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THE NOONER for March 7, 2013

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It's the day after the little snow that couldn't, and Rand Paul has stopped talking. Apparently, the longest true filibuster in recent history ended for all the right reasons. I'm on the Hill this morning before starting a two-day meeting in Alexandria this afternoon.

The governor is at the funeral for the two Santa Cruz police officers Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler who were killed in an ambush on February 26. The death of Baker came as a second blow to the family of Celestial Dove Cassman, former Santa Cruz assistant city attorney and UC Davis law school alum. Baker pushed the Maui police department to investigate Cassman's 2011 suspicious death. Cassman's ex-boyfriend, Gerald Galaway Jr., who she traveled with in Maui, pleaded no contest to manslaughter last summer, although the trial continues as Galaway seeks an insanity declaration.

Can't say it enough -- thank you to the women and men in uniform who put their lives on the line to protect us at home and abroad.

DESIGNED IN CALIFORNIA: For those who watched House of Cards and thought "They don't have Apple computers on Capitol Hill," I spotted one! I'm also told that Raul Ruiz's staff all have new Apples, ordered before November's election by former member Mary Bono Mack. Fret not, Microsoft, there is no indication that a sweeping change is coming. This is Congress, after all.

CD07: Ex GOP Rep. Doug Ose weighs challenge to Democrat Ami Bera [Torey Van Oot @ SacBee]

#AGREE: Steve Lopez writes that its time to change the LA elections.  The editorial board whines, but stops short of calling for a change.

THE SOFA CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND POLICY DEGREE:  "You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got for a buck fifty in late charges at the public library." – Will Hunting

You've likely heard of the meme (largely in the tech industry) of foregoing an MBA and just reading a series of the best books on the topic. Obviously, as a higher education advocate and someone who really enjoyed my college experience, I still think that bricks and mortar help shape a person. However, I think we need to have a list of the "must reads" for the "student" of California politics and policy. If your best friend was an investment banker that was down-sized but was super smart and wanted to come work in the Capitol, what would you tell him/her to read so they could amaze an interviewer?

Forward your picks to me at and I'll compile a list.

DUNK: Awesome dunk last night by the Clippers's Blake Griffin.

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Los Angeles Community College District seat 6 will be decided in a runoff between incumbent Nancy Pearlman and David Vela. Legislation to allow LACCD to end runoff elections was approved last year, but the district did not implement it for this election.

YESTERDAY'S QUESTION: Which former Bay Area Assemblymember and mayor grew up in a family that owns a Berkeley funeral home?


TODAY'S QUESTION: With the retirement of Jerry Lewis and Pete Stark's defeat last November, who are the deans (longest serving) of the California congressional delegation from each party?



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Lawmakers Scold California PUC For Erroneous Budget Forecasts
Jim Sanders @
The director of the California Public Utilities Commission was scolded by lawmakers today after conceding that his agency had committed errors in forecasting and other budget-related issues involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

Same-Sex Marriage Needs Voters' Stamp
Debra J. Saunders @
As a conservative with gay friends, nothing would make me happier than to watch Californians pass an initiative to legalize same-sex marriage - preferably with protections for religious objectors. Polls suggest it would pass today. Then the issue would be settled and Californians - not a court in Washington - would have determined their own marriage laws.

Steve Lopez: Switch Local Elections To National Cycle?
Amanda Covarrubias @
This should settle it. Time to switch local election day in Los Angeles to the national cycle, in November, when voter turnout is higher. So we don't keep embarrassing ourselves. A turnout of 16%? With a tax increase, contested school...

Prop. 8 Plaintiffs Will Share Time With Obama Administration
Bob Egelko @
The Obama administration has more to tell the U.S. Supreme Court about why same-sex marriage should be legal in California.

Tax Hike Rejection Leaves Los Angeles In A Bind
Rick Orlov @
With the overwhelming rejection of the half-percent sales tax measure in Tuesday's election, city officials began scrambling on Wednesday to cover an expected $200 million shortfall in next year's budget.

Legislators Critical Of Utility Commission Budget Mess
John Myers @
It was one of those rare Capitol moments at a Wednesday morning hearing, a moment where a complicated, and confusing, controversy is all summed up in one simple -- and brutally honest -- exchange.

Justice Kennedy Hails Education, Downplays 'Swing Vote' Role In Sacramento Return
Denny Walsh @
U. S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy arrived in his native Sacramento Tuesday with education uppermost in his mind.

More Cuts In Services Seen As L.A. Voters Reject Tax Hike
Jessica Garrison @
City officials say even the size of the police force is back on the table as they struggle to balance the budget.

Davis Water Project Moves Ahead; Opponents Vow Fight
Darrell Smith @
Now comes the work. A day after Davis voters passed Measure I enabling the city to pull water from the Sacramento River, leaders will have to move quickly.

More Budget Cuts Planned After L.A. Voters Reject Sales Tax Hike
Shelby Grad @
Southern California -- this just in

Ex GOP Rep. Doug Ose Weighs Challenge To Democrat Ami Bera
Torey Van Oot @
Former Republican Rep. Doug Ose might make another run at returning to Congress by challenging freshman Democratic Rep. Ami Bera in a competitive Sacramento County seat.

Opposition to same-sex marriage increasingly isolated, pollsters say
David Lauter @
With the rapid shift in public opinion toward same-sex marriages, opposition to changing marriage laws increasingly has become limited to a few slices of the electorate, according to an analysis of polling data by leading Republican and Democratic pollsters.

State Legislature: Area Lawmakers Given Gifts, Trips In 2012
Torres reported about $20,000 in gifts and travel, including a $10,811 trip paid for by the American Israel Education Foundation. She also took a $3,455 trip paid for the Korean American Economic Development Corp.

Immigration Activists On Bus Tour Of California Congressional Offices
Patrick McGreevy @
A group of immigrants-rights advocates is on a bus tour of California and is banging the drum -- literally -- for changes in federal law to provide illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

Mixed bag for Michelle Rhee in Tuesday's school board races
Laurel Rosenhall @
Michelle Rhee's biggest foray yet into local politics in California yielded mixed results yesterday as voters in West Sacramento rejected the school board candidate backed by her education advocacy group while voters in Los Angeles handed a victory to one of the three candidates StudentsFirst supported.

Lawmakers try to halt state's retroactive taxes
Twenty years ago, state lawmakers passed a tax break aimed at helping California entrepreneurs launch their own businesses.

Study: More State Gun Laws, Fewer Gun Deaths
By Josh Richman Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 at 10:46 am in gun control.

L.A. Mayoral Foes Zero In On Their Fiscal Images
Michael Finnegan @
Garcetti vows to stand up to union pay demands. Greuel, backed by labor, calls herself a budget watchdog.

More Calif. Sex Offenders Go Missing Under New Law
DON THOMPSON, Associated Press @
The number of paroled sex offenders who are fugitives in California is 15 percent higher today than before Gov. Jerry Brown's sweeping law enforcement realignment law took effect 17 months ago, according to figures released Wednesday by the state corrections department.