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THE Nooner for June 21, 2016
Greetings, Noonerific people! It's free Doritos Locos Tacos day at Taco Bell from 2pm-6pm and free Pizookie day at BJ's. The Taco Bell deal is thanks to the road wins in those unspeakable NBA Finals. If you spend the afternoon at Arden Fair Mall, you can burn off some of those calories as you walk a couple of hundred steps between BJs and Taco Bell. #WhyNotFeedTheHungry? While I criticize the marketing stunts that support American gluttony, I want to give a big tip of the hat to BJ's for its longstanding support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, my longtime favorite charity.
It's back to "normal" today in the big white building following yesterday's address of a joint session of the Legislature by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. (The video starts at around 15:00.) The Buddhist Church of Sacramento's retiring Reverend Bob Oshita gave the day's prayer.
The Dalai Lama took time to greet Assembly staff members and shook enough hands that he'll need to bathe in Purell for a year.
The address was at the invitation of State Senator Janet Nguyen, who got an invitation to join Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders at a luncheon at the Leland Stanford Mansion, following a photo op in front of Queen Isabella. Nguyen's district is home to a large Buddhist community.
The political world is talking about Donald Trump's abysmal fundraising report filed last night. His campaign has $1.3 million in the bank, while Hillary Clinton has $42 million. Trump has only 69 staffers on the payroll, while Clinton has 685. It's hard to switch from "self-funding" to raising money. Both former candidates Ben Carson and Ted Cruz have more cash on hand.
Trump worries Hunter, Issa [Joshua Stewart @ SDUT] - "Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, said he’d like to “re-do” the entire primary process where Trump wasn’t a candidate. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, one of the first members of the House to back Trump, warned of an attempt to block Trump as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee and potential violence at the GOP national convention in July."
Yesterday, Palm Springs hit 122 degrees, breaking a record set in 1929.
COPA AMERICA: The #29th ranked (in the world) USA men's soccer team faces #1 ranked Venezuela tonight in Houston--televised at 6pm on FS1.
AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers and Anthony York tickle our ears with the California Politics podcast.
GOV: Villaraigosa says a decision on the 2018 governor's race is coming in November [Liam Dillon @ LAT]:
"I think I’ve made it pretty clear what I want to do," [Antonio] Villaraigosa said in the interview, conducted last week. "I’m going to work as hard as I can to stop [presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald] Trump, to get Hillary Clinton elected. And then in November I’m going to make an announcement about my future."
Villaraigosa also said he wasn't interested in the vice presidential spot on Clinton's ticket.
But, if asked . . .
US SENATE: Loretta Sanchez should keep running aggressively [Thomas Elias @ LADN] - "There’s every reason to believe that if [Loretta] Sanchez slacks off over summer vacation, she’ll put herself out of politics indefinitely. All post-primary polling has shown she lags far behind [Kamala] Harris."
$$$: California initiative backers keep up fund-raising pace [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "In the weeks since the May 20 deadline to submit initiative signatures, the campaigns pushing the measures have reported collecting more than $3.2 million. The biggest recipient has been the campaign to increase cigarette taxes by $2 a pack, to $2.87, with Save Lives California raising more than $1.1 million."
NO NUKES: PG&E agrees to close Diablo Canyon in 2025 [David Sneed @ SLO Tribune]:
In a momentous decision with far-reaching consequences, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has announced it will not pursue license renewal for the two reactors at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant and will close it in 2025 — ending a tumultuous 31-year relationship with the community and causing an annual economic impact of nearly $1 billion locally.
. . .
Diablo Canyon accounts for about 9 percent of California’s in-state power generation, 6 percent of the state’s total energy mix and about 20 percent of the power in PG&E’s service area. The utility serves some 16 million customers in Northern and Central California.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to the AP Group's Patricia Alarcón, Solano activist Chuck Kingeter, Riverside CCD trustee Nathan Miller!
