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THE NOONER for July 17, 2013

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Good morning from downtown Los Angeles, where I have a few minutes to write before a lunch meeting. After leaving San Diego for Pasadena at 5 a.m. this morning for an 8:30, I figured I would have plenty of time to write before that meeting. Uh, no, the drive took 3 hours and 45 minutes. But, that makes me happy. Seeing the 15 packed from Temecula to the 60, particularly in July, is a good sign that California's recovery is fully underway. This adds on to the amount of construction I saw in Sandy Eggo, and the resumption of homebuilding in the IE.

Since I'm in the mighty AD53, I'll note that the biggest question continues to be whether LAUSD trustee Monica Garcia runs to succeed John Perez. If she does show, she'd join Perez district director and LA Community College trustee Miguel Santiago, and Sandra Mendoza, a third Democrat. Garcia and Santiago are both close to the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, and it may be Maria Elena Durazo's support which determines the ultimate field.

Bob Filner is still mayor of America's Finest City. Some people asked that, if the allegations of a work environment hostile to women were true, why wasn't it aired in the campaign? Actually, there was a "Filthy Filner" meme in the campaign and a Twitter account handle of the same name, which was "suspended" by the social networking company last night (obscuring all tweets). Anyway, once he was the nominee representing the Democratic Party and labor against Carl DeMaio, people held there tongues. 

We have seen this before. Plenty of electeds have had hostile work environments (remember the staffer being thrown against a wall?), and the Legislature has paid out plenty of dough to keep folks quiet--I mean, in legal settlements with confidentiality agreements. However, when those are carried to a higher office, any stumble by those candidates is amplified. If Eliott Spitzer had not pissed off so many people both internally and externally in his ascent to New York governor, he would never have had to resign from office. But, when you make a habit of standing on the edge of the balcony, be careful, as you might get pushed.

CD17: How To Make A Congressman Sweat [Alana Levinson @ KRCB] - "In January, most members of Congress were catching their breath after a long campaign. Not California Rep. Mike Honda."

SAW THAT COMING: Opposition Rises To Janet Napolitano As Next UC President [Laurel Rosenhall @ SacBee] - "Despite her support for the DREAM Act, the website is collecting signatures on a letter that asks UC regents not to confirm Napolitano. "Secretary Napolitano is the architect of the deportation machine that has resulted in over 1.5 million deportations during President Obama's tenure," the letter says. "She has no expertise in higher education, only in family separation, and no place in our public university system."

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$: California's State and Local Governments Spend Nearly $400 Billion per Year [Ed Ring @ FlashReport]

GAY PARIS! For Filner trip, charge card limits eased [Trent Siebert @ UTSD] - "San Diego officials increased city charge-card limits for two administrators to $30,000 each in advance of Mayor Bob Filner's trip to Paris in June, according to records obtained by U-T Watchdog."

RECAP: A tale of two districts: The incumbents go down [Nik Bonavich @ Capitol Weekly

CD6: City Council candidate Nury Martinez discloses childhood sexual abuse [Catherine Salliant @ LAT] - "Los Angeles City Council candidate and former school board member Nury Martinez on Monday said she was repeatedly sexually abused as a child, an allegation she's making public now to counter attack ads being circulated by her opponent in a July 23 special election to fill an open council seat."

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Sadia Saifuddin, the student regent opposed by some Jewish groups is a Pakastani muslim supporter of Palestine, not Palestinian herself. Here's an ABC story on the controversy.




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Opposition Rises To Janet Napolitano As Next UC President
Laurel Rosenhall @
Objection is mounting to the nomination of Janet Napolitano as the next University of California president, with students and immigration activists planning to protest against her at Thursday's meeting of the governing Board of Regents in San Francisco.

California AG Kamala Harris Adviser Gil Duran Resigns
David Siders @
California Attorney General Kamala Harris' communications director, Gil Duran, has resigned less than six months after leaving Gov. Jerry Brown's administration to work for her.

