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THE NOONER for September 29, 2015
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And, for those that didn't catch it, I have a new cell phone number, 916-214-5801. Please use it judiciously...I'm much more of an email person.
Buenas dias! Today, Georgia is going to execute the first woman in 40 years for allegedly collaborating with her boyfriend on the murder of her husband, although lots of questions remain. Yeah, that whold Papal visit was effective.
Oh, and come on Anaheim Angels. As a kid who grew up 7 miles from you, you are never the "Los Angeles" Angels. Deal with it. OC is not LA. #MicDrop. You just need a few more victories to make it into the playoffs with the real LA team, the Dodgers.
GOBBLE GOBBLE: Leadership honeymoon could be brief for a Speaker McCarthy [Michael Doyle and David Lightman @ SacBee] - "House Speaker-in-waiting Kevin McCarthy of California announced Monday he's ready to seize the summit of Capitol Hill. His next climb would be even steeper – governing."
HOOVER INSTiTUTION POLL: Yeah, we can go dry. - "As California copes with its four-year drought, a new Hoover Institution survey shows that the Golden State’s electorate is amenable—across ideological and regional divides--to continued water conservation and sharing groundwater resources with neighboring communities."
Farmers everywhere, "Y'all didn't ask me."
What a beautiful night in Sacramento. I sleep with the windows open, and a cool evening like last night is just amazing. Covering yourself with a comforter in Sac with just the windows open is amazing.
UNLIKELY: Foes of California vaccine law file petitions for referendum [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Opponents of California’s tough new vaccine law filed petitions Monday seeking to put a referendum on the issue on the November 2016 ballot, but it may be a month before elections officials determine whether the ballot measure qualifies."
MONEY MATTERS (YEAH, IT REALLLY DOES): Maplight launched a new independent expedinture search tool today.
Tonight, Sacramento's Lisa Ling's new season starts on CNN at 6pm PDT. Ling is the wife of Paul Song, a physician and Executive Chairman of the Courage Campaign.
DETAILS, PLEASE: Republican front-runner Trump proposes tax cuts for all [Jill Colvin and Nicholas Riccardi @ AP] - Anyone want to help with details of the $760 million in cuts as we vastly increase the military? Trump would big time with his reduction of his tax rate by 15% and his kids would be the big winners by the elimination of the estate tax. While Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are giving away nearly all their wealth to charity, Trump appears to be doing nothing.
I haven't made up my mind on next year's presidential race, but like Pope Francis, I like to call out false prophets.
From the law professor at my King Hall School of Law:
Donald Dust, Donald Dust,
ROAD HAZARDS: Lane-splitting motorcyclist dies when run over by truck on I-80 in West Sacramento [Bill Lindelof @ SacBee] - "California legislation that would make it clear that motorcyclists can split lanes of traffic was tabled earlier this year. The bill’s author, Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, plans to resurrect the bill in 2016, a spokeswoman said at the time. Quirk’s bill said motorcyclists could split lanes at no faster than 50 miles per hour. They also could not drive more than 15 miles per hour faster than the vehicles around them."
As a kid, motorcycling in the Mojave Desert, I was in a pretty bad accident. Haven't touched the things since.
POLITICAL LAW: Yesterday, I got word that Olson Hagel is opening a Southern California office. That's great news for the political law firm, which my beloved Kara worked for in law school and who worked for me as we did compliance for the Proposition 92 initiative for community colleges.
SERIOUSLY? Georgia is set to execute a woman at 7pm EDT for "ordering" the murder of her husband. The execution has been delayed twice, once because of weather and the other time because the execution drugs looked "cloudy." Her co-conspirator boyfriend, who actually conducted the murder, got life in prison. Word.
Giants beat the Dodgers. #Explain
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Kevin Perez-Allen!
- AB 8 by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) - Emergency services: hit-and-run incidents.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Mitch Katz Poised To Lead L.A. County's Consolidated Healthcare Agency
Amid a major reorganization of Los Angeles County's healthcare bureaucracy, physician and administrator Mitch Katz is poised to become arguably the most powerful nonelected official in the nation's largest local government.
California Vaccine Law Opponents Submit Petitions To Repeal The Legislation
Jessica Calefati @ mercurynews.com
Senate Bill 277 is loathed by a segment of California parents who believe some vaccines are unsafe for some children. State Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, introduced the bill earlier this year to boost vaccination rates in pockets of the state where he believes too few children are protected from infectious diseases.
