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THE NOONER for November 7, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • SD33 - updated analysis
  • SD33 - removed Bonnie Lowenthal (D)
  • AD70 - updated analysis
  • AD70 - added Bonnie Lowenthal (D)
  • AD70 - removed Patrick O'Donnell (D)
  • AD70 - removed Gerrie Schipske (D)

LONG BEACH LIMBO: After surveying the political landscape following Ricardo Lara's jump into SD33, on Friday Bonnie Lowenthal redirected her ambitions to serving a third and final term in the Assembly. As noted above, this is expected to put on hold the Assembly bids of Long Beach City Councilmembers Patrick O'Donnell and Gerrie Schipske. Already over the weekend, some locals were suggesting Schipske should redirect her ambitions to Long Beach-based CD47, which has four white men running. With a top-two primary, the openly lesbian Schipske could have a good shot at the general and, if one of the GOP candidates survives the top two, a good shot at Congress. Schipske previously lost two congressional bids against Steve Horn and Dana Rohrabacher.

UNLIKELY: Rep. Devin Nunes considers a run against Sen. Dianne Feinstein [Paul C. Barton @ Desert Sun]

THE 1%: The fight between the City of Vernon and Speaker John Perez cost the hamlet $3,185,058 in lobbying expenses through the first three quarters of the year, or $28,439 for each of the city's 112 residents. The largest share, $956,254, helped vault Nielson Merksamer to the position of top lobbying firm in Sacramento over KP Public Affairs.

HEY, BIG SPENDER: Ed Chau, the Chu-Eng choice to assume AD49, dumped another $77,000 of his own cash into his campaign, bringing his self-financing total to $100,700.

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COASTING OUT: Shane Goldmacher's final LAT story: State Senate dines at taxpayers' expense 

UBER POLI-GEEK: Is Paul Mitchell becoming California's Nate Silver?

WITHOUT NBA, WE MUST ASK: Are the Niners for real?

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Bonnie Lowenthal Drops Senate Bid To Seek Third Assembly Term
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, has abandoned plans to run for the state Senate, announcing her intention to run for a third and final term in the state Assembly.

Let's Come Together In November 2012 To Restore Education Funding
Carol Kocivar @
toped.svefoundation.org
It's time now to unite for next November. Yes, November 2012. It may seem like a long way off, but it’s not. In just a year, our state will have a potential opportunity our children can't afford for us to miss.

There's Too Much Pork On The Table
George Skelton @
latimes.com
Gov. Brown and the Legislature need to trim the fat from the water bond and serve it to voters.

Dan Walters: Fresno, Sacramento Follow Suit On Downtown Districts
sacbee.com
There must be some kind of cosmic, even telepathic, communications link between the political overseers of the Central Valley's two largest cities, Fresno and Sacramento, when it comes to managing their equally troubled downtown business districts.

Disputes Over Tighter Voting Procedures Grow As Election Year Approaches
Jamie Klatell @
thehill.com
Tighter voting laws, such as those requiring voters to produce a photo ID before casting their ballot, in several states could not only disenfranchise some voters, but also lead to longer voting lines next year, according to the results of a mock election in Wisconsin.

The Buzz: California Assembly aides expecting budget deficit up to $8 billion
THE NUMBERS @
sacbee.com
Assembly budget aides expect California to face a deficit of about $5 billion to $8 billion in the next fiscal year, higher than the $3.1 billion projected by Gov. Jerry Brown, according to a memo obtained by The Bee.

Brown Pension Board Push: Five CalSTRS Openings
Ed Mendel @
calpensions.com
Last week Brown aides interviewed three board members appointed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger whose four-year terms expire at the end of the year: Kathy Brugger, Jerilyn Harris and Beth Rogers.

Nearly 80% Of Chinatown Mail-in Ballots In Already
Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross @
sfgate.com
An early read of San Francisco's mail-in ballots suggests Tuesday could be a real muscle-flexing night for Chinese American voters. It also appears that the race for mayor has come down to the last couple of days, with...

Will GOP Rep. Devin Nunes Challenge Dianne Feinstein?
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
With a year to go until the 2012 general election, a serious challenger to Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has yet to emerge.

Senate takes up veterans jobs bill as key budget deadlines loom
Lisa Mascaro @
latimes.com
The Senate continues to make its way through popular provisions of President Obama's jobs package– taking up a proposal this week to give tax credits for companies that hire jobless veterans – in an otherwise quiet week that belies the looming deadlines facing Congress.

Politicians May Get Good Fundraising News
Rick Orlov @
dailynews.com
The state Fair Political Practices Commission might have an early Christmas gift for some of the state's politicians who lost money in accounts handled by campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee of Burbank.

State Sen. Joe Simitian To Run For Santa Clara County Supervisor -- Again
Local @
mercurynews.com
State Sen. Joe Simitian, who will be termed out of the Legislature next year, announced Sunday that he will run again for Santa Clara County supervisor.

Fullerton Officer Charged In Beating Death Gets Big L.A. Pension
Abby Sewell @
latimes.com
While with the LAPD, Jay Cicinelli was seriously injured in a shooting and was awarded a lifetime disability pension of 70% of his salary. He soon got the O.C. job. Now his pension may be reviewed.

Modesto residents take up pension reform proposals
Jon Ortiz @
blogs.sacbee.com
Watch Modesto for an indication of the public's mood about public pension "reform." Residents of the Central Valley city on Tuesday consider three ballot measures that sound a lot like retirement changes proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown and others rolled out last week by the California Pension Reform group.

Obama's Strategic Edge: Cash To Campaign Everywhere
Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau @
latimes.com
President Obama brings to the 2012 campaign a strategic edge that previous Democratic candidates would envy: enough money to compete everywhere. He shouldn't have to let any states slip away for lack of cash.

Morrell To Move After Redistricting
Neil Nisperos @
sbsun.com
Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, said he is moving to another home in Rancho Cucamonga because his current residence isn't in the newly drawn 40th Assembly District.

Bonnie Lowenthal drops Senate bid to seek third Assembly term
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, has abandoned plans to run for the state Senate, announcing her intention to run for a third and final term in the state Assembly.

Senate to try again on jobs as deficit cut deadline looms
latimes.com
The Senate continues to make its way through popular provisions of President Obama’s jobs package–-taking up a proposal this week to give tax credits for companies that hire jobless veterans--in an otherwise quiet week that belies the looming deadlines facing Congress.

Fresno, Sacramento follow suit on downtown districts
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
There must be some kind of cosmic, even telepathic, communications link between the political overseers of the Central Valley's two largest cities, Fresno and Sacramento, when it comes to managing their equally troubled downtown business districts.

Why Barack Obama Will Win A Second Term « Calbuzz
calbuzz.com
One year from now, America will re-elect President Barack Obama.

Will GOP Rep. Devin Nunes challenge Dianne Feinstein?
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
With a year to go until the 2012 general election, a serious challenger to Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has yet to emerge.

Ohio's battle for health care freedom
Ed Meese and Jack Painter @
politico.com
Opinion: Citizens of Ohio are fighting back against inappropriate government control over their lives.

PG&E Pipe Ruptures, Causing I-280 Landslide
Jaxon Van Derbeken, Demian Bulwa,Henry K. Lee @
sfgate.com
A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. natural gas pipeline ruptured Sunday afternoon during a high-pressure water test that ripped a hole in a Peninsula hillside, sending a deluge of mud and rocks onto Interstate 280 and...