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THE NOONER for June 1, 2012

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TWEET DU JOUR @tedlieu - "Alarm woke me up at 3:45 am because I have early work day. I told myself, hey this must be worth it because of the psychic income."

. . . referring to "Jerry Brown on pay cut: 'I derive a lot of psychic income'

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ABSENTEE BALLOT REPORTS by Political Data Inc. and Redistricting Partners

RUNDOWN: 1,676,649 ballots in; 22% of absentees have voted; 35% of likely absentees (3/4+new) are in.

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AMERICA'S FINEST ELECTION: The battle for San Diego mayor is red hot going into the final weekend with Nathan Fletcher picking up the endorsement of NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg. Nevertheless, there are serious questions whether Fletcher can break through leads held by Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner. SurveyUSA conducted what is likely to be the final poll:

Carl DeMaio: 31%
Bob Filner: 28%
Nathan Fletcher: 23%
Bonnie Dumanis: 11%
Other/Undecided: 7% 

[n=542, self-professed likely, +/- 4.3%]

As noted, that's a SurveyUSA poll, which uses automated telephone polling. I don't know about you, but my cell phone has been ringing off the hook with "Unknown" numbers--most likely polling and fundraising calls. So, this race is far from over.

Turnout is robust, with 42% of likely absentees having cast their ballots as of yesterday. 81% of independent absentees (likely and registered) have yet to cast their ballot, so turnout operations will be key do determining who will face each other in the November general.

THAT WAS EASY: Both houses completed their work on bills from the house of origin yesterday and fled town until Monday. Review their votes here.

SHELL CMTE: AD10 candidate Marc Levine, in a tight battle with Assemblymember Michael Allen for the Marin-based seat, is getting hit hard by mail from the "Fair Public Policy Coalition, a Committee of California Horse Racing Companies including Bay Meadows Land Company, LLC and its affiliates." The interesting thing, however, is that it's not Bay Meadows that's providing the money, but rather AFSCME, Consumer Attorneys, and eye doctors.

SD31: The PE's Dan Bernstein looks at who is behind the mailers backing Steve Clute and trasking Richard Roth.

EVEN CLOSER: If you thought the governor's ballot measure was a bit close for comfort to get through random sample before the absolute June 28 deadline to make the November election, yesterday Consumer Watchdog met raw count requirements for its initiative limiting healthcare insurance rate increases. Counties have until July 13 to complete the random sample.

INVESTING ADVICE: Don't look at the stock market today.

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: The Grossmont-Cuyamaca AFT is spending independently to oppose Nathan Fletcher, and to support Bob Filner. Yesterday's IE reports included a technical error identifying a support expense for Fletcher.

 

State Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Richard Alarcon (Oppose) $18,622 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Victoria Rusnak (Oppose) $23,654 05/29/2012 05/31/2012
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Virginia Lyn Neylon (Support) $4,708 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Reuben Rj Hernandez (Oppose) $2,538 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Greg Laskaris (Support) $16,855 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Nathan Fletcher (Oppose) $3,088 05/29/2012 05/31/2012
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Bob Filner (Support) $4,613 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
California Alliance For Progress And Education, An Alliance Of Professionals, Employers And Small Business Steve Clute (Support) $40,896 05/31/2012 05/31/2012
California Alliance For Progress And Education, An Alliance Of Professionals, Employers And Small Business Richard Alarcon (Oppose) $33,668 05/31/2012 05/31/2012
California Alliance, A Coalition Of Consumer Attorneys And Conservationists. Rudy Ramirez (Oppose) $41,004 05/22/2012 05/31/2012
California Alliance, A Coalition Of Consumer Attorneys And Conservationists. Joel Young (Oppose) $17,053 05/26/2012 05/31/2012
California Alliance, A Coalition Of Consumer Attorneys And Conservationists. Rudy Ramirez (Oppose) $24,277 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Brian C. Johnson (Support) $60 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
California Professional Firefighters Ie Pac Jason Hodge (Support) $7,461 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee Cathleen Galgiani (Support) $10,500 05/31/2012 05/31/2012
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee Cathleen Galgiani (Support) $5,000 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
California Teachers Association Independent Expenditure Committee Brian Johnson (Oppose) $45,000 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
California Tribal Business Alliance Ie Pac Ian Calderon (Support) $13,183 05/23/2012 05/31/2012
Californians For Fiscal Accountability And Responsibility, Sponsored By Dentists, Physicians, Health Care Providers, Realtors, School Employees And Construction Trades Organizations Jimmy Gomez (Support) $11,521 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Californians For Fiscal Accountability And Responsibility, Sponsored By Dentists, Physicians, Health Care Providers, Realtors, School Employees And Construction Trades Organizations Brian Maienschein (Support) $15,470 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Californians For Fiscal Accountability Sponsored By Dentists, School Employees, Health Care Providers, Correctional Officers And Construction Trades Organizations Allan Mansoor (Oppose) $12,288 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Californians For Fiscal Accountability Sponsored By Dentists, School Employees, Health Care Providers, Correctional Officers And Construction Trades Organizations Robert Rush (Oppose) $12,144 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Californians For Fiscal Accountability Sponsored By Dentists, School Employees, Health Care Providers, Correctional Officers And Construction Trades Organizations Leslie Daigle (Support) $12,288 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Rudy Ramirez (Support) $8,800 05/24/2012 05/31/2012
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Luis Marquez (Support) $16,251 05/24/2012 05/31/2012
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Rudy Ramirez (Support) $7,878 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Len Augustine (Support) $17,191 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Courage Campaign Issues Committee Proposition 29 - Imposes Additional Tax On Cigaret (Support) $500 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Courage Campaign Issues Committee Proposition 28 - Limits On Legislators Terms In Of (Support) $375 05/29/2012 05/31/2012
Courage Campaign Issues Committee Proposition 29 - Imposes Additional Tax On Cigaret (Support) $250 05/25/2012 05/31/2012
Courage Campaign Issues Committee Proposition 28 - Limits On Legislators Terms In Of (Support) $500 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Courage Campaign Issues Committee Proposition 29 - Imposes Additional Tax On Cigaret (Support) $375 05/29/2012 05/31/2012
Courage Campaign Issues Committee Proposition 28 - Limits On Legislators Terms In Of (Support) $250 05/25/2012 05/31/2012
Democratic Campaign Council Of Ventura County Hanna Beth Jackson (Support) $1,800 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Democratic Campaign Council Of Ventura County Das Williams (Support) $1,800 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Democrats For Transparency In Democracy Opposed To Nazarian For Assembly 2012. Sponsored By Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Adrin Nazarian (Oppose) $19,688 05/31/2012 05/31/2012
Fair Public Policy Coalition, A Committee Of California Horse Racing Companies Including Bay Meadows Land Company, Llc And Its Affiliates Marc Levine (Oppose) $37,668 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Fair Public Policy Coalition, A Committee Of California Horse Racing Companies Including Bay Meadows Land Company, Llc And Its Affiliates Marc Levine (Oppose) $37,668 05/31/2012 05/31/2012
Golden California Committee, Sponsored By The California State Council Of Service Employees International Union Tim Donnelly (Oppose) $16,085 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Johnson For Assembly 2012, A Valley Alliance To Prepare Our Children For Tomorrow's Workforce. A Coalition Of Valley Parents, Educators & Business Leaders. Sponsored By Edvoice Ie Cmte.; Vote Brian Brian Johnson (Support) $19,688 05/31/2012 05/31/2012
Los Angeles County Democratic Party-issues And Advocacy Committee Raul Bocanegra (Support) $1,893 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Martinez For Assembly 2012, Protecting Families For Michele Michele Martinez (Support) $7,500 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Morongo Band Of Mission Indians Native American Rights Fund Betsy Butler (Support) $10,003 05/31/2012 05/31/2012
Morongo Band Of Mission Indians Native American Rights Fund Jerry Hill (Support) $17,982 05/31/2012 05/31/2012
Perez For Assembly 2012, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio, Orange County Dignity Pac To Support Julio Julio Perez (Support) $26,891 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Perez For Assembly 2012, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio, Orange County Dignity Pac To Support Julio Julio Perez (Support) $249 05/22/2012 05/31/2012
Roth For Senate 2012-sponsored By Nurses, School Employees, Health Care Givers And Public Employees, Californians For Accountability - Support Richard D. Roth (Support) $325 05/21/2012 05/31/2012
Roth For Senate 2012-sponsored By Nurses, School Employees, Health Care Givers And Public Employees, Californians For Accountability - Support Richard D. Roth (Support) $6,800 05/25/2012 05/31/2012
Roth For Senate 2012-sponsored By Nurses, School Employees, Health Care Givers And Public Employees, Californians For Accountability - Support Richard D. Roth (Support) $152 05/22/2012 05/31/2012
Roth For Senate 2012-sponsored By Nurses, School Employees, Health Care Givers And Public Employees, Californians For Accountability - Support Richard D. Roth (Support) $167 05/24/2012 05/31/2012
Roth For Senate 2012-sponsored By Nurses, School Employees, Health Care Givers And Public Employees, Californians For Accountability - Support Richard D. Roth (Support) $125 05/23/2012 05/31/2012
San Francisco Parks Alliance, Eligible 501(c)(3) Ie Report Coit Tower Policy (Oppose) $2,500 05/30/2012 05/31/2012
Seiu United Healthcare Workers West Political Action Committee Richard D. Roth (Support) $1,335 05/26/2012 05/31/2012
Seiu United Healthcare Workers West Political Action Committee Richard D. Roth (Support) $1,230 05/28/2012 05/31/2012
Seiu United Healthcare Workers West Political Action Committee Richard D. Roth (Support) $4,572 05/31/2012 05/31/2012
Seiu United Healthcare Workers West Political Action Committee Richard D. Roth (Support) $578 05/27/2012 05/31/2012
Spirit Of Democracy California Beth Gaines (Support) $13,535 05/31/2012 05/31/2012
Yes We Can Ian Calderon (Support) $5,040 05/30/2012 05/31/2012

