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INT'L EYES ON NEEL: Governor or Senate? Ex-Treasury Official Neel Kashkari Keeps Everybody Guessing [IB Times India]

QUICK DRAW: Tim Donnelly introduced AB 202 yesterday to create a gun-toting school marshals program.

SANDY EGGO SPECIAL: We have an official candidate list for San Diego City Council District 4 special election, which is being held March 26. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Tony Young, who took a job as the head of the local Red Cross.

  • Blanca Lopez Brown
  • Myrtle Cole
  • Dwayne Crenshaw
  • Monica Montgomery
  • Barry Pollard
  • Ray Smith
  • Sandy Spackman
  • Tony Villafranca
  • Bruce Williams

THE NINERS  get the nod from Nate Silver. It's not too late to order your swag.

REMINDER: Tomorrow is the deadline for both state and federal campaign finance reports. 

CORRECTIONS: Guy Houston, not Lynne Leach, was the last Bay Area Republican. Houston succeeded Leach, and then was succeeded by Joan Buchanan.


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.

California Lawmakers Kick Off Gun-control Debate At Capitol
Kim Minugh @
in California as they consider a rash of bills in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn. school shootings.

Jerry Brown Adviser Steve Glazer To Run For State Assembly
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown's political adviser, Steve Glazer, will run for a state Assembly seat in 2014, Glazer announced this morning.

State Ordered To Pay Back Districts $1 Billion For 20-year-old Mandate
John Fensterwald @
A state commission has ruled that the state must reimburse school districts about $1 billion in mandated special education costs dating back 20 years. But like many protracted mandate cases, the victory is largely one of principle. Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to include a small payback in next year's budget, and the dollars will come from funding within Proposition 98, so it will essentially involve shifting education dollars around.

Lawmakers Propose New Taxes On Ammo To Go For Anti-violence Efforts
California lawmakers propose taxes on ammo

Can Legislators Fashion Workable Gun Laws?
Dan Morain @
After a three-hour hearing Tuesday focusing on gun control, some of us might have been left to wonder what more can be done in a state that has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. The answer is: plenty.

Counties Express Concerns About Medi-cal Expansion
As state lawmakers propose a major expansion of Medi-Cal to help California implement President Obama's healthcare overhaul, county officials are raising concerns that the proposal could siphon critical dollars from their safety-net programs. On Monday, legislative leaders in both houses...

Same-sex Marriage Opponents Running Out Of Money Ahead Of Supreme Court Hearing
Local @
Foes of same-sex marriage are laboring to pay the tab for an epic legal case now before the U.S. Supreme Court, as the movement suffers from fundraising shortfalls that could sap its strength in future battles.

Rhee: 'We Have To Regain Competitive American Spirit' In Education
Laurel Rosenhall @
Michelle Rhee entertained a Sacramento audience Tuesday night, recounting stories from her tenure as chancellor of Washington, D.C., schools and ribbing her husband Mayor Kevin Johnson about his basketball career - but talking very little about the political agenda of her StudentsFirst advocacy group.

On immigration rights for same sex couples, Pelosi says inequalities soon to be "ancient history"
Carla Marinucci @
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, speaking on immigration reform Tuesday, said she believes the issue of LGBT inequalities are "soon to be ancient history" because they’ll be addressed by the Supreme court.

Editorial: Governor needs to stand up for pension reform
The ink is hardly dry on the historic pension reform bill the Legislature approved and Gov. Jerry Brown signed last year but already powerful forces are out to eviscerate it. Assembly Bill 160 by Watsonville Democrat Luis Alejo represents the latest and most serious assault.

Senate overwhelmingly approves John Kerry for secretary of State
Paul Richter and Michael Memoli @
— The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to confirm Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) as the next secretary of State, filling a crucial national security spot in President Obama’s second-term Cabinet.

U.S. Judges Give California Six More Months To Cut Inmate Population
Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh @
Three weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown declared the state's prison overcrowding crisis over, a court of three federal judges said Tuesday that state officials can have six more months to reduce the inmate population to the previously ordered level.

Capitol Hearing Upstaged By Gun Seizure Backlog
John Myers @
Whether by design or not, a much anticipated state Capitol hearing on gun violence offered a prime example of how additional laws may not always translate into fewer guns in dangerous situations.

Lausd Allowed Sex Abuse At Miramonte, Alleges Student Lawsuit Naming Superintendents, Board Members - La Daily News
Attorney Brian Claypool, who previously sued the district over the sex-abuse scandal at Miramonte, says in his amended suit that district administrators deliberately ignored complaints against teacher Mark Berndt and other suspected molesters.

Many State Workers Hold More Than One Job; Brown Administration Puts A Brake On The Practice
Jon Ortiz @
Nearly a dozen state departments have allowed hundreds of employees to hold more than one job, confirming CalPERS officials' claims that the practice is widespread, according to January state jobs data The Bee obtained.

L.A. City Workers' Union Doesn't Endorse Garcetti Or Greuel
David Zahniser @
Mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel appear for a second time for questioning by members of six SEIU locals. Greuel is ranked higher on a scoring sheet.

Hundreds Of Salaried State Workers Moonlight In-house
Jon Ortiz @
California state workers in nearly a dozen departments hold both a salaried position and another hourly-wage position in-house, according to new government payroll data.

Uncertainty And Unknowns Beneath The Gloss Of Common Core
Peter Schrag @
Listening to the people at the State Department of Education who are charged with California’s transition to the new Common Core K-12 learning standards, as I did (twice) earlier this month, you’d have to conclude that it’s all going pretty well.

New Effort To Increase Visas For Tech Workers As High As 300,000
Wyatt Buchanan, Michael Collier, Richard Dunham, Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Marisa Lagos, Carolyn Lochhead, Carla Marinucci, @
The tech industry, one of the most powerful players in the immigration debate, threw down its marker Tuesday with a bipartisan stand-alone bill to increase H-1B visas for skilled workers from 65,000 to 115,000 with an escalator that could bring total v...

Senators complain about guns not being allowed at hearing
WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) last week stood in front of an array of assault weapons to launch her drive for tougher gun laws. But on Wednesday, a pair of Republican senators who oppose Feinstein’s bill had to use photos of guns after running into barriers trying to arrange for a display of unloaded firearms at a Capitol Hill hearing.