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THE Nooner for July 9, 2016
Good morning America, how are you? Don't you know that I'm your Nooner son...
I saw an article this morning complaining about the amount of time it took to count some 2 million ballots from the June 7 ballot. A couple of thoughts. First, each absentee and provisional ballot has be to be individually verified. So, you're taking a one-minute process at a polling place and converting into a five minute process at the elections office (registration validation (for provisionals), signature validation, opening the envelope and running it through the counter). Secondly, county election offices are just above highway animal carcass collection in terms of funding.
As someone who re-registered online two years ago, the county has my DMV signature from, what, 12 years ago. I don't know about you, but my signature is much different, mostly because we don't sign many things anymore. (When was the last time you wrote a check?) My bank questioned mine a couple of years ago over that which opened my account more than 20 years ago.
As, voters, sure, we wanted unlimited absentee voting. But, we also created a costly and time-expensive voting method. Studies show that all mail-in ballots (like Oregon are cheaper, but the hybrid of polling places show the expense and time-consuming nature of the method.
US SENATE: Biden expected to endorse in California's U.S. Senate race [Phil Willon @ LAT] - "Vice President Joe Biden is expected to endorse California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, according to a source familiar with his decision."
Many Bernie Sanders delegates are new to the Democratic Party [Seema Mehta & Maloy Moore @ LAT] - "Many of California’s Democratic delegates backing second-place finisher Bernie Sanders share a notable trait with their candidate — they are new converts to the party."
CAPITOL CLOSURE: Concerns about rally prompt early closure of state Capitol [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "No group has received a permit to rally at the Capitol today. The rally by Black Lives Matter is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. near 10th and L streets, according to posts on Twitter. Attempts to reach rally organizers were unsuccessful."
Legislative staffers--whose bosses are mostly out of town--didn't mind the closure on a Friday.
EXIT PATH: Former Honda advisor running for Santa Clara City Council [Ramona Girawgis @ MercNews] - "Ahmad Rafah, the former deputy communications director and business/tech policy advisor to Congressman Mike Honda, stunned some political insiders by throwing his name into the hat. Some speculated that Rafah is part of a bigger plan — fueled by business interests and possibly the San Francisco 49ers — to overthrow the council majority led by Mayor Lisa Gillmor."
THE 510: Seven arrests in anti-police protest that shut down I-880 [Katrina Cameron and Harry Harris @ BANG] - "A night of protests, in solidarity with nationwide anti-police brutality events, saw thousands march Thursday night in downtown Oakland and onto Interstate 880, shutting down the freeway for four hours."
#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Kimberly Ellis, Dana Ferry, and Mark Rosso!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Proponents Planning A Redo Of Stalled Water-train Initiative
A postponed ballot initiative is about agricultural water, not so much about the bullet train.
CSU Cries Foul On Research Grants In San Onofre Deal | Sandiegouniontribune.com
California State University is wading into the disputed San Onofre settlement, urging utility regulators to spread some of the $25 million set aside for greenhouse gas research to institutions outside the University of California network.
Group Marches At State Capitol To Protest Police Shootings Of Black Men | The Sacramento Bee
Cathy Locke @ sacbee.com
Demonstrators chant “We want justice” and “Hands up, don’t shoot.”
British Government Rejects Petition For Second Eu Vote – Politico
Referendum on Brexit ‘was a once in a generation vote,’ the government statement said.
Report Finds 'dark Money' Dip In California - Capradio.org
Ben Bradford @ capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826
Audio: More Delays For California's Voter Registration Database Project | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
FILE: Voter registration and sample pamphlets in multiple languages were available after a naturalization ceremony at the L.A. Convention Center. Benjamin Brayfield/KPCC
For Many Cops In L.A., The Dallas Sniper Attack Was 'worst Nightmare'
The first call of the night: a fight at a Compton apartment complex with a machete, maybe a handgun.
California Attorney General Probe Leads To $168.5 Million Settlement With For-profit Online School Operator
The settlement comes almost three months after the Bay Area News Group published a two-part investigative series on the publicly-traded Virginia company, which runs a network of profitable but low-performing online charter schools serving about 15,000 students across the state.
Police Deaths In Dallas Deepen Debate On Racism, Violence, Law Enforcement
Clinton: 'There is something wrong in our country'
She pledges $1 billion in her first budget as president toward research for police training aimed at eliminating bias in law enforcement. She also promises nationwide guidelines for use of force.
Sanders secures promises from Clinton on health care ahead of expected endorsement
The senator from Vermont is likely to voice full support for his Democratic rival on Tuesday.
San Bruno Trial: Pg&e Knew Of Widespread Pipeline Hazards Before Blast, Internal Emails Reveal - Eastbaytimes.com
The testimony appeared to bolster federal prosecutors' case that PG&E operated amid a culture that placed profits ahead of safety.
Ap News: The Orange County Register
The Associated Press @ hosted2.ap.org
Police Officers Resentful, Afraid And Less Motivated After Dallas Massacre, Gardena Chief Says
For more than two decades now, law enforcement agencies have pushed officers to build bonds with the communities they patrol, shedding the “warrior cop” image in favor of cooperation and collaboration.
Bay Area Comes To Grips With Growing Racial Divide After Dallas Police Shootings - Eastbaytimes.com
Matthew Artz and Katy Murphy, Staff writers @ eastbaytimes.com
The country, simmering under the heat of a chaotic presidential race and the tension of increasingly volatile race relations, is reeling after a sniper in Dallas struck down five white police officers and police in Louisiana and Minnesota killed two black men -- all in 68 hours.
Some See Peaceful Resolution Of S.F. Standoff As Positive Sign - San Francisco Chronicle
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'we Will Get Justice': Family Pleads For Investigation Into Fatal Police Shooting Of Unarmed Teen
The family of an unarmed 19-year-old Fresno man refuted claims by police that he told them he hated his life before he fatally shot four times by two officers.
California Panel Takes Up Complex Task: End Racial Profiling - The Orange County Register
MICHAEL R. BLOOD @ ocregister.com
LOS – ANGELES – A California panel tasked with attempting to eradicate racial profiling by police held its first meeting Friday, with the nation stunned by the police shootings of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana, followed by the Dallas attack that killed five officers.