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THE NOONER for December 9, 2015
Buenos tardes desde el Nooner Global Headquarters. As John Oliver likes to say, just time for a short recap on California political and policy news. Vacation time awaits.
The initiative craziness continues, as interests try to clean out the gutter before the price for filing escalates from $200 to $2,000 (which is refunded if the initiative qualifies). There are now 61 initiatives in circulation, and 40 more pending at the attorney general's office. While most won't qualify, we still may need to have an election week rather than an election day.
THE MOD SQUAD: Jim Cooper, Rudy Salas chosen to lead California Assembly moderate Democrats [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "Moderate Democrats in the California Assembly on Tuesday chose Assemblymen Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, and Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, to lead their caucus, multiple sources confirmed. The decision, which took place during a policy retreat at Torrey Pines in San Diego, followed Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, the current leader of the business-friendly group, announcing last week that he would renounce his Assembly seat. It was not yet clear how Cooper or Salas would share leadership duties."
Time for some rock-paper-scissors.
CA10 (Stanislaus): Democratic candidate Michael Eggman, who is challenging incumbent Jeff Denham, fell while hanging his Christmas tree lights and spent last weekend in the hospital. He's having surgery on his elbow on Friday. Eggman's sister is Susan Talamentes-Eggman, an Assemblymember.
CHOO-CHOO-POO-POO: California Democrat withdraws support for the high-speed rail project [Ralph Vartabedian @ LAT] - "Assemblywoman Patty Lopez (D-San Fernando) says she is withdrawing her support for the project, and she says five other Democrats in the Legislature are reviewing their positions. Lopez said in an interview that the project would damage her mostly Latino, working-class district, which includes Pacoima, San Fernando and Sylmar. The rail route would cut through the district."
Lopez is facing a tough rematch election against Raul Bocanegra.
CHECK-UP: California's 3 largest health insurers among few to show Obamacare profit in 2014 [Chad Terhune @ LAT] - "Blue Shield of California led the country with $107 million in profit on Obamacare policies sold to individuals. Kaiser Permanente was second with $66 million, and Anthem Blue Cross ranked seventh nationally with a $9-million surplus in the Covered California exchange."
SIN AGUA: California mulls new plan to save imperiled salmon [Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese @ SacBee] - "Preparing for another season of drought, California officials plan to hold back more water at Shasta Lake next year in an effort to save an increasingly endangered fish: the winter-run Chinook salmon. Their proposal, unveiled Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board, stirred anger among downstream farmers, who could face another year of diminished water supplies. Meanwhile, independent fish biologists were skeptical the plan would work any better than previous efforts."
MATHEWS SPEAKS: Perea Resignation Makes the Case for Party Lists [Joe Mathews @ Fox & Hounds] - " . . . Californians should no longer vote for the person when they go to the polls. They should vote for a party."
UH, YEAH, NO. All four Orange County GOP House members condemn Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "All four of Orange County's U.S. House members joined other Republican leaders in condemning presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country."
BLURRED LINES: Anaheim goes back to the drawing board with voting districts [Art Marroquin @ OCR] - "Citing political pressure and a potential lawsuit, the City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to set aside a previously selected voting map and take a fresh look at proposed maps that have at least two Latino-majority voting districts, rather than just one."
Is there a seat for Mickie?
WHITE FLAG TIME: The Warriors last night advanced to 23-0. End this NBA season now. #MICDROP
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to the CA Energy Commission's and political memorabilia superstar Adam Gottlieb!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Jerry Brown Heckled In France, With Video | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Protesters yell at California governor about carbon programs after speech
Mixed Record In Sacramento On Gun Control Laws; New Calls For Further Limits | The California Report | Kqed News
The Golden State is known for having the strongest gun restrictions in the nation — but efforts in the state Capitol to push those laws even further in recent years have ended with mixed results.
42 California Government Entities Sue Wireless Companies
AP Member Choice Complete @ latimes.com
Forty-two California government entities, including the Regents of the University of California and Sacramento and Los Angeles counties, have joined a lawsuit against four giant wireless companies alleging they overcharged government customers by more than $100 million.
Chevron Ceo Blasts California Environmental Laws Governor Touts - Bloomberg Politics
As Governor Jerry Brown is in Paris urging other political leaders to follow his lead in curbing global warming, the chief executive of California’s largest oil company said the state’s policies “unambiguously raise energy costs and do nothing about greenhouse-gas emissions.”
