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THE Nooner for June 20, 2017
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Happy scorching Tuesday. Hopefully my air conditioning will be fixed today just got news that I'm on the schedule for Friday. The Nooner Global Headquarters hit 103 inside yesterday. Fortunately, I had my Instant Pot to cook in, which doesn't heat up the kitchen at all. Looking at what to cook today.
It could be worse. In Phoenix, its so hot that American Eagle (American's regional carrier) had to cancel flights today, because it wil be above the operating temperature for their Bombardier CRJ aircraft. Well, what do you expect to get from Canadian airplanes, eh? (it's actually because the air is thinner and thus provide the lift)
Anyway, stay cool.
We're ten days out from the semi-annual fundraising deadline for state offices. It may be a good time to step away from your email. Meanwhile, another $150,000 came in to the committee formed to defeat the recall effort of Senator Josh Newman. That brings the total to nearly $500,000 to fight the yet-to-be-qualified effort.
NEXTGEN: In the Times, Phil Willon looks at the choice facing billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer between playing on the national stage as a legal antagonist of President Trump's or to jump into the crowded race for governor. “I think the threat to democracy that we’re seeing coming out of Washington, D.C., is as profound that I’ve seen in my lifetime,” the 59-year-old San Francisco resident said at a Public Policy Institute of California event in Sacramento in May. But later the same month at the Democratic convention, he told reporters, “We are considering our options.”
Speaking of the governor's race, former Democratic Party chair John Burton endorsed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for the job.
In other guber news, GOP candidate John Cox today reported giving himself $2 million. Meanwhile, I bet $10,000 on the Giants winning the World Series. He's now in for $3 million to be the standard bearer next year with no other significant Republican candidates having emerged.
LIKE 'HAMSTERDAM,' EXCEPT FOR IMMIGRATION: Yesterday, LA Police Chief Charlie Beck, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, and former Attorney General Eric Holder held a presser in downtown Los Angeles to argue for the passage of SB 54, the "sanctuary state" bill, reports Antonie Boessenkool in the LADN.
BOE: The Bee's Adam Ashton writes that the California Attorney General's office is interviewing civil service employees and executives to determine whether civil or criminal penalties should be sought following the scathing audit by the Department of Finance that found improper meddling in operational affairs at the BOE by its board members. The agencies quasi-judicial functions of reviewing tax appeals were removed in this years budget and are being moved to a new Department of Tax and Fee Administration. The board would continue to be elected.
HIKE! Legislators and constitutional officers will be getting a pay raise, writes Christopher Cadelago in the Bee:
Gov. Jerry Brown and state politicians will receive a 3 percent pay hike starting in December, their fifth raise in as many years as California’s budget picture continues to improve.
The raises, approved Monday by the California Citizens Compensation Commission, come on top the 4 percent salary increases that kicked in late last year. Brown’s pay will climb from $190,102 to $195,805, while rank-and-file lawmakers will go from $104,117 to $107,240.
MONEY MATTERS: Dan Walters, now with CALmatters, writes that, while the budget just approved is technically "balanced" it does little to address the long-term liabilities of the state.
HEALTH CARE: The PE's Jeff Horseman reports on a new IGS poll that finds that changes likely included in the Senate health care bill as well as the one already passed by the House are highly unpopular among Californians. All of the vulnerable House Republicans in the state (those whose districts were won by Clinton) voted for the House version of the bill.
The May poll of 1,628 adult Californians found 56 percent feared losing health coverage if Obamacare is repealed, with 39 percent very worried about that prospect. Latinos and African-Americans tended to be more worried about losing coverage than whites or Asian-Americans, according to the poll.
Sixty-nine percent of those polled said Medi-Cal was important to them and their families. More than 13 million Californians are covered by the program. Of those polled, 88 percent said Medi-Cal was important to California.
Sixty-five percent of respondents support Obamacare, up 3 percent since 2015, the poll found. Twenty-six percent were opposed and 9 percent had no opinion.
RAINBOW: KQED's Scott Shafer reports that the LGBT Caucus in the state Legislature is bigger than ever, and caucus leaders Senator Ricardo Lara and Assemblymember Evan Low stopped by KQED for a conversation.
CADEM: The Bee's Erika D. Smith looks at the California Democratic Party in the post Eric Bauman vs. Kimberly Ellis fight over the party chairmanship:
There has to be a middle ground. The Democratic Party might not need to go full Sanders-level progressive, but Bauman and others do need to find a way to bring new voters into the fold and explain why governing shouldn’t be about instant gratification, why real public policymaking takes time and why voting matters.
Newly engaged voters don’t know these things and they need to be told, not ignored.
On this, Ellis has the right idea – and there’s no need to destroy the party to make it happen.
NUTTY: The Senate approved yesterday a bill to make the almond, walnut, pistachio, and pecan as the official state nut. How is that for covering all bases?
NOM NOM IN THE OC: In teenage flashback news, a new Naugles will open at the end of summer in Huntington Beach, writes Nancy Luna in the OCR. The chain of 59 restaurants in three states emerged with Del Taco in 1988, with the eventual conversion of all Naugles to Del Taco. In 2015, upon a challenge by a group that wanted to revive it, a trademark board ruled Del Taco had abandoned the Naugles trademark.
In 2015, the first revival "test kitchen" opened in Fountain Valley to an overwhelming demand that led to on-again, off-again service. In 2016, a second location opened on PCH in Huntington Beach, although is considered temporary. The new "permanent" location in Surf City will be at Warner and Bolsa Chica.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Theo Cline, BOE member Diane Harkey, Manolo Morales, and Francesco Reitano!
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Rep. Duncan Hunter: The Rest Of Trump's Agenda Depends On Senate Passing Health Care Bill - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Democrats Gum Up Senate Business To Protest GOP Healthcare Bill Secrecy
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In Russia Probe, Feinstein Has The Power But Harris Has The Buzz | The Sacramento Bee
Stuart Leavenworth @ sacbee.com
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Soccercity Vote Set For November 2018, One Year Later Than Supporters Want - The San Diego Union-tribune
David Garrick @ sandiegouniontribune.com
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Gov. Jerry Brown, Legislators Getting Pay Raise | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump And The Goldwater Rule: When Is It OK To Voice A Professional Opinion About The Mental Health Of The President?
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Senate GOP Plans July Debt Ceiling Vote - Politico
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This South L.A. Church Is A Gang Hangout, City Says. Now It's The Center Of A Lawsuit
Leila Miller @ latimes.com
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Smoking Marijuana May Cause You To Puke, Health Experts Say | The Sacramento Bee
Molly Sullivan @ sacbee.com
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