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THE NOONER for February 20, 2016
Happy Saturday! While a bit chilly, it's a beautiful morning in California's capital. It's caucus day for the Democrats in Nevada and primary day for Republicans in South Carolina. It's likely that Stephen Colbert will have a chance to use his "The Hungry for Power Games" skit again on Monday to honor the fallen after this weekend.
In Las Vegas today, hotel workers can or can't participate in the caucuses (generally held at the hotels they work at) depending on which hotel. Shockingly, Sheldon Adelson's Venetian and Palazzo hotels are not giving employees paid time off to participate, while the Ceasers/Harrahs hotels are.
WATER WOES: New limits on California well-drilling sought [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Warning that a drought-driven surge in well drilling is causing the earth to sag and imperiling long-term water supplies, a California senator wants to place more stringent limits on new wells.”
US SENATE: Democrats Loretta Sanchez, Kamala Harris diverge on for-profit colleges [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - “Sanchez has sided with the colleges in their protracted fights to fend off strict government regulations. In Congress, she’s contested Obama administration rules that most for-profit and certificate programs at private and public institutions would need to meet to qualify for federal student aid. In that time, Sanchez accepted about $30,000 in campaign contributions from the colleges, or their interest groups and officials, federal records show.”
SCOTUS IS THE MOSTUS: How California’s U.S. Senate candidates would handle a Supreme Court nominee [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - “The question of how to move forward has divided the U.S. Senate, as well as candidates running for the upper chamber. Following are responses to three questions The Sacramento Bee posed to the four major candidates running for Senate in California, listed in alphabetical order:”
LA-LA LAND: Critics launch effort to recall L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian [Emily Alpert Reyes @ LAT] - “A recall effort is being launched against Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who represents the San Fernando Valley neighborhoods of North Hollywood, Valley Village and Studio City, by critics who argue that he has favored business interests over community requests.”
MATTHEW HARPER IS QUAKING IN HIS HAT: Irvine is latest Orange County city to tilt Democratic [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - “In the latest sign that Orange County is shifting away from its famously conservative roots, Democratic voters now outnumber Republicans in Irvine. That gives Democrats the advantage in the county’s three biggest cities, although Republicans still have a 39.9 percent to 31.9 percent edge countywide.”
SANDY EGGO: Anderson pulls out of supervisor’s race [Michael Smolensk @ SDUT] - ”State Sen. Joel Anderson has pulled out of the race to unseat county Supervisor Dianne Jacob, ending one of the more contentious local campaigns of the year.”
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Feinstein Calls On Apple To Reconsider Fighting Cell Phone Court Order | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
2 candidates for judge and similar experience makes for good race
The most high profile candidates are Paul Henderson, Mayor Ed LeeâÂÂs deputy chief of staff for public safety, and Victor Hwang, a civil rights attorney who also serves on the Police Commission. Two other lawyers have thrown their names into the race: civil litigator Sigrid Irias, a past president of the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, and DUI defense attorney Bruce Kapsack. Hwang served as an assistant district attorney from 2007 to 2014, mainly in charge of hate crimes and human trafficking prosecutions. Henderson also worked in the district attorneyâÂÂs office, from 1995 to 2011, the last four year as chief of administration. If no candidate wins at least 51 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face each other in November. Asked why voters should elect him, Hwang said he was the only candidate who has tried a âÂÂsubstantial number of casesâÂÂ and the only one who has practiced law extensively in both the civil and criminal arena. Mayor Ed Lee appointed Port Deputy Director Elaine Forbes as interim director this week. The port manages seven miles of waterfront property that includes FishermanâÂÂs Wharf and those popular renovated piers along the Embarcadero, as well as the small working port on the cityâÂÂs south end. The mayor said in a statement that Forbes is a âÂÂproven leaderâÂÂ with a strong background in policy and financial management.
