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THE NOONER for August 16, 2013

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DISTRICT CHANGES
  • CONTROLLER: added Assemblymember John Perez (D)
  • AD65 (Fullerton): removed Bruce Whitaker (R)
  • AD65 (Fullerton): Removed Henry Chareon (R)

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HACKS AND PACS: Yesterday, we had a great gathering to talk about the 2014 elections. Paul Mitchell dazzled us with his data mastery, I talked about the races to watch, and an amazing panel provided their thoughts--Kathy Bowler, Jon Fleischman, Jason Kinney, Steve Maviglio, Matt Rexroad and Amy Thoma. My biggest regret was that we needed at least four hours to get more than the 0.9% of the knowledge from our great panelists. Thanks to Leadership California Institute for hosting our little chat. 

One of the highlights was an early postmortem on SD16, in which Andy Vidak defeated Leticia Perez to fill Michael Rubio's senate seat. Paul provided this handout to attendees, which is a very preliminary look at voter behavior in the district (preliminary as the data was received hours before our deadline).

And, yes, I made my campaign announcement. I will focus my time on the Davis Food Co-op board of directors and will not be a candidate for Secretary of State. And, I meant no slight to the current or future hopeful holders of the office when I said it would be the most boring job I could imagine. I meant that because you can't talk politics, which I love, and because you spend a lot of time drawing letters of the alphabet for every possible election to determine ballot order.

ORGANIZATION: Jerry Brown names new senior staff positions [Anthony York @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown decided he wanted a cabinet secretary after all. Brown has promoted Dana Williamson, who has worked for Brown as a senior adviser since 2011, to a job that has traditionally been the second-most-powerful staff position in a gubernatorial administration."

WARNING: Your staff members may be recording what you say in private.

AD45: The Daily News picks Matt Dababneh and Susan Shelley (R) for its top two.

DISCLOSE: FPPC files lawsuit seeking identity of Sacramento arena vote funders [Ryan Lillis @ SacBee] - "The state's political watchdog is filing a lawsuit today in Sacramento Superior Court seeking the identity of the funders behind a campaign to force a vote on the city's arena subsidy. The Fair Political Practices Commission plans to file the injunction this afternoon against Los Angeles law firm Loeb & Loeb, charging the firm has "failed and refused" to report the source of the money."

GGILF: New accusation, finances plague Filner [Craig Gustafson and Trent Seibert @ UTSD] - "A City Hall volunteer and great-grandmother on Thursday became the latest woman to accuse Mayor Bob Filner of sexual misconduct as questionable credit-card spending opened a new avenue to possibly remove him from office."

GOOD READS: Shop Talk: The Consulting World's Colorful Coast [Sean J. Miller @ Campaigns & Elections]

THE OTHER CAPITAL: This Townhouse of Cards [Jill Lawrence @ NatJournal] - "Neither This Town nor House of Cards offers a realistic view of the Washington most of us know."

SB 594: This bill continues to be the worst gut and amend of the session from my view, and I'll write more on Monday. 

WHO EXPECTED TO READ THIS SENTENCE? "It has been decades since there's been a club as hot as the Los Angeles Dodgers."

FAREWELL: Former State Senator Patricia Wiggins (1940-2013).

 

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**CLASSIFIEDS**

  • Consumer Attorneys of California co-hosts an informational briefing on MICRA, "38 years later: MICRA and its casualties - a case for change," Friday 8/16 12:30-1:30 p.m. in room 437 of the State Capitol. Scheduled speakers include Bob Pack (Founder, Troy and Alana Pack Foundation), Jay Angoff (former Director of the U.S. Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, the office responsible for implementing the insurance reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act), Barry Broad (Labor Lobbyist and Owner of Broad & Gusman, LLP). Briefing is open to all legislative staff and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to stakhar@caoc.org or (916) 669-7137. For more details, see tinyurl.com/MICRA-Briefing.
  • Redwood Pacific (formerly Goddard Claussen) seeking Account Executive/Senior Account Executive for public affairs + ballot campaigns. Exceptional writing skills essential. Experience in campaigns helpful. Competitive salary, excellent benefits. Email resume to Ned@RedwoodPacific.com.
  • Capitol Weekly's Top 100 names the power players in California politics. You're invited to a reception at The Park Downtown on Tuesday, August 20 celebrating the release of the 2013 Top 100 Book. For info click here or call 916 444 7665.
  • Join Capitol Network – Don’t miss the 25th Annual Capitol Network Golf Tournament on October 14 at El Macero Country Club. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more details go to www.capitol-network.org or email amyblumberg@gmail.com.
  • 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: recruiter@seiu-uhw.org
  • Learn to lobby more effectively. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov offers his introductory "Legislative Process / Lobbying 101" and advanced “Lobbying 201” seminars August 22-23. $250 each. Valuable for principals and support staff at lobbying firms, organizations that employ lobbyists, public agencies, membership associations. Info / registration: www.capitolseminars.net or 916 442 5009.
  • 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 www.ufcwwest.org/2013/07/government-relations-director/.
  • Capitol Network's 2013 grant application process is now open. Applications from qualified organizations will be considered for grants of up to $5,000. Four to six grants are awarded each year. Over a quarter of a million dollars have been awarded to California charities providing services to women and children in need. Applications and details at www.capitol-network.org. Or contact Keri Bailey, kbailey@cagrocers.com, or Kara Bush, kbush@calrest.org.

