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THE NOONER for December 3, 2015
Good morning. Let's hope today is better than yesterday. My friend Congressman Pete Aguilar, who represents the district, immediately flew back from DC and, aside from the immediate struggle, has to return to Washington to deal with a gridlock on the associated issues.
While its true that California has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, it is an easy drive to Nevada, which has some of the loosest. When you drive back, they'll ask you if you have any produce from out of state (if not quickly waved through); they don't ask about guns.
I've written in this space a few times before that I've enjoyed hunting with my father (and previously my grandfather) hunting on the family's (very rustic) ranch in Texas. I've never used an assault rifle for that and was taught very responsible gun use early on. I don't own any firearms, and my dad keeps his in a locked gun safe.
EARLY BIRDS: Gavin Newsom picks up California nurses endorsement [David Siders and Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee]- “The California Nurses Association, whose support helped Gov. Jerry Brown defeat Republican Meg Whitman in 2010, on Wednesday endorsed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to succeed him. The endorsement, though not unexpected, comes unusually early – three years before the 2018 election. It is an indication of Newsom’s appeal to organized labor, and also a challenge facing one of his main rivals, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.“
Villaraigosais is a former labor organizers, but had several run-ins with labor as mayor of Los Angeles.
SD25 (Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena): removed Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D)
Gatto explained the decision on multiplle factors, including not wanting a divisive primary among Democrats, his two young daughters, and the desire of he and his wife to have another child soon. Gatto has over $2 million cash on hand that he can park that for a future race. Congressman Adam Schiff is only 55. If Anthony Portantino wins the SD25 race, he could serve eight years, while the other candidates could serve 12 years.
One look at a new statewide poll published Wednesday night suggests that all's swell in California, with the governor’s approval rating 22 points above his disapproval numbers and President Obama reasserting his position as a convincingly popular politician. Even the long-derided Legislature had a relatively high favorability rating, with 4 in 10 Californians approving the way it’s doing its job.
But contradictions rest at the core of the survey, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California. They make it clear that a persistent unease suffuses the state on both the economic and political fronts.
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15.How about legalizing marijuana in California?
16.How about increasing the state minimum wage?
17.How about state bonds funding K–12 schools and community college facilities?
18.How about extending the Proposition 30 tax increases which are set to expire in 2018?
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to State Mining and Geoloogy Board member Michael Mendez and the Senate Democratic Caucus's Brian Micek, and Assemblymember Don Wagner!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
California Voters Not Yet Jazzed About Tax Extensions, Recreational Marijuana | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
37 percent of likely voters see renewing tax hike as very important
Californians Split On Health Coverage For Those In The U.S. Illegally
A new statewide poll finds a noticeable split among Californians when it comes to offering government subsidized health care regardless of immigration status.
Ted Cruz Cannot Be President: Take Him Off The Ballot :: Fox&hounds
Secretary of State Alex Padilla should not list Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as a Republican candidate in the presidential primary because Sen. Cruz is not eligible to be President and to place him on the ballot would violate the United States Constitution.
Silicon Valley Leaders, Politicians Urge UC To Elevate High School Computer Science In Admissions Standards
Katy Murphy @ mercurynews.com
A letter from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to the university system's faculty-run board of admissions -- and signed by a host of Silicon Valley VIPs, including Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, as well as Assembly Republican Leader Kristen Olsen and Secretary of State Alex Padilla -- argued that upgrading computer science from an elective to a core math course for college-entrance purposes "would acknowledge that computer science is a legitimate field and a valuable foundation for many academic pursuits."
Brown Cancels Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Decision follows mass shooting Wednesday in San Bernardino
San Bruno says PG&E too cozy with CPUC commissioner
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. should be punished for improper back-channel communications with a California Public Utilities Commission member that amounted to a campaign of âÂÂconstant courting,âÂÂ San Bruno city attorneys argue in a legal motion filed with the regulatory agency. More than five years after its gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, killing eight people, âÂÂPG&E still believes that it is above the law and need not play by the rules,âÂÂ attorneys for the city said in the document submitted to the agency late Tuesday. Newly released documents show that PG&E executives had meetings, e-mail exchanges and other communications with utilities commission member Mike Florio that were conducted without public notice. PG&E noted in a statement that the company fired executives last year who engaged in back-channel communications with Florio, and said most of the newly released documents were innocuous. Sanctions against a utility can include fines or restrictions on its ability to hold such private sessions with commissioners or their staffs. Florio, a one-time attorney for the customer-advocacy group The Utility Reform Network, apologized last year after e-mails that PG&E released showed that he had promised a utility vice president to try to âÂÂbumpâÂÂ an administrative law judge from a $1.3 billion rate-setting case stemming from the 2010 San Bruno disaster. San Bruno attorneys say a newly obtained batch of e-mails from PG&E shows that the utilityâÂÂs executives began secretly wooing Florio almost immediately after Gov. Jerry Brown named him to the utilities commission in 2011. Florio also oversaw the process that determined how much PG&E customers would have to pay to bolster pipeline safety following the disaster. Since the judge-shopping e-mails were released, Florio recused himself from voting on PG&E related cases, including the $1.6 billion penalty. FlorioâÂÂs e-mailed suggestion in September 2011 about honoring the workers amounted to âÂÂfree public relations adviceâÂÂ to the company, San Bruno attorneys argued. Because the penalty against the company was still pending, they said, it also gave PG&E an opportunity to convince the commission that it was had acted in good faith as the disaster unfolded. Cherry also talked secretly with Florio in February 2013 about who among the agencyâÂÂs cadre of administrative judges would be able âÂÂto help outâÂÂ in a pending rate case arising out of San Bruno, an internal PG&E e-mail shows.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Decides Against Senate Run | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Move may avoid potentially costly Democratic fight
Rep. Maxine Waters An Unlikely Leader In Fight To Reopen Export-import Bank
Rep. Maxine Waters has made her name in Washington as a fiery advocate for minorities and liberal causes, such as worker rights, since arriving in 1991.
California Regional Centers Take Precautions After Mass Shooting In San Bernardino | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
The Undertow In A New California Poll: Economic And Political Unease
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Ppic Survey: Partisanship Distorts GOP Perceptions
As world leaders, including California Gov. Jerry Brown, convene in Paris this week for talks on addressing global climate change, one of the more depressing facts that shapes the political landscape is how hyper-partisan perceptions about climate change have become.
U.S. Health Spending Hits $3 Trillion As Obamacare And Rising Drug Costs Kick In
U.S. health spending grew 5.3% last year, fueled by prescription drug costs and an expansion of insurance coverage, federal officials said Wednesday.
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Son Pulls Mother Under Bed During San Bernardino Gun Battle: 'it's Really, Really Terrifying'
A law enforcement officer stands guard at the police line near a home being investigated by police. Fourteen people were killed when suspects opened fired at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.
2016 Election: Cnn Denies Donald Trump's Demand To Donate $5 Million, Risking Debate Boycott - Politico
Senate Democrats are mulling plans to offer as many as three gun-related amendments on a budget bill on Thursday.