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THE NOONER for August 20, 2013

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  • SD02 (North Coast): removed former Assemblymember Patty Berg (D)
  • SD02 (North Coast): added Novato councilmember Eric Lucan (D)
  • SD08 (Foothills): added businesswoman Paulina Miranda (D)
  • AD09 (South Sacramento): added Sacto Councilmember Darrell Fong (D)
  • AD42 (Yucaipa): added San Jacinto councilmember Scott Miller (R)
  • AD73 (Irvine): added college teacher Wendy B. Gabriella (D)

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TWEET DU JOUR: @SFGiantsFans - "Even Mother Nature is getting frustrated RT @deanfisk Lightening at the Giants game. #SFGiants"

With tonight's unveiling of Capitol Weekly's Top 100, it's time again to look at the Capitol Twitter ratings, assembled by a Friend of The Nooner. Follow me @scottlay, and find the full ranking as of August 17 below today's sponsor message.

WAITING TO EXHALE: Filner settlement talks underway [Craig Gustafson and Trent Seibert @ UTSD] - "The settlement talks being overseen by J. Lawrence Irving, a former federal judge and highly sought after mediator, center on the lawsuit filed by attorney Gloria Allred on behalf of former mayoral aide Irene McCormack Jackson. Allred, Jackson and Filner were in attendance along with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, City Council President Todd Gloria and Councilman Kevin Faulconer.

I can't confirm that Toni Atkins has been holed up in her office constantly hitting refresh on the UT website.

SERIOUSLY? A week before the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Filner supporters were singing "We Shall Overcome" yesterday. That's about as disgusting as the mayor's alleged behavior.

THE GOOD LIFE: Campaign committees fund life of luxury [John Hrabe @ CalWatchdog] - "The feature item of this year's [Speaker's Cup] swag bag was an iPad Mini, bought and paid for by the event's lead sponsor, AT&T. The telecommunications giant, which routinely lobbies the legislature, spent just shy of six-figures on 253 iPad Minis as an in-kind contribution for the 2013 Speaker's Cup. On May 4, the committee reported a $99,596.69 expenditure at the San Francisco Apple Store."

Do you just walk in to the Apple Store and say "I'd like 253 iPad Minis"?

Busiest freeway in U.S.: I-405 in Orange County [Doug Irving @ OCR]

VIPER: Issa tops The Hill's 50 Wealthiest - and remember how many sleepless nights he caused you.

PRINT: As OC Register publisher Freedom Communications launches the Long Beach Register to compete with the Press-Telegram, the LAT's Jason Felch reports the company is negotiating to buy the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Speaking of the Register, Brian Joseph announced that he is leaving the paper to take a one year fellowship at the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

SB 594: In fairness to the supporters of SB 594, labor unions have to do the sort of time accounting that I believe will chill speech on local government associations. Also, California Professional Firefighters insists this is not about binding arbitration and that requiring the same accounting of revenues required of unions makes sense. Finally, CPF did not support Prop. 65, but did on the compromise Prop. 1A.



Public Retirement Seminar

Join your colleagues from around the state for a day of in-depth discussion on current and future issues facing public retirement in California at the 23rd Annual Northern California Public Retirement Seminar.

September 26, 2013 - 9AM-4PM - Registration: 8AM; CalPERS Auditorium (400 Q Street, Sacramento)

Keynote Speaker: Assembly Member Rob Bonta, Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security committee

Registration Fee: $190.00 - includes breakfast & lunch and seminar materials.

