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THE NOONER for August 4, 2011

Per your request: list of all candidates on one page.

Today's changes:

  • CD07 (Lungren): Added Alyson Huber as probable candidate
  • CD11: Swing->Lean Republican
  • CD17: Mike Honda heads to the Fremont-Santa Clara seat

SACTO SHUFFLE:  Republicans may not be happy with the overall redistricting plans, but they must take some joy in the angst created in the Sacramento area.  The first problem is AD07, which has seated current Assemblymembers Roger Dickinson and Richard Pan together.  Meanwhile, Alyson Huber's district has been given to Beth Gaines (AD06).  Huber has school-age kids and lives in El Dorado Hills, making a move to the empty AD08 difficult and SD01 is about attractive to Huber as a root canal.  

First off, what to do with Dickinson and Pan? We hear neither want to blink. Some believe the easiest would be a deal that has Pan sitting out for two years until Dickinson runs for Steinberg's SD06.  However, Pan's supporters are concerned that Dickinson couldn't really clear the field for Pan, and that Pan could be defeated by a Sacramento city official who wants to move up.  Alternatively, Pan could be persuaded to move to AD08, although that would mean challenging respected staffer and Rancho Cordova mayor Ken Cooley, who took one for the team to run for Dave Cox's senate seat in the special last year.

Another scenario that is being whispered is getting Ami Bera to move his machine to a state office as Alyson Huber prepares for a run for Congress against Dan Lungren in CD07. The case can be made that Bera underperformed in the old CD03 last November, losing by 7 points to Lungren while Brown edged Whitman by 0.2% in the old CD03.  However, the new district is a bit friendlier to Democrats--Brown beat Whitman by 5 points and Bera is passionate about taking on Lungren again.  With Huber filing to run, Ami might be tempted to take a shot at his local safe Dem AD09, where Elk Grove councilmember Gary Davis is the lone candidate thus far.  Although, being a physician and congressional candidate may be more attractive than a safer bid for the Assembly...

Meanwhile, we hear that Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani is stepping up to take a shot at Tom Berryhill for SD05.  Republicans picked up SD05 when Mike Machado was termed, and it took the Berryhill name to do so.  This seat will likely come down to the passion, or lack thereof, for Barack Obama on November 6.  He won the seat by 8.6% in 2008, while Brown edged Whitman by 1.6% in 2010.  Berryhill and Galgiani have largely similar voting records, although there will be lots of mail talking about budget votes...

In AD13 in Stockton, all appears clear for Susan Talamantes Eggman, a member of the Stockton City Council.  If she keeps the field clear, this will be a significant victory for the GLBT community--the first openly gay member elected from the Central Valley (Ashburn wasn't elected as openly gay).  With the development in AD50 where two of the most prominent GLBT candidates are now squeezed by a moving incumbent and as Evan Low and Ken Yeager wait on the bench for Paul Fong's AD28, each victory counts.

(We'll write about Evan Low tomorrow.  He's in the Morning Report claiming having more than $200,000 and running for AD 24, Jim Beall's seat. Unless we're missing something, that is in his former boss Paul Fong's seat, and we haven't heard Paul is retiring.)

Signed bills

  • AB 55 by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) – Unemployment compensation: employer: motion picture industry.
  • AB 123 by Assemblymember Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) – School safety: disruption threatening pupil's immediate physical safety.
  • AB 619 by Assemblymember Linda Halderman (R-Clovis) – Massage therapy.
  • AB 670 by Assemblymember Marty Block (D-San Diego) – California State University: admissions.
  • AB 677 by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Education finance: Oakland Unified School District: sale of surplus property.
  • AB 690 by Assemblymember Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) – Portable electronics insurance.
  • AB 956 by Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (D-Baldwin Park) – Marriage and family therapy: interns and trainees: advertisements.
  • AB 1013 by Committee on Higher Education – Private postsecondary education.
  • AB 1091 by Assemblymember Mike Morrell (R-Redlands) – Contractors.
  • AB 1267 by Assemblymember Linda Halderman (R-Clovis) – Physicians and surgeons: certificate.
Assembly Republicans Question Legality Of California Budget - Kevin Yamamura @ blogs.sacbee.com
The formula-based requirement, Proposition 98, determines the minimum amount the state must provide K-12 schools and community colleges each year. That amount increases whenever the state receives more revenues, which posed a challenge for budget writers this year because they relied on a revenue spike to help fill the state's $26 billion hole.

Newsom Leads Fundraising As State Candidates Look To 2014 - californiawatch.org
The semiannual state campaign filing deadline passed this week, and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom isn't being shy about his future ambitions. The onetime gubernatorial candidate raised nearly $300,000 in the first six months of this year, far outpacing the state's other major officeholders as they begin to look toward their next moves in 2014.

