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THE NOONER for September 23, 2015
LAST WEEK OF THE SPECIAL! For a limited time (before 10/1/2015), if you become a paid subscription now, you get an extension through election year 2016. Existing subscribers will also be getting an extension. By becoming a subscriber, you get access to the exclusive election analysis on AroundTheCapitol.com, as well as back-end data (voter reg, candidate lists, and spreadsheets of state and federal campaign finance reports).
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And, for those that didn't catch, I have a new cell phone number, 916-214-5801. Please use it judiciously...I'm much more of an email person.
Happy first day of fall. The Google doodle is awesome, as is the weather. Unfortunately, there's no rain in the 10-day forecast for Sactown.
THE PEOPLE'S POPE: How cool is it that the Pope is navigating the nation's capital in a Fiat? Sort of reminds me of a fellow Jesuit, 70-something leader. This morning, crowds got to see the Popemobile (a modified Jeep Wrangler) cruise Washington's streets before he returned to the Fiat.
Initial head-to-head matchup:
After brief biographies:
[n=400 likely voters; September 10-15; MOE +/- 4.9%]
Some speculate that there could be a deal in which Block runs for San Diego City Attorney next year, as Jan Goldsmith is termed-out of that office.
Atkins shows 'respect' for Block with trick play [Logan Jenkins at SDUT] - "'Speaker Atkins opened a 2020 account out of deference and respect to Marty Block (italics mine). She believed he would keep his promise not to run, and wanted to enable him to serve his term without being labeled a lame duck.'"
REOPENING THE DOOR: Jerry Brown signs new post-redevelopment bill [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Assembly Bill 2, by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, authorizes local governments in economically depressed areas to use certain tax revenue for public works and affordable housing improvements and to help businesses."
SKID ROW: L.A. to declare 'state of emergency' on homelessness, commit $100 million [LAT] - "The announcement by seven City Council members and Mayor Eric Garcetti was a powerful signal of growing alarm at City Hall over L.A.’s homeless population, which has risen 12% since 2013, the year Garcetti took office. It coincided with a directive from the mayor Monday evening that the city free up an additional $13 million in the coming months to help house people living on the streets."
$$$: California governments collected $412 billion in 2012 [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "California’s state and local governments collected nearly $412 billion in taxes, fees, interest, federal grants and other payments in 2012 and spent nearly $449 billion, according to a new Census Bureau report."
THE VEEP: Bloomberg Poll: Joe Biden Now Top Presidential Choice for 1 in 4 Democrats [Margaret Talev @ Bloomberg] - "One quarter of Americans who are registered Democrats or lean that way say Vice President Joe Biden is now their top choice for president. The findings of a national Bloomberg Politics poll released Wednesday represent a notable achievement for an as-yet undeclared candidate, suggest concerns about Hillary Clinton's candidacy, and raise the prospect of a competitive three-way race for the Democratic presidential nomination."
Obama and Biden are having lunch today...wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall?
Scott Walker's campaign manager unloads to Politico about the collapse of the campaign.
FAMILY MATTERS: My cousin, a political science professor at DePaul and a colleague had this op-ed in WaPo yesterday: Here’s what two famous philosophers can tell us about the popularity of Donald Trump [David Lay Williams and Michael Locke McLendon] - "Much of Trump’s success so far can be illuminated by deeper principles of moral psychology that go back to two great Enlightenment thinkers: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Adam Smith."
My cousin and I both unexpectedly ended up focused on politics. However, he's a total political theory geek (buy his books on Rousseau here 1 | 2 ), while I'm a political practice nerd. I barely stayed awake through my political theory class in undergrad at Davis, but sort of wish I had paid more attention.
HORRIFYING, BUT INTERESTING: Building The Atom Bomb: The Full Story Of The Nevada Test Site [The Guardian]
THE OC: . . . where they build streets wide enough to allow planes to land on them.
#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for congressional staffer Rebecca Faith Barrett, BANG's Dan Borenstein, CompTIA's Kara Bush Grossglauser, Assemblymember Adam Gray, CMA's Paul Hegyi, and veteran writer Daniel Weintraub!
DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Your gentile author wrote yesterday that Yom Kippur begain at midnight. Of course, it began at sundown yesterday and continues through sundown today.
• AB 2 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) - Community revitliazation authority.
• AB 1412 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) – Redevelopment: successor agencies to redevelopment agencies. A veto message can be found here.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Jerry Brown Signs New Post-redevelopment Bill
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Assembly Bill 2, by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, authorizes local governments in economically depressed areas to use certain tax revenue for public works and affordable housing improvements and to help businesses.
Bikini Coffee Shops Get A Chilly Welcome In Some Orange County Cities - The Orange County Register
CHRIS HAIRE @ ocregister.com
Sexy cafes are Little Saigon's twist on Hooters
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.
California Has Skirmishes All Around In School War
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
The epic war between Californiaâs education establishment and a loose coalition of school reform and civil rights groups rages on many fronts.
Tomato Garden Tax Break? Backers Say It Would Pay Off In Better Health
Abby Sewell @ latimes.com
Los Angeles County officials want to give tax breaks to property owners who turn vacant lots into community gardens, a bid to reduce urban blight and give more people access to fresh produce.
Parody Candidate Raises $25,000 For Anti-corruption Campaign - Politico
The Senate GOP is preparing to flip the script to avoid a government shutdown, threatening to confront House Republicans with a do-or-die vote right at...