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  • Asian Bar Association of Sacramento is hosting its annual awards dinner on September 25. West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon will emcee, and the keynote speaker will be Mia Frances Yamamoto. Honorees are Judge Anthony Ishii and former capitol staff member Gloria OchoaEarly bird pricing ends on Friday, August 23. Reserve your spot today at
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  • 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 or email
  • 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: or 916 442 5009.
  • 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 Or contact Keri Bailey,, or Kara Bush,


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Top Capitol Twitter Accounts
1,000+ Followers on @JohnMyers/ca-politics list or @Capitolalert/california-politics list
            May 23, 2013August 17, 2013
NameTwitter HandleGenderPartyCategoryOrganization# of FollowersRank# of FollowersRank
Gavin Newsom @GavinNewsom M D Elected Official Lt Governor N/A N/A 1,242,299 1
Jerry Brown @JerryBrownGov M D Elected Official Governor 1,051,386 1 1,047,186 2
Eric Garcetti @EricGarcetti M D Elected Official Mayor of Los Angeles N/A N/A 18,547 3
Jeremy White (nod to Torey van Oot) @CapitolAlert M   Media Sacramento Bee 12,511 2 12,910 4
John Myers @John Myers M   Media News 10 11,041 3 11,464 5
LA Times CA Politics @LATpoliticsCA N/A   Media LA Times 9,408 4 10,005 6
Carla Marinucci @Cmarinucci F   Media SF Chronicle 9,091 5 9,636 7
Anthony York @AnthonyYorkLAT M   Media LA Times 8,617 6 9,148 8
Kevin Yamamura @Kyamamura M   Media Sacramento Bee 6,664 7 6,970 9
Jon Fleischman @FlashReport M R Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov Flash Report 5,906 8 6,343 10
Sutter Brown @SutterBrown M D Government Official First Dog 5,218 9 5,481 11
John Perez @SpeakerPerez M D Elected Official Assembly 4,248 12 4,975 12
Juliet Williams @JulietWilliamsAP F   Media AP 4,440 10 4,877 13
Leland Yee @LelandYee M D Elected Official Senate 4,127 13 4,531 14
Mark Barabak @MarkZBarabak M   Media LA Times 4,003 14 4,341 15
Ted Lieu @TedLieu M D Elected Official Senate 3,849 15 4,219 16
Thomas DelBeccaro @TomDelBeccaro M R Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov Self 4,265 11 4,183 17
Dan Walters @WaltersBee M   Media Sacramento Bee 3,427 21 4,092 18
David Siders @DavidSiders M   Media Sacramento Bee 3,606 17 4,075 19
Jon Ortiz @TheStateWorker M   Media Sacramento Bee 3,629 16 3,914 20
Dan Morain @DanielMorain M   Media Sacramento Bee 3,417 22 3,870 21
Steve Maviglio @StevenMaviglio M D Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov Forza Communications 3,558 18 3,846 22
Mark Leno @MarkLeno M D Elected Official Senate 3,470 20 3,784 23
Debra Bowen @CASOSVote F D Elected Official Secretary of State 3,473 19 3,661 24
Jennifer Fearing @JenniferFearing F   Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov Humane Society of the US 3,377 23 3,541 25
Doug Sovern @SovernNation M   Media KCBS 3,247 24 3,502 26
Mark Takano @RepMarkTakano M D Elected Official US Congress N/A N/A 3,385 27
Legislative Analyst Office @LAO_CA N/A   Government Official LAO 3,042 25 3,310 28
