Around The Capitol

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here

Receive this as a forward? Sign up here

THE NOONER for February 3, 2012

jump to the headlines


  • CD39 (Fullerton) - removed Cerritos councilmember Joseph Cho (D) (endorsed Jay Chen)
  • AD78 (San Diego) - added attorney Don Loftus (D)

TWEET DU JOUR: @borowitzreport - "Abort!" -- overheard at Komen headquarters #Komen

Good morning from Baghdad by the Bay, where I'm channeling my inner Herb Caen with insufficient coffee.

BIG NUMBER: The unemployment rate dropped from 8.5% to 8.3%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning. It is now very possible that the unemployment rate will be below 8% by the November election. A net of 243,000 jobs were added, with 257,000 private sector jobs and a small reduction in public sector jobs.

DEM TALKING POINT: Joblessness in January is now lower than the first 100 days of Obama's presidency. Stimulus worked.
GOP TALKING POINT: The unemployment rate turned around in November 2010 when the Republicans won the House majority and halted spending.

[the chart]

Good news: broad-based job growth (manufacturing +50k, professional/business svcs +70k).
Bad news for California: Information, including motion pictures and technology -13k.
State data will be available March 9. 

[geek deets

$$$: I finally have all the state fundraising totals posted on one page. They are also now on the district pages. Let me know if anything looks strange.

THE SELF-FUNDERS: candidates that kicked in personal cash exceeding the $7,800 allowable from other donors.

  • SD13 Sally Lieber (D) $100,000
  • SD25 Carol Liu (D) $100,000
  • AD03 Dan Logue (R) $100,000
  • AD05 Rico Oller (R) $100,000
  • AD20 Bill Quirk (D) $95,000
  • AD33 Bill Jahn (R) $80,000
  • AD40 Mike Morrell (R) $67,000
  • AD66 Craig Huey (R) $60,000
  • AD18 Kathy Neal (D) $55,250
  • AD75 Marie Waldron (R) $51,000
  • AD59 Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D) $50,000
  • AD38 Patricia McKeon (R) $40,000
  • AD66 Al Muratsuchi (D) $40,000
  • AD76 Rocky Chavez (R) $30,000
  • SD05 Bill Berryhill (R) $33,000
  • AD28 Chad Walsh (N) $20,000
  • SD19 Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) $25,000
  • AD49 Edwin Chau (D) $23,700
  • AD20 Jennifer Ong (D) $14,000
  • AD46 Andrew Lachman (D) $12,000
  • AD26 Connie Conway (R) $10,000
  • SD15 Joe Coto (D) $10,000
  • AD46 Laurette Healey (D) $10,000
  • AD21 Lesa Rasmussen (D) $10,000
  • AD42 Brian Nestande (R) $9,250
  • AD79 Shirley Weber () $9,000

MY BABY WROTE ME A LETTER: Jerry Brown sent another letter, this time to the co-chairs of the Legislature's special committee looking at pensions. Along with the letter was constitutional and statutory language for his pension reform. 

The language wasn't an olive branch to the unions he's hoping come in with big dough for his tax initiative. Labor spox Steve Maviglio said "To launch this bomb in the early stages of the legislative season can only be counterproductive." [Jon Ortiz @ SacBee]

By the way, SacBee. I subscribe to your paper, which occasionally reaches my driveway. Can I please read articles without having to wait for a video ad?


CA Political Maps announces the availability of 2011-2020 Legislative Senate and Assembly District Maps. Each map is a high resolution, laminated, full color representation of the new Senate and Assembly districts, with overlay of the alternate districts (to visualize overlap). Each map contains county, city, and geographic data, with blowups of LA, Bay Area, SD, and Sacramento. Maps are double-sided, choose which side to display or purchase a set to display both maps together.

reserve this space | $5/month ad-free version

HAT TRICK: The Bee, Chron, and Times all have editorials blasting the Susan G. Komen Foundation's halt of funding to Planned Parenthood, which caved this morning.

JEALOUSY: The list you want to find yourself on.

I EAT CROW: @Restore_CA - "It's finally getting through to folks that we're NOT backing down. #FinishLineNovember"

The "Millionaire's Tax" measure received title and summary yesterday and earned the backing of the California Nurses Association. If both Restore California's and the governor's initiative qualify, this is how they'd appear on the ballot:

  • Governor: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
  • Restore CA: Tax to Benefit Public Schools, Social Services, Public Safety, and Road Maintenance. Initiative Statute.

That's it...browse the headlines, grab a bite, and have a great weekend. Thanks for reading. If you're one of the many new subscribers, you can learn more about The Nooner here.

California Lawmakers Send Budget-related Bills To Jerry Brown
Kevin Yamamura @
California lawmakers sent bills to Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday that would allow the state to borrow $865 million from earmarked state accounts and K-12 districts to continue busing their students this school year.

