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THE NOONER for August 24, 2011

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Another quickie Nooner today...on the road for the day job.

DISTRICT UPDATES

  • AD07: Added legislative consultant Ken Cooley (D)
  • AD49: Added Alhambra Councilmember Luis Ayala (D)
  • AD49: Added Rosemead Councilmember John Tran (D)
  • AD72: Added Joe Dovinh (D)

While no announcements have been made, it seems that Mariko Yamada is leaning toward staying and running in AD04, even, if that means a costly face-off against Michael Allen. Of course, the Speaker would prefer that she take the wide-open AD11, ceding AD04 to Allen. People that know her knows that she revels in a tough fight (including the come-from-behind upset against Christopher Cabaldon in 2008). Thus, the question appears to be shifting from "Will Mariko move?" to "Will Allen aim for AD04 or AD10?"  

Do you have more candidates that aren't listed on ATC Districts?  We've got our ears to the ground and have connections with some of the best political consultants in California, but we're likely missing folks jumping in to the 153 races that will be up next year.  E-mail your tips to scott@scottlay.com

On to the headines...

Dan Walters: California Budget Cuts To Courts Reignites Judges' War - sacbee.com
When Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature took another bite out of the state court system to balance the state budget – on paper, anyway – they reignited a political war between rival factions of judges over financial priorities.

Redistricting: Legal Challenges And A Referendum - Tony Quinn @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
The Redistricting Commission has now completed it work and certified its final maps. A referendum has been filed against the Senate plan. As of now, the legal action appears aimed at the Senate plan.

A Few California Lawmakers Release Their Budgets; Others Say They'll Wait - sacbee.com
Assemblyman Roger Dickinson does not plan to release his office budget without a nod from Assembly leaders.

Senate Committee Passes, And Then Parks, Anti-quarry Bill - JIM MILLER @ pe.com
SACRAMENTO - A bill to stop the proposed Liberty Quarry near Temecula cleared its first Senate committee Tuesday but will likely go no further for the remainder of the legislative year.

Feds Cracking Down On Health Care Fraud - californiawatch.org
The federal government is on track to prosecute nearly twice as many health care fraud cases compared with last year, renewing criticism of the government's “pay and chase” system of paying health care claims rapidly and pursuing fraud later.

Taxing Big Pensions, Ending Collective Bargaining, Have Costs - Teri Sforza @ taxdollars.ocregister.com
Taxing public pensions in excess of $100,000 a year could bring an extra $60 million into state coffers — – but would likely drive retirees from the Golden State, and would surely be challenged in court, says an analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.

California Lawmaker Proposes Getting Tough On Fighting Fans - Local @ mercurynews.com
After bloodshed at stadium, 49ers unveil plans to step up security and lawmaker proposes legislation

Prison Officials Promise Review Of High-security Cells - sacbee.com
Facing a barrage of criticism over how California inmates are treated inside high-security detention units, a top prison official said Tuesday that new policies will be reviewed and some changes may be made in coming months.

Fair Sale Might Be Dead, But Scrutiny Of Fair Board Continues - voiceofoc.org
The scrutiny is also coming at the height of fair season, with Orange County just finishing its summer fair and the Los Angeles County Fair set to start in two weeks.

Gay Candidate Can't Get Seat At GOP Convention - Carla Marinucci @ sfgate.com
Fred Karger, the only Californian - and the only gay candidate - in the 2012 Republican presidential field, says he knows plenty about closed doors. But shut out by his own party - and in his own state? Even as...

Debt Owed To Calif. Lawmaker Looms Over Re-election Bid - Michael Doyle @ sanluisobispo.com
Rep. Lois Capps, the Santa Barbara Democrat who represents coastal communities in San Luis Obispo County, enters her next re-election race owed nearly $120,000 from a woman in Boise, Idaho, a former employee who admitted wrongdoing long ago.

Budget Cuts Add To The Wait In California Courts - nytimes.com
SAN FRANCISCO — Lines at a courthouse are kind of like hurt feelings in a divorce: they are expected, they are unavoidable, but, hopefully, they are dealt with quickly.

State Agency's Mishandling Of Land Costs Millions, Auditor Finds - latimesblogs.latimes.com
The State Lands Commission has mismanaged public property, costing millions of dollars in lost revenue by not renewing expired leases, keeping rents at market level or evicting delinquent tenants, the state auditor concluded Tuesday. "The commission has not always managed...

Water Agencies Sue Feds Over Habitat Ruling - BEN GOAD @ pe.com
A dozen Southern California Water Agencies filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over a habitat ruling officials say could threaten the water supplies of up to a million area residents and undermine the Inland area's water supply.

Gov. Brown Creates Council On Needs Of Veterans - Michael Gardner @ signonsandiego.com
Saying "we owe our veterans the best when they come home," Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday established a statewide council charged with improving services for Californians who have served their country.

State PUC Chief Works Dinner For Lobbyist - Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross @ sfgate.com
One of the first things the head of the California Public Utilities Commission did upon returning from his recent Swedish energy junket with utility bigwigs was serve as master of ceremonies for an industry-sponsored...

Proposed Shark Fin Bans Divides Chinese-american Community - Local @ mercurynews.com
Traditional shark fin delicacy would be banned under bill inotroduced by Chinese-American lawmaker from Silicon Valley

Deliberative Poll Says: Waste Not, Want Not - Joel Fox @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
Results of the Deliberative Poll from a couple of months ago were revealed yesterday and they seemed to track the feelings Californians express in more standardized polling.

Sfsu Students Compete For Open Class Spots - Nanette Asimov @ sfgate.com
Sadaf Malik sat near the front of the packed human physiology class at San Francisco State University on the first day of school Tuesday listening to a lecture on body temperature and scribbling to get it all down....

Fcc Finally Kills Off Fairness Doctrine - Brooks Boliek @ politico.com
The FCC gave the coup de grace to the fairness doctrine Monday as the commission axed more than 80 media industry rules.

BART Says Closing Stations Keeps Passengers Safe - Michael Cabanatuan, Demian Bulwa,Vivian Ho @ sfgate.com
Commuters may be frustrated by protests that have twice closed BART stations in downtown San Francisco, but officials of the transit agency said Tuesday that their strategy of shutting stations besieged by demonstrators...

Report: Majority Of Congress With No Education In Business - Mike Lillis @ thehill.com
Almost 80 percent of lawmakers have no academic background in business or economics, even as Congress grapples with deficits, unemployment and other economic issues of tremendous complexity, according to an independent analysis released Tuesday.

Clinic Helps Chronic ER Visitors Get Healthy - Jenn Walker @ healthycal.org
Living on the streets is tough. Living on the streets with a chronic medical illness like Crohn’s disease is even tougher.

Herdt: The Costliest Executions In America - Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
Judge Arthur Alarcon, 86, has arguably had more experience dealing with the death penalty than anyone in California. He was a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles County for a decade, advised Gov. Pat Brown on clemency appeals, chaired the state parole board, spent 15 years as a Superior Court judge and, since 1979, has been a federal appeals court judge. So he speaks with some authority when he renders his verdict on it. He calls it a "multibillion-dollar debacle."

California Pe.com | Southern California News | News For Inland Southern California - pe.com
Air quality officials in one of the nation's most polluted basins are appealing to residents' sense of civic responsibility to try to save the region from an extension of a federal fine for ozone pollution.