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THE NOONER for January 15, 2016
Happy Per Diem Friday! You made it. If you have money in the stock market, turn your computer off now.
And if you are reading this and were one of the large number of people at the Back to Session Bash sponsored by the California Tribal Business Association last night, just showing up today is quite a fete. I'm guessing that the "per diem" session has already adjourned and many members are in teminal B at SMurF Intergalactic Airport by now.
Events like that remind us that the apparent partisan divide inside the Capitol is not as much as we would think, despite voices on the extreme or pressure from interest groups. Republicans and Democrats--and their staffs and interest groups--openly socialize and even talk about policy. There's no media covering every word and nobody tallying the votes to use against members in future elections. It makes me sad knowing where members' hearts are and what they are compelled to do under the lights of the chambers.
I love this event and the opportunity to see long-time friends. However, what energizes me the most is seeing the first-time staffers and legislative fellows who encounter their first large legislative mixer. My unsolicted advice...don't get bogged down in the politics. Keep your eyes and ears open and recognize that the partisanship is generally at surface level. Obviously, don't challenge your boss, but also don't drink all of the Kool-Aid.
SIN AGUA: Jerry Brown calls Delta water project ‘fundamental necessity’ [David Siders and Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - "Facing uncertain financing and a ballot measure threatening his $15.5 billion Delta water plan, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday called the project a “fundamental necessity” and said he is confident “we’ll get it done.”"
$$$: Recreational marijuana could raise $1 billion in taxes [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "If California voters give the thumbs up in November to legalizing recreational marijuana, it could bring in as much as $1 billion annually in taxes for state and local governments – and reduce law enforcement costs by tens of millions more."
WHEN TO FIRE ADVANCE STAFF: Check out this USA Freedom Kids song and dance at a Donald Trump rally [Video]
Finally Dan Walters is blowing up the alleged divide among Democratic members of the Legislature, which I don't really perceive. Cosmetic, yes. Reality, no.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Patty Lopez!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Recreational Pot Could Raise $1 Billion In Taxes - The Orange County Register
MARTIN WISCKOL @ ocregister.com
If California voters give the thumbs up in November to legalizing recreational marijuana, it could bring in as much as $1 billion annually in taxes for state and local governments – and reduce law enforcement costs by tens of millions more.
New Assembly Speaker Endorses Kamala Harris For Senate
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris speaks during a Senate campaign event in Los Angeles on Jan. 10.
No Health Insurance? Californians Face Tax Bite Of Up To $10,000 Per Family | The Sacramento Bee
Claudia Buck @ sacbee.com
Covered California urges residents to sign up to avoid tax penalties
Brown Defends Delta Tunnels As He Rolls Out Tweaks To Water Plan
Gov. Jerry Brown holds up the California Water Action Plan during his remarks at the Assn. of California Water Agencies conference on Thursday.
Jerry Brown And California State Scientists Reach Tentative Labor Agreement | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Deal is same as 2015 tentative pact that members rejected
Lawmaker To Retry 'right-to-try' Bill To Let Gravely Ill Access Experimental Drugs
Assemblyman Ian C. Calderon attends a session at at the Capitol in Sacramento on July 7, 2015.
Calif. Education: No Single Grades For Schools, State Board Urges
Sharon Noguchi @ mercurynews.com
On Wednesday, California's State Board of Education signaled, as expected, its intention to reclaim more authority, to deploy more yardsticks of school success and to press the federal government to toe its line.
300-pound Bronze Statue Of UC Berkeley Crew Coach Stolen - Upi.com
The life-size statue of crew coach Carrol 'Ky' Ebright was taken from the university's boathouse in Oakland on Jan. 12, according to a news release from UC Berkeley police.
Resident Enrollment Dropped At University Of California Last Year | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
About 1,600 fewer California students enrolled at UC last fall than in 2014
As Bay Area Hospitals Consolidate, Will Costs Go Up Or Down? | State Of Health | Kqed News
The Bay Area’s health care systems — think Stanford, Sutter, John Muir and more — are continuing to align and consolidate in different ways to expand across the region, a new analysis shows, and it’s unclear if this will lead to lower or higher health care costs.
Biden Sees Politics Of Cancer World As Obstacle To A Cure | The Sacramento Bee
JOSH LEDERMAN @ sacbee.com
Four weeks after announcing he wouldn't run for president, Joe Biden returned to the world-renowned cancer center in Texas where doctors had tried to save his son's life.
Californians Don't Share Some Of Gov. Jerry Brown's Top Priorities, New Hoover Institution Poll Finds
But a new, wide-ranging poll conducted by Stanford's Hoover Institution in conjunction with the university's Bill Lane Center for the American West shows Californians have some different ideas about the state's priorities.
Crispr Patent War: Billions At Stake For UC Berkeley | Kqed Future Of You | Kqed Science
It’s not everyday that a scientific breakthrough makes headlines because of patent law. But this isn’t an everyday patent dispute.
Democrats Nearing A Big Blowup | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Internal rivalries bubbling to surface
California Temporarily Curbing Water To Spare Vanishing Fish
Especially muddy water from winter storms is among the factors that risk sweeping some of the world's few remaining Delta smelt off course and into giant water pumps that draw water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin river deltas, U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials said.
2016 Election: Politifact Rules Chelsea Clinton's Attack On Sanders' Health Plan 'mostly False' - Politico
POLITICO's coverage of the sixth GOP presidential debate.
Field Poll: Californians Split On Death Penalty | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Even divide over whether to speed up executions or repeal capital punishment
U.S. To Invest Billions In Self-driving Cars
Self-driving cars got a financial shot in the arm from the federal government Thursday, but a new report shows the autonomous vehicles have safety issues that could delay their appearance on U.S. highways by years.
Ap Nation / World | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
>Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown
2016 Election: Hillary Clinton Faces New Foe In House Science Panel - Politico
On a trip to Louisiana following his State of the Union address, the president encouraged students to get involved in civic life.
Judge Rules Catholic Hospital Can Deny Tubal Ligation To Redding Woman | State Of Health | Kqed News
A Northern California Catholic hospital is not engaging in sex discrimination by denying a woman’s request for the sterilization procedure known as tubal ligation, a San Francisco judge said in a tentative ruling.
Lawmakers seek to strengthen stateâ
Assemblyman David Chiu, seeking to strengthen the stateâÂÂs ban on assault weapons, brought two semiautomatic rifles to San Francisco to show how quick and easy it is to load a clip full of bullets âÂÂ legally and illegally. [...] it took him about three seconds âÂÂ using the âÂÂbullet buttonâÂÂ loophole in existing law âÂÂ to change the clips on a legal semiautomatic rifle, the kind available for sale throughout California. The demonstration in a conference room in the State Building was the opening salvo in the campaign by Chiu, D-San Francisco, to ban detachable clips from semiautomatic rifles sold in California. Chiu intended his demonstration to show how easy it is to stay within the law while quickly changing ammunition clips âÂÂ the same action that gunmen have performed during recent mass killings in San Bernardino, Sandy Hook, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and elsewhere. Gun safety advocates have long complained that gun manufacturers exploit loopholes to circumvent the intent of laws such as CaliforniaâÂÂs assault weapons ban, passed in 1989 following a shooting in a Stockton schoolyard. Among the supporters of the bill at ChiuâÂÂs demonstration were pastor Arelious Walker of True Hope Church in San Francisco, who said gun violence âÂÂaffects all of us, but especially communities of color.âÂÂ