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THE NOONER for December 12, 2012
Happy 12-12-12. It will be 98 years before the next such date, 10-10-10, so enjoy it or make an appointment at the cryogenics lab.
**THE NOONER'S TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS CONTEST**
For the next 12 days (including Saturday and Sunday), CAPoliticalMaps.com and Political Data Inc. will be asking a question each day, which will be answered on the CAPoliticalMaps.com site. The closest (and first in the event of a tie) answer each day by 9pm PST will win a free map from CAPoliticalMaps.com and a $5 Starbucks gift card--a $50.00 value.
There is also a bonus prize for paid subscribers to The Nooner of $50 per day in Amazon gift card, and I'm rolling yesterday's into today for a $100 prize. If you are a paid subscriber for an ongoing subscription or one of at least 6 months by 9pm the day of your correct guess, you win.
YESTERDAY'S QUESTION: The Grinch Who Stole My Senator: How many CA voters, due to a Redistricting anomaly, will have no State Senator this Christmas (and not until December 2014)?
YESTERDAY'S ANSWER: 2,222,846 voters have no State Senator until noon on December 1, 2014.
WINNER: Andrew Crutchfield with 2,100,000.
Chris Nguyen also answered 2,100,000, but Andrew was earlier. Several people used numbers that appeared in newspaper articles, that appear to be number of residents, not registered voters. Also, the SD04 vacancy is not due to a redistricting anomaly, although it is true that SD04 residents will be Senator-less for Christmas. Similarly, neither Negrete McLeod or Vargas are leaving office because of the redistricting anomaly, and aren't expected to resign until after the end of the calendar year. But, we are amazed at your attention to the many moving parts that continue even after the November election results are final!
Here is the listing by city of the accelerations and deferrals. There are 1.8 million accelerations, and I go more into accelerations and deferrals below.
TODAY'S QUESTION: How many California registered voters live on a street named Christmas or Chanukkah (or any of the common alternative spellings)? [SUBMIT YOUR ANSWER]
ACCELERATION AND DEFERRAL
Okay, yesterday's question was difficult, as the concept of acceleration and deferral in State Senate districts is an abstract concept, and one that happens only every ten years after the decennial redistricting.
State Senate districts are up every four years, with 20 up each even-numbered year. Inevitably, at each redistricting, some lines will be drawn that switch voters from even-numbered districts to odd-numbered districts and vice versa. Thus, since voters in even-numbered districts elected a state senator in 2010, they ordinarily would not have voted for a state senator in 2012. However, if they were moved by redistricting from an even-numbered district to an odd-numbered district, they found a State Senate race on their ballot on November 6.
From the "big picture" of State Senate redistricting, a new district was created in the Inland Empire, and San Francisco went from two senate districts to one. The commission combined the two districts represented by Mark Leno and Leland Yee who stretched north into Marin and south into San Mateo respectively--to only one entirely in San Francisco and Daly City.
Leland Yee is termed out in 2014 and has the right to serve in office until then. However, his old district number (SD08) was moved to the conservative Foothills/Sierras. But, he follows the voters who elected him, rather than a district number. However, his old voters all voted for a new State Senator in this cycle, either Mark Leno if they live in west San Francisco or Jerry Hill if they live on the Peninsula. These voters were "accelerated," meaning they voted in two sequential elections for a State Senator and now have two senators. That's what happened in 2012 if you were moved from an even-numbered district to an odd-numbered district.
On the other hand, if you were moved from an odd-numbered district to an even-numbered district, you will go six years in between votes for State Senator. Well, let's look at the City of West Sacramento. The city is in Yolo County but the redistricting commission appropriately united it with the city of Sacramento rather than the remainder of Yolo, which was drawn in with Solano, Napa, and portions of Sonoma counties in the new district SD03. However, West Sacramento was in SD05 before and should have cast ballots this year. These voters have been "deferred," having voted for Lois Wolk in 2008, but not being asked to elect a State Senator in 2012. They thus join 2,222,846 voters without a State Senator until they cast ballots in their new district--SD06--in 2014.
So, who do they complain to when something displeases them in state government? Well, the Senate Committee on Rules will soon assign a State Senator to serve the constituent needs of deferred voters until they get one at 12pm on December 1, 2014. For West Sacramentans, that likely means Darrell Steinberg, who is termed out but whose new district includes West Sacramento, will likely handle constituent affairs for them.
For Leland Yee, he'll likely double up and support Jerry Hill and Mark Leno in serving his former district.
The Chron piles on the criticism of UC's new logo, writing "Flunk this logo, UC. If you want a new image, retake design class."
UPDATED 12/12/12: Los Angeles candidate filings for March 5, 2013 municipal election
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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Former GOP Leader Sets Up New Charity With Leftover Campaign Cash
Anthony York @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
Former state Sen. Jim Brulte (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has used more than $700,000 in leftover political contributions to set up a new charity organization.
California State Employees Involved In Bribery, Theft, Auditor Reports
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
A bribery scam executed by two California state workers cost the Franchise Tax Board and the secretary of state's office hundreds of thousands of dollars, one of nine instances of employee fraud, abuse or poor management exposed by whistle-blowers in a new state report.
