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THE NOONER for April 5, 2013
GOV: Abel Maldonado moves toward governor run [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron] - "Moderate California Republican Abel Maldonado took his first formal step Thursday to run against Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, promising a lively 2014 gubernatorial contest pitting "the son of immigrant field workers versus the son of Sacramento." . . . Maldonado's senior strategist, John Weaver, was chief adviser to the 2012 presidential campaign of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and the 2000 presidential campaign of Arizona Sen. John McCain. Fred Davis, creator of the infamous "Demon Sheep" TV ad for Senate candidate Carly Fiorina in 2010, will be Maldonado's media and advertising consultant. . .Maldonado has tapped Vince Harris to direct his bilingual and Internet outreach, as Harris did for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in his 2012 campaign."
Meanwhile, Tim Donnelly is addressing the Libertarian Party at a rally around the time you receive today's Nooner.
CD26: More than a few people speculate that when the candidacy dust settles early next year, Tony Strickland will be running next door in CD25. By declaring for CD26, he doesn't have to wait for a retirement announcement from the 74-year-old, 11-term congressman, and can raise far more money by "running" against Julia Brownley. Others who are on the bench for CD25 include Steve Knight, Cameron Smyth, and Scott Wilk. One would likely run against Strickland, although, there would certainly be a deference game among the three.
SD16: Some folks asked my rationale for predicting a runoff in Rubio's senate seat, since the resources are clearly behind Leticia Perez. Here's my rationale:
In the 2010 primary, which I believe will have had a higher turnout than we see than in this May special, Rubio pulled 52.1% of the overall vote, while two Republicans (Wyman and Thiesen) shared the other 47.9%. So, if we look at a similar turnout model, the question is whether 2 Dems and a P&F can peel off more than 2.1% of the vote from Leticia Perez. Given the regional interests and history of infighting, I think that is exceedingly likely. That said, if that happens, my forecast for the runoff would have Perez as the favorite over Vidak.
AD16: As expected, Dublin mayor Tim Sbranti announced yesterday that he will run for the San Ramon Valley Assembly seat. Also seeking the seat is Steve Glazer, Orinda councilmember and political consultant for Jerry Brown.
LA-LA LAND: Pelosi says electing Greuel will 'lift up' people across U.S. [Seema Mehta @ LAT] - "Speaking in front of large vintage pictures of protesting suffragettes, speaker after speaker returned to the fact that Los Angeles City Hall may not have a single female elected official come July, and to the historic nature of Greuel's run."
A poll being circulated by Tulchin Research, which is not working for a mayoral candidate finds the following:
[n=600, March 28-April 2, landline/cell, MOE +/- 4%]
SANDY EGGO: U-T San Diego Political Ads Don't Add Up [Ryann Grochowski and Amita Sharma @ KPBS]
UNDER THE DOME: AB 1921 (Lowenthal): California bill would require companies to tell you what personal data they're storing or selling [Adi Robertson @ TheVerge]
ARTICULATE, BRIGHT, AND CLEAN: Obama calls Kamala Harris 'best-looking:' Accurate, but sexist? [Robin Abcarian @ LAT] - "Let’s not pretend that physical beauty is not a bonus in politics, particularly for women, who then walk a fine line between wanting to be found attractive and not wanting to be judged on looks."
Wow, nobody really complained when Abraham Lincoln said the same about Frank Pixley.
James Carville: "Based on the pictures, it's probably true."
Buzzfeed prefers the white guys in its gallery of 11 hottest attorney generals.
AURAL PLEASURE: Before leaving for the governor's trip to China, John Myers and Anthony York tickle our ears with a preview.
Here's the governor's schedule for the China trip.
Speaking of trips, John Hrabe and Katy Grimes look into a trip to Cuba last week organized by a nonprofit associated with top lobbyist Darius Anderson and attended by Senator Cathleen Galgiani and Assemblymember Katcho Achadjuan.
YOU KNOW YOU'VE THOUGHT OF THIS ON SOUTHWEST: Travel: Samoa Air introduces 'pay what you weigh' pricing [Fili Sagapolutele and Nick Perry @ AP] - "Samoa Air on Wednesday started pricing its first international flights based on the weight of its passengers and their bags. Depending on the flight, each kilogram (2.2 pounds) costs 93 cents to $1.06. . . That means the average American man weighing 195 pounds with a 35-pound bag would pay $97 to go one-way between Apia, Samoa, and Pago Pago, American Samoa. Competitors typically charge $130 to $140 roundtrip for similar routes."
BRACKET BUSTERS: The demise of West Coast college basketball? [Mark Ziegler @ UTSD]
THIS GIRL IS ON FIRE: High school senior writes scathing letter to Ivy League colleges that denied her [Amy Graff @ SFChron]
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Mark Smith (American Council of Engineering Companies); Saturday: Gus Khouri and Katherine Maestas; Sunday: Jerry Brown.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Gov. Jerry Brown's School Energy Plan Gets Harsh Hearing
Chris Megerian @ latimes.com
Lawmakers strongly criticized Gov. Jerry Brown 's plan to use some new tax money to improve schools' energy efficiency, raising questions about whether the proposal will survive this year's budget negotiations.