 

Federal Independent Expenditures

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Expenditure Amount Received Date Report Date
Jobs Opportunity and Freedom PAC Brad Mitzelfelt (Support) Radio $4,258 05/31/2012 05/31/2012
Jobs Opportunity and Freedom PAC Paul Cook (Oppose) Radio $12,971 05/31/2012 05/31/2012
Restoring Our Community Pete Aguilar (Support) Ground $12,971 05/31/2012 05/31/2012

 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Pelosi expects court to vote 6-3 in favor of Obama health care law
Lisa Mascaro @
latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- As Washington awaits the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Obama’s healthcare law, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) said the Affordable Care Act will withstand the constitutional challenge before the court and be upheld.

Senators Vote To Give Up Free Tickets To Games, Concerts
latimesblogs.latimes.com
Under a measure approved by the state Senate, California lawmakers would no longer be able to accept concert and sports tickets, golf games and other gifts from companies lobbying the Legislature.

New Top-Two Primary's Moderating Effect
totalbuzz.ocregister.com
Initial indications are that California’s new top-two open primary could indeed result in more moderate state legislators and Congress members – in lawmakers more willing to work across the aisle. That was a primary selling point when voters approved the change as Proposition 14 in 2010.

Health Care District Reforms On Hold
Jennifer Gollan @
baycitizen.org
An effort to impose spending restrictions on California's taxpayer-funded health care districts is on hold until next year.

Panel Cuts Pay Of California Governor, Lawmakers
JUDY LIN @
sanluisobispo.com
A state panel on Thursday sent a message about the severity of California's $15.7 billion budget deficit by approving a 5 percent pay cut for lawmakers and statewide elected officials, including Gov. Jerry Brown.

