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THE NOONER for September 8, 2015
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Happy end of the legislative year, and with the mercury hitting 106 degrees this week, legislators can't wait to get out of town, and staff can't wait to don the shorts and Hawaiian shirts. Hope you had a great Labor Day. I went to the Latin American Independence Celebration at Southside Park and ate a corn dog and onion rings, as the lines were too long for the Latin American food.
Meanwhile, I am supposed to be at The Nooner's global headquarters in Cancun now, but for this damn #PainInTheNeck. #Collared out of Cancun.
SB350: Why climate law advocates are watching these black and Latino lawmakers [Melanie Mason and Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "The five are among the Latino or African American Democrats representing low-income districts who have not taken a side in the fierce tug of war over climate change measures that has been dominating the Capitol."
AD76 (Carlsbad): Pete Wilson campaigns for stepson [Diane Bell @ SDUT] - "Phil Graham says he has never traded on the well-known name of his stepdad, two-time California Gov. Pete Wilson. In fact, many with whom he has interacted have had no idea they are related."
PAYBACK: Howard Berman endorsed Anthony Portantino in the highly contested SD25 race to succeed Carol Liu. In 2012's ugly race between Berman-Sherman, Mike Gatto received the endorsement from Brad Sherman.
FOX: Observations/Questions about Gov. Brown’s Road Fix Proposal [Joel Fox @ Fox and Hounds] - "Governor Jerry Brown says we should raise per-gallon gasoline taxes 6-cents, diesel fuel 11-cents a gallon and tie these taxes to inflation. Brown also supports SB 350, the climate change legislation that proposes to cut petroleum use in transportation vehicles 50-percent in 15 years. Wouldn’t reducing the use of gasoline shrink the revenue anticipated from the gasoline tax to fix the roads?"
GEM OF A SCREW-UP: She may be openly gay, but she's not an Assemblyman! Good work, Western States Petroleum Association.
RUH-ROH: Does Carson's mayor, a leader in the city's NFL stadium push, live in Carson? [LAT] - "In 2013, the most recent year for which figures were available, Robles made more than $100,000 in salary and benefits as mayor and an elected member of a local water board. He said his living arrangement is perfectly proper and that his legal home is Carson, not L.A."
PROF: Chapman law school dean and ex-Congressman Tom Campbell returning to teaching [Joanna Clay @ OCR] - "A former five-term Republican congressman and state senator, Campbell plans to teach courses at Chapman on anti-trust, separation of powers and legislation. He declined to seek a second term as dean."
BLOWN AWAY BY THE WINDY CITY: Austin Beutner out as LA Times publisher in Chicago power play [Kevin Roderick @ LAT] - "Here they go again in the culture rift between the Los Angeles Times and its Chicago owners. Tribune Publishing chief Jack Griffin is headed to Los Angeles this morning to oust Austin Beutner as publisher of the Times and replace him with someone more agreeable to Chicago. The new publisher is expected to be Tim Ryan, publisher since 2007 of the Baltimore Sun, one of Tribune's newspapers. In the Times newsroom, where Beutner is viewed as a sometimes-difficult boss but a significant local player who innovates and cares deeply about the paper's digital future, I expect this will hit like a bomb. One reason is that it echoes the stumbles by Tribune Company almost a decade ago to rein in LA and make the Times act more like Chicago. We all know how that went and how it ended."
HOLY COW: Lifeguards top 3,600 rescues from big waves, rip currents over Labor Day weekend [Scott Schwebe @ OCR] - "Orange County lifeguards were kept busy over the Labor Day weekend, rescuing more than 3,600 people from big surf and rip currents that caused unsafe conditions along beaches."
TAKING THE LEAP Bergeson takes the leap on her 90th birthday [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "A hearty and happy birthday greeting to Marian Bergeson, who turns 90 today and celebrated Saturday by skydiving."
No fatalities were reported. Check out this awesome slideshow of the waves at Newport Beach's The Wedge.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Zuhal Bahaduri, former La Mesa councilman Barry Jantz, Lorena Gonzalez's COS Evan McLaughlin, Assemblymembers Bill Quirk and Freddie Rodriguez, and Cathy Unger! Belated greetings to Platinum's Mandy Lee (yesterday)!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
California Legislature: Compromises On Tax And Climate Change Bills Remain Elusive
Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have not yet persuaded GOP lawmakers to support new taxes on gasoline and tobacco. Nor have they convinced some members of their own party to back bills that would combat climate change and give terminally ill Californians the right to die with help from doctors.
