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THE NOONER for August 10, 2012

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DEADLINE DAY: Today at 5pm is the deadline for local elections in which an incumbent is running. If an incumbent doesn't run, the deadline is extended until 5pm next Wednesday. Today is also the deadline day for local measures to be placed on the ballot. What local races are you looking at?

TO SUE OR NOT TO SUE: Anaheim residents weigh next step in bid for council districts [Nicole Santa Cruz and Rick Rojas @ LAT] 

CNN also makes Anaheim look downright bad. If you haven't been following, three of the five councilmembers are celebrating the fact that they are sneaking through today's deadline without putting a measure on the ballot to consider district elections. With 4 of the 5 councilmembers from Anaheim Hills and a council that's only 10% Latino (one member is half) in a city that is 51% Latino, they are just prolonging the inevitable.

They should, like many of my college districts did this year, acknowledge that the California Voting Rights Act and common decency require switching to district elections when you have such a facially evident case of non-representation. Granted, even Redistricting Partners couldn't carve up Anaheim to protect all five incumbents, but that's life. Get over it.

By acknowledging that they need to switch to district elections, refusing to put it on the ballot this November, and establishing a committee to study it, the council looks more like dictators holding on to power during the Arab Spring than responsible elected officials.

STOP THE PRESSES: The Fresno Bee is down to one editorial writer [Jim Romenesko]

GROUP HUG: The 49ers and Santa Clara Unified have settled the fight over redevelopment, agreeing to split the funds. [Mike Rosenberg @ Mercury News]

CRAZY TALK 5 Graphs That Show How Crazy It Is To Compare California To Greece [Jordan Weissmann @ The Atlantic]

GRAMMAR QUESTION: When recognizing a date two months late, should a resolution use past tense?

$$$: No on 32 picked up $1.1 million from three unions, and the governor's Prop 30 committee collected on the $1 million pledge from the California Nurses Association.


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I had two errors in yesterday's committee chart (Health and Housing and Community Development). Anyway, at the risk of more errors, today I'll list all committees:


Assembly Committee Chairs
effective August 10
Position Current New
Accountability and Administrative Review Roger Dickinson Marty Block (new chair next year)
Aging and Long-Term Care Mariko Yamada Mariko Yamada
Agriculture Cathleen Galgiani Cathleen Galgiani (new chair next year)
Appropriations Felipe Fuentes Mike Gatto
Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Nora Campos  Mike Davis (new chair next year)
Banking and Finance Mike Eng  Roger Dickinson
Budget Bob Blumenfield Bob Blumenfield
Budget Sub 1 Holly Mitchell Holly Mitchell
Budget Sub 2 Susan Bonilla Susan Bonilla
Budget Sub 3 (Resources/Transportation) Rich Gordon Jared Huffman (new chair next year)
Budget Sub 4 (State Administration) Joan Buchanan Bill Monning (new chair next year)
Budget Sub 5 Gil Cedillo Gil Cedillo (new chair next year)
Budget Sub 6 Bob Blumenfield Bob Blumenfield
Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Mary Hayashi Rich Gordon
Education Julia Brownley Joan Buchanan
Elections and Redistricting Paul Fong Paul Fong
Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Bob Wieckowski Luis Alejo
Governmental Organization Isadore Hall Isadore Hall
Health Bill Monning Richard Pan
Higher Education Marty Block Das Williams
Housing and Community Development Norma Torres Norma Torres
Human Services Jim Beall Jim Beall (new chair next year)
Insurance Jose Solorio Henry Perea
Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy V. Manuel Perez V. Manuel Perez
Judiciary Mike Feuer Bob Wieckowski
Labor and Employment Sandre Swanson Sandre Swanson (new chair next year)
Local Government Cameron Smyth Cameron Smyth (new chair next year)
Natural Resources Wes Chesbro Wes Chesbro
Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Warren Furutani Michael Allen
Public Safety Tom Ammiano Tom Ammiano
Revenue and Taxation Henry Perea Felipe Fuentes (new chair next year)
Rules Nancy Skinner Nancy Skinner
Transportation Bonnie Lowenthal Bonnie Lowenthal
Utilities and Commerce Steven Bradford Steven Bradford
Veterans Affairs Paul Cook Paul Cook (new chair next year)
Water, Parks and Wildlife Jared Huffman Ben Hueso

Considering termed-out members or those running for another office, yesterday's actions leave the following committees for new chairs when the new Legislature resumes in December:

  • Accountability and Administrative Review
  • Agriculture
  • Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media
  • Budget Sub 3
  • Budget Sub 4
  • Budget Sub 5
  • Human Services
  • Labor and Employment
  • Local Government
  • Revenue and Taxation


That's it. Stay cool this weekend.


Foes Win Ruling Over Prop. 33 Ballot Words
Dale Kasler @
Opponents of Proposition 33, which would rewrite California law on auto insurance rates, won a preliminary court skirmish Thursday over ballot language.

