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THE NOONER for June 24, 2011

The story of the day is that Jerry Brown is following his predecessors in looking to anonymous private donors to pay for his rent and entertaining in Sacramento, report Goldmacher and Halper.  You can imagine this is a bit frustrating to legislators who are wondering where next month's rent and/or mortgage will come from if the budget impasse continues.  The reports of SEIU and Grover Norquist stepping up to pay the rent of Democrats and Republicans, respectively, have not been confirmed.

And, despite the public statements many legislators have made this week about not caring about paychecks, we hear that it's been a major issue in caucus discussions.  Many legislators live close to paycheck-to-paycheck and the cost of running two households adds up quickly. This WILL force a deal even if it puts political careers at risk.  

If you were monitoring and confused yesterday, you're not alone.  Here are the different spins:

  • Governor - We're close to an agreement.  I'm going to get Plan A.
  • Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg - We're working on a majority vote plan with the governor.
  • Senate GOP - We're ready for an election, as long as there is no bridge and it includes separate votes on pensions and spending cap.  The governor agrees with us and Big Labor is the problem.  Deal.
  • Asm Rep Leader Connie Conway -  We're working on a two-thirds vote all-cuts budget that can withstand a veto override.

Anyway, sending that all through the Capitol translator results in "we are stuck and have no clue where to go next."

The Bee's David Siders looks at the rough relations between the governor and Democratic legislators in Brown 1.0 and Brown 2.0.  Siders turns to someone who knows, former guv Gray Davis, who managed relations as chief of staff for Brown 1.0 and also had rough relations as governor himself.

Meanwhile, the Redistricting Commission has pushed back the second draft of the maps (with the very important numbering) until July 14, and Paul Mitchell outlines the significant concerns the groups that pushed for an independent commission now have about the commission's work.

And, we're looking at perfect weekend weather at the Capitol:  Friday: 87/55, Saturday 89/56, Sunday 91/59.  Have a great one.



Unions Wary Of Brown's Tax Election - ADAM WEINTRAUB, Associated Press @ mercurynews.com
Gov. Jerry Brown has struggled to find the four Republican votes he needs for the centerpiece of his budget proposal -- a special election on higher taxes -- but he also faces resistance from the Democratic Partys most influential supporters.

Gov. Jerry Brown Sees Little Progress On Budget, But Insists 'I'm Not Giving Up' - Anthony York and Shane Goldmacher @ latimes.com
As California Democrats and Republicans heatedly trade blame for the impasse, Gov. Jerry Brown says he is still seeking the four GOP votes needed to extend taxes and set a fall referendum. If no deal is reached in coming weeks, deeper cuts will be needed.

Does Brown's Budget Have A Pulse? | Capital Notes -- From Kqed's John Myers - blogs.kqed.org
Shortly after Senate Republicans, even those who have been negotiating with Governor Jerry Brown, told reporters that they wouldn't vote to conditionally extend Brown's tax package, the so-called "bridge" plan, the leader of the Senate's majority party offered the quote of the day.

Brown's Countdown, Day 166: Governor mends fences with fellow Democrats -- again - David Siders @ sacbee.com
By the spring of 1981, Gov. Jerry Brown's relationship with Democratic lawmakers had become so sour that the Senate leader ordered sergeants-at-arms to remove him from the chamber. Brown left before an escort was required. Thirty years later, Brown is back at the Capitol, and hostilities with members of his own party are flaring again.

Gov. Brown Warns Of Initiative War If Bipartisan Talks Breakdown - latimesblogs.latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he was skeptical that Republicans would support his proposal for a statewide vote this fall on extending taxes that are set to expire and that an initiative fight in 2012 was increasingly likely. Brown told...

GOP Legislators Open To November Tax Vote, Oppose Temporary Extensions - Matt Drange @ californiawatch.org
There was plenty of talk among lawmakers in the Capitol yesterday, but with less than a week before the start of the next fiscal year, there is still no budget deal in sight.

Foundation raising money to pay Jerry Brown's expenses - David Siders @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown is using private donations to pay the $3,000 monthly rent at his Sacramento loft, officials said Thursday, an arrangement similar to that of his predecessors.

Republicans Now Want Election, But Won't Extend Taxes On Own - blogs.sacbee.com
Hope for a bipartisan budget agreement dwindled today as Republicans and Democrats feuded over whether temporary taxes are needed until a fall election.

