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THE NOONER for November 11, 2011

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Controller John Chiang Says California Has $1.5 Billion Cash Gap
Kevin Yamamura @
blogs.sacbee.com
California has fallen $1.5 billion behind in revenues through the first four months of the fiscal year, according to state Controller John Chiang, amplifying fears the state will impose deeper budget cuts this winter.

Prospect Of Online Sales Tax Grows
Jim Puzzanghera @
latimes.com
Lawmakers, looking to help cash-strapped local governments, are coalescing around legislation aimed at letting states require most online retailers and catalog-only companies to collect sales taxes from customers. Momentum is building after Amazon's deal with California.

Senate panel approves repeal of Defense of Marriage Act
Alexa Vaughn, Washington Bureau @
latimes.com
The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the 15-year-old law which prohibits the federal government from recognizing legally married same-sex couples.

West Contra Costa parcel tax ballots due by Tuesday
Tom Lochner @
mercurynews.com
Ballots in the West Contra Costa Healthcare District special parcel tax election must be received by the Contra Costa County Elections Division by Tuesday.

LAO Gives Clearer Picture Of California's Public Pensions
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
The political Sturm und Drang over California's public employee pensions, like all emotional debates, has tended to obscure the underlying facts of the issue. If nothing else, however, the report on Gov. Jerry Brown's pension reform plan that the Legislature's budget analyst released this week should give all combatants, and the public, a clearer understanding of the issue's financial and legal, if not political, parameters.

Jerry Brown Weighs In On Latest State Revenue Plunge
latimesblogs.latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday that plummeting state revenues probably portend deeper budget cuts next year, but that it was too early to tell whether that meant additional spending reductions would be necessary before the end of the current fiscal...

Brown Will Ask Legislators To OK Billions For Bullet Train
Ralph Vartabedian and Dan Weikel @
latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown says California will have a broad need for the system in the long term and that high-speed rail is a cheaper alternative to more highway and commercial aviation investments.

Effort To Repeal New Senate Districts Advances
Martin Wisckol @
totalbuzz.ocregister.com
A Republican effort to repeal the newly drawn state Senate districts by means of a ballot referendum has begun submitting the required petitions, and expects to have sufficient signatures turned in by Sunday to qualify the measure for the ballot.

Pot Activists To Greet President Obama In Coronado
Tony Perry @
latimesblogs.latimes.com
Marijuana activists plan to protest Friday outside the North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado to try to catch the attention of President Obama as he heads to a basketball game on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson.

California FPPC delays vote on overhaul of gift rules
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
The Fair Political Practices Commission has delayed a planned vote to overhaul rules on gifts to lawmakers and other state officials, continuing discussion of the proposed regulatory changes until next month.

New Gift Rules Would Benefit Legislators Dating Lobbyists
Patrick McGreevy @
latimesblogs.latimes.com
State legislators in dating “relationships’’ with lobbyists would not have to limit or disclose dinners, concert tickets and other gifts they accept from their partner under one of several controversial proposals being considered by the state ethics watchdog agency.

GOP group files signatures for vote on California redistricting
Jean Merl @
latimes.com
Republicans who want to overturn newly drawn districts for the California Senate begin filing signed petitions — they need 504,000 by Sunday — to take the matter to voters.

Obama Punts Keystone Xl Pipeline
Dan Berman and Darren Goode @
politico.com
The State Department will take another look at the route of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, pushing President Barack Obama’s difficult decision on the project until after the 2012 election.

Senate approves jobs benefits for veterans
Alan Fram @
mercurynews.com
WASHINGTON -- On Veterans Day eve, an uncharacteristically unified Senate emphatically passed a bill to help unemployed veterans and government contractors that includes the first, small slivers of President Barack Obama's jobs agenda that he is likely to sign into law.

Bruce Mcpherson Appears Set For Santa Cruz County Supervisor Run - Santa Cruz Sentinel
santacruzsentinel.com
SANTA CRUZ -- Former California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson is weighing a job that would be an unexpected capstone to his decorated political career: county supervisor.

Lawyers, Doctors Team Up To Reduce Health Disparities
californiawatch.org
On Kate Marr’s first day practicing law at The Children’s Clinic in Long Beach last week, she met with the mother of an asthmatic 7-year-old. Health clinic workers sent the woman, a Mexican immigrant, to Marr's office because they suspected there was a connection between the boy’s asthma and the family's apartment – where paint peels from the walls, cockroaches inhabit the floorboards and only one electrical outlet functions.

California budget cuts loom as revenue dips, spending soars
sacbee.com
California has fallen $1.5 billion behind in revenue through the first four months of the fiscal year, state Controller John Chiang said Thursday, amplifying fears the state will impose deeper budget cuts this winter.

L.A. County Jails May Be Out Of Room Next Month
Andrew Blankstein and Robert Faturechi @
latimes.com
The state law that shifts prisoners to local authorities means the Sheriff's Department may release thousands of inmates awaiting trial. A new way of identifying the least risky ones is in the works, Baca says.

Assemblyman Richard Pan to seek California benefits for ousted gay soldiers
Jim Sanders @
blogs.sacbee.com
Gay and lesbian veterans who were dishonorably discharged from the military in years past because of their sexual orientation would be eligible for state benefits under legislation being crafted by a Sacramento assemblyman.

Nbc Los Angeles : Rip Harry Pachon: Leading Academic, Advocate
m.nbclosangeles.com
Another link between academia and political reality is gone.

A Silver Star And A Purple Heart But Still Waiting For Benefits - Voice Of Oc | Orange County's Nonprofit Investigative News Agency: Healthy Communities: Veteran's Day, Daniel Foster, Deane Tate, Veterans First, U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs
voiceofoc.org
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 | The frustration was clear in Deane Tate's voice.

Dan Walters: LAO gives clearer picture of California's public pensions
sacbee.com
The political Sturm und Drang over California's public employee pensions, like all emotional debates, has tended to obscure the underlying facts of the issue.