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THE NOONER for September 19, 2012
I got caught up in federal independent expenditures this morning, so I'll be running the Legislators of the Year for both Senate Democrats and Republicans tomorrow. After the jump are the independent expenditures for the last seven days, and I'll begin including them daily. I'll also try to look at who is behind the lesser known committees.
POLL POSITION: Field Poll starts a series of releases today. While today's is a yawner (Obama +16 in the Golden State), we should see some ballot measure polling later this week or the beginning of next.
CD52: Scott Peters gets the endorsement of Republican-turned-independent Nathan Fletcher.
$$$: A day after half-bro Charles put $4 million into an anti-tax committee, Molly Munger comes in with $5 million for her tax-raising Prop. 38.
$$$: California Finances Trail Behind Budget Goals [Chris Megarian @ LAT]
LOCAL BALLOT: Michael Coleman is out with his list of local taxes and bonds on the November ballot, meaning I can stop weeding through each county!
HUNGER GAMES: The No on 37 (food labeling) campaign is all over the Interwebs today with a pizza ad. It may be 5:30 a.m., but some cold pizza sounds really good right now.
RANT: Okay, I'm now set as a subscriber to the online version of the Sacramento Bee, in addition to the fishwrap that lands in various places within a hundred yards of my porch each morning. Now, how do I get rid of the video overlay (with sound automatically on) that is covering every article this morning. When I'm working at 4:30 in the morning, I don't need John L. Sullivan yelling out of my laptop about Chevrolets.
Here's a bit about the committees that may be unfamiliar...
Californians for Integrity in Government is formed only to support Brad Sherman, and the largest donors are:
America Shining is a new committee, with a treasurer based in San Francisco. The first disclosure of donors should be in a monthly report due tomorrow
House Majority PAC is a nationwide SuperPAC closely aligned with the DCCC.
American Action Network is a SuperPAC affiliated with American Crossroads. It claims that it is exempt from filing quarterly and monthly reports and therefore gets around disclosing contributors.
Californians for a Stronger America is a SuperPAC based in New York. The 9/13 ad is the first expenditure, so we won't see donors until October 20.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
City College Near Bankruptcy, Audit Says
Nanette Asimov @ sfgate.com
City College of San Francisco is perilously close to bankruptcy, in part because it employs nearly twice as many faculty as similar colleges and pays them better - yet educates no more students on average, says a new financial analysis of the state's largest public school.
Labor, Business Launch Dueling Prop. 32 Campaigns
Business and labor groups launched dueling ad campaigns Tuesday focusing on Proposition 32, the November ballot measure that promises to eliminate special-interest money in politics. A group with ties to the conservative billionaire Koch brothers is airing television spots supporting...
Educators Sullying State Law To Support Proposition 30
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Throughout California, however, school officials are sullying the intent of the law by using official communications to plug passage of Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's sales and income tax increase.
Vote Effort Targets Asian American Groups
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center has launched a get-out-the-vote effort for the Nov. 6 elections. The group is adding a special push for Prop. 30, the governor's tax measure.
CSU OKs plan to raise tuition if tax measure fails
TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
A California State University panel approved a plan Tuesday to raise tuition by 5 percent early next year if voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative and trigger a $250 million funding cut to the 23-campus system.
California Finances Trail Behind Budget Goals
Two months into the new fiscal year, California is straining to meet financial benchmarks laid out in the budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in June.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court casts doubt on voter ID law
David G. Savage @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court cast doubt Tuesday on whether that state can enforce its new photo ID law for the November election, as it told a trial judge to take a skeptical look at whether registered voters will be denied the right to cast a ballot.
State Senate candidates joust over equal pay for women
Republican state Senate candidate George Plescia took issue with a recent statement by his opponent asserting the former assemblyman opposed bills to prevent discrimination against women in the workplace, including legislation to prohibit gender-based pay inequity.
A stealth attack seeks to drain labor money
Dan Morain @ sacbee.com
A campaign ad airing statewide portrays crooked politicians and shady lobbyists meeting in garages and stairwells, seemingly at the California Capitol.
Cal State system to hike tuition 5% if Prop. 30 fails
Carla Rivera @ latimes.com
Tentative approval by CSU trustees comes amid fear that the tax measure will fail, triggering a $250-million funding cut.
Obama Leads Romney Throughout Calif. - Sfgate
In the weeks after the Republican National Convention, presidential candidate Mitt Romney has failed to gain any ground against Democrat Barack Obama in California - even in key Republican strongholds, according to the latest Field Poll. The poll taken Sept. 5-17 in solidly blue California shows that Obama leads Romney by a commanding 58-34 percent margin - with the Democratic president preferred 60 to 24 percent by independent voters. -- Voters view Romney's vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, negatively - 42 percent unfavorable to 35 percent favorable - that compares with voters' views of Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, who is seen favorably by 57 percent and unfavorably by 34 percent.
