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THE Nooner for September 3, 2016

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Happy Saturday! I hope your Labor Day weekend has started off well. It's the start of college football season, so I am guessing many of you are parked on the couch. My two favorite teams--UC Davis and Oregon--face off at 2pm PDT on the PAC-12 Network. The end result for Davis against the #24 ranked team probably won't look pretty, but it's always nice to see them on the big stage. 

With less than 30 days remaining in the regular season, the Dodgers and Giants are fight it out for a playoff spot. I'm one of those heretical fans of both teams, growing up in the OC and having spent 22 years in NorCal.

US SENATE: One of California's best-known Republicans is backing Democrat Loretta Sanchez for Senate. Here's why [Phil Willon @ LAT] — “Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is supporting his colleague Rep. Loretta Sanchez in this fall’s Senate race, a contest that pits two Democrats against each other and gives GOP voters no obvious choice.”

SD29 (Fullerton): Drama builds in race for state Senator Huff's seat [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - “In the latest sign that the seat of termed-out state Sen. Bob Huff is up for grabs, Democrats have gained a slight voter-registration edge in the tri-county district, which includes Anaheim, Fullerton and Yorba Linda.” 

IMPASSE: As Legislature stalemates on State Bar bill, the fallout begins [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “Wednesday night’s legislative stalemate on giving the State Bar permission to continue collecting dues from the state’s lawyers and, more controversially, overhauling its organization and operations, is already creating fallout.” 

PROGRESS: California's new climate change laws almost didn't happen this year. Here's how lawmakers pulled it off. [Melanie Mason and Chris Megerian @ LAT] - “The new legislation would preserve the state’s international reputation for fighting global warming while grounding it in local concerns over jobs and health, broadening the agenda’s political support and providing a potential road map for future environmental battles.”



UNETHICAL: Congressional candidates break ethics policy [Joshua Stewart @ LAT] - “Members of the House and Senate who served in the military routinely violate a Defense Department ethics policy that regulates how they can use their experience in uniform when campaigning for office.” 

AWESOME SAUCE: A 200-year transformation How the [Washington] Mall became what it is today [WaPo]

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Asm Dodd's field rep Logan Pitts!






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As Legislature Stalemates On State Bar Bill, The Fallout Begins | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Judge: Oaklandâ
Oakland’s proposed penny-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks got a boost Friday when a judge ruled that the ballot measure — despite the beverage industry’s contentions — is not a tax on grocers, because they can pass the costs along to their customers. Oakland’s Measure HH would raise up to $12 million a year, which city officials plan to use for health and education programs, while seeking to reduce consumption of drinks that contribute to obesity and diabetes. Opponents say the measure would affect all grocery prices and hit hardest at low-income customers. Foes of the measure challenged several statements in supporters’ ballot arguments, including the assertion that the new tax would not be paid by local grocers. “ Once voters do their own research and read the fine print, they’ll see that they’re actually voting on a grocery tax that affects distributors like local grocery stores and mom and pop corner stores, not on a soda tax,” he said.

Bicyclist Hit, Killed By Garbage Truck Was UC Davis Professor | The Sacramento Bee
Bill Lindelof @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

One Of California's Best-known Republicans Is Backing Democrat Loretta Sanchez For Senate. Here's Why
Loretta Sanchez and Darrell Issa dwell on different sides of Washington's political spectrum, but they have found ground on national defense -- and a common interest, getting elected.

Acting Sfpd Chief Chaplin Ends Speculation Over College Degree - Sfgate
Acting San Francisco Police Chief Toney Chaplin earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University’s online Global Campus, school officials confirmed Friday, ending speculation over the acting chief’s education credentials as he vies for the position permanently.

Commerce Mayor Agrees To $15,500 In State Ethics Fines
Commerce Mayor Ivan Altamirano violated the state's political ethics law on five counts, including conflicts of interest, failure to disclose campaign finance

Drama Builds In Race For State Senator Huff's Seat - The Orange County Register
In the latest sign that the seat of termed-out state Sen. Bob Huff is up for grabs, Democrats have gained a slight voter-registration edge in the tri-county district, which includes Anaheim, Fullerton and Yorba Linda.

To Improve Student Health, Some California Schools Move To Educate Parents - California Health Report
Derek Walter @
Some districts, particularly in the Central Valley and Los Angeles area, are taking advantage of the new law and hoping parent outreach translates into better student health and academic performance. The thinking is that parents who are more involved will feel a greater tie to the school and will motivate students to be more engaged.

Past Decisions Haunt Bart As It Seeks Voter OK For $3.5 Billion Bond - San Francisco Chronicle
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California Senate Leader Contrasts State's Agenda With Trump's
Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson pulls in 12 percent, and Green Party nominee Jill Stein has 4 percent.

Stem Cell Company Paid $443,500 To Former Head Of State Agency That Funds Research | The Sacramento Bee
David Jensen @
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Kaepernick fallout: Santa Clara cops threaten not to staff 49ers games
The union representing Santa Clara police officers said some of its members may not work at 49ers games over comments made by quarterback Colin Kaepernick about race and policing, according to a news report. The Santa Clara Police Officers’ Association called Kaepernick’s criticism of police and his decision to sit during the national anthem in pre-season games “inappropriate workplace behavior,” according to a letter the union sent to the 49ers obtained by KNTV. “The board of directors of the Santa Clara Police Officers’ Association has a duty to protect its members and work to make all of their working environments free of harassing behavior,” the union wrote in the letter, which members hand-delivered to 49ers officials, KNTV reported. The Santa Clara police department, whose members are represented by the union, is among several law enforcement agencies that staff 49ers home games. The threat — which drew immediate condemnation from prominent activists on Twitter and on the union’s Facebook page — is part of the growing reaction from law enforcement agencies and police unions over Kaepernick’s statements, in which he assailed police shootings and racial injustice. In a letter to 49ers President Jed York and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, San Francisco Police Officers Association President Martin Halloran called the comments “foolish” and said they represented naivety and total lack of sensitivity towards police officers. The warning from the Santa Clara police union elicited a swift response from activists and community members.

Airbnb Sues Santa Monica Over Short-term Rental Ban
Airbnb filed a lawsuit Friday against Santa Monica over a ban on short-term rentals that was passed by officials in 2015.

Senate Aiming For Early Action On Water Infrastructure, Flint Aid - Politico
The measure received broad bipartisan support when it was passed out of committee in April.

Trump attends service at Detroit black church

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attended service at Great Faith International Ministries in Detroit, Mich., in an appeal to African-American voters. It's the first time Trump has visited a black church during his campaign.

Who Benefits From California’s Drought? These 8 Businesses Are Helped By Less Water
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Hoteliers, Tourism Leaders Say No To Chargers Stadium Measure |
The Chargers want to build a new downtown football stadium that would be located east of Petco Park.

California's Heavy Water Users Could Face Penalties If Drought Persists
Earlier this week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will require water districts to crack down on excessive water use anytime a drought emergency is in effect and water conservation is required.

Former Stanford Swimmer Brock Turner Released From Jail - Sfgate
Jenna Lyons, Michael Bodley @
Turner would not speak to our photojournalist.

'taco Trucks On Every Corner': Latino Bay Area Trump Supporter's Warning Goes Viral -
On Friday, the outspoken Discovery Bay real estate broker-turned-cable-talk-show-Trump-surrogate found himself the target of ridicule on social media, as mouthwatering internet jokesters and politicos pounced.

Trump Surrogate Admits To Falsifying Biographical Claims - Politico
Conservative candidate Andy Biggs pulled ahead of millionaire Christine Jones after final ballots were counted since the Tuesday primary.