Marisa Lagos @MLagos F   Media SF Chronicle N/A N/A 3,289 29
Steve Glazer @Steve4Jerry (now @Glazer4Assembly) M D Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov Self 3,039 26 3,117 30
Bob Huff @BobHuff99 M R Elected Official Senate 2,908 27 3,060 31
Laurel Rosenhall @LaurelRosenhall F   Media Sacramento Bee 2,802 28 3,059 32
Stuart Leavenworth @SacBeeEditBoard M   Media Sacramento Bee N/A N/A 2,985 33
Wyatt Buchanan @TheWyatt M   Media SF Chronicle 2,696 30 2,949 34
Chris Merigan @ChrisMerigan M   Media LA Times 2,451 34 2,945 35
Laura Olson @LauraOlson F   Media AP 2,733 29 2,894 36
Nannette Miranda @NannetteNewz F   Media KABC/KGO 2,619 31 2,869 37
Joe Mathews @JoeMMathews M   Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov Zocalo Public Square 2,613 32 2,805 38
Josh Richman @Josh_Richman M   Media Bay Area News Group 2,353 36 2,768 39
Melody Gutierrez @MelodyGutierrez F   Media Sacramento Bee N/A N/A 2,739 40
Kevin DeLeon @KDeLeon M D Elected Official Senate 2,327 38 2,733 41
Joe Garofoli @JoeGarofoli M   Media SF Chronicle N/A N/A 2,721 42
Katie Orr @1KatieOrr F   Media Capitol Public Radio N/A N/A 2,574 43
Jeff Gorell @JeffGorell M R Elected Official Assembly 2,345 37 2,571 44
Travis Allen @JoinTravisAllen M R Elected Official Assembly 2,552 33 2,570 45
Roger Salazar @RogerSalazar M D Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov Mercury Public Affairs 2,354 35 2,523 46
Ben Adler @AdlerBen M   Media Capital Public Radio 2,028 44 2,473 47
Jason Kinney @JasonKinney M D Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov California Strategies 2,169 39 2,357 48
Rob Stutzman @RobStutzman M R Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov Self 2,110 41 2,332 49
Jim Miller @JimMiller2 M   Media Riverside Press-Enterprise 2,093 42 2,310 50
Ted Gaines @TedGaines M R Elected Official Senate 2,137 40 2,301 51
Conan Nolan @ConanNBCLA M   Media NBC LA 2,068 43 2,210 52
Scott Lay @ScottLay M   Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov Community College League 1,789 53 2,205 53
Matt Rexroad @MattRexroad M R Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov Meridian Pacific 1,951 47 2,198 54
Aaron McLear @AaronMcLear M R Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov Redwood Pacific 2,021 45 2,168 55
Lisa Vorderbrueggen @lvorderbrueggen F   Media Bay Area News Group 1,988 46 2,125 56
Steve Harmon @SSHarmon M   Media Bay Area News Group 1,882 49 2,080 57
Fran Pavley @SenatorPavley F D Elected Official Senate 1,866 50 2,075 58
Amy Chance @Amy_Chance F   Media Sacramento Bee 1,765 55 2,062 59
John Diaz @JohnDiazChron M   Media SF Chronicle 1,847 51 2,012 60
Gil Duran @GilDuran76 M D Government Official Attorney General's Office 1,898 48 2,010 61
Noreen Evans @NMEvans F D Elected Official Senate 1,774 54 1,940 62
Jim Sanders @JWSanders55 M   Media Sacramento Bee 1,598 57 1,934 63
Capitol Weekly @Capitol_Weekly N/A   Media Capitol Weekly 1,448 60 1,916 64
Richard Costigan @RichardCostigan M R Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov Manatt Phelps 1,790 52 1,907 65
Michael Mishak @MJMishak M   Media Associated Press N/A N/A 1,863 66
