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THE NOONER for May 1, 2013

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Once again, it pays to read through the entire Nooner. Some readers stopped halfway through yesterday's "My candidacy" write-up, and didn't catch that the only thing I am running for is the board of directors of the Davis Food CO-OP. That's it...I love my job and the ability to look at politics and policy from the Nooner perspective.

AD07: Sac City Councilmember Kevin McCarty today announced his bid for the Assembly to the seat currently held by Roger Dickinson, who is running for Senate.

TOP 20 LOBBYING FIRMS - Yesterday was the filing deadline for first quarter lobbying reports, and the following are the top 20 firms by lobbying receipts. Remember, this is only receipts for lobbying, and most firms have other lines of business not required to be disclosed.

Top 20 Lobbying Firms
January 1-March 30, 2013
RankFirmReceipts
1 LANG HANSEN O'MALLEY AND MILLER GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS (F00895)  $1,387,689
2 KP PUBLIC AFFAIRS (F00409)  $1,328,929
3 CAPITOL ADVOCACY, LLC (F24917)  $1,221,755
4 NIELSEN MERKSAMER PARRINELLO GROSS & LEONI, LLP (F00933)  $1,158,320
5 READ & ASSOCIATES, LLC; AARON (F00610)  $1,150,884
6 PLATINUM ADVISORS, LLC (F24880)  $1,024,420
7 SLOAT HIGGINS JENSEN AND ASSOCIATES (F24758)  $1,019,501
8 GOVERNMENTAL ADVOCATES, INC. (F00845)  $738,038
9 UBS SECURITIES LLC (1346537)  $734,957
10 GONSALVES & SON; JOE A. (F00462)  $710,402
11 SHAW/YODER/ANTWIH, INC. (F00662)  $665,027
12 TOWNSEND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, INC. (F24882)  $625,414
13 LEHMAN LEVI PAPPAS & SADLER (1243836)  $553,999
14 EDELSTEIN, GILBERT, ROBSON & SMITH, LLC (F00980)  $546,383
15 PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCATES, LLC (F00946)  $540,019
16 CALIFORNIA ADVOCATES, INC. (F00729)  $534,674
17 APREA & MICHELI (F24851)  $530,613
18 GUALCO GROUP, INC.; THE (F22210)  $515,150
19 CARPENTER HAWKINS SIEVERS LLC (1275439)  $502,461
20 POLITICAL SOLUTIONS, LLC (1261533)  $495,267

 

THE CASH REPORT:

  • LAO (April 30): Month-to-Date Collections and Refunds: $13.051 billion. (98.1% of budgeted projection for the month)
  • Controller (April 29): $12.327 billion   

LAO:

As of now, our best estimate is that the state will end April with General Fund and Education Protection Account PIT collections for the fiscal year to date, as of that time, somewhere around $4.5 billion ahead of the administration’s estimates.

The LAO further notes that the stock market's performance will likely propel revenues further:

Today, the S&P 500 stock index closed at another all-time record high, and the Nasdaq closed at its highest level in over 12 years. Over 40 percent of California's PIT revenues currently are collected from the top 1 percent of the state's PIT filers, and these are taxpayers who receive a significant portion of their income from capital gains. As such, while the future direction of stock prices is always an unknown, any California revenue forecast has to include an assumption—either explicit or implicit—concerning the direction of the stock market.

HUNGRY: California wants taxpayers to pay back proceeds from a tax break later ruled invalid [Timm Herdt @ VC Star]

TAKEDOWN: Here Is How a Four-Star General Hammers a Petty Congressman (Duncan Hunter) [Gawker]

$$$: L.A.-O.C. home prices up 14% in 12 months ending in February [Jeff Collins @ OCR]

Teachers say union blocks free speech - "Ten California schoolteachers have sued the politically powerful California Teachers Association to escape paying union fees that they claim violate free speech rights. The challenge aims at laws that allow unions to collect certain fees from workers who don't want to join. The teachers - represented by the conservative Center for Individual Rights - argue that the dues end up supporting lobbying and political activity, not contract negotiations.

NEWSPAPER CIRCULATION REPORT (MARCH 2013 - CA EXCERPTS OF TOP 25): 

4. Los Angeles Times: 653,868 (+6.0%)

14. Orange County Register: 356,165 (+26.8%)

23. San Diego Union-Tribune: 250,678 (+8.7%) 

(daily average, print plus paid digital)

NOSEDIVE: New LA mayor could change ONT’s fate - "Inland economist John Husing told a gathering of business and civic leaders that Los Angeles World Airports, owner of LAX and ONT, "should burn in hell" for mismanaging ONT. The Inland airport has plunged from 7.2 million passengers in 2007 to a projected 4 million this year."

GOODBYE DOLLY? Nuke plant may close if restart denied [Morgan Lee @ UTSD]

WWW: The world wide web was opened to the public twenty years ago yesterday. [Salvador Rodriguez @ LAT]

THAT'S ME: You're part of Generation X if you . . .

UNLINK: Yesterday, I clicked the icon to connect my LinkedIn account to Gmail. I figured it would offer me a list of folks that were Gmail contacts , and give me the option to add them to my network. Instead, it automatically sent a LinkedIn connection request to every single person I have ever e-mailed from Gmail. Absolutely absurd.

 

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**CLASSIFIEDS**

  • California League of Bond Oversight Committees: Second Annual CaLBOC Statewide Conference - May 10, 2013 in Sacramento - Keynote speakers Bill Lockyer and Assemblymember Joan Buchanan - More info and registration
  • 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 @ www.sacstonewall.org/events/4freedoms2013.

