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THE NOONER for August 27, 2013
Good morning, politicos. It's Suspense File week, meaning it's a great week for Capitol watering holes that are hosting lots of fundraisers where you too can talk about why your bill deserves to move to the floor by Friday's deadline for a cool $1,000-$4,100.
Actually, most of the candidates will accept anything you're willing to pay. It's kind of like an airline. The person next to you may have paid twice as much as you for their crudite, or half as much.
For the newbies out there, Friday is the deadline for fiscal committees to report bills to the floor. Pursuant to the rules, the Appropriations Committees in each house have been holding bills that have a fiscal impact and will consider them en masse on Friday.
Of course, the rank and file legislators hosting fundraisers this week will have little say in whether bills move forward or not. Instead, Democratic caucus leadership will largely be making those decisions with Approps staff, and Friday will have a series of votes with template votes reflecting unanimity (pass), Democrat votes only (pass), Republican votes only (fail), or the occasional split vote.
Finally, as the Approps committee sets the stage for the last two weeks of session, it's important to remember that, while Democrats have 27 votes in the state senate for a supermajority (with 1 Dem vacancy), they only have 53 right now in the state assembly, 1 short of the supermajority needed to waive some procedural rules and to pass certain bills. Democrats will very likely return in January with 55 votes following the filling of AD45 and AD52.
SANDY EGGO: The city council will consider tomorrow setting November 19 for the special election to fill the vacancy created by Bob Filner's resignation. Per the city charter, the special runoff election is required to be held within 49 days after that date. However, the city clerk is to outline the challenge of pulling that off tomorrow, particularly with the rise of late absentee and provisional ballots. In contrast, state special elections are held on the ninth Tuesday following the special primary, giving clerks 14 days more than San Diego's charter allows.
Meanwhile, the potential field shrank by one yesterday, with former state senator Christine Kehoe saying she would not be running.
A clarification to my writing last Thursday about the contribution limits. The San Diego ethics commission yesterday clarified contribution limits under the new ordinance. Candidates may accept up to $1,000 for each election (special and special runoff), but only from individuals. Contributions from business, labor and PACs are not allowed.
LABELED: If you're going to be signing the referendum to repeal AB 1266, which provides protections for transgender students, you'll be signing a piece of paper labeled "REFERENDUM TO OVERTURN NON-DISCRIMINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES."
GOV: Peace activist Cindy Sheehan was scheduled this morning to announce her Peace and Freedom bid to be California's next governor on the Capitol.
CD10: Why immigration reform is in trouble, Jeff Denham edition [Aaron Blake @ WaPo]
CD52 (San Diego): Duncan L. Hunter endorses Kirk Jorgensen for Congress [Steve Dreier @ Pomerado News] - While we're here, there's a "messy" allegation in the blogosphere of a candidate for congress or mayor, which you can find on Google.
ON THE FRONTLINE: Fire crews rush to protect Yosemite's iconic trees [Kurtis Alexander @ SFGate]
The incident website has a cool, albeit sad, map of the Rim Fire's spread by day.
AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers and Anthony York tickle our ears with the Capitol Connection Podcast, discussing the Tahoe summit, fracking, and prisons.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Did CA Assembly Speaker Perez Opt For "Political Bullying" At Big Latino Convention?
Carla Marinucci @ blog.sfgate.com
Californiaâs Democratic State Assembly Speaker John Perez is a man with a lot of clout in Sacramento â but did he engage in some âpolitical bullyingâ and get a leading state GOP Latino strategist booted from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention this weekend?
President Obama Calls Gov. Jerry Brown To Discuss Fire Near Yosemite
Anthony York @ latimes.com
President Obama called Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday to check the status of a massive fire near Yosemite National Park which continues to burn out of control, the White House said.
Could Fires Influence Tax Decision? :: Fox&hounds
The tongues of these fires lick against some policy and legal concerns the state faces. While the fires raise alarms about natural resources, the potential lose of life and property, and in the case of the Rim Fire, the water and power sources for the city of San Francisco, the fires will once again put a focus on the controversial fire tax.
California State Labor Deals Add Up To $63 Million In New Costs
Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
Two union agreements recently reached with Gov. Jerry Brown will add between $43.1 million and $62.8 million in new employee compensation costs to the state, according to the Legislative Analyst's Office.