California Health Budget: Small Gains, Advocates Look To Nov. Ballot For Big-ticket Items | State Of Health | Kqed News
The $122.5 billion state budget approved last week by California lawmakers will fund a variety of health-related efforts, including training of primary care physicians, dental care for schoolchildren and medical interpreters for Medi-Cal, the government-funded insurance program for people with low incomes.
California Tobacco Tax Measure Targets An Industry Under Pressure | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @ sacbee.com
New laws will hit tobacco companies hard
Diversionary Measures Attempt To Undercut Transparency Initiative :: Fox&hounds
Legislators are concerned with the full force of this initiative yet they recognize the attraction of the transparency argument to voters. Despite years of ignoring bills introduced to establish the 72 hour waiting period, many legislators now feel compelled to act on their own version of reform so as to avoid what they consider the more restrictive initiative.
Yolo County Groundwater Recharged By March Miracle Storms | The Sacramento Bee
Robert Kuo @ sacbee.com
City residents, farmers rely on groundwater for drinking and irrigation
Local Marijuana Tax Gets Initial OK | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Villaraigosa Says A Decision On The 2018 Governor's Race Is Coming In November
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Senate Votes Down Gun Control Measures, Including Feinstein Bill - San Francisco Chronicle
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Grocery Union Reports High Turnout For Strike Vote
Grocery workers turned out in large numbers on Monday to vote on whether to authorize a strike against Ralphs and Albertsons, which also includes Vons, Pavilions and Safeway.
White House Rips Senate 'cowards' On Gun Votes - Politico
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called Senate Republicans 'cowards' Tuesday morning for voting down four different gun control amendments...
Civil Libertarians See Danger In Bill That Seeks To Delay Release Of Body Camera Recordings
Police videos could be delayed or kept secret under legislation back by cop unions
Dalai Lama Makes Historic Visit to the State Capitol
The Tibetan spiritual leader arrived to the State Capitol and made a brief public appearance on the West Steps before making his remarks to members of the state Senate and Assembly. The spiritual leader addressed members of the joint Legislature in the Assembly chambers on the topics of compassion, the environment, and ethical leadership.
California Initiative Backers Keep Up Fund-raising Pace | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Possible November initiatives have raised $3.3 million since signature deadline
Apple Snubs Trump, Cozies Up To GOP Speaker Ryan - Eastbaytimes.com
e Ayesha @ eastbaytimes.com
The decision, first reported by Politico and confirmed Monday by this news organization, separates Apple from other tech giants such as Facebook and Google that decided to play a role in the convention. With Trump firing his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Monday amid floundering poll numbers, analysts said that Apple's move also illustrates a growing view among the tech elite that Trump will likely have about as much staying power as Windows Vista.
Aetna-humana Merger Gets California Regulator's Approval
A California regulator is approving Aetna's proposed acquisition of rival health insurer Humana.
Huckabee: Lewandowski Firing Shows Why Trump Should Be President - Politico
Firing campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is proof that Donald Trump would make a good president, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Tuesday.
These New California Laws Take Effect July 1
Ucsf Study Links Pharma Meals To Brand-name Prescribing By Doctors | State Of Health | Kqed News
The researchers did not determine if there was a cause-and-effect relationship between payments and prescribing, a far more difficult proposition, but their study adds to a growing pile of research documenting a link between the two.
Survey Finds California Voters Opposed To Legalizing Internet Poker
A survey Monday commissioned by several Native American tribes with concerns about legalizing Internet poker in California found a majo...
Pranksters Turn Their Kitchen Into A Swimming Pool By Filling Entire Room With Water - Mirror Online
Heat Wave Raises Worries About Power Outages | Sandiegouniontribune.com
The sun shines through towers carrying electrical lines in California in this 2007 file photo. / Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Foreign Policy Staffers To Vote On Union- Politico Media
Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a fundraiser for House Speaker Paul Ryan next week as the iPhone maker tries to strengthen relationships with key Republicans...