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THE NOONER for July 15, 2015





T-2 days until the Legislature's month-long summer recess. Staffers are breaking out their shorts and flip-flops and Chops and DeVere's are preparing for the crowds. And, today, I expect fewer reads as people with Amazon Prime spend the entire day clicking "refresh."

Today is the filing day for federal candidates and committees. Of course, the reports, particularly for candidates, are filed at the last minute, so I may not cover until Friday.

TRIVIA: Which California district is likely to have had back-to-back Republican GLBT candidates?

NOT SO FAST! Legislative leaders shelve bill overhauling elections until next year [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "A bill introduced for [Secretary of State Alex] Padilla by Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) would allow counties, beginning in 2018, to mail all voters ballots that could be marked and then cast at any of several voting centers to be opened around the county."

THE VAX: Yesterday, Tim Donnelly filed a referendum against SB 277, the vaccinations bill. Opponents of the bill need to collect 365,880 valid signatures by September 28.

MONEY MATTERS: "Preliminary General Fund agency cash for June was $815 million above the 2015-16 Budget Act forecast of $16.093 billion. Year-to-date revenues are $732 million above the forecast of $114.124 billion. June cash receipts represent the second estimated payment of 40 percent of liability due mid-month for personal income tax filers and calendar-year corporations." [Dept of Finance]

THE BROWN STATE: How more lawn restrictions could remake California landscape [Matt Stevens @ LAT] - "The California Water Commission is scheduled to consider new rules Wednesday that would significantly slash the amount of water that can be used by landscapes surrounding newly built houses, businesses and schools."

SIN AGUA: The House of Representatives is voting this afternoon on a bill intended to help California cope with the draught. The bill is opposed by Democrats over environmental issues (Delta, dams, salmon protection), and thus might not get over a cloture vote in the Senate. The Chron's Carolyn Lochhead reported earlier this month that "Republicans held no public hearings on the legislation." Of the seven California Democrats on the House Committee on Nation Resources, only Jim Costa voted in favor of the bill.

CARPE DIEM: Bill that would rein in asset seizures by police advances in the Assembly [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "The legislation would limit the use of a controversial federal law, dating to the 1980s drug war, that allows law enforcement agencies to keep money, vehicles and other assets if they suspect they were used to commit a crime or are the proceeds of illegal activity. The owner need not be convicted or even charged with a crime."

SIN AMOR: Donald Trump says 'the Hispanics love me,' adds he employs thousands of them Uh, Poll: Trump's favorability increasing, but not with Hispanics, 16% favrable is not what I'd call "love."

JUST AWFUL: This is the video Gardena police didn't want you to see [Richard Winton and Joel Rubin @ LAT]

. . . and in Palm Springs: Palm Springs police: Marine shooting was 'reasonable' [Brett Kelman @ Desert Sun] - "The Palm Springs Police Department has argued in federal court that a police officer who dove into the open window of a fleeing car, then fatally shot a drunk driver at point-blank range, acted "reasonably.""

SHAMU: PETA: SeaWorld employee posed as activist [Lori Weisberg @ SDUT] - "A news release distributed on Tuesday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals exposes what it says is a SeaWorld human resources worker who posed for several years as an animal-rights activist and on occasion sought to incite illegal protests. The individual, who PETA identified as Paul McComb, a SeaWorld human resources employee, was even arrested during a 2014 protest at the Rose Parade, although evidence of that arrest has disappeared, the animal rights group alleges."

LAW AND DISORDER: Ex-senator to repay loan from CalPERS bribery figure [Dale Kasler]

A former state senator, facing a lawsuit from a bankruptcy trustee, has agreed to repay $25,000 he borrowed from a businessman who later was accused of bribing CalPERS officials.

Former Sen. Richard Polanco, who is now a lobbyist, has agreed to repay the loan to the bankruptcy estate of late Nevada businessman Alfred Villalobos. Records filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Reno say Polanco agreed to make an initial payment of $5,000, followed by $1,500 monthly payments.

Polanco, a Los Angeles Democrat, went to work for Villalobos after leaving the Legislature in 2002, helping him obtain CalPERS investment deals for private equity firms. Villalobos earned roughly $50 million in commissions securing investments from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

SO UNBUDDHIST OF ME, BUT EXTERMINATE! This Beetle is Ruining Your Coffee With the Help of Bacteria [Ed Yong @ Nat'l Geo] - "The coffee berry borer is a small, black beetle, just a few millimetres long. The females bore holes into coffee berries and then lay their eggs in the seeds within—the bits that we know as 'coffee beans'. The larvae devour the seeds when they hatch, destroying them. In Brazil alone, its antics lead to some 300 million dollars worth of losses, and it has spread to coffee-making nations all over the world. This tiny pest is the single greatest threat to your cup of blissful java."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to the AP's Judy Lin 




  • Job Announcement: Senior Progressive Member of Congress is seeking an experienced Congressional Aide responsible for proactive community outreach and engagement with key stakeholders and diverse constituencies in assigned policy and geographic areas within the East Bay. This position acts as a liaison to elected officials, various government agencies and performs constituent casework.  

