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THE NOONER for July 9, 2015
SILENCE, I SAY! In a testy hearing on the minimum wage yesterday, Labor committee chair Roger Hernandez asked/ordered the sergeants to remove the microphone of Assemblymember Matthew Harper.
Paul Mitchell and I attended Orange Coast College with Harper and Mark LaScola (a close friend from law school) attended Huntington Beach High School with him. I don't agree with him on many issues, but credit him for being about policy more than politics.
AD04 (Napa-Yolo): With the July 20 announcement by Bill Dodd that he is running Senate against former Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, things are a bit of a mess in Democratic politics to our west. It appears that that three candidates are looking at the race: Napa coulmember Alfredo Pedroza, Yolo supervisor Don Saylor, and Davis councilmember Dan Wolk.
If that materializes, there will some hard feelings, as Don and Dan are both members of the Lois Wolk camp.
AD37 (Santa Barbara/Ventura): Ventura city councilmember Erik Nasarenko has dropped out, leaving Santa Barbara school board member Monique Lemon as the only candidate in the safe Democratic seat currently held by Das Williams.
YOU'RE FIRED! Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom disses Donald — dumps Trump money [Matier and Ross @ SFChron] - "Newsom said that instead of returning the Donald's money, he would send checks to a list of groups committed to advancing immigrant causes, including the Dolores Huerta Foundation and the National Council of La Raza."
Senate Democrats introduce measure condemning Donald Trump, Ted Cruz [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "Sen. Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) has offered a resolution blasting [Donald] Trump for calling Mexican immigrants "rapists" and drug-runners during his campaign kickoff last month."
Well played, Senator. Hall is running in CA44, which has 49.1% Latino citizens of voting age. His opponent, Hermosa Beach councilmember Nanette Barragan, is Latina.
WELL, WE CAN USE AN ICEBERG: Jerry Brown’s climate change warning: 'We're on a Titanic unless we turn' - "Brown, a keynote speaker at the Climate Summit of the Americas, has made climate change a focus of his fourth term. The Democratic governor has signed a series of nonbinding agreements with other states and sub-national governments in an effort to build pressure on world leaders ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December."
SIN AGUA: No more showers at state beaches [J. Harry Jones @ SDUT] - "Starting Wednesday, outdoor showers at all state beaches are shut off as a way to conserve water during the drought, California State Parks officials announced this week."
How much water are we actually saving if people go home and shower?
CAUSE: Pier-slaying defendant came to S.F. at sheriff's request [SFChron] - "The federal Bureau of Prisons alerted the Sheriff’s Department in March that Lopez-Sanchez was going to be released. Mirkarimi's agency, realizing that Lopez-Sanchez was wanted on a $5,000 bench warrant related to a 1995 marijuana possession-for-sale case, asked prison officials March 23 to hold him and to notify San Francisco authorities 'when the subject is ready for our pick-up.'"
. . . AND EFFECT: Rep. Hunter takes aim at 'sanctuary' cities [Joshua Stewart at SDUT] - "The Alpine Republican’s proposal comes after San Francisco, a city that has a long-standing policy of not cooperating with federal immigration enforcement efforts, released an unauthorized immigrant from jail who is now accused of fatally shooting a woman."
Democrats Scurry From Sanctuary Ship [Debra Saunders @ RealClearPolitics]
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to California Dept of rehabilation's Dana Ferry and Assemblymember Garcia's Mark Rosso!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Anaheim City Council Votes 3-2 To Extend Gate-tax Ban For Disneyland For 30 Years - The Orange County Register
ART MARROQUIN @ ocregister.com
ANAHEIM -- The Walt Disney Co. early Wednesday was granted a 30-year ban on ticket taxes charged to visitors of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in exchange for the company’s pledge to spend at least $1 billion on new attractions and a 5,000-space parking structure.
Fullerton Agrees To Voting Districts In Settling Lawsuit
Fullerton officials have settled a lawsuit alleging that the city's at-large elections violate California's Voting Rights Act, agreeing to create a district-based system that would then need voters' approval.
Feds Seize Marijuana From Indian Tribal Lands In California | The Sacramento Bee
The U.S. attorney's office in Sacramento says federal agents have seized at least 12,000 marijuana plants from land in far Northern California that belongs to two federally recognized Indian tribes.
