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THE Nooner for September 9, 2016
It's Friday! You made it! Warm wishes for a great weekend ahead.
SB 32: Gov. Brown signs sweeping legislation to combat climate change [Chris Megerian and Lim Dillon @ LAT] - "California will become a petri dish for international efforts to slow global warming under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, forcing one of the world’s largest economies to squeeze into a dramatically smaller carbon footprint."
MONEY MATTERS: Senators collect $346,000 after lifting end-of-session fundraising ban [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "Without an end-of-session fundraising ban for the first time in three years, state senators collected at least $345,900 from lobbyist employers and their political action committees during lawmakers’ last month at the Capitol, according to state campaign finance filings."
LET THERE BE FLIGHT: University of California hires India-based IT outsourcer, lays off tech workers [Patrick Thibodeau @ Computerworld] - "The layoffs will happen at the end of February, but before the final day arrives the IT employees expect to train foreign replacements from India-based IT services firm HCL. The firm is working under a university contract valued at $50 million over five years. . . . 49 IT permanent employees will lose their jobs, along with 12 contract employees and 18 vendor contractors."
How stupid is this move? While this is only UCSF, it is expected other campuses will follow suit. I hate when employers offshore jobs and make the fired employees train their successors. I'd like to know what othe state agency offshores jobs, not employing Californians and sending state funds out of the country. The UCSF employees will be kicked off their pensions and health coverage.
I'm guessing Kevin McCarty will put the item on the agenda of the Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance next year.
US SENATE: Loretta Sanchez attacks Senate rival Kamala Harris over San Onofre nuclear waste [Teri Sforza and Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez on Thursday condemned the burial of millions of pounds of nuclear waste on a San Onofre beach bluff and faulted her opponent in the race for the U.S. Senate for not fighting the controversial project."
SD03 (Yolo-Napa): Jerry Brown makes rare legislative endorsement – taps Bill Dodd in Yolo Senate race [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "Assemblyman Bill Dodd, a Napa Democrat, received a rare endorsement Thursday from Gov. Jerry Brown in his intraparty race for an open state Senate seat."
AD46 (Sherman Oaks): Did Mike Gatto recruit write-in challenger to Adrin Nazarian? [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Nazarian, of Sherman Oaks, did not draw an opponent last spring. But he faces a fall challenge from Angela Rupert after the Democratic attorney collected 131 write-in signatures in the primary."
BALLOT BLOAT: This 224-page California voter guide is heftiest one ever, thanks to 17 ballot measures [John Myers @ LAT] - "The information booklet covers all 17 statewide ballot propositions, a document that election officials believe is the most voluminous election guide in California history. And it hasn’t come cheap: The total cost for printing and mailing, done in Sacramento and taking seven weeks to complete, will come close to $15 million."
PROP 63 $$$: Report: State officials still not tracking mental health spending [Juliet Williams @ AP] - "California officials still haven’t taken steps to better track how $2 billion a year in voter-approved funding for mental health programs is spent, despite a critical audit 19 months ago that alerted officials to the problems, according to a report released Thursday by a state watchdog."
BEHIND THE ORANGE CURTAIN: Orange County a big, lucrative market for sex trafficking [Theresa Walker @ OCR] - "A new report has led those who work with victims of human trafficking to an unsavory conclusion about Orange County’s wealth: Perpetrators know they can bring victims here to sell for sex acts at a higher price than anywhere else in California."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Bob Huff, Coby Pizzotti, and the Great State of California, which turns a sprightly 166 today!
Document: Report: Officials Still Not Tracking State's Mental Health Spending | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
In this July 26, 2012, photo children and adults uses a play parachute as part of an exercise activity during a wellness program run jointly by the La Familia Counseling Center and the YMCA in Sacramento. Voters approved Proposition 63 in 2004 to provide funding for mental health services, but a California watchdog agency, the Little Hoover Commission, reported Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, that 12 years after voters approved a 1 percent tax on millionaires, the state still can't readily show how the money is spent or who is helped. Rich Pedroncelli/AP
This Is What The Climate Bill Jerry Brown Signed Means | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
This 224-page California Voter Guide Is Heftiest One Ever, Thanks To 17 Ballot Measures
California's fall election voter guide has come in at a whopping 224 pages, the biggest in state history. And the cost to mail it to every voter: huge.
Senators Collect $346,000 After Lifting End-of-session Fundraising Ban | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
County Supervisor Candidate Can't Link Rival To Trump In Voter Pamphlet, Judge Rules
Kathryn Barger, a candidate running to replace retiring Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, won a legal challenge over a rival's candidate statement implying she supports Trump.
Students Protest After Former Berkeley Law Dean Returns To Campus | The Daily Californian
As a new semester begins at the UC Berkeley School of Law, former dean Sujit Choudhry returns to the school for the first time since news broke that a campus investigation found he had violated university sexual misconduct policy, attracting criticism from students and faculty members alike.
Sanchez Calls On Feds To Take Over CpUC Probe | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Dr. Bob Sears, Critic Of Vaccine Laws, Could Lose License After Exempting Toddler
Dr. Bob Sears, an Orange County pediatrician and nationally known critic of vaccination laws, faces the loss of his medical license after the state medical board accused him of improperly excusing a toddler from immunization and endangering both the child and the public.
Did Mike Gatto Recruit Write-in Challenger To Adrin Nazarian? | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
California's Schools Won't Be Judged Only By Their Test Scores, School Board Votes
California's State Board of Education voted Thursday on a system that moves the state away from judging schools solely by their test scores.
