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THE NOONER for August 25, 2015

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • AD55 (Yorba Linda): added water board member Brett Barbre (R).
  • AD76 (Carlsbad): Removed Kevin Sabellico (D), who has endorsed Eve Simmons.

 

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BIG BLUE: Jerry Brown’s Climate Campaign Meshes Well At Tahoe Summit [John Myers @ KQED] - "The governor joined Nevada officials, as well as regional members of California’s congressional delegation and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-San Francisco, for Monday’s two-hour event on the Tahoe shoreline that emphasized cooperation and collaboration to preserve the alpine lake’s cobalt-blue waters."

GOOD MOVE: Runner Elections Bill to Save Local Dollars Passes Assembly Elections Committee - "Senator Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster) today announced that her legislation to save taxpayer dollars when a special election proves to be unnecessary passed out of the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee. Senate Bill 49 would permit the Governor, at his or her discretion, to cancel a special election when only one candidate qualifies to appear on the ballot."

Capitol Morning Report's John Fairbanks has an intriguing idea in today's issue. He suggests that the state should create a "bank" for all political money, which he argues would allow much better tracking than the current reporting to the Secretary of State and enforcement by the Fair Political Practices Commission.

BENEFITS OF SIN AGUA: One good thing about the drought? Lake Tahoe water clarity [David Siders @ SacBee] - "[S]tanding on the beach, Brown spoke before a body of water that in one major way is benefiting from the drought. While scientists worry about warming water and receding lake levels, the lack of rain has prevented dirt and grit from washing into the lake. Fires burn in the distance, but Tahoe's clarity has only improved.

Our friend, Shane Goldmacher, formerly of Capitol Weekly, is moving from the National Journal to Politico to cover the 2016 presidential campaign.

 

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SMOKIN' Tobacco bills fast-tracked to Senate floor [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Some of the bills have costs to the state that normally would have required them to be placed in the suspense file, where they would receive more detailed analysis of the financial implications. However, Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), the committee’s chairman, persuaded the panel to send them all on to the full Senate because they are part of a special session called by the governor on health issues and some had been approved by the Senate during the regular session."

JERRY V. OIL Gov. Jerry Brown takes aim at oil companies over 'highly destructive' product [Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "Oil companies 'have a product that is highly destructive, while highly valuable at the same time. And we're trying to work out the right policies,' he said."

AUTO-INVASION: State Assembly OKs drone privacy regulations, blocks body camera bill [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "Lawmakers in the state Assembly approved a measure Monday that would restrict the use of drones over private property without the owner's permission. But a bill that would require local law enforcement agencies to set up policies governing their use of body cameras fell flat after facing criticism from some Democrats that it did not go far enough."

 

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Runner Elections Bill to Save Local Dollars Passes Assembly Elections Committee
runner.cssrc.us
Senator Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster) today announced that her legislation to save taxpayer dollars when a special election proves to be unnecessary passed out of the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee. Senate Bill 49 would permit the Governor, at his or her discretion, to cancel a special election when only one candidate qualifies to appear on the ballot.

Jerry Brown’s Climate Campaign Meshes Well At Tahoe Summit | The California Report | Kqed News
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ZEPHYR COVE, Nevada — Perhaps the stunning blue lake waters were the inspiration for Gov. Jerry Brown to offer a crystal-clear message at Lake Tahoe’s annual environmental summit: Opponents in the political fight over climate change better be ready.

Gov. Jerry Brown Takes Aim At Oil Companies Over 'highly Destructive' Product
latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown, in the midst of a tense political battle over climate change legislation, sharply criticized oil companies on Monday for selling a "highly destructive" product.

Ca Assembly Ok's Drone 'no-fly Zone' Bill - Capradio.org
capradio.org
The California Assembly approved a bill on Monday that would create a ‘no-fly zone’ for hobby drones hovering above private property.

One Good Thing About The Drought? Lake Tahoe Water Clarity
David Siders @
sacbee.com
[S]tanding on the beach, Brown spoke before a body of water that in one major way is benefiting from the drought. While scientists worry about warming water and receding lake levels, the lack of rain has prevented dirt and grit from washing into the lake. Fires burn in the distance, but Tahoe’s clarity has only improved.

Rodeo Riders Lose Bid For Physical Education Exemption As Cheerleading Advances | Edsource
edsource.org
Madison Baute, a high school freshman from Agua Dulce, barrel racing on her horse, Dash. She had hoped to receive a physical education class exemption for the time she spends training.

3 Judges Appointed By Democrats Will Hear California Death Penalty Appeal
latimes.com
The constitutionality of California’s death penalty system will be reviewed next week by a panel of three Democratic appointees on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

California Could Ban Smokeless Tobacco In Pro Baseball | The Sacramento Bee
sacbee.com
California lawmakers are voting to ban a once-common practice in Major League Baseball, the use of chewing tobacco.

Donald Trump Wins A South Bay GOP Straw Poll
ibabuzz.com
By Josh Richman Monday, August 24th, 2015 at 12:19 pm in 2016 presidential election, Republican Party, Republican politics.

Even Candidates' Allies Are Sometimes Foes On The 2016 Campaign Trail
Kurtis Lee @
latimes.com
Jeb Bush was 20 minutes into his presidential campaign kickoff speech when a group of protesters stood, unveiled neon green T-shirts spelling out “legal status is not enough” and began shouting.

Jerry Brown To Sign Bill To Suspend California High School Exit Exam For 2015
Alexei Koseff @
sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown will sign legislation to give a reprieve to thousands of California students who were blocked from graduating high school this year when the state canceled its required exit exam.

"Kate's Law" Resolution Introduced by Senator Morrell Stalled by Democrats in Senate Public Safety Committee
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The legislature is scheduled to conclude its business for the year on September 11.

Heroes Who Foiled Train Gunman Scheduled For Rest, College | The Sacramento Bee
JANIE HAR @
sacbee.com
So what do you do when a trip on a high-speed train in Europe suddenly turns you and your buddies into international heroes?

First Draft: Today in Politics: Obamaâ
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Politics can be tough on friendships, as Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is seeking to put a home-state senator in a tough spot, while President Obama might find himself in a similarly awkward position if his vice president decides to run for president.

You Really Want To Privatize Social Security In This Market?
latimes.com
President George W. Bush plumps for his Social Security privatization plan in 2005. Thankfully, his idea failed.

Second-highest Paid L.A. County Employee In 2014 Didn’t Work A Single Day
dailynews.com
Today's high

California Senate Acts To Exempt Class Of 2015 From High School Exit Exam
latimes.com
The state Senate on Monday approved emergency legislation that would allow California high school seniors who are part of the class of 2015 to graduate without taking an exit exam after the state cancelled the test for this summer.