California Democrats distort their majority-vote budget power
Dan Walters @
Many years of partisan wrangling over the state budget reached a climax in 2010 when public employee unions and Democratic politicians persuaded voters to pass Proposition 25, eliminating the two-thirds vote for budgets. It gave the Legislature's majority Democrats the power to pass budgets without having to garner Republican votes. But that's not all it did. Worried that voters might see it as a political power play, the measure's sponsors added a political sugarplum, one declaring that if legislators didn't pass a budget by June 15, the constitutional deadline, their salaries would be cut off.

Jerry Brown delivers pension reform language to legislators
Jon Ortiz @
Gov. Jerry Brown has sent language for his 12-point pension reform plan to the Legislature's Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions.

Unions Howl At Details Of Jerry Brown's Pension Overhaul
Jon Ortiz @
Gov. Jerry Brown laid out a detailed plan to alter California's state and local public retirement systems on Thursday - and immediately drew fire from his core labor constituency.

Crack GOP Shyster Team Lectures State Supremes « Calbuzz
1-A Republican-sponsored ballot initiative in 2008 creates an independent commission, which over-represents Republicans, to draw a redistricting plan aimed at reflecting the public interest in place of the incumbent protection schemes crafted for decades by hacks in Sacramento.

Former CSBA Exec's Pension Slashed After Audit
Melody Gutierrez @
The former executive director of the California School Boards Association who retired amid a financial scandal involving his pay and bonuses will have his pension reduced by 65 percent, the state pension fund said.

Healthcare Reform Law Saves 3.6 Million Americans $2.1 Billion
Blood sugar lowering drugs - $300.3 million.

Calif. Teacher Fund Lowers Investment Projections
JUDY LIN Associated Press @
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The board overseeing Californias teacher pension system on Thursday lowered the funds investment forecast for the second time in 14 months in a move that acknowledges the financial strain of lower market returns in the years ahead.

CalSTRS' Gap Rises As Return Forecast Falls
By lowering its investment forecast by another quarter point, CalSTRS made a bow toward economic reality – but also may have complicated efforts to shore up its finances.

Demi Moore 9-1-1 Call Sparks Move To Block Recordings
Torey Van Oot @
News coverage of actress Demi Moore's recent medical emergency has led one California lawmaker to push for new restrictions on the release of taped recordings of 9-1-1 calls.

Time running out for pension alternative
With an initiative headed for the June ballot that would replace pensions with 401(k)s for most new city hires, there’s been frequent talk among opponents about placing an alternative proposal before San Diego voters that would preserve public employee pensions in some form.

FUSD To Lose $2.2 Million
Heather Somerville @
Fresno Unified School District's failure to meet standardized test score requirements will cost the district more than $2 million in state funding next year, according to county and school district officials.

Santa Clara Suit Seeks To Block Second 49ers Stadium Vote
Football @
As promised, the civic leaders behind the new San Francisco 49ers stadium in Santa Clara have filed a lawsuit trying to block opponents from putting the project back on the ballot.

Jerry Brown's About Right About Drop In California Factory Jobs
Dan Walters @
Gov. Jerry Brown told a television interviewer this week that California has lost manufacturing employment "at about the same rate as the rest of America, so this is a national problem." True or false? It depends on one's definition of "about."

Appeals court refuses to make public videotapes of Prop. 8 trial
Maura Dolan @
A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the tapes should remain sealed because the trial judge had promised defenders of the same-sex marriage ban that they would be used only within the court.

Reversal on Same-Sex Marriage Trial Tapes
A federal appeals court refused Thursday to release videotapes of the trial challenging the constitutionality of California’s same-sex marriage ban. Siding with backers of the ban, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision of a district court judge to release the tapes, citing promises made to litigants by United States District Judge Vaughn Walker that the tapes would stay sealed. After the 2010 trial, which was open to the public and followed closely by news media, Judge Walker struck down the ban as unconstitutional. The Ninth Circuit Court has yet to rule on that decision.

Hertzberg Turns On Reformer's Charm In Walnut Creek
Lisa Vorderbrueggen @
For a little while today, we all forgot that Democrat Bob Hertzberg is no longer the Assembly speaker or even an elected official.

Man facing life in prison in massive pot bust
The Associated Press @
A Northern California man is facing the possibility of life in federal prison after authorities say they seized marijuana plants worth millions of dollars on properties he owned in rural Trinity County

Lawmakers Want To Tap Special Funds To Prevent Shortfall
Lawmakers voted Thursday to increase the state's ability to borrow from dedicated funds to cover day-to-day expenses, part of a strategy to keep California from falling into the red. If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill, it is expected to...

Colleges Crack Down On Selling, Sharing Notes
California State University and University of California campuses are taking new steps to limit what students can do with their class notes: At least one CSU Chico student recently was reported to judicial affairs for selling notes to a website, while a newly updated UC Berkeley policy restricts how students share their notes with others.

Appeals court refuses to make public the videotapes of Prop. 8 trial
Maura Dolan @
A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the tapes should remain sealed because the trial judge had promised defenders of the same-sex marriage ban that they would be used only within the court.

No ethical breach in board redistricting talks, counsel says
Sharon Noguchi @
A committee charged with redrawing electoral districts for the Santa Clara County Board of Education has been told that its process has not suffered from any ethical breeches.