Final Rush Of Legislating Follows Labor Day Events | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Several Sacramento-area Democratic lawmakers attend labor council picnic Monday
CalSTRS Rate Hike Brings Plan For Benefit Increase | Calpensions
A long-sought CalSTRS rate increase, more than doubling the bite from school districts, is the reason given last week for a proposal to increase the lump-sum death benefit, unchanged in the last 13 years.
Salinas Valley's Thriving Crops Mask Fears Over The Area's Lone Water Source
In this farming valley, often known as "America's salad bowl," the climate is cool and consistent, the soil is fertile, and an abundance of water has allowed a diverse set of crops to flourish.
Amid Early Campaign Drama, Establishment Candidates Take The Long View
All summer, voters have responded to the political establishment with a loud Bronx cheer, turning against anointed presidential candidates in both parties and upending the carefully laid plans of front-runners.
Unions Prep For End To Mandatory Dues
Steven Greenhut @ sandiegouniontribune.com
The stateâs public-employee unions are among the most powerful interest groups in the Capitol, yet an effort to sneak some language into a bill during the last week of the legislative session shows the degree to which even these lobbies fear a coming rollback in their financial power.
Brown's Compromise Is California's Best Bet To Fix Roads
Editorial @ ow.
After spending months on the sidelines and "above the fray" while legislators debated how to pay for California's massive backlog of road repairs, Gov. Jerry Brown has finally offered a reasonable compromise that raises fuel taxes and vehicle fees while tapping carbon pollution fees to fund highway, street, bridge and public transit improvements. Legislators ought to support it and start reinvesting in critical state infrastructure.
Why Climate Law Advocates Are Watching These Black And Latino Lawmakers
The "wanted" poster with pictures of five state lawmakers appeared in the pages of a Spanish-language newspaper in Southern California last week.
Cal State Trustees Will Discuss Pay Policy, Budget
California State University officials are proposing to lift restrictions on pay raises for campus presidents that were imposed after a series of controversial salary hikes drew complaints from students and lawmakers.
Licensure Of Work Backfires | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
A fifth of California jobs require state licenses
Hillary Clinton On Emails: 'what I Did Was Allowed'
Levi Tillemann at New America @ time.com
In an interview with The Associated Press during a Labor Day campaign swing through Iowa, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination also said the lingering questions about her email practices while serving as President Barack Obama’s first secretary of state have not damaged her campaign.
Can Zendyhealth Be The Priceline Of Healthcare?
ZendyHealth, a Los Angeles-based startup, wants to bring Priceline's model for discounted airfare and hotel rooms to healthcare.
Lack Of Support In D.C. Hampers Water Recycling Efforts - San Francisco Chronicle
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Another Cigarette Tax Hike: Haven't California Smokers Paid Enough?
Indeed, at a time when marijuana is on the verge of being legalized, Democrats are planning a $2-per-pack tax that would expand the tyranny against smokers as well as being a cash cow for government incompetence and waste.
First Draft: Cruz and Huckabee to Visit Jailed Kentucky Clerk
Two Republican presidential candidates are spending time Tuesday supporting Kim Davis, the Kentucky court clerk who is in jail for refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Does Carson's Mayor, A Leader In The City's NFL Stadium Push, Live In Carson?
A practicing attorney who holds two part-time elected offices, Albert Robles has a daunting work schedule. He's been even busier since becoming a high-profile promoter of efforts to build an NFL stadium for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders on an old landfill in Carson, where he is mayor.
Joe Biden Greeted With Chants Of 'run Joe, Run' At Parade
Levi Tillemann at New America @ time.com
The vice president donned a black-and-gold United Steelworkers union hat and told hundreds of union members that the gap between the wealthy and poor was hurting the nation.
3 More Senate Democrats Back Iran Deal
Three more Democratic senators announced their endorsement of the Iran nuclear pact today, creating a 41-vote firewall of support, but it remains unclear if Democrats will use their numbers to filibuster and block a vote on a GOP-backed resolution of disapproval.