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THE NOONER for March 29, 2016
The Supreme Court this morning had the first significant 4-4 tie. The case was in Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association on the "fair-share fees" issue. The issue is about public employees in an organized employer who object to paying political dues to unions are required to pay a discounted amount for other areas of representation, such as collective bargaining and grevience processes. Labor is concerned that wiithout "fair-share fees," union membership would be perceived as voluntary and many members that don't opt out of the political funding now would do so if Friedrichs has been reversed by SCOTUS.
The tie means that the Ninth Circuit's holding in favor of CTA is upheld. Timing is everything. Had the opinion been handed down before January 12, it would have gone the other way.
The case likely has to start all over as a novel case, as the Court's statement said that it was affirming the lower court's (Ninth Circuit) ruling (per the rules, whether it be a vacancy or a recusal. That means, we're still probably of couple of years off before a "fair-share fees" issue ends up on the Big Bench.
US SENATE: California voters still undecided on U.S. Senate pick as race is eclipsed by presidential showdown [Phil willon @ LAT] - “Among likely voters in the June primary — those with a solid track record of casting ballots — [Kamala] Harris was a notch higher, hitting 30%. That compares to 15% for [Loretta] Sanchez, 10% for [Tom] Del Beccaro and 8% for [Duf] Sundheim.”
WILL CA MATTER? How California Latinos stop Trump [Mike Madrid @CapWeekly] - “In California, thanks to its size and diverse demographics that overwhelm other states, it appears Latino Republicans may play an outsized role in choosing the Republican presidential nominee — potentially blocking or ensuring victory for Donald Trump.”
HIKE! Gov. Brown hails deal to raise minimum wage to $15 as 'matter of economic justice' [John Myers and Liam Dillon @ LAT] - “The brokered deal, now on an expedited timetable for a vote before the end of the week, is expected to cancel two separate labor-sponsored efforts to place a wage increase initiative on the November ballot. The phased series of increases in the minimum wage is on a slower timetable than union leaders had proposed in their ballot measure efforts, but they said the agreement represents real progress.”
The reason for the rush is to have time to take the other two measures off the ballot.
SMARTER BALANCE? Jerry Brown, legislators reach smart minimum wage compromise [Editorial @ SacBee] - “Gov. Jerry Brown, legislators and organized labor leaders were correct to compromise, avert an initiative fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2022 and soften the impact on some businesses, somewhat.”
POLITECH: Here's the audio of last week's politiics and technology discussion sponsored by Capitol Weekly and RBTIQ.
VERGARA: California bill tackles teacher tenure, firing, layoff rules [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Under [Susan] Bonilla’s bill, teachers who are doing poorly would be placed into a program that offers them extra professional support. If they receive another low performance review after a year in the program, they could be fired via an expedited process regardless of their experience level.”
CROWDED HOUSE: UC schools harm local students by admitting so many from out of state, audit finds [Teresa Watanabe @ LAT] - “The University of California has hurt local students by admitting so many out-of-state applicants to its campuses and should be reined in with tough restrictions, according to a sharply critical state audit to be released Tuesday.
The audit recommends stricter entrance requirements for nonresident students, a cap on their enrollment and greater recruiting efforts of Californians — particularly African Americans, Latinos and other underrepresented minorities.”
NO!!! Virgin America said to attract JetBlue, Alaska Air bids - “Virgin America received takeover offers from JetBlue Airways and Alaska Air Group after the carrier backed by billionaire Richard Branson put itself up for sale, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Virginis the only airline headquartered in CCalifornia and has earned a reputation for outstanding service.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to HHS Depty Secty Kiyomi Burchill, Nat Resources Secty John Laird and Assemblymembeer Jose Medina! And of course to the late Cesar Chavez.
California Voters Still Undecided On U.S. Senate Pick As Race Is Eclipsed By Presidential Showdown
New Fronts Opened Up On California Poverty | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
They propose new pension, minimum wage schemes
Parents Threaten Lawsuit Over Lcap Violation :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Alisha Kirby @ cabinetreport.com
In a legal complaint filed Monday with State Superintendent of Public Information Tom Torlakson, a group of parents claim that the district improperly allocated $30.1 million in Local Control Funding Formula monies. The plaintiffs asked that those funds be withheld until community input is taken into account.
