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THE NOONER for September 30, 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.
Good morning to those who bleed Blue. After last night's win against the Giants, the Dodgers captured the NL West pennant. 8-0 at AT&T Park against the orange and black. Not pretty. As loyal readers know, I root for both teams, having grown up in the OC and then spending 20 years here in SacTown. Sacrelig, I know.
OMG it might rain here at the Global Nooner Headquarters today.While it won't fix the drought (we need snowpack), Southside Park across the street will look a lot better with some rain.
Can you believe tomorrow is October? It's good news for me, as I'll find out 17 days hence if I can take this neck collar off!
Some of you have asked how people get listed under #CAKEDAY. I use a couple of sources, but to ensure you're listed, email me and I'll add you to my database.
Is it me, or is it absurd that our federal government runs on 2.5 month budgets? I'm not taking a side, but I know good federal employees who wonder if they will get paid in two weeks. And, they fear whether they can make payments for their kids' college education and just put food on the table.
From friends in the Fish and Wildlife Service (including a firefighter and wildlife species preservationist) to the IRS's Taxpayer Assitance Center to the Social Security Administration, these are hard-working, underpaid employees that shouldn't have their paychecks rely on a debate over non-abortion funding for Planned Parenthood. 1994 was the last time all the appropriations bills were passed. Embarrassing for both parties.
Meanwhile, Assemblymember Kristin Olsen is thinking about a run against Cathleen Galgiani in SD05 next year. As you know, I'm a big fan of Olsen, a former Senate Fellow (well, Assoociate). That doesn't constitute an endorsement of either.
And, California appears to be the first state with both the Speakership and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives (Kevin McCarthy and Nancy Pelosi, repectively). That's pretty amaziing for the state that sends the most Democrats to the House under a Republican leadership.
My biggest problem is differing Kevin McCarthy from my Assemblymember and longtime friend Kevin McCarthy. #MUSTREADHEADLINESCAREFULLY
DEPT OF EDUCATION CROWDING: Lawsuit says California budget violates school funding guarantee [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "In a lawsuit last week, the California School Boards Association argues that the budget improperly included additional spending on childcare within the voter-approved constitutional guarantee for spending on K-12 schools and community colleges. The guarantee should have been adjusted, or “rebenched,” to reflect the change, the suit contends."
SD35 (Carson): Whoops! Compton politician posts endorsements -- from people who didn't endorse him [Javier Panzar @ LAT] - "Isaac Galvan, who made waves two years ago when he became the first Latino elected to Compton's City Council, is off to a bumpy start on his state Senate campaign. Galvan is running for the open 35th Senate District seat and went live this weekend with a website detailing his candidacy. One little problem: at least four local politicians listed on his "endorsements" page say they never endorsed him."
Congratuations to our frieind at my councilmember Steve Hansen, who was tapped by his alma mater UOP's McGeorge School of Law to head up its effort to place graduates in government and Capitol jobs. While I'm a diehard Aggie (undergrad and law school), this is a great move by McGeorge. As law school enrollment across the country has dropped (along with higher education enrollment overall), McGeorge has been particularly hard hit. They have added a novel "Masters in Law" program, which provides an above-paralegal program, but doesn't require passage of the bar exam.
In the crowded SD09 race among three former Assemblymebers, 12 State Senators have come out for Nancy Skinner, including Jim Beall, District 15, Marty Block, District 39, Isadore Hall, District 35, Bob Hertzberg, District 18, Jerry Hill, District 13, Ben Hueso, District 40, Hannah Beth Jackson, District 19. Connie Leyva, District 20, Carol Liu, District 25, Fran Pavley, District 27, Bob Wieckowski, District 10, Lois Wolk, District 3.
The governor's office yesterday announced the 9th class of the California Hall of Fame, an exhibit on display at the California Museum at the Secretary of State's office. From the release: "The 9th class of California Hall of Fame inductees includes: acclaimed actor Robert Downey Jr; celebrated artist David Hockney; journalist and news anchor Lester Holt; martial arts superstar Bruce Lee; space pioneer Ellen Ochoa; country music icon Buck Owens; legendary cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi."
Tonight, Sacramentan Lisa Ling (also the wife of Courage Campaign's executive chairman and radiation oncologist Paul Song debutes her second season of This is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN. Check it out on your boob tube at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT.
From my Facebook thingy: "Ted Cruz: "Give me liberty or give me death." Well, I'm against capital punishment, but..."
That guy's temper tantrum on the Senate floor on Monday was akin to me throwing a fit because I couldn't go out to play as a kid with asthma.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to CYD National Committeewoman Carrie McFadden, former public health lobbyist and Los Rios CCD trustee Bruce Pomer, and my longtime friend and colleague Bonnie Slosson!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
How Race Helped Shape The Politics Of Senate Candidate Kamala Harris
State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris has never liked it when people try to wedge her into "this box or that box" of racial and ethnic groups.