Sabrina Lockhart @SDLockhart F R Government Official Assembly 1,635 56 1,842 67
Anne B Gust @AnneBGust F D Government Official First Lady N/A N/A 1,838 68
Diane Harkey @DianeHarkey F R Elected Official Assembly 1,565 58 1,733 69
Araceli Martinez @AraceliMartinez F   Media La Opinion 1,545 59 1,644 70
Darrell Steinberg @proTemSteinberg M D Elected Official Senate 1,020 83 1,635 71
Jean Fuller @JeanFuller F R Elected Official Senate 1,444 61 1,577 72
Curt Hagman @CurtHagman M R Elected Official Assembly 1,372 64 1,561 73
Julie Small @KPCCJulie F   Media KPCC 1,400 62 1,554 74
Isadore Hall @IsadoreHall M D Elected Official Assembly 1,277 69 1,532 75
Kristen Olsen @KristenOlsenCA F R Elected Official Assembly 1,332 65 1,524 76
Shannon Grove @ShannonGrove F R Elected Official Assembly 1,302 66 1,517 77
Evan Halper @EvanHalper M   Media LA Times 1,276 70 1,507 78
Mike Gatto @MikeGatto M D Elected Official Assembly 1,133 78 1,498 79
Scott Wilk @ScottWilkCA M R Elected Official Assembly 1,283 67 1,476 80
John Hrabe @JohnHrabe M R Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov Self N/A N/A 1,473 81
Henry Perea @AsmPerea M D Elected Official Assembly 1,174 76 1,462 82
Mimi Walters @WaltersReport F R Elected Official Senate N/A N/A 1,442 83
Joan Buchanan @JoanforAssembly F D Elected Official Assembly 1,394 63 1,433 84
Paul Mitchell @PaulMitche11 M   Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov Political Data 1,248 73 1,421 85
Brian Joseph @BJoseph1 M   Media Orange County Register 1,216 74 1,398 86
Alan Mansoor @AllanMansoor M R Elected Official Assembly 1,283 68 1,392 87
Das Williams @DasWilliams M D Elected Official Assembly 1,213 75 1,387 88
Tim Donnelly @ElectDonnelly M R Elected Official Assembly 1,146 77 1,380 89
Ann Ravel @FPPC_Chair F   Government Official FPPC 1,269 71 1,377 90
Holly Mitchell @HollyJMitchell F D Elected Official Assembly N/A N/A 1,307 91
Mark DeSaulnier @MarkDeSaulnier M D Elected Official Senate 1,266 72 1,285 92
Anthony Cannella @AnthonyCannella M R Elected Official Senate 1,042 82 1,255 93
Marc Levine @MarcLevine M D Elected Official Assembly 1,077 81 1,239 94
Toni Atkins @ToniAtkins F D Elected Official Assembly N/A N/A 1,211 95
Adam Keigwin @AKeigwin M D Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov Mercury Public Affairs 1,129 79 1,197 96
Bob Blumenfield @BobBlumenfield M D Elected Official LA City Council N/A N/A 1,187 97
Robin Swanson @RobinSwanson F D Consultant/Lobbyist/Other Non-Gov Self 1,088 80 1,153 98
Jimmy Gomez @JimmyGomezCA M D Elected Official Assembly N/A N/A 1,143 99
Roger Hernandez @Roger_Hernandez M D Elected Official Assembly N/A N/A 1,128 100
Michael Marois @MichaelMarois M   Media Bloomberg 1,011 84 1,120 101
Jim Beall @JimBeallJr M D Elected Official Senate N/A N/A 1,110 102
SusanBonilla @ASMSusanBonilla F D Elected Official Assembly N/A N/A 1,107 103
Mike Morrell @MikeMorrellGOP M R Elected Official Assembly N/A N/A 1,090 104
Richard Bloom @RichardBloom M D Elected Official Assembly N/A N/A 1,050 105
Eric Linder @EricLinder M R Elected Official Assembly N/A N/A 1,050 106
Hannah Beth Jackson @SenHannahBeth F D Elected Official Senate N/A N/A 1,043 107
Richard Pan @DrPanMD M D Elected Official Assembly N/A N/A 1,035 108


