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THE NOONER for August 28, 2015

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SUSPENSE! Minimum wage hike and immigrant work permits among 100 bills shelved in Sacramento [Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "State lawmakers on Thursday shelved some 100 bills for the year, including proposals that would have raised the minimum wage, banned oil drilling off the coast and provided work permits to agricultural workers who are in the country illegally."

DOUBLE-X FACTOR: Paycheck parity: Assembly backs equal pay for women [Kurt Chirbas and Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "The proposal, by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), would prohibit employers from retaliating or discriminating against employees who inquire about co-workers’ wages. It would also clarify the factors on which employers can make pay differentials: They would need to be job-related and consistent with business necessity."

NON-SMOKING SECTION: California lawmakers act to raise smoking age to 21, restrict e-cigarettes [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "The state Senate on Thursday approved six anti-tobacco bills, including measures that would raise the smoking age in California from 18 to 21 and bar electronic cigarettes from restaurants, movie theaters and other public places where smoking is banned."

FEARLESS ADVOCACY: California Assembly OKs ending use of bullhooks on elephants - "The Humane Society of the United States and the Performing Animal Welfare Society are seeking the ban. They say the sharp tools are used to beat, hit and poke elephants and that no sanctuary or accredited California zoo uses the devices."

DRONES! Bills Advance, Stall On Busy Thursday [Ben Adler @ CapPubRad] - "A bill that would ban commercial drones from flying too low over private property narrowly passed the Senate – despite strong opposition from the drone and electronics industries, and online retailers like Amazon. It now moves to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, as does urgency legislation that would ban homeowner associations from issuing fines for replacing grass with artificial turf. That measure won approval in the Assembly."



STAYING POWER? Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins asks Democrats to hold off vote to replace her [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "With the end of her tenure closing in at the end of 2016, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins is asking Democrats to hold off on voting for a new leader until next January."

HE'S BACK: Let’s build California's future [Arnold Schwarzenegger @ Medium] - "I hope the Legislature will continue California’s leadership toward a clean energy future by passing SB 32 by Senator Fran Pavley, which makes our goal of an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050 state law and adds a benchmark along the way to ensure we reduce emissions by 40% by 2030."

FORE! Audit reveals California state employees' misconduct [Jon Ortiz @ SacBee] - "A Caltrans engineer played dozens of rounds of golf during work hours for 19 months while management approved his time sheets without knowing what he was doing, according to a new audit that highlights some state employees' poor behavior."

As a Jodo Shinsu Buddhist, I don't really "pray," but good thoughts are going to Kevin Eckery's nephew who underwent a lung transplant and Julie Soderlund who was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma and is blogging about her fight here.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to campaigner William Berry and Richard Pan's COS Crystal Strait! Weekend birthdays include South Gate mayor Jorge Morales (Saturday) and lobbyist Afrack Vargas (Saturday).

Have a great weekend!




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California Lawmakers Approve Equal Pay Protections For Women - The Orange County Register
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California’s state Assembly on Thursday approved legislation aimed at closing the wage gap between women and men through what proponents describe as the strongest equal pay protection in the nation.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins Asks Democrats To Hold Off Vote To Replace Her | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Letter seeks January vote

Legionnaires' Disease Case At San Quentin Prison Prompts Shutoff Of Water
Water service at California's San Quentin State Prison has been shut off after one inmate was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease and dozens of others showed symptoms of the severe form of pneumonia.

California’s Child Care Workers May Face Required Vaccinations | State Of Health | Kqed News
A bill that would require day care workers to be immunized against three major diseases that could harm children passed out of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations Wednesday.

As California Legislative Session Nears End, Leadership Drama Spikes | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff and Jeremy B. White @
Jean Fuller of Bakersfield replaces Bob Huff of San Dimas as Senate Republican leader

Olympics Bid Book Says Jerry Brown Supported State 'Financial Guarantee' For 2024 Games
In its pitch to host the 2024 Olympic Games, Los Angeles officials told the U.S. Olympic Committee that Governor Jerry Brown had “expressed support for a state financial guarantee for the Games.”

Capitol Roundup: Bills Advance, Stall On Busy Thursday
Ben Adler @
California lawmakers sent dozens of bills to Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday, while moving many more toward final votes.

Fresno State Study Says Drought Causes $3.3 Billion In Farm Losses | Fresno Bee
Robert Rodriguez @
One recommendation: Water budgeting

California Assembly OKs Ending Use Of Bullhooks On Elephants
Associated Press @
The California state Assembly has passed a bill to ban the use of bullhooks to guide and discipline elephants.

