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THE NOONER for February 13, 2013
THOUGHT DU JOUR: "Remember, the child's pose is always a half breath away." #fetalpositionunderdesk
THANK YOU TO THOSE IN BLUE: Starting as a "sad story" item about the death of the Irvine couple in last Tuesday's Nooner became a gripping story that we all followed for a week. Let's start today's Nooner by saying "thank you" to the men and women of law enforcement and their families for their bravery in a horrifying situation over the last week that apparently ended last night in a cabin in Big Bear.
GIL DURAN: The interwebs were buzzing yesterday, with SOTU pregame and the Dorner standoff. But, the biggest buzz among California political insiders was about the departure of Governor Brown's spox Gil Duran. Duran is taking a job in Attorney General Kamala Harris's shop, working out of Oakland.
The move prompted immediate speculation that a move in 2013 means something political, signaling that Harris is positioning for a 2014 bid for governor. I don't believe it, and think its just a beat switch, but definitely worth watching. I fully believe Brown is running for reelection and will do so without any serious intra-party challenge (or inter-party for that matter).
DON'T MESS: On my way home last night, I heard an ad on KFBK fromhe Lone Star Project, which is pushing to help Democrats make in-roads in Texas. The project is on the air in California to counter Rick Perry's (who they call "Governor Oops") California business-recruiting trip. "So, come to Texas, you'll love it, just like we do. But don't count on Rick Perry's promises. We don't."
BOE3: Assemblymember Diane Harkey ended the speculation about which race she is in for 2014, writing on FlashReport that she's running for Board of Equalization.
COCO: Former Assemblymember Joe Canciamilla landed an appointment as Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters, succeeding retiring Steve Weir. Canciamila, who dropped his Democratic registration for NPP in 2011, must run to keep the office next year. [Lisa Vorderbrueggen]
MARIN: John Burton comes in big for the reelection of Judy Arnold to the Marin County Board of Supervisors with $15,000 from his "campaign" account.
BUDGET: The Leg Analyst releases its analysis of the governor's budget for higher education.
Speaking of higher ed, Noreen Evans introduces SB 241 to impose an oil severence tax for higher education. This would be one of the first tests of the direct ability of the two-thirds majorities of Dems in both houses to raise taxes. Somehow, though, I don't think Michael Rubio, whose district touches on California's black gold heartland, will be on board.
BILLS: The bill introduction season is revving up toward the February 22 deadline, with 46 bills introduced yesterday.
BROKEN LINK: Sorry about that broken link to the Joe Baca picture. Here it is: http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/r.html?s=n&l=http://bit.ly/V6KZgR
ASSEMBLY BENCH: I've added the names that have been streaming in for Assembly races to the "Bench" on each of the district pages (bottom right). Please check out the districts that your following and let me know if any names are missing. I'll be switching the pages over to 2014 pretty soon.
ORANGE CURTAIN: Santa Ana says auf wiedersehen to City Manager Paul Walters at a cost of $400,000 after 7 months on the permanent job.
BOOKSTAND: I picked up Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom's Citizenville last night and of course find the mix of politics and high technology quite delicious.
PATIENCE: Sorry about the skipped ElectionTrack nightly e-mails and missing committees. It has to do with the switch from the 2011-12 cycle to the 2013-14 cycle, which is used both by Leg Counsel for bills and Secretary of State for committees. Also, those of you on LegTrack are now getting daily e-mails of your bills that are amended and set for hearing.
POINTS BEYOND: Challenged for His Seat at 89, a Senator Does Not Go Gentle [Kate Zenike & Raymond Hernandez @ NYT] - "'I'm going to finish the work I'm doing,' [Frank Lautenberg] said in an interview. 'And [Cory Booker] should finish the work he is doing instead of traipsing around the country.'"
2014 State Senate Landscape
SD02 (North Coast, Safe D)
SD04 (Northeast, Safe R)
SD06 (Sacramento, Steinberg, Safe D)
SD08 (Foothills, New Seat, Safe R)
SD10 (Hayward-Fremont-Santa Clara, Corbett, Safe D)
SD12 (Salinas-Merced, Toss-up)
SD14 (Fresno-Bakersfield, Leans D)
SD16 (Bakersfield-Tulare, Safe R)
SD18 (East San Fernando Valley, Padilla, Safe D)
SD20 (Ontario, Negrete McLeod, Safe D -- to be filled in 2013)
SD22 (San Gabriel, Safe D)
SD24 (Los Angeles-East, Safe D)
SD26 (Coastal Los Angeles, Safe D)
SD28 (Temecula-Coachella, Open, Safe R) (Split of Emmerson/Anderson seat)
SD30 (Central Los Angeles, Safe D)
SD32 (Whittier, Ron Calderon, Safe D)
SD34 (West Orange County, Correa, Toss-up)
SD36 (South Orange-North San Diego, Wyland, Safe R)
SD38 (East San Diego, Safe R)
SD40 (South San Diego-Imperial, Vargas, Safe D -- to be filled in 2013)
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
State to defend pension reform law from county union lawsuits
Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
After staying out of the fray for several months, Gov. Jerry Brown has asked attorney general Kamala Harris to defend California's new public pension law from lawsuits filed by employee unions in at least four counties.
