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THE NOONER for January 29, 2013

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EXTRAORDINARY: Yesterday, the chambers opened the First Extraordinary Session called by Jerry Brown last week to implement federal health care reform. Speaker John Pérez introduced the first bill in the Assembly, while Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg joined with Senate Health chair Ed Hernandez on the upper house's opening salvo

One correction to my write-up last week on the topic. Special session non-urgency bills take effect on the 91st day after the extraordinary session is gaveled to a close, not the 91st day after the bill is approved. Regular session non-urgency bills take effect on January 1 subsequent to passage.

EDUCATION TAX CREDITS: At my annual legislative conference yesterday, Darrell Steinberg proposed providing business tax credits for partnerships with K-12 and community colleges when the business works to expand career-technical education leading to jobs. Legislation will likely be forthcoming.

PROP 13: Assemblymember Tom Ammiano yesterday introduced AB 188 to provide for more frequent assessment of property that incrementally changes ownership.

AD16: Steve Glazer, who is an Orinda councilmember and political advisor to Jerry Brown, plans to file interest papers today to run for AD16 when Joan Buchanan is termed out next year. Other names that have been floated for the seat include Contra Costa supe Mary Nejedly Piepho (daughter of the late mod GOP state senator John Nejedly) and Dublin mayor Tim Sbranti. The district runs from Orinda-Walnut Creek on the north to Livermore-Pleasanton on the south. Democrats currently have a 7-point margin with 21.5% of voters being NPP in the district, which is the last area of the Bay Area to have been represented by a Republican in the Legislature--Assemblymember Lynne Leach Guy Houston.

CROWDED HOUSE: In addition to the interest in AD07 by Mark Johannessen discussed yesterday, others interested in AD07 are Sacto councilmembers Angelique Ashby, Steve Cohn, and Kevin McCarty, and Sacto county supe Phil Serna. The seat is anticipated to be open as Roger Dickinson runs for Darrell Steinberg's senate seat. 

DEPT OF CLARIFICATIONS: In yesterday's blurb about the endorsements in SD32, I wrote that Norma Torres captured the Democratic Party's endorsements with help from the Baca machine. I switched that language from "Democratic activists" after finding out that Larry Walker--endorsed by Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod--didn't seek the endorsement. That said, the language should have just said "the Bacas and other Democratic activists." (Damn you, hotel coffee!) 

Torres has also picked up the endorsement of the California Association of Realtors.

DEPT OF ADDITIONS: Barbara Lee obviously is also part of the Bay Area delegation, representing CD13 stretching from Berkeley to San Leandro. She is 66 and is anticipated to run for reelection in 2014. (Damn you, hotel coffee!)




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Legislation Proposed To Help California Launch Healthcare Overhaul
Michael J. Mishak @
A special session of the state Legislature produces sweeping proposals to help California implement President Obama's healthcare overhaul.

Gay Couples Left Out Of Immigration Plan
Carolyn Lochhead @
Latino and business groups applauded a sweeping immigration overhaul proposed Monday by eight Democratic and Republican senators, but its omission of binational same-sex couples alarmed activists who fear those couples could be used as a bargaining chip to woo GOP votes for legislation later this year.

Steinberg vows legislation to pay firms for investing in schools
Jim Sanders @
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg vowed this week to craft legislation that would provide a money-making incentive for businesses to invest in high school or community college career education.

Many More '3rd Strikes' In Some Counties
Henry K. Lee @
Of Bay Area counties, Santa Clara County had by far the most inmates become eligible for more lenient terms because their most recent convictions were for offenses that weren't serious or violent. San Francisco, by contrast, had three.

John A. Pérez Proposes To Expand Medi-cal By A Million People
Jim Sanders @
More than 1 million low-income Californians would become eligible for health care coverage through Medi-Cal under legislation proposed Monday by Assembly Speaker John A. Perez.

Lawmakers To Study Agencies' Use Of Hidden Accounts
Jeff Gottlieb @
A joint Assembly and the state Senate committee will conduct a hearing to determine the extent that California agencies are using off-budget accounts to hold money outside the state system.

Health Care Providers Ask Court To Block Medi-cal Rate Cut
Kevin Yamamura @
Health care providers are asking federal judges today to reconsider a December decision by a three-judge panel that allows California to slash Medi-Cal rates.

Immigration overhaul? GOP, Dem senators vow action
Side by side, leading Democratic and Republican senators pledged Monday to propel far-reaching immigration legislation through the Senate by summer providing a possible path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people now in the U.S. illegally.

Chino Warehouse Operator Ordered To Pay Workers $1 Million In OT
Marc Lifsher @
State labor regulators have ordered a Chino warehouse operator to pay more than $1 million in overtime plus $200,000 in penalties for hundreds of state labor law violations.

Proponents Of L.A. Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure Shift Support
Kate Linthicum @
A coalition of medical marijuana activists that fought to put an ordinance regulating pot shops on the May ballot are abandoning their own initiative in favor of a city-backed ballot measure that seeks similar regulations. Representatives for Americans for Safe...

Ami Bera: A New Doctor In The House
Curtis Tate @
On the fourth floor of the Longworth House Office Building, a short distance down the white marble hallway from the elevator, Rep. Ami Bera is still unpacking things in an office that just last month was somebody else's.

Lawmakers Introduce Proposals To Expand Medi-cal
The state Legislature gaveled in a special session on healthcare Monday, with lawmakers introducing measures to help California implement President Obama's healthcare overhaul. Most Americans face the requirement in January 2014 to buy health insurance or pay a penalty under...

Tycoons Play Chess With Sacramento Basketball
Dan Walters @
The Maloofs apparently have a handshake deal with two very wealthy men who would move the team to Seattle, hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer, who runs the Microsoft empire now that founder Bill Gates has segued into philanthropy. Sacramento officials want to keep the team in the state capital and have been seeking "whales" to compete with Hansen and Ballmer. Grocery store tycoon Ron Burkle and Bay Area investor Mark Mastrov are interested, and one of the team's minority owners has brought Larry Ellison, the fabulously rich head of the Oracle software firm, into the picture.

Details of the Senate immigration proposal
Here are some details of the bipartisan Senate framework on immigration reform announced Monday. President Barack Obama is expected to endorse a similar set of proposals Tuesday during an appearance in Las Vegas.

Earthquake Early-warning System Proposed By California Lawmaker
State Senator proposes early warning system for earthquakes.

Bills Push For Ammo Tax, Assault Weapon Seizure
Josh Richman @
Among the gun-control bills being rolled out by Assembly Democrats are a pair from a freshman East Bay lawmaker to tax ammunition and perhaps move toward confiscating banned assault weapons.

Bill Would Exempt Thousands Of California Public Employees From Pension Overhaul
Jon Ortiz @
Three months after lawmakers enacted public pension rollbacks, a new measure has surfaced that would exempt thousands of public transportation workers from the law.

Jerry Brown adviser Steve Glazer to run for state Assembly
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown's political adviser,

SF's Lee Puts Muni At Top Of To-do List
John Cote and Heather Knight @
Buoyed by recent success in overhauling San Francisco's business tax and lining up funding for housing programs, Mayor Ed Lee used his first State of the City address Monday to put another intractable problem in his sights: Muni.

Special Needs Children Struggle To Obtain Quality Health Care
Rosa Ramirez @
California children with special needs often receive less-than-adequate health care services, regardless of whether they are covered by private or public health insurance, a new analysis has found.

Trial Set In $73.5 Million State vs. County Dispute
Andrew Galvin @
Oral arguments are set for Tuesday afternoon in a lawsuit in which the state is demanding that Orange County pay an annual amount in the neighborhood of $73.5 million.

House group accelerates work on immigration bill
Brian Bennett @
WASHINGTON – A secretive group of House members from both parties is racing to complete an immigration bill in the next two weeks with an eye toward introducing legislation before President Obama’s State of the Union address on Feb. 12, said two congressional aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.

Orinda councilman and gubernatorial adviser Steve Glazer will run for Assembly
Lisa Vorderbrueggen @
Steve Glazer, an eight-year Orinda city councilman and a close adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown, will declare his candidacy Tuesday for the 16th Assembly District. He hopes to succeed Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, when she terms out in 2014.

Ex-SEIU Local Exec Convicted Of Stealing From Low-income Members
Los Angeles Times @
Tyrone Freeman, who represented about 190,000 homecare workers as an SEIU leader, was found guilty on 14 counts after a 10-day trial in Los Angeles.