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THE Nooner for August 10, 2016

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Happy Humpday all! Well, Michael Phelps did it again. Oh, and so did Donald Trump, even though none of us know what he meant in saying Second Amendment advocates could stop Hillary. He just needed to add "by voting" to make it a non-issue. Instead, he's lost another news cycle, or perhaps more, and given fodder to the Sunday shows. The clamor for a replacement is at a high, with former GOP congressman and popular morning host Joe Scarborough calling for the GOP to dump Trump.

Wild to see commercials on the teevee about requiring porn stars to wear condoms. 

Oh, my morning walk this morning was glorious. Like a beautiful fall morning. Although, for Sacramentans, that's like Groundhog Day and portends a heat wave ahead.

CASH COW: 'It became a price war': Signature gatherers rake in top dollar with crowded field of ballot initiatives [Christine Mai-Duc @ LAT] - “In all, groups spent nearly $45.8 million gathering signatures for the 15 measures that qualified by petition, an average of $4 a signature, campaign finance records show. Two others were placed on the ballot by the Legislature and therefore did not collect voter signatures.”

DOUBLE DOWN: Some donors wrapped up in embattled Silicon Valley congressman’s ethics complaint are helping him fight it [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - “Three donors who recently contributed to the Silicon Valley congressman’s legal defense were Dr. Ngai Nguyen of San Jose, who gave $5,000; attorney Sukhan Kim, who also gave $5,000; and Dr. Gloria Wu of San Jose, who gave $1,000. Their names also appear on a donor list that is part of an ongoing ethics investigation of Honda.”

LET THERE BE FLIGHT: UC Davis Chancellor Katehi steps down under pressure [Sam Stanton and Diana Lambert @ SacBee] - “​UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi resigned Tuesday, giving up on her months-long quest to save her job in the face of allegations of nepotism, misuse of student funds and lying about her involvement in hiring firms to bolster her online reputation and the university’s.”

WHO SMELT IT DEALT IT: Cow belches help drive California dairy industry lobbying blitz [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “”Cow dung and cow stomach gas: not just smelly, but also politically loaded. Hence a new California dairy industry campaign pushing back on California’s recommendation to regulate a naturally occurring source of methane. Part of the state’s plan to curb climate-altering methane involves getting food waste out of landfills, where it releases gas as it decomposes. The California Air Resources Board has also suggested slashing methane from cow manure and from a source of about half of the emissions from California’s 5.5 beef and dairy cows: something called “enteric fermentation.”

Jerry Brown’s bill issues fall by wayside in last month of legislative session [ Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “One by one, the big issues that were supposed to come to fruition during the final month, including several Jerry Brown priorities, have either fallen by the wayside or shown symptoms of terminal torpor.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dominic Dimare, Senator Steve Glazer, Lisa Matocq, and Kimi Shigetani!



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Linda Katehi Resigns As Chancellor Of UC Davis | The Daily Californian
Linda Katehi stepped down as chancellor of UC Davis on Tuesday after an investigation led by the UC Office of the President found she had violated university policies.

Bill Limiting Campaign Money To Tax Board Amended To Call For Study
Update on 'Essential Politics: Gov. Jerry Brown delays plans for a regional power grid, more delays on Internet poker bill in Sacrament...

Contra Costa Supes Put Transportation Tax On November Ballot -
One county official said the supervisors' action was the "the last step in a long process" to formally ask voters for an estimated $2.9 billion over 30 years to pay for a wide variety of transportation projects.

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi Steps Down | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton and Diana Lambert @
By Sam Stanton and Diana Lambert

Sample Ballots May Exclude Full Text Of Hotel Tax Hikes |
This rendering of the Chargers proposed stadium and convention center shows the building as it might look when it hosts a Super Bowl.

Am Alert: Racial Politics Flare Over Asian Data Collection Bill | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Pacific Islander Education And Retention | UCLA Community Programs Office
Higher Education Awareness: field trips

Split By Affirmative Action Bill, California Democrats Weigh Next Steps | The Sacramento Bee
When Luis Alejo applied to college at the University of California, Berkeley, admissions counselors could consider his race; when he applied to law school, it had become invisible.

Marijuana Legalization Foes File Their Own Lawsuit - The Orange County Register
Opponents of an effort to legalize marijuana for adults in California have filed a lawsuit that claims advocates made “false and misleading” statements about how the measure regulates advertising, sales and more.

Funding Medi-cal By Initiatives :: Fox&hounds
Three ballot initiatives in November are designed to increase Medi-Cal funding. The California Hospital Association is supporting all three with various degrees of support from other medical providers.

Cow Belches Help Drive California Dairy Industry Lobbying Blitz | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

California Assembly Bill Aims To Make Prisoners In Isolation Eligible For Early Release | The Daily Californian
Yay! I applaud this effort and hope it is speedily implemented. Solitary confinement is TORTURE.

Pg&e Convicted Of Obstructing Blast Probe, Breaking Safety Laws - San Francisco Chronicle
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In Wisconsin, a controversial voter ID law could help choose the president

Advocates fear identification requirements could disenfranchise some and flip the election.

Inmate Recorded O.C. Jail Escape On His Phone, Lawyer Says - The Orange County Register
One of three inmates accused of breaking out of Orange County Jail this year had photos and video on an iPhone showing the planning and actual escape, his lawyer says in court records.

Donald Trump's Presidential Bid Should Have No Effect On L.A.'s Bid For 2024 Games, Eric Garcetti Says
Update on '2016 Summer Olympics live coverage: Lilly King says U.S. doping offenders shouldn't be allowed at Olympics'

Auditor Finds Insider Hiring At San Diego Utilities Department |
The San Diego Public Utilities Department abused the hiring process to unfairly favor job applicants with inside information from City Hall, putting the city at legal risk, according a new report from City Auditor Eduardo Luna.

Is split-ticket voting making a comeback? With Trump on the ballot, some Republicans hope so.

GOP candidates in tight races struggle to untether their fates from the presidential nominee.

Put Ivanka in Charge of the Campaign
Ivanka is deliberate, thoughtful and dignified. A focused leader, she’s proven capable of righting the ship once before. And most important of all, the candidate values her counsel.

Lawmaker’s Word Games Could Send Your Money Down The Storm Drain: Susan Shelley
Today's high

Bill Seeks To Ban Discrimination At California Religious Universities -
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Trump Team Tries To Knock Down Suggestions He Joked About Clinton Assassination - Politico
The reference to the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, could be interpreted as a joke about using violence to stop Clinton or her judicial...