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THE NOONER for January 14, 2016
¡Feliz Juevas, mis amigos!
I see some of you are a little down because of the grey skies. So, it's time to do the Hakuna Matata.
Although, it's one of those win-lose Thursdays for legislative staffers. Because Monday is a state holiday--Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Legislature won't be in. This means that they need to convene tomorrow to ensure that the per diem payments continue to flow through the weekend. The rule is that per diem is not paid if there is no session for more than three days. So, we have "Per Diem Fridays" when there is a Monday holiday.
Speaking of Martin Luther King, Jr., the UC Davis School of Law (aka "King Hall," as the law school building is named for Dr. King) announced that Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), the last surviving member of the "Big Six" of the Civil Rights Movement led by MLK, will be the law school's commencement speaker on May 14. This year the law school marks its 50th anniversary. Because the commencement is now held in the Mondavi Center instead of the Rec Hall (now "Pavilion"), it is ticketed, so find a graduating law student if you want to see the speech.
Well, someone bought a ticket in California in Chino Hills that will get a one-third share of the Powerball $1.5 billion lottery. Hmmm...I don't think Gold Star Market in Sacramento is in Chino Hills, so I guess I have to keep producing The Nooner. And, California's one of the states that exempts lottery winnings from state income tax (even though craps winnings in Vegas are), so no immediate state benefit. Let's hope the winner stays here and buys stuff or invests.
CA07 (East Sac): Democrat Ami Bera faces party endorsement blowback for voting record [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Bera, of Elk Grove, initially angered organized labor by supporting President Barack Obama’s request for fast-track trade promotion authority.
That decision, along with more recent votes on Syrian refugee legislation, were among the concerns voiced at a Tuesday night meeting in Bera’s home town, where the Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club took the exceedingly unusual step of voting against endorsing the two-term congressman."
Remember, as a sage once said, "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might just find, you'll get what you need." It ain't worth losing the seat, folks.
And, the same advice goes out to activists thinking about the presidential race, on both sides of the aisle.
AD06 (Roseville): As noted above, the Dems now have a sacrificial lamb in AD06, which is being vacated by Beth Gaines due to term limits. With 8 Republicans running, that essentially assures that the district will be decided in June. It's a good example of how top-two affects campaign planning and spending. If you're a Republican, it's all in for June and, if you win, it's an easy ride through November.
PROP 30 EXTENSION? Jerry Brown: Tax measure changes 'very positive' [David Siders @ SacBee] - “It certainly removes the fatal flaw, and I think that’s a very positive development,” the Democratic governor told reporters after addressing a group of water officials in Sacramento. But Brown stopped short of saying if he could support the tax extension."
BUT... A Continuing Dependence On High Income Taxpayers [Loren Kaye @ Fox & Hounds] - "In releasing his proposed budget last week, Governor Brown warned of over reliance on the “volatile personal income tax which, as history shows us, drops precipitously in time of recession.” He further cautioned that changes in the income of a relatively small group of taxpayers can have a significant impact on state revenues."
He’s not exaggerating. As California’s economy has recovered, it’s gotten more crowded at the top. The share of taxes being paid on ever higher income tax collections is concentrating even more the share of taxes on upper income taxpayers. This trend has accelerated since 2012’s Proposition 30 tax increase."
I don't disagree with Loren, but sometimes the politics are what they are. A majority of Californians in almost every poll suggest that there is a belief that the wealthy in California are doing far better than the middle and certainly lower class, and could afford to pay more. It's hard to disagree if you walk down Market Street in San Francisco and see the South side where Twitter is headquartered and the North side where Single Room Occupancy hotels are headquartered. I don't know the solution, but it's a political fact, and it extends throughout the state, whether across the street or between the Central Valley and the financial powerhouses elsewhere.
POLL POSITION: The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is out with a new poll that confirms the divergent views on the state's economy and the continuing concerns about the draught. Press release | Poll results.
I'VE GOT FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES: Jerry Brown appoints Dianne Feinstein’s daughter to medical board [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Katherine Feinstein, a retired judge and daughter of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, to the Medical Board of California, his office said Wednesday. Katherine Feinstein, the retired presiding judge of San Francisco Superior Court, will join a board that licenses and regulates doctors."
Sometimes, people ask me what the hardest part of doing The Nooner is. It occurred to me this morning. It's having so many tabs open in Chrome that you can't find the story you're writing about. Anyway...let's light some candles.
END OF AN ERA(S): Foxfire, Legendary Anaheim Hills Cougar/MILF Den, To Close [Gustavo Arellano @ OCWeekly] - "Foxfire, the legendary Anaheim Hills restaurant-cum-bar that served as a den for three generations of MILFs, cougars, and the 20-some-year-old men who loved them, is closing at the end of the month. And with that, an era for every male and recently divorced middle-aged woman in Southern California is coming to a (hopefully temporary) close."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to CA Credit Union League's Jeremy Empol and Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Mr. President, You Failed To Stand Up For Gun Control In Your State Of The Union
Sorry, Mr. President, that won't do. Not a mere passing reference to gun control in an hour-long State of the Union address, your last ever.