Lawsuit Says California Budget Violates School Funding Guarantee | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
California School Boards Association filed suit last week
A New Way To Track California’s Biggest Political Cash | Faultlines | Kqed News
“Outside groups have spent millions of dollars to influence election outcomes,” said Daniel Newman, co-founder and president of MapLight, a Bay Area nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics.
L.A. County Forms Health 'super Agency,' But Some Fear It Will Be Unwieldy
At a time when private healthcare is increasingly connected and holistic, critics complain that Los Angeles County's sprawling public health system is neither.
Boxer, Feinstein Urge Obama To Exonerate 'port Chicago 50'
On Monday, the senators from California sent a letter to Obama saying the explosions at the Port Chicago naval munitions base on July 17, 1944, and the subsequent mutiny trial are a reminder of the bravery of the men who served there and the "painful legacy of a segregated military."
Ticket-fixing Judge Not Entitled To Pension - Crime Scene
A Santa Clara County judge who was forced off the bench after being convicted of fixing traffic tickets in 2004 is not entitled to a pension, even though his felony conviction was reduced to a misd...
Senate Votes To Avert Shutdown As GOP Leaders Open Budget Talks With Obama
Congress was on track Wednesday to forestall a federal government shutdown, but as another fiscal deadline looms, Republican leaders opened negotiations with President Obama to prevent the next crisis.
California Lawmaker Turns 'juice' Into Campaign Cash - San Francisco Chronicle
Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters @ sfchronicle.com
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Water, 2015, California: The No-good, Very Bad Year -- Now, 'pray For Rain'
The year of the brown lawn and shortened showers concludes Wednesday, with water officials citing bleak statistics and expressing hope that the next few months will bring the heavy rains California so desperately needs.
Teachers Say Critical Thinking Key To College And Career Readiness | Edsource
“I think most college professors would agree that students’ ability to think critically and analyze texts, and to integrate information is much more important than what they did on a test,” said David Plank, executive director of Policy Analysis for California Education, or PACE, a joint policy and research institute of UC Berkeley, Stanford University and the University of Southern California. “The disagreement would come from admissions officers who find tests very efficient in deciding who is eligible for admission or not.”
Old Issue Flares Up For Brown | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Governor vetoes bill to open diamond lanes
Tom Brady Says He's Really Not Endorsing Donald Trump After All
Tom Brady has backed off a statement that sounded like he was supporting Republican candidate Donald Trump as the next U.S. president.
'fierce Determination' Fueled Fiorina In 2010 Bid, As It Does Now : It's All Politics : Npr
Rep. Kevin Mccarthy, Looking To Replace House Speaker John Boehner, Faces A Towering Task - The Orange County Register
MARTIN WISCKOL @ ocregister.com
As Carly Fiorina Surges, So Does the Work of Her â
Mrs. Fiorina is among the presidential candidates trying to stay within federal rules, which have gray areas and loopholes when it comes to coordination between campaigns and âÂÂsuper PACs.âÂÂ
Poll: Californians Willing To Sacrifice In Drought - Capradio.org
The Hoover Institution’s Golden State Poll focused on how to address the state's fourth year of drought. It found 54 percent of likely voters back current water cuts. An even higher percentage would support sharing groundwater or restricting its use.
Reforms Loosen Grip Of Legislative Leaders :: Fox&hounds
That dependence has been weakened by recent reforms enacted by voters.
L.A. County Adds $50 Million To Funds For Fighting Homelessness
A week after Los Angeles city officials announced a plan to commit $100 million toward addressing homelessness, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to add $50 million in funding for the issue as part of their midyear budget update.
Who Wins With The GOP Tax Plans? Mostly The Wealthy.
Donald Trump unveiled a detailed plan for tax reform this week — four pages, complete with numbers and a graph. It didn't win universal praise; one conservative economist dismissed it as "unserious." But merely having a plan vaulted Trump into an elite group: the GOP presidential candidates who...
Dispensaries Offer Free Marijuana To Valley Fire Victims In Northern California
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Northern California are giving patients affected by a hugely destructive wildfire up to $200 in free cannabis per patient for the next week.
Ex-general gets new chance to avoid deportation over failed coup
A former Philippine general, now living in San Francisco, is entitled to another chance at avoiding deportation for taking part in an unsuccessful 1989 coup attempt, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. [...] the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco told the immigration courts to reconsider the case and decide whether ZumelâÂÂs actions showed he intended to harm anyone, an element of the federal terrorism law. The air force removed him from active duty, but he remained in the group and helped to plan the 1987 coup that briefly seized two air force bases before the armed forces regained control, the court said. After going underground, Zumel surfaced in November 1989 in another coup attempt in which opposition troops took over an air base and used it to launch attacks on armed force headquarters, the court said. U.S. immigration law defines terrorism as acts that are illegal where they are committed, or that would be illegal in the United States, that involve dangerous weapons and that are intended to endanger others or substantially damage property. Applying those standards, a federal immigration judge ruled that Zumel was not a terrorist because the strategy he planned was intended to induce government forces to surrender peacefully.