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THE NOONER for September 15, 2015

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  • AD59 (South LA): added Executive Director/CEO at Florence-Firestone/Walnut Park Chamber of Commerce Efren Martinez (D) 

MONEY MATTERS: Education groups propose initiative to extend Prop. 30 income taxes until 2030 [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "The new “School Funding and Budget Stability Act” would boost income tax rates on couples earning more than $500,000 a year for 12 years, with the proceeds deposited into an account to support K-12 schools and colleges. The quarter-cent sales tax increase would not be touched, and expire as planned in 2016."

FIRE MATTERS: Governor authorizes additional $12.5 million to fight wildfires [Phil Willon @ LAT] - "The money, which comes from the state’s special fund for wildfire suppression, will help state firefighters battling two of California’s most treacherous blazes: the Valley fire in Lake and Napa counties, which has burned more than 61,000 acres and led to one death; and the Butte fire in Amador and Calaveras counties that has burned more than 71,000 acres."

The tally of lost homes between the Valley and Butte fires is believed to be 768. Absolutely devastatng.



CONTROL, WE HAVE A PROBLEM: Sierra Nevada snowpack is much worse than thought: a 500-year low [Monte Mirin @ LAT] - "Snowpack is a key factor in California’s water supply: In a normal year, melting Sierra Nevada snow provides the state with one-third of its water. Another third is pumped from underground aquifers, and the rest comes from rivers and reservoirs."

GROWTH: Number of California lobbyists grows over past decade [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "The number of lobbyists has steadily increased over the years. Businesses, unions and trade groups have a stake in what happens in Sacramento. Local governments have steadily added to their lobbying ranks as local finances more and more flow through the Capitol. And a crackdown by the state’s political ethics agency has prompted more registrations."

In 2005, there were 1,002 regisstered lobbyists. This year there are 1,760.

PLAYING THE DONALD CARD: State politicians grab at Trump's coattails, seeking reflected attention [Cathleen Decker @ LAT] - "California politicians, meantime, were scrambling to grab onto Trump in whatever fashion possible, attaching themselves to the man who is utterly in control of the political ecosystem."

Those would be negative coattails. One such example is Gavin Newsom's animated video posted yesterday attacking Trump's immigration plan.


SAUSAGE-MAKING: How the 'right to die' bill made it to a vote was wrong, but Brown should sign it anyway [LAT Editorial] - "State lawmakers shouldn't have subverted their own rules to allow a “right to die” bill to pass Friday during a special session on healthcare for the poor. Nevertheless, Gov. Jerry Brown should sign it, no matter what he thinks about how it reached his desk."

GOLDEN DELICOUS: Apple Says iPhone Pre-Orders Are Beating Last Year’s Pace [Katie Benner @ NYT] - "Apple said Monday that global pre-orders for its latest iPhones were on track to beat last year’s sales of 10 million devices in the first weekend, which was a record for the company."

UMBRELLA ELLA EH EH EH: Rain drenches Southern California, wettest day of the year in downtown L.A. [Veronica Rocha and Joe Sernz @ LAT] - "No, it wasn't a dream. Parts of Southern California awoke to rain Tuesday as remnants of former Hurricane Linda brought moisture and cooler temperatures to the region."

And, unfortunaly, most of that rain flowed right into the ocean. I guess these numbers are good for people's lawns. Just wow.

Rainfall totals

TRUMP: Why does he keep including Japan as taking our job? If anything, they have been creating jobs in America as the auto companies are manufacturing more cars here than ever.

NINERS: I hate the new uniforms, but I sure liked last night's game.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to UC Center's A.G. Block, San Bernadino CCD trustee Don Singer, and fundraiser Dan Weitzman.



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GOP Lawmakers Seek Review Of Green Energy Ballot Initiative
Assembly Republicans are seeking a state audit into how money from a green energy ballot initiative is being spent.

Gavin Newsom Trashes Trump’s Immigration Plan
By Josh Richman Monday, September 14th, 2015 at 11:37 am in 2016 presidential election, Gavin Newsom, Immigration.

John Bolton Will Replace Scott Walker At California GOP Gathering | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Wisconsin governor backed out of speaking role to campaign in other states

Will The Redevelopment Lobby Outmaneuver The Governor?
Steven Greenhut @
Redevelopment agencies are, in the cynical words of a former assemblyman, “Democratic programs that make some Republicans rich.” They give officials the power to micromanage local development decisions, which (in his view) makes Democrats happy. But the beneficiaries of the subsidies are developers, who often are Republicans.

