July 14, 2015


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Political Briefs

Top stories

 Study charts lower voter turnout by California’s Latinos, Asians — A major reason for California’s record-low voter turnout last year was the extremely low rate of voting by the state’s two fastest-growing ethnic groups, a new analysis by the UC Davis Center for Regional Change reveals. While just 41.7 percent of the state’s registered voters cast ballots last November, the rates of voting by Latinos (27.5 percent) and Asian Americans (36.3 percent) were markedly lower than those of whites and blacks, a combined 47.3 percent. Sacramento Bee article

 Dan Walters: Pensions fight gets new ammo — It’s likely that California voters will be treated – or subjected – next year to a vitriolic campaign over public employee pensions. Meanwhile, however, the debate has already been joined. And Monday’s revelation that the California Public Employees’ Retirement System earned an anemic 2.4 percent on its investments in the past year, less than a third of its 7.5 percent target, will provide more fodder. Walters column in Sacramento Bee

Gov. Brown

 Jerry Brown: Special Olympics celebrates ‘common humanity’ — Gov. Jerry Brown, promoting the 2015 Special Olympics World Games at the state Capitol on Monday, called the competition “one of the ways that people of profound differences can find their common humanity.” Capitol Alert

Statewide politics/Ballot Measures

 Kamala Harris has more than $3 million for Senate race — The U.S. Senate campaign of Democratic candidate Kamala Harris says it raised more than $1.6 million during the most recent fundraising quarter that ended June 30. AP article


 Waterfront shooting victim’s parents tired of ‘finger-pointing’ – The parents of the woman whose slaying at San Francisco’s waterfront has been blamed on a five-time deported felon expressed frustration Monday at “finger-pointing” and expressed hope that something positive will come from the tragedy. San Francisco Chronicle article; LA Times article; AP article

 Report: 1,800 immigrants re-arrested after release from jail — More than 1,800 immigrants that the federal government wanted to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes, according to a government report released Monday. AP article

Other areas

 Joel Fox: Road tax approach similar to Prop 30 strategy — Two years ago, Bloomberg Business ran a lengthy, celebratory piece on Jerry Brown and his governorship. In essence, the writer argued that Brown found a solution to California’s funding problem by cutting programs until it hurt so that voters felt they had to raise taxes. One gets the sense a similar approach is building support for transportation funds through fees and/or taxes. Fox in Fox & Hounds

 Joe Mathews: Don’t trust anyone who won’t let you vote on the Internet — They want to make it so much easier for you to vote, say California’s leaders. It’s hard to believe them. Then why do their suggestions double down on methods of voting that actually constitute barriers to voting? Instead of eliminating voter registration, they want to expand it. Even as the mail gets less reliable, they want to move us more to mail voting. (And how many young people bother to look at their mail?) Mathews in Fox & Hounds

 Bipartisan support grows for corporate tax change tied to Highway Trust Fund – Hopes for a broad overhaul of the corporate tax system are fading as the 2016 elections draw closer, but momentum is building for one key change — the U.S. tax that companies would pay on overseas profits. LA Times article

 Uber, Lyft carpooling bill pulled ahead of key committee vote – Legislation allowing California commuters to carpool using services like Uber and Lyft could be finished for the year after a committee hit the brakes ahead of an approaching deadline. Sacramento Bee article

 Key victory for bill to limit communication between utilities, regulators – A bill that would set new rules on private communications between state utility regulators and the companies they oversee passed a key Assembly committee Monday afternoon. The bill, SB660, now goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. KQED report

 Obama commutes sentences of 46 nonviolent convicts — President Barack Obama cut the prison sentences of 46 nonviolent offenders on Monday, including 14 who were serving life sentences, saying “their punishments didn’t fit the crime.” AP article

The ‘gig’ economy gets the campaign treatment – The gig economy – the sector of tech-enabled, contractor-dependent companies such as Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit – is the new frontier in the economy and, thus, in fights over economic policy. The roles of government regulation, workers’ rights and benefits, unions and technology are all undecided and are topics that draw out clear partisan differences. As presidential campaign fodder, it doesn’t get much better than that. LA Times article

