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THE NOONER for December 14, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • AD08 - added Rancho Cordova councilmember Ken Cooley (D)

YEAR OF THE MAN? With Sandre Swanson confirming that he's challenging Loni Hancock for SD09, with Anthony Portantino challenging Carol Liu for SD25, and with Alyson Huber's decision not to run for reelection, I started to wonder if next year is looking bad for women in the Legislature.

Here's how I see the numbers break out, based on current declared candidates, endorsements and money:

  • Current women in the Legislature: 34 - 12 Senate, 22 Assembly
  • Women likely to be replaced by a man: 4 - Butler, Huber, Ma, Kehoe (Butler's current seat, as she's running for Brownley's seat)
  • Women whose seats might be replaced by a man: 3 - Carter, Hayashi, Pavley
  • Women with serious challenge by a man: 2 - Hancock, Liu
  • Men whose seats might be replaced by a women: 3 - Block, Simitian, Strickland 
  • Men whose seats likely to be replaced by a woman: 1 -  Jeffries

So, yes, it's not shaping up to be a great year for women. The number of women in the Legislature will likely drop from 34 to 28-30, and could dip further. For what it's worth...

BANG! By now, you likely know that the trigger was pulled for all the Tier 1 cuts, and part of the Tier 2 cuts will occur. K-12 school districts were spared $1 billion in general revenue reductions, with a much smaller $79.6 million cut to general revenue and a $248 million cut to home-to-school transportation.

Here are the revenue projections:

  • BUDGET ACT: $88.452 billion
  • LAO: $84.764 billion
  • DOF: $86.248 billion

NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT: The K-12 Education Coalition is having a presser today blasting the elimination of the school transportation funding, LAUSD is threatening a lawsuit.

REDISTRICTING REFER: Proponents of the redistricting referendum were elated yesterday when strong random sample numbers came in from Fresno (72.1%) and San Diego (82.9%) counties. With these numbers, the statewide random sample jumped to 74.1%, and the prospect of failure without a full count (below 67.6%) drops significantly. 

THE QUESTION: Was last Thursday's Bee's piece on Alyson Huber unfairly negative, thus resulting in her ending her campaign to stay in the Assembly? Would the result have been different if the Bee's headline been "Assemblymember's Soon-To-Be Ex-Husband Dumps Debt on Her?"

DARK HORSE? Jon Huntsman's Path to the Nomination [Nate Silver @ NYT]

CAL-ACCESS: Still down. Still no comment. Can we at least get a fail whale or something?

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
State Treasurer Lockyer Quits Pension Advisory Panel In Protest
latimesblogs.latimes.com
The debate over pension reform in California reached a boiling point Tuesday. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer resigned from a pension advisory panel to protest a study it was affiliated with that called for reducing retirement benefits for current public employees...

Assemblywoman Alyson Huber Opts Not To Run For Re-election
Jim Sanders @
blogs.sacbee.com
Reversing course, Assemblywoman Alyson Huber announced today that she will not seek re-election in a neighboring Assembly district after all.

Good Budget News Complicates Jerry Brown's Bid For Tax Boost
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
California's public schools received a rare bit of good news Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown largely exempted them from automatic reductions in state aid, citing improvements in the economy.

Darrell Steinberg Wants Digital Library Of Free Textbooks
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced today that he will push for legislation to create an online open source library to reduce the cost of course materials for college students across the state.

Millions of young adults getting coverage under new healthcare law
Noam N. Levey @
latimes.com
The healthcare law signed by President Obama last year has now helped as many as 2.5 million young adults get health insurance over the last year despite the lagging economy, new data released by the federal government indicates.

Details Of Jerry Brown's Trigger Cuts
Kevin Yamamura @
blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown announced today that California will impose $980 million in mid-year trigger cuts to a variety of public programs. That comes after Brown's Department of Finance determined the state will fall $2.2 billion short of its optimistic summer revenue forecast.

$1 Billion In California Budget Cuts To Kick In Soon
Anthony York and Teresa Watanabe @
latimes.com
California schools, libraries, prisons and disabled services will all be affected, with more to come, Gov. Jerry Brown warns.

Dan Walters: Good budget news complicates Jerry Brown's bid for tax boost
sacbee.com
California's public schools received a rare bit of good news Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown largely exempted them from automatic reductions in state aid, citing improvements in the economy.

Darrell Steinberg wants digital library of free textbooks
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced today that he will push for legislation to create an online open source library to reduce the cost of course materials for college students across the state.

Gov. Pulls Trigger, Hits Education
toped.svefoundation.org
Midyear budget cuts hit California like a tornado on Tuesday, leaving public schools with less damage than anticipated while bearing down on state colleges and universities with full force. Gov. Jerry Brown announced that although state revenues rose, it wasn’t enough to stave off the so-called “trigger cuts” built into this year’s budget.

House GOP Passes Payroll Tax Bill, Gains Leverage On Senate Dems
Jesse Helfrich @
thehill.com
House Republicans easily approved a one-year extension of the payroll tax cut over a presidential veto threat Tuesday, setting up a confrontation with the White House and Senate Democrats.

'Vigil' Protests Cuts To State Budget
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer @
sbsun.com
More than 60 protesters from San Bernardino and Riverside counties marched through downtown Riverside Tuesday night, carrying candles as a "vigil" for services that will be cut as part of the "trigger cuts" to the state budget announced earlier that day.

Los Angeles Schools To Sue California Over Bus Cut
Kevin Yamamura @
blogs.sacbee.com
California's largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, announced today it will file suit to block the state from eliminating $248 million in school bus funding.

$1 billion in California budget cuts to kick in soon
Anthony York and Teresa Watanabe @
latimes.com
California schools, libraries, prisons and disabled services will all be affected — with more to come, Gov. Jerry Brown warns.

CalPERS Surprise: Smaller Rate Hike For Local Plans
calpensions.com
The rate hike next July for most of the 2,043 local public pension plans in the giant CalPERS system will be lower than expected — an increase of 1 percent of pay or less for four-fifths of them.

CalPERS Earns $695 Million Profit From Investment Fund
sacbee.com
CalPERS reported a $695 million profit from one of its investments Tuesday.

Lawmakers investigate pepper-spraying at UC Occupy protests
mercurynews.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers are investigating how colleges responded to non-violent protests that sprung from the Occupy movement, including the pepper-spraying incident at the University of California, Davis.

AM Alert: UC campus protest procedures up for discussion
Amy Chance @
blogs.sacbee.com
Lawmakers will take on UC officials' response to recent campus unrest at a 10 a.m. joint legislative hearing today at the Capitol.

Darrell Steinberg pushes 'open-source' college textbooks for Californians
sacbee.com
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced Tuesday that he will push for legislation to create an online, open-source library to reduce the cost of course materials for college students across the state.

Gov. Brown makes midyear cuts, warns more to come
JUDY LIN, Associated Press @
signonsandiego.com
In rolling out midyear budget cuts, Gov. Jerry Brown said he saw no choice but to demonstrate fiscal discipline and warned that a new and more devastating round of reductions will hit next year unless his tax proposal is implemented.

Sacramento City Council Votes 7-2 For Arena Funding's Parking Plan
Ryan Lillis @
sacbee.com
The Sacramento City Council took a critical step Tuesday night toward financing a new downtown sports arena by voting 7-2 to ask companies interested in leasing the city's downtown parking operations to step forward.

The Caucus: State of the Union Date Is Set
nytimes.com
President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address on Jan. 24, an appearance that inevitably will set the tone and sound the theme of economic renewal for his re-election campaign.