July 7, 2015


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Political Briefs

Top stories

California right-to-die bill struggling before key vote – A bill that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives is struggling to muster enough support ahead of a legislative vote Tuesday. AP article; San Jose Mercury News article; Sacramento Bee article; Sacramento Bee editorial

Kate Steinle shooting opens can of worms on San Francisco immigration policy — Just what you were looking for: The intersection of a horrific tragedy, the perpetual immigration debate, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, and the presidential ambitions of Donald Trump.  KQED report; San Francisco Chronicle article

Dan Walters: Road deal won’t be easy ride for California – The only certainty is that if they cannot agree, California’s disgracefully shabby roads and highways will continue to deteriorate. Even if they do agree on a 10-year maintenance program, it would be just a stopgap while the state seeks a much-needed, long-term overhaul of transportation financing that moves away from the outmoded gas tax. Walters column in Sacramento Bee

Statewide politics/Ballot Measures

Joel Fox: GOP a player again in special sessions — Jerry Brown made the Republican legislators relevant again. Brown’s call for special sessions for transportation and Medi-Cal funding invariably brings talk about possible tax increases. With a two-thirds vote needed to raise taxes, and the Democratic majority shy of the super two-thirds mark, Republicans must be part of the conversation. Fox in Fox & Hounds

Joe Mathews: Do all Californians need to take an oath before they vote on ballot initiatives? — It’s a fair question. Indeed, it’s a question raised this week by none other than the Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts. Mathews in Fox & Hounds


San Francisco shooting shows the disconnect between ICE, local police – At the root of the tragedy is the uneasy relationship between immigration authorities and local law enforcement in many parts of the country — but most notably in California and perhaps nowhere more so than in the Bay Area. LA Times article

White House on San Francisco shooting: GOP ‘blocked’ immigration reform – White House press secretary Josh Earnest was asked Monday in the press briefing about the murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, and whether the case of accused killer Francisco Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant, should prompt examination of immigration laws and sanctuary cities. San Francisco Chronicle article

Debra Saunders: Who finds sanctuary in San Francisco? — Did San Francisco’s sanctuary city ordinance contribute to the senseless shooting death of Kathryn Steinle, 32, as she was out for an evening stroll on Pier 14 last week? Saunders column in San Francisco Chronicle

Trump takes on Mexican government in latest comments on immigrants — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump clarified his campaign launch speech in which he accused Mexican immigrants of being rapists, saying Monday that he blamed the Mexican government, not the “fabulous” Mexican people, for sending criminals across the border. LA Times article

Other areas

Legislators take aim at Proposition 13 loophole – San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting calls it one of the most vexing issues in the state Capitol, a loophole in California’s Proposition 13 that allows commercial property buyers to wiggle out of paying higher taxes. San Francisco Chronicle article

Michael Saum: Legislators need to pass aid in dying bill – The transgender man who lives in West Covina writes, “I am not afraid of dying. But I do fear a path to death riddled with mind-splitting headaches caused by my terminal brain cancer that no medicine can relieve. Don’t get me wrong. I love life. I want to end my suffering not out of despair or depression, but to maintain some comfort in my final days so that I can pass peacefully, surrounded by the people I love.” Saum op-ed in Sacramento Bee

Elliott Lapin: Legislators should block aid-in-dying bill – The senior at Stanford University writes, “Patients who have been given an accurate prognosis of six months or less to live should be helped by doctors to ease their pain and to provide them with as much comfort as possible in their final days, but it is unfair and immoral to smooth their path toward a decision that cannot be reversed. The state of California cannot sanction a law that leads to needless deaths.” Lapin op-ed in Sacramento Bee

Californians buy lots of guns, but ownership rate low — Californians bought more handguns in 2014 than any other year on record and are annually adding nearly a million firearms to their personal collections, but are still much less likely to own firearms than residents of most other states, a new study reveals. Capitol Alert

Lawmaker puts brakes on motorcycle lane-splitting bill – California legislation that would make it clear that motorcyclists can split lanes of traffic has been tabled for the year, several weeks after it passed the Assembly with bipartisan support. Sacramento Bee article

California Forward: Work continues after California budget and election reform victories – Last week turned out to be a good one for California political reform and direct democracy. California Forward website

Jerry Brown signs protection for pot smokers seeking organ transplants — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting hospitals from denying organ transplants to medical marijuana users based solely on their use of the drug, Brown’s office announced Monday. Capitol Alert

