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THE Nooner for March 30, 2017
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Yesterday, Democratic leaders and Governor Jerry Brown came to an agreement on a $5.2 billion tax and fee package to make needed road repairs, reports Jim Miller in the Bee. The plan increases both gas taxes and vehicle license fees. While Democrats have supermajorities in both houses, it's unclear whether several mods in the Assembly are on board, although major business groups are and are spending handily in support.
Meanwhile, the Bee's Taryn Luna reports on Senator Ricardo Lara's update on his plan with Senator Toni Atkins for a single-payer health care plan for California. The new version of the bill is scheduled to be available today.
BOE's Jerome Horton is on defense against allegations in an audit by the agency over his spending in "outreach" in his Southern California district, reports the Bee's Adam Ashton.
Meanwhile, Adam Ashton also reports that BOE member Fiona Ma has sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown asking him to appoint a trustee over the agency. Whoa!
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Senator Morrell Responds to Sacramento Democrats' Deal to Permanently Increase Gas Taxes
Today, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) issued the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats announced a plan to enact $5 billion per year in new gas taxes and fees on California drivers:
Obama Administration Education Secretary Endorses Gonez, Melvoin For L.A. School Board
Howard Blume @ latimes.com
Arne Duncan, who served as President Obama's top education official, endorses Kelly Gonez and Nick Melvoin for the L.A. school board, opposing candidates backed by the teachers union.
Gavin Newsom Is Leader In California Governor's Race | The Sacramento Bee
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Betty Barry-Deal, pioneering female judge, dies at 95
Betty Barry-Deal, an honor student whose gender slowed the start of her legal career in the 1950s but who later became the first female justice on the state Court of Appeal in San Francisco, has died at age 95. âÂÂJustice Barry-Deal was a legal trailblazer her entire career,âÂÂ said Deborah Hoffman, spokeswoman for Gov. Jerry Brown, who appointed Ms. Barry-Deal to the court during his first stint as governor. After what she described as a period of depression from her job search, she volunteered at the Alameda County public defenderâÂÂs office, then found work editing law books for the State BarâÂÂs Continuing Education of the Bar program. Brown appointed her to the Alameda County Superior Court in 1977, and named her three years later to the First District Court of Appeal, a judicial level previously reached by only a handful of women in California, but none in San Francisco. Another 1983 ruling by Ms. Barry-Deal overturned a juryâÂÂs $775,000 damage award to a transgender woman who sued the Oakland Tribune and one of its columnists for revealing her status, which she had kept private, and writing that her classmates at the College of Alameda, where she was student body president, âÂÂmay wish to make other showering arrangements.âÂÂ In 1987, her court ruled that a gay man could not seek damages for emotional distress against a man who had injured his partner. While Ms. Barry-Deal joined the ruling, she said marital rights and benefits for same-sex couples were âÂÂa matter of public policy demanding the attention of the Legislature.âÂÂ
Statement by Senator Stone on Democrats plan to raise taxes on California motorists
In response to a tentative agreement on transportation tax increases reached today among Senate Democrats, Assembly Democrats and Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Jeff Stone (R-28th District) released the following statement:
This Is How States Will Fight Trump's Energy Order
Evan Halper @ latimes.com
Will Voters Agree That Libby Schaaf Made Right Call On Raiders? - San Francisco Chronicle
Give it up for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, the first-term mayor who told the millionaire sports team owner and his iconic, $2.1 billion business to stop begging for more taxpayer money to stay in town. So the Oakland Raiders are leaving.
Pence Breaks Tie In Senate Vote On Planned Parenthood Funding - Politico
After the vote had been held open for more than an hour, Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaker shortly after Sen. Johnny Isakson walked onto the Senate floor to vote. | Getty
Mexican State Attorney General Arrested At U.S. Border In San Diego On Drug Trafficking Charges
Matt Hamilton @ latimes.com
The attorney general for the Mexican state of Nayarit has been charged with conspiring to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine into the U.S.
