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THE NOONER for August 26, 2015

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Happy Women's Equality Day. 95 years ago today, women were granted the right to vote. However, there is still a lot of work to do. Today will be a big push for Hannah-Beth Jackson's SB 358, which would require equal pay for substantially equal work for women.





CASHING IN: While the State Senate has prohibited fundraising during this last month of session, the Capitol Morning Report lists 18 Assemblymembers holding fundraisers today. That's one of the highest numbers I've ever seen. There are a total of 25 fundraisers today when you include non-incumbents.

Speaking of the Morning Report, yesterday I mentioned John Fairbanks's piece on creating a state bank for all political committees. He has now posted the commentary on a free page.

FUELING UP: Senate leader plans changes to climate bill to ease passage [David Siders @ SacBee] - "In a bid to blunt opposition from oil interests to a major climate bill pending in the state Assembly, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said Tuesday that he plans to amend the measure to increase legislative oversight of its implementation."

PICKING UP: L.A. opens the door for full Uber and Lyft service at LAX [Laura J. Nelson @ LAT] - "Los Angeles on Tuesday became the largest city in the nation to open the door for companies such as Uber and Lyft to fully operate alongside taxis at the airport."

STETHOSCOPE: Californians increasingly keen on boosting health care for unauthorized immigrants [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "The [Field Poll] survey found that 58 percent of registered voters favor providing Medi-Cal to all of the state's undocumented residents while 39 percent oppose. Last year, only a slight majority – 51 percent – favored the idea, while 45 percent opposed."



BOOM! Sacramento new home construction slowed by worker shortages [Tony Bizjak @ SacBee] - "In Davis, partly built houses are sitting idle for days at The Cannery subdivision because there aren't enough workers to deliver materials. In Roseville, builder Meritage Homes reports that houses are taking months longer to finish because contractors don’t have enough stucco workers, drywall crews, painters and other tradespeople."

While I can't find numbers, there were news stories during the recession that found reverse-immigration because of a lack of jobs and improvements in Latin American countries. Sort of a different story than occupying the presidential campaign. 

OUSTED: First, Trump booted Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of his news conference. Then things got interesting. [Philip Rucker @ WaPo] - :Ramos, holding a piece of paper, calmly tried to ask Trump about his plan to combat illegal immigration. "I'm a reporter, an immigrant, a senior citizen," he said. "I have the right to ask a question." Trump interrupted him. "Go back to Univision," he said. Then the billionaire businessman motioned to one of his bodyguards, who walked across the room and physically removed Ramos from the room."

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Senate Leader Plans Changes To Climate Bill To Ease Passage | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

GOP Assembly Members Call For Special Session On Water
John Ellis @
Four Republican state Assembly members — two of them from the central San Joaquin Valley — have written a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown asking for a “special legislative session to address California’s unresolved water crisis.”

Californians Increasingly Keen On Boosting Health Care For Unauthorized Immigrants
Christopher Cadelago @
The survey found that 58 percent of registered voters favor providing Medi-Cal to all of the state’s undocumented residents while 39 percent oppose. Last year, only a slight majority – 51 percent – favored the idea, while 45 percent opposed.

California Lawmakers Reject Audit Proposal For Planned Parenthood
Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday scuttled a proposal by Republicans to order a state audit of Planned Parenthood after controversial videos surfaced targeting the group’s work in providing fetal tissue for medical research.

United Auburn Tribal Deal Proves Popular With Lawmakers | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Lawmakers praised the tribe and amended pact at a hearing Tuesday

Poll finds support to extend Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants
In the survey, 58 percent of registered voters polled favored expanding the state’s health program for the poor to undocumented immigrants, while 39 percent were opposed. Health care advocates credited the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as contributing to the shift in sensibilities. “Californians acknowledge that the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of services is working,” said Sarah de Guia, executive director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, an advocacy group based in Oakland. Since its Oct. 1, 2013, debut, Covered California, the state health exchange created for the Affordable Care Act’s implementation, has enrolled about 1.3 million legal state residents in private insurance policies, while about 4 million people have received coverage through an expanded Medi-Cal program. The federal law prohibits undocumented immigrants from buying coverage through the federal or state-run marketplaces, but Medi-Cal will provide limited emergency services to those who are not living here legally. Gov. Jerry Brown has set aside money in the state budget to provide Medi-Cal coverage for children, regardless of immigration status, beginning in May. “It gets a little more challenging when you get to how you pay for it, but the notion everyone should have access to a minimum level of health care does resonate with people,” said Diana Dooley, director of the state’s Health and Human Services Agency. The results show Californians are willing to acknowledge the contribution of immigrants, but they also see it makes financial sense, Esparza said.

