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THE NOONER for November 30, 2011

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NEW TREND?: @JudyLinAP - "CSU trustees cancel its Dec. 5 meeting on presidential compensation due to protest concerns. Pushed back to January."

PENSION POLITICS: The conference committee reviewing public pensions is having a hearing tomorrow from 1pm-5pm in Room 112 to review the governor's pension plan.

CENTRAL COAST CATFIGHT: The nastiness in Santa Barbara continues. With hard feelings still abound from the 2010 primary fight between Das Williams and Susan Jordan, the intra-party feud is now between Jason Hodge and Hannah-Beth Jackson, who are running for SD19. Yesterday, Santa Barbara County Democratic Party chairman Daraka Larimore-Hall was quoted in the Daily Sound as saying "Stop me if you have heard this one before...the spouse of a termed-out legislator, acting like they are an oppressed outsider."

This continues the theme of attacks on Jordan, who is married to former Assemblymember Pedro Nava. Hodge married Assemblymember Fiona Ma on November 12. Of course, both Hodge and Jordan, however, were recognized political activists before they met their spouses.

Apparently, political honeymoons are not allowed in Santa Barbara.

Meanwhile, former supervisor Mike Stoker is sitting on the sidelines, hoping Hannah-Beth wins, in which case some think he has a strong chance of winning in the general. Larimore-Hall recognizes this, saying "The real danger here is Mike Stoker." With a 12% registration advantage for Democrats, it's unlikely, but possible, particularly with the continued nastiness between political camps.

CLEARED: Occupy LA Camp. Mayor Villaraigosa says he ordered it cleared after discovering children were living in the camp.

CROSS-PARTY ENDORSEMENTS: San Bernardino CCD trustee and San Manuel chairman James Ramos keeps racking up the Republican endorsements in his bid for supervisor against Paul Cook.

THE RIGHT FIGHTS BACK: Would love to read Politico's new eBook on the 2012 election by Mike Allen and Evan Thomas on my 5 1/2 hour flight from IAD to SAN tonight, but United hasn't reunited me with my iPad yet. They called me after I was through security to inform me they had it and, well, I could file a claim on Continental's website. Over/under on ever getting it back? Should I just get an iPad 2?

IN MEMORIAM: Former GOP Congressman Carlos Moorhead (1922-2011), who represented Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena for 24 years.

And, we have the headlines...

Jerry Brown's pension plan to get California lawmakers' scrutiny
Dan Smith @
California lawmakers will delve into Gov. Jerry Brown's 12-point pension plan on Thursday, the second legislative hearing by a two-house committee looking at the state's pension systems.

California Lawmakers Say Goodbye To Their State-purchased Cars
A Toyota Prius that was returned by Sen. Elaine Alquist was the first to be returned by lawmakers in the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. Lawmakers are preparing to turn in the keys to their state cars, ending a perk that legislators have enjoyed for decades.

California State University Cancels Trustees Meeting Next Week
Laurel Rosenhall @
California State University has canceled a meeting scheduled for Monday of a committee of trustees examining compensation for campus presidents, the chancellor's office announced this morning.

California Investigating O.C.'s Planned Tax Shift From Schools
Nicole Santa Cruz @
Orange County officials intend to redirect $73.5 million from schools to balance the county's budget and pay bills. The county's schools chief says the move would be devastating to education.

Sf Voters Less Liberal, More 'centrist' - The Bay Citizen
Moderate voters proved to be the decisive voting bloc in San Francisco's mayor's race, according to an analysis of ballots by The University of San Francisco. They gave Ed Lee an insurmountable advantage.

Feinstein, Rand Paul Fight Indefinite Detentions
Carolyn Lochhead @
California Democrat Dianne Feinstein joined Kentucky Republican and Tea Party favorite Rand Paul on Tuesday in a failed attempt to block legislation that would allow the government to imprison American citizens...

The Buzz: University of California regents OK raises for vice chancellors, lawyers
UC regents grant raises for vice chancellors, top lawyers

PUC Pipeline Secrecy Battle Heading To Sacramento
Eric Nalder,Jaxon Van Derbeken @
A battle is brewing in the state Legislature over secrecy at the California Public Utilities Commission. State Sen. Leland Yee , D-San Francisco, said Tuesday that his first action when the Legislature reconvenes in...

Poll: Dedicated Tax With Ed Reforms Is Winner
A new poll has confirmed what Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, and others in the 2012 Kids Education Plan coalition expected: An initiative coupling school reforms with a tax increase dedicated to education has a good chance of winning at the polls a year from now.

Political Memo: Presidential Candidates Make Fewer In-Person Appearances
Even in early-voting states, where voters have long taken pride in their ability to meet candidates in homes and cafes, presidential contenders are less likely to be seen this year.

Refund Plan Should Be Rejected :: Fox&hounds
At the UC Regents meetings scattered around the state at four UC campuses, some students demanded that Regents sign a ReFund Higher Education pledge. Promoting the pledge are public employee unions using the student unrest to push their agenda.

Voters Want More Of What They Won't Pay For: Stronger Higher Education
David Plank @
The latest PPIC poll on higher education in California was released last month, and the findings will bring no cheer to our state’s public colleges and universities. On the bright side, most respondents affirm that a strong higher education system is important for California’s future, and they agree that recent budget cuts are causing significant harm to both colleges and students. At the same time, a substantial majority of respondents is unwilling to pay higher taxes to support post-secondary education, and a similar majority rejects the idea that students should pay more for their education than they already pay.

Top analyst warns state could waste $6 billion over high-speed rail
Mike Rosenberg and Steve Harmon @
The state's top analyst on Tuesday not only questioned the legality of launching a high speed-train, but warned legislators that starting construction on the rail line could be a $6 billion waste of tax funds at the expense of social services, education and other transportation projects.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Buys $2.2 Million Marin Home
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has purchased an 1,800-square-foot home in Kentfield with his family, potentially raising anew questions about his political future.

Munger to file income tax hike measure for California schools
A wealthy civil rights advocate said she will file a ballot initiative today that would hike income taxes on most Californians to raise $10 billion for public schools and preschools.

New Voting Tech Innovations For 2012
Mackenzie Weinger @
Election officials are going high-tech for the 2012 election season — from iPads to online voting to a social media blitz like never before.

Jean Quan Recall Petitions Could Hit Streets Soon
Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross @
The petitions to recall embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan have been all but cleared for takeoff and could be on the streets by next week. Once Quan's opponents make a few minor wording changes, they'll have 160 days to...

Put Occupy L.A. On The Road
Steve Lopez @
For its next phase, protesters could travel by bus to rally around the region.

California investigating O.C.'s planned tax grab from schools
Nicole Santa Cruz @
Orange County officials intend to redirect $73.5 million from schools to balance the county's budget and pay bills. The county's schools chief says the move would be devastating to education.

Herman Cain Abandoned By Conservatives
Alexander Burns @
A growing number of prominent conservatives are abandoning Herman Cain, saying a Georgia woman’s claim that she had a 13-year affair with the Republican candidate has effectively doomed his presidential bid.