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THE NOONER for May 7, 2013

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Well, that was a crappy night for Bay Area sports, and anyone that gave up on the Giants and switched to the Warriors to see a 16 point lead with four minutes left had to be skeptical it would last. However, the Sharks can close out the sweep of Round 1 tonight.

WINDFALL? What should California do with the $4.6 billion in extra tax revenue? [James Mayer @ CAFwd] - "Given the tremendous political pressures and a revenue stream that is increasingly volatile as the economy evolves, California needs some guard rails. This year, however, Californians are going to find out what state lawmakers do without them."

AD73: 73rd Assembly race field grows to 5 [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "The race to replace termed-out Assemblywoman Diane Harkey in 2014 is getting crowded fast, with former Laguna Niguel Mayor Paul Glaab's entry Thursday bringing the Republican field to five in the heavily GOP South County district."

TOP 1%: Policies, tax dollars enrich Goodwill execs [John Hrabe @ Watchdog.org] - "In 38 states, spanning from Hawaii to Florida, a majority of Goodwill organizations pay workers with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage, while simultaneously spending tens of millions of dollars in executive compensation and travel-related expenses, a Watchdog investigation has found."

If you haven't followed the fight in Davis, Goodwill recently raised uproar by moving into an East Davis shopping center, pushing out a community laundromat used by lower income residents who live across the street. Yes, that's the store that is now delightfully advertised on three billboards along the 12 miles between the 95811 and the 95616.

NOT-SO-TINY PEBBLES: Yesterday's campaign filings showed the cost (or some of) for the AT&T's weekend golf confab for Democrats, reporting a non-monetary contribution of $99,596.69. Shane Goldmacher and Anthony York wrote up the annual event for the LAT last year.

MUZZLE: As quickly as the first 3-D printable gun fired a bullet, Leland Yee has promised legislation to prohibit them.

FAREWELL, FOR NOW: The LAT's Michael J. Mishak will be based in Miami to cover politics for the Associated Press.

 

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  • Civil Litigation Manuals and Civil Procedure Classes for San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles counties. For more information, visit www.alexanderslegal.com.
  • 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 @ www.sacstonewall.org/events/4freedoms2013.

 

 

 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
CalPERS Seeking To Catch Errors, Fraud In Health Enrollment
Jon Ortiz @
sacbee.com
CalPERS is moving to strike from government health care rolls tens of thousands of people it believes are mistakenly or fraudulently receiving benefits.

Jerry Brown Calls Prison Case 'Mystifying,' Vows Appeal
David Siders @
blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown today called "mystifying" the continuing legal pressure on his administration to reduce California's prison population, as he reiterated his pledge to appeal the case as far as the U.S. Supreme Court.

Court: Calif. Cities Can Ban Medical Pot Shops
Lisa Leff @
sacbee.com
The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities and counties can ban medical marijuana dispensaries, a decision likely to further diminish the network of storefront pot shops and fuel efforts to have the state regulate the industry.

New Factors In Play For Legislators Considering Statewide Soda Tax
Lisa Aliferis @
blogs.kqed.org
A soda tax failed at the ballot at two California cities last November. Before that, a statewide soda tax failed two years ago. But advocates and legislators are trying again. A bill that would require a penny-per-ounce tax on any sugary beverage is back in front of legislators and, so far, has passed out of two Senate committees.

FPPC: Michael Rubio real estate transactions didn't break laws
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
California's political watchdog agency has determined that a former state senator who engaged in real estate transactions with a friend and campaign donor did not violate the state's political ethics laws.

Brown Mystified At Continuing Prison Legal Case
Judy Lin @
kpbs.org
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday defended his combative approach to the federal court case over California's prison system by saying the state has undergone an "incredible transformation" since the courts took over the inmate health care system.

California Supreme Court: Local governments can ban medical marijuana shops
sacbee.com
Local governments in California are free to ban the distribution and sale of marijuana for medical purposes despite state law that allows it under certain circumstances, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday.

