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THE NOONER for April 24, 2015
If you are like me and stopped watching Grey's Anatomy a few years ago, you need to watch last night's episode.
MONEY MATTERS: LAO Update
Likely Revenue Gains Compared to April Monthly Projection.
With today's weaker collections, PIT revenues now seem on track to be $1.3 billion to $1.7 billion above the administration's projections for the entire month of April. This range is weaker than our assessment yesterday, and this range still could rise somewhat or fall somewhat more as additional collections emerge in the coming few days. A $1.3 billion gain, relative to projections, might occur if FTB collections are about 20% down for the rest of the month, coupled with modest gains in Employment Development Department (EDD) withholding collections. By contrast, if FTB collections are even with last year for the rest of the month and EDD withholding climbs somewhat, gains of $1.7 billion are possible.
GOOD FOR THE GOOSE BUT NOT SO GOOD FOR THE GANDER: Democratic lawmakers reject switching their health coverage to Obamacare [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "The Assembly Rules Committee split along party lines, with seven Democrats opposing AB 1109 and three Republicans in support of the bill by Assemblyman Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita). The measure would have forced lawmakers to give up the taxpayer-subsidized health plans provided by the Legislature and individually sign up for Covered California."
BROWN IS THE NEW GREEN: California Assembly acts to prohibit fines for brown lawns in droughts [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Alarmed that some cities have fined residents for allowing their lawns to turn brown during the drought, the state Assembly passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit penalties for failing to water grass."
#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Marcey Brightwell, Lisa Chin Fulmer, Sally Lieber, Brian Miller, and Justin White! Weekend birthday greetings to Ted Gaines (Saturday) and Marc Levine (Sunday)!
Democratic Lawmakers Reject Switching Their Health Coverage To Obamacare
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.
SF Democrats come out early in favor of Lee re-election
The group is the official San Francisco Democratic Party and its endorsements for other political offices are among the most significant to voters. [...] while the endorsement was not unexpected, it comes several months earlier than usual and two months before the June 9 filing deadline for mayoral candidates. Among the five who voted no were Supervisor David Campos and state Sen. Mark Leno, who considered running against Lee but decided against it. Both expressed concern âÂÂ Leno was absent but represented by a fill-in âÂÂ about endorsing Lee before the filing period closed.
California Assembly Acts To Prohibit Fines For Brown Lawns In Droughts
Alarmed that some cities have fined residents for allowing their lawns to turn brown during the drought, the state Assembly passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit penalties for failing to water grass.
Chronicle Watch: Tipsters hang water wasters out to dry
From residents hosing down driveways to homes sporting gurgling fountains, from badly aimed sprinklers to leaking municipal pipes and fire hydrants, Chronicle readers havenâÂÂt been shy about sharing what they see as bad behavior during the drought. Beyond residential excess, there were complaints of institutional users like cities and schools âÂÂ places that probably ought to know better âÂÂ frittering away their supplies. Take San FranciscoâÂÂs Golden Gate Park, where the sprinkler system has long been a source of frustration for the conservation-minded. Water sometimes sprays wastefully onto roads and walkways, and, according to reader photos, it often pools on lawns and paths due to over-irrigating. âÂÂThe sprinkler heads could be turned if someone or animals accidentally hit them when they pass by,âÂÂ wrote spokeswoman Connie Chan in an e-mail, who did not indicate what kind of animals may be to blame. While illegal under the stateâÂÂs new conservation rules, the practice is allowed when human health or safety is at risk. San Francisco public works officials, worried about downtown filth âÂÂ including of the human variety âÂÂ helped push for the exemption, At Mills High School in Millbrae, however, a conscientious passerby reported that walkways and parking lots were being power-washed over a recent two-day period for no justifiable reason. University officials said the area is one of few on campus where a lawn is maintained for recreational activities. Even with this attention to conservation, water consumption coordinator Eli Perszyk said the grassy areas are being re-evaluated and may be removed. In the East Bay, another person concerned about thirsty turf questioned the decision of a state highway crew to plant sod along the interstate during a drought: âÂÂWhy add new grass to the median on the 880 between West Oakland and Alameda?âÂÂ he asked. The agency is required by law to capture highway runoff and filter it, and a strip of lawn works well for the task. The new grass on Interstate 880, as well as at another site on Interstate 80 between University Avenue and Gilman Street, is being irrigated with recycled water until the sodâÂÂs roots take hold.
California State Workers Eligible To Cash Out Stacked-up Leave | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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San Francisco Moves To Tighten Airbnb Law | News Fix | Kqed News
Less than three months into implementation of an ordinance to legalize and regulate short-term rentals in San Francisco, city leaders and planners agree the law needs more work.
California Government Says It's Meeting Water-saving Goal | Utsandiego.com
FENIT NIRAPPIL and JUSTIN PRITCHARD Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
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John Brooks, major Fremont developer, Raiders co-founder, dies
John Brooks, a real estate developer who helped found both the city of Fremont and the Oakland Raiders football team, died of heart failure in his sleep April 16 at his San Francisco home. Later in life, he was appointed a rear admiral in the U.S. Maritime Service by President George W. Bush. Mr. Brooks made a fortune in the real estate business, occasionally dined with presidents and still found time to serve meals to the homeless at St. Anthony Dining Room in San Francisco. Later in life, Mr. Brooks loved to tell stories of how as a young man he was able to run an engine room full of hard-bitten Navy men. In 1945, he returned to the United States and married Barbara Matthews, who had been his sweetheart since middle school. Mr. Brooks then graduated from law school, though he never practiced law. In his last year of law school, he took a real estate sales job and was quickly fascinated with the possibilities of being a developer. âÂÂHe thought he could produce affordable housing in the Baby Boom era,âÂÂ said Matt Brooks, his son. [...] Highway 17 was a two-lane road, and the small towns of Centerville, Mission San Jose, Irvington, Niles and Warm Springs were mostly farmland. Mr. Brooks was also active in politics, though he never ran for public office himself.
