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THE Nooner for July 1, 2016

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Happy July! The Legislature is gone and lobbyists are wearing their shorts to beat the heat, although we're forecasted to return to the 80s next week. 

While the Legislature is gone, the governor's corner office is busy dealing with bills sent to him before the legislative recess. This morning, he signed six of the gun control measures sent to him this week. And, with that, the big question is what happens to Gavin Newsom's initiative as many of the issues are now law.

Today, the minimum wage in San Francisco increased to $13/hour.

GUNS: 'This is a historic day': California lawmakers send governor sweeping gun control package [Patrick McGreevy and Jazmine Ulloa @ LAT]: "Spurred by outrage over recent mass shootings, California lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown an unprecedented package of gun control bills, including a ban on the sale of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines, background checks for those buying ammunition and new restrictions on homemade firearms."

A BLAZIN': California's very long November ballot is now official —  and it might get even longer [John Myers @LAT] - "California elections officials announced Thursday that 17 measures have earned a spot on the Nov. 8 statewide ballot, a bumper crop of voter choices ranging from marijuana legalization to repeal of the death penalty and even new workplace rules for actors in adult movies."

Here is the list.



ABSENT: Political participation among California communities of color dismal, report finds [Mary Plummer @ KPCC] - "A new report released Thursday finds that California still has a long way to go to improve political participation among its residents, particularly those who are Asian Americans, African Americans and Latinos." 

THE 213: Touchscreen ballots and a choice in polling stations could be the future of voting in L.A. County [Abby Sewell @ LAT] - "County Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan envisions a future system in which, instead of being directed to designated polling stations on a single Tuesday, voters will be able to choose from hundreds of voting centers around the county during a 10-day window leading up to election day."

IMMIGRATION: Orange County's GOP Congress members fight health-care expansion to undocumented immigrants [Roxana Kopetman @ OCR] - "GOP Reps. Darrell Issa, Dana Rohrabacher, Ed Royce and Mimi Walters joined five other members of Congress from California in signing a June 24 letter to federal health and treasury officials. They are urging authorities to reject an application from California requesting a waiver to give those here illegally the ability to buy unsubsidized health insurance through Covered California, the state's exchange."

LEGACY: Why Jerry Brown likes idea of mandatory service for young people [David Siders @ SacBee] - "One week before the 40th anniversary of the California Conservation Corps, which he started when he was governor before, Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday that he favors the idea of national, mandatory service for young people." 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to USD's Scott Himelstein, consultants Robert Kaplan and Denise Ng, and Kaiser's John Stratman!




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November ballot crowded with weighty measures
California voters will face a long and weighty list of statewide ballot measures this November — 17 measures in all made Thursday’s fall election deadline and they include big decisions on the death penalty, marijuana use and taxes on the wealthy. Among the issues voters will decide are whether Death Row inmates should be executed faster or not at all in two competing measures. Other initiatives would legalize the recreational use of marijuana, require background checks for ammunition sales, overturn a 1998 initiative that banned bilingual instruction in public schools and overhaul the state’s prison parole rules to allow inmates to be released earlier. Inmates would face life without parole and could, if ordered to, pay 60 percent of wages earned while incarcerated to victim restitution. Opponents say shortening appeals increases the likelihood of executing innocent inmates. The tax, which primarily funds K-12 schools and community colleges, is paid by individuals earning more than $250,000 and couples making more than $500,000. Proponents argue the extension is needed to prevent billions in cuts to schools and vital services, while opponents say Prop. 30 was temporary and should remain that way. The Legislature placed this initiative on the ballot to repeal most of Proposition 227, the 1998 measure that barred bilingual education programs in public schools. Should money charged for paper bags be sent to a special fund for environmental projects? If the plastic bag ban becomes effective, this initiative would require bag fees charged by grocery and retail stores for paper bags to be sent to a fund administered by the Wildlife Conservation Board. Sponsored by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the measure would also ban possession of large-capacity rifle magazines, require gun owners to notify police when their weapons are lost or stolen and create new procedures for confiscating guns from persons prohibited from possessing them. The initiative would let inmates with nonviolent offenses seek parole after serving time on their primary offense, while erasing secondary offenses or enhancements with good behavior. Should voters authorize $9 billion in general obligation bonds for new school construction and modernization, with $2 billion for community colleges and the rest divided among K-12 districts, charter schools and vocational education? Should the state be barred from issuing more than $2 billion in public infrastructure bonds without voter approval if repaying those bonds would require an increase in taxes or fees? Supporters say the initiative ensures the state doesn’t have a blank check while opponents, like the governor, say it would result in costly delays in repairing roads, buildings and water systems. The proposition would make producers, distributors, talent agents and in some cases performers liable for violations. Should lawmakers wait 72 hours after a bill is made public before voting on it except in cases of a public emergency? Should the amount state agencies pay for a prescription drug be capped to match what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays? Supporters say the measure would lower drug prices on lifesaving treatments, while opponents say the measure would reduce the availability of some drugs and impact research on new drugs. The controversial 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling opened the door for unlimited spending by corporations and unions in federal candidate campaigns. Should lawmakers be required to meet a two-thirds majority vote — instead of a simple majority vote — when they divert Medi-Cal fees meant to fund health care for the state’s poor?