California Rolling Back Lengthy Prison Sentences For Some Juvenile Offenders - Capitol And California - The Sacramento Bee
State Sen. Leland Yee authored a bill to allow some offenders serving life-without-parole terms for murders they committed before turning 18 to petition the courts for resentencing after they serve 15 years.

Employees Of Ufl Sacramento Team Sue Paul Pelosi - Sfgate
Joe Garofoli @
California's sports and political worlds are colliding through the dormant United Football League franchise in Sacramento, with several coaches and employees suing owner Paul Pelosi - the millionaire husband of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco - claiming he failed to pay them after promising to do so. Five employees of the Sacramento Mountain Lions - including former Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan, who held the same position there - say Paul Pelosi, a real-estate investor and businessman, owes them $250,000, according to the suit filed this month in San Francisco Superior Court. The league's founder is Pelosi's friend Bill Hambrecht, a San Francisco investment banker who managed Google's initial public offering. When the league canceled the second half of its season in October, Paul Pelosi said in a statement that "it is our first priority to take care of our players, coaches, and staff and then to raise sufficient funds to take care of our other obligations and to resume fully financed operations in 2013." Speaking as a "spokesman for the UFL ownership group" in that statement, Paul Pelosi blamed postponement on "a lack of sufficient funds due to the high cost of workmen's compensation insurance and other elements."

Sacramento County Raises Water Rates For 50,000 Customers - Our Region - The Sacramento Bee
Bee file, 2009. Sacramento residents are allowed to use sprinklers on alternate days in the summer, based on their street address.

City Beat: Sacramento mayor, city manager oppose Delta water tunnels
Ryan Lillis @
Mayor Kevin Johnson and City Manager John Shirey both expressed their opposition today to Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to build giant tunnels that would divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to farms and cities in Central and Southern California

Extra Tax Revenue Sends More Money To Schools
Chris Megerian @
California schools will see a hike in new money thanks to increased tax revenue during the fiscal year that just ended.

Atherton council may ask voters to renew parcel tax in Nov. 5 election
Bonnie Eslinger @
The Atherton City Council tonight is to consider placing a measure on the Nov. 5 ballot asking voters to renew the town's parcel tax another four years.

State Warns Drought May Bring Water Cutbacks - Capitol And California - The Sacramento Bee
Bee file, 2013. A couple swim near the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers last week.

Senate Reaches Tentative Deal To End Filibuster Standoff
Michael A. Memoli @
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said an agreement had been reached to avert a standoff over filibuster rules.

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Dan Morain: Hypocrisy And Rep. Mcclintock's Pension - Dan Morain - The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain

Senate budget would boost NASA
David Rogers @
The $52.27 billion Senate package is almost $4.9 billion greater than the House measure.

Privacy Group Warns Against California Plan For Digital License Plates - Transportation - The Sacramento Bee
A high-tech makeover for California license plates will provide a stark departure from the metal identifiers cars in the state have used throughout the decades.

Healthcare law may close gaps in mental health coverage
Anna Gorman @
Half the state's adults and two-thirds of adolescents with mental illness aren't getting treatment. But new research finds that the disabled and poor could get comprehensive care.

Downey Mayor Elected To Head Independent Cities Group
Jean Merl @
Downey Mayor Mario A. Guerra has been elected president of the Independent Cities Assn., the Guerra campaign announced Tuesday.

Dan Morain: Hypocrisy and Rep. McClintock's pension
Tom McClintock used the occasion of a 2005 hearing into state pensions to denounce government workers' rich retirement benefits, as was his wont back when he was in California's Senate.

This Is What Happens When 318 Corgis Throw A Beach Party
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Police Vow Crackdown After Zimmerman Protests Flare In L.A., Oakland
Ruben Vives, Kate Mather and Joel Rubin @
As L.A, Oakland spent Tuesday morning tallying arrests from violent protests last night, officials asked for peaceful behavior