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THE Nooner for June 14, 2016
Good morning. What a beautiful day it is here in the River City. When you can leave all your windows open and feel the breeze in the middle of June is wonderful, although it may portend for a much hotter July and August.
Yesterday, we saw vote count updates from 13 counties, although the numbers weren't large. There are still 2.3 million votes left to validate and count. We are expecting a significant update from Los Angeles this afternoon.
US SENATE: Kamala Harris strengthened, Loretta Sanchez weak as general election begins, new poll finds [Cathleen Decker @ LAT]:
Loretta Sanchez will need a huge infusion of Republican votes to loft ahead of Kamala Harris in the November election and win a seat in the U.S. Senate. The early signs are not good, according to a new poll of voters who cast ballots in California’s June primary.
. . . The bulk of Republican respondents — almost two-thirds — said they would not cast ballots for the Senate seat in November.
Overall, in the November runoff, Harris leads Sanchez, 47%-22%, with 26% of respondents saying they would not take part in the election. Harris led among almost all voter groups except for Latinos, who went for Sanchez, 45%-30%, the poll found.
IMPACT: With the budget votes scheduled for Thursday, yesterday's Assembly and Senate floor sessions were dominated by the Orlando shootings and the aftermath of the Stanford rape case. Both floors held moments of silence and offered perspectives on gun violence and the impact on the LGBTQ community. A large rainbow flag was hung over the west balcony facing Capitol Mall. For those of you who are not familiar with the Capitol, the west steps are considered the most significant, as they face the direction of hope that brought us or our ancestors to California.
While the Legislature was mourning the loss of 49 victims and sharing thoughts for many more, a Sacramento pastor offered a hateful message hours after the attack.
"Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?" [Roger Jimenez] said in the sermon. "Um no, I think that’s great! I think that helps society. I think Orlando, Florida is a little safer tonight."
I'm not sure that's any less terrorist-encouraging than online messages from ISIS.
Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of women legislators from both the Assembly had already planned to announce a legislative effort to redefine rape to include not just intercourse but also foreign object penetration, which would trigger higher minimum sentences. The Stanford felon who was sentenced to six months for his assault on an unconscious woman because he "just" used his fingers. AB 701, currently a gaming bill, would change the law to align it with the FBI's definition of rape.
The women read on the floor the moving pre-sentencing letter from the victim in that case.
LEGISLATIVE TRANSPARENCY: Yesterday's Senate Appropriations Committee had an interesting debate over SCA 14 (Wolk) and an initiative likely to qualify to amend the state's constitution to require the Legislature to have bills posted online 72 hours before a vote.
Appearing at the hearing was Charles Munger, Jr., the benefactor of many Republican candidates and causes. Munger has been working with former Senator Sam Blakeslee to accomplish the transparency effort. Munger's effort would go further than SCA 14, such as allowing any individual to record hearings, which legislators are uncomfortable wiith. SCA 14 would require an official recording available to the public.
Lawmakers fear that unflattering video might be taken and used in attack ads or mail.
Munger suggested he might drop his initiative (by not backing it or even opposing it since it's already going to be on the ballot) if he could extract further concessions from SCA 14. The problem is that SCA 14 is time is running out to get the bill through the Senate and Assembly and, likely, back to the Senate by the official (wink-wink) June 30 deadline.
The discussion of the conflict between SCA 14 and the initiative constitutional amendment highlights a continuing flaw in the state's initiative process. Once validated and certified for the ballot, which happens on June 30, there's no turning back. If a technical flaw is discovered or there is a legislative compromise, the measure is still heading to the ballot. Many states allow withdrawal or amendments after certification, and many reformers have suggested it for California.
THE LENGTHY BALLOT: Yesterday's list of initiatives and a referendum likely to be on the November ballot omitted to ask voters to support all constitutional actions to overturn FEC v. Citizens United. Governor Brown allowed SB 254 (Allen) to become law without his signature.
THE NOONER SOFA DEGREE: Continuing our effort to build the brains who work or want to work in politics and policy, I've added some books based on your feedback after my May 31 email. If your suggestion is not listed (particularly the one about L.A. politics I can't find), please email me again!
END OF AN ERA? Former state Sen. Ron Calderon's guilty plea in corruption case marks blow to political dynasty [Joel Rubin and Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - " Monday brought a crushing blow to the family dynasty as Ron Calderon, a former state senator, pleaded guilty in the case to mail fraud, conceding he accepted tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from undercover FBI agents and a corrupt hospital executive."
