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THE NOONER for June 3, 2015
Happy Wednesday! You're half-way there! I'm looking forward to joining Paul Mitchell tonight to provide an elections preview and overall assessment of the New Rules of Elections to the Sacramento County Young Democrats.
Particularly for the youngest Nooner readers. I want to take a moment to remind you how small the political world is. Twenty-three years ago, Paul, Dustin Corcoran (now CEO of the California Medical Association) and I were driving around college campuses looking for "Matt Harper for California College Republicans President" flyers to tear down. I remember at some point as the night approached morning getting in a fight with Paul because I wanted to go home. I remember saying to him "I will never work with you again!"
Of course, 23 years later, here we are, and Matthew Harper is now an Assemblymember and good friend. Remember that while we can disagree on policy and politics, the friendships are invaluable and will be with you throughout your career.
WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME: Sacramento power brokers move quickly to save Simon's bar - "About two dozen of Simon’s loyal customers descended on the bar Monday night to stick up for the old haunt. Councilman Steve Hansen and Wendy Saunders, head of the state-run Capitol Area Development Agency, were on hand to answer questions."
Steve Maviglio has been caught in the middle as a member of the political elite and as a board member of the Capitol Area Development Authority...
SD25 (Pasadena): Another candidate likely in the race to succeed Carol Liu is Katherine Perez-Estolano, a businesswoman and member of the High-Speed Rail board. Oh, yeah, she's a business partner with Jennifer LeSar, who is the wife of Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins.
Let's recap the crowded Democratic field:
Clearly, even in this safe Democratic district, if only one Republican runs, top-two math likely means that the race will be decided in June with four high-caliber Democrats splitting the vote. The name most commonly talked about on the Republican side is Mike Antonovich, who is termed out on the Board of Supervisors. (Bob Huff is running for Supe.)
MOTOR VOTER: Assembly OKs two different approaches to boost voter registration [Melanie Mason @ LAT]:
One bill, by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to satisfy the existing federal "Motor Voter" law, under which eligible individuals can choose to register to vote when getting a drivers license at the DMV.
The second measure, backed by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, would require the DMV to automatically send voter registration information of eligible citizens to the state when they obtain or renew a drivers license.
H2NO: California farmers brace for more water cuts [Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese @ SacBee] - "In a potentially significant setback for a system already stressed by epic drought, California regulators have ordered a temporary curb in the flows being released from Lake Shasta in order to protect an endangered species of salmon."
LAW AND DISORDER: Appeals court upholds Schwarzenegger's clemency for Nuñez son [Christopher Gollard @ LAT] - "We are compelled to conclude that, while Schwarzenegger's conduct could be seen as deserving of censure and grossly unjust, it was not illegal," Associate Judge Harry Hull Jr. wrote on behalf of a three-judge panel on the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento."
A STREETCAR NAMED UNDESIRED: Sacramento streetcar funding plan appears headed to ballot defeat - The streetcar financing proposal was down 52 percent to 48 percent Tuesday night with nearly a third of eligible votes in, far less than the 67 percent margin the measure would need to pass.
CONSOLIDATION: Only One Newspaper Publisher for Southern California? [Joel Fox @ Fox & Hounds] - "The publisher of the Los Angeles Times took over the San Diego Union Tribune last month and that seemed to confirm a projection I heard not long ago from someone high up in the newspaper industry: In the not too distant future, there will be only one newspaper ownership in Southern California."
NOT SO PLEASANT TO THINK ABOUT: Mike Huckabee jokes about posing as transgender to shower with girls [Kurtis Lee @ LAT] - "I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE," the former Arkansas governor joked while speaking earlier this year at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. "I'm pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, 'Coach, I think I'd rather shower with the girls today.'" "
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Keeping The Pot Market Cornered In The Emerald Triangle | The Sacramento Bee
Erika D. Smith @ sacbee.com
Dozens turn out for public forum legalization of marijuana
California Senate Votes To Expand Grants For University Students
The state Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would increase the number of university students getting financial aid and provide special grants to those attending the California State University system who stay on track to graduate in four years.
California May Pay For Recounts In Close Statewide Elections | The Sacramento Bee
Taxpayers would pay for future recounts in close statewide elections under a bill advancing through the Legislature.
