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THE NOONER for August 31, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • CD32: Moved Grace Napolitano from CD38

TWEET DU JOUR: @FixAaron: Brad Sherman, call your office: Gov. Brown, Sen. Feinstein, LA Mayor Villaraigosa, Waxman to chair Berman campaign. Faces Sherman in primary

OUCH: Dan Morain: Pérez is bungling power of his speakership

REALLY? I teased the possibility of a referendum on the congressional districts, but thought that political wisdom would prevail, so I was shocked that the referendum was filed yesterday with the blessing of the state's GOP. I'll write tomorrow about it...still digesting.

SOUTHLAND SHAKE-UP: Pretty much everyone was caught by surprise yesterday when Congresswoman Grace Napolitano announced that she would run in CD32 rather than face-off against Linda Sanchez in CD38.  With seniority, it was expected that Napolitano got her choice of district and Sanchez would have to shop or fight. Now it'll be Sanchez vs. Ron Calderon, and several would-be members of Congress are questioning their plans.

CD32 was already a crowded field featuring Roger Hernandez, Norma Macias and Anthony Portantino.  We have to assume that Macias, Linda Sanchez's cousin, will drop her candidacy as part of the Napolitano-Sanchez deal.  Portantino at this point would run against anyone for anything, so he probably stays.  Roger, what say you?

WIN FOR GOODWIN?  Boalt Law prof Goodwin Liu, who U.S. Senate Republicans blocked for confirmation for a seat on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, is up for confirmation to the California Supreme Court this afternoon.  However, rather than appearing before politicians, Liu will be before the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation

The hearing will be aired live at 3:00pm on www.calchannel.com, or on Cal Channel on the boob tube, on which I hear you can also see my mug on Politics on Tap with Greg Lucas.  Since I only hang out in HDTV territory when I'm at home, I can't say I've seen myself.

DELIGHTFULLY TACKY, YET UNREFINED:  In a show of support for women's rights groups, Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, candidate for CD32 and author of a bill dealing with maternity leave, had a Hooters catered lunch on the back patio of his State Capitol office. Hooters, wings and irony were enjoyed by all.

The rumors of Anthony Portantino demanding equal treatment from Hooters with a similar visit are unconfirmed...

RUMORS: There are so many rumors out there. They're surrounding me every day... Unfortunately, The Nooner isn't about completely speculative and juicy rumors, but there are some tasty ones out there...whether they come to fruition or not, we'll see!  I'd love to confidentially hear your rumors...

END-OF-SESSION ARTICLE DU JOUR: Asm Brian Jones: Are you kidding me?

Of course, Jones co-authored SCR 8, which proclaimed "Sunshine Week," certainly a totally serious bill.  

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On to the headines...

Jerry Brown: Sales and income taxes could pass in 2012 - David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown, who is considering what tax increases to propose to voters in November 2012, acknowledged this morning that polls are generally unfavorable but said voters might approve sales and income taxes.

Initiatives All Belong On November Ballot - John Wildermuth @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
That concern, when expressed by public employee unions who now give millions to Democratic causes every election year, is way more than a quiet suggestion to legislative leaders like Steinberg.

Bill To Ban BPA In Baby Bottles Narrowly Approved In Senate - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
Legislation to ban the use of chemical BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups squeaked through the state Senate today on a 21-12 vote.

Appeals Court Rules Schwarzenegger Had Right To Furlough Workers In Constitutional Offices - sacbee.com
The two-day-a-month unpaid furloughs of state executive branch workers ordered in 2008 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger legally applied to employees of California's elected constitutional officers, an appellate court in Sacramento ruled Tuesday.

Steinberg Bill Would Give Locals Power To Raise Fuel Surcharge - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is pushing last-minute legislation to give local governments power to seek new fuel surcharges to fund certain transit projects.

President Obama Plans Seventh Trip To Ca In September -- Fundraising In Silicon Valley, LA - Carla Marinucci @ sfgate.com
Let the games begin: President Barack Obama is hitting two California fundraising gold mines for his seventh trip to the state later this month -- including a Sept. 25 stop in Silicon Valley, we've learned.

State, Local Governments Employ More Than Two Million - blogs.sacbee.com
California's state and local governments employed more than two million full- and part-time workers in 2010, and they were paid about $10 billion a month, a new data dump from the Census Bureau shows.

Brown Says Lawmakers View Taxes As 'Sexually Transmitted Disease' - David Siders @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown, who is considering what tax increases to propose to voters in November 2012, acknowledged this morning that polls are generally unfavorable but said voters might approve sales and income taxes.

Jerry Brown Talks Jobs Now That Budget Is Behind Him - sacbee.com
LAS VEGAS – Gov. Jerry Brown, who said little about job creation for the first seven months of his term, suddenly can't get it off his mind.

Education vs. Prisons: Shifting Priorities - JENNIFER GOLLAN, SYDNEY LUPKIN @ baycitizen.org
Over the past 30 years, California has spent an increasing portion of its budget on prisons -- and a shrinking share on the University of California and California State University systems.

Appeals court rules Schwarzenegger had right to furlough workers in constitutional offices - sacbee.com
The two-day-a-month unpaid furloughs of state executive branch workers ordered in 2008 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger legally applied to employees of California's elected constitutional officers, an appellate court in Sacramento ruled Tuesday.

Rick Perry Fundraising Army Rivaling President Obama's...so They Say : Politics Blog - Joe Garofoli @ sfgate.com
Eight days before Texas Gov. Rick Perry participates in his first GOP debate, he's already assembled an fundraising army that is rivaling President Obama's. The nonpartisan Center for...

Referendum Filed To Overturn California Congressional Maps - Dan Smith @ blogs.sacbee.com
A referendum has been filed to overturn the new congressional districts created by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, the attorney general's office reported today.

Gov. Brown Calls For Action On Clean Energy - Dana Hull @ mercurynews.com
At Las Vegas gathering, he and others, including U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu to Vice President Joe Biden, urged the nation to continue to invest in science education, research and development, and stable tax incentives for cleantech startups or risk losing the highly competitive cleantech race to countries like China and Germany.

Captiol Alert: Jerry Brown's new saying: Resistance to taxes like fear of STDs - David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown has tried a new saying: Resistance to taxes is like the fear of STDs.

Dumanis: Vote on sales-tax hike is personal - signonsandiego.com
Calling her vote personal, San Diego mayoral candidate Bonnie Dumanis continues her refusal to say whether she voted in favor a proposed sales tax hike last fall.

Jerry Brown proposes alternative to 'card check' bill for farmworkers union - David Siders @ sacbee.com
With labor unions pressing him again on legislation to make it easier to organize farmworkers, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he remains opposed to so-called "card-check" legislation, but he proposed a package of compromise measures to protect workers from grower interference.