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THE Nooner for September 3, 2017



Happy Sunday! 

In my abbreviated Nooner yesterday, I didn't include all of the artices. The Apple OS update screwed up Chrome and it was freezing and the last save didn't go through! Thus, I have some catching up to do. 

AURAL PLEASURE: On the California Politics Podast, John Myers, Liam Dillon, and Marisa Lagos talk about the week gone by. 

END THE SUSPENSE! Patrick McGreevy and John Myers report on Friday's clearing of the Appropriations suspense files. "State lawmakers gutted or shelved dozens of bills for the year on Friday, including proposals to allow bars to stay open later, examine police practices, regulate marijuana and prohibit Californians from buying more than one rifle a month."

...KQED's Guy Mazorati and Marisa Lagos also have a wrap.

Lobbyist Chris Micheli runs the numbers:

On Friday, there were 363 bills that moved off the Suspense Files: 257 ABs to the Senate Floor and 106 SBs to the Assembly Floor

Pending on the Senate Floor are 481 measures and pending on the Assembly Floor are 306 measures, for a total of 787 measures pending final action before adjournment

KILL BILL: The Bee's Taryn Luna reports on the death of a bill that would seek to block new offshore oil leases. Another environmental perished as well when a bill supported by Gov. Brown, Sen Feinstein, and LG Newsom was parked in Approps. "It would have stalled a project by Cadiz Inc., a prolific campaign contributor which has sought the help of powerful politicians for decades. Cadiz this year celebrated the Trump administration’s reversal of two Obama-era directives that would have prevented it from using a federal railroad right-of-way to build a pipeline. Still, the threat of the state legislation caused its stock to plunge.

CEQA: The LAT's Liam Dillon looks at the last-minute effort in the Legislature to provids CEQA exempttions to the propsed new aarena for the Clippers and Olympics facilities. 

MONEY MATTERS: John Myers looks at the end-session fundraising scramble. "While campaign fundraisers are held throughout the year, the past few days have been some of the busiest of 2017. Invitations posted online by the Capitol Morning Report, a statehouse subscription-based newsletter, show 70 legislative fundraising efforts were held in downtown Sacramento in the final two weeks of August."

GOV: The Merc News's Katy Murphy looks at the slim odds facing Republicans in next year's gubernatorial candidates and how it createsv\ a fundraising challege. 




THE IE: The PE's Jeff Horseman reports on the rancor in the Riverside and San Bernardino Democratic parties that iis extension of the race for state party chair and Bernie vs. Hillary factions. 

AD 79 (East SD): For CALmatters, Jessica Calefeti profiles Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, who has a very interesting background.

OPEN UP! Jazmie Ulloa reports in the Times on a proposed initiative filed Friday that woulde provide consumers greater access to the information about what  about what personal information businesses are collecting online. "Backers of the initiative, dubbed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, are aiming for a spot on the November 2018 statewide ballot. The measure would establish a consumer's right to request that a business disclose what categories of personal data it gathers, and to say no to the sale of any of that information without fear of losing services or facing discrimination."

AG: Farmers are concerned that they won't sufficient workers, and its not because of Trump. The Bee's Stephen Magagnini writes:

[Brad] Goehring, vice chairman of the California Association of Winegrape Growers, said he has turned to mechanization because of an acute shortage of farmworkers from Mexico. Other growers echoed his complaint, which has become a major theme this year for California’s behemoth agricultural industry as it pushes for immigration reform. Industry representatives say fears of immigration enforcement under the Trump administration are now exacerbating the situation, making workers afraid to take jobs in California fields.


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Wildfire Brings Smoke, Ash, Unhealthful Air Quality To Parts Of Southern California
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Smoke from the La Tuna fire, which has burned more than 5,000 acres in the Verdugo Mountains north of Los Angeles, is causing unhealthful air in some areas.

Man Suspected Of Fatally Killing Sacramento County Deputy Robert French Has Died | The Sacramento Bee
Nashelly Chavez @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Dramatic Time-lapse Videos Show Rapid Spread Of Wildfire In Verdugo Mountains
Alene Tchekmedyian, Ruben Vives, Shelby Grad @
The La Tuna fire has spread rapidly over the Verdugo Mountains area in Los Angeles, driven by dry conditions and erratic winds.