Fiorina Leverages Trump’s Insult Into Web Video
By Josh Richman Monday, September 14th, 2015 at 1:14 pm in 2016 presidential election, Carly Fiorina.

California Voters Sharply Disagree On Low-Cost Healthcare For Immigrants
Cindy Carcamo @
Among California voters, support for low-cost healthcare for immigrants splits along ethnic and ideological lines.

Policy, Not Election Reform, Determined Outcome Of Major Bills :: Fox&hounds
Mathews argues that the top two primary created the need for more money for candidates to be noticed when the entire field of contenders for the same office are listed together on the ballot. That leads to candidates being susceptible to money spent for or against bills coming from the same supporters who backed the candidates, Joe contends.

First Draft: Now, Obama and Education Secretary Push for College Saving Plan
Eight months after proposing to effectively end the popular college savings accounts known as 529s, President Obama joined with Education Secretary Arne Duncan to embrace them.

Gov. Jerry Brown Calls Fast-moving Wildfires 'scary'
Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that the wildfires sweeping through large portions of the state are “scary” because unusually dry conditions are causing them to spread at extraordinary rates.

Illinois Governor, a Republican, at Impasse With Democrats Over Budget
The Democratic-dominated legislature and the governor are deadlocked over how best to avert an $8.5 billion deficit at the end of the year.

How The 'Right To Die' Bill Made It To A Vote Was Wrong, But Brown Should Sign It Anyway
Editorial @
State lawmakers shouldn't have subverted their own rules to allow a “right to die” bill to pass Friday during a special session on healthcare for the poor. Nevertheless, Gov. Jerry Brown should sign it, no matter what he thinks about how it reached his desk.

Governor Authorizes Additional $12.5 Million To Fight Wildfires
Gov. Jerry Brown has authorized $12.4 million in additional spending to help fight the massive wildfires raging through California.

Can Donald Trump Be Stopped?
Mark Halperin @
Like almost everyone I know who is working on, covering, or closely following the presidential election, I spend about 60 percent of my waking hours talking about Donald Trump. People want to know if he can win, if he will win, and what might possibly derail his candidacy. The reason the answers are so elusive is that Trump has proven to be unlike any other candidate in modern American politics.

Guatemala Presidential Candidate Quits Party, Drops Out Of Race
Guatemalan presidential candidate Manuel Baldizon quit his political party and dropped out of the race Monday, leaving a television comedian and former first lady to vie in the runoff to be the country's next president.

Meet The Busboy Who's Taking On Donald Trump Over Immigration
A few weeks after Donald Trump launched his campaign for the presidency, a friend asked Ricardo Aca a question: "How would you feel about making a short documentary and risking your job?"

Reserve Cap Rewrite Fails, Math Placement Goes To Governor
Tom Chorneau @
Two other major education bills also stalled – at least for now: One that would have created a new grant program to help schools battle chronic attendance problems in kindergarten through third grades; a second that would have used income from specialized license plates to support violence prevention programs.

No Receipts Required For College Bosses |
When he was hired as Grossmont College president in June, Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh was granted a base salary of $189,000 a year. He also got $10,000 for moving expenses, a $600-a-month car allowance, $200 to offset his monthly cell-phone bill and reimbursements for routine business expenses.

Update: Planes Back On Attack In Valley, Butte Fires | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton, Bill Lindelof, Ryan Lillis and Ed Ortiz @
Officials confirm that one person has died in Valley fire

Brown Sees ‘damn Serious’ Fire Situation, Costs Top $212 Million | The California Report | Kqed News
Gov. Jerry Brown, after being briefed on a fire season that went from bad to worse over the course of a weekend, warned Californians to brace themselves for what’s in store.

House Republicans' Obamacare Lawsuit Should Be Tossed Out
Just when it seemed the legal onslaught against the Affordable Care Act was over, another lawsuit against key provisions of the 2010 healthcare law has gained unexpected traction. Last week, a federal judge refused to dismiss a case brought by the House GOP majority, which alleged that the Obama...

What Two Los Angeles Moms Want To See In Their Kids' Schools
Last month the Education Matters team spoke to Lourdes Vazquez and Esperanza Mejia, who are friends living in Pico-Union. We asked them what they want to see in their children's schools.

Video: Jerry Brown Warns Of Mass Migration In California If Global Warming Continues | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Remarks come as California wildfires continue raging

Sierra Nevada Snowpack Hit A 500-year Low In 2015
Sierra Nevada snowpack hit a 500-year low in 2015, according to researchers, highlighting the critical condition of a major California water storage resource.