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THE NOONER for July 27, 2011

PAPAL POLITICS: During a presser in SF to discuss his nomination of Goodwin Liu, Jerry Brown weighed in on the standoff in Washington. The LAT reports: "The dogmatic commitment to no tax is as powerful as the dogmatic commitment to no birth control on the part of the papacy. And in some fashion the Republican Party is acting like a quasi-theological institution."

It appears the GOP is maintaining better discipline than the Catholic Church.

Carla Marinucci takes a look at the re-rising star of Antonio Villaraigosa and asks what's next:

"'I'm operating as if this was the end of the line,' Villaraigosa said over lunch in San Francisco recently. 'I'm at a place where I may be riding into the sunset. ... I'm not one of the people who have to be in public office.' After losing the 2001 Democratic mayoral primary to James Hahn, Villaraigosa said, 'I saw there was life after this.'"

BIG QUESTION: If DiFi runs for reelection as anticipated, would the Obama Administration overlook the affair and consider him for a second-term appointment?  (of course, if there is a second term)

BAGHDAD BY THE BAY: The Stop Leland campaign continues, with Feinstein joining Willie Brown's push for interim mayor Ed Lee to run, report Matier and Ross.

The rift between Anthony Portantino and Assembly leadership continues, and it looks like his Public Records Act for the budgets and expenditures of other members will be denied.  The word on the street is that the denial may lead to a nasty lawsuit in which lots of dirt on past and present life in the Assembly could be spilled.  It ain't because someone is buying too many red staplers.  

Meanwhile, we've got more laws...

Signed Bills

Generally, yesterday's enacted bills were yawners.  However, a hotly contested fight between Jennifer Fearing and puppy mills was settled when the governor signed SB 917, which prohibits the sale of animals on most public property.  Congrats, Jennifer!

  • AB 107 by Committee on Budget – Public resources.
  • AB 108 by Committee on Budget – Education.
  • AB 120 by Committee on Budget – Public resources.
  • SB 203 by Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) – County employee retirement: boards.
  • SB 206 by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) – Claim against the state: appropriation.
  • SB 220 by Senator Curren D. Price Jr. (D-Los Angeles) – Life insurance: group policies.
  • SB 424 by Senator Mike Rubio (D-Bakersfield) – Mechanics liens: design professionals.
  • SB 426 by Senator Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) – Tenancy: eviction: notices.
  • SB 430 by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) – Strangulation.
  • SB 713 by Senator Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) – Insurance: proceeds: disclosure.
  • SB 917 by Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) – Animal abuse.
  • SB 926 by Senator Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) – Dependent children: relative placements: disclosure.



 

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Takes On Big Issues - Carla Marinucci @ sfgate.com
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has tackled a number of tough urban issues lately - averting a traffic gridlock "Carmageddon," pushing for public-private job creation with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, urging reforms to the state's landmark tax measure, Proposition 13, and testifying before Congress in support of federal transportation bills.

Governor Approves Settlement Of Lawsuit Alleging Retaliation - latimesblogs.latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday approved a $600,000 settlement of a lawsuit by the former director of the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners who alleged that board members retaliated against her for assisting a criminal probe into alleged fraud by...

State Takes Out Loans In Case U.S. Misses Deadline - Wyatt Buchanan @ sfgate.com
Seeking to avert the fallout if Congress fails to raise the country's borrowing limit, California Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Tuesday took out $5.4 billion in short-term loans to cover the state's bills in case money...

Dan Walters: It's Time To Abolish The Board Of Equalization - sacbee.com
The State Board of Equalization divided along party lines Tuesday on how – and whether – to begin implementing the state's new law aimed at collecting sales taxes from Internet sellers.

California Dream Act Backers Look To The Next Step - Teresa Watanabe @ latimes.com
Undocumented students applaud a new law that provides access to private scholarship funds, but also push a bill in the Legislature that would open public grants to them.

Governor Vetos Campos' Union-Sponsored Bill - John Woolfolk @ mercurynews.com
Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill by Assemblywoman Nora Campos that would have given employee unions the power to choose half of all civil service commissions.

Supes Give Final Approval To SF Cellphone Radiation Law - Bay City News Service @ baycitizen.org
As expected, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday gave final approval to a law that would require ...