 Bill seeks disclosure of construction settlements – Construction companies will have to disclose building defects such as those that could have contributed to a deadly balcony collapse in Berkeley under a state legislative proposal that will be heard for the first time Tuesday. AP article

 Fort Bragg stands firm in debate over Confederate connection – A California senator’s efforts to wipe the names of Confederate heroes from public spaces will now exclude cities, a reprieve for the tiny town of Fort Bragg in Mendocino County. Capitol Alert

 Pentagon plan aimed at lifting transgender ban – The Pentagon’s current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday, ordering a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service. AP article; LA Times article

 Erika Smith: Donald Trump is silly, but his message is seriously dangerous — Let’s not confuse the seriousness of the message and its implications with the idiocy of the messenger.Smith column in Sacramento Bee

 Louis Amestoy: The GOP can clear the Trump Dump — By removing immigration from the power-boil burner, Republicans would oblige their Donald Trumps to look elsewhere for inflammatory remarks. Publicity hounds will no doubt find replacements, but GOP leaders can hope the next wave of vile quotes will be of less consequence to them and the nation. Amestoy column in Bakersfield Californian


Jeff Adachi and Luis Rodriguez: Changing jury selection is bad for justice – Adachi, elected public defender of San Francisco, and Rodriguez, president of the State Bar of California, write, “The right to an impartial jury is the linchpin of our justice system. Now, that fundamental protection is in jeopardy for millions of Californians.” Adachi/Rodriguez op-ed in Sacramento Bee

California Government Today:

Senate Daily File

Assembly Daily File
News Briefs

Top Stories

 California, U.S. officials defend Delta tunnels plan against uncertainties — California officials acknowledged Monday that revisions to Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial plan for rewiring the Delta could prompt the main financial backers to have second thoughts. Nevertheless, they said the plan to build a pair of tunnels beneath the troubled Delta region is a necessity to enhance the reliability of water deliveries to the 25 million Southern Californians and 3 million acres of San Joaquin Valley farmland that rely on the Delta. Sacramento Bee article; Stockton Record article

 More properties eyed in Valley counties for high-speed rail – More than a dozen pieces of land in the Valley have been targeted by the state for possible eminent domain for the first stretches of California’s high-speed train project. Fresno Bee article

 Kern D.A. to review all fatal, injurious officer-involved shootings – The Kern County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that it will be reviewing all officer-involved shootings resulting in injury or death, and all uses of force resulting in death, for all local law enforcement agencies. Bakersfield Californian article

Jobs and the Economy

 CalPERS misses its return target by a wide margin — The California Public Employees’ Retirement System said its fund returned just 2.4% on its investments for the year ended June 30, a huge miss from its 7.5% investment target and a worrisome result for California taxpayers who must make up for any shortfalls in funding pensions. LA Times article; Sacramento Bee article

 About 14,000 San Joaquin County property owners to see tax increase – About 14,000 property owners will begin receiving notices this week informing them their home values have risen above their Proposition 13 value, and those property owners will now see an increase in their property taxes. Stockton Record article

 Gas price hikes stress Merced wallets – Gas prices in California are once again the highest among the nation. The state average has jumped 22 cents per gallon since Friday, and the wallets of Merced residents are feeling the difference. Merced Sun-Star article

 Sacramento gas prices spike 13 cents in a week; LA sees 19-cent overnight hike – The average retail price of gasoline in Sacramento jumped 13 cents over the past week, coming in Monday at $3.35 a gallon, according to national gas price tracker GasBuddy.com. Sacramento Bee article

 Black children in U.S. are much more likely to live in poverty, study finds – Black children were almost four times as likely as white children to be living in poverty in 2013, a new report has found, the latest evidence that the economic recovery is leaving behind some of the United States’ most vulnerable citizens. New York Times article

 Kern County drops loan cap to Kern Medical Center – The balance on Kern Medical Center’s loan from the Kern County general fund dropped to a dramatic low of $8.1 million in June. The loan keeps the hospital running through the dramatic see-saw of the KMC’s volatile billing cycle. Bakersfield Californian article

