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THE NOONER for March 27, 2013

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SANDY EGGO: Cole, Crenshaw to meet in runoff [Craig Gustafson @ UTSD] "Labor advocate Myrtle Cole and LGBT leader Dwayne Crenshaw are headed for a runoff for the vacant District 4 City Council seat after topping a crowded field in Tuesday’s special election. . . .They're vying to succeed Tony Young as the representative for the neighborhoods of southeastern San Diego. Young resigned Jan. 1 to head the local American Red Cross. . . .Cole dominated Tuesday results by more than doubling the vote total of her closest rival, Crenshaw, with most ballots tallied late Tuesday. She had 33.9 percent while Crenshaw had 15.3 percent."

SD16: Candidate for Rubio's Senate seat will have to move to stay in race - "The race for the seat of former state Sen. Michael Rubio took a twist Monday when Kern County elections officials told Bakersfield Democrat Leticia Perez that she couldn't compete because she didn't live in the district."

AD80: The special election to fill Ben Hueso's seat will be May 21, with a July 30 runoff if no candidate receives 50%.

LA-LA LAND: Mike Feuer's campaign for the city attorney runoff is out with a poll today showing Feuer with 44%, Carmen Trutanich with 28%, and undecideds at 28%.

How the Maker of TurboTax Fought Free, Simple Tax Filing [ProPublica]

$$$: California watches as small city goes after Calpers [Tim Reid @ Reuters] - ""We can't afford to keep paying Calpers at the current rates - and we can't afford to get out,' said Bill Kampe, Pacific Grove's mayor. 'Fundamentally, we want to pay less to Calpers.' . . . On top of the $1.5 million payment last year, Pacific Grove also had to come up with $1.65 million to finance a $19 million pension obligation bond that the city issued in 2004. That bond money was paid to Calpers the same year. Last year's total pension-related payments of $3.15 million were about 20 percent of the annual city budget of $15.6 million."

KCET looks into the finances of Compton on SoCal Connected tonight, and similarities to Bell are being drawn.

PROP 8: Transcript and audio [LAT]

And, we close out the two days of SCOTUS hearings with a little Erasure...





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Jerry Brown Touts Clean Tech, But CalPERS Sees It As A Loser
Dan Walters @
Gov. Jerry Brown and other California political figures, especially Democrats, have frequently touted "clean tech" as the key ingredient in the state's economic future.

Prop. 8: Ronald George Thinks Calif. Voters Would OK Gay Marriage
Maura Dolan @
Ronald M. George, the California Chief Justice who wrote the historic 2008 ruling that gave same-sex couples the right to marry, is now retired. He was on a conference call Tuesday morning about efforts to reform California's initiative process and did not know how the arguments had gone until noon.

Supreme Court Unlikely To Be Bold In Prop. 8 Case
Dan Walters @
Morally and logically, there's no reason that same-sex couples should be denied the right to marry and thus hold the same privileges and responsibilities of other married couples.

Prop. 8: Gavin Newsom Proud Of Helping Start Gay Marriage Case
Maura Dolan @
Rep. Nancy Pelosi got Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom -- the former San Francisco mayor whose actions launched the litigation -- a seat in the courtroom Tuesday.

Prop. 8 Debate Echoes In Local Churches
Justices are reviewing the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, a law passed by a majority of Californians to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Court to consider Calif. prison mental health care
A federal judge is set to hear arguments Wednesday about Gov. Jerry Brown's push to regain state control of inmate mental health care after 18 years of federal oversight and billions of dollars spent to improve treatment.

Senate Hopeful Has Same Residency Issue As Ex-sen. Rubio
Torey Van Oot @
Senate Democrats' pick to replace former state Sen. Michael Rubio in a Central Valley district is on the move -- literally.

Gay Marriage In The U.S. Supreme Court: Federal Law Denying Benefits To Gay Couples On Shaky Ground
Local @
Court again struggles over gay marriage issue, raising possibility justices may not even decide the legality of federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Prop. 8: Gay And Lesbian Families Say They Feel Part Of History
Jessica Garrison @
A longtime same sex couple reflects on the gay marriage Proposition 8 fight before the Supreme Court.

Court considers Calif. prison mental health care
A federal judge in Sacramento is set to hear arguments over Gov. Jerry Brown's push to regain state control of inmate mental health care after 18 years of federal oversight.

Prop. 8 in court: Same-sex marriage examined in key exchanges between justices, attorneys
Howard Mintz @
Supreme Court justices probe California law's effect, history in test of same-sex marriage ban constitutionality

Insurers Eager To Maintain Authority Over Healthcare Premiums
Michael Hiltzik @
A 2014 initiative would let the insurance commissioner reject health premium hikes deemed excessive. Insurers have begun their campaign against it in earnest.

Online Registration Grabs Low-, Mid-income Voters
Josh Richman @
The new online voter registration system that California launched last fall isn’t just getting more people registered – it’s getting different people registered.

Taking A Crack At California's Education System
Michael J. Mishak and Howard Blume @
Michelle Rhee is known for her tough leadership of Washington, D.C., schools. Now she's in Sacramento, taking on this state's system — and its teachers unions.

Supreme Court gay marriage debate prompts lawmakers to state support
WASHINGTON – Six Democratic senators have announced their support for same-sex marriage in nearly as many days, policy reversals that reflect the changing politics of the issue as the Supreme Court hears arguments in potential landmark cases.

On The Second Day, Supreme Court Considers DOMA
Robert Barnes @
The Supreme Court on Wednesday continues its examination of same-sex marriage, this time considering whether Congress may withhold federal benefits from legally wed gay couples by defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

Gay marriage debate day 2: Supreme Court takes on Defense of Marriage law
A clearly divided Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled with the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law that prohibits same-sex married couples from obtaining myriad federal benefits.

Special election set for Assembly District 80
Jeremy B. White @
Gov. Jerry Brown has announced special election dates for the 80th Assembly District seat Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, vacated earlier this month.

Before considering marriage law, justices ponder procedural puzzles
David Lauter @
WASHINGTON -- Today’s arguments underway before the Supreme Court could give the justices an opportunity to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act – the law that denies federal benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married.