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THE NOONER for April 23, 2013

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Reminder: tomorrow is Denim Day...wear your jeans to make a statement that clothing is never an invitation for rape.

BAD NEIGHBOR: San Francisco is jumping into the fray on the Nevada patient-dumping story. Nevada last year also pulled out of the "good neighbor" resident college tuition reciprocity agreement with California, and has threatened pulling out of of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Our state has better relationships with China and Mexico...perhaps we can send Gavin Newsom to Carson City?

MISPRINT: It appears that Ted Gaines is eyeing a run against Ami Bera in CD07, not Matsui in CD06, as identified in the Record Searchlight article.

SD16: The Democratic Party adds to its investment in Leticia Perez, adding $130,000 to the $300,000 provided a couple of weeks ago.

AD03: Sutter County supe James Gallagher joins the race to succeed Dan Logue, as expected.

AD14: Dublin mayor Tim Sbranti is racking up the endorsements in the race to succeed Joan Buchanan in the San Ramon Valley Assembly seat. The other major candidate in the race is Steve Glazer, political consultant to Jerry Brown and Orinda councilmember.

AD45: The AD45 (West San Fernando Valley) field for the special election continues to expand:

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

AD62: In more signs that a return to the Assembly won't be a walk for Betsy Butler, Lawndale councilmember Robert Pullen-Miles is considering jumping in.


  • LAO (April 22): Month-to-Date Collections and Refunds: $10.870 billion. (81.7% of budgeted projection for the month)
  • Controller (April 19): $10.02 billion  

LAO writes: 

Daily tax collections have slowed in recent days, now that the April 15 filing deadline has passed. It is difficult to predict precisely what will happen in terms of PIT collections between now and April 30, but our best estimate now is that the state will collect slightly over $1 billion more in PIT revenue this month. If that occurs, the state would end April with PIT collections for the fiscal year to date, as of that time, around $3.5 billion ahead of the administration’s estimates.

California Democrats Stronger Than Ever [Steven Maviglio @ Fox and Hounds]

CA Dems’ mega weapon: Shawnda Westly [John Hrabe @ CalWatchdog]

WIN FOR FEARING: Laguna chef stops serving foie gras [Nancy Luna @ OCR] - "Facing legal threats from a national animal rights group, Laguna Beach chef Amar Santana said he is "no longer serving foie gras" in his restaurant. His decision comes nearly three weeks after the Register revealed that Santana and two other Orange County chefs were cooking fattened duck liver in their restaurants. Santana went public, stating he was serving foie gras for free with the purchase of a $55 glass of Sauternes."

ARE WE BACK? The UC Center and the Robert T. Matsui Center (part of UC Berkeley's Center for Intergovernmental Studies) is holding a panel discussion this Friday, April 26 on California's economy, which I really wish I was in town for. If you're interested, RSVP at



Los Angeles County is more than a $25 billion budget and 101,000 employees serving 10 million residents. It's the place where the longest-serving employee just celebrated her 61st year on the job, an underwater robot helps patrol the nation's busiest port complex, and traffic jams are a cause for celebration when a 340-ton boulder comes to town.

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  • Common Cause FREE Screening & Panel Discussion - Bill Moyer's "The United States of ALEC" Crest Theatre May 1st RSVP
  • 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 @



Newsom Busy; Artichokes, Avocados Elevated In Jerry Brown's Absence
Anthony York @
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, acting governor while Gov. Jerry Brown was in China, deputizes artichoke and avocado as California¿s official vegetable and fruit.

Everything You Need To Know About The Senate's Online Sales-Tax Bill
Ezra Klein @
This week, the Senate is considering a bill that would give states the ability to require large Internet retailers like Amazon to collect sales taxes on all purchases and send the revenue to the appropriate locality. The bill could raise as much as $11 billion in uncollected taxes.

California Could End April $3.5 Billion Ahead Of Expectations
John Myers @
California's tax revenues began 2013 stronger than expected and will end the all-important month of April some $3.5 billion ahead of Gov. Jerry Brown's assumptions.

Four Senators Who Could Derail The Immigration Deal
Meredith Shiner @
With one hearing down, another in full swing Monday and one more to go, the Senate Judiciary Committee is the first crucible for a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill. And in that cauldron will be the heat-bringing Republicans who likely will do everything in their power to stop the legislation from passing, trying to puncture holes in a delicate agreement forged by a bipartisan group of eight senators.

