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THE NOONER for July 31, 2013

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DISTRICT CHANGES
  • CD21 (Kings): changed from Leans Republican to Likely Republican
  • CD24 (Central Coast): changed from Toss-up to Leans Democrat
  • CD41 (Riverside): changed from Leans Democrat to Likely Democrat
  • CD47 (Long Beach): changed from Leans Democrat to Likely Democrat

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FILNER: City sues Filner, won't pay his legal fees [Craig Gustafson and Mark Walker @ UTSD] - "San Diego sued its own mayor on Tuesday and the City Council decisively rejected his request to have taxpayers cover his legal bills stemming from a sexual harassment lawsuit. The problems didn't stop there for Mayor Bob Filner as an eighth woman — a director at San Diego City College — stepped forward to accuse him of unwanted sexual advances."

Oh, and more troubles for Da Mayor Con Flavor . . . IRS: No record of Filner host group [Trent Seibert @ UTSD] - "The organization that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has identified as paying the nearly $10,000 tab for his trip to France last month does not appear to be a U.S. tax-exempt nonprofit as he claimed."

The LAT's Robin Abcarian piles on, asking why nobody has come to the defense of the congressman who represented the city for 20 years: "Could it be because he is brusque, truculent, unpleasant to work for and given to inappropriate outbursts? His awfulness inspires extreme metaphors. One of his political enemies told reporter Liam Dillon of the Voice of San Diego that Filner is not just an [vulgar singular epithet] but “the Grand Canyon of [vulgar plural epithet].” Sorry I can’t spell it out, but use your imagination."

But, it's not all hate in Sandy Eggo . . .

♥ ♥ ♥ Cupid's work gets complicated as California lawmaker dates lobbyist [Laurel Rosenhall @ SacBee] - "But Cupid's work is even more complicated when a lawmaker and a lobbyist fall in love. Think legal opinions, questions from the media and advice from government transparency advocates. That's the case for Brian Maienschein, a freshman assemblyman who sits on the health and business committees. The San Diego Republican is dating Carolyn Ginno, a lobbyist for the California Medical Association, which routinely has bills before his committees."

WAR, UH, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? (campaign consultants): I hear that today, $5 million is going into the account to fight to protect the MICRA malpractice caps in advance of a legislative or initiative attempt to raise them.

John Myers gets some time on the teevee to look at the debate over whether signatures gatherers seeking a public vote on the Sacramento Kings arena deal are misleading voters. Speaking of Mr. Myers, I missed last Friday's return of the Capitol Connection podcast.

 

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Unemployment Insurance Fix Requires More Than Taxes :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
The Brown Administration is looking for a solution to the $10-billion owed to the federal government for loans to cover Unemployment Insurance payments. Much talk revolves around tax increases on business to cover the debt. But, any fix should include reforms to the system.

Reality Check: Sacramento Arena Campaign Dirty Tricks?
John Myers @
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There's no better quip for those outraged over campaign chicanery than the one uttered by Captain Renault in the 1942 classic, Casablanca. "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on here," Renault tells Rick, just before he pockets his own gambling winnings. It's a fair reaction to those expressing outrage about political sneakiness in the brewing campaign to force a public vote on a new downtown sports arena in Sacramento.

CalSTRS Investment Entangled In Legal Dispute Over Playground For Rich
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Tucked away in the vast investment portfolio of the California teachers pension fund is a luxury resort in Montana that features lavish villas, pristine golf links and world-class ski slopes.

California Will Spend $232.9 Billion In New State Budget
Dan Walters @
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California will spend $232.9 billion during the 2013-14 fiscal year if the recently enacted state budget is precisely followed.

Dan Walters: Stockton Has Difficult Road Ahead
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Stockton no longer suffers the ignominy of being the largest city to seek bankruptcy protection, thanks to Detroit, but it still faces a very long and difficult journey before its municipal finances recover – if, indeed, they ever do.

Judge Sets Trial Date For Anaheim Voting Rights Lawsuit - Voice Of Oc | Orange County's Nonprofit Investigative News Agency: Oc North
ADAM ELMAHREK @
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Jay Leno, Gloria Steinem And Other Celebs Oppose Isolating Inmates At California Prisons
The Associated Press @
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Celebrities including Jay Leno and Gloria Steinem have condemned the isolation of inmates to control gang violence at California prisons - a practice that sparked a hunger strike by hundreds of inmates.

