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THE NOONER for January 11, 2013

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It's one of those early morning flights from SMurF to ONT for a 9am talk in Riverside. It's going to take me a few days to digest the budget beyond that of community colleges, so I'll probably write about it on Monday. And, I'm jammed this morning, trying to find witty and smart things to say to a management group in the 909.

The story that caught my eye this morning was Carla Marinucci's article about the pressure on President Obama to add to his binders, I mean ranks, of women in senior Administration positions. We know that Kamala Harris has been talked about for an array of positions, although the veracity and seriousness is unclear. Now comes word the Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY), along with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus is pushing for Obama to name Barbara Lee as Hilda Solis's replacement as Secretary of Labor.

I don't know the likelihood of a serious consideration of the outspoken Lee to a cabinet position, and I don't see how strong of a political advantage it gives the President. That said, let's move on to the political dominoes if Harris and or Lee were picked. Obviously, Harris, who has been talked about for the U.S. Supreme Court, is unlikely to accept consideration at an appointment at anything below cabinet level, and with Eric Holder staying for the second term, it's likely she'll be in California running for reelection in 2014. That said, the appointment of Harris, of African-American and Indo-American heritage, would be a large political gain for the President.

First, Lee represents the deep blue 13th congressional district. The district, stretching from Albany and Berkeley to San Leandro, is diverse with 17.7% Asian, 23.3 Black and 10.6% Latino citizen voting age population. Possible candidates to succeed a Lee resignation would be State Senator Loni Hancock or her husband Berkeley mayor Tom Bates, former Assemblymember Sandre Swanson (now deputy to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan), and former Senate Pro Tem Don Perata.

If Kamala Harris were to leave, I would bet Jerry Brown would appoint a caretaker who was not going to run for the seat in 2014. As the appointment would require confirmation by majorities of the State Senate and Assembly, and there are too many ambitious folks that would be uncomfortable with the governor designating a successor.

That's it. It's been a long week. It looks like we lost the Kings. Screw the Maloofs. Yeah, it's personal with the way you treated Sacramento.

Let's look at an awesome puppy video and call it a week. It is more exciting than the modern Kings brand.

Former season ticketholder,




The 2012 Presidential Election forever changed both national campaigns and Americans' awareness of race. On January 17, the Leadership California Institute and Race 2012: A PBS Election Special will host a screening of the PBS documentary "Race 2012" followed by a panel discussion with experts on how race, ethnicity and politics interact.

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For the taunting libs: California in Surplus [Paul Krugman @ NYT]


Governor Brown Commits To Full Medi-Cal Expansion Under Federal Health Reform
Stephanie O'Neill @
Governor Brown's proposed state budget for 2013-14 calls for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's health insurance for low income Californians. But the newly eligible won't get some health benefits.

Brown's Budget: Schools Will See Improvements; Health Care Spared From Cuts
Barbara Jones @
California's public schools are the big winners in Gov. Jerry Brown's "breakthrough" budget plan, with education leaders saying they hope to have the money to restore many of the public services gutted by years of recession.

Jerry Brown Says California's Budget Deficit Has Disappeared - Gov. Jerry Brown - The Sacramento Bee
Gov. Jerry Brown walks through the Capitol to a news conference Thursday where he unveiled his proposed state budget for the year that begins July 1.

Calif. Budget Aims To Change Education Funding
LOS ANGELES—Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a sweeping overhaul of K-12 education financing that would provide more money for low-income schools and give districts more control over how they can spend state funds.

Gov. Jerry Brown Envisions Budget Without More Steep Cuts
Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget proposal includes little of the spending cuts that have characterized California state government in recent years. Some cuts, in fact, are allowed to expire amid the state's improving financial situation. For example, the governor does...

Social Services And The California Budget: No Significant Cuts Proposed; Plans To Expand Health Care For The Indigent
In a departure from budgets of years past, Californias governor this year is not proposing dramatic cuts to programs for the poor, aged and disabled.

Brown Fudges A Bit On Scope Of California's Budget Spending
Dan Walters @
Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget boasts that even with new taxes, general fund spending is below the record $103 billion that it reached in 2007-08, just before a severe recession hit the state.

