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THE NOONER for October 4, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • AD63 - Added executive director Anthony Rendon (D)

NO, REALLY, WE LOVE YOU CALIFORNIA!: Amazon.com yesterday said "just kidding," and welcomed California-based affiliates back into the program after getting a twelve-month reprieve on collecting sales taxes. So, feel free to pre-order that new Kindle Fire and support my coffee fund. 

DEFAULT THE WAY IN SAN JOSE? @kyamamura: "Brown vetoes redevelopment "fix" - big deal for San Jose, which could default w/o the bill, according to Bond Buyer: bit.ly/n5jxBJ"

Someone needs to tell Leg Data Center the bill was vetoed, as it lists the bill as "Signed by the Governor" as of this morning. If they had a phone number, I would.

REALITY BITES: Dan Walters: "We should make lowering fixed costs a first priority, meaning some serious pension reforms and a freeze on bond debt, including the tens of billions that have been authorized by voters but not yet sold.

"We should put the high-speed rail project on indefinite hold, since it would consume nearly $10 billion in bonds and lacks a credible financing plan, rewrite and perhaps suspend a pending water bond issue, and sell only those bonds whose need falls into the emergency category.

"Reality bites, but if we don't accept it, California could become the American Greece."

I love me some baklava.

PULLING A RADANOVICH? CD31 - "Rumors are starting to make the rounds that [Congressman Jerry] Lewis [R-Redlands] may announce his retirement after the first of the year to keep the field clear for San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos until the filing period opens." [inlandpolitics.com]

OH, THE DRAMA!: Roger Dickinson to seek reelection in new Assembly district (as expected, AD07)

BTW...if you are looking at the aroundthecapitol district pages and the maps overlay the text, simply make your browser window a bit more narrow and it should fix the problem while I work on a permanent fix.

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THE TOP BILLS: Okay, so the bill list wasn't perfect, although most of you that I heard from agreed with it.  With your feedback, I have two bills to add, and several to list as "runners-up." Additionally, I have created an AroundTheCapitol.com bill tracking report with all the Top 20 bills and the honorable mentions.

SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE TOP 20: There were a couple of "oh, duhs" that I left off:

#2.5. AB 101 (John A. Pérez): Child care: family child care providers: bargaining representative.

#9.5 SB 914 (Leno): Search warrants: portable electronic devices.

THE HONORABLE MENTIONS: Here are the bills I heard most about after leaving them off my list yesterday:

  • AB 9 (Ammiano): Pupil rights: bullying.
  • AB 165 (Lara): Pupil fees.
  • AB 341 (Chesbro): Solid waste: diversion.
  • AB 438 (Williams): County free libraries: withdrawal: use of private contractors.
  • AB 486 (Hueso): Controlled substances.
  • AB 499 (Atkins): Minors: medical care: consent.
  • SB 26 (Padilla): Prisons: wireless communication devices.
  • SB 618 (Wolk): Local government: solar-use easement.
  • SB 734 (DeSaulnier): State and local workforce investment boards: funding.
  • SB 910 (Lowenthal): Vehicles: bicycles: passing distance.
  • SB 946 (Evans and Steinberg): Health care coverage: mental illness: pervasive developmental disorder or autism: public health.

LATIMES/SACBEE ON SB 222/AB 210: Covering maternity care in California / Brown should shut a nasty little loophole

SFCHRON: Kamala Harris right to seek stronger mortgage deal

BETTER THAN THE YANKEES: By my count, Leland Yee is currently 3-4-7 (signed-vetoed-pending) with a .429 bill signing average with Jerry Brown, but also the most number of vetoes among members of both houses of the Legislature. However, with the most bills pending, he may also emerge with a pretty impressive bill package for that November mayoral bid.

Next week, I'll have everyone's score.

FOUND UNDER THE MATTRESS: The Assembly found $1.2 million to give to the Secretary of State to help expedite business filings. With this news, Anthony Portantino has to wonder whether he'll have an office at all next year.

Meanwhile, Portantino fires off another missive...

BAD BETS: Joe Garafoli: Steve Westly Warned Obama That Solyndra "Could Haunt Him"

THE COUNTDOWN: How many of you, like me, will be flying in or out of SMF's new Central Terminal B on Thursday?

SIGNED BILLSLet's see if I can get the links right today...

  • AB 143 by Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes (D-Los Angeles) – Pupil records: privacy rights.
  • AB 207 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) – School attendance: residency requirements.
  • AB 624 by Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) – California Organized Investment Network.
  • AB 648 by Assemblymember Marty Block (D-San Diego) – Clemency.
  • AB 680 by Assemblymember Marty Block (D-San Diego) – Pupil safety: comprehensive school safety plans.
  • AB 751 by Assemblymember Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) – Freeway construction.
  • AB 1028 by Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security – State employees' retirement.
  • AB 1151 by Assemblymember Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) – Public retirement systems: investments: Iran.
  • AB 1211 by Assemblymember Jim Silva (R-Huntington Beach) – Not-for-profit corporations.
  • AB 1386 by Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-Inglewood) – Women, minority, and disabled veteran business enterprise procurement.
  • SB 217 by Senator Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) – Mortgage loan originators: licensure.
  • SB 306 by Senator Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) – Accountancy.
  • SB 310 by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) – Local development.
  • SB 381 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) – School attendance: residency requirements.
  • SB 543 by Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) – Business and professions: regulatory boards.
  • SB 933 by Senator Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) – Speech-language pathology and audiology: hearing aid dispensers.

