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THE Nooner for September 11, 2017


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  • AD15 (Berkeley): added Berkeley councilmember Ben Bartlett (D)


SPORTS PAGE: Dodgers visit the Giants at 7:15, and the Los Angeles Chargers travel to meet the Broncos for Monday Night Football at 7:20pm.

Happy Monday and the beginning of the last legislative week of the year. It should be a yummy week in the Capitol based on the number of people posting pictures of their baked goodies on Facebook. 

Assembly Budget is meeting upon adjourment of session to hear 9 budget "trailer bills." Three are for the cap-and-trade greenhouse emissions expenditure plan, although it is still just intent language in the bills. Another includes $20 million for grants to nonprofits assisting applicants for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Senate Budget has five empty vehicles, as well as four bills already mirroring counterparts in the Assembly. I would guess they get mirrored language today so that both houses have a set of bills as contingencies for the week. Amendments need to be in by tomorrow to meet the 72-hours in print deadline.

Assembly Approps will be hearing Kevin de León's SB 5, a $4 billion bond proposal for water and parks. If approved by the Legislature and governor, it would be on the June 5, 2018 primary election ballot.

THE SPRINT: The MercNews's Katy Murphy reports on the big issues left to consider this week.

JUICE: The governor and legislative leaders appear to be moving forward with a plan to change how electricity transmission is handled in California, reports Jeff McDonald in the SDUT. AB 726 (Holden) would merge the nonprofit California Independent System Operator, which is sponsored by the state, with the for-profit Oregon-based PacifiCorp. California would be joining Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming in a western-focused grid. 

SB 384 (Wiener): One of those issues is Senator Scott Wiener's SB 384, which woulld place a one-size-fits-all sex offender registratiion requirement with a three-tiered system by seriousness of offense. The bill is up in Assembly Public Safety today. The Bee's Alexei Koseff writes;

The measure – crafted and supported by an unusual alliance of law enforcement agencies, victims’ rights groups and civil liberties organizations – would create a three-tiered system. Someone convicted of a misdemeanor or nonviolent felony could petition a court to be removed from the registry after 10 years, and someone convicted of a serious or violent sex offense could petition to be removed after 20 years. High-risk, sexually violent and repeat violent offenders would still be required to register for life.

DACA: This morning, Attorney General Xavier Becerra formallly announced a lawsuit by the state against President Trump's plan to rescind DACA if Congress doesn't act within six months.

Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray is in the Capitol today and will be meeting with Governor Brown and legislative leaders.

Meanwhile, the Bee's Marcos Breton writes that for Becerra, immigration is personal.

Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh at KPBS have the story of a licensed immigration attorney who could be subject to deportation under DACA. Her parents brought her to California from Mexico at age 6.



POLICE THE POLICE? KQED's Marisa Lagos reports on the activity on legislation to provide more oversight to law enforcement officers:

With all the talk about police shootings, alleged misconduct and body cameras in recent years, it seems natural that California lawmakers would wade into the debate.

And they have, repeatedly. But in most cases, legislation to “police the police” has stalled in the state Capitol, usually after push back from law enforcement groups. 

CEQA: While Steve Bradford's bill to grant CEQA exemptions for the proposed Los Angeles Clippers arena and 2028 Olympics facilities, Joel Fox argues for broad reform of the state's environmentlal review law. 



MORE BOE TROUBLES: The Bee's Adam Ashton reports "About 1 in 5 employees at a California tax department works with a relative, and several families there have nepotism conflicts within their chains of supervision, according to sources who are familiar with an ongoing personnel audit at the Board of Equalization.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Ben Tulchin!

#FAREWELL: Bob Walters, who passed after an aggressive cancer on August 5, 2017. Bob came to Sacramento in 1966 as a member of Governor Ronald Reagan's transition team. During the next five years, Bob served in a variety of capacities: he was appointed as Assistant to the Secretary of Health and Welfare; Deputy Director and Legal Counsel for the Office of Economic Opportunity; and, Executive Secretary for the State Board of Corrections. Bob later worked in the Capitol as Staff Director to the Majority Floor Leader of the Assembly. He then moved on to a successful law and legislative advocacy career, focused primarily on education [fulll obituary]

Services: His celebration of life is next Sunday the 17th.  Memorial Service will be held at Saint Francis Episcopal Church, 11430 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, CA on Sunday, September 17th at 2:00pm.





