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THE NOONER for April 23, 2015

 

 

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SD07 (Tri-Valley): While I normally only include the independent expenditure reports during the regular election cycle, the money on the 680 corridor is just too interesting to not follow. So, I'll try to have daily reports for you up to the May 19 election between Susan Bonilla (D) and Steve Glazer (D). After today's classifieds, I've included the reported independent expenditures since April 1. 

MONEY MATTERS: Yesterday brought another good report of personal income tax (PIT) revenues, with a net $747 million collected. Given that it's a week after the tax deadline, that's a very large number. The monthly PIT collections are now just $275 million below the Administration's forecast included in the January proposed budget. It is very likely that the forecast will be exceeded today, meaning PIT revenues collected in the remaining week of April is all gravy.

The LAO team writes:

Trends for the Rest of April and the Rest of 2014-15? As of today, PIT revenues seem on track to be $1.5 billion to $2.25 billion above the administration's projections for the entire month of April. This range could rise or fall somewhat as more collections emerge in the coming few days. In addition to the possible $1.5 billion to $2.25 billion gain this month, General Fund revenues ended March $1.3 billion above fiscal year estimates, and May and June revenues seem likely to be higher than the administration's current projections, perhaps by $1 billion or much more. Therefore, there is a significant likelihood that agency cash revenue collections for the 2014-15 fiscal year will be more than $4 billion above the administration's January projections.

Now, much more detail will be sorted out with the governor's May Revision. For example, taxpayers could be including carry-overs and other PIT adjustments from prior years, which have a variety of implications on the Rube Goldberg budgetary mechanisms of the state. But, as we approach the May Revision and the June 15 legislative deadline for passage of the 2015-16 budget, the news looks pretty darn good on all fronts.

POLL POSITION: PPIC is out with its April statewide survey, Californians and Education. [1,706 adult residents, two-thirds of whom are registered voters]

Jerry Brown job approval:

  • Approve: 50%
  • Disapprove: 27%
  • Don't know: 23%

Common Core:

  • Favor: 47%
  • Oppose: 31%
  • Don't know: 23%

Current level of funding for your local schools:

  • More than enough: 9%
  • Just enough: 25%
  • Not enough: 60%
  • Don't know: 5% 

Vote on state school facilities bond:

  • Yes: 66%
  • No: 30%
  • Don't know: 4%

Vote on a local school facilities bond:

  • Yes: 65%
  • No: 31%
  • Don't know: 3%

Vote on local parcel tax for schools:

  • Yes: 57%
  • No: 39%
  • Don't know: 4%

Good idea to lower parcel tax threshhold from two-thirds to 55%?

  • Good idea: 50%
  • Bad idea: 42%
  • Don't know: 9%

THE TAKEAWAYS:

  • Jerry Brown's job approval continues to be very high.
  • Proponents of a school bond will be walking the halls with this poll, arguing for placement on either the June or November 2016 ballot. While SB 202 would instruct the measure to be on the November ballot, the Legislature can put it on the uncluttered June ballot, although, will Democrats turn out for the Hillary coronation?
  • The poll is full of good news for proponents of extending/replacing Proposition 30 (the temporary tax "for schools")

ROSEVILLE NEEDETH PRETTY LAWNS! Sacramento-area water agencies call state drought program illegal [Tony Bizjak and Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "In letters delivered to the State Water Resources Control Board, local water officials argued that the board is misusing its authority to impose mandatory conservation, and took issue with the notion implicit in the state’s proposal that watering lawns is an unreasonable use of water."

Actually, the arguments forwarded by the suburban water agencies point out the strange patchwork of historic water rights in California. This was highlighted in the recent LAT article about the very large Imperial Irrigation District, but can also be found in agencies serving a small geographic area. 

GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS: Good news: it is supposed to rain. Bad news: on Saturday. Why is the weather perfect during the workweek and then the rain comes on the weekend?

WHY BOTHER? The state has cancelled the May snowpack survey because, well, there still ain't no snow.

DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS: Beverly Hills OKs limit on watering lawns, backed by $1,000 fines [Matt Stevens @ LAT] - "Under the requirements, which the council is expected to formally pass May 5, water wasters could be fined up to $1,000 for draining and refilling existing swimming pools, washing cars with drinkable water at home or watering more than two days a week."

