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THE NOONER for May 21, 2013

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It's election day in Los Angeles, the Central Valley and San Diego, and in the LA-LA Land's case, the election is likely to set off another round of special elections. We'll get to the predictions for today and aftermath following a little love for our classifieds and, for those non-subscribers, our advertiser.

  

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This truly is a great year for political consultants, as the election cycle is the gift that keeps on giving. While it's an off year, we have had 3 State Senate specials, an Assembly special today, and at least two more Assembly specials coming up. And, today's Los Angeles elections will likely trigger more. First, here are who I sense are the favorites going into today. Again, these are not my endorsements.

SD16 [results link]: Leticia Perez (D) and Andy Vidak (R) to a runoff (Perez will come close to winning outright, but probably will fall short)

AD80 [results link]: Lorena Gonzalez (D) wins outright (decision definitely today as there are only two candidates on the ballot)

LOS ANGELES: [results link]

  • Mayor: Eric Garcetti
  • City Attorney: Mike Feuer
  • Controller: Dennis Zine
  • Council 1: Gil Cedillo
  • Council 9: Curren Price
  • Council 13: John Choi

The Los Angeles muni elections have already triggered a campaign for one soon-to-be-vacant seat,  AD45. The seat will be vacated on or before July 1, when Bob Blumenfield is sworn in to the district 3 seat in the San Fernando Valley. That race for a safe Democratic seat already has a crowded field, although the election dates won't be set until Blumenfield steps down and the governor calls an election--most likely a September 10/November 12 cycle. It will almost certainly go to a runoff.

If Curren Price wins the district 9 seat, it will set off a special for his SD26, most likely on the same September/November cycle as AD45. The favorite will be Assemblymember Holly Mitchell, and the only other candidate I know of is frequent candidate Mervin Evans. Mitchell's likely ascendency to the Senate is most noteworthy because of the 95814 gossip that she could be an alternative to those seeking one to Kevin de Leon's status as favorite to succeed Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

If Holly Mitchell wins SD26 on September 10, there would be a special for her AD54, likely on a November 19/January 21 schedule. Eyeing this safe Dem seat is Le Francis Arnold, who is also eyeing the neighboring, more coastal AD62, where Betsy Butler is hoping to make a comeback. Arnold lives five blocks from AD54 and was the 2012 president of the California Association of Realtors, which likes to invest heavily when it sees an opportunity to send an advocate to the Capitol.

Finally, there is the issue of what happens to either Eric Garcetti or Wendy Greuel, one of which will be out of office tonight. Neither is expected to hang up their hat following a mayoral loss. There are rumors, but I'll save them for after today's elections.

 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Marijuana Dispensary Operators Welcome Senate Vote Clarifying Law
Patrick McGreevy @
latimes.com
Operators of medical marijuana dispensaries are welcoming action Monday by state lawmakers that would block prosecutions for illegal drug sales by cooperatives and collectives under certain conditions.

Las Vegas Casino Hosts Fundraiser For California Senator On Eve Of Key Vote
Laurel Rosenhall @
sacbee.com
A Las Vegas casino that stands to make millions if the California Legislature approves a gambling compact for a Fresno-area Indian tribe is hosting a fundraiser this weekend for a state senator who is about to vote on the deal.

Senators To Query Apple On Tax Shelters - Sfgate
sfgate.com
Apple CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to appear Tuesday before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to explain why the Cupertino computer giant is avoiding paying billions of dollars in taxes by diverting nearly two-thirds of its pretax revenue through Irish subsidiaries. McCain called the argument by multinationals that closing the loopholes should wait for overall tax reform a "cop-out," saying "every lobbyist in their $1,000 suit" is trolling Congress urging to wait for a reform that may never come. First appearanceTuesday will be Cook's first appearance before Congress since taking over as Apple's chief executive in 2011. A subsidiary called Apple Operations International reported a net income of $30 billion from 2009 to 2012, according to the report, but "has no declared tax residency anywhere in the world and, as a consequence, has not paid corporate income tax to any national government for the past five years." The loopholes seem tailor-made for Silicon Valley tech giants and other multinationals such as pharmaceutical companies whose business models rely on patents and other intellectual property. Corporations generally are lobbying for a tax overhaul that uses revenue from closing loopholes to lower the corporate tax rate. 'Political sideshow'Dean Garfield, president of the Information Technology Industry Council, a trade group, said in a blog e-mailed to reporters that Levin is conducting a "political sideshow ... designed to embarrass Apple, a company that has a strong record of U.S. job creation and employs Americans and pays about $1 million an hour in state and federal income taxes."

Report: Apple Used Subsidiaries To Avoid $44 Billion In U.S. Taxes
latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- Apple Inc. has used an elaborate web of offshore subsidiaries to avoid paying at least $44 billion in U.S. taxes over the past four years, a Senate investigation has found.

Prop 98 In A Budget Tug-of-war :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
Predictions from the Legislative Analyst that the state will have more revenue than the governor projects in his May budget revision — with most of the money going to the schools under the provisions of Prop 98 — could set up a spending tug-of-war with Prop 98 in the middle.

Bill To Add Class Offerings At Higher Price Passes Assembly
Melody Gutierrez @
blogs.sacbee.com
A bill authorizing additional community college classes for students willing to pay higher fees divided Assembly Democrats on Monday as some questioned whether the proposed legislation would create a two-tiered system.

Jerry Brown, On Script, Urges Berkeley Graduates To Combat Climate Change
David Siders @
sacbee.com
Of all the speeches politicians give, one of the most difficult may be the commencement address, given as it is to an audience that is often hot and tired and preoccupied with its own excitement – or anxiety – about the future.

