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THE NOONER for August 27, 2015
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This morning, Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) was unexpectedly replaced by Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) as Republican Leader in the state Senate. Huff, who is termed out in 2016, is running for Michael Antonovich's seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
END THE SUSPENSE! Today is suspense file day, where the Appropriations committees in both houses will play the red light, green light game with hundreds of bills.
POLL POSITION: California voters support increasing tobacco tax, raising minimum wage [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "About two-thirds of California voters support increasing the state cigarette tax by $2 a pack, and a similar percentage would back a minimum wage hike to $15 an hour, according to a Field Poll released Wednesday."
NON-SMOKING SECTION: California Senate will vote on six anti-tobacco bills Thursday [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "The state Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a package of six anti-tobacco bills, including measures that would raise the smoking age in California to 21 and restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public."
UNTESTED: Governor signs bill dropping high school exit exam requirement for class of 2015 [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown signed an emergency measure Wednesday allowing high school seniors who have completed their coursework to receive diplomas without taking the statewide exit exam. "
END GAME: A Time for Bipartisan Deals [Jim Mayer of CalForward] - "In the twilight of the session we will see if enough Democrats are willing to say "No" to a powerful interest group, and support a measure backed by their nonpartisan local school boards. And we will see if Republicans are willing to say "Yes" to transportation-related taxes. For everything there is a season, and a time for bipartisan agreement under the dome."
THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Brown blew his best chance for president - "Gov. Jerry Brown won't be running for president. Don't be silly. He has already run the course. And now he's a geezer. Anyway, his chief advisor, wife Anne Gust Brown, would kill him."
WHOOPS: UC fails to reach $25 million incentive to add Californians [Nanette Asimov @ SFChron] - "This year, UC admitted 2 percent fewer freshman applicants from California: 61,834, down from 62,873 last year. By contrast, it accepted 13 percent more first-year applicants from other states and countries: 30,490, up from 27,037 last year. The actual number of students who accepted the offer and enrolled won't be released for a few more weeks."
PLAY BALL: California Democrats trounce Republicans in legislative softball game [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "California Democrats finally replicated their electoral dominance on the softball diamond, crushing their Republican rivals 24-10 during a Tuesday night charity softball match at Raley Field."
POLITICAL COOLNESS: Demographics and the 2016 Election Scenarios [Sean Trende and David Byler @ RCP] - "[We've developed a tool, embedded below, that allows you to simulate the outcome of the 2016 elections, both in terms of the popular vote and the Electoral College. You can read the complete description of our methodology here. In the interest of space and readability, we’ll just give a general overview in this article."
AD HOC: A Look Inside Donald Trump's Campaign Headquarters [Ali Elkins @ Bloomberg] - "Behind a velvet rope and a set of double doors on the fifth floor of Trump Tower, glossy marble gives way to a cavernous, raw, unfinished space of drywall and exposed ductwork. This is Donald Trump's campaign headquarters"
EAR CANDY: I've been listening to an awesome podcast, Alphabeatical, with each episode discussing a Beatles' song, in alphabetical order.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Tom Berryhill, consultant Donna Carpenter, and Women's Policy Research's Rachel Linn!
Stay cool, Sacramentans.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Jerry Brown Urges Lawmakers To Pass Equal Pay Act | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Democratic governor will sign pay equity law if, as expected, it reaches his desk
Jerry Brown signs Exit Exam bill, students to receive diplomas
Thousands of frustrated California students instantly became high school graduates Wednesday afternoon after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that exempted them from having to pass the stateâÂÂs Exit Exam, a test the state had stopped offering. The measure was pushed through the Legislature at lightning speed after state education and elected officials discovered earlier this month that the students were stuck in a Kafkaesque limbo. Without an opportunity to pass the test, students said they were in a holding pattern, unable to earn a diploma and therefore attend the four-year college where they had been accepted, join the military or enter job training programs. San Francisco and Oakland school boards decided not to wait for Sacramento, voting to violate state law and issue diplomas to class of 2015 students who met all graduation requirements except for the Exit Exam.
$2 More For Cigarettes? California Tobacco Tax Proposal Revived In Special Session
A proposal to raise the tobacco tax by $2 per pack of cigarettes in California was given new life Wednesday when legislation was announced as part of a special session on healthcare.