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

California Reverting To Secrecy
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Secret government is becoming routine in California, once a pioneer in open meetings and open records laws. We Californians should not tolerate being treated so arrogantly by our supposed public servants.

FPPC Proposes $2,500 Fine Related To Chris Kelly's 2010 AG Bid
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Potential Sacramento Kings partial owner Chris Kelly has agreed to pay California's political ethics watchdog agency a $2,500 in fine to settle bookkeeping issues from his 2010 attorney general run.

Jerry Brown Blames Climate Change For State's Early Fire Season
Anthony York @
latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown put the state’s early wildfire season in global terms Monday, saying the state would have to grow accustomed to more forest fires as a consequence of climate change.

State: Fining PG&E "Does Not Make Sense"
Jaxon Van Derbeken and David R. Baker @
sfgate.com
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. shareholders should have to spend $2.25 billion to fix the company's gas pipelines in the wake of the 2010 explosion in San Bruno, but levying a fine against the utility for the dozens of regulatory violations it allegedly committed over decades "does not make sense," a state regulatory agency said Monday.

Heritage study sets off immigration bill squabble
utsandiego.com
A bipartisan Senate immigration bill would cost the government a net $6.3 trillion over the next 50 years to provide benefits for millions of people now living in the U.S. illegally, the Heritage Foundation said in a report Monday, setting off a fierce dispute with fellow conservatives who attacked the study as flawed and political.

Some Lawmakers Want To Restore Dental Benefits To Medi-Cal
Kenny Goldberg @
kpbs.org
Now that California's budget is back in the black, some Democratic lawmakers want to restore Medi-Cal benefits that were cut during the recession. Dental services for adults are one item under consideration.

Senate Backs Bill to Force Tax Collection on Internet Sales
nytimes.com
A bipartisan coalition won a 69-to-27 vote to require online retailers to collect sales taxes for state and local governments. But antitax forces hope the House will kill the measure.

California Senate Acts On Pay Phone Rates, Drug Sales
Patrick McGreevy @
latimes.com
The state Senate acted on bills aimed at protecting pay phone users against high charges and reducing robberies of pharmacies.

California's Right To Know Act Stalls After Opposition From Tech Lobby
Jeff Blagdon @
theverge.com
The fight in California to liberate people’s personal information from the companies that track them online has been put on hold for the rest of the year. Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal recently announced her decision to stall her Right to Know Act of 2013, delaying action until sometime next year. In a press release, Lowenthal says that the bill, which would let Californians ask businesses what it knows about them and who it’s sharing that information with, has broad support, “but in the legislature, it has become clear that we still have our work cut out for us.”

DeMint, Heritage Estimate Senate Immigration Bill Price Tag At $6.3T
Alexander Bolton @
thehill.com
Legalizing an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants will cost taxpayers at least $6.3 trillion over the coming decades, according to a study released Monday by the Heritage Foundation.

Wendy Greuel Loans $100,000 To Her Campaign Against Eric Garcetti
Seema Mehta @
latimes.com
City Controller Wendy Greuel, whose campaign for Los Angeles mayor had been dramatically out-spending rival Eric Garcetti, loaned her campaign $100,000, according to documents filed with the City Ethics Commission over the weekend.

White House 'Deeply Concerned' About Boxer's Levee Bill
Curtis Tate @
blogs.sacbee.com
It seemed like it could be a slam-dunk in a Congress that can't agree on much of anything. But California Sen. Barbara Boxer's bipartisan effort to pass legislation to fund flood control, navigation and storm recovery projects hit a snag Monday when the White House issued a statement highly critical of the bill, which Boxer's Environment and Public Works Committee approved unanimously in March.

Activists Say Pot Ruling Raises Stakes For L.A. Ballot Measures
Kate Linthicum and Joe Mozingo @
latimes.com
The state Supreme Court pot ruling may raise the stakes on Los Angeles city ballot measures that address the regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries.