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THE NOONER for April 12, 2012

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TWEET DU JOUR: @BorowitzReport - "Newt Gingrich wrote a check with no money in his account, the first sign that he might be qualified to be President."

Good day from Temecula. Here's your Nooner for the day, which you have an opportunity, but not obligation, to take a lunch break to read.

Yesterday, Molly Munger reported kicking another $2.1 million into her initiative for an across-the-board personal income tax increase to benefit public schools, while the coalition supporting the compromise tax measure also gathered $2.1 million.

Following the dough from Munger, Jon Fleischman tweets "I wonder if Charles & Molly Munger would team up on an initiative to bring back California's inheritance tax? #DADDYSMONEY"

Meanwhile, in strange stories from behind the Orange Curtain, candidate Joe Moreno is begging to be taken off the ballot, as his chance of winning AD69 are close to nil, and he may lose his job over the run. Moreno works as an eligibility technician in the food stamps and cash aid programs at Orange County's Social Services Agency, which receives federal funds and thus likely places him under the Hatch Act. [Andrew Galvin @ OCRegister]

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STATE REVENUES: $1.2 billion in, $7.9 billion to go in April

THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY: LAO provides a budget outlook for the California Association of School Business Officers.

CD07: In the battle for the east of the Capitol Craziness, Dan Lungren will report $513,000, while Ami Bera will report $366,000 in the April 15 filings, which cover January-March. [Kyle Trygstad @ Roll Call]

AMERICA'S FINEST CITY: Mayoral poll headline "Fletcher doubles support"
Carl DeMaio: 28%
Nathan Fletcher: 26%
Bob Filner: 20%
Bonnie Dumanis: 13%
Other: 4% 
Undecided: 10% 

[Survey USA]

Finally, the Capitol Morning Report that Andrew Acosta and Roger Salazar are parting ways, albeit amicable. Salazar is joining Mercury Public Affairs. Acosta is continuing with his full practice, but needs a new name for the defunct Acosta-Salazar. Nooner audience...send in your suggestions! 

California Senators Call For A Vote On Jerry Brown's Pension Plan
Jon Ortiz @
California's ranking Senate Republican and one of the GOP's representatives on a special pension committee have fired off letters to Gov. Jerry Brown and their Democratic colleagues in the Legislature, calling for a key committee vote on the governor's pension reform plan later this week.

The Buzz: Senate candidate lobbied health care bill she opposes
It is one challenge that the California Republican Party's anointed U.S. Senate candidate, Elizabeth Emken, must face 22 opponents in her effort to finish second to Democrat Dianne Feinstein on June 5 and make the November runoff. But this week, Emken was in Sacramento explaining how she was against President Barack Obama's federal health care bill in 2009 at the same time she was lobbying for autism services to be included in it.

Lawmakers Question Health Districts' Spending
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Taxpayer-funded health care districts should reduce their administrative costs, spend more on public health programs and stop stockpiling money for dubious ...

Republican Tried To Quit 69th Assembly Race
Andrew Galvin @
Jose "Joe" Moreno, the only Republican among five candidates for the 69th Assembly district seat, has asked to withdraw his name from the June primary ballot, Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley confirmed Wednesday.

Reforming Government Step By Step
George Skelton @
A California think tank's multi-pronged ballot proposal draws opposition from labor, environmentalists and the governor's strategists. The group may have to pare its plan and settle for what it can get.

Proposal gets closer to returning $2 million in taxes
Legislation that could return nearly $2 million in lost property tax revenue to four Santa Clara County cities through an inequity in state law cleared the Assembly Committee on Local Government on Wednesday.

California: Dan Lungren Raises Half-Million In First Quarter
Kyle Trygstad @
Thanks to redistricting, Lungren is one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country. His redrawn Sacramento-area 7th district went from being one President Barack Obama won by fewer than 600 votes in 2008 to one Obama would have carried by 6 points. Roll Call rates it a Tossup.

California Teachers Union Opposes Quicker Dismissal Process
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The powerful California Teachers Assn. is opposing two bills, drafted in the wake of the school sex abuse scandal in Los Angeles, that would make it easier to discipline teachers.

Calif High Court To Decide Lunch Break Lawsuit
In a case that could affect thousands of California employers and millions of workers, the state Supreme Court will decide whether managers must order workers to take rest and meal breaks at regular intervals throughout the workday.

Sherman To Unveil 'Missing Taxpayers' Owed Refunds
Jean Merl @
Before he won elected office, Rep. Brad Sherman was a CPA and a tax lawyer. So the news conference he's scheduled to reveal the names of taxpayers owed millions in refunds seems right up his alley.

CTA Opposition Stalls Bills
John Fensterwald @
Amid concerted opposition from the California Teachers Association, the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday delayed acting on two bills that would make it easier and quicker to dismiss teachers for misconduct.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Turns To His Fans For The Latest Re-invention
David Siders @
Arnold Schwarzenegger is looking for stories … about himself. At work on his autobiography, the former governor asked his league of Twitter followers and Facebook fans Wednesday what they want to read when "TOTAL RECALL: My Unbelievably True Life Story" comes out.

AM Alert
Micaela Massimino @
Both the Senate and the Assembly have set floor sessions for 9 a.m., after which committees take up subjects ranging from wine grapes to Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposals for K-12 education.

Howard Berman To Tout Law Enforcement Backing Thursday
Rep. Howard Berman plans to tout law enforcement endorsements at a downtown Los Angeles news conference Thursday morning. He also plans to "set the record straight" about how many additional police officers he helped bring to the San Fernando Valley.

Calif high court rules in lunch break labor case
The California Supreme Court said Thursday that employers are under no obligation to ensure that workers take legally mandated lunch and rest breaks.

Molly Munger puts $2 million more into California tax measure
Torey Van Oot @
With just weeks left to gather the signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot, civil rights attorney Molly Munger has poured another $2.15 million into her proposal to raise income taxes to fund schools.

Pelosi Sees Party's Chances Surging On Gender Gap
Carla Marinucci @
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi , the highest-ranking elected woman in the United States, plunged Wednesday into the heated battle over gender gap politics, arguing that Republicans and their party's presumptive...

FEC holds off on ruling in Feinstein case
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Members of the Federal Election Commission are giving Sen. Dianne Feinstein's lawyers more time to make the case for why her campaign should be able to accept subsequent contributions from donors whose money was stolen by her campaign's treasurer, Kinde Durkee.

$ 1 Billion Needed For South Bay Flood Protection And Marsh Restoration
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U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein announces effort to shore up fragile levees and restore wetlands that historically rimmed San Francisco

Proposition 13 Opponents Home In On Business :: Fox&hounds
Originally published in the Los Angeles Business Journal

CA Lawmakers Seek To Curb School Suspensions
Kathryn Baron @
The school discipline pendulum is on the move again, swinging from the uncompromising zero tolerance policies enacted in the aftermath of horrific massacres toward efforts to give school officials more discretion.