Jerry Brown On Pay Cut
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Don't expect Gov. Jerry Brown to lose much sleep over the Citizen Compensation Commission's decision to slash his salary by $8,699.

2012 Elections: Burst Of Outside Spending In Cd08
blogs.pe.com
In the last two days, a Super-PAC called Spirit of Democracy America has injected more than $90,000 more into the race for California's 8th Congressional district, in support of Inland Assemblyman Paul Cook, new Federal Election Commission filings show.

Panel cuts pay of governor, lawmakers by 5 percent
JUDY LIN, Associated Press @
utsandiego.com
A state panel on Thursday sent a message about the severity of California's $15.7 billion budget deficit by approving a 5 percent pay cut for Gov. Jerry Brown, lawmakers and other statewide elected officials.

California Assembly Passes Pot Regulation Bill; Senate Approval Doubtful
Peter Hecht @
sacbee.com
Sacramento area medical marijuana dispensaries are among those in California receiving letters from U.S. attorneys, demanding that pot sales be halted.

Ad Blitz Ahead Of California Vote On Cigarette Tax
VAUHINI VARA @
online.wsj.com
A proposal to raise California's cigarette tax by $1 a pack is emerging as the highest-profile ballot item in Tuesday's primary election amid a barrage of ads on both sides.

Obama campaign omits key facts on Romney's Massachusetts record
Michael Finnegan @
latimes.com
As President Obama’s reelection campaign opened a new offensive Thursday against Mitt Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts, it took key facts out of context, leaving a distorted picture of how Romney handled taxes, spending and debt.

Lawmakers Decline To Reduce Penalties For Meth, Heroin Possession
latimesblogs.latimes.com
Senate declines to reduce penalty for drug possession

Key part of federal gay marriage law ruled unconstitutional
David G. Savage @
latimes.com
A federal appeals court in Boston says the government cannot deny federal benefits to same-sex couples legally married in their home states.

Gov. Jerry Brown
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown isn't backing down from his call for $8 billion in spending cuts, despite public push-back from Democratic legislative leaders.

California Voters Prefer Barack Obama, Ponder Mitt Romney
David Siders @
sacbee.com
With the shuttered Solyndra solar panel factory in Fremont as a backdrop, Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama's stimulus pacts that aided donors.

State To Award Computer Contract For Health Insurance Marketplace
Dan Weintraub @
healthycal.org
California’s new Health Benefit Exchange - the online consumer portal that will be at the center of federal health reform - took a major step Thursday toward implementing the controversial law that could extend insurance coverage to millions of Californians.

Bill to arm California state hospital cops goes to Senate
Jon Ortiz @
blogs.sacbee.com
A watered-down measure aimed at arming hospital police is now in the state Senate's hands after clearing the Assembly without opposition.

Health care district reforms are on hold
utsandiego.com
An effort to impose spending restrictions on California's taxpayer-funded health care districts is on hold until next year.

California Awards Contract For Accenture To Run Web System
Mark Glover @
sacbee.com
The state has chosen a global information technology giant with a mixed performance history to build the online system needed to run the state's health insurance exchange.

Faux Billionaires To Offer Romney Mock Support - Total Buzz - The Orange County Register : The Orange County Register
totalbuzz.ocregister.com
At least a couple billionaires will be on hand at Mitt Romney‘s Newport Beach fundraiser Friday, but more than two dozen faux rich cats will be draped in their finest to offer satirical support outside the Balboa Bay Club event.

State Denies $1.4 Billion For Oc Great Park | Park, City, Great
BRIAN MARTINEZ @
ocregister.com
The transformation of the former El Toro Marine Corps air base into a sprawling urban-style park was promised to countywide voters a decade ago in place of a proposed international airport.

May Jobs Report: The Labor Market Takes A Big Step Backward
Ezra Klein @
washingtonpost.com
Anyone hoping for a healthy labor-market recovery is going to be sorely disappointed by the May jobs report. The U.S. economy added just 69,000 jobs last month — far below expectations. The unemployment rose to 8.2 percent. And the details of the report are even more dire.