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THE NOONER for September 8, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • AD05 - Added Auburn councilmember Kevin Hanley (R)
  • AD69 - Added Orange County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly (D)

THE QUOTE: "THIS LEGISLATION IS ABOUT ROPE, NOT DOPE."
 - Chris Norby, speaking in favor of SB 676 (Leno), which would legalize industrial hemp 

TWEET DU JOUR: @MattRexroad: Really? Someone on CSAC Board of Directors meeting conference call flushes the toilet. Come on.

PLEA BARGAIN: As the Bee's Kevin Yamamura reports, Amazon.com reached a compromise with with Democratic leaders yesterday. It will drop its referendum of the sales tax law, and the law will be changed to have an effective date of September 15, 2012. In the meantime, the focus will be on getting Congress to approve a uniform sales tax that applies to all jurisdictions.  If Congress approves a uniform tax with an effective date on or before January 1, 2013, California's online sales tax would be dropped.

The deal is bad news for the political consultants looking for an Amazon-sized ballot measure and those hoping that the budget triggers won't be pulled. While the $200 million in expected revenue isn't that much in the overall budget scheme, the loss of it combined with lagging state tax collections make it more likely that all the triggers will be pulled in January.

Remember, if revenues are $2 billion below the budget act, Tier 1 and Tier 2 triggers are pulled, with the very ugly $1.5 billion cut to reduce the current year school year by 7 days.  Whether you love or hate children, nobody wants to see that cut, either because our kids need more, not less, time in school, or simply because we don't want the brats home for summer a week early.

We'll know more when August revenues are reported by Controller John Chiang early next week.  Don't be shocked if there is a December special session to change that trigger.

PENSION REFORM, DELIVERED: It appears that Joe Simitian, who has been the leading Democrat for pension reform the last couple of years, will finally get a pension bill. No, it's not the big SB 27 that was held by Assembly Appropriations at the request of unions. Meet the baby bill, SB 827, which provides:

"It is the intent of the Legislature to convene a conference committee to craft responsible, comprehensive legislation to reform state and local pension systems in a manner that reflects both the legitimate needs of public employees and the fiscal circumstances of state and local governments."

Yes, that's it, and Warren Furutani gets one too (AB 340)!  And, for those asking, no, we don't need a bill to do this.

POLL POSITION: SD19Hannah-Beth Jackson's campaign for State Senate released a poll yesterday.  Among likely voters, it finds Republican Mike Stoker leading with 40%, HBJ with 36% and fellow Democrat Jason Hodge with 11% among likely primary voters. (Goodwin Simon, n=257)

RISING DOUGH: F.A.I.R., the Redistricting Referenda committee, reported contributions from Bob Dutton ($25,000), Joel Anderson ($15,000) and, blast from the past, Jim Brulte ($10,000).  Brulte supported Proposition 11, and Dutton encouraged his constituents to apply for the commission last year.

Meanwhile, Lite Gov Gavin Newsom received $6,500 from at&t as the reconstituted Ma Bell works to get its acquisition of T-Mobile approved by the feds, while Attorney General Kamala Harris picked up $6,500 from Kenny Rogers's gambling friends.

IN MEMORIUM: Celestial Cassman (1976-2011), attorney with Atchison, Barisone, Condotti and Kovacevich of Santa Cruz and formerly of McDonough Holland and Allen in Sacramento. Celestial served as deputy city attorney for Santa Cruz, and was the victim of a heinous crime in Hawaii last week, allegedly at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. Celestial's aunt is Joan Cassman, chair of Hanson Bridgett's government law group.

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS:  Our favorite alleged embezzler is Kinde Durkee. Yes, we have all screwed up her first name, but that's it. 