Property Tax Feud Still Rages | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Voters limited property taxes in 1978
S.F. supervisors OK Warriors arena for Mission Bay
The Golden State WarriorsâÂÂ three-year campaign to bring professional basketball back to San Francisco reached its final political milestone Tuesday night, as the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to support the construction of an 18,500-seat, $1 billion arena in Mission Bay. After five hours of testimony about the arenaâÂÂs impact on traffic, parking and the UCSF Hospital at Mission Bay, the supervisors found that plans for beefed up public transit and a nimble fleet of traffic control officers could handle the thousands of basketball fans flooding the neighborhood for games. In a statement, Mayor Ed Lee, who has characterized bringing the Warriors to San Francisco as his âÂÂlegacy project,âÂÂ called the vote âÂÂa huge win for San Francisco.âÂÂ âÂÂThis new, privately financed, state-of-the-art Golden State Warriors event center rounds out Mission Bay as an incredible and diverse ecosystem of technology, health care, science and, now, entertainment,âÂÂ Lee said. The Warriors are excited and ready to build this new, state-of-the-art arena in San Francisco thatâÂÂs worthy of our championship team and our world-class city and region. [...] to previous public meetings, at which the opposition was only represented by attorneys, the alliance Tuesday brought out a few dozen opponents to speak against the project. A handful of Dogpatch and Potrero residents said the arena would create a traffic nightmare in a fast-growing neighborhood that is already adding thousands of housing units. In September, UCSF and the Warriors reached a binding agreement with the city on how to handle traffic on days when there are major events at both nearby AT&T Park and the new basketball facility. The plan includes increased public transit as well as a âÂÂtraffic separationâÂÂ plan aimed at funneling arena-bound cars onto certain streets while hospital and neighborhood vehicles are routed onto others. Gloria Judd, who lives in the Haight and is retired from UCSFâÂÂs Parnassus campus, said âÂÂitâÂÂs not OK to build a sports arena across from a hospital that takes the sickest of the sickest patients.âÂÂ Given that the alliance has been promising to sue since the organization was formed six months ago, the Warriors fully expect that the final games will be played out in court.
Business-friendly Democrats Pick New Leaders For Informal, But Powerful Sacramento Caucus
The informal but increasingly powerful cadre of business-aligned Democrats in the Legislature tapped two assemblymembers to lead their caucus Tuesday afternoon.
Feinstein-mccarthy Clash Dooms Prospects For Drought Law For Year - San Francisco Chronicle
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Schools: Congress Poised To Bury No Child Left Behind
Sharon Noguchi @ insidebayarea.com
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday is expected to follow the House of Representatives by voting overwhelmingly to kill No Child Left Behind, a 2002 law that both Democrats and Republicans have come to hate, and replace it with legislation that no longer threatens schools with federal sanctions for failure to hit academic benchmarks. President Barack Obama has said he will sign the landmark bill.
L.A. City Council Approves Labor Deal, Setting Hiring Goal Of 5,000
The Los Angeles City Council approved a wide-ranging salary agreement with its civilian unions Tuesday, resolving a dispute over pension cuts and setting the stage for thousands of new hires.
Senate Votes To Overhaul No Child Left Behind Law - Politico
They were inspired by foreign terrorist organizations.
Republicans Condemn Trump But Won't Rule Out Backing Him If He Becomes The Nominee
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets fans in Iowa in September.
Disaster officials brace for havoc from historic El NiÃ±o
Federal disaster officials warned Tuesday that El NiÃ±o-fueled storms in California could inflict millions of dollars in damage this winter âÂÂ from mud-soaked homes to broken levees to downed electrical lines âÂÂ and said theyâÂÂre taking steps to minimize the toll. A new report by the Federal Emergency Management Agency details the havoc that ensued during the strongest El NiÃ±os of the past, including the 1982-83 event that caused 36 deaths, with the aim of honing current efforts to brace for landslides, flooding and outages. The weather pattern is marked by above-average ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific that, when really warm, tend to drive moisture toward California. FEMAâÂÂs report outlines the framework of a coordinated response from government agencies at every level, from advance work clearing storm drains and securing transmission lines, to having road crews and emergency workers ready for when wet weather strikes. For the aftermath, public health officials are being put on notice about possible problems with sewage disposal, water contamination and subsequent illnesses, while shelters are being plotted in case people lose their homes. Residents, too, have a responsibility to act, the report notes, recommending that homeowners purchase flood insurance and do basic property maintenance, such as clearing gutters and removing old trees, that can make a big difference in minimizing risk. Federal and state officials have poured money into stabilizing slopes and creating channels to help with drainage in fire zones. [...] with El NiÃ±o-warmed water in the equatorial Pacific and elsewhere, the report projects ocean levels to be as much as 8 to 11 inches higher through spring, resembling the spike in sea levels thatâÂÂs expected due to global warming by midcentury. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is purchasing water-tight construction barriers to keep floodwaters off streets and sidewalks.
Why Politicians Can’t Handle Cyber
Much of industry backs CISA, largely because of a provision that would shield them from lawsuits over sharing consumer information with the government. Yet in October, just before the Senate debated the bill, major tech giants like Apple and Twitter came out against it. This year most Republicans ultimately voted for CISA, but in 2012 most Republicans lined up against a comprehensive cybersecurity bill that included similar information sharing incentives. They did so after industry warned other elements of the bill could pave the way to greater government regulation of technology.
San Bernardino Medic Had 5 Seconds To Check If Each Massacre Victim Was Alive Or Dead
As the water raining down from the overhead sprinklers pooled in rivers of blood and the smell of gunpowder hung in the air Wednesday, Ryan Starling remembered his training.
Rep. Mike Thompson To Host Gun Violence Hearing In Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Debate over Congressional ban on researching guns likely to resurface
Perea Reflects Back On Work In The California Legislature | Vida En El Valle
CYNTHIA MORENO @ vidaenelvalle.com
Henry T. Perea is proud of work with moderate democrats
In New California Climate Initiative, Bill Will Target Key Pollutants
In 1955, downtown L.A. buildings are barely visible from 1st and Olive streets at the peak of heavy smog. Faintly visible from left are the Hall of Records, law building, new county law library and state building, with City Hall in background.
The Pacific Ocean 'blob' Is Gone, But Not Its Problems
Amy McDermott @ mercurynews.com
Unusually warm water has pocked the northern Pacific since 2013, spiking as high as six to seven degrees above average. In response, marine food webs have gone haywire.