Taxi Lobby's City Hall Spending Falls Short Against Uber, Lyft Over LAX
Alice Walton @
The Los Angeles City Council’s vote Tuesday to allow ride-hailing  companies to pick up passengers at LAX severely undercut the taxi industry’s last competitive advantage in the city.

California Lawmakers Say Fracking Study Shows Lax Oversight
Amy Quinton @
California lawmakers say the report by the California Council on Science and Technology and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab outlined the lack of information state regulators have about fracking. The study said the state lacks data about the toxicity of hundreds of chemicals used in fracking as well as how wastewater from the process is disposed of or reused.

Bill Guarantees Domestic Violence Victims Control Of Cellphone
Michael Smolens @
Assembly Bill 1407 by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, would authorize family-law courts to issue orders requiring wireless telephone service providers to transfer the billing responsibility and telephone number to the victim.

Why employers are really cutting healthcare (it's not Obamacare's Cadillac tax)
President Obama takes a question about the Affordable Care Act at a Tennessee forum in July.

Southern California Sees Strongest Regional Migration | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
90,000 shifted into Inland Empire counties

Trump could brand â
On Sept. 2 the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, the folks bringing you the elongated transit station around First and Mission streets, will auction off land on the 500 block of Howard Street where zoning allows a tower that could exceed 800 feet, nearly as tall as the Transamerica Pyramid. Five development teams have the green light to bid — but their identities are being kept secret until the live auction to, in the words of bureaucrats, “preserve the integrity of the competition.” [...] if The Donald is part of the team that makes the final offer next Wednesday — if he helicopters in to wave a bidder paddle with boorish look-at-me glee — we could find ourselves Trumped. The live auction — starting bid at least $160 million — is the authority’s latest response to a bottom-line as bleak as Mike Huckabee’s White House chances. The budget for the first phase of the new transit center, an elongated aluminum basket that will house buses and be topped by a rooftop park, was $1.2 billion in 2007. If there’s a bright island in the sea of red ink, it’s that our latest economic boom has brought in more money than expected from the sale of land that held state-owned freeway ramps until the 1990s. The state allows all proceeds to go to the transit center project — this translates so far to $510 million, a cool $100 million over 2007 expectations. [...] the live auction, to be held at San Francisco City Hall. Yes, the winning developer had the highest bid — but the winning team’s concept of a lavish rooftop park for the transit center was a powerful lure as well. If The Donald a few months back had an itch to scratch San Francisco’s skyline — similar to how his blunt last name is now affixed to the rump of a tower he built along the Chicago River — he might be one of the teams that sent in a prequalification application by the July 23 deadline. On Oct. 22, corporations and self-promoting billionaires can submit proposals to sponsor all or part of the new transit center. Naming rights for what the rules call “this extraordinary opportunity” include exclusive use of the rooftop park for 10 days a year if the sponsor pays enough to slap its name across the entire facility. Or individual components of the facility, such as the commissioned public art (sigh) or the children’s playground (double sigh) ... all the way down to the center’s bicycle parking.

Sacramento Starts Down Path To Ten Thousand New Housing Units
Bob Moffitt @
The Sacramento City Council has approved a plan to help developers create ten-thousand "infill" housing units.

Top Garcetti Aide Leaves City Hall To Campaign For L.A. 2024 Olympic Bid
Peter Jamison @
A senior aide to Mayor Eric Garcetti has left City Hall to work for the committee handling Los Angeles' renascent campaign to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Revisions Are On Tap For Climate Change Legislation
With climate change legislation facing a tough road in the Assembly, top state senators are planning amendments intended to alleviate concerns that California's air regulator is gaining too much power.

Bill Protecting Contractors In School District Leaseback Deals Dies In Committee | Fresno Bee
Dan Walters @
Appellate court said Fresno Unified contract violated law

California Governor Spars With Oil Industry Over Climate Bill | Thehill
Devin Henry @
View the discussion thread.

Loaded Gun Taken From UC Berkeley Police Chief's Car
East Bay Regional Parks spokeswoman Carolyn Jones said that among the items stolen from Bennett's unmarked vehicle were the loaded Sig Sauer P239 handgun and ammunition, her UC Berkeley police badge and identification card, a black laptop computer, an iPad, and a diamond ring.

Assemblyman Evan Low, Staffer Help Rescue 2 In Car Accident
Josh Koehn @
Evan Low raised the ante on public service earlier this month, when the state assemblyman and one of his staff members helped rescue two young women from an overturned vehicle.

GOP Strategist Talks To Trump Supporters And Declares His Nomination Is 'totally Conceivable'
In a nondescript office building adjacent to a sports bar in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, one Republican operative spent Monday night trying to figure out what the heck is going on out there.