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THE NOONER for February 4, 2016
Argh...I woke up this morning thinking it was Friday, and then realized the Super Bowl is three days from now, not two.
HELP! To the person that contacted me about moderating the Sacramento Mayoral Debate, can you email me again? I can't find the original email with the logistics!
Speaking of the River City, there's a new poll on the mayoral race between Angelique Ashby (24%), Tony Lopez (8%), and Darrell Steinberg (54%).
The 2016 "Oops" moment. PLEASE CLAP!
RUH-ROH: California revenue dips, possible sign of 'revenue deterioration' to come [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "Preliminary tax revenue for January stands at a net $167 million less than estimates in Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget, according to a report Wednesday by the Legislature’s non-partisan fiscal analyst. [report]
LAW AND DISORDER: Sempra-owned utility charged in gas leak [Paige St. John] - "Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey filed four misdemeanor criminal charges against the gas company, accusing it of releasing air contaminants and neglecting to report the release of hazardous materials until three days after the leak began Oct. 23."
NICKELED AND DIMED: Why California gasoline is so expensive [Dan McSwain @ SDUT] - "Although oil markets are bankrupting producers and draining government coffers from Moscow to Riyadh, plummeting costs are filling the pockets of ordinary consumers this year, right? Um, wrong, at least in California, where state government helps the refining industry keep gasoline prices aloft for months at a time."
POP! California voters favor taxes, labels for sugary drinks [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "A new Field Poll, sponsored by The California Endowment, found that overwhelming majorities of voters favor taxing and putting safety warnings on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, proposals that advocates argue would help reduce health conditions such as diabetes." [poll]
REMEMBER TO PUT THE SEAT DOWN! Lawmaker pushes for "all-gender" restrooms [Melody Gutierrez @ SFChron] - "Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, said AB1732 would require all single-occupancy restrooms in private businesses and government buildings to be “all-gender,” instead of one restroom for men and another for women. Supporters of the bill say it would allow transgender and gender nonconforming people to pee in peace, without verbal or physical threats when they are seen entering a restroom for the gender they identify with."
THE DEAN SPEAKETH: California's presidential primary might matter, but the odds are against it [George Skelton @ LAT] - "It's conceivable that California's votes will be worth counting when the presidential primaries finally reach the state in June. Conceivable, but still unlikely."
FINALLY: Developer unveils vision for ‘hole in the ground’ in downtown Sacramento [Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - "The owners of downtown Sacramento’s infamous "hole in the ground" said Wednesday they plan to build a 30-story tower on the long-vacant site with a mix of offices, retail and 100 apartments."
THE LOBBY WORLD: Gilson Government Solutions and Sacramento Advocates, Inc. announced today that they are merging.
CRINGE: Oklahoma Lawmaker Uses the Term 'Jew Me Down' and Everybody Laughs, Because Oklahoma [Dan Amira @ NYMag]
#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Harris Pads Fundraising Edge In California Senate Race | The Sacramento Bee
MICHAEL R. BLOOD @ sacbee.com
California Attorney General Kamala Harris is gradually padding her fundraising edge in the state's U.S. Senate race.
California's Presidential Primary Might Matter, But The Odds Are Against It
It's conceivable that California's votes will be worth counting when the presidential primaries finally reach the state in June. Conceivable, but still unlikely.
Jerry Brown Signs Bill Removing Pot Cultivation Deadline | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
California cities, counties get more time to regulate medical marijuana growing
Vidak to Governor on proposed MCO Tax Hike: 'We wonâ
Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) issued the following statement in response to the governor pressuring Republicans legislators to cave in and raise the medical care organizations (MCO) tax by $1.7 billion.
Lawmaker calls for breakup of stateâ
Frustrated by recent disasters blamed on lax regulatory oversight, a key state legislator called Wednesday for the breakup of the stateâÂÂs embattled Public Utilities Commission as âÂÂtoo big to succeed.âÂÂ Mike Gatto, D-Glendale (Los Angeles County), the newly appointed chairman of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, said, âÂÂIt is time to hit the reset buttonâÂÂ and fix the stateâÂÂs âÂÂbrokenâÂÂ regulatory system. If approved by two-thirds of both the Senate and the Assembly, the Public Utilities Reform Act would head to the ballot and voters would decide whether to force the commissionâÂÂs breakup by July 2018. Gatto said he was moved to act after he heard testimony about breakdowns in oversight before the October well break at the 86 billion cubic foot-capacity storage field in Aliso Canyon, which is still spewing natural gas around now-vacant homes in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles.
