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THE NOONER for January 27, 2012

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  • CD26 (Ventura) - added permaculture designer Akiva Werbalowsky (R)
  • CD26 (Ventura) - removed Zeke Ruelas (D)
  • AD06 (Roseville) - added Roseville school board member Linda Park (R)

Okay, this is when the flaw in The Nooner model comes in. At 10am this morning, the Supreme Court will rule on the state senate redistricting referendum, specifically on which maps to use in 2012. Of course, I don't have time for this little hobby during the day. However, if the super-duper algorithm thingy works, the headline of the court's decision should appear below. If the case changes things much, I'll do a Nooner Nightcap tonight.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye continues to fight Charles Calderon's bill to take away authority from the Judicial Council, which she chairs.

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FACEBOOK IPO: In perhaps the best state budget news in years, it is rumored that Facebook may next week file for an initial public offering. [Wall Street Journal]

FAMILY FEUD: The National Journal writes up the race in AD38, which has a former staffer and the wife of Congressman Buck McKeon running against each other. This one is going to be nasty. (disclosure: I have donated to Wilk)

SINGLE-PAYER STALLED: SB 810 (Leno), to create a single-payer health system in California, stalled on the Senate Floor yesterday 19-15. Correa voted no, and Padillo, Rubio, Vargas and Wright took a walk.

LOBBYISTS FULL EMPLOYMENT: It appears that SB 924 (Price/Steinberg/Walters), a scope of practice bill to allow physical therapists to accept patients without physician approval, has new life. The bill historically has been opposed by the California Medical Association and the California Chiropractic Association.

CD30 POLL: Paul Mitchell is already spending the Grant from my bet with him that both -ermans will make it to November, citing a poll from the Independent Voter Network showing 34% for Brad Sherman, 30% for Republican Mark Reed and 14% for Howard Berman. While that's consistent with my low-end projection of around 30% of the overall vote for the Republicans, there is 22% of the vote missing in these results. In the end, I still don't see either -erman getting two-thirds of the Democratic vote in June.

Of course, the best part of this poll is that they tested Robert Hertzberg as an indie candidate. In the field, he captures 14%, including 9% from Reed and 4% from Sherman. Will Fran Pavley be his campaign chair?

Meanwhile, in CD52, IVN finds:

Brian Bilbray (R) 27%
Wayne Iverson (R) 6%
Scott Peters (D) 13%
Lori Saldana (D) 21%
Undecided 34%

Anyway, these numbers are part of a statewide poll of 1,800 and few other details are available. Consume with caution.

VENTURA: The Ventura County Democratic Central Committee endorsed Tony Strickland for CD26, while Ventura supe Linda Parks considers filing without party affiliation instead of as a Republican.

$$$: Former LA Mayor Richard Riordan kicked in $3,900 for Democrat Reggie Jones-Sawyer's Assembly bid.

AURAL PLEASURE: The Capital Notes podcast is out with John Myers and Anthony York discussing Jerry Brown's tax measure and the lawsuit by legislative leaders testing John Chiang's authority to withhold paychecks for an out-of-balance budget.

That's it. You made it through another week. It's time to put on your dancing shoes, and have a great weekend.

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Jerry Brown Talks Taxes, Pensions At L.A. Chamber Of Commerce
Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday urged 1,500 Los Angeles political and business leaders to back his proposal for higher taxes and implored them to pressure lawmakers in Sacramento to overhaul the state's pension system this year. "This is a call...

Gender Gap in Capitol Growing
Torey Van Oot @
The Legislature is expected to welcome a record number of new faces next year, thanks in part to term limits and new political maps. But the same forces contributing to turnover under the dome are expected to cause the number of women elected to state office to drop for the third consecutive cycle.While the demographics of the Legislature ebb and flow, groups that train and support female candidates say the trend is troubling because women currently fill just 34 of the state's 120 legislative seats.

Calif. Supreme Court upholds state Senate maps
JUDY LIN, Associated Press @
The California Supreme Court on Friday upheld the state Senate maps drawn last year by an independent redistricting commission, dealing a blow to GOP attempts to block Democrats from gaining enough seats to pass taxes on their own.

State Senate Hits Stalemate On Universal Healthcare For California
State lawmakers deadlocked Thursday over a controversial measure that would provide universal healthcare in California. In a vote in which some Democrats did not participate, the measure received only 19 of the 21 votes needed for passage in the Senate, but it was put over for another possible vote next week.

