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THE NOONER for February 11, 2013

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Okay, now that the 13 episodes of Season 1 of House of Cards have come and gone, when does Season 2 come out?


As campaigns to be Pope XVII get underway, it's also time to rev those engines for 2014 State Senate campaigns. Here are the open seats and the names I currently have on the bench. Not all of these are expected to run if others run. For example, I wouldn't expect Matt Harper to run in SD34 if Janet Nguyen does.

SD06 (Sacramento, Steinberg, Safe D)

  • Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D)
  • Assemblymember Richard Pan (D)

SD08 (Foothills, New Seat, Safe R)

  • State Senator Tom Berryhill (R)
  • Former Congressman George Radanovich (R)

SD10 (Hayward-Fremont-Santa Clara, Corbett, Safe D)

  • Former Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D)
  • Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D)

SD18 (East San Fernando Valley, Padilla, Safe D)

  • Former Assemblymember Cindy Montanez (D)

SD20 (Ontario, Negrete McLeod, Safe D -- to be filled in 2013)

  • Winner of 2013 special (Torres is favorite)

SD28 (Temecula-Coachella, Open, Safe R) (Split of Emmerson/Anderson seat)

  • Assemblymember Brian Nestande (R)
  • Assemblymember V. Manuel Perez (D)

SD32 (Whittier, Ron Calderon, Safe D)

  • Former Assemblymember Rudy Bermudez (D)
  • Assemblymember Tom Calderon (D)
  • Assemblymember Tony Mendoza (D)
  • Gabriel Orozco (D)

SD34 (West Orange County, Correa, Toss-up)

  • Garden Grove Planning Commissioner Joe DoVinh (D)
  • Los Alamitos Councilmember Troy Edgar (R)
  • Huntington Beach Councilmember Matthew Harper (R)
  • Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen (R)
  • Long Pham (R)
  • Former Assemblymember Jim Silva (R)
  • Former Assemblymember (now college board member) Jose Solorio (D)

SD36 (South Orange-North San Diego, Wyland, Safe R)

  • Assemblymember Joel Anderson (R)
  • Orange County Supervisor Patricia Bates (R)

SD38 (East San Diego, Mark Wyland, Safe R)

  • Former Assemblymember Martin Garrick (R)
  • Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R)

SD40 (South San Diego-Imperial, Vargas, Safe D -- to be filled in 2013) 

  • Ben Hueso, who is likely to be elected in 2013 special

Incumbents expected to run for reelection:

  • SD02 (North Coast, Safe D): Noreen Evans
  • SD04 (Northeast, Safe R): Jim Nielsen
  • SD12 (Salinas-Merced, Toss-up): Anthony Cannella
  • SD14 (Fresno-Bakersfield, Leans D): Michael Rubio
  • SD16 (Bakersfield-Tulare, Safe R): Jean Fuller
  • SD22 (San Gabriel, Safe D): Ed Hernandez
  • SD24 (Los Angeles-East, Safe D): Kevin de Leon
  • SD26 (Coastal Los Angeles, Safe D): Ted Lieu
  • SD30 (Central Los Angeles, Safe D): If Curren Price wins LA City Council district 9, this will be an open seat. Otherwise, he likely seeks reelection.
  • SD38 (East San Diego, Safe R): Joel Anderson

Let me know if I have left anyone off or made other mistakes!


RELOAD: The San Luis Obispo County Central Committee adds $43,400 from the California Republican Leadership fund, including $34,000 from Occidental Petroleum, to the washing machine. The Tulare party committee adds $15,000 from Oxy.

Meanwhile, the California Democratic Party reports a $465,000 haul, much of which came in from the Super Bowl fundraiser.

DIRTY JOBS: Moreno Valley school board member guilty of pimping [Richard Winton and Hailey Branson-Potts @ LAT] 

WILLIE'S WORLD: "Welcome to California, Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Hope you have a wonderful stay as you pitch the glories of my home state, to which I intend never to return . . . Perry comes offering low sales taxes, no state income taxes, some grants. The only hitch is, you have to live in Texas." [WLB, Jr. @ SFChron]






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Bill Would Require 3-Day Wait Before State Lawmakers Act
Jamming major bills through the Legislature at the last minute with little if any time for review has been an ongoing source of frustration for some lawmakers, especially minority Republicans. The practice has been used often on budget bills, forcing lawmakers to vote on spending issues with long-term consequences without having the ability to actually read what's in them. That would change under legislation being proposed by two lawmakers.

Health Care Topic Of CA Special Session
Wyatt Buchanan @
California leaders are getting ready to consider legislation to expand health insurance coverage to millions of uninsured state residents as the start date of the federal Affordable Care Act moves closer.

Why Brulte Will Relish Rove's Speech To The CA GOP
By snagging GOP strategist Karl Rove as the featured speaker at the California Republican Party convention in March, former legislative leader Jim Brulte – who won’t take over as CRP chairman until the day after Rove speaks – has already begun trying to alter the role his party plays in statewide politics. What better audience for Rove’s newfound anti-extremist message than the most entrenched ideological Republican activists – delegates to the state GOP convention – in the largest state in the nation?

California Democrats Consider Giving Lawmakers More Say Over Initiatives
Torey Van Oot @
The November election delivered California Democrats a coveted supermajority for governing the state. Now the party's leader in the Senate wants to use that political capital to give the Legislature more say in the voter initiatives that make their way to the ballot.

