Toilet to tap

Aug 8, 2017

New legislation seeks to introduce treated wastewater into the drinking water supply, but only if certain benchmarks are met. Yum!


Capitol Weekly's LISA RENNER: "This legislation might be hard to swallow: Lawmakers are considering a bill that would clear the way for California communities to put highly treated wastewater directly into the drinking water supply."

"The media likes to start off with the catchy phrase toilet to tap,” said Jennifer West, managing director of Water Reuse, about the intensive purification process. “But there’s a lot that goes on between toilet and tap.”

"Assembly Bill 574, authored by Assembly Member Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, would require the State Water Resources Control Board to develop regulations in four years for “direct potable reuse” provided research on public health issues is completed."


LA leader to Feds: 'We'll have to sue' if you don't clarify new sanctuary rules.


Daily News' ELIZABETH CHOU: "Los Angeles could be barred from receiving an annual federal grant that goes toward fighting gang crime because of new Justice Department requirements on illegal immigration, with City Attorney Mike Feuer saying Monday the city might file a lawsuit if those requirements aren’t clarified by the end of the week."

"Feuer sent a letter to Department of Justice officials seeking “written guidance that unambiguously clarifies” the rule, which requires that the city notify the Department of Homeland Security at least 48 hours before it plans to release “an alien in the jurisdiction’s custody” wanted by U.S. immigration officials."

"The city attorney said Los Angeles cannot currently comply with the 48-hour notification rule, which is part of the Justice Department’s crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities."


Rep. Ted Lieu is gaining national attention from Democrats, who see the Twitter-active lawmaker as a key warrior against Trump.


LA Times' JAVIER PANZAR: "Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) spent close to a decade as a legislator in Sacramento after a stint on the Torrance City Council. He has kept a relatively low profile since being elected to Congress in 2014 as the successor to longtime Rep. Henry Waxman."

"Lieu is a new darling among Democrats in the Trump era, building a reputation for brash tweets regularly challenging the president and his allies."


"Lieu also has a new role as one of the regional vice chairs in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the party’s campaign arm dedicated to winning control of the House in 2018. His turf is House races in California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Alaska and Hawaii."


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Medi-Cal patients ended up at the ER after the UC Davis med center cut their primary care.


Sacramento Bee's ALEXANDRA YOON-HENDRICKS: "Ian Kim sees the dire effects every day of UC Davis Medical Center’s decision to stop providing basic care for some of Sacramento County’s most vulnerable patients."

"This past year, a boy came into the hospital’s emergency room with an infection so serious that, if not well managed, could have led to the loss of a limb or even death, said Kim, who is a resident physician at the medical center."

"After several days of treatment, Kim and his team were able to get the infection under control. But that was only half the battle. The infection and its location – which Kim could not specify due to patient privacy laws – required close and lengthy follow-up care after discharge. But because the boy is on Medi-Cal, he couldn’t receive any of those services at UC Davis."


The fallout of a Google engineer's anti-woman manifesto intensifies.


LA Times' TRACEY LIEN/DAVID PIERSON: "When Google realized in 2013 it had a diversity problem, it followed the corporate playbook by introducing workshops to train employees about hidden biases."

But four years later — and after sending three-quarters of its 70,000 employees through sensitivity training — the Mountain View tech giant is now reeling after a male employee circulated a memo arguing women are biologically incapable of doing a man’s job in Silicon Valley."

The 3,000-word post — which contended, among other things, that men fundamentally have a higher drive for status than women — has triggered another crisis for a tech industry scrambling to find a credible solution to its underrepresentation of minorities and women. And it comes at a time when high-profile start-ups such as Uber and venture firms such as Binary Capital have come under fire for sexual harassment scandals."


Speaking of Google, the company is aggressively pushing for a bigger seat at the table in the Bay Area.


East Bay Times' GEORGE AVALOS: "For the past six years, Google has been expanding bit by bit beyond its Mountain View headquarters. But this year, the tech titan’s plan for a massive new push into San Jose coupled with big land buys in Sunnyvale show just how big Google’s footprint may get."

If everything the tech titan has in the works comes to pass, Google could double its square footage in Silicon Valley, potentially making room for roughly another 31,000 or more employees."


"The tech titan’s outposts have already popped up at sites well beyond the company’s iconic Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View."


California pension fund divests from coal as industry rebounds.


Sacramento Bee's ADAM ASHTON: "Coal stocks are on the rebound, but California’s main public pension fund won’t see investment gains from that industry."

"The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is almost entirely out of coal, according to a report it released Monday on its compliance with a 2015 law that compelled it and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System to divest from coal by July 1, 2017."

"Coal stocks were a drag on CalPERS when the Legislature passed its divestment law."


 Get your resume: Caltrans is hiring over a 1,000 new employees.


Sacramento Bee's ADAM ASHTON: "Attention job seekers: It’s a good time to send a resume to California’s transportation department."

"Caltrans has more than 1,100 job openings this summer in wide a range of white collar and blue collar careers. It’s making the rounds at dozens of career fairs at universities and military bases to spread the word."

“We’re constantly hiring,” said Michelle Tucker, the department’s chief of human resources."


An immigration detention facility is in turmoil, as staff and inmates are at odds with one another, and deaths, suicide and hunger strikes are commonplace.


LA Times' PALOMA ESQUIVEL: "Alexander Burgos Mejia was in his bunk at the Adelanto Detention Facility on a Tuesday evening in July when he heard a guard scream."

"Walking into a common room, Burgos Mejia saw a man hanging from the second floor with a bedsheet around his neck, he recalled in an interview. A female guard was trying to lift the man, and Burgos Mejia ran to help before other officials arrived and cut the man down, he said."

"The July 11 incident was the fifth report of an attempted suicide at the immigration detention center since December, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department 911 call logs obtained by The Times through a public records request."


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HBO is under siege as Game of Thrones stars' personal details were recently released by the Mr. Smith network; Mr. Smith also threatens to release more data if the company does not comply with a $6 million dollar ransom demand.


The Guardian's SAMUEL GIBBS: "Hackers of US television network HBO have released personal phone numbers of Game of Thrones actors, emails and scripts in the latest dump of data stolen from the company, and are demanding a multimillion-dollar ransom to prevent the release of whole TV shows and further emails."

"In a five-minute video letter from somebody calling themselves “Mr Smith” to HBO chief executive Richard Plepler, the hackers told the company to pay within three days or they would put online the HBO shows and confidential corporate data they claim to have stolen."

"The hackers claim to have taken 1.5TB of data – the equivalent to several TV series box sets or millions of documents – but HBO said that it doesn’t believe its email system as a whole has been compromised, although it did acknowledge the theft of “proprietary information”."


There are 80 tickets left to the Tower Bridge dinner. Here's how you can score one.


Sacramento Bee's CARLA MEYER: "Want a shot at attending the exclusive Tower Bridge dinner Sept. 24? Registration is now open for a chance to purchase tickets to the marquee event of Sacramento’s annual Farm-to-Fork celebration."


"From now through noon Aug. 13, hopefuls can visit and sign up for the opportunity to buy up to two public tickets ($199 each) to the multi-course dinner. On Aug. 14, entrants will be entered into a web-based “randomizer” that will choose people who then will have 24 hours to buy tickets."


"There are 80 public tickets available, said Kari Miskit of Visit Sacramento, which puts on the annual Farm-to-Fork celebration. The remainder of the bridge dinner’s 800 seats are at sponsored tables. Those tables already are spoken for, Miskit said."


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