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THE NOONER for March 11, 2016
Happy Friday! You made it!
SD21 (Antelope Valley): Sharon Runner will not run for re-election to California Senate [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - “Sharon Runner, the Lancaster Republican who returned to the state Senate last year after undergoing a life-saving double lung transplant, will leave the Capitol again this fall when her term ends. In a statement, Runner cited “medical challenges during the cold and flu season” that would be exacerbated by the stress of a campaign and four more years in office.”
While today is the filing deadline, it is automatically extended by five days since the incumbent is not running. So, the scramble is on to find a Republican candidate. Will Assemblymember Tom Lackey make the leap, which would be a risk as SD21 is a bit more of a swing district than AD36?
NON-SMOKING SECTION: Senate approves tobacco bills, increasing smoking age to 21 [Melody Gutierrez @ SFChron] - “California lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown six bills Thursday to tighten restrictions on tobacco products in an effort to curb smoking in the state, including one that would raise the age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21.”
JUSTICE: Is California’s bail system ‘fair to all?’ state chief justice asks [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - “A year after eliminating court fees for motorists trying to contest a traffic ticket, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is launching an examination into whether the state’s practice of detaining people on bail unfairly penalizes the poor.”
TIERED: UC pension overhaul shifts away from guaranteed benefits [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - “President Janet Napolitano will ask UC’s governing board to approve the proposal – which will dramatically lower the compensation cap for guaranteed benefits and result in some new employees signing up for 401(k)-style defined-contribution plans – at its meeting later this month.”
THE BLEEDING CONTINUES: Chancellor moonlighted for controversial Saudi university [Davis Enterprise] - “UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi moonlighted as a board member at a Saudi Arabian university that has been accused of buying its way to an impressive international ranking.”
The SF Chronicle editorializes: "It’s incredible to think Katehi, who receives a $425,000 state salary, would not recognize the unseemliness of putting the imprimatur of a UC chancellor on a reputed diploma mill or taking six-figure sums from a textbook publisher.
She, too [in addition to the Berkeley law dean creep], must go."
WASTED WATER: A behind-the-scenes battle to divert L.A.'s storm water from going to waste [Joe Mozingo @ LAT]
UNSPIKING: Contra Costa County doctors' illegal pension spikes rejected [Daniel Borenstein @ CCTimes] - “In another crackdown on pension spiking, the Contra Costa retirement board trimmed payments to four county doctors who had been overcompensated since 2012.”
THE ARENA: Sacramento Kings build entertainment mecca downtown as team struggles [Dale Kasler and Tony Bizjak @ SacBee] - “Less than seven months from completion, Golden 1 Center is drawing raves from those who’ve toured it and has become an instant hit among season ticket buyers. Anchoring the southeast corner of Downtown Commons, the shopping center the Kings are redeveloping, Golden 1 is touted by the team’s principal owner as the world’s grandest arena.”
Now, just get rid of DeMarcus Cousins.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Joe Cislowski, Tom Kaptain, Carrie Nocella, Courtni Pugh and Martin Wisckol!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Sharon Runner Will Not Run For Re-election To California Senate | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Lancaster Republican returned to state Senate last year after double lung transplant
California’s ‘physician-assisted Suicide’ Law To Take Effect In June | State Of Health | Kqed News
But no one knew when the law would take effect, because of the unusual way in which the law was passed — in a legislative “extraordinary session” called by Gov. Brown. The bill could not go into effect until 90 days after the session adjourned.
California Smoking Age Increase, Vaping Bills Move To Jerry Brown | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
California legal tobacco purchase age would shift from 18 to 21
Kill High-speed Rail And Spend The Money On Reservoirs? Proposed California Ballot Measure Sparks Debate
But the campaign, which is being bankrolled by San Joaquin Valley farmers, is already drawing fire from fellow farmers and environmentalists, who call it a "Trojan horse."
CalPERS: Westminster’s City Attorney Does Not Deserve City Pension
In December, Voice of OC reported on a controversial arrangement between Jones and Westminster, whereby he was granted status as a full-time employee with a $210,000 salary and allowed him to pay into a state pension. This despite a roster of outside commitments that made it impossible for Jones to spend as much time at City Hall as his timecards indicated he did.
In Debate, Hillary Clinton's Known Negatives Vie With Bernie Sanders' Unknown Ones
The Democratic presidential debate Wednesday provided a clear view of two things that could provoke dread among the most avid party loyalists: the known negatives of Hillary Clinton and the mostly unknown negatives of Bernie Sanders. A day after his surprise victory in Michigan, the Vermont senator...
