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THE NOONER for September 26, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • AD59 - Added businessman Efren Martinez (D)

TWEET DU JOUR: @BacteriaBear: "Daddy doesn't love me anymore and is instead creating his own eye candy. http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/r.html?s=n&l=http://t.co/C7BUMlcX"

Sacramento Jawgernaut

FROM THE DESK OF WILLIE LEWIS BROWN, JR.:

IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE): "Check in with legislative analysts - the state is on track to run out of money by Thanksgiving...I'm telling you, [Jerry] Brown is on the brink - and legislators are becoming concerned because they don't think he knows it."

FINEST WORKSONG: WLB, Jr. also asked Senator Rod Wright what he did to earn the League of California Cities Legislator of the Year award at the association's confab in SF last week: "'One vote,' he replied. 'I was the only Democrat who voted against the governor taking away all the cities' redevelopment money.'"

NIGHTSWIMMING: Yes, those were shark fins adorning cars around the Capitol yesterday as Jennifer Fearing and crew continue to push the governor to sign AB 376, which would ban the trade of shark fins. Bill Wong supplies the video...

The bill also got a little bit of lovin' from Mr. Titanic: @LeoDeCaprio: "Attn Cali, Pls RT and help me urge @jerrybrowngov to sign #AB376 to #stopsharkfinning http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/r.html?s=n&l=http://bit.ly/oWO7EX"

THE ONE I LOVE: Congressman Howard Berman endorsed Tony Cardenas for the east San Fernando Valley congressional district, CD29. As LA Weekly notes, this rules out the possibility that Berman might blink in the game of chicken with Brad Sherman and run in CD29 instead of CD30. No word on endorsements from Sherman of candidates in CD26 (Ventura)...

CAMERA: ICYMI: Hollywood plays starring role in Howard Berman-Brad Sherman clash (Politico)

SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT: Los Angeles Times political reporter Shane Goldmacher is fleeing the nest for  Washington, D.C. to work as a congressional correspondent for National Journal, effective November 1. Goldmacher's tour of duty in Sacramento included Capitol Weekly, The Sacramento Bee and the Times.

Goldmacher joins Tamara Keith, former Sacramento reporter for KPCC and KQED radio, who is now on the congressional beat for National Public Radio.

Bills Signed

  • AB 664 (Ammiano): Infrastructure financing districts: America’s Cup venues
  • AB 155 (Charles Calderon and Skinner): State Board of Equalization: administration: retailer engaged in business in this state.

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  • California Among Few States Bargaining Pensions - Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
    In pension-troubled Rhode Island the state auditor general is recommending the end of something that makes California unusual among states: allowing labor unions to bargain for pension and retiree health benefits.

    UC Berkeley Student Senators Respond To Bake Sale - Nanette Asimov @ sfgate.com
    UC Berkeley student senators voted Sunday to condemn discriminatory behavior on campus - even if done in satire - in response to a Republican student group's plans for an "Increase Diversity Bake Sale," with pastries...

    Jerry Brown vs "Four Horsemen Of Tax Apocalypse" - Phil Trounstine @ calbuzz.com
    Jerry Brown says he was prepared for the crippling partisan polarization in Sacramento before he began his second tour as governor — but not for the obeisance Republicans pay on fiscal issues to the unelected “Four Horsemen of the Tax Apocalypse.”

    Assembly Candidate Moves To Take Advantage Of The Nation's First Asian Voting District - Thomas Himes, Staff Writer @ sgvtribune.com
    The nation's first district to feature a majority of Asian voters has spurred at least on local politician to move in and announce his candidacy for the 49th Assembly District. Montebello School Board Member Edwin Chau is an early front-runner in the assembly race, picking up the endorsements of incumbent Assemblyman Mike Eng, D-Monterey Park, who will be termed out of office, and Rep. Judy Chu, D-El Monte.

    Sacramento Health-care Giants Kaiser, Sutter Need Workers - sacbee.com
    Online employment ads for nurses, computer systems analysts and retail staffers topped Sacramento's help-wanted lists, while health networks led the way in employers' job postings, according to the state's Employment Development Department.

