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THE NOONER for May 6, 2013

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TICKET TOPPER? Calif. GOP begins weighing challengers to Brown in governor's race [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Running an Abel Maldonado is a whole lot better than having a Central Valley Republican who's going to be sort of 'guns, God and immigration' - Donnelly or whoever else could emerge," said Thad Kousser, a political science professor at the University of California, San Diego. 'Abel Maldonado, Tim Donnelly - both are going to lose to Jerry Brown. But Maldonado's going to leave the party in a better place.'"

However, Could there be a policy issue that would vault forward the GOP?

FROM THE DESK OF DR. QUINN: Does Energy Policy Give Republicans A Road to Relevancy? [Tony Quinn @ Fox and Hounds]

GIVING UP: Ex-GOP pol Nathan Fletcher's first days as a Democrat [Matthew T. Hall @ UTSD] 

SMOKEOUT: The California Supreme Court holds that cities can ban pot shops.

SD16: The Democratic State Central Committee reported more heavy spending for Leticia Perez on Friday, bringing the state party's total to $713,027.

AD42: Is third time the charm for Gary Jeandron? [Erica Felci @ Desert Sun] - "This time, [Gary] Jeandron's facing two experienced politicians who also want to succeed Assemblyman Brian Nestande, who can't run because of term limits . . . They are Chris Mann, a public-relations expert from Banning, and Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley, who is the chief of staff for San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford.

AD70: Signal Hill Councilmember Ed Wilson Launches Campaign for 70th Assembly District [Brian Addison @ LBPost] - "Signal Hill Vice Mayor Ed Wilson has officially tossed his hat into the ring as a candidate for the 70th State Assembly seat, joining current 4th District Councilmember Patrick O'Donnell and former 7th District Councilmember Tonia Reyes Uranga."

RUH-ROH: City of L.A. studying ballot problems in council race [Rick Orlov @ LADN] 

API HERITAGE GALA: The Asian Pacific Islander caucus is hosting a Heritage Month Gala next Monday, May 13, at the Sacramento Convention Center. Those scheduled to be honored include:

  • CA Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu - Excellence in Law 
  • UC Chancellor Frank Wu - Excellence in Education 
  • Sharon Hoshida - Excellence in Public Service 
  • Angie Wei - Excellence in Labor 
  • Sammy Lee - Excellence in Sports 

Tickets at $100 are available at, and an informational flyer is available.



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  • Capitol Weekly and UC Center present a conference on Online Gaming - May 7, 2013 in Sacramento. Register here.
  • 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
  • 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 @




CalPERS Won't Refinance San Bernardino Debt
Ed Mendel @
The giant pension fund, alarmed by the unprecedented decision to stop making required pension contributions, is in no mood to give the city an easy out that might tempt other struggling local governments to take the same path.

It's Too Early To Assess Jerry Brown, Version 2.0
Dan Walters @
One of the questions that Capitol veterans often field from those newer to the political arena is whether today's Jerry Brown is markedly different from what he was during his first governorship three-plus decades ago. The answer is that of course he's different.

Brown, Democrats Wrangle Over Medicaid Expansion
Judy Lin @
California was an early booster of President Barack Obama's health care reform law and was the first state to authorize a health insurance exchange in 2010. It also was quick to commit to the optional Medicaid expansion that has been rejected by some Republican states.

Obama Vows Early Childhood Education Push
Julian Pecquet @
President Obama is set to renew his push to make pre-school education accessible to all children in America.

Pérez Vows Fiscal Discipline From Democrats
George Skelton @
Rather than spending a tax windfall, the Assembly speaker proposes a new rainy-day reserve to stash money.

Immigration Reform Faces Senate Gauntlet, Uncertain House Outlook
Russell Berman @
The push for immigration reform enters a crucial period when Congress returns this week, as Senate legislation faces the gauntlet of a committee mark-up and House negotiators try to complete their own long-awaited bill.

L.A. Votes: Garcetti, Greuel Agree They Are Not So Different
James Rainey @
Despite bitter attacks in recent weeks, the two candidates for mayor of Los Angeles grudgingly conceded in a debate Sunday night that their rival was (mostly) honest and not so different on many of the plans they have for leading the city forward.

L.A. Candidates' Use Of Ethics Complaints Likened To Political Swatting
Rick Orlov @
In this year's campaign season, the ethics complaints are flying around so fast - and some say, often without merit - that they've been compared to the political equivalent of swatting.

