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THE NOONER for August 17, 2015
WELCOME BACK AND THE AGENDA
Legislators have long to-do list, little consensus [Editorial @ SacBee] - "Lawmakers and lobbyists will return to the Capitol today for a final month of horse-trading and buttonholing. Whether the big deals come together is unclear. But some should, including one to pay for better roads and highways."
"The Senate has imposed a fundraising moratorium on its members for the final month. Assembly members, however, will be casting pivotal votes on bills, and scurrying to restaurants and bars to raise money from people affected by those votes. The unseemly practice ought to end."
Big Battles to Watch In California Legislature's Final Month [John Myers and Marisa Lagos @ KQED] - "Legislators return on Monday to Sacramento for the final sprint to the end of this year's duties, the halfway mark of the two-year legislative session that began in January. Hundreds of bills are left to be debated, covering topics from environmental policy to privacy rights and long-term funding for roads and highways."
Gas, Tobacco Taxes To Be Debated By California Legislature [Jessica Calefeti @ BANG] - "When lawmakers return from summer break today, they’ll have less than a month to solve two huge problems that have vexed the Legislature for decades: fixing California’s crumbling roads and funding health care for the poor."
TRUMPED: Preparing For The Trump Deportation Of Five Million Californians [Tony Quinn @ Fox and Hounds] - "Donald Trump's statement on Meet the Press yesterday that he will deport all illegal immigrants and their American born children has huge implications for California, where this could affect as many as five million people."
Setting aside the political issue of immigration, a population decline in population of 13% in the state would be an economic disaster. While there is a governmental cost of social services for them, undocumented immigrants spend a heck of a lot of money in California's private businesses. Oh, and he claims he'll amend the constitution to eliminate birthright citizenship, something that requires the assent of the legislatures of 38 of the states. Apparently, they don't teach government at the Wharton School. The last constitutional amendment (XXVI, dealing with congressional pay raises) took 203 years to be approved.
LINGO: How to speak like a Capitol insider [Jeremy B. White and Alexei Kosoff @ SacBee] - "To those unaccustomed to the inside baseball of policymaking, politicians can sometimes seem like they speak a different language."
SD25 (Pasadena): Democratic website puts hit on Senate candidate Mike Antonovich [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "The Democratic Party's early concerns about holding the Senate seat have manifested in a new opposition-research website that paints Antonovich as too conservative on social and environmental issues. It also lists various supposed ethical lapses (showing favor to certain lobbyists, overseas trips and questionable contributions), along with sections on "inappropriate emails" and "head-scratching decisions."
#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Evan Low chief of staff Ben Golombek and Rob Bonta's field rep Diego González.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
San Jose Drops Appeal Of Pension 'California Rule'
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
Some thought an appeal of a court ruling blocking a key part of a San Jose pension reform could lead to a high court review of the âCalifornia rule,â an issue in an initiative ballot summary issued last week by Attorney General Kamala Harris.
Donald Trump Gives Anti-Immigration Republicans Their Dream Plan
Sahil Kapur @ bloomberg.com
A sweeping immigration policy proposal released Sunday by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is an early Christmas to American voters hungry for more restrictive immigration policies. It's also a nightmare for Republican leaders working to entice Latino voters.
Gas, Tobacco Taxes To Be Debated By California Legislature
Jessica Calefeti @ dailynews.com
When lawmakers return from summer break today, theyâll have less than a month to solve two huge problems that have vexed the Legislature for decades: fixing Californiaâs crumbling roads and funding health care for the poor.
The Anti-Trump: Tom Bradley, A Quiet Giant Who Bridged Divides
Cathleen Decker @ latimes.com
In place of the rat-a-tat insults so common in the current presidential campaign, there is Bradley, the dignified 20-year mayor, enduring slight after slight as he works for a Los Angeles Police Department that had little use for his kind. There is Bradley, upending his Democratic Party's reputation for fiscal laxity, working with others to protect the city's budget. There is Bradley throwing open City Hall, literally and figuratively, to blacks and Latinos and Asians and women, a City Hall that to that point had been largely the province of white men.
