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THE NOONER for September 22, 2015
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AD SPACE AVAILABLE: Several readers contacted me during the waning days of the legislative session about availability of the 300x250 display ads. I finally have a couple of slots available.
Good morning, and welcome to the United States His Holiness Pope Francis. Catholic politicians on both sides of the aisle are very happy to see you here, but will also be squirming in their chairs as you share your message. Papa Francisco, I am not part of your flock nor do I agree with you on many issues, but speak your mind. You are the greatest living leader the world has right now, along with the Dalai Lama.
I do love mass, as it brings amazing street tacos, tamales, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and mangoladas from multiple vendors to my neighborhood every Sunday. Nom-nom!
As Noah Bierman writes in the LAT, tomorrow is a tough day for Jewish reporters, as Yom Kippur (the day of atonement--holiest day of the Jewish year that devout Jews spend fasting and at synagogue), begins at midnight tonight. Bierman reminds us that it was "50 years ago, when [Sandy] Koufax declined to pitch the first game of the World Series for the Dodgers to honor his heritage on the holiest day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur." The Dodgers lost game, as well as Game 2 (which Koufax pitched), but went on to win the series.
If you want to watch the Pope's speech to the joint session of Congress on Thursday, get up early. It will be at 6:20 a.m. PDT. [full schedule]
Meanwhile, it's National Voter Registration Day! Pass this link on to anybody who you think might not have registered or has recently moved: registertovote.ca.gov
I just love that Duckie is now a doctor on NCIS. Although, it makes me feel quite old. Well, today's Nooner is brought to you by Pretty in Pink, which is streaming to my teevee right now. Oh, I miss the Psychedelic Furs. For the non-Sacramento Noonerites, Molly Ringwald is a hometown girl.
MONEY MATTERS: Another Prop. 30 income tax increase now aiming for 2016 [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Half of the estimated $10 billion a year in annual revenues would go to K-14 education; 40 percent to California's Medi-Cal program for low-income people; and the remainder to prekindergarten and early childhood development programs. And it calls for a “rainy day” budget reserve modeled on last fall's Proposition 2."
ICYMI (Like I did): For California Republicans, Stakes In 2016 Are High [John Myers @ KQED] - "Though their goals were modest, the state’s Republicans had something to celebrate in 2014 — namely, breaking the supermajority hold of Democrats on both houses of the California Legislature. But last year’s electorate was unusual, the smallest by percentage in state history and one that was more inclined to support Republicans. 2016 will be different, as an open presidential race will undoubtedly draw some of those missing Democrats back to the polls."
FEAR YOUR EMAIL: Next Wednesday is a quarterly filing deadline for federal candidates and the deluge is beginning. And, how did every Democrat in Iowa get my email address? I have never donated to anyone there.
SIN AGUA: Two major water agencies consider buying Delta islands [Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow @ SacBee] - "Two of California's largest and most aggressive water agencies have discussed buying four islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, prompting accusations by environmentalists and Delta farmers that the land purchases could be used to engineer a south state water grab."
IT'S RAINING MONEY: Poseidon, company that wants to build Huntington Beach desalination plant, donates $300K to politicians [Teri Sforza @ OCR] - "In its quest to flip the switch on a $1 billion Carlsbad desalination plant and build a sister facility in Huntington Beach, Poseidon Resources has sprinkled hundreds of thousands of dollars onto political campaigns and action committees in the Golden State since 2000, according to data kept by the secretary of state. But an exhaustive total is difficult to nail down."
UMMM...SURE: "'Not since 'The Art of the Deal' have I had this much fun writing a book,' said [Donald] Trump, who has authored more than a dozen tomes, in the release."
"The as-yet-untitled book — set for release on Oct. 27 — "will outline how a crippled America could be restored to greatness" and "explore Trump’s view on key issues including the economy, big CEO salaries and taxes, healthcare, education, national security and social issues," according to a news release from publisher Simon and Schuster."
So, he personally writes a book on all the issues he can't articulate at any rally, media appearance, or debate? He probably hasn't even read the book, which comes out October 27 by Simon and Schuster. Maybe he'll read the book and start articulating "his" positions. #GHOSTWRITING
UNTRANSPARENCY: In local races, political donations harder to tally [Teri Sforza @ OCR] - "California may be home to Silicon Valley and its tech revolution, but candidates for local offices – such as water districts and city councils – often file campaign finance reports on sheets of paper. Those papers are often kept in hundreds of clerk’s offices up and down the state."
INTERVENTION: Our friend and former Californian Shane Goldmacher co-authors an article for Politico with Alex Isenstadt about the demise of the Walker campaign. The decision to "suspend" his campaign came from a meeting with big supporters and consultants CALLED BY HIS WIFE! Anne Gust Brown isn't the only powerful wife in politics!
NOT TEMPLE: Bikini coffee shops get a chilly welcome in some Orange County cities [Chris Haire @ OCR] - "Tonight, Stanton’s City Council is expected to follow in the footsteps of Garden Grove and other cities trying to limit bikini coffee bars from becoming something closer to caffeinated strip clubs, voting on ordinances against nudity and smoking. The vote is coming in anticipation of one or more bikini coffee bars opening in Stanton."
'MURICA: Costco shopper, 78, punched in fight over free Nutella waffle sample [Alene Tchekmedyian @ LAT] - "A 78-year-old Costco shopper was punched in the face Sunday morning after getting into a dispute with another customer who he believed was taking too many Nutella waffles from a sample cart, police said."