Gov. Jerry Brown Announces Legislative Deal For $15 Minimum Wage
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Concord to allow developer to pull bid on huge project
The Concord City Council voted Monday to allow Catellus Development Corp. to pull its bid for one of the largest real estate projects in Northern California âÂÂ a 2,200-acre community on the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. City officials agreed to reimburse a $250,000 âÂÂgood faithâÂÂ deposit the company paid to be in the running, as well as other costs it incurred during the selection process. Catellus accused Lennar of improper lobbying during the selection process, and said the city had made backroom decisions that stood to benefit its competitor. âÂÂCatellus would prefer to continue moving forward in this process, yet every week there seem to be mistruths, fabricated by certain individuals, which make it difficult for us to have confidence that the city wants a successful, long-term partnership with Catellus,âÂÂ the companyâÂÂs CEO Ted Antenucci said in a March 22 letter to city officials. If Catellus bows out, then Lennar will be the only firm left sitting at the table on April 5 when Concord picks its master developer for the first phase of the project: 500 acres between the North Concord BART Station and Willow Pass Road. Councilman Dan Helix, who cast the lone dissenting vote, asked his colleagues to make things right with the jilted company. [...] itâÂÂs more than a billion dollars. Former Mayor Tim Grayson removed himself after an independent investigator found that associates of Lennar contributed nearly $17,000 to his campaign for state Assembly.
Business Response To Minimum Wage Deal: What About Us? :: Fox&hounds
Significantly for the governor, the immediate effect of the increase on the state budget is lessened and the full force of the deal comes into play once Governor Brown and his administration will be well into the history books.
As California Primary Nears, State Democrats Are Uniting Behind Clinton And Against A Common Enemy: Trump
Cal Chancellor Names Interim Lead To Address Sexual Harassment Scandal | News Fix | Kqed News
UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks has appointed Social Sciences Dean Carla Hesse, who is also executive dean of the College of Letters & Science and a specialist in the history of women, as interim lead in Cal’s attempt to respond to a growing sexual harassment scandal on campus.
Federal Judge Rips Criminal Defense Attorney As 'hazard' And 'menace'
Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals called a Bakersfield criminal defense lawyer "a menace."
Bay Area Coast Guard Crew Intercepts Cocaine Smuggling Sub - Sfgate
A Bay Area Coast Guard crew busted a group of smugglers piloting a covert submarine loaded with 6 tons of cocaine through the open waters off the coast of Central America, officials said Monday. Four suspected transnational criminal drug runners were aboard the blow-laden submersible about 300 miles southwest of Panama when the boat was spotted cruising just below the ocean surface. The boat, a self-propelled semi-submersible, is one of scores of makeshift vessels that glide just below the ocean surface to smuggle drugs into the United States. Last year the Coast Guard seized more than 319,000 pounds of cocaine from semi-submersible boats and so far this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, the agency has taken more than 200,000 pounds of drugs from such boats, officials said.
Will The $15 Minimum Wage Pass California's Legislature? And Other Key Questions...
Why a minimum wage increase now?
Senate Republican Leader Fuller Responds to Minimum Wage Legislation
Poverty reduction in California is extremely important. Energy, housing, and healthcare are cost drivers that we must address to make...
Labor Dispute Shuts Down Port Of Oakland’s Largest Terminal | News Fix | Kqed News
Thirty unionized dockworkers at the Port of Oakland were fired this morning for showing up for work 15 minutes after their employer asked them to arrive, a dispute that resulted in the suspension of daytime operations at the facility’s largest terminal.
Hollywood Reacts To Georgia Governor's Veto Of Anti-gay Bill
The Human Rights Campaign, which had Hollywood-backing to boycott Georgia, said Gov. Nathan Deal "set an example for other elected officials to follow" by vetoing a bill looking to expand individual and business rights to deny services to those whose lifestyles conflict with their religious beliefs.
Five Deaths In Sacramento County Related To Street Drug Painkillers | The Sacramento Bee
Claudia Buck and Cynthia Hubert @ sacbee.com
Officials have confirmed 20 individuals stricken by taking street drugs possibly contaminated with fentanyl
Opposition Murky To Local Wage Hike | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Wendy's employee Debra Flores spoke about her need to feed her two-year-old while balancing two different minimum wage jobs. At right is city councilman David Alvarez. — Peggy Peattie / UT San Diego
Oc To Consider Deregulating Taxi Industry To Level Playing Field With Uber | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
The O.C. Transportation Authority runs the taxi regulating program on behalf of an association of Orange County cities and the county that has the regulatory power over taxis.