Trump University Investigation Could Explain Donald Trump's Political Donations To Kamala Harris
Both Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump donated money to Kamala Harris in 2013 as her office investigated alleged wrongdoing by Trump University
Promises, Promises :: Fox&hounds
Voters, beware the promises you will hear attached to the coming state ballot measures. Given the track record of some recently passed ballot measures, voters should turn a skeptical eye on many of the assurances assigned by initiative promoters.
How Can A Wine Made In Georgia Be Labeled 'napa Valley'?
A California-led proposal to tighten wine-labeling rules has rallied the state's lawmakers, split the industry and spurred a debate that shows no signs of resolution. Flexing political muscles, 48 members of the House of Representatives, including three dozen Californians, are seeking tighter labeling...
San Jose Proposes New Gun Control Law, Draws Fire
City Council, City Hall, Gun Control, San Jose, Silicon Valley
San Diego Facing New Pension Debt | Sandiegouniontribune.com
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer heads to his City Hall office in this file photo. — Howard Lipin
Bart Measure Rr Tax Could Be Four Times Original Claim
BART officials say they included that high-interest option on advice of their bond attorney because they wanted flexibility if market conditions greatly deteriorate. The district’s spokeswoman says BART never analyzed the effect on taxpayers of bond rates higher than 5 percent.
California Becomes A Global Laboratory In Fight Against Climate Change
More solar power, more electric cars, more energy efficiency — California will need to ramp up its efforts to hit new climate change goal signed by Jerry Brown at an event in Los Angeles.
Liberal Group Files Complaint Against Trump Campaign - Politico
The charge, filed Sept. 2 and obtained by POLITICO, includes a copy of what appears to be the Trump campaign's terms of employment for employees.
Bay Bridge emergency fund running low, leaving toll-payers on hook
Three years after it opened, the eastern span of the Bay Bridge has been beset with so many problems that a multimillion dollar rainy-day fund set aside for unanticipated expenses has been nearly devoured, leaving toll-payers responsible for any additional costs. In a report sent to the Legislature on Thursday, the three-person committee that oversees the $6.8 billion bridge project said just $67.7 million remains in the contingency fund, far short of the estimated $184 million bridge authorities say they need. [...] in any case, the Bay Area Toll Authority will have to pay the bill âÂÂ with money collected from drivers crossing the Bay AreaâÂÂs seven state-owned toll bridges. Toll hikes will not be needed, according to officials with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which operates the authority. Fixing the new Bay BridgeâÂÂs well-known construction defects âÂÂ including leaky tower foundations, cracked and corroded rods, poorly welded deck boxes âÂÂ are among the reasons the project burned through its contingency fund. The bridge opened on schedule, but there was more work to be completed, including landscaping and other finishing touches, along with the bike path to Yerba Buena Island and the demolition of the old eastern span. At ThursdayâÂÂs meeting of the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee, which was responsible for the report to the Legislature, Caltrans asked for an additional $16 million budget to cover the expenses of overseeing work for the final nine months of the current fiscal year, which ends in June. Steve Heminger, the Metropolitan Transportation CommissionâÂÂs executive director, also questioned the request, arguing that Caltrans needed to work harder to rein in its oversight costs at the bridge. âÂÂItâÂÂs important to toll-payers and taxpayers that we pursue the people who make errors on public works projects,âÂÂ Heminger said after the meeting. Caltrans would need the approval of the state Coastal Commission and other regulatory agencies, said Brian Maroney, chief bridge engineer, but could use the foundations to create a bridge-viewing platform or other public access area.
Rating Change: California House Seat Not So Safe For Democrats
Even though Donald Trump is complicating GOP efforts in House and Senate races across the country, Republicans have two takeover opportunities in California.
Three mayors brave BART to promote bond measure
Filipa A. Ioannou @ sfgate.com
[...] San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo were playing up BARTâÂÂs potential Thursday when they got together for a brief ride to show their support of a Nov. 8 measure on the ballot in three counties that would fund the transit system. BART directors say the money would go toward replacing 90 miles of track, repairing water damage, increasing capacity, modernizing control and electrical systems and making the system safer in the event of an earthquake. State Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, who was elected on a promise to try to ban BART strikes in the aftermath of two work stoppages in 2013, said Measure RR would âÂÂreward bad behaviorâÂÂ rather than hold BART accountable for financial mismanagement. Liccardo said Thursday that an oversight committee will be established to keep an eye on BARTâÂÂs spending if the measure passes. When the doors opened Thursday morning at the 12th Street Station on a car still packed with the tail end of rush hour crowds, Liccardo and the other mayors squeezed aboard, tourist-like in their enthusiasm. Onboard, the mayors were a captive audience as riders peppered them with questions. Despite the shortage of kind words for BART, the mayors stayed cheerful on their two-stop ride. âÂÂYouâÂÂre participating in the political process on your commute!âÂÂ Schaaf called out. âÂÂAre you voting yes on Measure RR this November?âÂÂ Schaaf asked a passer-by on Market Street.
Never Trump Candidate Mcmullin Misses Wyoming Ballot - Politico
Pence will enter the briefing with more experience handling sensitive information than his running mate.
Trump pitches $20 billion education plan at Ohio charter school that received poor marks from state
The Republican nominee faced questions about his visit before he even arrived.