Why Jerry Brown Likes Idea Of Mandatory Service For Young People | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
California governor discusses the value of public service, working up a ‘good sweat’

Lawmakers Give Final Approval To A $2-billion Bond To Help House The Homeless
A bipartisan group of legislators sent Gov. Jerry Brown a $2-billion bond measure on Thursday that would provide housing for the homele...

Jerry Brown Likely To Take Mixed Action On Guns Before European Vacation | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
California governor plans to act on gun bills by Friday

The Tough Politics Of Tax Reform :: Fox&hounds
The council was instructed not to deal with the spending side of the budget. That is a glaring omission. If one is trying to determine how much revenue is needed to run the state, spending reforms must be considered.

Measure To Speed Up Executions In California Qualifies For November Ballot
An initiative that aims to speed up executions in California qualified for the Nov. 8 ballot on Thursday, making it one of two competin...

Audio: Political Participation Among California Communities Of Color Dismal, Report Finds | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
FILE: A new report finds that white Californians join protests at greater rates than African Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos in the state. Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

Voters Will Weigh Extension Of Temporary Taxes On California's Wealthy Taxpayers In November
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When Does A California Governor Fail To Cut The Budget? Rarely. | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Gov. Jerry Brown didn’t veto anything in the spending plan for the fiscal year that starts today

Northern California Has Highest Costs In The U.S. To Deliver A Baby | Price Check | State Of Health | Kqed News
Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area ranked as the most expensive places to have a baby of 30 major metropolitan regions in the U.S. according to an analysis released Thursday.

Trailhead Fire Expands As Breezes Spark Concern Over Spot Fires | The Sacramento Bee
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Blaze has burned 1,264 acres and is 12 percent contained

California Lawmakers Send Broad Package Of Gun Control Bills To Gov. Jerry Brown
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California's Vaccine Law: Opponents Moving, Home Schooling To Avoid Controversial Mandate -
In San Jose, Kristen Kinne is checking out real estate in Idaho for the same reason. And an East Bay mom is considering going to an "underground network" of doctors to get a medical exemption for her 3 1/2-year-old son from a new law requiring nearly all California schoolchildren to be fully vaccinated -- regardless of their parents' personal or religious beliefs.

Senate Says Goodbye To The Blackberry, At Last - Politico
Marco Rubio's reversal and a devastating story on Democrats' favored candidate could upend a race central to the battle for Senate control.

New Vaccine Law: Some Questions And Answers -
A. Senate Bill 277 requires almost all California children who attend private or public schools to be fully vaccinated regardless of their parents' personal or religious beliefs. Unvaccinated children can attend schools only if they obtain a medical exemption from a doctor.

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Orange County D.a. Threatened With Lawsuit Over Jailhouse Informants - The Orange County Register
The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the latest salvo in the group’s onging investigation into the county’s use of jailhouse informants.