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THE NOONER for January 12, 2012

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • CD31 - added Congressman Gary Miller (R) (moved from CD39)

WOW. Lewis finally retires, and Miller moves east to avoid duking it out with Royce. Looks like Dutton and Miller will face-off. Head hurts. Will write about tomorrow.

The Legislative Analyst's Office released its preliminary analysis of the governor's budget, with the following main points:

  • Admin projects $3.9 billion more in overall baseline revenue than LAO
  • Admin projects much higher capital gains than LAO ($96 billion v. $62 billion)
  • "The Facebook effect"
  • Booking $2.2 billion of personal income tax revenues in 2011-12 that won't be received into 2012-13 to minimize Prop. 98 increase is inconsistent
  • Schools, community colleges and universities generally have to assume taxes don't pass and trigger cuts will happen
  • CalWORKs, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families overhauls have merit but not enough details yet to assess practicality, legality.

Meanwhile, the Assembly Republican Caucus has launched a website called "California Budget Fact Check."

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DOMINOES: Jerry Lewis finally announced his retirement.

THE 1%: "I have 10 houses in the 3rd Assembly District, so I am just going to pick one of the houses that I already own and we will be residing there," [Assemblymember Dan] Logue said.

AFTERMATH: Los Angeles city council debates assuming redevelopment risks [David Zahniser @ LA Times]

COME PACKING (GUN AND MONEY): Assemblymember Bill Berryhill, running for SD05, is hosting a duck hunt today at Woody's. $3,900 will get you a shot, so to speak.

PARTLY CLOUDY: Retail Sales in U.S. Rose Less Than Forecast | Unemployment benefit applications jump to 399,000

BUT NOT IN THE GOLDEN STATE: Initial jobless claims in California were down 23,969 last week, due to "[f]ewer layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries."

CONNECTING DOTS: "Lady Chinky Eyes" is communications manager for ProPublica. Was Papa John's involved in California redistricting?

THE NEED TO SLIM DOWN: Twinkie maker Hostess files for bankruptcy to restructur, citing fat.

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Jerry Brown's Budget Plan Criticized At Martin Luther King Event
David Siders @
blogs.sacbee.com
A year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown said at an annual breakfast celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that education funding was a civil rights issue, defending his budget plan in the first days of his new administration.

Should Jerry Brown's Dog Fill In For Him At Sacramento Press Club?
latimesblogs.latimes.com
Candidate suggests Jerry Brown's dog address Sacramento Press Club. Should Sutter, Gov. Jerry Brown's dog, speak to the press club?

Top budget analyst skeptical of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan
Chris Megerian in Sacramento @
latimes.com
hanging over Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal this year -- whether voters approve higher taxes at the ballot box this November or not.

Crime Renews Lawmaker's Concerns About Shifting Felons To Counties
latimesblogs.latimes.com
A Republican lawmaker who opposes shifting supervision of many felons from the state to counties voiced concern Wednesday over the arrest of a Sacramento man this week on sexual assault charges a month after he was released from state prison....

Budget Unknowns Put School District Planners In Sticky Spot
Kevin Yamamura @
sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown wants school districts to budget optimistically this year, assuming voters fearful of deep education cuts will approve higher taxes in November.

Dan Logue On The Move Again As Re-election Plans Change
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Campaign musical chairs caused by the state's new political maps have put Assemblyman Dan Logue on the move again.

L.A. Lawmakers Vote To Discard Redevelopment Agency
Rich Connell @
latimesblogs.latimes.com
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to relinquish control of its redevelopment agency, leaving the task of shutting down hundreds of millions of dollars in activities to some other branch of government. On a 9 to 3 vote, the council decided to in effect walk away from the agency and 192 employees.

Obama Health Care Meeting Aims to Rally Senators
nytimes.com
President Obama urged Senate Democrats to bury their differences and pass sweeping health legislation within the next nine days.

Lawmaker With Gun Highlights Capitol Security Gaps
sacbee.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Had Assemblyman Tim Donnelly not been stopped by airport security last week, he could have walked straight into the state Capitol carrying his loaded Colt .45 handgun.

