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THE NOONER for September 20, 2012

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After Legislators of the Year, we've got two polls on the tax measures . . . 


Over 200 subscribers voted in the 2012 Legislators of the Year awards. This is for entertainment purposes only, as there is no "perfect sample" and voting was open to all Nooner subscribers. The margin of error is +/- 50%. 

I didn't vote, but I have to say I'm pretty happy with the results across-the-board. I could make an argument for a couple of others to be included, but I can also see how these members emerged. Here are links to Assembly Republicans and Assembly Democrats that I covered on Monday and Tuesday.


1. Kevin De Leon - "Impressive ability to play the game," "Kevin has grown so much since going to the Senate. His stewardship of the worker's comp bill was masterful," "The man's name was on virtually everything big at the end of session."

2. Alex Padilla - "He has perhaps the most influence of anyone besides Darrell Steinberg in his caucus, but unlike Steinberg he isn't locked in by his leadership position," "Best poker face and works well with both sides of the aisle."

3. Darrell Steinberg - "Good, decent guy with his heart in the right place," "Keeps on ...keepin on, not matter what and with optimism unmatched. Also a nice guy."

4. Mark Leno - "Savvy, smart and suave," "Unsung hero of solving budget challenge."

5. Joe Simitian - "While frustrating in his independence, Sen. Simitian understands the delivery of government services at all levels of government," "He always asks the right questions."


1. Mark Leno - "Mr. Leno continues to be a strong and consistent liberal without becoming and ideologue," "Leno is always smart and committed to his principles."

2. Loni Hancock - "A throwback to the 1930's. She is a true progressive," Loni will never sell out her principles. "She's a model Dem who stands up for the people against Big Money."

3. Kevin De Leon - "Staying true to the party in hopes of becoming Pro Tem."

4. Darrell Steinberg - "As the party's standard bearer, Sen. Steinberg is always standing up for the Democratic Party and it's values."

5. Fran Pavley - "Fran has not just followed party values, she has set the bar."


1. Anthony Cannella - "Careful voting by Senator Cannella will position him as a thoughtful, non ideological conservative as he runs in a tough district in 2014," "Anthony continues to be thoughtful and well spoken."

2. Sam Blakeslee - "Finished up a long and very productive tenure as a legislator who didn't care about party lines, but getting work done, and helping our state move forward."

3. Bob Dutton - "SB 1186 - Had been working on it for quite awhile, got it done with Steinberg," "Great leader who is able to work with everybody except possibly Sutter Brown."

4. Bill Emmerson - "The only dentist loved by all," "Nice guy, easy to work with."

5.(T) Tom Berryhill - "Always looking for opportunities to remain relevant in discussions with the Dems and Administration," "He's just so darn charismatic."

5.(T) Bob Huff - "Bright enough to still think rationally, but conservative enough to have the support of his caucus," "Great minority leader who believes in sound fiscal policy."


1. Doug LaMalfa - "Conservative and well spoken. His decision to resign early, while self-serving, also showed a commitment to fiscal discipline by saving the state the cost of a separate special election." "Rabid republican but more lucid and effective then nuttier members."

2. Joel Anderson - "Conservative, pro business, Anderson fits it all." "The best partisan mind in the Senate!"

3. Bob Huff - "He's kept his caucus in line, not an easy job." "Champion of spending cuts and reduced taxes... 'nuff said."

4. Tony Strickland - "Despite running in a tough congressional district, he stuck with the party line on some tough votes, including the Middle Class Scholarship bill."

5. Mimi Walters - "Extremely cogent and well-spoken; always very true to core Republican beliefs."


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BILL SIGNINGS: The governor yesterday signed 9 bills and vetoed 1 in the first batch and signed 22 bills and vetoed 2 bills in the second batch. The most significant bill signed perhaps was the reform of ADA accessibility lawsuits (SB 1186).

TOMBSTONE HAZARD: Among the bills signed was AB 401, "School safety: Carl Washington School Safety and Violence Prevention Act." The act is existing, but it raised some eyebrows since Washington was arrested Monday for bank fraud.