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  • The Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley invites you to roundtable discussion - Addressing a Pension Funding Crisis in State and Local Government - on Wednesday July 22nd at 9:30am. Come hear three experts explore policy alternatives to long-term pension funding issues. Panelists and participants will discuss the current status of under-funding in various pension plans, the political, legal, and fiscal challenges to pension reform, and policy alternatives to make sure retirement continues to be rewarding for an aging population while also ensuring the long-term well-being of the next generation.
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  • The California Craft Brewers Association is seeking candidates for the open position of Association Assistant. This positions is a great opportunity to engage with and support the craft beer community. If you’re interested, please contact Scott Marks at

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Ex-senator To Repay Loan From CalPERS Bribery Figure | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
Former Sen. Polanco borrowed $25,000 from Villalobos

Berkeley Balcony Legislation Stalls In Assembly Committee
Jessica Calefati @
Senate Bill 465 would have required construction firms to disclose criminal convictions and settlements involving cases of defects, fraud, negligence or incompetence to the state board responsible for licensing contractors.

SF supervisors decide to give current Airbnb law a chance to work
A divided Board of Supervisors rejected efforts on Tuesday to impose a hard cap on the use of short-term rentals through companies such as Airbnb, opting instead to try and enforce the existing law. In two 6-5 votes, the board rejected legislation by Supervisor David Campos and passed watered-down legislation by Supervisor Mark Farrell, underscoring once again the philosophical divide about whether short-term rentals exacerbate the city’s housing shortage or allow people to stay in their homes by renting out spare rooms. Farrell prevailed on Tuesday, although with significant concessions to his original legislation, which had included a 120-day hard cap on all short-term rentals. The failed effort to impose a cap reflects a political miscalculation by Farrell and Mayor Ed Lee, who helped craft the initial proposal, as they believed that a majority of the supervisors would line up behind it. The amended legislation instead is aimed at better enforcement of a law enacted in February that limits people from renting out entire homes to 90 days a year, and places no limits on people renting out rooms in homes they occupy. The board rejected legislation by Campos that would have capped rentals at 60 days per year, given private citizens the right to sue landlords who exceed that limit and required short-term rental companies to give quarterly reports on who is renting out space.

State budget bad news for Californians
Senator Mike Morrell @
The state Legislature is constitutionally obligated each year to pass a budget by June 15 and send it to the governor for his signature, setting the spending agenda of state government for the next 12 months. With the budget requiring only a simple majority vote for approval, whichever party is in power at the time largely decides what is and is not included in the final plan.

CalPERS Chief Sees Interest Rates As Greatest Portfolio Stress
Mary Childs and Alison Vekshin @
The chief investment officer of the biggest U.S. pension fund is most worried about low interest rates as the California Public Employees’ Retirement System struggles to earn enough money to pay beneficiaries.

Opponents Of New California Vaccination Law Begin Referendum Drive
Opponents of a new California law mandating vaccinations for more children were cleared by the state Tuesday to begin collecting signatures on a ballot referendum on the measure.

California Bill Banning Confederate Names Clears Committee | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Senate Bill 539 would prohibit naming public buildings, roads after Confederate leaders

Bill Would Block Pg&e From Deducting $115 Million Of San Bruno Fine | The California Report | Kqed News
Should companies get a tax break on penalties?

San Diego Judge Refuses To Throw Out Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed By Strippers
A federal judge in San Diego has refused to throw out a civil rights lawsuit filed by nude dancers against the Police Department and its vice officers.

New Study Says A Third Of Californians In Poverty | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
United Ways of California uses new methodology

Lawrence Karlton Dies At 80; Federal Judge Who Pushed For Prison Reforms
Lawrence K. Karlton, a U.S. district judge who played a key role in prodding the state of California to reduce its prison population and improve conditions for mentally ill inmates, died Saturday in Sacramento. He was 80.

Supervisors Vote To Settle Final Antelope Valley Discrimination Case
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday in a closed-door meeting to approve the final piece of a settlement over allegations of racial discrimination in county-administered low-income housing programs in the Antelope Valley.

Community Colleges Coming Live To California Prisons - California Health Report
Lynn Graebner @
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Casey Kasem Controversy Leads To New Rights For Children Of Ill Parents
Adult children barred from visiting an ailing parent will now have a way to seek legal recourse under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday.

San Jose State University President To Step Down
The president of San Jose State University, Mohammad Qayoumi, who had a controversial tenure there, will step down from the post next month and take a position with the Afghanistan government, officials announced.

Citing Neglect, Lawmakers Urge Halt To Migrant Detention Center Expansion
More than two dozen members of Congress are calling on federal officials to halt the expansion of California’s largest immigrant detention center over reports of medical neglect at the privately run facility.

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DWP Gears Up To Sell Skeptical Customers On Its Proposed Rate Hikes
Since it was created more than 100 years ago, the Department of Water and Power has been a titan of Los Angeles, controlling not just the city's access to vital resources but billions of dollars in revenue that has helped gain influence at City Hall.

Essential California: Say Goodbye To Lawns
Good morning. It is Wednesday, July 15. Here's what's happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Assault on campus The U.S. Department of Education’s decision to investigate colleges for failing to adequately handle allegations of sexual assault put the spotlight on rape on university campuses....

S.F. Immigrant Advocates Call For 'sober' Dialogue In Wake Of Killing
Each speaker reiterated an undisputed fact: The fatal shooting of 32-year-old Kate Steinle on San Francisco's Embarcadero is a tragedy.

Alzheimer's Researcher Aisen To Appear In Usc/ucsd Litigation |
Alzheimer's expert Dr. Paul Aisen has been ordered to appear in San Diego Superior Court on Wednesday as bitter litigation continues between UC San Diego and the University of Southern California.

More Lawn Restrictions Could Remake California Landscape
First it was existing lawns, with Gov. Jerry Brown leading the way in urging Californians to rip out swaths of green to save vast amounts of water.