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THE NOONER for August 26, 2013
SPEAKER ATKINS? Assemblymember Toni Atkins yesterday tweeted a message to announce that she would not be a candidate for mayor of San Diego. This came after Friday's vote by the city council to provide up to $98,000 for Filner's legal defense on the condition he resign effective August 30. In the statement, Atkins said "The simple truth is that I love the job I have now—being able to help advance San Diego’s interests and concerns in the Legislature and being able to have a statewide impact on vital issues like increasing access to health care, growing our economy and honoring the debt we owe to our veterans."
Next year will be the election for Atkins's final term in the Assembly, and there are few routes for her after that, other than statewide office. She's nested with State Senator Marty Block, who was elected to the senate in 2012, and Congresswoman Susan Davis, who likely will retire in the next few terms, but whose seat will be hotly contested among a field of Democrats. With an ample warchest, Atkins was well positioned for the mayoral run.
Thus, it's likely that Atkins feels she has the support of a majority of the Democratic caucus to take over the speakership next year when John A. Perez sets down the gavel for a Controller bid (likely after the June primary). Aside from being the third woman to hold the gavel, she would be the first San Diegan, breaking the chain of six speakers in a row from Los Angeles (last not from LA-LA land was Cruz Bustamante).
If Atkins is successful, this would delay the "next generation" of speakers--those elected under the Proposition 28 who can serve twelve years in either house. The "top tier" candidates are all from Los Angeles--Jimmy Gomez, Chris Holden, and Anthony Rendon--and all with the potential to serve through 2024.
If the freshmen Assembly Democrats came to an agreement on one candidate, they could determine the next speaker, assuming Republicans don't play and Democrats stick with the "choice of the caucus." Freshmen make up 28 of the current 53 members of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, and there will be two more when the vacancies in AD45 and AD52 are filled. However, they are likely to take a back seat, let Atkins hold the office for a couple of years, and then assume what would be an eight-year speakership, the longest since Willie Brown.
SANDY EGGO: With Atkins out of the mayoral race, that's one less Democrat running. Nathan Fletcher (D) is the only candidate to have formally jumped in, and several others are considering it. Fletcher foe Carl DeMaio (R) issued a statement on Friday after the council vote that certainly left the door open for a candidacy. Councilmember and soon-to-be acting mayor Todd Gloria (D) is expected to run, and if DeMaio does not, expect councilmember Kevin Faulconer to get in to carry the conservative banner. Other possibilities include councilmember Marti Emerald (D) (a favorite of labor), former state senator Christine Kehoe (D), who ducked out last year after labor unified behind Filner, and county supervisor Ron Roberts (R).
The UT has results of a poll of possible candidates, which finds the top four as DeMaio, Fletcher, Emerald and Gloria, with DeMaio at 18% and Gloria at 9%.
ICYMI: The LAT maps out with a pretty interactive the Calderon family's connection.
CD31 (San Bernadino): Democratic hopefuls square off at candidates’ forum in Redlands [Greg Cappis @ SBSun]
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
CalPERS Pushed To Invest Through Minority Firms
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
CalPERS is not investing enough money through minority-owned firms, two trade associations and several money managers say, and some want a legislative audit of âunfairâ decisions, particularly for lucrative private equity funds.
Why FPPC Should Expose Online Campaign Trolls
There is simply no logical or ethical reason to oppose a proposal, pending before the Fair Political Practices Commission, that would require candidates and campaigns to identify the people and amounts of money they pay to post propaganda online
Steinberg's Bills Show His Visions For California
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Five years ago, Darrell Steinberg carried into law a sweeping revision of California's local land-use rules, aimed at creating what the legislation called "sustainable communities."
Reform Of CEQA Requires Compromise
George Skelton @ latimes.com
An update of the California Environmental Quality Act, which often hampers development, is making its way through the Legislature.
Students Press Feds To Get Tough On Campus Sexual Assault
Renee Schoof, McClatchy Washington Bureau @ mcclatchydc.com
Activists have been pressuring the Department of Education this summer to punish colleges and universities that donât comply with the law that prohibits sexual violence on campus.
