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THE NOONER for February 7, 2013

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DA BILLS: Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Montebello) introduced his first bill, AB 242, which would require web sites collecting information from Californians to shrink and dumbdown their privacy policies. Specifically, the policy would have to be fewer than 100 words and written at the 8th grade reading level.

The Privacy Policy on Chau's official site, part of a template used by Democrats in the Legislature, isn't exactly up to snuff. It currently comes in at 1,407 words and when run through Microsoft Word's grammar checker is rated at 12th grade on the Flesch-Kincaid reading level scale.

Meanwhile, Assemblymember Steve Bradford seeks to put the LA Board of Supes in the right by making it clear that meeting with the governor in closed session is okay. Governor Brown met extralegally off the record with the supes in September 2011 to discuss the AB 109 public safety realignment.

DATA: The Most Important Chart in American Politics [Michael Scherer @ Time]

CONTRARIAN: Balanced Budget? Hold the Applause [John J. Pitney @ Fox & Hounds]

AD36: In the two weeks before the November election, Ron Smith transferred $32,500 to the California Republican Leadership Fund, seemingly as Smith was going to coast to victory over now-Assemblymember Steve Fox. The amount was 26% of the amount spent by Smith between the primary and general.

Fox of course went on to win the seat by 145 votes. The party funds were returned on December 11 and December 17 to help the committee pay the cost of a recount. 

PASTURE: After Jerry Brown 2.0, the guv plans to spend time on a family ranch on which he is building a house west of Williams. - "Asked if it would be a home to move into in retirement, the 74-year-old governor said, 'Who's talking about retirement?'"

A reader notes that Colusa is the only county without an active county Democratic central committee, perhaps an opportunity Brown to really return to the grass roots.

SAD STORY GETS STRANGER AND SADDER:  Officer killed in Riverside; manhunt expands in Irvine slayings [the manifesto]

If you are in SoCal, drive a Nissan Titan, and particularly if you're black, you probably want to stay off the roads today. It's sort of a shoot first, confirm later sort of day (including two women delivering newspapers, one shot in the back). Cops don't take lightly threats (and actions) against their families and, without excusing these shootings, they are scared to death. 

Let's hope this is resolved by the noon hour.

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: The Chet Wray Chet speech was not on the Assembly Floor, but rather at a debate (which I knew, but the brain and fingers weren't adequately communicating yesterday). Also, there are different stories about who Chester Wray supported in the speakership battle, with some asserting that his reelection was assured only by backing Willie Brown.




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CalPERS Projects $200 Million State Rate Hike « Calpensions
Ed Mendel @
Annual state pension payments to CalPERS are expected to increase $200 million to a total of $4 billion in July. But the rate may go higher as the powerful pension board takes a new look at its risks and policies.

Brown Enters Hostile Territory To Push Controversial Water Plan
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown knew the room was against him when he showed up for a farm show here Wednesday.

AM Alert
Jeremy B. White @
The concerted push for new gun control laws gets another shove at a press conference this morning, where Democrats led by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will be heralding the latest set of proposals. The event starts at 10 a.m. in room 1190 of the State Capitol.

Activists Question California's New Prisons Chief
George Lavendar @
Some reformists contend that Jeffrey Beard's track record on prison expansion and overcrowding in Pennsylvania should be cause for concern.

Stop Investing In Assault-weapon Companies, L.A. City Council Tells Its Pension Funds - La Daily News
The 12-0 vote on the proposal from Councilwoman Jan Perry comes in response to the shootings in Newtown, Conn. It was a nonbinding request from the council, but the city's three pension systems said they are studying the issue.

Jerry Brown Plans To Build House On Colusa County Ranch
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown said today he plans to build a house on land his family has owned for generations in Colusa County west of Williams.

Judge Seeks California's Out-of-State Prison Plan
Paige St. John @
Gov. Jerry Brown must explain to a federal court by the end of Wednesday how he plans to fit 9,000 inmates currently housed in out-of-state facilities back into California lockups.

