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THE NOONER for June 24, 2015




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Good morning from the American Association of Political Consultants conference at the Sheraton Grand. I've been asked to moderate a panel of geeks with the subject "Big Data, Big Opportunities." Of course, they chose a big geek to moderate the geeks. 

Apparently, Bobby Jindal doesn't believe in data...

Yesterday was an interesting day on the Capitol's north side. Opponents of elephant homicide held the permit-required North Steps, while opponents of assisted suicide held the north sidewalk. As I was getting my iced tea at Chicory, I noted the great irony as "Stayin' Alive" played on the coffee house's radio while the noisy, Spanish Catholic church-driven, rally against Lois Wolk's assisted suicide bill was directly across the street. Ironic, doncha think?

The physician-assisted suicide bill, SB 128--authored by Lois Wolk and Bill Monning--was pulled from its scheduled Assembly Health hearing as proponents sought more votes.

As news emerged that AB 96 (Atkins), the elephant bill had passed Senate Natural Resources and Water 7-2, the rally dispersed through the noisy rally of opponents of physician-assisted suicide, who were singing Hallelujah. Some of the elephant bill supporters joined in the singing of "hallelujah," taking stock in their victory.

"KILL THE GAYS" EXECUTED: The Chron's Legal Eagle Bob Egelko reports:

A Southern California lawyer's "Sodomite Suppression Act," which would require the state to execute all gays and lesbians, is "patently unconstitutional" and will not be circulated for the ballot, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Raymond Cadei granted a request by Attorney General Kamala Harris to be relieved of her legal duty to prepare a title and summary, and clear the proposed initiative for circulation.

"The proposed act is the product of bigotry, seeks to promote violence, is patently unconstitutional and has no place in a civil society," Harris said in a statement after Cadei’s decision. "My office will continue to fight for the rights of all Californians to live free from hatred and intolerance."

As a Superior Court ruling, the decision could be appealed. Nevertheless, since proponent and attorney Matt McLaughlin wasn't willing to defend his initiative in court, this is likely the final stop for the "Sodomite Suppression Act."

Apparently, the $200 filing fee to get his name and ideas out there was the most his abhorrent moral framework is worth.

BOOKED! Calendar sheds light on indicted ex-Sen. Ronald Calderon's actions [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT]:

Calderon's official calendar was released by the Senate on Tuesday after a Superior Court judge overruled legislative officials, who had claimed the records were not public documents in part because their release could pose a security risk.

Also released were the calendars of former state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), who was charged in a separate federal indictment in March 2014. Yee is accused of accepting campaign donations in return for favors and offering to arrange the sale of machine guns and shoulder-fired missiles to an undercover FBI agent posing as a mob figure.

HOW MUCH IS THAT LEGISLATOR IN THE WINDOW? The Cost of a Seat: California Legislators Raise More than $1,000 a Day [Marisa Lagos @ KQED]:

Everyone knows it takes big bucks to run for office in California, but you might be surprised to learn that current members of the state Legislature competing for a seat in the 2014 election cycle had to raise on average more than $1,000 each day.

"Because we have contribution limits, you have to go to a lot of different people and ask for money to raise those amounts — so you are left, in effect, owing a lot of people," [Loyola Law School prof Jessica Levinson] said. "The other thing is, who are you talking to when you are fundraising constantly? Only people who can give you money."

Well, reviewing the list from my friends at the great Capitol Morning Report, you can be well fed in a day-long Capitol buffet:

  • Sandra Swanson (SD09): Breakfast: $1,000-$4,000
  • Marie Waldron (AD75): Lunch: $2,000-$4,200
  • Young Kim (AD65): Lunch: $1,500-$4,200
  • Tom Lackey (AD36): Lunch: $2,000-$4,200
  • Todd Gloria (AD78): Lunch: $2,000-$4,200
  • James Gallagher (AD03): Hors D'oeurves $1,500-$4,200
  • Marc Levine (AD10): Hors D'oeurves: $1,000-$4,200
  • Mike Gipson (AD64): Root beer floats: $1,500-$4,200
  • Joaquin Arambula (AD31): Hors D'oeurves: $1,300-$4,200
  • Steven Bradford (SD35): Hors D'oeurves: $1,000-$4,200
  • Travis Allen (AD72): Whatever the heck is served at a "summer bash." Fish tacos?: $1,500-$4200

Boy, am I stuffed. And broke...