More Than 45% Of Californians May Be Obese By 2030, Report Says
Jon Bardin @ latimes.com
A new report from two non-profit groups says we will be twice as fat in 2030, with increased health care costs to go along with it.
Calif. Governor Signs Workers' Compensation Fixes - Sfgate
According to the insurance-run Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California, there were 527,000 workplace injuries reported in 2011, about 174,000 of which resulted in temporary and permanent disability or death. The changes were the result of months-long negotiations between business groups concerned about escalating insurance costs and labor unions that wanted to address unexpected benefit reductions for injured workers that followed changes pushed in 2004 by then-Gov. In addition to increasing compensation for disabled workers by $740 million a year, which will boost benefits by an average of 29 percent for individual disabled workers, lawmakers included $120 million a year in a special fund for victims of catastrophic accidents who cannot return to work. "In particular, the legislation restricts the ability of an injured worker to access necessary medical treatment and to receive adequate compensation if a worker is permanently disabled and cannot return to work at the same salary," Brad Chalk, president of the 700-member California Applicants' Attorneys Association, wrote lawmakers. Kassie Donoghue, a chiropractor and director of government affairs for the California Chiropractic Association, said the cap is arbitrary and doesn't make sense because many of the cost increases are driven by prescription drugs and medical treatments.
View on same-sex marriage sinks Berkeley schools superintendent candidate
Doug Oakley @ mercurynews.com
School board had chosen Edmond Heatley, but not yet signed a contract when Prop. 8 memo surfaced
Soda Bucks Flow Against Richmond Measure - Sfgate
The Nov. 6 ballot measure, which proponents tout as a way to fight childhood obesity, could spread to other cities - and that's the last thing soda giants, markets or restaurants want. In response, the beverage industry has signed up the San Francisco firm of Barnes, Mosher, Whitehurst, Lauter and Partners to run the "no" campaign. The hitch came when real estate giant MetLife pulled out as the primary investor of the neighboring, 1,070-foot-tall Transbay Tower at First and Mission streets - a deal that was intended to help fund the $1.5 billion, Grand Central Terminal-style transit hub. Hines has to make a quick decision whether to go it alone on what would be the city's tallest skyscraper, bring in a new partner or bail on the development altogether, said Transbay project spokesman Adam Alberti. Cop on tape: A San Francisco police officer is under investigation after being caught on surveillance video - and in uniform - appearing to be shoplifting jewelry from Bloomingdale's. Police brass declined to comment on the case or name the officer, but those in the know tell us she was filmed appearing to lift something from a display case. Tuesday's vote by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in favor of green power was a big win for departing city Public Utilities Commission GM Ed Harrington - and a big loss for Mayor Ed Lee. The cops arrived, and thanks to the phone's tracker - which traced the suspect to 10th and Howard streets - they arrested 41-year old Kevin Williams on suspicion of robbery and aggravated assault.
Tri-City board member drops Ph.D. from ballot
Something will be missing next to Tri-City Healthcare District board member George CoulterâÂÂs name on the Nov. 6 general election ballot this time âÂÂ Ph.D.
The State Worker Poll: What do you think of Proposition 32?
Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
You've read the columns and the blog posts. Maybe you've talked about it with your friends, family and coworkers. Now weigh in on Proposition 32.
Rancho Cordova's VSP threatens to leave state over health insurance decision
California's rollout of the federal health care overhaul, still in its infancy, has prompted one of Sacramento's most important companies to threaten to leave the state.
County's former top schools chief wants to unload underwater house onto taxpayers
Sharon Noguchi @ mercurynews.com
Retired county schools Superintendent Charles Weis wants to unload his luxury condo in downtown San Jose — which has lost about one-fifth of its value since its purchase in 2008 — onto his former employers and Santa Clara County taxpayers.
The Caucus: Another G.O.P. Lawmaker Says He Disagrees With Romney's Comments
JONATHAN WEISMAN @ thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com
Add Senator Dean Heller of Nevada to the ranks of Republican political candidates distancing themselves from Republican presidential nominee.
Soda Bucks Flow Against Richmond Measure
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @ sfgate.com
The Nov. 6 ballot measure, which proponents tout as a way to fight childhood obesity, could spread to other cities - and that's the last thing soda giants, markets or restaurants want.
High number of black special education students
The Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
California officials have warned 49 school districts that they have a disproportionate number of black students in special education programs.
Romney: Obama, supporters 'more European than American' in outlook
Robin Abcarian @ latimes.com
In his first sit-down interview after news of a secretly recorded videotape shook the campaign of the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney told Fox News that he had not meant to write off nearly half the electorate as income tax deadbeats who consider themselves “victims” and would never vote for him.