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THE NOONER for June 14, 2013
Good morning from DC, where my laptop says "3:14am" although I know I need to be in "school" in a couple of hours. Thank you for your patience with me this week, and congratulations on making it to Friday!
Let me take a moment to plug Georgetown's Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program, run through the Public Policy Institute. I wasn't sure when I arrived, but now would very highly recommend the program to anyone in nonprofits or large political or policy operations. Truly an amazing program and group of attendees.
I look forward to walking back from Georgetown and getting my aural pleasure from the Capitol Connection podcast, in which I am told that Anthony and John talk about that, oh, state budget. The budget will most likely be approved today on both floors. Meanwhile, the SacBee crowdsources the analysis of the state budget.
Thank you for the great feedback yesterday on the top 5 congressional races. Overwhelmingly, you agreed with my rankings. A few of you thought that Ami Bera's defensive race in CD07 was hotter, but I think he is relatively safe and can only be taken out in a GOP sweep cycle. In that, I'm in agreement with UVA's Larry Sabato. Again, we're nearly 3 political lifetimes ahead, and things will change in the landscape. (I would note that a "do-nothing" Congress--like with Ruiz--helps Bera as he will be voting on few polarizing issues.)
I apologize for adding Bertrand Perdomo-Ucles to the AD59 race. He is looking at the race if Reggie Jones Sawyer makes a move to the Los Angeles City Council when Herb Wesson packs his bags. But, we're way ahead of ourselves, and Perdomo-Ucles belongs on the bench.
Meanwhile, the largest IE for Leticia Perez received $150,000 on Tuesday from Chevron. Add $25k from Oxy, and let's just say that oil an severence tax won't be moving out of the State Senate anytime soon.
Have a great weekend!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Boxer To Push Funding For Health Costs Of Uninsured Immigrants
Richard Simon @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON—Sen. Barbara Boxer plans to push for Washington to provide $250 million and perhaps more to help local and state governments pay the cost of healthcare to uninsured immigrants who seek legal status under legislation now before the Senate.
Perez Tuition Aid Plan Not Best Way To Increase College Access, Analyst Says
Jim Sanders @ sacbee.com
A massive middle-class scholarship program in the proposed state budget ranked last among options for increasing college access in findings prepared, but not released publicly, by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office.
California Assembly Committee Stalls High-profile Farm Labor Bill
Dan Walters @ blogs.sacbee.com
A high-profile bill to help the United Farm Workers union secure contracts with growers has hit a roadblock in a California Assembly committee that's ordinarily very friendly to union-sponsored legislation.
Calif. lawmakers begin debating main budget bill
Republican lawmakers are criticizing the $96.3 billion budget compromise struck between Democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this week, saying it includes new spending that will lead to major fiscal problems when voter-approved tax increases expire in a few years.
Seeking Pr Help To Raise Tax Revenue :: Fox&hounds
The Contra Costa Times reports that the school district is considering hiring a San Francisco political consulting/media firm to somehow convince the assessor to bring property assessments reduced when the real estate market collapsed during the Great Recession back to current market values, thus creating new government revenues, a portion of which goes to the schools.
The Swarm: PG&E President Rebuts Calls By San Bruno Leaders For Big Fine
Dan Morain and Stuart Leavenworth @ blogs.sacbee.com
PG&E President Christopher Johns seemed resigned today to paying $2 billion-plus in fines as partial penance for the 2010 San Bruno natural gas explosion, but said the $3.8 billion sought by the city of San Bruno is over the top.
Podcast: Fiscally Fit
John Myers @ news10.net
With the quick hashing out of a state budget deal between Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democratic leaders, it's as though the conversation came down to someone saying, 'What's $96 billion between friends, right?'
Feinstein Will Seek Limits On Who Can See Nsa Spy Data | Mcclatchy
William Douglas and David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau @ mcclatchydc.com
The Senate intelligence committee chairman on Thursday vowed an effort to limit the access of government contract workers, such as Edward Snowden, to highly classified information.
Both houses of Legislature begin tackling 22 budget bills
Melody Gutierrez @ blogs.sacbee.com
And they are off. The first of the budget bills is being taken up in the Legislature as the Assembly and Senate both convened at 10 a.m. to talk money.
UCD Health System To Include Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity In E-records
Mark Glover @ sacbee.com
The UC Davis Health System said today that it will become the first academic health system in the nation to incorporate sexual orientation and gender identity as standard demographic elements within the electronic health records of its patients.
State legislator names Union City manufacturer 'Small Business of the Year'
Chris De Benedetti @ mercurynews.com
Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, gave the award to PTR Manufacturing, Inc., a Union City-based company that provides manufacturing in machining, sheet metal, welding and assemblies for several tech industries.
State's Largest Court Poised For Staff Cutbacks - Ap State News - The Sacramento Bee
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles court officials will layoff or cut 539 jobs, likely resulting in long lines and reduced services.
Charles Calderon "head and shoulders" above brothers
John Hrabe @ calwatchdog.com
The people who know the Calderons best, old friends, current and former staffers, community leaders, and Sacramento lobbyists, say that each of the Calderons has brought a unique style and approach to the family business. Far from speaking with a uniform voice, the Calderons often have had heated political disagreements within the family and been on opposite sides of controversial legislative fights.
Residents Have Garcetti's Ear Before He Takes Office
Catherine Saillant @ latimes.com
The mayor-elect is preaching a gospel of civic rebirth and lower expectations in a series of 'Back to Basics' forums in the weeks before he replaces Villaraigosa.
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
We'll find out by the end of business today: The deadline for passing a budget beckons, so if legislators don't ratify the latest budget accord today, they will have to do so Saturday before midnight.
Senate Rejects Move To Tie Immigration Overhaul To Border Security
Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau @ latimes.com
Lawmakers vote down an amendment by Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa that would have delayed a path to citizenship until the border with Mexico was fully secure.
Dan Walters: Budget bill 'trailers' keep rolling
As a legislative conference committee was doing its item-by-item sojourn through the state budget this month, many were marked "tbl."
California Insurance Chief: Keep Anthem Out Of Small-biz Exchange
Chad Terhune @ latimes.com
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, in an unusual move, wants Anthem Blue Cross barred from the state's new health exchange for small businesses because of the company's excessive rate hikes in the past.
Flippers, Move-up Buyers Flock To Sacramento Market, Foreclosures Down
Hudson Sangree @ sacbee.com
Flippers and move-up buyers are out in force, and foreclosures are shrinking to an increasingly minor part of Sacramento's housing market, DataQuick said Thursday.
Brown Retreats From Conditions On University Funding
Chris Megerian @ latimes.com
The budget plan to be voted on Friday will no longer tie money to transfer enrollment numbers and other measures, which critics called rigid and unrealistic.
Iran vote underway; Ayatollah Khamenei tells U.S. to go to hell
Nasser Karimi and Brian Murphy @ mercurynews.com
Iran's supreme leader delivered a salty rebuke to the U.S. Friday as Iranians lined up to vote in a presidential election that has suddenly become a showdown across the Islamic Republic's political divide: Hard-liners looking to cement their control and re-energized reformists backing the lone moderate left in the race.