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THE NOONER for August 28, 2012

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The light at the end of the session tunnel can now be seen, as can the testiness that often accompanies the waning days. Yesterday's highlight found John Perez taking the Speaker's gavel to bring order to the lower house. Perez admonished Republicans, particularly Tim Donnelly, for slowing down the process of passing mostly Democratic bills. [beginning at 31:55]

Pension reform rolls out today as the Conference Committee convenes at the call of the chair to adopt the package. Following the formal action today, the CalPERS board will meet Wednesday-Thursday to review the package before a final floor vote in both houses on Friday.

Details were still moving around last night, so I'll hold off on writing about them until we have something in print. That said, the biggest changes would affect only new employees, which should be a sigh of relief to public sector Nooner readers.

  • The latest most-watched bill on Around the Capitol, SB 863 (De Leon), worker's comp reform, was amended yesterday. 
  • Gloria Negrete McLeod, running for congress against Joe Baca, had her name removed from the fire prevention fee bill, which is now tied to John Perez's AB 1500/AB 1501 corporate tax hike for middle-class scholarships.
  • AB 1436 (Feuer), same day voter registration, passed the Assembly yesterday and is off to the governor.
  • SB 1221 (Lieu), the dogs and bears bill, passed the Senate yesterday and is off to the governor. Tony Strickland was the lone Rep to join Democrats in support. One Dem (Wolk) voted no, while Correa and Rubio took a walk.




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WSJ WARNS: "The real threat to a GOP return to power is its failure to reach out to minority voters, especially Hispanics. Even if they win 60% of white voters this year, Republicans won't retain a governing majority for long unless they find a way to appeal to minority voters who are growing as a share of the electorate."

"This means fielding more diverse candidates, which the party is beginning to do. But it also means adjusting its rhetoric and policies on immigration. A cranky, crabbed view of immigration sends a cultural message that the GOP doesn't welcome minority voters, and it contradicts the themes of optimism and growth that appeal to most voters."

Somehow, I'm betting Tim Donnelly won't take this advice when AB 2189 returns to the Assembly for concurrence.

CLEARED: Assemblyman Roger Hernandez acquitted of misdemeanor drunken driving [Malaika Fraley @ SGV Tribune]

$$$: The Democratic Party moves $120,000 into Ken Cooley's account for AD08.

BARRELS OF INK: Rep. Issa chides 'second string' media [Dylan Byers @ Politico]

ONION OR REUTERS?: Republicans call for crackdown on pornography



  • Measure A: Contra Costa Community College District parcel tax ($11/parcel for 6 years) (2/3 vote required)
  • Measure B: Antioch School Facilities Improvement District #1 - $56.5 million bond (55% vote required)
  • Measure C: Martinez Unified School District parcel tax ($50/parcel for 5 years) (2/3 vote required)
  • Measure D: San Ramon Valley Unified School District - $260 million bond (55% vote required)
  • Measure E: West Contra Costa Unified School District - $360 million bond (55% vote required
  • Measure G: West Contra Costa Unified School District - parcel tax renewal (2/3 vote required)
  • Measure H: Knightsen Elementary School District - $3 million bond (55% vote required
  • Measure I: Chabot-Las Positas Community College District parcel tax ($28/parcel for 6 years) (2/3 vote required)
  • Measure J: City of Concord: Appoint City Treasurer
  • Measure K: Town of Moraga: Transaction and Use Tax ($0.01 x 20 years)
  • Measure L: City of Orinda: Transaction and Use tax ($0.005 x 10 years)
  • Measure M: City of Pinole: Utility Use Tax extension (8% for 8 years)
  • Measure N: City of Richmond: Business license fee for sugar-sweetened beverages ($0.01/oz)
  • Measure O: City of Richmond: Advisory on use of sugar-sweetened beverage tax
  • Measure P: City of Richmond: Advisory vote on Citizens United case
  • Measure Q: Contra Costa County Fire Protection District parcel tax ($75/parcel x 7 years)


California Public Pension Reform Legislation Deadline Looms
Jon Ortiz @
Lawmakers have a deadline to send pension reform legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown by Friday. The buzz around the Capitol is that Democrats met through the weekend, but as of this morning it looks like specific terms are still being debated.

