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THE Nooner for June 30, 2016
Happy June 30! Today is the deadline for legislative measures to qualify for the November ballot, as well as the last day for proponents of qualified initiatives to withdraw them. It's also (likely) the last day of the legislative session until the Legislature reconvenes August 1.
THE READ DU JOUR: At the corner of power and poverty [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - "Bridging these two worlds is Debbie Bartley, a 55-year-old grandmother who stands across the street selling Homeward, a newspaper produced by homeless people. She chats with the political staffers and lobbyists who give her a few dollars as they pass by. Then she buys food for people who sleep on these streets."
A few months ago, I was working at the tables outside of Chicory. I had ignored Bartley's "sales" pitch for years. Then, I watched as she tended to the down-trodden panhandling within the table area. "You can't do that in here," she said and escorted them out. I've always been a "I gave at the office" type of person, but her compassion for all involved made me want to buy as many papers from her as possible.
It's a strange day in the Capitol, with guns at the center, as parliamentary procedure rules take over in the debate over gun regulations, oddly with Republicans arguing in favor of Gavin Newsom's gun initiative.
The SHI**** of all shows: Human body parts found near beach volleyball site for Olympics in Rio [Chuck Schilken @ LAT] - "A human foot and another body part were found washed ashore Wednesday on Rio's Copacabana Beach, just in front of the venue where beach volleyball will be played during the Olympics in a matter of weeks, according to police near the site."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Clean Tech Advocates's Patrick Leathers, Loyola Law's outstanding elections prof Jessica Levinson, and strategist Dan Sharp!
Ballot Measure Threatens Bullet Train, Delta Tunnels
The "No Blank Checks Initiative," bankrolled with $4.5 million from Stockton farmer and businessman Dean Cortopassi, would require a public vote on any state project in which $2 billion or more in revenue bonds would be issued. And since both the bullet train and twin-tunnels projects would most likely require that kind of financing, voters could ultimately get a chance to decide their fate.
California Drug Price Transparency Bill Clears Key Health Committee | State Of Health | Kqed News
A measure that would compel pharmaceutical companies to disclose and justify drug price increases overcame a show of skepticism by Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday afternoon, passing the Assembly Health Committee 12-4 on a party-line vote.
Chargers Stadium Initiative Faces Higher Vote Hurdle | Sandiegouniontribune.com
This rendering of the Chargers proposed stadium and convention center shows the building as it might look when it hosts a Super Bowl.
No Budget Cuts? There May Be A Reason :: Fox&hounds
Governor Jerry Brown did not find one spending item to cut when he approved the state budget. This is a rare occurrence. In fact, you have to go way back to 1982 to find a governor who did not veto a single item in the budget. That governor was one Jerry Brown in the last year of his first go-around as chief executive. Could it be he made the decision not to cut from the new budget because the overall budget is projected to be slightly smaller than the most recent state budget?
Billionaire Tom Steyer Won't Decide Whether To Run For Governor Until After November
As he attended a Capitol rally Wednesday with the head of the United Farm Workers and later gave a speech to the Harry S. Truman Democr...
California Lawmakers Punt Once Again On Teacher Tenure | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Bill to change how state retains and fire teachers fell short in committee
Assembly Resolution Asks Gov. Jerry Brown For A Homeless State Of Emergency
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Drug Use Up In Prisons With Intensive Programs - The Orange County Register
DON THOMPSON @ ocregister.com
SACRAMENTO – Drug use behind bars appears to have increased since California started using drug-sniffing dogs and machinery to try to stop smuggling at state prisons, where overdose deaths are nearly five times the national rate, records show.
UC Spends $158,000 On Publicity Campaign After Negative State Audit Report | The Daily Californian
Update 6/29/16: This story has been updated to reflect an interview with UCSA President Kevin Sabo.
Big Fish In Small Pond: No Room For Bass In Gov. Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnel Plan
Big agriculture interests trying to kill off popular game fish in the delta because they eat protected baby salmon, and because they’re not California natives.
Rep. Valadao Has Change Of Heart On Donald Trump As GOP Nominee | Fresno Bee
Razi Syed @ fresnobee.com
Rep. David Valadao says he will not support either candidate in the presidential election
Mayor, Business Groups Line Up To Fight S.F. Tech Tax Proposal | Sf Homeless Project | News Fix | Kqed News
Mayor Ed Lee, at least one of his political allies on the Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and a group that represents the city’s tech sector are fighting a new proposal to tax the technology industry.
Senate Will Vote On Pat Toomey's 'sanctuary Cities' Bill - Politico
GOP candidate prepares to sue city over tax bill for his luxury development on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Initiative Redirecting Plastic Bag Fees To Environmental Causes Qualifies For November Ballot
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Exonerated Man Thanks San Diego Lawyers, Students | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Bill Richards hugged Goli Heidari, a student from the California Innocence Project who helped get his murder charges dismissed by the San Bernardino DA Tuesday. William Richards was found guilty of murder in 2009 of the murder of his wife after three trials. Heidari worked on his case this year. — K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune
California House Republicans Ask President Obama To Halt Benefits For Immigrants In The U.S. Illegally
Nine California Republican House members are asking the Obama administration to reject California's application to extend benefits unde...
Mitt Romney: ‘my Family Wanted Me To Run Again’ - Politico
He says his own committee's bipartisan work on the NCLB education bill created a clear template for finding common ground on health care.
Google Finds Nightmarish 'potentially Devastating' Symantec And Norton Flaws
Security flaws called by Google “as bad as it gets” that left users of Symantec computer-security products including Norton AntiVirus and 360 vulnerable to “devastating consequences” has been fixed, Symantec said Wednesday.
Watchdog: Water Fight May Leave Some O.C. Customers With Bigger Bills - The Orange County Register
TERI SFORZA @ ocregister.com
If recycled water is part of the equation for figuring how much water is used – and thus how much cheap water may be pumped from the ground – here's how costs would change for cities and agencies. Most would have to pump less cheap ground water and buy more expensive imported water to replace it.
Lawmakers Want To Make Rape Survivor's Letter Required Reading | Kpbs
Megan Burks @ kpbs.org
Millions have read it. Now Reps. Susan Davis and Juan Vargas, both San Diego Democrats, want to ensure future generations also read the letter written by a woman who was raped by a Stanford University student in 2015. The letter went viral this year because of its raw account of what unfolded after the attack.
California Virtual Academies: Bill Targeting For-profit Operator K12 Inc. Clears First Committee Vote - Eastbaytimes.com
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla introduced Assembly Bill 1084 in response to this newspaper's investigation of K12 Inc., the publicly traded Virginia company behind a profitable but low-performing network of "virtual" academies serving about 15,000 students across the state.
Congressional Memo: Bernie Sanders Returns to the Capitol, His Campaign in Tow
Sounding campaign themes and exploring the reaches of his newfound clout, the senator looked to turn an apparent defeat in the primaries into success in Congress.
Misty Snow, transgender Senate candidate, on her background
At a debate June 14, Senate candidate Misty Snow (D-Utah) said her economic background would make her the right person to fight for working and middle class Americans. Snow won her primary fight June 28.
Tenant Activists Lose Fight Against Hollywood Building's Conversion Into A Hotel
A Hollywood apartment building is on its way to becoming a hotel, after Los Angeles lawmakers rejected the arguments of tenant activists who warned it would worsen the housing crisis.