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THE NOONER for July 29, 2013

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  • BOE1 (North/East): added tax attorney Chris Parker (D)
  • AD45 (West San Fernando Valley): added Winnetka neighborhood council president Eric Lewis (N)

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Good morning, it's going to be a Nooner light today, as I'm swamped. This will generally be a quiet week before the Assembly returns next week. Of course, the Senate has another week off, because the two houses didn't coordinate their summer vacay.

Thank you very much for your feedback fror my Nooner Nightcap rant on Friday. The response was overwhelming, and was heartened to hear from Democrats and Republicans alike about the need to be willing to say "no" to supporting candidates who we know have a history of hostile workplaces.

619: Filner’s defense led by top-notch lawyer [Kristina Davis @ UTSD] - "Meet Harvey Berger, the man behind Mayor Bob Filner's legal defense who must respond to the escalating sexual harassment accusations against the mayor while trying to manage an unpredictable, high-profile client."

661: Democrats dealing with a thin bench [Robert Price at BakCal]

AD45: With the entrance of Winnetka neighborhood council president Eric Lewis (NPP) on Friday's deadline, we're now up to 7 Democrats, 3 Republicans and 1 NPP in the race.

LA-LA LAND: Nury Martinez says revamped campaign won her L.A. City Council district race [Dakota Smith @ LADN] - "Reached Thursday, Montañez consultant Parke Skelton said he was "bewildered" by how his team, which expected to beat Martinez by at least 8 points, lost. The team did no polling during the general election, he said, and instead relied on field feedback. "In retrospect," he said, "We could have done polling. It might have shown us the danger we were in."

Monterey Park Votes to Require Businesses to Put Up Bilingual Signs [Ron Rokhy and Ted Chen @ KNBC] - "The City Council in Monterey Park has unanimously voted to require businesses to put up bilingual signs, sparking controversy in a community that has a large Chinese-American population. Under the rule, business owners must put at least one sign up that uses the "modern Latin alphabet," since forcing stores to put up specifically English signs isn’t allowed, according to the council agenda.:




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Economist Questions California's Energy Conservation Claims
Dan Walters @
It's right there on the California Energy Commission's website – the oft-ballyhooed boast that the state's tight energy conservation standards have saved countless billions of kilowatts of power and "more than $74 billion in reduced electricity bills since 1975."

Official Website of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer: Boxer Videos - Senator Boxer on Combating Military Sexual Assault
June 12, 2013 Senator Boxer joined MSNBC’s Chris Hayes to discuss the need for real change in the way the military handles crimes of sexual assault.

Biker Safety Bill Up For Third Time In California Legislature
Katie Orr @
For a third time a California lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require cars to maintain a distance of at least three feet when passing a bicycle. The previous two bills were vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Further deep budget cuts will hurt economy, Interior Secretary says
Evan Halper @
WASHINGTON -- Officials from the Obama administration are taking their case against proposed deep budget cuts advancing in Congress to the public, warning that they would hurt the economy and inhibit the government’s ability to enforce popular laws.

Scranton _ gov., ambassador, candidate _ dies
William Scranton, a former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, has died. He was 96.

CalPERS Still In Choppy Seas After "Perfect Storm"
Ed Mendel @
On a half dozen yes-or-no questions asked in an on-line survey in 2011 and again last month, the average approval rating from CalPERS employers dropped from 74 percent to 61 percent.

Pat Brown Stood Firm On Civil Rights
George Skelton @
But comparing the father's fight against Prop. 14 to Jerry Brown refusing to defend Prop. 8 is ludicrous.

Runoff election Tuesday for Santa Clara County's District 2 supervisor
Tracy Seipel @
Tuesday's special runoff election in Santa Clara County's District 2 between labor leader Cindy Chavez and water district communications manager Teresa Alvarado has already motivated 17,065 voters to turn in their vote-by-mail ballots -- slightly more than those submitted by the weekend before the June 4 primary.

Gov. Brown Seeks Overhaul Of Unemployment Insurance Program
Marc Lifsher @
With so many people using benefits, the state has had to borrow from the feds. Proposal would make businesses pay more.

The Conversation: Feds Need To Slap Down 'bankzilla' - California Forum - The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Should Resign, Sen. Feinstein Says
Richard Simon @
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California on Sunday joined a growing list of Democrats calling on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign due to allegations that he has sexually harassed women, intensifying the pressure on him to step down.

Shutdown Odds Rising As Obama, Congress Entrench On Spending
Justin Sink and Molly Hooper @
The odds of a government shutdown this autumn are increasing, with the White House and congressional leaders both digging in.

Facing a Recall After Supporting Stronger Gun Laws in Colorado
A recall election for Colorado state Senators John Morse and Angela Giron will serve as a national test of whether politicians can survive the fallout of passing strict gun-control measures.

Lawmakers, Lobbyists Push For New Tax Breaks Through Secret Process -
Ronald Brownstein @
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Weiner's Campaign Manager Quits After New Sexting Revelations Threaten Run For NYC Mayor
Anthony Weiner vowed to stay in the race for New York City mayor Sunday despite the loss of his campaign manager and the drumbeat of critics questioning his fitness for public office.

Senate retirements to leave health-care void
Jennifer Haberkorn @
Three senators whose crowning achievement is Obamacare will retire at the end of 2014.

Lawmakers Promise More Scrutiny Of Nsa Surveillance
Rich Simon @
Democratic lawmakers said Sunday they would push for greater oversight of the National Security Agency ’s bulk collection of U.S. phone calling records, stoking a debate that has divided members of Congress, especially Republicans .

Recruiting On Campus For MBAs Is On The Rise
Darrell Smith @
On-campus recruiting for business graduate students at the nation's colleges is on the rise, with nearly half of schools reporting an increase, according to a report on MBA hiring trends released last week.

Former San Quentin warden: Death penalty all but dead
Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal @
To hear former San Quentin State Prison Warden Jeanne Woodford tell it, the death penalty is all but dead in California.

Senior California National Guard officer pleads guilty to on duty Ponzi scheme
Timothy Melvin Murphy, 70, of Orange, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and now faces up to 20 years in federal prison at his June 25 sentencing by U.S. District Judge David Carter, Department of Justice officials said.