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THE NOONER for September 4, 2015
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Ugh, well, as expected, my UCD Aggies couldn't keep up with the Nevada Wolfpack. But it was a good early season non-conference test.
And, sorry for the Capitol staffers who still have their bosses around today for a #perdiem Friday ahead of the three day weekend. The law requires the Legislature to be in session at least three days in a row for members to get per diem payments,
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: California Assembly Democrats pick Anthony Rendon to be next speaker [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "Assembly Democrats tapped a Los Angeles-area lawmaker, Anthony Rendon, to be their next speaker Thursday, despite current Speaker Toni Atkins' attempt to stave off a challenge in the final weeks of the session."
As another beneficiary of the new term-limit laws, Rendon could stay in the leadership job until 2026 along with newly designated Republican Caucus chair Chad Mayes. The selection of the next speaker had been between Rendon and fellow Los Angeles Democrat Jimmy Gomez.
DATA SCENE: Secretary of State Alex Padilla, in a partnership with Maplight, has launcher a much better searchable campaign finance database.
BABY, DON'T DRIVE ME CAR: Late bill requires deeper background checks of Uber, Lyft drivers [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "In the latest attempt to impose tougher rules on companies like Uber and Lyft, an amended California Assembly bill would require drivers to undergo broader criminal background checks."
Just got back from an Uber ride to the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, since I can't drive right now. Can't believe I could have gotten a taxi over here now either. #progress.
I've never been a big Joe Biden fan, but last night's comments in Atlanta in talking about the premature deaths of Beau, his first wife and his daugther were heart-wrenching:
"'Unless I can go to my party and the American people and say that I'm able to devote my whole heart and my whole soul to this endeavor, it would not be appropriate,' Biden said. 'And everybody talks about a lot of other factors: The other people in the race and whether I can raise the money and whether I can get an organization. That's not the factor. The factor is can I do it? Can my family?'"
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tenaska Energy's Delette Olberg, and my great friend Anthony York! Weekend greetings to Alhabrama mayor Luis Ayala and SEIU's Amos Young Jr., both on Sunday.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Jerry Brown proposes $65 driverâ
SACRAMENTO âÂÂ California drivers would pay $65 a year in a new highway user fee plus higher taxes at the gas pump under a $3.6 billion plan Gov. Jerry Brown is pitching to help fix the stateâÂÂs roads, bridges and highways. The state would take $500 million from cap-and-trade revenue and $100 million from reducing the Department of TransportationâÂÂs budget and use it for road repairs. âÂÂThe administrationâÂÂs proposal was put forth after engaging with Democrats, Republicans and lots of people who are concerned about adequate funding for our crumbling roads and highways,âÂÂ said Brown spokesman Gareth Lacy. Republicans have said they wonâÂÂt support new taxes and Democrats have called for significantly more funding to address the stateâÂÂs road maintenance shortfall. The governorâÂÂs proposal falls short of the $6 billion in annual funding for transportation fixes called for by the Fix Our Roads coalition, a group of business, city and county officials. Local governments would use $1.15 billion to improve local streets and roads, with $100 million of that coming in the form of grants from the stateâÂÂs cap-and-trade revenue toward projects that lower greenhouse gas emissions. The state would also accelerate transportation loan repayments to the tune of $879 million in a one-time payment using the rainy-day fund. Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen of Modesto said the plan rightly includes many of the reforms her party has called for, including improved hiring at Caltrans to eliminate waste.
Governor Signs Senator Patricia Bates' Measure to Streamline Oversight of Mental Health Professionals
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 531 into law, a measure that streamlines and improves the enforcement process at the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Tribal Casino Deals Quickly, Quietly Sealed By Governor Brown | The California Report | Kqed News
In the long and contentious history of Indian gaming in California, tribal leaders think they may have finally found a governor in Jerry Brown who has a good sense of both them and their multi-billion dollar industry.
Jerry Brown Brokering Late Deal On Medical Marijuana Regulations | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago and Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Law enforcement supports bill that protects public safety, local control
Sen. Dianne Feinstein Opens Up About Women In Politics
Sen. Dianne Feinstein has some advice for women interested in politics: Don't get too big for your britches.
Huff: Governor's Transportation Plan Wastes Taxpayer Money
Senator Huff is also the author of SBX1 2, which would guarantee that $1.9 billion in cap and trade taxes imposed on gasoline this year are directed to fixing and upgrading our roads, highways and bridges. The measure was defeated on a party-line vote earlier this week in the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee.
Water Bond Headed To Voters | The Sacramento Bee
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
State Lawmakers Approve Traffic Relief And Stricter Penalties For Sex Offenders
Los Angeles County motorists would be able to use carpool lanes on some local freeways during off-peak hours under a proposal state lawmakers sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday.
Survey: California State Workers Like Their Work, Management Not So Much | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Performance accountability, recognition for job well-done lagging
Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act to Governor
Legislation authored by Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) that will lead to faster reports of possible child abuse and neglect cases passed its final test in the State Senate today, and will be sent to the Governor for his signature consideration. SB 478, sponsored by Los Angeles County and the County Welfare Directors Association, would amend current state law to allow specified mandated reporters to make initial reports of non-emergency child abuse or neglect to the Child Protection Agency through a detailed and comprehensive online report.
Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina Resigns In Face Of Arrest Warrant
Guatemalan legislators Thursday accepted the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina, who this week lost his immunity from prosecution and saw an arrest warrant issued for him in connection with a corruption scandal.
California Assembly Democrats Pick Anthony Rendon To Be Next Speaker
Assembly Democrats tapped a Los Angeles-area lawmaker, Anthony Rendon, to be their next speaker Thursday, despite current Speaker Toni Atkins' attempt to stave off a challenge in the final weeks of the session.
Video: California Lawmaker Presents Bill For Deaf Students Using Sign Language | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
James Gallagher grew up with deaf siblings
New Road-repair Plan From Gov. Jerry Brown Includes Higher Gas Taxes, Vehicle Fees
Gov. Jerry Brown has ramped up his efforts to reach a deal on funding road repairs, dispatching a top administration official to present a new proposal to Republican leaders on Thursday morning.
Daniel Borenstein: Public Pension-spiking Bay Area Fire Chief Faces Big Cut In $241,000-a-year Payout
Now the Contra Costa Employees' Retirement Association board will consider rolling that back 25 percent after its investigation found -- as reported in this column six years ago -- that Nowicki, aided by fire district directors, grossly spiked his pension.
L.A.-area Carpool Lanes May Be Opened To Everyone During Off-peak Hours
The state Senate sent the governor separate bills on Thursday — one that would allow all motorists to use carpool lanes on some Los Angeles County freeways during off-peak hours, and another that would increase penalties for sex offenders who remove court-ordered GPS tracking devices.
Morrell: Governor and Democrats Intent on Raising Taxes
Today, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) said that majority Democrats have made it increasingly obvious that they are intent on raising taxes on hardworking Californians. In the clearest sign yet,
Ben Carson Wins In Matchup With Donald Trump, Poll Shows - Washington Wire - Wsj
If Donald Trump has an Achilles’ heel in the Republican presidential nominating contest, it just might be the candidate who is least like him: soft-spoken retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.