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THE NOONER for October 13, 2015
In SD11, Supervisor Jane Kim appears to have emerged from the progressive coalition to go up against fellow Supervisor Scott Weiner.
CD46 (Santa Ana): While former State Senator Lou Correa accumulates endorsements, Garden Grove mayor Bao Nguyen will be formally announcing his candidacy at this hour. If elected, Nguyen woule be the second Southeast Asian ever in Congress. The only other was Joseph Cao, a Republican, who defeated William Jefferson in a safe Dem district in Louisiana. Yes, that "bribes stored in the freezer" William Jefferson. Cao served only one term.
TURN OUT THE LIGHTS, THE THIRD PARTY IS OVER: High court refuses to hear challenge to California's top-two primary [Kale Williams @ SFChron] - "California's "top-two" primary system will remain after the Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the law brought by the Green and Libertarian parties, among others, who say it effectively excludes their candidates from the state’s elections."
FREE SPEECH? Religious clinics sue for right to not mention abortion to Californians [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "Operators of religious pregnancy centers have sued Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris to block a new California law that requires such clinics to provide information about abortion and contraceptive services offered by other providers."
THE ASSESSMENT: Right-to-die, climate change, pot and more: Here are 10 bills that will change life – and death – in California [David Downey @ OCR] - "In case you missed it, here are some of the more notable bills that now bear his signature and soon will reshape life in California in large and small ways:"
CALL ME A DOCTOR: California doctors' lobby group pushes agenda with swagger [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Now, it’s preparing for the next showdown, a $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes aiming for next year’s ballot, with some of the proceeds going to boost the reimbursement rates for doctors who take Medi-Cal patients. Tobacco companies are again readying to spend heavily to ensure its defeat."
128.8 CHARACTERS? Twitter announces it will lay off 8% of its workforce [Tracey Lien and Andrea Chang @ LAT] - "The San Francisco microblogging site will cut 336 employees, or 8% of its global workforce, as part of a restructuring plan. Twitter began notifying affected employees on Tuesday."
SHAMING SHAMU: California Coastal Commission goes too far on SeaWorld [LAT editorial] - " The commission overreached badly by requiring the aquatic amusement park to end its captive breeding program. This was less like mission creep than mission leap. . . . Whether the commission's decision was legal is up to the courts, but it's not right. All Californians should be concerned about the commissioners' eagerness to stretch their regulatory reach into areas where they have no business."
PRICE CUT: Offering free community college is an investment in the nation [Op-Ed by Contra Costa CCD chancellor Helen Benjamin] - "In California, we know what it means to have the first two years of college at no cost. California was ahead of the curve on that idea. Since we began charging fees in the late 1980s, the cost of education has been underwritten for the neediest among us. . . . The return on investment is remarkable."
HELP WANTED: Mark Takano takes out Craigslist ad for House speaker [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - "Takano said he created an ad on Craigslist – the online classified board – to seek applicants for the speaker’s job. The once-favored candidate, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, took his name out of the running amid open divisions in the House GOP caucus."
For my fellow Aggies, we need our thoughts to go out to former UCD football player Daniel Fells, who is battling a MRSA infection in his ankle. The NY Giants (who he plays for now and who beat the Niners on Sunday) dedicated the game to him.
DEM DEBATE: The first Democratic debate is tonight at 5:30pm on CNN, taking place at the Wynn Las Vegas. Meanwhile, down the street, the Kings will be facing the Lakers in a pre-season game at 7pm. Unfortunately, it's only on NBA LeaguePass.
The reports are that Bill Clinton won't be in the debate hall tonight, as he has "other business" in Vegas. Hmmm...
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jose Medina's chief of staff Lucy Camarillo, political consultant Corin Choppin, and State Bar trustee Glenda Corcoran!
It'll be a hot one today. Stay cool, Sacramento and beyond.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Education Push To Help Doctors Field Patients’ Assisted-death Requests | State Of Health | Kqed News
Now that California has legalized physician-assisted suicide, advocacy groups are planning statewide education campaigns so doctors know what to do when patients ask for lethal medication to end their lives.
High court refuses to hear challenge to California's top-two primary
Kale Williams @ sfgate.com
California's "top-two" primary system will remain after the Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the law brought by the Green and Libertarian parties, among others, who say it effectively excludes their candidates from the stateâs elections.
Governor Signs Foster And Homeless Youth's Education Rights Bill
Joyce Tsai @ mercurynews.com
Effective January 1, Assembly Bill 379 will offer up a mechanism for foster and homeless youth, who often are forced to move, to lodge complaints if they feel their educational rights have been violated. Among them are the right to stay at their school of origin, transfer partial credits to a new school and immediately enroll in a comprehensive school, according to a statement by Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Los Altos, who sponsored the bill. Unfortunately, these rights have been routinely ignored for over a decade, he added.
Violent Offenders Could Join Fire Camps Next Year
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Inmates in state prisons for violent crimes may be deployed across California for the first time next year to help fight fires as the pool of lower-level offenders normally assigned to such duty has dwindled over the past several years.
