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THE NOONER for July 28, 2011

The guv and everyone else in his jury pool were dismissed, so he got back to the office in time to sign two bills.

  • AB 116 by Committee on Budget – Criminal justice realignment.
  • AB 193 by Assemblymember Stephen Knight (R-Lancaster) – Polling place designation.

Brown used his bully pulpit yesterday to denounce the compensation practices of UC and CSU, stating that they should be looking internally for candidates rather than competing on the national market.

This afternoon, the Citizens Redistricting Commission plans to review the changes to its visualizations adopted Sunday.  The latest versions were posted at 11:30pm last night.  

Barring a successful lawsuit or referendum, these maps likely reflect California's political landscape for the next ten years.  The data geeks are working to get the maps translated into political speak and undoubtedly some members of Congress are more interested in that outcome than in this afternoon's debt ceiling vote.



Steinberg-backed Unity Center Gets $300,000 From Casino Tribe - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
A wealthy Indian tribe has given another $300,000 boost to a nonprofit center for unity and tolerance championed by Senate President Pro Tem

Religion-Politics Fight Flares Over Bible Study Groups - Malcolm Maclachlan @ capitolweekly.net
Pastor Ralph Drollinger should be flying high these days. Known for over a decade of leading Bible study classes for legislators in Sacramento through his group, Capitol Ministries, he has been doing the same in the Capitol in Washington, D.C., over the past three years.

Sex Offenders' Homes Barred From Being Election Polling Places - Patrick McGreevy @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
Houses where registered sex-offenders live cannot be used on election day for polling places under a measure signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

FPPC Chairwoman Takes To Twitter, Judicial Races - David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Ann Ravel, the new chairwoman of the Fair Political Practices Commission, is taking to Twitter, writing in her first post, on Monday, that she is "bringing the FPPC into the 21st century."

Gov. Blasts California Universities' Hiring Of Pricey Presidents - Carla Rivera @ latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown criticized leaders of California's public universities for recruiting highly paid "hired guns" from across the country to run campuses instead of looking for home-grown talent that might be willing to work for less.

Latino Groups Question Liu's Nomination To State Supreme Court - baycitizen.org
Gov. Jerry Brown's nomination of UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court Tuesday prompted criticism from ...

Smartphoning Campaign Donations - George Skelton @ latimes.com
State Fair Political Practices Commission proposes texting contributions in state, local races.

L.A. Council Votes To Drop Red-light Camera Program - latimesblogs.latimes.com
The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to halt Los Angeles' controversial red-light camera program, which has ticketed more than 180,000 motorists since beginning in 2004. The program, which has equipment monitoring approaches to 32 intersections, will officially end July 31.

California Redistricting Commission Costing More Than Estimated - sacbee.com
California's creation of an independent panel to draw legislative and congressional district boundaries is costing millions of dollars more than voters were told it would, records show.

California Legislators' Car Perk Drives Some Buyer's Remorse - Shane Goldmacher @ latimes.com
California taxpayers are still left holding the bag when lawmakers have second thoughts about pricey cars bought on the public dime.

Tribe Donates $300,000 For Capital Unity Center - sacbee.com
A wealthy Indian tribe has given another $300,000 boost to a nonprofit center for unity and tolerance championed by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

Flying High For The Sinaloa Drug Cartel - Richard Marosi @ latimes.com
Times were good for Carlsbad pilot John Ward as he smuggled cocaine across the U.S. for Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. But the men at the other end -- they worried him.

Electric Cars May Not Find Road To Minority Communities - Malcolm Maclachlan @ capitolweekly.net
A new report on electric cars released by The Greenlining Institute -- “Electric Vehicles: Who’s Left Stranded?” -- says the cost of the vehicles, plus the potential inconvenience of charging them, could keep these cars out of minority communities that have some of the worst smog problems in the state.

Sacramento County Supervisors To Look At New Ways To Shut Pot Stores - sacbee.com
Fed up with a surge in marijuana dispensaries, Sacramento County supervisors called Tuesday for enhanced measures to shut them down – at least until the county decides whether it wants to permit them.

Californians Support For Nuclear Energy Melts Down - Dan Walters @ blogs.sacbee.com
Californians are closely synched to Gov. Jerry Brown's views on nuclear power, global warming and other environmental issues, a new Public Policy Institute of California poll has found, but they aren't very approving of how he has handled those issues.

A River Of Denial: Climate Change, Taxes & Debt - calbuzz.com
That this is so actually makes perfect sense. There exists in the population a substantial group of people for whom denial has become an ideological construct. These are individuals who refuse to accept or minimize or avoid responsibility for certain uncomfortable facts despite overwhelming evidence.

Sources Say Ed Lee Leaning Toward Run For SF Mayor - John Cote @ sfgate.com
It appears that Ed Lee has changed his mind. San Francisco's mayor, who was appointed to the job after promising he would not seek election in November, is expected to announce sometime next week that he will run after...

L.A., O.C. Tax Rolls Up For First Time In 3 Years - Garrett Therolf and Kate Mather @ latimes.com
The L.A. County assessor says the uptick in values gives reason for optimism that the real estate market 'is growing stronger and continues to recover.'

Judge Strikes Circumcision Ban From Sf Ballot - baycitizen.org
A measure that would ban circumcision in San Francisco will likely be kept off the November ballot thanks to a ...

A High-tech, Bipartisan Presidential Ticket? - Local @ mercurynews.com
Americans Elect is hoping to upend the two-party system with online effort

Obama-GOP Standoff In Debt Ceiling Talks Triggers Public Disgust - Faye Fiore @ latimes.com
As President Obama and Republicans bicker over the debt ceiling and the nation heads toward a default, shoppers interviewed at a Washington-area mall express disgust toward the politicians.

CPUC Orders PG&E To Dig Up Abandoned San Bruno Gas Pipe - Local @ mercurynews.com
The stretch of pipe, laid in 1948 in the neighborhood later ravaged by the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion, has sat inactive in the ground since 1954, according to Pacific Gas & Electric.