 Kings’ property values spike upward – The total value of land and property in Kings County jumped 4.6 percent in 2014 — the single biggest annual increase since the financial crash of 2008, according to numbers released Monday by Kings County Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters Kristine Lee. Hanford Sentinel article

 Kmart in Atwater set to close in October, city leaders confirm – Kmart on Bellevue Road in Atwater will close its doors in October, Atwater City Manager Frank Pietro confirmed Monday. Pietro found out about the store’s closing via email on Friday from Sears Holdings Corp., he said. The last day the Atwater Kmart will operate is Oct. 24. Merced Sun-Star article

 Fresno Food Expo to highlight local products — The 2015 Fresno Food Expo, slated for July 23, will once again feature products from local dairies. Hanford Sentinel article

Obama wants help California create more retirement-savings accounts — President Obama on Monday threw his weight behind California’s bid to provide more workers with retirement savings accounts. LA Times article; AP article

 How to get a California state job: Leaving college with little experience – There aren’t many jobs that will pay inexperienced college graduates while giving them training for a lifelong career. There’s been plenty of talk in the media about that. But California state service remains an option for graduates looking to get off – or college seniors hoping to avoid – the parental couch.Sacramento Bee article

 Measure loosens discipline disclosure requirements for California state workers — Some state workers fired from their jobs could apply for another state position and not disclose their termination, under the terms of a bill that is now in the California state Senate. Sacramento Bee article

 Want Comcast’s ultra-fast broadband? Prepare to pay — If you want the fastest broadband speed around, it’s going to cost you a lot more than a pretty penny. Comcast has revealed the price of its 2-gigabit per second Internet service, dubbed X1 Gigabit Pro. The company is charging $299.95 a month for the service — or about $3,600 a year. And that’s not all — Subscribers have to pay a $500 installation fee and another $500 activation fee. San Jose Mercury News article

 Senate passes bill requiring retention of grocery store workers – The California Senate approved a bill requiring grocery store owners to retain existing employees after a grocery store changes hands, sending the measure to Gov. Jerry Brown. Sacramento Bee article

 International firm would manage Sacramento soccer stadium project — A company that has been involved in some of the world’s largest stadium endeavors has agreed to act as project manager for a new soccer-specific stadium in downtown Sacramento. Legends would oversee the development, planning and design of a new stadium in the downtown railyard, but only if Major League Soccer awards an expansion franchise to Sacramento. Sacramento Bee article


 Disputed San Joaquin River water will go to west Valley farmers – Federal officials Tuesday will begin releasing a disputed allotment of San Joaquin River water from Millerton Lake to a group of west San Joaquin Valley growers with water rights dating back to the 1870s. Fresno Bee article

 Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill barring fines for dead lawns during drought – Cities and counties will no longer be able to impose fines on residents for unsightly brown lawns while the state is in a drought, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday afternoon. LA Times article; Sacramento Bee article

 Fresno County aims to push Temperance Flat agency – Fresno County supervisors want to lead an effort to get bond money to build Temperance Flat Dam on the San Joaquin River when funding becomes available in early 2017. Fresno Bee article

 Modesto Irrigation District considers drought fee for all farmers, plus penalties for suspected water thieves – This season’s drought surcharge could be 34 percent higher than last year for Modesto-area farmers, if irrigation leaders approve a staff recommendation at Wednesday’s board meeting. The Modesto Irrigation District board also will consider slapping three unidentified customers with $1,500 fines for allegedly irrigating without permission. Modesto Bee article

June water conservation falls short in Kings County cities – June was the first month of state mandated water conservation, and Hanford, Lemoore and Corcoran all fell short of their targets. Hanford Sentinel article

 Dyeing dying lawns sparks drought-thriving business – When you talk to David Deane, business is all about being green. He’s got green in the name, GreenDeane eco Landscaping.Stockton Record article

 Water restrictions expand to California beaches, parks – Central Valley residents heading to California State Parks will have to pack extra items on their next vacation. The culprit? The drought, of course. Visalia Times-Delta article

 Growers weigh PR campaign to counter drought coverage – An “action alert” went out last month to the 900 members of the Madera County Farm Bureau (MCFB). The emailed message, sent by Anja Raudabaugh, executive director of the MCFB, urged members to help fund a “major” public relations campaign to counter reports in the media critical of ag’s role in the state’s ongoing drought. The Business Journal article