Dan Walters Daily
Jeremy B. White @
It may look like Gov. Jerry Brown is playing a high-risk game by tussling with the feds over California's prison population, but Dan says it reflects the governor's political skill.

Eric Garcetti Has Edge Over Wendy Greuel In Council Endorsements | Neon Tommy
anonymous @
In the race to be the next mayor of L.A., Eric Garcetti has received far more endorsements than Wendy Greuel from current and incoming members of the city council. While the endorsements are unlikely to make a huge difference in whom voters end up backing, political experts said the broad support for Garcetti should help him if he is elected in the May 21 run-off election.

Lawmakers say, 'Have a Coke and a tax'
Christopher Cadelago @
Californians would pay more for sugary beverages such as sodas, sweet teas and energy drinks under a proposal chugging through the legislature.

As Sacramento Housing Market Shines, 'Shadow Inventory' Talk Abates
Hudson Sangree @
The threat has been hanging over the Sacramento real estate market for years: A hypothetical "shadow inventory" of foreclosed homes that forecasters said could suddenly come up for sale and flood the market with cut-rate houses.

California court says local governments have authority to ban medical pot shops....
California court says local governments have authority to ban medical pot shops.

Parenting Preschools Face Budget Cuts In Proposed State Law
As the children sat attentively on a rainbow-colored rug listening to Cesar describe a photo of his family vacation, every corner of the room quietly teemed with activity as parents hurriedly prepared the day's crafts, lunch and activities.

Fever Hits Thousands In Parched West Farm Region
Gosnia Wozniacka @
California and federal public health officials say valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease infecting more and more people around the nation, has been on the rise as warming climates and drought have kicked up the dust that spreads it.

Obama, at Ohio State, calls on graduates to be active citizens
Brian Bennett @
WASHINGTON — Speaking to the graduating class of Ohio State University in Columbus on Sunday, Obama called on the students to embrace the school’s motto, “education for citizenship,” and to press the government to act.

With Revenue Rising, Democrats Push To Restore Safety Net Cuts
Jim Sanders @
Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are on a collision course over restoring cuts to California's safety net, marking a key test of vows to hold the line on state spending. Brown is set to release a revised budget proposal this month, and state revenue is running about $4.5 billion over projections, lending momentum to efforts to boost programs for the poor or needy.

Bill Would Create 'Made In California' Label
Marc Lifsher @
The legislation, for manufactured products, would enhance the state's reputation for making environmentally safe and energy efficient products, a senator says.

New '3 Strikes' law varies by county
PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press @
Majorities in every California county voted last fall to scale back the state's Three Strikes law so thousands of inmates serving life sentences for relatively minor third offenses would have the chance to be set free. Five months later, there is no such unanimity among counties when it comes to carrying out the voters' wishes.

Starr V Feingold: Does Political Reform Have A Future?
We went to the event hoping to hear some discussion of the future of political reform – a subject in which Calbuzz has a direct interest since some of the issues involve how campaign spending is done on the internet. And we were delighted to be included in the very small private reception before the panel, that included (among others) Starr and Feingold, moderator and political law scholar Pamela Karlan of Stanford, Bill Lane Center director Bruce Cain, campaign law aces Robin Johansen and Chuck Bell, Judge Miguel Marquez, Palo Alto City Councilwoman Liz Kniss and always-around-the-ball consultant Jude Barry. Just lemonade to drink, but the marinated shrimp were especially tasty.

How A 'million-dollar Patient' Got Off A Medical Merry-go-round
Anna Gorman @
As part of the healthcare overhaul, an L.A. clinic strives to keep chronically ill 'million-dollar patients' out of emergency rooms.

Medical Pot: California Supreme Court Allows Cities To Ban Weed Dispensaries
Howard Mintz @
In latest test of 1996 law allowing the use of medical marijuana in California, states high court finds that local governments can outlaw dispensaries, rejecting arguments of pot advocates

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LAX Fails To Land In Top 100 Ranking Of World's Best Airports
Hugo Martin @
Passengers surveyed for the Skytrax World Airport Awards give LAX low scores for the long time it takes to get through security and immigration and customs.

Court: California cities can ban pot shops
Local governments in California's have legal authority to ban storefront pot shops within their borders, California's highest court ruled on Monday in an opinion likely to further diminish the state's once-robust medical marijuana industry.