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THE NOONER for March 15, 2016
Well thinking about the ides of March and Caesar, the ugly presidential politics this year seem tame.
Happy Tuesday everybody! It's a glorious morning here at the Nooner Global Headquarters, I took my morning walk about Southside Park and all the critters (mostly geese, ducks, and squirrels) were enjoying the morning sun.
AURAL PLEASURE: I joined Capitol Weekly's John Howard and Tim Foster to talk politics. We had hours to talk about, but kept it short for your benefit.
Tomorrow is the deadline to file for races in which incumbents are not running for re-election. We're waiting to see the candidates for AD38 (Santa Clarita) following incumbent Scott Wilk's decision to run for SD21 following Sharon Runner's decision to not run for re-election. I'm told by people who know that others will file by tomorrow.
Admit it, few of you are "working" today as you watch the SuperWhatever Tuesday coverage or are filling out your NCAA brackets (many of you for KF's pool). It will be an interesting night of election results as we chill and thank the fact that we don't have to make a decision anytime soon.
GETTING ON THE RECORD: California billionaire Tom Steyer labels Trump a 'racist' [Seema Mehta @ LAT] - “Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, who is pondering a run for California governor in 2018, on Monday called Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump “a racist and a liar.””
DE-FENCE! If Trump wins, California might need a wall of its own [David Siders @ SacBee] - “If Trump were ever elected, we’d have to build a wall around California to defend ourselves from the rest of this country,” Brown told labor organizers at a dinner in Sacramento. “By the way that is a joke. We don’t like walls, we like bridges.”
FREEZE! California sheriffs oppose Gavin Newsom’s gun control initiative [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - “California sheriffs announced Monday that they are opposing Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s gun-control measure aimed for the fall ballot, arguing it would not prevent criminals from obtaining guns and ammunition via the black market or theft.”
It would be nice if the association would disclose whether it has received money from firearms manufacturers or firearms advocacy associations. I trust law enforcement, but want to ensure decisions are made on a strict objective basis.
PUT THE BRAKES ON: ‘Dark money’ measure pulled by California campaign reform backers [Taryn Luna @ SacBee] - “The Voters’ Right to Know Act sought to ban lobbyists and their clients from giving gifts to legislators and called for an overhaul of the state’s dated campaign finance and lobbying database, among other new rules.”
The decision follows the announcement yesterday that Senator Bob Hertzberg, backed by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, held a presser announcing a bill to revamp Cal-Access.
MAS AGUA, POR FAVOR: California’s biggest reservoirs recover, putting water limits in question [SacBee] - “With California’s two largest reservoirs hitting historically average levels following a weekend of heavy storms, the state’s chief water regulator is cautiously optimistic that the drought may finally be relaxing its grip.”
I am no hydrologist, but people have been asking me why the state is releasing water out of Folsom Lake but not Shasta Lake, which is at 106% of its average compared to Folsom’s 120%, even though it appears that Folsom has capacity to hold much more water.
A couple of years after I arrived in the Sacramento region to attend UC Davis, we had immense floods in 1997. I know it because I somehow became a volunteer manager of a Red Cross call center for assistance. The reason for the flood was a large snowpack followed by a warm winter storm which caused in unbelievable rush down the mountains from the melted snow. If you drive up to Lake Tahoe today, you can still see destroyed cabins from that event.
Folsom’s proximity to population and, relative to Shasta or Oroville, low capacity, requires the US Bureau of Reclamation to monitor not only its levels but the conditions upstream.
Releasing water is good for downstream reservoirs, Delta flushes, and fish habitat. However, it doesn’t solve all of the water problems. Obviously, this is not the time of year in which water is demanded for the Central Valley. So, the question is, as we release water, how much of the water diverted south can be preserved for the summer farming irrigation?
Additionally, the release of the water doesn't help most of the communities that rely on well water, as it flows by in rivers before being encased in concrete rivers, which do nothing to recharge the groundwater. This is true in Davis, where I lived for 20 years, which is working on a project to move from well water to connecting to the river. It's not only politically difficult, but very expensive.
Tomorrow, March 16 at noon, the UC Davis School of Law will live stream "The Supreme Court Nomination Process: The Legal & Political Implications of Replacing Justice Scalia," a panel discussion featuring constitutional law experts Dean Kevin R. Johnson and Professors Alan Brownstein, Courtney Joslin, and Carlton Larson. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Rose Cuison Villazor. View here at noon on Thursday.
Anyway, go home and watch primary results or watch or re-watch House of Cards. It's all the same.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
'stunning, Shocking': Boxer Hadn't Expected Her Final Months In Senate Would Include Supreme Court Fight
Barbara Boxer traces the beginning of her Senate career to an October 1991 day when she and six female colleagues from the House marched across the Capitol and demanded that senators consider Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.
California Lawmakers Finally Pushing Campaign Sunshine | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
California expanding information about political finances
California Counts: Can Underdog Us Senate Candidate Sanchez Turn Out The Vote? | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez is one of two Democrats in the running. After 20 years in House of Representatives, the Orange County congresswoman aims to move up to the Senate.