Shawn Hubler: Living side by side with history — Mostly, though, Brown should come back because the old mansion, like the governor himself, exemplifies one of the most-often-forgotten aspects of California – that the future isn’t the only thing that informs our identity, or all that we value. Hubler in Sacramento Bee

Video: California senators get ‘crunchy’ at health hearing – Many of state Sen. Mike McGuire’s Redwood Empire constituents could fall under the common slang definition of crunchy: Environmentally aware folk who like their tea tree oil organic and their compost piles full. But it was an alternative use of the term by the Healdsburg Democrat that left some Senate colleagues scratching their heads during a committee hearing late last week on funding for Medi-Cal and programs for the developmentally disabled. Sacramento Bee article

Joe Altschule: Obama’s performance trumps conservatives’ opinion of him — He expanded health insurance to 16 million additional people. He slashed the deficit he inherited from Bush by two-thirds. He tripled the stock market, he cut the unemployment rate from 10 percent to 5.2 percent, there have been no domestic terror attacks, and he got bin Laden. He has conducted himself with grace, intelligence, absent any hint of scandal and Americans love it. Altschule column in Visalia Times-Delta

California Government Today:

Senate Daily File

Assembly Daily File
News Briefs

Top Stories

San Joaquin Valley Caucus calls for investment in local CSU campuses — Members of the San Joaquin Valley Legislative Caucus are calling for California State University administrators to invest more in its Valley campuses. In a letter to CSU Chancellor Timothy White on Monday, legislators ask that Fresno State and the California State University Stanislaus and Bakersfield campuses receive special attention when White develops next year’s budget — which includes an additional $97 million in funding recently approved by the state. Fresno Bee article

Modesto poised to move forward on recycled-water project – Modesto is poised to take a big step Tuesday in its project to send highly treated wastewater to drought-stricken West Side farmers as soon as 2018, though the Turlock Irrigation District remains a staunch opponent over concerns of how the project will affect its groundwater basin. Modesto Bee article

Stockton: Subsidy to facilities’ management company grows – There is no dispute over the daunting seven-digit figure. Each year, bankrupt or not, the city digs into its stretched-to-the-limit general-fund budget, pulls out a few million dollars, and hands it to the worldwide corporation that manages Stockton Arena, the ballpark, the Bob Hope Theatre and Oak Park Ice Arena. Stockton Record article

Jobs and the Economy

Oil refineries are manipulating California gas prices, consumer advocates say — Many industry watchers attribute the high fuel costs to unique forces — chiefly California’s clean-burning gasoline formula — that have isolated the market and kept it tightly balanced between supply and demand. But some consumer advocates and politicians allege that price manipulation by oil refiners is to blame. LA Times article; ‘Why is California gas so expensive?’ in LA Times

Previously excluded buyers returning to housing market – Would-be homebuyers who were forced out of the market by short sales and foreclosures are trickling back in again, but that hasn’t resulted in stable prices, according to real estate experts. Bakersfield Californian article

Fair Oaks Library ‘discussion’ on Stockton council agenda – The city’s of Stockton’s new budget took effect only last week, but Vice Mayor Christina Fugazi says that when it comes to possible revival of the shuttered Fair Oaks Public Library, it is not too soon to begin looking nearly one year into the future. Stockton Record article

Infrastructure upgrades likely to be discussed – During tonight’s meeting at City Hall, the council will consider taking a step toward making the upgrading of downtown’s aging infrastructure less of an obstacle for developers such as Cort. The council will consider a proposal to offer up to $900,000 annually in infrastructure-upgrade incentives for the next 10 years to downtown developers, $9 million in all. Stockton Record article

Working poor need summer help – Summer can add stress to families already struggling for basic needs, especially food. Kids on summer vacation aren’t on campus to get meals, for example. And the state drought has led to agriculture job cutbacks. But if you can afford to help Kings County’s struggling families, here are a few simple ways to get involved. Hanford Sentinel article

How to get a state job: Getting past classifications – California has more than 3,800 vacant state job positions right now. Departments want applicants. But there’s a obstacle from the start: How do you find a job when you don’t know what it’s called? You want to be a writer. The state calls that job an “editorial technician.” You’d like to be a lifeguard. The state is looking for a “State Park Peace Officer Cadet.” Learning the arcane language of California’s state-government job titles can be a daunting task. Sacramento Bee article

Luxury suites sold out at new Kings arena – Even with a tumultuous off-season and a long playoff drought, Sacramento Kings fans are remaining loyal. Kings team President Chris Granger said Monday the team has sold all 82 of its luxury and “loft-style” suites at the Golden 1 Center, which is scheduled to be completed by next October. The suites are secured in long-term leases, Granger said. Sacramento Bee article

