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THE NOONER for June 3, 2013

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  • CD15 (Hayward-Livermore): Added State Senator Ellen Corbett (D)
  • AD45 Special (West San Fernando Valley): Added attorney Dan Freedman (D)
  • AD52 Special (Chino/Ontario/Pomona): Added Chino councilmember Tom Haughey (D)

SUBSCRIBERS: downloadable spreadsheet of all candidates 

CONTROLLER: Bill Lockyer announced that he will retire from public office, making way for Betty Yee's run for Controller.

VULTURES: As the future of Attorney General Eric Holder continues to be uncertain, the whispers of who might replace him are getting louder. Of course, the lone Californian on a short list is our own Attorney General, Kamala Harris. Harris might be a bit less likely to be considered following the well publicized compliment paid her by Obama, but she truly is one of the most eh, attractive, candidates.

Which brings us to the attorney general succession question... If given the opportunity, who would Jerry Brown appoint to be attorney general? 

ONE YEAR FROM TODAY: The 2014 Primary Election is June 3, 2014.

CONDOM CAUCUS: Assembly junkies may have noticed that freshman Assemblymember Rob Bonta's AB 999 "condoms for prisoners" bill uh--got off the Floor last week, while third-termer Isadore Hall's AB 332 "condoms for porn stars" did not. The two legislators are seat mates in the first row of the far left side of Assembly Chambers--leading to one veteran lawmaker's now dubbing the area, "Condom Corner." No word from the far right, rear corner of Chambers...Tom Ammiano's AB 336 "condoms as evidence of prostitution" did get off.

CONFERENCE: The conference committee reconciiling the two versions of the state budget meets again today. On Friday, Michael Cohen, deputy director of the Dept. of Finance told the committee the governor was uncomfortable with the revenue assumptions in both the Assembly and Senate versions of the budget. Here is the LAO's analysis of the different spending plans.

Report: How GOP lost young voters [Katie Flueck @ Politico] - "The College Republican National Committee on Monday will make public a detailed report — the result of extensive polling and focus groups — dissecting what went wrong for Republicans with young voters in the 2012 elections and how the party can improve its showing with that key demographic in the future."

"In the report, the young Republican activists acknowledge their party has suffered significant damage in recent years. A sampling of the critique on:

  • Gay marriage: "On the 'open-minded' issue … [w]e will face serious difficulty so long as the issue of gay marriage remains on the table."
  • Hispanics: "Latino voters … tend to think the GOP couldn't care less about them."
  • Perception of the party’s economic stance: "We've become the party that will pat you on your back when you make it, but won't offer you a hand to help you get there."
  • Big reason for the image problem: The “outrageous statements made by errant Republican voices.”
  • Words that up-for-grabs voters associate with the GOP: "The responses were brutal: closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned."

AD04: Redistricting turns Napa into major player in 2014 Assembly race [Peter Jensen @ Napa Valley Register] - "Thanks to the redistricting two years ago, Napa County has a new district that no longer includes Santa Rosa, and thus the best chance in decades to take an Assembly seat."

AD28: Shocking no one, Paul Fong endorsed Evan Low as his successor.

OBAMACARE: Obamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians [KQED News and the California Report]




  • 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.


SD16: July 23 runoff...


SD16 Results
 FresnoKernKingsTulareTotal VotesPercent
Ramirez  8923 500  298  199  1,890 2.97%
Perez  13,390 8,570  3,344  2,550  27,854 43.81%
Miranda  956  350  208  109  1,623 2.55%
Arif  233  133  84  21  471 0.74%
Vidak  11,001  5,219  11,180  4,210  31,610 49.71%
Write-In  79  0  0  57  136 0.21%



Gov. Jerry Brown Is Poised For A Big Victory
George Skelton @
California is close to making the most sweeping change in how it spends money on schools since Ronald Reagan was governor four decades ago. And Gov. Jerry Brown is on the verge of a monumental personal triumph — a legacy builder, for better or worse. Nobody really knows.

Fans Resent Lack Of Public Obama Events
Carla Marinucci @
It's a scenario that's all too familiar: President Obama will visit Silicon Valley this week - but the only Californians who will see or hear from him will pay at least $2,500 for the privilege.

Schumer: Immigration Bill To Pass Senate By July 4
Philip Elliott @
A lawmaker who helped negotiate a bipartisan bill to overhaul immigration predicted on Sunday that comprehensive legislation would overwhelmingly pass the Senate by July 4 while House Republicans cautioned that they would write their own version, one piece at a time.