VETOED BILLS

  • AB 91 by Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena) – Community colleges: student financial aid: pilot program. [veto message]
  • AB 656 by Assemblymember Alyson Huber (D-El Dorado Hills) – Committees and commissions: repeal. [veto message]
  • SB X1 8 by Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review – Redevelopment. [veto message]

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Assembly To Transfer $1.2 Million To Secretary Of State's Office
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
The California Assembly announced today that it will use a $1.2 million budget surplus to help the office of Secretary of State Debra Bowen speed up the processing of business filings.

Jerry Brown Signs Law Requiring Victim Notification In Clemency Cases
sacbee.com
Nine months after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger controversially shortened the prison sentence of a political ally's son, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed legislation requiring victim notification in such cases.

Roger Dickinson To Seek Reelection In New Assembly District
Malcolm Maclachlan @
capitolweekly.net
Freshman Assemblyman Roger Dickinson announced Monday that he intends to run for reelection in the newly drawn 7th Assembly District.

Jerry Brown Signs Clemency Notification Law
David Siders @
blogs.sacbee.com
Nine months after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger controversially shortened the prison sentence of a political ally's son, Gov. Jerry Brown this afternoon announced that he has signed legislation requiring victim notification in such cases.

Breaking News: Precedent Setting Prop 26 Lawsuit Filed
Joel Fox @
foxandhoundsdaily.com
A major lawsuit using Proposition 26's provisions to protect taxpayers from hidden taxes will be filed in Los Angeles Superior Court today against the L.A. County ordinance banning the use of plastic carryout shopping bags. The lawsuit will be filed by Neilsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Gross & Leoni on behalf of plastics manufacturer Hilex-Poly and individuals who have purchased the bags.

SF Pension Reform Donors Tied To Antiunion Efforts
Heather Knight @
sfgate.com
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi is billing his pension reform measure on the Nov. 8 ballot as a progressive effort to protect city services for children, seniors and the poor - and has bristled at the notion it's an attack on unions.

Nathan Barankin named chief of staff to Kamala Harris
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
A top aide to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is leaving the dome to become chief of staff to state Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Roger Dickinson to seek reelection in new Assembly district
Malcolm Maclachlan @
capitolweekly.net
Freshman Assemblyman Roger Dickinson announced Monday that he intends to run for reelection in the newly drawn 7th Assembly District.

Jerry Brown signs law requiring victim notification in clemency cases
sacbee.com
Nine months after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger controversially shortened the prison sentence of a political ally's son, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed legislation requiring victim notification in such cases.

Not Running In 2012, But Raising Funds Like Mad
ibabuzz.com
By Josh Richman Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 2:10 pm in 2012 Congressional Election, California State Senate, campaign finance, Ellen Corbett, Pete Stark, U.S. House.

Amazon Wants Fired Affiliates To Return
Dale Kasler @
sacbee.com
Amazon.com is welcoming back its former California sales reps – some 10,000 affiliated businesses and nonprofits that funneled customers to the giant Internet retailer.

West Virginia gubernatorial election another test for Democrats
Michael A. Memoli @
latimes.com
A special election for governor in West Virginia is too close to call as voters head to the polls today, in what may be the latest example of how President Obama's struggles are weighing down his party.

California Must Face Hard Truth About Budget
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Reality bites, but if we don't accept it, California could become the American Greece.

Brown signs commutation limits for Calif. governor
JUDY LIN, Associated Press @
signonsandiego.com
Gov. Jerry Brown is responding to a controversial decision by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger by signing a bill that slows down the governor's ability to grant clemency to convicted criminals.

Los Angeles Warns About Parolee Risks
TAMARA AUDI @
online.wsj.com
As state prison parolees began reporting to county authorities around California on Monday, Los Angeles city officials demanded money from the state to monitor the former inmates, warning that crime in the city could rise.

Wall Street Journal Mag Gets It All Wrong About California Finances
blogs.sacbee.com
A monthly magazine published by Wall Street Journal takes a stab this month at explaining California's complex and perhaps dysfunctional budgetary politics - and gets it dead wrong.

Gov. Brown Signs Law Rescuing Radio Network For State's First Responders
Eric Bradley Staff Writer @
dailybreeze.com
A radio network linking Los Angeles County's 34,000 first responders can move forward under a new state law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments On California Medicaid Dispute
latimesblogs.latimes.com
A dispute over whether lower courts can block states from reducing what they will pay for healthcare for the poor was the focus of arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court as it opened its new term.

Nancy Pelosi Gets Retraction On Alleged Criticism Of Obama
Wyatt Buchanan, Michael Collier, Richard Dunham, Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Marisa Lagos, Carolyn Lochhead, Carla Marinucci, @
blog.sfgate.com
Nancy Pelosi gets retraction on alleged criticism of Obama

Doctors, Pharmacists Sue California Over Medi-cal Cuts Data
Kevin Yamamura @
blogs.sacbee.com
Doctors and pharmacists are suing California over the latest round of Medi-Cal budget cuts, saying the state has refused to show what impact the reductions would have on health care for low-income patients.