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THE NOONER for May 28, 2013

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  • AD54 (Culver City): Added Crenshaw Subway Coalition chairman Damien Goodwin (D)
  • AD55 (Diamond Bar): Added Walnut Valley USD trustee Phillip Chen (R)
  • AD55 (Diamond Bar): Added Placentia councilmember Scott Nelson (R)
  • AD55 (Diamond Bar): Added West Covina USD trustee Mike Spence (R)

downloadable spreadsheet of all candidates [$$$]

Our friends at the California Manufactured Housing Communities Association provides this handy crosswalk of the shifting senate districts.

DEADLINE: This week is the house of origin deadline in both houses. By Friday, bills need to get out of their first house to have a life in the remainder of this first year of the two-year session. Here is a link to LegTrack's Assembly Daily File and Senate Daily File.

SD16 UPDATE: The Nooner nightcap I sent out on Friday did not include some additional votes that have been counted, but not reported to the Secretary of State. Here is the current, razer-tight race with totals from each county. As a reminder, "top two" does not apply in special elections, but the top two do proceed to a runoff if no candidate receives over 50%. Vidak is currently 171 votes below 50%.

We likely won't know final results until Friday, which is when the counties are obligated to provide final tabulations to the Secretary of State. It appears that only Fresno and Tulare have ballots left, most of which are provisional and, if valid, will favor Leticia Perez. Thus, it is very likely that we will have a July 23 runoff.

SD16 Preliminary Results
 FresnoKernKingsTulareTotal VotesPercent
Ramirez  892  499  295  199  1,885 2.97%
Perez  13,336  8,563  3,286  2,550  27,735 43.75%
Miranda  951  350  207  109  1,617 2.55%
Arif  233  133  83  21  470 0.74%
Vidak  10,997  5,215  11,104  4,210  31,526 49.73%
Write-in  103      57  160 0.25%


Meanwhile, here are some articles you might have missed over the holiday weekend:

MALDO-NOT-SO-FAST: Neel Kashkari may run for governor [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron] - "Neel Kashkari, the '$700 billion man' who managed the financial bailout program during President George W. Bush's administration, hasn't held press conferences, appeared in TV spots or made formal announcements about a possible future run for California governor. Not yet, at least. But on the Internet, the 39-year-old former Bay Area Goldman Sachs banker who oversaw the Troubled Asset Relief Program - TARP, the effort to stanch the 2008 financial crisis with $700 billion in government investments in banks and private industry - appears to be laying out the next chapter in his story. The moderate Republican's goal: To pursue his 'passion for public service.'"

GOOD TIMES: Higher than expected property taxes means L.A. County has more money to spend [Christina Villacorte @ SBSun] - "The county Assessor's Office projected the 2013 Assessment Roll - an inventory of all taxable property as of the beginning of the year - would go up 4.23 percent."

BAD TIMES: County pares budget after court ruling [Andrew Galvin @ OCR] - "Orange County's budget director unveiled a revised spending plan for the next fiscal year that patches together funding to minimize possible layoffs and help fill a $76 million deficit."

FANTASY TIMES: How cities gambled to reduce their pension debt [Teri Sforza @ OCR] - "This is the story of the pension obligation bond – alluring, despite the clunky name – and how some have resisted, some have been ensnared, and some, like the County of Orange, have figured a brand-new way to play the game. "

SHOW US THE WAY: GOP asks Bono Mack how to beat Ruiz [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - "A GOP congressman who heads the National Republican Congressional Committee sought Mary Bono Mack’s advice as they form a strategy to take on Ruiz, the Desert Sun reported. Bono Mack, a Republican who held the seat for 14 years before losing to first-time candidate Ruiz, D-Palm Desert. She has since joined a DC lobbying firm. "

PARTING WAYS: Divorcing: Connie Mack and Mary Bono Mack [Alex Leary @ TB Times] - "Former Florida Rep. Connie Mack and his wife, Mary Bono Mack, are divorcing. 'We are saddened to announce that we have reached the difficult decision to end our marriage,' they said in a statement. 'We have nothing but respect and admiration for each other and we intend to remain on the friendliest of terms. We appreciate the love and support of our family and friends.'"

DENIED: Ontario's claim seeking to end agreement over ONT is rejected [Lizet Marquez @ SBSun] - "The claim by Ontario seeking to end its agreement over LA/Ontario International Airport has been rejected by the city of Los Angeles. Ontario officials will now have six months to decide whether it will sue the city and Los Angeles World Airports, the agency that manages ONT, Los Angeles International and Van Nuys airports.

WANDERLUST: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa dismisses concerns about his financial future "Responding to a report that he was facing a bleak future when he leaves the Mayor's Office, Antonio Villaraigosa insisted Friday he has no "trepidation" about his post-public life."

THE SERPENT: If you didn't feel Thursday night's temblor in Northern California, here's what it felt like.



  • Sublease or small office sought. The Community College League of California, which recently consolidated to its midtown headquarters, is seeking a small shared or solo office space near the Capitol. Contact Scott Lay at or, well, reply to this message!
  • Learn to lobby more effectively. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov offers his introductory "Legislative Process / Lobbying 101" and advanced "Lobbying 201" seminars June 6-7. $250 each. Valuable for principals and support staff at lobbying firms, organizations that employ lobbyists, public agencies, membership associations. Info / registration: or 916-442-5009.
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A State-run Retirement Plan For Private Sector?
Ed Mendel @
A new state law drawing national attention could give most of the estimated 6.3 million California workers with no employer retirement plan an “automatic IRA,” a paycheck deduction that goes into tax-deferred investments.

