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THE NOONER for November 10, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • AD77 - added businessman Loren Borenstein (R)

TRIGGER unHAPPY: Controller John Chiang: October "revenues came in $810.5 million below projections from the recently passed state budget."

The ugly numbers:

  • Revenues: -$1.5 billion below budget
  • Expenditures: $1.7 billion above budget

Nothing to see here...moving on...congratulations go out to Mayor Ed Lee. Today, the proponents of the State Senate redistricting referendum plan to drop signatures off at county elections offices. The official deadline is Sunday, but today is the last working day to drop off signatures. County elections officials will then have 8 working days to provide a raw count, and then 30 working days to perform the random sample.

In theory, if a full count is required, it could be February before we know that there is going to be a referendum. That would be a huge mess, as John Myers pointed out in a blog post written before the California Supreme Court nixed the legal challenges to the commission's maps. The fact is, we don't know which State Senate maps will be used (lots of confusion about this, partially because of a poorly written Prop. 20), or when the filing period will be. The biggest player in the 2012 State Senate election may very well be new Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakaouye

Meanwhile, things are already getting testy in SD19, the Santa Barbara senate seat. Candidate Jason Hodge (D) launched a "Dear Ms. Jackson" letter yesterday to Hannah-Beth Jackson:

I don’t think you hired this private investigator. But since he works for Democrats, I suspect he is being paid by one of the special interests that invested so heavily in your last multimillion-dollar campaign.

One can only assume that this dirt digging is a preamble for a negative campaign. That is regrettable.

I had hoped you and I could engage in a campaign on the issues that impact the lives of those we seek to represent.

Of course, there was a nice big red DONATE button on the e-mail, and opp research is nothing new. Seems like an effective and "positive" way to remind people who he's running against and use that to drive the dough.

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BAD NEIGHBOR: The California Young Democrats is holding its annual retreat this weekend in Lake Tahoe. The event is at both the Lakeland Village Resort in California and Montbleu Casino in Nevada. What good neighbors! Unfortunately, Nevada is being a bad neighbor to young people, unilaterally cancelling the state's reciprocal deal with California to charge in-state rates to California students. 

VIDEO DU JOUR: Rick Perry's brain freeze

SERIOUSLY?: Riots Erupt at Penn State After Legendary Coach Paterno Fired | Penn State's The Collegian front page

Paterno should have been fired the day he didn't fire his defensive coordinator immediately when found out he was playing with boys in the team's shower. 

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Jet lag is killing me, or is it just conference-itis?

  • The Los Angeles police officer who is in a runoff for city council district 15 is Joe Buscaino.
  • Unfortunately, Leland Yee and Kristin Olsen don't have to work with each other. SD08 will be represented by a senator appointed by Rules Committee, and the people of San Francisco will still have Yee until 2014.

and, we have headlines...

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Hundreds Rally At UC Berkeley To Protest Higher Education Cuts
Matt Krupnick @
mercurynews.com
Students and union leaders staged a rally against higher-education cuts and bank profits Wednesday at UC Berkeley, where some say the Occupy movement began.

Do Local Tax Election Results Foreshadow 2012 State Tax Fight? :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
Overall, there were 53 tax, bond and fee measures on local ballots. With the understanding that the results are preliminary for the final counts are not in, 40 of the 53 tax measures passed for a solid passing percentage of 75%. The results included 18 of 22 city majority vote tax measures passing, and 11 of 14 parcel tax measures in special districts and school districts getting the necessary two-thirds vote to pass.

Local Revenue Proposals Fare Well Among California Voters
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Revenue measures fared well in local elections held across the state Tuesday, with tax proposals passing at a higher rate than over the previous decade.

California Lawmakers Head To Hawaii To Hobnob With Capitol Interests
sacbee.com
More than a dozen California lawmakers are packing their bags for a weeklong trip to Hawaii to hobnob and discuss key issues with some of the Capitol's most powerful interests.