California Drug Criminals Now Half As Likely To Serve Time In State Prison
Phillip Reese @
California has cut the number of prisoners in state facilities for drug convictions in half during the last two years, diverting thousands to local jails, new state figures show.

Villaraigosa Seeks To Restore Services, Kill Raise For City Workers
David Zahniser @
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled a $7.7-billion budget Monday that begins to restore funding for tree trimming, sidewalk repairs and other services, offering the most positive financial news for residents since the city was engulfed in a budget crisis five years ago.

Battle Starts To Mount On Student Loans - The Hill
Kyle Balluck @
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L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Releases Final Budget, Calls For Employee Salary Freeze
Rick Orlov @
In his final budget, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called today for a freeze on all employee salary increases, asked them to contribute more to their health care costs and suggested a 10 percent cut in the budgets for the City Council.

Airport Delays Not Tied To Federal Furloughs, Sacramento Officials Say
Tony Bizjak @
Sacramento International Airport officials say they are not experiencing delays or cancellations directly related to this week's federal furloughs of flight controllers.

California Senate Approves Bill To Close Loophole In Rape Law
Torey Van Oot @
The California state Senate moved today to change what has been called "historical anomalies in the law" that led a rape conviction to be overturned in Southern California.

Garcetti, Greuel Debate Who Can Best Lead Los Angeles As Mayor
Laura J. Nelson and James Rainey @
Eric Garcetti talked about how he has led on pension reform and would like to bring "geek chic" to L.A., so engineers educated in the city would stay to build tech jobs. Wendy Greuel touted her recent endorsement from President Bill Clinton and how she is a strong leader, not a flashy campaigner.

Republican leader of policy institute to run for secretary of state
Torey Van Oot @
A Southern California Republican who runs a public policy institute is getting in the race to succeed outgoing Secretary of State Debra Bowen as the state's chief elections official.

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., retiring after four decades in Washington
Donna Cassata and Matt Gouras @
Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, the powerful Senate Finance chairman who steered President Barack Obama's health care overhaul into law but broke with his party on gun control, said Tuesday he will not run for re-election.

L.A. Boy Scouts Propose Admitting Gay Leaders As Well As Scouts
Kim Christensen @
A Boy Scouts of America proposal to admit gay boys as members while continuing to bar homosexual adults as leaders is not a good way to settle a longstanding controversy that has roiled the youth organization in recent months, a Los Angeles Scouts official says.

Taxes: Obama budget would hit middle class
Steven Sloan @
Three proposals in Obama budget would dip below the $250,000 threshold on taxes.

Bill Bans Teen Drivers From Hands-free Texting
Drivers under age 18 would be banned from texting while driving even if they use hands-free devices under a cleanup bill approved by the state Senate.

Property Taxes Likely To Increase With Values In San Bernardino County
But it comes with a catch: higher taxes.

California Bills Would Cut Sales Tax For Factory Equipment
This was printed from Sacramento Business Journal

Janet Napolitano: Immigration Bill Important Step
Seung Min Kim @
Homeland Secretary Secretary Janet Napolitano mounted a vigorous defense of the Senate Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration plan Tuesday, calling the legislation an “important first step” to reforming the nation’s immigration laws.

Foreclosure-Relief Funds Earmarked For California Mostly Unspent
E. Scott Reckard @
Only about a sixth of the $2 billion available to help troubled homeowners in the state has been tapped. But officials say the money will begin to flow soon.

The Caucus: Campaign Aide Says Bachmann Knew of Payments to State Senator
The former chief of staff for the presidential campaign of Representative Michele Bachmann said in an affidavit released on Monday that the campaign made payments to an Iowa state senator to work on the campaign and that Ms. Bachmann supported the arrangement.

San Francisco Launches Probe Into Nevada Patient-Busing
Phillip Reese @
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today announced a formal investigation into whether the State of Nevada improperly "dumped" psychiatric patients to his city and across California.

White House Backs Internet Sales Tax Bill
Donovan Slack @

California retiree health measure fails in committee
Jon Ortiz @
A measure that would have forced future California state employees pay more for their retiree health insurance and wait longer to qualify for it died in a Senate committee Monday afternoon.