California Lawmakers Seek Solution To Growing Problem Of Internet "Revenge Porn"
DON THOMPSON, Associated Press @ dailynews.com
State lawmakers are attempting to limit a distressing social media phenomenon known as ârevenge porn,â where spurned suitors post intimate photos of their ex-lovers on the Internet for all to see.
Hypocrisy of State Legislature Revealed: Glass Ceiling Barrier to Female Staffers?
Liberal Democrats who run the State Assembly spend their time issuing platitudes about gender equality.
UC San Diego Tops List Of Nation's 'Socially Conscious' Colleges
Larry Gordon @ latimes.com
Washington Monthly's list emphasizes such factors as enrolling and graduating low-income students.
Colin Powell Warns Republican Voter ID Laws Will Backfire
Russell Berman @ thehill.com
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday predicted that Republican attempts to pass voter ID laws would âbackfireâ by energizing minorities to vote them out of office.
Bill Would Require A Second Cockpit Door On Commercial Aircraft
Airlines are balking over the possible, unfunded, requirement for a second cockpit barrier. Law enforcement supports the idea.
Judge To Rule On San Bernardino Bankruptcy, Pensions Loom
Tim Reid @ reuters.com
The city of San Bernardino is expected to learn on Wednesday if it is eligible for bankruptcy protection despite the opposition of California's powerful public pension system - an important test for the federal law used by Detroit and other U.S. cities burdened by pension payment costs.
Two Unions Wage Turf Battle Over Oil Refinery Workers
The State Building & Construction Trades Council of California is seeking control of thousands of United Steelworkers jobs.
Atkins Won't Run For Mayor
Craig Gustafson @ utsandiego.com
Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins has ruled herself out as a candidate for San Diego mayor. In a statement Sunday, the former city councilwoman, who served as acting mayor after Mayor Dick Murphy resigned in 2005, said that many people reached out to her over the past few weeks encouraging her to run.
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
eligible for a vote as early as today in the Assembly.
Students Press Schools To Drop Fossil Fuel Stocks
College and university students press for the removal of coal, oil and natural gas investments from school endowments.
A handful of celebrants 'Go Topless' in Dolores Park
In an estimated 30 cities across the country, topless women - and pro-nude men - gathered to support the "Go Topless" women's organization fighting for equal topless rights. The annual Go Topless Day, started six years ago, is held on the Sunday closest to Women's Equality Day, which is Monday and commemorates women's right to vote. The international leader, named Rael, founded the topless advocacy group in 2007 after learning that a topless advocate in New York was wrongfully arrested and spent 9 days in jail before winning a lawsuit against the city. In San Francisco, where nudism has become almost as predictable as the fog, where clothes are doffed for parades, parties, bike races, random Saturdays, and fetish fairs, a small gathering of naked people drew little attention. Another nudist wore a "Recall Wiener" hat, referring to San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, who authored the bill that banned public nudity in the city.
CSUN Facing Record Student Turnout This Week
Dana Bartholomew @ dailynews.com
Today begins the greatest first-day-of-school scramble for student parking, books and classes at Cal State Northridge â ever. The 55-year-old San Fernando Valley university expects a record turnout of 38,700 students, after years of budget cuts and an enrollment freeze last spring.
Yosemite, Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Still In Path Of Unchecked Rim Fire
Sharon Noguchi @ mercurynews.com
As of Sunday evening, the fire had burned 224 square miles -- more than the area occupied together by San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and Campbell. It remained only 7 percent contained. Nearly 2,850 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, Cal Fire and numerous local agencies were battling California's largest wildfire. Southerly afternoon winds up to 20 miles per hour pushed the fire north, said Cal Fire Captain Mike Mohler.
Who Turned Screws On Filner?
John Walkins @ utsandiego.com
The scandal started on high-boil and stayed there for six weeks. Every time Mayor Bob Filner or his supporters tried to put the lid on, somebody else stepped forward to turn up the heat.
Editorial: Obama's labor secretary needs to back down on pension demand
the Editorial Board @ sacbee.com
When union-busting Gov. Scott Walker stripped most government workers of their collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin two years ago, he exempted police and firefighters, the government workers most popular with the public and Republicans.