Viewpoints: Teacher Credentialing Should Include Mental Health Training
Wayne Clark @
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Our state's educators are on the front lines of a national epidemic: One in five young people experiences significant emotional distress each year, according to a UC San Francisco study. Unrecognized mental health issues can affect not only the learning of the child experiencing challenges but the whole classroom. Behavioral problems, bullying and drops in educational achievement can all result from untreated mental health issues, and the stigma and shame students feel as a result.

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Supporters Of Inmates On Hunger Strike Urge Jerry Brown To Act
Melanie Mason @
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SACRAMENTO — Supporters of California prison inmates on a weeks-long mass hunger strike convened on the Capitol Tuesday morning to urge Gov. Jerry Brown to take a more active role in resolving the protest.

GOP Donors Urge House Republicans To Support Immigration Bill
David Siders @
blogs.sacbee.com
With a proposal to overhaul the nation's immigration policies apparently stalled in the House of Representatives, about 100 Republican donors and donor groups today urged Republican representatives to embrace a "path to legal status" for undocumented immigrants.

PUC outlines rules for ride-sharing firms
Benny Evangelista and Caleb Garling @
sfgate.com
The new wave of online-enabled ride- and car-sharing services that threaten to disrupt the taxi and limousine industries should be regulated, but in a way that doesn't stifle innovation, the state Public Utilities Commission said Tuesday.

It's Election Day for Santa Clara County District 2 voters
Tracy Seipel @
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Santa Clara County's District 2 voters today will decide who will become their next supervisor: labor leader Cindy Chavez or Teresa Alvarado, a communications manager at the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

A Cost Of Dismantling Mental Health Care
Dan Morain @
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Kathy Gaither, the person in charge of daily operations at the California Department of State Hospitals, went on an unexplained administrative leave earlier this month, a week after the state Senate confirmed her appointment.

S.F. to offer housing assistance to 1st responders
Marisa Lagos @
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Paid for by a city housing program created by voters under Proposition C last year, the program will allow active personnel of the police, fire and sheriff's departments to apply for up to $100,000 in down-payment assistance for a principal residence in San Francisco.

Richmond Adopts Eminent Domain Mortgage Plan
Alejandro Lazo @
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Richmond is adopting a plan to take over underwater mortgages that would invoke the city’s eminent domain powers if necessary.

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Judge slapped for meddling in son's case
sfgate.com
A veteran Contra Costa County judge disciplined twice by a state legal watchdog agency has been publicly admonished for meddling in a case in which his son failed to comply with a court order that he perform volunteer service. [...] the panel - made up of three judges appointed by the state Supreme Court, two attorneys named by the governor and six members of the public named by the governor, a state Senate committee and the Assembly speaker - revealed that this was not the first time Mills had been disciplined for using his position as a judge to bypass normal channels on behalf of his son. In 2011, he received an "advisory letter" for allowing his son to accompany a police officer executing a search warrant the judge had signed "without going through the ordinary application process for going on a ride-along," the commission said. [...] judges must be sensitive to the appearance of impropriety inherent in discussing a family member's court case with the judicial officer presiding over the matter behind closed doors and off the record," the commission said.

Businesses call for action on immigration
Erica Werner @
mercurynews.com
Hundreds of leading business groups and GOP donors called for action on immigration legislation Tuesday, seeking to increase pressure on the House GOP as lawmakers prepare to leave Washington for a five-week summer recess.

California and other states fight proposed toxics law
Evan Halper @
latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- A proposed overhaul of how the country regulates toxic chemicals came under sharp attack today from officials of California and several other states.

House Plan on Food Stamps Would Cut 5 Million From Program
nytimes.com
A new report finds that a proposal would increase poverty and illness, resulting in billions of dollars in federal and state health care costs.

PG&E's CEO Says Tougher Rules Are Needed On Fracking
Paul Rogers @
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Highlighting varying views in the energy industry over one of the nation's most controversial environmental issues, the head of California's largest utility on Tuesday said that tougher rules are needed on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a position advocated by environmental groups.