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THE NOONER for October 5, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES  [full candidate list]

  • CD10 - Added former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez (D)
  • AD10 - Added sociologist Alex Easton-Brown (D)
  • AD45 - Added financial planner Dennis DeYoung (R)
HOT BILL LIST
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Signed - Vetoed - Pending

TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS: While a different Dennis DeYoung announced a challenge to Bob Blumenfield in the solid Democratic AD45, former Lite Gov and CD24 candidate Abel Maldonado was taking in Styx at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Blame Abel for today's theme.

FOOLING YOURSELF (THE ANGRY YOUNG MAN): "This afternoon I received a letter from Speaker Perez indicating that the staff of the 44th Assembly District would no longer face unprecedented furloughs." -Anthony J. Portantino

BLUE COLLAR MAN (LONG NIGHTS): The governor vetoed Speaker Perez's end-of-session bill to allow child care workers to unionize, prompting SEIU to release a statement from a local provider stating "We are profoundly devastated by today’s news." [@kyamamura]

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RENEGADE: In overseas visit, Joe Simitian black-listed by Azerbaijan - David Siders writes: "Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan's consul general in Los Angeles, said that after meeting with Azerbaijani officials in Baku, Azerbaijan's capital city, Simitian took an unannounced, personal trip to Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominately ethnic Armenian region and the center of a longstanding dispute." 

THE GRAND ILLUSION: @ShaneGoldmacher: "So what office is Rep. Darrell Issa running for now? His PAC is advertising on the homepage of DrudgeReport..."

The big question is whether Issa is willing to give up his congressional seat and seniority to challenge Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein is likely the most vulnerable in any election since winning the senior seat in the US Senate in 1992. Nobody is stepping up, and few have deeper pockets, nor the national fundraising reach that comes with being chair of House Oversight and Government Reform, than Issa to match the personal bankroll and fundraising prowess of DiFi.

BABE - Apparently, Loretta Sanchez is willing to put aside the old personal fight with Joe Baca, as PE's Ben Goad reports the Sanchez sisters have endorsed Baca in his CD35 bid against Gloria Negrete McLeod and, possibly, Norma Macias. Sanchez quit the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in 2007 after she claimed that Baca, while serving as the caucus's chairman, called her a "whore."

DON'T LET IT END - Fairness and Accountability In Redistricting picked up $10,000 from regular GOP donor Susan Groff of Northridge. The committee is now up to $548,000 in large donations (>$5,000 have to be reported). While small donations are coming in, we hear that there's significant discontent that normal GOP supporters (i.e. business) that can write the big checks are sitting on the sidelines. The committee last reported 200,000 signatures on September 21, and needs 504,760 valid signatures by November 15.

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SIGNED BILLS

  • AB 25 by Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) – School districts: athletics: concussions and head injuries.
  • AB 42 by Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) – State parks.
  • AB 90 by Assemblymember Sandre Swanson (D-Oakland) – Human trafficking: minors.
  • AB 187 by Assemblymember Ricardo Lara (D-South Gate) – State Auditor: audits: high-risk local government agency audit program.
  • AB 212 by Assemblymember Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – California Fostering Connections to Success Act.
  • AB 301 by Assemblymember Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Medi-Cal: managed care.
  • AB 395 by Assemblymember Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Newborn screening program.
  • AB 509 by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Federal earned income tax credit: notification: state departments and agencies.
  • AB 687 by Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) – Adoption.
  • AB 709 by Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) – Foster children: school placement: immunization records.
  • AB 717 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) – Child Abuse Central Index.
  • AB 732 by Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-San Ramon) – Bond measures: ballot pamphlet: Legislative Analyst: table.
  • AB 735 by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) – Interns and student assistants: hiring preference.
  • AB 764 by Assemblymember Sandre Swanson (D-Oakland) – Personal income taxes: voluntary contributions: Child Victims of Human Trafficking Fund.
  • AB 1111 by Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) – Debt collection: homeless youth.
  • AB 1319 by Assemblymember Betsy Butler (D-Marina Del Rey) – Product safety: bisphenol A.
  • AB 1369 by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) – Personal and corporate income taxes: deductions: illegal activities.
  • AB 1424 by Assemblymember Henry Perea (D-Fresno) – Franchise Tax Board: delinquent tax debt.
  • AB 194 by Assemblymember Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Public postsecondary education: priority enrollment: foster youth.
  • SB 309 by Senator Carol Liu (D-Pasadena) – Child day care facilities: school age child care centers: nonminor students.
  • SB 368 by Senator Carol Liu (D-Pasadena) – Developmental services: decision making.
  • SB 578 by Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod (D-Chino) – Schools: pupils in foster care: course credit.
  • SB 646 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) –Toxics: enforcement: lead and cadmium jewelry.
  • SB 929 by Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) – Vehicles: child passenger restraints.

SIGNED, WITH MESSAGE

VETOED BILLS

  • AB 101 by Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) – Child care: family child care providers: bargaining representative.[veto message]
  • AB 200 by Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) – Physical education: Health and Fitness Award Program. [veto message]
  • AB 1182 by Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (D-Baldwin Park) – CalWORKs eligibility: asset limits: vehicles.[veto message]
  • AB 1429 by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-Eureka) – Disaster relief: March 2011 tsunami. [veto message]
  • SB 223 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) – Voter-approved local assessment: vehicles. [veto message]
  • SB 356 by Senator Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) – State parks: local operating agreements. [veto message]
  • SB 450 by Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) – Redevelopment. [veto message]

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Pérez Cancels Furloughs For Portantino's Staff
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez has canceled an order to furlough the staff of Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino.