Police Say She Helped Her Husband, Who Is Accused In A Grisly Torture Plot. How Did She Become A Lawyer?
Recently recaptured Orange County prison escapee Hossein Nayeri appears in court in Santa Ana, Calif., on Tuesday. His ex-wife, Cortney Shegerian, who is an employment rights lawyer, may have had a role in some alleged crimes, police say.
Troubling Audit On Mental Health Services For Students :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Kimberly Beltran @ cabinetreport.com
As a result, one lawmaker is considering legislation that would restructure the fiscal relationship between schools and county mental health services while also establishing new reporting requirements to keep track of outcomes and spending for the students served.
Treasurer Chiang Eyes California Governor's Race - Capradio.org
Ben Adler,Ben Bradford @ capradio.org
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Hunters Fear Fading Voice At Fish And Game Commission | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Sabalow and David Siders @ sacbee.com
Hunting advocate resigns in frustration from pivotal state panel
Jerry Brown One Of Many Politicos Taking A Pass On Super Bowl 50 | The California Report | Kqed News
This weekend’s Super Bowl 50 is more than a just a big football game. It’s also an international cultural event, a place to rub elbows with the rich and famous and be seen on national television.
Fresno, Clovis Get Relief On Water-saving Requirements As State Lowers Targets | Fresno Bee
Tim Sheehan @ fresnobee.com
Wet winter allows water board to adjust mandatory standards
Lawmakers Propose Stripping Power From CpUC | The California Report | Kqed News
The constitutional amendment, which two-thirds of the Legislature would have to support in order for it to be placed before voters in November, comes as natural gas continues to spew from the Los Angeles County suburb of Porter Ranch.
Putting California First In Driving Education Reform | Edsource
To Brown, the answer is clear. California, not Washington, should be the driver of reforms dictating how schools will be held accountable for how well, or badly, their students do.
Trump Calls For Iowa Election Do-over | The Sacramento Bee
BY JILL COLVIN and BILL BARROW @ sacbee.com
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is accusing rival Ted Cruz of stealing the Iowa caucuses and is demanding a do-over.
Will Legislators Have To Wear Donor Patches? :: Fox&hounds
Cox sent an email to supporters last week asking them to contact members of the media and ask for more coverage of the California is Not for Sale initiative.
New Hampshire Fear: Trump Success Means The Death Of Retail Politics
Kelly Ayotte: Let Fiorina debate
"Carly Fiorina has campaigned hard in New Hampshire to earn support from voters," the Granite State senator said.
First Draft: Rand Paul Moves Directly From One Campaign Fight to Another
The Kentucky Republican hopped out of one race and into another on Wednesday, as both parties zeroed in on his Senate re-election bid almost as soon as he had quit the presidential primary campaign.
Tear Down The Puc: Legislators Want To Overhaul California Regulator | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
Great Plains Indian Healthcare Is 'malpractice' Says Sen. Barrasso - Politico
Despite promised reforms, three Indian Health Service hospitals in the four-state region are listed as seriously deficient.
Wells Fargo To Pay $1.2 Billion Over Bad Government-backed Mortgages
Wells Fargo "engaged in a regular practice of reckless origination and underwriting" of Federal Housing Administration loans, prosecutors alleged.
2016 Election: The 11 Places Where Voters Get Their Campaign News - Politico
The revised ad removes a reference to a newspaper endorsement that the newspaper's editor called "deceptive."
Official: El Nino Could Signal Easing Of California Drought - The Orange County Register
SCOTT SMITH @ ocregister.com
FRESNO – In the strongest indication yet that the California drought could be easing, officials said strict water conservation orders could be dramatically scaled back or even ended if El Nino storms keep pummeling the state into the spring.