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THE NOONER for November 3, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • AD38 - added businessman Edward Headington (D)
  • AD41 - added South Pasadena councilmember Michael Cacciotti (D)
  • AD60 - added Alvord school board member Greg Kraft (R)

TWEET DU JOUR: @BorowitzReport: Bank of America says it will refund its $5 debit card fee if customers pay a $10 refund fee: bit.ly/tMbsU2 [joke]

LEAKS: We're not into spreading rumors, but if the well-sourced ones are true about the facts supported by surveillance video surrounding Mary Hayashi's arrest for shoplifting (which are more incriminating than yesterday's Matier and Ross), it's going to be very hard for her to stay in office. Hayashi is due in court on November 15.  Some close to Hayashi are also upset that the version that she has told them is very different from the version coming out of San Francisco.

The insider talk has moved beyond just gossip to who might fill the Business and Professions Committee chair now held by Hayashi. Some Democrats in the caucus are pushing for an immediate change while she sorts out her legal troubles. As one of the bigger "juice" committees capable of delivering large campaign contributions to the chair and with jurisdiction over scope of practice and licensing issues, it's not a trivial matter for members and lobbyists alike.

Some are pushing Betsy Butler, who is facing a tough race against Richard Bloom and Torie Osborn in AD50, while some would prefer to give the leg up to Michael Allen, who is facing a tough race in AD10. Others, however, would rather see it given to a member more focused on redistributing funds to vulnerable Democrats than to picking the "right" Dem in a safe seat.

And, the Speaker thought session was in recess...

FOR THE UBERGEEKS: Redistricting Partners has a regression analysis of VBMs in the SF mayoral race, which suggests the Chinese candidates are doing well.  Of course, is that Chiu, Lee, Pang, Ting, or Yee?

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PENSION POLITICS: Summary of two proposed intiatives [Sac Bee] and Pension initiative faces two tests: funding, courts [Ed Mendel]

HOPE OR CHANGE? Is Obama Toast? Handicapping the 2012 Election [Nate Silver @ NY Times]

POLI-GEEK GOOD NEWS: Battery fix coming for iOS 5

POLI-GEEK BAD NEWS: RIM's stock, down 68% this year, falls below book value

and the headlines...

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Pension Initiative Faces Two Tests: Funding, Courts
Ed Mendel @
calpensions.com
A pension reform group that filed two versions of an initiative yesterday faces two tests: raising $3 million to place the proposal on the November ballot next year, and a court battle over making current workers pay more for their pensions if the measure passes.

Ballot Proposals Seek Change In California's Pension System
sacbee.com
State and local workers would pay more for their pensions under two ballot initiative proposals made public Wednesday.

Don't Like Cuts? Controller John Chiang Says Offer Alternatives
Kevin Yamamura @
blogs.sacbee.com
Controller John Chiang said Wednesday that lawmakers who fear the prospect of automatic mid-year budget cuts should find alternatives soon.

Pension Reform Group's Initiatives May Spur Legislature
Local @
mercurynews.com
A pension reform group Wednesday announced it will seek a November 2012 ballot initiative to shrink public employee retirement costs further than the plan Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled last week.

Cash-poor Move To Overturn California Initiative Law Sputters
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
With the clock ticking, opponents of a new law limiting future initiatives to November elections have failed to raise the cash needed to qualify a referendum for the ballot.

Jerry Brown Closes Website For Some Public Records
sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown has shut down the government transparency website created by his predecessor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, as a repository for financial disclosure statements and other records.

Pension Reform Strategy Echoes Workers Comp Reform Of 2004 :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
The measure passed the Assembly 77-3 despite the surly attitudes toward it by many of the speakers. They preferred the legislative reform to the initiative reform we were about to file, because we gathered enough signatures. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had achieved a major victory for his agenda of improving the business climate in the state.

Romney Video Compares Rick Perry To California, Jerry Brown
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is out with a new Web video tying Texas Gov. Rick Perry to California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

Controller Chiang eyes treasurer's office, triggers for budget cuts
sacbee.com
Controller John Chiang, who manages the state's cash, may be best known for blocking legislative paychecks this summer and rejecting former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to pay minimum wage to state workers three years ago.

Cash-poor move to overturn California initiative law sputters
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
With the clock ticking, opponents of a new law limiting future initiatives to November elections have failed to raise the cash needed to qualify a referendum for the ballot.

Pension overhaul
sacbee.com
Supporters have submitted two versions of a proposed ballot initiative to overhaul public employee pensions in California, and are planning to pick one to push for the November 2012 ballot. Changes would apply to state, local government, school district, university and special district employees.

Jerry Brown shuts down government transparency website
David Siders @
blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown has shut down the government transparency website created by his predecessor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, as a repository for financial disclosure statements and other records.

Pension reform group unveils plan for ballot measure
John Woolfolk @
mercurynews.com
A pension reform group Wednesday announced it will seek a Nov. 2012 ballot initiative to shrink public employee retirement costs further than the plan Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled last week.

Sacto 9-1-1: Arrested Occupy Sacramento Protesters Demanding Jury Trials
Andy Furillo @
blogs.sacbee.com
Another 19 participants in the Occupy Sacramento movement made their first court appearance today on charges that they violated late-night curfews at Cesar Chavez Park.

Corporate Taxes: Many Top U.S. Firms Paid None, Report Says
latimesblogs.latimes.com
Corporate taxes: New study says major U.S. companies are paying half the official 35% corporate tax rate.

Medical Marijuana Ban Challenged In Kern County
nytimes.com
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County is not exactly the kind of place where you would expect a voter rebellion, what with its conservative rural residents, its live-off-the-land values and its almost unshakable devotion to the Republican Party.

Capitol Alert video: Find out what statewide office John Chiang is eyeing
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Watch what state Controller John Chiang told The Bee about what might be next in his career after he leaves his current office.

Boxer Calls For End To Oil Industry Subsidies
blogs.pe.com
California Sen. Barbara Boxer and others called Wednesday for an end to subsidies for large oil companies.

Costs Of Occupy Oakland Disputed But On The Rise
Matthai Kuruvila @
sfgate.com
Oakland's police union has estimated that last week's sweep of the Occupy Oakland encampment - which re-established itself within days - cost taxpayers more than $1 million. But Oakland officials say they do not know...

Ballot proposals seek change in California's pension system
sacbee.com
State and local workers would pay more for their pensions under two ballot initiative proposals made public Wednesday.