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THE NOONER for October 3, 2011
Wow...over 3,200 subscribers. As you'll see, I've been playing with the format of The Nooner. I guess I'll keep getting up at 4:45.
Let me know if you have any problems in your e-mail reader, and also let me know what you want more/less of in your daily read.
TWEET OF THE DAY: @tedlieu "Sea bass population down 90%. lat.ms/mZ4KJN Why folks not activated? I suspect b/c, unlike shark fin, no minority group to pick on." (aroundthecapitol=fair and balanced on AB 376)
THE OTHER TWEETS:
@steve4jerry: "@SutterBrown FRAP: Franticaly running and playing. Obviously. FRAP is good. GPOC is bad (Going Pee On Carpet). Please work on this."
@SutterBrown:@steve4jerry That fake grass on the patio throws me off my game. What is that stuff? More park walks & frap opps please.
Are we really entertained by a tweet exchange between an anonymous represententation of the governor's dog and the governor's campaign manager? Yes, my friends, yes we are.
THE BILLS -- WWJD: After actions on Friday and yesterday, I count 395 bills on the governor's desk, with six days to go before the October 9 deadline. What Will Jerry Do with these on my top 20 to watch list?
The list is an assortment of bills that test Jerry on policy and politics. In some cases, it's a fight among common friends, and in others it's clear where the Democratic Party sits, but don't assume that Jerry will always toe the party line.
One thing is certain--this will be a fascinating week.
20. SB 136 (Yee): Public contracts: prevailing wages.
19. AB 1182 (Roger Hernandez): CalWORKs eligibility: asset limits: vehicles.
18. AB 22 (Mendoza): Employment: credit reports.
17. AB 267 (Swanson): Employment contracts.
16. SB 676 (Leno): Industrial hemp.
15. SB 791 (Simitian): Health care: mammograms.
14. SB 397 (Yee): Online voter registration.
12. SB 161 (Huff): Schools: emergency medical assistance: administration of epilepsy medication.
11. AB 144 (Ammiano and Portantino): Firearms.
10. AB 809 (Feuer): Firearms.
8. AB 183 (Ma): Alcoholic beverage licenses: self-service checkouts.
7. SB 185 (Hernandez): Public postsecondary education.
6. SB 833 (Vargas): Solid waste: disposal facilities: San Diego County.
5. AB 376 (Fong and Huffman): Shark fins.
3. SB 469 (Vargas): Land use: development project review: superstores.
1. SB 202 (Hancock): Elections: ballot measures.
You will note that all but one of the bills are authored by Democrats. Of the 395 enrolled bills remaining, only 41 are authored by Republicans, and those that made it to the governor's desk in most cases were noncontroversial.
That's my list. Do you have others? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet with the hashtag #cahotbills.
THE NUMBER: 7.8% - percent of state General Fund required to fund debt payments, according to state treasurer Bill Lockyer
THE NUMBER IN CONTEXT: Debt per capita: California, $2,542; national median, $1,066; 10-state median, $1,089.
THE DRAMA: Arnold Schwarzenegger, on being governor: "'You have to realize the thing was so much fun!' he says. 'We had a great time! There were times of frustration. There were times of disappointment. But if you want to live rather than just exist, you want the drama.'"
"I am signing SB 769 which allows for a dead mountain lion to be stuffed and displayed.
"This presumably important bill earned overwhelming support by both Republicans and Democrats.
"If only that same energetic bipartisan spirit could be applied to creating clean energy jobs and ending tax laws that send jobs out of state."
THE WAIT: It now seems that we won't hear anything from Dennis Cardoza, David Dreier, or Jerry Lewis until there is at least some direction from the California Supreme Court on the congressional redistricting lawsuit. This case, along with the other case pending with Tani's court challenging the State Senate districts could result in all of the districts being thrown out and redrawing them anew for next year. In contrast, if the referendum qualifies, the Commission's State Senate districts stand for next year and voters would have an option to vote "Yes" to retain the Commission's districts or "No" to accept districts drawn by the California Supreme Court.
THE WOMAN LYING IN WAIT: California exits foreclosure talks - Kamala Harris finds the headline advantage that comes with the office of AG
THE CHALLENGE: Swanson may challenge Hancock for state Senate
Josh Richman writes: "Senate Democratic leaders are trying to dissuade Swanson, D-Alameda, from seeking the seat when he's term-limited out of the Assembly next year: They commissioned and released a poll showing Hancock, D-Berkeley, trouncing Swanson in the newly drawn 9th State Senate District."
"The poll shows 44 percent of the district's likely voters support Hancock, 18 percent support Swanson, 8 percent support other candidates and 31 percent are unsure. Goodwin Simon Strategic Research conducted the telephone survey of 402 likely voters Sept. 24 through Sept. 27; the margin of error is 5 percentage points.
"Swanson doesn't sound dissuaded.
"I've talked to my wife and obviously I'm seriously considering this run,' he said late Thursday after reviewing the poll. 'I am approaching a final decision and I'll be making an announcement about my plans within the coming weeks."
