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THE NOONER for September 1, 2015
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Happy Tuesday. Sorry about yesterday's misfire. Some days the hamsters don't get the message when I click "save." Today is a good day as I return to Kaiser for new x-rays. Cross your fingers that I'm given the okay to get out of this neck collar!
This a tough series for me between the Giants and Dodgers. I grew up bleeding Dodger blue, and my mom used to send me news articles about the team when I was at summer camp. But, since coming to NorCal 21 years ago, I've developed a mutual affinity with the Giants. Heretical, I know.
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Assemblyman Chad Mayes seeking Assembly GOP leadership post [Melanie Mason and Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "Assembly Republicans could elect a new leader as early as Tuesday, said Assemblyman Chad Mayes, a GOP freshman from Yucca Valley who confirmed Monday that he's seeking the leadership post."
Current leader Kristin Olsen, a former Senate fellow, is termed out in 2016 and plans to run for SD08 in 2018.
FRANTIC TIME: State Senate OKs bills seeking equal pay, restricting drones, barring bullhooks [Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "Alarmed by the growing number of hobbyists sending drones into the California sky, state lawmakers are working on a series of proposals that would bar the devices from being flown over wildfires, prisons, schools and homes."
MONEY MATTERS: Democratic hopes for California tax increases hinge on GOP votes [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "As the first year of the session winds down with transportation and health care among the issues on the table, whether lawmakers move to boost revenues is among the most intriguing questions on the docket."
ROAD CONSTRUCTION: Road Repair Deal At Capitol Still Elusive [Ben Adler @ CapPubRad] - "Halfway through the California Legislature's final month of work, lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown appear no closer to a deal on transportation funding than when they first returned from summer recess two weeks ago."
$$$: The Stockton agribusiness exec and sole financial backer of the initiative Dean Cortopassi (well, with his wife) to require statewide approval of all revenue bonds added another million bucks to the campaign to qualify it for the ballot. They've kicked in $4 million for the effort.
AD04 (Napa-Yolo): Winters mayor Cecilia Aguilar-Curry (D) announced her candidacy to succeed Bill Dodd, adding to a crowded Democratic field.
MO' MONEY, MO' PROBLEMS: Democrats Have Lots Of Ideas On Spending Cap And Trade Cash [Marisa Lagos @ KQED] - "Having money to spend isn't exactly a problem in Sacramento. But when there’s cash, there are competing priorities -- as evidenced by the 2015 battle over where to spend cash from California's growing cap and trade fund."
DOUBLE-X FACTOR: Senate sends bill to close gender pay gap to governor [Alexei Kosoff @ SacBee] - "'I'm almost speechless,' state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, said after the Senate voted 39-0 for the version of the measure that cleared the Assembly last week. 'After 35, 40 years of battling, we were able to get unanimous support.'"
THE LIBRARIAN SPEAKS: Greg Lucas gave us a heads' up to a project of the California State Library to commemorate the state's 165th anniversary.
BABY, YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR: Sacramento International Airport signs agreement to allow Uber to serve travelers [Bill Lindelof and Tony Bizjak @ SacBee] - "The agreement goes into effect at 1 p.m. Tuesday and applies only to Uber drivers. Other ridesharing companies, such as Lyft and Sidecar, have not signed agreements with airport officials."
THE BAR EXAMINATION: State Bar proves it needs a little sunshine [Editorial @ SacBee] - "Annual legislation authorizing the State Bar Association to collect dues from attorneys wouldn't ordinarily warrant much attention beyond the legal profession. But this year's dues bill comes after the California State Auditor in June revealed an astonishing level of dysfunction at the bar, including questionable spending and lax discipline of errant attorneys."
BREAK OUT THE CIGARS: Gavin Newsom, wife announce they’re expecting a baby boy [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Soon they'll be just one kid away from fielding a basketball team. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, 47, and wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom, 41, announced Monday that they are having another child."
TRUMPED: Farmers: Trump 'terrible for agriculture' [Bill Tomson @ Politico] - "'My farm would shut down today if you removed my ... workforce,' Muller said. 'You hear all these disparaging remarks about immigrants, but these guys are the hardest-working, most dedicated people ... I've ever seen in my life.'"
#CONGRATS: ... to CA17 candidate Ro Khanna, who married Ritu Ahaja on August 29.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to former Sacramento City Council member Steve Cohn!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
The Net Worth Of Presidential Candidates
The U.S. presidential election is by far the most expensive political race in the world, especially when compared with countries that have strict regulations on campaign funding and expenses. While campaigns are exceedingly costly, individual politicians, too, are often among the wealthiest Americans in the country.
State Senate OKs Bills Seeking Equal Pay, Restricting Drones, Barring Bullhooks
Alarmed by the growing number of hobbyists sending drones into the California sky, state lawmakers are working on a series of proposals that would bar the devices from being flown over wildfires, prisons, schools and homes.