California Ranks Low In Number Of Government Workers
Dan @
healthycal.org
California’s state and local governments are among the leanest in the nation when it comes to the number of employees on their payrolls as a proportion of the state’s population, according to the latest numbers crunched by economist Steve Levy.

Budget unknowns put school district planners in sticky spot
sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown wants school districts to budget optimistically this year, assuming voters fearful of deep education cuts will approve higher taxes in November.

Jerry Brown's budget plan criticized at Martin Luther King event
David Siders @
blogs.sacbee.com
A year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown said at an annual breakfast celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that education funding was a civil rights issue, defending his budget plan in the first days of his new administration.

The New World: A Billionaire Can Single-handledly Prop Up A Presidential Campaign The Voters Have Rejected -- Colbert To Announce White House Plan
POLITICO @
politico.com
TOP TALKER – “Colbert ponders W.H. bid,” by MJ Lee: “With a [PPP] poll showing him beating Jon Huntsman in South Carolina, comedian Stephen Colbert asked his fans Wednesday night if he should jump into the race and he promised a special announcement TONIGHT. Colbert was agonizing over which Republican presidential candidate to support ahead of the South Carolina primary in his search for a ‘non-Mitt Romney’ candidate when the answer suddenly came to him: ‘Oh my God! It’s me!’ ‘It all makes so much sense! …[M]y heart always leads me to me! And I am so not Mitt!’ Colbert said as his fans broke into applause and cheers.

Analysis highlights Brown's many budget challenges
JUDY LIN, Associated Press @
utsandiego.com
Gov. Jerry Brown received praise from the Legislature's nonpartisan analyst Wednesday for producing a plan that could ultimately balance the state's perennially deficit-ridden budget, but the governor also received a sobering reminder that his proposal faces a number of obstacles in the months ahead.

California Legislative Analyst Expects Lower Revenue Than Gov. Brown, Raising Specter Of More Cuts
Steven Harmon @
mercurynews.com
The nonpartisan Legislative Analysts Office on Wednesday questioned whether Gov. Jerry Brown has put more state programs at risk of further cuts by projecting overly optimistic tax revenues.

Education Week Gives California A 'c' For Its Schools
blogs.sacbee.com
California's 6 million-student public education system receives high marks for setting high academic standards but very low grades for meeting those standards and school finance in the latest national rankings by Education Week magazine.

Ballot Battle Joined Over Tobacco Tax
John Howard @
capitolweekly.net
California’s wrangle with tobacco taxes is back in a familiar mix that voters have confronted since 1988 – cigarette makers on one side, health advocates on the other. But now there’s a new dimension: The economy.

In Senate Health Showdown, Round Goes to G.O.P.
nytimes.com
As Senate Democrats struggle to line up 60 votes and pass their health care bill before Christmas, an attempt to debate a single-payer system fails.

Romney focuses on economy and unemployment in South Carolina
Maeve Reston @
latimes.com
Taking his campaign to a state that spurned him four years ago that will serve as a critical test of his appeal to the conservative voters in his party, Mitt Romney kept his focus trained on the economy and unemployment Wednesday – arguing that his private sector credentials made him the best suited Republican candidate to defeat President Obama.

Lawmaker with gun highlights Capitol security gaps
DON THOMPSON, Associated Press @
utsandiego.com
Had Assemblyman Tim Donnelly not been stopped by airport security last week, he could have walked straight into the state Capitol carrying his loaded Colt .45 handgun.

Number Of Californians With Million-dollar Incomes Up Sharply
blogs.sacbee.com
The number of Californians reporting incomes of more than $1 million increased sharply last year, as did their share of the income stream, a new report from the Franchise Tax Board reveals.

Campaign limits proposed for Southwestern and San Diego schools
utsandiego.com
Representatives from two local education agencies are proposing clamping down on campaign contributions in the wake of a criminal probe into relationships between contractors and politicians in South County.

Assembly records don't declare winner in Anthony Portantino's budget fight
sacbee.com
Newly released Assembly records provide no smoking gun for Assemblyman Anthony Portantino's accusation that his office funds were slashed last summer as punishment for casting the lone Democratic vote against the state budget.