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THE Nooner for July 19, 2016
Well, that was a first fun night of the Republican National Convention. While I usually stick to California politics, we'll be a bit more national the next couple of weeks because California-domestic pollitics are back-burnered for the conventions. All of our reporters are temporary gun-totin' Buckeyes.
Also, it will seem that I'm overly critical and some might think it's partisan, but I'm sure I'll have similar critiques. Conventions are made to be critiqued. We were also given a lot to talk about last night.
Today (starting at 2:30pm PDT-CSPAN has wall-to-wall) we hear from Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, Jr., and the rarely talked about (and reportedly distant) Tiffany Trump. Also today, California GOP leader Harmeet Dhillon will be delivering the invocation from her Sikh heritage.
Commence the jokes about Dr. Ben Carson giving the final major speech of the night as the lullaby . . . I feel bad for soap actress Kimberlin Brown, one of the "A-List celebrities" we were promised, who is the last speaker, following Carson.
California GOP staffers sickened with norovirus at Ohio hotel [Sarah Heise @ KCRA/SFChron] - "Several staff members of the California Republican delegation have become sick with norovirus while staying at a hotel about an hour away from the GOP Convention site in Cleveland."
Let the jokes flow about a stomach bug running rampant after Day 1 of convention . . .
I sincerely hope things turn around. I want to hear discussions about ideas, whether I agree with them or not. But, so far, we're talking about who is responsible for plagiarism, the misrepresented "architecture degree" on Melania's website and in the convention program, the misordering and overbooking of speakers, and norovirus. Let's make both conventions great again!
US SENATE: Barack Obama and Joe Biden endorsed Kamala Harris today.
US SENATE MONEY MATTERS: How much are California's U.S. Senate candidates worth? [Phil Willon @ SFGate] - "California’s two U.S. Senate candidates may not be as rich as some of Washington’s well-heeled politicians, but they aren’t exactly hurting. Both state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris and Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez have a net worth that likely runs in the millions."
SIREN: California Obamacare rates to rise 13% by 2017, more than 3 times the increase of last 2 years [Melody Petersen]:
Premiums for Californians’ Obamacare health coverage will rise by an average of 13.2% next year — more than three times the increase of the last two years and a jump that is bound to raise debate in an election year.
. . .
On Tuesday, officials blamed next year’s premium hikes in the program that insures 1.4 million Californians on rising costs of medical care, including specialty drugs, and the end of a mechanism that held down rates for the first three years of Obamacare.
GOOD TAX NEWS FOR CALIFORNIA: Chino Hills Powerball ticket owners claim share of $1.6-billion jackpot [Joseph Serna @ LAT] - "Joseph Serna @ LAT" - "The owners of the Chino Hills Powerball ticket that will share a third of the record $1.6-billion jackpot won in January have finally come forward, California State Lottery officials announced Tuesday."
LET THERE BE (SUN)LIGHT: Katehi scandal at UC Davis called ‘worse than pepper spray’ [Sam Stanton and Diana Lambert @ SacBee]:
“I have to stop looking at this stuff …,” Katehi director of executive communications Gary Delsohn wrote in an email sent at 4:54 a.m. April 16 to colleague Gary Sandy.
“We are the laughingstock of the world right now, and we’ve given a pathetic, dying newspaper a day in the sun,” added Delsohn, a former Sacramento Bee reporter who also wrote speeches for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“It makes me physically ill,” Delsohn continued. “This story is everywhere. Worse than pepper spray. It will fade away, but not for a while. And based on our track record, it’s a sure thing we will do more stupid stuff as we try to put it behind us. We have too many soft-headed people making decisions …”
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to CTA's Jennifer Baker, my former great teammate at the Community College League Judy Centlivre, Assemblymember Chris Holden, Calitics.com's Brian Leubitz, AICCU's Erica Romero, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson!
Judge Throws Out Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca's Plea Deal, Saying 6 Months In Prison Not Enough
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.
Reality Aside, Mcclintock Delights The Sandusky Crowd | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @ sacbee.com
Tom McClintock, in his fourth decade in office, declares that it’s a new Republican Party
CalPERS Posts Worst Year Since 2009, With Slim Returns
California pension plan CalPERS eked out a return of just 0.61% for the year ended June 30, the fund's worst year since 2009.
