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THE NOONER for February 20, 2013

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TWEET DU JOUR: @rainnwilson - "The 405 is a jerk."

Happy hump-day from Monterey. So, yesterday I cruised the 405 to the LBC in my fire truck red Bitchin' Camaro (thanks Hertz!) before coming down to Monterey last night in my white Malibu. I think the week is going downhill. 

Anyway, I landed last night at SJC, which is in Bob Wieckowski's AD25. Wieckowski isn't termed out until 2016, although he is likely running for SD10 next year. The bigger question is whether Mary Hayashi will run for SD10 as well. One name floated for AD25 is Newark councilmember Ana Apodaca.

After picking up my Malibu from Hertz, I headed out through Nora Campos's AD27. Campos is term-limited in 2016, and will have a long wait for the SD15, which Jim Beall picked up last November. Heading south, on the left side of Highway 87 is AD27 while on the right is Paul Fong's AD28. Fong is termed out in 2014, and his staffer (and Campbell councilmember) Evan Low has $138,000 on hand for the race. 

Heading south on the 101, I crossed into AD30, currently held by my law school classmate Luis Alejo. Alejo is termed out in 2016, and lives in Watsonville, which is in SD17 that was won by Bill Monning last November. At 38, Alejo can sit tight and await opportunities.

Then, just before 156 spurs off to the west toward the Monterey Bay, I entered AD29, where I spent the night. Former Santa Cruz Supervisor Mark Stone easily won this seat in November and has a 12-year horizon to work with. Bill Monning will be termed out in 2020, which will put the new question before Stone: to move up or stay put?

The term limits change creates a new decision point for Assemblymembers. One could stay put and, assumedly, hold on to seniority, or move to the upper house. The pay is the same--$95,290.56 with a $141.86 per diem. However, the intangible of being called "Senator" for the rest of your life and getting to skip one election makes the move to the upper house attractive even for someone with only four years left.

Nobody knows how this new system will play out and where the power will reside. Will being a "senior" Assemblymember with 8 years beneath your belt be an asset as it was before term limits? Or, will the three classes that came in behind you be focused on consolidating power for the future? These exact questions are what is behind the uncertainty in the leadership succession questions surrounding Darrell Steinberg, John Perez, and Connie Conway. It's seniority vs. longevity, and the question has yet to be answered. (Of course, add on top of that ideology, geography, and all the other elements part of every leadership debate.)

I'll write more soon on the leadership fight. I'll just say it is very interesting behind the scenes.

TURNOUT: Los Angeles Controller Laura Chick opines in the Los Angeles Times that it's time to change city elections to dates when people actually vote.

@redistrict: "Only four white members from 75%+ non-white districts: #CA44 Hahn (D), #NY14 Crowley (D), #TX16 O'Rourke (D), #TX29 Green (D)."

TINY BUBBLES: Anchor Brewing to open new brewery at ballpark development.

TAKE A DAY: Roger Hernandez's AB 55, which would have replaced Columbus Day with a Native American Day, now just adds a new holiday to celebrate Native Americans.

UGH: Missing Canadian tourist's body found in water tank atop her Los Angeles hotel.

CLASSY GUY: Rob Bonta is attending a debt retirement fundraiser for Abel Guillen, who Bonta defeated in November.

YESTERDAY'S TRIVIA: Which former legislator played professional basketball in Europe?

Answer: Brian Setencich

A few of you answered "Tony Strickland." Strickland did play for the Los Angeles Lightning while he was in the State Senate, which is technically a "professional" team. However, I can't find any reference to Strickland playing in Europe. 

TODAY'S TRIVIA: Which governor signed into law the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and what was the major limitation that was later expanded by the California Supreme Court?



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California Budget Increasingly Goes To Salaries, Healthcare, Report Says
Chris Megerian @
When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his latest budget proposal, he emphasized his push to send more money to universities and local schools.

Fiscal Analyst Has Legal Concerns With Gov. Jerry Brown's Budget
Kevin Yamamura @
State leaders have pushed the legal envelope trying to solve California's financial woes, and Gov. Jerry Brown's budget is no different even as the state heads toward firmer ground.

Cost To Expand Medi-cal A Mystery
Evan Halper @
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown ’s administration has warned repeatedly that California is venturing into unknown territory with the expansion of healthcare under the new federal law. The exact cost of implementation is unknown.

California Pension Votes To Sell Shares Of Smith & Wesson
Michael B. Marois @
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s board voted to divest its $5 million in shares of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. and Sturm Ruger & Co. because the companies make weapons banned in the state.

California Treasurer Proposing CalPERS Dump Gun Holdings
Jon Ortiz @
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer plans to ask the CalPERS' board today to purge the fund's investments in two companies that make firearms that are illegal in California.

CalPERS Votes To Divest From Two Manufacturers Of Firearms - Capitol And California - The Sacramento Bee
This undated evidence photo, provided by retired FBI agent Edmund Mireles, shows the Ruger Mini–14 used by one of the shooters in the deadly April 11, 1986 bank robbery shootout in Miami that left two FBI agents dead and five others injured. New models of this firearm that have folding stocks and pistol grips would be banned under proposed gun control legislation under consideration in Congress. But a similar model without a folding stock would be exempted. Both models can take detachable magazines that hold dozens of rounds of ammunition. Mireles was among the five agents injured.

Jerry Brown Asks For Changes To State's Medi-cal Expansion Plan
Anthony York @
SACRAMENTO -- As an Assembly panel holds its first hearing on a proposal to authorize massive expansion of the state’s public insurance program for the poor, it has a few changes to consider from Gov. Jerry Brown ’s administration.

Lawmakers Told California Is Lagging In Higher Education
Timm Herdt @
As policymakers at statehouses nationwide are shining a spotlight on higher education this year, California lawmakers Tuesday were told they face steep challenges if they hope to meet a projected need for 3.5 million more college-educated workers by 2025.

Analyst Says California Should Expand Medicaid
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The benefits of expanding health care for Californias poor under the Affordable Care Act far outweigh the costs to the state, according to a report released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Legislative Analysts Office.

Insurance Commissioner Touts New Plan For Ca Health-care Regions
Jim Sanders @
Saying the Legislature's existing proposal could exacerbate rate shock, state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones unveiled his own proposal Tuesday for dividing California into geographic regions for implementing federal health-care reform.

Lawmaker Wants To Open Southland Car Pool Lanes For Off-peak Use
Patrick McGreevy @
Motorists without passengers would be able to use the car pool lanes on the 134 Freeway in Southern California during non-peak hours under proposed legislation.

CalPERS Enrollees Receive Notice Of Long-Term Care Rate Hikes
Jon Ortiz @
With an 85 percent premium hike looming, government workers and retirees covered by CalPERS' costliest long-term care insurance policies face a crucial decision: Swallow the increase or get out of a program they have been paying into for years. The reality of the increase literally came home this week as letters from CalPERS hit the mailboxes of 148,000 policyholders.

Refinances Surge Under Obama Program For Underwater Loans
Alejandro Lazo @
The number of homeowners refinancing their loans through a popular federal program that allows underwater homeowners to get new rates surged to more than 2 million in November.

California Wins Ruling On 2000-2001 Energy Crisis - Business - The Sacramento Bee
More than a decade after the last rolling blackout, Californians could get $1.6 billion in electricity refunds because of market manipulation during the first few months of the energy crisis, officials said Monday.

Caltech President Jean-lou Chameau Leaving For Saudi Arabia Post
bshuster @
The president of Caltech, Jean-Lou Chameau, announced Tuesday that he would step down as head of that prestigious Pasadena institution at the end of the school year and become head of a university in Saudi Arabia. Chameau, a French-born civil...

Michael Dukakis To Help Rep. Brad Sherman Retire Campaign Debt
Jean Merl @
Former Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, are helping with a "debt retirement" fundraiser for Rep. Brad Sherman.

Obama Reaches Out To Republican Senators On Immigration Overhaul
Facing criticism for failing to reach out to Republicans negotiating an immigration overhaul, President Obama placed phone calls Tuesday afternoon to three GOP senators involved in an eight-member bipartisan group working on the issue.

California Holds Second Auction Of Carbon Credits
Dale Kasler @
California held its second auction Tuesday for carbon-emissions allowances, pursuing the next phase in its controversial mechanism to curtail greenhouse gases.

Second Cap And Trade Auction Needs Big Bucks |
John Myers @
In a private and somewhat secret event on Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed state budget inched a little more towards balance... or further towards a multi-million dollar hole created by what's turned out to be relatively low demand for greenhouse gas pollution credits.

Sierra Club Lobbyist Faces FPPC Fine
Laurel Rosenhall @
The Fair Political Practices Commission has proposed fining a former Sierra Club lobbyist $24,500 for failing to file quarterly disclosure reports for nearly two years.

Superintendents In D.C. To Talk District Waiver With Duncan
Kathryn Baron @
Superintendents representing a coalition of 10 California school districts are scheduled to meet with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan today to make a personal pitch for a district waiver from provisions of No Child Left Behind, which they plan to formally submit next week.

The Caucus: Coalition to Apply Election Strength to Immigration Debate
A coalition of labor, Latino and other groups that helped re-elect the president hope to push the Senate to include a pathway to citizenship for those here illegally in its immigration overhaul.

L.A. Community College District Chancellor Announces Resignation
Carla Rivera @
Daniel LaVista announced Tuesday that he will resign his post as chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, the nation’s largest, and with a poor record of student completion and budget problems, one of its most challenged.