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THE NOONER for July 14, 2015
T-3 days until the Legislature's month-long summer recess.
ROARING: Kamala Harris has more than $3 million for Senate race [Kevin Frekin @ AP] - "The U.S. Senate campaign of Democratic candidate Kamala Harris says it raised more than $1.6 million during the most recent fundraising quarter that ended June 30."
Tomorrow is the fiing deadline for federal campaigns. State candidates have until July 31 to file.
AURAL PLEASURE: A Summer of Special Sessions: California Politics Podcast: John Myers and Marisa Lagos are joined by Anthony York to tickle our ears.
UNTURNOUT: Study charts low voter turnout by California's Latinos, Asians [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "While just 41.7 percent of the state’s registered voters cast ballots last November, the rates of voting by Latinos (27.5 percent) and Asian Americans (36.3 percent) were markedly lower than those of whites and blacks, a combined 47.3 percent."
MISSED: CalPERS misses its target return by a wide margin [Dean Starkman @ LAT] - "The nation's largest public pension fund said its investments returned just 2.4% for its fiscal year, ended June 30, far below its 7.5% investment target."
GASSED: Drivers angry, resigned about gas-price jump [Ivan Penn @ LAT] - "Gasoline prices have reached as high as $5 a gallon in the region, and experts predict the daily double-digit increases that began last week could continue a few more days before retreating."
PARKED: Uber, Lyft carpooling bill pulled ahead of key committee vote [Jeremy B. White] - "Legislation allowing California commuters to carpool using services like Uber and Lyft could be finished for the year after a committee hit the brakes ahead of an approaching deadline."
SCARED: The Really Big One [Kathryn Shulz @ The New Yorker] - "An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when."
WE ARE ALL A DAY AWAY FROM A DOWNWARD SPIRAL: The homeless man who graduated Harvard Law with John Roberts [Terrence McCoy @ WaPo]
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sac Metro Chamber's Shawn Lewis!
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Opinion: Pensions Fight Gets New Ammo | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Ballot measure seeks to curb pension spending
Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill Barring Fines For Dead Lawns During Drought
Melanie Mason @ latimes.com
Cities and counties will no longer be able to impose fines on residents for unsightly brown lawns while the state is in a drought, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday afternoon.
Pier 14 victimâ
The parents of the woman whose slaying at San FranciscoâÂÂs waterfront has been blamed on a five-time deported felon expressed frustration Monday at âÂÂfinger pointingâÂÂ and expressed hope that something positive will come from the tragedy. The man charged with her killing, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, had been deported to his native Mexico five times and was facing deportation again when his prison term was up in March. San Francisco sheriffâÂÂs sought his release from federal prison to resolve a 20-year-old warrant connected to a marijuana-sales case. When prosecutors quickly dropped the case, Sheriff Ross MirkarimiâÂÂs office released Lopez-Sanchez without alerting federal immigration authorities who were seeking to deport him. SteinleâÂÂs father, Jim Steinle, told Fox TVâÂÂs âÂÂThe OâÂÂReilly FactorâÂÂ that his family is âÂÂapolitical,âÂÂ but that he hoped some legislation will come from the killiing âÂÂbecause it would be a legacy in her name, so her death would not go unnoticed.âÂÂ The showâÂÂs host, Bill OâÂÂReilly, mentioned a version of âÂÂKateâÂÂs LawâÂÂ that would carry mandatory prison terms for previously convicted felons who enter the U.S. without documentation.
Uber, Lyft Carpooling Bill Pulled Ahead Of Key Committee Vote
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Legislation allowing California commuters to carpool using services like Uber and Lyft could be finished for the year after a committee hit the brakes ahead of an approaching deadline.
Lawmakers Seek To Curb Police Seizures Of Assets
Melanie Mason @ latimes.com
State lawmakers are considering a proposal to rein in California law enforcement agencies' ability to keep money, cars and homes seized from suspects who have not been charged with a crime.
Senate Passes Bill Requiring Retention Of Grocery Store Workers
Andrew Holzman @ sacbee.com
The California Senate approved a bill requiring grocery store owners to retain existing employees after a grocery store changes hands, sending the measure to Gov. Jerry Brown.
State Legislators Urge University Of California To Act Against Anti-Semitism
Larry Gordon and Kurt Chirbas @ latimes.com
The state Assembly on Monday unanimously approved a measure urging the University of California to condemn all forms of anti-Semitism.
