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THE Nooner for October 10, 2017


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Buddha rebuilds

One of the most hopeful pictures of yesterday. Buddha is ready to raise the roof with all of us as we rebuild California.

Well, that was a tough day. As I wrote to you earlier this morning, things are still dire in the extended wine country, with zero percent containment. At least the winds have died down and it's a bit cooler today. The Canyon 2 fire that originated in the Anaheim Hills near the 91 moved over the ridge and has threatened areas such as North Tustin. The OC fire is at 5% containment.

Public safety officials are urging fire victims to post on the following site sponsored by the Red Cross. Friends and family looking for them can then search. This is important as there is very little cell service because cell towers require power, which is out in many areas. PG&E trucks may not be able to access many lines for repair for several days. 

As I noted earlier today, Vice President Mike Pence pledged the federal government's assistance at his Rancho Cordova stop (read Ami Bera) pitching tax rform during his California fundraising swing through the Sacramento region yesterday, reports Christopher Cadelago at the Bee. 

“We are with you,” he said. “The dryness of the climate, the strength of the winds, you all in California know much better than this Midwesterner does, but I can assure you as I did the governor, that the federal government stands ready to provide any and all assistance to the state of California as your courageous firefighters and first responders confront this widening challenge.”

When we think of "public safety" employees in a situation like this, we may overlook entities like the California National Guard, which is augmenting police in defending property against looting. There was a curfew in areas of mandatory evacuation from 6:45 last night until 7:15 this morning, which is likely to be repeated tonight.

A big ol' NOONER "thank you" to all of the public safety employees and all of the volunteers.

I posted this earlier this morning to Facebook, but it's critically important for you as political and policy leaders to think about. The victims are not the number of physical casualties and the emergency isn't over when the flames are extinguished.

There are five categories of victims in the fires:

1) those who lost their lives
2) those who are injured (including several in critical condition with burns)
3) those who lost physical property
4) those who lost jobs directly because there place of employment is no more
5) those who will lose jobs or hours because of the "downstream" effect, such as in winery support companies and businesses that rely on tourism

The number may currently stand at 13, but the number of victims is in the thousands.

In other news . . . 

AURAL PLEASURE: Capitol Weekly's John Howard and Tim Foster sit down with Paul Mitchell for the Capitol Weekly Podcast to discuss his postmortem of the California voters who support Donald Trump.

U.S. SENATE: A day following Senator Dianne Feinstein's tweet that she is indeed running for reelection, Eric Garcetti is hosting a fundraiser for her in Beverly Hills tonight, writes Angela Hart at the Bee. 

THE PITCH: The LAT's Liam Dillon looks at Pence's pitch on tax reform.

"RETIREMENT" PLAN: CALmatters's Laurel Rosenhall looks at how the oil industry employs the "revolving door" of elected officials to exercise influence in the Capitol:

Inside the California Assembly chamber on the night of June 1, the presiding officer urged lawmakers to recognize former members in their midst, “the honorable Henry Perea and Felipe Fuentes.” In a familiar Capitol ritual, the former assemblymen waved from the balcony as applause rang out from their one-time colleagues.

But the two weren’t just retired lawmakers—they were now lobbyists being paid by oil companies to kill a bill that would soon meet its fate on the Assembly floor below.

That bill, by Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, aimed to force industry to reduce air pollution that comes from their plants. Garcia knew the lobbyists in the balcony were pals with many of her Assembly colleagues, she knew oil and other industries were working hard to defeat her, and she knew her bill was in danger.

THE GOP: For CALmatters, Dan Walters writes that California Republicans have become a "circular firing squad." While Democrats also have an internal divide between "Berniecrats" and the "Establishment," the GOP's fights have more to do with declining party registration and perceived influence in Sacramento.



  • SB 17 (Hernandez): requires pharmaceutical companies to provide more "price transparency" to providers
    and notice before price hikes. Christopher Cadelago looks at the impact of the bill for the Bee.
  • AB 265 (Wood): prohibits, with exceptions, pharmaceutical drug manufacturers from providing discounts to consumers' out-of-pocket expenses on branded drugs if a therapeutically equivalent generic drug is available.
  • AB 1048 (Arambula): Allows pharmists to do a "partial fill" of a Schedule II controlled substance (mostly opioids) at the request of the prescriber or patient, with the reminaing fill on the prescription available for 30 days after the original prescription. This allows a physician to prescribe a larger amount to minimize the number of required visits and will minimize "surplus" opioids.
  • AB 1219 (Eggman): provides that no donee of food products to a nonprofit, food bank or end user, shall be held civilly liable unless the donee is engaged in gross negligence or willfull misconduct. Unfortunately, the bill doesn't take effect until January 1, so it doesn't help this week!


  • AB 82 (Medina): would have directed the State Registrar to require state and local officials to use diacritical marks on birth, death, and marriage certificates. Okay, many of you may be wondering what they are...they are such accentual marks included in names like de León, Chavéz, or Limón. We don't have any members with ñ right now, but likely will.

    The governor's veto states that it would create inconsistencies in state records and would require "significant" funds to modify or replace existing registration systems.

