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THE Nooner for July 5, 2017
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Happy Wednesday. Is it me that there was an increably unusual number of illlegal fireworks last night? It was constant and we're talking bigger than firecrackers and with commercial shells being shot from neighborhoods. They lasted until 3am with a huge blast. Hardly slept at all and from the looks of Faceook, few did either. Worst I've heard here.
Very hard on pets and veterans with PTSD.
GOV: Seema Mehta reports in the Times that, indeed, former Assemblymember David Hadley (R) is running for governor. "Hadley, 52, is the third prominent Republican to enter the field, joining businessman John Cox and Assemblyman Travis Allen."
US SENATE: Capitol Weekly's Lisa Renner looks at the rising profile of Senator Kamala Harris. from the Senate Intelligence Committee and leading the charge against Trumpcare.
SD29 (Fullerton): In the Bee, Taryn looks at Senate Democrats campaign's effort to get the FPPC to change its 2002 ruling that state campaign finance contribution limits apply to state legislators who want to give more than $4,400 to help defeat the recall of Josh Newman.
VOTE: The Bee's Alexei Koseff looks at why California is not complying with President Trump's voter commission's request for the state's voter file. "California was one of the first states[of more than 40 states] to reject the inquiry. In a scathing statement, Secretary of State Alex Padilla said he would “not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally.”
Nurse Ratched is at it again. Like the controlling nurse in Ken Kesey’s classic “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, RoseAnn DeMoro is taking another “my way or the highway” stand—this time over the California Nurses Association’s single payer health care proposal—SB 562.
LAW AND ORDER: The LAT's Maura Dolan reports that the state Supreme Court has made it more difficult for those convicted of three strikes to get their sentences reduce, despite 2012's Proposition 36 that sought to allow sentence reductions if the third conviction was neither serious nor violent. "Justice Leondra R. Kruger, an appointee of Gov. Jerry Brown, joined the more conservative justices to reach the [4-3] result."
BEFORE THE BREAK? EdSource looks at the big education bills awaiting action and the prospect they pass before the month-long summer recess.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Mike Altschule!
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Rauner Vetoes Budget In Illinois Showdown - Politico
Rauner, who called the legislature into a special session to pass a budget, quickly vetoed the measure, citing its permanent income tax increase; the governor, who is attempting to salvage his precarious 2018 reelection prospects, has sought a temporary tax hike and a property tax freeze.
Josh Newman Recall: Democrats Try To Change Laws Again
Taryn Luna @ sacbee.com
First, Democrats hoping to protect one of their own passed a law changing the rules for a recall. Now they are pressuring the stateâs campaign watchdog to reverse a longstanding stance on contribution limits to once again benefit Sen. Josh Newman, who Republicans are seeking to punish for casting a vote to raise state gas taxes.
Bay Area political events: ACLU fundraiser, John Lewis documentary
Bay Area political events: ACLU fundraiser, John Lewis documentary Political events The Ladies of the Resistance are hosting a benefit for the American Civil Liberties Union. The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Spark Social San Francisco, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. Documentary: A screening of âÂÂGet In The WayâÂÂ on Georgian Democratic Rep. John LewisâÂÂ work advancing civil rights in the 1960s and his other efforts to enact change nonviolently. The East Bay and San Francisco branches of WomenâÂÂs International League for Peace and Freedom present historian, author and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to discuss the history of wars and gun violence and possible solutions. The Jewish Voice for Peace and the American Friends Services Committee discuss human rights in Israel and Palestine, and how to confront prejudice in the United States. Environmental action: A conversation with the Sierra ClubâÂÂs executive director and local environmental justice groups on what people can do to take action against President TrumpâÂÂs environmental agenda. Health care film: A free screening of Now Is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody and discussion on single-payer health care.
Lawmakers Push Back Against Single-Payer Bullying'
Katy Murphy @ dailynews.com
Since Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon revealed that he had received death threats on social media for his decision to block a single-payer health care bill from advancing this year, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have pushed back against the highly charged rhetoric and violent images targeting the Democrat.
Report: GOP Health Care Bill Threatens The Most Vulnerable Residents In Stanislaus County
Ken Carlson @ modbee.com
Low-income seniors and disabled people who rely on Medi-Cal have been mostly ignored in the discussion over Republican attempts to replace the Affordable Care Act, a new report says.
Illinois Moves a Step Closer to Ending Its Budget Deadlock
JULIE BOSMAN and MONICA DAVEY @
The Illinois Senate voted to override the governorâÂÂs veto of a budget deal that raises taxes in an attempt to end an impasse that has imperiled the stateâÂÂs fiscal future.
