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THE Nooner for June 27, 2016
Happy Monday! Summer (legislative) break is only four days away. Get ready for #LegislatorsGoneWild!
It's supposed to be 105 degrees here today and I was just informed that I need to keep my garage door open as painters tackle the exterior. That means I need to close up my windows and balcony door that keep me cool, and will probably need to turn on my air conditioning for the first time this year.
Speaking of hot, the mercury hit extreme yesterday at the Capitol, as pro-Trump neo-Nazis conflicted with dissenters. Ten people were injured, with five stabbed. I was watching soccer at home and wondered why there was a news helicopter circling overhead (normally only a weekday occurence) and lots of firecrackers going off.
This morning, the Supreme Court rejected Texas's restrictions on abortion clinics, finding that the limitations requiring higher medical standards and hospital admissions privileges for providers consitute an "undue burden" according to Planned Parenthood v. Casey. As expected, Sacramento's Anthony Kennedy was the deciding factor, siding with the majority.
Okay, I am on fire! It's way too hot here in the Global Nooner Headquarters!
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to lobbyist Larry Doyle, the student advocate John Fraser, my friend Assemblymember Matthew Harper! I've written before, the cat in the hat, Paul Mitchell and I all attended Orange Coast College at the same time.
Billionaire Tom Steyer Is Spending Millions On Behalf Of Democrats. What Will He Get Out Of It?
Billionaire Tom Steyer is looking at a run for California governor in 2018, and in the meantime spending millions for Democrats--and himself.
Clinton Blames Republican Leaders For A "paralyzed" Congress | U.S. Elections
Clinton ticked off a list of items that GOP congressional leaders have refused to schedule for a vote. They include a proposed immigration overhaul, holding confirmation hearings to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, and strengthening background checks and banning firearms sales to people on the government no-fly list.
Almighty Nra Is All But Paper Tiger In California | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @ sacbee.com
In California, Democrats fight to carry gun legislation
Assemblywoman Bonilla, A Former Teacher, Takes On The Powerful Union
Skelton on a struggling bill to help ineffective teachers by providing coaching and requiring them to teach for three years, rather than the current two, before being granted tenure.
Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action With No Impact On UC Policy | The Daily Californian
In 1995, black students made up 6.7 percent of the incoming class at UC Berkeley, but by 1998, the figure was 3.7 percent. In 2015, freshman black students represented just 2.8 percent of the incoming class.
Supreme Court To Consider North Carolina Redistricting - Politico
The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether North Carolina's 2011 Congressional redistricting plan violated the Constitution by relying too heavily...
Proposed Seaport Village Arena Could Be A Game-changer | Sandiegouniontribune.com
The Seaport Village redevelopment project proposed by OliverMcMillan and AEG would include an 18,000-seat arena, hotels, restaurants and shops.
Trump campaign's claim that State Department gave $55.2 million to Laureate Education after hiring Bill Clinton
We check out a charge by the Trump campaign, but find no evidence to back it up.
7 Injured As Right-wing Rally At State Capitol Turns Violent - Sfgate
A melee between a right-wing marchers and counterprotesters at the state Capitol sent seven people to the hospital, at least two with “critical trauma stab wounds,” said Chris Harvey, the Sacramento Fire Department’s public information officer.
After 'brexit' Vote, Clinton Calls For 'steady, Experienced Leadership'
No Safe Place: Afghans Risked Their Lives For U.s., Now Struggle In Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
Uber, Lyft Leave Fingerprints On Sacramento Ride-hailing Bills - San Francisco Chronicle
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Faced With Harsh Election Rhetoric, Muslims And Latinos Break Bread In Orange County
The event had the look of feel-good cultural diplomacy. Rida Hamida, a Muslim of Syrian descent, led about 30 Latinos on a tour of Anaheim's Little Arabia.
How much water are top suppliers committing to save this year? Zilch.
A year after California attacked the drought with an unprecedented water rationing program that drove cities and towns to cut back 24 percent collectively, state officials have changed course and given local agencies the leeway to come up with their own water-saving goals. Nine of the 10 biggest urban water suppliers in California reported to the state last week that theyâÂÂve set conservation targets of zero âÂÂ yes, goose eggs âÂÂ meaning theyâÂÂre not committing to saving any water for the remainder of 2016. The self-set targets, which The Chronicle obtained from the individual agencies, come as California water supplies run short of historic norms amid a fifth year of punishing drought. The new goals âÂÂ or lack thereof âÂÂ are in stark contrast to the mandatory reductions of up to 36 percent ordered by the stateâÂÂs water board last June, and are worrying water experts who say the agencies canâÂÂt get loose with the taps just because California enjoyed an El NiÃ±o winter that brought near-normal rain and Sierra snow. The agencies argued they were in a better position to make water decisions than the state, and many of them were losing money because of plunging water sales. The deadline for water retailers to submit their savings goals was Wednesday, and state officials say it will be at least a week before they analyze the numbers. In interviews, local officials said the El NiÃ±o storms this past winter, while falling shy of expectations, produced enough rain and snow for reservoirs to fill up in excess of the the stateâÂÂs reserve requirement. Officials at some local agencies, like San DiegoâÂÂs utilities department, said their water future has been secured through investments in new supplies, like desalination plants. State restrictions on such activities as hosing down driveways and over-watering lawns remain in place. [...] many Californians have made conservation a habit, with some improving their homes to ensure permanent savings âÂÂ replacing lawns with turf and installing high-efficiency toilets. With the new goals in hand, state officials plan to audit the calculations made by local agencies in âÂÂstress tests,âÂÂ and they reserve the right to reject them. If we see high increases in water consumption,âÂÂ said Max Gomberg, senior environmental scientist for the state water board, âÂÂweâÂÂre likely to go back to something in line with what we had before.
How Much Water Are Top Suppliers Committing To Save This Year? Zilch. - San Francisco Chronicle
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How 5 Sf Mayors Tackled Homelessness
Art Agnos @ projects.sfchronicle.com
By Art Agnos
Supreme Court strikes restrictive Texas abortion law
The ruling is likely to galvanize anti-abortion votes in the presidential race and highlight the political fight over who will be appointed to the vacant seat on the Supreme Court.
Rep. Scott Peters Brings The World Democrats Sit-in, Via Phone App. | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Why Local Ports Aren't Sweating Panama Canal Expansion - The Orange County Register
RACHEL URANGA @ ocregister.com
A $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama Canal opening this weekend will reverberate 3,000 miles away at the massive Los Angeles and Long Beach ports complex, which for decades has been the best, fastest and cheapest route between Asia and the United States’ voracious consumer market.