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THE NOONER for November 8, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • CD49 - Added businessman Jerry Tetalman (D)

As I'm catching a 6am flight from Oakland to Detroit, this is going to be a quickie Nooner today. Particularly because United just announced that the potable water system on the plane is broken, and thus no coffee. #unitedfail

Today is election day. While a bit less exciting than the race a year from now, there are some important races to watch.

Here are the three main races that I'll be watching tonight:

SAN FRANCISCO: Mayor: Ed Lee vs. the 2s and 3s [Results] -- with 4,096 possible ballot combinations excluding write-ins, expect this one to take awhile to tabulate

LOS ANGELES: City Council: The $2 million council race [Results

OHIO: Referendum on law restricting public employee collective bargaining [Results

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SKIN OF THE TEETH? Meanwhile, I hear that backers of the State Senate redistricting referendum are planning to submit around 700,000 signatures on Thursday. Some political insiders on both the GOP and Dem side I talk to say that it's calling it awfully close to ensure 504,760 valid signatures. 

SACBEE EDITORIAL: Gov. Jerry Brown needs to right the ship of CalSTRS "No one wants to deny teachers the retirement benefits they have earned. But possible looting by spikers puts the system and its credibility at risk."

TIME RUNNING OUT: Maviglio: GOP Short on Redistricting Signatures; Makes Last Minute Push

eureka!, spin out some headlines while Scott flies the friendly skies...

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
In a surprise, D.C. appeals court upholds healthcare law
Noam N. Levey @
latimes.com
Giving a surprise boost to the new healthcare law, one of the nation’s most closely watched federal courts ruled Tuesday that law’s requirement that most Americans get health insurance is constitutional.

Government Reformers Eye November 2012 | Capital Notes -- From Kqed's John Myers
blogs.kqed.org
To do so will take money, a clear and coordinated message, and a way to overcome the opposition of political forces that thrive on the status quo.

Obama presses Congress on education, orders new Head Start rules
Christi Parsons @
latimes.com
campaign against Congress this morning, this time targeting lawmakers' failure to act on education issues by issuing executive changes governing the Head Start program.

CSU faculty union decides on one-day strike
Laurel Rosenhall @
blogs.sacbee.com
The union that represents 23,000 professors, librarians and coaches at California State University voted today to strike on Nov. 17, cancelling classes for tens of thousands of students at the system's East Bay and Dominguez Hills campuses.

California Supreme Court Takes On Legal Battle Over Redevelopment
Howard Mintz and Tracy Seipel @
mercurynews.com
The justices are set to hear arguments Thursday in case that could decide fate of redevelopment agencies and whether state has to look elsewhere for $1.7 billion to close deficit.

Analyst: Brown's pension plan bold step to reform
JUDY LIN, Associated Press @
signonsandiego.com
The state's nonpartisan analyst on Tuesday called Gov. Jerry Brown's public pension proposal a bold first step for controlling the high cost of retirement benefits and urged lawmakers to make significant funding and benefit changes.

Editorial: Gov. Jerry Brown needs to right the ship of CalSTRS
sacbee.com
California state Controller John Chiang announced last week he will conduct an audit "to test the California State Teachers' Retirement System's efforts at detecting and preventing pension spiking."

Cal State University faculty union votes to strike on 2 campuses to protest...
The Associated Press @
signonsandiego.com
Cal State University faculty union votes to strike on 2 campuses to protest unpaid raises

Sacramento-area Bank Customers Swell Credit Union Rolls
sacbee.com
A wave of consumer disgruntlement, culminating in Saturday's so-called "bank transfer day," boosted the membership rolls at local credit unions.

Medical Marijuana Advocates Sue To Halt Dispensary Closings
John Hoeffel @
latimes.com
The lawsuits, filed in California's four federal judicial districts, are aimed at quickly winning court orders to stop the U.S. attorneys from shutting dispensaries.

State observers monitoring San Francisco election
signonsandiego.com
California's secretary of state has sent observers to monitor San Francisco's mayoral election following accusations of ballot tampering from several candidates.

Education Helps Low-income Families Make Better Health Choices, Advocates Say
Helen Afrasiabi @
healthycal.org
Food stamp recipients shouldn’t be relegated to a limited selection of nutrient-poor foods. That idea is the cornerstone of a recent project designed to improve the health of Santa Ana adults and schoolchildren.

Obama Camp Expects A Close - But Successful - Re-election
Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers @
mcclatchydc.com
A year before he faces the voters, President Barack Obama isn't waiting for the Republicans to pick their candidate before he starts campaigning.

California Is Ignoring Its Decaying Roads
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
As the California High-Speed Rail Authority was staging a made-for-television event last week to ballyhoo its latest plan – or pipe dream – for a bullet train system, an equally dense document that paints a more ominous transportation picture was quietly circulating.

Analysis: Brown's pension plan bold step to reform
JUDY LIN, Associated Press @
signonsandiego.com
The state's nonpartisan analyst is calling Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to reform the public pension system a "bold, excellent starting point" for controlling the high cost of retirement benefits.

CSU faculty union OKs one-day strike at two campuses
sacbee.com
The union that represents 23,000 professors, librarians and coaches at California State University voted Monday to strike on Nov. 17, canceling classes that day for tens of thousands of students at the system's East Bay and Dominguez Hills campuses.

CSU Faculty Union Decides On One-day Strike
Laurel Rosenhall @
blogs.sacbee.com
The union that represents 23,000 professors, librarians and coaches at California State University voted today to strike on Nov. 17, cancelling classes for tens of thousands of students at the system's East Bay and Dominguez Hills campuses.

Nunes Staffer Says Congressman Won't Challenge Feinstein | Mcclatchy
Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers @
mcclatchydc.com
WASHINGTON — Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, is not running for the Senate seat now held by Democrat Dianne Feinstein, Nunes's chief of staff said Monday.

Education letters
signonsandiego.com
We have received numerous letters responding to the education articles we’ve published since early September when the school year began. Some letters were edited down. Here’s representative examples.

Pg&e To Pay $38 Million Fine For Rancho Cordova Blast
sacbee.com
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Capt. Adam House looks over the scene of the Dec. 24, 2008, home explosion in Rancho Cordova. Pacific Gas and Electric was blamed for a faulty repair in 2006 and a slow response on the day of the disaster.

Tuesday's local elections at a glance
Joe Rodriguez @
mercurynews.com
Elections todayBay Area voters can cast ballots in today's municipal, school and special district election at polling places from 7 a.

Corporate Sponsorship In Schools Can Harm Students, Experts Say
californiawatch.org
For schools facing shrinking budgets, a branded scoreboard on the football field or advertisement on a school bus can bring some much-needed cash. But such corporate sponsorships also could undermine students' critical thinking skills, education policy experts warn.

Cal State faculty votes to strike on 2 campuses
TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press @
signonsandiego.com
California State University's faculty union voted Monday to strike on two campuses next week to protest the administration's decision to withhold negotiated pay raises, an unprecedented job action leaders hope will draw attention to the plight of the state's beleaguered public colleges.

More Ag Firms Offering Health Care To Workers
Matt Perry @
healthycal.org
Business profits and social justice are slowly merging in the harsh agricultural fields of California, as progressive new company-sponsored clinics emerge to provide direct healthcare to farm workers – including undocumented immigrants.