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THE NOONER for August 6, 2013

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  • CD33 (LA Coast): added web producer Brent Roske

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SHRINKAGE: Assembly speaker seeks cheaper water bond proposal [Laura Olson @ AP] - "Assembly Speaker John Perez said Monday that he expects the Legislature will approve a $7 billion to $8 billion water bond proposal to replace a twice-delayed $11.1 billion bond scheduled to go before voters next year."

WAKE UP!!!! California issues first cellphone Amber Alert, opt-out available [Joseph Serna @ LAT]

BREAKING RANKS: Majority whip calls for immigration system 'that actually works' [Matthew Fleming @ OCR] - "House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy said in an interview Monday that he sees ways for Republicans to work toward legal status for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants, but cautioned that border security must come first."

MONEY MATTERS: Why Have Sales Taxes Grown Slower Than the Economy? [Legislative Analyst's Office]

NOM NOM: Hunger strike in California prisons is a gang power play [Jeffrey Beard, Secty, CDCR]

AD45 (West San Fernando Valley): Dems divided in 45th AD election [Rick Orlov @ LADN]

AD73 (Dana Point): AD-73 Surprise: Petrilla Leads Fundraising [Chris Nguyen @ OCPolitical]

CD33 (LA Coast): Web Producer To Challenge Henry Waxman for Congressional Seat [Ted Johnson @ Variety]

"[Brent Roske] is running as an independent, placing emphasis on entertainment industry issues like runaway production, and his first campaign spot 'will show the intersection between Hollywood and Washington and why voting for someone from the entertainment industry just makes sense to represent this district.'"

"'Chasing the Hill' is a half-hour drama about a Democratic representative from California, played by Robin Weigert, seeking reelection. The show has drawn not just [West Wing alum Richard] Schiff to its cast but Joshua Malina, another 'West Wing' regular, and real-life politicos Gray Davis, Mike Gravel, Ed Rendell and Dennis DeConcini for appearances. David Hasselhoff plays the governor of California in a recently shot episode."

To which we ask Paul Mitchell, "How many Germans live in CD33?"




  • The Leadership California Institute presents "Hacks and PACs: 2014 Election Preview" analyzing the hottest legislative races next cycle with Scott Lay, Paul Mitchell, and a panel of experts including Jon Fleischman, Steve Maviglio, Kathy Bowler, and others coming up Thursday, August 15. JUST ADDED: "SD 16 Special Election Post-Mortem: What Went Right And What Went Wrong." Don't miss our political experts reviewing data and results on the special election and what it means for next year’s election cycle. Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities available
  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West Political Coordinator (Sacramento or Oakland). 150,000 member California healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive, motivated leader, 5-10 yrs. political/union experience. Excellent benefits, career ladder. Salary $76k-$99k. Resume, letter, references:
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  • The UFCW Western States Council seeks a full-time government relations director. The UFCW represents over 160,000 workers in California, primarily employed in retail and food trades. For more information please visit


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Study Touting Economic Boon Of Delta Water Tunnels Draws Criticism
Matt Weiser @
An economic study of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to build two giant water tunnels in the Delta estimates the project will generate a net $5 billion benefit to the state, along with 1 million new jobs.

Resistance Greets Pumped-up Effort To Streamline Community College, CSU Transfer
Kathryn Baron @
Despite a spate of amendments in recent weeks, including several just released Monday, prominent community college and CSU officials and organizations have voted to oppose the bill by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Van Nuys, when it comes up for a hearing Tuesday in the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

Calif. Assembly crafting leaner water bond package
Assembly Speaker John Perez said Monday that he expects the Legislature will approve a $7 billion to $8 billion water bond proposal to replace a twice-delayed $11.1 billion bond scheduled to go before voters next year.

Legislative Analyst Charts Decline Of California Sales Tax Revenue
Dan Walters @
Dramatic changes in Californians' consumer spending have sharply eroded the sales tax as a source of state revenue, a new report by the Legislature's budget analyst concludes.