Legislators Struggle To Overturn Unpopular Union-Backed Reserve Cap
Steven Greenhut @ sandiegouniontribune.com
As the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) explained, if in the previous year the state deposited any money into its rainy day fund, then local districts would not be allowed to save more than 6 percent (depending on district size) of their general fund in reserve. Average reserves were 20 percent in 2013-2014.
Bipartisan Support Grows For Corporate Tax Change Tied To Highway Trust Fund
Jim Puzzanghera @ latimes.com
Hopes for a broad overhaul of the corporate tax system are fading as the 2016 elections draw closer, but momentum is building for one key change — the U.S. tax that companies would pay on overseas profits.
Road Tax Approach Similar To Prop 30 Strategy :: Fox&hounds
One gets the sense a similar approach is building support for transportation funds through fees and/or taxes.
Brown's New Tunnels Plan Ratchets Back Habitat Restoration
ELLEN KNICKMEYER @ sacbee.com
The latest version of Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to build two giant tunnels ferrying water across California locks in just 15,600 acres for habitat restoration, one-sixth of that committed under Brown's original tunnels proposal, state officials confirmed Monday.
Parents Of Woman Killed In San Francisco Want Tougher Immigration Law
The parents of Kathryn Steinle, the woman who was allegedly shot and killed by a Mexican national who had been deported multiple times, expressed support during a televised interview Monday for a proposed law that would require prison time those who return to the U.S. illegally after being deported.
Sides Dispute Basis of North Carolina Voting Laws as Trial Contesting Them Opens
In opening statements of a federal trial, civil rights groups and the Justice Department argued the state had turned back the clock with changes to election laws, while the state said the revisions applied equally to all.
Riverside Pushes Back Against State Water Restrictions
Tena Rubio @ ww2.kqed.org
Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown made good on a threat that had been hanging in the air for months. He ordered the stateâs first-ever mandatory cuts in water use. Executive Order B-29-15 gave the State Water Resources Control Board authority to establish and enforce conservation targets for every water district serving residential and commercial customers. The goal: A 25 percent reduction in statewide residential/commercial water use.
Too Many CEQA Exemptions
Editorial @ latimes.com
Another legislative session in Sacramento, another CEQA exemption. This time, lawmakers passed a trailer bill with the state budget that exempts water recycling, stormwater capture and other drought-related water projects from the California Environmental Quality Act.
San Jose Stateâ
San Jose State UniversityâÂÂs President Mohammad âÂÂMoâÂÂ Qayoumi will leave his post in August after nearly five years to become Afghan President Ashraf GhaniâÂÂs chief adviser on infrastructure and technology, the university announced Monday. Though his tenure as head of San Jose State looked aglow in early 2013 when his partnership with a Silicon Valley firm to provide inexpensive online classes drew praise from Gov. Jerry Brown and California State University brass, things slid downhill from there. Rather than herald a new era of accessible higher education for thousands of students, students in the pilot project of online courses failed to excel in large numbers. [...] in 2013, San Jose State became the site of one of the more horrific incidents of alleged racism recorded on a college campus in years. During three months over the summer and fall, a group of white students were accused of taunting a 17-year-old black student with racist epithets, decorating his dorm with Nazi and Confederate symbols, and injuring him as they tried to clamp a bicycle lock around his neck. By failing to recognize the meaning of a Confederate flag, intervene earlier to stop the abuse or impose sanctions as soon as the gravity of the behavior became clear, we failed him. Earlier, he served in various other administrative positions at San Jose State and at Cal State Northridge, where he was also an engineering professor.
No Small Victory For Disabled - California Health Report
Jessica Portner @ healthycal.org
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As Republican Field Grows In Presidential Campaign, Californians Ponder Their Best Choice
Josh Richman @ contracostatimes.com
Donald Trump was in Los Angeles last week, Jeb Bush will be all over California this week, Ben Carson is coming to Alameda County next week, but who will still be standing next June when Golden State Republicans go to the polls for what's often a you-no-longer-matter presidential primary? And next November, who might appeal most or offend least in this deep-blue stronghold, which hasn't supported a Republican for the White House since George H.W. Bush in 1988?
U.s., Mexico To Sign Agreement On Tijuana River | Sandiegouniontribune.com
The Tijuana River, following a major sewage spill in 2012.
UC San Diego Failed To Give Fair Trial To Student Accused Of Sexual Misconduct, Judge Says
UC San Diego failed to give a fair trial to a male student it found responsible for sexual misconduct last year by refusing to allow him to fully confront and cross-examine his accuser, a judge has ruled.
Obama Wants More State Laws to Make Retirement Saving Easier
The president, speaking at the White House conference on aging, said he wanted more laws passed that require automatic retirement plans for employees.