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THE NOONER for September 2, 2015

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Happy Wednesday! Happy midday from the Nooner's global headquarters on T Street, where the high today is only supposed to be 85 degrees. Good news, bad news from yesterday. The good is that my neck is healing. The bad is that I was sentenced to another six weeks in this damn collar. Sorry to the Giants fans (of which I am one), as the Dodgers (of whom I am also a fan) prevailed last night 2-1 in a great pitching battle betweek Greinke and Bumgarner. The closing game of the series has an opening pitch at 7:10 tonight.

MONEY MATTERS: California Democrats seek fundraising pacts with presidential, Senate candidates [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Citing a wave of donations to Republicans by corporate special interests and the "super-rich," California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton is inviting Democratic candidates for president and the state's U.S. Senate contest to enter into joint fundraising agreements with the party."

Interesting move, but I don't see Kamala Harris, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Lawrence Lessig sharing their bounty.

Speaking of the Senate race, Latino Caucus chair (and my law school classmate) Luis Alejo just endorsed congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for Boxer's seat.



CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: As expected, Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) was elected yesterday to head the Assembly Republican Caucus, succeeding Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto). Olsen is termed out in 2016, and plans to run for the Senate in 2018. Mayes was elected in 2014 and thus can serve until 2026. If he holds on to the leadership post, he would be one of the longest serving leaders in the Legislature's history (behind Willie Brown). He takes over January 4 when the Legislature returns for the second year of the session.

EASING THE WAY:  Key Assembly panel approves Aid-in-Dying bill for California [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "A bill allowing physicians in California to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to hasten the death of the terminally ill passed a key milestone Tuesday when it was approved by its first committee in the state Assembly."

NOT SO EASY: Poll: Californians Oppose Higher Gas Tax For Road Repair [Steve Milne @ CapPubRad] - "A new report finds most Californians oppose paying higher gas taxes, even in light of a backlog of road repair projects."

With seven legislative days left this year, it's not looking good for a road repair measure.



LAW AND DISORDER: Uber Rebuffed by Judge in Ruling on Drivers' Suit [Mike Isaac @ NYT] - "A federal judge granted class-action status on Tuesday to a lawsuit that questions the employment classification of Uber drivers, paving the way for a legal challenge that could strike at the heart of the ride-hailing company’s business model."

EVOLVING: Inside A Moderate Democrat's Game-Changing Turnaround On Climate Change [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "The depth of [Assemblymember Henry] Perea's conversion may determine the fate of the sweeping climate-change package being championed by Gov. Jerry Brown and De León, policies designed to change the cars Californians drive and the sources of power that keep their lights on and air conditioners humming."

UNCAGED: California to end unlimited isolation for most gang leaders [Don Thompson @ AP] - "California agreed Tuesday to end its unlimited isolation of imprisoned gang leaders, restricting a practice that once kept hundreds of inmates in notorious segregation units for a decade or longer."

CA AT 165 YEARS YOUNG: 10 California Inventors Who Changed The World [CAStateLibrary]

Finally, Why did the chicken cross the road? Well, duh, to stand in the middle of the Bay Bridge toll plaza. And, the only edible thing at Mickey D's will be served all day starting October 6.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Ricardo Lara's field rep Jesus Diaz, Meyers Nave's Jann Dorothy, Senator Ben Hueso, Assembly Democrats' Susan McEntire, and communications guru Jennifer Wonnacott!




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State Government Union Reaches Deal On Retiree Healthcare
State officials and union leaders have negotiated the first labor agreement to address the growing cost of retiree healthcare since Gov. Jerry Brown made that a goal this year. 

California Democrats Seek Fundraising Pacts With Presidential, Senate Candidates
Christopher Cadelago @
Citing a wave of donations to Republicans by corporate special interests and the “super-rich,” California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton is inviting Democratic candidates for president and the state’s U.S. Senate contest to enter into joint fundraising agreements with the party.

Huff Education Reform Measures Pass Final Test
Two important education reform measures authored by Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) passed off the Senate Floor today with unanimous support and will be sent to the Governor for his signature consideration. The measures extend the successful and popular School District of Choice program and remove antiquated laws from the California Education Code that were rendered obsolete due to the adoption of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

Unintended Consequences Of Conserving Water: Leaky Pipes, Less Revenue, Bad Odors
Under orders to slash water use amid a historic drought, cities and towns across the state saved about 75 billion gallons in July, eclipsing Gov. Jerry Brown's once-daunting order for a 25% reduction.

