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THE NOONER for July 12, 2011

The networks may have canned most soap operas, but fortunately we have the case of Anthony Portantino.  Yesterday started with the Assemblymember claiming his staff was being put on unpaid leave later this year because he voted against the budget. 

Shortly after the Twitterverse jumped all over the story, Rules Committee Chair Nancy Skinner came out swinging, saying instead that the Bank of Rules Committee was just enforcing Portantino's credit limit.  It seems that he's been overspending, and is projected to be $67,179 by November 30.  

Rules Committee doesn't normally enforce office budget limits with a hard cap, but if you're part of the minority party or vote like you are, it's the rules of the game.  And, if it's true that Anthony is looking at a run for Congress, it's something he needs to get used to.

AMAZON-SIZED COJONES: On behalf of Amazon.com, lobbyist Chuck Halnan filed late yesterday a request to the AG to prepare a petition for referendum to repeal the sales tax provision applying to internet retailers included in the state budget.  If qualified, it would end up on the June 2012 ballot.

The quote of the day goes to Brown spox Evan Westrup in the NYT:  "Where does Amazon plan to collect these signatures — in front of bricks and mortar retailers that collect sales tax everyday?"

As Brown political guru Steve Glazer tweeted this morning: "Amazon, be careful what you wish 4. Compny image provides more lng term value than shrt term profits. Ask PGE."

Speaking of, Glazer joins the CSU Board of Trustees today to vote for a 12% fee hike, which is on top of a 10% one already approved.  Sure you wanted that gig, Steve?  Guess it's better than the vetoed CPEC.

The ugly campaign in CD36 comes to an end today.  If Tea Partier Craig Huey pulls off the unlikely upset over Janice Hahn, look for a shake-up in the DCCC campaign operation.  Janice is likely to take it, with the bigger question being whether she'll be able to run in a seat next year without challenging a fellow Democratic House member.

Finally, the Assembly yesterday voted to outlaw caffeinated beer.  All I can say is, thank goodness we already have a budget, but what will we do for future late night legislative sessions?

eureka, will you give us some of that headline lovin'?


Carly Fiorina Back In The Political Mix -- As Vice Chair Of GOP Effort To Take Back Senate : Politics Blog - Carla Marinucci @ sfgate.com
Republican former California U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is back in the political mix, Tuesday named the new vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Campaign --...

Assemblyman claims retaliation for budget vote - Josh Richman @ ibabuzz.com
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge, says party leaders are slashing his legislative staff in retaliation for his recent vote against the amended state budget.

CalPERS Says Its Pensions Have $4 Billion Impact In Sacramento Area - sacbee.com
With the cost of public pensions still a hot political issue, a study commissioned by CalPERS shows that government retirement checks represent a potent economic benefit to the Sacramento area.

Senate OKs Pension Measure Aimed At Curbing County Abuses - Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
Independent county government pension boards in California will have to stop counting bonuses and unused leave cash outs when calculating pensions, according to a measure that Senators passed without opposition today.

Amazon Wants Voters To Decide On Tax Collection - Rachel Metz @ mercurynews.com
Amazon.com Inc. wants California voters to decide whether to overturn a new law that forces online retailers to collect sales taxes there.

First, They Want To Go After Business Property Taxes - Joel Fox @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
Here's the word and the sentence that stood out to me in Steve Lopez's Los Angeles Times weekend column on Proposition 13: It would make the most sense to go after commercial property taxes first, Villaraigosa said, since business has gotten the biggest break.

Gloves Really Come Off In Nasty Cd-36 Special Election - Carla Marinucci @ sfgate.com
We didn't think it was possible for the CD-36 special election between Democrat Janice Hahn and Republican Craig Huey to actually get even nastier in the final 24 hours.

Amazon aims to have voters decide on sales-tax law - Marc Lifsher and Andrea Chang @ latimes.com
The online retailer wants voters to strike down the California law requiring the company to collect sales taxes. Wal-Mart, labor groups and other opponents could wage a costly, noisy battle against such a referendum.