Law Students Propose Bill To Close Lucrative Capitol Lobbying Loophole
The three law students lingered anxiously outside a Capitol hearing room, waiting to learn the fate of an entire school year of work.
Thousands Urge Brown To Boost Medi-cal Spending | The Sacramento Bee
JULIA HOROWITZ @ sacbee.com
Thousands of Californians rallied outside the state Capitol Tuesday to call on Gov. Jerry Brown to increase funding for Medi-Cal, the state's health insurance program for the poor.
Lawmakers Propose Tougher Rules After Oil Pipeline Spill
Alarmed by last month’s oil spill off Refugio State Beach, two lawmakers from Santa Barbara County announced Tuesday that they would propose requiring annual pipeline inspections, quicker responses to leaks and better prevention technology.
California Senate Approves Increase In Legal Age To Buy Tobacco | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
SB 151 aims to keep cigarettes out of teenagers' hands
State Senate OKs measures on immigrant healthcare, e-cigarettes
The state Senate approved a hotly debated measure Tuesday that would provide healthcare coverage to many immigrants who reside in California illegally.
Senate Approves Senator Patricia Bates' Bill to Imprison Sex Offenders Who Remove GPS Devices
The State Senate today unanimously approved legislation by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would crack down on convicted sex offenders who remove or disable their GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking devices.
California School Spending Lagged U.s., But Has Surged | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
State To Create New Lethal Injection Method Under Legal Settlement
Gov. Jerry Brown ’s administration has agreed in a settlement to propose a new lethal injection method this year, it was announced Tuesday.
Senate Bill 4
Andy spoke in support of Senate Bill 4 (Lara). âÂÂI support Senate Bill 4 for the simple fact that taxpayers are already paying high health care cost for undocumented Californians when they show up in our emergency rooms,âÂÂ Andy told his Senate colleagues.
Legislation to Allow Tax Agency to Honor Divorce Agreements Passes Senate
SB 526 passed with unanimous, bipartisan support and now moves to the State Assembly.
Five Possible Candidates To Head Fifa
In last Friday's vote for FIFA president, Sepp Blatter faced only one challenger: Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein. But after Blatter announced Tuesday his plans to resign, several names have surfaced as possible candidates in this winter's special election to choose his successor. Here are some of the favorites:
Senator Stone's "Right to Try" bill receives unanimous Senate backing
will allow terminally ill patients the opportunity to try investigative drugs which have been safety tested by the FDA but not yet approved. The bill will give some hope to those who have been told there is no hope. SB 149 passed the Senate on a 35-0 vote.
Penalties Target Heavy Water Users In Malibu, Antelope Valley, Topanga
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to adopt a conservation plan that will penalize heavy water users in the Antelope Valley, Malibu and Topanga areas.
Enviros Decry Brown’s Coastal Act Suspension « Calbuzz
California environmental advocates were pleased when Jerry Brown moved swiftly on an emergency proclamation to expedite clean up of the Refugio Oil Spill in Santa Barbara.
S.F. supervisor challenges Giantsâ
The San Francisco GiantsâÂÂ plan to build a 28-acre, mixed-use development just south of AT&T Park was challenged Tuesday by Supervisor Jane Kim, but it was unclear whether she had the votes on the board to put her alternate proposal on the November ballot. Kim wants to cut in half the height of some of the proposed buildings in the development and require the Giants to dedicate half of the planned housing to low and moderate-income residents. The GiantsâÂÂ multibillion-dollar redevelopment plan includes 1,500 units of housing, 8 acres of parkland and 1.5 million square feet of commercial space. The Giants have also committed to building one-third of the units as âÂÂaffordableâÂÂ âÂÂ which the Giants define as for those earning up to 140 percent of the areaâÂÂs median income, or about $142,000 for a family of four. Kim wants to cap the height limit at 120 feet and require half of the residential units be dedicated to affordable housing.
'Netroots' Guru Joe Trippi Will Help Lead Ro Khanna's Campaign
Trippi's long history in Silicon Valley includes attending San Jose State in the 1970s, as well as working on local campaigns such as Susan Hammer's and Ron Gonzales' successful San Jose mayoral races and Jerry Estruth's unsuccessful 1996 congressional race. But he's best known for creating online campaign strategies that let Howard Dean organize volunteers and raise money so effectively in 2003 and 2004. Trippi left Dean's campaign in an early 2004 shakeup, but his online methods and tools have since become standards.