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THE NOONER for September 27, 2011

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  • AD08 - Added Lungren Chief of Staff Peter Tateishi

Greetings from the City by the Bay.  While yesterday was the tribute to R.E.M., I simply can't get Journey out of my head this morning. Share my pain. Anyway, as the lights go down in the City, I'm catching CalTrain down to Stanford today, which isn't a bad junior university.

At the real university, however, today promises real drama as the Berkeley College Republicans hold a bake sale to call attention to SB 185 (Hernandez), which states legislative intent to allow California's public universities to consider race (among other things) in admissions. While forced to downplay it over the last few days as media attention soared, the original pricing for the bake sale was as follows:

White/Caucasian: $2.00
Asian/Asian American: $1.50
Latino/Hispanic: $1.00
Black/African American: $0.75
Native American: $0.25

To say that the bake sale has generated a buzz is an understatement. The top six search keywords driving traffic to aroundthecapitol.com yesterday were all related to the bill, accounting for over 1,000 visits:

1. sb 185 california
2. california sb 185
3. california bill sb 185
4. california bill sb185
5. sb185 california
6. sb 185

DAN WALTERS: SB 202 is one of Brown's "toughest bill decisions."

THE OTHER DAN: @DanielMorain: "Most Rep legislators voted to raise fees on car purchases, AB 1215. It's not a tax if the right groups lobby it. http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/r.html?s=n&l=http://t.co/bcjzOygM #cagov"

BROWN SMACKDOWN: Apparently, the governor took that whole "no tax" pledge by Republicans a little personally, as reflected by the tone in this signing letter of SB 707 (Cannella and Wolk):

"I am signing Senate Bill 707 which imposes a 1% fee on the sale of olive trees. The author vouches for this fee by stressing the need to ensure that olives are "healthy and viable for California farmers." I agree.

"Perhaps the author and his colleagues might apply the same solicitude -- and revenue -- to ensure the health and viability of our schools?"

And, then there were more bills:

Signed Bills

  • AB 28 by Assemblymember Alyson Huber (D-El Dorado Hills) – Governmental reorganization.
  • AB 241 by Assemblymember Isadore Hall III (D-Los Angeles) – Gambling: moratorium.
  • AB 316 by Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto) – Grand theft: copper materials.
  • AB 424 by Assemblymember Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) – Pawnbrokers.
  • AB 468 by Assemblymember Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) – Property taxes: TEA formula allocation: maintenance or improvement districts: City of Simi Valley.
  • AB 563 by Assemblymember Warren T. Furutani (D-Long Beach) – Property taxation: assessor: disclosure: appraisal information.
  • AB 905 by Assemblymember Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Disposition of remains: authorized agent.
  • AB 914 by Assemblymember Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) – State Commissions: market information.
  • AB 997 by Assemblymember Donald Wagner (R-Irvine) – Professional fiduciaries.
  • AB 1025 by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Harbors and ports: inland pilots.
  • AB 1041 by Assemblymember Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) – Vehicles: delinquent parking violations: video imaging: transit-only lanes.
  • AB 1076 by Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo) – Credit unions.
  • AB 1086 by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) – Transactions and use taxes: County of Alameda.
  • AB 1102 by Assemblymember Ricardo Lara (D-South Gate) – State Auditor.
  • AB 1215 by Assemblymember Robert Blumenfield (D-Van Nuys) – Vehicles: electronic processing of documents: titling and registration.
  • AB 1394 by Committee on Health – Health care facilities: financing.
  • SB 177 by Senator Tony Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks) – Congregate living health facilities.
  • SB 215 by Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) –Invasive aquatic species: mussels.
  • SB 233 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) – Emergency services and care.
  • SB 305 by Senator Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello) – Satellite wagering: minisatellite facilities.
  • SB 369 by Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) – Dungeness crab.
  • SB 484 by Senator Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield) – Public records: health care services contract records.
  • SB 513 by Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) – Renderers and farmers' markets: regulatory fees.
  • SB 539 by Senator Curren Price (D-Los Angeles) – Nursing.
  • SB 541 by Senator Curren Price (D-Los Angeles) – Regulatory boards: expert consultants.
  • SB 549 by Senator Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield) – Eggs: assessment fees.
  • SB 565 by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord)– Transportation.
  • SB 642 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) – Vehicles: manufacturers and distributors.
  • SB 773 by Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod (D-Chino) – Accountants.
  • SB 792 by Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) – Surface mining: mineral resource management policies.
  • SB 859 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) – Vehicles: records: confidentiality.
  • SB 940 by Committee on Education – Education.
  • SB 941 by Committee on Education – Teachers: credentialing.
  • SB 942 by Committee on Education – Education.
  • SB 943 by Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development – Healing arts.
  • SB 947 by Committee on Governance and Finance – Property taxation.
  • SB 948 by Committee on Governance and Finance – Property taxation.

    Signed, with message

  • SB 707 by Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) – Agricultural development. A signing message can be found here.

    Vetoed Bills

  • AB 135 by Assemblymember Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) – State Air Resources Board: membership: small business owner. [veto message]
  • AB 559 by Assemblymember Sandre Swanson (D-Oakland) – Civil actions: costs. [veto message]
  • AB 650 by Assemblymember Robert Blumenfield (D-Van Nuys) – Blue Ribbon Task Force on Public Transportation for the 21st Century. [veto message]
  • AB 750 by Assemblymember Ben Hueso (D-Chula Vista) – Finance: investment trust blue ribbon task force. [veto message]



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