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THE Nooner for July 18, 2016
Click to enlarge. This was written following the shooting of Alton Sterling. He was a new father.
The key sentence from my perspective is "In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat."
Happy Monday! It's a chilly July morning here in Southside Park. The Pokemon hunters are wearing their parkas and continue searching unabated. Today is the deadline for bids to buy Yahoo!, so if you want to own a dinosaur, get your roughly $40 billion together.
It'll be a somewhat quiet couple of weeks for state political news, as media and electeds will be focusing on Cleveland and Philadelphia.
NUMBER DU JOUR: 0.61%. Total return for CalPERS in 2015-16. Ouch. S&P 500: 0.98%
As Acting Governor, Gavin Newsom sent out the press release expressing the state's sorrow for the victims of the Baton Rouge shootings. In the release, he called for increased gun control measures, but stopped short of citing his measure on the November ballot, Proposition 63. Instead, he called on actions by Congress.
CA50 [East SD Cty]: Hunter hires law firm amid campaign review [Morgan Cook @ SDUT] - "After months of questions about personal use of campaign funds, Rep. Duncan Hunter’s campaign committee has hired a law firm that specializes in political law, according to financial reports released Friday. Hunter, R-Alpine, has already reimbursed his campaign account for $12,000 of expenses he identified as personal or mistaken on campaign finance reports, including video games, oral surgery, private school tuition, a garage door and unspecified items at a Coronado surf shop."
CALIIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES: The Board of Governors of the Calilfornia Community Colleges announced this morning that the new Chancellor is Long Beach CCD Superintendent/President Eloy Oakley.
CALM BEFORE THE STORM? Jim Brulte, California Republicans, relax ahead of convention [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee]:
As California delegates meandered into the Kalahari Report on Sunday, their chairman, Jim Brulte, did a little water “meditation” in the shallow pools in preparation for the week-long national convention nearly 60 miles away in Cleveland.
Brulte, also the state GOP chair, spent Sunday morning sprawled out in the small pool after hitting the Tanzanian Twister, which the park advertises as shuttling visitors “into a whirling vortex of fun.”
But the former legislative leader wasn’t able to use the facility’s pools as the site for his much-hyped cannonball contest.
An aide said he worried that the 4-foot to 5-foot outdoor pools would not accommodate the expected considerable displacement of water.
THE SETTLED: California GOP delegation to anti-Trumpers: never [Joe Garafoli @ SFChron] - "The California delegation, despite being bivouacked in the hinterlands, is built as the ultimate army of hard-core Trump faithful. In the unlikely event that there’s one last flailing attempt to derail the Donald’s nomination this week, the California delegation in place to destroy it."
THE COUNTERS: GOP's 'reality show' set to begin in Cleveland [Matthew Artz @ BANG]:
The split in the Republican ranks is evident in California, which will send more than 340 delegates and alternates to Cleveland. While most of them are excited to be part of history, several prominent party members who aren't heading east this week fear that Trump is unqualified to be president and that he risks staining the party's image among Latinos, women and millennials.
"The only thing worse than Donald Trump losing is Donald Trump winning," said Kevin Spillane, a Sacramento-based GOP strategist.
Jon Fleischman, a former executive director of the California Republican Party who writes a popular conservative blog called the FlashReport, is so turned off by Trump that he canceled his plans to travel to Cleveland for the convention and took his family on vacation to Hawaii instead.
"When my party nominated a complete douchebag, I decided I didn't need to go," Fleischman, a supporter of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and a veteran of four Republican National Conventions, said in a telephone interview from Maui.
$$$: California property taxes show sharp gains, especially in Bay Area [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "County property tax assessors are reporting strong upticks in taxable values for the 2016-17 fiscal year that began July 1. The total, when all the data are reported, will be close to the 6.16 percent gain estimated by Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget staff."
While the news is good for local governments and ostensibly schools, only a subset of "basic aid" schools will actually receive more money because of the boom. They are schools that earn enough in property tax revenue that the state need not provide them any General Fund revenue. For the non-basic aid districts, the additional property tax revenue just changes the composition of their revenue--more property tax and less General Fund.
The increased property tax revenue, however, is great for the General Fund and its non-education programs, primarily health and human services. The Proposition 98 guarantee for schools and community colleges is an overall guarantee based on three "tests" that I won't go into. However, the guarantee is a total obligation. Budget-writers then estimate the property tax revenue, and then meet the rest of the obligation with General Fund money. To the extent property tax revenue grows faster than the guarantee, that frees up General Fund money for other programs.
So, the increased property tax revenue shouldn't be seen as simply a win for simply local governments and schools. Of course, Governor Brown is likely to continue to demand savings and one-time expenditures to avoid a budget crisis whenever the next economic slowdown occurs.
LAW AND DISORDER: Judge throws out ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca's plea deal, saying 6 months in prison is not enough [Cindy Chang and Marisa Gerber @ LAT] - "A federal judge rejected a plea agreement Monday under which former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca would have served up to six months in prison for lying to federal authorities, saying the punishment was not severe enough."
LET THERE BE MORE LIGHT: UC regents consider tougher rules on outside pay for top administrators [Diana Lambert @ SacBee] - "The recommendations by UC President Janet Napolitano would reduce the maximum number of outside paid jobs from three to two, add a second layer of approval and require consideration of whether an outside board seat poses a “reputational risk” to the university."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Anu Natarajan!
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California Property Taxes Show Sharp Gains, Especially In Bay Area | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Property taxes will top $60 billion this year
UC Berkeley Student Is Confirmed Dead In Nice Terror Attack
A UC Berkeley student missing in Nice since Thursday’s terror attack in France has been confirmed dead, according to university officials.
Berkeley Lab Researchers Receive $20 Million To Study Watershed Impact | The Daily Californian
Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory received $20 million from the Department of Energy last week to lead a three-year research project in the Upper Colorado River Basin, where they will study the processes that influence water availability and water quality as a result of climate change.
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David Lightman @ sacbee.com
Can Trump seem presidential?
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Obama pleads with presidential candidates not to politicize the police shootings
"We donâÂÂt need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda."
After Dallas, Baton Rouge Shootings, Eastvale Vigil Shows Support For Law Enforcement
Two San Diego Trump Delegates Say Gays 'can Be Cured'
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Several senators in tough re-election fights are focusing on local issues, trying to avoid guilt by association with their partyâÂÂs presumptive presidential nominee.
Marine Corps Veteran Identified As Gunman In Fatal Shooting Of Three Police Officers In Baton Rouge
Three officers have been killed and three others wounded by a gunman in Baton Rouge, La.
Baton Rouge Shootings: Bay Area Police React To Officers' Deaths
Rick Hurd and Kaitlyn Landgraf, Staff writers @ mercurynews.com
"My first reaction? 'Oh my God, not again!' " said Kelly, a 20-year law enforcement veteran. "Is this becoming the norm?"
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All were waiting for the intercom to ring out, signaling a few drivers at a time to head to the airport and, hopefully, catch a fare. But since the Port of Oakland, which operates the airport, began allowing ride-booking services, including Uber, Lyft and Wingz, to pick up and drop off passengers last year, those calls have been getting fewer and farther between.
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