I abhor violence, but might punch you in the face if you were pushing me to try a Nutella waffle. BTW, I love Costco, where people drive around the parking lot for 20 minutes to try to find the closest parking space, and then walk 5 miles inside the store to eat every possible sample. Folks, this ain't Hometown Buffet.
Meanwhile, Stephen Colbert's studio audience continues to be decidedly liberal, as Ted Cruz wasn't received very well last night.
Carly Fiorina was outstanding on Jimmy Fallon last night.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to consultant Brian Ross Adams, Assemblymember Rob Bonta and former Assemblymember Roger Dickinson!
• AB 53 by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) – Vehicles: child safety seats.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Pension Initiative To Be Re-filed? :: Fox&hounds
Over the weekend, two sources indicated to me that the Chuck Reed/Carl DeMaio pension reform initiative would be pulled, re-written, and re-submitted to the attorney general for a new title and summary. If it is to be re-filed, it is worth considering for which ballot it would be re-submitted.
Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Keep Kids In Rear-facing Car Seats Until 2 | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Legislation takes effect in 2017
Firm Sues California Attorney General Over Bid For Catholic Hospitals
Hospital operator Prime Healthcare Services Inc. is suing California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for imposing strict restrictions that caused the Ontario company to back out of its attempted purchase of six Roman Catholic hospitals earlier this year.
More Odd Campaign Merchandise Selections
By Josh Richman Monday, September 21st, 2015 at 4:56 pm in 2016 presidential election.
Statewide Tax Credits For Seismic Retrofitting Face A Hurdle On Gov. Brown's Desk
After decades of false starts and stumbling progress, California cities' efforts to strengthen buildings that could collapse in a massive earthquake may take a leap forward in coming weeks, as Gov. Jerry Brown considers legislation offering generous subsidies to property owners for seismic retrofitting.
Another Prop. 30 Income Tax Increase Now Aiming For 2016 | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Measure expands, makes permanent income tax increases
First Draft: Hillary Clinton to Present Health Care Plan
Hillary Rodham Clinton will present a proposal to decrease the cost of prescription medication, as part of a series of campaign events devoted to health care policy and how she would build on the Affordable Care Act.
California Democrats Are Facing Civil Wars In Legislature | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Speaker Toni Atkins will challenge Sen. Marty Block
Gov. Jerry Brown Acts On Student Representatives, Car Seats, Tow Trucks
Following complaints against the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills school districts, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation that would set clear guidelines for when student representatives are appointed to and removed from school boards.
Poseidon, Company That Wants To Build Huntington Beach Desalination Plant, Donates $300k To Politicians - The Orange County Register
TERI SFORZA @ ocregister.com
Poseidon is Greek mythology’s tempestuous god of the sea, the capsized ship in a disaster movie starring Shelley Winters, and the private company fueling California’s dream of transforming salty ocean water into pure, drinkable gold.
Consumers Can Check Medical Prices, Quality Scores On New State Website
California officials unveiled a website Monday where consumers can look up average prices for common medical procedures alongside quality scores for healthcare providers.
Healthcare Costs Rise Again, And The Burden Continues To Shift To Workers
People wait to enter an Affordable Care Act enrollment event sponsored by SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and Community Coalition, in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.
Hillary Clinton Previews Plan To Expand Obamacare And Lower Health Costs
Democrats facing tough elections have been running away from Obamacare in their campaigns almost since the law was passed, but Hillary Rodham Clinton is taking a different approach. She is embracing it.
Charters, Career Tech Would Get Boost From School Bond
Kimberly Beltran @ cabinetreport.com
The initiative would also create a new school facilities account and authorize the state to issue and sell $9 billion worth of bonds to finance both K-12 and community college construction projects.
L.A. Could Impose New Rules For Pot Shops Paying City Taxes
Even as Los Angeles tries to crack down on marijuana businesses, one arm of city government – its tax registration office –- has continued to register pot shops that may not be allowed to operate under voter-approved regulations.
The Capitol Morning Report - Monday, September 21, 2015
Leaving aside whether this is a good idea or not, Padilla is promoting it as a remedy for low voter turnout, as we saw in 2014. Padilla claims that registration has been a barrier for millions of Californians, because, "Citizens are forced to opt-in to their fundamental right to vote through registration," noting that 6.6 million citizens are eligible to vote but not registered.
Essential California: The Water Project That Never Was
Good morning. It is Tuesday, Sept. 22. As Pope Francis flies around the East Coast this week, he'll be snacking on flatbread and crostini provided by a Marin County-based bakery. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES Reimagining public education...
Walker expected to end campaign
Low polling, money woes sink Wisconsin governor
Jon Stewart: 'clearly This Planet's Gone Bonkers'
William G. Gilroy at the University of Notre Dame @ time.com
Jon Stewart has no regrets about bowing out of political satire – despite Donald Trump‘s headline-grabbing run for president.
As Drought Drags On, Local Water Wholesaler Considers Building Recycling Plant - The Orange County Register
AARON ORLOWSKI @ ocregister.com
Southern California’s water wholesaler is considering building a water recycling plant modeled after Orange County’s world-acclaimed facility to replenish groundwater supplies in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
Senator Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough Lead Bipartisan Tour to Save San Clemente Hospital's ER
Senator Bates and Assemblyman Brough released the following statement after the tour: