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THE NOONER for January 11, 2012

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • CD08 - added Assemblymember Paul Cook (R)
  • CD08 - added State Senator Bob Dutton (moved from AD40)
  • SD01 - added Assemblymember Jim Nielsen (R) (moved from AD03)
  • AD03 - added Assemblymember Dan Logue (R) (moved from AD01)
  • AD79 - added Lemon Grove councilmember Mary England (R)

QUICKIE: A little short today, as I'm crazy busy with work, even at 4:45am. For those that don't subscribe for the amazing price of $5/month, you get what you pay for. For those who do subscribe, I owe you a beer.

BUDGET BILLS: The spending bills for 2012-13 are now available: AB 1463 | SB 957.

WALLY WORLD: As expected, the retirement of Wally Herger from Congress set off a chain reaction. Within 48 hours, Doug LaMalfa announced for Congress, Jim Nielsen announced for LaMalfa's Senate seat, and Dan Logue switched from AD01 to AD03, thus avoiding a required move. Thanks, Wally, everyone is happy now!

LOLLYGAGGING LEWIS: Now everyone is waiting on the decision of Jerry Lewis, who is fully expected to retire. I now have him retiring and both Assemblymember Paul Cook and Senator Bob Dutton running for the high desert seat CD08. All of it works out to good news for Democrats, particularly likely candidate and Redlands mayor Pete Aguilar, who have to be seen as favorites in CD31. Joe Baca took the more favorable CD35, fearing that, while he could win CD31 in 2012, it might be a more difficult prospect in lower turnout 2014.

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YAWN: Revenues were only down $169.5 million in December according to Controller John Chiang.

DOUBLE-X SNOWBALL: The leaders who are trying to bring more focus on the women leaders in California politics and the Capitol scene, have built a list of 175 women in leadership roles. Time to look again at that great animated video and, remember my fellow Y-ers, don't piss off names like Dahmen, Fearing, Pfefferkorn, Swanson, Westly, and Winger. If you're a women leader and would like to be involved, fill out the Survey Monkey form at http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/r.html?s=n&l=http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CAwomensnetwork. For questions, email politicalwomencalifornia@gmail.com.

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Top Budget Analyst Skeptical Of Gov. Jerry Brown's Budget Plan
latimesblogs.latimes.com
California's chief independent budget analyst said Wednesday there's a giant "question mark" hanging over Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal this year -- whether voters approve higher taxes at the ballot box this November or not. Brown's reliance on the tax...

LAUSD Superintendent Proposes Parcel Tax For November Ballot
Barbara Jones, Staff Writer @
dailynews.com
Facing a budget deficit of more than a half-billion dollars for 2012-13, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy today proposed a parcel tax for the November ballot as a way to head off cuts he said would decimate the nation's second-largest school district.

California Supreme Court Explores Which Senate Maps To Use In Redistricting Fight
Jim Sanders @
blogs.sacbee.com
About a month before state Senate candidates must file for the June primary election, the California Supreme Court wrestled Tuesday with which district boundaries should be used if a pending referendum qualifies for the ballot.

California's Redistricting Battle Comes To A Head
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
The three-pronged battle over which state Senate districts will be used for this year's elections is reaching a climax that will determine whether Democrats can achieve a two-thirds majority in the upper legislative house.

Republicans Prepare Counterattack On Gov. Brown Budget Plan
latimesblogs.latimes.com
When it comes to budget negotiations this year, Republicans are expected to have little leverage.They don't have enough votes in either the Assembly or the Senate to prevent Democrats from easily pushing through their own spending plan.

City Beat: City Manager: Half Of Sacramento's Deficit Could Be Wiped Out By Pension Reform
focusing on pensions, Shirey is setting the tone for negotiations that city officials will try to have with the labor unions @
blogs.sacbee.com
It's more clear than ever that the top brass at City Hall has its eyes set on employee pensions as a way to slow the cycle of persistent budget deficits.

Why Newt's Lefty Wealth Attack On Mitt Matters
calbuzz.com
To the surprise of no one, Mitt Romney won the home field New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, leaving him securely and luxuriously ensconced in what you like to call your catbird’s seat, well on his way to the Republican nomination for president.

Backers Of Calif. Public Pension Overhaul Lag In Fundraising Effort
sacbee.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The effort to place a public pension overhaul before California voters this November has moved into a new and challenging phase.

California Controller Says December Revenues Missed Mark
Kevin Yamamura @
blogs.sacbee.com
California missed its December revenue target by $1.4 billion due to weak income tax totals, closing the first half of the fiscal year down $2.5 billion compared to the budget enacted in June, according to state Controller John Chiang.

California Supreme Court tackles redistricting
sacbee.com
About a month before state Senate candidates must file for the June primary election, the California Supreme Court wrestled Tuesday with which district boundaries should be used if a pending referendum qualifies for the ballot.

Gov. Brown's Cap-and-trade Spending Plan Angers Businesses
Marc Lifsher @
latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown aims to spend $1 billion from the auction of emission credits to help shrink the budget shortfall. Industry groups call that a back-door tax hike.

Dan Walters: California's redistricting battle comes to a head
sacbee.com
The three-pronged battle over which state Senate districts will be used for this year's elections is reaching a climax that will determine whether Democrats can achieve a two-thirds majority in the upper legislative house.

The Supreme Question: Which Senate Districts For 2012? | Capital Notes -- From Kqed's John Myers
blogs.kqed.org
SAN FRANCISCO -- Set aside the lengthy and complicated legal and constitutional points made this morning in oral arguments in front of the California Supreme Court and you come down to one basic question: will the maps of state Senate districts drawn by an independent citizens commission be used for the June primary and November general elections... or not?

California Legislature Rejects Moratorium On Highway Naming
blogs.sacbee.com
One of the perks of serving in the California Legislature is naming highways, bridges, interchanges and other public facilities - often for fellow politicians - and there are hundreds of such signs on the state's highways.

Pension overhaul backers need campaign cash, bash Kamala Harris
sacbee.com
The effort to place a public pension overhaul before California voters this November has moved into a new and challenging phase.

Calif. revenue falls below governor's projections
JUDY LIN, Associated Press @
utsandiego.com
Just a week after Gov. Jerry Brown made his pitch for tax hikes and more spending cuts, the state controller is reporting that California is collecting less revenue than the governor projected.

Believe It, Government Has Shrunk
Timm Herdt @
vcstar.com
The Great Recession has delivered to California a high unemployment rate, a wave of home foreclosures, a pervasive sense of pessimism and a significantly smaller government.

Lamalfa 'moving Forward' For Congress Run After Herger Announcement
blogs.sacbee.com
Rep. Wally Herger, R-Chico, announced his retirement Tuesday, ending more than three decades of representing the Sacramento Valley in Congress and the state Legislature.

State'a $1.6 Billion Computer System Beset By Woes
Brian Joseph @
taxdollars.ocregister.com
Five months before selecting a contractor, the state of California has already spent $62.6 million on a computer project that the state auditor says is beset by problems with staffing, funding and conflicts of interest.

Savings From 3 Strikes Reform May Be Smaller Than Claimed
californiawatch.org
Prisoners serving long sentences under California’s “three strikes” law are so expensive that legislative analysts say releasing some of them early could eventually save the state $100 million.

Dianne Feinstein Urges Moving High-speed Rail To Caltrans
blogs.sacbee.com
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein this week added her voice to the chorus of those who want the California Department of Transportation to take over the state's increasingly controversial high-speed rail project.