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THE NOONER for August 25, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • AD04 - Moved Michael Allen (D) to AD10, although small possibility he runs in AD11
  • AD09 - Added former Elk Grove mayor Sophia Scherman (R)
  • AD42 - Added Beaumont school board member Mark Orozco (D)

BLEW THROUGH 2,500 SUBSCRIBERS! You all rock. Now, maybe there's a cool advertiser that would like to help offset my server and coffee costs... If you're using ATC for the district maps, bill tracking, or anything else, hopefully you noticed the major improvement from a server migration I did over the last two weekends.

Hopefully, you saw the correction I sent yesterday.  Ken Cooley is a probable candidate for AD08, not AD07, as my uncooperative fingers typed yesterday.  Blame it on the Hilton, which really needs better coffee.  Fortunately, I stayed at a Kimpton last night, so I'm all wired on good java.

It's official.  Mariko Yamada is staying put in Davis and running for AD04. Now it's up to Michael Allen to choose between AD04 (against Yamada), AD10 (no incumbent, but strong candidates) and AD11 (wide open).  We expect word from Allen very soon, but a face-off between Yamada is unlikely.

HEADLINE DU JOUR: Jon Fleischman: Senate Republicans: Referendum or Irrelevance

Is that a statement or a question?  Jon's closing line "If this effort fails, you won’t have to look far to find the Cheshire Cat grin — it will be worn by Senate President Darrell Steinberg…"

How come nobody is answering the question: what if the court lines are worse or the same as the Commission's lines?  That is certainly a possibility, and voters (if it qualifies) will only have two choices--the Commission's lines or the Court's (Special Masters') lines. Everyone, including Jon, just assume the Court's lines will be better... I don't have skin in this game, but it seems risky and expensive.

The effort, F.A.I.R. (Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting) reported its first contributions yesterday--$92,500 from four state senators and three rich people. That's enough money to have one meeting with lawyers and consultants to develop a real fundraising plan.  However, the LAT's Patrick McGreevy reports that consultant Dave Gilliard claims $500,000 has been raised for the effort.

Put on your party hats, because it's SUSPENSE DAY! The Senate Appropriations Committee will consider 145 bills, while the Assembly Approps will consider 124 bills.  By the end of the day, champagne will be popped by some, while others will have that difficult phone call with their clients to explain why their bill unexpectedly died.  Grandiose ideas for change will emerge as watered down study bills and pilot projects, as the Legislature does its best to restrict their spending ways.

While lobbyists and staffers are in Rooms 4202 and 4203 trying to remember what the heck an "A roll call, B roll call, and C roll calls" mean, the governor will announce a jobs plan that includes supporting Senator Kevin de Leon's SB 116. According to George Skelton, the bill would provide a manufacturing tax credit, paid for by moving to a single sales factor for the corporate income tax (which favors businesses with employees, property and equipment in California). Of course, that may also mean the bill is dead, as it would require a two-thirds vote and, well, we've got a redistricting referendum to finance!  Don't be shocked to see some big cash from big tobacco, which really hates the single sales factor.

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On to the headines...

Health Care Measure Seeks Public Option, Rollbacks - Carla Marinucci,Victoria Colliver @ sfgate.com
As Republicans try to make President Obama's landmark health care law a key issue in the 2012 election, a leading California consumer rights group wants to shift the debate by offering a groundbreaking state ballot...

Jerry Brown To Propose New Corporate Tax Package - Kevin Yamamura and Torey Van Oot @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown will ask lawmakers today to tighten a corporate tax formula in exchange for giving manufacturers a sales tax exemption and offering enhanced job tax credits, according to legislative sources.

Let's Have Action On Jobs - George Skelton @ latimes.com
Lawmakers break for the year on Sept. 9. Before that, they should put away the political knives and push for legislation that puts people back to work.

California Lawmakers Wrestle With 12% Jobless Rate - Wyatt Buchanan @ sfgate.com
As California's unemployment rate climbs - the state is stubbornly stuck with the second-worst jobless problem in the nation - leaders at the Capitol are focusing on jobs in the final three weeks of the legislative...

Bill Lockyer Wins Audit Battle After A Fight -- And A Concession - Dan Smith @ blogs.sacbee.com
It isn't often that a constitutional officer shows up at the Legislature's audit committee to pitch for an audit.

Former Gov. Pete Wilson Joins Effort To Upset Redistricting Plan - latimesblogs.latimes.com
Former Gov. Pete Wilson has joined efforts to overturn new district boundaries for the state Senate, saying they would increase Democrat control of the Legislature and result in higher taxes for Californians. Wilson and other GOP leaders have sent out...

