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THE Nooner for August 19, 2016

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  • CA07 (East Sacto County): moved from Leans Democrat to Toss-Up.

Happy Friday! You made it!  It's a Friday and both houses are in session. Why? It's the last calendar day to amend bills on the floor. So, while Fridays are usually quiet days in the 95814, the end of session calls for a different schedule.


Wow, when it's August and you're replacing your campaign manager, you've got issues. But, I think it's more the candidate than the manager, although vetting the manager for his work for Russian oligarchs would probably have been Campaign 101.

GUESS WHO’S BACK: Roger Hernández makes unexpected return to Assembly floor [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Less than 24 hours after the leader of Assembly Democrats cast doubt on whether Assemblyman Roger Hernández would return for the end of the legislative session, the politically weakened Baldwin Hills Democrat reappeared on the Assembly floor Friday.”

CA07: Babulal Bera gets one-year prison sentence for election fraud [Denny Walsh @ SacBee] - “Babulal Bera, the father of Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, was sentenced Thursday in Sacramento federal court to a year and a day in prison for election fraud in connection with his son’s campaigns in 2010 and 2012. He was also fined $100,000 and ordered to serve three years under the supervision of federal probation authorities upon his release from prison.”

NO GO: Affordable housing proposal ‘dead’ for year, Assembly leader says [Jim Miller and Anshu Siripurapu @ SacBee] - “Attempts to craft an end-of-session affordable-housing package are “dead” for the year, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said Thursday, saying there continues to be intense opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to relax local land-use rules in return for $400 million for housing projects.”

'When it's someone you know, it puts a face on shootings': For Assembly speaker, gun control fight is a personal one [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - “In adopting a sweeping package of gun control laws this summer, many California lawmakers focused on the sobering statistics — the large number of shootings that they say represent an “epidemic” of gun violence. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon also saw faces: those of his relatives, who were killed by guns.”

California lawmakers move to loosen prostitution penalties [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “The California Assembly moved to loosen prostitution penalties Thursday, narrowly passing bills to shield minors from charges and nix mandatory minimum sentences over the objection of law enforcement groups who warned of helping johns and traffickers.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Robert Oakes!




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'we Don't Sit Around Saying 'woe Is Me.'' Napolitano Prepares To Fill Sudden Chancellor Vacancies At UC Berkeley, UC Davis
For months, University of California President Janet Napolitano had been hearing about problems with two of her chancellors, at UC Berkeley and UC Davis. 

Babulal Bera Gets One Year Prison Sentence For Election Fraud | The Sacramento Bee
Denny Walsh @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Audio: Doj Private Prison Phase-out Doesn't Affect Immigrant Detention, But A California Bill Could | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
An announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice this week that it will phase out its use of private prisons for inmates doesn't affect immigration detainees -- and immigration officials said Thursday that they don't plan to stop using private contractors. But a state bill that's up for an Assembly vote next week could put a wrench in some private detention contracts in California.

Union Claims State Is Violating San Diego's Minimum Wage Law | Kpbs
City News Service @
Members of the United Domestic Workers union filed complaints on Thursday alleging the state is violating the city of San Diego's new minimum wage law in pay for in-home health care aides.

'when It's Someone You Know, It Puts A Face On Shootings': For Assembly Speaker, Gun Control Fight Is A Personal One
While approving a sweeping package of gun control laws, many California lawmakers focused on sobering statistics, but Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon also sees the faces of relatives killed by guns

California Lawmaker Drops Electric-vehicle Bill | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
This April 25, 2016 file photo photo shows an electric Fiat plugged into a charging station in a parking lot in Los Angeles. Democratic Assemblywoman Autumn Burke of Los Angeles, who said she planned to introduce legislation to require that 15 percent of all new vehicles sold in the state be emission-free in less than a decade, now says she's giving up on the idea after the measure ran into steeper opposition than she expected. Richard Vogel/AP

New Transportation Funding Plan Calls For Gas Tax Hike Of 17 Cents Per Gallon
Update on 'Essential Politics: Legislator pulls prescription drug price transparency bill, state Senate leader unveils climate money sp...