 

 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
County Rejects School Districts' Bid To Avoid Voting Rights Suits
Abby Sewell @
latimes.com
Los Angeles County officials rejected a bid Tuesday from several Santa Clarita Valley school districts and a water district hoping to consolidate elections and avoid the kind of voting rights lawsuits that other local governments have been hit with. On a 2-2 vote, with Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas abstaining, board members sided with county election officials who argued that shifting the districts to November even-year elections would exceed their ability to run that many elections.

California Legislators Move To Strengthen Immigrant Workers' Rights
Torey Van Oot @
sacbee.com
As Congress and President Barack Obama work toward a federal immigration overhaul, lawmakers in California's Capitol are moving to strengthen the rights of immigrant workers in the state.

Villaraigosa's Pension Choice Pulls Out Just Before Council Vote
David Zahniser @
latimes.com
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa 's pick to run the city's pension system for public-safety employees has dropped out of the running, saying Wednesday he "didn't want to get wrapped up in the politics."

After Nba Committee Vote, Sacramento Investors Focus On Finalizing Deal - Kings/nba - The Sacramento Bee
sacbee.com
Mayor Kevin Johnson celebrates with state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on Monday after the NBA relocation panel rejected the Kings move to Seattle.

Bill Setting 'Zero Tolerance' For Driving On Drugs Stalls In Senate
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
A proposal to create a "zero tolerance" policy for driving under the influence of drugs stalled in the California Senate on Tuesday.

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Law To Fund Gun Seizures
ibabuzz.com
By Josh Richman Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 at 11:06 am in Assembly, California State Senate, gun control, Jerry Brown, Mark Leno.

Maneuvers Accelerate On California Water Plan
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Earlier this week, Gov. Jerry Brown's point man on the highly controversial proposal to bore tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta found himself in political hot water.

Legislature Moves Bills To Regulate Drone Aircraft
John Myers @
news10.net
The statistic quoted in a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday says a lot about why lawmakers are quickly moving to regulate unmanned drone aircraft: officials estimate 10,000 of the vehicles will be in the nation's skies by the end of the decade.

Gov. Jerry Brown Seeks New Prison Beds In California
Paige St. John @
latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown is pursuing a prison contract in California, too small to meet federal orders to reduce crowding, but enough to help Brown end the shipment of inmates to for-profit prisons out of state.

State Prisons Won't Rush To Move Inmates At Risk For Valley Fever
Julie Small @
scpr.org
Despite a directive from the federal receiver who oversees California prison healthcare, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections says the agency will not immediately transfer about 3,300 inmates from two Central Valley prisons rife with Valley Fever.

L.A. County rejects Santa Clarita districts' elections proposal
Abby Sewell @
latimes.com
Six school districts and a water district were seeking to consolidate elections to avoid possible voting rights lawsuits brought against other local governments.

Gps-tampering Bill Clears First State Legislative Committee
Paige St. John @
latimes.com
In a deal struck with Democratic leaders who seek to protect Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment plan, Sen. Ted Lieu amended his GPS-tampering bill to make first offenses punishable by up to 180 days in county jail, the same penalty currently on the books.

Calculating The Profits, Pitfalls Of An Oil Tax
Dan Morain @
sacbee.com
At least some of those grease spots on the Assembly and Senate floors are what's left of grand legislation to raise taxes on the oil industry.

Bowen Tweets Rebuttal to Campaign Data Denial
John Hrabe @
calwatchdog.com
Secretary of State Debra Bowen responded to her critics on Twitter late Monday evening, arguing that state law differentiates between data posted online and shared on a disk.

Report: California governments could be $1.1 trillion in debt
Dan Walters @
blogs.sacbee.com
California's state and local governments are at least $648 billion in debt and the total could surpass $1.1 trillion -- depending on how pension liabilities are calculated -- according to a data compilation by a conservative think tank.

Boxer’s Committee To Probe Texas Fertilizer Blast
ibabuzz.com
By Josh Richman Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 12:16 pm in Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senate.

California Lawmakers Call For Probe Of Nevada Patient Busing
Phillip Reese @
sacbee.com
Twenty-one California lawmakers today sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Attorney General calling for an investigation into Nevada's long-standing practice of busing mentally ill patients to other states.

L.A. Mayoral Candidates Debate Role Of Outside Spending In Elections
Kate Linthicum and Laura J. Nelson @
latimes.com
Garcetti criticizes the $3.5 million spent on Greuel's behalf by the union representing DWP workers.

Bill Moyers Documentary Examines 'united States Of Alec'
Laurel Rosenhall @
blogs.sacbee.com
Ever wonder how it is that the same bill pops up simultaneously in statehouses across the country? One way is through the work of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that promotes business-friendly model legislation for state lawmakers to introduce in their respective Capitols.

Sacramento Investors Shooting To Give NBA A Finalized Deal For Kings By May 15
Tony Bizjak, Dale Kasler, and Ryan Lillis @
sacbee.com
Buoyed by a dramatic NBA vote this week in Sacramento's favor, Mayor Kevin Johnson said Tuesday the investor group aligned with Sacramento will push to put a finalized sales deal in front of the league's board of governors when it meets at midmonth.

Teacher lawsuit in California bucks union fees
utsandiego.com
Ten California schoolteachers filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the politically powerful California Teachers Association to escape paying union fees that they claim violate their free-speech rights.