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THE NOONER for August 10, 2015
AURAL PLEASURE: John, Marisa and Anthony tickle our ears with the California Politics podcast. They talk about Shrimpgate, Tom Steyer's war on big oil, and California's retitement of its Prop 57 debt.
Legislative staffers are enjoying their Hawaiian shirts and shorts for the last week before the Legislature returns for a four-week run.
LAW AND DISORDER: Assembly settles pay lawsuit against former member [Kurt Chirbas @ LAT] - "In February 2014, a former legislative staffer, Kristina Zahn, sued the now-ousted Assemblyman Steve Fox (D-Palmdale), alleging that the one-term legislator forced her to do unpaid campaign work, refused to pay her overtime and made inappropriate sexual comments."
Fox has indicated that he is running again to unseat Tom Lackey, who defeated Fox in 2014. However, Fox hasn't filed a semi-annual campaign finance report, and observers are growing increasing skepital that he will run. Democratic leaders hope to find another candidate.
SLIP SLIDING AWAY: CA Controller's July Cash Report Shows Revenues Close to Projections - "Sales and use tax totaling $858.7 million fell short of projections by $113.8 million, or 11.7 percent. Corporation tax revenues came in $1 million, or 0.3 percent, lower than expected.
CHECKS AND BALANCES: The campaign circulating the "No Blank Checks" initiative, which would require voter approval for state revenue bonds exceeding $2 billion has been solely funded ($3 million) by Stockton's agribusiness family Dean and Joan Cortopassi. The initiative is seen as a possible block to the tunnels that would convey water from the Sacramento river delta to the state water project's aquaduct, championed by Jerry Brown. The initiative's backers have until September 10 to collect 585,407 valid signatures.
$$$: State kicking tires on idea to tax miles [Nicole Knight @ OCR] - "Mileage-based fees, used to some extent in Europe and Asia, hold promise in terms of how much money they can raise. A 2009 national forecast by the RAND Corp. suggests that a per-mile charge of 1.1 cents might generate 20 percent more revenue than gas taxes by 2030."
#CAKEDAY: Weekend birthday greetings to lobbyist Dominic Dimare, State Senator Steve Glazer and Community College League VP Kimi Shigetani!
#FAREWELL: Lobbyist Jay Michael (1933-2015)
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The March 2011 paper seems to contradict the current California Public Employees Retirement System position: When a pension plan is closed to new members, state law requires that the plan be terminated.
Green Waste Collections Fall By Millions Of Pounds As Sacramentans Let Their Lawns Turn Brown
Phillip Reese @ sacbee.com
As families across the region let their lawns go brown, garbage haulers for the areaâs largest population centers have collected 26 million fewer pounds of green waste so far this summer compared to 2012, the first year of Californiaâs drought, according to data obtained by The Sacramento Bee. Thatâs enough grass clippings to fill about a dozen Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Innovation Is Blooming At Water-Wise Urban Farms
Katie Shephard @ latimes.com
As California moves through its fourth summer of drought, cutting back on water use means shorter showers, fuller dishwashers and drier lawns for most people living in urban areas.
Feinstein, Boxer Introduce Alternative Drought Bill With More Specific Environmental Protection
Janie Costa @ turlockcitynews.com
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Donald Trump Struggles To Turn Political Fling Into A Durable Campaign
Robert Costa and Philip Rucker @ washingtonpost.com
Donald Trump was ensconced inside his Manhattan skyscraper early last week, preparing for his first presidential debate. The celebrity billionaire wanted to turn the summer fling that had catapulted him to the front of the Republican pack into a candidacy capable of winning the White House â and his longtime adviser Roger Stone had a plan.
L.A. County Supervisors To Weigh Proposed Merger Of Health Agencies
Los Angeles County supervisors are poised to decide whether to go forward with a proposed overhaul of three health agencies, the latest in a series of moves to restructure county government since last year's election ushered in a new board majority.
Senate Report Calls For Crackdown On Airline Fees
Hugo Martin @ latimes.com
Eric Rose knew that he would take a financial hit when he needed to reschedule a flight home with his wife, Marci, after dropping off their son at college in Tucson. After all, he had bought two $160 nonrefundable tickets.
Hillary Clinton To Unveil $350-billion Plan To Make College More Affordable
Hillary Rodham Clinton will call Monday for a $350-billion federal commitment to reducing higher education costs for millions of Americans, part of an overhaul she seeks that would also cut student loan interest rates and make it easier to repay college debt.
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Not only is Donald Trump not going away, he is ensuring that yet another week on the campaign trail will begin with questions that the rest of the candidates are growing sick of.
Thousands Of Mines With Toxic Water Lie Under The West
NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press @ abcnews.go.com
Beneath the western United States lie thousands of old mining tunnels filled with the same toxic stew that spilled into a Colorado river last week, turning it into a nauseating yellow concoction and stoking alarm about contamination of drinking water.
L.A. Maps Out Sweeping Transportation Overhaul
First it was a ban on plastic bags. Then came the workplace prohibition on e-cigarettes.
Newport Beach Councilman Who Criticized Gay Marriage Could Face Reprimand
Newport Beach Councilman Scott Peotter could face a written reprimand from his colleagues during a meeting Tuesday, a month after he wrote an email under the city seal that criticized same-sex marriage.
2nd Firefighter Killed Battling California Wildfires
A U.S. Forest Service firefighter was killed Saturday night battling a wildfire in Northern California, becoming the second firefighter to die in just over a week.
Summer Remedial Courses Now Required For Nearly Half Of CSU Freshman | Edsource
Cal State Fullerton incoming freshman Kathlyn Kagahastian shares her answer with classmates during a summer course to help student prepare for college-level math.
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San Francisco Bay Area News Crews Targeted By Robbers
PAUL ELIAS Associated Press @ abcnews.go.com
A Republican Agitator in the Senate Makes Friends Across the Aisle
Mike Lee, the junior senator from Utah who helped lead the government shutdown effort, has a reputation of defying party leaders as well as cooperating with Democrats on libertarian-leaning policy.
Bay Area Schools In A Hiring Frenzy Just Days Before Students Return To Class
Sharon Noguchi @ mercurynews.com
"It has definitely been a challenge recruiting teachers," said Jorge Quintana, spokesman for San Jose Unified School District, whose schools had 12 teacher openings late last week, just days before the first day of class this Wednesday.
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EPA Orders More Air Quality Tests For Homes Near Superfund Sites
Tony Barboza @ latimes.com
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered a new round of air quality tests for a South Bay neighborhood after detecting a variety of contaminants inside homes near two federal cleanup sites.