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THE NOONER for March 12, 2013

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I'm still internet compromised, so I'll be short today. Back to civilization this afternoon . . .

It's election day, not just in Vatican City, but also in SD32 and SD40.

When the white smoke emerges, Assemblymember Ben Hueso is expected to easily exceed 50% of the vote in San Diego-based SD40 and move from the green to red carpet.

In SD32, things aren't so clear. Assemblymember Norma Torres is clearly the front-runner with the Democratic Party's endorsement and a significant fundraising advantage, but there will almost certainly be a runoff. The larger question is who will join her in the likely runoff--Republican Ontario mayor Paul Leon or San Bernardino Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector Larry Walker

A few reads:

  • Sunlight Foundation gives California a D for the "openness" of state legislative information.
  • Sunlight can give an F to the UC Riverside student government, which privately voted on controversial measures including a 65% increase in their own stipends. The government declared the outcome and then shredded the ballots. ASUCR, Leland Yee is holding on line 1...
  • UC student fee covers past required refunds [Nanette Asimov @ SFChron] - Great story about how current students are paying a surcharge fee because past students won a lawsuit about an illegal fee increase. Oh, and the governor has said he's going to sit through the UC Regents meeting tomorrow and Thursday.
  • Former Assemblymember Warren Furutani lands a spot on the LA Board of Public Works, a $127,000 gig.
  • Don't mess with Ponch and John: 4 arrested for So. Calif. motorcycle freeway stunt


YESTERDAY'S QUESTION: Which cities have served as capital of California?

YESTERDAY'S ANSWER: Monterey was the site of the constitutional convention. The following cities have served as the capital:

  • San Jose 1849
  • Vallejo 1852
  • Benicia 1852
  • Sacramento 1854
  • San Francisco 1862 (temporary during flood of Sacramento)
  • Sacramento 1869




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Districts Struggle With Governor's Adult Education Proposal
Susan Frey @
Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal to give the state’s community colleges $300 million to run adult education is leaving K-12 districts in a quandary. Should they assume Brown’s idea will become law, plan to close their adult schools and hope that their local community college will be able to pick up those programs? Should they plan to keep their adult school open for one more year to help make a smooth transition? Or should they continue to use what has historically been dedicated adult school funding, but has shifted into K-12 districts’ general funds, to support their own adult school?

Oakland Attorney Eric Casher Named To State Watchdog Panel
Torey Van Oot @
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has named Oakland attorney Eric Casher to a vacant spot on the state's Fair Political Practices Commission.

Dianne Feinstein Presses Crusade On Guns: 'I Don't Intend To Stop'
Curtis Tate @
Sen. Dianne Feinstein's long pursuit of stricter gun laws began more than three decades ago on a day of bullets and bloodshed in San Francisco.

Gov. Jerry Brown's Gifts Not As Expensive, Exotic As Governor Schwarzenegger's
Steven Harmon @
Compared to the torrent of gifts that cascaded into former Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggers office and famously muscle-bound arms, Jerry Brown took in a somewhat meager haul last year. Schwarzenegger routinely received $15,000 in gifts annually; Browns gifts were valued at $2,545.

Longtime Democratic Political Aide Appointed To FPPC
Torey Van Oot @
A longtime aide to Democratic politicians has been added to the state panel tasked with enforcing California's campaign and political conflict-of-interest laws.

State Revenues More Than $4 Billion Ahead Of Projections
Anthony York @
The state’s tax revenue is outpacing earlier projections by about $4.5 billion over the last eight months, according to new figures from the State Controller’s office.

New appointees to California's campaign watchdog panel FPPC have political ties
Torey Van Oot @
The commission tasked with enforcing California's political and campaign finance laws got two new members Monday: a longtime aide to Democratic politicians and an attorney who solicited large donations for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

Southern California State Legislators Take Sides In Mayor's Race
Anthony York @
With the field in the Los Angeles mayor’s race now whittled down to two, more state legislators from Southern California are taking sides.