Lawyers 'infuriated,' 'frightened' After Courthouse Scuffle, Seek Prosecution Of Investigator - The Orange County Register
SEAN EMERY, TONY SAAVEDRA AND SCOTT SCHWEBKE @ ocregister.com
SANTA ANA – An Orange County defense attorney on Thursday launched an online petition calling for the arrest of a district attorney’s investigator involved in a courthouse altercation with Orange lawyer James Crawford.
Borenstein: Contra Costa County Doctors' Illegal Pension Spikes Rejected
The Contra Costa County Employees' Retirement Association on Wednesday cut by an average 9 percent the future pension payments to Drs. Krista Farey, David Hearst, Priscilla Hinman and Dana Slauson.
Bond Jitters Spread After Westlands Water District Investigation
More than $200 million worth of bonds issued by the Westlands Water District and a neighboring water authority were put on a negative watch Thursday by Fitch Ratings, amid allegations that the Central Valley district manipulated its accounts to mask drought-related financial problems.
State Eases Cuts To Urban Water Use In San Diego: Officials Adjust Mandated Water Targets Based On Carlsbad Desalination Plant | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Reservoirs Filling, But Snowpack Worries In California - Capradio.org
Ed Joyce @ capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826
GOP Candidates Clean Up Their Act In Last Debate Before Primaries In Crucial States
A week after one of the most unruly debates in modern political history, the four remaining contenders for the Republican presidential nomination engaged in a polite parsing of their differences Thursday night over radical Islam, Social Security and other weighty matters. There was no discussion...
Governor’s Budget Proposal May Affect Future Of Transitional Kindergarten | Edsource
First Draft: Committee to Draft Paul Ryan for President Shuts Down
The Committee to Draft Speaker Ryan for President, created by a group of New York political consultants, is shutting down. The Republican speaker of the House had denounced the committee and disavowed it in a letter to the Federal Election Commission.
SF supervisors, MTA cut deal to reduce cityâ
[...] for the first time, there will be an amnesty program so that low-income people may retrieve their vehicles for $294. The issue of tow charges arose because the MTA needs the supervisors to sign off on a $65.4 million, five-year contract extension with tow company AutoReturn. The reduced fees will be taken primarily from the administrative fee âÂÂ now $266 âÂÂ the city charges drivers who are towed, and will cost the MTA around $3.5 million a year. The administrative fee helps fund a variety of expenses not related to towing, including part of MTA Director Ed ReiskinâÂÂs salary. The deal marks a major success for critics of the tow fees who say the charges are unduly burdensome for poor people, who risk losing their cars because they canâÂÂt pay the fees. The low-income discount will apply to anyone who qualifies for a public-benefit program, such as Med-Cal, low-income housing, the Healthy San Francisco program or the Section 8 housing voucher program. Elisa Della-Piana, legal director for the LawyersâÂÂ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco, said itâÂÂs really exciting to see some progress on this. Supervisor Scott Wiener has warned that reducing the tow charges will mean less funding for Muni, and MTA representatives have said it could impact their ability to provide free Muni for youth and seniors. MTA spokesman Paul Rose said the proposal âÂÂaims to lessen the burden on drivers who are towed and, if approved, we will determine how this impacts other services within our budget in the coming weeks.âÂÂ
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Draw Distinctions on Immigration Policy
In their debate on Wednesday, the two Democrats showed differences on deportation and criticized each other on their votes on immigration legislation.
Kaiser Permanente's New Medical School Will Be In Pasadena
Kaiser Permanente operates in eight states and the District of Columbia, but most of its members are in California.
Senate Rejects Rand Paul On Pakistan Arms Sale - Politico
Some GOP donors said they were troubled by suggestions that some of their fellow wealthy conservatives would sit out the presidential campaign entirely...
In FBI Encryption Fight, Apple Seeks Latino Support
Apple’s top-ranking Latino executive took to Univision on Wednesday night to warn how the FBI’s demand for weaker security on iPhones could give investigators new surveillance powers, including in immigration cases.
Sacramento Kings Build Entertainment Mecca Downtown As Team Struggles | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler and Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
Season ticket sales approaching 11,000 for first year
Adding Sympathetic Decision Makers Is An Old, But Unwise Idea :: Fox&hounds
Consider the hotly contested issue of the high-speed rail. This week a judge ruled in favor of the High Speed Rail Authority to continue pursuing the bullet train over objections raised by plaintiffs claiming that the train would not live up to promises made when the voters passed the train bond in 2008. Basically, the judge ruled that the train project was dynamic and changing and might meet its goals.
A Life In Transition: Homeless Veterans Struggle To Get By In Orange County - The Orange County Register
THERESA WALKER @ ocregister.com
Homelessness is a growing challenge for younger veterans like Jeffrey Riley, who are swelling the ranks of former service members in Orange County at an estimated 6,500 a year.