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THE NOONER for August 23, 2011

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Quickie Nooner today...

DISTRICT UPDATES

  • SD09: Added Assemblymember Sandre Swanson

Lots of people don't want to see Sandre Swanson take on Loni Hancock for SD09, but as they say, it's just business.  We hear that Assemblymember Swanson is not ready to pack it up and four years is a long time to sit out of office on the bench for State Senate.  With Barbara Lee showing no signs of congressional retirement, this may be Swanson's only opportunity.

FWIW:  Brad Sherman has released a poll showing that, not only does he trounce Howard Berman in a head-to-head showdown, but Berman also comes in third place to Republican Mark Reed, writes Gene Maddaus at LA Weekly:

Brad Sherman 42
Mark Reed 26
Howard Berman 17

Of course, it's an internal poll and we haven't seen the questions, which may have gone something like this:  "In a three-way race between Valley Champion Brad Sherman, nice guy Mark Reed, and the satanic progeny of special interests, who would you support?"

Anyway, Howard, ball's in your court.

On to the headines...

CSU, Community Colleges Try To Cope With Cutbacks - Nanette Asimov @ sfgate.com
California is witnessing a slow and steady decline of its prized systems of higher education specifically because legislative Republicans have blocked efforts to raise taxes to pay for them, the community college and...

OC Assemblyman Fifth To Release Office Budget - Brian Joseph @ taxdollars.ocregister.com
Orange County Assemblyman Jim Silva on Monday became the fifth lawmaker to publicly release his office budget.

Legislature: Quarry Clash Looming As Session Nears End - JIM MILLER @ pe.com
SACRAMENTO - Legislation to block the proposed Liberty Quarry near Temecula is quickly emerging as a Capitol showdown in the closing days of the year's legislative session.

Last-minute Legislation Would Help Tribe In Socal Quarry Fight - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
Legislators will consider this week last-minute legislation that could give an influential Native American tribe the power to block a Southern California quarry project it opposes.

Why Did A Russian Billionaire Give Newsom A $400 Pen? - Kyle Finck @ californiawatch.org
Every year, California politicians receive gifts from supporters and friends – sports tickets, bottles of wine, trinkets and other items that by law can be worth no more than $420 apiece. For the most part, the gifts are ignored by the press and the public.

Outgoing SF State President Slams Governor - Jennifer Gollan @ baycitizen.org
The president of San Francisco State University said Monday that Gov. Jerry Brown "doesn’t seem to appreciate high-quality education in California.”

When Real Estate Values Rise Again, Tax Bills Likely To Rise Faster - sacbee.com
Hundreds of thousands of Sacramento-area residents have experienced one upside of falling real estate prices: lower property taxes.

Talking Teacher Layoffs - voiceofsandiego.org
A civil rights attorney, a teachers union president and an education reporter will walk into a law school this Wednesday night. No joke.

Outgoing Sf State President Slams Governor - The Bay Citizen - s.tt
The president of San Francisco State University said Monday that Gov. Jerry Brown "doesn’t seem to appreciate high-quality education in California.”

Lawmakers' Dispute Jeopardizes Bell-inspired Disclosure Bill - Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
A measure that would require many state officials to disclose their compensation and perks is hung up by a dispute between Sen. Lou Correa and Assembly Speaker John Pérez over a bill to dissolve another scandal-plagued city: Vernon.

New Survey Finds Same Old Conflict In California Governance - Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
The notion that California's governmental apparatus is endemically dysfunctional has evolved from a theory into an accepted fact over the last generation.

'Tea Party' Group Fires Back At Maxine Waters Over 'Hell' Comment - latimesblogs.latimes.com
A "tea party" group has fired back at Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), who during a Saturday forum for unemployed people in Inglewood said "the 'tea party' can go straight to hell."

Assembly Republicans Get Short End Of The Stick In Money, Too - Jim Sanders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Holding a firm majority in the Assembly, Democrats' cadre of office and committee staff exceeds Republicans' by a higher percentage than the number of legislative seats that each party controls, records show.

On Libya Revolution, GOP Candidates Duck And Cover - Alexander Burns @ politico.com
It’s the 2012 Republican field’s first real moment in the foreign policy spotlight — the dilemma over how to respond to the apparent success of President Barack Obama’s intervention in Libya.

Legislators Feel The Heat At South L.A. Jobs Summit - Sandy Banks @ latimes.com
There's a disconnect between rich and poor, Republicans and Democrats, and especially between politicians and angry voters.

California College Leaders Prepare For Mid-year 'trigger' Cuts - Laurel Rosenhall @ blogs.sacbee.com
Leaders of California's public colleges and universities said today that they are preparing for mid-year "trigger" cuts to their already-reduced budgets.

Library Bill Gains Support - Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
Dozens of librarians from across the state went to the Capitol on Monday to support a bill that would make it more difficult for local governments to contract with private firms to run libraries.

John R. Hubbard Dies At 92; USC President, Historian And Diplomat - Larry Gordon @ latimes.com
Jack Hubbard, a scholar who specialized in British diplomatic history and later served as ambassador to India, was USC's 8th president in the 1970s. His tenure laid a foundation for the school's rise in academic and research rankings.

Obama's Lowest Priority: Some Deportation Cases - Debra J. Saunders @ sfgate.com
President Obama is in a pickle. Immigration enforcement actually is working - or, at least, it was working. Under the Obama administration, the government has removed almost 400,000 illegal immigrants annually. That's 4...

Amazon.com Puts $2.25 Million More Into Referendum Drive - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
Amazon.com has poured another $2.25 million into its effort to overturn a law requiring some online retailers collect sales tax on purchases made by Californians, bringing the company's total investment in the referendum qualification drive to more than $5 million.

Oops. State Could Lose Billions In Stimulus Funds - Teri Sforza @ taxdollars.ocregister.com
Shovel-ready, indeed. The badly bleeding state of California may have to hand billions back to the federal government, because it failed to spend the money quickly enough.