LA-LA-LA-LA...I CAN'T HEAR YOU: The Big One could trigger series of large earthquakes, study finds [Rong-Gong Lin II @ LAT] - "New research released Wednesday suggests that the shaking from “the Big One,” the long-predicted major earthquake on the San Andreas fault, could trigger additional large temblors on nearby faults, intensifying the overall seismic impact."

HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: Supreme Court justices appear ready to rule against California raisin board [David G. Savage @ LAT] - "The Supreme Court justices sounded ready Wednesday to rule in favor of a Fresno raisin farmer by striking down part of a Depression-era law that allows a government-backed board to seize part of a farmer’s crop in order to reduce supply and prop up prices."

I RESEMBLE THAT! Where Americans don’t know how to write checks [Christopher Ingraham @ WaPo] - "As check use declines, we tend to forget the details of that strange ceremony of writing them. And naturally, we turn to Google to jog our memories."

For those that remember, I wrote not to long ago about how my bank didn't want to cash a check because my signature didn't match what they had on file. I explained that I opened the account in 1992 and they finally yielded. I told the story because of the absurdity of signature matching for vote-by-mail ballots. Hopefully, Bob Hertzberg's SB 163 will address that issue.

GO DUCKS! Anaheim's NHL team swept the first round against the Winnepeg Jets. 

#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Chad MayesGeorge Raya and Matt Ross! 

 

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**CLASSIFIEDS**

  • Job Opening: Associate for Political Consulting Firm in San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco political consulting firm, specializing in revenue measures for public agencies including, school districts, community colleges, cities and other special districts, seeks a qualified Associate to support our firm’s client services consulting team. Interested candidates: please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to ssternbenoit@tbwb.com

  • Vice President.  Fiona Hutton & Associates Inc., a Los Angeles-based strategic communications and public affairs firm representing corporate, trade association, government, non-profit and political clients involved in complex and often controversial issues, is expanding its team and immediately hiring a Vice President to manage the agency’s high-profile and often complex clients. More info: fionahuttonassoc.com/pdf/FHA_VP_Announcement_040915.pdf

  • STATE SENATOR HOLLY MITCHELL discusses her legislative priorities in this exclusive interview: vimeo.com/124670850

    Know a current or former elected official in Southern California we should interview? Our TV program reaches California's #1 zip code for campaign contributions. Send suggestions to: editor@bhweekly.com.
  • Harbage Consulting, a health policy consulting firm with expertise in public programs and delivery system reform, is seeking a Communiations Coordinator for its Sacramento office. [more info]
  • Corporate & Individual Sponsorships - Available for 8th Annual Assembly Veterans of the Year Luncheon, Wednesday, June 24th.  Event co-sponsored by major veterans groups.  Last year 75 Assemblymembers honored district veterans, 350 people attended.
    Contact Pete Conaty, 916-492-0550, pconaty@sbcglobal.net
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California seeks experienced lobbyist to work on policy issues related to reproductive health, health care, ACA,  Medi-Cal and women’s health. Competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Details here.
  • Senior, progressive California member of congress seeks state and local political director for active campaign operation.  Candidates must be politically savvy, with excellent communications skills and ability to work with all forms of media including social, ethnic and traditional. Candidates should have at least two cycles of campaign or related political experience in a leadership/management role and a Strong understanding of local political landscape.  The right candidate will have a proven ability to organize and mobilize grassroots, coordinate volunteers and run all aspects of campaign is required. Diverse candidates encouraged to apply.  (Read More)

  • California Nurses Association seeks Regulatory / Policy Specialist to help improve healthcare for California patients.  Do you have firsthand Sacramento experience helping to develop laws, policies, or regulations? Permanent full time position.  Excellent benefits -  family healthcare, pension, 401k.  If needed, will help the right person making a long term commitment learn more about health care, and nursing regulations.
    Details  Here 

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  • Democratic Congressman seeks highly-motivated individual to serve as Member's DC Scheduler, who will evaluate and respond to meeting requests among other duties. The office’s atmosphere is supportive with opportunities for professional growth. Spanish-speaking candidates preferred. Please send resume to californiascheduler@mail.house.gov.
  • Harbage Consultancy is seeking Outreach Coordinators -  full-time and temporary positions available in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. [more info]
  • Redwood Pacific Public Affairs seeking professional with 5+ years’ experience. Includes public relations, public affairs and issue campaigns. Exceptional writing skills essential. Legislative/campaign/corporate experience helpful. Salary and title commensurate with skills and experience. Email: Sacto@RedwoodPacific.com or Fax to (916) 329-7404