KUDOS: Santa Clara County supervisors approved a plan to pay the cost for postage for voters to return absentee ballots. The county registrar estimates the cost to be $125,000. This should be a statewide practice.

In San Jose, Manh Nguyen appears to have defeated Tim Orozco in yesterday's runoff for the city council seat vacated by now-Assemblymember Kansen Chu

Stay cool, my friends. Stay cool.




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Lawmakers' Calendars List Meetings With Undercover Agents | The Sacramento Bee
The appointment books of two disgraced state lawmakers appear to corroborate allegations that they met with undercover FBI agents at steakhouses and a lobbyist's office, according to documents released Tuesday by the California Legislature.

Assembly Committee Votes to Protect California Students
Legislation authored by Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) passed the Assembly Business and Professions Committee today and will now move to the Assembly Judiciary Committee. SB 738 is follow-up legislation from SB 1266, which Senator Huff successfully authored and the governor signed into law last year. The legislation required public schools to stock epinephrine auto injectors on campus so critically important medicine can be administered quickly and safely if a student suffered from a serious anaphylactic allergy reaction during school hours.

2015-16 State Education Budget By The Numbers | Edsource
Proposition 98, which voters passed in 1988, determines the proportion of the state’s general fund that must go to K-12 schools and community colleges. Here is how the money will be divided.

CalPERS To Keep Eye On Health Rolls | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Measure going to Brown mandates regular verification of dependents

Lausd Board OKs $7.8-billion Budget That Includes Hundreds Of Layoffs
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday approved a $7.8-billion budget for the nation's second-largest school system that includes the first pay raises in nearly a decade, including 10% for teachers and administrators, but also will result in the layoffs of hundreds of staff.

Brown’s Latest Nominee Another Young, Judicially Inexperienced Obama Lawyer - Politics Blog
Like his last state Supreme Court appointee, one of Gov. Jerry Brown's latest appellate court nominees is a young Obama administration lawyer with no judicial experience. The current pick, Lamar Ba...

Dispute Over Union Fees Could Return To Supreme Court | The Sacramento Bee
Powerful public-sector unions are facing another high-profile legal challenge that they say could wipe away millions from their bank accounts and make it tougher for them to survive.

Boy Leukemia Patient Weighs In As Big Vaccine Exemption Vote Nears | State Of Health | Kqed News
Rhett Krawitt, the 6-year-old Marin leukemia patient who became a vaccination poster child during the state measles outbreak that began in Disneyland, is going to Sacramento Wednesday to speak out in favor of SB277.

Ruling Allows Attorney General To Quash 'kill The Gays' Initiative Before It Gets To Voters
The "kill the gays" proposal is such a terrible initiative that it never deserved a place on a California ballot. And now it seems it won't -- but not because it failed to get the signatures needed to qualify.

Supervisors badly split over call for more San Francisco cops
A sharply divided Board of Supervisors called Tuesday for an expanded police force to match the city’s growth, but only after a heated debate about racism in the department and whether more police officers actually prevent crime in the city. The board passed the non-binding resolution after rejecting multiple efforts to amend the legislation and delay a vote on it. [...] Supervisor Scott Wiener, one of the authors of the plan for more cops, argued that Campos and other opponents of the resolution had all asked in the past for more police officers in their districts. “Well, guess what, when you have a limited number of police officers … the answer is to have adequate police staffing,” Wiener said, adding that an increase in property crime and the lack of officers are among the main complaints he hears from constituents. The measure is advisory — indeed, the city has for years fallen short of its existing staffing goal — but opponents say the call for more cops sends the wrong message to minority communities and will have little impact on crime rates. The police are “picking up people who have been let down by our system of education, housing, employment.” The resolution comes after a year in which various incidents have strained the police department’s relationship with minority communities. Among the protesters in the audience were Refugio and Elvira Nieto, parents of Alejandro “Alex” Nieto, who was shot and killed by cops last year in Bernal Heights after officers mistook a Taser shock weapon he carried for work as a nightclub security guard for a pistol. While opponents of the resolution argued that violent crime in the city is down, Wiener and his allies said property crime has increased enormously — a 39 percent jump from 2010 to 2014, according to crime statistics. “We need more officers,” Breed said, adding that people in her district, including those in public housing, want a bigger police presence. Mayor Ed Lee has proposed funding two additional police academy classes so the department will reach its required staffing level.

