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THE NOONER for May 20, 2013
Morning...I'm off to Orange County to see former Assemblymember Jose Solorio and his colleagues on the Rancho Santiago CCD board tonight, and I'll be ending the week giving the commencement address at Shasta College. I love this state--the diversity of bookending the week with Santa Ana and Weed is pretty damn cool.
Nooner paid subscribers now get a 30 minute lead, with their Nooner hitting mailboxes at 11:30am and avoiding the interweb tube lag that sometimes stalls Nooners to 2pm or later. A couple of subscribers asked for it, so I provided...
AD04 is interesting, and not just because it's my district. Some would encourage me to switch it to "Toss-Up" with Napa Supe Bill Dodd jumping in, as Dodd has generally been a Republican. While my data sources still show him registered as a Republican, I'm told he re-registered as a Dem in the last year and intends to run so. He is a very legitimate candidate in this crowded open seat.
In AD53, it looks like Miguel Santiago, a LACCD trustee and Speaker John Perez district director, will run as the clear favorite. His family is expecting, though, and that may admirably factor in the timing and decision.
EVE: Tomorrow is the Los Angeles runoff, as well as the specials in SD16 and AD80.
THE READERS ALWAYS WRITE (OR CORNER ME AT PARTIES): When I list candidates and cite their current office, I include the office to which they were elected. Thus, a rotating (or top vote-getter) mayor will still be listed as a councilmember. While candidates will campaign as "Mayor Smith," their ballot title must be the office to which they were elected.
WILD THING: The hottest party in Sacramento this weekend was a rooftop shindig thrown for California Medical Association CEO Dustin Corcoran to celebrate his graduation from USC's MBA program. The highlight was a break in the DJ'd music for a surprise performance by Tone Loc who played hip-hop classics and his hits "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina." Video from the event is embargoed, considering many of us were inappropriately breaking out our rusty 1980s dance moves.
CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT PIC: April 2013:
THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY: Democrats seeking office have their eye on Sacramento [Mark Z. Barabak and Richard Simon] - "After years of budget misery, public opprobrium and term-limit-induced turnover, Sacramento is starting to look a lot more attractive to Democratic lawmakers and candidates, who once might have viewed a seat in Congress as the higher, more desirable rung on the political ladder."
TOMBSTONING: Great hall at LAX's new Bradley terminal to be named for Antonio Villaraigosa [Brian Sumers @ Daily News]
SPINNING: 12 songs San Diego's mayor played on the radio Sunday night [Matthew T. Hall @ UTSanDiego]
COULD BE WORSE: If you are having a case of the Mondays, know that it could have been worse.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Pension Measure Wave Crests, Court Slog Remains
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
One of the first local ballot measures aimed at cutting public pension costs, a cap on Pacific Grove payments to CalPERS approved by voters three years ago, was ruled unconstitutional by a Monterey County superior court judge last week.
Weintraub: Governor sets up education showdown
Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats in the state Legislature are headed for a showdown over the way California pays for its public schools.Brown is proposing a revolutionary plan to give extra state aid to schools that teach large numbers of poor and immigrant children. But he is getting pushback from some in the Legislature who think his plan goes too far Â at the expense of the general-purpose money every school district receives.
Big Capitol Fight On Medi-cal Looms Among Democrats
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Medi-Cal â the immense federal-state-local program of health care for the poor â is one major point of friction between Brown and his fellow Democrats.
Obamacare Allies Eye Ballot Initiatives
Kyle Cheney and Jason Millman @ politico.com
Obamacare backers stymied by conservative legislatures in red states may have a new approach: letting the voters break logjams with state ballot initiatives in 2014.
'Maldonado For Governor' Off To A Bad Start
George Skelton @ latimes.com
The Republican who dares to consider going up against Brown will have to do better than his mistaken example of the problems with inmate realignment.
Immigration union joins opposition to Senate bill
Brian Bennett @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON – A labor union that represents federal officers who vet immigration applications has decided to oppose the immigration overhaul winding through the Senate, saying provisions in the bill could lead to fraud.