Viewpoints: California Senate bill would make reason for health care rate increases transparent
James Araby and Anthony Wright @ sacbee.com
Senate Bill 746, health insurance transparency legislation, would clarify the process by which health care providers must submit health care rate increases to the Department of Managed Health Care, requiring data on rate increases any time the rate exceeds the Consumer Price Index.
Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Dozens Of New Laws
Melanie Mason @ latimes.com
Bills signed by Jerry Brown include one to allow government background checks for coach applicants in private youth sports leagues.
The Escalating GOP Call To Impeach Obama | Time.com
From sea to shining sea, the howls of presidential impeachment have returned to the nation this month in grand fashion. “It would be a dream come true,” said Michigan Representative Kerry Bentivolio. Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has declared Obama “perilously close” to meeting the constitutional standards required for an impeachment trial. Texas Representative Blake Farenthold has said the House GOP probably has the votes to do it.
Impeaching President Obama: A Dream Come True, For Democrats
Robin Abcarian @ latimes.com
Somehow, it seems appropriate that a freshman Republican congressman who raises reindeer to pull Santa’s sleigh in holiday parades is suggesting that impeaching President Obama would be “a dream come true.”
Gov. Jerry Brown's Shiftiness On Display With Prison Dispute
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
As Brown duels with the court on one front, he's facing stiff resistance to his latest plan in a Legislature controlled by his fellow Democrats. And no one, except him, knows what he really plans to do.
Copper Theft Bill Passes Senate, Awaits Governor’s Signature
Law enforcement officers' union agrees to new contract
Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
Another union has reached a tentative contract agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown.
Aclu Asks Gov. Jerry Brown To Bring Prison Plans Into The Open
Paige St. John @ latimes.com
The ACLU is asking Gov. Jerry Brown to go public on how the state will comply with court orders to reduce prison crowding.
Bill Lets Independent Experts Examine Bay Bridge
SACRAMENTO -- Independent experts could examine the new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge without fear that they would be sued under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.
Employment Development Department Staff Told To Look For Work
Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
As they grapple with a severe federal funding cutback, Employment Development Department staff have been told that they need to look for work.
Community-minded Hackers Code Well For The Future
Evan Halper @ latimes.com
Code for America, whose tech wizards call themselves the Peace Corps for Geeks, uses technology to make government work better.
Fresno County's mentally ill inmates denied medication
Marc Benjamin and Barbara Anderson, Fresno Bee @ sfgate.com
About 1 in 6 jail inmates is sick enough to need antipsychotic drugs to control schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions, but many sit for weeks in cells without medication previously prescribed by private doctors, say family members, lawyers and psychiatrists.
California Burns Through One Quarter Of Firefighting Budget
John Myers @ news10.net
State officials say that through late last week, firefighting costs have totaled some $44.5 million for just the first seven weeks of the new fiscal year. That's more than a quarter of the $172 million written into the spending plan signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 27.
Teachers Deserve A Shot At Running Their Schools | Edsource Today
Kolderie and his invaluable colleague, Joe Graba, former teacher, union leader, Minnesota legislator and education dean at Hamline University, hosted a little meeting recently to scope out the prospects for making the teacher-run-school idea more popular. Kim Farris-Berg, the lead author of Trusting Teachers with School Success, counts about 70 schools where teachers control the curriculum and operations.
Prison guard union deal includes 4 percent raise
Leaders of the union representing most state prison guards have given tentative approval to a two-year contract containing a 4 percent pay raise.
The Buzz: John Burton's causes moving beyond politics
From campaign fliers to school supplies, John Burton has experience scaring up cash to cover costs. Accustomed to raising money for the Democratic Party, the former California Senate president pro tem and current California Democratic Party chairman turns tonight to some less empowered Californians.
California Senate approves change to drug law
Laurel Rosenhall @ blogs.sacbee.com
State law would go easier on people who are busted for carrying illegal drugs for personal use under a bill approved by the California Senate today.
Assembly approves bill on "biosimilar" medicines
Laura Olson @ customwire.ap.org
California pharmacists would be allowed to dispense substitute medications that are biologically similar to brand-name treatments under a bill that cleared the state Assembly on Monday.
Drop in California unemployment funding will shave workers, services
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
As they grapple with a severe federal funding cutback, state workers who help the unemployed have been told that now they need to look for work.