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THE NOONER for October 12, 2015
Well, the governor's office was busy this weekend leading up to last night's bill signing deadline. John Myers writes "In a series of bundled vetoes, Gov. Jerry Brown sent a hard to miss weekend message to state legislators: You dropped the ball before leaving Sacramento for 2015.
-- "Brown took action on 80 bills on Saturday, signing landmark legislation on everything from voter registration to farm animal antibiotics. But in a handful of vetoes, the governor quickly brushed aside efforts by Democrats in the California Legislature that he contended were fiscally unwise in light of a big item left on their legislative to-do list."
MOTOR VOTER: Gov. Brown approves automatic voter registration for Californians [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT]- "Targeting California’s recent record-low voter turnout, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a measure that would eventually allow Californians to be automatically registered to vote when they go the DMV to obtain or renew a driver’s license.
--"The measure, which would also allow Californians to opt out of registering, was introduced in response to the dismal 42% turnout in the November 2014 statewide election."
--"The law takes effect Jan. 1, but the new registration process will not be offered until the state completes work on a new voter registration database called VoteCal, which is expected around June 2016, the time of the presidential primary election."
While critics of the bill came that it will allow illegal immigrants who are now eligible for licenses to get on the voter rolls, remember that their licenses are marked differently and precautions are being taken to avoid those licenses to be added to the voter roll.
The one problem I see is that political mail we much more expensiive for candidates until we have gone through a couple of election cycles and build the databases to understand who is a reliable voter. If everyone did not object to their confirmation that will be mailed to them, it's another 6.5 million registrants, an increase over one-third/
That said, anything we can do to increase voter registration and turnout will be good.
Several other elections-related bills were signed as well.
NO MORE 'SKINS": California schools barred from using 'Redskins' as team name or mascot [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday approved the measure barring the use of the term that many Native Americans find offensive but vetoed a separate measure that would have barred public properties from being named after individuals associated with the Confederacy."
-- "As of Jan. 1, 2017, all public schools will be barred from using the term "Redskin," which many Native Americans consider a racial slur. The measure by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) will allow schools that use materials that contain the term, such as uniforms, to phase out their use to alleviate cost concerns. The new law will affect four California high schools in Merced, Calaveras, Tulare and Madera counties."
PADDLE ON THE LEFT PADDLE ON THE RIGHT: Jerry Brown vetoes expanded family leave [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Senate Bill 406, by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, would have let workers take up to 12 weeks off to care for sick siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, domestic partners and parents-in-law. Current law provided that benefit only for sick children, parents or spouses."
UNVEILED: Groups must disclose who pays for lawmakers' travel [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a bill aimed at shedding light on which special interests are paying the travel tab of elected state officials who attend annual fact-finding trips and conferences in Hawaii and other exotic locales"
HAVE YOU SEEN THE LITTLE PIGGIES? California to restrict antibiotics use in farm animals [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) introduced the bill because of concern that unnecessary use of antibiotics has been tied to the emerging of antibiotic-resistant infections, which sicken more than 2 million Americans each year and lead to some 23,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
You can see the list of the press releases of the weekend's billl actions here.
AURAL PLEASURE: John and Marisa tickle our ears with the California Politics Podcast.
RAISE YOUR VOICE: Asian Americans celebrate rising political clout, call for more voter turnout [Stephen Magnini @SacBee] - "Only 37 percent of eligible Asian American voters turned out in November 2014, which may have contributed to the low representation. “If we want our government to be accountable to the people, we have to participate," [John] Chang said. “If you haven’t been around politics, it can be daunting, especially for minorities who may be immigrants or children of immigrants."
POPULAR, BUT NOT FOR PREZ: Californians like Jerry Brown, but not for president [David Siders @SacBee] - "Just 39 percent of likely voters in California’s Democratic primary react positively to the idea of Brown running for president, according to a Field Poll released Monday. Forty-eight percent think it would be a bad thing if he ran. This is despite Brown’s 73 percent approval rating among California Democrats and 56 percent approval from registered voters overall."
UGH...ANOTHER: Southwest asks passengers to arrive two hours before flights due to computer failure [AP] - That's United, American, and now Southwest, that have had computer failures this year. Makes you'll really confident about boarding their planes. But, good thing the Legislature is out of town, as I could just here the screaming about havimg to arrive two hourrs early.
