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THE Nooner for August 30, 2016

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¡Feliz Tardes! The election is ten weeks from today.

The tobacco companies are up on the air opposing Proposition 56 (the tobacco tax) on California's November ballot A nice mom-like figure plants her starters as she blasts the initiative, which is supported by healthcare, hospital and anti-tobacco groups. Also on the air (from what I've seen) is the pro- side of Proposition 52 (State fees on hospitals).

POLL POSITIONING: Measure phasing in neighborhood polling places goes to Jerry Brown [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - “The state Senate on Monday sent a measure to Gov. Jerry Brown that would begin shifting California away from its network of neighborhood polling places to primarily mail ballots.”

DATA: California on guard after cyber attacks on elections databases in two states [Phil Willon @ LAT] - “California's elections agency announced that there is no evidence that the state's voter registration databases had been targeted by the foreign hackers who reportedly infiltrated elections systems in Arizona and Illinois.”

'BOUT TIME: California farmworkers could see overtime expanded in the next decade after historic Assembly vote [Jazmine Ulloa and Sophia Bollag @ LAT] - “In a historic win for farmworkers, California lawmakers on Monday passed legislation that would expand overtime pay for more than 825,000 laborers who bring produce to stores and tables across the state.”

DEM NOES: Cooley, Cooper, Dodd, Frazier, Gray
REP YES: Linder
NOT VOTING: Engman, Irwin, Wood

TERM LIMITS SUCK: Even rivals say Mark Leno is one of Sacramento's most accomplished lawmakers. Now, his time is up. [John Myers @ LAT] - “Through the years, his causes have often led to substantive change, in part because of what friends and even foes agree is his unmatched perseverance. Leno, the author of 161 laws, rarely gives up.”

JUDICIAL OVERSIGHT: Sentencing bill inspired by Stanford swimmer case heads to governor [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “California is on the cusp of changing its sentencing laws in response to a nationally watched sexual assault case involving a former Stanford University swimmer, with lawmakers on Monday sending Gov. Jerry Brown legislation mandating heavier penalties for assaulting unconscious victims.” 

EQUAL FOR SOME:  Pay parity bill goes to Jerry Brown [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “AB 1676, though, does not specifically cover legislative staff members, prompting accusations of hypocrisy from a few female lawmakers.”

UNEQUAL: California bill to extend school choice law faces allegations of inequity [Anna M. Phillips @ LAT] - “Advocacy groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and school districts that are losing students to competitors say the law increases segregation and discriminates against poor and minority families who can’t drive their children across district boundaries.”

END POINT: High-speed rail critics question the first route segment, which will end in an almond orchard [Ralph Vartabedian @ LAT] - “The state’s plan to build an initial stretch of high-speed rail line, from San Jose to a map point in the midst of Central Valley farmland, came under renewed attack at an oversight hearing Monday.”

SUNSHINE DAY: Political reformers agree sunshine is needed, but squabble over details [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “A large coalition of “goo-goos” – Capitol jargon for reform groups such as Common Cause and the League of Women Voters – wants the Legislature to shine the light of disclosure on those who provide “dark money” for political campaigns.”

$$$: First-time state tax credit aids thousands of O.C. families [Theresa Walker @ OCR] - “California’s inaugural use of a state earned income tax credit has put more than $9 million in the pockets of low-income workers in Orange County.”






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Pro Bono Rule For New California Lawyers? Not So Fast, Jerry Brown Says | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Campaign Donation Limits Would Apply To All City And County Races, Under Legislation Approved By The Assembly
Donors to local candidate campaigns would be banned from giving contributions larger than $4,200 under legislation approved by the Asse...

Secret Ballot Is A Shield Of Democracy :: Fox&hounds
How might the intimidation of more than a century ago apply today? History tends to repeat itself. Groups that want to control the government agenda by propping up a hand picked candidate or support a ballot proposition could pressure voters, especially those they have influence over, to record their vote and show it.

An Effort To Impose Campaign Donation Limits On Local Races Is Killed By The State Senate
Update on 'Essential Politics: Farmworker overtime measure heads to California governor'

Assembly Kills Bill To Shield Consumers From Cost Of Lost Gas | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Four Human Trafficking Bills To Help Victims Swept Into The Legal System Head To Gov. Jerry Brown
Update on 'Essential Politics: Farmworker overtime measure heads to California governor'

Berryhill -- Governor signs Inyo County OHV legislation
s Off Highway Vehicle Adventure Trails pilot program has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian Claims Opponent’s Ballot Designation Misleads Voters
Today's high

Political Reformers Agree Sunshine Is Needed, But Squabble Over Details | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

California On Guard After Cyber Attacks On Elections Databases In Two States
Update on 'Essential Politics: California Legislature's final week begins with a focus on farmworkers'

Liberal Allies Spar Over Planned Parenthood Bill On Secret Videos | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Trump Campaign Manager: Clinton's Immigration Plans 'scary As Heck' - Politico
With recreational marijuana on the ballot, some worry that big business will transform the way pot is grown, distributed and sold.

California To Continue Contracting Private Prisons | The Daily Californian
While the U.S. Department of Justice has announced it will begin phasing out its contracts with private prisons, California will continue contracting private prisons to house state-level inmates.

Eu Demands Apple Pay Ireland Up To 13 Billion Euros In Tax | Reuters
Foo Yun Chee @
The massive sum, 40 times bigger than the previous known demand by the European Commission to a company in such a case, could be reduced, the EU executive said in a statement, if other countries sought more tax themselves from the U.S. tech giant.

Bill Lockyer Sitting In On City Of Industry Closed Sessions May Violate Brown Act
Today's high

Scripps Health In San Diego Partners With Houston-based Md Anderson In Cancer Care |
In a bid to increase its reach throughout Southern California, the San Diego-based Scripps Health system on Monday finalized a partnership with the internationally known MD Anderson Cancer Network.

Bullhooks To Control Elephants Banned In California
Update on 'Essential Politics: Farmworker overtime measure heads to California governor'

Trump To Raise Money In Silicon Valley, But Campaign Isn't Disclosing Details
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus made note of the FBI's discovery of nearly 15,000 work-related documents that were not turned over...

Utilities Commission Overhaul Moving In Last Days Of Session -
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High-speed Rail Critics Question The First Route Segment, Which Will End In An Almond Orchard
The state’s plan to build an initial high speed rail system from San Jose to an almond orchard between Wasco and Shafter came under scrutiny at a House rail subcommittee hearing Monday.