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THE NOONER for October 2, 2015
Happy Friday! Donald Trump is building a UGGGGE wall against that rapist and murderer Hurricane Joaquin, although it sounds like he will stay in the Atlantic. Maybe Mr. Trump should go play The Perfect Storm. And, to be clear, my constant rants against Trump aren't about policy (although I have big disagreements). I just respect people on both sides of the aisle who work in the trenches for so long, give policy specifics, and then we get this class clown leading the GOP field.
And, Virginia is flooding while we get 0.01 inches of rain this week.
Meanwile, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Obama's BFF in the Administration and regular basketball teammate, is leaving in December. It's the wind-down period for the Obama White House.
And, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced running for Attorney General.
In the last ten years, 313 people have been killed by terrorists in the U.S. Meanwhile, 316,545 have been killed by gun violence in the United States, and unfortunately far more often in schools. As I have stated, I grew up around guns, love spending time with my dad and family members on our family ranch in Texas with responsible gun use and hunting. While there are plentiful deer on the ranch, we use a very responsible wildlife preservation program. And, now with great Longhorns on the ranch, it's just a wildlife Mecca. Before you think of this a glamarous place, it is very rustic!
Of course, the wild hogs are a different story since they have 10-15 piglets per year! Feel free to take as many you like! (Sorry Jennifer Fearing.)
We were taught early on about very safe gun use. I have no problem with hunting shotguns and rifles. But, 9 deaths and 7 injuries at a community college in my home state of Oregon is just horrifying. #BROKENHEARTED Fourteen guns "legally purchased" have been recovered at both the school and the shooter's residence. WTF?
"Are you Christian? Okay, you're going to die--shot to the head." (Fortunately, I am Buddhist.) Folks, we have to address this.
UNREGISTERED: Hugo López, 53, of Elk Grove, has been appointed director of the California State Lottery. López has been chief deputy director at the California Department of Motor Vehicles since 2013. He served as director of administration at the California State Treasurer’s Office from 2000 to 2013, director at the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission from 1999 to 2000 and was chief budget consultant for the California State Assembly from 1997 to 1999. López was a staff finance budget analyst at the California Department of Finance from 1989 to 1997 and a business tax representative at the California Board of Equalization from 1987 to 1989. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $161,650. López is not registered to vote.
Begging the question as to whether López is a citizen... While I don't necessarily agree with it, that would be a crime in California. I remember having to give a pledge against Communism to work in a computer lab at UC Davis.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to UFCW's James Araby, CFA's Gina Frisby, Community College League GR prof Ryan McElhinney, communications guru Brad Pomerance, and retired staffer (and loyal Oregon Ducks fan!) Bob Reid! Weekend greetings to Long Beach city councilmember Al Austin (Saturday), former Assembly candidate Mark Orozco (Saturday), West Hollywood activist Heidi Shink (Sunday), and OCYD activist Tim Steed (Saturday).
• AB 146 by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) – Pupil instruction: social sciences: deportations to Mexico.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Governor Approves 'yes Means Yes' Sexual Consent Education For California High Schools - The Orange County Register
LISA LEFF @ ocregister.com
SAN FRANCISCO – Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation aimed at making California the first state in the nation to bring lessons about sexual consent required at many colleges into high schools, his office announced Thursday.
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Announces Campaign For Attorney General | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Jones is coming off an easy re-election
San Quentin prison Legionnairesâ
A LegionnairesâÂÂ Disease outbreak at San Quentin State Prison in August was caused by contaminated cooling towers in a health services building, officials said Thursday. The conclusion comes from a report by J. Clark Kelso, the federally appointed receiver overseeing the state prison systemâÂÂs medical care. âÂÂLater test results of environmental samples revealed that the water in two of the cooling towers at the top of the Central Health Services Building had high concentrations of Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1, which is the most common cause of LegionnaireâÂÂs disease,âÂÂ according to the report, filed in federal in San Francisco. âÂÂRegular maintenance and upkeep of building sites can mitigate the spread of communicable disease and other adverse health care outcomes,âÂÂ the report states. Kelso cited other environmental factors as playing a role in the spread of the bacteria - including a heat wave in the Bay Area at the time of the outbreak and an âÂÂexcessive build-up of debris (e.g. sludge) in the water pans associated with the cooling towers.âÂÂ Don Specter, the director of the nonprofit Prison Law Office in Berkeley, which defends the rights of inmates and sued the state over inadequate health care in 2001, said his office was glad the source of the disease was located and disinfected.
CalPERS Long-term Care Insurance Pool Shrinks | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Number of policyholders down about 6,400 from 2013
Ppic Poll Examines Tax Proposals :: Fox&hounds
In the shadow of my commentary yesterday on the possible tax measures on the 2016 ballot comes the Public Policy Institute of California poll that takes the standing of many of the potential tax initiatives. This snapshot in time indicates supporters of the tax increases have a lot of work to do to convince the public to vote for them.
Assembly Candidate, Former Villa Park Council Member Deborah Pauly Arrested For Dui - The Orange County Register
SCOTT SCHWEBKE @ ocregister.com
Deborah Pauly, a former Villa Park City Council member and candidate for Assembly, was arrested for driving under the influence following a car crash in Anaheim this month, according to police.
'It's got to stop': 15 times Obama has pushed for stronger gun control
Following ThursdayâÂÂs mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon âÂÂ which left 13 people dead and 20 injured âÂÂ the nation once again took on the highly politicized issue of gun control. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said at a campaign event that the nation needs to âÂÂget the political will to do everything we can to keep people safe.âÂÂ GOP presidential candidates tweeted prayers for the college, the victims and their families, but President Barack Obama âÂÂ who last addressed a deadly mass shooting in June, when nine parishioners were killed at a black church in South Carolina âÂÂ held a press briefing Thursday night to argue that thoughts and prayers are not enough. âÂÂThis is a political choice that we make,âÂÂ he said. âÂÂTo allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of their inaction.âÂÂ Obama used his speech to call on state legislatures, governors and Congress to work with him to enact stricter gun-control laws. But it wasnâÂÂt the first time heâÂÂs made such a push. POLITICO takes a look back at some of his stronger words on the issue.