POLL POSITION: Public Policy Institute of California is out with a new poll today, in which they tested several ballot measures. Also out today are results on three ballot measures in the Field-UC Berkeley poll. Proponents of the governor's tax measure (including me in my day job) can't be happy seeing it move from the 54-56% range to the 51-52% range. The governor needs some help now--particularly from the business community, which has thus far largely stayed neutral. Oh, and, and perhaps more importantly, he needs some Latino surrogates to get out in the media.

Since July, Republican and independent voter support for Prop. 30 has remained remarkably constant, but has dropped 7% among Democrats. Most notably, support among Latinos has dropped from 67% to 56%. In contrast, support among white voters has dropped by only a point (to 49%). With Latino voters likely constituting 16-20% of November's electorate, they very likely will be the deciding factor. (are you sensing a theme? Latinos will be deciding lots of races...)

Proposition 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Yes: 52%
No: 40%

Proposition 31: State Budget. State and Local Government. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Yes: 25%
No: 42%

Proposition 32: Prohibits Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Prohibitions on Contributions to Candidates. Initiative Statute.
Yes: 42%
No: 49% 

Proposition 38: Tax for Education and Early Childhood Programs. Initiative Statute.
Yes: 45%
No:  45%

And, we have results from the UC Berkeley-Field Poll:

Proposition 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Yes: 51%
No: 36%

Proposition 38: Tax for Education and Early Childhood Programs. Initiative Statute.
Yes: 41%
No:  44%

Proposition 39: Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding. Initiative Statute.
Yes: 45%
No:  39%

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GREAT READ: The Lie Factory: How Politics Became a Business [The New Yorker]

LAW AND ORDER: Former Assemblymember Richard Robinson was arrested for a DUI after hitting a car and lightpole. Fox 40 has video of his arrest.

UPGRADE: For those that follow federal legislation, the Thomas system has been significantly upgraded.


Federal Independent Expenditures
America Shining Jay Chen (Support) Newspaper Ad Design $234.82 09/15/12
America Shining Jay Chen (Support) Newspaper Ad Design $234.82 09/17/12
America Shining Ed Royce (Oppose) Domain Name Purchase $44.94 09/18/12
America Shining Jay Chen (Support) Newspaper Ad Design $338.40 09/15/12
America Shining Jay Chen (Support) Newspaper Ad Design $277.50 09/18/12


State Independent Expenditure Reports
Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
California Black Political Action Committee Cheryl Brown (Support) $3,581 09/18/2012 09/19/2012
California Senior Advocates League Pac Fran Pavley (Oppose) $71,313 09/18/2012 09/19/2012
California Senior Advocates League Pac Cathleen Galgiani (Oppose) $86,328 09/18/2012 09/19/2012
International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers Local No. 11 Political Contributions By Payroll Deduction. Con (Oppose) $7,300 08/23/2012 09/19/2012
Los Angeles County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio Issues And Initiatives Committee To Support Prop. 28 Political Contributions By Payroll Deduction. Cont (Oppose) $2,069 09/18/2012 09/19/2012



Dan Morain: A Stealth Attack Seeks To Drain Labor Money - Dan Morain - The Sacramento Bee
A campaign ad airing statewide portrays crooked politicians and shady lobbyists meeting in garages and stairwells, seemingly at the California Capitol.

New Poll: Hope Fades For Measure Barring Political Contributions; Tax Measures Are Touch-and-Go
Local @
A new poll shows more voters are against a ballot measure limiting union payroll deductions and corporate money for campaigns, while Gov. Jerry Browns tax measure is barely outpacing a competitors.

Poll Shows Close Call For Jerry Brown's Tax Plan
Chris Megarian @
Roughly half of California's likely voters support Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative, according to a new poll, making its success a tossup less than two months before the election. The poll, released Wednesday night by the Public Policy Institute of...

Jerry Brown Signs Bill Targeting Abuses Of Disability Access Law
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation designed to limit what advocates say is an abuse of disability access lawsuits, his office said this afternoon.

Analysis: Prop 30 Ahead, Others Hopeful But Behind
John Myers @
A new statewide poll suggests that Californians support some of the underlying themes pushed by backers of two tax increase propositions and a measure to impose major limitations on political spending for organized labor - yet only one of those measures is actually ahead.

