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THE NOONER for September 25, 2015
LAST WEEK OF THE SPECIAL! For a limited time (before 10/1/2015), if you become a paid subscriber 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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Happy Friday! With the Legislature gone and Boehner stepping down, the news is not in the 95814, but rather on the East Coast.
WOWZERS: Speaker John Boehner retiring from Congress at the end of October [Politico] - "Embattled Speaker John Boehner, who rose from bartender's son to the most powerful man in Congress, will resign at the end of October, ending a tumultuous five-year tenure atop the House of Representatives."
The question is who is next. California's Kevin McCarthy, currently second in House leadership, is most likely. He has been loyal to Boehner, which is a liability with the right side of the Republican caucus, but is still the favorite to replace Boehner. It's wild, as I still think of Kevin as a trustee of the Kern Community College District.
Anyway, while y'all know my personal political leanings, the loss of Boehner is big for Republicans and can be blamed on members of his own party. And it's either prophetic or sad after the devout Catholic hosted the first Pope spoke to Congress.
Could California have both the Speakership and Democratic Leader? That could be bad news for State Senator Mark Leno, who is awaiting the retirement of 75-year old Nancy Pelosi. Will Pelosi stay in Congress if the Speaker is a fellow Californian?
GOOD NEWS NEWS: While the SFChron is losing Carla Marinucci to Politico, we learned yesterday that she will be heading up a new California-centric page on the popular political website. Along with John Myers move to the LA Times and Timm Herdt's freelance work, we should be getting more political and policy coverage in California.
WE DON'T NEED NO EDUCATION: California State University faculty union calls strike vote [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "Dissatisfied with a proposed 2 percent raise, the California State University faculty union has scheduled a vote next month to authorize a strike across the 23-campus system."
CANDY APPLE: Are you waiting in line at the Apple Store? Today's the day for the new iPhone, which supposedly triggers an orgasm after three touches.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Mike Gipson's Jonathan Feldman and Natomas school board member Lisa Kaplan, and my congresswoman Doris Matsui!
Oh, and it's Friday! Weekend greetings to SF Dem Party chair Mary Jung, George Runner's chief deputy Sean Wallentine and Jordan Wright (all Saturday).
And, now you can sing Happy Birthday without paying royalties to Warner Bros!
For our Sacramentan readers, enjoy a beautiful weekend, but let's all hope for rain.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Dems Might Have Hard Time Unseating Bay Area's Only GOP Lawmaker
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-Dublin, was widely considered a target when she took office last December after winning one of the state's costliest and ugliest legislative races. Democrats viewed the 3.2 percentage points by which she defeated Democrat Tim Sbranti as an easily surmountable margin -- particularly given their seven-point voter registration edge in the 16th Assembly District and the fact that 2016's presidential contest is sure to turn out more Democratic voters than the low-key November 2014 election.
California State University Faculty Union Calls Strike Vote | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
After rejecting 2 percent raise, faculty association in mediation with university
Hillary Clinton's Big Donors In California Have Found All Sorts Of Reasons To Be Nervous
During a month in which some of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s biggest donors fretted, obsessed and second-guessed over her campaign, it wasn’t Clinton’s big policy speeches on healthcare or her vow to block the Keystone XL pipeline that helped ease nerves.
Carla Marinucci To Politico From Sf Chronicle - La Observed
We now know who the key player will be when Politico launches its California Playbook sometime soon. It will be Carla Marinucci, the longtime political writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. The news was broken this morning in Politico's national Playbook, Mike Allen's popular morning newsletter. Lede item:
Volkswagen Emissions Scandal: Lawsuit Filed In California | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
The Audi e-Tron A3 debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show in this 2013 file photo. A lawsuit filed Thursday seeks class-action status for all California residents who bought or leased a Volkswagen with a diesel engine or a diesel-powered Audi A3 between 2009 and 2015, the latest fallout in an emissions cheating scandal that has rocked VW. Ken Scarboro/KPCC
Protesters Rally For, And Against, End-of-life Bill - Capradio.org
Governor Jerry Brown has not said whether he will sign a bill that would allow terminally ill Californians to end their lives with doctor assistance. So opponents and supporters are both trying to sway him. They held dueling rallies at the state Capitol Thursday.
Bay Bridge panel penalizes main contractor for construction woes
The panel overseeing the Bay Bridge construction project voted Thursday to penalize the main contractor $11 million for the 2013 failure of steel rods intended to help the new eastern span survive an earthquake, as well as for shoddy work that could threaten hundreds of other rods in the tower foundation. âÂÂWe need to have a day of reckoning, and that is today,âÂÂ said Steve Heminger, chairman of the three-member oversight panel that voted unanimously to penalize the contractor, the joint venture American Bridge/Fluor, and to formally accept the bridge. âÂÂThere were elements in the cost and the quality that were substandard,âÂÂ said Heminger, who is also executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in the Bay Area. The oversight committee âÂÂ Heminger, state Transportation Commission chief Kempton and Malcolm Dougherty, head of Caltrans âÂÂ voted to withhold $8 million from American Bridge/Fluor to help pay for the $24 million retrofit that was ordered after 32 rods snapped on the bridgeâÂÂs seismic stabilizers just months before its opening in September 2013. In addition to penalizing American Bridge/Fluor, the oversight panel sanctioned the bridge design joint venture T.Y. Lin International/Moffatt Nichol $8 million for its role in the 2013 rod debacle. Transit officials have said there is enough money in toll payer-financed funds to cover the repairs without having to bump up the cost of driving across Bay Area bridges. âÂÂThis is all wrapped inside our existing budget âÂÂ no toll hike is under consideration, proposed or needed to handle the close-out of this project or other related work,âÂÂ said Randy Rentschler, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Brian Maroney, the bridge projectâÂÂs chief engineer, said Thursday that there is âÂÂno solid evidence at allâÂÂ that hydrogen from water infiltrated the high-strength steel. Since only one rod has failed, Maroney said, there is no reason to spend additional toll payer dollars on research to settle the issue.