 Riverside pushes back against state water restrictions – The city argues it should be placed in a special 4 percent reduction tier for districts that have implemented effective conservation and supply measures — and it’s eager to avoid the $10,000-a-day fine the water board could levy for not cutting use by the mandated 28 percent. KQED report

 Deadly citrus disease found in San Gabriel Valley – A deadly bacteria that can decimate citrus has been found in the San Gabriel Valley, the second such discovery in three years, according to agricultural officials. LA Times article

 Criminal Justice/Prisons

 California begins to gain control of prison health care – California on Monday began regaining responsibility for its prison health care system after nearly a decade of federal control and billions of dollars in improvements. A court-appointed receiver returned medical care at Folsom State Prison to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the first of many steps toward ending a long-running lawsuit. AP article; LA Times article

 Lawmakers seek to curb police seizure of assets – State lawmakers are considering a proposal to rein in California law enforcement agencies’ ability to keep money, cars and homes seized from suspects who have not been charged with a crime. LA Times article

 7 new Merced sheriff’s deputies sworn in – Merced County Sheriff’s Department on Monday swore in seven full-time sheriff’s deputies and a deputy coroner, shrinking the gap in staffing deficits. Merced Sun-Star article

Fresno man arrested after ShotSpotter locates gunfire — A man firing a handgun Sunday night in central Fresno became the first person arrested by police using their new ShotSpotter technology. Fresno Bee article

 Jeff Jardine: Valley family frustrated by parole board ruling in 1979 murder case – Driving to Vacaville last week, Mark Ranzo and his aunt, Sandy Ranzo Howell, sensed something might be different this time. They were headed to the parole hearing for 53-year-old Jeffrey Allen Maria, one of four men convicted in the 1979 murders of Mark’s parents, Phil and Kathy Ranzo, and the rape of Kathy Ranzo. Jardine column in Modesto Bee

 Details emerge about restrained jail inmate who went 32 hours without food – A Los Angeles County jail inmate who went for 32 hours with no food, only one cup of water and no access to a toilet seemed to have been deliberately passed over during mealtime, said a high-ranking jail official who has viewed video of the inmate’s ordeal. LA Times article

 Traver man gets prison in bathroom attack at 49er’s game — Amador Rebollero of Traver was sentenced Monday to five years in state prison for attacking two men in a restroom at a San Francisco 49er’s football game at Levi’s Stadium, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office said. Fresno Bee article

 San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr responds to long list of issues facing department — The San Francisco Police Department has courted an unusual level of controversy in 2015, and whether he’s responding as department head or wrapped up in the scandal himself, Chief Greg Suhr has been at the center of it all. KQED report


 State legislators urge UC to act against anti-Semitism – The state Assembly on Monday unanimously approved a measure urging the University of California to condemn all forms of anti-Semitism. LA Times article

 With Shakespeare, how modern is too modern? — As Shakespeare festival season hits its stride in Sacramento and across the country, theater veterans and educators say creative interpretations can make the Bard’s works appealing for modern audiences of any background. Sacramento Bee article

 UC San Diego failed to give fair trial to student accused of sexual misconduct, judge says —  UC San Diego failed to give a fair trial to a male student it found responsible for sexual misconduct last year by refusing to allow him to fully confront and cross-examine his accuser, a judge has ruled. LA Times article

 San Jose State’s Qayoumi to leave top post for job with Afghan government — San Jose State University’s President Mohammad “Mo” Qayoumi will leave his post in August after nearly five years to become Afghan PresidentAshraf Ghani’s chief adviser on infrastructure and technology, the university announced Monday. San Francisco Chronicle article

 USC seeks restraining order against UC San Diego in Alzheimer’s project — Accusing UC San Diego of interfering with a major Alzheimer’s project, USC indicated it will seek a restraining order Tuesday to keep UCSD from hacking computers and taking control of the project. LA Times article


Brown’s new tunnels plan ratchets back habitat restoration – The latest version of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant tunnels ferrying water across California locks in just 15,600 acres for habitat restoration, one-sixth of that committed under Brown’s original tunnels proposal, state officials confirmed Monday. AP article