UC Regent Named As Chancellor Of Community College System - San Francisco Chronicle
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Airbnb Strikes Deal With L.A. To Collect Millions In Lodging Taxes
Under a newly announced deal, Airbnb will collect lodging taxes due to Los Angeles from people who use its website to advertise rooms or whole homes for short stays.
California School Trustees Get In Gratis To Prop. 51 Fundraiser | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
$9 billion school bond is on California’s Nov. 8 ballot
Steven Spielberg And Laura Dern Among Those Joining Motion Picture Academy's Board Of Governors
Weeks after opening its doors to the largest, most diverse class of new members ever, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the results of its Board of Governors elections Monday, with director Steven Spielberg and actress Laura Dern among those winning seats on the board of the nearly 90-year-old institution.
Tobacco Companies Drop Nearly $17 Million Into Anti-tax Campaign | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @ sacbee.com
The industry reported contributing the money against Proposition 56 in one day
State Supreme Court Sides With Southern California In Epic Water War Over Delta Islands
Long battle over delta island ends as California Supreme Court backs MWD ownership
Covered California To Release 2017 Insurance Rates | The Sacramento Bee
JONATHAN J. COOPER @ sacbee.com
Covered California is scheduled on Tuesday to release 2017 premium rates for people who buy health coverage through the state's health insurance exchange.
Former Top L.A. County Attorney Alleges Misconduct By Supervisors In New Suit
The former top attorney for Los Angeles County, who was ousted last year, filed a lawsuit against the county alleging misconduct by the supervisors, particularly Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Obama, Biden endorse Kamala Harris in California Senate race
The endorsements are a blow to the underdog candidacy of fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez, who also is running for California's open Senate seat.
Robert B. Morgan, Senator Undone by His Panama Canal Votes, Dies at 90
Mr. Morgan, who represented North Carolina in the Senate, backed the treaty to give the canal to Panama and lost his re-election bid because of it.
Rebuilding America Now: 'America Soaring' | Campaign 2016
Rebuilding America Now, a super PAC formed by allies of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, will begin running an optimistic television ad campaign called âÂÂAmerica Soaring."
Warriors win judgment in fight over SF Mission Bay arena
The Golden State WarriorsâÂÂ three-year push to build a new arena in San FranciscoâÂÂs Mission Bay neighborhood passed a key hurdle Monday, as a judge ruled against against a group that had filed multiple lawsuits to kill the project. On Monday, Superior Court Judge Garrett Wong ruled that the cityâÂÂs environmental review of the proposed arena was adequate, rejecting arguments it had failed to consider alternative sites for the arena. In a statement, Warriors President Rick Welts said the ruling âÂÂbrings us a huge step closer to building a new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue, which will add needed vitality to the Mission Bay neighborhood and serve the entire Bay Area extremely well.âÂÂ Mayor Ed Lee, who has the portrayed the arena as his legacy project, called the decision âÂÂan important milestone in the process of bringing the Golden State Warriors back to San Francisco and to building a state-of-the-art entertainment venue the entire San Francisco Bay Area can be proud of.âÂÂ The group had argued that the 18,500-seat arena will jam area streets with traffic, slowing down access to the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, which is across the street from the proposed arena.
Hillary Clinton: "Dear Donald Trump" | Campaign 2016
A new campaign ad from Hillary for America features a variety of Americans of different ages, races and religions reading an "open letter" to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Oil Refiners Agree To Pay $425 Million To Reduce Air Pollution In The West
The Justice Department announces a major civil settlement over protection of Western air quality.
Trump Ally Roger Stone Says Campaign 'must Be A Dictatorship' - Politico
Chaos and dark tones ruled the first day of the Republican National Convention.
Why There Is Still Hope Grocery Workers, Stores Will Avoid A Strike
D Buses @ presstelegram.com
O.C. Waters Feeling Tropical And Might Stay That Way For A While - The Orange County Register
LAYLAN CONNELLY @ ocregister.com
Surf instructor Richard Dagampat tried to warn two students, both from North Dakota, that the ocean off Doheny State Beach was too warm for wetsuits.
Never Trump Delegates Have Support Needed To Force Rules Vote - Politico
The issuance of written questions to Clinton would provide little of the high-stakes political drama conservatives hoped for out of a potential face-to-face...
Senator Stone statement on the passing of State Senator Sharon Runner
Senator Runner was a life-long servant of the people of California, and she will be deeply missed. Whether it was crime victims, children hoping to get a quality education, or a person in need of assistance; Sharon was always there to serve.