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THE NOONER for August 24, 2012

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Good morning from AD17, which is boring, where Tom Ammiano will easily win reelection and will continue as Public Safety Chair to the chagrin of many on the law and order front.

Meanwhile, in a few hours, I'll be at City College of San Francisco, which is in AD19, the district that is the sleeper race in November. I wrote about this district on April 10, and not much has changed. Michael Breyer will have more money than Phil Ting, and there's really no reason for Democratic money machines to send money here.

Breyer had $233,716 on hand as of June 30, while Ting had $18,457.

Dan Walters looks at the fight between physical therapists and doctors.

Five days left, and still no pension reform bill . . .




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VOTE LATE, VOTE OFTEN: Dems advance a bill to allow ballots to be postmarked on election day. Since the bill requires a two-thirds vote it's unlikely to pass.

REGISTER ONLINE: For first time, Californians will be able to register to vote online [Timm Herdt @ VC Star]

$$$: DSCC moves $100,000 into Fran Pavley's account. [SD27]

GOP leadership sends a message that it's willing to play offense in AD49 with Matthew Lin (R) against Ed Chau (D), sending $30,000 from the San Luis Obispo Republican Party.

LA-LA LAND: Zev Yaroslavsky bows out of the Los Angeles mayoral race, leaving Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry and the peanut gallery.

LAW AND ORDER: Roger Hernandez might beat this thing. [Mailaka Fraley at CC Times]

STORM TRACK: Mitt Romney's huffing and puffing appears to be working, although Bobby Jindal probably won't be enjoying convention.

NSFW, IN AN ANIMATED SENSE: Our Taiwanese friends tell the Prince Harry story the way no one else can.

Whew...that was a long week. Have a great weekend!


'Use It Or Lose It' Budget Practice Common In California Government
Kevin Yamamura @
State workers call it "use it or lose it," a practice in which departments try to spend every last penny rather than save for the good of the overall California budget.

California Democrats Push To Allow Election Day Postmark
Kevin Yamamura @
In a last-minute bill moving through the Legislature, Democratic lawmakers are seeking to expand the number of mail ballots counted in elections by extending the deadline for submitting them.

State Prisons See Populations Drop Under Realignment
Monica Lam and Michael Montgomery @
Last October, California began a massive overhaul of its prison system under Gov. Jerry Brown’s Public Safety Realignment Act. Under pressure from the courts to improve inmate health care and reduce prison overcrowding, the state has transferred responsibility for thousands of non-violent felons to county jails and local law enforcement. The plan aims to reduce overcrowding in state prisons and trim the state budget – but to do that, county jails and local law enforcement must pick up the slack. This report goes to Fresno County and San Francisco to examine what’s going on inside jails and on the streets under this unprecedented overhaul of the criminal justice system.

California Legislature May Ease Rules For Voters To Cast Ballots
John Myers @
The old joke in politics is to "vote early, vote often." But bills being either considered or ratified by the Legislature may make a better quip to "vote late, vote anywhere."

Senate Votes To Overturn Solano County Garbage Limit
Dan Walters @
Legislaton to overturn a Solano County ballot measure that limited garbage shipments into the county was approved Thursday by the state Senate.

No California Legislative Session Is Complete Without A Medical Turf War
Dan Walters @
No session of the California Legislature would be complete without at least one "scope-of-practice" bill.

New Requirement For Vaccine Exemption Passed By Senate
Lisa Aliferis @
This week in Sacramento, the Senate passed AB 2109, a bill to make this exemption a little tougher. Under the bill, parents who don’t wish to have their children vaccinated must meet with a health care provider to talk about risks and benefits of vaccines. The provider can be a doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, osteopathic physician, naturopathic doctor or a credentialed school nurse. The provider must sign a form and the parent must still provide a written statement.

Appellate Court Turns Down Taxpayer Group's Lawsuit To Stop Sales Tax Measure
Tracy Seipel @
The Sixth District Court of Appeal on Thursday declined to hear a lawsuit by a taxpayers group that seeks to stop Santa Clara County from placing a sales tax measure on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Health Insurance Regulation Initiative Qualifies For 2014 Ballot
Torey Van Oot @
An initiative to regulate health insurance rates in California has qualified for the November 2014 ballot.

