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THE NOONER for June 21, 2013
NO SPIN ZONE
It's Friday, a two-board meeting day for me, and an opinion-free Nooner day. The Public Records Act will be continued as a state-funded mandate for the time being, and there may be a constitutional amendment next year to get the state off the hook from paying the cost for local governments to comply.
Dan Walters spikes the football, while also acknowledging this was about money and not public records. "The machinations are rooted in a decades-long game of fiscal tag between state and local governments."
GAVEL: Judges: Gov. Jerry Brown must fully comply with prison order [Don Thompson @ AP] - "A panel of federal judges on Thursday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to circumvent its long-standing order for reducing California's prison population, the latest step in an ongoing legal drama over how to improve inmates' medical and mental health care inmates. Brown quickly announced that he will ask the courts to stay what he called an 'unprecedented order to release almost 10,000 inmates by the end of this year.' The governor already filed notice that he intends to appeal the latest order to the U.S. Supreme Court."
NOTED: Ron Calderon has reopened his legal defense fund in light of the FBI search of his office. His previous committee was shut down following changes in FPPC guidelines about the use of such funds.
JOBS: California jobs report: Expect more jobs -- in certain industries [Ricardo Lopez @ LAT] - "California will report Friday how the labor market fared in May. Economists expect the California jobs report to show modest growth, but they will be watching a few key industries that will signal whether the recovery is still on track."
AD52: San Bernardino County GOP gives $9k to non-Republican [Jim Miller @ PE] - "The San Bernardino County Republican Party is all about electing, you know, Republicans. Earlier today, though, the party reported giving $9,000 to a campaign committee of Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, a former Republican who recently lost an election for the state Senate and is now running for the Assembly as a no-party preference candidate." [ElectionTrack]
SANDY EGGO: Filner removes lawyer from meeting [Trent Seibert @UTSD] - "San Diego Mayor Bob Filner used his tax-funded body guard to remove the No. 2 official in the City Attorney’s Office from a closed meeting this week, a move which the City Council president witnessed and called 'wrong' and another council member described as 'inexcusable behavior.'"
The Google doodle reminds us that it's summer solstice, and the skies will feature the Supermoon tonight.
Have a great weekend. If you're in NorCal and looking for something to do on a warm beautiful Saturday, tomorrow is the third annual Davis Music Fest. With 15 stages, 60 bands, and admission of only $25 (one wristband gets you everywhere), it's a blast. As soon as my board meeting is over, I'll be shedding my suit and hitting the fest. Most of the stages are within the walkable downtown grid, including venues at bars, parks, and other public spaces.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Assembly, In A Reversal, Votes To Preserve Public Records Law
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
The state Assembly voted Thursday to maintain a mandate that local governments provide public documents upon request, but some lawmakers criticized the move as embarrassing and political theater, arguing it is unlikely to be approved by the Senate.
Darrell Steinberg Considering Run For Sacramento Mayor
Laurel Rosenhall @ blogs.sacbee.com
Facing the end of his career in the state Legislature next year, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Thursday that he is considering a run for mayor of Sacramento.
Liberal Activists Plan Ballot Measure If Gay Marriage Ban Upheld
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
SAN JOSE — Liberal activists pledged Thursday to put a measure on the ballot to overturn California's gay marriage ban if the Supreme Court does not throw out Proposition 8 in a decision expected next week.
California Politicians Manipulate Our Rights
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
The seriocomedy over gutting the California Public Records Act continued Thursday as the politicians went into panic mode in the face of rapidly expanding criticism.
Jerry Brown Will Support Bill Keeping Public Records Act Intact
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown will support a bill reversing a proposed weakening of the California Public Records Act, apparently resolving the controversy that has swept over the Capitol in recent days.
Lawmakers, Jerry Brown flip on Public Records Act changes
Melody Gutierrez and David Siders @ sacbee.com
Beset by widespread criticism of a proposal to weaken California's public records law, Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers capitulated Thursday, abandoning a bill the governor appeared ready to sign as recently as a day earlier.
Jerry Brown has 'nothing to add' about public records flap
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
After the state Assembly voted to undo part of a budget bill that would weaken California's open-records law, Gov. Jerry Brown hustled backstage following a speech here Thursday morning, ignoring a trail of reporters.
The Riggs Report: Immigration Reform Crucial For UC Davis Chancellor
KCRA @ kcra.com
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Exemption For California PUC Chief Stalls Budget Finalization
Chris Megerian @ latimes.com
A dispute over the California Public Utilities Commission is pitting the two houses of the Legislature against each other.
Judges Order California To Immediately Release Prisoners - Capitol And California - The Sacramento Bee
Officers head to work at San Quentin State Prison.
Water Board Halts Orange County Tollway Project
Dan Weikel @ latimes.com
Water quality regulators halted a $200-million tollway project in Orange County when they denied a discharge permit for the controversial proposal.
Chevron Corp. Taking Political Fire From Both Right And Left
Dan Walters @ blogs.sacbee.com
It's been a rough week, politically speaking, for Chevron, one of the state's oldest and largest corporations, as it takes fire from the left and the right.
Judges: Brown must fully comply with prison order
Don Thompson @ customwire.ap.org
A panel of federal judges on Thursday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to circumvent its long-standing order for reducing California's prison population, the latest step in an ongoing legal drama over how to improve inmates' medical and mental health care inmates.
Border deal improves chances of immigration bill in Senate
The chances of the Senate passing a comprehensive immigration bill improved dramatically Thursday after a bipartisan group of senators reached an agreement to double the number of Border Patrol agents and add 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.
On Prison Overcrowding, Judges Offer Brown A Shortcut Past Politics
Chris Megerian @ latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown has claimed many reasons for why he can't meet the court order to cut prison crowding, including state and local restrictions on reducing sentences or releasing inmates early.
Senators back border security to aid immigration bill
WASHINGTON – The chances of the Senate passing a comprehensive immigration bill improved dramatically Thursday after a bipartisan group of senators reached an agreement to double the number of Border Patrol agents and add 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Senate Poised To OK Border 'Surge'
Lisa Mascaro and Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau @ latimes.com
The proposal for a military-style buildup is intended to draw Republican votes for the larger immigration overhaul.
A Test For New State Homeowner Law - Real Estate - The Sacramento Bee
Lauren Amrine, left, wipes away tears while telling how her part-time job helps pay family bills. She's joined by sisters, from left, Teagan Sherr; Kristin Sherr, at rear; and Megan Amrine. Bank of America foreclosed while backing a short sale.