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THE NOONER for October 15, 2015
DEADLINE DAY: Today is the deadline for third quarter FEC reports.
There is a celebrity on the teevee rallying his supporters for his run, and he's leaving the stage to "We're Not Gonna Take It." Hmmm...I'm having 2003 flashbacks.
Succeeding John Myers as California Politics and Government Editor at KQED next week will be Scott Shafer. Myers becomes Sacramento bureau chief for the LA Times next week. Shafer previously hosted The California Report.
POLL POSITION: The Field Poll is out with a weird poll today on the 2018 gubernatorial race. It asks voters about their "incliination to support" various candidates, with Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa faring best. It provides no actual indication of how the candidates would actually do on the ballot, and it respondents were just "registered voters." This after only 42.2% of registered voters turned out for the off-year election in 2014. Headlines like this are just wrong: "California governor race: Villaraigosa, Newsom neck and neck in first Field Poll." To be "neck and neck," you have to poll them against each other.
GUNNING FOR THE OFFICE: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to lead California gun control ballot initiative [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday will introduce a measure for next year’s ballot that aims to stanch the proliferation of gun violence, including a provision to require ammunition buyers to undergo background checks."
CA44 (Carson): Isadore Hall III is going after Nanette Barragan for an ad she ran in her successful race for the Hermosa Beach City Council in which she proclaimed that she had "a dream of buying a home in Hermosa Beach." She recently moved to San Pedro, which is in CD44. [Jean Merl @ LAT]
THE MOD SQUAD: Rise of the Business Democrat [Laurel Rosenhall @ CalMatters] - "Overall, the moderate Democrat committee has spent $2.3 million on campaign efforts since 2013 – more than half of it focused on five legislative races in the Central Valley, Orange County and Los Angeles. Voters elected three of the five candidates on which the committee spent the most in the last election -- the other two seats went to Republicans."
SMOKIN': California needs a marijuana bank, says Board of Equalization [David Downs @ SFChron] - "California needs to establish its first bank for the marijuana industry, writes Board of Equalization member Fiona Ma. This bank would not store hundreds of pounds of pungent, dried flower buds. Rather, it would provide banking services the state’s multi-billion dollar cannabis industry. This industry is currently dealing in large amounts of cash, because federal law blocks legal cannabis banking. California collects at least $100 million in medical cannabis taxes each year, often in cash."
ANCHOR BABY FAIL: Taiwanese woman gives birth at 30,000 feet on CAL flight [China Post] - "CAL said her flight took off from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday and was scheduled to arrive in the U.S. at 8:35 p.m., Los Angeles time. . . . Around six hours into the flight, the woman, who was not yet 32 weeks pregnant, reported that her water had broken. Crew members immediately asked a doctor passenger to provide assistance."
NOM-NOM: This is a pretty cool service that was just launched by Square. It uses an Uber-style model for food delivery from local, independent restaurants.
Dodgers return home tomorrow night to face the Mets in the deciding game 5, with the first pitch at 5:07pm PDT. Pitching for the Dodgers will be Greinke, and there's talk that they might even bring in Kershaw from the bullpen.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Bill Brough, CAPPA CEO Denyne Micheletti, former Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
KQED Names Scott Shafer Senior Editor Of California Politics And Government Desk
Shafer has earned numerous awards for his political reporting. He was a member of the panel of journalists that questioned candidates in the televised 2010 U.S. Senate debate between Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina. He covered the gay marriage issue from the Proposition 8 Campaign through the U.S. Supreme Court decision that made same sex marriage legal in California. Shafer has hosted live statewide coverage of election night and State of the State Addresses every year since 1998.
Poll: Villaraigosa, Newsom On Top Early In Race For Governor | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Antonio Villaraigosa and Gavin Newsom lead in early voter support
GOP Assemblyman Rocky Chavez Raises $93,000 For U.S. Senate Bid
Rocky Chavez, a Republican Assemblyman from Oceanside, reported raising $93,579 this year for his campaign to succeed Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate, a high-stakes race that already has generated millions in contributions to the Democratic front-runners.
San Jose Moving Forward With Large-scale Ethics Probe Into City's Campaign Disclosure Law
The commission, a five-member panel tasked with enforcing city election laws and investigating complaints, last month directed an outside law firm to look into what appeared to be widespread violations of San Jose's campaign disclosure law. The law required candidates to report "late contributions" of $250 or more received the last 16 days before an election.
Prop. F would require business license, but author doesn't have one
John Wildermuth @ sfgate.com
Dale Carlson, an author of Proposition F, a November ballot initiative that would require more city paperwork for short-term rental units, has never had a San Francisco business license, despite running his public relations company in the city since at least 2007, he admitted Wednesday.
State Engineers OK Contract That Requires They Pay For Retiree Benefits
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Californiaâs state engineers union has overwhelmingly ratified a three-year contract with the Brown administration that requires its members for the first time to contribute to retiree medical benefits.
California Needs A Marijuana Bank, Says Board Of Equalization - Smell The Truth
California needs to establish its first bank for the marijuana industry, writes Board of Equalization member Fiona Ma. This bank would not store hundreds of pounds of pungent, dried flower buds. Ra...
CSU Faculty Gears Up For Strike Vote At 23 Campuses
Ana Tintocalis @ ww2.kqed.org
California State University faculty members are gearing up for a strike vote on Monday. Labor leaders say possible job actions would not happen until early next year.
California Gives Victims Of Revenge Porn A New Way To Strike Back
Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris addresses a press conference held in February to discuss the verdict in a cyber exploitation trial in San Diego.
Valley, Butte Fire Costs Pegged At Nearly $2 Billion | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
Insurance industry estimate puts two fires among costliest ever
California State University Faculty At Csudh In Carson Protest Stalled Salary Talks
Treasury To Deplete Cash Balance In Early November Unless Debt Limit Is Raised, Budget Office Says - Wsj
Nick Timiraos @ wsj.com
Overhead Bins That Fit More Bags
Sdpd Fired 11 To Hold Officers Accountable | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Shelley Zimmerman [Union-Tribune file] — John Gastaldo
L.A. Officials Set Oil Drilling Terms But Fail To Enforce Them
When oil companies wanted to drill wells at a South Los Angeles site decades ago, city planners set out a long list of requirements intended to ensure that oil production was "strictly controlled to eliminate any possible odor, noise" and other hazards.
Folsom Lake Hits Lowest Depths In 20-plus Years
Phillip Reese @ sacbee.com
Even as Sacramento waits for the soaking El NiÃ±o forecast to hit this fall, Folsom Lake continues to lose water and will almost certainly fall Thursday to its lowest level in more than 20 years, government data show.
The Never Ending Saga Of State Debt :: Fox&hounds
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Sacramento State Program Tackles College Achievement Gap Among Asian Students
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Launched in 2012 with a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Full Circle Project is an academic and advising program that aims to boost retention and graduation rates among Asian and Pacific Islander students.
Bay Bridge Rust Threat Action Needed Immediately, Panel Says
Andrew McGall @ mercurynews.com
"Unless there are overwhelming difficulties that prevent such a system from being fitted, it should be installed as soon as possible," the review group from the International Cable Supported Bridge Operators Association told the Toll Bridge Oversight Committee meeting this week in Oakland. The committee represents Caltrans, the Bay Area Toll Authority and the state Transportation Commission.
In Sacramento, Limits Are Few On Revolving Door Between Government And Private Jobs
John Myers @ ww2.kqed.org
To the old saying that âItâs not what you know, itâs who you know,â thereâs an addendum in the world of Sacramento insiders: Itâs also for whom you worked.