Backers Amend Prop. 30 Initiative To Meet Governor’s Demand | Edsource
Supporters of Proposition 30 at a school rally in 2012.
Taxpayers Score Touchdown Vs. NFL :: Fox&hounds
The National Football League is coming back to Los Angeles and the winners are taxpayers. Certainly, local taxpayers won when the NFL chose the St. Louis Rams to move into a privately financed stadium to be built at the Hollywood Park Race Track site in Inglewood. The San Diego Chargers have an invitation to join them.
Senate Committee Approves Senator Patricia Bates' Bill to Address Outdated Proposition 13 Tax Interpretation
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the Senate Governance and Finance Committee approved her
How Five California Agencies Plead For Money: Our Clinic Has Rodents, Our Regulators Could Die | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Departments requesting more money describe problems in alarming terms
Revive Assault Weapons Ban, Kamala Harris Says In Sd Visit - Times Of San Diego
Chris Stone @ timesofsandiego.com
Bringing her U.S. Senate campaign to San Diego, the Democrat spoke to party leaders and admirers at a Kearny Mesa labor union headquarters.
Democrat Ami Bera Faces Party Endorsement Blowback For Voting Record | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Local group mentions his votes on trade, refugees
How Obama Took On Trump During His State Of The Union Address
Obama v. Trump on the campaign trail
Boxer, Feinstein Call For Federal Assistance With Porter Ranch Gas Leak
Will The Safe Choice For L.A. Unified Chief Turn Out To Be The Best?
No question about it. The selection of Michelle King as superintendent of Los Angeles Unified comes with what PR folks call a nice narrative.
Uber Will Help Bay Area Felons Become Drivers Under Prop. 47 - Sfgate
Beginning Feb. 1, Uber officials will comb through the applications of people who failed a criminal background check and notify those who may qualify for a reduced charge under state law.
1st-ever Parcel Tax To Restore San Francisco Bay Headed To Voters - San Francisco Chronicle
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UC Irvine Receives A Record $40-million Gift For Nursing School
UC Irvine officials plan to upgrade their nursing program into a full-fledged nursing school after receiving a $40-million gift, the largest the university has ever received.
2016 Election: Ben Carson Looking Inside Campaign For New Finance Chair - Politico
Republicans still believe CNBC personality Larry Kudlow could make a run for the Connecticut Senate seat.
Leaders Open To Any Stadium Solution | Sandiegouniontribune.com
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, center, San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, left, and San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, right, answer questions during a city hall press conference. — Howard Lipin
Lawsuit Claims Litany Of Failures In San Francisco Police Rape Investigation | News Fix | Kqed News
A San Francisco woman is suing the city and Police Department leadership for allegedly failing to test DNA evidence in her rape, compelling her to confront a suspect as a condition of continuing to investigate and generally botching a case that’s gone unsolved for more than five years.
Search For Special Ed Teachers Goes National :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Alisha Kirby @ cabinetreport.com
Vicki Barber, co-executive director of the California Statewide Taskforce on Special Education, said expanding the scope of the search has helped ease intrastate competition to hire special education professionals.
Two Years Later, Water Agencies Receive Final Round Of "emergency Drought" Aid - Capradio.org
Ben Adler @ capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826
Assemblyman Bill Brough and Senator Patricia Bates Issue Statement Regarding Outcome of San Clemente Hospital Legislation
Brough and Bates
Clinton Attacks Sanders On Health Care - Politico
Al Jazeera, which made a massive investment in covering the United States less than three years ago, is slamming the brakes on its American operation.
One Of The Early Lessons Of El Niño - Catch That Water - The Orange County Register
AARON ORLOWSKI @ ocregister.com
El Niño-driven rainstorms can be captured for precious water resources, or they can create millions of dollars of damage to cities, businesses and homeowners. It just depends on timing.
Family Of San Bernardino Victim Wants To Show Congress The Face Of Gun Violence
Trenna Meins doesn¿t like the spotlight. But five weeks after her husband, Damian Meins, was killed at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, she and her daughters Tina and Tawnya want members of Congress to remember their faces and know their names.
Police Slow To Post 'stingray' Policies | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Officers can deploy the electronic surveillance equipment, known as a Stingray, that collects data on criminals, as well as hundreds or thousands of phones carried by people with no connection to any criminal investigation.
Sex Ed Now Required In California Public Schools | The California Report | Kqed News
A new state law in effect this year requires all California public school students to take sex education beginning in seventh grade.