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Signed Bills

  • AB 75 by Assemblymember Jerry Hill (D-South San Francisco) – Documents: notaries public: solicitations.
  • AB 151 by Assemblymember William W. Monning (D-Santa Cruz) – Medicare supplement coverage.
  • AB 177 by Assemblymember Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) – Juveniles: parenting classes.
  • AB 195 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-Baldwin Park) – Local public employee organizations.
  • AB 240 by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Martinez) – Compensation recovery actions: liquidated damages.
  • AB 307 by Assemblymember Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert) – Joint powers agreements: public agency: federally recognized Indian tribe.
  • AB 337 by Assemblymember William W. Monning (D-Santa Cruz) – Ocean resources: Ocean Protection Council: sustainable seafood.
  • AB 475 by Assemblymember Betsy Butler (D-Marina Del Rey) – Vehicles: offstreet parking: electric vehicles.
  • AB 483 by Assemblymember Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) – Housing finance.
  • AB 504 by Assemblymember Das G. Williams (D-Santa Barbara) – School districts: County of Santa Barbara: special taxes.
  • AB 516 by Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) – Safe routes to school.
  • AB 547 by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) – Voting.
  • AB 629 by Assemblymember William W. Monning (D-Santa Cruz) – Veterans cemetery.
  • AB 654 by Assemblymember Ben Hueso (D-Chula Vista) – Local government: historical property.
  • AB 818 by Assemblymember Robert Blumenfield (D-Van Nuys) – Solid waste: multifamily dwellings.
  • AB 1152 by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-Eureka) – Groundwater.
  • AB 1163 by Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) – Education: California Educational Facilities Authority.
  • AB 1304 by Assemblymember Marty Block (D-San Diego) – Linked learning.
  • AB 1384 by Assemblymember Steven C. Bradford (D-Inglewood) – Expungement standards.
  • AB 1402 by Committee on Public Safety – Deadly weapons.
  • AB 1408 by Committee on Banking and Finance – General obligation bonds.
  • AB 1428 by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-Eureka) – Disaster relief: tsunami.
  • SB 8 by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) – Public records: auxiliary organizations and UC campus foundations.
  • SB 10 by Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) – Military and veterans: Veterans' Home Allied Council.
  • SB 110 by Senator Michael J. Rubio (D-Bakersfield) – Real property disclosures: mining operations.
  • SB 327 by Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments – Elections: procedure.
  • SB 332 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) – Rental dwellings: smoking.
  • SB 374 by Senator Tony A. Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks) – Gambling control: key employee licenses.
  • SB 390 by Senator Doug La Malfa (R-Butte) – Crimes: assault and battery: search and rescue teams.
  • SB 406 by Senator Carol Liu (D-Pasadena) – Battery: security officers and custodial officers.
  • SB 493 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) – State surplus property.
  • SB 557 by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego)– Family justice centers.
  • SB 559 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) – Discrimination: genetic information.
  • SB 563 by Committee on Transportation and Housing – Common interest developments: meetings.
  • SB 668 by Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) – Local government: Williamson Act.
  • SB 674 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) – Telecommunications: master-metering: data security.
  • SB 801 by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego)– Political Reform Act of 1974: statement of economic interests.
  • SB 913 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) – Juvenile offenders: medical care.

    Law Without Signature

  • AB 412 by Assemblymember Das G. Williams (D-Santa Barbara) – Emergency medical services [explanation]

    Vetoed Bills

  • AB 142 by Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes (D-Los Angeles) – Criminal procedure: pleas. [veto messsage]
  • AB 274 by Assemblymember Martin Garrick (R-Carlsbad) – Unemployment insurance benefits: claims: right to respond. [veto messsage]
  • AB 293 by Assemblymember Jerry Hill (D-South San Francisco) – Vote by mail ballots. [veto messsage]
  • AB 390 by Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena) – Vehicles: identification cards: notification of renewal. [veto messsage]
  • AB 446 by Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto) – Juveniles: restorative justice program. [veto message]
  • AB 1216 by Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes (D-Los Angeles) – Land use: notice of proposed change: assisted housing developments. [veto message]
  • SB 28 by Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) – Vehicles: electronic wireless communications devices: prohibitions. [veto messsage]
  • SB 88 by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) – Elections: names of candidates. [veto messsage]
  • SB 105 by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) – Public safety: snow sport helmets. [veto messsage]
  • SB 111 by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) – Civil rights: language restrictions. [veto messsage]
  • SB 350 by Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod (D-Chino) – Public Employees' Retirement System: preretirement death benefits. [veto messsage]
  • SB 448 by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) – Elections. [veto messsage]
  • SB 745 by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-Los Angeles) – Pupils: school attendance: school districts of choice. [veto messsage]
  • SB 888 by Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) – Crime: picketing. [veto messsage]

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  • Jerry Brown Vetoes CalPERS Survivor Benefits Legislation - Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
    Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure today that would have increased the survivor payouts for about 13,000 CalPERS members who receive the least money from the benefit, saying that even though the fund could afford it, such a change needs to be part of pension reform.

    Front-runner Rick Perry Takes Heat At GOP Debate - Carla Marinucci,Joe Garofoli @ sfgate.com
    GOP front-runner Rick Perry, in a high-stakes debut at his first presidential debate, sharply defended his jobs and health care record as Texas governor and his status as a "career politician" Wednesday while under...

