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THE NOONER for February 12, 2013

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Happy State of the Union day. Depending on your persuasion, grab your beers and prepare your cheers or jeers and be in front of the teevee at 6pm Pacific. Marco Rubio will be giving a bilingual response following the speech. Alas, you won't be seeing this image this year, but there will be others . . . 

Alternatively, you can watch The West Wing version from February 7, 2001: YouTube short | Netflix full.

I may have gotten my papal numbering wrong, but I know that it's Fat Tuesday! And, Joe Simitian, there oughta be a law against Makers Mark ruining the party by watering down its bourbon to meet "international demand."

BELOW THE JUMP: The State Senate landscape, in district order. On your way down, give some link love to our friends at the Public Retirement Journal, or click on my subscribe link to support this effort.

SD12: The first Democrat has emerged in what is likely to be hottest State Senate race next year, the seat held by Anthony Cannella (R) that stretches from Salinas to Modesto and down to Madera and Coalinga. Democrats have a 15-point margin at 46.7% in the district, which has 17.1% NPP voters. While considered a significant target, the Dem advantage is actually 5 points lower than the "old" SD12 that elected Cannella in a 3-point victory over Anna Caballero in 2010.

Jumping into the race is Yosemite Community College District trustee Tom Hallinan, who lost a bid for Assembly to Greg Aghazarian in 2002. The overlapping Assembly seats include and AD21 and AD30. The former (eastern half) is occupied by freshman Adam Gray, while second-term Assemblymember Luis Alejo represents the latter western half. Alejo, however, lives in Watsonville, which is outside of the senate district, and has told people he is not running. Hallinan has Richie Ross running his campaign.

HARKEY: Readers wrote passionately that Assemblymember Diane Harkey "is definitely" running for SD36, while others wrote that it was "certain" that she is running for the Board of Equalization seat being vacated by Michelle Park Steel. What we know is that she is holding a fundraiser in March at which donors can choose which committee to deposit their wares.

Termed-out state senator Mark Wyland is eyeing the BOE seat and has $167,000 on hand for the race (and nowhere else to go). Harkey has $10,090 on hand. There's likely some ballroom dancing going on to see how everything shakes out. Also actively seeking the seat is former senator Tom Harman ($76,767 on hand). Former senator Dick Ackerman and former Assemblymember Van Tran also have BOE3 committees, but have $0.00 on hand and haven't been actively raising money (and likely aren't running).

ASSEMBLY: Yes, I am working on the Assembly landscape. Now is a good time to send in tips as to who is likely running. 

GOOD BILL: Brian Nestande introduces AB 292 to require that the California Code of Regulations be made available in a Creative Commons-licensed open format.

CHALLENGE: I think I finally can win Next10's Budget Challenge.

CAPITOL IDOL: Back to Session Karaoke Night is next Wednesday, February 20th at 7:00pm at Simon's Bar & Cafe (1415 16th Street). Co-hosts include Steinberg, Huff, Perez, and Conway. (free, no-host bar) 

Fortunately for your ears, I'll be in Monterey at a conference.


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2014 State Senate Landscape

SD02 (North Coast, Safe D)

  • Noreen Evans (incumbent)

SD04 (Northeast, Safe R)

  • Jim Nielsen (incumbent)

SD06 (Sacramento, Steinberg, Safe D)

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

SD08 (Foothills, New Seat, Safe R)

  • State Senator Tom Berryhill (R) (incumbent)
  • Former Congressman George Radanovich (R) (mixed reports on Radanovich's candidacy)

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

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

SD12 (Salinas-Merced, Toss-up)

  • Anthony Cannella (incumbent)
  • Yosemite CCD trustee Tom Hallinan

SD14 (Fresno-Bakersfield, Leans D)

  • Michael Rubio (incumbent)

SD16 (Bakersfield-Tulare, Safe R)

  • Jean Fuller (incumbent)

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

  • Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D)
  • Steve Vares (District Director for de Leon)

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

  • Winner of 2013 special (Torres is favorite)

SD22 (San Gabriel, Safe D)

  • Ed Hernandez (incumbent)

SD24 (Los Angeles-East, Safe D)

  • Kevin de Leon (incumbent)

SD26 (Coastal Los Angeles, Safe D)

  • Ted Lieu (incumbent)

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

  • Former Assemblymember Bonnie Garcia (R)
  • Riverside Supervisor Jeff Stone (R) (who has also talked about running against Congressman Ken Calvert (R)

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.

SD32 (Whittier, Ron Calderon, Safe D)

  • Former Assemblymember Rudy Bermudez (D)
  • Former Assemblymember Tom Calderon (D)
  • Former 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)

  • Orange County Supervisor Patricia Bates (R)
  • Former Assemblymember Martin Garrick (R)
  • Assemblymember Diane Harkey (R) (who may alternatively run for Board of Equalization)

SD38 (East San Diego, Safe R)

  • Joel Anderson (incumbent)

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

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


Cities, Counties Look For Way To Replace Billions In Lost Redevelopment Dollars
Julie Small @
Last year, California addressed its budget woes by dissolving nearly 400 redevelopment agencies in cities and counties throughout the state. Local governments paid for infrastructure improvements and low-income housing by diverting property taxes that would otherwise go to school districts or public safety. The state wanted that revenue back for its own purposes. On Monday, more than a year after dissolution, state lawmakers held a packed hearing at the Capitol on how the process is working out for the state and for local governments.

National Mental Health Push Sends Steinberg To New York
Torey Van Oot @
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is back on the East Coast this week as part of his ongoing push to expand funding for mental health services nationwide.

California vs. Texas Debate Rages On
Dan Walters @
Unto itself, Texas Gov. Rick Perry's supposed business recruitment trip to California this week is nothing more than a publicity stunt, and a cheap one at that.

CalSTRS Board To Forward Options For Saving Teacher Pensions
John Fensterwald @
Later this week the board of the California State Teachers Retirement System, or CalSTRS, will forward to the Legislature a report laying out options for raising higher contributions into the pension system to ensure its long-term viability.

Labor Unions Oppose Overhaul Of Environmental Law
Wyatt Buchanan, Michael Collier, Richard Dunham, Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Marisa Lagos, Carolyn Lochhead, Carla Marinucci, @
Labor unions oppose overhaul of environmental law

Prison Receiver Says He Is Ending Practice Of Dual-wage Doctors
Paige St. John @
The court-appointed receiver for California's prison healthcare system has asked prison doctors to end the practice of moonlighting within the state agency.

Condoleezza Rice To Co-chair Immigration Inquiry Panel
National @
The former secretary of state, still a Stanford University professor, has joined a bipartisan immigration task force with two ex-governors and former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros.

Jeremy Renner To Portray Late Capitol Reporter Gary Webb
Kevin Yamamura @
Modesto native Jeremy Renner is set to play late Capitol investigative reporter Gary Webb in the upcoming film, "Kill the Messenger," according to news reports.

Report: U.S. recovered $4.2 billion from healthcare fraud in 2012
Chad Terhune @
Federal officials said they recovered a record-high $4.2 billion related to healthcare fraud and abuse in fiscal year 2012.

L.A. Chamber Makes A Bad Bargain On Sales Tax Hike :: Fox&hounds
Securing a promise for a commission will do little to find the savings necessary to balance the budget. Especially, since the sales tax measure is hardly a sure thing at the polls. All five major mayoral candidates oppose the sales tax.

Leon Panetta Extends Military Benefits To Same-sex Couples
Wyatt Buchanan, Michael Collier, Richard Dunham, Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Marisa Lagos, Carolyn Lochhead, Carla Marinucci, @
Leon Panetta extends military benefits to same-sex couples

Cal Lawmaker Proposes Colleges Offer Video-game Design
No doubt thousands of college kids in California play video games when they are not in school, and now one state lawmaker is proposing to bring the expertise they are gaining into the classroom.

Redevelopment Litigation And Dissension One Year Into Dissolution
Local officials say there continue to be problems settling billions of dollars worth of debt that the former agencies racked up to pay for everything from soundwalls to sewers.

Regulation Not Holding Back Hiring
Michael S. Derby @
The belief that government regulation and taxation policies are driving high unemployment rates isn’t entirely true, new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco says.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Pushes For Paid Parking, Other Moneymakers At LA Zoo
Rick Orlov @
Pushing to make changes before his term is up June 30, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told Los Angeles Zoo officials to develop a strategic plan regarding ways to end the city-funded subsidy and employee pension costs at the facility.

Maloofs Disclose Details Of Kings Sale To Bankruptcy Trustee
Dale Kasler @
Pushing his claim that the Sacramento Kings' limited partners might have a right to match a Seattle group's purchase offer for the team, a bankruptcy trustee has persuaded the Maloofs to cough up confidential documents on the pending sale.

State Of The Union Squatters: Lawmakers Wait Hours On Aisle For Seconds With President
David A. Fahrenthold @
For the State of the Union squatters, the wait can be seven hours or more. You read the newspaper. You sign letters to constituents. You grumble about the rookies who think that — on this night, in this place — you can save a seat with a little paper sign instead of a bona fide, duly elected representative’s rear end.

Tax Help Comes With Health Insurance Advice
Chad Terhune @
H&R Block is using customers' 2012 returns to advise them of their options under the Affordable Care Act and possible penalties they can face without insurance.

Texas lawmaker invites Ted Nugent to State of the Union address
Michael A. Memoli @
WASHINGTON – Ted Nugent, the rocker-turned-gun rights activist who was the subject of a Secret Service investigation last year after controversial remarks about President Obama, will attend Tuesday's State of the Union address as the guest of a conservative congressman from Texas.

State Needs Election Disaster Plan, Says Legislator |

Ballot Prop Would Shut Down California's Nuclear Power Plants
Chris Clarke @
An initiative cleared for signature-gathering last week would shutter California's two remaining nuclear power plants until the federal government has figured out where to put high-level nuclear waste. The "California Nuclear Initiative," given the thumbs-up February 6 by Secretary of State Debra Bowen, would keep the nuclear power plants at San Onofre and Diablo Canyon off-line until the California Energy Commission (CEC) determines that "federal government has approved technology for permanent disposal of high-level nuclear waste." That condition is unlikely to be fulfilled anytime soon.

Davis should OK water pact with Woodland
If regional water agreements were easy to craft, we'd have more of them in the Sacramento area. They aren't easy. They require trust and sacrifices. That's why a proposed water-sharing pact between Woodland and Davis has become so contentious, particularly in Davis.

Republicans maintain filibuster threat ahead of Hagel vote
Michael A. Memoli @
WASHINGTON – On the eve of a Senate committee vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to lead the Pentagon, a group of Republican senators continued Monday to threaten what would be a historic filibuster for a Cabinet appointment despite warnings from others in the party that it would set a bad precedent.

Sharp Slowdown in U.S. Health Care Costs
The Congressional Budget Office says the slowdown has erased hundreds of billions of dollars in projected spending on Medicare and Medicaid.