Nancy Pelosi Holds Some Cards In Debt-ceiling Crisis : Politics Blog - Carolyn Lochhead @ sfgate.com
The outlines of a weak budget deal are clear. The two plans by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. are nearly identical in terms of numbers. Both call...

Assembly Refuses To Release Legislators' Budgets - Beige Luciano-Adams @ sgvtribune.com
A couple of weeks into the very public feud between Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge, and the leadership of his party, details of how the state Assembly doles out operating funds to lawmakers each year remain a tightly guarded secret.

Dianne Feinstein Urges Ed Lee To Run For SF Mayor - Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross @ sfgate.com
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is calling on Mayor Ed Lee to run for a full four-year term, saying she believes "San Francisco needs his steady leadership and unifying presence in City Hall."

Ex-education Chief Signals Improved Outlook For Schools - californiawatch.org
Former State Superintendent for Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said yesterday that this year's budget, coupled with strong job growth, has convinced him that schools won't be forced into crippling service cuts.

Voters Assert That Justice Has A Price - Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
There is only one area of state government spending these days in which anyone ever argues against budget cuts by asserting that money is no object. Whenever that argument is made, the subject is crime and punishment.

Naturalized Citizen Accused In Sacramento Of Masterminding Alleged Immigration Fraud - sacbee.com
They posed for pictures and joined their names on apartment leases, but those and other routines common for newlyweds were all part of elaborate ruses to make sham marriages look real to immigration officers, say federal authorities.

California Counties Reel From Tax Hit - Justin Scheck @ online.wsj.com
Declining home prices are starting to slam California harder than the rest of the nation, in part due to a state law that sets a ceiling -- but no floor -- on property taxes.

California Agency To Hold Hearings On Internet Tax Rules - sacbee.com
This is how controversial California's new Internet sales tax is: It took the state's sales tax agency a half-hour Tuesday to agree to hold hearings on implementing the law.

Los Angeles County Retiree Group Won't Reveal Pension Information - Los Angeles Times @ latimes.com
The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Assn. is refusing to disclose how much its retirees are receiving, even as other counties have agreed to make pension information public.

Pension Measure Creates 'CalSPERS' For Private Sector Employees - Paresh Dave @ blogs.sacbee.com
Anti-tax advocate Ted Costa is back at it. His latest target: pensions. He has proposed an initiative, written by Robert Matteoli, is called the Pension Solvency Act. It would significantly scale back benefits for current and new employees, give the state controller broad authority to audit the state's pension systems and orchestrate the creation of CalSPERS -- a pension system for the state's private sector employers.

95 Percent Accurate - Timm Herdt @ blogs.venturacountystar.com
When former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno retired in February, it left the seven-member court with no Latino justices. The expectation, certainly within the Latino community, was that Gov. Jerry Brown would select another Latino to replace Moreno, preserving some ethnic diversity on the court.

Governor Bans Sidewalk Sales Of Puppies, Kittens - latimesblogs.latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a measure banning the sale of animals on street corners and other public property in hopes of reducing the number of poorly run puppy mills in California. SB 917 also sets tougher...

$5 Million To Dissect District Reforms - toped.svefoundation.org
The Effective Education Systems Initiative will conduct surveys of students on their perceptions of teachers and their schools; classroom observations; and interviews of classroom teachers, superintendents, and central office staff. Pichel is hoping that other districts will learn from the results.

Practice Of Water Banking Questioned In Lawsuits - Felicity Barringer @ nytimes.com
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Peter Key knew something was strange when the water levels in his tropical fish tank began to go down last summer. Then the washing machine took 40 minutes to fill, and the toilets would not flush.

Voters Should Reconsider High Speed Rail - Joel Fox @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
California's high speed rail program was in danger before the debt ceiling debate in Washington. Given the desire to cut trillions of dollars from federal spending that both sides of the debate advocate, seeing a $20 billion payment to California's questionable high speed rail system is doubtful.

Santa Rosa Grudgingly Accepts Reduced Redevelopment Funding - Kevin McCallum @ pressdemocrat.com
Santa Rosa officials agreed Tuesday to pay what they call a $2.7 million "ransom" payment to the state to keep its redevelopment agency alive.