 Visalia dairy getting $3 million to convert manure into power – The California Department of Food and Agriculturewill award nearly $11.1 million to help pay to build five anaerobic digesters in the Central Valley, including one west of Visalia. Visalia Times-Delta article

 U.S.-Mexico to sign agreement on Tijuana River — The United States and Mexico are preparing to sign an agreement to address issues of sediment, trash and polluted stormwater that for years have plagued the Tijuana River watershed. San Diego Union-Tribune article

 San Diego OK’s ‘zero waste’ policy — San Diego moved to the forefront of nationwide efforts to reduce waste in landfills on Monday when the City Council unanimously adopted a complex blueprint for shrinking the amount of trash produced locally to zero by 2040. San Diego Union-Tribune article

Health/Human Services

 Syphilis cases increasing in California women and newborns — Cases of syphilis among women and newborns in California have increased over the past two years, state officials announced Monday.  LA Times article; Fresno Bee article

 Daniel Weintraub: Obamacare alone won’t improve Americans’ health — Insurance does not equal heath care, and health care does not guarantee good health. So restructuring the insurance industry, while a huge undertaking, won’t make people healthy or keep them that way. That task relies on the actions of millions of Americans in their homes, communities and workplaces. Weintraub in Sacramento Bee

 Heart camp is planned for former Stanislaus County Honor Farm — Kimberlie Gamino doesn’t see old incarceration units when she looks at the former Stanislaus County Honor Farm facilities. The Camp Taylor founder sees a place where children with heart defects can play and learn with other kids like them. Modesto Bee article


 Stockton airport tallies fewer travelers – Passenger traffic at Stockton Metropolitan Airport dropped sharply in June, compared to the same month a year ago, mostly because Allegiant Air did not resume summer season flights to Hawaii, officials said Monday. Stockton Record article

 Modesto’s College Avenue finally going on a diet – College Avenue could finally go on a diet. The Modesto City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve a $1.49 million contract with VSS International of West Sacramento for road improvements, including putting College from Needham Street to Briggsmore Avenue – a distance of about 1.6 miles – on what is called a road diet.Modesto Bee article

Sacramento airport in negotiations with Uber, Lyft – Sacramento International Airport officials have entered negotiations with Uber and Lyft to allow their drivers to serve airport users, a move that would end a growing cat-and-mouse game between the airport and non-permitted drivers. Sacramento Bee article

 Airlines carve U.S. into markets dominated by 1 or 2 carriers — The wave of consolidation that swept the U.S. airline industry has markedly reduced competition at many of the nation’s major airports, and passengers appear to be paying the price in higher fares and fees, an Associated Press analysis has found. AP article

 Other areas

 Central Valley Red Cross readying for harrowing wildfire season — The American Red Cross’ Central California region started preparing for this year’s wildfire season in January, earlier than ever before. With the Valley in the grips of a ravaging drought, Red Cross officials began recruiting and training volunteers and securing sponsors and grants to cover costs a full seven months before wildfire season normally hits its peak. Fresno Bee article

 Hanford police hold homeless camp sweep — The Hanford Problem Oriented Policing Team held a homeless camp cleanup last week in certain areas of town. Police said the team cleaned up several camps alongside railroad tracks running east and west. The cleanup started east of 10th Avenue and stopped east of 12th Avenue. Over four tons of trash was disposed of with the help of the city’s refuse department. Hanford Sentinel article

 Blog: Picture gallery: Stockton code enforcement department shares before-and-after photos – The reaction to Sunday’s story on code enforcement in Stockton has been mixed, ranging from continued complaints that the department is heavy-handed to comments from residents that not nearly enough is done by the housing-quality enforcement arm of the police department. One thing lacking Sunday was the space in the newspaper to show a lot of the before and after photos that were provided by Stockton code-enforcement manager Peter Lemos. Ah, but space is never a problem on the Internet. Stockton Record blog

 Lemoore council member loses appeal in defamation lawsuit – Ed Martin of Lemoore can continue with his defamation lawsuit against Lemoore Council Member Billy Siegel, the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Fresno has ruled. Fresno Bee article

