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THE NOONER for July 19, 2013
Good morning, Noonerites. Sometime this week I ran across the quote "Think beyond your mandate. Act beyond your tenure." It's a zero result on Google, so I don't know where it's from, but what if we all followed that? Meanwhile, STRS is still receiving only about half the money needed to meet the retirement promises to teachers.
DOUBLE X FACTOR: Women to L.A. City Hall: Remember us? [Lindsay Bubar and Sandra Fluke op-ed @ LAT] - "On July 23, this will change when voters in Council District 6 will choose between two women in a runoff election to fill the seat vacated by Tony Cardenas when he was elected to Congress. But one woman among 14 men hardly feels like a representative government, and many committees, where policy priorities are set, will still be uniformly male."
I wrote about this on my birthday last year.
THE 50 POLITICOS TO WATCH: Politico builds a list that includes Californians Pete Aguilar, Carl DeMaio, and Tom Steyer.
THE READ: This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral? Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!? in America's Gilded Capital [Mark Leibovich]
THE CONVO: Last night cocktail party conversation: "Do you say you work in public relations or public affairs?" "Always public affairs, which involves strategy. And strategy is money."
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Bob Fairbanks, founder of the Capitol Morning Report, turns 85 tomorrow.
STOP THE BLEEDING: CA Asian Pacific Voters: Key Initiative by RNC and CRP [Shawn Steel @ FlashReport] - "To become a majority party, California Republicans have to embark on a march that will be long and arduous. One thing is certain, the Republican APA boots on the ground are in California."
Kara, in response to me reading this story to her -- "With what message?"
THE SAGA: The San Diego Democratic Central Committee debated whether to call for Bob Filner to resign, but stopped short of doing so with a split vote of 24-24. The UT's Mark Walter writes:
One, [party chair Francine Busby] said, felt that the party “cannot take allegations without any people (coming forward), without any proof and without any process" and demand the resignation of a mayor elected by the people.
The other camp "felt strongly we should ask the mayor to resign because of a betrayal of trust," Busby said.
Filner was invited to attend meeting but did not show up.
The San Diego Republican Party quickly issued a statement criticizing Democratic leaders.
Remember when the San Diego Republican Party called on Duke Cunningham to resign for taking bribes from military contractors? Oh, me neither.
Meanwhile Da Mayor with Da Flavor puts out a Twitter image to show that he's still hard at work for America's Finest City.
The Department of Labor accidentally released state employment data yesterday, leading EDD to frenetically get out California's release, which shows continued improvement in the state's economy. The unemployment rate in California in June was 8.5%, the lowest since October 2008, with the Bay Area continuing to lead the state with the lowest unemployment rates.
As seen below, construction is rebounding strong, as are jobs in the high-end professional, business, and technical services (which includes jobs in IT, finance, and law). I look below at the change in the quantity of seasonally adjusted jobs since the recession began and compared to last year.
I irked some folks yesterday by spiking the football on Twitter and claiming that Proposition 30 naysayers were wrong, as robust job growth continues despite increases in sales and income taxes. I stand by that statement, but also concede that private sector job growth might be a bit stronger without the taxes, but likely offset by further reductions in state and local government jobs.
CHAPTER 9: Stealing Stockton's noteriety for being the biggest municipality to go under, Detroit files for bankruptcy.
PART TWO: Today, the Giants begin a three-game home stand against the first place Arizona Diamonbacks. It'll be a good sign of whether they are waiving the orange and black flag or the white flag for the second half of the season.
YOUR PEDICURIST IS TALKING SMACK ABOUT YOU: In Vietnamese salons, nails, polish and unvarnished opinions [Anh Do @ LAT] - "The woman rubbed the cracked skin of a man's foot, smoothing on almond cream. She massaged his leg, cradling his rough ankle as she muttered in Vietnamese. "Choi dat oi!" she said, turning to a co-worker. "Oh my God! This guy is so dirty. I thought he looked clean. But he takes off the shoe and he is different."
WRAP THAT RASCAL: Sacramento County One Of State's Hotbeds For Sexually Transmitted Diseases [Cynthia H. Craft @ SacBee]
Okay folks, we've made it through another five Nooners, so it must be time to wrap it up for the week. It's going to be a hot one, so make sure you stay cool.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Older Adult And Parent Ed Programs Left Out Of Adult Education Budget Compromise
Susan Frey @ edsource.org
An effort to narrow adult educationâs core mission is being met with resistance from advocates for older adult and parent education programs, which would lose funding under a budget compromise crafted by supporters of adult education and Gov. Jerry Brown.
Napolitano's Salary As UC President
Laurel Rosenhall @ blogs.sacbee.com
UC Regents approved a $570,000 salary for Janet Napolitano but had not yet voted on her nomination as the next university president when protestors disrupted the meeting in San Francisco, temporarily putting the meeting on hold.
Government 'Moneyball' Could Work
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Moneyball works in baseball. It could work in government â if we were willing to apply it as ruthlessly as the Oakland A's.
UC Regents appoint Napolitano amid protest
Following angry protests by immigrant rights activists, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano became the first woman appointed to lead the University of California on Thursday. Only student Regent Cinthia Flores voted against her, echoing protesters' concerns that the record number of deportations under Napolitano of immigrants without legal permission to live in the U.S. "produced insurmountable barriers to higher education." About 40 immigration activists and students - some of them immigrants who said family members had been deported - staged a noon protest outside the regents meeting at UCSF Mission Bay, then urged the regents to reject the appointment. Shame! as the regents recessed the meeting and police declared an unlawful assembly. Dozens in the audience walked out, but four protesters remained, shouting, "Undocumented is not a crime - Napolitano, it's not your time!"