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Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $22,133 04/21/2015 04/22/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Susan Bonilla (Support) $2,700 04/22/2015 04/22/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Steven Glazer (Oppose) $6,300 04/22/2015 04/22/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Steve Glazer (Oppose) $41,011 04/22/2015 04/22/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $9,000 04/21/2015 04/22/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Steve Glazer (Oppose) $9,000 04/21/2015 04/22/2015
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Susan Bonilla (Oppose) $52,569 04/21/2015 04/22/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $34,790 04/20/2015 04/21/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $17,784 04/18/2015 04/21/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Steven Glazer (Oppose) $7,065 04/21/2015 04/21/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Susan Bonilla (Support) $7,065 04/21/2015 04/21/2015
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Steve Glazer (Support) $203,167 04/20/2015 04/21/2015
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Steve Glazer (Support) $120,000 04/13/2015 04/21/2015
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Steve Glazer (Support) $99,728 04/15/2015 04/21/2015
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Steve Glazer (Support) $52,600 04/20/2015 04/21/2015
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Steve Glazer (Support) $42,794 04/14/2015 04/21/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $11,987 04/21/2015 04/21/2015
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Susan Bonilla (Oppose) $51,393 04/20/2015 04/21/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Susan Bonilla (Support) $18,250 04/19/2015 04/20/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Steven Glazer (Oppose) $18,250 04/19/2015 04/20/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Steve Glazer (Oppose) $43,682 04/20/2015 04/20/2015
Million More Voters, Sponsored By The California Labor Federation, Afl-cio Susan Bonilla (Support) $41,012 04/20/2015 04/20/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $42,680 04/17/2015 04/18/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $22,033 04/16/2015 04/17/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $80,000 04/17/2015 04/17/2015
Million More Voters, Sponsored By The California Labor Federation, Afl-cio Susan Bonilla (Support) $41,151 04/17/2015 04/17/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Susan Bonilla (Support) $14,337 04/16/2015 04/16/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Steven Glazer (Oppose) $13,143 04/16/2015 04/16/2015
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Steve Glazer (Support) $131,471 04/08/2015 04/16/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $11,478 04/13/2015 04/16/2015
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Susan Bonilla (Oppose) $32,692 04/15/2015 04/16/2015
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Steve Glazer (Support) $14,011 04/15/2015 04/16/2015
Teamsters Joint Council No. 7 Pac Proposition 32 Political Contributions By Payroll (Oppose) $13,705 08/02/2012 04/16/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $87,498 04/14/2015 04/15/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Susan Bonilla (Support) $31,200 04/13/2015 04/15/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Steven Glazer (Oppose) $6,350 04/14/2015 04/15/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Steven Glazer (Oppose) $18,787 04/13/2015 04/15/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Susan Bonilla (Support) $801 04/14/2015 04/15/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Steve Glazer (Oppose) $7,500 04/15/2015 04/15/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $120,371 04/15/2015 04/15/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $79,195 04/13/2015 04/14/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Steven Glazer (Oppose) $72,800 04/13/2015 04/14/2015
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Susan Bonilla (Oppose) $5,901 04/13/2015 04/14/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Steve Glazer (Oppose) $43,419 04/13/2015 04/13/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $25,498 04/11/2015 04/12/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $28,628 04/10/2015 04/11/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $25,698 04/09/2015 04/10/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Susan Bonilla (Support) $18,744 04/10/2015 04/10/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Steve Glazer (Oppose) $41,118 04/10/2015 04/10/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $120,175 04/10/2015 04/10/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $2,300 04/11/2015 04/10/2015
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Steve Glazer (Support) $7,556 04/10/2015 04/10/2015
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Susan Bonilla (Oppose) $47,849 04/10/2015 04/10/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $54,075 04/08/2015 04/09/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Steven Glazer (Oppose) $19,788 04/09/2015 04/09/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Steve Glazer (Oppose) $41,000 04/08/2015 04/09/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $28,628 04/07/2015 04/08/2015
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Steve Glazer (Support) $41,075 03/04/2015 04/08/2015
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Steve Glazer (Support) $48,052 04/02/2015 04/08/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Steve Glazer (Oppose) $34,748 03/24/2015 04/08/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $55,000 04/07/2015 04/08/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Steve Glazer (Oppose) $38,400 03/23/2015 04/08/2015
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Steve Glazer (Support) $7,556 04/07/2015 04/08/2015
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Susan Bonilla (Oppose) $31,173 04/07/2015 04/08/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $25,555 04/06/2015 04/07/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Susan Bonilla (Support) $14,124 04/07/2015 04/07/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $64,503 04/06/2015 04/07/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $25,755 04/03/2015 04/06/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $28,828 04/04/2015 04/06/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors And Dentists Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Susan Bonilla (Support) $29,006 04/04/2015 04/03/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $101,122 04/03/2015 04/03/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $120,000 04/02/2015 04/03/2015
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Susan Bonilla (Oppose) $32,047 03/31/2015 04/03/2015
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Steve Glazer (Support) $7,556 04/02/2015 04/03/2015
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Susan Bonilla (Oppose) $31,173 04/02/2015 04/03/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $48,691 04/01/2015 04/02/2015
Cal Fire Local 2881 Small Contributor Pac Susan Bonilla (Support) $5,000 04/02/2015 04/02/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Steve Glazer (Oppose) $9,127 04/01/2015 04/02/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $9,127 04/01/2015 04/02/2015
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Steve Glazer (Support) $7,774 03/31/2015 04/01/2015
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Drinks, Dinners, Favors Helped Pg&e Lobbyist Build PUC Ties, Emails Show
latimes.com
Former Pacific Gas & Electric Co. chief lobbyist Brian Cherry was a master at schmoozing with state regulators.

