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SPORTS PAGE: We have Mexico v. Sweden hitting the pitch tomorrow at 7:00am. A win or tie assures that they move to the first knockout round of 16. A loss and a win by Germany (and of course Sweden) could threaten that spot if both of the other teams win by more than two goals. I'm guessing Zócalo Midtown will be packed again tomorrow morning, along with several other midtown/downtown spots. Those morning legislative hearings tomorrow should be interesting.
In baseball, Angels in Beantown @ 4:10, A's in Motor City @ 4:10, Padres @ Texas @ 5:05, Dodgers try to repeat yesterday's success against the Rockies @ 7:10, and the Giants host the Rockies @ 7:15.
Oh yeah, The Nooner is supposed to be about California Politics and Policy! On to business . . .
The privacy measure can be withdrawn through Thursday when ballot measures are finalized, and the compromise bill to avoid November passed Senate Judiciary this morning.
The new measure eligible for circulation, among other things, would, among other things, reverse the "sanctuary state law" that took effect January 1. It's not clear who the interests are behind it. The official proponent is a Donald Rosenberg in Los Angeles County, of which there are three. The contact for the measure is lobbyist Ravi Mehta, who has a lobbying firm named Capitol Advocates and is the former chair of the Fair Political Practices Commission.
The website of Capitol Advocates has a lengthy list of clients, but there hasn't been a lobbying filing with activity since 2015, when it received $12,365 from a company that supplies optometric equipment to independent opticians working in Costcos. The report states that there was no legislative or administrative influence activity associated with the payment. Thus, it's unclear who is behind the initiative.
If qualified, the measure would be on the November 2020 ballot, along with the presidential election. That could get really ugly.
SCOTUS WITH THE MOSTUS: The Supreme Court this morning ruled on California's FACT Act, which requires pregnancy counseling centers that provide services such as ultrasound and pregnancy tests to post that free or low-cost abortions may be available. For those that solely provide counseling, the law requires that a flyer by provided that states that the center does not provide medical services. In NIFLA v. Becerra, the Court held that FACT is likely unconstitutional, the Ninth Circuit is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings. (5-4 decision, authored by Justice Thomas)
In the case against the Administration's third iteration of the travel ban (Trump v. Hawaii), the Ninth Circuit's invalidation of the travel ban was reversed and the case was remanded for further proceedings. The Court's majority finds that the ban is within the broad executive authority on immigration issues. (5-4, authored by Chief Justice Roberts).
In his concurring opinion with the majority, Justice Kennedy makes it clear that he thinks the ban does violate the First Amendment's freedom of religion, but finds the travel ban non-judiciable and under executive authority.
The remaining cases of this term are the water rights case Florida v. Georgia and, of course, the union dues case Janus v. AFSCME. The Court announced that tomorrow is the last day of the term.
NET NEUTRALITY: SB 822 (Wiener), which was subject of hostile amendments, is up today in Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection at 1:30 in Room 126. Wiener doesn't want to see the bill move. Will he show up for the hearing?
The following counties report that they have completed ballot verification and tabulation: Alameda, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lassen, Merced, Mono, Orange, Sacramento, San Benito, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Trinity, and Yolo.
SD29 (Fullerton): In the Times, John Myers writes up Ling-Ling Chang's swearing in to the State Senate yesterday. Chang was elected to succeed recalled senator Josh Newman.
CAGOP: While the Newman recall was good for the California Republican Party, there's also news that former Assemblymember Jim Cunneen and two San Jose councilmembers, Dev Davis and Johnny Khamis, have switched from the GOP to No Party Preference. This follows the announcement by longtime GOP strategist Steve Schmidt (played by Woody Harrelson in Game Change) of doing the same.
THE BORDER: For the Chron, Melody Gutierrez reports that 29 additional members joined Kevin de León via letter to Jerry Brown to request the governor call back the California National Guard troops that were assigned to the border for non-immigration duties. The assignment mostly began before the controversy of family separation.
DRUGAS: The zero-tolerance policy at the border has led to far more arrests for narcotics, reports Greg Moran for the Union-Tribune. "The [San Diego] District Attorney’s Office said the number of border bust drug cases it has filed in local courts more than doubled from the same period last year."
HARASSMENT: The special bicameral committee on sexual harassment approved the new process for handing complaints, reports Melanie Mason for the Times:
The approved recommendations hew closely to the proposal rolled out earlier this month, which includes the creation of a unit within the Office of the Legislative Counsel to investigate and report on complaints. A panel of five subject-matter experts, such as specialists in employment law, would weigh in after a completed investigation to determine if the complaint has been substantiated, and recommend a response.
There were a few tweaks to the draft proposal, such as requesting that the chief justice of the state Supreme Court appoint three of those panelists, while each house appoints one expert. Other additions include referring reports of potential criminal conduct to law enforcement and a requirement to inform the complainant about updates to the investigation process.
If approved by each Rules Committee, the new process begins February 1, or when the Legislative Counsel's office sets up the new unit for investigations.
$$$: Joel Fox looks at the additional revenue California may see from the Supreme Court's ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, which overturned prior case law and allows states to collect sales tax from out of state retailers selling into the state.
THE OC: In the Register, Jordan Graham and Tony Saavedra review the June 5 election results for Orange County's competitive elections and what it portends for November.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Janet Chin, Tony Gonzalez, and Daniel Okenfuss!
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California Ballot Will Include Gas Tax Repeal In November
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
An initiative to repeal $5.4 billion in annual increases to state gas taxes and vehicle fees has earned a spot on the November ballot, setting the stage for one last, big political battle by Gov. Jerry Brown to preserve part of his legacy before he leaves office.
Maryland voters deciding governor, legislative candidates
Maryland voters are choosing candidates Tuesday for all 188 state legislative seats, governor and members of Congress.
California Senate Welcomes New Orange County Republican, Selected After Voters Fired The Democratic Incumbent
John Myers @ latimes.com
Chang was selected by voters in the state’s 29th Senate District to replace Josh Newman, a Fullerton Democrat who was recalled from office in the same election. Newman had narrowly defeated Chang in 2016 and was only two years into his four-year term when voters removed him on June 5.
Supreme Court: Calif. law requiring pregnancy centers to notify women that state might cover abortions is likely unconstitutional
The California law requires centers to notify women that the state provides free or low-cost health care, contraception services and abortion. The clinics said the state was violating free speech rights by requiring them to deliver a message that was in opposition to their very purpose. The state said the law was targeted at centers [âÂ¦]
Three Californias Measure Makes The November Ballot | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
Congressional intern suspended after yelling obscenity at President Trump at the Capitol
The intern who shouted an expletive at the president was suspended for one week, according to the office of Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.).