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THE NOONER for April 19, 2013

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Happy Friday! As you don those jeans today, don't forget to throw them in the laundry this weekend and wear them next Wednesday, April 24, which is the Capitol's annual Denim Day, which is an opportunity to wear jeans as a reminder that there is never an invitation or excuse to commit rape. The event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. For more information, please contact Sofia Andrade in Senator Evans’ office at

No jeans for me today, as I have three board meetings--9am to 9pm. 


  • LAO (April 18): Month-to-Date Collections and Refunds: $10.113 billion. (76.0% of budgeted projection for the month)
  • Controller (April 17): $8.8 billion  

The Legislative Analyst's Office reports:

As Expected, Income Tax Collections Slow After the Last Two Blockbuster Days.After two consecutive days of Franchise Tax Board (FTB) personal income tax (PIT) collections of over $2.6 billion, FTB PIT collections slowed today to a still healthy $1.4 billion. PIT refund activity also grew. With month-to-date PIT collections, net of refunds, now over $10 billion, California has surpassed the $8.5 billion total for the month that was necessary to remain on track with the administration's most recent revenue estimates. It is difficult to predict what will occur between now and April 30, but, based on recent years' results, collection of another $2 billion or so in PIT revenue during the rest of the month seems quite possible. 

LAO revenue guru Jason Sisney e-mails "Over the last eight FTB collection days last April, the state collected an average of $413.680 million per day of PIT. We essentially need an average like that to hit the month's personal income tax revenue of $13.3 billion, but remember that it's all above-budget gravy at this point, unless revenues fall off a cliff in May and June (very unlikely).


AD45 (West San Fernando Valley) - special election to replace Bob Bumenfield

  • Damian Carroll (D), field director for councilmember Paul Krekorian
  • Matt Dababneh (D), advisor, Congressman Brad Sherman
  • Jeff Ebenstein (D), deputy for councilmember Paul Koretz
  • Fred Gaines (D), councilmember, Calabasas
  • Andra Hoffman (D), director of governmental relations and faculty member, Glendale City College
  • Susan Shelley (R), businesswoman and author

AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers, Anthony York, and David Siders are back on American soil, and share this unedited audio discussion with the governor from their trip to China as this week's Capitol Connection podcast.

BEHIND THE PAYWALL: Online voter registration wields big impact [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "When California rolled out online voter registration in September, political experts doubted those new registrants would vote in significant numbers. But they voted like crazy – 83 percent of the 817,000 online registrants voted, far better than the overall turnout of 73 percent. They accounted for 5 percent of all ballots cast."

OUTSOURCING: UC admits more out-of-state students [Lauren Rosenhall @ SacBee] - "University of California campuses admitted a record high number of students for this fall, data released today show, including fewer in-state residents than last year and more students from other states and countries."

Here's a story that backs up what I just anecdotally stated yesterday: Bay Area home prices soar in buyer bidding wars [Pete Carey @ MercNews]

Have a great weekend!



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  • Join Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Councilman Steve Hansen, Supervisor Phil Serna, the Rev. Faith Whitmore and Dr. Claire Pomeroy as they are honored as recipients of Four Freedoms Awards at the Sacramento Stonewall Democrats' 9th Annual Gala, Wednesday, May 15 at the Red Lion Hotel Woodlake Conference Center, Sacramento. Purchase tickets @



School Chiefs Offer Mixed Reviews Of Budget Plan
Michael Gardner @
A trio of San Diego County school superintendents testified before a special Senate subcommittee Thursday, offering divergent views on Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to overhaul state funding formulas for K-12 education.

Assembly Votes To Direct Brown To Get Engaged In Bid For Drone Test Site
Timm Herdt @
The state Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to direct Gov. Jerry Brown to attempt to consolidate two California efforts, including one led by Ventura County, to become one of the nation’s six test sites for the development of unmanned aerial vehicles.

UC Davis Accepts More Foreign, Out-of-state Freshmen - Education - The Sacramento Bee
Siraphat Taesuwan, a fourth-year student from Thailand, works on a project.Out-of-state students pay about $23,000 per year more in tuition and fees than Californians.