More Voters Undecided On Taxes, Poll Says
Wyatt Buchanan @
The number of California voters who are undecided on how to vote on two competing tax measures has increased with fewer than seven weeks left before the November election, and Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 is barely hanging on to a majority, according to a new poll.

Gov. Jerry Brown's Tax Measure Teeters As Undecided Voters Grow, Poll Finds - Capitol Alert - Field Poll Surveys - The Sacramento Bee
Gov. Jerry Brown's tax measure continues to outpoll a competing measure backed by wealthy civil rights lawyer Molly Munger, pictured.

CSU Board OKs Tuition Increase -- Good Only If Prop. 30 Fails
Carla Rivera @
Trustees voted 11 to 3 for the 5% tuition hike that would raise $58 million in 2012-13. If the Prop. 30 tax-increase measure fails, CSU faces a $250-million loss.

Rancho Cordova's Vsp Threatens To Leave State Over Health Insurance Decision - Business - The Sacramento Bee
Brad Sabatoni calibrates a lens machine at Vision Service Plan's lab in Rancho Cordova.

Santa Clara County's Former Schools Chief Wants To Unload Underwater House Onto Taxpayers
Local @
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.

Mungers Spend Millions On Anti-sacramento Initiatives
The Munger family may have its political differences, but one thing is clear: Neither Republican Charles Munger nor his independent sister, Molly, seem to think very highly of Sacramento.

Gov. Jerry Brown's tax measure teeters as undecided voters grow, poll finds
Public support for Gov. Jerry Brown's ballot initiative to raise taxes has slipped to just more than 50 percent, a precarious majority with a growing number of voters now undecided, according to a new Field Poll.

Skeptical Unions Pose Challenge To Districts' Race To The Top
John Fensterwald @
Nearly 900 districts nationwide, including 76 districts and charter schools in California, have told the federal government that they plan to compete for the final $400 million Race to the Top district competition. But with local unions having in effect a veto over their districts' application, that number could dwindle.

Cal Researchers Map Political Info Via Social Media
By Josh Richman Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 5:04 pm in ballot measures, Jerry Brown, Media, taxes.

Obama Widens Lead Over Romney In California, Field Poll Finds - Presidential Campaign - The Sacramento Bee
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California Launches Online Voter-Registration System
Dana Hull @
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen launched a long-awaited online voter-registration system Wednesday.

Why 21st Century Education Is Not Just About Technology
Seth Rosenblatt @
Our district, like many others, has been having lots of conversations about “21st Century Education” and what it means for us. There are many books and articles written on the subject, but I think the big picture tends to get lost in the discussion, particularly at the local level. When one speaks of “21st Century Learning,” many people just assume it means adding iPads or other technology into the classroom. It’s much more than that, and actually speaks to a complete rethinking of the very structure of schooling.

Senate GOP Leaders Dodge Questions On Romney's '47 Percent' Remarks
Jesse Helfrich @
A senior GOP aide noted that McConnell needed to leave for a ceremony honoring the Burmese opposition leader.

Brown Kills Bill Establishing Study Committee On School Finance
John Fensterwald @
Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have created a task force to explore options for school finance reform, thus ensuring that his own weighted student formula won’t be drowned out in a marketplace of ideas when the Legislature convenes in January.

Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft shielding billions from U.S. tax collections, Senate panel says
Kim Dixon @
Technology giants Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft used offshore units to shield billions of dollars from U.S. taxes by taking advantage of loopholes in the tax code, a U.S. Senate panel said on Thursday.

L.A. Pension Plan Would Hike Retirement Age, Cut Pension Benefits
David Zahniser @
The L.A. City Council has zeroed in on a plan for cutting the pension benefits of newly hired civilian employees, setting the stage for a battle with a half dozen unions.

Polls: Jerry, Molly, Anti-Union Props On The Bubble
Gov. Jerry Brown’s main worry about winning approval of his ballot measure to raise taxes to help fund schools and reduce the state’s deficit is “funded opposition.” If there’s no serious “anti-“ effort, he and his small clutch of advisers believe their Proposition 30 has a fighting chance.

Field Poll: Voter support for Brown tax hike dips
JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press @
Gov. Jerry Brown's November tax-hike initiative has only slim support with likely California voters, with just 51 percent backing it and 38 percent opposed, according to the results of a Field Poll released Thursday.