Mixed Actions From Brown On Drone Legislation
Ben Adler @ capradio.org
One thing is clear after Gov. Jerry Brown signed one bill regulating drone use in California in recent days but vetoed several others: Drones will attract attention â and legislation â for years to come.
Gov. Brown Vetoes Bill That Would Have Protected Workers' Right To Sue Employers
MARGOT ROOSEVELT @ ocregister.com
Gov. Jerry Brownâs veto of a bill outlawing mandatory arbitration agreements in the workforce handed business interests a significant victory over labor advocates in this yearâs legislative session.
California Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Ethnic Studies Bill
Gov. Jerry Brown signs one of the hundreds of bills he has left to deal with at his Capitol office in Sacramento on Oct. 9.
SD7: Bonilla Won't Run Against Glazer In 2016
Josh Richman @ ibabuzz.com
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla wonât run next year against fellow Democrat state Sen. Steve Glazer, who defeated her in the 7th State Senate Districtâs special election earlier this year.
Is There A Willie Brown In Congress? :: Fox&hounds
The battle in the Republican congressional caucus over choosing a leader just might open an opportunity for a strategic, politically savvy Democrat to take a shot at the speakership. Very unlikely, certainly, but the situation in Washington must remind some Californians of the wily moves by Democratic Speaker Willie Brown to keep hold the reins of power in the Assembly a couple of decades ago even when Republicans seemed to take the majority.
In Choreographed Campaigns, Candidates Stumble Over Choice of Music
It has become as much a part of the presidential campaign season as the baby kiss: the inevitable moment when a musician denounces a politician for using a song without permission.
UC Berkeley astronomer apologizes for behavior
Geoffrey Marcy, an acclaimed astronomer and leader in the hunt for planets around other stars, has been found guilty of violating the sexual harassment policies of UC Berkeley, where he holds the Watson and Marilyn Alberts Chair in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. In June, the university concluded that Marcy had engaged in inappropriate behavior with students, including groping them, kissing them and touching or massaging them. Because of the confidential nature of such investigations, MarcyâÂÂs colleagues at Berkeley, which has been shaken by discrimination lawsuits under Title IX recently, and elsewhere did not know of the investigation until recently when BuzzFeed broke the story and Marcy posted a letter of apology on his University of California website page.
Espn Postpones Sacramento Film Due To New Focus On Kevin Johnson Molestation Allegations | The Sacramento Bee
Marcos Breton @ sacbee.com
ESPN cites renewed focus on Kevin Johnson case involving Phoenix teen
Fox 2016 Election Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Bernie Sanders By 20 Percentage Points - Politico
The organizations says just two of its health centers provide fetal tissue donation for research and they follow federal law allowing the clinics to recoup...
CalPERS Aims To Lower Investment Risks
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
The new policy, to be discussed next week by members of CalPERSâ governing board, could prove controversial. Reducing profits could prompt the California Public Employeesâ Retirement System to once again impose higher contribution rates on the state and on local governments.
First Draft: Poll Watch: Voters Like Joe Biden on Honesty, and Donald Trump on Leadership
The public puts Joseph R. Biden Jr. at the top of the list of six Democratic and Republican candidates tested on several qualities they say will affect their vote, with most saying he cares about their needs and problems, is honest and trustworthy and has the right kind of experience to be a good president.
Tesla Model X Buyers Could Get $25,000 Tax Break
Tesla CEO Elon Musk shows off one of the first Model Xs to be delivered to customers.
2016 Election: Jeb Bush Envisions Health After Obamacare
Nancy Cook @ politico.com
Jeb Bush unveiled his alternative to the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, calling for tax credits to help some Americans buy catastrophic health insurance.
HealthCare.gov to Get Major Changes to Ease Shopping for Coverage
Tools being added to the federal health care website are intended to make it easier for people to find plans that include their doctors and to estimate costs.
Right-to-Die, Climate Change, Pot And More: Here Are 10 Bills That Will Change Life -- And Death -- In California
DAVID DOWNEY @ ocregister.com
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a flurry of bills during the past week addressing matters as cosmic as assisted suicide and as trivial as electric skateboards.
Experts urge quick action to protect Bay Bridge cable
Jaxon Van Derboken @ sfgate.com
An international group of bridge maintenance experts is urging the immediate retrofit of the $6.4 billion new eastern span of the Bay Bridge to protect the main cable from corrosion and to allow for inspections of other potentially vulnerable areas on the structure.
Candidates Seek Unity at Nonpartisan Event, With Mixed Results
A one-day event put on by the political group No Labels drew eight presidential candidates, some of whom departed from their usual combative language.
Warriors Formally Purchase Mission Bay Site - Sfgate
Cars are parked on the Mission Bay site in San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday, June 18, 2015 where the Warriors hope to build a new basketball arena.
Sean Hannity: Paul Ryan Shouldn't Run For Speaker
Eliza Collins @ politico.com
Hannity told the [USA Today] that he was encouraging the House Freedom Caucus â which he credits with changing the Republican Party in a bold way â not to compromise on the speaker vote. Many in the roughly 40-member group of conservatives have said they are supporting Florida Rep. Daniel Webster for the job instead.