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THE NOONER for July 28, 2015
YOUR INSIGHT NEEDED: What legislative bills do you see as the biggest for the last four weeks of session? Email me your thoughts.
TRAITORS! California assemblymen set aside baseball rivalry in district swap [Alexei Kosoff @ SacBee] - "The fault lines in the California Legislature can be immense: Democrats vs. Republicans, coastal lawmakers vs. valley lawmakers, Giants fans vs. Dodgers fans. Assemblymen David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, will try to repair the latter divide when they swap districts for three days this week to visit with local politicians, business leaders and community organizations."
As a kid, I grew up bleeding Dodger Blue, but also yelled at the top of my lungs for the Giants during the World Series wins. Sacrelig, I know. Good work, gentlemen.
HIGH HOPES: Boston ends bid to host 2024 Olympics, giving Los Angeles an opportunity [David Wharton @ LAT] - "'I continue to believe that Los Angeles is the ideal Olympic city,' [Mayor Eric Garcetti] said in a statement issued minutes after Boston withdrew. 'I would be happy to engage in discussions with the USOC about how to present the strongest and most fiscally responsible bid on behalf of our city and nation.'"
DEAR JOE: Stay and Run for U.S. Senate, Joe! [Joe Mathews @ Fox & Hounds] - "Let me speak frankly to you, Joe [Mathews] to Joe [Biden]. You'll need a new gig after the end of next year. And with the Democrats lined up behind Hillary, there's no real window for you to step up to the presidency. But you're still in top form, and you need a new bigger challenge. If you can't represent the whole nation, why not the next biggest thing – California?"
BRILLIANT: Damn, Jon Stewart, we're going to miss you.
THE SOFA DEGREE IN CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND POLICY: Well, there are only three weeks left in summer recess and that means limited time for you to work on your Sofa Degree! One benefit of my limited mobility right now is that I'm checking a few of these books off my list.
What Top 25 books would you read to get a university-quality education that would prepare you for a career in California politics or policy?
Over the last two years, NOONER readers have been asked, and this is what we came up with. The list is constantly evolving, as some are added and others are deleted. Feel free to weigh in.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to former State Senator Jim Battin, Republican activist Ron Givens, and SEIU's Matt Rogers.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Park District To Consider Naming Hayward Segment Of Bay Trail After Bill Lockyer
The East Bay Regional Park District is proposing to name the 6.5 mile-long segment within the Hayward Regional Shoreline after Lockyer, a longtime East Bay lawmaker who also served as state attorney general and treasurer.
Obama Ivory Crackdown Leaves Open California Loopholes | The Sacramento Bee
ELLEN KNICKMEYER @ sacbee.com
Ivory dealers in San Francisco's Chinatown stood in their shop doors besides store windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets this week, unfazed by President Barack Obama's announcement of proposed rules that the White House says go as far as the administration can go toward banning all U.S. trade of ivory from the world's endangered elephants.
Chairman Still Wants San Onofre Emails
Jeff McDonald @ sandiegouniontribune.com
State regulators do not appear ready to comply with a July 31 deadline to release thousands of emails requested by the chairman of the Assembly committee overseeing the California Public Utilities Commission.
Drought Results In Modesto's 'negative Outlook' For Water Service - Capradio.org
The drought is one reason the City of Modesto has received a "negative outlook" for water service. The city is using less water and that means less revenue.
Sexual Assault Measures Aim To Unify Colleges' Responses In California
Responding to inconsistent policies on sexual assaults at college campuses, California lawmakers are considering a package of proposals to address the issue, including one that would require schools to disclose more information about disciplinary actions taken against student offenders.
Conserving Water Means Rates Will Rise | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Shasta Dam viewed from the air, with the reservoir nearly full. / Robert Campbell - Wikimedia
States, U.S. Must Boost Graduation Rates, Duncan Says In Slamming College Costs
Carla Rivera @ latimes.com
The nation's colleges are too costly and students frequently are not getting their money's worth, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Monday, emphasizing that states and the federal government must do more to ensure that students complete their degrees.
Publishing Appellate Decisions
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Important judicial decrees in one region of California that survive appeal should be law for the entire state.
The Cigarette Tax Dilemma :: Fox&hounds
But the cycle will certainly continue for First 5 and any agency that receives cigarette money. A tax increase will likely once again reduce the number of smokers and cigarette purchases and at some point reduce the revenue agencies expect to receive.
Struggle To Save Endangered Santa Ana Sucker May Reach U.S. Supreme Court
A 20-year struggle to protect a rare bottom-feeding fish from extinction appears headed toward resolution as Inland Empire cities and water agencies are asking the court of last resort to intervene.
First Draft: Today in Politics: Mike Huckabee Is New Fulcrum in Republicansâ
With less than two weeks before the first debate and 16 months before the election itself, Republican candidates have already been accused of breaching the proper bounds of political discourse.
Parent Trigger' Campaigns Can Continue Despite Lack Of New Test Scores
Sarah Tully @ edsource.org
While Californiaâs testing and accountability system is in flux, parents are allowed to attempt to force major changes at schools considered failing based on tests that are at least two years old and that measure material thatâs no longer being taught.
Golden State Warriors Must Address Traffic Issues To Win Key San Francisco Arena Ally
Matthew Artz @ contracostatimes.com
University of California, San Francisco leaders said Monday that they expect to back the Warriors' planned 18,500-seat arena across Third Street from the university's 4,000 person medical campus in San Francisco's Mission Bay District. But their support will be contingent on a deal that ensures patients won't be stuck in traffic on nights when the arena and nearby AT&T Park are both in use.
Obama's Immigration Conundrum: Enforcing Past Administrations' Policy Failures
President Obama was in office when a bipartisan coalition in the Senate passed his immigration reforms in 2013.
Why Los Angeles Is Poised To Ban Possession Of High-capacity Gun Magazines
'tis The Season To Troll: Candidates Clamor For Attention Ahead Of GOP Debate
Welcome to Trail Guide, your daily tour through the wilds of the 2016 presidential campaign. It's Tuesday, July 28, and this is what we're watching: 'Tis the season for trolling. Mike Huckabee isn't the only one trying to provoke his way into the headlines and onto the debate stage Liberals activists are...
Caltrans, Contractors Fined In Willits Bypass Collapse
KEVIN MCCALLUM @ pressdemocrat.com
State officials have levied a total of $165,000 in fines against Caltrans and two construction companies for the January collapse of a 150-foot section of the Highway 101 bypass project in Willits that seriously injured three workers.
Boston's Bid Withdrawal Puts L.A. Back In The Running For 2024 Olympics
Boston’s short-lived campaign to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics ended Monday after months of struggles with local opposition and low public support.
A Weeping Joyce Mitchell Pleads Guilty To Helping Killers Escape N.y. Prison
A former prison employee charged with helping two killers in a brazen escape that led to a three-week manhunt pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor Tuesday, nearly two months after her arrest stunned residents of the small town where she worked.