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THE Nooner for May 28, 2017

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Happy beautiful Sunday to you! It looks like it's going to be another beautiful day. The barbecuing in Southside Park started yesterday and the delicious smells of tri-tip and other goodies filled the neighborhood. Ugh, got my butt out of bed to catch Meet the Press at 6am and instead of Chuck Todd, it was the Monaco Grand Prix. 

THE SPORTS PAGE: Congrats to both Dodgers and Giants fans. Great games yesterday. Today, the Giants homestand continues against the Braves at 1:05pm, while the Dodgers host the Cubs at 1:10pm.




HEALTHY CALIFORNIA: SB 562 (Lara and Atkins) the single-payer health bill now has a Senate Floor analysis and will likely face a vote on Thursday, The bill needs to clear the Senate by Friday. It's currently scored as a majority vote, since the payroll tax component is not in the bill yet. The MercNews's Katy Murphy looks at the politics among Democrats of the bill. She writes:

[Former Senate Fellow Thad] Kousser, the UC San Diego political scientist, said it’s striking that even liberal lawmakers are being targeted by the left.

“California politics,” he said, “is starting to feel like Berkeley politics — a competition for purity rather than progressive pragmatism.”

MONEY MATTERS: Dan Walters uses his space to look at the impact of rising pension costs on the state budget. "Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget does tell us that the state has $205.9 billion in “unfunded liabilities” for pensions and health care for state and University of California employees and adds, 'These retirement liabilities have grown by $51 billion in the last year alone due to poor investment returns and the adoption of more realistic assumptions about future earnings.'"

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE: John Myers writes up the challenge California's unemployment insurance program could face under a proposal included in Donald Trump's budget. While California has climbed out of its hole with the federal government as the economy has recovered, the Administration seeks new penalties for states that accrue large deficits with the fed and have more generous benefits (i.e. higher minimum wage and higher unemployment benefits), unless they maintain a larger reserves for economic downturns.



LET THERE BY LIGHT: UC campuses fared very well in the latest College Access Index, which looks at the number of low- and middle-income students enrolled and how much in net tuition and fees charged of them. Interesting, the UC campuses have among the smallest endowments per student. "Notably, a college's endowment does not determine its commitment to economic diversity. There are wealthy colleges and much less wealthy ones at both the top and bottom of the ranking."

Here are the top 10:

  • UC Irvine
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Davis
  • UC San Diego
  • UCLA
  • University of Florida
  • Amherst College
  • Pomona College
  • UC Berkeley
  • Harvard University

David Leonhardt takes a look at the findings. While UC does well in the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants compared to national peers, each campus had a decline between 2011-12 and 2015-16.

A LITERAL AND A HUMAN MESS: The Bee's Darrell Smith reports on the challenges of maintaining the grounds around Sacramento's downtown courthouse, which is at 9th and G. Each night, homeless camp out around the building and leave a mess than can take up to two hours to clean up--each day. While most Sacramentans would guess that it's the city or county that is responsible, but the building is now owned and maintained by the state under the 2002 realignment.

DOLLARS AND NONSENSE: Capitol Weekly's John Howard looks at court-imposed fines in California:

California’s courts impose hundreds of millions of dollars of “excessive and disproportionate” fines each year for common infractions, then use much of the money to support their own operations. A blue-ribbon panel examining the system said the fines should be collected by the executive branch — not the courts themselves — to avoid conflicts.

Speaking of the courts, the LAT's Maura Dolan reports that California Supreme Court chief justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is winning over critics in taking on the Trump Administration. California's judges have been deeply split between between allies of the chief justice and judicial council for years, something that predated Cantil-Sakauye's tenure. The "Alliance of California Judges" has fought for more autonomy and was heavily critical of a state computer system and is opposed to the two bills on bail reform making their way through the Legislature.