Health Insurance CEOs Vow Mergers Won't Make Marketplace Less Competitive
Marcus E. Howard @ latimes.com
Proposed mega-mergers between health insurance giants prompted by the Affordable Care Act wonât harm the level of competition in the market, two chief executives pledged Tuesday to skeptical lawmakers.
Supervisor Farrell offers new plan to fund S.F. parks
Gone are the summer programs that her children once loved, and the vibrant, well-groomed flowerbeds in McLaren Park. In their place: trash, graffiti, crumbling concrete and decaying playground equipment âÂÂ too many problems, she said, and not enough money in the cityâÂÂs budget to fix them. [...] a new general fund set-aside, introduced Tuesday, could infuse more than $350 million into the department over the next 15 years and provide more secure baseline general fund support. The Recreation and Park DepartmentâÂÂs maintenance program is operating nearly entirely on emergency and individual requests. From 2013 to 2014, only 1 percent of the 15,000 work orders completed were preventative fixes, according to the controllerâÂÂs report. There is a backlog of more than 5,000 maintenance requests, which could cost $1.7 billion and take more than a year to address, assuming nothing new breaks, concluded a report from the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a nonprofit that supports the cityâÂÂs parks. All this despite a March 2000 ballot measure intended to provide more funding to the Rec and Park Department. The Open Space Fund, a property tax set-aside, earmarked money to supplement funds normally budgeted to the department. âÂÂEvery time there has been an economic downturn, we have seen the funding to the department get cut disproportionately to the drop in tax revenue that the city experienced,âÂÂ said Matthew OâÂÂGrady, chief executive of the Parks Alliance. The extra money provided by the set-aside, and a specification that baseline general fund support cannot be cut below this yearâÂÂs levels, could make that possible, said Recreation and Park Director Phil Ginsburg. Liteheiser is hoping funding from the set-aside would translate into tackling the simple things âÂÂ like a fresh coat of paint on the playground and more trash cans.
L.A. City Workers Throw Their Support Behind Proposed Contract
Emily Alpert Reyes @ latimes.com
Members of a coalition of unions that represent more than 20,000 Los Angeles city employees announced Tuesday that they had overwhelmingly voted to back a proposed contract with the city.
US Senator Marco Rubio speaks at the Foreign Policy Initiative breakfast August 14, 2015 in New York.
You've Heard The GOP Rhetoric On Immigration. Here Are The Facts.
Of all the issues that have bubbled up on the campaign trail so far, nothing has inspired absurdity quite like immigration. Donald Trump isn't the only Republican candidate to have made outlandish comments: Chris Christie has called for FedEx-like tracking of foreigners , and Carly Fiorina has...
The Real CEO Pay And Pension Outrage
Dan McSwain @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Still, Brian White isnât the problem. Yes, the former chief executive of San Diego Countyâs pension system did file for unemployment benefits soon after taxpayers gave him $250,000 in severance and $157,000 in other cash benefits â not to mention $147,000 a year in pension checks that will increase with inflation for the rest of his natural life (he was 64 in March).
Roseville Faces Once-a-week Water Restrictions
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
Roseville residentsâ one-month reprieve from once-a-week outdoor watering restrictions is about to end. The city announced this week that residents will be limited to once-a-week watering effective Oct. 5.
President Obama Declares Major Disaster In California Fire - Us News
The declaration issued for the fire that broke out in Lake County 90 miles north of San Francisco releases federal money for recovery and cleanup, including grant money for temporary housing and home repairs.
Hillary Clinton Pivots To Health Care Affordability - Politico
As a confrontation of the GOP's top two looms, Fiorina is playing on her terms.
Black Patients Fare Better Than Whites When Both Get Same Healthcare, Study Finds
On most health measures, blacks fare much worse than whites — differences that have largely been attributed to socioeconomic factors, access to healthcare and discrimination by doctors in the treatments they prescribe.
Journalists Subpoenaed In Kelley Privacy Lawsuit Against Government - Politico
Democrats and immigration advocates hope Francis will press for immigration reform.
Mcconnell Acts To Mollify Senate Conservatives, Avert Government Shutdown
When Republicans took control of Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed there would be no federal government shutdown on his watch.
State investigating Richmond's financial practices, reporting
Michael Cabanatuan @ sfgate.com
The state Controllerâs Office, saying some of Richmondâs financial reports just donât add up, is investigating that cityâs financial practices and reporting. But city officials say itâs the Controllerâs Office thatâs making mistakes.
Health Insurance Ceos Vow Mergers Won't Make Marketplace Less Competitive
Proposed mega-mergers between health insurance giants prompted by the Affordable Care Act won’t harm the level of competition in the market, two chief executives pledged Tuesday to skeptical lawmakers.
Bloomberg Poll: Joe Biden Now Top Presidential Choice for 1 in 4 Democrats
Margaret Talev @ bloomberg.com
One quarter of Americans who are registered Democrats or lean that way say Vice President Joe Biden is now their top choice for president. The findings of a national Bloomberg Politics poll released Wednesday represent a notable achievement for an as-yet undeclared candidate, suggest concerns about Hillary Clinton's candidacy, and raise the prospect of a competitive three-way race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Majority Of S.F. Supervisors Back 'Idaho Stop' Proposal For Cyclists
Ted Goldberg @ ww2.kqed.org
At least six of the 11 members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors back a proposed ordinance that would, in effect, allow bicyclists in the city to roll through stop signs as long as they take care to "safely yield" to pedestrians and other traffic.