California slashes water use by 31 percent, smashing governorâ
California’s success in slashing water use in July by 31 percent — smashing the goal set by Gov. Jerry Brown — shows residents have come to terms with what four dry years has done to the state’s water supply. The dramatic savings, reflected in state data on urban water use released Thursday, marks the second straight month in which Californians met or exceeded the 25 percent statewide target, dodging potential fines for water districts that fall short. Brown lawns are the norm in many places and unwashed cars the expectation as the state’s big rivers and reservoirs have shriveled amid the drought. All of the Bay Area’s water suppliers hit their state-ordered reduction targets, avoiding potential fines of $500 a day for noncompliance as well as cease and desist orders carrying $10,000-a-day penalties. Water managers say deepening knowledge of the drought on top of increasing water restrictions in many parts of the state are driving California’s success. “People are realizing the seriousness of the situation and they’re acting accordingly,” said John Tang, spokesman for the San Jose Water Company, which serves nearly 1 million South Bay residents. The San Jose supplier, which faces a 20 percent reduction target from the state, enacted some of the Bay Area’s strictest water rules this summer. [...] regulators have already pegged nine cites and water agencies for “conservation orders,” essentially directives on what needs to be done to meet state regulation, said Cris Carrigan, the water board’s chief of enforcement. The orders include such actions as tightening local irrigation rules, bumping up penalties for water hogs and boosting outreach. While applauding last month’s conservation efforts, state officials cautioned residents about letting up. The forecast for possible rain this winter with an El Niño brewing in the Pacific Ocean, officials said, could prompt people to prematurely think the drought is over.

California Legislature: 'We're Regulating Medical Marijuana'
David Downs @
Today the California Senate Appropriations Committee advanced historic medical cannabis regulations with a last-minute twist: nothing was in the bill.

California Lawmakers Pass Toughest U.S. Law Requiring Equal Pay
James Nash @
California lawmakers approved legislation mandating equal pay for women in what the bill’s author called the toughest such law in the U.S.

Carly At Odds With Hp Heirs On Planned Parenthood
By Josh Richman Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 11:54 am in 2016 presidential election, Carly Fiorina.

California Lawmakers Act To Raise Smoking Age To 21, Restrict E-cigarettes
The state Senate on Thursday approved six anti-tobacco bills, including measures that would raise the smoking age in California from 18 to 21 and bar electronic cigarettes from restaurants, movie theaters and other public places where smoking is banned.

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Crowdfunding Campaign Started For California Drought Relief | Fresno Bee
Megan Ginise @
Effort to aid two groups that help with water needs, one group that aids fire victims

Senator Huff Welcomes New Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller
SACRAMENTO: Senator Bob Huff (

Small Businesses May Decide Government Contracts Aren't Worth Hassle Under Proposed Rule Requiring Disclosure Of Labor Law Violations
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A Legionnaires’ disease scare was sweeping San Quentin State Prison Friday after an inmate tested positive for the potentially-deadly illness and prompted officials to jump into crisis mode to prevent it from spreading, authorities said. The prison shut off all water Thursday afternoon because the disease is often spread through breathing in mist or vapor from water with the Legionella bacteria, she said. The illness kills about 4,000 people a year in the United States, data from the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration shows. The prison, which houses more than 4,000 inmates, is working with Marin County public health officials to find the source of the bacteria and are trucking in bottled water and even water tanks for showers, according to Simas.

Minimum Wage Hike And Immigrant Work Permits Among 100 Bills Shelved In Sacramento
Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason @
State lawmakers on Thursday shelved some 100 bills for the year, including proposals that would have raised the minimum wage, banned oil drilling off the coast and provided work permits to agricultural workers who are in the country illegally.

Sharon Runner Introduces Measure to Keep Dangerous Felons Off the Streets
Concerned about public safety in the wake of the death of Kathryn Steinle, Senator Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) announced today she is authoring legislation to close a loophole that allows dangerous felons back on our streets. Senate Bill 57, also authored by Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas), will stop a local law enforcement agency from seeking custody of a convicted felon who is scheduled for deportation unless the offender will be prosecuted for a new felony.

Senator Fuller to Serve as Senate Republican Leader
Sen. Fuller thanked Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) for his leadership and service.

Senate Republicans Tap Jean Fuller To Take Over As Their Leader
In an earlier-than-expected move with just two weeks left in the legislative session, state Senate Republicans on Thursday replaced Sen. Bob Huff of San Dimas as their leader, with Sen. Jean Fuller of Bakersfield taking over the post.