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THE NOONER for February 23, 2016
NO LABELS: Republican voter registration tanks in California as more voters than ever don't affiliate with a party [John Myers @ LAT] - “The report issued by Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Monday finds that 24% of California voters now officially have "no party preference," the term used by elections officials to describe independents. That's up almost three percentage points since the last presidential election in 2012.”
THE 619: After big boost, Anderson’s campaign lost steam [Joshua Stewart @ SDUT] - “The various battles — against a long-term politician, sluggish fundraising and questions about whether he was committed to running for supervisor or was eying another office in Sacramento — proved too much. On Friday Anderson withdrew from the race.”
NO MORE FREE RIDE: California bill would ban legislative junkets funded by interest groups [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Junkets that whisk California legislators away to exotic locales could become a thing of the past under new legislation.”
UNGASSED: California set to lower gas tax by 2.2 cents [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - “Because of a strange bit of budget finagling in 2010 to pay off billions of dollars in transportation-related bonds without touching the struggling general fund, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers swapped the state’s sales tax on transportation fuel for an equivalent “gallonage tax.” As a result, the State Board of Equalization must annually adjust a per-gallon fee charged at the pump so that it rakes in what the sales tax otherwise would have.”
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to message mavens Katie Lucas and Roger Salazar!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
California GOP Ready To Support A New Tax | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown proposes tax on medical organizations
Fourth California Prison Fails Health Review; Seven Passed Test - The Orange County Register
ron Scott blames ugly loss to Bucks on Lakers youth @ ocregister.com
SACRAMENTO – California’s inspector general gave a failing grade to medical care at a fourth prison Monday as the state tries to regain responsibility for health treatment after a decade of federal control.
Republican Voter Registration Tanks In California; More Voters Than Ever Don't Affiliate With Party
Californians may be more disenchanted with political party labels than at any time in modern history, as new voter registration data show another shift away from party affiliation coming at the same time as a presidential race that exposes deep partisan divides nationwide.
Sacramentans Save Less Water In January | The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese @ sacbee.com
Water use down 11 percent from 2013
Supervisors to decide on putting parks funding boost on ballot
San FranciscoâÂÂs Recreation and Park Department has for years suffered from maintenance backlogs and funding cuts, but an influx of cash could soon help. A charter amendment sponsored by Supervisor Mark Farrell would infuse more than $1 billion into the department over the next 30 years and provide more secure baseline funding. Funding has dropped by almost half over the past 15 years, despite the establishment of the Open Space Fund, which was intended to provide more money through a property tax set-aside. [...] parks funding has fallen from 2.1 percent of the city budget to 1.2 percent. The measure, which has six co-sponsors, would be a set-aside and rely on a larger portion of the general fund âÂÂ not tax revenue. Funneling more of the cityâÂÂs budget into the parks would help curb their deterioration, said Matt OâÂÂGrady, executive director of the parks alliance. Rec and ParkâÂÂs maintenance program is operating almost entirely on emergency and individual requests. What it does do is provide stability to prevent future cuts and will allow us to make small investments each year to begin to tackle some of our deferred maintenance. Members of the Park, Recreation and Open Space Advisory Committee, or Prosac, a group of 22 people appointed by their district supervisors, initially balked at the set-aside for not clarifying how it would be allocated, nor for prioritizing deferred maintenance. New amendments to the legislation would require the department to complete an equity analysis and gather metrics comparing city parks to ensure the money is being spread fully, particularly in low-income neighborhoods in the southern part of the city. Capital and operational plans would also be required for each budget period, and they must be submitted to Prosac for review.
Yosemite Dispute Prompts Bill To Ban Name Trademarks At California Parks | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Assembly Bill 2249 prohibits contracts with companies that pursue trademarks at state parks
Sharon Runner Introduces Measure to Prioritize California Students at UC Campuses
Senator Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) announced today she introduced a Constitutional Amendment to focus on the admission practices of the University of California. Senate Constitutional Amendment 12 addresses the recent influx of out-of-state and international students in the University of California (UC) system. At several UC campuses, non-resident students have been granted admission at a dramatically higher rate than California students.
Former Aide To West Hollywood Councilman Will Receive $500,000 In Lawsuit Settlement
West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran has settled a lawsuit filed against him and the city by a former aide.
Proposed California Law Would Require Bartenders To Stop Serving Drunk Customers - Sfgate
A new California law, set in motion to help decrease instances of drunk driving, would legally require bartenders in the state to stop serving patrons who have become too intoxicated.
California Bill Would Ban Legislative Junkets Funded By Interest Groups | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Nonprofits could no longer pay for trips like annual Maui conference
Judge Halts CpUC Email Case For Review | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Apple Could Give Shooting Victims 'closure' By Hacking Gunman's Iphone, Lawyer Says
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Many Nevadans Skip Caucuses Despite Strong Interest In Presidential Race - Capradio.org
Ben Adler @ capradio.org
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Clinton campaign sharpens South Carolina focus on Sanders' gun votes
Clinton has frequently assailed the Vermont senator for his votes on guns and gun-related measures.
Labor And Business Groups In L.A. Are United Against One Housing Measure — And Divided By Another
The bruising political fight over housing construction in Los Angeles just got way more complicated.
Trump Looms Large In Nevada, But Caucus Turnout Hard To Predict | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Trump widely seen as favorite, with Rubio and Cruz sprinting behind
Trauma Should Be Recognized As Disability By Schools, Lawsuit Says - California Health Report
Robin Urevich @ calhealthreport.org
By Robin Urevich
Senate GOP Faces Decision Time On High Court Vacancy - Politico
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is under building to pressure to deny hearings to any potential Supreme Court nominee from President Barack Obama...
Analysts Question Viability of Deep Tax Cuts Proposed by Republican Candidates
The men running for president routinely denounce the current $14 trillion debt, but none has said how he would offset the revenues lost to his tax cuts.
State Natural Gas Wells Exempt From Key Leak-detection Test | San Diego News From Inewsource
Critics contend the pressure-testing exemption is an example of long-standing coziness between regulators at the California Department of Conservation and utility managers. The federal government mostly leaves states to regulate underground gas storage.
National Marijuana Group Backs Newsom-parker Legalization Bid In California | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
NORML wants nation to go the way of California