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THE Nooner for August 12, 2016

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Yesterday, the State Controller's Office released revenue numbers for the month of July--the first month in the state's fiscal year--and it wasn't pretty. Overall revenues were $545.5 million below the projections assumed in the budget adopted in June. Both personal income tax and sales tax came in over $200 million below projections.

July is not a big revenue month, and we'll see what the Department of Finance reports, likely next week. The DOF (and the Legislative Analyst's Office) use a different accounting method ("agency cash") than the Controller's Office does. Really it just comes down to timing of receipts but all settles out over the fiscal year.

The Bee has a great video clip of Assembly Approps yesterday, showing the frenetic pace. What's interesting is how few members actually sit through the long hearing of the Suspense File. I'm sure they'll forfeit their per diem. Anyway, here is a wrap by the team at the LA Times.

Scathing Audit Bolsters Critics’ Fears About Secretive State Gang Database [Sara Libby @ Voice of San Diego] - “Among the explosive findings included in a new audit of the state gang database, CalGang, auditors say they found “42 individuals in CalGang who were supposedly younger than one year of age at the time of entry—28 of whom were entered for ‘admitting to being gang members.’””

Doctors stalling on opioid drug reform [Editorial @ East Bay Times] - “For the fourth consecutive year, we write this editorial. Since we started, thousands of Californians have died from prescription opioid drug overdoses. Tens of thousands have been hospitalized. And since we started, the California Medical Association has successfully blocked simple, meaningful reform that could greatly reduce the human toll.”

I've written in this space before about my time in rehab (for alcohol). One of my biggest memories is that one of the other residents called her physician to "break up" before she left. I've known only great, ethical doctors and the vast majority of the California Medical Association is made up of them. However, there are also predators, enablers who feed addictions. In most cases, it's incidental--physician-shopping. In others, the same physician just refills, refills, refills. The "patient" at that point turns to pharmacy-shopping to avoid being detected.

I don't know the solution, but I know the problem.

On a different, and probably contradictory topic, New Belgium Brewing Company is hosting the annual Clips Brew and Film Tour tonight at Southside Park. The beneficiary of the free event is Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates.


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and former Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner!




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California Senate Confirms Scott Kernan As Head Of State Prison System
Update on 'Essential Politics: Big ballot measure money, hundreds of bills live or die in Sacramento 'suspense file' action'

Drug Pricing Bill Amended, Legislative Whistleblower Bill Halted In Key California Committee | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Legislation To Improve Tracking Of Mental Health Services For Foster Kids Moves Forward - Mercury News
Senate Bill 1291, by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, would institute more stringent annual oversight of county Medi-Cal mental health plans' services to foster youth.

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

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...

Assembly Panel Blocks Bill Toughening Penalties For Fentanyl Traffickers | The Sacramento Bee
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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
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Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Trump demanded Obamaâ

The GOP candidate’s campaign is mum on why it won’t release documents on taxes, immigration, education and health.

California Legislature Kills Fentanyl, Whistleblower Protection Bills -
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Lawmakers Weaken Bill To Ban Behind-the-scenes Communications At Coastal Commission
A bill to force transparency upon the California Coastal Commission, SB 1190, is one of dozens of bills that a legislative committee can either save or let wither on Thursday.

Nuclear Fans Want California Legislature To Vote On Diablo Canyon - San Francisco Chronicle
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Sorry, Maya Dirado: You'll Still Have To Pay Taxes On That Olympic Medal
Update on 'Essential Politics: Hundreds of bills live or die in Sacramento 'suspense file' action'

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.

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.

Hollywood Mega-projects Could Be Built Sooner If Gov. Brown Signs Measure Passed Thursday
Update on 'Essential Politics: Hundreds of bills live or die in Sacramento 'suspense file' action'

Fresno Water Complaints Were Hidden From City Officials, Mayor Ashley Swearengin Says | Fresno Bee
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Ex-LAPD Captain Settles Retaliation Lawsuit With City
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A Tour Of California's Water Supply Lays Bare The Tension Between Farmers And Fish
The country's largest agricultural water district, Westlands, maintains that California has plenty of water. It's just mismanaged.

Borenstein: Bart Could Use Bonds For Labor Costs -
BART officials claim the $3.5 billion measure would solely fund capital projects. But they have preserved the option to use about a third for essentially backfilling the district's operations budget.

Kate Steinle Killing: Murder Trial In High-profile Killing Not Likely Until Months After Election - Mercury News
Although a judge set Dec. 2 as the date to assign the case for trial, it could take months -- or longer -- for the trial of Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez to begin in earnest.

Reality Check: Manufacturers Returning To U.S. May Mean Jobs For Robots, Not People
While presidential candidates focus on trade to help manufacturing workers, they overlook the powerful impact of automation on jobs.