California campaign pushes health care for undocumented immigrants
Jim Sanders @
A television advertising campaign was launched in Sacramento, Los Angeles and the Bay Area this week to include undocumented immigrants in California's coming health-care reform.

Seattle Takes Page From Sacramento Playbook On PR Campaign For Kings
Ryan Lillis @
Seattle is revving up its own public campaign to show its strength as an NBA market.

State revenue keeps pace in February, controller reports
David Siders @
State tax revenue kept pace with budget estimates last month, with strong sales and corporate tax receipts offsetting a shortfall in personal income taxes, according to a report today by the State Controller's Office.

Parents Of Prescription Overdose Victims Plead With Legislators
Lisa Girion and Scott Glover @
Lawmakers want the medical board to use a state database to identify doctors who prescribe drugs recklessly.

Kevin James Isn't Ready To Endorse Either Eric Garcetti Or Wendy Greuel In L.A. Mayor's Race
Dakota Smith @
A week after the mayoral primary election, third-place finisher Kevin James has yet to decide who he will endorse in the runoff, and said Monday many of his voters are not happy about either of the two remaining candidates.

State agency issues complaints against San Jose over pension talks
John Woolfolk @
The California Public Employment Relations Board has issued complaints against San Jose for its negotiations with its unions over pension reform. Now an administrative law judge will review the city union charges of unfair practices in bargaining that preceded San Jose putting the pension reform Measure B on the ballot, where it was approved by nearly 70 percent of city voters last June.

Gov. Jerry Brown says federal prison oversight a waste of money
On the eve of a showdown in federal court over the future of California's prisons, Gov. Jerry Brown is speaking out at length about his view that the state is being forced to waste millions of tax dollars on federal oversight that is no longer necessary.

Garcetti Garners Endorsement Of Art Torres
Catherine Saillant @
Comparing Eric Garcetti to President Obama, former California Democratic Party chairman and state Sen. Art Torres on Monday endorsed Garcetti for mayor of Los Angeles.

8 Washington May Hurt Sewers, Papers Say - Sfgate
A politically freighted luxury condominium project near San Francisco's Ferry Building could threaten the city's sewer system - both during construction and in the event of a major earthquake - if built as currently planned, city documents show. The 8 Washington project - which would replace a Port of San Francisco-owned parking lot and a private health club with a 12-story condominium building, rebuilt health club, underground parking garage and other features - would come within 6 feet of a pressurized sewer pipeline and other sewer infrastructure that serve North Beach, the Marina, the Financial District and Chinatown, according to city documents. Warning of liabilityAfter construction, the project "may also adversely affect the existing SFPUC facilities due to the seismic response of the completed building," and "there may be increased liability for the SFPUC due to an unforeseen force main rupture since the completed building is in very close proximity," Bergeson wrote. The developer, San Francisco Waterfront Partners, and PUC officials say they are keenly aware of the risks and will draft a separate, binding agreement governing construction to protect the city's assets, even as legislation that will, among other things, give the developer rights to the utility's sewer easement goes before the Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday. While Carlin didn't return a call seeking comment, Jue, the PUC's spokesman, said there was no need to wait for Bergeson's report because the environmental review already included language saying that the easement transfer was conditioned on a future written agreement with the developer giving the city approval of the project plans and construction methods, and setting conditions "to avoid adverse impacts."

State Supreme Court: Special Ed Litigation Costs Are Public - Voice Of Oc | Orange County's Nonprofit Investigative News Agency: Health News
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Editorial: California lawmakers tap rich loophole in campaign finance law
Surprise, surprise. California lawmakers are increasingly exploiting a legal loophole to skirt campaign finance limits. Does this have a familiar ring?

Water Wars Resume With Delta Tunnels, Bond Revamp
John Myers @
2013 may not be a year of major changes in California's long running saga over its water supply, but it is poised to be a year where some big decisions are made.

Survey: Kaiser Tops In Customer Satisfaction For Health Insurance
Chad Terhune @
For the sixth consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente ranked highest in customer satisfaction for health insurance among California policyholders, according to ratings firm J.D. Power and Associates.