California's Sales-tax Loophole Should Be Closed
Dan Walters @
About a quarter-century ago, the California Legislature punched a very large loophole in the state's sales tax law by exempting custom computer software from taxation.

California Lawmakers Considering New Rules For Medical Marijuana
Andrew Edwards @
A pair of bills that would enhance the legal standing of medical marijuana providers have advanced in the Legislature following this month's landmark court ruling that affirmed the rights of local governments to ban dispensaries.

The Buzz: California senator vows to continue fight for new cigarette tax
Legislative proposals to create new taxes in California didn't fare very well in the upper house last week, but at least one senator isn't giving up the fight.

Lawmakers Rush To Meet Legislative Deadline
Katie Orr @
In the California legislature this is the last week for bills to either pass or fail in their House of Origin. With hundreds of bills to consider, it’s going to be a busy week for lawmakers.

California Agencies Tackle Rules Of Road For Driverless Cars
Laurel Rosenhall @
Google's self-driving car had already logged hundreds of thousands of miles on Bay Area roads before Gov. Jerry Brown took a ceremonious spin in an autonomous Prius last year and signed a law allowing the vehicles to operate in California. Now bureaucrats in state government are playing catch-up, writing a whole new set of rules of the road.

Bill Would Require More Online Retailers To Collect Sales Tax
Kevin Smith @
California consumers soon could be paying more for the products they buy online if a proposed federal law is approved.

High-End Health Plans Scale Back to Avoid â
As part of the new health care law, companies that offer high-end health care plans to their employees will face a 40 percent tax in 2018, and many are scaling back some benefits.

Who Takes Hit In City Bankruptcies: Bondholders Or Workers?
Walter Hamilton @
Stockton and San Bernardino have committed to making payments to the giant state pension fund CalPERS, sparking a showdown with creditors.

West Sac Getting Out Of The Port Business
Darrell Smith @
West Sacramento will turn its port over to a private operator in July as a last resort to save the 50-year-old facility, which has been bleeding money for years.

'Miracle' L.A. school board triumph: She thought of her students
Teresa Watanabe and Howard Blume @
'Fifth-grade teacher' was underdog candidate Monica Ratliff's ballot designation. It resonated with voters, who propelled the 43-year-old to victory over heavily favored Antonio Sanchez.

Democrats Again Pursuing Big Box Construction Regulations
Katie Orr @
The California Assembly will take on the issue of regulating big box stores this week. Some lawmakers want to require more information before the stores can be built.

Builder Of 1st Phase Of California's Bullet Train Faces Scrutiny
Ralph Vartabedian @
A lawmaker is concerned that Tutor Perini Corp. scored low on design quality, safety and engineering.

One Strategy For Health-Law Costs: Self Insure
Christopher Weaver and Anne Wilde Matthews @
As businesses cast about for ways to minimize new costs related to the federal health law, health insurers are stepping up. Among their latest offerings: allowing ever-smaller companies to switch to a riskier form of coverage traditionally favored by big employers.

Conservatives Stymied In Attempts To Alter Immigration Reform Law
Over the past three weeks, Sen. Jeff Sessions tried everything he could to blow up a comprehensive immigration bill.

Boxer Wants Probe On Troubled Plant
Michael R. Blood @
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer wants the Justice Department to investigate if California utility executives deceived federal regulators about an equipment swap at the San Onofre nuclear power plant that eventually led to a radiation leak, the Associated Press has learned.

Returning To The L.A. River; And Going With The Flow
Lisa Girion @
Steve Schleier has kayaked spectacular and scenic rivers from West Virginia to Alaska. So when the Los Angeles lawyer heard that his hometown river was opening to public navigation for the first time in decades, he was all in.

AM Alert
Before he can flee Sacramento and settle into his new post on the Los Angeles City Council, Democratic Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield is getting a parting gift from his legislative colleagues: He's the beneficiary of this year's California Roast.

Free Money: $5k For Top Idea On Tech Helping Sacto
Patrick Atwater @
Here’s a crazy idea: what if the fuel for California’s next Gold Rush lay buried within its governmental bureaucracy? Not through some policy or program but in the revolutionary power of technology to transform the very notion of government.

California Is Richest, Poorest State
Dan @
By Daniel Weintraub

San Quentin prisoners perform Shakespeare play about mercy, revenge
Megan Hansen, Marin Independent Journal @
There's a scene in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" where Shylock argues that people share the similarity of being human, and thus should be treated with respect despite their differences: "If you prick us, do we not bleed?

AP Exclusive: Boxer wants probe on troubled plant
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer wants the Justice Department to investigate if California utility executives deceived federal regulators about an equipment swap at the San Onofre nuclear power plant that eventually led to a radiation leak, The Associated Press has learned.

Dan Walters Daily
over California's drive to reduce prison overcrowding, Dan says.

Chinook Salmon Study Breaks Ground In Bay, Delta
Local @
A collaborative study involving the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and commercial Chinook salmon fishers examines whether the fishs remarkable ability to smell their river of origin can be used to boost the hatchery returns.