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THE NOONER for March 23, 2012

THE WEEK THAT WAS: I started the week in Yosemite under two feet of snow . . . the LAO scored Governor Jerry Brown's new compromise ballot measure . . . The compromise hit the streets at $3/signature . . . Molly Munger channeled Tom Petty . . . Senate Republicans crowed about moving budget spot bills . . . SF Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was suspended . . . Alameda Supe Nadia Lockyer's troubles continued . . . campaigns reported their 1/1-3/17 revenues and expenditures . . . and unemployment remained static at 10.9% . . . and John Myers signed off from the Capital Notes Podcast . . . and Kara said "YES," we need to go to Reno . . . and I end the week at the OAK airport heading to Seattle. 


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YESTERDAY'S QUESTION: "Which new Assembly District has the most Latina Republican Nurses?"
YESTERDAY'S ANSWER: AD 34 - Shannon Grove's Bakersfield district (nobody correctly guessed)

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ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE:  Yesterday, I linked to a story that alleged AD69 candidate Julio Perez didn't live at the residence he claimed. While OC Register reporter Brian Joseph, who I respect, stands by the facts in his story, Voice of OC reports there is another side.

RAPID RESPONSE: Leland Yee jumps and introduces a bill to prohibit employers from requesting social network passwords. Finally, a bill from Yee I can strongly support!

SORRY: I realized this morning that Gmail likes to put replies that Nooner readers send me in Spam. I'll try to keep a better watch and sorry if you think I've ignored you!

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Torey Van Oot @
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said today he thinks a proposal to block many future state workers from making more than the governor is "worth considering."

Two years later: Foes of Obama healthcare law outspend supporters
Kim Geiger @
In the two years since President Obama’s healthcare legislation became law, $262 million has been spent on television advertising about the law, with opponents outspending proponents more than three-to-one.

Health Care Law: 5 Things Democrats Got Wrong
Carrie Budoff Brown @
President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies thought their political assumptions were airtight during the yearlong battle to overhaul the health care system.

Dan Walters: Lawmakers Ready To Green-light California High-speed Rail - Dan Walters - The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters

Senate leader: Another delay likely for water bond
DON THOMPSON, Associated Press @
State lawmakers are likely to delay voters' consideration of an $11 billion water bond from this November until 2014, the leader of the state Senate said Thursday.

California Democratic Lawmakers Up Their Fundraising Price - State Politics - The Sacramento Bee
The price of access is going up for top donors attending this weekend's Pro Tem Cup at La Jolla's Torrey Pines Golf Course, an annual golf outing held to raise cash for the California Democratic Party.

Workers At A Dozen L.A. Pot Shops Join Labor Union
William Nottingham @
A Los Angeles labor union, the United Food and Commercial Workers, has added workers at nearly a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries to its ranks.

CpUC President Michael Peevey Under Fire For Bias In Proposed $150 Million Project
Consumer advocates say Peevey should recuse himself from overseeing proposed ratepayer funded project at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Amid Abortion Flap, Sierra College President Withdraws From Women's Health Forum - Health And Medicine - The Sacramento Bee
William Duncan

Senate Democrats' Fundraiser Gets Pricier For Top Donors This Year
Torey Van Oot @
The price of access is going up for top donors attending this weekend's Pro Tem Cup at La Jolla's Torrey Pines Golf Course, an annual golf outing held to raise cash for the California Democratic Party.

AP Exclusive: Munger says Brown tax claims untrue
JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press @
Los Angeles attorney Molly Munger says Gov. Jerry Brown is being untruthful in characterizing his tax plan as an education initiative and says she began running television commercials about her own initiative to "get the truth out."

Students Hurt By Disinvestment In Higher Ed, Chancellor Says
Carla Rivera @
California community colleges have shed more than 300,000 students since 2009 because they cannot get into classes and the toll is likely to grow unless the state reverses course and pumps more money into higher education. That bleak assessment was...

Sutter 'navigators' Steer Routine Patients Out Of Emergency Rooms - Health And Medicine - The Sacramento Bee
Angelica Bañuelos, center, a navigator in the emergency room at Sutter General Hospital, waits to learn whether she'll be needed to assist patient Gerald Crispen, left, who speaks with nurse Michelle Ravera. The navigator program is run by the Effort, a local nonprofit health care provider, in the Sutter General and Sutter Memorial hospital ERs.

Marine Who Criticized Obama: Charges 'drummed Up Against Me'
Tony Perry @
A Marine sergeant in the process of being discharged for making "political statements'' about President Obama said the allegations have been "drummed up against me" to keep other Marines from speaking out.

In brief
SACRAMENTODelay likely for water bond, Senate leader says State lawmakers are likely to delay voters' consideration of an $11 billion water bond from this November until 2014, the leader of the state Senate said Thursday.

Calif. Money Flows To Super Pacs As State Lawmakers Seek Limits
Wealthy Californians are keeping the money flowing to super political action committees, even as some state lawmakers want to turn off the faucet.

Assembly OKs Anti-citizens United Resolution
By Josh Richman Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 4:38 pm in Assembly, Bob Wieckowski, campaign finance.

LA marijuana dispensary workers join labor union
The Associated Press @
Marijuana dispensary workers in Los Angeles have joined a labor union to fight for their jobs in an industry that the federal government considers illegal.

Romney vows to repeal and replace 'Obamacare' on law's anniversary
Alana Semuels @
Days before President Obama's signature health care law goes in front of the Supreme Court, GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney vowed to repeal and replace the health care law, speaking to a supportive crowd in a suburb of New Orleans.

Pay Raises For Cal State Presidents Rile Senate Leader
On politics in the Golden State

House votes to kill a Medicare cost panel
Robert Pear @
WASHINGTON -- In a rebuff to President Barack Obama, the Republican-controlled House passed a bill Thursday to abolish a Medicare cost control board created by the new health care law.

Bishop Asked To Investigate Jerry Brown's Violation Of Church Law
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Dan Walters Daily: Jerry Brown, libraries and the poet laureate
Amy Chance @
VIDEO: Dan Walters' discusses Jerry Brown's recent poet laureate appointment.

Senate panel backs choice in Medi-Cal coverage of Sacramento County kids dental care
The Legislature took its first formal step Thursday to free Sacramento County's poor children from the confines of mandatory managed dental care.