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The Political Parties Would Like Voters To Kill California's Top-two Primary System In 2018
John Myers @
California's two dominant political parties have long relished the idea of killing the state's top-two primary system. And they'd really like to put the issue on the 2018 statewide ballot.

Power Play: Electric Grid Plan Resurfaces At End Of Session
Jeff McDonald @
With days to go before the close of the legislative session, Gov. Jerry Brown and other leading Democrats have reintroduced a plan that would expand the California power grid to five Western states but could also cede control of the vast network of transmission poles and wires.

Nepotism Audit At CA Tax Agency BOE Finds Family Ties
Adam Ashton @
About 1 in 5 employees at a California tax department works with a relative, and several families there have nepotism conflicts within their chains of supervision, according to sources who are familiar with an ongoing personnel audit at the Board of Equalization.

Legislation Procrastination: California Lawmakers Leave Some Of The Biggest Bills For The Final Days
Katy Murphy @
The California Legislature has left many of its high-stakes proposals — from a “sanctuary state” bill to a long-delayed affordable-housing package — for the final five days before adjourning for the year, setting the stage for a frenzied week in the Capitol.

Video Of UC Berkeley Police Seizing Bacon Hot Dog Vendor's Earnings Goes Viral
Joseph Serna @
A video showing a UC Berkley police officer citing a hot dog vendor on campus and removing cash from his wallet for operating without a permit has gone viral.

Urban Shield Offers Tools For Law Officers, Ammunition For Skeptics - San Francisco Chronicle
When the Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the use of $5.5 million in federal emergency preparedness funding for Urban Shield, the multiday event that includes tactical exercises for SWAT teams, bomb squads and emergency workers, they also created a civilian task force to monitor the gathering of law enforcement agencies.

Cambodian Americans Protest In Long Beach Over The Jailing Of A Political Leader In Their Homeland
Frank Shyong @
Cambodian refugees stage protest in Long Beach over the imprisonment of opposition leader in homeland.

City: Hepatitis-focused Street Cleaning To Start Next Week - The San Diego Union-tribune
Paul Sisson @
Scripps Health in San Diego has stopped accepting new hospice patients and is working to transfer existing patients to other area hospice operators.

Mnuchin, Cohn Head To Congress Tuesday For Tax Talks - Politico
Senate Republicans and top Trump administration aides will huddle on Tuesday to discuss a key precondition to tax reform: Passing a budget.

Police Crack Down On Black-market Pot To Protect Regulated Growers
Peter Fimrite @
The caravan of law enforcement trucks bounced over a dusty old logging road through redwood groves, across the Noyo River and along tracks used by the beloved Skunk Train, before stopping next to a sign that read “Family Camp.”

In Midtown Sacramento, A Daily Fight For Cleanliness, Safety As Homelessness Surges | The Sacramento Bee
Cynthia Hubert @
By Cynthia Hubert

Charles Manson Isn't The Only Notorious Criminal At Corcoran Prison | The Fresno Bee
Lewis Griswold @
By Lewis Griswold

A Decade After Settling Sex Abuse Cases, The Diocese Of San Diego Still Copes With The Fallout - The San Diego Union-tribune
Peter Rowe @

Taking On Trump: 2020 On The Minds Of Democrats Heading To SF
Matier and Ross @
It’s been less than eight months since President Trump was sworn in, and already top Democrats are auditioning to replace him — with a parade of potential contenders headed our way.

Strike Canceled As County And Union Make A Deal - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @

Clinton criticizes Trump for using race to win election

The former secretary of state says she’s done with being a candidate. But she’s not done with politics.

Cautious Local Officials Warily Approaching Wildfire Season - The San Diego Union-tribune
J. Harry Jones @

Small Earthquakes Can Increase Risk Of The Big One. Now, Seismologists Say They Can Create Public Quake Forecasts
A one-of-a-kind statistical model for evaluating earthquake risk is boosting an effort by seismologists to more effectively communicate to the public when the chances of a major earthquake rise.

Michigan Rep. Dave Trott Won't Run For Reelection
Rep. Dave Trott is now the third Republican incumbent in the last week to vacate a potential battleground district ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.