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THE NOONER for June 5, 2015
Happy Thursday! I'm writing the Nooner backwards as I ride from to the Bay for a meeting. So, if things are backwards, you can understand and let me know. Meanwhile, the LAT's is opining the new 24/7 service for senators that can't/shouldn't be driving.
SD25 (Pasadena): Longtime L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich eyeing state Senate run [Abby Sewell @ LAT] - "Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Thursday that he is considering a run for the state Senate seat held by Carol Liu (D-La Cañada-Flintridge)."
As I told the Sac County Young Dems on Tuesday, this is going to be about June 2016. If a strong Democrat emerges, it's one. If one of the lesser-known garbs a spot, then Antonovich has a shot because of non-partisan name recognition. It's a safe Dem seat, but that analysis is gone when you have a "non-partisan" official also running in the era of top-two.
WE REMEMBER HIM WHEN... Kevin McCarthy's flair for fundraising fuels his swift rise to power in House [Noah Bierman and Evan Halper @ LAT] - "In the two years leading up to last fall's election, McCarthy, through his reelection campaign and leadership PAC, spent $140,000 on steakhouses alone. He paid $426,000 to companies that charter private jets, covering 46 trips. And he raised at least $10.5 million for his own and party political committees."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Lena Aguilar, John Bovee and Evan Low! Weekend candles for Garth Eisenbeis (Saturday), Taylor White (Saturday) and Craig Cheslog (Sunday)!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
November ballot could decide housing future of S.F.
San Francisco voters could have a chance to decide the cityâÂÂs development future this November in an election that could include ballot measures on subjects ranging from a moratorium on luxury housing construction in the Mission to plans for condos, apartments, stores and restaurants on the parking lot of the GiantsâÂÂ stadium. After the supervisors rejected the plan to temporarily block construction of high-priced apartments and condominiums in the Mission District, disappointed residents vowed to collect the 9,711 signatures necessary to take the proposed moratorium to the voters. [...] Supervisor Jane Kim has talked about putting a competing measure on the ballot to slash the height of the buildings and require the Giants to up the amount of affordable housing the project provides from 33 percent to 50 percent. Add to that a possible challenge to vacation rentals in San Francisco, as a group called Share Better SF is seeking a ballot measure that would drastically curb the controversial practice of turning homes into impromptu hotels. If all those ballot measures werenâÂÂt enough, opponents of the proposed Warriors arena in Mission Bay have said they will tie up the development by taking it to court or challenging it via a ballot measure. All of this represents a boiling political stew underscoring the cityâÂÂs dire housing needs and differing visions for how best to solve the cityâÂÂs development woes. [...] the measure couldnâÂÂt stem the development tide brought by the dot-com boom, when Internet firms circumvented the cap by converting warehouses and industrial sites into so-called âÂÂbusiness servicesâÂÂ facilities. In 2000, progressives pushed Proposition L, a ballot measure to ban office construction in the South of Market, Mission and Potrero Hill areas, and halt it in Bayview-Hunters Point until a community planning process was completed. In 2014, they overwhelmingly passed Proposition K, an advisory measure that makes it city policy that at least one-third of new housing units should be affordable to low- and moderate-income households, and half within reach of middle-class San Franciscans. âÂÂI think you are going to see a lot more of these dueling ballot measures because, with credibility, you can point to all sides in these fights and say, âÂÂI can take it to voters and they will pick my view,âÂÂâÂÂ said Corey Cook, a politics professor at the University of San Francisco. The city needs more housing of all types. Because one neighborhood says we are not going to accept more housing, it wouldnâÂÂt be fair to say to other neighborhoods they have to accept more. [...] Jim Stearns, a longtime political consultant who has advised many of the cityâÂÂs progressive candidates and causes, said he believed the measure could have a fighting chance at winning âÂÂ depending on how the issue is framed. The ballot measure proposed by Share Better SF would cap all vacation rentals at 75 nights a year and impose steep fines on companies like Airbnb or HomeAway for listing rentals that donâÂÂt comply with city law. The Giants will ask voters to OK expanded height limits for their proposed 28-acre development south of AT&T Park, but Supervisor Jane Kim has a competing plan to halve the height of the buildings and boost the amount of affordable housing. Building moratorium: A group called Our Mission, No Eviction says it will push a ballot measure to temporarily block construction of high-priced apartments and condominiums in the Mission.
Assembly OKs Bill Limiting Cash Payouts For Superintendents | The Sacramento Bee
State lawmakers have overwhelmingly endorsed a proposal that would limit the compensation school districts can pay to California school superintendents who are terminated before their contract is completed.
Anti-poverty Bills May Pile Up On Governor Brown's Desk | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
Governor Jerry Brown has faced criticism he's not doing enough for California's poor. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Assembly Passes $10 Million Low-interest Water Loan Program | The Sacramento Bee
The California Assembly is unanimously advancing a bill extending $10 million worth of grants and low-interest loans to cash-strapped homeowners looking to make essential water improvements.
