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THE NOONER for May 16, 2013

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  • CD02: Added Andy Caffrey (D) - Consultant
  • SD18: Added Ricardo Benitez (R) - Attorney, Sylmar Neighborhood Council

SHOW ME THE MONEY: SEIU Local 1000, which represents the largest share of state employees has been ramping up its advocacy effort as the union bargains with Jerry Brown's administration for a new contract. A billboard went up recently along I-80 between Davis and Sacamento to catch those Bay Area legislators (and Brown himself) on their commutes. If you were listening to Kings news last night on CBS Sports Radio 1140, you also heard spots sponsored by the union.

The union's initial ask is for a $2,500 bonus in 2013, and 7% and 9% salary increases in 2014 and 2015, respectively. As I noted yesterday, the governor included no money in the May Revision for an increase, although most observers believe one will be agreed to. As the Bee's Jon Ortiz quoted the governor: "That's one of the things about bargaining. You put a number in and (the unions) know where you're going," Brown said. "Suffice it to say, we're aiming low."

The January budget included $501 million for benefit cost increases and for top step increases agreed to in 2009 but deferred until now. Each 1% increase in salary costs the state around $1.5 billion $150 million.

Local 1000 gave $1,259,240 to Brown's Prop. 30 committee.

The LAO's analysis on the budget is now expected to be released tomorrow rather than today.

BECAUSE YOU NEED ANOTHER TIME-WASTER: The Candidate [John C. Osborne @ Bayreporta]

AD73: H.B. leaders consider political moves [Anthony Clark Carpio @ HB Independent] - "Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper is considering running for the 74th Assembly District, while Councilman Joe Carchio is contemplating throwing his name into the Orange County Board of Supervisors election."

FREE RIDER: Deer crashes through city bus windshield, wanders around for a bit, and walks off.



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Senate Approves Barbara Boxer's Bill For Sacramento Levees
Curtis Tate @
In a rare display of bipartisanship on major legislation, the U.S. Senate passed Sen. Barbara Boxer's water resources bill Wednesday.

Governor Proposes A Prisoner Swap
Paige St. John @
Gov. Jerry Brown quietly rolled out tweaks to his prison realignment plan in Monday's budget proposal.

White House Pushes Media Shield Law As Holder Faces Questions On Capitol Hill
As Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. offered few new details Wednesday on Capitol Hill about the Justice Department’s decision to secretly obtain journalists’ phone records, the White House began pushing for a federal media shield law, an apparent act of damage control in the wake of a decision criticized by members of both political parties and the news media.

Brown budget includes major infusion for education
Gov. Jerry Brown's latest budget plan proposes a $17 billion bump for California's K-12 schools over the next four years, a dramatic turn-around from the teacher layoffs and program cuts that became common during the recession.

The Backstop Governor :: Fox&hounds
The governor’s budget cut the expected revenue overage of $4.5 billion down by more than a third to $2.8 billion and said the number would be even a billion less in a year. Brown’s fiscal team believe the revenue surplus is likely a one time event due to taxpayers scrambling to guard against potential federal tax changes.

Senate approves Boxer's water bill
Curtis Tate @
In a rare display of bipartisanship on major legislation, the U.S. Senate passed Sen. Barbara Boxer's water resources bill Wednesday.

Senate Leader Criticizes Brown's School Plan
Chris Megerian @
SACRAMENTO -- Senate leader Darrell Steinberg says that, for all practical reasons, he should support Gov. Jerry Brown 's plan to redistribute school funding. His hometown, Sacramento, would benefit.

Supervisors Vote To Appeal Ruling On Property Tax Lawsuit - Voice Of Oc | Orange County's Nonprofit Investigative News Agency: County
Logging in from multiple locations may be the cause.

California Prisons Showdown: Inmates' Lawyers Seek Contempt Finding Against Governor
Local @
In latest fight over California prisons, inmates lawyers ask judges to hold governor and top aide in contempt for failing to comply with court orders

Counties Still Not Prepared To Offer Expanded Mental Health Care
Alexis Underwood @
More than one million people in California suffer from mental illness – the largest number of any state. When the final phase of the new federal health care law starts in January of next year, more California residents than ever before will be able to seek help for problems ranging from depression, anxiety, and addiction to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Lawmakers Test Brown's No-Tax Resolve With Calls To Hike Levies
Patrick McGreevy @
Lawmakers test Gov. Jerry Brown's no-tax resolve by proposing about 20 measures to tax Californians more on things such as soda, cigarettes and bullets.

Governor Has Plans For Local Funds
Michael Gardner @
California’s counties are leery of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget maneuver to immediately siphon money from local coffers, leaving behind an IOU that would be repaid through savings realized much later.

Upcoming Audits A Test For Jerry Brown
Jon Ortiz @
On Friday two state agencies will release the results of their probes into departments giving salaried managers secondary jobs that pay an hourly wage.

Attack Ads In L.A. Mayor's Race Seek Latino Votes
Kate Linthicum and Seema Mehta @
One attack ad links candidate Wendy Greuel to former Gov. Pete Wilson, who backed Prop. 187, while another accuses rival Eric Garcetti of masquerading as a Latino.

Police Arrest 13 Union Protesters At UC Regents Meeting
Laurel Rosenhall @
University of California police arrested 13 people this morning who staged a noisy but orderly protest during the governing board of regents' meeting at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Senate Confirms Orrick As Federal Judge - Sfgate
A divided U.S. Senate confirmed on Wednesday the nomination of William Orrick III, a former top immigration lawyer in President Obama's Justice Department, to the federal court in San Francisco. Two of its 14 authorized judgeships remain vacant, caseloads are far above the national average, and cases are taking nearly three years to get to trial, up from 21 months a year ago. Republicans opposed him in the Senate Judiciary Committee, describing him as a "Democratic operative," and blocked a Senate floor vote.

Advocates For California Poor Insist Fight Has Just Begun
Steven Harmon @
The "big spending machine" hasn't quite given up hope. Democratic legislators and liberal advocacy groups signaled Wednesday they are ready to fight to restore safety net programs devastated by years of cuts, a day after Gov. Jerry Brown emphasized a sober economic outlook in a revised budget that leaves little room for improving the lot of the poor.

California Short On Key State Water Workers, Officials Say
Jon Ortiz @
California officials say the state cannot retain enough trained workers to efficiently run and maintain its complex water delivery system, a problem that has consequences for cities and farms statewide.

Jerry Brown Urges UC To Stress Graduating Students In 4 Years
Larry Gordon @
The graduation rates of UC students came under more scrutiny Wednesday as Gov. Jerry Brown urged administrators and faculty to prod more undergraduates to earn a degree in four years, not six.

Wendy Greuel Slams TV Ad Linking Her To Pete Wilson
Dakota Smith @
Two days after she declined to denounce a misleading mailer targeting Latinos that benefited her own mayoral candidacy, City Controller Wendy Greuel criticized an ad by her rival that she said was inaccurate, and called for truth in campaign advertising.

Senate overwhelmingly approves water infrastructure bill
In a rare display of bipartisanship on major legislation, the Senate passed a bill Wednesday to move forward on a variety of water infrastructure projects throughout the country.

Billboard Companies Playing Big Role In L.A. City Election
David Zahniser @
Advertising firms that want to be allowed to install more digital billboards in L.A. are donating thousands of dollars worth of signs to promote city candidates.

Senate approves Obama choice to head Medicare
Noam N. Levey @
WASHINGTON – In an unusual break in the partisan warring over healthcare, the Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Obama's choice to oversee the mammoth Medicare and Medicaid health programs.