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THE NOONER for September 2, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • SD05 - Added Assemblymember Bill Berryhill (R) as candidate
  • SD05Dropped Senator Tom Berryhill (R) as candidate 
  • AD63 - added Lynwood Councilmember Maria Santillan-Beas (D)

LONG WEEKEND READING: Matt Rexroad: Expert Analysis of Los Angeles County Redistricting Debate

THE OTHER BERRYHILL - Yesterday, Bill Berryhill announced that he was running for SD05, a seat that many thought in which his brother Tom Berryhill would run.  Excitement was rampant that there might be a family feud, but that's not the plan.  Tom Berryhill currently holds SD14, an even-numbered district that is not up for election until 2014.  That district number, however, will now be a Democratic seat in Fresno/Bakersfield and will likely be Michael Rubio's district.

If Tom runs for Senate in SD05 (and wins) next year, he will be giving up two potential years in the upper house, since he will have served two years (2010-11) in one term in the old SD14 and four years in the new SD05.  However, if he lets brother Bill take SD05, Tom can run for SD08 in 2014, give his brother a chance at the Senate (and skip a competitive race), and serve his full eight years in the Senate.  SD08, while a bit conservative for moderate Tom, includes a large portion of the existing SD14 and doesn't have too many folks licking their chops to jump in two years hence.

So, there you have it.  Or do you?  Remember, all these maps could be set aside next year if the Senate Republican Caucus succeeds in its referendum effort.

GO WEST, MY FRIEND! Assemblymember Michael Allen (D) yesterday made his plans known.  Instead of challenging fellow Asm Wes Chesbro in his home district (AD02) or Asm Mariko Yamada (AD04), Allen will head to the Marin/Petaluma district AD10. This solves a sticky issue within the Assembly Democratic Caucus, one in which the Speaker has been personally involved. No word yet on whether expected AD10 candidates Damon Connolly or Marc Levine are still in the race now that Allen has settled there.

The Allen-Yamada settlement leaves AD11--a solid Dem district consisting of Fairfield, Vacaville and several Delta towns--wide open.  Steve Hardy, a former Senate staffer, was part of the three-way scrum involving Yamada and Christopher Cabaldon in 2008.  As mayor of Vacaville, he's a natural for the district, although he has to shake off any baggage that being director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control under Schwarzenegger would bring.

Bill signed:

  • AB 188 by Assemblymember Marty Block (D-San Diego) – Property tax exemption: principal residence: veterans and their unmarried surviving spouses.
  • AB 571 by Assemblymember Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) – Corporations: distributions.
  • AB 657 by Assemblymember Richard S. Gordon (D-Redwood City) – Corporations: statement of information: Secretary of State.
  • AB 674 by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Martinez) – Vehicles: registration fees.
  • AB 708 by Assemblymember Stephen T. Knight (R-Lancaster) – Crimes involving hidden recordings: statute of limitations.
  • AB 771 by Assemblymember Betsy Butler (D-Torrance) – Common interest developments: requests for documents: fees.
  • AB 820 by Assemblymember Richard S. Gordon (D-Redwood City) – Property taxation: fee: preparation of certificate.
  • AB 902 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) – Taxation: property tax delinquency and sales.
  • AB 971 by Assemblymember William W. Monning (D-Santa Cruz) – Personal income tax: voluntary contributions: California Sea Otter Fund.
  • AB 1103 by Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) – Land use: housing element.

MORE LONG WEEKEND READING: GM Riles CA Electric-Car World (Again) Over AB475 'Charger Sharing' Ban

Have a great long weekend!

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On to the headines...

Assembly Sends 'superstore' Bill To Jerry Brown - Dan Smith @ blogs.sacbee.com
The Assembly today voted 43-28 to send Gov. Jerry Brown a union-backed bill that would require cities and counties to assess the economic impact of so-called "superstores," such as Wal-Mart, proposed for their communities.

