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THE NOONER for May 1, 2012
It's that time of the year when candidates are showered by "unexpected" gifts. Interest groups that feel constrained by the limit of $3,900 directly to candidates can spend freely, alone or in conjunction with other groups, so long as the expenditures are not coordinated with the campaign. It'll be Christmas for the post office as an avalanche of mail hits contested districts over the next month.
In some cases, the interest groups are well disclosed, such as the reports for Frank Bigelow and against Rico Oller in AD05. In other cases, the expenditures are obscured, such as the "Residents for Good Government" efforts on behalf of Rudy Bermudez in AD57.
Residents for Good Government fueled its campaign efforts with $42,000 from a committee called Educating Voters, which was created on March 8. Educating Voters in turn has only received $50,000 from a committee called "Yes We Can." Yes We Can was created on February 2, 2011 and has raised $155,000 from a who's who of Sacramento interests, including tobacco, tribes, real estate and health care companies. The only contact for Yes We Can is attorney John Valencia with the Wilke Fleury law firm.
Anyway, that's the way the game is played...
Here are the reported IEs for the month of April, aka "spring training." Look for the real money to be reported in the next couple of weeks as the mail goes out with the absentee ballots.
USE THE FORCE: Obiwan Kenobi was arrested in Roseville for hit-and-run.
$2 BILL: January projection of April personal income tax revenues: $9.132 billion. Actual collections: $7.171 billion.
FAREWELL: Senator Daniel Boatwright (1930-2012)TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Former Lawmaker Dan Boatwright Was Colorful In All Ways
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Many politicians are described as "colorful," but it was literally true about Dan Boatwright.
CSU Trustees To Consider Pay Freeze - With A Catch
Kevin Yamamura @ blogs.sacbee.com
California State University trustees will consider freezing state-funded pay for new campus presidents next week but with a catch: raises could still come from foundation accounts.
City Workers Offer Plan To Avoid Layoffs
Dakota Smith @ dailynews.com
City workers whose positions could be cut under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed $7.2 billion budget pleaded for their jobs Monday, as union representatives delivered their own financial plan to avoid layoffs.
California Government Needs New Computer System, Report Says
Lawmakers should push forward with the long-troubled overhaul of the state's computer system, the Legislative Analyst's Office recommended. As conceived, the new computer network -- known as the Financial Information System for California, or FI$Cal -- would allow the state to manage its money more efficiently, but it has fallen years behind schedule and gone millions of dollars over budget.
In Fight Over Obama Health Law, a Front in Minnesota
s Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers shows the politics involved in a crucial element of the new federal health care law.
Calif. Chefs Seek Repeal Of Looming Foie Gras Ban
Tracie Cone @ sacbee.com
With a July 1 deadline looming, a coalition of California chefs has filed a petition with the state Legislature hoping to get a ban on foie gras overturned.
Top Chefs Rally To Fight California Foie Gras Ban
The politics of pate are back. More than 100 of California's top chefs are lobbying lawmakers to reconsider the state's impending ban on the duck-liver delicacy known as foie gras. With the prohibition set to take effect in July, the...
The Economics Of An OC ADHD Diagnosis
Amy DePaul @ voiceofoc.org
Anything but medication. That was Sylvia Sumida's goal for her 6-year-old son, who suffers from ADHD, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, a condition of impulsive behavior and lack of concentration that is commonly treated with daily doses of stimulants.
U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Shield Baca From Inmate Lawsuit
David G. Savage @ latimes.com
The nation's high court turns down an appeal from Los Angeles County lawyers, who argued that the sheriff could not be held personally liable for the stabbing of an inmate at Men's Central Jail in 2006.
Sherman Questions Super PAC Cable Buy For Berman
Jean Merl @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
A so-called Super PAC has bought nearly $500,000 in cable television advertising to support Howard Berman, who is warring with fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman for a San Fernando Valley congressional district seat.
Preventable diseases cost CalPERS millions of dollars
Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
A new study says that CalPERS could have saved between $18 million and $54 million in 2008 health care costs if more of the fund's members warded off common diseases such as diabetes and hypertension with diet and exercise.
Nurses To Strike Sutter Health Hospitals Tuesday
Victoria Colliver @ sfgate.com
As many as 4,500 registered nurses at 10 Northern California hospitals operated by Sutter Health are expected to walk off their jobs Tuesday for a one-day strike as part of a contract dispute with the Sacramento...
Metro Awards Rail Contract To Japanese Firm Despite Union Protests
William Nottingham @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
In a break with L.A.'s powerful organized labor movement, Metro board members awarded a crucial $890 million rail car contract to a giant Japanese firm that unions claim will create fewer jobs than a competitor and might violate federal requirements to use American workers.
Brown benefits from health care act
MJ Lee @ politico.com
He admits that his 23-year-old daughter has health insurance thanks to Obama's health care law.
The Scoop: Sacbee.com's Voter Guide 2012: Be an informed voter
Linda Gonzales @ blogs.sacbee.com
Use Sacbee.com's Voter Guide 2012 to learn about Sacramento-area candidates and issues on the June 5 primary ballot. See what races you'll vote in. Compare the candidates. Read about the issues.
Bill To Help California Short Sellers To Be Heard In Committee
Andrew Edwards @ sbsun.com
A bill that could give struggling homeowners a better chance to negotiate a short sale - and avoid foreclosure - passed the Assembly banking committee Monday on a unanimous vote.
Kings Mired In A Maloofs-vs.-Sacramento Stalemate
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, far left, and Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof are no longer laughing about the team's situation and how it got there.
Bin Laden Raid Emerges As Campaign Issue
Michael A. Memoli, Christi Parsons and Seema Mehta, Washington Bureau @ latimes.com
A year after Osama bin Laden's death, President Obama's decision to order the high-risk raid has become a flash point in early campaign skirmishing with Republican Mitt Romney.
Former San Jose Redevelopment Agency Properties Heading To Sale
Local @ mercurynews.com
Fire station, historic theater among agency properties for sale
Endorsements: Richard Pan, Sophia Scherman for Assembly District 9
The Citizens Redistricting Commission's newly redrawn Assembly District 9 has no incumbent. It stretches from the southern reaches of Sacramento County south to Lodi.