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THE NOONER for December 19, 2011

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TWEET DU JOUR: @jstrevino: "I'd like to think God let Havel and Hitchens pick the third."

THOUGHTS FROM DRIVING AROUND SF VALLEY, SIMI VALLEY AND MALIBU THIS WEEKEND:

Luckiest guys of the redraw: Adam Schiff and Tony Cardenas

Meanwhile, Elton Gallegly still hasn't announced his intentions of running in CD25 against McKeon, running in competitive CD26, or retiring. This has everyone up in the air, most importantly Tony Strickland who would run for CD26 absent Gallegly. If Strickland runs, then termed-out Cameron Smyth needs to start fundraising for SD27 for the bid against Fran Pavley fast. 

Meanwhile, the renwed rumors that Brad Sherman has decided to yield to Howard Berman and move north to Ventura to run in CD26 seem to have no veracity, wishful thinkers. Rick Orlov notes that the Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber of Commerce is hosting a town hall meeting among the candidates on January 5 at 6:30 at the Woodland Hills Westfield Promenade. If you go, get the pho at Pho 360. Not bad for mall food.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE, EIGHTIES STYLE: Here are the contributions manually posted on Friday by the SOS in lieu of Cal-ACCESS. A running list is available on ElectionTrack.com.

Contributions Reported Manually During Cal-Access Outage
Transaction Date Recipient Donor Amount
2011-12-02 John Chiang for Treasurer 2014 Visa USA Inc.
$5,000
2011-12-02 Prosperity For California, A Ballot Measure Committee Sponsored By Solorio Yoche DeHe Wintun Nation
$5,000
2011-12-05 Prosperity For California, A Ballot Measure Committee Sponsored By Solorio CA Hospitals Committee on Issues, Sponsored by CAHHS
$8,500
2011-12-05 Lopez for Assembly 2012 Ron Nakagawa (Beverly Hills, CA)
$7,800
2011-12-16 F.A.I.R. - Fairness & Accountability in Redistricting California Republican Party
$5,000
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SKELTON CHANNELING WALTERS: "The public is chanting bah, humbug." [George Skelton @ LAT]

PASSED TENSE: Author of WP's Havel Obit Died in 2006 [Jim Romanesko]

WE KNEW HER WHEN: Congratulations Steinberg staffer Kiyomi Burchill on being named Asst. Secretary of the CA Dept of Health and Human Services!

LAST WEEK'S TOP HEADLINES - in the rush to get out of here Friday, I failed to run the top headlines.

  1. California's 'Top Two' - myth and reality in 2012
  2. GOP candidates make pitch in tea party forum
  3. State Treasurer Lockyer Quits Pension Advisory Panel In Protest
  4. Bid To Trim Pension Fails, $7.7 Million Settlement
  5. Assemblywoman Alyson Huber Opts Not To Run For Re-election
  6. Kinde Durkee Was Trusted By California's Top Democrats — Until Millions Of Dollars Vanished
  7. Top 100 Delinquent Taxpayers Owe $419m
  8. Mitt Romney spars with Vietnam vet over gay marriage
  9. How Gingrich Stole Romney's Christmas
  10. Details Of Jerry Brown's Trigger Cuts
  11. Gavin Newsom's Evolving Image Includes Father, Family Man

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
GOP candidates make pitch in tea party forum
Ginger Gibson @
politico.com
Four of the Republican presidential candidates participated in a tele-forum Sunday night.

Supreme Court will hear arguments on healthcare law in late March
Michael A. Memoli @
latimes.com
The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of President Obama's healthcare law in late March, it announced Monday.

California's Big Budget Numbers Can Be Bewildering
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Even those in the Capitol have great difficulty making sense of California's chronically imbalanced state budget, so it's no wonder the outside public finds its big numbers so bewildering.

Outgoing CalPERS Board Member Rips Earnings
Ed Mendel @
calpensions.com
Over the last 10 years CalPERS investment earnings are below the median among institutional investors. Are money managers being paid for poor performance?

Boehner Opposes Senate Payroll Tax Cut Deal
Lisa Mascaro @
latimes.com
Boehner's opposition throws into doubt the ability of Congress to reach agreement by Dec. 31, when the tax break expires. He said rank-and-file Republicans reject the Senate's approach of a short-term two-month continuation of the tax break, which had been a fallback effort at compromise after talks hit an impasse.

