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THE NOONER for June 18, 2013

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It was great seeing friends new and old at Politics and Pints last night. Several of you asked if we'll have one in Sacramento, and the answer is of course, some time soon. I'll be on the Virgin America bird back tonight.

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$$$: California median housing price increases by most in 33 years [Gregory J. Wilcox @ LA Daily News] - "The median price of a previously owned house in California soared 31.9 percent in May, the largest year-over-year increase in more than three decades as sales of more expensive properties increased and inventory remained tight, a trade group said Monday."

WARNED: Dana Rohrabacher warns John Boehner on speakership [Rebecca Elliott @ Politico] - "Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) says Speaker John Boehner should be ousted if he rams through an immigration bill without majority Republican support. 'If Speaker Boehner moves forward and permits this to come to a vote even though the majority of the Republicans in the House—and that’s if they do—oppose whatever it is that’s coming to a vote, he should be removed as Speaker,' Rohrabacher said on World Net Daily radio on Monday."

And, Boehner agrees to Rohrabacher's demand.

CHAMBER: Immigration Reform is Important to California [Allen Zaremberg @ Fox and Hounds]- "Four significant issues critical to our citizens and employers are why immigration reform is more important to California than any other state. These issues include H-1B visas, the temporary worker program, enhancing border security in a way that does not hamper trade with Mexico, and resolving uncertainty over the legal status of the largest undocumented population in the country."

TRANSPARENCY: Los Angeles County leaders have a video explaining how they built the $25 billion budget.

BOE4: O.C. assemblywoman dropped from lawsuit [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "Investors are suing Point Center Financial and its founder, husband Dan Harkey, for mismanaging investments while profiting personally. Diane Harkey, a termed-out Dana Point Republican, was initiatially included in the suit despite her sworn statement that she had no role in the company. Both sides agreed to drop her from the suit last week."

CD52: CD 52 Survey: DeMaio's Being Gay And Support Of SSM Not An Issue With District GOP Voters [Jon Fleischman @ Flash Report]

The poll also shows a statistical dead heat between DeMaio and Peters in the race:

  • Scott Peters: 37.79%
  • Carl DeMaio: 34.49%
  • Howard Kaloogian: 5.28%

Kaloogian was just a test Republican alternative, and is not expected in the race.

AD52: The PE's Jeff Horseman and Jim Miller explain how Freddie Rodriguez earned the Democratic Party's endorsement in last week's caucus: "Under party rules, members of Congress and the Legislature have a certain number of delegates. Those rules allowed 16 legislative colleagues of [Norma] Torres – some from as far away as San Jose -- to temporarily transfer delegate slots to the 52nd. The result? The number of delegates in the district swelled before last week’s caucus. And the share of delegates from the district’s Pomona precincts went from about one-half to almost three-quarters -- and all of the new Pomona delegates backed Rodriguez."

There oughtta be a law...

THE LBC: The Long Beach chamber's political action committee has gotten behind Damon Dunn's campaign for mayor. [Eric Bradley at LB Press-Telegram]

THE 408: Santa Clara Unified's board is deeply divided, and the Merc News's editorial board weighs in.

MEATY LEGISLATION: Legislators' 'hot dog' definition would aid street vendors [Marc Lifsher @ LAT] - ". . . cart owners around the state are threatened with closure by health inspectors, unless lawmakers come to their rescue . . . That's why the Assembly Health Committee had to come up with a legal definition for "hot dog." The proposed change to state health laws spells it out: "'Hot dog' means a whole, cured, cooked sausage that is skinless or stuffed in a casing that may be known as a frankfurter, frank, furter, wiener, red hot, Vienna, bologna, garlic bologna or knockwurst and that may be served in a bun or roll."

HMMMM: GOP lawmaker: Extreme abortion ban justified because of masturbating fetuses [Katie McDonough @ Salon]

MISNOMER: Is it just me, or should the SFGate be the paywalled site, and SFChronicle should be the open site?



Mello-roos Law Allows Vote Of One To Decide On New Taxes |
inewsource breaks down the Mello-Ross tax law and explains how one person, sometimes a developer, can be the sole voter deciding on new taxes.

California Bill Requires Reports On Moonlighting State Workers
Jon Ortiz @
Among the mountain of budget-related measures lawmakers approved last week, two paragraphs in the voluminous Assembly Bill 76 call for greater scrutiny of "additional appointments" and the policy that fueled them.

Brown Has Veto Options With New State Budget |
The California legislature finished up its work on the state budget over the weekend - but spending levels aren't set in stone yet. Governor Jerry Brown has until the middle of next week to sign the budget and issue any line-item vetoes.

