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THE NOONER for June 28, 2013

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  • CD45 (Irvine): removed congressman John Campbell (R)
  • CD45 (Irvine): added state senator Mimi Walters (R)
  • AD54 (Culver City): added Holly Mitchell district director Sydney Kamlager (D)

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Happy midday Friday from Los Angeles, where June gloom is in full effect until the sun comes out for a warm 84 degrees. Sactown is supposed to hit 104 today, and it is still suppoed to be 98 degrees for the 7:05pm first pitch at Raley Field tonight. I'm heading to Golden West College for a campus safety forum, before flying back to catch the game. Which, finally gets me on topic for today's Nooner.

When I get off the freeway to go to the John Wayne Airport, I'll be at the intersection of Dana Rohrabacher's CD48 to the west, Loretta Sanchez's CD46 to the east, and John Campbell's CD45 to the south. Wait a minute! That won't be John Campbell's CD45 after next year.

The congressional retirement buzz has been focused on Buck McKeon, so political watchers were surprised by yesterday's announcement that five-term congressman John Campbell (R-Irvine) would not seek reelection. The announcement came as a shock to many, as Campbell is relatively young--he turns 58 next month--and seemingly had no barriers to reelection. It's not like he needs to go to the private sector to earn money.

But, we move on. This is a safe Republican district, but that doesn't make it easy to make projections on the race. Seats like this--where you spend a lot of money and bust your ass the first cycle and then coast--are rare.

By late evening, it was clear that State Senator Mimi Walters was in the race. Jon Fleischman then posted a piece and openly wondered whether congressman Gary Miller, facing a tough reelection to his Inland Empire seat, would try to make a move to the south Orange County 45th. He previously represented portions of the district.

This will be a crowded race. Which brings up a mathematical point. If there are two many Republicans and two Democrats, it is possible but not likely that Democrats could capture the top two--and thus the seat--if they have two decent candidates. That is certainly on the mind of Jim Brulte and the NRCC this morning when there are so many ambitious young Republicans in the district.

IN OTHER NEWS: We have a state budget, and Thrifty Jerry was seemingly happy with the budget adopted by legislative Democrats. He vetoed the fewest number of items of any governor in the last 20 years.

PACKING: Today is the last day of work for Antonio Villaraigosa, who has no job, no house, and no car.

DOUBLE-DIP: Nearly One in Five Members of Congress Gets Paid Twice [Shane Goldmacher @ National Journal] - "About 90 members from both chambers collected a government pension atop their taxpayer-financed $174,000 salary in 2012, National Journal found in an examination of recent financial records. Including a dozen newly elected freshmen who reported government pensions last year, the number now stands above 100. That’s nearly one-fifth of Congress."

"And Rep. Tom McClintock, a California Republican and a tea-party-style conservative long before the term existed, has railed against a bloated public sector—and the looming pension crisis in his home state—for years. Yet when he arrived in Congress in 2009, he began collecting two taxpayer-supported state pensions, worth $9,579 in 2012. Why didn’t he pass on them? 'You’d have to take up that question with Mrs. McClintock,' he says."

Here are the California ones:

MemberPartyDistrictAnnual PensionSource
Garamendi, John D California-03 $88,800 Multiple
Capps, Lois D California-24 $68,768 Multiple
Feinstein, Dianne D California Senate $54,925 City & County of San Francisco, CA
Honda, Mike D California-17 $50,014 Multiple
Waxman, Henry A D California-33 $5,000 - $15,000 California Public Empl Retirement System
Roybal-Allard, Lucille D California-40 $2,501 - $5,000 California Legislators Retirement System
Lowenthal, Alan D California-47 $46,941 California Public Empl Retirement System
Cook, Paul R California-08 $40,695 Multiple
Vargas, Juan D California-51 $20,304 San Diego City Employees Retirement Syst
Farr, Sam D California-20 $19,280 California Public Empl Retirement System
Eshoo, Anna D California-18 $11,728 County of San Mateo, CA
Costa, Jim D California-16 $11,205 Multiple
McClintock, Tom R California-04 $9,579 Multiple
Napolitano, Grace D California-32 $6,356 California Public Empl Retirement System
Speier, Jackie D California-14 $6,000 California Legislators Retirement System
Waters, Maxine D California-43 $5,720 California Legislators Retirement System
Boxer, Barbara D California Senate $4,445 Marin County Employees Retirement Assoc
Negrete-McLeod, Gloria D California-35 $3,348 CalPERS


LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP: The state senate approved the North Fork gaming compact, allowing the tribe to open a casino 40 miles from its reservation along highway 99.