California Senate Passes Sweeping Reforms To Curb Psych Medications In Foster Care
The four proposed laws -- if approved by the state Assembly and signed by the governor -- would become the nation's most sweeping set of legislative reforms to curb the foster care system's reliance on psychotropic medications, the subject of this newspaper's yearlong investigation "Drugging Our Kids."
Medical marijuana regulations advance in state Legislature
Competing proposals to regulate the state's medical marijuana industry advanced in the Legislature on Thursday, capping a week of bustling legislative activity before state budget talks take priority for awhile in the Capitol.
Medical Marijuana Regulation Measure Clears California Assembly | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Effort given new impetus by recreational pot proposals
Judge Rules Office Records Of Ex-sens. Calderon And Yee Must Be Disclosed
A Sacramento County judge this week ruled that meeting schedules, office calendars and other official records of indicted former Democratic state Sens. Leland Yee and Ronald S. Calderon are public records, despite efforts by the state Legislature to block their release.
Beef Week: The Not-So-Secret Capitol Rivalry
It's the feud between two of San Diego's most powerful Democrats in Sacramento: Speaker Toni Atkins and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez.
California Assembly Shelves Push For Work-scheduling Notice | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
Longtime L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich Eyeing State Senate Run
L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich speaks with Laura Ornest, a Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services board member, outside the newly renamed Michael D. Antonovich Building in Glendale. Antonovich is condering a run for the state Senate.
California Senate Approves Assisted Death Law | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Senate Bill 128 to Assembly on 23-14 vote
California Legislation Would Create Office Of Marijuana Regulation - The Orange County Register
DON THOMPSON @ ocregister.com
AB266 merges what were two competing bills and attempts to set up state regulations that will pass muster with the federal Department of Justice.
Senate passes scaled down version of Berryhill Sport Fishing legislation
Recession, Politics and Policy Stretch Arizona School Budgets
repeated refusals to raise property taxes to offset shortfalls.
California Senate Extends Protections For Paid Family Leave | The Sacramento Bee
The California Senate is advancing a bill that would expand job protections for those who qualify for paid family leave to care for relatives.
Corrosive salty water threatens 120 Bay Bridge anchor rods
About a quarter of the steel rods that anchor the tower of the new Bay Bridge to its foundation are in sleeves flooded with corrosive salty water âÂÂ a critical threat that the head of Caltrans said Thursday must be addressed to avoid compromising the spanâÂÂs integrity. During an emergency teleconference, a three-member panel charged with overseeing the $6.4 billion project âÂÂ composed of the heads of Caltrans, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the state transportation commission âÂÂ were told that 120 sleeves encasing high-strength rods designed to keep the tower from being damaged in a major earthquake continually flood with salty water. The development is worrisome for Caltrans because salt is known to accelerate corrosion, which attacks metal over time and has been linked to numerous disasters, including the ruptured pipeline that spilled more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil along the Santa Barbara coast last month. The galvanized rods have been a persistent concern, with Caltrans acknowledging they were put at greater risk of cracking during processing, suffered damage in shipment, and were put under heightened stress when the tower was pulled back to keep it from leaning toward Oakland. The prospect that San Francisco Bay salt water may be intruding the foundation and getting to the rods, which are susceptible to waterborne hydrogen corrosion failure, is âÂÂtwo strikes right there that weâÂÂve got,âÂÂ said Steve Heminger, executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Bridge officials are now particularly concerned about one of the failed rods âÂÂ part of a cluster that regularly is flooded on the west part of the foundation near Yerba Buena Island âÂÂ which could be indicative of more widespread corrosion problems for the bridge. Independent experts who have reviewed photographs of the fractured end of the rod say it shows clear signs of thread failure âÂÂ the stripping of the connection with the nut âÂÂ as well as hydrogen embrittlement, the process that causes high-strength steel to suddenly fail after being exposed to water. The nut is still under a steel plate, but the rod shows signs that the nut threads broke off and stayed in the rod, one expert said. âÂÂThe photos make clear that there is thread failure in the nut âÂÂ which raises the question of the condition of the rest of the nuts that are presumably similar,âÂÂ said Bernard Cuzzillo, a Berkeley mechanical engineer. In an effort to deal with the risk to the tower foundation and the rods, the bridge panel authorized spending $750,000 to expedite testing of the rod that fractured and pay for a panel of 10 experts âÂÂ including a marine foundation specialist âÂÂ to examine the results and assess the risk to the structure.
Key CpUC Reform Gets Unplugged | Utsandiego.com
A bill aimed at reforming the California Public Utilities Commission passed the state Assembly this week and is headed to the Senate, although without a provision that would have allowed losing parties to challenge commission decisions in superior court.
First Draft: Bankroller of Democratic Voting Rights Cases? George Soros
George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist, is said to be prepared to spend $5 million or more on funding a Democratic legal fight against restrictive voting laws in Republican-led states.
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Blue Shield Faces More Heat Over Nonprofit Status, $1.2-billion Deal
Health insurance giant Blue Shield of California is facing more questions over its loss of tax-exempt status as it tries to win state approval of a $1.2-billion acquisition.