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THE Nooner for August 7, 2017

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Happy Monday! Two weeks from today, the Legislature returns for the final four weeks of the first year of the 2017-2018 session. So, legislators, staff, lobbyists and other members of the Capitol community, enjoy the remainder of session.

THE MOST IMPORTANT CLIENT: Yesterday, Dan Morain looked at the efforts of lobbyist Joe Lang of the preeminent lobbying firm Lang, Hansen, O’Malley & Miller to get more attention in the scientific community to study the rare genetic disorder that afflcts his daughter. "PPP2R5D had not been studied until a team led by Dr. Wendy K. Chung of Columbia University Medical Center published an article in the publication Neurogenetics in 2015."

Lang's effort reminds me of former Secretary of the Senate Rick Rollens help to get funding for the establishment of an autism following pressure from parents of autistic children. This led to the world-reknowned UC Davis MIND Institute which researchers and serves children with autism and other neurogic disrders.

More recently, the daughter of former Senate President Pro Tem and now-Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg disclosed her serious mental health issues. In the Legislature and on the statewide ballot, Steinberg had been a champion of mental health issues but protected her privacy until she wanted to release it on her own terms, which she did to the Bee.

Legislators and lobbyists get a bad rap in the media (including me) for acting on behalf of "special interests."

There is no "special interest" more important than one's own child.

The Nooner's heart goes out to you and your family, Joe.

 

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THANK YOU SIR, MAY I HAVE ANOTHER: Sherry and Doug Jeffe discuss how Donald Trump is giving his natural California adversaries a political boost. "Nowhere has the “Trump Bump” had more of an impact than on the California Congressional delegation."

VOTE: Joe Mathews makes the case for allowing non-citizens to vote in California. "Sounds radical, right? It’s not. In this country, there is no constitutional prohibition against non-citizens voting; states decide who gets to vote. And for most of American history, voting by non-citizens was commonplace. Given Trump’s attacks on immigrants and democracy, this is the moment to give the franchise back to non-citizens. Make California Great Again."

MOTHER'S MILK: The Bee's Rennie Svirinovskiy and Jim Miller look at the state fundraising reports of the parties for the period ending June 30, 2017. "The California Democratic Party outraised the state GOP nearly 3-to-1 during the first six months of 2017, amassing almost $9.6 million compared to the roughly $3.5 million collected by the California Republican Party."

VROOM: In the Bee, Alexei Koseff reports "Despite the Legislature’s protest that switching to a mileage-based reimbursement system would raise expenses, the 2011 elimination of a perk providing cars to lawmakers has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, according to a Sacramento Bee analysis of travel records."

 

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Sen. Kamala Harris, a liberal Democrat, and Sen. Rand Paul, a libertarian Republican, have joined forces to take the fight for bail reform to the national level. They have authored a sensible proposal to encourage — not require — states to consider alternatives to cash bail for seeing that people who’ve been arrested show up for court dates.

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By this fall, the state plans to begin cleaning lead-tainted soil at 2,500 homes near a shuttered battery plant. But thousands more residents are unsure when, or if, their homes will be cleaned.

Jerry Brown Wants Changes To Sanctuary State Bill | The Sacramento Bee
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Hayward Officials Raise Questions About Recent Ice Arrests
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Rich And Powerful Figures Will Set USC Course In Wake Of Scandal, From Behind Closed Doors
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How USC handles one of the biggest scandals in its history will be decided behind closed doors by a small group of wealthy and powerful people.

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North Korea Vows Harsh Retaliation Against New U.n. Sanctions - Politico
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The warning came two days after the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions to punish North Korea, including a ban on coal and other exports worth over $1 billion. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, called the U.S.-drafted resolution "the single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled against" North Korea.

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Road To Big Sur, Isolated By Landslides, Now A Footpath - San Francisco Chronicle
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BIG SUR, Monterey County — After flying his family nearly halfway around the world to vacation in California, Tokyo resident Iain Ferguson wasn’t about to miss Big Sur’s renowned beauty — even if a lot of it is cut off by landslides.

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California Bill Could Allow 'safer' Places To Do Drugs | The Fresno Bee
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By Rory Appleton

The U.S. could be free of gerrymandering. Here's how other countries do redistricting.

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Deportation Looms For Man Arrested While Dropping Daughter Off At L.A. School
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'These five months have felt like five years,' Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez says from a detention center in Adelanto. One of his daughters filmed his February arrest. He could be deported Monday.

Bay Area political events: antinuclear march, town halls
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Bay Area political events: antinuclear march, town halls Political events in the Bay Area Helena, holds a town hall at 6 p.m. at Rancho Cotate High School, 5450 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Nuclear weapons march: A rally and march to commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to call for nonviolent action, will be from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Livermore nuclear weapons lab, Vasco and Patterson Pass roads, Livermore. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, holds a town hall at 6:30 p.m. at Concord High School, 4200 Concord Blvd., Concord. Helena, holds a town hall at 7 p.m. at Middletown Senior Center, 21256 Washington St., Middletown. Join the Lamorinda Democratic Club for political trivia from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Blvd. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, holds a town hall at 6:30 p.m. at Pittsburg Senior Center, 300 Presidio Lane, Pittsburg. Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, holds a town hall at 7 p.m. at Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station.