How To Speak Like A Capitol Insider | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White and Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Political jargon can make state politics tough to navigate
San Jose Drops Appeal Of Pension ‘california Rule’ | Calpensions
But dropping an appeal of the superior court ruling is part of a settlement of union suits against the voter-approved pension reform that, under a San Jose city council agreement last week with police, could soon be implemented by court action.
How To Speak Like A Capitol Insider
Jeremy B. White and Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
To those unaccustomed to the inside baseball of policymaking, politicians can sometimes seem like they speak a different language.
Can Hillary Clinton Win The Angry Voters?
Doyle McManus @ latimes.com
While Donald Trump has kept the political world transfixed, Hillary Rodham Clinton has spent her summer methodically rolling out a long list of policy proposals. They add up to a platform you might call "soft populism."
Big Battles To Watch In California Legislature's Final Month
John Myers and Marisa Lagos @ ww2.kqed.org
Here are our top picks for the battles worth watching:
Rating California Schools Is A Big Battle | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
School reform and civil rights groups are leery
Little-known Education Department Office Driving Aggressive Investigation Of Campus Sexual Assaults
For the last four years, a little-known civil rights office in the U.S. Department of Education has forced far-reaching changes in how the nation’s colleges and universities police, prosecute and punish sexual assaults on campus.
Scientists At Tahoe Make Bad Fish Good Fish For Reno Poor
SCOTT SONNER @ sacbee.com
Largemouth bass and bluegills that were making their home in parts of Lake Tahoe where they don't belong are ending up in the stomachs of some of Nevada's poor and homeless as part of an offshoot of a research project to combat invasive species.
California Legislature To Consider Limiting Out-of-pocket Prescription Drug Costs
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Outside Contender Fiorina Has Faced Down Tough Odds Before - San Francisco Chronicle
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LAPD Broke Labor Laws In Requiring Some Officers To Repay Training Costs, Court Rules
Hailey Branson-Potts @ latimes.com
Last week, a state appeals court ruled on behalf of Alvo and dozens of other former LAPD officers who were sued by the city, saying an LAPD requirement that officers pay for their training â often tens of thousands of dollars â if they quit within five years of graduating from the academy violates state labor laws.
Jeb Bush, Seemingly Perfect On Paper, Just Hasn't Caught On With GOP Voters
On paper, Jeb Bush is the perfect establishment candidate for the Republican presidential nomination:
Outside Contender Fiorina Has Faced Down Tough Odds Before
Carla Marinucci @ sfchronicle.com
In one of the most memorable scenes in her 2006 memoir, âTough Choices,â Carly Fiorina recalled marching into the dark recesses of the Board Room â an upscale Washington, D.C.-area strip club â where a team of rival male AT&T colleagues had scheduled an important client meeting.
California Moves To Provide Interpreters In All Court Cases
SUDHIN THANAWALA Associated Press @ abcnews.go.com
That's because California only guarantees access to an interpreter in criminal cases, not civil cases.
More Than 10,000 Acres In Sierra Nevada Protected In Deal That Aims To Boost Water Supply, Reduce Fires
Paul Rogers @ mercurynews.com
The Northern Sierra Partnership, an environmental group based in Palo Alto and founded by longtime Silicon Valley leaders Jim and Becky Morgan, joined with the Nature Conservancy and the American River Conservancy to buy the land for $10.1 million from Simorg West Forests, a timber company based in Atlanta.
How A Sri Lankan Politician's Comeback Became Controversial
The upset election defeat of Sri Lankan strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa was the political surprise of the year in South Asia.
Ticketed And Towed: Owner Of Minivan Hopes His Court Victory Inspires Others
J. David Sackman won an unexpected court victory this month against Los Angeles parking officials.