New Bottle Contains Old Wine | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Local redevelopment agencies were abolished
Senators Huff and Leyva to Deliver Important Update at Water Forum
Senators Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) and Connie Leyva (D-Chino) will deliver an update next week on the water situation facing California during a Water Forum hosted by the Three Valleys Municipal Water District in Claremont. The forum comes during the 4th year of a devastating drought, which has spawned wildfires that have blackened more than 145,000 acres, torched thousands of homes and cost lives.
Q&a With Bishop Quinn: His Book, The Pope And Life As Beloved Leader | The Sacramento Bee
Bill Lindelof @ sacbee.com
John Myers New Sacramento Bureau Chief For La Times - La Observed
Phil Willon has been the acting bureau chief. Myers starts next month.
Santa Monica Minimum Wage Hike Could Exempt Union Firms
When Los Angeles lawmakers voted to gradually raise the citywide minimum wage to at least $15 an hour, Santa Monica leaders pledged their coastal city soon would follow suit.
New California Water Bond Seeks To Plug Funding Holes | Reuters
Rory Carroll @ reuters.com
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Water District Chair Calls For Da To Investigate Conflicts Of Interest, Alleged Improper Billing | San Jose Inside
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La Immigration Group At Center Of Girl's Encounter With Pope | The Sacramento Bee
ALICIA A. CALDWELL @ sacbee.com
Sophie Cruz's brief encounter with Pope Francis during his parade in Washington this week appeared to be the kind of spontaneous moment that is so endearing about this pope: an initially hesitant young child wrapping an arm around his neck as he offers a kiss and a blessing.
Donald Trump's Peak In The Polls Might Be Behind Us
More from Trail Guide Sept. 23 So, about the latest Donald Trump vs. Fox News battle Sept. 22 Trump threatens to sue conservative group over attack ads Sept. 21 Scott Walker ends his bid for the Republican nomination Sept. 20 Polls: Carly Fiorina won the debate but Trump still leads the race Sept....
Fired Oakland employee wins $613K lawsuit against city
A federal jury awarded a former Oakland city employee $613,302 on Wednesday, finding that former Oakland city administrator Deanna Santana retailiated against her and unfairly fired her. Daryelle LaWanna Preston was OaklandâÂÂs Employee Relations Director until she was terminated by Santana in October of 2013, after repeatedly butting heads with the former city administrator over alleged misconduct in City Hall. At the crux of the case was a dispute in February 2012, when Preston refused to sign documents that would have bolstered the cityâÂÂs case against Councilwoman Desley Brooks, who allegedly violated city hiring rules and improperly signed off on receipts for music equipment at the Rainbow Teen Center in East Oakland. The allegations became a flashpoint at a July 2013 council meeting, in which the other council members considered censuring Brooks. Preston claimed her firing was also punishment for reporting violations of state and local law to her supervisors. Shortly before her termination, Preston accused city officials of mishandling claims that part-time city employees were not paying union dues. A spokesman from the Oakland City AttorneyâÂÂs office said that City Attorney Barbara Parker respects the jury process, but disagrees with the verdict.
Mcconnell Takes First Steps To Head Off Shutdown - Politico
Boehner has not said whether his chamber will take up the Senate legislation.
Bay Bridge Done, But Problems Unresolved
Several years of revelations about the problematic rods -- and the mounting cost of dealing with them -- have jarred and jaded Bay Area residents, hundreds of thousands of whom daily cross the $6.4 billion span.
In Rwanda, 're-education' Means Detention For Homeless, Hawkers And Other Undesirables
In Rwanda’s creepy Big Brother speak, the facility behind the high red-brick walls of a disused factory in the capital is called a “transit center.” Its job is “re-education” and “rehabilitation.”
The Fight Against Special Session Taxes
Senator Sharon Runner @ runner.cssrc.us
Much as we fought off new taxes in the regular session, Legislative Republicans must continue to stand firm in opposition to proposed special session taxes.
California Lawmakers To Continue Discussion On Funding For Developmental Disabilities
Susan Abram @ dailybulletin.com
A special session to discuss funding for services for people with developmental disabilities is expected to convene in Sacramento in October to pick up where lawmakers left off when the regular session ended this month.
Swiss Open Criminal Investigation Against Fifa President Sepp Blatter
Switzerland's attorney general opened criminal proceedings against FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Friday, saying world soccer’s most powerful man will be charged with "suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation."