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THE Nooner for July 14, 2016

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Good morning, and Vive La France!

CA07 (East Sac County): Ami Bera snubbed by California labor group in endorsement list [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "The 2.1 million-member group, which backed Bera in the past, announced Wednesday that it would make no endorsement recommendation for Sacramento County’s 7th Congressional District. The seat was among the most competitive House battlegrounds in 2014 and Bera this year faces Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, a Republican."

Meanwhile, Sheriff Scott Jones accused of unwelcome sexual advances toward deputy [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Tosca Olives, at the time a 26-year-old sheriff’s deputy, said [Scott] Jones, then a sergeant in legal affairs, was acting as her unofficial supervisor in the law library of the Main Jail in 2003. She said the contact started with Jones rubbing her shoulders while she took work-related phone calls."

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: California Republicans would be wise to cut Trump loose rather than be tied to a sinking ship [George Skelton @ LAT] - "'It's like holding onto a boat in the middle of the ocean and Trump is underneath hanging onto you,” says veteran Republican strategist Richard Temple. 'What you have to do is reach down and cut him loose.'"

ENFRANCHISEMENT? Should felons be allowed to vote from behind bars? [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Thousands of felons serving time in county jails would be allowed to vote in California elections from behind bars under a bill moving swiftly through the state Legislature despite widespread opposition from law enforcement officials."




BALLOT BONANZA: Sex, drugs and a controversial AIDS activist [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - "President of the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which has clinics around the world, [Michael] Weinstein is the architect of two initiatives Californians will vote on in November: Proposition 60, which would require actors in adult films to use condoms, and Proposition 61, which would cap the price state health programs pay for prescription drugs." 

SIN AGUA: House sets stage for post-election showdown over California water [Michael Doyle @ SacBee] - "Controversial efforts to steer more water toward California farms advanced Wednesday in the House of Representatives, setting up yet another post-election showdown."

THE BRIGHT SIDE: Californians sour on nation’s direction, bullish on Golden State [David Siders @ SacBee] - "If there is a bright spot in Californians’ mood, it is closer to home. By a 52 percent to 39 percent margin, voters say California is generally moving in the right direction."

Here is the poll.

ONT: Ontario airport bill awaits President Obama’s approval [Liset Marquez @ IVDB] - "Legislation that would help facilitate the transfer of L.A./Ontario International Airport to local control has now passed both the House and the Senate."



NORCO: Vote gives city council members another year in office [Patrick O'Neill at PE] - "The switch was necessary to maintain compliance with California Senate Bill 415. That law takes effect Jan. 1, 2018, and requires municipalities and school districts to hold elections on even-numbered years to coincide with statewide general elections, when voter turnout is generally much higher."

$$$: Why home prices in Southern California keep climbing [James F. Peltz @ LAT] - "Home prices in the region have been climbing steadily, as they have nationwide, toward record levels not seen since the 2008 housing crisis plunged the country into a severe recession." 

#FAREWELL: State Senator Sharon Runner (1954-2016). 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Monica AlemanDamon Conklin, Dave HecklerShawn LewisCaity Maple, and Paul Song!




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Should Felons Be Allowed To Vote From Behind Bars?
Tens of thousands of nonviolent felons in county jails would be allowed to vote in California elections under a bill opposed by law enforcement but moving swiftly through the Legislature.

Brown Calls On Bruce Babbitt, As Time Runs Short For Water Fix | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
Brown enlists former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to help solve California water crisis

California's Key Climate Change Program Aims For New Life
The state board in charge of the cap-and-trade program released a report to extend the effort through 2030.

The Republican-controlled House Of Representatives Votes For California Drought And Water Bill | Fresno Bee
Michael Doyle @
GOP-controlled House rejects Democrats’ bid to kill California water proposals

Senate Committee Considers Nomination Of California Judge To Serve On 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals
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Feinstein Encryption Bill, Opposed By Silicon Valley, Likely Dead | The Sacramento Bee
Sean Cockerham @
Even former CIA director Michael Hayden thinks it’s a bad idea

Trump Reaches Beyond Faithful For California Delegates
That's because -- with his rivals bowing out before California's June 7 primary -- Trump's campaign team got the opportunity to handpick every one of the Golden State's 172 delegates to next week's convention in Cleveland.

