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THE Nooner for June 18, 2016
Happy Saturday! It should be a beautiful day for the second annual First Festival across the street from The Nooner global headquarters in Southside Park. Of course, we have another 13 episodes of Orange is the New Black to watch, and I'm not referring to the presidential campaign. Don't eat the tomatoes.
With yesterday's tally, there are now 1.2 million ballots left to count. Of those, 488,747 are absentees, 664,099 are provisionals, and 48,549 are other--mostly damaged--ballots. My guesstimate is that the absentees and others are 90% valid ballots and the provisionals are 50% valid.
Yesterday, the measure to ban the death penalty in California qualified for the November ballot.
CA49 (Carlsbad): In 49th, Issa’s future depends on the numbers [Joshua Stewart @ SDUT] - Doug "Applegate, a Democrat and political neophyte, received 45 percent of the vote to [Darrell] Issa’s 51.5 percent, while nonpartisan candidate Ryan Wingo received 3.4 percent. The top two candidates will advance to November’s general election."
SD11 (San Francisco): With 8,523 ballots left to validate and count, Supervisor Jane Kim is now 250 votes behind Supervisor Scott Wiener for the claim of top spot in this safe Democratic seat.
GAME CHANGE? Democrats' turnout paying primary dividends [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "[A]s of Friday evening’s tallies, [Sharon] Quirk-Silva was winning 53 percent to 47 percent [for Young Kim], thanks in fair measure to Democrats casting more Orange County ballots than Republicans for perhaps the time ever."
MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Judge allows a Santa Cruz voter's Bernie Sanders ballot to count, after mistaken registration as an American Independent [John Myers @ LAT] - "A Santa Cruz County judge ruled that a voter could change her registration status and have her ballot be counted in the Democratic presidential primary after she petitioned that she had mistakenly registered with California's American Independent Party."
SHAMU-VE IT ON OUT: Will new California budget ban orca’s captivity? [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "Thursday, the day after passing the main budget legislation, the Assembly approved a natural resources budget “trailer bill” that includes a provision with the new restrictions on the highly intelligent killer whales. The Senate, though, did not take up its version of the resources bill, which lacked the whale provision."
RAINBOW COALITION: Equality California endorses gun bills after Orlando shooting [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "Equality California joined legislative leaders at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday morning to endorse a package of more than a dozen gun control bills currently working their way through the Legislature, including measures implementing background checks for ammunition purchases, banning the possession of large-capacity magazines and requiring the reporting of lost or stolen guns."
MONEY MATTERS: Here's how supervisors plan to close $60.9 million budget gap [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - "In recent budgets, the county has struggled as new expenses outpaced revenue growth. A major cost driver is raises guaranteed to public employee unions in exchange for pension concessions, which save an estimated $100 million annually."
Not knowing the details of Riverside County's collective bargaining, I do have to scratch my head at that one.
TIME FOR A BAR BREAK? The California State Bar's dismal history shows why it should be broken up [Michael Hitzik @ LAT] - "Let’s put this in terms that even an attorney with peerless loophole-seeking skills would consider straightforward: the California State Bar is a mess. . . [T]he Supreme Court ruling sharpens the argument for splitting the Bar in two — into a trade association with voluntary membership, and a government body controlled by non-lawyers and responsible for professional licensing and discipline, much as medical professional standards are overseen by the Medical Board of California and political advocacy is left to the independent California Medical Association."
THE OTHER GRASS: San Francisco plan to rent out grassy park space draws furor [Janie Har/AP] - "A proposal to let people reserve grassy plots of picnic lawn at a popular San Francisco park hit a collective nerve when it was unveiled last month: Within hours, thousands of people signed an online petition to kill the plan, a protest was scheduled and city leaders declared the grass wasn't for sale or rent."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to the BOE's Venus Stromberg Bird, former Assemblymember V. Manuel Perez, and Contra Costa labor leader Joe Summers!
L.A. City Council Set To Seek Voter Approval For $1.1 Billion Bond Or Parcel Tax To Fight Homelessness
The L.A. City Council will vote next week on a bond or parcel tax to fight homelessness.
Rejected At Ballot, Sacramento Pot Tax Supporters Turn To City Council | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria @ sacbee.com
City Council may revisit marijuana tax money for youth services
What Got Done In California's New State Budget And What Didn't
A look at what California lawmakers were able to get done in this year's state budget, and which cans they kicked down the road.
After Filibuster, GOP Agrees To Allow Vote On Feinstein Gun Bill - San Francisco Chronicle
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Cap-n-trade, Cigarette Tax And The Tale Of Dwindling Funds :: Fox&hounds
While the legislature considered ways to divvy up the current cache of cap and trade money, tremors were felt through the system when the May cap and trade auction sold only 11% of the permits offered to business and fell far short of the expected revenues.
Should L.A. Roll Back Its 'so-called Boycott' On Arizona?
L.A. is weighing whether to roll back rules that bar employees from traveling to Arizona on city business, which were first adopted in reaction to a controversial law targeting illegal immigration.
Oakland Cop In Trouble: Girlfriend Allegedly Wrote His Reports - Sfgate
A veteran Oakland police detective who has headed up some of the city’s biggest murder cases is under investigation after his girlfriend told authorities she helped him write up some of his reports, two law enforcement sources familiar with the matter said Friday.
Rocks To Oust Homeless Were About Baseball, Not Neighbors | Sandiegouniontribune.com
KELLY DAVIS @ sandiegouniontribune.com
A woman walks past riprap that the city recently installed on Imperial Avenue below an Interstate 5 overpass to deter homeless encampments on the street. — John Gastaldo
Orange County's Job Engine Humming, Unemployment At 3.6% - The Orange County Register
MARGOT ROOSEVELT @ ocregister.com
Table for Three: Cecile Richards, Barbara Bush and the Sisterhood of Political Progeny
The daughters of two former rivals, George W. Bush and Ann Richards, find common ground in health care and marriage equality.
Hillary Clinton: 'Quiet Moments' | Campaign 2016
The Clinton campaign released an ad on June 15 that discusses Clinton's efforts to increase health care coverage for children.
Ex-L.A. GOP Official Who Poked Fun At Democrats' Sex Scandals Barred From Contacting Juveniles
The former head of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County has been ordered to avoid contact with juveniles for the next 16 months as part of a plea bargain with county prosecutors in a case involving the distribution of pornography, officials said.
Tijuana Shelters Help With Us Immigration Backlog Of Haitians | Kpbs
Jean Guerrero @ kpbs.org
Overwhelmed San Ysidro customs officials are relying on Tijuana's migrant shelters for help while they catch up processing a rising tide of mostly Haitian migrants.
Santa Barbara County Declares State Of Emergency After Wildfire Grows To 4,000 Acres Overnight
Essential California Newsletter
Bay Area Still Ripe For Dangerous Summer Fires - Eastbaytimes.com
Hannah Knowles and Sophie MattsonStaff writers @ eastbaytimes.com
"Even though we had average or above average amounts of rainfall in much of Northern California we might actually see a real early start to the fire season," said Max Moritz, a specialist at UC Berkeley's department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.
Suspect In Fire That Killed 5 Was Here Illegally, Fought With Another Transient Before Slayings
A Honduran citizen charged with murdering five homeless people in an arson fire in Westlake this week was in the country illegally, but had been released from immigration custody in 2012.
President Obama's Marine One helicopter landed in Yosemite Valley. It was spectacular.
The president and first family were touring the national park for the weekend.