As California Goes... But Will Nation Follow State's Lead On Healthcare For Immigrants?
Like many blue states, California enthusiastically embraced Obamacare, signing up millions for health insurance. Now, it's venturing into a potentially costly and controversial new frontier of health policy: offering medical coverage to hundreds of thousands of people living in the country illegally.
To sheriff candidates â
Communication was the hot topic Thursday when the two main candidates in San FranciscoâÂÂs sheriffâÂÂs race met in a tense and icy exchange that covered everything from San FranciscoâÂÂs Sanctuary City policy to overseeing the department and its jails. When Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his opponent, former chief deputy and interim Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, debated before The ChronicleâÂÂs editorial board, MirkarimiâÂÂs handling of the release immigrant Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who was later charged with the shooting death of Kathryn Steinle on Pier 14 in July, took up a large portion of the discussion. The debate centers on the issue of notifying âÂÂ communication âÂÂ federal immigration officials when an inmate of questionable immigration status will be released. Lopez-Sanchez had been brought to the city in March, after serving 46 months in federal prison for felony re-entry into the country, on an outstanding warrant for a 20-year-old marijuana case. About a month before Lopez-Sanchez was released, Mirkarimi had issued a memo prohibiting his staff from giving immigration agents information about detainees âÂÂ including their citizenship status, their booking and arrest documents and their release dates. MirkarimiâÂÂs position on notification was the subject of a grievance filed by the sheriffâÂÂs deputiesâÂÂ union, which time and time again has criticized Mirkarimi for not engaging them in discussion when it came to policy changes, such as his plan to house transgender inmates based on gender identity. Though he said he does reach out to the unions, he also lashed out at their response to the transgender housing proposal, which they and transgender advocates said would set up unsafe conditions in terms of sexual assaults, as âÂÂtransphobicâÂÂ and âÂÂhomophobic.âÂÂ In addition to the Pier 14 killing, Mirkarimi has faced episodes in which deputies were accused of forcing inmates to fight for their entertainment, the escape of two inmates and the death of a San Francisco General Hospital patient who deputies were unable to find and whose body was later located in a stairway.
California Governor Signs Bill Requiring High Schools Teach 'affirmative Consent' - Capradio.org
Public high schools in California will be required to teach students about affirmative sexual consent under a bill signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown.
Senate Leaders Unveil Prison Reform Measure But Prospects Are Slim
A bipartisan group of Senate leaders on Thursday announced a joint effort to ease unduly long prison sentences and enact other criminal-justice reforms, but chances that Congress will actually act on the issues are slim, given that lawmakers in the House are developing separate proposals.
Workers Allege 80-hour Weeks With No Overtime At UC Berkeley Sporting Events
Employees of a contractor who provided janitorial services for UC Berkeley sporting events said they were routinely denied overtime pay for workweeks that were 80 or 90 hours long.
Dianne Feinstein Decries Planned Parenthood Arson
By Josh Richman Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 12:00 pm in Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senate.
Poor Acts Contribute To Malaise | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
California has seen sharp decline in voting
Kevin Mccarthy Does Damage Control On Benghazi Comments
Erica Werner Associated Press @ contracostatimes.com
McCarthy's comment, made on Fox News Channel as he sought to court conservative support, seemed to contradict longstanding GOP claims that the Benghazi committee is aimed simply at uncovering the truth. And it gave credence to Democratic accusations that the real aim is to attack Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate who was secretary of state when the attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya killed four Americans.
A Presidential Campaign As Reality Tv
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks to a group of people at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association in Oklahoma City on Sept. 29.
Report: Cooling Towers Blamed For Legionnaires' Disease At San Quentin State Prison
Don Thompson @ mercurynews.com
The federal receiver who controls inmate medical care said Thursday that tests showed two of the towers had high concentrations of the bacteria.
UC Begins Minimum Wage Hike Phase-in - The Orange County Register
LAUREN WILLIAMS @ ocregister.com
A minimum wage hike went into effect Thursday at University of California campuses for staff and contract employees who work more than 20 hours a week – but not at UC Irvine.
Education Secretary Duncan Stepping Down In December - Politico
Evangelical voters are backing Donald Trump because they, too, want to see the United States "be great" once again, the Republican presidential...
Your Money: A Tax to Curb Excessive Trading Could Be a Boon to Returns
The presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders has proposed to tax stock and bond trades. How might the idea affect investor behavior and long-term returns?
13 times rain made a splash on the campaign trail
With Hurricane Joaquin churning offshore and a pre-storm rain already soaking the East Coast, most people are hunkering down âÂÂ including GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, who canceled FridayâÂÂs Virginia Beach appearance because of the weather. But not all campaigns close shop when their venues become giant puddles. POLITICO takes a look at 13 times candidates braved the elements in their fight for the presidency.
Source Of San Quentin Legionnaire's: The Sick Bay
A cellblock at San Quentin State Prison in April. More than 80 inmates became sick with pneumonia during an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease. The bacteria was traced to the prison medical building.
Political Potpourri: California Politics Podcast | The California Report | Kqed News
With apologies to Alex Trebek, this week we dive in to a sampling of California political news and notes that would be perfect for a quick quiz on a game show.
Oregon College Gunman Chris Harper Mercer Liked Target Shooting, Ex-neighbors Say
Ten people were killed and at least seven injured by a gunman at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday.
Ap Nation / World | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
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