    Gov. Brown Unaware Of State Budget Woes Coming - Willie Brown @ sfgate.com
    Gov. Jerry Brown is doing well in the polls right now, but he's got a problem in the works that could really take him down. Check in with legislative analysts - the state is on track to run out of money by Thanksgiving ....

    California's New Congressional Maps Spark Big Shuffle - Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
    The big action, it appears, will be in the state's 53 congressional seats, prized by politicians for not having term limits. Democrats are likely to gain seats, and quite a few incumbents will be fighting for their political lives if they don't retire.

    California group vows to back candidates with 'courage' - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
    Three wealthy Californians have launched a new effort aimed at helping elect state legislators who demonstrate the "courage" to tackle major issues facing the Golden State.

    Perry Video Criticizes Romney For Deleting Comments On Health Care From 'no Apology' - nytimes.com
    Under fire by some conservatives for his views on immigration, Rick Perry on Monday sought to return the spotlight to Mitt Romney and health care.

    Dan Walters: California's new congressional maps spark big shuffle - sacbee.com
    When the state's new redistricting commission released its final maps of 177 congressional, legislative and Board of Equalization districts last month, it touched off a political frenzy.

    No Kidding: Even President Obama Has A Linkedin Profile..check It Out - Carla Marinucci @ blog.sfgate.com
    Millions of Americans have profiles on LinkedIn, the Mt. View social networking site. And you can also count Barack Hussein Obama among them.

    Shutdown Looms: Spotlight Now On Senate After Boehner Wrangled House GOP Votes - washingtonpost.com
    With time running out, Congress returns Monday to try to pass a short-term funding measure to avert a government shutdown and avoid yet another market-rattling showdown over the federal budget.

    Los Angeles Archdiocese Hopes To Raise $100 Million For Catholic Schools - Carla Rivera @ latimes.com
    The initiative, headed by former L.A. mayor Richard Riordan, will ask supporters to make provisions in their trusts or wills for the Catholic Education Foundation.

    Torlakson: Waiver To Cost Billions - John Fensterwald @ toped.svefoundation.org
    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson didn’t rule out President Obama’s invitation to seek a state waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act, but he definitely sounded negative in his first public statement on the idea.

    Coliseum Officials Charged Taxpayers Thousands For Fill-ups - Los Angeles Times @ latimes.com
    Ronald Lederkramer, Los Angeles Coliseum finance director, has submitted $7,600 in fuel bills since 2008. Other officials have racked up similar bills, though their jobs required only occasional car trips, typically to nearby destinations.

    Senate to Vote on Spending Bill, With Support Uncertain - nytimes.com
    The Senate is scheduled to vote late Monday afternoon on a short-term spending program backed by Democrats, but it was not clear if it would pass.

    New Wave Of Foreclosures Due To Hit Sacramento Area - sacbee.com
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    NJ gov to visit 3 states on GOP fundraising tour - BETH DeFALCO, Associated Press @ signonsandiego.com
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who insists he's not running for president, is making a political trip through Missouri, California and Louisiana this week to raise campaign cash for both the state Republican Party and GOP candidates elsewhere.

    Patient's Death Heightens Tensions After Strike - David R. Baker @ sfgate.com
    Veteran nurses locked out of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland said Sunday that the death of a patient due to a medical error by a replacement worker wouldn't have happened if they had been allowed to do their...

    Young superintendent making a difference in desert - signonsandiego.com
    A year ago the county’s youngest and only Latina superintendent took control of the Borrego Springs Unified School District, a small and once proud educational system that had fallen upon hard times in the past decade.

    Bay Area At Forefront Of New Global Health Field - Erin Allday @ sfgate.com
    Dr. Jaime Sepulveda's first lesson in global health was a tough one: As head of epidemiology in Mexico in the early 1980s, he had to tackle the AIDS epidemic that was rapidly cutting across international borders. It was...

    California Prison Realignment To Put More Low-level Offenders On Streets - Tracey Kaplan @ mercurynews.com
    To trim its bulging prison population and cut costs, California is about to gamble on a strategy no other state has tried.

    Cost Of Firing 2 Oakland Workers Nears $1 Million - Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross @ sfgate.com
    Cash-strapped Oakland has spent nearly $1 million and counting on outside lawyers to defend the city's decision to fire former City Administrator Deborah Edgerly and her top assistant, Cheryl Thompson . Edgerly and...