State Spending More Money Than Ever, But How To Measure It? | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Total general fund and special funding in proposed plan tops $167 billion
Man Whose Felonies Were Reduced By Prop. 47 Arraigned On Attempted Murder Charges
A man who had two prior felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors under Proposition 47 and was subsequently released from custody was arraigned on Friday on charges of attempted murder on a peace officer, the Orange County district attorney¿s office said.
Democrats Loretta Sanchez, Kamala Harris Diverge On For-profit Colleges | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Sanchez has advocated for the career-training colleges
In Nevada, The Great Recession Still Casts A Long Shadow Over Political Campaigns
Elvis Presley impersonator Robrigo Gonzalez dances for passing tourists on Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas in 2011. Gonzalez said he became a street performer after losing his job as a welder during the recession.
Apple Feud With FBI Over Iphone Order Heats Up
Howard Mintz @ mercurynews.com
In a 30-page document, Justice Department lawyers pressed Riverside-based U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym to follow through on her order earlier this week by compelling Apple to provide the assistance, which company CEO Tim Cook indicated he plans to contest because of its sweeping privacy implications for Apple and the rest of the tech industry. Pym has given Apple until next Friday, extra time, to file its legal arguments against the government's request.
New Limits On California Well-drilling Sought | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Bill would require more permits, bar new wells in some areas
Oakland asking state to help fund housing
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and real estate developer Mike Ghielmetti are pressuring the state to pay for nearly 500 units of affordable housing at the cityâÂÂs massive Brooklyn Basin development, at a cost of $45 million. Schaaf says she has âÂÂfull faith and confidence,âÂÂ that Brown, now the stateâÂÂs governor, will meet OaklandâÂÂs demand to fund the 465 apartments for seniors and low-income families. In 2005, then-mayor Brown praised Brooklyn Basin âÂÂ which for years was known as Oak to Ninth âÂÂ as a key element of his campaign to transform a desolate waterfront into a vibrant area. The project, which broke ground in 2014, will include 3,100 housing units, 200,000 square feet of retail space, and 30 acres of parks. In 2006, the city signed an agreement that authorized its Redevelopment Agency to buy two land parcels at the Brooklyn Basin site and use them to build the affordable units. [...] in 2012, Brown, by then one year into his third term as governor of California, dissolved city redevelopment agencies and canceled funding for any project that wasnâÂÂt under way. Pressure is mounting on city officials to build housing and keep longtime residents from getting displaced, and Brooklyn Basin is critical to that goal. Brown also has close ties with Schaaf âÂÂ he endorsed her in 2014 âÂÂ and with Ghielmetti, whose company Signature Properties is the contracted developer for Brooklyn Basin.
Questionable Campaign Tactics Persist in South Carolina
In a state known for dirty politics, presidential candidates are embracing campaign strategies that often straddle the line between underhanded and dishonest.
Todd Young Remains On Indiana Senate Ballot - Politico
The post made its argument in five bullet points.
When Ronald Reagan Was Called A 'liar' It Was Shocking And Disrespectful -- Times Have Changed
The president was speaking. And from the gymnasium nosebleed seats came a perfectly timed shout: "Liar, liar, pants on fire."
Parents Alarmed After Hearing About California Student Data Transfer | The Sacramento Bee
Loretta Kalb @ sacbee.com
Social Security numbers, home addresses, disciplinary information among the data
Who's advising Trump on health care?
His ideas are as unorthodox as his candidacy.
Donald Trump in Triage Mode After Shocking Conservatives With Health Care Comments
s comments are the latest example of a candidate who has been impervious to allegations of inconsistent policy positions.
Apple And Feds Reveal San Bernardino Shooter's Icloud Password Was Reset Hours After Attack
Senior Apple executives underscored Friday that they have no intention of backing down in a high-stakes fight with the FBI over an iPhone used by one of the shooters in December’s San Bernardino terror attack.
2016 Taxes: Consensus on Need to Revise Tax Code, but Partisan Split on Specifics
Passage in December of tax legislation may have helped set the stage for a tax overhaul that both parties deem necessary.
Oakland Asking State To Help Fund Housing - San Francisco Chronicle
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