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THE NOONER for August 20, 2015
FAILURE TO YIELD: Senate Democrats, Republicans reject each other's transportation goals for special session [Alexei Kosoff @ SacBee] - "Caucus leaders this week shot down each other's major proposals for the session, called by Gov. Jerry Brown in June to address billions of dollars' worth of backlogged repairs to state and local roads."
Jerry Brown seeks high road when crafting repair plan [Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown bobbed and weaved through a news conference about transportation needs on Wednesday, declining to say where he thinks the state should find billions of dollars to repair California's roads."
FALLING FAST: Central Valley sinking fast in drought, NASA study shows -"While the land is sinking just a few inches a year, subsidence has been hastened by the drought, and the consequences can mushroom as the dry years pile up. Gravity-fed canal systems don't function as well. Portions of the Delta-Mendota Canal, which brings water to much of the San Joaquin Valley, have buckled and had to be propped back up. In Firebaugh, west of Fresno, a motor-vehicle bridge has sunk so low it practically sits atop an irrigation canal."
DEFENSE: Medical, labor groups spend to fight Pan recall [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, a pediatrician by training, reaped significant support from unions and medical organizations during an enormously expensive Senate run last year. Those groups have come to Pan’s defense as he faces a recall election effort spearheaded by opponents of a bill mandating vaccinations for almost all students enrolled in California schools."
PENSION POLITICS: Ballot measure could cut pension costs -- but also upend collective bargaining [Teri Sforza @ PE] - "A controversial reform measure headed for the 2016 ballot could cut public pension costs by giving taxpayers a say on retirement plans – but it could upend collective bargaining in the process, according to several analyses. "
OMG! Jerry Brown on Donald Trump: 'Oh, my God.' [Josh Richman @ BANG] - "Asked Wednesday what he thought of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign tactics, California Gov. Jerry Brown replied with a pained, 'Oh, my God.'"
EXTINGUISHED: State Senate panel approves package of six anti-tobacco bills [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "A Senate panel on Wednesday approved a package of six anti-tobacco bills, including measures raising the smoking age to 21 and barring the use of electronic cigarettes in public places such as restaurants where smoking is banned."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Students First's André-Tascha Lammé and the Board of Equalization's and awesome legislative history buff Alex Vassar!
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Video: Four Ways Jerry Brown Dodges Tax Question
David Siders @ sacbee.com
In a push for funding for billions of dollars in road repairs, Gov. Jerry Brown stood beside a podium Wednesday as Democratic lawmakers and local officials applauded him for his attention to transportation.
Fiscal Committee Approves Education Reform Measures
Two important education reform measures authored by Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) received unanimous support during a vote of the Assembly Appropriations Committee today and now face a full Assembly Floor vote. The measures extend the School District of Choice program and remove antiquated laws from the California Education Code that were rendered obsolete due to the adoption of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
In Wake Of Gay Marriage Ruling, Sacramento-area Representatives Ponder Next Steps - Capradio.org
Now that the Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage, conservatives in Congress, including Sacramento-area Republicans, are debating how to protect religious groups who disagree with the ruling. Opponents of one particular plan say it would lead to discrimination if it becomes law.
D.a. Called Out County Supervisors On Jail Vote That Violated State Law
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey notified county supervisors last week that their vote on a controversial downtown jail plan violated the state's open meetings law, the latest in a string of incidents in which the board has run afoul of the Ralph M. Brown Act.
Senate Panel Votes To Raise California Gas Tax 12 Cents A Gallon
Jessica Calefati and Josh Richman Staff writers @ contracostatimes.com
State lawmakers on Wednesday took the first steps toward raising taxes and fees on motorists and further restricting Californians' tobacco use as the Legislature convened special sessions aimed at solving the state's transportation and health care funding crises.
California Pension Proposal Goes Grassroots For Signature Collection | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Email seeks 10,000 pledges to collect signatures for ballot measure
The Problem With Making Education A Campaign Issue
Moderator Campbell Brown listens as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican presidential candidate, speaks during an education summit Wednesday in Londonderry, N.H.
Jerry Brown On Donald Trump: 'Oh, My God.'
Josh Richman @ ibabuzz.com
Asked Wednesday what he thought of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign tactics, California Gov. Jerry Brown replied with a pained, "Oh, my God."
California Senate Leader Says Oil Industry 'fear-mongering' On Sb 350
De Leon told reporters at the Capitol that his aim was to make sure that SB 350, which has already passed the Senate, achieved the goals of reducing greenhouse gases and improving the economy, but he said he was open to compromise to get it through the Legislature.
California Medical Marijuana Regulations Might Reflect Laws For Booze
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Pushing hard to at last regulate Californiaâs free-for-all medical marijuana industry, state lawmakers are wrestling with how a tightly regulated cannabis market would work.
Lawmaker Wants Label On Food Made With Fracking Water - Capradio.org
A California lawmaker has proposed a new label for food irrigated with what he calls “fracking water."
Jerry Brown Seeks High Road When Crafting Repair Plan
Gov. Jerry Brown bobbed and weaved through a news conference about transportation needs on Wednesday, declining to say where he thinks the state should find billions of dollars to repair California's roads.
Takeaways from the GOP education forum
JOSH ZEITZ @ politico.com
Members of the teachers' union in New Hampshire protest the candidates' education plans.
State Senate Panel Approves Package Of Six Anti-tobacco Bills
A Senate panel on Wednesday approved a package of six anti-tobacco bills, including measures raising the smoking age to 21 and barring the use of electronic cigarettes in public places such as restaurants where smoking is banned.
CPUC Nominees Sail Through Committee
Jeff McDonald @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Gov. Jerry Brownâs two selections to the California Public Utilities Commission were confirmed by the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday, as lawmakers decided they are the right choices to lead a troubled agency confronting two criminal investigations.
Ruptured Water Main Spills 1 Million Gallons In Newport Beach
A water main break in Newport Beach spilled an estimated 1 million gallons of water into the street and an underground parking structure early Wednesday, according to the Irvine Ranch Water District.
Medical, Labor Groups Spend To Fight Pan Recall
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Medical and labor groups have poured tens of thousands of dollars into fighting the recall of a state senator who carried Californiaâs controversial vaccination bill.
L.A. Is Losing $20 Million A Year Because Of Fumbled Tax Data, Audit Finds
The city of Los Angeles is losing out on more than $20 million each year because of poor coordination of its data on tax-paying businesses with the county and state, according to an audit released Wednesday by City Controller Ron Galperin.
Thousands Forced Out As Central California Wildfire Surges
Wildfires throughout California have kept more than 10,000 firefighters on the front lines for weeks, while fresh flames east of San Francisco quickly chewed through dry brush and a stubborn, weeks-old blaze in the Sierra Nevada chased thousands of people from homes and campsites.
House Lawsuit Against Obama Is Turning Into A Real Problem For The President
An unprecedented House lawsuit against President Obama that was once derided as a certain loser looks stronger now and may soon deliver an early legal round to Republican lawmakers complaining of executive branch overreach.