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THE NOONER for September 11, 2015

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Good morning, and happy last day of the non-Special Session legislative year! Also happening today is the parade on Capitol Mall for the three Sacramentans that took down a terrorist on a French train last month. It starts at noon and ends with a ceremony on the West Steps of the State Capitol. While today's high is forecaster to be 107, it should only be about at noon.





DEADLINE DAY: Marijuana regs, automatic voter registration and more: California's Legislature has a lot to do today [LAT] - "California lawmakers are scrambling to pass lots of laws before the end of Friday, when this year’s regular session of the Legislature ends."

Ethics Bills, Exit Exams and Vaccines: Lawmakers March Toward Friday Deadline - "With Friday’s deadline looming for the California Legislature, lawmakers worked Thursday to get through hundreds of still-pending bills — but ones that were relatively small when compared to the year’s biggest issues, issues where momentum seemed to be quickly evaporating by week’s end."

AURAL PLEASURE: The Intensified Zeal: California Politics Podcast [John Myers and Marisa Lagos] - "This week, our California Politics Podcast focuses on the final battles and changes to the big climate change proposal, Senate Bill 350. And just for good measure, we throw in a quick look at the other big midweek announcement: The delay of a fix for the state's transportation woes."

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Another climate bill falters in California [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Senate Bill 32, which sought to dramatically increase California’s greenhouse gas reduction targets, will not get another vote in the Assembly before the legislative session ends this week, the bill's author, Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, said."

ONE LINK: Why is the Legislature backsliding on climate change? [Editorial @ LAT] - "Could legislators in Sacramento possibly have fallen for the oil industry propaganda that cutting oil consumption would lead to gas rationing and a ban on SUVs? Are they so ignorant that they believe that an ongoing commitment to battling climate change is bad for California?"

AUTO REGISTRATION: California Senate OKs automatic voter registration plan [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "In response to the record-low turnout in the last election, the state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would automatically register to vote any eligible Californian who gets a driver’s license unless they opt out."



SIN AGUA: Drought is no reason to ease environmental protections, California voters say [Bettina Boxall @ LAT] - "After four parched years, most California voters seem to be taking the drought in stride, saying it has had little to no effect on their daily lives. They oppose sacrificing environmental protections to expand water supplies and generally approve of how Gov. Jerry Brown has handled the crisis, according to a new statewide USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll." [crosstabs]

If you missed it, last night's interview of Joe Biden--regardless of what you think of him--on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert was touching. Speaking of late shows, tonight Donald Trump appears on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. IT'S GOING TO BE HUGE! Hopefully the gavels in the Legislature come down before 11:30. I've never been a big watcher of late night television, but the current line-up is great, as is the ability to watch them sequentially the next day when I'm awake.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jenn Pae of the League od Women Voters, faculty leader Dean Murakami, and pollster Ben Tulchin! Weekend greetings to LA councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Isadore Hall's policy anaylst Brian Duke, Senator Carol Liu (Saturday),and  conservative voice Allen Wilson!

The West Wing episode for the last day of session.

For those of you who are in The Building or advocating therein, hang in there today. And, then, have a great weekend! The cooling trend begins tomorrow and we'll be in the mid-80s next week!




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Gun Restrictions, Cigarette Taxes And More: California's Legislature Is Racing To Pass Bills
California lawmakers are scrambling to pass bills before Friday, when this year’s regular session of the Legislature ends. Follow along below for updates and analysis from The Times' Sacramento team. 7:54 P.M. Automatic voter registration plan approved California Secretary of State Alex Padilla...

Proposal Would Give SEIU Local 1000 President Nearly $100,000 Stipend | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Local vice presidents would also receive extra money

Jerry Brown To Ben Carson: Do Your Homework On Climate Change - Politics Blog
California Gov. Jerry Brown, who has taken his campaign on climate change around the globe, is now schooling Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on the issue. Brown released a letter Thurs...

Analysis: Jerry Brown Puts Happy Face On Climate Change, Road Improvement Defeats
David Siders @
Governor says controversy gets more coverage for climate change

President honors Alice Watersâ
Berkeley pioneer of the farm-to-table movement Alice Waters received the National Humanities Medal at the White House on Thursday, the kitchen garden she inspired now rooted on the lawn outside where first lady Michelle Obama frequently showcases the virtues of real food. Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it,” Obama said, quoting poet Emily Dickinson, lauding each of the honorees for having “some urgent inner force” that led them “to express the truth they experience. Waters’ urgent inner force, a headstrong devotion to locally grown and organic food and a zeal about introducing those foods to schoolchildren, has profoundly influenced not just American cuisine but food policy in Washington. Republicans and their allies in the School Nutrition Association, which represents school lunch administrators and counts major food manufacturers among its contributors, contend that children are rejecting the healthier food, leading to waste and financial losses in the program. Waters founded the Chez Panisse Foundation in 1996, creating the Edible Schoolyard Project, whose first experiment with a 1-acre garden at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Middle School has since spread to several other cities, including New Orleans and New York. The White House organic garden, which Waters first urged, without success, on President Bill Clinton, is a kind of replica of the idea, where Michelle Obama invites schoolchildren to plant and harvest foods each year as part of her antiobesity campaign. Initially dismissed as an annoying but harmless Berkeley eccentric by the conventional food and agriculture industries, Waters’ focus on school lunches became a catalyst for reforms of the the $10 billion federal school lunch program that reaches millions of children in every corner of the country. The Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act, requiring higher nutrition standards, was enacted in 2010 with Michelle Obama’s strong support, and now is the target of Republicans aiming to roll back the standards.

