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THE Nooner for October 1, 2016

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on aroundthecapitol.com today:

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Will Taxpayers Back-up New State Controlled Pension System? :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
The bill Davis signed expanded public employee pension benefits putting in place an investment scheme that has not met the demands of pension liabilities. Many of the local taxes on November ballots will see revenue used to satisfy pension obligations, with local pensions increased along the lines of SB 400. SB 1234 by Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon has no provision for taxpayer involvement. However, skeptics believe, with good reason, that because of the state’s involvement, taxpayers will be backstop if the system falters.

Gov. Jerry Brown Makes It Crystal Clear: He Really Doesn't Like Ranked-choice Voting
latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: Gabby Giffords endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, Gov. Brown eliminates statute of limitations on r...

CalPERS Poised To Cut Retiree Pensions In Tiny Sierra Town | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Bill Increasing Penalties For Possessing Date-rape Drugs Becomes Law Without Governor's Signature
latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: Gabby Giffords endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, Gov. Brown eliminates statute of limitations on r...

Brown's 2016 Legislative Tsunami: Key Bills The Governor Has Signed Into Law | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
File: California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during day three of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Measure Seeking To Halt L.A. 'mega-developments' Goes To March Ballot
latimes.com
An initiative seeking a two-year ban on zoning changes that would allow for high-density construction around Los Angeles is heading to a popular vote after the City Council on Friday approved placing it on the March 7 ballot.

Oaklandâ
sfgate.com
Oakland’s political feuding hit new depths of dysfunction when a City Council member seized the public-speakers’ microphone for a 40-minute diatribe that ended only when her colleagues pulled the plug on their meeting. Councilwoman Desley Brooks, attending the Rules Committee session as a spectator, refused repeated pleas from the panel’s council members Thursday to surrender the microphone so they could get on with their meeting. [...] McElhaney, the committee chairwoman, ordered City Hall security guards to clear the chambers and ended the meeting. Kalb said Friday that it may have been the worst outburst he’d ever seen from a council member, but that this isn’t the first time a meeting has fallen off course because of “extended interruptions” and “lack of adherence to the council president’s authority.” The uproar started with an agenda item aimed at recrafting marijuana ordinances that the council approved in May, which have caused a continued outcry from many people involved in the city’s cannabis business. At the heart of the ordinances is a program that sets aside half the city’s cannabis permits for people who were either jailed on marijuana convictions in Oakland or who live in one of six East Oakland police beats that saw a high concentration of marijuana arrests in 2013. Opponents say the plan will kill the city’s marijuana business just as the state’s voters are on the verge of legalizing recreational use of the drug. Along with Reid and Councilman Noel Gallo, she has proposed an ordinance that would require all pot businesses — and anyone who leases property to a pot business — to give 25 percent of their profit and at least one seat on their board of directors to the city in exchange for permits to operate. “I have watched this body over and over again attempt to stifle the voices of the community,” Brooks said, eliciting angry jeers from her supporters. “Look, I went to UC Berkeley, I learned all about Mario Savio, and I have never been upset or called for arrests when members of the public tried to shut us down,” McElhaney said. Two years ago, after a civil grand jury concluded that she had hired a contractor for a teen center in her district without taking bids and had authorized $19,000 in payments to a guitar store without city permission, Brooks argued that the investigation had been politically motivated. Kalb, who is among the council members trying to scrap the marijuana permit ordinance, noted with dismay that Brooks’ outburst Thursday had been aired on the city’s government affairs cable channel.

More Large Electronic Billboards Are Possible For Downtown Los Angeles After Governor's Action
latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: Gabby Giffords endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, Gov. Brown eliminates statute of limitations on r...

Campaign Watchdog Investigates Porn Industry Over Alleged Foreign Donations | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

New Law Aims To Help Keep Sexual Assault Survivors' Addresses Private
latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: Gabby Giffords endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, Gov. Brown eliminates statute of limitations on r...

Audio: California's Top-two Primary Reexamined As Us Senate Race Fails To Stir Voters | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
From left, Duf Sundheim, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Ron Unz, and Tom Del Beccaro at a debate at KPBS in San Diego, May 10, 2016. Milan Kovacevic/KPBS

Democrat Who Lost In The Primary Says He Will Vote For Republican Rep. Steve Knight In Heated House Race
latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: Gabby Giffords endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, Gov. Brown eliminates statute of limitations on r...

Governor Signs Bill to Expand Tax Exemption for Veterans with "100 Percent" Disabilities
bates.cssrc.us
s property tax exemption to military veterans who previously did not qualify. The State Senate and Assembly unanimously approved the bill last month.

California Increases Penalties For Secret Recordings Like Planned Parenthood Videos | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Officials Say San Diego County Has Healthy Water Supply Despite Drought | Kpbs
City News Service @
kpbs.org
The San Diego County Water Authority reiterated Friday that the region has sufficient supply to meet expected demand next year and beyond, but efficient water use by customers remains essential.

'dark Money' Funds Flood Of Political Canvassers In Heated Los Angeles County Congressional Race
latimes.com
Voters in the Los Angeles suburbs of Santa Clarita and Palmdale are about to be greeted at their doors by an army of canvassers funded by a so-called dark money group in a heated House race.

Prayer Meeting Draws Crowd In Olango Shooting - The San Diego Union-tribune
San Diego Union Tribune @
sandiegouniontribune.com
About 50 clergy members from around the region gathered at El Cajon police headquarters Friday, praying for peace and unity after a night with violent protest over the Alfred Olango shooting by an officer.

Trump Campaign Targets Women Voters With Ivanka Ad - Politico
politico.com
Ivanka Trump outlines her father's plans for a childcare tax credit and paid maternity leave.

Tijuana Condo Boom: The New San Diego? - The San Diego Union-tribune
San Diego Union Tribune @
sandiegouniontribune.com
Tijuana is experiencing a residential building boom in the upcoming years.

GOP Oregon Gubernatorial Candidate: Educated Women Aren’t Susceptible To Abuse

"A woman that has great education and training and a great job is not susceptible to this kind of abuse by men, women or anyone," said Bud Pierce, an oncologist.