Grand Jury Investigates California Campaign Violations
Christopher Arns @ bizjournals.com
A grand jury is apparently investigating whether several âdark moneyâ groups linked to billionaire conservatives David Koch and Charles Koch illegally funneled $11 million to defeat two California ballot measures in the 2012 general election. If verified, the case would be the largest incidence of campaign money laundering in the stateâs history.
Regents Approve Napolitano As President Of UC System
Larry Gordon @ latimes.com
The UC regents on Thursday confirmed U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as the next president of the 10-campus system during a sometimes rowdy meeting marked by a protest from students and others who contend Napolitano expanded deportations of undocumented immigrants.
UC Regents Confirm Janet Napolitano As Next President
Laurel Rosenhall @ blogs.sacbee.com
University of California regents today confirmed the nomination of President Barack Obama's Secretary of Homeland Security as the next president of the 10-campus UC system.
Brown Tackles Debt Wall, But Other Walls Loom Large
John Myers @ news10.net
When Gov. Jerry Brown first compared California's growing debt problems to a massive wall between the state's current position and its future, it instantly caught on with everyone from pundits to policy makers. After all, everyone knew the state had a problem that needed to be addressed.
University Of California Regents Increase Pension Contributions - San Francisco Business Times
Employees of the University of California just saw their payments into their pension plan go up July 1, and they will go up again next summer.
UC Davis Unveils Plan For World Food Center - Agriculture - The Sacramento Bee
UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi on Thursday told University of California regents about the plan to create a World Food Center that would tie together the more than 30 centers or institutes on the UCD campus that engages in research related to food, nutrition and health.
Obama Boasts Of Health Care Savings, But Costs Likely To Rise For Many | Mcclatchy
Lesley Clark and Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau @ mcclatchydc.com
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama assailed Republicans on Thursday for trying to dismantle his signature health care law, saying it’s already providing a benefit of one kind or another to millions of Americans, including a drop in projected premium costs in nearly a dozen states.
California Redistributes $4 Billion In Redevelopment Funds
Dan Walters @ blogs.sacbee.com
The erasure of California's local redevelopment agencies and the redistribution of their revenues and assets resulted in nearly $4 billion in payments, according to a new report from the state Department of Finance.
California Bans Inmates Rights Lawyer From Prisons
Paige St. John @ latimes.com
California corrections officials have barred a prominent legal advocate from visiting prison inmates, saying they are investigating unspecified threats created by one of her volunteers.
Former Governors Support Of Gov. Brown On Prisons A Double-Edged Sword
Joel Fox @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
There is good news and bad news for Governor Jerry Brown in accepting support of Californiaâs former governors challenging the federal court panelâs order to release prisoners from the stateâs prisons. All former California governors supported Gov. Brown with a brief to the Supreme Court asking the court to stay any prisoner release ordered by a lower federal court until the Supreme Court can consider the matter. However, the support of all former living governors puts Brown on a tightrope because of his realignment program.
Environmental Documents For Proposed Delta Project Criticized
Bettina Boxall @ latimes.com
Federal agencies reviewing draft for proposal to re-plumb the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta call it 'insufficient' and 'biased.'
Texas Lawmaker Wendy Davis -- Star Of Abortion Law Filibuster -- Coming To SF
Carla Marinucci @ blog.sfgate.com
Texas Senator Wendy Davis â who became a national political celebrity with her determined filibuster of a GOP bill to restrict abortion â will join activist Sandra Fluke at a major EMILYâs List fundraiser in San Francisco next month, weâve learned.
Napolitano approved as Calif. university president
The University of California's governing board voted Thursday to appoint Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as the first female president of the 10-campus system despite objections to her record on immigration.
UC To Pay $4.5 Million To Settle Racial Discrimination Suit
Stephen Ceasar @ latimes.com
Dr. Christian Head, a surgeon at UCLA ’s medical school, will receive more than $4.5 million to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit against the UC Board of Regents, the university system announced Thursday.
California Suspends 16 Treatment Centers After Raids Uncover Suspected Fraud
Richard Chang @ sacbee.com
State officials moved Thursday to suspend Medi-Cal payments to 16 alcohol and drug treatment centers across California, after uncovering suspected fraud in raids last week.
The fine print of Obama's health care pitch
Brett Norman and Jason Millman @ politico.com
Obama says that his health care law is already providing real savings and is working as planned.
Does California, Like Florida, Have 'stand Your Ground' Law?
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
The Bee has gotten a deluge of responses to a report on members of the California Legislative Black Caucus planning to call for a boycott of Florida until the state repeals its much-dissected "stand your ground" self-defense law.
Napolitano confirmed as UC chief; first woman to head the system
Students will be welcome at the University of California no matter their immigration status, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said after being confirmed Thursday as the next president of the 10-campus UC system.
Little Recourse For Attorney Barred From Visiting California Prisoners During Hunger Strike
Julie Small @ scpr.org
Four California prisoners required medical treatment and a fifth was referred to a physician on the 11th day of a hunger strike to protest the long-term isolation of inmates, health care officials said Thursday.