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THE NOONER for August 16, 2016

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Today continues the frenetic end-of-session race, as the Legislature tries to match Usain Bolt's speed.

One of the best debates was between Bob Hertzberg (D) and Jim Nielsen (R) over Shirley Weber's AB 2466, relating to voting rights for felons who are on probation.

WHERE'S ROGER? Readers continue to follow Roger Hernandez, who is on medical leave for "stress" related to his restraining order from his ex-wife. Here he is, now with a beard, yesterday celebrating the opening of a restaurant in Monrovia. 

POLL POSITION: UC Berkeley's Institute for Government Studies is out with a new poll on the Prop. 30 partial extension and the tobacco tax increase, both on the ballot November 8.

Proposition 30 extension (high-earner income tax only): 

  • Favor: 65.3%
  • Oppose: 34.7%

Tobacco tax increase ($2/pack to fund healthcare and anti-tobacco education):

  • Favor: 74.3%
  • Oppose: 25.7%

CVRA: Central Orange County Cities Set for Historic November Election [Thy Vo @ VoiceOfOC] - “The cities of central Orange County are gearing up for arguably the most consequential November election in decades, as residents of Anaheim and Garden Grove will for the first time elect candidates on a district-by-district basis following lawsuits by voting rights advocates.”

Today the Senate approved a bill to allow special districts to switch to district-based elections without voter approval. One of my proudest accomplishments as the President/CEO of the Community College League was enacting that law.

CAP AND AMEND: Jerry Brown moves to slip cap and trade into major climate bill [David Siders @ SacBee] - “The draft bill language, obtained by The Sacramento Bee, would have the Legislature direct the California Air Resources Board to exercise its ‘authority under the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 ... including its authority for market-based compliance mechanisms, to meet a statewide greenhouse gas emissions target by 2030.’”

AD38 (Santa Clarita): Unauthorized campaign mailer touches off exchange over drones in Assembly race [Jim Holt @ signalSCV] - “A political advocacy group that promotes Latino Republican candidates sent out an unauthorized campaign mailer claiming Dante Acosta endorses the use of drones at the border – an issue that caused confusion, accusations and denial during a recent 38th Assembly District candidates’ debate.”

THE HACK: Some of California’s House Democrats are getting new numbers after a hacker posted their info [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - “Phone numbers and email addresses for at least some of California's 39 House Democrats were among the details published online last week after the apparent hacking of of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.”

Friends..make sure to send me your new contact info.

California State Bar reform bill stalls as negotiations break down [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “Left to its own devices, the State Bar will not reform. But the only leverage the Legislature has to compel improvement is its authority over the dues the State Bar needs.”

DUAL: Donald Trump will be the nominee of two parties on California's November ballot [John Myers @ LAT] - “Donald Trump will be presented to California voters on Nov. 8 as the nominee of two different political parties, after leaders of the ultra-conservative American Independent Party voted to select the New York real estate developer as its standard bearer.”

The AIP is regularly the beneficiary of accidental registrations who want to be unaffiliated independents (now NPP).

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to City of Davis city manager Dirk Brazil, consultant Dave Jacobson, Assemblymember Eggman's Gustavo Medina, and CDP Enviro Caucus chair RL Miller!




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Assembly Votes To Limit Police From Seizing The Property Of Suspected Criminals
Update on 'Essential Politics: Hundreds of bills live or die in Sacramento 'suspense file' action'

Poll: California Voters Favor Tax Hikes On Tobacco, Top Earners | The Sacramento Bee
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California Lawmakers, Faith Leaders Fast In Support Of An Assembly Bill That Would Phase In Overtime Pay For Farmworkers
Update on 'Essential Politics: Ban on the release of body camera video showing officer's death clears Senate, actors may keep their age...

Opponents Try To Block California Vaccination Law As School Starts | The Sacramento Bee
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UC Student Association Elects New President, Executive Officers | The Daily Californian
Washington Jr. said he hopes to improve the experience of underrepresented students of color on UC campuses and make the UCSA more efficient by emphasizing shared values among board members.

Some Of California’s House Democrats Are Getting New Numbers After A Hacker Posted Their Info
Update on 'Essential Politics: Ban on the release of body camera video showing officer's death clears Senate, actors may keep their age...

Sanchez Ranks At Top For Missed Votes, Flails In Senate Race - San Francisco Chronicle
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From Shlock To Shpilkes, Yiddish For Legislators | The Sacramento Bee
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UC Student Association To Appoint Executive Officers, Committee Chairs | The Daily Californian
The University of California Student Association will be holding a conference from Aug. 11 to 17 in order to appoint executive officers and committee chairs, as well as to choose a new UCSA undergraduate campaign.

An Attempt To Get Public Financing Of Campaigns Through The Back Door :: Fox&hounds
As Keating rightly points out, the California Constitution only allows a vote of the people to amend a previous initiative passed by the voters.

State Senate To Vote On Overtime Pay For Farm Workers -
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California State Bar Reform Bill Stalls As Negotiations Break Down | The Sacramento Bee
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Aetna to Pull Back From Public Health Care Exchanges
In another blow to President Obama’s health care law, Aetna said that it would sharply reduce its participation in the law’s public marketplaces next year.

New Initiative Aims To Help Small Businesses With L.A. Permitting Burdens
A proposed L.A. city program aims to streamline the permit process for small business owners, particularly restaurateurs.

See Sacramento Schools Where Parents Most Often Choose Not To Vaccinate Their Children | The Sacramento Bee
The number of Sacramento kindergartners opting out of vaccines has fallen for the second consecutive year, reversing a longstanding trend, new state figures show.

Will Obama Exonerate The Port Chicago 50? -
Last year, Reps. Mark DeSaulnier, Barbara Lee and Mike Honda, and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer urged Obama to clear the sailors whose trial and conviction unmasked the racism in the segregated Armed Forces.

Almost $391 Million In Cap-and-trade Dollars Awarded To Public Transit Projects Across California
Update on 'Essential Politics: Ban on the release of body camera video showing officer's death clears Senate, actors may keep their age...

GOP Loses Voter Edge In Riverside County - The Orange County Register
Here's a look at Riverside County's voter registration statistics:

Metro Subway Project Through Beverly Hills Can Continue, Judge Rules
The purple line subway construction can continue after a judge ruled in a lawsuit over the environmental review process.