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THE NOONER for April 18, 2012

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TWEET DU JOUR: - @borowitzreport - "Congress is furious at the Secret Service for consorting with hookers, which has traditionally been Congress's role.

Good morning from Monterey, where the amazing independent bookstore and cafe has been replaced by a Starbucks and a Pinkberry. This is one-party territory, and Mark Stone will be elevated from county supe to AD29, Bill Monning will graduate to the red carpet in SD17, and Sam Farr will be elected to his eleventh term in Congress in CD20, which gave Barack Obama 71% of the vote in 2008.

Sorry that yesterday's Nooner was more likely to be found in your spam folder than in your inbox. The number of dollar signs in the federal campaign reports seemed to be magnetic to the filters. As always, you can get your Nooner action on the web at high noon. If you're new, here's more about this daily missive.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE: - @ericaperez - "The number of out-of-state/int'l students admitted to UC rose 43%, from 13,144 students last year to 18,846, UC says."

DOES IT MATTER? Joe Mathews writes about the lack of meaning in our legislative districts and, well, our overall system of electing legislators. 

COOL MILL: SEIU comes in to the compromise ballot measure with 10,000 Benjamins, or 200,000 Lincolns, if that's how you roll.

ROUGHANI IN THE MIDDLE: I feel a bit bad for being so critical of Ash Roughani's video unveiling the California Moderate Party. His heart was in the right place, but we are lemmings that have an innate attraction to either one of the two major parties or to proud unaffiliated independence. Anyway, Ash yesterday announced that the party is over.

NAMEDROPPING: The fundraising message of the century comes through promising that "every living former Senate President Pro Tem" will attend. Nooner questions:

  1. Who is the funder for?
  2. Who are the four living former Pro Tems?

The Pasadena Star-News has an update on the Roger Hernandez blood test . . . wait until next month. Apparently, the cops don't use Kaiser.

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SUBSCRIBE: For only $5/month or $50/year, immediately get promoted to the cool kids circle, get the ad-free version, and support my coffee habit. super high tech program to pull fundraising reports left out two of the top candidates in CD26, as it was looking for their state numbers. Here's the March 31 report for CD26:

CD26 (Ventura Co)

Reported Fundraising
(Total for this cycle)
CandidateContributionsExpendituresCash on HandDebtFiling Period Close
Brownley, Julia $281,078 $27,502 $253,576 $41,349 2012-03-31
Goldberg, Albert Maxwell * The FEC does not have a report for this candidate.
Herrera, Jess John $14,895 $5,953 $8,942 $0 2012-03-31
Parks, Linda $155,617 $37,009 $118,608 $25,769 2012-03-31
Strickland, Anthony A $781,804 $49,943 $731,861 $3,490 2012-03-31
Thayne, David Cruz $102,929 $41,040 $61,764 $0 2012-03-31
Source: Federal Elections Commission


Bill To Require More Legislative Transparency Dies In Assembly
Jim Sanders @
Legislation touted by supporters as a way to increase lawmakers' transparency and accountability, partly by publishing member-by-member monthly spending reports, died Tuesday in the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee.

Villaraigosa Wants Voters To Extend Sales Tax To Fund Transit
Ari Bloomekatz @
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will pitch his proposed November ballot measure to L.A. County voters in his State of the City speech Wednesday evening.

Katehi Again Vows Campus Reforms For UC Davis
Sam Stanton and Darrell Smith @
As Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi took "full responsibility" for the pepper-spraying of students on the UC Davis campus, only one tent remained on the quad. It was one of those pop-up shade structures that had been set up to advertise a nearby apartment complex.

Jerry Brown says budget gap could grow by $1 billion or more
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown said this afternoon that the state budget deficit could be $1 billion or more greater than the $9.2 billion he previously thought.

California Lawmakers OK Plan To Shift Pot Shop Regulation To State
A proposal that could make it easier to open medical marijuana shops in California was approved by the Assembly's Public Safety Committee.