Senate Leader Says Pension Reform Won't Include Brown's Hybrid
Patrick McGreevy @
State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said Monday he expects a pension reform package to be released tomorrow that will have support from Gov. Jerry Brown.

Report: Speaker's Bill Could Add Millions To Deficit
Brian Joseph @
A bill that Assembly Speaker John A. Perez has identified as one of his top priorities for this remaining legislative session could raise the state’s budget deficit by as much as $900 million, according to a report by the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Doctors Try To Revive Healthy Families Over Jerry Brown's Objection
Kevin Yamamura @
The California Medical Association and other health care groups are trying to restore Healthy Families coverage for 880,000 lower-income children, but Gov. Jerry Brown remains opposed.

Chris Christie Calls Jerry Brown Names, Gives California Republicans Some Hope
David Siders @
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ripped into California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, calling him an "old retread" and suggesting – to the delight of California Republicans – that his own election in a Democratic state is proof Republicans in California could rebound.

GOP Convention Hears Swipe At Jerry Brown
Carla Marinucci @
He's 2,861 miles away in sunny Sacramento, but California Gov. Jerry Brown held center stage among hundreds of Republicans here on Monday as the object of an enthusiastic bash fest where state and national political figures excoriated him as a "retread" vestige of Democratic tax-raising and union-influenced leadership.

Adversarial Relations Are Better For The Capitol
Dan Walters @
This friction is not a bad thing. A less tolerant, more independent and skeptical press corps means the public is getting more information about what their politicians are doing – or not doing.

Bill Limiting Use Of Dogs In Hunting Bears Goes To Jerry Brown
Laurel Rosenhall @
California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that severely restricts the use of dogs in hunting bears and bobcats.

Election-day voter registration passes Assembly, goes to Brown
Dan Smith @
Californians would be able to register to vote on election day under a bill the Assembly sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.

Doctors Challenge Jerry Brown Over Children's Health
Anthony York @
The state’s largest association of doctors is making a last-ditch attempt to resurrect a popular children’s health program eliminated by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this year.

Legislature green-lights state Sen. Joe Simitian red-light camera bill
Jason Green @
A bill that purports to protect the rights of California drivers by regulating red-light cameras received a green light from the Legislature on Monday. Approved 34-0, state Sen. Joe Simitian's Senate Bill 1303 is now headed to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

Steinberg says lawmakers consider cap on pensions, not hybrid
Lawmakers charged with overhauling California's state and local public pension law are considering a plan to

California Cuts 7,100 Vehicles From State Fleet, Brown Administration Says
Jon Ortiz @
The state Department of General Services announced today that it has axed 7,112 vehicles from the state inventory of passenger cars, trucks, vans, buses, heavy equipment, boats, trailers, planes and other vehicles over the last 19 months. The reductions comply with Gov. Jerry Brown's order last year to cut the state fleet.

Judge blocks Ohio law that rejected 14,000 ballots in 2008
David G. Savage @
A federal judge in Ohio has blocked an unusual state election law that calls for throwing out thousands of provisional ballots that are cast in the wrong precinct, even when the voter goes to the right polling place.

Legislators Pass Bill To Use 'intellectual Disability' In State Regulations
A bill awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature won't change any services, rights or responsibilities in state law. But to supporters, the bill's changes are critical: It would drop the words "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" from state regulations and publications.

Democratic lawmakers to release pension fixes
Judy Lin, Associated Press @
SACRAMENTO -- The Legislature's Democratic leaders will release a bill package Tuesday they say will meet Gov.

Calif Senate approves Ronald Reagan Capitol statue
The Associated Press @
State senators of both political parties are supporting a bill that would allow a statue of Ronald Reagan to be placed inside the California Capitol.