GM Riles CA Electric-Car World (Again) Over AB475 'Charger Sharing' Ban - John Voelcker @ greencarreports.com
California's electric-car advocates are often "true believers," and they can be single-minded in the pursuit of what they believe is right.

Jerry Brown Calls Goodwin Liu's Swearing In 'a Real Milestone' - sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown swore in UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court on Thursday, three months after Liu's bid for a seat on a federal appeals court was scuttled by Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

Latino Group Says San Bernardino County Redistricting Maps May Violate Federal Law - Neil Nisperos Staff Writer @ sbsun.com
A Latino advocacy group proposed its own set of maps for the districts of San Bernardino County supervisors on Thursday, challenging maps the county has created.

The Caucus: Caucus Video: Dysfunction in Washington Continues, Health Care Records vs. Campaign Rhetoric - nytimes.com
Jackie Calmes on the dysfunction in Washington after the fight over the timing of the President Obama's jobs speech. Also, a look at the health care records of three governors running for president.

Online voter registration bill headed to Jerry Brown's desk - Democratic Sen. @ blogs.sacbee.com
Californians could be able to register to vote online in time for the 2012 elections if legislation headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk is signed into law.

Villaraigosa Backs Janice Hahn For New Congressional District Seat - Jean Merl @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
Recently seated Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) has picked up the endorsement of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in her bid to seek election next year to a newly drawn congressional district that stretches north from the harbor area, where she lives, into Carson, Compton, Lynwood and South Gate.

Sacto 911: Jerry Brown swears in Goodwin Liu to California Supreme Court - David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown this afternoon swore in UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court, three months after Liu's bid for a seat on a federal appeals court was scuttled by Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

Gov. Brown Questions Whether California Can Afford Amazon Sales Tax Offer - latimesblogs.latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown and the state's two top legislative leaders are showing little enthusiasm for Amazon.com Inc.'s offer to build at least two giant distribution centers and hire up to 7,000 workers if the state postpones until 2014 an attempt...

Liu: Where Were The DA's? - Bob Egelko @ sfgate.com
When Goodwin Liu was being considered for a federal appeals court judgeship, 42 of California's 58 district attorneys signed a letter claiming the UC Berkeley law professor was hostile to the death penalty.

White House Forecasts High Unemployment Through 2012 - Don Lee @ latimes.com
The jobless rate is expected to end this year at 9.1% and then average 9% next year. On the bright side, a double-dip recession isn't predicts. The grim outlook comes as President Obama prepares to outline new stimulus proposals next week.

Brown's Jobs Plan Gives Tax Break To Cable Companies - Will Evans @ californiawatch.org
In the jobs package that Gov. Jerry Brown announced last week, there was only one industry-specific tax break – to big cable companies.

Republicans Turn Solyndra Bankruptcy Into Anti-obama Campaign Ad - Joe Garofoli @ sfgate.com
The Republican National Committee wasted no time in turning Wednesday's bankruptcy of Solyndra -- the Fremont solar company touted by President Obama as the future of the U.S. economy -- into a...

School Bus Service Vanishing Amid Budget Cuts - californiawatch.org
The big yellow school bus is fast becoming a relic in California, as districts eliminate bus drivers and routes to address education budget cuts.

Jerry Brown calls Goodwin Liu's swearing in 'a real milestone' - sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown swore in UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court on Thursday, three months after Liu's bid for a seat on a federal appeals court was scuttled by Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

Press Clips: Are Obama, SF Giants Both Doomed? - calbuzz.com
As the SF Giants sink slowly in the West, the only team with worse-looking numbers is the re-election campaign of Barack Obama.

Bill to ban minors from using tanning beds goes to Jerry Brown - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
A bill to ban the use of tanning beds for Californians who are 18 or under is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown after winning final approval in the Legislature.

L.A. Lawmakers Try To Sell NFL Stadium Plan To Colleagues - Patrick McGreevy and Nicholas Riccardi @ latimes.com
Legislation that would pave the way for Anschutz Entertainment Group to build a football stadium in downtown L.A. has to win support from across the state.