Judge Strikes Down Proposed 'sodomite Suppression Act' Calling For Killing Of Gays
Saying a proposed ballot measure calling for the killing of gay people is “patently unconstitutional on its face,” a Sacramento County judge has ruled that the state attorney general can halt the proposal.

Under New Plan, Folsom Lake Could Be Dangerously Dry Within Months | The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese @
Plan sets minimum of 120,000 acre-feet of water in lake by October

Assembly Panel Approves Resolution Condemning Anti-semitism
A state Assembly committee on Tuesday approved a resolution condemning anti-Semitism on California college campuses, a measure introduced after the defacement of a Jewish fraternity at UC Davis with Nazi swastikas in January and other acts targeting Jewish students.

How People Use Guns To Kill In California | The Sacramento Bee
The recent shootings in Charleston once again have sparked a conversation about gun violence in the United States, with President Obama calling for tougher gun-control measures and some conservatives pushing back by saying that guns make America safer and save lives.

Business Concerns Stall Minimum Wage Vote By L.A. County Board
Amid concerns voiced by small businesses, Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday delayed a vote to increase the minimum wage in county unincorporated areas from $9 to $15 over the next five years.

The Capitol Morning Report - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Court Sides With Media Outlet In California Records Fight | The Sacramento Bee
A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit Tuesday brought by a media outlet over a failure by the court in a California county to make some civil complaints available on the same day they are filed.

Calendar Sheds Light On Indicted Ex-sen. Ronald Calderon's Actions
Former state Sen. Ronald Calderon of Montebello, before his indictment on federal bribery and corruption charges in 2014, set up meetings with top legislative leaders to discuss bills affecting the people who prosecutors alleged paid him off, Senate records released Tuesday show.

Farmers go to court over drought-induced water cuts
STOCKTON — Dozens of Central Valley farmers with their livelihoods on the line packed a courtroom Tuesday as their water provider argued that the state had no right to cut off their supplies. The case, heard in San Joaquin County Superior Court, was the first to challenge the state’s sweeping demand that California’s most senior water rights holders stop pumping from rivers and creeks in light of the drought. Holly is expected to rule on a request by the State Water Resources Control Board to send the case to a judge outside of San Joaquin County to ensure no partiality as well as a bid by the irrigation district to allow pumping to continue as the case makes its way through the courts. The irrigation district was still delivering water to Baker and its other customers Tuesday, citing a one-week grace period after the state mandate to stop pumping was received. Thousands with claims after 1914, the year that California began issuing permits for water draws, have already been told to stop pumping. On June 12, the state water board took the unusual step of extending the directive to senior rights holders with claims back to 1903. State attorneys argued Tuesday that they have the power to force senior water rights holders to stop pumping when those with more senior rights are at risk of not getting their water. The court debate centered on what legal mechanism the state had to regulate water rights holders whose claims precede California’s regulatory system. Attorneys for the irrigation district held that pre-1914 rights were simply off-limits, while state lawyers argued that their authority came from the state water board’s legislative mandate to protect California’s water supply. The irrigation district also claimed that it hadn’t been given the opportunity to protest before pumping restrictions took effect, denying it due process. Not knowing what would happen with the district’s water supply, grower Kris Thomsen, who attended Tuesday’s hearing, made the decision to pay $230,000 to drill a new well on his property to secure another source of water. Similar suits have challenged the state’s authority to restrict senior water rights holders.

Endorsements, Pledges In 2016 U.S. Senate Race

Wikileaks: Nsa Eavesdropped On The Last 3 French Presidents - Sfgate
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 file photo, a supporter of WikiLeaks protests outside the U.S. Embassy in London. WikiLeaks has published documents it says shows the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on the last three French presidents. There was no immediate confirmation of the accuracy of the documents released by French daily newspaper Liberation and investigative website Mediapart late on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

Garcetti, Villaraigosa And Newsom, Eyeing 2018, Lay Out Visions For California
On a recent day filled with earnest discussions about mayoral policy matters, three politicians sketched out appeals that could become very familiar in future California elections.