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THE Nooner for June 29, 2016

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Good morning. Thank you, Amazon, but I bought those items a year ago.

Actually, it's not a good morning as we get the news out of Istanbul. 41 people killed and 239 injured, and it's back to business as usual at the airport.

Speaking of thanks, a big note of gratitude goes out to labor lobbyist Angie Wei for sharing her family's immigration story. She didn't realize she was from an undocumented family until after she was working for the California Immigration Rights Collaborative, where I first met her during the discussions on welfare reform as a kiddie lobbyist for community colleges.

3 SF supervisors move to put tech tax on November ballot [Emily Green @ SFChron] - "Highly paid tech workers are often blamed for the city’s housing crisis. Now, three supervisors want to levy a tax on technology companies in an effort to make them pay for the city’s two biggest woes: the high cost of housing and homelessness."

This is batsh** crazy. San Francisco has always been home to a social-political divide. Before tech, it was high finance. Yes, housing and homelessness are huge issues, but you don't target a huge part of your economy to solve it. Sales tax, sure. But a tax that targets a handful of companies is basically an eviction that your own housing laws wouldn't allow.

 

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WATER FOUND! California has a lot more water than some think, new Stanford study suggests [Shelby Grad @ LAT] - "A Stanford University study released Monday said the state has three times more groundwater located in deep aquifers than earlier estimated." 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Wilk's Matthew Dobler, LBUSD trustee Megan Kerr, former Assemblymember Henry Perea, CSU Fresno's Larry Salinas, EdTrust's Raquel Simental, Assemblymember Das Williams and communications guru Richard Wiebe!

 

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Initiative To Legalize Recreational Use Of Pot In California Qualifies For November Ballot
latimes.com
An initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California is expected qualify for the ballot on Tuesday as the campaign jumped out to a big fundraising lead

UC Spent $158,000 On Campaign To Counter Critical State Audit | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
sacbee.com
Campaign included rebuttal report, digital ads, radio sponsorships

All Things Clinton
Chris Megerian, Matt Ballinger, Eben McCue and Lily Mihalik @
latimes.com
Hillary Clinton is the first woman to top a major party's presidential ticket. A former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of State, the Democratic candidate hopes to become the 45th president of the United States. All things Trump

California Teachers Against Union Fees Lose Last-ditch Supreme Court Bid - Eastbaytimes.com
Greg Stohr, Bloomberg @
eastbaytimes.com
The court on March 29 announced the deadlock, which left in place a lower court decision lets more than 20 states continue to require public-sector workers to pay union fees.

California Keeps Gender-based Pricing For Retail Goods | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
sacbee.com
‘Gender price discrimination’ bill pulled from consideration

3 Sf Supervisors Move To Put Tech Tax On November Ballot - San Francisco Chronicle
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Teacherâ
sfgate.com
Security at a Berkeley middle school was beefed up after the principal received a “vulgar and poorly written” email threat over a teacher’s involvement in a counterprotest to a neo-Nazi rally at the state Capitol building in Sacramento over the weekend that turned into a bloody melee.

Brock Turner Case: Bill To Mandate Prison For Sexually Assaulting Unconscious Victim Clears Committee
mercurynews.com
Assembly Bill 2888, authored by Assemblymen Evan Low, D-Silicon Valley, and Bill Dodd, D-Napa, seeks to close a loophole in current law that made Turner eligible for probation because his victim was unconscious during the attack. It was approved by the committee unanimously.

Republicans Release Benghazi Report But Find No New Evidence Against Hillary Clinton
latimes.com
After an exhaustive and politically charged investigation that went on for years and cost millions of dollars, Republicans on the House Benghazi committee

California May Take Closer Look At Treatment Courts For Veterans | The California Report | Kqed News
ww2.kqed.org
Reilly says the courts have proved to be successful. She says the study could provide more information on how best to treat veterans.

Salton Sea Restoration Gets $80.5 Million In State Budget | Kpbs
Brooke Ruth @
kpbs.org
The Salton Sea is 100 miles east of San Diego and is fed by runoff from Imperial County farms. A water transfer agreement that sends water from Imperial County farms to the San Diego region and the Coachella Valley has reduced the amount of water going into the sea. This has caused wildlife habitat to suffer and has increased the amount of airborne dust from the exposed land. This is expected to worsen when mitigation water is scheduled to stop going into the sea at the end of 2017.

Manson Murderer's 'disturbingly Distorted' Views Should Prevent Her Release From Prison, D.a. Says
latimes.com
The Los Angeles County district attorney has asked Gov. Jerry Brown to deny parole for former  Manson “family” member Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted along with other members of the cult in the 1969 killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

Russian Minister Accuses U.S. Government Of Using Netflix For Mind Control
msn.com
© Photo via Orange is the New Black/Facebook orange is the new black red Netflix has come to Russia, where it is a joy to some and a U.S. government mind control experiment to others.

Puerto Rico Relief Measure Clears a Senate Hurdle
nytimes.com
The Senate voted to limit debate on a bill to let the island restructure its $72 billion debt, with a final vote expected Wednesday or Thursday.

Darryl Glenn: 'Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.' | Campaign 2016

Republican Senate candidate Darryl Glenn talks about his experience growing up black in Colorado in this campaign video posted on Facebook.

How Obama will campaign for Clinton
politico.com
Hillary could use a little more excitement around her candidacy. The president thinks he can help generate it by making an affirmative case for her election.

City Closer To Finalizing Homeless Housing Funding Measure For Ballot | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
Tents used by the homeless line a downtown Los Angeles street with the skyline behind Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Damian Dovarganes/AP

Efforts to fight Zika fail as lawmakers play politics with looming health crisis

Doctors and advocacy groups are dismayed by inaction as nation girds for outbreak

Trump Returning To California For High-dollar Fundraiser
latimes.com
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is headed to Southern California days before the Republican National Convention for a...