Bankruptcy Ruling Not A Clear Win For Stockton, CalPERS
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
At first blush, federal bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein appeared to give Stockton and its legal ally, the California Public Employees' Retirement System, a major victory this week.
Pot, same-sex marriage: poll shifts, different political response
David Lauter @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- The past several years have seen huge shifts in polls on two intensely debated issues -- marijuana legalization and same-sex marriage. On one, the change in opinion has prompted public officials to shift ground en masse; on the other, few have changed their stands.
Obama Calls Kamala Harris 'best-looking Attorney General'
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
President Barack Obama was praising the bona fides of California Attorney General Kamala Harris today when he complimented Harris for something unlikely to show up in her campaign platform.
Pot, Same-sex Marriage: Polls Shift, But What About The Politics?
David Lauter @ latimes.com
Growing public support for same-sex marriage has prompted public officials to shift ground en masse. But few have changed their stands on legalizing marijuana.
Podcast: The Middle Kingdom
John Myers @ news10.net
Gov. Jerry Brown, after more than two years of selling his California vision to California, is all set to take his message international. Destination: China.
Legislators take secret trip to Cuba with Sacramento lobbyist
John Hrabe and Katy Grimes @ calwatchdog.com
At least two California state legislators secretly traveled with SacramentoÃ¢ÂÂs "best connected" lobbyist to Cuba during the legislatureÃ¢ÂÂs spring break.
Obama says Kamala Harris is 'best-looking' attorney general in country
President Barack Obama was praising the bona fides of California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday when he complimented Harris for something unlikely to show up in her campaign platform.
Investment, Environment Top Jerry Brown's China Agenda
Anthony York @ latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown had a clear message for Chinese companies as he prepares for his week-long trip to the Middle Kingdom next week: California wants your money.
President Obama's Kamala Harris 'Compliment' Backfires
Jonathan Allen @ politico.com
Ohioâs Mike DeWine, Alabamaâs Luther Strange and Georgiaâs Sam Olens, eat your hearts out: President Barack Obama thinks Californiaâs Kamala Harris is the belle of the ball among the nationâs top government lawyers.
Police Must Pay $6.5 Million After Killing Man Holding Water Nozzle
Richard Winton and Ruben Vives @ latimes.com
The family of a 35-year-old man who was shot to death by Long Beach police after they mistook a water hose nozzle he was holding for a handgun was awarded $6.5 million in damages by a federal jury Thursday.
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
The Libertarian Party of California, which is holding its convention at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento this weekend, is hosting a rally nearby on the Capitol's west steps today from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with longshot gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, scheduled to speak.
Eric Garcetti Gets Endorsement From Councilman He Calls 'mr. L.A.'
Kate Linthicum @ latimes.com
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti won the endorsement of another City Council colleague on Thursday. At a news conference in Silver Lake, Tom LaBonge said he is supporting Garcetti over City Controller Wendy Greuel because Garcetti has a proven track record of revitalizing neighborhoods.
The Caucus: Nelson Reverses Position on Same-Sex Marriage
EMMARIE HUETTEMAN @ thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com
Senator Bill Nelson of Florida announced that he now supported same-sex marriage, leaving only six Senate Democrats who oppose it.
Obama will propose cuts to entitlement programs in new budget
Christi Parsons and Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON – As part of his new budget, President Obama will propose cutting Social Security, Medicare and other government benefits by lowering the cost-of-living adjustment, putting a key GOP negotiating demand into a formal White House proposal for the first time.
Arena Plans May Help NBA Decide On Kings' Future Home
Ryan Lillis, Dale Kasler and Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
Set aside the talk of billionaire executives and flashy plans to redefine downtowns. The final stretch of the Kings saga will likely come down to which city â Sacramento or Seattle â has the more solid arena plan.
Critics Sue Over UCLA Hotel Plans
Larry Gordon @ latimes.com
Opponents of UCLA's proposed 250-room hotel and conference center on campus have filed a lawsuit that challenges the project's tax exemptions.
Court Orders Energy Crisis Refunds To California
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
California could collect another $1.5 billion in refunds from the energy crisis under a pair of court rulings this week, state officials said Thursday.
President Barack Obama, In Ritzy Atherton, Raises Money, Compliments Kamala Harris
National @ mercurynews.com
President Barack Obama on Thursday made a fundraising visit to one of the nations richest ZIP codes Thursday as he continued to push for immigration reform, gun control and efforts to address climate change.
Democrats Urge Brown To Consider Alternative To Water Project
Michael J. Mishak @ latimes.com
A group of nearly two dozen Democrats is challenging Gov. Jerry Brown 's proposal to build a massive water project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Good News For California Community College Students: More Summer Classes
Katy Murphy @ mercurynews.com
With the passage of Prop. 30, Bay Area schools are restoring some of the summer courses they cut during the state budget crisis.
San Gabriel Councilman-Elect Sues After Being Denied Seat
Frank Shyong @ latimes.com
Chin Ho Liao won enough votes in last month's election, but the incumbent City Council refused to seat him, citing a residency challenge. So he is asking the court to step in.