Bill expands state auditor's powers in wake of Bell scandal
Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York @
latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown approves broad new authority to investigate the misuse of taxpayer funds by cities and counties. He also signs a bill allowing nonprofits to operate some state parks facing closure.

Prison Guards Union Loses Furlough Argument In Appellate Court
sacbee.com
San Francisco's 1st District Court of Appeal on Monday reversed a lower court's ruling on furloughs, dealing another setback to state labor unions' efforts to claw back millions of dollars in pay their members lost.

Gov. Jerry Brown Expands Auditor Powers In Wake Of Bell Scandal
latimesblogs.latimes.com
City of Bell scandal and state auditor: Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday gave the state auditor broad new powers to investigate the misuse of taxpayer funds by cities and counties, signing legislation in response to the city of Bell financial scandal.

Portantino Takes Swipe At Pérez's Transparency Task Force
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino is ramping up his ongoing feud with Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, calling for the lower house leader to shed more light on his proposed transparency task force.

Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Take Cars Away From Tax Cheats
Claudia Buck @
sacbee.com
California's biggest tax scofflaws could soon be walking, not driving. Under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, the state's 1,000 most egregious tax debtors could have their driver's licenses yanked, unless they enter tax repayment plans with the state Franchise Tax Board or State Board of Equalization.

Senate Democrats want millionaire tax to pay for Obama jobs plan
Lisa Mascaro @
latimes.com
Senate Democratic leaders are proposing a 5% surtax on those earning $1 million a year as a new way pay for President Obama's jobs plan, turning to an issue with populist appeal as they line up support for a vote, possibly next week.

Healthy Paychecks For Sutter Health Bosses, Nurses
Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross @
sfgate.com
When it comes to paychecks, there are some pretty hefty ones on both sides of the fight between health care giant Sutter Health and its hospital nurses. According to Sutter pay records, 20 nurses at Alta Bates Summit...

GOP Triples Legal Bill For Defending Defense Of Marriage Act
Carolyn Lochhead @
blog.sfgate.com
Sacramento Republican Rep. Dan Lungren has signed off on a change order to the contract with outside counsel Paul Clement, who is handling the defense of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. It allows Clement’s fees to triple to $1.5 million.

Prison guards union loses furlough argument in appellate court
sacbee.com
San Francisco's 1st District Court of Appeal on Monday reversed a lower court's ruling on furloughs, dealing another setback to state labor unions' efforts to claw back millions of dollars in pay their members lost.

CCPOA Loses Furlough Argument In Appellate Court
Jon Ortiz @
blogs.sacbee.com
Another union furlough argument fell Monday when San Francisco's 1st District Court of Appeal told a trial court to change a favorable ruling to an unfavorable one against the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, which had claimed the policy as carried out for its members was an illegal pay cut.

Brown Vetoes Another GOP Bill On State Parks
SHEILA V KUMAR @
sanluisobispo.com
Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he vetoed a Republican bill allowing cities or counties to operate state parks that are threatened with closure but signed a similar Democratic one allowing nonprofits to help with some park operations.

Apocalypse On Capitol Hill: Lawmakers Who Love To Vote No.
washingtonpost.com
On Capitol Hill, they are the apocalypse caucus. Twenty lawmakers, from both parties, who calculate that the best way to fix government is to act as if you wouldn’t mind if it burned down.

California gay-rights group won't seek repeal of Prop. 8 in 2012
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
A leading California gay rights group said today that it won't seek to qualify a ballot initiative to repeal the state's same-sex marriage ban in 2012.

New State Law Will Require Booster Seats For Children Under 8 Years Old
latimesblogs.latimes.com
Children in cars will be required to ride in a booster seat until they are 8-years-old under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday.

With Christie Out, Republican Race Begins For Real
nytimes.com
WASHINGTON — Memorandum to Republican activists, voters and donors: Your presidential field is set. It’s time to start sizing up the candidates, learn to love at least one of them and prepare to head toward the voting booth.

Is Sacramento's New Airport Terminal A Boon Or Boondoggle?
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Was the decision to build the terminal a wise investment in the future that will pay tangible dividends for California's capital city, or an expensive exercise in political grandiosity?

New law expands state auditor's powers in wake of Bell scandal
Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York @
latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday gave the state auditor broad new powers to investigate the misuse of taxpayer funds by cities and counties, signing legislation created in the wake of the financial scandal in the city of Bell.

Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill To Unionize Child-care Workers
Anthony York @
latimesblogs.latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown rejected a bill Tuesday that would have unionized up to 100,000 child-care workers, dealing service employee unions a major defeat over one of their top legislative priorities.

Obama: Jobs Bill To Support 37,300 Calif. Teachers
FERMIN LEAL @
ocregister.com
The Obama administration unveiled additional details of the president's proposed $447 billion jobs act, outlining how much states would receive to support teaching jobs. California's share would amount to $3.2 billion, the largest allocation of any state. Funding would allow school districts to avert layoffs or rehire unemployed teachers, officials said.

Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin holds West Virginia governorship
Michael A. Memoli @
latimes.com
Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin narrowly held on to the governorship in West Virginia on Tuesday, despite a late effort by Republicans to tie him to President Obama's healthcare law.