Save Mart rolls out first new store format in 20 years – A Lucky California concept store opened by Modesto-based Save Mart in Daly City on Wednesday is decidedly Bay Area. But the store – the company’s first new format in nearly 20 years – marks a change in thinking that eventually will be reflected in the Valley stores that carry the Save Mart name, a company co-president said Friday. Modesto Bee article

California urged to return $331 million meant for homeowners – Several California lawmakers and community assistance groups are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to repay more than $331 million in funds intended to help homeowners struggling with foreclosures that the state siphoned off to help deal with its budget crisis. AP article

Chowchilla City Council Oks business incentives – The Chowchilla City Council recently OK’d a plan intended to create jobs and grow the city’s economy. The program, approved by the council in June, authorized a slate of business-friendly incentives designed to boost existing business activity and attract new business to the city. The Business Journal article

Sacramento official says Downtown Plaza was a ‘cancer’ before arena project – Sacramento’s Downtown Plaza shopping mall was in decline and had become “a cancer in the center of our city” by the time the city and Sacramento Kings owners agreed to a deal to build a new arena at the site, a top city official said Monday in court. Sacramento Bee article

Despite red tape, locals flock to drone services market – Despite commercial drone usage still being heavily limited by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), many Central Valley businesses are already taking to the sky. The Business Journal article

American Apparel to close underperforming stores, lay off workers — Struggling retailer American Apparel Inc. is laying off workers and closing some stores as part of an ongoing effort to turn around its business. LA Times article

Sportsman’s Warehouse opens in northeast Fresno – The first store in northeast Fresno’s much anticipated Park Crossing development, formerly the Fresno 40 property, quietly opened with little fanfare during the flashiest holiday weekend of the year. Fresno Bee article

Starbucks is raising prices again — Starbucks is raising prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks, the company said. AP article

Rep. Steve Knight shows change of heart on controversial Export-Import Bank — It was a big surprise this weekend when Knight was quoted in a Los Angeles Daily News column saying that letting the bank’s charter lapse would put “American jobs at risk.” When asked for a clarification Monday, his office issued an even stronger statement of support, arguing that small businesses in his district depend on the bank. LA Times article

The battle for control of the human breast milk industry — Going for as much as $4 per ounce, human breast milk is a hot commodity that is emerging as a surprisingly cutthroat industry, one that states are now seeking to regulate amid a battle for control between nonprofit and for-profit banks that supply hospital neonatal units. AP article


Mark Grossi: When drought shaming doesn’t work, let’s talk about the wallet – The city of Fresno last week released the totals for outdoor watering on each of four June days. The grand total was more than 282 million gallons, but that’s not the problem. The problem is, these were four no-watering days. Grossi in Fresno Bee

Drought sends U.S. water agency back to drawing board — As the snow disappears, experts say the Bureau of Reclamation — created in 1902 by President Theodore Roosevelt to wrest control of water in the arid West — must completely rebuild a 20th-century infrastructure so that it can efficiently conserve and distribute water in a 21st-century warming world. New York Times article

Alex Breitler: Delta voluntary cuts challenged – The latest lawsuit by a water district with senior rights is significantly different from its predecessors. While the districts all argue that the state’s curtailment of those so-called “pre-1914 rights” are illegal, the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District is the first to challenge the voluntary 25 percent reduction program in which more than 200 Delta growers have reportedly enrolled. Breitler blog in Stockton Record

San Diego will keep filling lake with tap water – San Diego’s plan to meet state-mandated water conservation targets includes parching dog parks and “nonessential” grass, but officials plan to continue pumping some 57 million gallons of tap water per year into recreational ponds. San Diego Union-Tribune article

App helps farmers with efficiency during drought — As the drought continues and the weather heats up, California farmers are grappling with how to allocate dwindling water supplies. Patrick Dosier, an independent agronomist and agriculture tech consultant, says smartphone or tablet apps can help with water efficiency.Capital Public Radio report

Baja California farmers confront prospect of water shortage – Blocks from the U.S. border on a recent afternoon, inside a packed auditorium, the farmers’ voices rose with their anxious questions. Water from the Colorado River has long been the lifeline for their fields of cotton, wheat and alfalfa, and they were learning about the probability of shortages. LA Times article

Food fight! Congress, consumers battle over GMOs — A fierce food fight has erupted in Congress over the labeling of genetically engineered foods. At the center of the conflict is a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas that would block state and local laws from requiring food labels to disclose genetically engineered ingredients. McClatchy Newspapers article

