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THE NOONER for February 24, 2016
Happy Humpday! I may not publish on Saturday, depending on airplane wifi. Heading to get some vitamin D in Mexico before my Virgin America travel bank expires.
Well, John Kasich is out of the Republican primary this morning, giving Stephen Colbert material for another segment of "The Hungry for Power Games."
CONVENTION: California Democrats convene in San Jose; endorsements up for grabs [Matthew Artz @ MercNews] - “The biggest question surrounding the three-day California Democratic Party Convention is whether state Attorney General Kamala Harris can snag the party's endorsement to succeed [Barbara] Boxer in the Senate over her rival, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana.”
YEE: Ex-state senator sentenced in racketeering case [Sudhin Thanawala @ AP] - “A federal judge has sentenced former California state senator Leland See to five years in prison after he acknowledged in a plea deal that he accepted thousands of dollars in bribes and discussed helping an undercover FBI agent buy automatic weapons from the Philippines.”
This is sad. Not for Yee, but for the the loyal staff that served him for many years and the institution that was disgraced by his behavior.
SPECIAL SESSION: Tobacco tax push to delay assisted death law [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - “. . . lawmakers aren’t ready to close the special session – which was called by Gov. Jerry Brown last June to deal with a funding shortfall – and start the clock ticking just yet. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said Tuesday that Democrats will keep it open for at least a few more weeks in pursuit of several measure restricting tobacco.”
LABOR LAWS: Bills would force unions to open books, ratify representation [Jon Ortz @ SacBee] - “A group of organized-labor dissidents have teamed up with Republican Assemblywoman Shannon Grove to introduce two long-shot measures intended to throw open government-union books and allow members to choose their representation.”
WATER WARS: California water politics could get choppier with new House bill [Michael Doyle @ McClatchy] - “A Sacramento Valley Democrat revealed plans on Tuesday for a big new California water bill that likely will upset some of his colleagues and potentially affect water politics in the U.S. capital. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, said his proposal would provide for new dams, spur water transfers and fund emergency drought aid.”
VERGERA: Landmark teacher tenure fight resumes in California court [Joy Resmovits and Howard Blume @ LAT] - “An appeals court will weigh the ruling by L.A. Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu that sent shockwaves through California and the rest of the country by striking down the tenure and seniority system that had long protected public school teachers. The ruling is on hold pending the appeal.”
POLL POSITION: Probolsky Research has released a private poll on a November pot legalization measure, with 59.9% in favor, 39.7% against, and 3.4% unsure/fefused.
FINGER IN THE WIND: Trump lands his first congressional endorsements - [Nick Gass @ Politico] Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) told POLITICO on Wednesday that he will support Trump for the Republican nomination, making him one of the first members of Congress to express public support for the Manhattan businessman who is the prohibitive front-runner after his victory in Tuesday's Nevada caucuses. . . . “I think you have more Trump supporters in Congress. They just have to come out of the closet, so to speak," he said.”
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Oracle engineer and CDP activist Steve Chessin!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
New Power To Pull An Initiative Off The Ballot--will It Be Used? :: Fox&hounds
Among the provisions of that law, initiative proponents were given the power to pull an initiative before the Secretary of State had certified it, even though enough qualified voters had signed petitions to get the measure on the ballot.
Tobacco Tax Push To Delay Assisted Death Law | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Lawmakers will try to pass tobacco tax increase, other measures
New court filings in the sentencing of former state Sen. Leland Yee and his political consultant Keith Jackson point to a Colma tombstone carver as the man the two talked about as a potential supplier of weapons for an undercover FBI agent posing as an East Coast Mafioso.
Initiative Would Force California Politicians To Wear Decals Of Their Financial Backers | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
Imagine a world where state politicians are required to display the logos of their top funders right on their suit jackets in the fashion of NASCAR drivers.
Sacramento County To Require Candidates To Reveal Donations Online | The Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan @ sacbee.com
Board of Supervisors expected to formalize requirement next month
California's Pioneering Paid Family-leave Law May Expand To Help More Low-income Workers
Nearly 15 years ago, California became the first state in the nation to guarantee workers paid time off to care for a new child or an ailing family member. Now, a measure to make the state program more lucrative for workers is on the fast track in the Legislature.
Good Times, Tough Contract Talks | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
State scientists reverse course, accept labor deal
Legislature Revisits Issue Of Police Disciplinary Secrecy | Sandiegouniontribune.com
In The Fight To Unlock Iphones, The U.S. Government Has More To Lose Than Apple
It is a battle for public opinion almost as much as it is for the law.
Hoping Drought Lessons Stick For Sacramento Water Users Despite Rain | The Sacramento Bee
Debbie Arrington @ sacbee.com
How do you get people to keep saving water after a wetter winter?
Even In Sunny L.A., Warming Weather May Be The Next Big Public Health Problem
For years scientists have warned that climate change will cause melting ice caps, rising sea levels and severe droughts and floods. But global warming's effects can also be far more personal, seriously harming human health.
Dispute With Utilities Panel Involves Friend Of Brown | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Attorney wants emails touching on nuclear plant closure
Senate Confirms Obama Nominee - Politico
He says senators like John McCain and Lindsey Graham should press the president for specifics and then assess.
Apple Vs. FBI: Congressman Urges Comey To Drop Demands, 'take A Deep Breath'
Amid the tense standoff between the FBI and Apple, protests are planned across the nation Tuesday supporting the tech giant's refusal to unlock the San Bernardino gunman¿s iPhone.
Ap News: The Orange County Register
L.A. County Spends More Than $233,000 A Year To Hold Each Youth In Juvenile Lockup
Essential California Newsletter
Trump On Witness List In Fraud Case Against Now-defunct Trump University - Politico
The typically deliberative Senate leader stunned Democrats with how quickly and definitively he acted in the hours after news of Scalia's death broke.
SF moves to clear Division Street homeless encampment
Amid a growing sense of crisis over the encampment of homeless people along Division Street, San Francisco health officials moved Tuesday to declare the tent city a health hazard and tell people living on the sidewalk that they have 72 hours to pack up and move. âÂÂThe notices will say that this area is now in violation of health codes and is not inhabitable,âÂÂ said Rachael Kagan, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Health. Kagan said health officials had decided to act after inspectors with the departmentâÂÂs environmental health unit visited the camp and observed unsanitary conditions there. Kagan said she didnâÂÂt have the exact locations where 72-hour notices would be posted, but confirmed it was in the âÂÂthe Division Street areaâÂÂ âÂÂ a stretch of roadway under the remains of the Central Freeway, south of Market Street, where scores of tents have popped up in recent months. The idea was to entice homeless people with security, showers and services, but many of the Division Street dwellers have chosen to remain where they are. Complaints from neighbors and businesses have been increasing, and in some places the sidewalks have become so clogged with tents that pedestrians must walk in the streets. The CHP officers were overheard telling campers to move on, while San Francisco police stood back. Having the health department take the lead on declaring Division Street uninhabitable was intended in part to deflect criticism that LeeâÂÂs administration is criminalizing homelessness.
Early Turnout Appears Strong In Carlsbad | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Katherine Morrow and her daughter Faith, 2, arrive to vote on Carlsbad's Measure A at the polling place at Hope Elementary School. — Charlie Neuman