'Tort Wars' Heating Up In California Capitol
Dan Walters @
The Legislature sets the rules under which injuries are litigated, and that's why one of the Capitol's perennial conflicts is called "tort wars," pitting those who want to expand the ability to sue for damages – especially contingency-fee lawyers – against those who defend such cases, particularly business and insurers.

Tim Donnelly's A Very Social Assembly Member
Marc Lifsher @
The Republican from San Bernardino County uses Facebook and Twitter to explain his votes and is comfortable with old-fashioned speechifying as well.

Cities Crack Down On Medical Marijuana Shops As Court Decision, Ballot Measures Embolden New Bans
Dana Bartholomew @
The crackdown against medical pot shops across Southern California began as soon as the state's highest court ruled last month that cities could enforce their dispensary bans.

California Treasurer Bill Lockyer To Retire From Elected Office
David Siders @
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, a fixture in Democratic politics in California for more than 40 years, announced today he will retire from elected office when his term expires in early 2015, forgoing a run for controller next year.

Salinas Valley Winning Fight With Seawater Intrusion
Science @
The Salinas Valley has almost halted a ruthless 70-year advance of seawater into the water table that sustains $3.8 billion worth of agriculture in a long swath of rich farmland immortalized in John Steinbecks East of Eden.

Judge weighs arguments over California high-speed rail plans
Five years after voters approved Proposition 1A, a $9.9 billion high-speed rail bond measure, attorneys spent Friday morning arguing whether plans for the train system comply with the law.

Gov. Jerry Brown's poised to see a big victory
George Skelton @
But on education policy, lawmakers are pushing back to make sure that a final agreement contains their input.

Santa Clara County supervisor election: Meet the candidates
Tracy Seipel @
Six candidates, including three women and three men, are on the single-issue ballot that asks voters who should succeed disgraced former Santa Clara County District 2 Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr.

Immigration Bill Pins Big Hopes On Dairy Cows
Richard Cowan @
From the technology and tourism industries to the fruit growers of California, there is something for almost everyone in the sprawling immigration legislation that the U.S. Senate will start debating this month. But for supporters of this controversial bill who are searching for a solid bloc of votes in the Senate, there might be no better way than through a provision embedded in the law that gives dairy farmers better access to foreign labor.

Election on Tuesday to replace George Shirakawa Jr. in Santa Clara County District 2 likely to have low turnout
Tracy Seipel @
Six candidates, including three women and three men, are on the single-issue ballot that asks voters who should succeed disgraced former Santa Clara County District 2 Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. -- yet relatively few voters are expected to cast ballots and most political experts predict a runoff is inevitable with no clear winner surfacing Tuesday.

School Bond Campaign Reform Sought
Dan Weikel @
Critics see underwriters' role in supporting ballot measures as unfair to opponents and say their deals with school districts can leave out competitive bidding.

AP, Fox News Not Isolated First Amendment Controversies For DOJ
Alex Lajar and Jordy Yeager @
The AP and Fox News controversies are not isolated First Amendment incidents for President Obama's Department of Justice (DOJ).

Calif. State Parks System Launching On A Makeover
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California state parks system, beset by financial problems and scandal, is launching a study commission that leaders hope will reshape the system and restore public confidence and financial stability.

In Congress, Legislation and Scandals Vie for Attention
Lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Monday from a weeklong recess, facing a critical juncture on immigration legislation and controversies with the I.R.S. and Justice Department.

Joe Biden In SF June 17 To Raise Money For Dems
Josh Richman @
Vice President Joe Biden will visit the Bay Area later this month to raise money for the Democratic National Committee.

Online College Course Experiment Reveals Hidden Costs
Katy Murphy @
A pilot project with San Jose State and the online education startup Udacity to offer college courses for credit relied on a lot of support from a participating high school.

One Of Medicare's Most-wanted Fugitives Is Arrested In L.A.
One of Medicare 's most-wanted fugitives, a former clinic owner in the Los Angeles area, was arrested on his return from South Korea , authorities said.

AM Alert
Jeremy B. White @
Now that last week's house-of-origin bill bonanza has drawn to a close, lawmakers turn to the work of finding fiscal common ground.

The Buzz: California governor's workspace swaps cigars for pingpong
It's time to report another change at the California Governor's Office since Jerry Brown took over from Arnold Schwarzenegger. In addition to housing a Democrat instead of a Republican, the chief executive's workspace has also swapped cigars for table tennis.