Aide To California Senate Leader Accepted Pot Gifts From Marijuana Lobbyist - Buzzfeed News
Amanda Chicago Lewis @ buzzfeed.com
Public officials exchanging gifts and favors with lobbyists has long been a focus of public concern, but the legalization of marijuana raises the possibility of politicians and their staff being swayed not just by traditional incentives like financial donations, fancy lunches, or free concert tickets. The future of legislative influence may very well be in expensive buds or a passed joint.
Democratic Party: Aide Violated No Rules In Accepting Pot | The Sacramento Bee
JUDY LIN @ sacbee.com
The California Democratic Party said Wednesday that a staffer did not violate campaign reporting laws by accepting edible marijuana and an e-cigarette filled with hash oil from a lobbyist for the marijuana industry.
California Regulators Discuss Water Pricing In Drought - Sfgate
FILE - In this April 2, 2015, file photo, a home with a swimming pool sits near a dried out hillside in Altadena, Calif. The State Water Resources Control Board is hosting a workshop Wednesday, July 8, 2015, to discuss how to encourage Californians to save by hitting them in the wallet. Two-thirds of water districts use some form of tiered water pricing.
California Legislative Panel Approves Minimum Wage Hike - Washington Times
The Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment voted 5-2 to advance the proposal by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco.
Unions: Axe Tax Limitations For Business Property. Are Homes Next? | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Tax Revolt Leader Howard Jarvis appears to be flashing the victory sign but is only asking for two coffees for himself and California Governor Jerry Brown, right, before a debate in 1979.
Lee Slams Mirkarimi For Not Talking To Immigration Officials - Sfgate
Carla Marinucci, Jaxon Van Derbeken @ sfgate.com
Mayor Lee gave a statement about his efforts to avoid another incident like the one that killed Katheryn Steinle at a press conference at Portsmouth Square Wednesday July 8, 2015. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee spoke about the sanctuary program which allowed Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez to be free on the streets where he allegedly killed Katheryn Steinle recently.
World Is On A Collision Course With Fossil Fuels, Gov. Jerry Brown Says
After two days of rubbing shoulders with an international collection of politicians, Gov. Jerry Brown emerged from a climate-change conference here with new partnerships in the fight against global warming.
Struggling With A Life And Death Issue | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @ sacbee.com
An opponent to aid-in-dying legislation worries about people who have little choice
Biden's Quiet Role In Same-sex Marriage Ruling Fuels Speculation About 2016 Run
After the Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision last month sanctioning same-sex marriage in all 50 states, a longtime friend and former staffer to Vice President Joe Biden sent a text message to congratulate him: “Your legacy. 28 years ago,” the aide wrote.
L.A. Unified Cancels Fundraiser At Trump Golf Course, Billionaire Won’t Return $7,500
Despite Population Milestone, Latinos Still Lag In California Politics
Latinos' emergence as California's largest ethnic group is casting new light on an enduring paradox: Many do not vote, limiting their influence on government decisions that have a profound impact on their lives.
Fort Bragg May Get Reprieve From Anti-confederate Bill | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Bill would expunge Confederate names from public places
Bill To Raise Smoking Age Stalls In Assembly
Facing stiff opposition from the tobacco industry, a bill that would increase the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 was withdrawn from an Assembly committee hearing Wednesday, but the author still hopes advance the measure this year.
Will Mergers Stifle Healthcare Reform?
The 2010 healthcare reform law was supposed to promote competition among insurers, and for many policyholders it's done just that. These days, though, the insurance industry is going through a wave of mergers that threatens to leave consumers with fewer choices.
Some Urban Water Suppliers Far From Conservation Goal - Capradio.org
A close review of water conservation numbers shows some urban water suppliers in California still have a long way to go to meet mandatory conservation targets.
California Motorcycle Lane-splitting Bill Shelved For The Year
Motorcyclists are prohibited from zipping between lanes in every state but California, where the practice isn't explicitly banned or endorsed. Assembly Bill 51, sponsored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, would have regulated it.
Tom Selleck Accused Of Stealing Water For California Ranch
CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press @ abcnews.go.com
New Greek Reform Plan Crosses Own 'red Lines' On Taxes And Pensions
The Greek government on Thursday cobbled together a new package of economic reforms to submit to European partners in return for a cash infusion that Athens media said included raising taxes and the retirement age -- two issues leftist government officials had previously said were "red lines" they...