UC Davis Students Face Disciplinary Threat As Chancellor Protest Continues | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton and Diana Lambert @ sacbee.com
Students marched to administration building on Friday
Bay Area Democrats Conflicted As Trump Candidacy Reaches Tipping Point
"He's so racist, but he would be so easy to beat," said Juarez, an Alameda County Democratic Central Committee member. "No one who offends that many people can be president."
Water Wars: Orange County Water District Wants Desalinated Water; Irvine Ranch Doesn't. Who Will Win? - The Orange County Register
AARON ORLOWSKI @ ocregister.com
Citing potentially higher costs that would be passed on to customers, Orange County’s largest provider of water to homes and businesses is intensifying its opposition to a key supplier’s plan to buy desalinated water from a proposed $1 billion Huntington Beach plant.
Jerry Brown: If Trump Wins, California Might Need A Wall Of Its Own | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
California governor jokes about protecting state from rest of the U.S.
Southern California's Paul J. Watford Is Among Obama's Top Choices For Supreme Court
Judge Paul J. Watford, a Southern Californian who serves on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, has emerged as a leading contender for President Obama's nomination to the Supreme Court.
Sacramento Bee Readers Really, Really Hate Daylight Saving Time | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
In online poll, 81 percent agree with legislative proposal to abolish practice
Cal Basketball Assistant Coach Fired In Sexual Harassment Case - Sfgate
Last week, UC Berkeley Law School Dean Sujit Choudhry resigned in the wake of a sex harassment lawsuit that alleges he hugged, kissed and touched his assistant repeatedly during 2014 and 2015. Choudhry will continue receiving full faculty pay and may still teach.
Volkswagen Diesels Might Not Be Completely Fixable, Regulator Says | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
California air board says tainted cars pose dilemma
3 Santa Ana Officers Charged With Theft In Pot Shop Raid Caught On Video - The Orange County Register
SCOTT SCHWEBKE @ ocregister.com
SANTA ANA – Three Santa Ana police officers were charged Monday with suspicion of petty theft during a search of the Sky High Holistic medical-marijuana dispensary last year.
Trump Health Plan Would Increase Deficit And Leave Millions Uninsured, Report Says
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally on Sunday in Boca Raton, Fla.
Changes proposed on SFâ
The history of collisions on the six-lane thoroughfare full of commuters has prompted the Municipal Transportation Agency to plan a minor overhaul âÂÂ widening sidewalks, installing more visible crosswalks and building bus boarding areas. The agency proposes installing nine bus boarding areas, nine wider and more visible pedestrian waiting areas at intersections, and three islands to provide safer refuge for pedestrians. The main goal of the changes is to improve traffic safety on Lombard, which had 157 collisions between 2008 and 2013, killing two pedestrians and severely injuring 18 other people, officials said. According to MTA statistics, it averages 27 pedestrian collisions per mile compared to four citywide, and 91 vehicle collisions per mile versus 12 citywide. San Francisco committed in 2014 to adopt the Vision Zero plan, which combines physical street and sidewalk improvements, enhanced enforcement and education programs to try to eliminate traffic-related fatalities by 2024.
Silicon Valley Fears European Backlash After Congress Limits Visa Waiver Program
Amin Shokrollahi couldn't wait to lecture at an electronics conference in San Francisco. The annual gathering of top tech minds, investors and customers was the perfect place for the German-Iranian professor to gain support for his start-up. But before he could make his trip to the January forum,...
Senate confirms education secretary
John B. King Jr. had been acting secretary.
California Moves To Bring Special Education Students ‘into The Fold’ Of Mainstream Education | Edsource
Some 11th Graders Not Getting Message About How Much New Smarter Balanced Tests Matter | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
But an 11th grader who meets the standard must get at least a C grade in a pre-approved academic class during the 12th grade to prove readiness for college work. A student who nearly meets or fails to meet the standard can prove readiness by passing the CSU readiness test.
First Draft: Bernie Sanders Rallies in Four States to Spur Voter Turnout
Yamiche Alcindor @ rss.nytimes.com
Senator Bernie Sanders, campaigning at a feverish pace, made last-minute pitches to supporters on the eve of crucial primaries being held Tuesday. âÂÂWeâÂÂll have a good vote tomorrow,âÂÂ he said at one rally. âÂÂIf people come out, we are going to win Ohio.âÂÂ
'extensive' Hate Graffiti Found On High School Campus In Pacific Palisades
After numerous hate-related symbols and messages were found spray-painted on Palisades Charter High School over the weekend, roughly 300 students and community activists gathered Monday morning to protest the vandalism.
The Ad Campaign: Donald Trumpâ
s presidential campaign released a new 60-second commercial highlighting some of his most sexist statements.
Drenched By 'march Miracle,' Northern California Reservoirs Inch Toward Capacity
A woman walks her dog over the rising Russian River on Friday in Monte Rio, Calif.