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THE Nooner for August 12, 2016

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Do the right thing and pass SB 32!

 

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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Legislation To Improve Tracking Of Mental Health Services For Foster Kids Moves Forward - Mercury News
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Lawmakers Weaken Bill To Ban Behind-the-scenes Communications At Coastal Commission
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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.

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Sorry, Maya Dirado: You'll Still Have To Pay Taxes On That Olympic Medal
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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
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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
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Borenstein: Bart Could Use Bonds For Labor Costs - Eastbaytimes.com
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Kate Steinle Killing: Murder Trial In High-profile Killing Not Likely Until Months After Election - Mercury News
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