    The bill passed the Assembly on concurrence 68-2 and the Senate 39-1!

* Obviously, in the eye of the beholder.



  • SD 36 (Carlsbad): added businesswoman Marggie Castellano (D)


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jeremy Thompson and Dan Walters!

#DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Why I typed AD54 runoff rather than AD51 in yesterday's afterNOONER, I have no clue. It was a really long day. You got the gist. For some reason, I just like screwing things up when writing about that special.



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During Stop In Suburban Sacramento, Pence Says Trump's Tax Plan Will Pass This Year
Liam Dillon @
Vice President Mike Pence toured an industrial machine shop in a Sacramento suburb on Monday evening to pitch President Trump's tax ref...

Water Wholesaler Poised To Vote On Delta Tunnel Plan | Kpbs
Erik Anderson @
The Metropolitan Water District Board in Los Angeles is scheduled to take a crucial vote Tuesday on whether to support a plan to build two massive tunnels underneath the Sacramento Delta.

Mike Pence Talks GOP Tax Plan In California | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Howard Bauchner | Institute For Health Metrics And Evaluation
Howard Bauchner, MD, is Editor-in-Chief of JAMA and the JAMA Network. He became the 16th editor of JAMA in July 2011. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1974, and graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1979. He completed his pediatric residency at Boston City and Yale-New Haven Hospitals and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow in General Pediatrics at Yale. He joined the faculty at Boston University School of Medicine in 1986, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1990, and to Professor in 1997. He became a member of the Society for Pediatric Research in 1996 and the American Pediatric Society in 2001. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Trump Says Spat With Corker Won't Hurt Tax Reform - Politico
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his ongoing feud with Sen. Bob Corker will not hurt his chances at passing tax reform legislation in the Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow two-seat majority.

Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Measure To Create New State Task Force On Opioid Prescriptions
Melanie Mason @
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure on Monday that sought to curb escalating opioid addiction rates by creating a new state working group...

Progressive California Democrat Calls For Feinstein Primary Challenge - Politico
Hours after Dianne Feinstein announced she will run for re-election next year, a prominent California Democratic representative urged primary challengers to unseat the four-term senator.

Senator Stone&#039;s bill, signed by Gov. Brown, provides needed Reforms
Senate Bill 572 by State Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill provides licensees of various healing arts boards a 15-day grace period to correct minor violations that will not cause irreparable harm if they are not immediately...

Bad Medicine: California Lags Other States In Empowering Nurse Practitioners
David Lazarus @
Well-trained nurse practitioners can meet the basic healthcare needs of our growing population at a fraction of the cost of doctor visits.

Trump Hints At Executive Order On Health Care With 'power Of The Pen' Tweet - Politico
In an interview with Forbes published Tuesday morning, Trump reiterated his position that Obamacare is "a total mess" and insisted that while the healthcare law is now his responsibility, blame for its struggles fall entirely at the feet of his predecessor. "Obamacare is Obama's fault. It's never going to be our fault," Trump said.

Dianne Feinstein, 84, Is Seeking Another Senate Term. Who Might Challenge Her? – Daily News
Dianne Feinstein’s announcement Monday that she will run for a fifth full term in the U.S. Senate scrambles the career plans of a lot of prominent Southern California Democrats.

Virginia Governor Candidates Trade Blows In Final Debate - Politico
The sharpest exchange came after Gillespie attacked Northam for not showing up at meetings of a rural economic development board while serving as lieutenant governor. Northam referenced his time in the U.S. Army as a military doctor and his work as a pediatric surgeon.

Despite Assurances To Nervous Immigrants, Sheriff's Department Gave Ice Assistance In Jails
Joel Rubin @
A report by the inspector general found the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department made public assurances to immigrants it would not assist immigration officials, but then did so.

Mike Pence Fundraises For California Republicans | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Trump promises health care that 'will cost the United States nothing'

President Trump said on Oct. 10 that he would be signing a health-care action this week. "It will cost the United States nothing," he said.

Santa Rosa Fire: Hundreds Of Structures Burned, Hospitals Evacuated | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis, Molly Sullivan And Ellen Garrison @
By Ryan Lillis, Molly Sullivan And Ellen Garrison

With Cannabis Legalization Around The Corner, Los Angeles Contemplates Another Dumb Move
Robin Abcarian @
Los Angeles has released a draft of the regulations it intends to adopt when recreational cannabis becomes legal on Jan. 1, 2018. Unfortunately, the draft includes a clause that would put most existing cannabis entrepreneurs out of business until they get city permits, which could take months.

Trump Defends Immigration Demands While Criticizing Dems On Border Security - Politico
On Sunday, Trump laid out his immigration policy goals that include funding a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and cracking down on sanctuary cities, among other things. Trump stated that the demands will be part of any deal to help young, undocumented immigrants.

Right and Left React to Senator Bob Corkerâ

Writers from across the political spectrum on the war of words between the president and the retiring senator from Tennessee.

Twitter Pulls Blackburn Senate Ad Deemed ‘inflammatory’ - Politico
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who is running for one of the state's Senate seats, wrote that she is being "censored for telling the truth." | Cliff Owen/AP