 Double-amputee Marine veteran from Oakhurst nears end of hand-cycle across U.S. – Toran Gaal is tired, like you wouldn’t believe, but he’s also pumped. He’s got some “Ooh Rah!” for sure. Having wheeled his way across the country in a handcycle, the double-amputee Marine veteran and former Oakhurst resident is now in striking distance of his goal. Soon, he will roll into Arlington National Cemetery, the end of one remarkable journey and the start, he hopes, of another. McClatchy Newspapers article

 Foon Rhee: Even Mayor Kevin Johnson deserves fair shake – Mayor Kevin Johnson is the most polarizing politician I’ve ever covered, by far. You’re either in the pro-KJ camp – or a KJ hater. In Sacramento, there is very little middle ground. But what he does should be judged on its own merits, just as it should for everyone else. Rhee in Sacramento Bee

 City points to construction in Folsom apartment collapse — Original construction on a Folsom apartment stairway that collapsed July 3 and killed a 26-year-old was not as secure as it could have been, city officials concluded in a report released Monday. Sacramento Bee article

 ‘The Gallows’ has $10 million opening weekend — “The Gallows,” the horror film shot in the Fresno area for about $100,000, earned just a little over $10 million during its opening weekend. That was good enough for fifth place at the box office among all movies in release. Fresno Bee article

Valley Editorial Roundup

Fresno Bee – In a petty and fiscally stupid gambit aimed at undermining one of the more effective family planning ideas in a generation, the GOP-controlled Congress has gone gunning for Title X  — a $286 million grant program that has saved taxpayers billions of dollars.

Merced Sun-Star – In a petty and fiscally stupid gambit aimed at undermining one of the more effective family planning ideas in a generation, the GOP-controlled Congress has gone gunning for Title X  — a $286 million grant program that has saved taxpayers billions of dollars.

Modesto Bee – In a petty and fiscally stupid gambit aimed at undermining one of the more effective family planning ideas in a generation, the GOP-controlled Congress has gone gunning for Title X  — a $286 million grant program that has saved taxpayers billions of dollars.

Sacramento Bee – Twin Rivers Unified stars had better earn their pay; Judge Lawrence Karlton protected people at society’s lowest rungs.

Upcoming Events

  • West Hills Community College District will hold an event, “Shifting Ground — Adapting the San Joaquin Valley Economy to a Changing Climate,” on Oct. 8 at Harris Ranch in Coalinga. Senior leaders from business, agriculture, government agencies and nonprofits will gather to launch immediate actions and provide near-term guidance to create next generation jobs in a region battered by drought and struggling with multiple challenges. Visitwww.essentialelementsseries.com for details of this no-fee policy series.


 Next 10: UPDATED California budget challenge For the first time in a decade, California’s budget is largely in balance.  However, the state has outstanding debts of $28 million, not counting long-term pension and retiree health care costs.  Budget choices affect us all.  Take the Challenge and decide how much should be spent on programs and where the money should come from.  Next 10 California Budget Challenge

 Next 10: Federal budget challengeThe Federal Budget Challenge is based on The Concord Coalition’s Principles and Priorities budget exercise, which has been used in numerous town hall meetings across the country by members of Congress from both parties, as well as in hundreds of high school and college classrooms.  Next 10 Federal Budget challenge atwww.federalbudgetchallenge.org.

 Next 10: California Water Challenge – As our state faces some of the most severe drought conditions in its history, Next 10 wants to issue a new challenge to Californians: can you create a plan to make sure there’s enough water for everyone?  Next 10 California Water Challenge

 LEGISLATORS’ VOTING RECORDS: How often has a California legislator broken party ranks, abstained or switched sides? The Sacramento Bee has a database of the voting records of every member of the state Senate and Assembly. Enter a lawmaker’s last and first names to see how he or she voted, or enter a bill number to see how every legislator voted on it. Check it out at this link.  http://www.sacbee.com/votingrecord/

 Maddy Institute Updates List of San Joaquin Valley Elected Officials – The Maddy Institute has updated its list of San Joaquin Valley elected officials.  The list is available here.

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