Universal Health Care Measure Stalls In California Senate
Torey Van Oot and Jim Sanders @
Legislation to create a universal health care system in California stalled in the state Senate Thursday ahead of a key legislative deadline, signaling it will likely fail to advance this year. The so-called "Medicare for all" proposal, Senate Bill 810, fell short of the 21 votes needed to pass the upper house, by a vote of 19-15. Four moderate Democrats abstained and one joined Republicans in voting against the bill.

Podcast: Sales Pitch
John Myers @
Maybe all those years spent on the rough seas of California politics help explain why, so far, Governor Jerry Brown has charted a pretty successful course for his November tax initiative.

California Supreme Court denies challenge of Senate maps
Jim Sanders @
The California Supreme Court ruled today that state Senate maps drawn by a citizens commission will be used in this year's elections, despite a pending referendum to overturn them.

Bill On Media Access To Prisoners Advances
Josh Richman @
The Assembly voted 47-22 today to pass a Bay Area lawmaker’s bill that would lift the ban on media interviews with specific inmates in California’s prisons.

Think Long Announces It Will Back California Forward's Measure
Torey Van Oot @
An independent committee backed by billionaire investor Nicolas Berggruen announced today that it will support a proposed ballot measure that would make major changes to the state's budget and governance processes.

Desal Opponents Plan November Ballot Measure
Opponents of a proposed seawater desalination plant have submitted a preliminary petition notice to the city that would ask voters whether they want the opportunity to approve the controversial project in a future election.

Politics And Billionaire Ceos Don't Often Mix | Nbc Los Angeles
Uncategorized @
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California Supreme Court To Rule Friday On State Senate Maps
Jim Sanders @
The California Supreme Court will rule Friday on what state Senate district boundary lines will be in effect for this year's legislative elections if a pending referendum qualifies for the ballot.

Dan Walters: California Legislature Once Again Earns Scorn
Last Tuesday, the Public Policy Institute of California issued a new poll that found, among other things, just 17 percent of the state's voters like the Legislature's performance.

Torey Van Oot @
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said today that he believes an effort to extend the life of local redevelopment agencies through April 15 is "not going to happen."

Kindergarten? Transitional Class? More Preschool? Shifting State Law And Budget Has Parents Confused
Local @
A new law and continuing state budget distress has parents and school officials confused and frustrated over who can enroll in kindergarten in the fall. While more than 80 percent of the children turning 5 this year can start school in August, those with late birthdays may get turned away

Assembly Passes Measures To Expand Private Health Insurance
Jim Sanders @
Bills to require private health insurance plans to cover costs of oral chemotherapy and the treatment of mental illness and substance abuse were passed today by the Assembly, largely along party lines.

Universal health care measure stalls in California Senate
Legislation to create a universal health care system in California stalled in the state Senate Thursday ahead of a key legislative deadline, signaling it will likely fail to advance this year.

State Senate hits stalemate on universal healthcare for California
Patrick McGreevy @
State lawmakers deadlocked Thursday over a controversial measure that would provide universal healthcare in California.

The Swarm: Tani Cantil-Sakauye Pleads Her Case, Fights Calderon Bill
Dan Morain @
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye today urged the defeat of Assembly legislation that would undermine the authority of the Judicial Council, and give courts in as few as two counties authority to veto any statewide judicial project.

Billionaire Insurance Exec Backs Initiative To Change Rate Rules
The 90-year-old billionaire chairman of Mercury Insurance just won’t give up.

The Redistricting Report for 01-27-12
Paul Mitchell @
Today is the big day when the State Supreme Court will rule on the State Senate lines -- they won't be putting out new lines this am, but they will decide if they are getting into the line-drawing business.

Ron Paul Campaign Slams Decision To Accommodate Newt's "Billionaire Buddy" Casino Magnate At Special Caucus
Carla Marinucci @
Ron Paul campaign slams decision to accommodate Newt’s “billionaire buddy” casino magnate at special caucus

Steinberg: Extending redevelopment agencies 'not going to happen'
Torey Van Oot @
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said today that he believes an effort to extend the life of local redevelopment agencies through April 15 is "not going to happen."

Redevelopment: No Reprieve For Agencies As Deadline Looms
Legislation to extend the life of redevelopment agencies beyond Feb. 1 seemed all but dead Thursday despite a last-ditch push by local officials and other groups.

Snorking Spilled Milk: Mitt Beats Down Newt
In miring himself ever more steadily and deeply in the tar pit of immigration, Romney reminds us of no one so much as his BFF Meg Whitman, another 2010 vet, who tried to win election by blowharding her way to the GOP nomination for governor with a hard-line stance on the issue before desperately trying to get back on the center in the general.