Schools And The California Budget: $1.89 Billion Increase Proposed For K-12 Education
As he had hinted he would do, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday morning promised to increase K-12 funding for 2013-14 and to overhaul the decades-old complicated formulas that award some schools vastly more than what similar schools receive. Brown s 2013-14 budget proposes a $1.89 billion boost in K-12 funding over this year. In addition, the state would pay back $1.8 billion that it owes districts from previous years.

Governor’s Proposals For Medicaid Expansion | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
Gov. Jerry Brown has released the new state budget, including his plans for implementing the Affordable Care Act in California. In a press conference this morning, the governor said he plans to handle that implementation “cautiously.”

California Budget: Where Are UCR Medical School Funds?
Inland lawmakers and officials see both good and bad in the state budget proposal released by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Judiciary And The California Budget: Courts Take Another Hit In Gov. Jerry Brown's Plan
Gov. Jerry Browns budget plan would force California judiciary to divert $200 million from construction projects, the latest in long line of budget hits, while state prisons are being spared budget the ax.

Judiciary And The California Budget: Courts Take Another Hit In Gov. Jerry Brown's Plan
Gov. Jerry Browns budget would force California judiciary to divert $200 million from construction projects, the latest in long line of budget hits, while state prisons are being spared budget the ax.

Gov. Jerry Brown's Budget Plan Offers More Money For California's Colleges And Universities
Gov. Jerry Browns budget plan announced Thursday morning gives Californias colleges and universities good news for the first time in years. The CSU and UC systems would each receive an additional $125 million in funding for core instructional programs. The states community colleges would receive $197 million more in general-purpose funds next year -- money that will allow colleges to restore thousands of classes, said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris.

Gov. Brown unveils budget, says state is in the black
Chris Megerian @
Proposed budget boosts funding for education and healthcare. But plenty of uncertainties—and billions in debt—remain.

Can Brown Keep Budget Deficit In Rearview Mirror?
John Myers @
For a state budget that wasn't supposed to really offer any surprises, Gov. Jerry Brown surprised a lot of people with the proposal he rolled out on Thursday - a proposal whose secret he managed to keep quiet all the way up until his aides handed out stacks of documents just before he took the stage.

Safety-net Cutbacks Still A California Issue
Dan Walters @
Proposition 30, the sales and income tax hike that Gov. Jerry Brown persuaded voters to pass last year, raised state revenue by billions a year.

Tv Reporter Wins Sweepstakes On Asking Brown First Question
Dan Walters @
There was a flurry of tweeting and other on-line speculation about which journalist would jump in with the first question Thursday when Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his new budget at a Capitol press conference -- and even a bit of odds-making.

Gov. Jerry Brown predicts California budget surplus
Los Angeles Times @
After years of red ink, Gov. Jerry Brown said on Thursday that California’s $96.7-billion general fund is now poised to end next year with a surplus, thanks to years of deep budget cuts and billions in new taxes approved by voters last year.

Brown's Budget

O.C.'s Pension Dilemma Pits Current Employees vs. New Hires
Andrew Galvin @
Gov. Jerry Brown‘s pension reform, signed into law last September, has created a dilemma for the County of Orange and its employee unions. The choice: either force new hires to help pay for a generous pension plan that they can’t participate in, or watch the costs for employees already in the plan ramp up into the stratosphere.

Jerry Brown Wants Changes At State University Systems
Gov. Jerry Brown said he will attend meetings of the University of California Board of Regents and California State University Board of Trustees later this month to pressure the systems to change their ways and hold the line on student...

Jerry Brown says California's budget deficit has disappeared
Gov. Jerry Brown declared Thursday that California's budget deficit has vanished thanks to new tax hikes and past spending cuts, marking the first time since the recession that state leaders haven't faced a deep fiscal chasm in January.

California's governor proposes no significant cuts to social services and plans to expand health care for the indigent
In a departure from budgets of years past, California's governor this year is not proposing dramatic cuts to programs for the poor, aged and disabled.