Lawmakers Send Jerry Brown Bill To Ban Bullhooks On Elephants | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Smith @ sacbee.com
Law would be first of its kind in nation
Would The Gop's Healthcare Ideas Work? It Depends On Your Definition Of 'work.'
Just like in the 2012 election, every Republican candidate for president wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Some of the candidates have even come forward with ideas for replacing it, and we are beginning to get a sense of what Republican healthcare reform might look like.
Road Repair Deal At Capitol Still Elusive As Time Draws Short
Ben Adler @ capradio.org
Halfway through the California Legislature's final month of work, lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown appear no closer to a deal on transportation funding than when they first returned from summer recess two weeks ago.
Equal Pay Bill Heads To Governor’s Desk For Promised Signature | The California Report | Kqed News
Legislation that supporters say will make California the nation’s leader on assuring men and women are paid the same for similar jobs has landed on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, who has promised to sign it into law.
Adwatch: Oil Interests Mislead About Vehicle Monitoring | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Barrage of advertising comes amid debate over sweeping climate bill
Gavin Newsom & Wife Expecting Fourth Child
By Josh Richman Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 10:45 am in Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor.
Lawmakers Squabble Over Reducing Gas Consumption
Rebellion and chaos are dominating the climax of this year's legislative session. Seems like nothing and no one is safe.
Democrats Have Lots Of Ideas On Spending Cap And Trade Cash | Faultlines | Kqed News
Lawmakers have weighed in with a long list of their own. The California Taxpayers Association, which opposes the cap and trade program, tallied a whopping $4.8 billion cap and trade wish list from lawmakers.
Democratic Hopes For California Tax Increases Hinge On GOP Votes
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
As the first year of the session winds down with transportation and health care among the issues on the table, whether lawmakers move to boost revenues is among the most intriguing questions on the docket.
Gov. Jerry Brown Creates Cybersecurity Center
Josh Richman @ ibabuzz.com
Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order Monday to bolster Californiaâs preparedness for cyber-attacks which could disrupt the Golden Stateâs economy and infrastructure or violate residentsâ privacy and lead to identity theft.
Assemblyman Chad Mayes Seeking Assembly GOP Leadership Post
Assembly Republicans could elect a new leader as early as Tuesday, said Assemblyman Chad Mayes, a GOP freshman from Yucca Valley who confirmed Monday that he's seeking the leadership post.
Some services back, but more San Quentin prisoners may have disease
On top of the six prisoners with confirmed cases of the disease, five inmates were being treated at outside hospitals for pneumonia-like symptoms. By Friday, however, the prison began allowing inmates to use the regular plumbed toilets, while bottled water was brought in for drinking after a consultation with public health officials, Simas said. [...] prisoners were confined to their cells, meals were not being cooked, and inmate visiting was suspended while health and prison officials worked to manage the situation. Public health officials said Marin County residents outside the prison are not at risk of infection. An estimated 8,000 to 18,000 people are hospitalized every year with LegionnairesâÂÂ disease in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, though most cases happen in small clusters because the origin is typically a single water source.
California Lawmakers Propose Sweeping Ivory Ban To Curb Elephant Poaching
Paul Rogers and LiPo Ching @ mercurynews.com
A bill moving through the Legislature -- championed by zoos, museums and environmentalists, while opposed by the National Rifle Association and other hunting groups -- would effectively ban the sale of nearly all ivory in California, from antique guns to chess sets, not only in San Francisco and Los Angeles Chinatowns but also among private collectors.
UC Berkeley student has measles; put in isolation
Officials in Berkeley are warning the public to be on alert after a UC Berkeley student tested positive for measles after riding public transportation in the East Bay last week. âÂÂThe measles virus can linger in the air for up to two hours, so Berkeley community members may have been exposed in a wide variety of places,âÂÂ Chakko said in a statement. âÂÂI encourage Berkeley community members to make sure they and their children have received the required two doses,âÂÂ said Dr. Janet Berreman, Berkeley's Health Officer. Symptoms usually include high fever, runny nose, coughing and watery, red eyes with the characteristic rash developing two to four days after the fever. The flare-up also reignited a long-smoldering debate on childhood immunization requirements and triggered new legislation that, with the exception of medical exemptions, requires all schoolchildren be vaccinated before starting kindergarten.
UCLA Study Finds Million-plus Elderly Californians In Poverty | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
UCLA researchers use cost of living in new report
UC Berkeley: Fence Around Chancellor's Residence Divides Opinions
The barrier is the visible sign of landscape tensions between openness and security as well as between academic speech and executive prerogative.
Judges' Procedural Questions Hint At Skepticism On California Death Penalty Ban
A federal appeals court, reviewing a ruling that could end California’s death penalty, appeared concerned Monday that procedural requirements might prevent it from deciding whether the state system was so dysfunctional as to be unconstitutional.
Cedars-sinai Buys Marina Del Rey Hospital Amid Healthcare Merger Wave
Medical giant Cedars-Sinai Health System said Tuesday it has acquired nearby Marina Del Rey Hospital, adding to a flurry of similar healthcare deals.