Criminal Justice/Prisons

State high court limits who can see police personnel files – Ruling in a San Francisco domestic violence case, the state Supreme Court refused Monday to require prosecutors to help defendants discover information in the personnel files of officers who are potential witnesses in their criminal trials. San Francisco Chronicle article

High-tech tool helps Fresno police track down gunfire – Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer on Monday introduced technology capable of tracking gunshots to within feet of the shooter — a new weapon to help quell random and gang gunfire that plagues the city almost every night. Fresno Bee article

Blue light special: As Tuesday’s memorial for Nelson approaches, porch-light salute gains momentum — Blair Budai and Kyle Brown want to help reinforce law enforcement’s thin blue line. That’s why since the June 26 death of Bakersfield Police Department Officer David Nelson, fatally injured in a single-vehicle crash during a pursuit, the two men have been raising funds for a memorial scholarship established by Nelson’s family in his name. Bakersfield Californian article

Salazar promoted to Visalia police chief – Jason Salazar has been Visalia’s acting police chief since mid February. But that changed Monday afternoon in front of a group of about 200 friends and relatives. Visalia Times-Delta article

Breckinridge still out at Tulare police – Jerry Breckinridge, Tulare’s top cop, remains off the job. According to city officials, Breckinridge, Tulare’s police chief since late 2009, remains on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of a personnel investigation. Visalia Times-Delta article

Police: Residential burglaries on the rise in Lemoore — Over the past six weeks, the Lemoore Police Department has been dealing with a rash of residential burglaries. Hanford Sentinel article

Inmates not in any danger after Stanislaus County jail air conditioning goes down — Inmates were never in danger after the Stanislaus County Jail in downtown Modesto was without air conditioning for several days, according to Sheriff Adam Christianson. Modesto Bee article

Number of LA County police killings climbs to 22 this year — Los Angeles County law enforcement officers shot and killed five people in four days over the long holiday weekend. LA Times article


California Assembly votes to strengthen law protecting sexually abused students – The California Assembly voted Monday to close a loophole that last year allowed the Los Angeles school district to avoid penalties in a civil case involving a 14-year-old student who said she was sexually assaulted by a teacher. LA Times article

Davis wins Fresno Unified project after district revisits bid process – Fresno Unified School District’s attempt to back away from its use of controversial lease-leaseback agreements has inadvertently put its latest building project in the hands of the construction firm that is challenging the district in court. Fresno Bee article

New superintendents take posts in Merced County districts — Three Merced County school districts are set to welcome new superintendents in July, the Merced County Office of Education reported Monday. McSwain Union, Gustine Unified and Merced River districts all will get new superintendents. The Merced Union High School District governing board will hire an interim superintendent while it searches for full-time candidates, MCOE said. Merced Sun-Star article

Sacramento Bee: New Sac State president puts graduation rates first – Robert S. Nelsen makes no secret of his top priority as Sacramento State’s new president. “I’m going to change the student success rate,” he declares. “That’s why I’m here.” It’s a huge challenge, but it’s the right one to take on, and he’s off to an auspicious start. Sacramento Bee editorial

 Marriage ruling may boost school climate for LGBT families and students – Across California and the nation, educators say the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage stands to improve, over time, the way gay and lesbian people are talked about at schools, both in the hallways and in the curriculum. EdSource article

LA Unified takes on sexting with education, not punishment — The Los Angeles Unified School District plans to roll out what may be the state’s most ambitious educational campaign around the issue. Officials are creating a video, lesson plans and handouts on sexting, which they plan to distribute to all schools beginning this fall. LA Times article


USFS: Conditions ideal for megafires this summer – The U.S. Forest Service is re-examining how it manages wildfires this summer.  It has historically tried to let lightning-caused fires burn in remote areas as a way to reduce forest density. The hope was to keep forests, particularly in northern California, healthy. Capital Public Radio report

Planned Kern County hydrogen, fertilizer plant get 6-month extension — A proposed power plant that would convert coal into hydrogen and fertilizer near the community of Tupman in Kern County has been granted a six month reprieve from the California Energy Commission. KVPR report; Bakersfield Californian article

White House solar plan aims at low- and middle-income people – The Obama administration on Tuesday will announce an initiative to help low- and middle-income Americans gain access to solar energy, part of a series of steps President Obama is taking to tackle climate change, according to administration officials. New York Times article

Former student gives solar equipment to students in training — Students learning to work in the solar industry at Proteus Inc. just received state-of-the-art equipment, which educators said, will ready them for a promising career. Visalia Times-Delta article