Dan Walters: California Democrats Declare War On Ballot Measures - sacbee.com
Do California Democrats want to eviscerate the initiative process, or merely smother it to death with a blanket of supposed reforms?

Capitol Journal: U.S. Budget Ax Hangs Over California - George Skelton @ latimes.com
Much of California's funds come from Washington, D.C. That is becoming increasingly shaky ground.

Efforts Under Way To Unravel California's Budget - sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state budget five weeks ago, but the battle over spending cuts and fees rages on outside the state Capitol.

California Officials Seek Higher Rates For Meal Reimbursements - Paresh Dave @ blogs.sacbee.com
The chief executives of CalPERS and CalSTRS along with Controller John Chiang and Treasurer Bill Lockyer are asking the Brown administration to overhaul the state's travel meal reimbursement rates to help accommodate for trips to expensive locales.

Women Urged To Jump Into Political Races - Carla Marinucci @ sfgate.com
In this era of harsh political rhetoric and personal attacks in Washington, D.C. - witness the debt deal debate - why would women want to continue to fight their way into the mosh pit of American politics? Democratic...

Interactive Map: See Your New California Legislative And Congressional Districts - sacbee.com
Party registration information for the new districts is from Redistricting Partners. Figures from the old districts are from the California Secretary of State.

Are GOP Presidential Hopefuls Really Serious? - Debra J. Saunders @ sfgate.com
Republicans running in the 2012 presidential primary have a credibility gap. Only one name candidate - former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, and he is not exactly a household name - supported the bipartisan Budget Control...

Proposition 75: Public Employee Union Dues. Restrictions On Political Contributions. Employee Consent Requirement - California State Government - smartvoter.org
Fail: 3,575,521 / 46.5% Yes votes ...... 4,106,481 / 53.5% No votes

Vargas Pro-union Bill Would Limit Public Agencies' Legal Hiring | Signonsandiego.com - signonsandiego.com
Breaking San Diego news from The San Diego Union-Tribune: Classifieds, entertainment, sports, hotels and visitor information

Ca Dem Party Progressives Explore Primary Challenge To Obama : Politics Blog - Joe Garofoli @ sfgate.com
There have long been rumblings that the liberal base is ticked off at President Obama, but the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party just put that frustration into writing:...

Democrats Look To Capitalize On Remapped Inland Districts - JIM MILLER @ pe.com
SACRAMENTO - On paper, last week's preliminary remap of legislative and congressional districts in Inland Southern California is full of promise for would-be Democratic candidates and caucuses next year.

State Asks California Community Colleges For Salary Data - Laurel Rosenhall @ blogs.sacbee.com
State Controller John Chiang today asked California's 72 community college districts to submit information on employee pay to the database he is compiling of local government salaries.

State Hunts For Cash, But Tax Loopholes Still Abound - John Howard @ capitolweekly.net
Cash-starved California needs money but foregoes billions of dollars each year because of provisions in the tax code that allow some people and companies to shift their bills to the public.

SF Group Urging Lee Run Funded By Politically Connected - John Cote @ sfgate.com
Progress for All, the group behind the "Run, Ed, Run" campaign, bills itself as a grassroots San Francisco movement. But its effort to persuade Mayor Ed Lee to run for a full, four-year term in November has been bankrolled almost entirely by a small group of politically connected individuals, some of whom have received millions of dollars in city contracts in recent years. The key donors are friends of former Mayor Willie Brown or have strong ties to Brown ally and Chinese Chamber of Commerce consultant Rose Pak, who is also one of Lee's close friends.

Teachers Want Changes In Bill To Limit Public Employee Pensions - californiawatch.org
The California Teachers Association and California State Teachers’ Retirement System are opposing a bill that would limit pension “spiking,” the practice of boosting salaries right before retirement to increase pension payouts.

Brown Nominates Darling-hammond - toped.svefoundation.org
Gov. Jerry Brown and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson have made high-profile appointments to a troubled state agency, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

New Law Limits Protests Near Schools - Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
Legislation makes it a misdemeanor to create a disturbance on or next to an elementary or middle school campus if it threatens the physical safety of students.

Brown Appoints Six To Troubled Teacher Credentialing Panel - Jim Sanders @ blogs.sacbee.com
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Electoral Crystal Ball - Sherry Bebitch Jeffe @ nbclosangeles.com
It’s too early to tell how important an issue the debt-ceiling vote will be in the 2012 elections, but, certainly, politicians see it as a factor in this brave, new political world. And, once again, Californians are charting a course separate from the national trend.