No GOP Prez Candidates Coming To Napa Tea Party Rally Saturday : Politics Blog - Joe Garofoli @ sfgate.com
We're tea-minus three days to Saturday's kickoff of the cross-country Tea Party Express bus tour in lovely Napa and organizers have confirmed to us that no presidential candidates will be in...

Corbett: Facebook Changes Good, But Not Enough - ibabuzz.com
By Josh Richman Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 at 2:48 pm in California State Senate, Ellen Corbett.

Dozens Of Groups Lobbying Insurance Bill - californiawatch.org
A bill that would give government agencies a strong hand in determining health insurance rates was lobbied by at least six dozen groups between April and July. This makes it possibly the most controversial of the bills before legislative appropriations committees as they move to clear their suspense files this week.

Advocates Push Public Aid For Undocumented College Students - Teresa Watanabe @ latimes.com
Activists prod a California Senate panel to allow a floor vote on AB 131, which would give the undocumented access to $40 million in Cal Grants, community college fee waivers and other aid.

California Lawmakers OK Statewide Rules On Circumcision - Health Med Fit @ mercurynews.com
A California Senate committee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday to block local jurisdictions from banning male circumcision, a debate that evolved from a divisive ballot measure in San Francisco that would have barred the practice for most boys under age 18.

A Two-thirds Democratic State Senate - Tony Quinn @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
In the Assembly, the consensus is that there is not much change. Few seats will be in play next year; most incumbents are reasonably safe. The two party breakdown in the Assembly is not likely to change very much.

Berkeley Chancellor Seeking Funds For Undocumented Students - Matt Krupnick @ contracostatimes.com
UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said he is reaching out to major foundations after a new state law allowed schools to give scholarships to undocumented immigrants.

Rick Perry Leads GOP Field In New Gallup Poll - Paul West @ latimes.com
Buoyed by his recent entry into the 2012 presidential contest, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has jumped past former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and leads the GOP field for the first time, according to a new Gallup poll of Republican voters .

Steve Jobs - Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia - en.wikipedia.org
In the late 1970s, Jobs, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Mike Markkula,[14] and others, designed, developed, and marketed one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers, the Apple II series. In the early 1980s, Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of the mouse-driven graphical user interface which led to the creation of the Macintosh.[15][16] After losing a power struggle with the board of directors in 1984,[17][18] Jobs resigned from Apple and founded NeXT, a computer platform development company specializing in the higher education and business markets. Apple's subsequent 1996 buyout of NeXT brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded, and he has served as its CEO since 1997. In 1986, he acquired the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd which was spun off as Pixar Animation Studios.[19] He remained CEO and majority shareholder at 50.1% until its acquisition by The Walt Disney company in 2006.[3] Consequently Jobs became Disney's largest individual shareholder at 7% and a member of Disney's Board of Directors.[20][21][22][23]

California Mental Hospitals Are Dangerous, Legislators Told - Lee Romney @ latimes.com
Violence is an increasing problem, as reflected by patient's slaying of a psychiatric technician, witnesses say. More than 90% of current patients having been arrested or convicted of crimes.

State Auditor To Probe Mtc’s Proposed Move To Sf - ibabuzz.com
By Josh Richman Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 at 3:44 pm in California State Senate, Mark DeSaulnier, Transportation.

California Board Looking At New Ways To Collect Unpaid Tax - sacbee.com
A state tax board is examining more aggressive ways of persuading residents to pay taxes on out-of-state purchases, from sifting through shipping records to requiring tax preparers to ask clients if they bought goods online.

Cbo Warns Of 'profound' Challenges - Seung Min Kim @ politico.com
The Congressional Budget Office painted a dreary economic picture Wednesday in a new report that warns of “profound budgetary and economic challenges” ahead.

At Hearing, Prison Officials Says Pelican Bay Isolation Policies Will Change | 89.3 Kpcc - Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
"Murders, extortion, rape, drugs are examples of the criminal activity that required the department to do something," he said.

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Solicits Ideas To Help Hollywood - Richard Verrier @ latimes.com
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he would consider further steps to help the local movie and TV industry, including lowering permit fees and speeding up the permitting process.

Parents Exercising Choice Have A Right To Expect High-quality Charters - toped.svefoundation.org
Over the past decade, high-quality charter schools have become an important part of the solution to the problems facing students trapped in failing schools. By providing better academic choices for parents in primarily low-income and underserved communities, high-quality charter schools continue to give parents the power to vote with their feet and chart an educational destiny for their children based on ability and desire, rather than zip code and socioeconomic status. In addition, parents in California and other states have historic new power under the Parent Trigger law to transform their failing schools through community organizing, by either forcing the district to bring in new staff and fresh leadership, or converting their school to a high-quality charter school.

Sacramento Ranks Third In The Nation For Business Bankruptcies - sacbee.com
The Sacramento area has the third most small business bankruptcies in the country during the first quarter, according to a new report.