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THE NOONER for February 6, 2016
Happy Super Bowl Saturday! I will likely be short as I have been up all night with a stomach bug. Better get rid of iit by 3:30 tomorrow.
My apologies to attendees of the New Leaders Council Campaigns and Political Strategy Instiitute for my cancellation this morning.
WAR CHEST: California lawmakers raised $39 million for campaigns in 2015 [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - “Members of the California Legislature began the election year with more than $40 million cash on hand after raising about $39 million last year, according to campaign reports filed this week.”
California lawmakers – even senators – took campaign cash at session’s hectic finish [Jim Miller @ SacBee]:
Lawmakers raised more than $2.5 million during that four-week window, when many held fundraisers at Capitol-area restaurants and other venues.
Members of the Assembly collected almost all of that. The Senate, meanwhile, has tough restrictions on end-of-session fundraising from special interests that employ Capitol lobbyists, yet senators continue to be tripped up by the rule.
Senators adopted the fundraising blackout two years ago after federal corruption charges against two then-state senators and the voter fraud conviction of a third. Later that year, several lawmakers returned money received in violation of the rule.
CA46 (Santa Ana):
After county Democrats voted for who the state party should endorse, Lou Correa’s congressional campaign touted the outcome as evidence of his “continued dominance in the race” to replace outgoing Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana.
In fact, the former state senator, assemblyman and county supervisor Lou Correz had a negligible two-vote advantage over fellow Democrat and former state Sen. Joe Dunn – far from enough to gain the state party endorsement. The two are the frontrunners in a contest where Republicans have virtually no chance, thanks to Democrats’ 20-point advantage in the district’s voter registration.
Because no candidate received 70% of the vote at the regional caucus, it moves to a regional caucus at the state party convention, where if a candidatee gets 60% of the vote, it can be placed on the consent calendar.
COLLATERAL IMPACT: Sex trafficking, public transit and crime: Things you worry about when the Super Bowl is held in your congressional district [Sarah D. Wire] - “Rep. Michael Honda has the opportunity of a lifetime: watch the Super Bowl in his own congressional district. But if the San Jose Democrat has his way, he won't be at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. He'd rather be in a security command center in Santa Clara, making sure everything goes smoothly. He even wants to take the light rail to and from the stadium Sunday to ensure the trains are running on time.”
ADVANCE WARNING: California should help pay for quake early warnings, state lawmakers say [Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gon Lin II]:
Hours after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake destroyed buildings and took lives in Taiwan, four state lawmakers said they want California to help fund an earthquake early warning system that has been stalled by a lack of money."
"The total cost of building the system across the West Coast has been etsimated at $38 million, plus $16 million a year to operate it. For California alone, the cost is $23 million to construct the network, and $12 million annually thereafter."
It's the state's policy not to use state General Fund money to pay for it, a precedent during the era of large deficits. But, $23 million one-time and $12 milllion anually ongoing is budget dust in a $122 billlion General Fund. The cost of a large earthquake to state and local governments would be enormous (for rescue operations--can't really alert buildings to take cover). With SMS technology, Japan's system gives an alert for earhquakes that the computer system predicts of a magniture or greatere. The alert arrives a few seconds before the quake to over a minute to take cover take other precautions.
OOPS: Government error gave 20,000 state workers too much money [Jon Ortiz @ SacBee]] - “The mistake was limited to 12,689 employees in the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and “about 7,000” others in the International Union of Operating Engineers Bargaining Unit 12, [Controller’s Office spokesman John Hill said.”
BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD? Latino voters no longer a majority in any of Anaheim's new districts [Art Marroquin @ OCR] - "The city’s only Latino-majority proposed voting district is no longer a clear majority, according to updated U.S. Census estimates released Friday afternoon.
#CUTENESS: Before we watch grown men smash into each other tomorrow, we need some panda play.