I haven't worked personally with the last remaining Calderon in the state Legislature--Ian Calderon--but I've heard generally good things as he seeks to shake the problems of his father and uncles.
Sanders Voters In California Look For Concessions From Clinton, But Most Will Support Her — If Reluctantly
Hillary Clinton won California on the strength of women and Democrats; a majority of Sanders voters will back her in the fall, most of them reluctantly as they look for concessions from her.
San Diegans March For A Second Night In Hillcrest | Sandiegouniontribune.com
SAN DIEGO, June 13, 2016 | Hundreds of people march down University Avenue in support of the Orlando mass shooting victims in Hillcrest on Monday. | Photo by Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/Mandatory Credit: HAYNE PALMOUR IV/SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE/ZUMA PRESS San Diego Union-Tribune Photo by Hayne Palmour IV copyright 2016
California's Cap-and-trade Program Faces Daunting Hurdles To Avoid Collapse
One of California's most important climate change initiatives, the cap and trade program, is caught in a web of legal, political and financial uncertainty, imperiling Jerry Brown's agenda in his final term in office.
Controversial Stanford Sexual Assault Case Has A Political Twist | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Swimmer given six-month jail term
No, White House lawyers would not prevent a President Trump from overstepping his constitutional bounds
The problem with relying on White House lawyers to check the president? They work for the president.
After Orlando, California Lawmakers Push For Action On Gun Control
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California Lawmakers Upset By Stanford Case Seek To Redefine Rape - Sfgate
SACRAMENTO — Angered at what they felt was a light sentence in the Stanford sexual-assault case that sparked national outrage, lawmakers said Monday that they have introduced a bill to redefine rape to include unlawful penetration by any object.
Ex-L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy At Center Of Jail Scandal Is Given Six Months In Prison
A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy at the center of the jail scandal that rocked the department and led to the conviction of 21 agency officials, including the former sheriff, was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison.
Sacramento Regional Transit Eliminates Administrative Jobs, Cancels Bus Cuts | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
The bus and rail agency laid off office employees last week to help balance budget
Orlando Massacre Forces Bay Area Lgbt Community To Regroup And Reassess What Comes Next
Bruce Newman, Angela Hill, Hannah Knowles, Staff writers @ mercurynews.com
"There was just such joy amongst people for that parade," said Rick Welts, who as president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors is one of the highest-ranking officials in professional sports who is also openly gay. As the parade's grand marshal, Welts rode in the back of a convertible, but he never had a moment's fear for his safety.
UC Berkeley Experts, San Francisco Petition For 'smart City' Funding From Department Of Transportation | The Daily Californian
Campus experts have joined with the mayor of San Francisco to attempt to convince the U.S. Department of Transportation that the city is the best place to invest for a 21st-century smart transit city program.
Lawyers fight filing of Trump videos in Trump University suit
Class-action lawyers suing Trump for fraud over the Trump University business attempted last week to file 48 video clips of the real estate mogul at two recent depositions, including segments where he offered prickly responses to what he called "harassment questions."
Trump calls for massive shift in immigration policy
Speaking in Manchester, N.H. June 13, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed to shut down immigration from countries "where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States." Here are key moments from that speech.
Linkedin Co-founder Hoffman Has Deciding Vote In Microsoft Merger - San Francisco Chronicle
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"trailer Bills" Draw Scrutiny From Groups Fearing Major Policy Changes - Capradio.org
Ben Adler @ capradio.org
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Orange County Homeless Want To Use Food Stamps At Restaurants | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
Kim Sandoval, 47, uses a small burner to boil water and cook small meals, mostly coffee and Ramen Noodle soup. Orange County homeless people and activists want the county to enroll in a federal program that allows homeless people on foods stamps to use them at restaurants. Erika Aguilar/KPCC
Orlando And Donald Trump :: Fox&hounds
Unless the Democrats are able to show the American people they are willing and able to fight Islamic terrorism, and especially the home grown variety we saw on display in Orlando, they are doomed to lose this election to Donald Trump no matter how outrageous he may seem.
Russian Government Hackers Broke Into Dnc Servers, Stole Trump Oppo - Politico
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Montana’s ‘pain Refugees’ Find Relief In California | State Of Health | Kqed News
They call themselves pain refugees.
Sacramento Fliers Wait In One Line To Avoid Another | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
With airport security lines growing, more fliers apply for federal PreCheck clearances