Fact Check: Senate Leader Misleads On Climate Bill Oversight | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Current version leaves decision to Air Resources Board

How Carly Fiorina Earned A Spot On The Big Stage At The GOP Debate
The organizers of the next Republican presidential debate have announced changes to debate criteria that mean former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will join the rest of the top-tier candidates on the main stage at the Reagan Library on Sept. 16.

California Assisted Death Bill Passes First Assembly Committee | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Bill passes by bipartisan vote of 10-2, receiving Republican support for first time

Senate Rejects Huff Transportation Infrastructure Funding Proposal
Common sense legislation to fund new and existing road and highway construction was defeated in the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee by a party-line vote this afternoon. SBX1 2, authored by Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas), would have shifted $1.9 billion in cap and trade taxes imposed on gasoline away from high speed rail and redirected the funding to better roads, highways and bridges.

State Ballot Initiative Fee Raised To $2,000 To Prevent Mischief
Peter Fimrite @
It won’t be as easy on the pocketbook for mischief makers to propose outrageous ballot initiatives in California, like a recent one that called for executions of gays and lesbians.

Rosario Anaya â
Services will be held on Sept. 19 for Rosario Anaya, the longtime leader of the Mission Language Vocational School in San Francisco, a former president of the city’s Board of Education, and for decades a vigorous advocate for the education of immigrants and their families. During her 42-year tenure, Ms. Anaya transformed the program that offered mainly English instruction for Latinos into a broader vocational training school for all immigrants, with classes in medical assisting, clerical skills and computer, culinary, business and pharmacy skills. “She was a trailblazer,” said her friend Sandy Close, executive director of the ethnic news coalition, New American Media, where Ms. Anaya was an active board member for nearly 20 years. In 1989, when school district administrators revealed that black children accounted for nearly 75 percent of all suspensions yet were only 20 percent of enrollment, Ms. Anaya urged the administration to develop a long-range plan for black students and back it up with adequate funding. Educated at the University of San Francisco, she received a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a master’s in counseling and psychology. In 2010, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed her to the San Francisco Redevelopment Commission (now the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure), which oversaw affordable housing.

Poll: Californians Oppose Higher Gas Tax For Road Repair
Supporters of a higher minimum wage are currently gathering signatures for a ballot measure. The poll was conducted between August 11th and August 26th.

Chad Mayes Tapped To Lead California Assembly Republicans | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Freshman from Yucca Valley will take over in January

Cnn 2016 Presidential Debate Criteria Change: Carly Fiorina In
The subtext of President Barack Obama's trip to Alaska is as much Cold War as global warming.

If Kim Davis Doesn't Want To Certify Same-sex Marriages, She Should Quit Her Job
To the editor: Why do the religious beliefs of Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples, take precedence over others' lives and beliefs, causing so much distress, inconvenience and time and expense in court? The solution is absurdly simple....

Doctors' Group Opposes Changes To Proposed Aid-in-dying Bill
A second attempt to pass an aid-in-dying bill goes before a key legislative committee Tuesday, but it already has suffered a setback as the California Medical Assn. is warning it will oppose the measure if proposed amendments are added.

State Scientists Rally For Salary | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
About 100 pickets at state human resources headquarters

Guatemalan Lawmakers Lift President's Immunity In Corruption Scandal
Guatemala's Congress lifted President Otto Perez Molina's immunity Tuesday, opening the possibility of prosecution in connection with a widening customs corruption scandal that has rocked his administration and the country's political system.

Popular Bill Expands Inter-district Transfers For Military Families |
Iconic index image of state capitol building in Sacramento, the capital of California. / Courtesy of Wikipedia

Lawmaker Introduces Last-minute Bill To Eliminate Kangaroo Products Ban
A Los Angeles-area lawmaker has introduced a last-minute measure that would eliminate California's decades-long ban on imports of kangaroo products.

Brown Extends California Colleges' Reach In Sexual Assaults | The Sacramento Bee
Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation allowing California community colleges to suspend or expel students for off-campus sexual assaults.

First Draft: Today in Politics: Obama Has One Vote Left to Court on Iran Deal
President Obama may be in the wilds of Alaska, but he is on the verge of a major foreign policy victory back home: The Senate is a vote short of making it impossible for opponents to block the nuclear deal with Iraq.

Senate Approves 'right-to-try Act' For Seriously Ill
The state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow makers of experimental drugs to make them available to Californians with life-threatening diseases.