#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for former Assemblyman Pedro Nava, Platinum Advisors Amy O'Gorman Jenkins, and in memory, Ronald Reagan, who would have been 104 today. I didn't agree with a lot what he did, but the former California governor appears in virtually every "top 10" lists of presidents.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Coastal Commission Chief Defends His Record As Panel Moves To Fire Him
Essential California Newsletter
California Lawmakers Raised $39 Million For Campaigns In 2015 | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Finance reports show lawmakers have $40 million to spend in election year
Big Money Expected To Influence Citizen Lawmakers :: Fox&hounds
But according to initiative guru, Rick Claussen, of the consulting firm Redwood Pacific, which specializes in initiative campaigns, a crowded November ballot could produce spending of nearly half-a-billion dollars.
California Overpays 20,000 State Workers, Wants Money Back | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Overpayments range from $37 to $101 per employee
Fullerton Couple Says It Will Cover College Tuition For This Class Of 2032 - The Orange County Register
DENISSE SALAZAR @ ocregister.com
Marty Burbank will be honored tonight as "Man of the Year" by the YWCA of North Orange County. He is being recognized for making a difference in the lives of women and families. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m. at the Los Coyotes Country Club, 8888 Los Coyotes Dr., Buena Park.
How Political Campaign Fundraising Drawings Really Work - Capradio.org
Ben Adler @ capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826
California’s Ballot Measures Raise Millions | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
Voters will be asked whether they want to uphold a plastic bag ban passed by the Legislature in 2014. Supporters of the measure have raised just over $1 million. Plastic bag manufactures report raising more than $4 million to oppose the ban.
Doctor Convicted Of Murder For Patients' Drug Overdoses Gets 30 Years To Life In Prison
A judge on Friday sentenced a Rowland Heights doctor to 30 years to life in prison for the murders of three of her patients who fatally overdosed, ending a landmark case that some medical experts say could reshape how doctors nationwide handle prescriptions.
Sacramento Officials Challenge Benicia Oil Train Project | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
Valero Refining company wants to ship two 50-car oil trains daily through Northern California
Riverside 'prosecutor Of Year' Had San Diego Dui | Sandiegouniontribune.com
The newly minted 2015 Prosecutor of the Year in Riverside County was honored even though he had a recent drunk driving conviction in San Diego County and an altercation with San Diego police that made the news in 2006.
After Jury Deadlocks, L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies To Be Retried On Jail Beating Charge
Bret Phillips, left, listens to attorney Gloria Allred announce a civil lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 2014. Phillips, who is mentally ill, was beaten by two sheriff's deputies while an inmate at a county jail.
Orange County Will Demand Less Water In The Future, New Forecasts Say - The Orange County Register
AARON ORLOWSKI @ ocregister.com
A new estimate of future water demand countywide is 17 percent lower than previous estimates.
Pg&e May Face Additional Fines In Criminal Trial For San Bruno Explosion
George Avalos @ contracostatimes.com
Prosecutors for the U.S. government said in court papers that part of their prosecution of PG&E will focus on the company's quest for profits over safety in its aging system of natural gas pipelines in California.
The Billion-dollar Crispr Patent Battle: A Case Of Big Money Shaping Science
The 21st century is still young, but it may already have its era-defining patent fight.
Feds Sharply Increase Flows From Folsom Lake | The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese @ sacbee.com
Lake levels high enough to trigger flood-control releases under long-standing guidelines
White House accuses GOP lawmakers of pulling a Trump
The administration is chafing at Republican lawmakers' refusal to show up for a hearing on Obama's big, bold budget proposal.
L.A. Developers Accused Of Stealing Millions In Affordable-housing Scheme
Two executives at a Los Angeles-based real estate development company and two of their employees have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges they defrauded government agencies of millions of dollars in funds for housing low-income families.
Hillary Clinton Lobbied on Health Care as Secretary of State, Emails Show
s Affordable Care Act reached a crucial phase, his top diplomat pressed members of Congress and was keenly interested in the bill.
Vidak Joins Bipartisan Push to Increase Funding for Developmental Services
Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) co-signed the following letter from Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) to the chairs of the Senate and Assembly Budget committees, urging more funding for developmental services be included in the 2016-2017 budget:
California Drought's Hardest-hit May Need Years Of Support - The Orange County Register
ELLEN KNICKMEYER @ ocregister.com
SAN FRANCISCO – Dying native fish, rural communities with dry wells and some other sectors hardest-hit by California’s drought may still need extra support long after the current dry spell ends, an analysis of the state’s drought response said Friday.