Prison Policy Is A Wild Card On Legislature's Long To-Do List
Melanie Mason @
The Assembly is officially back in business, with a possible last-minute addition of prison policy to its already long to-do list, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Calif Assembly crafting leaner water bond proposal
Assembly Speaker John Perez says his chamber is working on a $7 billion to $8 billion water bond proposal to replace a $11.1 billion bond first slated for the ballot in 2009.

Bill Would Limit Tax Credits
The California Assembly may vote on a bill this week that could set strict performance measures for personal and business tax incentives.

Governor faces rough ride in ending BART strife
John Cote @
The person with perhaps the most influence over whether there will be a second BART strike hasn't even been in the bargaining sessions - it's Gov. Jerry Brown.

Assembly Speaker Calls High Court's Prison Decision 'An Affront' To State
Timm Herdt @
A federal court order mandating that California reduce its prison population by 10,000 inmates before the end of the year is “absolutely wrong,” Assembly Speaker John Pérez said Monday, but the Legislature may have no options.

Legislature Left With Little Time To Stop Prisoner Release
John Myers @
If the final month of the legislative session is going to see action to address the release of thousands of California prisoners, lawmakers are going to have to put aside their general pessimism about the situation at hand.

Business Uses Digital Media, But Not In Its California Campaigns
Dan Walters @
Big money ballot measure campaigns in California spend the vast preponderance of their money on fairly traditional forms of voter outreach, such as television and radio ads and direct mail, but that will have to change as voters' habits evolve, a new study suggests.

Study estimates $5 billion benefit from Delta water tunnel project
An economic study of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to build two giant water tunnels in the Delta estimates the project will generate a net $5 billion benefit to the state, along with 1 million new jobs.

Zuckerberg Speaks Out For Immigration Reform
Carla Marinucci @
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took his first step on the national political stage Monday night when he joined publicly with tech leaders, civil rights activists and undocumented immigrants to call for a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration policies - an issue he said touches not just Silicon Valley but "the whole country."

Ratings Agency Cites California's Spending Restraint, Upgrades Credit
David Siders @
Fitch Ratings upgraded California's general obligation bond rating from A-minus to A on Monday, citing restrained spending in recent budget cycles and a reduction in budgetary debt.

Democrat Vacancies Present GOP Legislators With A Significant Opportunity
Jon Fleischman @
The impressive victory of conservative rancher Andy Vidak in the recent State Senate special election in the Central Valley’s 16th District gives the State Capitol’s other 36 Republican legislators a reason to be unified, focused and determined as they return to Sacramento for the five week or so final sprint to the end of the 2013 session. Come the next session in January, Democrats should go into the year with full super-majority complements of 28 State Senators and 55 Assemblymembers. But for the rest of this session, Democrats will barely have a two-thirds majority in the Senate, and will not have it at all in the Assembly.

Prisons Chief Outlines Response To Court-ordered Reductions
Brad Branan @
California will rely on county jails, community correctional facilities and out-of-state prisons to reduce its prison population by nearly 10,000 inmates by the end of the year, the state's corrections secretary said Monday.

Top Democrat Considering Bill To End Transit Workers' Right To Strike
Anthony York @
The head of the Senate Transportation Committee praised Gov. Jerry Brown for preventing Bay Area transit workers from walking off the job Monday and said he is still considering legislation that would permanently take away their right to strike. 

California Slow To Pass Along Federal Water Project Funds
Jeremy B. White @
One Tulare County school has used bottled water for a decade to prevent students from drinking from a contaminated water supply.

Assembly Returns Without Supermajority
The California Assembly returns to work Monday after a long summer recess, and plenty has changed while lawmakers were gone.

State Air Resources Board Fines Texas Motorcycle Parts Company - Business - The Sacramento Bee
The California Air Resources Board fined a Texas company $500,000 for violations of air quality laws related to sales of illegal aftermarket motorcycle parts in California.