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Drought: Pleasanton among first cities to enact water fines
Starting in mid-May, city water customers will have to reduce their water consumption by 25 percent, compared to 2013, or pay a penalty that varies with how much a customer went over the allocation and for how long. The conservation policy, approved Tuesday by the City Council, comes as state officials draft mandatory cuts for water agencies across California as the drought enters its fourth year. The stateâÂÂs proposed figures have prompted a number of places, such as Pleasanton âÂÂ which faces a 24 percent mandatory cut citywide âÂÂ to take proactive action. The city of Beverly Hills, one of the stateâÂÂs biggest per-capita water users, also approved a cap on its water customers this week in an effort to meet its proposed 36 percent reduction. The East Bay municipality saw its water supply dip significantly last year and was forced to enact a nearly identical conservation policy.
Adam Gadahn: Al Qaeda Terrorist, California Native And Grandson Of A Jew
Adam Gadahn was the grandson of a Jewish doctor.
Caltrans was warned of Bay Bridge leaking before span opened
Caltrans knew the new Bay Bridge eastern spanâÂÂs supposedly watertight steel support structure leaked in the rain as early as 2012 âÂÂ more than a year before the bridge opened âÂÂ and warned that the water could cause corrosion, documents obtained by The Chronicle show. The first leaks, discovered nearly two years earlier, left water standing inside more than two dozen massive steel boxes âÂÂ 90 feet wide and as much as 120 feet long âÂÂ that are welded together to form the road decks. Water was apparently entering the span in small gaps between the hollow steel bridge decks and the cross beams that link them together. [...] Schram proposed a modest $373,000 plan that involved drilling more holes to allow water to drain out of the bottom of the steel decks and cross beams. When The Chronicle asked about the problem in early 2014, Caltrans officials said they had expected some leakage all along and had incorporated drainage holes, called weep holes, to let the water escape out of the bottom of the steel boxes. In late January 2014, the executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Steve Heminger, complained that the leaks and other corrosion-related problems âÂÂ including brittle bolts and water seepage onto steel that supports the bike path âÂÂ were part of a pattern that âÂÂsmacks of utter carelessness.âÂÂ Caltrans indicated in contract documents that it was to blame for the guardrail leaks by agreeing to a contractorâÂÂs request to eliminate steel plates that were supposed to divert water away from the rails. The fix for the leaks, which included more caulking around the bolt holes and the steel plates used to anchor the rails, has failed to stop the problem. The bridge still leaks, officials acknowledge, and water is pooling near high-strength steel rods that secure the main cable. âÂÂDealing with critical factors like this takes time, money and knowledge âÂÂ in this case, they donâÂÂt seem to be willing to devote any of the three,âÂÂ said Bob Bea, a UC Berkeley civil engineering professor emeritus who studies failures in major infrastructure projects. Lisa Fulton, a Berkeley-based corrosion expert who has studied the bridge, said the fact that the standing water had been present for years bolsters her conclusion, based on the photographs taken inside the steel structure, that there is active corrosion.
In 99-seat tussle, don't lose sight: Common goal is a healthy theater scene
One of the unrecognized ironies of the whole Actors' Equity brouhaha is that the union representing actors seems to understand better than most that the Los Angeles theater scene cannot remain hostage to actors who want the freedom to use the stage as a sideline.
Rep. Rogers: hands off 'CHIMPS' in GOP budget
DAVID HUME KENNERLY @ politico.com
Top House appropriators warn budget writers to stay away from a vital funding stream.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Launches Citywide Trash Clean-up Initiative
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launched an initiative Thursday aimed at cleaning up the city's trash-strewn streets, sidewalks and alleys.
California Drought: 'exceptional' Drought Expands In Sierra - Capradio.org
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report shows that conditions worsened in the Sierra as California is in the midst of a fourth year of drought.
Defense Secretary Calls For Rebuilding Ties To Silicon Valley
Carter noted the government and the technology industry had weathered past strains and reminded the audience that many popular civilian technologies such as the Internet, the global positioning system and Google's search algorithm had their roots in investment by the government -- particularly the defense department. The two sides would benefit from working more closely together both to combat emerging threats, such as attacks on computer networks, but also to develop new technologies.
Poll: Gay-marriage Support At Record High
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Silicon Valley, Bay Area See Huge Rise In Binge Drinking
Barbara Feder Ostrov Kaiser Health News @ contracostatimes.com
Other counties in the greater Bay Area, including San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Cruz, also saw large jumps in binge drinking compared to the rest of the state. The study -- the first to look at drinking rates by county -- was published in Thursday's issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
At Hearing, Sheriff Joe Arpaio Says His Lawyer Investigated Judge's Wife
The contempt proceeding involving Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio was always going to come down to a test of wills with the federal judge whose order in a racial profiling case had been spurned by the headstrong law enforcement chief.