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THE NOONER for September 21, 2011

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[warning: today's Nooner contains adult language]

Short and not-so-sweet Nooner today, as I'm anxious to grab a few remaining hours of Riviera Maya sun before riding the Virgin America bird back to the Golden State.

BIZPOLITICS: HP stock was up significantly this morning with the rumor that Meg Whitman will be tapped by the struggling computer firm's board to take over as CEO. Heck, maybe she'll buy Skype again.

TWEET DU JOUR: @kqed_capnotes: "The CA paradox: 62% in new Field Poll say #cabudget cuts just right or not enough, yet 66% oppose trigger cuts provision."

REDISTRICTING REFERENDA: CW's Malcolm Maclachlan: Republicans likely to abandon referendum on congressional maps

That's no particular surprise, as the congressional maps could get much worse for Republicans with a court-ordered redraw. However, the question of the day is:
Is the State Senate Redistricting Referendum Dead?

I have no inside knowledge and am just watching the money. When the effort was announced, backers stated that they had $500,000 in commitments. Thus far, they have reported only collecting $485,500. To collect 504,760 valid signatures, they likely have a goal of at least 750,000 signatures. I don't know what the street price is today, but would guess it's at least $2 per signature, given the smaller window allowed for referenda (90 vs. 150 days). That works out to $1.5 million, plus overhead of at least $100,000. 

They have 53 days left... Has anyone seen a signature gatherer?

OFF-MESSAGE HEADLINE: East Bay Express: Assembly Candidate Accused of Domestic Violence - While a judge finds the stories of both AD18 candidate Joel Young and his ex-girlfriend inconsistent, the story itself is salacious enough to embarass a rising star:

"Regardless, from all accounts, Juarez entered Young's apartment at approximately 5:30 a.m. on March 7 and found the AC Transit board member in bed with another woman. "You piece of shit!" she screamed, according to both accounts. "I knew it, motherfucker!" she continued while repeating the phrase "I knew it!"

MAVIGLIO V. HELLER: Sen. Ed Hernandez hits back against attack ads

"Democratic strategist Steven Maviglio dismissed Consumer Watchdog as "publicity hounds" and pointed out that the organization has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from special-interest groups but won't reveal their funding sources.

"'This is pure political retribution because [Ed] Hernandez is trying to manage those (provisions to allow intervenor fees) and have an open book on the funding they're getting ... It's pure self-interest on their part.'"

In fighting accusations that Hernandez has a conflict because he rents office space to Kaiser, Maviglio demands that Doug Heller and Consumer Watchdog disclose how they raise and spend their money. The funny thing is that the article doesn't say who is paying Maviglio, although he has spent much of this year talking up SB 703 (Hernandez), sponsored by the Local Health Plans of California.

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS: SB 469 is obviously not authored by an Assemblymember. The author is Senator Juan Vargas. Too much tequila. Time to go home.

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GOP To State Voters: Kill Senate maps or brace for tax increases - Jim Sanders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Here's the pitch to GOP voters: Unless newly drawn state Senate maps are killed, Democrats will seize control of the Legislature, raise taxes and kowtow to public employee unions.

Dianne Feinstein Donates $5 Million Of Own Money To Her Campaign - John Bresnahan and Manu Raju @ politico.com
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is up for reelection in 2012, will put $5 million of her own money into her race, the latest sign that a mega-fraud case involving a top Democratic campaign treasurer is roiling California politics.

The Politics Of The L.A. County Redistricting Fight Explained -- With Venn Diagrams! - Gene Maddaus @ blogs.laweekly.com
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is just a week away from its big vote on redistricting.

Which Tax? - Joel Fox @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
What's it going to be - income tax, sales tax, service tax, split roll property tax, oil severance tax, vehicle license tax or a combination of these taxes? Which tax will those who plan to raise taxes through a November ballot initiative choose?

Cocktail Lovers Lobbying Jerry Brown To Let Bars Pour Infused Spirits - sacbee.com
Cocktail lovers are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a law that would permit bartenders to pour drinks that include "infused" alcohol – booze steeped with fruit, vegetables or herbs to pack an extra kick.

Parents Urge Governor To Sign Measure Mandating Coverage For Autism Treatment - Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
McNulty, the immediate past president of the Ventura County Autism Society, is joining with parents of autistic children across the state this week to deliver a message to Gov. Jerry Brown: Sign a bill now on your desk, Senate Bill 946, that would clarify existing mental health coverage law to require insurers to cover applied behavioral analysis.

