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THE NOONER for October 6, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES  [full candidate list]

  • AD05 - Removed Auburn councilmember Kevin Hanley (R)
  • AD05 - Added El Dorado supe Ray Nutting (R)
  • AD05 - Added former State Senator Rico Oller (R)
  • AD60 - Added Corona councilmember Skip Stanworth (R)

TWEET DU JOUR: @mayorcabaldon: "lately, my favorite part of the afternoon has become when @JerryBrownGov releases his daily veto messages. #VetoCrushing"

In an apparent attempt to ruin Christopher Cabaldon's day, the governor took no bill actions yesterday. From my count, he has 344 bills pending with 3.5 days left to act.

OUT WITH THE NEW, IN WITH THE OLD: With former State Senator Rico Oller signaling that he will run in AD05, Assembly Republican health consultant Kevin Hanley's effort to get a voting button will likely be delayed. However, Oller's entry probably makes it more likely that El Dorado County supervisor Ray Nutting will make the run. Oller served in the state senate from 2000-2004, when he lost the congressional primary to Dan Lungren in CD03. While he planned to make a run for congress again in 2006 in CD04, he ducked out when Tom McClintock jumped into the race.

WHO WRITES THESE HEADLINES?: "Davis' state senator announces plans to represent Napa [Napa Valley Register]

NOW WE'LL NEVER KNOW: I wrote last week about the outstanding legal question of whether a majority-vote Prop. 25 budget trailer bill is subject referendum. We had three candidates to test the law--redevelopment alternative, Amazon.com sales tax collection, and the institution in fire protection fees. With the failure of the referendum by Ted Gaines to overturn the fire protection fees, our last option to having this legal question answered is out.

UP IN THE AIR: Sacramento's new "Central Terminal B" is now open. Since most of us use Southwest as we gallivant around the state, we'll be ridin' that peoplemover frequently. I'm just happy that I'm flying in today with no checked bags.

ROCK 'N' ROLL LIFESTYLE: Tickets are still available for Cake tonight at 8pm at Freeborn Hall at UC Davis.

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. ... Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become." "
-- Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement (2005) [h/t Tom Brokaw, Today & Politico Playbook] 

Thanks, Steve.

Senate Democrats Want Millionaire Tax To Pay For Obama Jobs Plan
Lisa Mascaro @
Senate Democratic leaders are proposing a 5% surtax on those earning $1 million a year as a new way to 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.

California Gay-rights Group Won't Seek Repeal Of Prop. 8 In 2012
Torey Van Oot @
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.

Democrats Are Settling On An Issue – Banks
Dan Morain @
California Attorney General Kamala Harris' decision to challenge the nation's banking industry might be a good policy decision, or not. But it's almost certainly great politics.

Prison Overcrowding And Underfunding Lead To More Local Burdens
George Skelton @
Transfer of prisoners to local lockups was inevitable because voters want stiff sentences but won't pay for them.

Sparks Fly In Fight Over Health-care Regulation
John Howard @
An intense political flap has left one of the year’s most important pieces of legislation stalled on the Senate floor and the removal of a consumer advocacy group’s disputed TV spot targeting the chair of the Senate Health Committee.

Major Election Spenders To Remain Secret Until After First Votes
Tom Hamburger, Matea Gold and Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau @
Voters won't know 'super PAC' donors until after first Republican presidential nominating contests in 2012, making it difficult to discern who is spending millions to influence them and why. One expert calls it 'the dark campaign.'

Jerry Brown signs prison cellphone bill
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation this morning toughening restrictions on illicit cellphones in prisons, and he ordered prison officials to step up efforts to confiscate smuggled phones.

Bills Seek To Better Regulate Corporate Tax Breaks
Two bills on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk seek greater accountability and transparency for corporate tax breaks. Under current law, California has no standard process for reviewing the efficacy of tax breaks and deciding whether to continue them.

Ted Gaines' Ballot Effort To Repeal Fire Fee Falls Short
Kevin Yamamura @
An effort to repeal a new fire charge on rural homeowners has fallen short, according to Sen. Ted Gaines, who was gathering signatures for a referendum.

Amid Budget Crisis, UC Debates Management Bloat
Jennifer Gollan @
Over the past decade, the number of managers and senior staff at the University of California grew at a much faster rate than that of faculty and students, leading some professors and legislators to question the university’s priorities as it looks to close a $2.5 billion budget gap.

Jerry Brown signs bill nixing fingerprinting of food stamp recipients
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation this morning eliminating the state's requirement that food stamp applicants be fingerprinted, a bid to increase participation in the federally-funded CalFresh program.

Latest chapter in saga of dysfunctional prison system
George Skelton @
Transfer of prisoners to local lockups was inevitable because voters want stiff sentences but won't pay for them.

San Quentin prison guard arrested
The Associated Press @
A guard at San Quentin State Prison has been arrested on suspicion of selling drugs at the prison and bribery.

California Assembly reports on lawmakers' spending mislead the public
Jim Sanders @
The Assembly routinely underreports the amount of money used to run legislators' personal offices and overreports the operating costs of committees that do the brunt of the policy work in the house. The practice obscures how the lower house's $146.7 million budget truly is spent at the Capitol and protects legislators from public criticism of their spending.

Cerritos College to change trustee election system
The Associated Press @
The Cerritos Community College board of trustees has moved to change its trustee election system a week after a lawsuit was filed charging that the current system discriminates against Latino voters.

Study: Super PACs Attract Donors Who Have Given Legal Max
Dozens of wealthy donors, including some Californians, contributed nearly $9 million to super PACs supporting President Barack Obama and Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney through the first half of this year – many times what they are allowed to legally give the candidates directly.

Dems Seek Millionaire Tax To Fund Jobs Bill
Ashley Perks @
Instead, their plan would raise about $445 billion over 10 years by imposing a 5-percent surtax on people who earn more than $1 million in annual income. The tax would only apply to wealth accrued above that threshold and would include capital gains and inheritances.

National Briefing | SOUTH: In Alabama, Immigration Law to Stay in Place During Appeal
s strict new immigration law while the Obama administration appeals a ruling last week that upholds major portions of it.

Landlords, Property Owners Are New Targets In Anti-pot Strategy
The federal government is intensifying its efforts to smother California’s pot industry by targeting not only medical marijuana dispensaries and growers, but also those who do business with them.

Whitman Hopes To Decide Fate Of PC Division This Month
Brandon Bailey @
Newly appointed Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman says shes getting down to business -- vowing Wednesday to decide the fate of HPs personal computer division by the end of this month.

Appeals court overturns CA city's marijuana law
The Associated Press @
A California appeals court has struck down the city of Long Beach's efforts to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, ruling the efforts conflict with federal law banning pot use.

Alabama loses workers as immigration law takes effect
Phillip Rawls @
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama's strict new immigration law may be backfiring. Intended to force illegal workers out of jobs, it also is driving away many construction workers, roofers and field hands in the country legally who do backbreaking jobs that Americans generally won't.

Caltech ranked as world's top research university
Larry Gordon @
The Pasadena institution surpasses Harvard for the first time in the World University Rankings of the British magazine Times Higher Education, which were first issued in 2004.