Hate Incidents Against California Muslims On The Rise: Report - The San Diego Union-tribune
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'everything Else Can Be Replaced': In Path Of Wildfire, Residents Have Frantic Moments To Evacuate
Andrea Castillo , Ruben Vives, Alene Tchekmedyian @
More than 700 homes in the area of the La Tuna fire in the Verdugo Mountains are under evacuation orders, including 300 in Burbank, 250 in Glendale and 180 in L.A., officials said.

Clash Of 2 Tech Titans: What Apple And Qualcomm Are Really Fighting About - The San Diego Union-tribune
Mike Freeman @
Consumers are able to use smartphones, tablets and computers from different manufacturers seamlessly because technology inside the devices works together. That happens because of standards.

S.F.'s Da, Public Defender Mend Fences Over Questioning Of Immigrants - San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco’s policy scrums can get awfully heated, but those on opposing sides of the city’s extremely skinny political aisle can sometimes find agreement — especially if they’re unified against President Trump.

State Tells Teachers To Get Rid Of Traditonal Fourth-grade Mission Project | The Sacramento Bee
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By Diana Lambert

Abbott Suggests Harvey Recovery Could Cost $180 Billion - Politico
Fredi Ochoa removes wood from a home damaged by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Sept. 2 in Houston. | David J. Phillip/AP Photo

Bye-bye Silver Lake, Hello Pacoima: How One Couple Tackled L.A.'s Sky-high Real Estate Prices
Steve Lopez @
From Silver Lake to Pacoima: The frustrating search for an affordable home for one L.A. couple.

Mandatory Evacuations Issued For Pier Fire Near Porterville | Fresno Bee
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By Ashleigh Panoo

Fireworks Believed To Have Ignited 3,200-acre Brush Fire In Riverside County
Ben Poston @
A fast-moving brush fire west of Beaumont in Riverside County that erupted Saturday afternoon has grown to 3,000 acres and forced some residents to evacuate their homes.

Trump Retweets Meme Mocking Clinton Memoir - Politico
President Donald Trump retweeted a meme Saturday night poking fun at the former of secretary of state's soon-to-be-released memoir. | Gerry Broome/AP Photo

Mayor Garcetti Declares Local State Of Emergency As La Tuna Fire Continues To Grow
Today's high

Labor Supporters Mark Holiday With Union Gains In Sonoma County | The Press Democrat
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Cuyamaca College Offers Case Study In Eliminating The 'math Pipeline Of Doom' | Kpbs
Megan Burks @
As if the start of school isn't enough stress, math faculty at Cal State San Marcos and San Diego State University are embarking this week on a complete overhaul of their curriculum. The clock is ticking to implement a new policy that does away with some common math classes in an effort to help more students graduate.

Long List of Top Democrats Have 2020, and Money, on Their Minds

Well before most of them will announce they are running, prospective Democratic candidates for president are taking steps to lay the financial foundation for a campaign.

Castro Valley man accused of killing Sacramento deputy in shootout dies
The Castro Valley man accused of killing a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy and wounding two California Highway Patrol officers died Saturday, succumbing to the injuries he sustained during an shootout with police Wednesday. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department announced the death of 32-year-old Thomas Daniel Littlecloud Saturday. He had been listed in critical condition at a Sacramento-area hospital with “life-threatening wounds,” the sheriff’s department said. Littlecloud is accused of killing Deputy Robert French, a 21-year veteran of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, during a stolen-vehicle investigation.

Inspired To 'build Trust And Work Together,' Tibetans And Vietnamese Hold Human Rights Conference In Little Saigon
Anh Do @
Tibetans and Vietnamese hold human rights conference in Little Saigon

Inside 2017 California Wine Harvest: Grapes Look Great, Labor Crisis Looms - San Francisco Chronicle
California’s 2017 wine harvest is under way, and it feels, in a sense, remarkably normal.

Mnuchin: Congress Needs To Act On Harvey Aid And Debt Limit - Politico
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tried to cast aside politics saying the White House will urge congressional leaders to act quickly. | Susan Walsh/AP Photo