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THE NOONER for September 23, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • CD31 - Re-added Assemblymember Norma Torres (D) - still exploring a bid

TWEET DU JOUR: @SenJohnMcCain: "Proud of my old friend Meg Whitman - the new CEO of @HP. I wish her well & know she'll do a great job."

Apparently, HP was Meg's second choice for a sinking ship to run.

SHOCKING: People like Prop. 13.
EVEN MORE SHOCKING: We pay pollsters to ask that question.

It's Friday. It's noon. It's legislative recess. Go home already. 

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A Proposition 98 For Law Enforcement Realignment - Joel Fox @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
Governor Jerry Brown's says he wants a constitutional guarantee for state funding for law enforcement realignment that will shift certain prisoners from state to local control. Mention a constitutional guarantee for funding and immediately Prop 98 comes to mind.

Jerry Brown To Sign Renewable Energy Bills - David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
FOWLER -- Gov. Jerry Brown will sign legislation this morning authorizing the state to raise $200 million more from utility rate-payers to subsidize the installation of photovoltaic solar panels on homes and small businesses, and also extending the Public Utility Commission's authority to collect $83 million annually from ratepayers for similar projects.

Prop. 13 Still Highly Popular, Poll Finds - David Siders @ sacbee.com
Occasional rumblings around the Capitol about changing Proposition 13 aren't likely to amount to much anytime soon: The landmark tax-limiting measure is about as widely popular today as when it passed in 1978, according to a new Field Poll.

Solyndra CEO Touted Progress To Lawmakers Just Before Bankruptcy - Daniel J. Goldstein @ californiawatch.org
Less than two months before his solar panel company filed for bankruptcy, Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that thanks to the $535 million taxpayer loan to build a new factory, his company had shipped record-breaking numbers of solar panels to buyers and was poised to double its revenue in 2011.

Senate Rejects House Funding Bill; Shutdown Looms - Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
The Senate on Friday rejected the GOP -led House's bill to avert a government shutdown, intensifying a partisan standoff that many in Congress hoped to avoid. The vote was 59-36.

Hp Names Ebay Veteran Meg Whitman As New Ceo - JORDAN ROBERTSON @ pe.com
Hewlett-Packard has named Meg Whitman, the former eBay CEO and California candidate for governor, as its new CEO, pushing aside Leo Apotheker after just 11 months on the job.

Tom Mcclintock, Michael Reagan Won’t Take On Dianne Feinstein - Wyatt Buchanan, Michael Collier, Richard Dunham, Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Marisa Lagos, Carolyn Lochhead, Carla Marinucci, @ blog.sfgate.com
Tom McClintock, Michael Reagan won’t take on Dianne Feinstein

Fresno Unified Defies State Over Vaccine Deadline - Education And Schools - Fresnobee.com - fresnobee.com
You're in the Education and Schools section

Dianne Feinstein Takes Double Whammy In Stride - David Catanese @ politico.com
Dianne Feinstein has had one of the worst weeks imaginable. Her campaign coffers were cleaned out, forcing her to dip into her own pockets to replace more than $5 million in stolen funds. Then the respected Field Poll piled on, reporting that on the eve of her 2012 reelection campaign, her approval ratings had hit a career low.

51% In California Still Oppose Legalizing Marijuana, Poll Finds - Shelby Grad @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
51% in California still oppose legalizing marijuana, poll finds

California Taxpayers For Justice - taxpayersforjustice.org
The SAFE California campaign will start gathering signatures in October to put before the voters at the November 2012 election an initiative to replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole with work and restitution to victims through a victim compensation fund. The initiative also sets up the SAFE California fund which would set aside $30 million dollars every year, for three years, for local law enforcement. The campaign is supported by a coalition of law enforcement leaders, murder victim family members, exonerees and advocates.

Campaign Treasurer Kinde Durkee Fined By Ethics Agency - Patrick McGreevy @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
Already facing criminal charges in a separate case, campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee was fined Thursday by the state’s ethics watchdog agency for failing to properly report $76,000 in spending by the unsuccessful Assembly campaign of Stuart Waldman in 2008.

Fresno Unified To Let Unvaccinated Students Stay - Education And Schools - Fresnobee.com - fresnobee.com
You're in the Education and Schools section

Cal State Won't Ask For Second Tuition Hike - Carla Rivera @ latimes.com
Chancellor Charles B. Reed also rejects adopting a multi-year budget incorporating annual tuition hikes.

Arnold Schwarzenegger To Publish New Memoir - latimesblogs.latimes.com
Arnold Schwarzenegger's new memoir is tentatively titled "Total Recall" - but maybe "I'll Be Back" is more fitting.

GOP Option - capitolweekly.net


Would-be CSU Presidents’ Names Could Be Secret - Nanette Asimov @ blog.sfgate.com
Would-be CSU presidents’ names could be secret

Complicated, Messy, Expensive - capitolweekly.net


Obama rolling back Bush-era education law - mercurynews.com
Education chief agrees to make exemptions

Schwarzenegger V. Perry: Backstory To The September 2007 State GOP Convention | Flashreport - flashreport.org
There is a story about three governors that should be told because it highlights the choices we face as a party in who we nominate to carry our banner in 2012.

Brown: Prisons Give State ‘healthiest Damn Criminals In The World’ - Dan @ healthycal.org
By Daniel Weintraub

Twitter To Sell Political Advertising - washingtonpost.com
Twitter, which just got into the advertising business last year, will start selling political ads this week. An example of a promoted political tweet, from Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

Jerry Brown to sign compromise between Amazon, retailers - David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown will sign compromise legislation this morning between Amazon.com and California's brick-and-mortar retailers, giving the online giant a one-year reprieve from collecting state sales taxes, according to a legislative source.

UC Students Protest Funding Cuts - Nanette Asimov @ sfgate.com
The protest season began with a near bang at UC Berkeley this afternoon as hundreds of chanting, fist-pumping students angry about tuition hikes charged into Tolman Hall after a raucous noon rally. They filled the...