After Insulting Fiorina, Trump Tested By Wave Of Criticism | The Sacramento Bee
A wave of criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike rose Thursday after GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump insulted the physical appearance of Carly Fiorina, his party's only female White House contender.

Lawmakers Reject Measure Expanding County Boards Of Supervisors
The Senate on Thursday failed to muster the two-thirds vote to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot requiring large California counties, including Los Angeles, to expand their five-member boards of supervisors to at least seven members.

Gov. Jerry Brown Loses 'Invincible' Image In Climate Change, Tax Battles
Jessica Calefati, Tracy Seipel and Paul Rogers Staff writers @
Republicans refused to raise gasoline taxes that Brown says are desperately needed to fix California's crumbling roads and bridges, and the oil industry won an ugly skirmish over the Golden State's landmark climate-change bill that would have cut oil consumption in half by 2030.

Assembly Sends Jerry Brown Bill On Racial Profiling
Jeremy B. White @
Gov. Jerry Brown will decide the fate of a police profiling bill that led advocates to blockade his office and stage a mass “die-in” last week.

Some Businesses Back Higher Gas Taxes In California
Southern California Public Radio @
The governor’s $3.6 billion transportation spending package to fund repairs of California’s dilapidated roads failed to pass this week, but it may get another chance during a continuing special session of the legislature.

Conservative Tv Ads Target Rep. Peters Before Iran Vote - Times Of San Diego
President Obama has argued that war is the only alternative to the deal, but it has drawn sharp criticism from Republican lawmakers and the state of Israel, and has divided the American Jewish community. Congress is expected to reject the deal, but would likely not have enough votes to override a presidential veto.

Ethics Bills, Exit Exams And Vaccines: Lawmakers March Toward Friday Deadline
Marisa Lagos and John Myers @ KQED @
With Friday’s deadline looming for the California Legislature, lawmakers worked Thursday to get through hundreds of still-pending bills — but ones that were relatively small when compared to the year’s biggest issues, issues where momentum seemed to be quickly evaporating by week’s end.

Gavin Newsom Is No Kim Davis - Sfgate
California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom at Founders Den where he has an office space in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, July 2, 2015.

Senator Gaines' Tahoe-Related Bills Successfully Move Through Legislature
Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today announced legislative success on two of his Tahoe-related bills. Senate Bill 231, which gives Tahoe transportation projects access to new funding sources, was signed by the Governor. Senate Bill 605, which establishes a good neighbor tuition policy with students in Nevada, passed out of the Assembly and is on its way to the Governor.

San Diego To Miss Mayor's Deadline On Vote To Keep Chargers
The city of San Diego and the NFL Chargers were poised to miss a deadline set by Mayor Kevin Faulconer to schedule a public vote on whether taxpayers should help pay for a new stadium to stop the team from moving to Los Angeles.

Oakland City Council prez fined $1.6K for filing campaign forms late
Oakland City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney will pay a $1,600 fine for failing to report her 2014 campaign contributions on time, the Oakland Public Ethics Commission decided Tuesday. According to documents from the Ethics Commission, McElhaney’s election committee — which formed in 2011 to support her 2012 bid for City Council — has routinely submitted late finance forms. There was no real justification for these lapses, the commission ruled, given that McElhaney’s campaign committee had already submitted filings multiple times. [...] that it’s solved, I feel confident saying there was nothing nefarious,” McElhaney said, adding that she wants the public “to see who’s in my donor base. Recent campaign disclosures show that McElhaney has received money from various local construction contractors, the Black Oak Gallery, and the head of the Telegraph Health Center cannabis dispensary.

No Gas Tax Increase For Now :: Fox&hounds
There will be no immediate deal on tax increases for road infrastructure because Republicans have held fast arguing that while revenues are up road needs have been ignored. The facts appear to back them up.

Putting For Dough As Session Closes | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
Lobbyists regularly bill clients $250 million a year to work their magic

The Intensified Zeal: California Politics Podcast | The California Report | Kqed News
It was a quintessential Gov. Jerry Brown quip, the moment when his frustrations over climate change legislation all spilled into a single sentence.

Willie Brown, Alice Huffman, Enter Late Medical Marijuana Discussions | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago and Jeremy B. White @
Key issue involves felons getting dispensary licenses

Redskins, Diploma Bills Pass Legislature, Head To Governor - Sfgate
Lawmakers who supported the diploma legislation said it is unfair for the state to require students to pass the

Which Presidential Campaign Is Winning Over Silicon Valley? 'none Of Them'
In a presidential campaign where candidates are tripping over one another to present as hip to the culture and needs of Silicon Valley, embracing tech buzzwords and marveling at the possibilities of the sharing economy, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has gone perhaps the furthest, announcing...