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THE NOONER for August 17, 2012

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The Senate and Assembly Appropriations committees yesterday set the stage for the last two weeks of session, releasing 265 bills from the Suspense Files of each committee. Patrick McGreevy and Michael Mishak at the LAT cover the most watched bills.

WORD: Yet Another Bad Day for California Haters [Mark Paul]

IXCAOUZSWHKTDFQVGMRJLYEBPN: Yesterday was the 82nd day before the election, which means the Secretary of State drew the randomized alphabet for November's election.

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SECOND CHANCE: Leland Yee's SB 9, which would allow juveniles sentenced to life without to parole to petition for a rehearing for a different sentence, passed the Assembly yesterday with no votes to spare.

SF Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's fate is now with the Board of Supervisors.

IT RAINS, IT POURS: State, county officials investigating Assemblyman Roger Hernandez

ULTIMATUM: Richard Riordan, L.A. business leaders threaten to put pension reform on the ballot [Rick Orlov @ LADN]

FAMILY MATTERS: While Feinstein, Boxer, Steinberg and Perez ask Molly Munger to play nice, her brother Charles Munger, Jr. adds $635,035 to the Yes on 32 kitty. Oh, and the PTA responded to the Feinstein/Boxer letter with a "thanks but no thanks."

Meanwhile, the campaign to repeal the death penalty picked up $1 million yesterday.

CD15: Pete Stark's burned bridges have cost him [Carolyn Lochhead @ SF Chron]

AD49: Matthew Lin gets a little bit of that San Luis Obispo County Republican love, showing the party thinks he's got a shot against Ed Chau

facebook GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS: As of this writing, FB is trading near $19/share, which is one-half of the IPO price and 42% of what the LAO used for its budget estimates. The good news is that one of the reasons it's trading so low is that insiders are bailing out. All that selling does create taxable events.

RAGE AGAINST RYAN: Paul Ryan's favorite band is LA-grown Rage Against the Machine. To which, Rage guitarist Tom Morello pens an op-ed for Rolling Stone, calling Ryan an "extreme fringe right wing nut job."

END OF AN ERA: KLOS's Mark and Brian say so-long [Mariecar Mendoza @ LADN]

GOIN' FOR THE HAT TRICK: Twice-recalled Fullerton councilman to run for election again [Rick Rojas @ LAT]

LOCAL BALLOT MEASURES: Now that the period to place local measures on the ballot has ended, I'll be running through measures that are on the ballot in each county. And, where better to start than my "home" county of Orange.

  • Measure M: Coast Community College District, general obligation bond, $698 million (requires 55%)
  • Measure N: Fountain Valley School District, general obligation bond, $23.5 million (requires 55%)
  • Measure O: La Habra City School District, general obligation bond, $31 million (requires 55%)
  • Measure P: Ocean View School District, general obligation bond, $198 million (requires 55%)
  • Measure Q: Ranch Santiago Community College District, general obligation bond, $198 million (requires 55%)

It's been a long week. Enjoy your weekend! 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Sens. Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer Call For Tax Campaign Truce [updated]
Anthony York @
latimesblogs.latimes.com
Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer sent a letter to the head of the California State PTA, the sponsor of Proposition 38, imploring them to stop what they call “personal attacks against Gov. Jerry Brown” that they fear could sink the governor’s tax measure, Proposition 30.

Yes On 8 Campaign Fined For Failure To Report Donations
Jon Ortiz @
sacbee.com
The campaign that successfully backed an initiative banning same-sex marriage received a $49,000 fine Thursday from the California Fair Political Practices Commission for violating state campaign finance disclosure laws.

Prop. 8 Campaign Slapped With $49,000 Fine
Jon Ortiz @
blogs.sacbee.com
The campaign that successfully backed an initiative banning same-sex marriage received a $49,000 fine today from the California Fair Political Practices Commission for violating state campaign finance disclosure laws.

Feinstein, Boxer Back Brown's Tax Plan
Wyatt Buchanan @
sfgate.com
Top Democratic elected leaders in California are urging proponents of a ballot measure that rivals Gov. Jerry Brown's tax-raising Proposition 30 not to directly attack or refer to the governor's measure in their campaign.

U.S. Senators, Legislative Leaders Call For Tax Cease-fire
Kevin Yamamura @
blogs.sacbee.com
In a pointed letter critical of Gov. Jerry Brown's tax rival, California's two U.S. senators along with state legislative leaders called Thursday for a cease-fire from campaigns backing the two multibillion-dollar tax hikes on the November ballot.

Bill To Limit Gifts To California Lawmakers Dies A Quiet Death
Jim Sanders @
sacbee.com
Legislation to restrict free tickets and other gifts to lawmakers died quietly Thursday without a public vote in an election year.

California Legislators Shelve Dozens Of Bills
Patrick McGreevy and Michael J. Mishak @
latimes.com
A gift ban on lobbyists, two proposals to regulate fracking and a bid to exempt Olympians' honorariums from state income taxes are among measures tabled.

Tax Measures Rise In Poll, Could Ballot Labels Be Why?
John Myers @
news10.net
A new poll released Thursday shows an uptick in support for two of the November ballot's tax increase initiatives. And the pollsters believe that part of the reason could be the newly finalized, and perhaps more favorable, ballot labels.

Legislature Hesitates On Scandals
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Given its record on other issues – such as the deficit-ridden budget – it's not surprising that the Legislature doesn't handle scandal very well.

California Assembly Approves State Film, Tv Tax Credit Extension
Richard Verrier @
latimes.com
The California Assembly overwhelmingly approved a bill that would preserve funding for the state's film and television tax credit.

Prop. 31, A Virtuous Budget Reform Package, Falls Short
Peter Schrag @
sacbee.com
The authors of Proposition 31, the Government Performance and Accountability Act on the November ballot, want to make state government trustworthy, accountable, cost-effective, transparent, willing to listen, thrifty and prudent. Yes, they're all there.

Theater As Politics -- Or What The Bard Has To Say About Jerry Brown
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe @
nbclosangeles.com
With all eyes seemingly on the Olympics last week, it felt like a good time to sneak out of town – and away from politics – for a few days. Fat chance.

California Tax Exemption For Olympics Prizes Moves, Then Stalls
Dan Walters @
blogs.sacbee.com
Legislation that would exempt California athletes' Olympic medals and financial prizes from state income taxation cleared its first hurdle Thursday, but crashed into the second.

Evaluation Bill Moves On To State Senate
John Fensterwald @
edsource.org
On a 5-2 party line vote, with two Republicans opposed, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to send AB 5, the bill rewriting the teacher evaluation law, to the full Senate for a vote next week.

Peter Schrag: Prop. 31, a virtuous budget reform package, falls short
sacbee.com
The authors of Proposition 31, the Government Performance and Accountability Act on the November ballot, want to make state government trustworthy, accountable, cost-effective, transparent, willing to listen, thrifty and prudent. Yes, they're all there.

Backers of Brown's tax measure want clean campaign
JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press @
utsandiego.com
Supporters of Gov. Jerry Brown's November tax initiative, including both of California's U.S. senators, called Thursday on a rival campaign to stop its criticism, warning that attacks and negative campaigning will jeopardize prospects for both measures.

Assembly OKs Bill To Allow Resentencing Of Some Young Killers
Jim Sanders @
blogs.sacbee.com
Juvenile murderers would have the possibility of eventual release under legislation that narrowly passed the California Assembly today.

Reimbursement Or Gouging? Silicon Valley Agencies Lead State In Asking For Repayment For Complying With Open Meetings Law
Science @
mercurynews.com
Records from the California State Controllers Office show Santa Clara County and the Santa Clara Valley Water District both have sought more money than any other agencies in California to pay to write and post their agendas.

Pete Stark's Burned Bridges Have Cost Him
Carolyn Lochhead @
sfgate.com
Now 80, using a cane and seeking his 20th term, Stark is in trouble. The two sides of his political persona - serious policymaker and snarling partisan - are at war on a campaign trail littered with false charges, invective and mental confusion. The outcome may topple not just Stark, but the machinations of the Bay Area Democratic brain trust.

Opinion: Walking The Political Plank
Kevin Riggs @
nbclosangeles.com
It may not be an extreme sport, but political payback is a well-established tradition in Sacramento. We saw another reminder of that this week with two-term Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert.

Bill To Allow California Sports Betting Shelved By Assembly Panel
Jim Sanders @
blogs.sacbee.com
If you were willing to bet that California would pass legislation this year to allow sports wagering, you would have lost.

County Board of Education unanimously denies petition to renew West County Community High charter
Theresa Harrington @
mercurynews.com
County board upholds West Contra Costa district board's denial, citing unstable budget, questionable educational program and low academic achievement

San Francisco hedge fund manager donates $500,000 to defeat Prop 32
Jon Ortiz @
blogs.sacbee.com
The list of big donors to the campaign against Proposition 32 reads like a laundry list of unions -- with a notable exception: Thomas Steyer.