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THE Nooner for June 25, 2016

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Yesterday's ballot update from counties turned in over 100,000 ballots, and there are 605,824 left to validate and count. Most of those are provisionals, which have a much lower validity rate than absentee ballots.

Also, can we stop using the phrase "late absentee ballots"? There is no such thing. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, and received by county election officers no later than 3 days after Election Day to count. Thus, voters are complying with law. The conspiracy theories that I see are that ballots are being collected after the deadline, for which there is no evidence.

The reason for the prolonged counting period is the proliferation of absentee ballots. Unlike ballots at polling places, absentees have to be manually checked for validity.

I didn't see any major changes in the updated results.

Speaking of results, Northern Ireland scored the lone goal for Wales in this morning's Round of 16 match, losing 1-0. Pretty crappy week for the U.K. all around! And, while we're on the topic of the pitch, you have to see this kick.

SCOTUS: Monday is the last sitting of the Supreme Court, and it's expected to issue three opinions. All eyes are on Sacramento's Anthony Kennedy (when are they not) in the case challenging Texas's restrictions on abortion clinics.

MONEY MATTERS: British EU exit could sting California, but the price of Scotch might fall [David Siders, Jon Ortiz, and Mark Glover @ SacBee] - "In California – by recent figures the world’s sixth-largest economy – the exit threatened to hurt exports to the United Kingdom. The significance of the exit to the state economy was unclear. But before the vote, the Brown administration had classified the possibility as a risk."

DELTA: Judge invalidates long-fought Delta management plan [Ryan Sabalow @ SacBee] - "Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny ruled that the entire Delta Plan must be “set aside” until deficiencies he noted in an earlier ruling are fixed. State officials say they plan to appeal."

GUNS: Newsom camp calls De León gun change ‘shockingly, sickeningly cynical’ [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee]:

Prompting an accusation of “self-serving” political manipulation, California’s state Senate leader has amended a gun control bill that would alter a key section in a ballot initiative backed by a fellow Democrat.

Each side believes its plan for regulating ammunition purchases is the most effective. Now de León has amended Senate Bill 1235 so that, should both measures pass, the Senate bill’s approach to regulating ammunition sales would preempt and replace the corresponding section in the voter-approved initiative.

Newsom’s version would vet prospective ammunition buyers in advance through Department of Justice background checks. De León’s would use an existing database of people prohibited from owning guns at the point of sale. If both measures pass, SB 1235 would leave intact other sections of the initiative dealing with areas like ammunition vendor licensing.


The deadline for proponents to withdraw initiatives this Thursday, June 30.




LABoS: Race for Antonovich county seat remains in limbo [Abby Sewell @ LAT]:

The outcome of the primary election has been in limbo since June 7. Out of eight candidates, [Michael] Antonovich’s chief of staff, Kathryn Barger, finished first by a comfortable margin, winning about 30% of the vote. But the second spot remains in question.

Darrell Park, an entrepreneur and former White House Office of Management and Budget staffer, was second in the initial vote count, by a margin of about 400 votes, with state Sen. Bob Huff third. Barger and Huff are Republicans, as is Antonovich; Park is a Democrat.

ALSO IN THE 213: Bill that would allow giant digital billboards in downtown L.A. draws heat [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "State lawmakers have resurrected a controversial bill that could allow  developers to erect several giant electronic billboards around the $1-billion Metropolis high-rise project in downtown Los Angeles."

$$$: L.A. “No Sunset” Sales Tax Headed for the Ballot, Can it Get 2/3 Vote? [Joel Fox @ Fox and Hounds] - "The Los Angeles area business community said they were ready to battle for the half-cent sales tax dedicated for transportation. They better roll up their sleeves and get ready for a tough fight. The reason? The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted 11 -2 to put the tax on the November ballot with no end date, “no sunset” in the parlance of the board."

LABELS: California winemakers press for stricter label rules [Michael Doyle @ SacBee] - "It’s also about more than just the famed Napa Valley. If successful, supporters say, the regulatory effort will help protect the names of all of California’s wine-making regions, of which there are many."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to former senator Sam Blakeslee, Assemblymember Mike Gipson, and fundraiser Larry Kaplan!




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Here's What Britain's Vote To Leave The Eu Tells Us About The U.S. Presidential Election
The Britons who voted to take their country out of the European Union were predominantly white, working class, older and deeply upset about immigration.

British Eu Exit Could Sting California, But The Price Of Scotch Might Fall | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders, Jon Ortiz and Mark Glover @
Experts warn Britain’s vote could affect California exports, state budget

California Budget's To-do List Includes Helping The Homeless And Protecting Orcas
Lawmakers may have sent a new budget to Gov. Jerry Brown last week, but their work still isn’t done. They’re still hashing out details on a variety of related measures.

