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THE NOONER for September 10, 2015

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Ugh, 108 forecasted for today and tomorrow! That would be a record for today. As consolation, many Bay Area cities in which most residents don't have air conditioning will also be over 100.



  • US SENATE: added attorney and former CRP chair Duf Sundheim (R)



DRONE ON: Jerry Brown vetoes drone regulation [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday vetoed legislation that would have prohibited flying a drone less than 350 feet above private property without the property owner’s permission, saying he worried about exposing drone users to litigation."

GIVE ME FUEL, GIVE ME FIRE, GIVE ME THAT WHICH I DESIRE: Gas reduction dropped from California climate change bill [Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown faced a cascade of setbacks Wednesday as climate change legislation was stripped of his targets for reducing gasoline use, his effort to fix dilapidated roads was delayed, and there was no deal in sight to shore up funding for public healthcare."

SORRY, SPOUSE, CANCEL THAT VACATION: No California road-building, gasoline tax deal this week, leaders say [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "The pursuit of an elusive deal to fund California’s transportation infrastructure will force some lawmakers to work beyond the looming end of the legislative session, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leadership said Thursday."



MONEY MATTERS: Kamala Harris inks fundraising deal with California Democrats [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is running for the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, has agreed to allow her donors to write one big check that gets divided between her campaign and the state party."

STAYIN' ALIVE: California Assembly approves right-to-die legislation [Patrick McGreevy and Phil Willon @ LAT] - "After nearly a quarter-century of efforts in California to afford terminally ill patients the right to end their lives with a doctor's help, state lawmakers and the governor may be on the verge of granting the dying that authority."

HEAT WAVES: El Niño odds rise again, tracking to be a blockbuster [Kurtis Alexander @ SacBee] - "The forecast comes at a good time for California, which has seen four years of drought and is rooting for rain."

Not really, we need snow pack to fill our reservoirs, not rain. Most rain washes into the ocean. El Nino--warm systems--make snow less likely.

Best cold open in late night history?

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to the great Jennifer Fearing, BCH's Rosielyn Pulmano, MB Public Affairs' Alex Van Buskirk!



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In 6 Years Following Great Recession, Gas Tax Revenue Grew by $1.75 Billion; Road Spending Remained Stagnant
Last week, Governor Brown announced a set of taxes to raise $3.6 billion for his transportation plan, including a $65 increase in the car tax, $.06 increase in the gas tax, $.11 increase in diesel tax, $500 million from cap and trade funds and $100 million from Caltrans budget shifts.

Republicans To Gov. Jerry Brown: No New Gas, Tobacco Taxes
Jessica Calefati @
The inability to reach a compromise on new taxes -- particularly a gas tax aimed at repairing the state's crumbling roads and bridges -- is a major defeat for Gov. Jerry Brown as the Legislature tries to wrap up its business for the year.

Governor Vetoes Drone Bill, Signs Revenge Porn Measure
Drone legislation vetoed by California Gov. Jerry Brown would have made flying a drone lower than 350 feet above private property without consent a trespass violation.

Medical Marijuana Bill Coming Down To The Wire | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Transportation Fix Delayed, Bills Move Forward As Legislature Nears Deadline | The California Report | Kqed News
The halfway point of the California Legislature’s final sprint for 2015 offered several examples of a long-standing maxim inside the hallways of the state Capitol: The hardest, most controversial proposals are almost always left until the very end.

Former GOP Chair Sundhein Joins Senate Race | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Jerry Brown: Oil Lobby Gutted Climate Bill - Sfgate
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, accompanied by Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, unseen, announce he is scaling back a proposal to address climate change, during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. Citing opposition from the oil industry, de Leon said he was dropping a mandate in his bill, SB350, that the state cut petroleum use by 50 percent.

Judge Allows Unusual House GOP Lawsuit Against President To Proceed
House Republicans won the opening round in a lawsuit against President Obama over their claim that his administration spent money for health insurers under the Affordable Care Act without receiving needed approval by Congress.

No Doubt About It: Chicago Could Use Prop 13 :: Fox&hounds
For anyone who doubts that the desire to fund public sector pensions has to do in part with the moves to raise property taxes by changing Proposition 13 let them look to Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing the largest property tax increase in history for Chicago property owners because he needs money to cover pensions.

La City Union Leaders Celebrate Health Care Win For Employees In New Contract
Today's high

How Politician Steve Westly Helped Radiumone Ceo Amid Scandal - Digits - Wsj
Venture capitalist Steve Westly is a prolific backer of clean technology, with his firm investing around $300 million in two-dozen green companies, including Tesla Motors Inc.

If Cops And Unions Agree, Then Why Hasn’t Medical Weed Bill Passed? - The Technology Chronicles
Privately, some close to the negotiations say part of the holdup now is a battle among legislators over who gets credit for pulling this coalition together. Sifting that out is going to be tough, given how many hands have shaped this legislation.

California Lawmakers Approve Bills To Track Racial Profiling, Police Use Of Force
California lawmakers on Wednesday approved measures intended to shine a light on racial profiling and the use of force by police officers, a response to recent deadly, racially charged incidents in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo.

Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon Abandon Bill To Require 50 Percent Cut In Gasoline Use | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Carson Mayor Under Investigation For Not Filing Disclosure Reports With The State
Carson Mayor Albert Robles, who is leading a high-profile effort to bring two NFL teams to the city, has failed to file disclosure statements for his personal economic interests and political campaign finances, reports that are required by California law, The Times has learned.

Contra Costa Times Editorial: Retirement Board Wisely Cuts Pension-spiking Bay Area Fire Chief's $241,000 Payout
The audacity of the boost had earned local, state and national attention, making retired Chief Peter Nowicki a poster child for pension-spiking and his case a leading example of why reform was desperately needed.

UC Sells Off $200 Million In Coal And Oil Sands Investments
The UC system has sold off its endowment and pension fund holdings in coal and oil sands companies, a $200-million move that officials said Wednesday was in response to both environmental concerns and rising financial risk in those industries.

Vehicle Petroleum Mandate Out Of Climate Bill -
In a blow that strikes at the heart of Gov. Jerry Brown's climate change agenda, Senate Leader Kevin de León is removing a key provision in his bill to set new greenhouse gas reduction mandates.

Donald Trump 2016: Blitzes Hill, Republicans Shrug - Politico
Trump plays the political outsider, but he has been a Washington insider longer than almost any of his rivals.

Judge Rules House Can Sue Obama Administration on Health Care Spending
The decision is a new legal threat to the health care law and gave congressional Republicans a victory in their claims of overreach by the White House.

State Senators Confirm Michael Picker As Head Of Public Utilities Commission -
Senators said Tuesday that they are satisfied that Michael Picker is moving the Public Utilities Commission in the right direction after he replaced Michael Peevey as commission chairman.

Lawsuit Says New L.A. Streets Plan Creates More Air Pollution, Not Less
A Westside-based advocacy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Los Angeles¿ sweeping new 20-year transportation plan, saying city officials failed to properly vet its effects on public safety, air pollution and other aspects of city life.