Congress Targets Apple On Tax Shelters - Sfgate
sfgate.com
Apple CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to appear Tuesday before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to explain why the Cupertino computer giant is avoiding paying billions of dollars in taxes by diverting nearly two thirds of its pre-tax revenue through Irish subsidiaries. McCain called the argument by multinationals that closing the loopholes should wait for overall tax reform a "cop out," saying "every lobbyist in their $1,000 suit" is trolling Congress urging to wait for a reform that may never come. First appearanceTuesday will be Cook's first appearance before Congress since taking over as Apple's chief executive in 2011. A subsidiary called Apple Operations International reported a net income of $30 billion from 2009 to 2012, according to the report, but "has no declared tax residency anywhere in the world and, as a consequence, has not paid corporate income tax to any national government for the past five years." The loopholes seem tailor-made for Silicon Valley tech giants and other multinationals such as pharmaceutical companies whose business models rely on patents and other intellectual property. Corporations generally are lobbying for a tax overhaul that uses revenue from closing loopholes to lower the corporate tax rate. Dean Garfield, president of the Information Technology Industry Council, a trade group, said in a blog e-mailed to reporters that Levin is conducting a "political sideshow ... designed to embarrass Apple, a company that has a strong record of U.S. job creation and employs Americans and pays about $1 million an hour in state and federal income taxes."

How To Make $30 Billion And Pay No Corporate Income Tax, The Apple Way
Ezra Klein @
washingtonpost.com
Apple went to Ireland, and it found a pot of gold. Or more precisely, it managed to bring in $30 billion in overseas profits over a four-year period without paying a dime of corporate income tax to the Irish, American or any other national government.

Apple avoids billion in U.S. taxes through affiliates, Senate inquiry finds
Marcy Gordon @
mercurynews.com
Apple employs a group of affiliate companies located outside the United States to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. income taxes, a Senate investigation has found.

Is Bay Bridge Debacle A Harbinger?
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
One must wonder, too, whether the Bay Bridge debacle is a harbinger of what could happen on the much-bigger bullet train and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta tunnel projects that Brown so ardently seeks.

Medical Pot: Senate Opens Path To Legal Clinics
JIM MILLER @
pe.com
Supporters say the bill would deter federal law enforcement wary of the state law. Backers say the bill also should ease the concerns of the more than 200 local governments, including Riverside, San Bernardino and other Inland Southern California communities, that have passed ordinances banning the storefront sale of medical pot.

Immigration Agents Fault Legislation on Security
nytimes.com
A union representing employees of the Department of Homeland Security called on lawmakers to reject the Senate immigration bill, saying security procedures were weak.

L.A. Elections May Be Decided By Older, White Voters, Poll Shows
Michael Finnegan @
latimes.com
The survey of likely voters finds that non-Latino whites make up 32% of the city's population but are likely to total 51% of the vote.

L.A. Election Turnout: Few Are Expected At Polls Today; Some Say Change Is Needed
Andrew Edwards @
dailynews.com
Political observers expect only a small percentage of Los Angeles voters to participate in today's election, a probability that signals it may be a time to change when the city chooses its leaders. | Story: Candidates campaign on final day before vote | Photos: Eric Garcetti's final day of campaigning | Wendy Greuel's final day of campaigning

Sen. Orrin Hatch emerges as key GOP vote on immigration
Lisa Mascaro @
latimes.com
WASHINGTON – When Sen. Orrin Hatch takes his seat on the dais in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, the 79-year-old slides into his status as the most sought-after vote for immigration reform.

L.A. Votes: Candidates Try To Pump Turnout In Race's Final Hours
Seema Mehta @
latimes.com
As the two-year campaign to be Los Angeles' next mayor draws to a close, the candidates spent the weekend furiously courting voters across the city, trying to avoid the potential lowest turnout for an open mayoral seat in modern history. Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti presented their closing case to voters at churches, a pizza parlor and a bowling alley.

Senate investigators: Apple avoided $44 billion in taxes
Tony Romm @
politico.com
A Senate report alleges the company took advantage of numerous tax loopholes.

Senators press forward on immigration bill
Lisa Mascaro @
latimes.com
WASHINGTON – Senators are pushing forward on changes to a sweeping immigration overhaul, preparing to vote the bill out of the Judiciary Committee before Congress adjourns for the Memorial Day recess.

New Talks Could Save Prop. 13 Reform For Commercial Property Taxes - L.A. Biz
bizjournals.com
This was printed from L.A. Biz

Tentative deal reached on high-tech visas in immigration bill
Lisa Mascaro @
latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- The outlines of a possible agreement emerged Tuesday on the criteria for high-skilled visas in the immigration overhaul, potentially paving the way for a key Republican senator to support the sweeping legislation and give it a boost when it comes to a committee vote.

Apple's Cook faces Senate questions on taxes
utsandiego.com
A Senate panel says Apple Inc. is avoiding billions of dollars in U.S. taxes by shifting profits to foreign affiliates and is prepared to question the company's chief executive Tuesday about the "loopholes."

May Budget Revise Offers Funding Reprieve To Some Regional Occupational Centers
Susan Frey @
edsource.org
Some California Regional Occupational Centers – the primary providers of career technical education for high school students in the state – have been given a reprieve from Gov. Jerry Brown’s original plan to eliminate any future dedicated funding for them.

The Buzz: Higher-priced college classes debated; Torres sworn into Senate
sacbee.com
A bill authorizing additional community college classes for students willing to pay higher fees divided Assembly Democrats on Monday as some questioned whether the proposed legislation would create a two-tiered system.