Health/Human Services

After measles outbreaks, parents shift their thinking on vaccines — Nothing like a good measles outbreak to get people thinking more kindly about vaccines. One third of parents say they think vaccines have more benefit than they did a year ago, according to a poll conducted in May. NPR report

Screening mammograms don’t prevent breast cancer deaths, study finds – The increased use of mammograms to screen for breast cancer has subjected more women to invasive medical treatments but has not saved lives, a new study says. LA Times article

Merced County seeks improvements in mental health, primary care – In the age of health care reform, integrating resources, according to health officials, is key to improving the quality of care. For this reason, the Merced County Department of Public Health is seeking a grant that would help coordinate health care service available in the community. Merced Sun-Star article

Can a startup transform health care in California’s Lake County? — A group of tech entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley has taken on a huge task — trying to transform an entire community’s health status in five places across the country, in just five years. KQED report

California’s dental program gains patients while loses dentists — California’s dental program for the poor is falling short. A new state review of the Denti-Cal program, shows between 2009 and 2014, the number of children enrolled in the Denti-Cal program increased by nearly 40 percent. But the number of dentists who treated Denti-Cal patients decreased by almost 14 percent. KPBS report

Land Use/Housing

Goat and chicken debate may end up with Visalia voters — The supporters of her “I’m Pro Goat” movement planned to start a ballot initiative to allow voters to decide the matter. On Monday, she and a group of supporters kept that promise by filing with the city of Visalia their intent to put on the ballot for Visalia voters an initiative to change zoning laws to allow people to raise chickens and miniature goats in residential neighborhoods. Visalia Times-Delta article

Merced delays apartments; awards park use to soccer club — Emotions ran high at Monday night’s Merced City Council meeting where the council asked for changes to a proposed apartment complex and awarded the use of a youth center to one nonprofit over another. Merced Sun-Star article

San Francisco housing advocates file petition to regulate short-term rentals — On Monday afternoon, housing activists delivered two boxes of signatures on a petition to San Francisco’s Department of Elections, supporting a ballot measure that would place restrictions on the city’s burgeoning short-term rental market.KQED report


 Kings County grand jury, supervisors disagree on high-speed rail actions — The Kings County grand jury took the county’s Board of Supervisors to task last week for blocking an agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority to fund a program for displaced businesses and for spending public money on lawsuits over the controversial rail route’s effect on private land. Fresno Bee article

Other areas

 Fresno shooting range pipeline explosion caused by front loader: state report – The April 17 pipeline explosion at the Fresno Sheriff’s Foundation shooting range in northwest Fresno that killed one man and injured 12 others was caused by a Fresno County employee driving a front loader that struck the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline, a state report concludes. Fresno Bee article

 A bit of good news in Fourth of July fireworks report: no injuries – Area fire officials found a bright spot in the Independence Day weekend fireworks report: no injuries. Fresno Bee article

 Sacramento watchdog group sues city to block email deletion – In an effort to stop Sacramento from deleting hundreds of emails, a Sacramento watchdog group has sued the city and requested a temporary restraining order preventing city staff from deleting any correspondence. Sacramento Bee article

 Injured Cal Fire firefighter has second surgery – A Cal Fire seasonal firefighter was undergoing several hours of surgery Monday to fix spinal damage suffered when a tree fell on him while battling a brush fire near Three Rivers. Visalia Times-Delta article

 DMV announces ‘time-saving’ improvements – Customers who need to schedule an online appointment with the California Department of Motor Vehicles can now view available dates and times at a number of nearby offices all at once. Previously, customers had to search each individual DMV office to locate available appointments. Merced Sun-Star article

 Oakland struggles to keep pace with changing graffiti culture — The city’s cost of cleaning up graffiti has been increasing, not including the dollars spent by private business owners like Westreich. While the city is hungry to keep and grow business in areas like West Oakland, a new task force with limited resources is trying to address an old symbol of urban grit in the face of a changing Oakland. KQED report

Valley Editorial Roundup

Fresno Bee – Marijuana growers are wrecking California.

Merced Sun-Star – In this drought, water managers have no room for faulty equipment or faulty judgment. Don’t compound the mistake with a hasty revision of our water laws.

Modesto Bee – In this drought, water managers have no room for faulty equipment or faulty judgment. Don’t compound the mistake with a hasty revision of our water laws.

Sacramento Bee – Legislation authorizing terminally ill patients to obtain lethal drugs deserves support; New Sacramento State president puts graduation ratesfirst.

Stockton RecordCheers and jeers on a tribute to Dolores Huerta, the loss of Officer Nitro and other issues.

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.


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 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

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