Prison Reforms Have Not Yielded Savings Or Spike In Crime | The Sacramento Bee
DON THOMPSON @ sacbee.com
Landmark changes in California's criminal justice system four years ago have not saved the state money or reduced the rate of convicts who are quickly back behind bars as proponents had promised, but the changes also did not produce a feared spike in violent crime, an independent research organization said Monday.
Prop. 47 Promises A New Start For Ex-offenders Carrying Years-old Burdens
Proposition 47 has been blamed for a lot since it passed last fall: a rise in crime, a surge in homelessness, throngs of emboldened drug users and thieves who aren't worried anymore about going to jail.
Congress Moves Closer To Averting Government Shutdown With Senate Vote
Congress took steps Monday to avert a government shutdown, as the Senate pushed ahead on a stopgap spending bill to keep federal services running for a few more months -- and with no cuts to Planned Parenthood.
California Public Safety Overhauls Show Promise, But Problems Remain | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Study says realignment, four years in the making, helped state meet prison goal
Central Valley Sees Hope In Rep. Kevin Mccarthy's Potential Rise
Every so often, Rep. Kevin McCarthy tosses out a catch phrase that's popular in this southern tip of the San Joaquin Valley: "Once a Driller, always a Driller."
California Lawmakers Put Focus On Climate Change - The Orange County Register
KATE GALBRAITH @ ocregister.com
The Legislature may have scuttled the centerpiece of Gov. Jerry Brown’s climate change plans, but it still approved ambitious new environmental policies that will impact the economy and lives of Californians.
Jeb Bush 2016: Rick Perry's Super Pac Head Jumps To Bush's Campaign - Politico
Austin Barbour, who ran Rick Perry's super PAC until the candidate ended his campaign earlier this month, is going to work for Jeb Bush, POLITICO has...
Pension Problems Have Not Gone Away | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Gov. Brown Vetoes Off-hours Use Of L.A. County Carpool Lanes
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure Monday that would have allowed, during off-peak hours, all motorists to use carpool lanes on the 134 Freeway from North Hollywood to Pasadena, and on the 210 Freeway from Pasadena to Glendora.
California Drought: Grape Growers Treat, Reuse Wastewater On Vineyards - Capradio.org
Vineyards don't just use water to grow the grapes. They also need water to wash bottles, clean floors and wash barrels.
Death, Drones, Drugs -- And Other Legislation That Needs The Governor's Blessing
Gov. Jerry Brown signs legislation in Los Angeles on Sept. 10, 2014.
Government Shutdown: Senate Easily Advances Bill To Avoid Shutdown - Politico
The bill could keep federal government agencies operating through Dec. 11.
Fiorina, Pressed On Planned Parenthood, Becomes Even More Extreme
It's unclear whether the precept being followed by Republican Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina is "never apologize, never explain," or "the best defense is a good offense," or "in for a penny, in for a pound," but her defense on Sunday's Meet the Press of her manifest lies about Planned Parenthood...
When Vw Cheated On Emissions, It Cheated On Health - The Orange County Register
SUSAN CARPENTER @ ocregister.com
Trump's Tax Cuts Could Cost U.S. Trillions Of Dollars, Experts Say
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump proposed a major package of tax cuts on Monday, but offered few specifics on how to pay for them – and experts predicted they would cost untold trillions of dollars.
Foes Of California Vaccine Law File Petitions For Referendum
Opponents of California’s tough new vaccine law filed petitions Monday seeking to put a referendum on the issue on the November 2016 ballot, but it may be a month before elections officials determine whether the ballot measure qualifies.
The Obama-Kanye political-music revue coming to S.F.'s Warfield
Carla Marinucci @ sfgate.com
Old- and new-school politics will hook up when President Obama appears at an Oct. 10 political fundraiser in San Francisco with rapper Kanye West, whoâs already sort of declared his intention to run for the White House in 2020.
Vidak to Governor: boni pastoris est tondere pecus non deglubere
Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) sent the following letter to the governor today, urging a veto of Senate Bill 350:
Thomas Peele: California's Bad Public Records Laws Can Shock Outsiders
A hand shoots up. "What do you mean you can't get police reports?"
First Draft: Grover Norquist, Anti-Tax Crusader, Says Carried Interest Tax â
s money, like ordinary income might generate $3 billion in tax revenue over a decade.
Water On Mars: Rush Limbaugh Pans Evidence Of Water On Mars As Part Of 'leftist Agenda' - Politico
The bill could keep federal government agencies operating through Dec. 11.
Tinder Demands Removal Of L.A. Billboard That Tells Dating App Users To Get Std Test
Tinder has sent a cease and desist letter to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation after a billboard went up in Los Angeles last week that draws a link between dating apps and a growing rate of sexually transmitted diseases.