sfgate.com
“We are trying to strike a balance between people who do occasional home-sharing to get by, while still preserving neighborhood character and our stock of affordable housing,” said Tony Winnicker, a senior adviser to the mayor. The current law, which took effect February 1 after more than two years of debate, caps temporary rentals of entire homes at 90 days a year, but allows residents who are present in their homes to rent out a room to travelers 365 days a year. The amendment would create a new Office of Short-Term Rental Administration and Enforcement drawing staff from the city’s Planning Department, Department of Building Inspection and the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office. The existing law allows some affected parties, such as building residents and homeowners associations the right to sue violators if the city doesn’t step in. Airbnb, which started in 2008 when the founders offered crash space on blow-up mattresses in their SOMA bachelor’s pad, has become one of the world’s most valuable startups, worth an estimated $20 billion. [...] it’s stirred tremendous controversy in its hometown and elsewhere, as critics worry that it siphons permanent housing into more-lucrative short-term rentals. Supervisors David Campos and Jane Kim have competing legislation which comes down far harder on Airbnb, capping all rentals at 90 days a year, and imposing $1,000 a day fines on companies that showcase renters who haven’t registered with the city. A group of landlords, housing activists and others called ShareBetter San Francisco still plans a November ballot initiative asking voters to clamp down on vacation rentals even more.

Sex-offender Limits No Longer Tied To Voters' Initiative | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
DON THOMPSON @
sacbee.com
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Lawmakers Give Special Permission To L.A. County To Raise Taxes
latimes.com
“Los Angeles is one of the most congested transit corridors in the country,” De León told the panel. He noted that Measure R approved by county voters in 2008 will provide billions of dollars for 30 years but added, “further investment is needed.”

Why Does California Let Billions Of Gallons Of Fresh Water Flow Straight Into The Ocean? - Forbes
forbes.com
A Q&A with Ashoka Fellow and urban water expert Andy Lipkis

New Bills Renew California's Anti-smoking Effort
latimes.com
California has become a battleground between the tobacco industry and health groups as lawmakers push proposals that include increasing cigarette taxes by $2 a pack and raising the legal smoking age from 18 to 21.

Steve Glazer, Blazing A Trail :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
A Democrat will be elected in the Senate District 7 special election next month but depending on which Democrat is elected the result could change the course of California political history.

A Big Tax Break For Billionaires, Courtesy Of The Gop
latimes.com
To commemorate Tax Day, House Republicans plan to pass a bill Wednesday that would cut taxes by nearly $270 billion over the coming decade. Don't break out the champagne, however — the money almost certainly isn't going into your bank account. Instead, the tax break would benefit fewer than 5,500 households, or about one out of every 20,000 taxpayers, and the recipients would all be multimillionaires.

CalPERS Contributions To Rise More Than 9 Percent | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
sacbee.com
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SF Supervisors vote to ban animal performances in city
sfgate.com
The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday for the ordinance proposed by Supervisor Katy Tang, which is designed, according to the measure, to “protect wild and exotic animals from cruel and inhumane treatment and to protect the public from the danger posed by the use of wild and exotic animals for entertainment.” The ban affects just about any animal but domestic cats, dogs and horses and livestock like cattle, sheep, pigs and goats. Not only would lions and tigers and bears be barred from local performances, but so would elephants, sea lions, ferrets, dolphins and even ostriches and emus. A letter Monday from the Motion Picture Association of America argued that the ordinance would prevent animals from working in movies filmed in San Francisco, even if the shows had proper permits and animal handlers approved by the federal government. While the state is working hard to keep movie production in the state, along with “the good middle class jobs that are created by the productions,” the industry group argued, “we are concerned that the draft ordinance would undermine that important public policy.”

California Capitol On Alert Over Anti-vaccine Threats | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
sacbee.com
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New bills renew California's anti-smoking effort
latimes.com
California has become a battleground between the tobacco industry and health groups as lawmakers push proposals that include increasing cigarette taxes by $2 a pack and raising the legal smoking age from 18 to 21.

With Legalization Possible, Pot Growers Become Lobbyists | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
LISA LEFF @
sacbee.com
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Minnesota Senate Keeps Rule Forbidding Eye Contact - Twincities.com
twincities.com


Lawmakers, Police Officers Disagree On Body Camera Rules
latimes.com
Despite opposition from law enforcement groups, a state Assembly panel approved legislation Tuesday that would set strict rules for police officers wearing body cameras, including a prohibition on officers reviewing video footage before they make their initial statement on use-of-force incidents.

Blackwater verdicts lift 'the fog of war'
latimes.com
In imposing lengthy prison terms on four former employees of the security firm once known as Blackwater, a federal judge has reinforced the message that the American legal system can mete out justice even when crimes are committed in wartime in another country. The fact that the defendants were...

S.F. City Hall calls attention to womenâ
sfgate.com
“I wish we didn’t have to be here,” she told a City Hall crowd marking the day when the wages of the average working woman finally match what her male counterpart earned during the 12 months of 2014. Guise, who is with San Francisco’s chapter of the American Association of University Women, said studies show that women who work full time typically earn 78 percent of what a man makes, a gap that closes only slightly to 81 percent in San Francisco. Board of Supervisors President London Breed sponsored a resolution declaring Tuesday “Equal Pay Day” in San Francisco but acknowledged that it was little more than a symbolic gesture to show the pay equity gender gap. Campos’ equal pay ordinance passed last year, requiring city contractors with at least 20 employees to provide the city’s Human Rights Commission with pay information by job and gender. The commission is allowed to investigate potential pay discrimination and can recommend that companies discriminating lose their city contracts. “The only way this can change is we require companies to provide information and see that there are consequences” to pay discrimination, Campos said. Mayor Ed Lee on Wednesday will announce an extra $1.8 million in summer school funding plus funding for other summer programs for kids through the Recreation and Park Department and the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families. The money comes from the children’s fund reapproved by voters last November and means the city and school district will be able to provide 55 percent more slots for kids than they did last year. The mayor’s office said research has proven that occupying kids during the summer is essential in preventing them from forgetting what they learned the previous academic year.

Sacramento-area Water Agencies Push Back Against Proposed Water Cuts | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese and Dale Kasler @
sacbee.com
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Senate ends flawed Medicare payment formula
BILL SCHER @
politico.com
The bill now heads to the president's desk for his expected signature.

Chris Christie's Big Presidential Idea: Torch Social Security
latimes.com
If there's any immutable rule in politics, it should be: beware of candidates who try to be "bold" merely for the sake of looking bold.