Former Republican Assemblyman Joins Race To Be California's Next Governor
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
Former state Assemblyman David Hadley, a Republican from the South Bay, announces California gubernatorial campaign
At parades and protests, GOP lawmakers get earful about health care
Only a few senators let voters know where to find them.
Paved Trail Will Be Built Along Sacramento River In Midtown Park
Ryan Lillis @ sacbee.com
Piece by small piece, a new trail is being built along the American River. The Sacramento City Council is set to approve a contract later this month to construct a paved trail running three-quarters of a mile from Sutterâs Landing Park in midtown.
Budget cuts force SF courts to trim some services
Budget cuts force SF courts to trim some services San Francisco Superior Court, faced with a deficit of nearly $5.3 million, says it will close its clerksâÂÂ offices at 1 p.m. on Fridays and require court staff to take Fridays off on a rotating basis, without pay. With clerksâÂÂ offices closing earlier on Fridays, drop boxes will be available outside each office from 1 to 4 p.m. for documents that will be file-stamped on that day, the court said. The state budget approved by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature for the new fiscal year includes about $3.7 billion for the judiciary, about the same as last year, despite the contention of California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye that trial courts badly needed more funding after years of cuts. The court started laying off employees in 2011 after the first round of state budget cuts. The clerksâÂÂ offices are at the courtâÂÂs headquarters at 400 McAllister St., the criminal and traffic courts at 850 Bryant St., and the Juvenile Justice Center at 375 Woodside Ave.
Health Care? Taxes? Budget? G.O.P. Has Big To-Do List, but Little Time
ALAN RAPPEPORT @
Republicans in Congress face intense pressure to achieve something of consequence so they can claim the first year of the Trump administration has been a success.
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll -- June 2017: ACA, Replacement Plan, And Medicaid
One of the purposes of allowing insurers to charge individuals with pre-existing conditions more if they have not had continuous coverage is to reduce health insurance costs for individuals without pre-existing conditions. Yet, the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that even among those who are living in households without an individual with a pre-existing condition, a majority support continued federal protections.
US Schools Rethink Meal-Debt Policies That Humiliate Kids
Morgan Lee @ sacbee.com
Holt has joined a chorus of outrage against lunchroom practices that can humiliate children as public school districts across the United States rethink how they cope with unpaid student lunch debts.
Toilet To Tap? Some In Drought-prone California Say It’s Time – The Mercury News
California Drought, Water
Bay Area Cities, Counties Confront Legal Pot
Spencer Silva @ sfchronicle.com
Wondering what the marijuana laws are in your city these days? Itâs not surprising that you may not be sure.
Golf Balls Careen From San Diego Courses, Causing Damage, Pain
Morgan Cook @ sandiegouniontribune.com
A scientist at Scripps Research Institute was standing outside on the campus last July when she was struck by an errant golf ball from the City of San Diegoâs adjacent Torrey Pines Golf Course, according to a new lawsuit.
Public Health: Ted Cruz Has an Idea for How to Cover High-Risk Patients
His proposal to change the Senate health bill would preserve ObamacareâÂÂs protections for some, but move most customers into an unregulated market.
Poll: Trump’s ‘face-lift’ Tweet Crossed Line - Politico
President Donald Trump acted unacceptably when he insulted MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski on Twitter last week, nearly two-thirds of voters say in a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Could Cannabis Be Coming To Your County Fair? It Depends On The Local Management | The Sacramento Bee
John Holland @ sacbee.com
By John Holland
Los Angeles Embodies Diversity.' The City's New Sculpture Celebrating Freedom Is Unveiled
Matt Hamilton @ latimes.com
Ali Razi fled Iran in 1978, came to Los Angeles, and found a place where he could thrive. He traced much of his success and that of others here to one core principle: freedom. On Tuesday â the Fourth of July â the prominent developer, now 77, was on hand to unveil a new public art installation in Los Angeles, the Freedom Sculpture, which Razi and others in the Iranian American community hope will be a beacon for the world.
Little Things Matter To Architects On $2.2 Billion Transit Center
Randy Volenec and Mona Marbach peered through a glass wall into what will be the Grand Hall of the Transbay Transit Center, a three-story complex that spans two city blocks and has a $2.2 billion budget.
The Health 202: Mollifying conservatives on health care is harder than satisfying moderates
To attract moderates to his bill, McConnell would just need to expand its spending so fewer Americans lose coverage. But there are far fewer levers at his disposal to get a half dozen conservative senators on board.
Poll: Majority Of Voters Back Trump Travel Ban - Politico
Republicans overwhelmingly back the restrictions, the poll shows. Eighty-four percent of GOP voters support the ban, while only 9 percent oppose it. But the policy is also popular among independent voters: 56 percent support it, compared to 30 percent who oppose it. Democrats tilt slightly against the ban, with 41 percent supporting it, and 46 percent in opposition.