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THE NOONER for September 12, 2012

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Good morning, the governor is in LA-LA land today to sign pension reform. This will be a quickie Nooner, as the normally reliable Internet in Cancun is, well, crappy, today.

SADDER: Nadia Lockyer: "A pretrial hearing on drug and child abuse charges against Nadia Lockyer, the former Alameda county supervisor and wife of the state treasurer, was postponed Monday in Orange County Superior Court. . . . 'She was at the Orange Police Department for an unrelated matter when the police found her,' Katz said. 'She was showing signs that she was under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant. She had dilated pupils, eyelid tremors, dry cracked lips and rigid muscle tone.'" [Laura Barron-Lopez @ OCRegister]

GAME ON: "I'm flying Southwest and I oftentimes take the middle seat," Brown said. "I don't think Christie is taking the middle seat. So I'm doing my part for austerity." [Josh Richman @ BANG]

CD03: Garamendi's team flubs one with a factually wrong ad. As they say down here, estupido.

I omitted one of the top races from yesterday's list--CD09. Here's my revised playing field. The riptides described are if there is a partisan wave on election day. Again, I am not expecting one, but it could happen and sweep a group of races into play.


  • CD07 - Ami Bera (D) v. Dan Lungren (R)
  • CD09 - Ricky Gill (R) v. Jerry McNerney (D)
  • CD26 - Julia Brownley (D) v. Tony Strickland (R)
  • CD41 - Mark Takano (D) v. John Tavaglione (R)
  • CD52 - Brian Bilbray (R) v. Scott Peters (D)


  • CD03 - John Garamendi (D) v. Kim Vann (R)
  • CD24 - Lois Capps (D) v. Abel Maldonado (R)
  • CD47 - Gary DeLong (R) v. Alan Lowenthal (D)


  • CD10 - Jeff Denham (R) v. Jose Hernandez (D)
  • CD21 - John Hernandez (D) v. David Valadao (R)
  • CD36 - Mary Bono Mack (R) v. Raul Ruiz (D)
  • CD39 - Jay Chen (D) v. Ed Royce (R)



I’m Greg Diamond, Democratic opponent of State Senator Bob Huff in SD-29. (See my previous ads.)

This past year with Occupy Orange County, I’ve promoted non-violent, lawful protest of how wealthy interests ransacked the economy, then arranged insulation from punishment.

Huff tried funneling public money to his wife’s client Majestic Realty’s redevelopment scheme, without ethical qualms. He’s part of the problem!

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Proposition 8 Author Vows To Fight For Assembly Seat
The author of Proposition 8 is vowing to continue his fight for an Assembly seat in the Sacramento suburbs, despite an earlier pledge to drop out if he failed to finish first in the June primary. Andy Pugno, who drafted...

State's Political Watchdog To Investigate Another Health District Official
Katharine Mieszkowski @
California's political watchdog agency is investigating a Fremont health care district official to determine whether he violated the state’s conflict-of-interest laws.

California governor pleads with voters to pass tax-hike measure
Josh Richman @
Gov. Jerry Brown made impassioned defenses Tuesday of his tax-hike ballot measure, California's high-speed rail project, new public pension reforms and his plan for the Sacramento Delta. But in an acknowledgement that might have been shocking had it come from any other politician, Brown found flaws with most of them.

Public Workers Try To Cope With Having To Pay More Of Their Pension Costs
Julie Small @
Governor Jerry Brown will sign a bill Wednesday that cuts benefits for most public workers in California and could save state and local governments up to $80 billion over the next 30 years.

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Lumber Tax, Wildfire Liability Limits
Kevin Yamamura @
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation today that imposes a 1 percent tax on lumber products starting in January and restricts damages landowners pay for starting wildfires.

Gov. Brown to sign California pension reform bill
JUDY LIN, Associated Press @
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday was expected to sign into law sweeping pension changes that will save California taxpayers billions of dollars in the future.

Gov. Jerry Brown signs pension reform bill
Laurel Rosenhall @
Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 340 in Los Angeles this morning, making changes to the pension system for state and local government employees.

New Community College Chancellor May Be Named By End Of Month
Kathryn Baron @
The California Community College Board of Governors appointed Executive Vice Chancellor Erik Skinner as acting chancellor while the search continues for a successor to Jack Scott, who is retiring at the end of this week.

GOP Congressional Candidate Backs Off Abortion-cancer Link
Torey Van Oot @
Republican congressional candidate Doug LaMalfa walked back today from a claim that women who have abortions are more likely to get cancer.

From Words To Deeds: Why Election Matters
Calvin Woodward @
When you vote for Democrat Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney in November, you'll be voting for more than a president. You'll be casting a ballot for and against a checklist of policies that touch your life and shape the country you live in.

Gov. Jerry Brown Changes Law To Help Car Racers Compete In California
Gov. Brown thinks rules limiting racing teams are a drag

GOP Lawmakers Fretting Over Darkening Outlook
Jesse Helfrich @
Some Republican lawmakers are worried about Mitt Romney’s standing in swing-state polls, which show President Obama leading in a majority of the states that will decide the election.

Southern Whites Troubled By Romney's Wealth, Religion | Reuters
Margot Roosevelt @
“American Mosaic” is Reuters’ unique campaign polling initiative for 2012, executed in partnership with Ipsos. The online polling effort, whose methodology has been statistically validated, will reach 12,000 Americans each month, more than 120,000 by Election Day, constituting an unprecedented sample of the U.S. electorate. The “micro-polling” project, effectively a poll within a poll, targets seven demographic groups of special interest in this presidential race. Each of the targeted groups will be the subject of in-depth reporting as well as photojournalism and video, resulting in a multidimensional portrait of these critical communities. This story profiles whites from 11 states across the South with incomes below the national median.   Full Coverage 

Jerry Brown Announces Plans For New Trade Offices
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that would authorize the state to open new trade offices -- starting with one in Shanghai -- and he is planning to visit China later this year.

Jerry Brown: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Couldn't Squeeze Into A Southwest Airlines' Middle Seat
Local @
California Gov. Jerry Brown continued his war of words with Chris Christie, saying the obese New Jersey governor wouldnt fit in the middle seat of a Southwest Airlines plane, a place the lanky Brown often ends up.

2012 Target Races - Part Two: State Senate :: Fox&hounds
Part One of this series described the Assembly districts the California Target Book has labeled as targets or that are on the watch list. Now I turn to the state Senate races.

Obama And Romney Close In Poll Among Likely Voters
Last week’s Democratic National Convention helped President Obama improve his standing against Republican Mitt Romney, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, but did little to reduce voter concern about his handling of the economy.

Law Enforcement: School Discipline Policies Making Us Less Safe, Not More
Dan @
By Daniel Weintraub California Health Report

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Cost-cutting Measure For Public Pensions
Gov. Jerry Brown signs legislation cutting the costs of public pensions.

The Two Campaigns Of Mitt Romney
Alex Altman @
Every campaign starts with a theory of the case. In 2004, George W. Bush’s advisers surmised a shaken country wanted a leader who had the strength to take tough decisions to keep us safe. Four years ago, Barack Obama ran on change and against George W. Bush. On the day he entered the race 15 months ago, the organizing principle of Mitt Romney’s campaign was that the 2012 election would hinge on Obama’s mishandling of the sluggish economy. Romney is still promoting the case that he has the job-creating chops the President lacks. But as Election Day nears, he has begun to build a new, aggressive campaign atop the foundation of his old one.

Berkeley voters asked to pay street, pools taxes
Judith Scherr @
Voters will be asked to pay more in property taxes in the Nov. 6 election in three ballot questions seeking money to build swimming pools and pave streets.