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THE NOONER for May 13, 2015
RUH-ROH: Loretta Sanchez campaign changes course, says no decision on Senate run [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "A campaign consultant working with Rep. Loretta Sanchez said an email to supporters informing them of a Thursday U.S. Senate announcement was sent inadvertently."
"At the gathering, organized by Bay Area Latino clubs, Sanchez criticized Harris for her lack of federal experience and inability to speak Spanish."
Huh? I would love to be completely bilingual, but have ever had a bilingual U.S. Senator from California?
Enough for today. Grieving for the victims of last night's train crash. Let's meditate/pray for the survivors.
Assembly Committee Rejects Another Soda Tax Bill | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Health advocates want to tax sugar-flavored drinks to fight diabetes
Rep. Adam Schiff Will Not Run For Barbara Boxer's Senate Seat
Rep. Adam Schiff says he will not seek Barbara Boxer's Senate seat.
Loretta Sanchez Campaign Changes Course, Says No Decision On Senate Run | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
Proposed Tax On Sugary Drinks Fails In Assembly Panel
Lawmakers in the state Assembly rejected a proposed tax on sodas and other sugary beverages Tuesday.
House Votes To Block Epa Regulation Of Streams, Wetlands | The Sacramento Bee
MARY CLARE JALONICK @ sacbee.com
House Republicans on Tuesday voted to block government rules that would clarify which streams, tributaries and wetlands should be protected from pollution and development under the Clean Water Act.
Water District Found Itself Drowning In Steep Legal Fees
Facing a lawsuit from cities over its pumping rates, the Water Replenishment District of Southern California called in the big guns.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff Declines U.S. Senate Run | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
He cites his ranking leadership on the Intelligence Committee
L.A. Minimum Wage Up For Discussion; Business Group Says Issue Rushed
Los Angeles lawmakers are expected to take up the question of increasing the citywide minimum wage at a special hearing Wednesday afternoon that could begin the final process of hammering out crucial details of the hotly contested plan.
Effort Underway To Remove "lynching" From Penal Code - Capradio.org
The term "lynching" is generally associated with brutal mob killings of African-Americans. But in California, it’s legally defined as taking a person from the lawful custody of a peace officer during a riot. That led to recent lynching charges against a Sacramento African-American woman who tried to pull friends away from police during a protest.
John Perry, San Juan Capistrano's Water Watcher
It started with a few ticked-off residents of the Orange County town of San Juan Capistrano. The city was charging them too much for water, they argued, in violation of the California Constitution, courtesy of Proposition 218, a taxpayer-revolt law passed in 1996. A state court of appeal agreed last month. Now San Juan Capistrano — and by extension other cities — may have to stop conserving water through tiered pricing that's based on the principle of "the more you use, the more you pay." One of those residents is John Perry, who also finds himself a San Juan Capistrano city councilman, a member of the body that runs the city he sued, the same body that now has to find its way through the rigors of drought.
Drought Update: Dry Wells, Debate Over Water Cutbacks
With Californians increasing efforts to deal with the drought , lawmakers got an update Tuesday on exactly how bad things are and heard little to cheer them.
Berra Celebrates 90th With Return Of Rings, Trophies | The Sacramento Bee
JIM HAGUE @ sacbee.com
As Yogi Berra might say, when you turn 90 you should celebrate it right the first time.
Rail Could Make A Comeback In O.C. With Proposed Streetcar Line
A decade ago, Orange County transportation officials shelved plans for a 9.3-mile, billion-dollar light-rail system that would have run through Santa Ana and Costa Mesa to John Wayne Airport.
Water Flows Freely In Drought-resistant Farm Towns Of Southern California — For Now | The California Report | Kqed News
In a wide field along a narrow two-lane road in the town of El Centro, the grass is tall and rusty brown.
L.A. Unified Extends Contract Of Supt. Ramon Cortines
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday voted unanimously to extend the contract of schools Supt Ramon C. Cortines for a year, through June 2016.
Timm Herdt: Making Government More Like Google - Vc-star
Loretta Sanchez Denies Report On Senate Candidacy
Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Garden Grove denied a report Tuesday that she plans to announce her candidacy for U.S. Senate on Thursday.
Airbnb Says Santa Monica Proposed Legislation Is Unnecessary | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
Airbnb, the online home-rental service, says it will start collecting hotel taxes in a few American cities. Chris Weeks/Getty Images
Oakland puts off acting on controversial surveillance system
Activists are keeping an eye on Oakland as city officials grapple with new proposed restrictions for the Domain Awareness Center, a controversial surveillance system at the cityâÂÂs port. City Council public safety committee Chair Desley Brooks postponed a planned Tuesday vote on the policy, saying it needs to be reformatted. Nadia Kayyali, an activist with the civil liberties group the Electronic Frontier Foundation, was frustrated after arriving 20 minutes late to the meeting, only to find out the item had been postponed. âÂÂThis is the second time this has happened, in a city with a real lack of trust between the elected representatives and the people,âÂÂ Kayyali said, noting that the policy first appeared on a public safety committee agenda in February, but was delayed then, too. Originally it aggregated video feeds from throughout the city along with license plate readers and data from the cityâÂÂs gunfire detection system, Shotspotter. The idea was to coordinate responses to a major disaster like a terrorist attack or tsunami, though privacy advocates worried it would also be used against protesters exercising their First Amendment rights. Last year, the council voted to drastically scale back the center in response to public outrage, stoked by a national dialogue that had begun with the revelations of Edward Snowden. According to Brian Hofer, a lawyer who serves on the ad hoc committee, the proposal has to be converted into an ordinance for parts of it to be legally enforced.
Lausd Board Candidates Bennett Kayser And Ref Rodriguez Face Off To Determine The Fate Of Charter Schools | L.A. Weekly
Joshua Emerson Smith @ laweekly.com
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Political Memo: McConnell, Siding With Obama on Trade Deal, Describes Unlikely Alliance
Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican, said his teaming with President Obama on an extensive trade accord was an âÂÂout-of-body experience.âÂÂ