Excluding The Public: The Redistricting Commission Goes Dark - Tony Quinn @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
Running out of time, beset by rebellious consultants, and manipulated by partisans, the Citizens Redistricting Commission has decided to exclude citizens from the process. The Commission is going dark.

Dan Walters: California redistricting panel may be failing - Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
It's the obvious question -- albeit one still without an answer -- because the new Citizens Redistricting Commission has decided to skip publication of a second draft of redistricting maps and, in effect, take the process behind semi-closed doors as it nears a deadline for final maps.

The Associated Press: Amazon Wants Voters To Decide On Tax Collection - google.com
A petition for a referendum was filed Friday with the state Attorney General's Office so that voters can decide on the requirement, which was included in a state budget signed into law in late June.

Lawmaker Steps Up Call For Prime Healthcare Probe - californiawatch.org
The state health department needs to get to the bottom of “incredibly troubling” reports of malnutrition and deadly infections at a Southern California hospital chain, the chairman of the Assembly Health Committee says.

Carly Fiorina Named Vice Chair Of GOP's Senate Campaign Committee - Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
Failed California GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was named on Tuesday as the vice chair of the Republicans' effort retake the Senate in 2012.

Amazon Wants Voters To Decide On Sales Tax Law - Total Buzz - The Orange County Register - totalbuzz.ocregister.com
Amazon.com wants California voters to consider overturning a new state law that requires online retailers to collect sales tax.

Brown Blasts Pay Hike For CSU San Diego President - mercurynews.com
LONG BEACH -- Gov. Jerry Brown is criticizing a plan to increase the salary of a California State University president when deep budget cuts are prompting the 23-campus system to raise tuition.

California looks to UC, CSU for lending hand - Kevin Yamamura @ blogs.sacbee.com
The state just slashed $650 million each from the California State University and University of California, but it's now looking to the two systems to loan the state some cash.

Tax Receipts Already Behind Budget Projections - Total Buzz - The Orange County Register - totalbuzz.ocregister.com
Less than two weeks after the Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state budget into law, tax collections are already falling behind projections.

Amazon seeks ballot measure to repeal sales tax - Josh Richman @ ibabuzz.com
A lobbyist for online retail giant Amazon.com submitted to the Attorney General's office Friday a draft of a proposed ballot measure that would roll back the online sales tax just passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

California Special House Election: 5 Things To Watch - David Catanese @ politico.com
There’s a strange disconnect about Tuesday’s Southern California special House election: Democrats are anxious about a potential upset, but Republicans don’t believe their candidate has much of a chance.

Middle Class Feels Tuition Squeeze At UC, CSU - Laurel Rosenhall @ sacbee.com
In the face of massive budget cuts, California university leaders are turning again to students and their parents – a strategy that appears to be most burdensome for those in the middle class.

State Bar of California Board of Governors Urges Changes to Conflicts of Interest Policy - The Leslie Brodie Report - lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk
Following on the heels of major discoveries of alleged public corruption by a Yoloan Rabbi relating to several members of the State Bar Board of Governors ("BOG”) in areas relating to self-dealing, conflicts of interest and lack of disclosures; the BOG recently took swift action by calling a special meeting and passing a resolution to encourage the California Legislature to adopt new and revised "Conflict of Interest" policies that would apply to all members, and establish the qualifications expected from those who serve as public members of the BOG.As previously reported here, and according to confidential sources, State Bar's establishment was shocked by the scope and magnitude of the revelations purveyed by YR as they relate to member Jeannine English and her husband, tribal gambling attorney Howard Dickstein.In addition, the BOG was prompted to action by previous revelations purveyed by YR concerning CaliforniaALL, CCPF, Ruthe Ashley, Buchalter Nemer's Holly Fujie, CCPF's Judy Johnson; State Bar Executive Director Emeritus, Gwen Moore, Girardi