    Steinberg Pushes Bill To Require Insurance Coverage For Autism - Laurel Rosenhall @ sacbee.com
    In the final days of the legislative session, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is pushing a bill that would require health insurance plans to cover treatment for autism.

    Kamala Harris rejects GOP request to review California budget - Kevin Yamamura @ blogs.sacbee.com
    State Attorney General Kamala Harris has rejected a GOP request that she opine on whether the state budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown is constitutional.

    Breaking! John Burton, 78, To Run For Another Term As Ca Dem Party Chair : Politics Blog - Carla Marinucci @ sfgate.com
    California Democratic party chair John Burton, 78, hasn't officially announced it yet -- but he has made the decision to run for another term to lead the party in 2013, the Chronicle...

    Brown Squashes Desaulnier’s Initiative Reform Bill - ibabuzz.com
    By Lisa Vorderbrueggen Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 at 5:41 pm in California Legislature, California Senate, campaign finance, Initiative petitions.

    Jerry Brown vetoes CalPERS survivor benefits legislation - Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
    Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure today that would have increased the survivor payouts for about 13,000 CalPERS members who receive the least money from the benefit, saying that even though the fund could afford it, such a change needs to be part of pension reform.

    Amazon cuts deal on California sales taxes - Anthony York and Marc Lifsher @ latimes.com
    Legislative leaders agree to let the online retailer delay collecting taxes for a year, while it would drop its battle to overturn the state law. Gov. Jerry Brown has not said if he will support the plan.

    California Legislators Move To Outlaw Inmate Cellphones - Patrick McGreevy and Jack Dolan @ latimes.com
    The Assembly also overwhelmingly approves a bill to grant expedited legal review to Anschutz Entertainment Group's proposal for a football stadium in downtown L.A.

    Brown Signs Bill That OKs Sale Of County Wastewater - sacbee.com
    A bill allowing Sacramento County to sell recycled sewage effluent as a new water resource was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday, clearing one hurdle that could help the region pay for expensive sewage treatment plant upgrades.

    Jerry Brown Vetoes Fine Hike For Using Cell Phones While Driving - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
    Gov. Jerry Brown has nixed a proposal that would have made penalties more pricey for California motorists caught using cell phones behind the wheel.

    Touchdown On L.A. Stadium Bill Is Within Reach - George Skelton @ latimes.com
    A bill to fast-track lawsuits against the NFL stadium project in downtown L.A. would also expedite job creation and initiate needed reform of environmental litigation.

    Appeals court dismisses challenges to health reform law - David G. Savage @ latimes.com
    A federal appeals court in Virginia today rejected two conservative challenges to President Obama's healthcare law, ruling that the legal dispute over the mandate to have insurance cannot be decided by judges until after 2014 when the tax penalty takes effect.

    Steinberg Backs Exemption For L.A. Stadium Proposal - Patrick McGreevy @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
    In an interview with The Times, state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said he supported a bill approved by the Assembly that would fast-track legal challenges to a downtown Los Angeles football stadium, and he plans to introduce a companion measure extending the benefit to other large developments.

    California Treasurer Not Thrilled With Last-minute Budget Bill - Kevin Yamamura @ blogs.sacbee.com
    As California prepares to ask investors for $5.4 billion next week, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer is none too pleased with a last-minute bill related to automatic budget cuts.

    Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Ban On Picketing At Military Funerals - Patrick McGreevy @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
    Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday he found picketing at military funerals "offensive," but he rejected legislation that would have outlawed the practice, saying courts have determined that the practice is a right of free speech.

    Amazon convinces California lawmakers to delay tax collection - Kevin Yamamura and Dan Smith @ blogs.sacbee.com
    In a deal with state lawmakers and brick-and-mortar stores, Amazon tentatively agreed Wednesday to stop fighting a requirement that internet retailers collect sales tax on California purchases.

    Smoking In Apartments Can Be Restricted Under New State Law - Patrick McGreevy @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
    Landlords in California will have clear authority to ban smoking in apartment buildings under a measure signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

    Amazon Persuades California Lawmakers To Delay Tax Collection - Kevin Yamamura and Dan Smith @ sacbee.com
    In a deal with state lawmakers and brick-and-mortar stores, Amazon tentatively agreed Wednesday to stop fighting a requirement that Internet retailers collect sales tax on California purchases.