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THE NOONER for January 27, 2016
What a beautiful morning it is in Sacramento. It should be nice until Friday, when Mother Nature should give us some agua. Just be glad you're not governor of Michigan.
There's a crisis in California's public transportation systems. From Sacramento to Los Angeles to Sandy Eggo, ridership is down and the financial impact is creating enormous problems for local transit agencies. "Shared economy" services like Uber and Lyft are reducing demand from higher income individuals who generally would otherwise pay full fair. I'm guilty. I live two blocks from the RT line that goes straight down 8th Street toward the Capitol. I have a car, but Uber is just too convienent and cheaper than paying for parking by the Capitol. And, I like the social aspect of talking to someone.
There's little political appetite for increasing fares--which hits the elderly, disabled and the poor the most. But, cities are also not in great financial shape and can't bail out their transportation agencies (which frequently are JPAs spanning multiple municapilities and make financial solutions difficult). Meanwhile, we find money to subisidize sports arenas (and I support the Kings arena) and pay for it over 35 years by securitizing parking meters...
STALEMATE: Union, Jerry Brown stuck on pay vs. benefits [Jon Ortiz @ SacBee] - "Brown has proposed $350 million for raises next year. That’s about $145 per month per state employee, far below expectations for many who have endured years of stagnant pay, furloughs and higher pension costs. And now a new retiree medical expense to pay."
A$$HATS: Park service wrong to change Yosemite names, concessionaire says [Michael Doyle @ SacBee] - "The departing concession company that secured trademarks for famed Yosemite names such as “The Ahwahnee” hotel claims in a revised lawsuit that the National Park Service is trying to undermine the market value of those names."
BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE VEGAS: Daily fantasy sports industry targets California assemblyman [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "Amid a legal fight over the daily fantasy sports industry's fate, a group representing businesses like FanDuel and DraftKings has launched an advertising campaign targeting a California lawmaker who labeled the practice illegal gambling and voted against authorizing it in law."
As you probably have seen, the coalition has an advertisement in The Nooner. I don't exercise any discretion in advertisements, unless they infringe legal rights or are outright discriminatory. I've never denied an advertisement, and I like Marc Levine.
BULL$$$$: U.S. Senate Candidate Sanchez Defends Islamic Caliphate Statement [Ben Adler @ CapPubRad] - "California Congresswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez is standing by her statement that up to 20 percent of the world’s Muslims want to form an Islamic caliphate – and that they’re willing to use terrorism to do it."
Um, can we see a poll on this? Just have to wonder if this is a play against Kamala Harris, who is African-American and Indo-American.
Let's just float that Mexican-Americans want to form a caliphate (re)taking over the American southwest. Just as ridiculous a statement.
YOU CAN'T HIDE: Think Target and Home Depot invade your privacy? Political campaigns might be worse [Evan Halper @ LAT] - "When presidential candidates turn to data crunchers at Rocket Fuel in Silicon Valley for help finding voters who want tougher immigration enforcement, the firm comes up with a surprisingly specific answer: Chevy truck drivers who like Starbucks."
Congratulations to former UC Davis Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Judy Sakaki, who has been named as the new president of Sonoma State University.
#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Emerge California's Lindsay Bubar, Morrow Cater, founder of Cater Communications, Port Hueneme Harbor Commissioner Jason Hodge and the lesser half of Fiona Ma, CA Department of Natural Resources's Richard Stapler, and LACCD trustee Scott Svonkin!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Union, Jerry Brown Stuck On Pay Vs. Benefits | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Brown wants new out-of-pocket retiree health benefit payments from employees
California Water: Silicon Valley Leaders Express Skepticism Of Gov. Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels Plan
Paul Rogers @ mercurynews.com
But rather than embracing the idea, five of the seven board members of the Santa Clara Valley Water District -- whose support is considered critical to the controversial project -- instead voiced skepticism. Their concerns ranged from the price tag to environmental impacts to whether Santa Clara County property owners could be left with property tax increases without a public vote to pay for future cost overruns.
California Independents Have Three Choices For Presidential Primary | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
No-party preference voters can request Democratic, American Independent or Libertarian ballots for president
Home Prices Jump In L.A. And Orange Counties -- And Soar In San Francisco
Home prices in Los Angeles and Orange counties are reported to have increased 6.2% in November compared with a year earlier. Above, a three-bedroom home in Huntington Beach that sold in 2014.
Here's Why California's New Dmv Voter Registration Law Won't Raise Turnout Rates Anytime Soon | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
Secretary of State Alex Padilla says a new law that creates automated voter registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles is expected to be fully implemented no later than mid-2017. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
Hollywood Bigwigs Want To Raise Property Taxes :: Fox&hounds
The ballot initiative to raise property taxes to pay for poverty programs is starting to report donations from influential Hollywood players.
Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Targets California Assemblyman | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Radio spots playing in Bay Area call out Assemblyman Marc Levine
Super Bowl boosters denounce S.F. cost complaints
Growing complaints from San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim and others about the cityâÂÂs plan to spend nearly $5 million for the celebrations surrounding the Super Bowl are little more than political grandstanding and opportunism, a group of business leaders said Tuesday. In October 2012, Kim voted to back the cityâÂÂs bid for the 2016 Super Bowl in a resolution that said city officials âÂÂplan to host events, parades, parties and entertainment,âÂÂ Jim Lazarus, vice president of the cityâÂÂs Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. Kim, joined by Supervisors John Avalos and Aaron Peskin, planned to introduce an emergency resolution at TuesdayâÂÂs Board of Supervisors meeting, demanding that Mayor Ed Lee renegotiate the cityâÂÂs contract with the National Football League and the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee to recoup the estimated $4.8 million in costs for the local events surrounding the Feb. 7 Super Bowl, which will be played in Santa Clara. Kim has never said anything when the city underwrote the costs of other events, like the Pride Parade, Fleet Week, the Chinese New Year Parade or the 2014 World Series Parade, which cost the city about $2.3 million for police and Muni services alone, he added. Events like the Pride or Chinese New Year parades are nonprofit celebrations for the entire community, she said, rather than parties for the NFL, a corporate entity that makes billions of dollars a year in profits. None of the anticipated revenue is guaranteed and even if there is a profit, that money should be spent on programs for city residents and not on events for rich visitors, Kim said. âÂÂItâÂÂs not appropriate for public funds to be spent for a private marketing partyâÂÂ aimed at some of the wealthiest people in the world. The $4.8 million in city costs will be covered by increased hotel tax revenue alone, Lazarus said, noting that hotel occupancy for the time around the Super Bowl will be near 100 percent instead of the typical 85 percent, with average room rates up from the typical $231 a night to âÂÂnorth of $400.âÂÂ
Former Obama Campaign Official Says He Will Challenge Eric Garcetti In 2017
A longtime Democratic operative who played important roles in the first Obama presidential campaign and the Clinton White House said Tuesday that he plans to run against Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2017.
S.F. supervisors approve day of remembrance for Mario Woods
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a day of remembrance Tuesday for Mario Woods, the stabbing suspect shot to death last month by several police officers, in a vote that ratcheted up tensions between the supervisors and the police union. Police say Woods, 26, was a suspect in a Bayview stabbing and was carrying a knife when he was confronted by several officers Dec. 2 at a Muni bus stop. Video taken of the confrontation showed Woods starting to walk away from police when five officers opened fire with at least 15 rounds. Critics of how police handled the incident say thereâÂÂs no indication on the videos that Woods was lunging at or otherwise threatening the officers. The district attorneyâÂÂs office, police and Office of Citizen Complaints are investigating whether the officers either committed a crime or violated department policy. [...] on Monday, the Police Officers Association sent the supervisors a strongly worded letter deriding the Woods Day resolution. âÂÂIt will be a hurtful day to their families if this cityâÂÂs elected officials decide to recognize and honor an individual that preyed upon our most vulnerable citizens,âÂÂ wrote union president Martin Halloran. Breed and some of the boardâÂÂs more moderate members were running the risk of longer-term political damage by defying the police union. The union seldom funds progressive candidates, but it has thrown its money and weight behind moderates, including Breed during her 2012 campaign. The police union has previously criticized Cohen for questioning the officersâÂÂ actions in the Woods shooting, saying she was making âÂÂdangerous and inflammatory statements based on little more than an eight-second video clip.âÂÂ The police unionâÂÂs vice president, Tony Montoya, said after TuesdayâÂÂs vote, âÂÂUnfortunately, todayâÂÂs resolution only politicizes a tragedy and does not engage us in a meaningful dialogue, but instead assuages blame and lack of understanding of what men and women of this department do every day to keep our city safe.âÂÂ
5 days till Iowa: The latest photos from the campaign trail
With the Iowa caucuses just a flip of a calendar page away, POLITICO takes you on the campaign trail Tuesday, Jan. 26, as presidential candidates scramble for last-minute support.
Sacramento Treasurer: Arena Lawsuit Will Cost City $27 Million - Capradio.org
Bob Moffitt @ capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826
State Issues New Rules To Avoid Future Methane Leaks | The Sacramento Bee
Edward Ortiz @ sacbee.com
New regulations seek to avoid repeat of massive Aliso Canyon gas leak
California Regulators Propose New Round Of Rules For Uber, Lyft | News Fix | Kqed News
Nearly two weeks after California regulators struck Uber with a $7.6 million fine, an administrative law judge with the California Public Utilities Commission has proposed an updated set of guidelines for ride services that stop short of requiring more rigorous background and fingerprint checks for drivers.
The Problem With Your Lottery Tickets And School Funding
Lottery commercials and billboards plastered around the state suggest that the long-shot gamble of buying a lottery ticket can not only make you rich but also make you a better person.
Gofundme Campaign Offers Mops For Christie - Politico
A graduate from a New Jersey university is launching a campaign to help Gov. Chris Christie clean up his mess.
Farming Industry Balks At Obamacare Requirements | State Of Health | Kqed News
Agostin Garcia says the two contractors he works for near Fresno offered him insurance directly. But when he saw the price tag, he turned them both down.
Students Criticize CSU Tuition Increase Proposal | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
The student tuition increase would tie yearly increases to the rate of inflation. Inflation was less than one percent last year but more than three percent in 2011.
Bipartisan Coalition of Legislators Join Vidak's Push for Increased Water Flows
Off-ramp | Assemblyman Gatto Proposes Parking Bill Of Rights: 'the Public Owns The Streets' | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
A weekly look at Southern California life covering news, arts and culture, and more. Hosted by John Rabe
Millennials At Cal State Long Beach Mull Whether To Get Health Insurance, Or Pay Fines
D Buses @ presstelegram.com
East Bay Water Guzzler List Questioned After Some Figures Turn Out To Be Wrong
Denis Cuff @ insidebayarea.com
East Bay Municipal Utility District officials said they are reexamining the lists that contained more than 4,200 names of customers that the agency said violated its limit. The names and the amount of water they used were distributed to the media.
El Niño Lets Landslide Scientists Get Back To Their Research
Emily Benson @ mercurynews.com
January and February are traditionally landslide season in the Bay Area, when rains are most likely to drench unstable soils on steep slopes. And when the water pressure gets high enough, landslides can let loose, causing destruction and often death.