 

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Calif Senate Votes To End Loophole In Old Rape Law
DON THOMPSON @
modbee.com
The state Senate unanimously approved a bill on Thursday that would close a loophole in California law that resulted in a rape conviction being overturned because the woman was not married.

Assembly Leaders Draft Proposed $5-billion Water Bond
Phil Willon @
latimes.com
Assembly leaders on Thursday announced a retooled water bond proposal to address the state's long-term water supply needs as well as protecting critical habitat, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Auditor
Laurel Rosenhall @
blogs.sacbee.com
State agencies have not properly overseen how California counties are spending billions of dollars on mental health care programs generated by Proposition 63, according to a state audit released today.

FPPC Sues To Learn Who's Paying For Sacramento Arena Vote Drive
Ryan Lillis, Dale Kasler and Tony Bizjak @
sacbee.com
California's political watchdog agency filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking to force a Los Angeles law firm to identify who paid signature gatherers trying to force a public vote on Sacramento's arena subsidy.

Jerry Brown, Al Gore To Attend Lake Tahoe Summit Next Week
Los Angeles Times @
latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown will join former Vice President Al Gore and U.S. senators from California and Nevada at the annual Lake Tahoe summit next week.

California Transit Ratings Threatened By Challenge To State Pension Reform
Keeley Webster @
bondbuyer.com
An Obama administration challenge to recent changes to California's public employee pension laws may damage the credit of 15 California transit agencies, including the state's largest.

Jerry Brown Names New Senior Staff Positions
Anthony York @
latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown decided he wanted a cabinet secretary after all. Brown has promoted Dana Williamson, who has worked for Brown as a senior adviser since 2011, to a job that has traditionally been the second-most-powerful staff position in a gubernatorial administration.

Auditor says California not watching mental health funds
sacbee.com
State agencies have not properly overseen how California counties are spending billions of dollars on mental health care programs generated by Proposition 63, according to a state audit released Thursday.

Dickinson Introduces School Discipline Reform Legislation - Ad07 - Assemblymember Roger Dickinson Representing The 7th California Assembly District
asmdc.org
AB 420 would eliminate the use of willful defiance as a reason to suspend students in grades K through 8. For grades 9 through 12, the bill would establish a tiered approach. Instead of suspensions, the bill seeks to turn school administrators towards using alternative forms of correcting mild forms of student misbehavior which research has shown helps students recognize the disruptive effect of their behavior as well as deal with the underlying cause of their misbehavior. These alternatives also allow the students to remain in class and continue their education without disruption and has proven positive results for students over time.

Medi-cal Cut Starts Next Month, State Says
Los Angeles Times @
latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- A controversial cut to the California's healthcare program for the poor will begin next month, according to a bulletin distributed by state officials.

Audit: Mental Health Spending Not Properly Tracked
JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press @
contracostatimes.com
California can offer "little assurance that the counties have effectively and appropriately used the almost $7.4 billion," Auditor Elaine Howle reported.

Mayor Garcetti Rejects DWP Union's Salary Deal
Los Angeles Times @
latimes.com
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti says a union-backed contract proposal would limit DWP reforms. The City Council and others like the deal.

California 'revenge porn' law passes Senate
Jeremy B. White @
blogs.sacbee.com
Bad breakups can produce all kinds of painful and unhealthy fallout: severing relationships with friends, dividing your mingled possessions, seeking solace in alcohol, putting nude pictures and videos of your ex on the Internet.

Gov. Brown Urged To Restrict Suspensions For 'Willful Defiance'
Los Angeles Times @
latimes.com
Civil right leaders from across the country sent a letter this week to Gov. Jerry Brown encouraging him to support legislation that would ban expulsions and restrict suspensions for "willful defiance" in California schools.

California, Sacramento unemployment rates rose in July
sacbee.com
Unemployment increased in California and Sacramento last month, state officials said today.

DWP Workers Earned $77.3 Million In Extra Pay In First Half Of 2013
Los Angeles Times @
latimes.com
In the first six months of this year, Department of Water & Power employees earned $77.3 million in extra pay for such things as overtime, laying cement or working in bad weather, according to an analysis released Thursday by Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin. Those extra earnings, if paid at the same rate through the year¿s end, would total $155 million, or roughly $15,800 in average extra wages for each DWP worker, Galperin said.

Heritage Action Says House Shouldn't Pass Any Immigration Bills
Dustin Weaver @
thehill.com
The leader of a powerful right-leaning group is urging House Republicans not to pass any immigration bills this Congress.

Former California Legislator Patricia Wiggins Dies At 73
Melody Gutierrez @
blogs.sacbee.com
Former Democratic legislator Patricia "Pat" Wiggins, who championed smart growth and the use of alternative energy sources, died Thursday. She was 73.

RNC votes to boycott CNN, NBC over Hillary Clinton projects
Los Angeles Times @
latimes.com
WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee voted Friday to boycott CNN and NBC if the networks produce films on Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is seen as the Democratic Party’s strongest potential contender for the 2016 presidential election.

Viewpoints: When Patients Become Consumers, Health Care Costs Can Be Tamed
James C. Robinson @
sacbee.com
As the nation frets about unaffordable health care costs and ponders which drastic remedies are called for, economists are reporting a surprising finding: Health care is becoming more affordable. The rate of growth in health care expenditures is slowing dramatically. It now is near historical lows, with only 3 percent annual growth between 2009 and 2011 compared with twice that rate in the previous decade. What is going on? And will it continue?