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THE NOONER for September 9, 2015
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Happy hot Wednesday, both in the Legislature and in the atmosphere. High of 105 today, but it's not nearly as bad as Friday, when the forecasted temperature is 109. OMG. Wouldn't be shocked if the Legislature gets out of town before the mercury peaks. I just may give in and turn the air conditioning--which I haven't used in months-- on at the Global Headquarters of The Nooner. Sort of odd where the place I grew up--Orange County's Placentia--is only supposed to be 55 today. We're essentially doubling the temperature. I would split the difference.
As I write this at 9:45, it's already 80 degrees in SacTown.
CRUNCH TIME: It's a big week in the California Legislature The LAT is doing a great job with live updates on the major bills this week.
Legislators Tackle Bills, Struggle With Big Items, As Clock Ticks In Sacramento [John Myers and Marisa Lagos @ KQED] - "Some of the notable bills that either went to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday, cleared important hurdles, or struggled:"
MORE CRAP: An initiative was filed yesterday to impose a 1,000% sales tax on political advertisements to benefit public education. When are we getting that increase in filing fees?
CLIMATE: Governor, top lawmakers ready to modify climate change measure as negotiations continue - "Facing resistance from even some fellow Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders were scrambling Tuesday to find a compromise on a controversial bill that embodies some of the governor's most ambitious environmental goals."
SB32: California emissions reduction bill falters [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "A centerpiece of California's effort to expand the fight against climate change faltered on Tuesday, the first skirmish in an imminent end-of-session battle over an ambitious environmental plan sought by Democratic leaders."
DEMOCRACY MATTERS: Lawmakers OK bill to increase minority representation on city councils [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "The measure, SB 493 by Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), allows city councils for general law municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents to switch their at-large elections to district elections without have to get voter approval."
RUH-ROH Cal State data breach hits nearly 80,000 students [Carla Rivera @ LAT] - "A data breach at eight Cal State campuses exposed the personal information of nearly 80,000 students enrolled in an online sexual violence prevention course, officials said Tuesday."
THE REVIEW: 'Late Show's' Stephen Colbert is off to a strong start as new host [Robert Lloyd @ LAT] - "And so it came to pass Tuesday night, after nine months of gestation and preparation, of podcasts and promos, that Stephen Colbert, late of "The Colbert Report," became (only) the second host of CBS' "Late Show," created for David Letterman in 1993. And it was good, it was very, very good."
I flew a lot in my old job and have never had a fear of flying. But, ugh, this.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Coby Pizzotti and to our Golden State, who turns 165 years young today!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
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.
Legislators Tackle Bills, Struggle With Big Items, As Clock Ticks In Sacramento | Faultlines | Kqed News
Tuesday’s floor debates in the state Assembly and Senate saw action on several bills of note. Lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn for the year on Friday.
Senate Legislation Would Impose New Taxes On Health Plans, Tobacco | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Proposal includes revamped tax on managed-care organizations
Governor, Top Lawmakers Ready To Modify Climate Change Measure As Negotiations Continue
Facing resistance from even some fellow Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders were scrambling Tuesday to find a compromise on a controversial bill that embodies some of the governor's most ambitious environmental goals.
State-funded Child Care Providers Drop Unionization Push | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Amended Senate Bill 548 would instead add new training requirement
California Lawmakers Vote To Ban Confederate Names From Public Buildings
The California Legislature on Tuesday sent the governor a measure that would bar the naming of public buildings, including schools, after Confederate leaders from the Civil War.
California Cocktail Tax Would Spike End-of-session Mix | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
New plan to fund services for the disabled
Assembly Approves Measure To Restrict Police Searches Of Email
Lawmakers in the Assembly narrowly approved a bill that would put in place stricter privacy limits on police access to emails and other electronic communications.
Kamala Harris Inks Fundraising Deal With California Democrats | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
Downtown apartment-hotel development gets Oakland OK
On Tuesday, the council voted 6-1 to authorize a development agreement that would allow Strada to purchase 1.25 acres of public land on Clay Street, on the promise that Oakland could back out of the deal it the hotel fell through. Strada will pay $6.45 million for the parcel and contribute an additional $1.8 million to the cityâÂÂs Affordable Housing Trust Fund, in lieu of turning any of the proposed 225 apartments into affordable housing. âÂÂWe want to get every stretch of an effort to get that hotel deal,âÂÂ said Councilman Dan Kalb, who, like other councilmembers, saw the project as a means to bring jobs, tax revenues and a new cachet to Oakland. Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney, who has raised concerns about the cityâÂÂs politics scaring off outside investment, called the land a âÂÂscenic parcel of underutilized dreams.âÂÂ The memo validated a claim that activists had pushed for months: that the parcel, because it was surplus land, had to be offered to schools, parks, transportation agencies, or government housing entities, before it could be sold to a private developer. [...] union representatives and construction contractors touted the project, saying it would bring the economic boom that Oakland has long anticipated.
Legislators OK Ban On Naming Streets, Buildings For Confederate Leaders
Hoping to erase some of California's public homages to the Confederacy, state lawmakers voted Tuesday to outlaw the naming of schools and public buildings after Southern leaders from the Civil War.
California Senate Passes Bill To Ban Confederate Names On Public Property - Capradio.org
The California Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would ban the use of names of Confederate leaders on state and local property.
Assemblyman Mike Gipson Offers Tax Penalty Amnesty Bill For Pot Shops
A medical marijuna dispensary in Los Angeles.
California Emissions Reduction Bill Falters | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Numerous Democrats vote no or withhold votes
Capitol Heats Up With End-of-session Rush Of Legislation - San Francisco Chronicle
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California Lawmakers Approve Ban On Plastic Microbeads
California lawmakers on Tuesday approved a measure banning the sale of personal care products that contain plastic microbeads starting in 2020.
Governor Embraces Tokenism | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Brown elevates issues, often settles for halfway measures
Former San Jose State President In Line For $261,000 Benefit
Joe Rodriguez, @ mercurynews.com
The California State University Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote Wednesday on an "executive transition program" for Qayoumi -- a much criticized perk that has been provided to executives throughout the California State University system. The agreement outlined in a memorandum to the board calls for him to become a salaried adviser to San Jose State's new president, Susan Martin, and other CSU executives for a year ending in August 2016.
Tax Breaks For Earthquake Retrofitting Passes California Senate
A proposed state tax credit for earthquake retrofits passed the Senate on Tuesday, clearing a major hurdle for a bill that would ease the burden of strengthening thousands of at-risk buildings across California.
Activists Urge Perea To Support Controversial Greenhouse Gas Bills | Fresno Bee
John Ellis @ fresnobee.com
SB 350 and SB 32 passed state Senate; have uncertain fate in Assembly
Mass Deportation May Sound Unlikely, But It’s Happened Before | The California Report | Kqed News
Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to deport all 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally, along with their U.S.-born children, sounds far-fetched. But something similar happened before.