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THE Nooner for August 11, 2016

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QUOTE OF THE YEAR: "Get me off the Google." -- former UC Davis chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi.

Happy Suspense File day! Today, the fate of hundreds of bills will be decided in the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committee. Get familiar with "A roll call" (unanimous) and "B roll call" (Dem majority only). It's really just an Olympic event between chairs Senator Ricardo Lara and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. While Lara runs a great meeting, he has far more bills coming from the Assembly than Gonzalez has coming from the Senate. 146in the Assembly and 349 in the Senate.

People on both sides of the aisle were hoping Trump would take the Olympics off. It's a time for national pride, after all. Well, yesterday he called Obama the "founder of ISIS." Huh? Where is my Romney, GWB, GHWB, or McCain? None of them would go that far. And, Trump doubled-down on it today. Unbelievable.

One of the bills up today is a proposed affordable housing bond by Senator Jim Beall, which if passed and signed by Jerry Brown would be placed on the November ballot.

The other big Capitol fight as the session draws to a close is over the disaggregation of Asian-Pacific Islander data in health and education. Chinese-Americans and allies held a rally on the Capitol steps yesterday, claiming the bill is a veiled attempt to reinstate affirmative action. 

SERIOUSLY? Linda Katehi, former chancellor (oh that feels good to say) of UC Davis used university funds to create a website I love you Aggies, but we a new, ethical, leader. (This has already probably been deleted from the online version.)

California's rich-poor gap: The reality may surprise you [Matt Levin @ CALmatters] - “. . . according to research from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, income inequality in the Bay Area has worsened only marginally, at least when compared to other parts of the state. In 2007, Bay Area households at the top 10 percent of incomes made about 10.6 times what Bay Area households at the bottom 10 percent of incomes brought home. By 2014, they made about 11.6 times as much.”

California’s 70 Million Dead Trees: A ‘Botanical Emergency Room’ [Julie Cart @ CALmatters]:

Choked with the detritus of at least 70 million dead trees, vast tracts of the landscape have become a botanical emergency room, parched by drought, invaded by damaging insects and infected with a deadly organism that may have piggybacked its way to the state on rhododendron leaves.

In many communities of the central and southern Sierra Nevada range, “80 percent of trees are dead,” said Ken Pimlott, the state’s top forester as director of Cal Fire, the state forestry and fire-protection agency. “There will be no conifers [there] when this is done.

80 percent? Holy s! Uh, state of emergency? Can anything be done?

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Nossaman advocate Jennifer Capitolo, Brenda Victoria Castillo, and Senator Pavley's Chris Chavez!



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The Money Is Starting To Roll In On California's 17 Ballot Propositions. A Lot Of It.
Through early August, almost $200 million has been collected for campaigns to support or oppose propositions on the Nov. 8 statewide ballot.

Assembly Panel Blocks Bill Toughening Penalties For Fentanyl Traffickers | The Sacramento Bee
Anshu Siripurapu @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Today's Live-or-die Moment For Hundreds Of Bills In Sacramento Begins With 'almost Total Secrecy'
Update on 'Essential Politics: Legislators green light goverment audits, state senator drops provision that angered religious universit...

Recall Effort For SEIU Local 1000 Leaders Falls Flat | The Sacramento Bee
Anshu Siripurapu @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Fundraising For November Ballot Measures Picks Up Speed
Update on 'Essential Politics: Big ballot measure money, hundreds of bills live or die in Sacramento 'suspense file' action'

Sacramento Cop Sued In Shooting Had History Of Domestic Violence, Alcoholism, Lawyer Says | The Sacramento Bee
Denny Walsh @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

California Mayors Voice Support For Climate Proposal
Update on 'Essential Politics: Legislators green light goverment audits, state senator drops provision that angered religious universit...

Trump on Christianity: 'We're gonna bring it back'

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told conservative pastors in Florida, Aug. 11, that if he's elected, they will "have great power." Trump pledged to take on a law that bars tax-exempt organizations from getting involved in political campaigns.

Da Is Called To Testify In Azano Campaign Money Trial |
Michael Wynne, the attorney for businessman Jose Susumo Azano Matsura, said that in addition to Dumanis he will subpoena former Mayor Bob Filner, Rep. Juan Vargas and developer Doug Manchester.

The Lesson Of Trump: Don't Mix Religion And Politics :: Fox&hounds
A truism of American politics is that if you play around with race or religion you will get burned. Donald Trump has played both the race and religion card, and if current polling is to be believed; opinion has hardened against him in the past two weeks and he is headed for a thumping defeat.

Fresno Water Complaints Were Hidden From City Officials, Mayor Ashley Swearengin Says | Fresno Bee
Marc Benjamin @
By Marc Benjamin

L.A. Settles Suit With Police Sergeant Who Alleged Retaliation For Speaking Up About Racism
Los Angeles will pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit from a police sergeant who alleged that he suffered retaliation after speaking up about racism in the Los Angeles Police Department.

Ex-LAPD Captain Settles Retaliation Lawsuit With City
Today's high

Berkeley Balcony Collapse: Mothers, Survivor Testify Before State Assembly Committee - Mercury News
But never did the Rohnert Park mother think to caution her daughter about walking out onto a balcony.

Drugging Our Kids: Legislation To Halt Overmedicating Foster Children Moves Forward -
Senate Bill 1174, authored by Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, requires annual monitoring of high-prescribing doctors and allows the Medical Board of California to crack down on violators by revoking their licenses.

The Riggs Report: Jerry Brown's Compass
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Lawsuit Claims Trump Campaign Turned Blind Eye When Staffer Pulled Gun - Politico
The Republican nominee delivered his statements at a speech to the National Association of Home Builders.