AD52: It wouldn't be an IE race without the mud coming out

Finally, Senator Don Perata’s daughter-in-law, Katie Perata, recently and tragically passed away, leaving behind two young daughters.

The family held a private funeral recently and has set up a memorial fund in Katie’s name for the girls: Taylor (age 9) and Paige (age 7). Information is below if you are interested in contributing.

The Taylor and Paige Perata Custodial Fund Information:

Taylor Perata
Mechanics Bank Acct. # 140029257

Paige Perata
Mechanics Bank Acct. # 140029265

Checks can be made payable to: The Taylor and Paige Perata Custodial Fund

Send: c/o Christina Flores Niehaus
61 Moraga Way, Suite 4
Orinda, CA 94563




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For California's Poor And Needy, State Budget Is A Partial Victory
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New Budget Expands Healthcare In California
Chris Megerian @
The budget that Gov. Jerry Brown signed includes legislation expanding the state's healthcare program for the poor.

Assembly Sends Jerry Brown Enterprise Zone Revamp
Jim Sanders @
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Governor And Lawmakers Say Budget Marks Progress
Chris Megerian @
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Jerry Brown signs California budget bill
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown, who pressed California colleges and universities earlier this year to expand their online offerings, backed off Thursday, vetoing his own budget proposal to earmark $20 million in funding for online education.

Prison Guards Ask To Be Included In Solitary Confinement Lawsuit
Paige St. John @
The union that represents corrections officers at California prisons seeks to intervene in a federal lawsuit over how long the state may keep inmates locked up in solitary confinement.

Is Prop 8 Ruling A Wellspring For New Initiatives? :: Fox&hounds
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Budget Won't End Fiscal Angst
Dan Walters @
Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature's Democratic leaders patted themselves on the back Thursday for enacting a 2013-14 state budget that's balanced and has a reserve.

'wal-mart' Bill Fails In Assembly As Democratic Caucus Splits
Jim Sanders @
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Prop. 8 ruling raises fears about effects on other initiatives
Chris Megerian and Anthony York @
The Supreme Court ruling on the Prop. 8 gay marriage ban raises fears that state leaders may refuse to defend other initiatives they don't like.

Jerry Brown signs California budget into law
Josh Richman @
Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders say the state budget enacted Thursday is not only balanced and on time, but balances fiscal resposnibility with meeting struggling Californians' needs.

Prop. 8 Case Was Once Seen As A Supreme Court Long Shot
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Backed by a Hollywood-style gay rights group and two of the best lawyers in the country, the legal challenge to California's same-sex marriage ban -- filed in the spring of 2009 -- at first was strongly opposed by the nation's largest gay rights organizations.

Immigration overhaul bill passes the Senate
Lisa Mascaro and Brian Bennett @
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Governor Signs Medi-cal Expansion Bills
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Dianne Feinstein Bill Would Limit Antibiotic Use In Livestock
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Dianne Feinstein bill would limit antibiotic use in livestock

Bart Unions Give Notice Of Strike - Sfgate
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State Senate Approves Madera County Tribal Casino
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Amended Bill To Rein In High-cost Construction Bonds Moves On | Edsource Today
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Deal Reached On California PUC Leaders Serving On Related Nonprofits
Chris Megerian @
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Gov. Jerry Brown signs budget with few changes — or complaints
Chris Megerian @
Gov. Jerry Brown signs California's $96.3-billion state budget with minimal changes; even GOP criticism is muted

Dan Walters: Budget won't end fiscal angst
Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature's Democratic leaders patted themselves on the back Thursday for enacting a 2013-14 state budget that's balanced and has a reserve.

Gov. Jerry Brown Leaves Budget Largely Untouched
Chris Megerian @
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown issued nearly two dozen line-item vetoes on Thursday but left overall spending almost entirely intact.