Business Interests And Pension Reform :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
A number of reasons have been offered to suggest business would stay on the sidelines if a pension reform initiative qualified for the ballot. The fear that such a measure would drive an unusual number of opponents to such a reform to the polls who will also vote for the tax increase measures that are expected to be on the ballot; or to vote in some closely contested races to put the Democrats in control of a supermajority of the legislature.

California school immunization bill passes key committee
sfgate.com
SACRAMENTO — A bill that would make school vaccines mandatory in California passed its toughest committee Wednesday and now heads to a panel dominated by lawmakers who support the proposal. Opponents said they will keep up the fight against the bill to ensure that unvaccinated kids aren’t barred from public and private schools. SB277 would eliminate the option parents currently have in the state of allowing their children to skip all or some of the required school immunizations by signing a personal belief exemption, a broad waiver that includes religious objections. The week’s delay allowed lawmakers to amend the bill to allow exemptions for students who are home-schooled or who study at home in independent study programs. Public health officials say immunization rates need to be at least 90 percent of the population to prevent the spread of diseases like measles and whooping cough and to protect individuals who can’t receive vaccines because of age or illness. The use of personal belief exemptions dropped nearly 20 percent to 13,592 filed this school year for kindergartners due to a new law that requires parents meet with a health care provider about the benefits of vaccination. The bill is supported by major medical and education groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics, California Medical Association, California State PTA and San Francisco Unified School District. In previous lengthy hearings before Wednesday’s vote, hundreds of opponents took turns telling lawmakers they opposed the bill, many saying they feared for their child’s health due to previous reactions to vaccinations. In protests outside the Capitol in recent weeks, opponents have voiced concerns that vaccines can cause autism, an allegation not supported by science, or that the bill leaves parents no choices when it comes to children who have had reactions not severe enough to warrant a medical exemption.

Vaccine Legislation Properly Puts Public Health Above Personal Beliefs
George Skelton @
latimes.com
Ask most rational people what their No. 1 priority is and, I suspect, they would answer good health.

Texas Legislative Panel Votes To Restrict Same-sex Marriage
latimes.com
Just a week before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, Texas lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill in committee that would bar state or local funds from being used to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Neel Kashkari Backs Rocky Chavez In Race For Barbara Boxer's Senate Seat
latimes.com
The Republican field in next year’s U.S. Senate contest is still taking shape, but Neel Kashkari , the party’s 2014 candidate for governor, threw his support Wednesday behind state Assemblyman Rocky Chavez of Oceanside.

Democratic Lawmakers Reject Switching Their Health Coverage To Obamacare
latimes.com
Democratic state lawmakers on Thursday shot down a proposal that would have required all California state legislators to get their health insurance from Covered California, the benefits exchange set up to implement Obamacare in the state.