Should Taxpayers Foot Bill For Public Union Orientation Meetings? | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Assembly Bill 2835 would require on-site conferences

Supes redirect $60 million before forwarding budget
The Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee Friday redirected $60 million in the mayor’s budget proposal to housing the homeless, public safety, LGBT services, programs for at-risk youth and food security needs. The growth growth reflects San Francisco’s economic rebound. Since 2011-12, the budget has grown by 41 percent. Overall, the priorities outlined in the mayor’s budget are to address homelessness, violence prevention and police reform and the reallocation largely fell in line with those goals. “This budget year was extremely challenging, given all of our dynamics on the board but I was proud to invest in the top priorities our residents expect to see and to continue to place record amounts into our budget reserves to protect against the next economic downturn,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who chairs the committee. Reallocated money — about $2.5 million — will also help launch Getting to Zero, a health initiative that aims to end all new HIV infections in San Francisco. “While we had formulated a very strong and innovative plan to attain those gaols, the funding to implement the plan was lacking,” Wiener said. Lee said he was happy with how the committee chose to reinvest the money, like neighborhood safety and police reform. $7 million to LGBT specific services and Getting to Zero, an initiative to get to zero new HIV infections in San Francisco

Race For Antonovich County Seat Remains In Limbo
The latest round of vote-counting released by the Los Angeles County registrar shows an outsider candidate maintaining his lead over a state senator in a close contest for a runoff spot.

For The Mayor-elect, A Hyphen Separates Power And Preference | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria and Ryan Lillis @
Darrell Steinberg wants a say in hiring new city manager

The Crowd Went Wild When President Obama Dined At A San Francisco Restaurant Last Night - Sfgate
When President Barack Obama walked through the door at San Francisco's trendy Twenty Five Lusk, he coolly pulled off his shades, and the crowd went wild.

California Winemakers Press For Stricter Label Rules | The Sacramento Bee
Michael Doyle @
Federal officials propose restricting when wines can carry designations like ‘Napa Valley’

Class-action Suit Filed Against Long Beach Over Stings Targeting Gay Men
The attorney who argued the Long Beach Police Department unfairly targeted gay men when conducting lewd conduct stings earlier this year has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the city.

Trump Up, Obama Down After Shocking Brexit Vote | Thehill
Ian Swanson @
The Dow Jones industrial average was down nearly 500 points at midday. Markets had gone up a day earlier, with traders signaling their belief that Great Britain would vote to stay in the EU.

Proposal Would Ease Removal Of Wayward Officials |
Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner the defendant in a sexual harrassment suit against him filed by Stacy McKenzie, testified from the witness stand on Monday, March 28, 2016.

Doctors, lawmakers & MADD push for ignition-control device
Libby Rainey @
Mothers and medical experts gathered at an East Bay trauma center Friday to advocate for a bill that they say could save thousands of lives and help put an end to drunk driving. The proposed legislation would require people convicted of a DUI to have a breathalyzer installed in their vehicle to test blood alcohol content before they can turn on the ignition. Current state law leaves it up to judges to decide if the technology should be installed in a convicted drunk driver’s car. State legislators, trauma doctors and representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving gathered at a news conference outside the John Muir Medical Center emergency department in Walnut Creek to push for the legislation’s passage. The bill, SB1046, would expand on a pilot program launched in 2010 that requires drunk driving offenders to use car breathalyzers, known as ignition interlocks, in four counties: According to data gathered by MADD, ignition interlocks have prevented nearly 150,000 attempts at drunk driving since the pilot program began.

California House Members Were The Public's Eyes During The Democrats' Gun Control Sit-in
Americans watching as House Democrats occupied the floor of the U.S. House Wednesday and part of Thursday were getting a first-person perspective through the cell phones of California congressmen.

President Obama To Entrepreneurs: We Need Your Help - San Francisco Chronicle
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Hillary Clinton: 'Nuestra Historia' | Campaign 2016

Hillary Clinton's Democratic presidential campaign releases the first Spanish-language television ad of the general election.

LaDWP Sees No Need For State-mandated Water Conservation | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
The Reflecting Pool surrounds Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles. The agency says it has enough water to meet demand despite three more years of drought, and no longer needs to continue state-mandated water conservation. Kevin Ferguson/KPCC

Lake Sonoma, Nearly Full, Reflects Ample Local Water Supply For Summer | The Press Democrat

What Economic Fallout Can You Expect To See In United States From Brexit Vote?
Today's high

Lucas Gives Up On Chicago For His Museum, Seeks California Site - San Francisco Chronicle
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On Brexit and immigration ruling, Libertarian presidential hopeful swerves

Gary Johnson is siding generally with Republicans on the meaning of Brexit, while sounding a bit like Democrats on the Supreme Court's decision to maintain a stay on President Obama's order to allow many undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation.