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THE NOONER for March 31, 2016
Happy Thursday! You're almost there, and it's going to be a beautiful weekend! Get out there and enjoy this beautiful spring!
Republicans, it's time to break the "In Case of Emergency" glass...the women's vote is disappearing quickly. There is no thing as "take backs" in politics as "misspeaks."
HIKE! Minimum wage deal passes first California committee [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “In its first test since Gov. Jerry Brown and labor leaders announced a deal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, legislation on the issue passed its first committee over Republican and business objections.”
Pick your poison...the harsher ballot measure(s) were going to pass in November barring the compromise.
WATER WOES: California drought endures as snowpack falls short of El Niño expectations [Angela Fritz @ WaPo] - “The results of the annual California snow survey are in. Despite the huge increase from one year ago, snowpack is still below average for this time of year. This is a disappointing outcome after what seemed to be the best possible scenario for the state — a very strong El Niño festering in the tropical Pacific Ocean.”
HOLY S***: Painkiller fentanyl linked to six deaths and numerous overdoses in Sacramento area [Soumya Karlamanga and Joseph Serna @ LAT] - “During a seven-day period ending Tuesday, health workers in Sacramento reported 28 overdoses, six of them fatal, from pills that appeared to contain fentanyl. The painkiller offers an intense, euphoric high and is sometimes used to cut heroin and cocaine or passed off as another drug.”
Wow. The only interaction I have had with Fentanyl was when I worked in the Peds ICU at Childrens Hospital of Orange County and that was only for the worse-off kids, many of whom were already unconscious...how this became a recreational highway to hell is beyond belief.
US SENATE: GOP Split May Boost Sanchez [Sherry Bebith Jeffe and Doug Jeffy @ Fox & Hounds] - “A Harris-Sanchez face off in November could be wild and wooly. Harris has the advantage of running statewide twice, strong name-recognition and she has Democratic establishment backing. Sanchez will seek to energize her Latino base and make the most of her 20 years in Congress and seniority on the House Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee.”
U.S. Senate primary likely just a warmup [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - “The prospect of two Democrats – Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez – advancing to the November election continues to look likely, with two surveys this month supporting the trend that surfaced when polling began last year.”
There is so much to say about this race. Today is a federal finance deadline, so we'll see how Loretta is doing.
SCOCAL: How Justice Goodwin Liu is shaking up the California Supreme Court [Maura Dolan @ LAT] - “For decades the process has been largely veiled in secrecy — until Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Justice Goodwin Liu to the seven-member court.”
Liu is known as the workhorse of the court. While he's not always on the same page as Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the former Berkeley law professor is known as a keen intellectual who drives a lot of the court's thinking and writing, while Cantil-Sakauye has a lot of administrative duties filling her schedule.
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: New Amazon fulfillment center coming to San Bernardino, to add 1,000-plus jobs [Neil Lisperos @ IVDT] - “The warehouse will be the company’s seventh in the state, and third Amazon-related operation in San Bernardino, where the company launched its first California fulfillment center in 2012.”
MAKEOVER: Capitol Park gets a drought-minded makeover [Debbie Arrington @ SacBee] - “Work crews Wednesday started sheet mulching swaths of lawn outside the state Capitol as the iconic Capitol Park begins transforming its landscape for a more drought-tolerant future. More than 76,000 square feet of turf, or about 2 acres of the 40-acre park, will be replaced with low-water alternatives such as California native plants and drought-tough fescue and Buffalograss.”
I love Capitol Park, and this is a great change. Less grass and more native water-saving botanical displays. Hoping to walk over there tomorrow to smell the roses. I took the park for granted for far too many years, except I always liked looking at the trout in the pond.
BERNIE BOOST? Youth vote boosted by online registration in California [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Numbers Padilla’s office released on Wednesday offer a counterpoint. Of the 562,238 Californians who registered online from January to the end of March, 204,785 – over a third – were in the 17-to-25 age bracket. That becomes more remarkable given that 18-to-24-year olds comprise around eight percent of the registered electorate.”
This is an interesting story. The first time we saw this was in the Proposition 30 campaign in 2012, the first election cycle that online registration was available. There was a surge of online registrations and permanent vote-by-mail applications among 18-24 voters. Polling models assumed these voters would vote in the typical pattern of 18-24 year olds...not so good. Every poll had Prop. 30 losing, but at the end of the day it won, and these new, young voters turned out. The biggest challenge for these voters is "What the hell is a stamp?"
LET THERE BE LIGHT: UC Davis chancellor gets support from science faculty, criticism from humanities professors [Diana Lambert @ SacBee] - “UC Davis professors are engaged in a battle of letters over the future of Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, with a general line emerging between critics in humanities departments and supporters who share her science background.”
This has been the core of the issue going back to the Occupy/pepper spray period on the UC Davis campus. The perception on campus is that science and engineering brings in more money and is thus favored, while humanities are much lower priority. As a two time “humanities” (BA, JD) graduate of Davis, I’ve heard this from a lot of people. The law school has done better, as it has been climbing in the rankings under the great dean Kevin Johnson, but political science is certainly not on the priority list.
PATIENTS OR PROFITS? Profiteering masquerades as medical care for injured California workers [Christina Jewett @ CIR] - “It is one of more than a dozen cases that, taken together, outline a medical landscape in which corruption masquerades as medical care for some of California’s injured workers.”
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to lobbyist Mike Belote, the Assembly's Kara Howard, and the Secretary of State's Sam Mahood!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Dianne Feinstein Offers A Model For A Senator Who Would Follow | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @ sacbee.com
Dianne Feinstein discusses iPhones, Merrick Garland and water
Predictable Supreme Court Split On Friedrichs Case Will Have Wide Effect On Ca Politics :: Fox&hounds
Without the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a 4-4 tie on the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case was predictable. While unions hail the tie vote as a victory and reformers bemoan a missed opportunity, the real question that is avoided by this non-decision is how do rank-and-file teachers feel about the chance to withhold their dues from the union?
