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THE NOONER for August 8, 2012

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CD15: Former CA Assembly Majority Leader says Rep. Stark threatened his kids, job [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron] Shane Goldmacher also covers to story for National Journal:

After "calling me a turncoat," [Alberto] Torrico said that [Pete] Stark "questioned my mental health. He asked me if I was well, if I was ill. He said that he was concerned for the safety of my children, that maybe he should send a social worker to my house to check on their safety because I'm clearly ill."

During their conversation, Stark, who is the only openly atheist member of Congress, also questioned Torrico's Christian faith, Torrico said. "He took the opportunity to say he'd come to my house and teach my children about the Christian faith because I couldn't," he said.

"From an atheist, I found it interesting," Torrico added.

Someone needs to seriously check the water along the 880 corridor.


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CD30: Berman campaign brings in Barney Frank for attack on Rep. Brad Sherman [Dakota Smith @ LA Daily News] - "In a conference call with reporters organized by the campaign of Rep. Howard Berman, Frank gave what amounted to a 15 minute takedown of Sherman, calling him "not a very good legislator in my mind" and "superficial."

HEAD SCRATCHER: Dan Logue opened his checkbook with $100,000 to his committee, even though he had $133,266 on hand as of June 30. Logue faces Democrat olive farmer Charlie Rouse in AD03 in November in what shouldn't be a competitive race.

$$$: The Legislative Analyst's Office has prepared a briefing on municipal bankruptcy.

OUCH: The FPPC will consider $49,000 in fines against the Yes on Proposition 8 committee for reporting violations.

ACROSS THE STREET: After serving in many staff and appointed roles, including serving in the last three gubernatorial administrations, Linda Adams has joined the Gualco Group.

SEEN: In a dinner fundrasier e-mail invitation for Assembly candidate Mike Hudson (R in AD11), it stated "(Tipping is not a city in China so tip away!!)" Subsequent e-mails for the event were amended to drop the comment.

FOOTBALL V. SCHOOLS: Here's Elaine Alquist's bill to deem the $30 million in redevelopment money as an enforceable obligation, denying its redistribution to other area agencies, including the Santa Clara Unified School District.

BOOKMARK THIS: If you're having a bad day, just remember you didn't prepare four years for your day in the spotlight.


Supporters Of Millionaires Tax Backing Jerry Brown's Measure
David Siders @
Left-leaning supporters of Gov. Jerry Brown's November ballot measure to raise taxes said today that they will spend more than $1 million in a side campaign targeting minorities and infrequent voters.

Unions Air Statewide Radio Ads Against Prop. 32
Labor unions are taking to the airwaves to fight Proposition 32, the November ballot measure that promises to eliminate special-interest money in politics.

California Municipal Bankruptcy Bill Shelved By Senate Leader
Torey Van Oot @
A heated legislative battle over municipal bankruptcy has been put on ice in the state Senate.

Campaigns On California Ballot Measures Raise $150 Million
California ballot measure campaigns raise $150 million

Group Backing Prop. 30 Pledges $1 Million To Boost Turnout
David Siders @
Left-leaning supporters of Gov. Jerry Brown's November ballot measure to raise taxes said Tuesday they will spend more than $1 million in a side campaign targeting minorities and infrequent voters.

Forestry bill with lumber tax emerges in California Legislature
Kevin Yamamura @
Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to impose a 1 percent lumber tax and limit wildfire liability awards formally surfaced in the Legislature this week amid heavy lobbying from the timber industry.

L.A. County Voters To Decide Whether To Extend Transit Sales Tax Until 2069
Christina Villacorte @
The county Board of Supervisors reluctantly voted 3-1 Tuesday to put the question to voters on the general election ballot.

Mountain Lion Hunter May Be Removed As President Of California Fish And Game Commission
Paul Rogers @
The Fish and Game Commission will vote Wednesday to remove Dan Richards, a big game hunter and outspoken conservative, as president of the commission, following his killing of a mountain lion in Idaho.

