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THE NOONER for January 14, 2013

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A FEW READS: 

AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers and Anthony York cover the governor's budget release in the Capitol Connection podcast

THE STORY YOU SHOULD BE FOLLOWING: Legal Case Strained Troubled Web Activist [WSJ] / Aaron Swartz’s Suicide Prompts MIT Soul Searching [Sam Gustin @ Time]

HIGHLIGHT REEL: Just the Amy and Tina Parts from the 2013 Golden Globes

THE LINE: 49ers -3 1/2 over Falcons [Sunday at 12:00 PST on FOX]

And, uh, just kidding. The Kings may still be here. Or not. 

FAREWELL: Former state senator and assemblymember Paul Lunardi (1921-2013).

 

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
California Politicians To Watch In 2013
Carla Marinucci @
sfgate.com
While California did not determine the outcome of the 2012 presidential election, the state had no shortage of political dramas last year, from the state's budget woes to the debut of the "top two" primary election ballots that send candidates with the most votes, regardless of political party, to the general election in November.

Sacramento Levee Work Could Be Election Casualty
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Elections, it's been said, have consequences, and a yearslong effort by Sacramento to secure federal funds for flood control in the imperiled Natomas basin could be a casualty of last year's voting.

California Drops To 49th In School Spending In Annual Ed Week Report
John Fensterwald @
edsource.org
California tumbled two more spots, to 49th in the nation in per-pupil spending, in Education Week's latest annual Quality Counts report, released last week. The ranking covers spending in 2010 and thus doesn't include the impact of higher taxes that voters approved in passing Proposition 30 in November.

Brown Takes A Page From Aristotle
George Skelton @
latimes.com
The governor's education funding plan helps poor districts at the expense of better-off schools.

Biofuel Created By Explosive Technology
Peter Fimrite @
sfgate.com
Chemical engineers at UC Berkeley have created a new, cleaner fuel out of an old concoction that was once used to make explosives.

Many Workers Surprised By Hike In Payroll Taxes
Dale Kasler @
sacbee.com
The first paycheck of 2013 contained a nasty surprise for many workers: a tax hike that shrank their take-home earnings by 2 percent or more.

Edwatch 2013: Accountability, Accreditation Test Community Colleges
Kathryn Baron @
edsource.org
California community colleges did something counterintuitive last year, and that may put them in a strong position to rebound in 2013 with help from Proposition 30 and increased state revenues.

State Lawmaker Calls For 72-hour Online Posting Of Budget Before Vote
latimesblogs.latimes.com
California lawmaker wants 72-hour posting of budget before vote

Healthcare Pilot Project Will Focus On Neediest Patients - Voice Of Oc | Orange County's Nonprofit Investigative News Agency: County Government: Healthcare Reform, Orange County, Pilot Project, Dual Eligibles, Caloptima
voiceofoc.org
Logging in from multiple locations may be the cause.

Former US Sen. Kerrey takes new job in education
utsandiego.com
Following 10 years as The New School president in New York City and his failed Nebraska bid to return to the U.S. Senate, Bob Kerrey is going back to higher education.

California's Prison Realignment Causes Dangerous Row Of Dominoes At Local Level | Take Two | 89.3 Kpcc
scpr.org
Inmates at Chino State Prison exercise in the yard December 10, 2010 in Chino, California. The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to hear arguments to appeal a federal court's ruling last year that the California state prison system would have to release 40,000 prisoners to cope with overcrowding so severe that it violated their human rights. More than 144,000 inmates are currently incarcerated in prisons that were designed to hold about 80,000.

Rick Orlov's Tipoff: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Says He Won't Second Guess His Successor
Rick Orlov @
dailynews.com
As he looks ahead to life outside of politics -- even if it will be temporary -- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is making himself one promise: Not to second guess what the next mayor does.

Minorities Face Surge In Alzheimer's Cases In California
Anita Creamer @
sacbee.com
Within two decades' time, Alzheimer's Association research shows, the degenerative brain disease will boom in California's minority populations, with the number of African Americans with Alzheimer's expected to double by 2030 and the number of Latinos and Asian Americans expected to triple.

Move To Extend Wolf Protections In State
Peter Fimrite @
sfgate.com
Conservationists are worrying more than ever about California's lone gray wolf as hundreds of his canine brethren are being hunted and killed in the Northern Rocky Mountains.

L.A. Mayoral Candidate Wendy Gruel: More Nitty, More Gritty Promised At City Hall
Rick Orlov @
dailynews.com
For Controller Wendy Greuel, the job of the next mayor of Los Angeles will not be about speaking in broad rhetorical terms. It will be about making things work.

Brown takes a page from the Greeks
George Skelton @
latimes.com
The governor's education funding plan helps poor districts at the expense of better-off schools.

When A Tax Is Levied On Schools, They Protest :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
Such a scenario is playing out in Los Angeles County.

Obama says gun proposals to be unveiled this week
Melanie Mason @
latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- President Obama said Monday that he will unveil a package of proposals to combat gun violence later this week, but acknowledged the daunting politics of getting all the legislative components through Congress.

S.F. Fed Chief Says 'fiscal Cliff' Still At Top Of List Of Concerns
mercurynews.com
Worries about whether and how U.S. lawmakers will take the hard steps needed to put the nation on a sustainable fiscal path are top of mind as U.S. central bankers weigh monetary policy, a top Federal Reserve official said on Monday.

San Diego Halts All Actions Against Marijuana Dispensaries
Los Angeles Times @
latimes.com
The policy change comes at the behest of the new Democratic mayor, who wants to create a zoning district for pot shops.

Behind The Curtain: House GOP Eyes Default, Shutdown
Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen and Jake Sherman @
politico.com
House Republicans are seriously entertaining dramatic steps, including default or shutting down the government, to force President Barack Obama to finally cut spending by the end of March.