THE REALITY: Even with 3 million public college and university students, it's nearly impossible to qualify a ballot measure on a volunteer/small-money basis in California. Friday's deadline for the oil severence tax to fund K-12 through universities came and went without a submission of signatures by the proponents. The measure was supported by the student governments of the three segments and by several unions, but nobody really kicked in any dough.
THE FAILED DELIVERY: www.scottlay.com/sacbeefail.png
THE BONUS ROUND: While it has nothing to do with state politics, last week's This American Life is a must-listen. Without giving too much away, it's a fascinating story of "P.I. Moms" in Contra Costa County, with a very interesting twist.
(Note: several bills were acted on late yesterday and are thus not reflected in LegInfo or on atc's free bill tracking.)
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Rick Orlov: Speculation Under Way About Brown
Rick Orlov @ dailynews.com
Will he or won't he? The question is already being posed about whether Gov. Jerry Brown will seek another term, before he even completes his first year in the first term of his return to the office.
School Pensions: An Argument For Not Bargaining?
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
As state and local governments in California face soaring public pension costs, unions insist that cost-cutting changes must be bargained, not imposed by legislation.
House Sets Up Battle on Labor, Education and Health Funding
A Republican bill would curtail spending on the health care law, Planned Parenthood, Pell grants and Race to the Top education incentives.
Durkee's Lifestyle Didn't Square With The Allegations Against Her
John Hoeffel @ latimes.com
The politicians and consultants who trusted the Long Beach resident with millions of dollars saw little to hint that she might become vilified as the 'Bernie Madoff of campaign finance treasurers.'
Fiona Ma's Words Echo Book On California Capitol
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Bill Richardson was a very conservative Republican state senator from Southern California who single-handedly changed the political dynamics of his house - although whether for better or worse is still debated.
The Redistricting Report for 10-03-11
Paul Mitchell @ aroundthecapitol.com
Friday's redistricting conference held at UC Berkeley was like Festivus for Redistricting nerds.
Brown Signs Bills On Male Circumcision And Synthetic Pot
Anthony York @ latimes.com
The bill sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto aims to 'protect parental rights and liberties.' The governor also signed a bill creating penalties for the sale of synthetic cannabis.
Jerry Brown Signs Bill Protecting Project Labor Agreements
Dan Smith @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a labor-sponsored bill designed to protect project labor agreements from blanket bans imposed by local officials or initiatives, his office announced today.
Lawmakers Want to End Tax Breaks, if They Can Agree What They Are
Talk of cutting tax breaks to raise money and reduce the debt has become a mantra in Washington, but it threatens a favorite political tool of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Jerry Brown's seals safe in GOP hands after car wrecked
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Two of Gov. Jerry Brown's official seals were in the care of a Republican legislative staffer after a car belonging to Brown's chief deputy press secretary, Elizabeth Ashford, was totaled in a crash on Saturday near the Capitol.
GOP Latino Fail: Party Ignored Stu Spencer’s Advice
“The dynamic today is that we have a single point of discussion in this country between Republicans and Latinos, which is immigration,” Del Beccaro he said recently. “As important as that is, so are jobs, so is education and so are public safety. And the fact that we don’t have ongoing discussions with them on these other categories is our fault and what needs to change.”
Guards' union makes first $500,000 deposit while appealing lawsuit
Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
Last month, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association made its first court-ordered $500,000 deposit while it appeals a multimillion-dollar defamation case that it lost last year.
Reform Group Argues Against Tax Break For Political Committees
Chase Davis @ californiawatch.org
A campaign finance reform organization has sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service challenging the tax-exempt status of four high-profile political committees, including one that recently made headlines in California.
Big Catches Mask Dwindling Numbers Of Sea Bass
Tony Barboza @ latimes.com
The populations of kelp bass and barred sand bass have plummeted by 90% since 1980, a study says. Overfishing and warmer ocean temperatures are blamed. But sport-fishing boats have been able to keep their catch rates high in part because they have targeted bustling spawning grounds.
Restless House Republican Members Pointing Fingers At One Another
Meghashyam Mali @ thehill.com
House Republicans return to Washington this week a restless bunch in the wake of an embarrassing legislative defeat and months before they face primary voters in the 2012 election.
Poll: Voters trust local government
Tim Mak @ politico.com
But the same cannot be said about the federal government, the Gallup survey finds.
New Age Arrives At Food Closets As More Seniors Seek Help To Avoid Hunger
Terry Bradburn, 64, left, and her brother Vincent Venezia, 60, line up for food packages Thursday at Liberty Ministries Christian Fellowship in Sacramento.
Brown signs bills on male circumcision and synthetic pot
Anthony York @ latimes.com
The circumcision bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, aims to 'protect parental rights and liberties.' The governor has until Oct. 9 to decide on the many bills on his desk.
Using Tech To Battle STDs
Matthew Perry @ healthycal.org
As public health budgets are slashed, and money for sex education and outreach evaporates, California public health officials are slowly introducing new technologies including texting and computer-based training to combat climbing rates of STDs.
Supreme Court set to open crucial term
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday opens one of its most anticipated terms, in which the justices could strike down President Barack Obama's health care law, empower local police to arrest illegal immigrants and declare an end to affirmative action in colleges and universities.