Private donors to pay rent on Gov. Jerry Brown's Sacramento loft - Shane Goldmacher and Evan Halper @ latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown will look to a group of private donors — presently refusing to reveal their identities — to pay his rent at the luxury loft in downtown Sacramento where Brown and his wife live while in town.

Switching Gears, Republicans Now Say Let Voters Decide Tax Issue - Steven Harmon @ contracostatimes.com
After consistently opposing a public vote on taxes, Republicans insisted Thursday that they are willing to allow voters to weigh in on taxes but accused Gov. Jerry Brown, Democrats and their public employee labor allies of blocking a budget deal because of their opposition to pension rollbacks.

With Budget Talks Stuck, Blame Game Begins - latimesblogs.latimes.com
Rhetorical barbs flew back-and-forth across the Capitol Thursday, as Republicans, Democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown jockeyed for position in the blame game as budget talks have faltered with eight days left in the fiscal year. The day began with Senate...

Gov. Jerry Brown Sees Little Progress On Budget, But Insists 'i'm Not Giving Up' - Anthony York and Shane Goldmacher @ latimes.com
As California Democrats and Republicans heatedly trade blame for the impasse, Gov. Jerry Brown says he is still seeking the four GOP votes needed to extend taxes and set a fall referendum. If no deal is reached in coming weeks, deeper cuts will be needed.

Don Novey Grilled By Union Attorney At Bankruptcy Hearing - Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
During a tense bankruptcy hearing this morning, the former president of the state's correctional officers association sparred with an attorney for his former union over everything from his earnings and property holdings to the value of sports memorabilia and jewelry.

Irvine To Study "Presidential Preference" Vote - JEFF OVERLEY @ ocregister.com
Could all those presidential hopefuls glad-handing their way through Iowa and New Hampshire make a detour to the heart of Southern California suburbia? That's what Irvine Councilman Larry Agran would like to see, hence his proposal for a non-binding ballot item letting his city's residents be the first Americans to cast official votes stating their presidential preference.

Brown Still Wants To Put Tax Extensions On Ballot - MARCUS WOHLSEN, Associated Press @ signonsandiego.com
California Gov. Jerry Brown is still determined to give voters a chance to decide whether to extend tax increases to balance the state's budget.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Dons A New Hat - blogs.sacbee.com
Besides putting together a job creation plan for the state and serving on the boards of the state university systems, Newsom will serve as chairman of the committee trying to bring the 2022 Olympic Winter Games to California, the group announced today.

Private Donors To Pay Rent On Gov. Jerry Brown's Sacramento Loft - Shane Goldmacher and Evan Halper @ latimes.com
California Gov. Jerry Brown will look to a group of private donors — presently refusing to reveal their identities — to pay his rent at the luxury loft in downtown Sacramento that he and his wife live in while in town.

Budget Judge - Loren Kaye @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
Controller John Chiang took a victory lap this week, enjoying accolades from an unusual quarter - legislative Republicans and conservatives. But while Chiang has made political hay by slamming shut the pay window, he has actually added to the fiscal irresponsibility surrounding the budget.

Design Schools So Students Become Real Workers In Education System - toped.svefoundation.org
Most education reforms start with the premise that adults need to work harder so students will learn more. But ultimately, maybe quickly, that premise is self-defeating. Regardless of the pedagogy used, who governs the school, or how long teachers toil, students are the real workers in the system. Building around that reality is one of the five key elements to bring about Learning 2.0, the next full-scale version of public education.

Redevelopment Agencies Fighting State Repayment Efforts - DUG BEGLEY @ pe.com
California's budget stalemate has left redevelopment agencies statewide unsure of their future, as local officials figure out how to keep projects going and vigorously defend the program.

Reviews Of Assembly Rivals' Residency Issues Closed - Jean Merl @ latimes.com
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has notified those who raised residency issues about Mike Gatto and Sunder Ramani in an election for a Glendale-area Assembly seat last year that reviews of their complaints have been closed without further action.

A Reckless Threat Against Prop 13 - Joel Fox @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
Governor Jerry Brown told an audience in San Francisco yesterday that if he doesn't get his tax plan on the ballot he expects labor groups will file an initiative to change Prop 13 to raise property taxes on business. Brown is trying to scare the business community into pressuring Republicans to support his tax plan. But, many in the business community are tired of the so-called "split roll" threat. They are preparing for battle.