A new agenda for the Supes and new buses for the streets
sfgate.com
[...] the 11 supervisors debate the minutiae of all the items you don’t care about. There’s the Jesus devotee who thinks the world is about to end, Walter Paulson, who offers a new song every week (we love you, Walter!) and multiple people with eccentric headgear including, but not limited to, tinfoil hats. [...] the supervisors get to your item, by which point your parking meter has long expired, your babysitter is pulling her hair out and you need multiple shots of espresso to regain consciousness. A group calling itself San Franciscans for Open Government and sporting a photo of a meeting attendee asleep in his hands on its website on Thursday will file a proposed ballot measure with the Department of Elections to try to remedy some of these problems. David Lee, a political science instructor at San Francisco State University, is leading the effort that would require all city public meetings be streamed live on-line, allow people to offer public comment remotely and have their testimony appear on monitors at the meeting, and create a “time certain” agenda designation. Lee said the current system prevents people with regular jobs, parents, caregivers, students and small business owners from participating in the government process. “You look at the diversity of the audience, and does it really match the population that lives here and cares about these issues?” Lee asked. Lee’s group will file its measure at 10 a.m. Thursday, then the city attorney’s office will have 15 days to write a title and summary. Sixty of them are electric trolley buses powered by overhead wires while another 61 are diesel-electric hybrid buses that burn biodiesel. Riders accustomed to the long trolley buses will notice that they don’t have seats in the accordion zone, the central area where the bus turns. [...] missing: some of the familiar signs, replaced mostly with visual images. The agency is in the process of buying 200 standard (40-foot) buses and up to 163 articulated low-floor biodiesel-electric hybrid buses. While the buses are shiny, new and far more pleasant than the beat-up behemoths they’ll replace, Haley said it’s not looks or comfort but reliability that’s the main reason for buying them buses.

California Government Cut Water Usage 22 Percent
Jon Ortiz @
sacbee.com
With California ravaged by an epic drought, state-run facilities collectively cut water use 22 percent last year, according to government data released Wednesday, although some departments used far more than in 2013.

Anthem Rate Hike Excessive For 170,000, Regulator Says
latimes.com
California's insurance commissioner criticized healthcare giant Anthem Blue Cross for imposing an "excessive" rate increase on nearly 170,000 customers statewide.

Hillary Clinton Team Hires 2 State Directors To Step Up Campaign - Sfgate
sfgate.com
Hillary Clinton waves after speaking at Georgetown University regarding the Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security.

High Court Appears To Back Farmer's Battle Against California Raisin Board
David G. Savage @
latimes.com
The California raisins were back before the Supreme Court , and the justices sounded ready to rule in favor of a Fresno farmer in his long battle against a Depression-era law that allows the government to seize privately grown crops to reduce supply and prop up prices.

Sen. Mike Mcguire Introduces Sweeping Marijuana Bill | The Press Democrat
JULIE JOHNSON @
pressdemocrat.com
Police are investigating whether the man responsible for an attack on an office worker out for a stroll this week on a Fountaingrove trail is the same person behind two other recent Santa Rosa attacks.

Sacramento-area Water District Calls State Drought Plan Illegal | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak and Jim Miller @
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.

Students, Campuses In State Add Saving Water To College Life
latimes.com
In a residence hall at UCLA , 84 students share a floor dedicated to cutting waste and preserving the environment: They take five-minute showers, they compost and recycle, they goad each other to turn out the lights and, through a grant, they purchased reusable plastic and bamboo dishes and utensils for personal use in the dorm.

Capitol Lobbyists, Staff Jump Security Line During Vaccine Debate | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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 Influencers Index: Vaccines, Water Dominate Spring Media Chatter
Anthony York @
grizzlybearproject.com
OK, it’s been a while since we did this, but it’s about time for a check in with the California Influencers Index. The index, powered by software from Zignal Labs, tracks all Twitter mentions and activity of a select list of California political insiders, including elected officials, lobbyists and members of the media.

California Assembly acts to prohibit fines for brown lawns in droughts
latimes.com
Alarmed that some cities have fined residents for allowing their lawns to turn brown during the drought, the state Assembly stepped in Thursday to prohibit penalties for failing to water grass.

Senate Approves Stalled Human Trafficking Bill, Clearing Way for Lynch Vote
rss.nytimes.com
Language in the bill that became entwined with the a vote on confirmation of an attorney general nominee was settled with a compromise on abortion provisions.

Senate passes trafficking bill, paves way for Lynch vote
BILL EMMOTT @
politico.com
The unanimous 99-0 vote belied much of the drama behind the legislation.

Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as attorney general
latimes.com
2f months, was confirmed Thursday as the first African American woman to serve as attorney general.