Gov. Brown Sounds Off On Political Hot-Button Issues In Torrance Stop
Art Marroquin @
Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday took a few minutes in Torrance to sound off on several hot-button issues, including his tax initiative on the November ballot, pension reform and a recent comment by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

California Lawmakers Look To Scrap State Tax On Olympic Medals
Torey Van Oot @
A group of state legislators is looking to prevent that situation from happening in California with new legislation to exempt Golden State Olympians from paying state taxes on their medals and prize money.

Heavy Hitters Helping Garamendi Raise Funds
Josh Richman @
Rep. John Garamendi, challenged in his bid for re-election by Republican Colusa County Supervisor Kim Vann, apparently feels it’s enough of a race to warrant asking some well-known names to help him raise money.

Censorship Rears Its Ugly Head In California Senate
Dan Walters @
Let's not mince words about what the state Senate's Democratic leader did Wednesday. It was self-serving censorship, the sort of thing that one expects from tinpot dictators, not from those who fancy themselves to be progressive civil libertarians.

Joan Buchanan To Chair Assembly Ed | Edsource Today
Redistricting has pushed Buchanan into a slightly more Democratic 16th Assembly District, including Lamorida and Dublin, Contra Costa County communities familiar with her work as a school board leader. She handily won the primary election.

Report: Major Cities Not Prepared For Growing Retiree Health Costs
Corey G. Johnson @
Most major California cities are failing to address the growing health care costs of government retirees, which have ballooned to more than $1 billion in some areas and soon could threaten municipalities' ability to pay other expenses, according to a recent financial analysis by a nonprofit research group.

Lies, Sloppiness Alleged At Capitol Budget Hearing
John Myers @
It often feels good to vent your anger and frustrations, and so it shouldn't be surprising that assemblymembers wanted to do the same Thursday afternoon on the state parks saga that's fueled questions about all kinds of government accounting practices.

Editorial: Mental health spending needs an honest audit
Two Republican legislators have requested an audit of the billions raised by the Proposition 63 tax on wealthy Californians to pay for mental health services.

Nonprofit mapped political path for state Sen. Sam Blakeslee
Evan Halper and Patrick McGreevy @
Though the state senator has said he plans to leave politics to run a nonprofit, an early blueprint for the organization laid out plans to make him a candidate for statewide office in 2014.

Judge rejects challenge to Prop 33 ballot language
The Associated Press @
A Sacramento County Superior Court judge has rejected a lawsuit by supporters of an auto insurance initiative who argued that voter-guide statements about Proposition 33 were inaccurate.

Judge Declines To Change Wording On Death Penalty Measure
Andy Furillo @
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley issued a tentative ruling today that rejected efforts by death penalty proponents to change the wording on a ballot measure that would repeal capital punishment in California.

Lawmakers Question Special Funds Practices
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Lawmakers called Thursday for greater oversight of state accounts after expressing outrage over revelations that state park officials hid money.

'Betrayed' Lawmakers Question California State Budget Accounting
Kevin Yamamura @
In their first examination of state accounting problems, California lawmakers condemned parks officials Thursday for hiding nearly $54 million from budget writers.

UC Payroll Up 6 Percent
Laurel Rosenhall @
The University of California spent more on payroll in 2011 than in the prior year, though officials say the money for higher salaries is coming more from hospital fees than from rising tuition.

California Prison Population Decline Slows
The number of inmate beds being emptied by California's diversion of low-level offenders to county jails instead of state prisons is slowing.

Judge rejects challenge to ballot language on insurance measure
A judge today rejected a legal challenge to the ballot language proposed for Proposition 33, an insurance executive's plan to rewrite California law governing auto premiums.

California Healthier Than Greece, The Atlantic Mag Concludes
Dan Walters @
When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a joke that compared California to Greece the other day, the state's Democratic politicians reacted with anger, rather than laughter.

CalPERS Bows Out Of Venture Capital
Gregory Roth and Mark Boslet @
The nations largest public pension fund, the California Public Employees Retirement System, appears likely to slash its investments in venture capital in what could be a blow to this still-recovering asset class.

State Legislation May Bring Peace To L.A. Water District War
Shelby Grad @
The California Assembly approved legislation Thursday that would end a long-standing turf war between two Los Angeles County water districts. For much of the last decade, the Lakewood-based Water Replenishment District has been fighting with the Commerce-based Central Basin Municipal...

Area Labor Group Asks Williams To Explain Contribution From Walmart
Timm Herdt @
The Tri-Counties Central Labor Council, the umbrella group for labor unions on the Central Coast, has demanded a meeting with Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, asking him to explain why he accepted a $7,800 campaign contribution from Walmart — a company he once fought in a labor-backed campaign to prevent the opening of a store in Ventura.

California legislation could bring peace to L.A. water war
Sam Allen @
Assembly OKs bill that would give the Water Replenishment District authority to manage groundwater storage, ending a battle with the Central Basin Municipal Water District.