Lawmakers Kill Bill To Make Student-teacher Trysts A Felony
Jim Sanders @
Legislation to make it a felony for teachers to engage in sexual activities with a student at their school was killed today by the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

Gov. Jerry Brown Wants To Cut 718 Unnecessary, Defunct Reports
Chris Megerian @
Gov. Jerry Brown has sought to make a name for himself as a tight-fisted executive, demanding that state agencies turn in unnecessary cars and thousands of cellphones. On Tuesday he announced another plan to trim costs -- eliminating requirements for 718 bureaucratic reports deemed useless.

Assembly Committee Shelves 'ban List' For Violent Sports Fans
Jim Sanders @
Legislation to create a "Ban List" prohibiting violent fans from attending professional sports events anywhere in California was shelved Tuesday by the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

Latino Voters Take Center Stage In Both Presidential Campaigns
With the GOP presidential nomination no longer in doubt, President Obama and Mitt Romney this week are urgently turning their focus to Hispanic voters — a group whose alienation from Republicans threatens GOP prospects for winning the White House and has given the Obama campaign an early opportunity to lock in the support of a key constituency.

CalPERS pension deduction error resurfaces after 'fix'
Jon Ortiz @
CalPERS new computer system is continuing to miscalculate some pension deductions, despite a modification that fund officials said had fixed the problem.

State Senate Panel Backs Bill To Deregulate Internet Phone Service
Marc Lifsher @
A state Senate committee OKs a bill to preempt state agencies from regulating Internet phone service. Opponents of the bill say it would strip the California Public Utilities Commission of its power to require phone companies to provide basic land-line service to any consumer.

California Assembly panel passes medical marijuana regulation bill
An Assembly committee Tuesday passed a bill to create state oversight for pot businesses, as its chairman implored the Legislature to act to stave off federal raids on medical marijuana providers.

Assembly Bill Would Punish Those Who Bully Online
Hannah Dreier @
AB1732 would allow schools to suspend or expel students who create online profiles impersonating classmates or set up "burn pages" filled with material intended to harm others. The bill passed the Assembly 58-0 and moves to the Senate.

How Tony V's Gay Marriage Gambit Hurts Obama
Calbuzz, a voice of Truth, Justice and the American Way, stands with those fighting for the defense of marriage — squarely against the morality mullahs who would limit the blessed institution to a union of one man and one woman.

Viewpoints: Choices have to be made to fix our community colleges
Don't blame the students or the board members for the recent fracas over proposed tuition increases at Santa Monica College. Whether you sympathize with the decision to triple tuition to pay for high-demand summer courses, or side with the students who protested and got pepper-sprayed, both grievances share the same roots: Budget cuts, years of poor governance and a lack of performance guidelines are crippling the state's largest educational system.

Senate Panel Supports Lesser Penalties For Heroin, Meth Possession
Senate panel supports lesser penalties for hard drugs

Casino Compact Puts North Bay Legislators On The Spot
Political pressure is building on North Coast lawmakers to reject a gaming compact that would give the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria the right to open a Las Vegas-style casino in Rohnert Park.

Dan Morain: A Lesson In Banks And Power In The Assembly - Dan Morain - The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain

Swalwell Hires Lawyer, Threatens To Sue Stark
By Josh Richman Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 at 5:08 pm in 2012 Congressional Election, Pete Stark, U.S. House.

Tax-us '5 Percenters' Group Holds S.F. Rally
Carolyn Said @
They're rich. They're angry. And they want to pony up more money to Uncle Sam. Armed with placards reading "Please Raise Our Taxes" and colorful budget charts, about 75 well-dressed middle-aged folks assembled on the...

Call-box tax survives legislative effort
Legislation to dismantle the well-funded agency that installs and maintains yellow roadside call boxes in San Diego County is moving its way through the Capitol — but the idea of suspending the fee that funds the system has died.

Assembly panel passes bill for state oversight of pot businesses
An Assembly committee today passed a bill to create state oversight for pot businesses, as its chairman implored the Legislature to act to stave off federal raids on medical marijuana providers.