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THE Nooner for August 22, 2016

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Analysis is hard today with the Trump phenomena. We really don't know how this will play out.


"That's enough for a Sunday. Get off your computer or other device and go play Pokemon Go in the park."

Well, my closing line yesterday didn't end up so well. Heading back to the park for a second, afternoon session at the park for more Latino festival time and some Pokemon Go. Then, all I remember was waking up in an ambulance heading to Kaiser South Sac. Turns out I had a seizure, believed to be caused by dehydration and low sodium. Anyway, while they planned to admit me, but the neurologist gave the all-clear about 9pm. 

More tests later this week, but, whew! Thank you to the Sacto Fire Dept and Kaiser South Sacto for great care. Don't feel bad for me, just take care of yourselves!

On to the news...

SLOW LANE: Jerry Brown’s housing fast-track plan stumbles as shortage worsens [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “The shortage has driven housing costs through the roof, especially for working-class and poor families, and is atop the list of California’s truly important issues with water and transportation. However, as with those other deficiencies, another legislative session will end soon without decisive housing action.”

LAW AND ORDER: California crime measure triggers 52,000 fewer arrests [Don Thompson @ AP] - “A 2014 California voter-approved initiative that reduced penalties for certain drug and property crimes has led to the lowest arrest rate in state history as police frequently ignore those illegal activities, experts say.”

HIGH-END HELP: A big question complicating the climate debate: Where's the money for poor people? [Liam Dillon @ LAT] - “Quickly, the conversation grew heated. More than half a dozen lawmakers unhappy with the amount of money flowing to poor communities from the system known as cap and trade began peppering Nichols with questions, according to three lawmakers who were in the room.”

BLUE CUT FIRE: Emotional homecomings as Blue Cut fire evacuees return to houses and ashes [Beau Yarbrough [SBSun] and John M. Blodget [IVDB] - “Saying that the 37,020-acre Blue Cut fire “no longer poses a threat to communities,” authorities lifted all remaining evacuation orders Sunday, allowing many residents to return to their homes — and some to return to just rubble.”

BACKTRACK: Donald Trump 'wrestling' with how — and whether — to deport 11 million people from U.S. [Brian Bennett @ LAT] - “A day after Donald Trump met with a group of  Latino supporters, top aides suggested Sunday that the GOP nominee may be reconsidering his signature campaign promise to round up and deport 11 million people who are in the country illegally.”

Trump: 'No, I'm not flip-flopping' on immigration [Nick Gass @ Politico] - “Donald Trump on Monday insisted his immigration policy is not changing, as the Republican nominee embarks on a week intended to explain and expand upon his proposals, which up until this point have focused on the construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico and the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Asm Dems's Stephanie Burri, and the League of Cities's Bismarck Obando




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Politicians Protect Rights Of Accused, Not Law-abiding Gun Owners | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Why Loretta Sanchez Is Struggling To Wake Up California's Sleepy Senate Race
California's Senate campaign has been excruciatingly quiet in recent weeks – even for the slow summer campaign season. That's a surprise, since Loretta Sanchez needs some sizzle to have any shot.

City, County Government Salary Database For The Sacramento Ca Region | The Sacramento Bee
This database allows you to search the salaries of the Sacramento region's 30,000-plus city and county government workers. The database includes Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Yolo counties, as well as the cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Rocklin, Folsom, West Sacramento, Davis and the rest of the cities in the four-county region.

Two Local GOP Candidates Steer Clear Of Donald Trump - The Orange County Register
In some races, Democrats are trying to sully their opponent by highlighting the candidate’s support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

On California's Crumbling Roads, Legislators Haven't Even Moved Out Of The Driveway
he politicians have failed miserably. It’s worse than gridlock. Lawmakers haven’t even moved out of the driveway.

Street Population Soars After Sd Lifts Homeless Spending |
Something is deeply wrong. Unemployment has been falling since 2000. Public funding has poured into local homeless programs by the hundreds of millions each year.

Sacramento's New 'slush Funds': Ballot Measure Committees - Mercury News
Jessica Calefati and Kaitlyn Landgraf, Staff writers @
Increasingly, they're using "ballot measure committees," little-known and barely regulated accounts that are supposed to promote or oppose state and local initiatives, but in practice are paying for consultants and polling firms, new suits and trips to Mexico. And the money for the politicians' perks comes in the form of five-figure donations from the same special interests that state rules were intended to curtail.

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate In West Virginia Says He Can't Support Clinton - Politico
Both incumbent Republicans face difficult paths to reelection in November.

Donald Trump, With Bare-Bones Campaign, Relies on G.O.P. for Vital Tasks
As campaign documents revealed a spending gap between Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton, some Republican leaders called for focusing resources on candidates down the ballot.

Trump Campaign Fires Back At Immigration Flip-flop Charges - Politico
The RNC's director of Hispanic communications retweeted a days-old post from a fake Donald Trump account.

Trump Gains Ground Against Clinton, Tracking Poll Finds
Update on 'Campaign 2016: How Donald Trump's obsession with the media helped him select a new team'

It’s Official: Nicolas Sarkozy Is Running For French President – Politico
The candidate now faces what could be a tough primary contest.

Northeast Fresno's Discolored Water Fact Of Life With Galavanized Pipe | Fresno Bee
Tim Sheehan @
By Tim Sheehan

Oakland Police Monitor Sees Continued Racial Disparities - San Francisco Chronicle
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Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Priorities USA 'Watching' | Campaign 2016

Pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA released a video suggesting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is "unfit to be president" based on televised comments Trump made.

Storage May Be Game-changer For Grid |
In a fast-developing industry teeming with technologies that promise to be the next big thing, energy storage appears to be the biggest.

Volcanic Springs Offer Hope For Threatened Fish - San Francisco Chronicle
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Poll: Clinton leads Trump by 4 in Ohio
The state has voted for the eventual presidential winner in every election since 1964.

Obama Readies One Last Push for Trans-Pacific Partnership
As both presidential candidates campaign against it, the White House is negotiating with Republicans in Congress to ratify the largest regional trade agreement ever.

Health warning for shellfish from Half Moon Bay, Monterey Bay
State public health officials have issued a that consumers should avoid eating rock crabs caught in Half Moon Bay and bivalve shellfish and rock crabs caught in Monterey Bay. Crabs and bivalve shellfish caught in waters south of Pigeon Point and north of Cypress Point in Monterey County were found to have “dangerous levels” of domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache and dizziness. Officials say there have been no reported illnesses associated with this current warning, but severe cases can result in trouble breathing, confusion, disorientation, cardiovascular instability, seizures, excessive bronchial secretions, permanent loss of short term memory coma or death. The warning does not apply to commercially sold clams, mussels, scallops or oysters from approved sources, as certified harvesters and dealers are subject to frequent mandatory testing to monitor for toxins.