Many Bills Remaining For California Legislature
Dan Walters @
With the state budget behind them and three months remaining in the 2013 legislative session, do lawmakers have much left to do? Well, yes - and no.

State Fiscal Plan Leaves Hole In Sacramento County's Health Budget
Pauline Bartolone @
A top Sacramento county official says the new California budget will mean local health services will take a hit next year.

Lawsuits Hit New Delta Plan From All Sides - Environment - The Sacramento Bee
Delta fog clears along the Sacramento River near Sherman Island Wednesday morning.

Supreme Court Blocks Arizona Law On Voter Registration
David G. Savage @
The Supreme Court threw out an Arizona law Monday ruled state officials may not demand a proof of citizenship from residents who register to vote.

Rohrabacher: Boehner 'Should Be Removed As Speaker' If He Moves Senate Immigration Bill
Jonathan Easley @
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) warned Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would face a conference revolt that could threaten his Speakership if he allows a House vote on the immigration bill presently being debated in the Senate.

Matsui Completes Food-stamp Challenge With A Few Cents To Spare
Curtis Tate @
Three days and $13.37 later, Rep. Doris Matsui of Sacramento said she was struck by how challenging it was to eat properly on a food-stamp budget.

Cities: New Legislative Approach To Helping Inland Cities
Legislation designed to offer much-needed financial help to Riverside County’s newest cities will have its first hearing this week, following more changes designed to chart a path through California’s convoluted state-local fiscal landscape. The measure, Senate Bill 56, essentially mixes past and future in crafting a statewide policy for incorporations and annexations.

Obamacare supporters kick off outreach campaign
Noam N. Levey @
WASHINGTON — A coalition of presidential campaign veterans, healthcare companies and community activists will kick off a months-long push on Sunday to prepare millions of Americans to sign up for health insurance this fall under President Obama’s healthcare law.

Derek Cressman announces secretary of state run
Jeremy B. White @
Pledging to curb the political influence of big-money donors and update California's voting infrastructure, activist and former Common Cause vice president Derek Cressman announced today his candidacy for California secretary of state.

Millions Budgeted For Tennis Center Sparks Outrage In Anaheim - Voice Of Oc | Orange County's Nonprofit Investigative News Agency: Health News
Logging in from multiple locations may be the cause.

New State Budget Offers Few Major Reforms For Business
Gov. Jerry Brown now has 12 days to sign or veto the new $96.3 billion fiscal plan that takes effect on July 1.

California Finance Director Will Decide When State Raises Kick In
Jon Ortiz @
State workers, welcome to the back of the line.

California's Prison Crowding Is Growing, State Report Says
Paige St. John @
In the state's monthly progress report to federal judges, California acknowledges prison crowding has again begun to creep upward while Gov. Jerry Brown promises to seek legislative solutions "shortly."

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Plan slammed with lawsuits
A planning document intended to resolve decades of water conflict in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was instead greeted by a flood of lawsuits on Monday.

Report: Arts Education Has Many Benefits, But Links To Improved Academics Are Limited | Pass / Fail | 89.3 Kpcc
Mary Plummer @
Join Alex Cohen and A Martínez for a conversational and witty look at the issues people are buzzing about.

240,000 Brazilians protest police brutality, bus fares and more
Bradley Brooks @
Some of the biggest demonstrations since the end of Brazil's 1964-85 dictatorship broke out across this continent-sized country, with more expected Tuesday, protests uniting multitudes frustrated by poor transportation, health services, education and security despite a heavy tax burden.

Immigration Divide: Senate Democrats Want Action on Immigration Bill
Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, warned that the Senate could be held in session over the weekend if there was no progress on the immigration bill.

Ted Cruz Plans Voter ID Amendment to Immigration Bill
Niels Lesniewski @
Just hours after the Supreme Court ruled that federal law pre-empted Arizona from requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote, Sen. Ted Cruz said he would try to change that.

State Budget Passes, But No News On Enterprise Zones
Netflix Boosts Original Lineup With DreamWorks

Dan Walters: Many Bills Remaining For California Legislature - Dan Walters - The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters

New Push For Early Reading In Oakland Schools
Doug Oakley @
Smith, who took first place in the Martin Luther King Jr. Oakland Oratorical Fest in the Oakland schools, spoke Monday at a conference where education officials and politicians discussed how to make sure that students entering the third grade are reading at their grade level. The new initiative is called Oakland Reads 2020.