Pleasanton: Anti-costco Measure Qualifies For Ballot -
The Pleasanton City Council will take up the proposed ballot measure at its meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 200 Bernal Ave.

Former L.A. Unified Teacher Rafe Esquith Can Continue With His Lawsuit, Judge Rules
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that Rafe Esquith will be allowed to continue with his defamation lawsuit against L.A. Unified.

Document: La County And Socal Gas In Court Fight Over Gas Leak Cleanup | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
A moving van sits in front of Rhonda Collins' rented home in Porter Ranch on Jan. 28, 2016. Collins and her family moved after becoming ill from the massive gas leak at the Southern California Gas Company storage facility in Aliso Canyon. SoCal Gas has been cleaning homes in the area. Stephanie O'Neill/KPCC

Is Skyjacker D.b. Cooper Living In San Diego? |
The documentary is the work of Ventura County filmmaker Thomas J. Colbert, who says he spent five years with a team of 40 investigators to identify the enigmatic Cooper.

Universal Film Chief Jeff Shell Gets Detained In Russia: 'i Did Feel Like I Was In A ‘jason Bourne’ Movie'
The chief of the studio behind the 'Jason Bourne' franchise, experienced real-life international intrigue and drama

PG&E knew years ago gas-line data was lacking, manager testifies
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. knew more than 15 years ago that it lacked information about the dimensions and strength of its oldest gas pipelines, but did not order its engineers to inspect them, a PG&E manager testified Wednesday at the utility’s trial on pipeline-safety charges. [...] PG&E joined other gas and electric companies in lobbying federal regulators to ease inspection requirements, said Todd Hogenson, the utility’s senior manager for pipeline engineering design. The lobbying succeeded when the government agreed in 2003 to allow visual examination of pipelines for signs of corrosion as an alternative to more expensive methods, such as high-pressure water testing, required for transmission lines in populated areas. Other PG&E employees have testified that direct assessment could not detect internal flaws in pipeline welding, like the defective seam weld that ruptured in San Bruno in September 2010, causing an explosion and fire that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. A federal investigation after the explosion led to 12 felony charges that PG&E had failed to properly inspect or test its pipelines and had knowingly maintained inaccurate records. Hogenson, a 32-year employee, was PG&E’s pipeline engineering manager in 2000 when another employee reported that the utility lacked basic data on many of its pipelines that were built before 1950 — their size, thickness, strength and maximum legal gas pressures.

House Keeps California Water Provision In Spending Bill Over Democratic Objections
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GOP Senators Challenge Judge Lucy Koh During Confirmation Hearing | News Fix | Kqed News
Several Republicans pressed San Jose federal Judge Lucy Koh on her stances on national security and race in the judicial profession during a confirmation hearing into her nomination to a seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Trump Lawyers Fight Video Release In Trump University Suits - Politico
Hannity is a backer of Gingrich for the No. 2 spot.

House Backs Bill Designed To Skirt California Requirement For Abortion Coverage - The Orange County Register
WASHINGTON – The House backed legislation designed to circumvent a California order that requires health insurance companies to pay for elective abortions.

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Locked In Tight Race In Ohio And Iowa, Polls Find - Wsj
Laura Meckler @
Presidential contenders Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are running close in Ohio and Iowa, while the presumptive Democratic nominee is well ahead in Pennsylvania, new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist polls find.

Fresno Police Release Body-camera Footage Of Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed 19-year-old
The chief of the Fresno Police Department took the rare step on Wednesday of publicly releasing the body-camera video of officers fatally shooting an unarmed 19-year-old man.

RBG Is Hardly the First Supreme Court Justice to Mess With Presidential Politics
SCOTUS justices have been taking sides in U.S. politics since the ink was still wet on the Constitution.