Sf Picks Ex-oakland Administrator As Schools Superintendent - San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco school board Wednesday selected a city native with an eclectic educational background to lead the district, saying Vincent Matthews has the experience and leadership skills to take on the role of superintendent.
San Diego Area Mayors Organize Opposition To 'sanctuary State' Bill | Kpbs
Andrew Bowen @ kpbs.org
A group of local elected officials from around San Diego County on Wednesday announced a new group they say will organize opposition to a bill in Sacramento to limit cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities.
Trump Threatens To 'fight' Freedom Caucus Members In 2018 - Politico
President Donald Trump tweeted that "we must fight" the Freedom Caucus a group of conservative Republican lawmakers who helped sink health care reform. | AP Photo
Gap between inspections of Oakland building in deadly fire raises questions
Kurtis Alexander, J.K. Dineen and @ sfgate.com
The West Oakland halfway house struck by a deadly blaze this week drew complaints about unsafe living conditions for years, but the city allowed well over a year to pass between the last two fire inspections, an apparent breach of a state law requiring annual reviews. Oakland fire officials said Wednesday that the three-story building on San Pablo Avenue that was occupied by clients of nonprofit aid groups had been inspected seven times this decade, twice in both 2010 and 2012 and once in 2014, 2015 and 2017. An inspector who had responded to a referral from a city engine company that had been at the building identified 11 violations, finding extension cords strung between rooms, a lack of smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, and fire sprinklers in need of servicing. More than 80 others, including people with disabilities and mental health and addiction issues, were displaced, with many relegated to an emergency shelter set up in the neighborhood. After the Ghost Ship fire, which killed 36 people at an unsanctioned music event that was held in an unpermitted live-work warehouse, Oakland was criticized for failing to take earlier action against that siteâÂÂs owner and prime tenant. In that case, city police officers had been told that the warehouse was illegally occupied, and building inspectors had responded to complaints. Details continued to emerge Wednesday about Urojas Community Services, the nonprofit group that was housing needy clients in the building on San Pablo Avenue and was fighting eviction from the property at the time of the fire. Neighbors and clients said that under UrojasâÂÂ stewardship, the run-down building served as deeply flawed but desperately needed housing of last resort âÂÂ a place that social service agencies counted on to take in clients who might be barred from other properties due to their eviction history, criminal record, sex-offender status or severe mental illness. âÂÂIt was the place you could refer a mentally ill brother or sister or a young man getting out of prison who couldnâÂÂt stay with Mom in public housing because he had a felony record,âÂÂ said Lankford. Though it was bighearted, Urojas was also a shoestring organization that raised small amounts of money through church collections or gifts, but didnâÂÂt have the expertise or grant writers to obtain government or foundation grants, much less employ staffers to maintain a big building, Lankford said.
Senator Gaines Reacts To Tax-Spiking Transportation Proposal
announcement of a $5.2 billion road-funding package that imposes permanent new gas taxes and user fees on motorists:
Republican Budget Vice Chair - Jim Nielsen - Issues Statement on Democratic Partisan Transportation Tax Deal
$52 billion in new tax increases is what we will be forking over to the government. Negotiated behind closed doors, this is the largest...
L.A. Doctor Jumps Into The Race For California's Lieutenant Governor
Phil Willon @ latimes.com
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In Twitter Attack On New York Times, Trump Floats Changing Libel Laws - Politico
President Donald Trump floated trying to havel libel laws changed in a tweet where he attacked The New York Times. | Getty
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House passed legislation last week, but Senate Judicial Committee wonâÂÂt advance the measure as written, chamber leader says.
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Ryan: Trump Was 'very Apologetic' For Promoting Fox Show That Called On Me To Resign - Politico
Speaker Paul Ryan said the president was "apologetic" after he promoted a Fox News show that blamed Ryan for the health care failure. | AP Photo