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THE Nooner for July 9, 2017
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Well, I hope you're staying cool on this sunny Sunday. It was a beautiful morning at farmers' market. The great Riverdog Farm stocked me up on organic pork chops and a heritage chicken. If you're going to eat meat, doing so where you know the farm is the way to do it. Okay, I'll get off the #soapbox. For the Sacramentans reading, we are so lucky to have the Capay Valley next door.
California continues to be on fire.
LA-LA LAND: San Fernando Valley residents experienced a prolonged power outage overnight after a huge explosion and fire at a Northridge DWP plant. 140,000 customers lost power, and 94,000 were still without as of 11pm last night. DWP reports that all customers have been restored this morning, according to the Times, although their status map doesn't show that yet. [current status]
Are you ready for Amazon Prime Day, which is on Tuesday? They promise "hundreds of thousands of deals" for Prime members. If you're not a Prime member, you can get a 30-day free trial that will allow you to access the deals. I'm guessing that productivity will be way down on Tuesday as we all try to discover the best deals.
THE PROBLEM IN CHIEF: Carla Marinucci writes in Politico that California GOP members are fearing the Trump effect given his high unfavorables in the Golden State. They may like him personally and support his policies, but are distancing themselves from POTUS. "Travis Allen, an assemblyman who announced his bid this week to succeed Jerry Brown as the state’s next governor, argues that he’s already a standout — of the three leading Republicans in the race, he alone proudly admits voting for the president."
STAR POWER: The 36-year-old congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) got a seat on This Week with George Stephanopoulos this morning to talk US/Russia politics in his role as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. It seems like it was just yesterday (well, 2012, actually) that Swalwell took on 30-year incumbent and fellow Democrat Pete Stark. The Democratic machine dutifully sought to protect the incumbent, but his time had run out in the district. Upon capturing the seat, Swalwell became a valuable member of the caucus and is a rising star in California politics. The ranking member of House Intelligence, fellow Californian Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who was on CNN's State of the Union.
U.S. Senate is locked up for awhile, so I would expect Swalwell to focus on climbing the ranks in the House with eyes toward a big leadership position.
THE UNDERCARD: The LAT's Phil Willon looks at the field of candidates for constitutional offices. "While a bevy of political hopefuls have jumped into the 2018 races for governor and lieutenant governor, most of California’s other premiere statewide political posts aren’t exactly drawing a crowd."
$$$: In his weekly column, the LAT's John Myers looks at a recent report from the Legislative Analyst's Office on the impact of the aging of baby boomers on property taxes under Proposition 13 rules. "The impact could be substantial. The report pointed out that the typical homeowner over the age of 65 has been in that house for at least 20 years. Many of those are in Southern California."
EASING THE BITE: CALmatters's Jessica Calafeti reports on legislative efforts to make college more affordable in California.
CA49 (Carlsbad): The SDUT's Michael Smolens writes that, without Kevin Faulconer in the race for governor, Darrell Issa may be even more at risk.
THE FLEE? Dan Walters writes for CALmatters that the $31.1 million sale of casino mogul Steve Wynn's Incline Village mansion to a California couple is a sign that the wealthy are fleeing California. The couple--one a pathologist and the other a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor--that bought it have a mansion in Los Altos Hills, which they plan to keep, but will spend enought time in Incline Village to be taxed in Nevada, which doesn't have an income tax.
BEHIND THE ORANGE CURTAIN: Longtime Orange County district attorney Tony Rackauckas plans to run for reelection, despite the jailhouse informant scandal that has brought state and federal investigations against his office and that of the sheriff. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens is not running for reelection. Former Assemblymember Todd Spitzer will likely challenge Rackauckas.
MOO: The AP reports on the death of thousands of Central Valley cows attributed to the heat wave. "An estimated 4,000 to 6,000 cattle have died in the last month, Fresno County officials told KGPE-TV." And, the problem is, how to deal with all of them as rendering capacity has far been exceeded.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Kimberly Ellis, Dana Ferry, and Mark Rosso!