California Lawmakers Call For Expansion Of Yosemite National Park
Patrick McGreevy @
California lawmakers support a proposal to expand Yosemite National Park by 1,600 acres, restoring land stripped of its protection by Congress in 1906.

Settlement Reached In Calif. Bullet Train Lawsuit
Juliet Williams @
The California agency overseeing the state's effort to build the nation's first high-speed rail line received a boost Thursday when a judge approved a settlement in a major lawsuit that sought to block the project. However, the rail authority also faced a setback that could delay work and add to the project's soaring costs.

Editorial: PUC culture change should start at the top
Assembly members blasted Paul Clanon, executive director of the California Public Utilities Commission, on Wednesday for tolerating a cozy relationship with utilities while ignoring safety. Lawmakers' anger is clearly justified, but their aim this week was too narrow. Commission President Michael Peevey and the governor deserve to share in the shellacking, as does the Legislature itself.

Unveiling Immigration Bill, Senators Seek Distance From Guns
s new immigration proposal say it differs in many respects from the gun safety legislation defeated this week, despite surface similarities.

California Leads U.S. In Solar-related Jobs - Business - The Sacramento Bee
California ranks first in the United States with 43,700 solar energy-related jobs, or nearly 37 percent of the national total, according to a new report by the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit solar research and education organization.

Fears of terrorism threaten immigration bill
Lisa Mascaro @
WASHINGTON -- A top Republican senator, citing the Boston bombings, warned Friday against rushing ahead with a reform of the country's immigration laws, as concerns about terrorism appeared to revive conservative opposition to the proposal.

Does U.S. Senate's votes against gun control help or hinder California bills?
Josh Richman @
Like the four senators who opposed the bipartisan federal background-check amendment this week, some California lawmakers in swing districts might balk at controversial votes.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein defeated on assault weapons, but not done with gun control push
Sen. Dianne Feinstein had a lot of support in her push to renew a federal ban on assault weapons, including from law enforcement officials, hundreds of mayors and President Barack Obama.

Senate OKs mental health amendment
Paige Winfield Cunningham @
The vote comes a day after the Senate rejected broader background checks on gun purchases

Passing 2 Measures, Senate Winds Down Gun Debate
The Senate passed amendments on mental health care and penalties for divulging data on gun owners, but any effort to resuscitate the overall legislation seemed distant.

Va.: Gay marriage ground zero?
Paul Goldman and Mark J. Rozell @
Opinion: Debate could be stirred by a candidate who says there is a right to same-sex marriage.

Senator Says Boston Bombing Should Be Factor in Immigration Debate
Senator Charles E. Grassley said, “Given the events of this week, it’s important for us to understand the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system.”    

Senators dispute Boston tie to immigration bill
A Republican senator said Friday the bombings in Boston raise questions about gaps in the U.S. immigration system, but a Democratic senator rejected such a connection and cautioned against conflating the Boston events with a new immigration bill.

Effort To Save State's Unemployment Insurance Program Is Underway
Marc Lifsher @
The system, which helps 525,000 jobless Californians, is more than $10 billion in the red. A fix would involve raising employer costs, cutting benefits or both.

PODCAST: Boston bombings, gun control
Alexander Trowbridge @
POLITICO's Rachel Smolkin, Dan Berman and James Hohmann join host Alexander Trowbridge for a discussion on Boston Marathon bombing aftermath, the failed gun vote in the Senate and immigration road ahead in Congress.

The Buzz: First-term California lawmaker gets hazed over 'Cujo's Law'
It's a tradition in the Assembly to haze new members the first time they introduce a bill on the floor. Lawmakers ask embarrassing questions, stage fake debates and play parliamentary games only a government geek could enjoy.

San Mateo County discovers 65 uncounted ballots from fall election inside a vault
Bonnie Eslinger @
More than five months after the Nov. 6 election, 65 uncounted ballots were found last week inside a vault, Chief Elections Officer Mark Church announced Thursday.