California oil tax push would direct new funds to schools
Just months after California voters passed Proposition 30 to stave off education cuts, a push is under way to ensure that the next stream of higher education funding flows out of the ground.
Garcetti, Greuel Fight For African American Votes In Final Hours
James Rainey and Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
A two-year-long campaign that has drawn record spending will put either the first woman or the first elected Jewish leader in the Los Angeles mayor’s office.
Bill Ensures Paid Family Leave For Calif. Workers
Judy Lin @ mercurynews.com
California businesses would be prohibited from firing or retaliating against employees who take advantage of the states paid family leave program under a job-protection bill moving through the Legislature.
How The IRS Seeded The Clouds In 2010 For A Political Deluge Three Years Later
Zachary A. Goldfarb and Kimberly Kindy @ washingtonpost.com
In early 2010, an Internal Revenue Service team in Cincinnati began noticing a stream of applications from groups with Âpolitical-sounding names, setting in motion a dragnet aimed at Âseparating legitimate tax-exempt groups from those working to get candidates elected.
Dems Urged To Use Legislative Muscle
Joe Garofoli @ sfchronicle.com
After Jim Araby's union of grocery store workers donated millions of dollars and cranked out 7,500 three-hour volunteer shifts last fall to help elect a supermajority of Democrats to the state Legislature and win statewide ballot measures, they, like many California liberals, began to dream big.
Teacher Layoffs Lowest Since Economic Downturn, CTA Reports
Jane Meredith Adams @ edsource.org
Teacher layoffs shrank to the lowest number since the recession began in 2008, with about 1,300 teachers, librarians, counselors and other public school employees receiving final layoff notifications by the May 15 deadline, according to the California Teachers Association.
State Dairymen Seek Bigger Share Of Whey Windfall
Marc Lifsher @ latimes.com
Farmers want lawmakers to overhaul the complex milk-pricing formula to give them more for the dairy byproduct that has become a profit center for cheese makers.
With Disputed Amendments Ahead, Senate Panel Returns to Immigration Bill
ASHLEY PARKER @ thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com
Mondayâs meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee was expected to be long â perhaps dragging late into the evening â but largely devoid of partisan fireworks, as the panel returns to debating and amending a broad overhaul to the nationâs immigration laws.
Dan Walters Daily
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
Squabbling over social welfare spending in Gov. Jerry Brown's May budget revision shows the governor's biggest adversaries are his fellow Dems, Dan says.
Immigration agents fight Senate bill
Kevin Robillard @ politico.com
The National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council is the second union to oppose it.
Brown Eyeing Enterprise Zones
Katie Orr @ capradio.org
Governor Jerry Brown is proposing drastic changes to Californiaâs Enterprise Zone program in his latest budget.
E.J. Dionne: Dissatisfaction begs the question: Is democracy in trouble?
We know American politics are dysfunctional. But after a week of scandal obsession during which the nation's capital and the media virtually ignored the problems most voters care about – jobs, incomes, growth, opportunity, education – it's worth asking if there is something especially flawed about our democracy.
South LA Churches Get Visits From Mayoral Candidates
Alice Walton @ scpr.org
It's a political tradition to visit churches the Sunday before Election Day and that's exactly what Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel did across South Los Angeles this morning.
Larger Union Enforcing Immigration Opposes Overhaul - Nytimes.com
L.A. Poised To Go After Las Vegas Hospital In Patient-Dumping Cases
Phillip Reese and Cynthia Hubert @ sacbee.com
Multiple agencies, including the Los Angeles city attorney's office, are investigating whether Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada's primary public mental health facility, has been systematically dumping patients across state lines for years.
State lawmakers' pay cleared for hike
Christopher Cadelago @ utsandiego.com
Director Ana Matosantos late last week certified that the state has adequate reserves to meet the legal requirements to boost pay for Gov. Jerry Brown, the Legislature and other elected officials. The relevant reserve balance is expected to be $232 million, based on the governorâs revised spending plan for the year beginning July 1.
Rick Orlov's Tipoff: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Heading To China
Rick Orlov @ dailynews.com
As he prepares to leave office on June 30, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa seems intent on making sure every page of his passport has some foreign destination stamped on it.