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Political Road Map: Here's How Aging Baby Boomers Will Change The Impact Of Prop. 13
John Myers @ latimes.com
California's most famous ballot measure has kept property tax revenues predictable for almost 40 years. The aging baby boomer population might change that.
Fact-checking Claims By Kamala Harris And Dianne Feinstein On GOP Health Bill | Politifact California
subject @ politifact.com
Politicians on both sides of the aisle have panned the Senate Republican health care plan for its deep cuts to Medicaid and for imposing higher costs on older residents. Critics have also said the bill would loosen protections for individuals suffering from pre-existing conditions.
You May Not Have Heard Of These California Jobs, But You'll Be Voting On Them
Phil Willon @ latimes.com
California's 2018 race for lieutenant governor is quickly becoming a Democratic free-for-all but the field of candidates for most of the other statewide down-ballot races remain thin.
FBI: More Victims Likely Scammed By Fake Dhs Agents In Immigration Fraud Case - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kristina Davis @ sandiegouniontribune.com
The men would flash a U.S. Department of Homeland Security credential, give the people immigration forms to fill...
Wall Fire Grows To 2,000 Acres, Evacuation Orders Still In Place | The Sacramento Bee
Thomas Oide and Anthony Sorci @ sacbee.com
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region
Republicans increasingly uncertain of a legislative victory before August
Beyond health care, GOP efforts on tax reform, a budget deal and infrastructure show few signs of progress.
Another Longtime Lawman Joins Race For L.A. County Sheriff
Maya Lau @ latimes.com
Bob Lindsey, who served with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department for 32 years before retiring as a commander, is running for sheriff.
Bay Area Property Assessments Hit $1.6 Trillion After 7.4% Rise - San Francisco Chronicle
Thanks to new construction, rising real estate prices and higher inflation, the assessed value of Bay Area real and personal property rose to about $1.6 trillion for 2017-18, up by $110 billion, or 7.4 percent, from the year before.
What Do You Get When You Sign Up For A 100% Green Electricity Plan? - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Emerson Smith @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Sex Offender Revamp In Works Under State Bill - San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — California’s sex offender registry didn’t protect Chelsea King. A registered child predator abducted, raped and murdered the 17-year-old high school senior after she set off for a jog on the trails around Lake Hodges in San Diego County in 2010.
Why a GOP senator from Trump country opposes the Senate health bill
Capito says the billâÂÂs deep Medicaid cuts would hurt West Virginia amid a devastating drug abuse crisis.
Cannabis Cotillion: Luxury Cannabis Brand Beboe Debuts In S.F. - San Francisco Chronicle
As canna-business strategist Elise McRoberts walked across an animal skin rug and into the living room of a Pacific Heights home for the recent San Francisco launch of Beboe, an upscale cannabis brand from Los Angeles, she assumed she would see the usual faces on the marijuana circuit — growers, dispensary owners and cannabis chefs.
Does Trump believe Russia meddled in the election? Washington weighs in
Washington weighs in on President Trump's visit to theGroup of 20 summit in Hamburg, and whether he believes that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump presses presidential immunity claim in 'Apprentice' contestant's suit
The Supreme Court ruled in a 1997 case that the president is not immune from civil lawsuits while in office.
How To Survive A Power Outage After A 110-degree Day
United Airlines Loyalty Program Will Charge Prices That Vary Based On Demand
Hugo Martin @ latimes.com
The United Airlines mileage program now has prices that vary based on demand.
Hundreds Remain Displaced By Oakland Blaze - San Francisco Chronicle
Hundreds of people remained displaced Saturday as crews continued to mop up debris from the huge blaze that destroyed a seven-story building under construction in Oakland a day earlier.
California Republicans sweat Trump effect
In the race for governor, just one of the three top GOP contenders admits voting for the president.
KATE ZERNIKE @
With Republican health care legislation hanging in the balance, activists feeling betrayed by leaders they helped elect have turned their focus to other issues.