Warren Hellman, Financier And Philanthropist, Dies At 77
David R. Baker @
sfgate.com
Warren Hellman, the San Francisco financier whose willingness to fund an unlikely range of passions made him a force in Bay Area politics, education and music, died Sunday evening from complications of leukemia, his...

The Caucus: Supreme Court to Hear Health Care Case in Late March
nytimes.com
Monday's announcement gives a sense of the logical sequence in which the justices will approach the four challenges to President Obama's landmark health care overhaul law.

Advocates of scaling back California's tough Three-Strikes law hope for place on ballot
Tracey Kaplan @
mercurynews.com
Revising California's law would save state taxpayers tens of millions a year initially and up to $100 million a year in the long run, according to supporters, largely in reduced prison and parole costs.

House sets vote on payroll-tax bill
Jonathan Allen @
politico.com
The House will vote Monday on a Senate-passed payroll tax holiday bill.

Rural School Districts Hard Hit By Transportation Cuts
sacbee.com
Chris Marciel, a transportation supervisor with the Arcohe Union School District, helps students cross the road in southern Sacramento County. The rural district has little choice but to bus many students to and from school, said Jim Shock, superintendent and principal of Arcohe School.

John Boehner: House to reject Senate-passed payroll tax 'gimmick'
Kathleen Hennessey @
latimes.com
House Speaker John Boehner says he expects the House to vote down the payroll tax deal brokered by Senate Republicans and Democrats and push for further negotiations in the year-end battle over extending the tax holiday.

Lumps Of Coal All Around
George Skelton @
latimes.com
Californians in a dark mood as state's income gap widens

The Caucus: Candidates Pick Up the Pace as Iowa Vote Approaches
nytimes.com
The campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is picking up intensity, with voting to begin in Iowa on Jan. 3.

Advocates Of Scaling Back California's Tough Three-strikes Law Hope For Place On Ballot
Tracey Kaplan @
mercurynews.com
Scaling back toughness will save millions, advocates say

Darrell Issa Links VIP Plan To 4 Lawmakers
John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman @
politico.com
Four current members of Congress took part in the controversial VIP program run by Countrywide Financial, the now defunct mortgage lender, according to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

SCOTUS sets health care arguments
Jennifer Haberkorn @
politico.com
The arguments, which take place in March, will happen days after the law's two-year anniversary.

Iowa GOP worried by hacker threat to caucus vote
RYAN J. FOLEY , Associated Press @
mercurynews.com
With two weeks remaining before Iowa kicks off the 2012 campaign with its first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, the state Republican Party is taking steps to secure its electronic vote collection system after receiving a mysterious threat to its computers.

The Buzz: California first dog Sutter Brown lands his own page on Jerry Brown's website
sacbee.com
In big dog news, Gov. Jerry Brown has added a biography of his Pembroke Welsh corgi, Sutter, to the California governor's state website.

House Republicans Oppose Senate Deal on Payroll Tax Cut, Boehner Says
nytimes.com
The House speaker, John A. Boehner, said he and other House Republicans were opposed to the extension until February of the payroll tax cuts.

Newt Gingrich wins Tea Party Patriots straw poll
Kim Geiger @
latimes.com
Newt Gingrich emerged the winner in a Sunday night straw poll of tea party voters after he and three other Republican presidential candidates courted more than 23,000 activists during a tele forum sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots coalition.

Bay Citizen Ceo: Finances Remain Strong After Founder's Death - The Bay Citizen
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baycitizen.org
The Bay Citizen remains strong financially and will continue to produce innovative journalism for its website and the Bay Area pages of The New York Times following the death Sunday of the organization’s founder, Warren Hellman, according to President and CEO Lisa Frazier.

Southern California teen sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing gay classmate...
The Associated Press @
signonsandiego.com
Southern California teen sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing gay classmate

Tax attorney Chris Parker hits ground running in Assembly race
Jim Sanders @
blogs.sacbee.com
It's official: Chris Parker is the second Democrat vying for the newly drawn 8th Assembly District seat stretching from Citrus Heights to the Wilton area.

Sacramento State defeats North Dakota 75-64
The Associated Press @
signonsandiego.com
Heath Hoffman scored 19 points and Joe Eberhard added 13 as Sacramento State used a late surge for a 75-64 victory against North Dakota on Sunday night.