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THE NOONER for March 26, 2013

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Good morning. It's election day in Sandy Eggo, where voters in the 4th district will choose a councilmember today. Oh, and, there was some litttle case before the Supreme Court today that had some folks interested. My conservative friends just want the issue behind them.

We'll be quick, as I am on a vacation day today.

From SCOTUSBlog:

  • Arguments done. #scotus won’t uphold or strike down #prop8 bc Kennedy thinks it is too soon to rule on #ssm. #prop8 will stay invalidated.
  • There are not 5 votes to strike down #prop8 and recognize equal right to #ssm at this time
  • Breaking: key vote Kennedy VERY uncomfortable striking down #prop8. Suggests dismissing case. Would leave in place 9th Cir pro-#ssm ruling.
  • Breaking: 1st update- #prop8 unlikely to be upheld; either struck down or #scotus won’t decide case. More in 30 mins.

and then a full update.

The Justices seem divided on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 on ideological lines, four to four – i.e., all the members other than Justice Kennedy. For the more liberal members of the Court, there was no clarity on how broadly they would rule.

But Justice Kennedy seemed very unlikely to provide either side with the fifth vote needed to prevail. He was deeply concerned with the wisdom of acting now when in his view the social science of the effects of same-sex marriage is uncertain because it is so new. He also noted the doubts about the petitioners' standing. So his suggestion was that the case should be dismissed.

. . . The upshot of either scenario is a modest step forward for gay rights advocates, but not a dramatic one. The Court would stay its hand for some time for society to develop its views further. But combined with a potentially significant ruling in the DOMA case being argued tomorrow, the Term will likely nonetheless end up as very significant to gay rights.

Here is the text and audio of the oral argument so you can decide for yourself.

LA-LA LAND: Wendy Greuel picked up the endorsement of William Jefferson Clinton

SOUTH LA-LA LAND: The racial dynamics in the CD9 runoff between Curren Price and Ana Cubas

This is fascinating. As I disclosed before, I donated to Ana, who is a friend from her days at the LAO. But, the Latinization of the southern parts of Los Angeles and the implementation of district elections in cities like Compton will provide a bigger Latino bench and more competition to the traditional African-American political machines. Political leaders from both "sides" should start working together to avoid wasting a bunch of money and energy beating up each other.

VR: Posting the update the latest in at least 10 years, the beleaguered Secretary of State's office released the February 10 off-year voter registration report yesterday. I need a few minutes to manually process the Excel workshets to import then to AroundTheCapitol.

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS: Alameda County is not in CalPERS, but rather has its own retirement system.




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California Mayors Urge Supreme Court To Overturn Prop. 8
David Siders @
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments on California's same-sex marriage ban Tuesday, mayors of 25 California cities are urging the court to find the measure, Proposition 8, unconstitutional.

Supreme Court Leery Of Finding Broad Right To Marriage In Prop. 8 Case
Wyatt Buchanan, Michael Collier, Richard Dunham, Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Marisa Lagos, Carolyn Lochhead, Carla Marinucci, @
Supreme Court leery of finding broad right to marriage in Prop. 8 case

California Education Department Clarifies Ban On School Fees And On Required Supplies
Local @
Spelling out a state law that prohibits public schools from charging fees for supplies and activities, the California Department of Education has issued a memo detailing what students and families can and can’t be required to pay or provide for school.

Supreme Court, Enigmatic As Ever, Weighs Gay Marriage Ban - Lead Story - The Sacramento Bee
Gail Schulte, of Alexandria, Virginia, gathers with other demonstrators as arguments are heard on California's Proposition 8 concerning gay marriage, outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington

Lockyer Widens Request For Legal Opinion On School Bond Campaigns
Dan Weikel @
California Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Monday expanded his request for a legal opinion to determine if some local education officials and the financial underwriters they hire are violating state law by campaigning for school bond measures.

Spectators file into Supreme Court for historic Prop. 8 arguments
Brian Bennett @
WASHINGTON – The rowdy crowd in front of the Supreme Court overflowed into the street as the last spectators filed in Monday morning to hear the arguments over California’s Proposition 8, the initiative that banned same-sex marriage.

Margaret A. Bangs: Will of the voters is disdained when elected officials ignore their duty to defend laws
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today on Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure passed by more than 7 million California voters that engraves the traditional definition of marriage in the state constitution.

Government Spent Nearly $3.7m On Ex-presidents In 2012
Associated Press @
The federal government spent the most on the 43rd president, George W. Bush. | AP Photos

Dan Walters: Stockton Bankruptcy Trial Has Big Stakes - Dan Walters - The Sacramento Bee
Downtown Stockton on Thursday, March 14, 2013. The theater hosts concerts and regular "classic movie" nights.

Health Law Could Boost Use Of Temp Workers
The health-care law could prove to be a boon for temporary-staffing companies as employers outsource jobs to sidestep complex requirements for medical insurance.

Proposition 8: U.S. Supreme Court Divided About Upholding California's Gay Marriage Ban
Local @
Justices questions reveal reluctance for sweeping ruling but hint at concern over Californias issues.

On gay marriage, change in public opinion has been big, and rapid
Paul West and David Lauter @
WASHINGTON -- In the nearly four and a half years since California voters approved Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriages in the state, public attitudes on the subject have gone through a remarkably rapid transformation.

Percentage Of Independent California Voters Inches Upward
David Siders @
The proportion of Californians eschewing party politics continued to gradually increase over the past two years, with nearly 21 percent of the electorate now registered to vote with no party preference, according to a report today by the California secretary of state.

Budget Cuts Create Unprecedented Stress On Community Colleges | Edsource Today
A decline of 24 percent in per-student funding over five years has led to a record decline in access to community colleges and has jeopardized the services to those students who are enrolled, an extensive study by the Public Policy Institute of California concluded.

Supreme Court Justices Conflicted On Gay Marriage Case
A cautious and conflicted Supreme Court on Tuesday took up for the first time a detailed examination of same-sex marriage, and justices wondered openly about whether it was time for the court to render a judgment.

Feminist Clinic Fights To Be Included In Health Care Reform
Heather @
Leah Bartos California Health Report

Fourth 'whale' Investor Surfaces In Sacramento's Kings Bid - Kings/nba - The Sacramento Bee
An artist's rendering shows the arena – the oval-shaped structure at center – proposed for Downtown Plaza. The blue buildings at left are towers envisioned on J Street.

Bill Clinton Endorses Wendy Greuel In Mayor's Race
Seema Mehta @
Wendy Greuel 'has personified good, honest and effective government,' Bill Clinton says in announcing his support of the city controller.

Value Of Land Gift Likely To Rise If Sacramento Arena Is Built, Experts Say - Kings/nba - The Sacramento Bee
An artist's rendering shows the arena – the oval-shaped structure at center – proposed for Downtown Plaza. The blue buildings at left are towers envisioned on J Street.

Justices wary of sweeping vote on gay marriage
Jennifer Epstein and Josh Gerstein @
Tuesday's hearing is on Proposition 8, a case challenging California's ban on gay marriage.