Mixing Ice Cream, Martinis And Votes | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @ sacbee.com
Senators abide by end-of-session fundraising blackout period
L.A. Wants More Details About Business Groups That Donate To City Campaigns
Emily Alpert Reyes @ latimes.com
In the quest to make city elections more transparent, the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission is exploring whether to demand more information from businesses and other groups that donate directly to local campaigns.
Brown Administration Opens Door To Cigarette Tax, With A Caveat | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Revenue from tobacco tax must be targeted, administration official says
Los Angeles City Council Delays Vote On Bid For 2024 Olympics
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which was a centerpiece of the 1984 Summer Games, features again in the city's proposed plan for the 2024 Olympics.
California Senate Will Vote On Six Anti-Tobacco Bills Thursday
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
The state Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a package of six anti-tobacco bills, including measures that would raise the smoking age in California to 21 and restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public.
Brown To Sign Equal Pay Bill - Capradio.org
California Gov. Jerry Brown’s office says he will sign equal pay legislation moving through the state Capitol.
Ap Nation / World | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
>Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown
Good News For Desalination, But El Nino Still Is Our Best Bet
Steven Greenhut @ sandiegouniontribune.com
The latest weather-related news reports have shifted from the ongoing drought to fears about flooding, as meteorologists predict what one news report refers to as a âGodzilla-like El NiÃ±o eventâ that may be headed our way. Despite possible problems, Mother Nature might fix what California officials have failed to address.
Obamacare: Poll Shows Rising Support Throughout California
Tracy Seipel and Jessica Calefati @ mercurynews.com
And while most California Republicans continue to oppose the Affordable Care Act, nearly half of GOP voters say the law they deride as "Obamacare" has met several of its key goals here -- from encouraging more previously uninsured people to get coverage to providing health insurance buyers with better consumer protections.
Before There Was The Donald, There Was Arnold | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
Donald Trump has used his wealth, his celebrity and his blunt manner of speaking to blast his way to the top of the polls in the GOP presidential race. It's a phenomenon that's had pundits — and some voters — scratching their heads. Except in California, where larger-than-life celebrity candidates are, like, so 12 years ago.
Californians cut water use 31.3% in July, crushing governorâ
Californians answered the call for conservation in July, slashing water use by 31.3 percent and exceeding state targets for the second straight month that communities face potential fines for falling short. âÂÂPeople are realizing the seriousness of the situation and theyâÂÂre acting accordingly,âÂÂ said John Tang, spokesman for the San Jose Water Company, which serves nearly 1 million South Bay residents. San Francisco, meanwhile, recorded a 15 percent drop in water use in July, and the East Bay Municipal Utility District, serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties, notched a 23 percent decrease. All of the Bay AreaâÂÂs major water suppliers hit their state-ordered reduction targets, avoiding fines of $500 a day for noncompliance as well as cease and desist orders carrying $10,000-a-day penalties. Water experts say deepening knowledge of the four-year drought on top of increasing water restrictions in many parts of the state are driving CaliforniaâÂÂs conservation success.
L.A. Cuts Water Use 21% In July, Easily Beating State Target
Matt Stevens @ latimes.com
Los Angeles residents cut their water use by 21% in July, surpassing the mandatory conservation standard set by state regulators to combat the drought, Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
L.A. City Council Committee Votes To Ease Penalties In Homeless Ordinance
A key Los Angeles City Council committee on Wednesday moved to soften a controversial new homeless sweeps law, voting to omit arrests and fines for people who refuse to give up their property or put it in storage.
State Removes 15 Years Of Test Results Before Releasing New Scores | Edsource
The department has removed results dating back to 1998 in math and English language arts from DataQuest, the website where it posts education data it collects. That includes the database of the Standardized Testing and Reporting program, known as STAR, which enabled the public to search results by district, school and student subgroups from grades 3 through 12 since 2003.
L.A. Council Candidate Starts Paying $91,000 Fine For Bogus Donor Information
A Los Angeles City Council candidate accused of submitting bogus information about campaign contributions has begun paying his $91,548 fine after missing a first payment earlier this year, under an agreement approved by a city commission Wednesday.