Dianne Feinstein Says Water Wars Tougher Than Assault-weapons Ban | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
California Democrat pushing for big water bill
Minimum-wage Deal Heads To Legislature For Vote After Clearing First Hurdle
A wide-ranging package that would increase California's minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years received broad support among Democrats in its first formal hearing Wednesday, setting the stage for possible approval by both houses of the state Legislature on Thursday.
Facing Budget Pressures, La Unified Revisits How It Refers Students For Special Education Services | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
Passion Rencher is one of the roughly 82,000 special education students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Maya Sugarman/KPCC
UC Davis Chancellor Gets Support From Science Faculty, Criticism From Humanities Professors | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @ sacbee.com
Letter from faculty in science-based departments supports chancellor
Senate Republicans Praise Governor's Rainy Day Reserve Proposal
As Governor Brown indicated in his January budget release, California is now in its seventh year of economic recovery. Increased levels of economic activity typically last around five years.
Will Latino Voters Send A Signal To Donald Trump, And 7 Other 'what Ifs' About California's Jungle Primary
Who can vote?
Minimum Wage Deal Passes First California Committee | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
$15-an-hour deal heads to Assembly floor next
Cuomo Offers Tax Cut in Effort to Strike a Budget Deal
Mr. Cuomo announced the framework of a deal for $1 billion in tax cuts for families earning less than $300,000. He also continued to push for a $15 minimum wage.
Donald Trump Backs Off Comment About Punishing Women Who Get Abortions
Donald Trump campaigns in Wisconsin, where he faces perhaps his toughest anti-Trump effort yet.Donald Trump reverses stance in abortion controversyTed Cruz is up by 10 points in a new poll of Wisconsin primary votersTrump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is charged with battery after an encounter...
California High Court Won't Halt Ruling In Choctaw Girl Case | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
Rusty Page holds part-Choktaw foster child Lexi before giving her to child protective services. Rusty and his wife Summer are in a legal dispute involving the Indian Child Welfare Act. www.gofundme.com/saveourlexi
San Diego Company Subpoenaed On Its Fetal Tissue Research | Sandiegouniontribune.com
N.c. Governor Pat Mccrory Calls Backlash Over State's New Lgbt Law Hypocritical - Politico
"There are no protests for boycotts of Houston, Texas," Pat McCrory said.
Mixed Reviews For Charger Convadium Plan | Sandiegouniontribune.com
New Bills Would Shine Light On California Coastal Commission, Other Key State Boards
Widespread complaints that state commissions operate in the dark and are cozy with businesses had lawmakers on Wednesday wrestling with a flurry of bills aimed at shedding light on the panels to regain public trust.
First Draft: A Push to Get Out the Vote in New York
Spurred by relatively low turnout in the state in recent elections, groups representing business leaders are hoping that by highlighting a law requiring employers to give their workers two hours of paid leave to head to the polls, they can help lift participation in the coming primaries.
Ex-Stanford swimmer guilty of raping unconscious woman
A former Stanford University student and swimming champion is facing up to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of raping an unconscious woman he met at a campus party last year, Santa Clara County officials said Wednesday. âÂÂToday a jury of Santa Clara County residents gave a verdict which I hope will clearly reverberate throughout colleges, in high schools, anywhere where there may be any doubt about the distinction between consent and sexual assault,âÂÂ District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement. Two graduate students riding bikes on Lomita Court around 1 a.m. Jan.18, 2015 found Turner, a 19-year-old freshman at the time, on top of a partially clothed woman in a field near campus fraternity houses. Turner smelled of alcohol when he was arrested and told police he had seven cans of beer that night and thought he was having consensual sex with the woman, who authorities said was breathing but âÂÂcompletely unresponsiveâÂÂ as she lay near a tree and a trash bin. The woman told police she had four whiskey shots and two shots of vodka that night, but couldnâÂÂt remember anything after talking to a few guys at a Kappa Alpha party, according to a police report. Turner withdrew from school Jan. 27, 2015 the day prosecutors announced he would be charged, university officials said, adding heâÂÂs no longer allowed on campus. Stanford University had come under fire in the past for a lax response to campus sexual assault. California became the first state to pass legislation that shifted the standard of consent for sexual activity at colleges from whether a person said no to whether both partners said yes.
As President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China prepare to meet, Beijing is viewing the vitriol from candidates like Donald J. Trump as a gauge of American intentions.
Corrections, March 31
Supes back fired janitors in UCSF fight, March 29, Front Page The story mischaracterized the status of a complaint against UCSF involving custodians who lost their jobs when the university changed contractors. The state Public Employment Relations BoardâÂÂs general counsel has alleged that UCSF engaged in retaliation against the custodians; an administrative law judge will rule on the issue. The story also misstated the status of one of the former custodians, Jin Chen. UCSF did not specify why he was not retained.
Head Of L.A. County Fair Assn. Quits After Times Investigation
The chief executive of the Los Angeles County Fair Assn., who made more than $1 million in total compensation in 2014 even as the organization reported steep financial losses, has resigned. The fair association said Wednesday that James Henwood Jr., who held the job for two decades, will be replaced...
UC Berkeley Moves To Protect Printers After They Spew Hacker-troll's Hatred
Late last week, staff in several campus departments found Swastika-emblazoned white power fliers on their printers. On Monday, printers spat out another flier, attacking gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals. Campus police and the FBI are investigating.