Meg Whitman Drops $5 Million On Silicon Valley Charter Schools - Joe Garofoli @ blog.sfgate.com
Former California GOP guv candidate Meg Whitman is in San Jose Tuesday afternoon to drop $2.5 million from her family foundation on charter schools there. Meg hopes the gift from the Whitman-Harsh Family Foundation will be seed money to help the Summit Public Schools — where she sits on the board — open ten new charter high schools by 2021.

Schwarzenegger Urges Regional Action On Climate Change - David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, speaking about climate change at a United Nations forum in New York this morning, said he will "keep pushing regional governments around the world to come off the sidelines" to enact green energy programs such as California did during his tenure.

Brown Says California G.O.P. Is Harder To Work With Decades Later - Adam Nagourney @ nytimes.com
Jerry Brown ran for governor on the argument that his age and experience — the son of a governor, he has spent a lifetime in politics, including two terms as governor himself 30 years ago — was what California needed to rescue it from a spiral of partisanship and financial decline as destructive as anywhere in the nation.

Meg Whitman says she'll donate at least $2.5 million for Redwood City-based Summit charter schools - mercurynews.com
Ten months after losing the election for California governor, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has returned to the spotlight to draw attention to one of her key campaign platforms: reform the state's K-12 education.

Poll finds even Republicans would switch initiatives to November election - sacbee.com
Republican legislators in Sacramento are crying foul over an eleventh-hour push to limit future initiatives to November general elections.

Meg Whitman Funds Charter Expansion - toped.svefoundation.org
GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman vowed to promote the growth of charter schools. Private citizen Whitman made good on the promise Tuesday, donating $2.5 million to Summit Public Schools to start 10 more high-performing charter high schools in low-achieving areas in Silicon Valley, with a promise to double that amount if other tech titans match her $2.5 million.

Feinstein donates own $5M to campaign - John Bresnahan and Manu Raju @ politico.com
The senator scrambles to fund her campaign after her reelection funds are improperly redirected.

GOP to state voters - Jim Sanders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Here's the pitch to GOP voters: Unless newly drawn state Senate maps are killed, Democrats will seize control of the Legislature, raise taxes and kowtow to public employee unions.

Darrell Issa To Probe Government Loan Programs After Solyndra Collapse - Neela Banerjee @ latimes.com
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said that he plans to launch an investigation into government loan programs, in response to the implosion of solar equipment maker Solyndra, which got a $535-million federal loan guarantee in 2009.

Attorney General Denies Sale To Controversial Hospital Chain - Christina Jewett @ californiawatch.org
In a widely watched decision, the state attorney general's office today denied the sale of Victor Valley Community Hospital to Prime Healthcare Services' nonprofit foundation, saying the sale would not be "in the public interest."

Investors To Spend Millions 'greening' Commercial Buildings In Sacramento - sacbee.com
Sacramento is one of two U.S. cities set to participate in a massive energy-efficiency project assembled by British business tycoon Richard Branson.

Herdt: The Alternative To 'Obamacare' Is What? - Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
Give CNN newsman Wolf Blitzer credit: With his provocative question to Rep. Ron Paul at last week's tea party-sponsored GOP presidential debate, he cut through all the blather about health care reform and got to the nut of the issue.

California Sells $2.4 Billion Of Bonds Amid Falling Yields - latimesblogs.latimes.com
California on Tuesday wrapped up its first long-term debt sale of 2011, paying interest rates substantially below what it paid on bonds last November -- a savings for taxpayers. The drop in yields curbed demand for the bonds from individual...

President Obama To Do Town Hall In Mountain View - Josh Richman @ ibabuzz.com
President Obama will take part in a town-hall meeting on job creation Monday at the Mountain View headquarters of professional networking site LinkedIn, the White House announced today.

Schools Back Brown Grab Of CRA Cash - Connie Llanos, Staff Writer @ dailynews.com
Despite facing a potential backlash from City Hall, Los Angeles Unified officials Tuesday voted to side with Gov. Jerry Brown on his plan to eliminate redevelopment agencies throughout the state.

Tesla Motors Got Big Bucks Too In Program GOP Wants To Axe - Wyatt Buchanan, Michael Collier, Richard Dunham, Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Marisa Lagos, Carolyn Lochhead, Carla Marinucci, @ blog.sfgate.com
Tesla Motors got big bucks too in program GOP wants to axe

States to get $109 million in grants to help regulate health insurers - mercurynews.com
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration Tuesday announced $109 million in grants to states to help them beef up oversight of health insurers, a key goal of the health care law the president signed last year.