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THE NOONER for April 17, 2013

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I was tempted to just make this story today's Nooner: In Grisly Image, a Father Sees His Son - Let's give a Nooner nod to all the first responders, volunteers, medical personnel, and, well, everyone except for likely one evil bastard in Boston. Amidst such sadness emerge stories that remind us how we can unite as a community of humans when tragedy strikes.

On to the news . . . BOO-YAH! The LAO reports that the state received $2.704 billion in PIT revenues yesterday. We're still quite unlikely to reach the month's projection of $13.3 billion, but a large shortfall is seeming less likely.


  • LAO (April 16): Month-to-Date Collections and Refunds: $6.019 billion. (45.3% of budgeted projection)
  • Controller (April 15): $3.304 billion  

SIREN:  CalPERS board OKs accounting changes hiking pension costs [Jon Ortiz @ SacBee] - "It's left to employers -- and by extension, taxpayers -- to fill that gap with more money for CalPERS to invest. The policies that the board approved today will force public agencies to kick in more money for at least five years starting in 2015-16 to pay down those long-term debts. For example, CalPERS estimates that pension contributions for state workers and school-district employees who aren't teachers will grow from about $5 billion to $7.5 billion over five years."

CD31: Democrats again creating crowded field in 31st District race [Greg Cappis & Andrew Edwards @ Inland Valley Daily Tribune] - "Danny Tillman, a San Bernardino City Unified School District board member, confirmed Monday he will campaign as a Democrat in the district that stretches from Rancho Cucamonga to Redlands, including parts of the 49-year-old's hometown, San Bernardino."

AD42: The race to succeed Bob Blumenfield, who will vacate his Assembly seat for a Los Angeles City Council seat on July 1, is taking shape. The special will be called after Blumenfield resigns, and will likely take place in September with a November runoff if no candidate receives 50%. Early announcements in the race include:

  • Damian Carroll (D), field director for councilmember Paul Krekorian
  • Andra Hoffman (D), director of governmental relations, Glendale City College
  • Susan Shelley (R), businesswoman and author

Sorry so short...I overslept this morning, missed yoga, and had to cut short my Nooner time. 



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CalPERS Board OKs Accounting Changes Hiking Pension Costs
Jon Ortiz @
Leaders of the California Public Employees' Retirement System voted this afternoon to speed up payments on the fund's long-term liabilities with an accounting change that will trigger higher contributions of up to 50 percent from taxpayer-funded state and local governments and school districts over the next few years.

Second Group Sues To Stop California's Cap And Trade Carbon Auction
Dale Kasler @
A second group filed suit today challenging California's cap and trade carbon auction, calling it a giant tax that wasn't properly approved by the Legislature.

Jerry Brown To Comply With Prison Order If Appeals Fail
David Siders @
SHENZHEN, China - Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday his administration will prepare to release as many as 10,000 state prisoners if the state is unable to get out from under a court order demanding it reduce California's prison population.

Dan Walters: L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa challenges on schools
Antonio Villaraigosa worked for Los Angeles' teachers union for eight years before embarking on a political career that took him to the Legislature, to the speakership of the state Assembly and then, eight years ago, to the Los Angeles mayor's office.

Villaraigosa Drops Romney's Name, Wants 'Friends To Be Bolder'
Torey Van Oot @
When it came to fielding a question Tuesday on whether he's going to endorse someone to succeed him as Los Angeles mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa dropped a name that surprised many attending his lunch address at the Sacramento Press Club.

Jerry Brown Ends China Trip At Ease With Diplomacy, His Role Abroad - Capitol And California - The Sacramento Bee
A Chinese, left, and an American flag frame California Gov. Jerry Brown as he attends a meeting with Wang Chuanfu, founder and chairman of Chinese automaker BYD Co., during a visit at the company's headquarters in China's southern city of Shenzhen, Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

Jerry Brown Caps China Trip With Factory Deal
Anthony York @
SHENZHEN -- On the last day of his China trip, Gov. Jerry Brown , visiting the headquarters of an electric car and bus manufacturer in Shenzhen, announced that the company would open a bus factory in Lancaster, the first Chinese-owned vehicle plant on American soil.

Court Upholds Legality Of Caltrans Program For Women And Minorities - Capitol And California - The Sacramento Bee
A federal appellate court held Tuesday that Caltrans' Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program passes constitutional muster because there is strong "evidence of discrimination within the California transportation contracting industry" and the program is "narrowly tailored to benefit only those groups that actually suffered discrimination."

A Big Day In A Big Month For California Taxes
Chris Megerian @
SACRAMENTO -- California is primed for a strong month for tax revenue after the Legislature's top budget advisor said Tuesday was among the biggest days for tax collection in state history.

Bill Targets Fracking Industry's Water Use - Santa Cruz Sentinel
Local @
Proposed by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, the bill would require companies to disclose the source and amounts of water used in production, including fracking. It also demands they get approval from state water regulators on how the water would be disposed.

Villaraigosa Urges State Lawmakers To Approve Gun Controls
Patrick McGreevy @
As California lawmakers began to consider gun control measures, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa urged them to take "dramatic and heroic" action.

Ca Assembly Committee OKs Bill Setting Up Statewide Bail Guide
Melody Gutierrez @
A bill establishing a statewide guide for bail amounts passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday with a bipartisan 6-0 vote.

Senate Immigration Bill Looks Promising Despite Some Unease
Lisa Mascaro and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau @
Republicans mostly refrain from attacking the Senate immigration bill. President Obama urges senators to act quickly.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation gives hundreds of meningitis vaccines
Anna Gorman @
AIDS Healthcare Foundation gives hundreds of free meningitis vaccinations after the death of West Hollywood lawyer who contracted the disease.

Another Suspicious Envelope, Package Found At Senate Offices
Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli @
A suspicious envelope was found in one Senate office building, and a suspicious package in another Wednesday, just a day after a letter was found with ricin.

Mike Honda Girding For Primary Challenge
Alex Isenstadt @
California Rep. Mike Honda isn’t what you’d call a political brawler. On Capitol Hill, the 71-year-old Democrat is known as a genial, grandfatherly figure. Every two years, he manages to win reelection by landslide margins, usually against obscure opponents.

CalPERS Panel Approves Rate Hike On Split Vote | Calpensions
A CalPERS committee yesterday approved raising employer rates roughly 50 percent over the next seven years, replacing actuarial methods that kept rates low during the recession with a new goal of full funding in 30 years.

Bipartisan group reveals immigration reform bill
Brian Bennett @
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill to overhaul immigration laws and provide a path to legal status for an estimated 11 million people who over stayed their visas or illegally entered the United States, Senate aides said.

State Senate Panel Approves Package Of Gun Control Bills
Patrick McGreevy @
SACRAMENTO -- A package of some of the most restrictive gun control measures in the nation advanced in the state Senate on Tuesday after tearful testimony from victims of firearms violence and opposition from gun-owner groups including the National Rifle Assn.