Jerry Brown Says High-speed Rail Ruling Won't Stop Project
David Siders @
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that California's high-speed rail project will not be stopped by a judge's ruling that project officials failed to comply with provisions of Proposition 1A, the initiative in which voters approved initial funding for the project in 2008.

California Assembly Votes To Expand Definition Of Rape By Impersonation
Los Angeles Times @
SACRAMENTO -- Seeking to close an archaic loophole in state law, the Assembly unanimously voted Monday to expand the state's definition of rape to include instances when a perpetrator pretends to be somebody else in order to have sexual intercourse, regardless of the victim’s marital status.

Field Poll Shows Continued Support For Health Care Overhaul In California
David Siders @
A majority of California voters remain unflinching in their support of the federal health care overhaul, though nearly half of the electorate predicts it won't affect them much, according to a new Field Poll.

Activists Fight Environmental-law Changes Proposed By Brown's Staff
Los Angeles Times @
SACRAMENTO -- Nearly 50 activist groups sent a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday opposing changes proposed by his office to a state environmental laws to expedite development projects.

Jerry Brown, lawmakers mull more prison spending to avoid inmate releases
David Siders @
Facing a court order to reduce California's prison population by nearly 10,000 inmates by the end of the year, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature are mulling potential legislation to spend hundreds of millions of dollars housing prisoners who might otherwise be released.

California Senate Approves Noncitizens Serving On Juries
Patrick McGreevy @
The state Senate on Monday approved legislation that would allow noncitizen immigrants who are in the country legally to serve on juries.

Video: Jerry Brown, Harry Reid criticize environmentalists' challenge to Tahoe plan
David Siders @
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - Three months after California Gov. Jerry Brown and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval reached an agreement on the governance of the basin surrounding Lake Tahoe, the governors praised the accord here Monday, and Brown fired back at environmentalists who fear it will lead to more development.

Viewpoints: Sacramento needs to know mayor's ties to Wal-Mart before council vote
Eric Sunderland @
In recent weeks, The Sacramento Bee has shined light on a shadowy political campaign by opponents of the new Kings arena and called for the secret funders of the anti-arena petition drive to make their identities known to city voters.

Lawmakers OK Noncitizens On Juries
Michael Gardner @
State lawmakers pressed ahead with controversial immigrant-rights legislation Monday, including a measure that would open up jury pools to noncitizens who have proof of residency and a separate bill to protect unauthorized immigrants when they seek legal help to stay in the U.S.

California mail voters could learn if ballot counted
SACRAMENTO -- A bill headed to the governor's desk will allow voters to find out if their mail-in ballots are actually counted.

Prison Realignment Plan Costly For LAPD, Report Says
Los Angeles Times @
The state's controversial push to relieve severe prison overcrowding has resulted in the Los Angeles Police Department taking dozens of officers away from regular patrol duties in order to monitor ex-convicts, according to a department report.

Civil Rights Activists Call For End To 'willful Defiance' Discipline
Melody Gutierrez @
As students across the state return to school, civil rights activists are hoping a bill working its way through the California Legislature will decrease the disproportionately high number of expulsions and suspensions among some student groups.

Senator: $20m Bonus For Bay Bridge Builder? Bull!
By Josh Richman Monday, August 19th, 2013 at 12:07 pm in California State Senate, Transportation.

California Bill Seeks To Strengthen Online Privacy Rights -
State Senator Mark Leno says current federal law isn’t strong enough to protect electronic data in California from unwarranted government access because it only requires agencies to get a court issued search warrant to access data for the first six months of the data’s life.

Assembly Apologizes To Fired Japanese-American State Workers
Jon Ortiz @
The Assembly today approved a resolution that formally apologizes for a 1942 policy that institutionalized discrimination against more than 300 Japanese-American California state employees during WWII.

Campaign committees fund life of luxury
John Hrabe @
In the first half of the year, legislative leaders, political parties and political action committees lured campaign contributors with limousine rides, gourmet meals and swag bags loaded with booze and iPad Minis, a analysis of campaign spending reports has found.

Jerry Brown, California state doctors' union reach labor pact
Jon Ortiz @
The Union of American Physicians and Dentists has come to tentative terms on a labor contract that includes raises ranging between 4 percent and 8 percent within three years.

California Bill Would Restrict Non-profit Involvement In Campaigns -
The measure was created under the legislature’s “gut-and-amend” process, which completely removes the contents of a bill and replaces it with new legislation.

California May Give Driver's Licenses To More In U.S. Illegally
Los Angeles Times @
A California Senate panel is mulling AB 60, which would increase the number of illegal immigrants eligible for a driver's license.

Calif. mail voters would learn if ballot counted
A bill headed to the governor's desk will allow voters to find out if their mail-in ballots are actually counted.

Gavin Newsom, Zoe Lofgren Take Sides In Crowded House Primary | #ca31 | At The Races

Fire-setting UC Irvine professor faces 3-18 years in prison
A UC Irvine professor who set a series of fires after his teenage son committed suicide and whose private emails described a graphic plan to attack the boy's school is facing a sentence ranging from three to 18 years in prison.