S.F. City Fiscal Picture Strangely Cheery
John Cote and Marisa Lagos @ sfgate.com
San Franciscans appear to have avoided slashed library hours, surging swim lesson fees and fewer street sweepers, at least in the near term. The city has a projected deficit of $129 million for the fiscal year that starts July 1 - the lowest shortfall in five years and one that isn't expected to mean draconian service cuts, according to budget projections that Mayor Ed Lee's office released Tuesday.
California State Employee Posts Nearly 5,000 Online Comments From Work
Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
Investigators found that the education employee posted comments on sacbee.com 195 days of the 208 days he was at work, averaging about 25 comments per day. On his most active day he wrote 70 comments on sacbee.com during business hours.
Dianne Feinstein Torture Report May Conflict With Bin Laden Movie
Carolyn Lochhead @ blog.sfgate.com
Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., will hold a a committee vote Thursday on a comprehensive report on U.S. torture ("enhanced interrogation techniques") since 9/11, but anti-torture advocates said its findings could be swamped by a hot new movie that glorifies torture.
San Francisco's Environmental Hypocrisy Exposed
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
San Francisco, it could be said, is the nation's capital of trendy environmentalism â as long as it affects someone else.
Labor Makes Los Angeles' Budget Analyst A Factor In Mayoral Race
David Zahniser @ latimes.com
Labor unions want to know if Los Angeles mayoral candidates would keep City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, who has pushed for layoffs and outsourcing.
San Bernardino Asks To Rebuff CalPERS Suit
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
The insolvent city of San Bernardino warned of dire consequences if it's forced to pay the millions it owes CalPERS.
A Nursing Supervisor At Soledad Prison Allegedly Padded Hours
A state auditor's report sheds additional light on an unfolding scandal at a California prison in Soledad. The report, an annual compilation of state employee misconduct, notes that a nursing supervisor at the California Training Facility falsely claimed 183 hours...
Rush Is On To Avoid Uncle Sam's Tax Bill
Dan Morain @ sacbee.com
Bloomberg news service has counted 150 publicly traded corporations whose boards of directors have sped up dividend payments by $20 billion, a step that allows investors to pay taxes under current low rates, rather than what almost certainly will be higher rates in 2013.
Romney Campaign's TV Ad Strategies Criticized In Election Postmortems
Tom Hamburger @ washingtonpost.com
Senior Republican campaign operatives who gathered over beer last week in Alexandria for a post-election briefing were taken aback by what they were told. A nonpartisan research firm presented data showing that President Obama had far outperformed Mitt Romney in managing the largest single expenditure of the campaign: television advertising.
The Caucus: Senator-Elect Tim Kaine Expresses Optimism on Immigration
MICHAEL D. SHEAR @ thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com
Tim Kaine, Virginia's newest senator, said he was eager to be a vote for immigration reform that would require those in the country to pay a fine in exchange for permanent legal status.
Virginia Beach Will Keep Pursuing Arena, Kings After City Council Vote Today
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
The Virginia Beach City Council voted today to continue its pursuit of the Sacramento Kings, despite an initial rebuff for a state subsidy from the governor.
California workers misused $613,000 in taxpayer funds, report finds
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
The biggest loss, nearly $250,000, occurred in a bribery case in the Los Angeles offices of the state Franchise Tax Board and the Secretary of State.
Sacramento Job Hunters Belie Tales Of Economic Recovery
Darrell Smith @ sacbee.com
Things are getting better, the story goes. Unemployment is creeping downward, the economy is improving, housing starts are up.
Cmfthirdpartyheader - Sfgate
Wyatt Buchanan, Michael Collier, Richard Dunham, Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Marisa Lagos, Carolyn Lochhead, Carla Marinucci, @ blog.sfgate.com
S.F. Distributes Toys To Needy Kids
Neal J. Riley, John Cote, and Jill Tucker @ sfgate.com
Mayor Ed Lee, the Department of Child Support Services, firefighters and, of course, Santa Claus handed out gifts to 1,200 youngsters at City Hall for the sixth annual Holiday Children's Toy Festival.
The Gop’s Dangerous Debt-ceiling Gamble
Ezra Klein @ washingtonpost.com
The fiscal cliff negotiations have picked up again. Last week, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner were hardly talking, and neither were their staffs. This week, Obama and Boehner are speaking often, and, perhaps more importantly, their staffs are speaking constantly. One sign that the negotiations are going well: Little is leaking.
Millionaires To Congress: Take Our Taxes, Please
Josh Richman @ ibabuzz.com
With the fiscal cliff approaching, four dozen California millionaires have renewed their call for Congress to let tax cuts expire for Americaâs richest citizens.
Chino Hills Maternity Hotel Controversy Heats Up
Cindy Chang @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
Chino Hills officials told residents Tuesday night that they have filed a public nuisance lawsuit against the operators of a so-called maternity hotel.
Wells Fargo Not Modifying Mortgages As Required, Lawsuit Says
E. Scott Reckard @ latimes.com
Accusing Wells Fargo & Co. of reneging on a mortgage-modification deal, a lawyer is trying to reopen a case on "pick-a-pay" loans written in the housing bubble.