Editorial: Yet another benefits boost at the Capitol?
Do legislators read or understand the impact of the bills they vote on? Do they care about the fiscal health of the communities they represent? If they do, how can they overwhelmingly approve a bill that would impose huge costs on both the state and struggling local governments? That's what Assembly Bill 2451 would do.

Stark Raving Pete? Former Ca Assembly Majority Leader Says Rep. Stark Threatened His Kids, Job
Carla Marinucci @
Stark raving Pete? Former CA Assembly Majority Leader says Rep. Stark threatened his kids, job

Newsom's Good Government Measures Also Good For Donors
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In seeking to sharpen the traditionally ambiguous role of state lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom has posited himself as a Mr. ...

If You Liked Citizens United, You'll Love Prop 32 | Opinion | East Bay Express
So what does Prop 32 say it would do and what would it really do? Its supporters claim that Prop 32 — written by the law firm of the California GOP — is a balanced measure that limits corporate and union influence on state elections, to the extent allowed by federal election law.

Obama’s Health-care Law: The Fitness And Wellness Provisions You May Have Missed
Perhaps you’ve had a mammogram recently, or taken a child for an immunization or consulted with a specialist about a weight problem. Since late 2010, those visits to health care providers have carried an additional benefit: They’re free. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law 28 months ago and upheld in June by the Supreme Court, it’s illegal for insurers to charge consumers a co-payment for a long list of health care services designed to prevent disease.

California Assemblyman's DUI Trial Begins Wednesday In Contra Costa County
Malaika Fraley @
The misdemeanor drunken-driving trial for South Californian Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, 37, will begin in a Martinez courtroom on Wednesday.

Former Rivals Rally For Passage Of Jerry Brown's Tax Measure
On politics in the Golden State

Policies Proposed To Boost Boys Of Color
Marisa Lagos @
State leaders should revise school testing and funding, extend health care coverage for those aging out of foster care, and make it harder for schools to suspend and expel - all to improve the odds of success for boys and young men of color in California.

Palo Alto education foundation announces $4.75M fundraising goal
Jason Green @
In response to ongoing state budget cuts, Palo Alto Partners in Education announced Tuesday it aims to surpass last year's record donation to the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Report Pinpoints High-suspension Districts
John Fensterwald @
African American students are more than three times as likely to be handed out-of-school suspensions as are white children, according to an extensive study released Tuesday by education researchers affiliated with UCLA. Nationwide, one out of six African American students is at risk of suspension every year, compared with one in 14 Hispanic students and one in 20 white students.

Riverside County: Redevelopment Debt $1.6 Billion
Before it was dissolved earlier this year, Riverside County’s redevelopment agency accumulated $1.6 billion in debt, which will take 30 years to pay back, officials acknowledged recently.

Bay Bridge Safety Concerns Trigger Local Scrutiny And Senate Hearing
Metropolitan Transportation Commission calls foundation on new eastern span of the Bay Bridge safe, saying design and testing redundancies negate any impacts of a rogue state inspectors doctored concrete test results. State Senate schedules hearing on bridge safety questions.

Santa Clara County approves, San Jose rejects, sales tax measures
John Woolfolk and Tracy Seipel @
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to put an eighth cent sales tax on the November ballot, but the San Jose City Council voted down a proposed half-cent city sales tax.

Berman Campaign Brings In Barney Frank For Attack On Rep. Brad Sherman
Dakota Smith @
In a conference call with reporters organized by the campaign of Rep. Howard Berman, Frank gave what amounted to a 15 minute takedown of Sherman, calling him "not a very good legislator in my mind" and "superficial."

L.A. County supervisors OK tax extension for fall ballot
Jason Song @
L.A. County lawmakers will let voters decide on an additional 30 years for Measure R to fund transportation projects, which would leave it in place until 2069.