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THE NOONER for June 19, 2015
Happy Budget Day to you,
Why was a budget lobbyist when debates went on to September? Bad timing...
Hey, dad, Roy Lay, thank you for all that you did in raising me. #HAPPYFATHERSDAY
Budget ready for vote, with officials' pet projects slipped in [Melody Gutierrez @ SFChron] - "Lawmakers will vote Friday on the $115.4 billion general-fund budget deal and accompanying trailer bills for the 2015-16 year, which include wide-ranging new spending for lawmakers’ pet projects and several policy changes that have nothing to do with the state's finances."
Brown Now "Open" To New Taxes Without Voter Approval [Ben Adler @ CapPubRad] - "California Governor Jerry Brown says he’s changed his position on taxes now that he’s been elected to another term. He says he’s open to new taxes that would fund road maintenance and health coverage for low-income Californians."
Alex Padilla's Voter Reforms [Tony Quinn @ Fox and Hounds] - "Secretary of State Alex Padilla has some nifty new ideas on how to increase California’s dreadful voter turnout – 2014 was the lowest off-year turnout in history. Unfortunately, his ideas are not likely to increase voter participation for the simple, reason that more and more California voters simply see no reason to waste their time casting a ballot."
State to give Tower Bridge away? [Tony Bizjak @ Sacbee] - "Buried in the state budget this week is this item: The state appears willing to pay the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento a total of up to $15 million to take the Tower Bridge off its hands."
Master-planned community at risk of losing all water within days [Matt Stevena @ LAT] - "Unlike the vast majority of communities in California, Mountain House purchases all its water from a single rural irrigation district. And that agency was covered by the state's order curtailing water rights for some of those who have held them for more than century due to the state's worsening drought."
'True Detective' setting based on California city with a corrupt past [Hector Becerra and Ruben Vives @ LAT] - "ter months of mystery, Nic Pizzolatto, the creator of HBO's "True Detective," has offered some hints about the new season, which begins Sunday. Times readers might find the storyline a bit familiar. Pizzolatto told Vanity Fair and GQ that the second season is based on the tiny industrial city of Vernon, located south of downtown L.A. In the show, the fictional town is called Vinci."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Congressman Pete Aguilar and Disney's Kyndell Gaglio Thorson! Weekend greetings to Senate consultant Theo Cline (Saturday), BOE member Diane Harkey (Saturday), Riverside BIA's Nathan Miller!
Stay cool and have a great weekend!
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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.
Ceqa Exemptions For Water Projects Inserted Into Budget Bill | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders and Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Legislation is narrower than Gov. Jerry Brown originally proposed
Mayors conference draws Obama, Clinton to S.F.
The Golden State Warriors âÂÂ soon to be the San Francisco Warriors âÂÂ are celebrating their first NBA championship in 40 years, the economy is booming, unemployment is at an all-time low and Lee enjoys all-but-assured re-election in November. Presidential hopeful Clinton will address the conference Saturday morning, followed by a fundraiser in the Mission District at the home of real estate broker Rick Hills. âÂÂInstead of causing multiple days of traffic jams for fundraising with celebrities and out-of-touch elitists, Obama and Clinton should actually address the concerns of everyday Americans in the Golden State,âÂÂ RNC spokesman Ninio Fetalvo said. JohnsonâÂÂs wife, education reform advocate Michelle Rhee, will moderate a panel discussion on education reform, which will also feature former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, himself considered a political up-and-comer âÂÂ though no oneâÂÂs sure what he might run for next. [...] cities are also grappling with a daunting cross-section of challenges, from racial tensions between police and minority communities, to figuring out how to both embrace and regulate new, on-demand-economy companies like Uber and Airbnb. Highlighting that tension, the San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance, a 600-member union of taxi drivers, will hold a protest outside Uber headquarters Monday morning at the same time as attendees are scheduled to tour the company. Crime rates are actually down in major cities compared with a decade ago, but the deaths of unarmed black men and the resulting protests have highlighted the distrust many minorities have of police. âÂÂCities, 40 years after these riots in Watts and elsewhere, are still dealing with a lot of the fundamental issues over racial divides, rich and poor,âÂÂ said political media consultant P.J. Johnston, who is also a spokesman for LeeâÂÂs re-election campaign. âÂÂPolicing reform is a big issue in the country today,âÂÂ said Jeffrey Smith, an assistant professor of politics and advocacy at the New School in New York.
Drug Companies Have Donated Millions To California Lawmakers But Report No Involvement In Vaccine Legislation | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Opponents of SB 277 link supporters to pharmaceutical campaign donations
First Draft: Today in Politics: Charleston Shooting Leads to a Campaign Pause
News of a mass shooting in Charleston, S.C., has rippled across the campaign trail and prompted candidates to weigh in, the trade fight has helped shift focus from a Democrat-led filibuster in the Senate, and Senator Rand Paul is looking to a social media app to woo young voters.
Jerry Brown Names State Conservation Chief From UC Davis | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
David Bunn replaces Mark Nechodom atop embattled Department of Conservation
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.
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.
Unions Target California Democrat Over Vote On Trade - At The Races
Costa’s office did not return a request for comment on Tuesday. But he has been a supporter of Obama’s trade initiative and praised it in an interview with CQ Roll Call on June 12.
Repeal Of Health Law Would Drive Up Deficit By $137 Billion
Repealing the Affordable Care Act , as many congressional Republicans still pledge to do, would drive up the deficit by $137 billion over the next decade, according to a new report from the independent Congressional Budget Office , which for the first time employed an estimating method that Republicans have pushed for.
Drug Companies Donated Millions To California Lawmakers Before Vaccine Debate | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Industry gave more than $2 million to current lawmakers in 2013-14
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.
The Budget Deal Explained: California Politics Podcast | Faultlines | Kqed News
Such is politics.
6 inmates on San Quentin Death Row sue over time in solitary
A group of Death Row inmates has sued the state for keeping them in solitary confinement for years or even decades, locked in windowless cells with no phone calls or human contact. The suit was filed in federal court Wednesday by six condemned prisoners, who said they were among about 100 inmates, out of 750 on Death Row, who are kept in isolation in the Adjustment Center at San Quentin State Prison as suspected gang members or associates. The suit is similar to a case scheduled for trial in December in federal court in Oakland over the solitary confinement of thousands of inmates in various prisonsâÂÂ Security Housing Units, the maximum-security lockups that house prisoners suspected of gang affiliations. Inmates in both cases claim their isolation violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment and denies them due process of law. [...] recently, they said, the only way out of the isolation unit was to become an informant.
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.
State To Give Tower Bridge Away? | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
Buried in the state budget: $15 million to Sacramento, West Sacramento to take the bridge
State prosecutors and a federal grand jury are currently zeroing in on alleged improper ties between PG&E and top state regulators. State investigators acting on a search warrant earlier this year seized iPhones, a laptop and bank statements from the residence of former CPUC President Michael Peevey and took similar items from the home of PG&E’s former Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Brian Cherry, all on suspicion of felony activity relating to a judge-shopping scandal brought to light by email records.
Development Deals Tied To State Budget Sidestep 'green' Rules
Jerry Brown has built a reputation as an ardent environmentalist, but his experience as Oakland mayor taught him that too many regulations could stall or even strangle development.