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THE NOONER for May 17, 2013
BREAKING: LAT reporting LAO numbers will be $2.8 billion higher than governor for 2013-14, based on stronger housing and stock markets than the governor projects. Embargoed until nooner publication.
Happy Friday, folks. It's been a long week and I have a board meeting in a few hours here, so we're going to be quick. I mean, aren't we all just sitting around waiting for the Legislative Analyst's Office's revenue number anyway (expected at noon)? Well, that, and next Tuesday's elections in Los Angeles, SD16, and AD80.
HALF FULL/HALF EMPTY: California's unemployment rate drops to 9% [Alana Samuels @ LAT] - "California’s pace of job creation slowed in April, as employers added 10,300 jobs in April, nevertheless pushing the state’s unemployment rate down to 9% from 9.4% the month before."
To the Maloofs, don't let the door hit you on your way out. Congratulations to Kevin Johnson, who's otherwise lackluster mayorship (mostly the economy and the city structure than the man) will now have a sink-or-swim event that will be cited 25 years from now. And, he returned from Dallas as a hipster.
Speaking of Johnson, the New Leaders Council Sacramento will be honoring him at its Progressive Leadership Reception on Tuesday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Parlare Lounge. More info is available here or by emailing NLCSac13@gmail.com.
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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Jerry Brown's Plan Could Increase Future School Costs
Chris Megerian and Anthony York @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Even as Gov. Jerry Brown pledges to chip away at the state’s debt, his budget plan will leave California on the hook for billions more in school funding down the line.
Feinstein Declines To Halt NIF Budget Cuts
David Perlman @ sfgate.com
Congressional supporters of the multibillion-dollar National Ignition Facility in Livermore called on Sen. Dianne Feinstein this week to help save the huge laser experiment from $110 million in budget cuts proposed by the Obama administration. In a quick response Thursday, the California Democrat turned them down, saying that it's high time to "reassess" the project's experimental efforts to assure the safety of the nation's nuclear arsenal and create sustainable fusion energy that have proved unsuccessful so far.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Returns Home, Says Sale Of Kings Is Close - Kings/nba - The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson, right, and Vivek Ranadive, left, address reporters during a news conference following the NBA Board of Governors meeting Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in Dallas. NBA owners voted Wednesday to reject the Kings' proposed move to Seattle, the latest in a long line of cities that have tried to land the franchise.
Calling For Silicon Valley To "Change Politics," Dem House Candidate Ro Khanna Draws Tech Stars To SF Fundraiser
Carla Marinucci @ blog.sfgate.com
In a gathering that underscored the growing political muscle of Silicon Valley, a crowd of tech insiders hit San Francisco Thursday to support the Congressional campaign of former Obama trade representative and Democratic Valley attorney Ro Khanna.
A Perilous Tax Trend Accelerates
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Do Brown and other Capitol politicians assume that voters will renew the added levies, that the two-thirds Democratic supermajorities in the Legislature will re-enact them, or that Brown will walk out the door and drop a big budget deficit on his successor?
House Republicans repudiate Obama healthcare program -- again
Noam N. Levey @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON – House Republicans voted for the 37 th time Thursday evening to repeal all or part of President Obama’s healthcare law, underscoring once again the deep partisan divide over the landmark 2010 legislation.
California Gov. Jerry Brown Promises Prison Legislation
Paige St. John @ latimes.com
California Gov. Jerry Brown 's prison policy is forcing a split personality with federal courts.
Assembly Approves Bill To Limit Immigration Holds
Melody Gutierrez @ blogs.sacbee.com
The Assembly passed a bill Thursday designed to reduce the number of deportations and immigration holds for people arrested, charged or convicted of minor crimes.
Apple Ceo Tim Cook To Propose Tax Overhaul
Apple chief executive Tim Cook plans to propose a “dramatic simplification” of corporate tax laws when he testifies for the first time before Congress next week, just as lawmakers are eyeing an overhaul of the tax code.
Villaraigosa Denounces Two Attack Ads In Mayoral Campaign
David Zahniser @ latimes.com
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa waded into the increasingly negative campaign for mayor, calling for the removal of two ads that attack mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel but were not created by either candidate's campaign.
Condoms For Prisoners And Porn Stars Debated By Legislature
Susan Abram @ dailynews.com
Two bills are pending in the state Legislature that promote and expand the use of condoms by two very different groups of people - porn stars and prisoners - each based on programs that are already in place in Los Angeles.
Judge To Hear Lawsuit Over Voter-approved High-speed Rail Bonds | Abc7news.com
Opponents of the $68 billion bullet train project and attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority submitted their agreement to a Sacramento County Superior Court judge.
Report Says Post-prison Arrests Down, Repeat Offenses Up
Paige St. John @ latimes.com
Felons released from prison are committing new crimes at roughly the same rate they did before Gov. Jerry Brown switched their supervision to county probation, but a new report says repeat offenses are up.
Governor Taps Cap-and-Trade Money In Budget
Christopher Arns @ bizjournals.com
The state of Californiaâs third cap-and-trade auction takes place Thursday, just days after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a controversial plan to borrow money from a state program to fight climate change. The governorâs May budget revisions included a one-time $500 million loan from auction proceeds that originally were intended for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
California Senate Approves Measures Aimed At Reducing Gun Violence
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO --The state Senate approved two bills Thursday introduced following the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, including one requiring gun owners to keep their firearms in locked safe-boxes if they live with someone prohibited from using guns.
Feinstein Declines To Halt Nif Budget Cuts - Sfgate
Congressional supporters of the multibillion-dollar National Ignition Facility in Livermore called on Sen. Diane Feinstein this week to help save the huge laser experiment from $110 million in budget cuts proposed by the Obama administration. In a quick response Thursday, the California Democrat turned them down, saying that it's high time to "reassess" the project's experimental efforts to assure the safety of the nation's nuclear arsenal and create sustainable fusion energy that have proved unsuccessful so far. The House members warned Feinstein in a letter that the administration's proposed budget cuts would force the $3.5 billion project to close, costing the jobs of "nearly 500 highly trained scientists and engineers" who are "a critical part of our nation's strategic and scientific work force," the letter said. The facility's primary purpose is to reproduce inside the laboratory the secret inner explosive workings of the nation's aging stockpile of nuclear weapons in order to assure their safety and reliability without resorting to weapons testing, which is banned by international treaty.
California Bills On Firearms, Violence Clear Hurdles
Chris Megerian and Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
Legislation passed by the Senate includes a measure requiring gun owners to keep firearms locked up if they live with someone prohibited by law from using guns.
Viewpoints: Stretching the truth is in politicians' DNA
Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado is planning a run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination next year and also is pushing a ballot initiative to repeal California's prison realignment, in which certain low-level offenders are moved from the state prison system to county jails.
No A's For State Lawmakers From UC Students
Laurel Rosenhall @ blogs.sacbee.com
Not a single member of the California Legislature earned an A from the tough graders at the University of California Student Association, who released their first-ever legislative scorecard at the regents meeting in Sacramento Wednesday.
Senators Hit Snag On Tech Provisions In U.S. Immigration Bill | Reuters
Caren Bohan and Rachelle Younglai @ reuters.com
WASHINGTON | Thu May 16, 2013 4:08pm EDT
California Budget Revision Leaves Court Funding Untouched
Kathy Robertson @ bizjournals.com
California Gov. Jerry Brownâs proposed May budget revision puts no new money into the judicial branch, leaving the funding level unchanged from January.