Ryan Says Obama Undercuts Welfare Reform Law
Beth Fouhy @
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says President Barack Obama wants to ease work requirements for welfare recipients even though that claim has been largely debunked by independent fact checkers.

Proposition 37 In California: A High-stakes Food Fight
Dana Hull @
Californias crowded November ballot includes white-hot measures to raise taxes, amend the states Three Strikes Law and repeal the death penalty. But a once-obscure measure requiring labels on genetically engineered food is quickly emerging as one of the most expensive, high-stakes showdowns on the 11-measure ballot.

Gut-and-amend Bill Seeks 'safe Harbor' For Illegal Immigrants
Jim Sanders @
With only days left before the California Legislature adjourns for the year, lawmakers are breathing new life into a failed initiative campaign calling for creation of a five-year program to allow undocumented workers to live and work openly in the state.

Sherman Files Fec Complaint Targeting Brother Of Election Rival Berman
Brad Sherman is accusing Howard Berman of improperly overpaying his brother, Michael Berman, for campaign services in years when Howard Berman faced little or no reelection opposition. The Sherman campaign filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission and asked for an investigation.

Senate OKs Calif. Election Day voter sign-up
The Associated Press @
Californians could register to vote any time, including on Election Day, under a bill approved by the state Senate.

California Senate Approves Police-fire Death Benefits Bill
Dan Walters @
A highly controversial bill to make it easier for survivors of police officers and firefighters to collect workers' compensation benefits was approved Thursday by the California Senate.

Can’t Decide Between Obama And Romney? Two U.c. Berkeley Grads’ Cool New Political App Can Help
Wyatt Buchanan, Michael Collier, Richard Dunham, Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Marisa Lagos, Carolyn Lochhead, Carla Marinucci, @
Can’t decide between Obama and Romney? Two U.C. Berkeley grads’ cool new political app can help

Assembly sends Jerry Brown bill to protect illegal immigrants
The Assembly Friday passed and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown legislation that would prohibit law enforcement officers from detaining undocumented immigrants for federal authorities when they are released from criminal custody, unless they have a history of serious or violent crime.

Big Money From 'big Soda' Sloshes Around Richmond's Controversial Sugar-tax Measure
More than $350,000, mostly from the beverage industry, has poured into the working-class city in an effort to convince local voters to not approve what could be the nations first municipal 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Mitt’s Moment: Time Talks To Romney About Business, Budgets And Beliefs | Swampland |
Managing editor Rick Stengel and senior correspondent Michael Crowley spoke with the Republican presidential candidate on Tuesday for the Sept. 3 issue of TIME, now available online to subscribers. A lightly edited transcript follows.

Sacramento Levees Fail Federal Maintenance Criteria
Matt Weiser @
Miles of levees along the east bank of the Sacramento River, above, and the south bank of the American River were declared Thursday to have failed to meet federal maintenance standards. Sacramento could lose FEMA flood certification as a result.

Health Insurance Rate Regulation Measure Qualifies For California's November 2014 Ballot
Health Med Fit @
Giving state insurance commissioner approval authority for certain premium rate increases expected to provoke a big and costly battle between insurers and consumer groups.

Lawmaker Apologizes For Comment About Beer-drinking Hunters
Jim Sanders @
Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield ruffled feathers and was blasted by Republicans on the Assembly floor Wednesday for describing a situation in which a hunter sits drinking a beer while hounds chase a bear or bobcat to exhaustion.

Sacramento Area Sees Fewer Foreclosures
Hudson Sangree @
Foreclosures and foreclosure activity continued to fall in the Sacramento area in June compared with the same month last year, real estate tracking firm CoreLogic reported Thursday.

UC, CSU research assistants would get union rights under newly passed bill
SACRAMENTO -- A bill approved by the state Senate would give University of California and California State University research assistants the right to collective bargaining.

AM Alert: Lawmakers collect cash during final weeks of session
Micaela Massimino @
California legislators haven't just been wading through hundreds of bills since Monday -- they've also been collecting campaign cash. Capitol Alert counted dozens of fundraisers scheduled on behalf of current lawmakers or legislative hopefuls.