It's nice to see Cantil-Sakauye's leadership, as critics of her appointment by Arnold Schwarzenegger deemed he a "lightweight."  As a fellow community college->UC Davis->UC Davis Law alum, I'll continue to cheer her on.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Bill Cardoza and Chris Fadeff!



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Political Road Map: Trump's Budget Presents New Challenge To California's Long Suffering Unemployment Fund
John Myers @
California's fund that pays unemployment benefits has been insolvent for years. Now, as things are starting to look better, President Trump's budget could impose new costs

Growing Retirement Costs Are Hitting New State Budget Hard | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

UC San Diego Booming As Chancellor Khosla Finishes Fifth Year - The San Diego Union-tribune
Gary Robbins @

UC Davis' Rank Among Economically Diverse Colleges: New York Times | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Schultz @
By Jon Schultz

New Advertising Campaign Targets Lawmakers Over Votes For Climate Change Policies
Chris Megerian @
A coalition of California businesses launched a new advertising campaign on Saturday to pressure lawmakers against enacting tighter pol...

Facing $140k Legal Payment To His Opponent, Rep. Darrell Issa Plans To Appeal Court Ruling - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @

Sacramento Courhouse Has Become Homeless Camping Site | The Sacramento Bee
Darrell Smith @
By Darrell Smith

For Bay Area Student, Hunger Strike In Israeli Prison Is Personal - San Francisco Chronicle
With a few textbooks dotting a near-empty bookshelf, a PlayStation in the living room and a dismantled hookah resting on his kitchen counter, Arab Barghouti’s Belmont home has the trappings of a typical college student preoccupied with finals instead of finery.

Fueled By Cheap Gas And Money, California Drivers Still Buying Lots Of New Cars | The Sacramento Bee
Richard Chang @
By Richard Chang

San Diegans Who Suspect They May Be In A Gang Database Seek Answers From Sdpd - The San Diego Union-tribune
Dana Littlefield @

Russia scandal ices government lawyer hiring
Trump has top DOJ positions as well as U.S. attorney posts and judicial vacancies to fill, but as scandals spread the candidate pool has shrunk.

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Sf Installing Syringe Kiosks As Disposal Of Dirty Needles Grows - San Francisco Chronicle
With San Francisco politicians and police mostly looking the other way as injection drug users shoot up in broad daylight, the official effort seems to have moved from preventing the drug use to cleaning up all those dirty needles left behind.

After 5 Decades, Mia Pilot's Wedding Ring And Bone Fragments Found In Vietnam Fish Pond - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jeanette Steele @
There were two sites: One, where the Navy thought the RF-8A went down. Another, where Vietnam villagers said the aircraft crashed.

Boy Injured In Fall On Opening Day For Dublin Water Park - San Francisco Chronicle
A $43 million aquatic park, The Wave, opens Saturday in Dublin, Calif. to kick off the Memorial Day weekend. Allie Rasmus reports.

Trump Anti-islam Rhetoric Struck Saudi Muslims As Just Marketing To Win Votes | Mcclatchy Washington Bureau
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By Anita Kumar

Teenage Robbery Suspects Shot By Off-duty Federal Agent In Arcadia; 1 Killed, 1 Wounded
Today's high

Longtime Mendota Minister Faces Deportation Scare | The Fresno Bee
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By Mackenzie Mays

California Single-payer Bill Puts Dems In Tough Position
SB 562, single payer, Ricardo Lara, Lara, CNA, Bernie Sanders, California, Democrats, SB562

U.S. To Increase Number Of Refugees Allowed In, Reversing A Sharp Decline Under Trump
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Refugee aid groups said the State Department sent an e-mail last Thursday announcing it will start to increase the number of refugees admitted to the U.S.

Keeping Golden Gate Bridge In Good Shape As It Turns 80 - San Francisco Chronicle
As the Golden Gate Bridge was being built, Joseph Strauss, the chief engineer, was often asked: How long will the bridge last? His answer was always the same.