Donald Trump: 'Two Americas: Immigration' Campaign 2016

The first general election television ad from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign accuses Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of keeping the "system rigged." Trump released the ad Aug. 19.

Domestic Workers Could Soon Have Extended Overtime Pay Protections As Bill Heads To Governor
Update on 'Essential Politics: Rep. Ami Bera's father sentenced to prison, Assembly votes to eliminate statute of limitations for rape ...

California's Democratic Voter Count Hits All-time High - Mercury News
Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Thursday that 45 percent of registered voters are now registered Democrats. That's nearly 8.2 million voters and the highest number of Democrats ever recorded. Republican registration has continued to slide and now stands at 27 percent.

Two California Bills To Protect Foster Youth Pass Assembly -
Senate Bill 253, by state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, would create a more rigorous process for the prescribing of psychotropic drugs to foster children.

Sdg&e Shareholders And Green Groups Headed For Face-off? Utility Lobbying Arm Cleared By Regulators To Oppose Increasingly Popular Government-run Electricity Program |
Ever since SDG&E submitted its proposal, the measure has drawn criticism among CCA advocates.

L.A. City Attorney Pressures Pregnancy Center To Comply With State Law, Provide Info About Abortion Services
A pregnancy center that failed to comply with a state law that requires it to provide information about low-cost abortions has pledged to cooperate.

Borenstein: Is Bart Tax Only Down Payment? -
But it's unclear when riders will see the improvements from Measure RR or how much more the district will need from taxpayers in the future.

No Respite For Rapists Under California Bill Tied To Cosby Case | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

A U.S. Senate candidate is registered as an inactive voter in his state. Oops.

Not a great start out of the gate for Evan Bayh, who has the potential to turn a Senate seat from red to blue this November.

Legislator Seeks To Revise Bill That Would Ban Behind-the-scenes Communications At The Coastal Commission
State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, the authori of a bill to ban ex parte communications at the Coastal Commission, said Thursday she will try to remove amendments that have weakened the measure.

Capitol Corridor Service Changes A Boon For Commuters -
The new schedule, which goes into effect on Monday, includes an extra early morning train to San Jose and the addition of an evening train from Oakland to Sacramento. The schedule eliminates a train from Sacramento that arrives in Oakland in the early afternoon but restores some nonstop connector bus trips between Emeryville and San Francisco that had been eliminated. It also adds a new late-night weekday and weekend train to Oakland from Sacramento.

Pence Urges Trump Supporters To Monitor Voting Sites - Politico
Pence told audience members they can help prevent voter fraud by participating in election-watching on election day.

In N.C. speech, Trump appeals to broad range of voters

Speaking at a campaign rally in Charlotte, N.C., Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump energized voters during his speech where he called for equality for African Americans, gays and Hispanics.

Salute E Vita, which is known both for its cuisine and for the philanthropy of its owner, Menbere Aklilu, was handed a 30-day eviction notice on August 5, in what some activists and city leaders claim was an act of political retaliation by a landowner who for years has jousted with the city. Jacqueline Poe, whose firm Penterra Company owns the building, withdrew the notice on Thursday, saying she would give Salute “one more chance” to fix what she said were severe plumbing leaks that threatened the health and safety of customers. “Penterra’s decision to give the restaurant one more chance stems from the corrective actions that is believed to have taken place since the August 5 termination notice,” Poe said in a statement released Thursday. Officials from Contra Costa Health Services inspected the building in August, and dismissed Poe’s claims of a sewage leak. “The mayor, rather than appropriately dealing with the serious health issue at hand and directing city code cnforcement to investigate, chose instead to mislead the public and the press by stating the failure of ballot Measure N as the reason for the landlord-tenant dispute,” Richard Poe said in his own statement, also issued Thursday.