Carmen Chu Is Mayor's Pick For Sf Assessor - Sfgate
Chu's elevation to the citywide office of assessor, which carries a bump in pay to $173,736 from her $105,723 annual salary as a district supervisor, was seen by many observers as a natural fit. The assessor oversees valuations of real estate for property taxes, the largest slice of revenue for the city's general fund, making up about 40 percent of the income. With a city budget of $6.83 billion for the 2012-13 fiscal year, property tax and transfer tax revenue are projected to generate about $1.94 billion, with about $1.3 billion going to the city's general fund and the remainder split between the San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco Community College District, BART and other entities, according to the assessor's annual report. "All the things that we care about - being able to fund public services, police services, children's services, health services - these are all things that can only be accomplished when we have a very firm financial footing," Chu said. Lee has not given any indication who that person will be, although Police Commissioner Suzy Loftus, Chu aide Katy Tang and Chinatown Community Development Center Deputy Director Malcolm Yeung are all names that have been floated.

Boxer Wants Probe Into Equipment Problems At Troubled San Onofre Nuclear Plant |
California Sen. Barbara Boxer is pressing federal regulators to open a probe into equipment problems at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant.

L.A. Mayor Candidates Tone It Down For Radio Debate
William Nottingham @
The leading candidates for L.A. mayor have dialed up their rhetoric as a March 5 primary draws closer, but they are still little known to a large number of voters in the city and remain determined to make a good first impression.

State Senator Asks U.S. Regulators To Rein In Pro-Tanning Group
Marc Lifsher @
The California lawmaker who authored the country's first ban on teenagers using tanning beds is complaining to the Federal Trade Commission about a new tanning group's safety claims.

Environmentalists And Unions Band Together To Fight Ceqa Changes
Environmentalists and labor unions are banding together to fight efforts to overhaul California's landmark environmental law. Organizers said the new coalition, made up of dozens of advocacy groups and dubbed "CEQA Works," was formed to counter an aggressive campaign by...

Governor Pitches Water Tunnel Project To Farmers
Juliet Williams @
Gov. Jerry Brown waded into potentially hostile territory Wednesday as he pitched his $14 billion plan to reshape California's water-delivery system by building massive tunnels below the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Barbara Lee Questions Obama’s Authority In Drone Attacks
Wyatt Buchanan, Michael Collier, Richard Dunham, Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Marisa Lagos, Carolyn Lochhead, Carla Marinucci, @
Barbara Lee questions Obama’s authority in drone attacks

Basic Numbers Go Missing In State Bureaucracy
Jon Ortiz @
You would think that a multibillion-dollar enterprise could do the basic stuff, like track how many employees answer to the boss or where its money goes. Then again, we're talking about state government.

The Caucus: Eyes on Gun Violence, Lawmakers Propose Expanded Mental Health Access
is expected to help promote a bipartisan measure to broaden access to mental health care, especially as veterans return from war.

Marco Rubio to deliver GOP response to the State of the Union
Morgan Little @
WASHINGTON – The GOP has picked Marco Rubio to respond to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, giving the Florida senator a chance to trumpet his party’s stances and raise his profile.

The Caucus: New Polls Show Rise in Support for Obama's Handling of Immigration
Following the president's campaign-style blitz last week to unveil his proposals to overhaul immigration, the public's rating of his handling the issue appears to be improving.

Rivals Take New Shots At Greuel Over L.A. Ticket-fixing Service
William Nottingham @
L.A. City Controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel took new fire for her handling of a special service at City Hall that dismissed parking tickets for special applicants.

Kings Talked With Developer Last Year About Move To Las Vegas - Kings/nba - The Sacramento Bee
Gavin, left, and Joe Maloof take in a Kings home game last year against the Jazz.

Senators see path to immigrants' legalization
Illegal immigrants might face around a 10-year wait to become legal permanent U.S. residents under sweeping immigration overhaul legislation taking shape in the Senate, negotiators said Thursday. That's shorter than some current wait times though perhaps longer than some advocates might like.

State GOP Files Complaints Vs. Ami Bera, Raul Ruiz
By Josh Richman Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 3:13 pm in Ami Bera, campaign finance, U.S. House.