Dodgers, who are tied 1-1 with the Mets, face Game 3 tonight in Qeens tonight. First pith is 5:37pm PDT. Meanwhile the Democratic debate starts at 5:30pm PDT on CNN. So, Joe Biden has 29.5 hours to claim that extra podium they (literally) have waiting in the wings for him.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to political consultant Chris Chafee and Luis Alejo's legislative Tony Madrigal!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Californians Like Jerry Brown, But Not For President | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Democratic voters oppose governor getting into race 48 percent to 39 percent
New Pension Initiative Puts Utah-like Cap On Cost | Calpensions
One of the two initiatives filed by a pension reform group last week would cap state and local government spending on retirement benefits for most new hires at 11 percent of pay, much like a Utah pension reform five years ago.
California Has Unspent Billions From Carbon Auctions | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Legislature adjourned without acting on billions in cap-and-trade funds
Jerry Brown OKs Automatic Voter Registration Through Dmv
Gov. Jerry Brown acted Saturday to increase participation in California elections and help prevent shootings at colleges, approving automatic voter registration and banning concealed weapons on campuses.
California Bans Concealed Handguns On College, School Campuses | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Expands existing prohibition on firearm possession that exempted concealed carry permits
Bill Action Deadline: Gov. Jerry Brown Uses Raft Of Veto Messages To Draw Attention To His Agenda
Lawmakers this year neglected several of the governor's priorities, including his desire to replace an expiring tax on health care plans. He also wanted to find funding for badly needed roadway repairs. Lashing out, Brown used his veto pen to punish them and draw attention to his agenda.
Governor Brown Vetoes Drug Conviction Bill | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
When is a conviction not a conviction?
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Brown's School Budget Reform Embraced, Exploited
Sharon Noguchi @ mercurynews.com
Schools have added translators and other help for parents, tutoring and alternatives to discipline, a sampling of Bay Area schools shows -- but many also are investing in buildings, trying to divert funds to teacher salaries and ignoring their poorest students.
Fines Over Water Use Rankle Californians - Wsj
Jim Carlton @ wsj.com
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Cadiz Chief To Tackle Desert Water Transfer Project Roadblock
Death-row Drug Quandary: Makers Resist Supplying Prisons - San Francisco Chronicle
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Antibiotics Ban: California First State To Outlaw Routine Use Of Bacteria-fighting Drugs In Livestock
Jessica Calefati @ mercurynews.com
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 2 million people are sickened and at least 23,000 die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections, and scientists say widespread use of the drugs in livestock is a leading cause of the problem.
California Considers Tough Campaign-finance Rules - Wsj
Alejandro Lazo @ wsj.com
Ryan Seen as Able to Bridge the GOP Gap
California Pushes To Make Landfills Food-free | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
State wants organic waste out of landfills by 2025
Us Servicemen Who Stopped French Train Attacker Reunite In Hospital After Stabbing
ABC News @ abcnews.go.com
Americans Won't Tolerate Firearm Deaths Forever
It is really quite simple: Guns are designed for killing. The more guns there are, the more people get killed.
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National Park Service opens bids on rehabbed oceanside home
For rent: three-bedroom, two-bath, newly remodeled Marin County house, located in parkland on an ocean cliff at the edge of the continent. The house is near the Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Marin Headlands, and the National Park Service is working through a real estate management firm to rent it out. The building âÂÂ officially Quarters 17 âÂÂ used to house members of the Coast Guard before the lighthouse was automated. Renting it out is âÂÂa unique way to get a return for the taxpayers,âÂÂ said Alexandra Picavet, an information officer for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which owns the house. The government expects to get its money back. âÂÂWe are offering it at fair market value,âÂÂ said Katharine Arrow, the Golden Gate Recreation AreaâÂÂs manager of lands and real estate. The park service is looking to rent the house on a one-year lease, and offers are being accepted starting Tuesday. Picavet, Arrow and Melissa Bleier, a Park Service real estate specialist, offered a tour of Quarters 17 on Thursday, a gorgeous sun-speckled day. The closest neighbor is a law enforcement park ranger. The Park Service has other historic buildings to rent in the Bay Area, but Quarters 17 is one of a kind, and given the high price of real estate, the rental will probably cost a pretty penny.
Wildlife Refuge Also Serves As Incubator Of Science Study :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Kimberly Beltran @ cabinetreport.com
The golden eagle’s life, though sadly altered, has instead for the past 31 years been spent in service of his species, helping hundreds of thousands of young public school students learn about the wonders and challenges of their physical world through his eyes.