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THE NOONER for September 14, 2015

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Happy Monday! It's a slow newsday as reporters are still asleep after Friday's marathon session. 


  • AD43 (Pasadena): added attorney Mark MacCarley (R)
  • AD48 (West Covina): added Glendora school board member Cory Ellenson (R)

US SENATE: Rep. Loretta Sanchez gains ground on Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris in Senate race, poll shows [Michsal Finnegan @ LAT] -  "The survey found [Kamala] Harris leading [Loretta] Sanchez, a fellow Democrat, 26% to 17% among registered voters, followed by former state Republican chairman Tom Del Beccaro, with 10%, and Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside), with 9%." [crosstabs]

TURNOUT: Democrats control state but have untapped election potential [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "Democrats are 44 percent of registered voters and 43 percent of likely voters, while Republicans are 28 percent of registered voters but 32 percent of likely voters. That’s 5-percentage points Democrats give up in turnout among registered voters."

SLUSHY: Federal candidates seek ways to tap state campaign stockpiles [John Ellis and Michael Doyle @ Fresno Bee] - "California’s House members, many of whom previously served in the state Legislature, have definitely gotten innovative in their disposal of state-raised funds. They have given to schools and nonprofits. They have contributed to fellow officeholders. They have donated to their political party or its affiliated organizations."



THE MOD SQUAD: A rising force, moderate Democrats put their stamp on California legislative session [SacBee] - "Nowhere was that more evident than Senate Bill 350, part of the high-stakes package of climate change measures championed by Gov. Jerry Brown and Sen. President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles. The bill advanced through the Legislature, but not before being stripped of language requiring a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use in motor vehicles by 2030. That version never came up in the Assembly."

MONEY MATTERS: California's 'split roll' is a debate, not reality {Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Were the Proposition 30 extension to go before voters next year, the split-roll campaign would almost certainly be dropped, at least for the time being. There are also other proposals to raise cigarette and oil taxes, plus one to raise taxes on all forms of property above $3 million in value.-"

FIRE: Thia is terrifying



YOU'RE TERMINATORED: [Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace Donald Trump as 'Celebrity Apprentice' host [Ryan Faughnder @ LAT] - "Movie star and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been named the new host of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” the network said Monday."

#CONGRATS: Assemblymember Das and Jonnie Wiilliams welcomed a baby girl on Friday. 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Travis Allen, CSDA's Bernice Creager, Luis Correa, and the California Center's Gordon Hinkle.

Go Niners!



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Rep. Loretta Sanchez Gains Ground On Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris In Senate Race, Poll Shows
Michael Finnegan @
State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is holding her lead in the race to succeed Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate, but strong support among Latinos has enabled Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange County to establish herself as a serious rival, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

Middletown Residents Dig Out, Carry On After Devastation Hits
Richard Chang and Ed Fletcher @
At the Kelseyville High School on Sunday afternoon, hundreds gathered to receive an update from local officials, including state Sen. Mike McGuire, who represents Lake County. McGuire and Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin implored residents to cooperate with the evacuation orders.

Pension Of Spiking 'Poster Child' Cut After Review
Ed Mendel @
A Moraga-Orinda fire chief drew national attention six years ago for retiring at age 50 with a pension much larger than his base pay. He went back to work as chief the following Monday, hired as a consultant with full salary.

Campaign suggests way to get more drivers to stop for pedestrians
Most of the attention devoted to San Francisco’s Vision Zero campaign to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024 has focused on physical improvements: more visible crosswalks, wider sidewalks, new traffic signals. The study by the city Department of Public Health, working with the Municipal Transportation Agency, found that a marketing campaign — proclaiming “It stops here” and stressing that pedestrians have the right of way at intersections — was successful in increasing by 3.2 percent the number of vehicles yielding for pedestrians when paired with enforcement. Motorists failing to yield to pedestrians account for 64 percent of all accidents between people walking and driving, according to San Francisco Police Department statistics. Ed Reiskin, transportation director for the Municipal Transportation Agency, said the study’s results were promising because they showed that boosting public awareness makes a difference. Megan Wier, director of a program on health equity and sustainability for the Department of Public Health, said the results showed that “combining education and targeted enforcement can result in modest but significant benefits on the leading cause of pedestrian injury in San Francisco.” Given that the city has 1,700 intersections where traffic collisions that kill or injure people occur, officials said the tactic of raising driver awareness with ad campaigns and enforcement could play a major role in Vision Zero.

