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THE NOONER for August 1, 2012

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THE BENJAMINS: Yesterday was the filing deadline for the May 20-June 30 period. I'll be diving into the meaning of the reports over the next week, but here's the summary. The updated numbers are also now on the district pages.

ANTONIO'S AMBITIONS: Antonio Villaraigosa dampens the talk of a presidential bid in 2016, but makes it clear he'd like to be governor. [David Chalian @ ABC News]

LET THERE BE FLIGHT: Dan Morain looks into the "candidacy" of Bill Lockyer to be CSU's next chancellor.

SLO ♥ SAC: Assembly candidate Peter Tateishi gets a little of the San Luis Obispo Republican Party lovin', with a $18,950 contribution.

$$$: Here is the depressing filing for the California Republican Party.

$$$: Downward trend of Facebook is a downer for the state [Greg Lucas @ California's Capitol]

STIFFED: Newport Beach feels stiffed by the Obama campaign, which hasn't reimbursed the city for police costs associated with a fundraising visit.

JUST ASKIN': When Mitt Romney was critiquing the Brits preparations for the Olympic Games, perhaps he was talking about the Queen's athletes, rather than the hosting duties? 

AUTHOR'S NOTE: It is egg-laying season here when tortugas, or sea turtles, lay their eggs on the beaches around the Mexican Caribbean. These endangered beauties are believed to reach maturity at around 25 and have a lifespan of 80 years. Six of the seven species are endangered, and four of the seven can be found on the turista laden beaches of Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

The Cancun resorts have an aggressive and laborious campaign to help save the sea turtle. Last night, as ten turtles likely returned to the geographic equivalent to their birthplace (although now, much different with a resort zone that looks like the Vegas strip), hotel security was watching over them. And, they don't stop at keeping the tequila-soaked gringos from trying to take rides on the behemoths.

As a turtle lays her eggs, each one is carefully removed from the nest. Scientists identified that turtles go into a trance during egg-laying and don't notice this practice. The eggs are then transplanted to a cordoned-off area to avoid being sandcastled the next day or dug out by poachers. Each cluster of eggs is marked by date, time, and species. Meticulous records are kept and reported to a federal government agency coordinating the recovery program.

The hatching rate has reportedly increased from 40% to 90%, and because the hatchlings are released after the birds have gone to roost for the night, the survival rate to maturity is expected to significantly improve.

Last year, at this resort alone, 581 nests were transplanted and 61,499 baby turtles were released into the ocean.

Mexico is not perfect. Certainly, when Cancun grew from a sandbar beginning in 1970, significant environmental damage was done and continues with excessive a/c use. And, let's face it, I won't travel to all the places I want to in Mexico because of violence. That said, this is a beautiful country, with a beautiful people, and with the same values as our own. 



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Molly Munger's Tax Campaign Spends $8.2 Million Through June
David Siders @
The November tax initiative backed by civil rights lawyer Molly Munger spent $8.2 million in the first half of the year, including more than $2 million on early television advertising, the campaign reported today.

Governor Has Campaign Cash, GOP Doesn't
John Myers @
Playing on the statewide political stage in California takes big bucks, and with the November election now less than 100 days away, we're starting to get a clearer sense of who's got some momentum... and who's out of gas.

Lockyer Has A Problem In Bid To Lead CSU
Dan Morain @
Bill Lockyer has the political savvy to lead the CSU system, but he has never taught at the college level.

Dozens Of Lawmakers Donate To Gov. Brown's Tax Initiative
Jim Sanders @
More than two dozen Democratic state legislators have contributed thousands of dollars apiece to help pass Gov. Jerry Brown's multibillion-dollar tax initiative, according to disclosure documents filed Tuesday.

Money flows to support Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative
Jim Sanders and David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown's November ballot initiative to raise taxes collected $6.3 million in the first half of the year, with $5 million in cash on hand at the end of June, the campaign reported Tuesday.

California officials
Kevin Yamamura @
Responding to a lawsuit filed by an anti-tax group, attorneys for the Secretary of State's Office and Gov. Jerry Brown's tax campaign said this week it is too late to renumber the November ballot initiatives.