Report: Higher education funding proposal too lax
A report by the state legislative analyst says Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposals for California's higher education funding lack controls to ensure improvements in the system.
Sf Port Board Nominee Controversial - Sfgate
The duties will include votes on major waterfront developments, including a proposed Golden State Warriors arena the mayor has described as his "legacy project." Murphy, a partner in Murphy & O'Brien Real Estate Investments, is also a director of the Coalition for Responsible Growth, a political advocacy group funded largely by developers and others with real estate interests. Earlier this year, building inspection officials ordered a halt to a five-story residential building Murphy was constructing in the Mission District after City Insider questioned whether Murphy had obtained the proper permits and paid the full amount for the permit he did have. Standing next to protesters dressed as Guantanamo Bay prisoners outside City Hall Tuesday, civil liberties activists and supervisors denounced a federal law that allows American citizens to be arrested and detained without a warrant or due process in the name of national security. Tuesday it was Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, who introduced a nonbinding resolution Tuesday opposing parts of the detention law, one week before the 71st anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt's signing of an executive order allowing the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Jerry Brown Calls Housing Local Issue, Says He Will 'stick To The Core'
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
OAKLAND - Gov. Jerry Brown, who has paid relatively little attention to housing since taking office two years ago, was asked today why he bothered to participate in a forum on the subject.
California Could See An Oil Boom
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
California had one of the globe's earliest oil industries and was once more than self-sufficient in gasoline and other petroleum products, but as demand grew and production waned, we became an importer, mostly from Alaska and Southeast Asia.
Jerry Brown Spokesman Leaving Administration
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown's press secretary, Gil Duran, is leaving the administration.
Obama calls for 'smarter' government in State of the Union
Paul West @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON – Declaring that the nation is stronger “after years of grueling recession,” President Obama advocated an array of modest second-term initiatives Tuesday night that he said wouldn’t bust the federal budget.
Assemblywoman Buchanan and Controller Chiang to keynote joint event
Lisa Vorderbrueggen @ mercurynews.com
Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, and Controller John Chiang will speak Feb. 22 on California's fiscal picture.
Online Simulation Lets Californians Tweak Budget
Chris Megerian @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- For eight years, a San Francisco-based nonprofit called Next 10 has created an online simulation where users can try to balance California's budget.
Diane Harkey Officially Launches 2014 Board Of Equalization Bid
Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
Republican Assemblywoman Diane Harkey has made her plans to run for state Board of Equalization in 2014 official, announcing her candidacy in a piece posted on the conservative FlashReport.org website today.
State of the Union 2013: GOP warns President Obama against tax increases, spending
Ken Thomas @ mercurynews.com
WASHINGTON -- Republicans warned Tuesday that President Barack Obama's second-term agenda would bring more tax increases and escalate deficit spending, vowing that they would guard against Washington-centric policies and help middle-class families rebound from years of tepid economic growth.
Fracture Within GOP Adds To Tea Party Coffers
Dan Morain @ sacbee.com
The tea party may be a shrinking, aging slice of the electorate. But you'd never know that from Sal Russo's operation.
California Auditor Says Some Cost-cutting Ideas Ignored
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
California Auditor Elaine Howle complained Tuesday to Gov. Jerry Brown that state agencies have taken no action to implement 15% of the recommendations made by her office in the last two years to cut costs, including waste and fraud, in government operations.
Marco Rubio takes quick water break in GOP response to State of the Union
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address included an impromptu water break to quench his thirst.
State Lawmakers Propose New Oil Drilling Tax | News10.net
Hagel approved by Senate committee in party-line vote
Michael A. Memoli @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- After a sometimes contentious debate, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted on party lines and narrowly approved the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of Defense, moving the bitter fight over President Obama’s Cabinet choice to the full Senate.
Health law’s Medicaid expansion moves forward, but with many questions
In the largest one-year enrollment bump in program history, 8 million Americans are expected to gain health insurance in 2014 through Medicaid under the nation’s massive health care overhaul.
Senate votes to renew, expand Violence Against Women act
Wes Venteicher @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- With broad support from the U.S. Senate, legislation to renew and expand the Violence Against Women Act is heading to the House of Representatives, where a previous renewal bid failed over Republican concerns about new services for gay, immigrant and Native American victims of domestic violence.
GOP Warns President Obama Against Tax Increases, Spending
Ken Thomas @ contracostatimes.com
Republicans warned Tuesday that President Barack Obamas second-term agenda would bring more tax increases and escalate deficit spending, vowing that they would guard against Washington-centric policies and help middle-class families rebound from years of tepid economic growth.