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THE NOONER for August 30, 2011

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HURRICANE IRENE: Her bark may have been stronger than her bite, but Hurricane Irene was responsible for the Rough and Tumble outage yesterday. Glad you're back, Jack!

Oh, and by the way, now comes Katia.

KILL BILL:  Speaker John Perez's AB 46 to disincorporate Vernon failed on a 13-17 vote in the Senate Monday. Yes, Vernon just may be the Uma Thurman of this legislative session.  Of course, Vernon spent $1,586,386.72 on its lobbying swords in the first six months of the year, and millions more on television ads and public relations efforts.

The legislative leader of the kill was Kevin De León, who worked with the city to approve a series of defensive reforms.

MAKEUPTWEET: @kdleon: "Speaker Perez deserves high praise for his leadership in the effort to reform Vernon."

NOT SO FAST: Speaker Perez wasn't so kind: "Senators Calderon and De León, along with their colleagues, have given Vernon a free pass to continue doing business as usual."  Perez is dropping the bill for the year.

TWEET DU JOUR: @ssharmon: "Remember the fight over the Assembly speakership? Perez handed De Leon a humiliating defeat. Killing Perez' Vernon bill was payback. #CAgov"

Alas, Vernon can keep its city and California keeps its Tapatio.  The collateral winners and losers of the Perez-De Leon rift?  Hotelkeepers and housekeepers, respectively.

Meanwhile, former Senator Roy Ashburn easily won confirmation to the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board on Monday, even though it was a bit of an uncomfortable vote for his former colleagues in the Republican caucus.  If you want more to the story, google it.

CD44 POLLING (HAHN-SPONSORED):
Janice Hahn: 47%
Laura Richardson: 24%
Isadore Hall: 7%
(FMMM, August 4-6, n=300, +/- 5.6%)

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On to the headines...

California Taxpayers Association Issues Guide On Taxes Vs. Fees - Kevin Yamamura @ blogs.sacbee.com
As lawmakers head into the final two weeks of session, the California Taxpayers Association has issued a 20-page guide delineating taxes and fees under a new voter-approved law.

State Democrats consider bill to ban initiatives from primaries - Anthony York @ latimes.com
Republican critics of the possible legislation, which would require initiatives go before voters only in November general elections, described it as a political move driven by organized labor.

Remap Panel Seeks Changes In 'misleading' Referendum Language - latimesblogs.latimes.com
The citizens commission that drew the new lines for California political districts is accusing critics trying to overturn its state Senate maps of using "misleading and inaccurate information." The California Citizens Redistricting Commission has asked the state attorney general and...

Democrats Weigh Another Change In Initiative Process - blogs.sacbee.com
Democratic legislators are considering an 11th hour bill that would shift all initiative ballot measures to the November ballot -- a move that, if enacted, would help their union allies stave off a measure they oppose.

Assembly Committee Opts Against Open Budget Talks - Juliet Williams, Associated Press Writer @ dailynews.com
The committee that oversees spending in the California Assembly voted Monday against considering a Democratic lawmaker's proposal to approve Assembly budgets in public and make them more equitable among all 80 members of the Assembly.

State Democrats Consider Bill To Ban Initiatives From Primaries - Anthony York @ latimes.com
Republican critics of the possible legislation, which would require initiatives go before voters only in November general elections, described it as a political move driven by organized labor.

Gov. Gets Bill To Take Prohibited Guns Off Streets - Josh Richman @ ibabuzz.com
The Assembly today passed a Bay Area lawmaker’s bill that would provide more resources to find and confiscate guns belonging to convicted felons and the mentally ill.

Assembly committee opts against open budget talks - JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press @ signonsandiego.com
A committee that oversees spending in the California Assembly has voted against considering a lawmaker's proposal to approve Assembly budgets in public.

Democrats Want To Push Initiatives To November - Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
The California Democratic Party's 2011 drive to reshape the 1911-vintage initiative process to its political advantage appears to be picking up steam as the legislative session nears adjournment.

Lawmakers Approve Advance Notice Of Commutations - Patrick McGreevy @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
The state Legislature on Monday passed a bill requiring advance notice to prosecutors and crime victims before a governor commutes prison sentences -- a change sought after ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger granted an eleventh-hour reduction for the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez.

Interest Groups See Opportunity In California Legislature's Turnover - sacbee.com
California's Legislature is on the brink of unprecedented turnover next year, prompting interest groups to intensify their efforts to raise money and recruit candidates.

Troubled city of Vernon survives Calif Senate vote - JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press @ signonsandiego.com
The California Senate voted against dissolving the troubled Los Angeles-area city of Vernon on Monday, handing a loss to the Assembly Speaker who had made doing away with the tiny city his legislative priority this year.

Newsom To Play Nice When Jerry Brown Leaves Town - David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown couldn't leave the state when he was governor before without looking over his shoulder at Lt. Gov. Mike Curb, who feuded with Brown and made mischief when he was gone.

Generous Calif. School Superintendent Gives More - TRACIE CONE @ pe.com
The school superintendent in California who is forgoing hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay and benefits to help offset budget cuts to his school district has decided to give away even more.

Portantino Says Assembly Spending Records Mislead Public - Jim Sanders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino has called a press conference today to accuse Assembly leadership of "cooking the books" and misleading the public in expenditure records released Friday.

Senate Set To Take Up Bill To Exclude Indicted Officials - blogs.pe.com
The Senate finished its work Monday without taking up legislation that would require an indicted official to step down from appointed boards.

Viewpoints: Health plan would offer same benefits but lower premiums - sacbee.com
Overshadowed by the drama, delays and deal-making at the state Capitol in recent months, groundbreaking legislation that would position California at the forefront of national health care reform is under consideration by the state Assembly.

Judge weighing $500,000 quarterly CCPOA payment plan - Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
The California Correctional Peace Officers Association may have to start making $500,000 payments every three months and put up its West Sacramento headquarters and other property as it appeals its loss in a federal defamation case.

2 Sides Clash On Release Of Prop. 8 Trial Videos - Bob Egelko @ sfgate.com
Adversaries in the legal battle over same-sex marriage in California clashed Monday over the release of courtroom videos, with gay-rights groups arguing for the public's right to watch last year's trial and their...

State Lawmaker Spending Costs Still Unclear - JIM MILLER @ pe.com
SACRAMENTO - Does Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries' office payroll rank among the highest in the Assembly, as shown in the Assembly expenditure data for the first seven months of 2011?

Dan Walters: Democrats want to push initiatives to November - sacbee.com
The California Democratic Party's 2011 drive to reshape the 1911-vintage initiative process to its political advantage appears to be picking up steam as the legislative session nears adjournment.

Pérez's Bill To Ax City Of Vernon Fails In State Senate - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
The state Senate today blocked a push by Assembly Speaker John A Pérez to eliminate the city of Vernon.

Former L.A. Prosecutor Gil Garcetti Backs Ending Ca Death Penalty - La Daily News - Don Thompson, Associated Press Writer @ dailynews.com
"The death penalty in California is broken and it is unfixable," Gil Garcetti said at a news conference held to release details of the proposed ballot measure. "It is more likely that the convicted murderer will die in prison before execution is imposed."

Pérez's bill to ax city of Vernon fails in state Senate - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
The state Senate today blocked a push by Assembly Speaker John Pérez to eliminate the city of Vernon.