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THE NOONER for November 15, 2012

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There were no updates to county vote totals yesterday, and so the cliffhangers continue. We are now down to 1,891,719 ballots to count, with 852,884 absentee, 970,815 provisional and 68,020 "other" ballots left to validate and tally. Aside from the very close AD50, a race to watch is SD05. Cathleen Galgiani (D) is 2,049 behind Bill Berryhill (R), but there is a large number of provisional ballots outstanding. Are provisionals going to lean Dem, and what is the validity rate?

I have another busy day of board meetings, so I'll just tip you off to a few things to read and leave you be:

Interesting note in the continuing debate of how large the youth vote turnout was last week. The LAT/USC Dornsife poll puts 18-29yos at 20% based on asking poll respondents whether they voted or not.



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Jerry Brown Tells University Of California To 'get More Grounded'
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown prodded University of California regents today to pursue online course offerings to reduce costs, saying the state's premier university system must "get more grounded" in its approach to education.

After Election, State Lawmakers And Interest Groups Travel In Tandem
Laurel Rosenhall and Jim Sanders @
It's mid-November. The election is over, and the new legislative session has not yet begun. Perfect time for a lawmaker to take vacation – or go on an "educational" trip with some of the Capitol's most powerful interest groups.

Gov. Brown Urges UC Leaders To Rethink Education, Contain Costs
Local @
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called on the University of California to contain costs, embrace online learning and rethink how it does business, even though voters approved new taxes to help fund education.

Pelosi Says She'll See Budget Talks Through
Carolyn Lochhead @
Pelosi decided Wednesday that she will stick around as minority leader, in part to see those negotiations through.

Millions In Ca Prop 30 Tax Revenues Will Be Diverted From Higher Ed To Wall Street, Thanks To UC Board Of Regents | The Dissenter
tegeist @
Over the last decade, tuition and fees for undergraduates in the UC system have tripled, adding enormous debt burdens to UC graduates and pushing lower-income students into the already overburdened state college and community college systems, or out of higher education altogether. Members of the UC Board of Regents, which governs the system and which approved the tuition hikes, have blamed the increases on the bad economy and on politicians.

UC president thanks governor for Proposition 30
TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press @
The president of the University of California is praising the passage of Proposition 30, saying it will bring financial stability to the school.

Retiree health care still a long-term problem for California
The sound of backslapping between Gov. Jerry Brown and union leaders who helped put his tax initiative over the top last week could soon turn to teeth-gnashing and bargaining-table-pounding as the administration takes on a touchy subject: retiree health care.

Poll: Enthusiasm For Ballot Measures Motivated State Voters
On politics in the Golden State

It's Time To Reform Our Initiative System
George Skelton @
The original concept — citizen empowerment to fight moneyed interests — has been turned on its head by vast infusions of cash.

Soon No More Seeing Red In State Education Funding, Says LAO
Kathryn Baron @
Funding for California schools through Proposition 98 is heading up, even though the state’s general fund will still be facing a small deficit over the next couple of years. That’s according to the latest budget forecast released yesterday by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO).

Los Angeles Mayoral Candidates Unite Against Proposed Sales Tax Hike
Dakota Smith @
One day after the City Council tentatively agreed to place a half-cent sales tax hike on the spring ballot, the four leading mayoral candidates criticized the plan Wednesday at a forum in Koreatown.

Head to Head: How can state make its health exchange work?
President Barack Obama's re-election clears the way for California to implement health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Although California was the first state to pass legislation implementing the regulated insurance markets, challenges remain. Gov. Jerry Brown this summer said he intends to call a special legislative session on health care reform in December.

Cal State Trustees OK New Budget, Seek Millions More From State
bshuster @
The governing board of the California State University system Wednesday approved a 2013-14 support budget that includes a request for $372 million in additional state funds to increase student enrollment and repair crumbling facilities, among other needs. The budget plan...

Sebelius subpoenaed over efforts to promote healthcare reform
Noam N. Levey @
WASHINGTON – Despite last week’s election, House Republicans kept up their attack on the Obama administration’s 2010 healthcare law Wednesday, as the House Ways and Means Committee subpoenaed Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius for information about the administration’s efforts to promote the Affordable Care Act.

Hundreds Of Students Attempting To Shut Down UC Regents Meeting Over Tuition Hikes | The Dissenter
tegeist @
About 500 students are currently blockading entrances to the University of California Board of Regents meeting at UC San Francisco this morning, where the Regents are scheduled to vote on a budget that presumes a 24 percent across-the-board increase on UC tuitions. Picketing students have pledged to shut the meeting down.

Riordan Accepts Police Union's Pension Debate Challenge
Catherine Saillant @
Multi-millionaire businessman and former L.A. mayor Richard Riordan has accepted a police union's challenge to put his mouth where his money is.

Gov. Brown urges UC leaders to rethink education
TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press @
Gov. Jerry Brown is calling on the University of California to contain costs and rethink how it does business even though voters approved new taxes to fund schools and colleges.

California's Deficit Shrinks To $1.9 Billion - Sfgate
The report cites the improving state economy, prior budget cuts and the passage of the Proposition 30 tax measure as the factors for the sharp improvement. Driving the budget deficit are lower revenues than expected, combined with higher spending because the dissolution redevelopment agencies has resulted in less money than expected.

Federal judge tosses California lawsuit over unclaimed property
A Sacramento federal judge on Wednesday threw out an 11-year-old lawsuit that challenged how the state controller runs the unclaimed property program.

New CSU Chancellor Requests 10 Percent Pay Cut
Laurel Rosenhall @
Timothy P. White, California State University's incoming chancellor, has requested a 10 percent pay cut, saying in a letter to trustees, that he hopes the move will send a signal that "public higher education matters to all of us, and that we each must play a part in the rebuilding."

UC, Cal State Approve Budgets That Seek More State Funding
Larry Gordon and Carla Rivera @
Buoyed by the passage of Prop. 30, the university systems ask for the funds to boost enrollment and maintain other programs. Gov. Brown warns them to control costs.