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THE NOONER for November 18, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • AD13 - added Xochitl Paderes (D)
  • AD74 - added Newport Beach councilmember Leslie Daigle (R)

BIG ENDORSEMENT: Congressman Mike Thompson has endorsed Assemblymember Jared Huffman in CD02. The sprawling district stretches from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border, and includes much of the territory currently represented by Thompson. Thompson's new CD05 is a compact district focused in Napa, Santa Rosa and Lake County. Eight candidates are seeking CD02 in the largest field of any congressional district. Huffman also picked up the endorsement of Assemblymember Wes Chesbro, who has represented much of the district in both the Senate and Assembly.

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Not looking forward to the weekend—his mood swings are becoming more frequent and less easily tolerated, and he does rave on. Quoting at length from his "Rants," vintage and newer online essays that can also be found on his Facebook page's "Other Stuff" tab. (They’re also available as an ebook from iTunes & iBooks; Barnes & Noble Nook; Sony Reader; at Smashwords for Kindle and other popular e- and online reader formats.)

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NOTHING TO SEE HERE: With everything rainbows and unicorns on the higher education front, the California Postsecondary Education Commission closes its doors today. CPEC, the successor to the higher education coordinating council identified in the Master Plan, had its last $1.9 million vetoed by the governor in the Budget Act.

INFLATION: The SacBee has the latest raises in State Senate salaries.

$$$: In time for this weekend's executive board meeting at the Crowne Plaza SFO, the California Democratic Party reports $344,000 in big contributions.

MUST SEE TEEVEE: The CNN redistricting special airs Sunday at 5pm, 8pm and 11pm and, reportedly, if you don't blink, you might see Paul Mitchell and Matt Rexroad.

MUST SEE TEEVEE 2: @mikeallen: "60 Minutes Sunday: "PLEDGE": Steve Kroft takes a look at Grover Norquist, the man many blame for holding up the deficit-reduction process"

AURAL PLEASURE: Another early Capital Notes podcast, with John Myers and Anthony York. With the LAO's fiscal outlook released this week, your budget break is officially over.

And, we have the headlines:

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Jerry Brown's Budget Gimmick Falls Short
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Jerry Brown sought his second stint as governor last year by promising to balance the deficit- riddled state budget without gimmicks.

Podcast: Trigger Talk
John Myers @
blogs.kqed.org
And now, the final debate of the 2011 budget saga: was the $2 billion trigger cut provision a fiscal insurance policy, a risky bet for millions who depend on targeted services, or simply a political necessity in a very polarized statehouse?

California Supreme Court says proponents can defend gay-marriage ban
sacbee.com
In a major lift for supporters of California's same-sex marriage ban, the state's highest court ruled Thursday that proponents of ballot initiatives can defend their measures in court when the governor and attorney general refuse to do so.

House sets Friday vote on balanced budget proposal
Jim Abrams @
mercurynews.com
WASHINGTON -- With the federal government racking up deficits of more than $1 trillion a year and lawmakers paralyzed by political differences, the House on Thursday is taking up a proposed constitutional amendment that would force Congress to balance its budget.

Former Schwarzenegger adviser renews call for pension reform
Jon Ortiz @
blogs.sacbee.com
David Crane, the jobs and economic growth adviser for former GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and now president of Govern for California says that pension changes need to be part of solving the multibillion-dollar state budget deficit expected next year.

Unions Press For Alliance With Occupy Sacramento
sacbee.com
Dawn Gullick, owner of Eddo's Harbor & RV Park in Rio Vista, makes a point about her health insurance costs as she joins other protesters in the Gold River office of Rep. Dan Lungren. Concerns were also raised about cuts to social services and calls for raising taxes instead. Protesters politely thinned out when told the office had been filled to its safe capacity.

Local Option For State Tax Initiative
toped.svefoundation.org
Of the seven parcel taxes on the ballot, five passed with the required two-thirds majority, and the two that lost, in Pacific Grove Unified and Las Virgenes Schools, did get more than 55 percent voter support. The ones that passed ranged from $59 per parcel in Mammoth Unified, an extension of the existing tax, to $374 per parcel in Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified, which replaced the $165 tax.

Appeals court asks for new briefs in Prop. 8 case
The Associated Press @
signonsandiego.com
The federal appeals court considering the constitutionality of California's same-sex marriage ban wants supporters and opponents to explain how a state Supreme Court ruling authorizing Proposition 8's supporters to defend the measure affects the broader case.

Csu-east Bay Teachers Hold One-day Walk Out
Nanette Asimov @
sfgate.com
They pitched no tents. They were struck by no police batons. But the hundreds of chanting, dancing, drum-pounding California State University faculty members who converged on CSU's Hayward campus today to demand...

Law Mandating Teaching Of LGBT History Faces New Challenge
Wyatt Buchanan @
blog.sfgate.com
Law mandating teaching of LGBT history faces new challenge

Prop. 8 sponsors are legally entitled to defend measure, court rules
Maura Dolan @
latimes.com
The California Supreme Court decided Thursday that the sponsors of Proposition 8 and other ballot measures are entitled to defend them in court, a ruling likely to spur federal courts to decide the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans.

House prepares to vote on balanced budget proposal
JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press @
signonsandiego.com
The House is voting on a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget, a step some see as the only way to fix a Congress divided over how to put its fiscal affairs in order.

At Senate Hearing, Trade Groups Split Over Efforts To Ravamp Chemical-safety Law
washingtonpost.com
The nation’s leading chemical manufacturers on Thursday bashed a Senate measure that would revamp the nation’s chemical safety law, as concerns mount that ingredients used in making everyday consumer products may lead to serious health problems.

Deeper Cuts To State Budget Expected
Anthony York and Nicholas Riccardi @
latimes.com
Lower-than-forecast revenue means automatic reductions will likely kick in. A shorter K-12 school year could result.

Gov. Brown Gets Low Marks For Higher Ed
toped.svefoundation.org
But the Governor is an Oscar contender compared to the state legislature’s ratings; 70 percent of respondents gave lawmakers a thumbs down on overall job performance, and 71 percent disapprove of their handling of higher education.

California unemployment rate falls to 11.7 percent
The Associated Press @
signonsandiego.com
California's unemployment rate fell slightly in October, to 11.7 percent, from 11.9 percent a month earlier, as the state added jobs in construction, education, health services and leisure and hospitality, the state Employment Development Department said Friday.

The Texas Tribune: Changes in Redistricting Are Near, but March Is Still the Month to Watch
ROSS RAMSEY @
nytimes.com
Elections in Texas are essentially decided in March, not November, and that will be true even after the federal courts release their redistricting maps later this month.

Boxer wants to trim pay of defense executives
signonsandiego.com
A bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators that includes California Democrat Barbara Boxer is proposing to reduce the amount of taxpayer money that can be used to help pay the salaries of high ranking defense industry contractors.

A Newsmaker Buys The Local Newspaper
voiceofsandiego.org
New owner Doug Manchester has been a polarizing figure, one known for his brash negotiations and controversial politics.

Congress About To Kill High-speed Train Program
National @
mercurynews.com
WASHINGTON -- Congress voted Thursday to kill funds for President Barack Obamas signature high-speed rail program, but the initiative may have some life in it still.

Backers of Proposition 8 Can Challenge Court Ruling
nytimes.com
The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that proponents of the proposition that banned gay marriage in California can challenge the overturning of the law by a lower-court judge.