Unions Raise Nearly $10 Million To Fight Prop. 32
A coalition of California labor unions has raised nearly $10 million to fight Proposition 32, far outpacing the backers of the November ballot measure that promises to eliminate special-interest money in politics.

Proposition 8 Backers Ask Supreme Court To Overturn Unconstitutional Ruling On Gay Marriage Ban
Local @
In a legal brief, asked the high court to overturn a ruling earlier this year by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which found the gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

Years-long Tax Fight Takes Turn In California
Dan Walters @
Capitol politicians have been wrangling for decades over taxing multistate and multinational corporations doing business in California.

2 Former Lynwood Council Members Found Guilty Of Corruption
Jack Leonard @
Two former Lynwood council members accused of misusing city credit cards and illegally boosting their salaries were convicted Tuesday in a case that could have far-reaching legal consequences for local government officials. Louis Byrd and Fernando Pedroza each were found guilty of misappropriating public funds following a month-long trial in which prosecutors used a novel legal argument that the officials broke the law by accepting tens of thousands of dollars in stipends for sitting on city commissions that appeared to do little, if any, work.

Pew Finds Huge Support Among Dems For Gay Marriage
Wyatt Buchanan, Michael Collier, Richard Dunham, Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Marisa Lagos, Carolyn Lochhead, Carla Marinucci, @
Pew finds huge support among Dems for gay marriage

Dan Morain: Lockyer has a problem in bid to lead CSU
Evidently, Bill Lockyer is serious about becoming chancellor of the California State University system, the nation's largest four-year institution of higher education.

Downward Trend Of Facebook Is A Downer For The State
Greg Lucas @
Facebook shares hit a new low July 31 — $21.71, 43 percent below its initial public offering. This isn’t good new for the state, which hopes to bank a healthy chunk of tax receipts from stock sales the distribution of 240 million Restricted Stock Units to Facebook’s 3,000 employees as early as November.

Former Service Employees International Union Leader Indicted
Paul Pringle and Richard Winton @
Not long ago, Tyrone Freeman was a rising young star in the national labor movement, already the head of California's biggest union local and a force in Democratic politics from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.

Officer At Center Of Pepper-spraying Incident No Longer Works At UC Davis
Sam Stanton @
Lt. John Pike, the UC Davis police officer who became a focal point of last November's pepper-spraying incident during a campus protest, is no longer employed by the university, a spokesman confirmed late Tuesday.

Villaraigosa says he'd like to be governor of California
Anthony York @
As Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa prepares to take the gavel for the Democratic National Committee’s national convention in Charlotte this summer, ABC News asked whether the termed-out mayor could be the nation’s first Latino president.

Westlands Farmers Bank On Delta House Aspirants
By Josh Richman Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 5:42 pm in 2012 Congressional Election, economy, Environment, Jerry McNerney, John Garamendi, U.S. House, water.

GOP, White House reach budget deal to avoid government shutdown
Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau @
The tentative budget agreement would end the threat of a government shutdown before the November election. It is a setback for conservative Republicans who want steeper budget cuts.

Dan Walters: Years-long tax fight takes turn in California
Capitol politicians have been wrangling for decades over taxing multistate and multinational corporations doing business in California.

Harry Reid: Bain Investor Told Me That Mitt Romney 'didn't Pay Any Taxes For 10 Years'
Sam Stein @
Posted: 07/31/2012 3:46 pm Updated: 07/31/2012 3:53 pm

Health Insurers Owe Nearly $74 Million In Rebates To Californians
Chad Terhune @
Nearly 2 million Californians will receive $73.9 million in rebates from health insurers as part of the federal healthcare law, according to state officials.

Koreatown residents sue L.A. over redistricting
David Zahniser @
Plaintiffs say the district of council President Herb Wesson, which includes much of the neighborhood, was redrawn primarily to increase its percentage of black voters.

An important measure of education
Anthony Carnevale @
Opinion: Post-secondary certificates should be counted among government education reports.