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THE NOONER for August 15, 2011

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TODAY'S DISTRICT UPDATES

  • AD32 (Kings): Added Bakersfield Councilmember Rudy Salas (D)
  • AD47 (Rialto): Added legislative consultant Cheryl Brown (D)
  • AD67 (Murrieta): Added former Senator Dennis Hollingsworth (R)

THEY'RE BACK:  The Legislature is back for a four-week sprint, and those of that care about bills are seriously back to work, as lots of bills are set for upcoming hearings.  The return to session is particularly uncomfortable for a handful of members who may be facing each other or each other's friends in districts to be determined by the Citizens Redistricting Commission today.  So, while it looks like a busy day in Senate Appropriations in Room 4203 this morning, there was likely more interest in the commission's meeting across the hall in 4202

At this hour, the commission is anticipated to have a press conference regarding the adoption of their plan, even while a Republican member blasts the work.  Following the presser, the Commission is walking the maps over to the Secretary of State's Office.

If you had issues with atc this weekend, it's because I was moving the site to a more powerful server.  The migration, needed to accommodate increased traffic to the site, kept me from doing many updates on atc districts.  It was a relatively quiet weekend though, as several folks (in particular, the Bacas and Berryhills, Dennis Cardoza, Laura Richardson, Linda Sanchez) are keeping their cards close to their vests until the final lines emerge.  Expect a frenzy after today's final line approval.

On to the headines...

For Some, Redistricting Is Splitsville - John Myers @ blogs.kqed.org
Even with testimony from the public and formal guidelines written into law, California's first-ever citizens redistricting effort has found no easy answers to the question, "What is a community?" And so, in the statewide maps being certified Monday morning, some will see their communities split between political districts. Others will be lumped together with communities with which they think they have nothing in common.

Portantino Releases Proposed Changes To Assembly Budgeting - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
Adding fuel to a bitter fight, Assemblyman

A Four-week Sacramento Acid Test - George Skelton @ latimes.com
Voters are leaning toward demoting Legislature to part-time. Effective work this month could prove the full-timers' worth.

California Wrestles With How To Deal With Impact Of Health Care Reform - Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
Even as a new round of federal budget-cutting that could target Medicaid is poised to take place and Republicans in Congress continue their fight to block the implementation of health care reform, health policy experts in Sacramento are plowing through a thicket of issues that must be resolved before a historic expansion of insurance coverage can be implemented in 2014.

California Pension Reform Top Priority For Returning Lawmakers - Adam Weintraub @ mercurynews.com
Issue awaits state lawmakers coming back from recess

S.F. Mayor's Race To Test New Public Financing Law - sfgate.com
San Francisco voters are about to get inundated with candidates' mailers, robocalls and TV ads - some of which they indirectly paid for themselves in millions of tax dollars. The city is seeing its first mayor's race...

Pot Plans Shaping Up - dailybulletin.com
A 2012 ballot initiative to tax and regulate marijuana similar to wine has already been submitted but will be returned to the Attorney General's Office to alter its ballot description, supporters said.

As Lawmakers Return, Will Brown Push Pension Overhaul? - sacbee.com
Public pension reform in California, once a top-shelf cause on both sides of the statehouse aisle, has become something of a political orphan.

League Of Cities: Cut Current Worker Pensions? - Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
A look at the legality of reducing pensions that current workers earn in the future, while protecting pension amounts already earned through years of service, is similar to a recommendation from the watchdog Little Hoover Commission in February.

Perry Makes First Campaign Outing - Maggie Haberman @ politico.com
MANCHESTER, N.H. — In the first public event of his presidential campaign, Rick Perry swept into a New Hampshire festival Sunday surrounded by a crush of reporters, and pointedly looked past rival Mitt Romney to focus instead on Barack Obama.

Dan Walters: California Supreme Court Plays Role In Tort War - sacbee.com
One of California's longest-running political battles pits personal injury lawyers against insurance companies and their business clients over rules governing who can sue and collect for what kind of injurious act.

Tim Pawlenty Drops Out Of Presidential Race - Jonathan Martin and Marin Cogan @ politico.com
AMES, Iowa — After spending much of his money to finish a distant third in the Ames Straw Poll, Tim Pawlenty ended his presidential bid Sunday.

How Perry-Bachmann Will Fight To Be The Anti-Mitt - calbuzz.com
Two things happened over the weekend that realigned the race for the Republican presidential nomination as we had suggested it might shape up: tea party darling Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota won the GOP straw poll in Ames, Iowa, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, borrowing a campaign slogan from Jerry Brown, threw his hair into the ring.

Obama's Gallup Numbers Show 12 States In Play In 2012 - David Lauter @ latimes.com
Twelve states constitute the likely battlegrounds for the 2012 election, based on Gallup’s state-by-state ratings of President Obama ’s approval level.

California Redistricting: New Districts Okd By Citizens Panel - latimesblogs.latimes.com
On politics in the Golden State

Harris Seeks Millions In For-profit College Lawsuit - Erica Perez @ californiawatch.org
The U.S. Department of Justice and attorneys general in four states, including California, filed a complaint last week against for-profit college giant Education Management Corp., which operates 14 campuses in the state under the Argosy University and Art Institute brands.

California Chamber Uses Video Clips To Fight Political War - blogs.sacbee.com
The

Budget Cuts Could Hurt San Diego Defense Contractors - signonsandiego.com
Federal budget cuts could hurt San Diego-area defense contractors, from General Dynamics to Northrop Grumman.

Groups Launch Boycott Of Amazon - baycitizen.org
Nan Brasmer says she won't buy anything from Amazon anymore. The 72-year-old president of the 950,000-member California Alliance for Retired ...

Bart: 1st Amendment Issues Mount Over Cell Shutdown - Bob Egelko @ sfgate.com
In 1967, the California Supreme Court ruled that a city couldn't prohibit nondisruptive political activity inside a railroad station. That was before cellular phones were invented and before the first BART train rolled...

Local Colleges, Universities Face Budget Impacts | Signonsandiego.com - signonsandiego.com
Breaking San Diego news from The San Diego Union-Tribune: Classifieds, entertainment, sports, hotels and visitor information

State At Risk Of Forfeiting Millions In Education Stimulus - Corey G. Johnson @ californiawatch.org
California is at risk of losing millions in education stimulus funds because the recipients have been too slow in spending the money.

State Cash For Jails Won't Fill Fresno Needs - Local - Fresnobee.com - fresnobee.com
Prison shift would keep more inmates in Fresno Co.

New Plan Would Allow Santa Clara To Protect 49ers Stadium Funds From State - Football @ mercurynews.com
The City Council is expected to approve the plan Tuesday.

A Booming Education Idea Goes Bust In California - voiceofsandiego.org
Preschool can have stunning impacts on children long after they grow up. It is getting more and more love. Yet California is making preschool harder to access.