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THE Nooner for July 8, 2016
Happy Friday! You made it! Deeplly saddened about Dallas and other shootings this week.
I've turned off the news and am instead escaping by watching Wimbledon.
POLL POSITION: Kamala Harris opens strong lead over Loretta Sanchez for U.S. Senate [Christopher Cadelado @ SacBee - Kamala "Harris, the state attorney general, has an early 15-point lead over ongresswoman [Loretta] Sanchez, 39 percent to 24 percent. But the all-Democratic confrontation is causing large numbers of likely voters, especially Republicans and conservatives, to say they will sit out the race in November.
Here is the Field Poll.
US SENATE: Loretta Sanchez has picked up the endorsement of conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt.
Sanchez Needs Hillary Voters to Win [Joel Fox @ Fox and Hounds]: "The key to California’s U.S. Senate race just may be Democratic voters who rally to the idea of electing the first woman president also wanting to set another first by voting into office the first Latina United States Senator."
A grand bargain? Gov. Jerry Brown in talks with oil companies about climate change programs [Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason @ LAT]:
Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has been talking directly with oil companies in hopes of reaching a consensus on extending California's landmark climate programs, opening a back channel with an industry the governor has harshly criticized as a barrier to addressing global warming.
The dialogue was described by sources who requested anonymity to talk about private discussions and later confirmed by the Western States Petroleum Assn., which represents oil companies in Sacramento.
Speaking of climate change, billionaire activist Tom Steyer has taken to the airwaves in an anti-Trump ad with his NextGen PAC.
CA32 (West Covina): Assemblyman's supporters flee in droves after judge issues domestic violence restraining order [Javier Panzar @ LAT] - "Hernandez has seen a dramatic erosion of political power and support in the week since Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Shelley Kaufman approved Baldwin Park City Councilwoman Susan Rubio’s request for the restraining order. Their divorce also was finalized."
FIGHT AT THE LEGISLATIVE CORRAL: Two top California Democrats feud over who owns gun control issue [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - ". . . it’s the jousting between two prominent Democrats, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, over ownership of a trendy political issue – expanding the state’s already dense regulations on guns."
It will be interesting to hear the background on how the Dallas shooter got what was clearly a high-powered rifle and whether that changes the politics in California. Neither de León nor Newsom's measures will create the sort of "Assault Weapon" ban passed in 1994. Democratic leadership backed off demands for such, as the loss of the House in 1994 and perhaps the 2000 presidential election were partially caused by the ban. Instead, the focus has moved to limiting high-capacity magazines and require registration and tracking of ammunition purchases.
It could be a very interesting end of session.
BALLOT BULGE: November’s big ballot means slow results [Joshua Stewart @ SDUT] - "Strong coffee — and lots of it —might be the only way to stay up late enough to see who ends up a winner in some races in November’s general election."
GOOD IF YOU CAN GET IT: Orange County supervisor proposes change to term limits [Jordan Graham @ OCR] - "If approved, supervisors would be allowed to serve a maximum of three four-year terms in their lifetime and could serve all three consecutively. They are currently limited to two consecutive terms, but there is no lifetime limit."
Supervisors in OC make up to $167,774, and receive up to an additional $69,613 in pension and other benefits (Source: state conller's office. Contrast that with the salary of State Assemblymembes—$100,113. Assemblymembers also don't receive a pension. County government is where it's at.
I know that the proponents frame this as a beneficial change from the current three-term limit, by removing the non-lifetime three-term limit and allow current supervisors to have their clock reset to zero.(wink-wink, nod-nod).
JOE'S ADVICE: Voters Should Focus on 3 Ballot Measures and Ignore the Rest [Joe Mathews]:
1 — Prop 55. This is the extension of the personal income tax increases that were part of Prop 30. The sales tax piece is not part of this measure and will expire.
2 — Prop 57. This is a Brown-designed measure to create more flexibility for judges in sentencing and in matters of parole.
3 — Prop 63 or the sales transit tax in Los Angeles County. (Only LA County voters will vote on the measure.
OR "If I didn’t live in L.A., I’d probably make my third measure Prop 63, the gun regulation measure pushed forward by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. The measure’s presence on the ballot is annoying politically. It’s there to help Newsom build his brand for his 2018 gubernatorial campaign. Gov. Brown could have signed similar measures into law—but he vetoed it, noting that this was on the ballot and the people should decide."
California prosecutors come out swinging against pot legalization [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "The California District Attorneys Association’s board of directors, by a unanimous vote, has moved to formalize their well-known distaste for legitimizing the drug. They join the California Police Chiefs Association as major law enforcement opponents of legalization."
Meanwhile, Sean Parker kicked in $1.25 million on Wednesday. He is now up to $3.5 million in the legalization effort.
THE 209: FBI investigating after cellphone video shows police fatally shooting unarmed man in Fresno [Virginia Rocha and Richard Winton @ LAT] - "Cellphone video showing Fresno police officers shooting an unarmed 19-year-old man lying on the ground at a gas station has sparked protests and prompted the FBI to launch an investigation."
And if the news yesterday couldn't get worse, we have this story in the Times. Latino gang members firebombed black residents to drive them out of Boyle Heights project, prosecutors allege [LAT] - "Seven Latino gang members have been charged with firebombing the homes of black families living in a Boyle Heights housing project, an attack that federal prosecutors allege was designed to drive African Americans out of the neighborhood."
The attack happened in 2014, but the indictment was just unsealed yesterday.
Zocalo Public Square launched a series/section on South Los Angeles yesterday.
POLL POSITION: What polling weighting does Rasmussen Reports do? They are consitently 6-10% off from the polling averages. For the home schoolers, polling is all about projecting turnout and weighting the raw sample accordingly.
PARKED: GOP can't hitch ride in Uber convention plans [Tony Romm @ Politico] - "While Uber will serve as the official transportation provider for the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, offering an exclusive service that shuttles delegates and other top party officials around town, that perk won't be available to the GOP because the two sides failed to reach a deal, the company told POLITICO."
NO DEAL: California state maintenance workers reject deal, authorize strike [Rachel Cohrs @ SacBee] - "The deal would have increased workers’ pay 10 percent through 2019, but would have required them to pay nearly half of the increase back toward retiree health benefits. The non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office reported that the tentative deal would have increased payroll and benefit costs to taxpayers more than any deal with Unit 12 since at least 2005."
THE ESCALATOR: BART bond measure tax double what agency claims [Daniel Borenstein @ BANG] - "When BART officials rolled out their $3.5 billion bond measure planned for the November ballot, they said repayment would cost the average homeowner about $35 to $55 annually for 30 years. In fact, the average annual property tax for a home would be roughly twice that. And it would last for 48 years, according to BART's own projections."
GREAT READ: Does the New Assault on Super PACs from Liberal “Dream Team” Have a Shot? Maybe, in this Post-Scalia World [Rick Hasen @ ElectionLawBlog] - "But now things have changed with the death of Justice Scalia, and there is a narrow path to a Supreme Court victory. There’s no way that the new complaint gets anywhere the the deadlocked FEC. If the FEC Republican commissioners won’t even enforce the weak disclosure laws we have, they are not going to bite on this."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Long Beach's Celina Luna and Consumer Attorneys's Lee-Ann Tratten!
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