First Draft: Obama Heads to a Crowded Iowa, but Will Stay Off the Trail
President Obama will take a bus tour in Iowa aimed not at securing caucus votes for himself but at promoting his education bona fides. If it happens to generate interest on the part of Democratic voters for Democratic candidates, so much the better.

Hillary Clinton Backer Casey Wasserman Says Joe Biden Candidacy For President "Good For Everybody"
Entertainment executive and sports power agent Casey Wasserman, a longtime friend of the Clintons and a Hollywood fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, says he wouldn't mind if Vice President Joe Biden entered the race for the Democratic Party nomination for president as a way for his candidate to "elevate" her game.

Sisters, Top Advisors With Opposing Views, Bring California Influence To Campaign Trail
Kristina Schake had built a solid reputation among political operatives for driving the shift in voter opinion on gay marriage, foiling Big Tobacco forces and helping Michelle Obama transcend the traditional role of first lady -- but the State Department was not her wheelhouse.

Residents Flee Huge California Wildfire; Governor Declares Emergency
A fast-moving wildfire expanded quickly overnight in Lake and Napa counties spreading a path of destruction through a patchwork of local communities.

Stop The Presses: Rational Republican Seeks Senate
George “Duf” Sundheim, the Silicon Valley lawyer and former California Republican Party chairman who last week joined the race for U.S. Senate, has two big problems:

First Draft: Planned Parenthood Is Part of the G.O.P. Plan to Avoid a Government Shutdown
Republican leaders are hoping to schedule separate votes on abortion-related measures in the House and in the Senate, both to give their members a platform to register outrage over the funding of Planned Parenthood and to clear the way for a spending measure that would keep the government open.

Taiwan's Nationalist Party Looks To Be Heading Toward A Historic Defeat
Imagine you're a presidential campaign director. With just four months to go before election day, which of the following would you not want your candidate to post on Facebook?

Valley Fire: Residents Of Middletown Tell Harrowing Survival Tales
Devastation from a rapidly moving weekend fire in Lake and Napa counties hit especially hard in the small community of Middletown, Calif., where residents had to flee for their lives overnight.

Invoking Ronald Reagan, New TV Ad Targets GOP Presidential Hopefuls' Immigration Comments
Ed O'Keefe @
An immigration reform group backed by business, political and religious leaders plans to air a hard-hitting television commercial that juxtaposes the words of three Republican presidential candidates against those of a revered GOP figure: former president Ronald Reagan.

Valley Fire Devastation: Middletown Residents Unite After Fleeing - Sfgate
Vince Sigal, right, and Brandon Clark, subcontractors for PG&E, complete connections from a generator to Hardesters Hardware and Market in Middletown, Calif., on Sunday, September 13, 2015, the day after a wildfire swept through town destroying homes and forcing mass evuations. PG&E contacted the store about reconnecting power to the store to serve the community once residents return.

Showdown Between Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump Expected at Republican Debate
Political strategists warn male candidates to use caution when debating against a female rival. But it remains to be seen if Mr. Trump will take that approach on Wednesday.

Middletown: The Community At The Epicenter Of A Raging Wildfire
Before an explosive wildfire torched Middletown this weekend, this quaint hamlet toward the northwestern edge of California’s wine country was perhaps best known as a stop along the way to a clothing-optional spiritual retreat offering yoga and massage workshops.

County, Dmv To Help Inmates To Get Id Cards |
The California Department of Motor Vehicles gives expert answers to common DMV questions.

One Reported Dead In Valley Fire | The Press Democrat
Cal Fire was still trying Sunday night to confirm a report of a fatality related to the fast-moving fire. The Valley fire had blackened 50,000 acres by Sunday night, wiping out large swaths of several communities.

Arnold Schwarzenegger To Replace Donald Trump As 'Celebrity Apprentice' Host
Ryan Faughnder @
Movie star and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been named the new host of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” the network said Monday.