UC Berkeley Students Face Down Police Over Tents Set Up Near Sproul Hall
Local @
mercurynews.com
Students and union leaders staged a rally against higher-education cuts and bank profits Wednesday at UC Berkeley, where some say the Occupy movement began.

Jerry Brown Raises Money In Orange County
David Siders @
blogs.sacbee.com
For a governor who has hardly done any buck-raking in his first year in office, Gov. Jerry Brown's trip last month to Orange County may have resulted in one of his best single-day hauls in months.

Occupy Protests And Political Backlash :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
The Occupy Wall Street protests, especially in Oakland, and the news it has generated, brings up memories of former United States Senator from California, S. I. Hayakawa. The former English professor and president of the then named San Francisco State College achieved world-wide attention for standing up to protests at the school during the raucous 1960s. His stance led him to eventually win a U. S. Senate seat when he upset sitting senator John Tunney in the 1976 election.

GOP Senators Praise Boxer On Roads Bill
Carolyn Lochhead @
sfgate.com
California Sen. Barbara Boxer won rare praise from Republicans Wednesday for unanimously passing an overhaul of federal highway programs bill out of her committee. Boxer, a liberal Democrat who chairs the Senate...

GOP Asks For Special Session On Pension Reform - Total Buzz : The Orange County Register
totalbuzz.ocregister.com
Four Republican state senators, including two from Orange County, held a press conference today urging Gov. Jerry Brown to call a special session of the Legislature to consider his pension reform plan.

Hundreds rally at UC Berkeley to protest higher education cuts
Matt Krupnick @
mercurynews.com
Students and union leaders staged a rally against higher-education cuts and bank profits Wednesday at UC Berkeley, where some say the Occupy movement began.

Calif. Supreme Court to hear redevelopment case
Judy Lin, Associated Press @
signonsandiego.com
The California Supreme Court will hear a high-stakes case that will decide whether Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers have the right to eliminate community redevelopment agencies or if they are wrong to take money from local governments.

GOP lawmakers demand special session on public pensions
Jon Ortiz @
blogs.sacbee.com
Four GOP lawmakers this morning praised Gov. Jerry Brown's 12-point plan to change public pensions, then challenged him to go a step further by calling a special session to address the issue.

S.F. Ranked-choice Voting Hurts Progressive Backers
Heather Knight, John Cote @
sfgate.com
Under San Francisco's traditional voting system, interim Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor John Avalos would be headed for a December runoff in which stark contrasts could be drawn between the moderate longtime bureaucrat and the progressive former social worker.

Ohio vote on collective bargaining is parsed for 2012 omens
Sabrina Tavernise and Steven Greenhouse @
mercurynews.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The landslide vote to repeal an Ohio law that limits collective bargaining has sounded a strong note of caution for Republican governors and lawmakers, raising questions about some of their legislative efforts, especially those that would weaken labor unions.

39 Arrested At UC Berkeley Occupy Encampment
Abby Sewell @
latimesblogs.latimes.com
Dozens of protesters were arrested on the campus of UC Berkeley, where university police moved in to break up an Occupy Berkeley encampment.

Local revenue proposals fare well among California voters
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Revenue measures fared well in local elections held across the state Tuesday, with tax proposals passing at a higher rate than over the previous decade.

Medical Marijuana Advocates Take Their Battle To The Courts
sacbee.com
Foes of a federal crackdown on medical marijuana rally Wednesday at the U.S. courthouse in Sacramento. Lawsuits assail property-seizure threats against pot shop landlords. Weed supporters also complain that Colorado pot operations are treated differently.

Congressional Memo: Competing Balanced Budget Proposals Headed for Votes
nytimes.com
For the first time since 1995, both chambers of Congress will vote on proposals to add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Obama Taking Page From Jerry Brown's Playbook?
Josh Richman @
contracostatimes.com
Cost-cutting orders from White House very like ones the governor demanded