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THE NOONER for June 18, 2015
The aftermath of the Trans-Pacific Partnership vote in Washington could play out in Fresno, reports Emily Cahn at Roll Call. Reportedly, labor is looking to find a Democratic challenger to Jim Costa, and termed-out Assemblyman Henry Perea is reportedly being recruited. The other California Democrat that supported TPP, Ami Bera, is not seen as having a serious challenge after a tough 2014.
The Alliance of California Judges, which is a detractor to state oversight of county courts and a thorn in Tani Cantil-Sakauye's side, has hired Aaron Read to lobby. Judges have been bitterly divided for several years.
2018 Gov Race Highlights Political Panel [Joel Fox @ Fox and Hounds] - "Republicans will have a serious, competitive candidate for governor in 2018, Republican consultant Kevin Spillane told a conference sponsored by the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) last week. Spillane was a member of a panel that discussed California's Changing Electorate."
Tomorrow, the Legislature will vote on the budget agreement with Jerry Brown.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to BOE's Venus Stromberg Bird and Coachella councilman V. Manuel Perez!
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Second Prison's Health Care OK As State Seeks To End Control | The Sacramento Bee
The state inspector general has given a second California prison a passing grade on health care, allowing federal officials to consider returning control to the state.
Special Tax Sessions :: Fox&hounds
In announcing the budget deal with the legislature, Governor Jerry Brown announced two special sessions to deal with transportation and Medi-Cal funding. Call them the Special Tax Sessions.
Disability Activists Protest Budget That Leaves Out Funding | The Sacramento Bee
JULIA HOROWITZ @ sacbee.com
The announcement of a California budget deal has not stopped pleas for the state to spend more on social services, as advocates for people with disabilities came to the state Capitol Wednesday, angry after additional funding for services was left out of the $115.4 billion deal.
Lower State Gas Tax Forecast Affects Local Transportation Departments - Capradio.org
The Sacramento County Department of Transportation says the state gas tax forecast for the next fiscal year caused a $7 million deficit in the county's road construction budget. That means some maintenance projects will be delayed.
Two Deals Boosting Healthcare To Immigrants Illegally In U.S. Are Okd In Sacramento
As Gov. Jerry Brown struck a budget deal Tuesday that would offer healthcare to children in the country illegally, Sacramento County supervisors — sitting less than a mile away — also agreed to provide medical care for county residents who lack papers.
Brown, Legislature Serve Up A Leaner Budget
The Legislature sent Gov. Jerry Brown a ham sandwich Monday and it was quickly cooked into a low-fat, full-course meal.
Carly Fiorina calls 2010 Senate race a model for presidential run
Carly Fiorina pointed to an unlikely inspiration for her potential bid for the presidency: her unsuccessful 2010 campaign to represent California in the U.S. Senate.
Vaccine Opt-outs, Teacher Evaluation Bills Still Alive As State Budget Approved | Edsource
Look for more debates in committee hearings and behind closed doors. Most of the education bills passed by the Assembly have yet to be heard in the Senate, and vice versa. The last day for policy committees to meet and report on bills is July 17, which is also the day the Legislature is scheduled to begin summer recess.
Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson add breadth to Republican presidential field
With the additions of Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson on Monday to the growing list of Republican presidential hopefuls, the GOP diversified its slate of candidates as it tries to promote an image of inclusion to appeal to a broader group of voters.
Ceqa Exemptions For Water Projects Inserted Into Budget Bill | The Sacramento Bee
Legislation is narrower than Gov. Jerry Brown originally proposed
Defying Beijing, Hong Kong Lawmakers Reject Election Framework
Spurning stern warnings from local and central Chinese government officials, Hong Kong’s legislature voted Thursday to reject a Beijing-drafted election plan that set off massive street protests in the territory last fall.
California Board Considers $15 Million Tax Credit To Tesla In Exchange For 4,400 Jobs
SACRAMENTO -- A state board will consider offering a $15 million tax credit to electric vehicle-maker Tesla Motors in exchange for hiring 4,400 workers in California.
Fcc To Phone Companies: You Can Stop Unwanted Robocalls | The Sacramento Bee
Tired of automated phone calls urging you to vote for a certain candidate or pitching you a cruise vacation? You can now tell your phone company that federal regulators say it's OK to block them.
Bush: 'I'm not going to change who I am' in presidential campaign
Two days before Jeb Bush formally launches his presidential campaign, he sketched out the candidate he hopes to be as he finished a tour of three European capitals on Saturday.
Illegal-immigration Opponents Say Lawmaker Barred Them From Public Meeting
Members of a group that opposes public benefits for immigrants in the country illegally have filed complaints with the state alleging that a lawmaker violated their civil rights by excluding them from a public meeting on the issue.
2018 Gov Race Highlights Political Panel :: Fox&hounds
When pressed which Republican might be that competitive candidate, Spillane mentioned first San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer. He also suggested that Fresno mayor Ashley Swearengin and former Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner could fit the role.
Payday For Football Star And Other Wrongly Convicted Californians
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation to pay $968,400 to settle claims by three wrongly convicted Californians, including Brian Banks, a former star football player from Long Beach who served five years in prison before a young girl recanted her accusation that he had raped her.
Hillary Clinton evolves on gay marriage; calls for Supreme Court support
In a move sure to please activists who had been frustrated by her conditional support for same-sex marriage, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign says she now wants the Supreme Court to back marriage equality as a constitutional right.
Berkeley mayor says water damage probably to blame for tragedy
BerkeleyâÂÂs mayor said Wednesday itâÂÂs likely that an apartment balcony that collapsed during a party, killing six people and injuring seven others who plunged four stories, had been weakened by wood that rotted due to improper exposure to moisture. Mayor Tom Bates said he believed there was âÂÂhigh probabilityâÂÂ that water penetrated and damaged the underpinnings of the balcony that broke away early Tuesday at the four-story apartment building at 2020 Kittredge St. in downtown Berkeley. Independent experts who viewed the damage in person or through photographs have told The Chronicle it appeared rainwater had penetrated the balconyâÂÂs wood structure, causing dry rot. [...] on Wednesday they ordered the property owner, New York-based investment company BlackRock, to remove a second balcony that the city deemed structurally unsafe and a potential âÂÂcollapse hazard.âÂÂ âÂÂA field investigation revealed the third-floor exterior balcony to unit 305 is structurally unsafe and presents a collapse hazard endangering public safety,âÂÂ the removal order said. The balconies are accessible by French doors, and were supposed to hold at least 60 pounds per square foot under city and state codes. The safety of our residents is our highest priority,âÂÂ said Greystar, which is headquartered in Charleston, S.C., and has offices in San Francisco, âÂÂand we will be working with an independent structural engineer and local authorities to determine the cause of the accident. A similar statement was released by BlackRock, which bought the complex in 2007 and serves as the investment adviser for a real estate fund that owns the property. Donohoe, a Sonoma State University biology student, held dual citizenship with Ireland, and she and Burke were cousins.
Proposed Fee Hike Reduced In California Ballot Initiative Bill | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
New filing fee would be $2,500, not $8,000