Job Poaching Rare Despite States' Boasts
Joe Garofoli @
Texas Gov. Rick Perry rolls through the Bay Area on Monday to start a high-profile California swing aimed at persuading companies here to move to Texas. But his trip is likely to attract more TV cameras than jobs.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Wants You To Play The City Budget Game
Rick Orlov @
As the candidates for Los Angeles mayor are pressed on how they would solve the city's ongoing structural deficit, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is asking for public help as he prepares his final budget, scheduled for release in April.

Bill Targets Use Of Smart Car Technology For California Teens
Torey Van Oot @
California minors are already banned from using their smart phones behind the wheel, even with a hands-free device. But new legislation introduced in the state Senate last week would expand those rules to include the use of new smart car technology while driving.

Brown's School Finance Reform Has The Right Intent But Major Flaws
Bob Blattner @
Fresh on the heels of having saved – at least for now – California’s public education system through passage of his Proposition 30, Governor Jerry Brown is rededicating himself to the task of tearing down and redesigning the twisted maze that currently serves as the K-12 funding system. This is a wonderful goal, but enthusiasm for the general concept may unfortunately be blinding proponents to the specific, significant flaws in the administration’s proposal.

Should Community Colleges Be Paid Only For Students Who Complete Courses?
Timm Herdt @
At a time when community college enrollment is being squeezed, classroom space is precious and state funding is tight, Gov. Jerry Brown has rekindled a long-running debate about whether the funding formula should be based instead on how many students actually complete their courses. In his budget plan for next year, Brown is proposing that such a shift be phased in over five years.

Impact, Ethics Of Surgery Slammed
Marjie Lundstrum @
Two UC Davis neurosurgeons, Dr. J. Paul Muizelaar and Dr. Rudolph J. Schrot, have been accused by the university and by federal investigators of violating numerous hospital policies and government regulations.

Greuel's Budget Plan Draws Ridicule
Michael Finnegan and James Rainey @
The city controller's plan would cost far more than her opponents', experts say.

Controversial Coyote Hunt Under Way In Modoc Co.
John S. Marshall @
Hunters were tromping through the countryside of a remote Northern California county over the weekend as they competed in a controversial contest to see who could kill the most coyotes.

Districts To Seek Nclb Waiver Whether Or Not They're Invited
Kathryn Baron @
Fresno Unified Superintendent Mike Hanson said he understands why district waivers could be unwieldy for the U.S. Department of Education, but argues that CORE is a consortium and is therefore in a unique position to develop and execaA collaborative of California school districts known as the California Office to Reform Education, or CORE, plans to move forward with its application for a waiver from the most severe provisions of No Child Left Behind by the end of the month, the next deadline for states to apply. CORE intends to proceed with or without Gov. Jerry Brown’s blessing or U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s invitation.

Tribe Buys Land In City Approved For Development By Auburn
Ed Fletcher @
A move by a local tribe to quietly buy a controlling interest in more than 250 acres of land approved for development within Auburn's city limits has sparked concern among some in town, including the mayor.

The Caucus: Senate Armed Services Committee Schedules Hagel Vote
Senator Carl Levin of Michigan called for a committee vote on Tuesday afternoon on the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense.

AP Exclusive: Inmate lawsuits cost Calif. $200M
Don Thompson @
Gov. Jerry Brown has begun aggressively challenging federal court oversight of California's prison system by highlighting what he says is a costly conflict of interest: The private law firms representing inmates and the judges' own hand-picked authorities benefit financially by keeping the cases alive.

Ship Pilot Blamed For 2007 Oil Spill In San Francisco Bay Sues Coast Guard To Get His License Back
Science @
John Cota, former pilot of the Cosco Busan, which dumped 53,000 gallons of bunker fuel into San Francisco Bay when it hit the Bay Bridge, sued the Coast Guard in federal court in Oakland, alleging civil rights violations

Hadiya Pendleton's parents to attend State of the Union address
Christi Parsons @
The parents of Chicago shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton will join First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address on Tuesday, as the president urges Congress to combat gun violence.

Local Hires Demanded For S.F. School Project - Sfgate
Residents, including those with the Aboriginal Blackmen United group, successfully shut down work during the demolition of the old school building on the Bayview district project site last year until the contractor agreed to hire local men to work security on the $40 million project. On Tuesday, the San Francisco school board is expected to select a general contractor to build the new school, one who will be expected to make good-faith efforts to hire city residents. The Bayview effort echoes a larger concern about keeping taxpayer money in San Francisco by hiring local workers on city projects. The San Francisco school district could follow suit with a proposed policy heading to school board committees later this month, said Leonard Tom, director of the district's school facilities bond program. After The Chronicle questioned that position, the district's lead counsel reportedly reversed course Thursday, telling board members that there were legal options. Back in the Bayview, local residents said there are workers and business owners who are trained and ready to work on projects like the new middle school, but they can't compete with bigger companies that have their own workers and enough money to pay for insurance and other costs required to bid on a project. City officials need to help those in the Bayview compete for jobs to reduce unemployment and the problems that come with it, said Robert Woods, chairman of the Black Human Rights Leadership Council of San Francisco.

Revenue Roller Coaster On The Way Up Again
Daniel Weintraub @
California’s notorious tax-revenue roller coaster is on the way up again. How many times do we need to see this movie before we remember how it ends?

State Of The Union Intensifies Gun Fight
Eliza Newlin Carney @
The passion of gun owners has met the passion of protective moms in the fight over firearms restrictions, which will intensify this week as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address.

Report: Osama SEAL lost health care
Kevin Cirilli @
The man who shot and killed bin Laden tells Esquire he hasn't had benefits since he left the military.

Editorial: UC Davis needs to get it right with West Village
The University of California, Davis, aimed high with West Village, seeking to create the largest zero-net-energy-use residential community in the country.