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THE NOONER for September 6, 2013
TOP READ: Ignore the headlines. This was a very bad jobs report. [Neil Irwin @ WaPo's Wonkblog]
SANDY EGGO: Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D) joined a chorus of Latino leaders (including Congressman Juan Vargas) yesterday endorsing Nathan Fletcher for mayor, while first-term councilman David Alvarez (D) jumped into the race.
The UT's Craig Gustafson reports "Some in the labor community have been trying to recruit someone to run against Fletcher and appear to have succeeded with Alvarez. That’s an about-face from when the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, the region’s most influential labor organization, spent nearly $113,000 in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat Alvarez in the 2010 council race."
CD33: Waxman Challenger Sails Into the Fray [Warren Rojas @ The Hill] - "'The title of the job is 'Representative.' In LA, that means there's room to have some fun,' Roske told HOH about the deliberately low-key affair, adding, 'Celebrating Labor Day with swimsuits and beer is about as American as you can get.'"
BUILDING A MAJORITY: Bad Bet: Why Republicans Can't Win With Whites Alone [Ronald Brownstein @ NJ]
CORRECTED LINK: Yvonne Burke’s daughter is following her mother into LA politics [Frank Stoltze @ KPCC]
BARRED FROM THE BAR: In clarification to yesterday's item about the fate of Sergio Garcia, the law school graduate who passed the bar but whose license is in limbo because he was brought to the U.S. illegally. Federal law does allow a state to grant certain benefits, including professional licenses, if a state legislature affirmatively approves such benefits. During Wednesday's California Supreme Court argument, this specific point was brought up by justices. Therefore, Luis Alejo is expected to introduce a bill next session to provide such approval.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Legislature Sends Drug Bill To Governor
Marc Lifsher @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- The Senate sent to the governor a bill sponsored by California biotech companies that would require pharmacists to notify doctors when patients are given a so-called biosimilar drug.
2 NBA arena bills await fate in Calif. Legislature
Laura Olson @ customwire.ap.org
Two NBA teams in Northern California will be closely watching the final days of this year's legislative session, when state lawmakers will consider measures that would aid construction of new arenas for the franchises.
NUHW Sues To Keep Kaiser Out Of Covered California Exchange
Chris Rauber @ bizjournals.com
The National Union of Healthcare Workers, which last April lost a "do-over" election to represent 45,000 workers at Kaiser Permanente, has filed a lawsuit to keep Kaiser out of the Covered California exchange.
Bill Seeks To Block Vernon's Ex-Administrator From Regaining Pension
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
Lawmakers hope to keep Bruce Malkenhorst from forcing Vernon to restore his $545,000 pension after it was cut by CalPERS.
BART, unions remain far apart on contract
"The problem with negotiations has not been the number of meetings, it is the unrealistic nature of the union proposals," said Tom Radulovich, president of the BART Board of Directors. [...] union leadership starts putting forward reasonable proposals, we will be unable to settle this. When Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the cooling-off period - which expires at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 10 - BART had offered a proposal that included a 10 percent raise over four years but with increased employee contributions to medical insurance and their pensions. The most recent offer called for caps on the amount the district will pay for health insurance and pension contributions, starting at 1 percent and rising by another percentage point each year of the four-year contract.
Dan Walters Daily
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
Dan Walters ponders the fate of Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's last-minute push to help his home city of Sacramento build a new arena.
Bill To Streamline Sacramento Arena Environmental Review Criticized
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
A last-minute bill to streamline environmental review of a basketball arena proposed in Sacramento is drawing flak from three high-profile groups that support strict scrutiny.
FPPC-sponsored Disclosure Bill Draws Concern From Nonprofits
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
A proposed California campaign finance reform law could backfire and hurt good actors rather than rein in shadowy interest groups, according to watchdog organizations.
Talks Will Continue Even After Inmates End Hunger Strike
Paige St. John @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Protest leaders issued a statement shortly after 9 a.m. declaring the two-month hunger strike by California prison inmates over but adding that the protest itself is only "suspended."
Warriors, Kings arena bills await fate in California Legislature
LAURA OLSON, Associated Press @ mercurynews.com
SACRAMENTO -- Two NBA teams in Northern California will be closely watching the final days of this year's legislative session, when state lawmakers will consider measures that would aid construction of new arenas for the franchises.
Union Accuses L.A. Unified Of Targeting Its School Leaders
Howard Blume @ latimes.com
The Los Angeles teachers union has ramped up the battle over displaced teachers at Crenshaw High and another campus, accusing the district of removing instructors because they engaged in union activity that is protected by law.
Editorial: Governor needs to stand his ground on pensions
The Editorial Board @ sacbee.com
The governor had to retreat on this issue. Given California’s still-fragile recovery, the state cannot afford the multibillion dollar hit that the federal government’s wrongheaded actions would cost.
Lawmakers Seek To Boost Affordable Housing Laws
Michael Gardner @ utsandiego.com
California lawmakers have moved to to reverse a court ruling that they believe has crippled the ability of cities and counties to force developers to set aside affordable housing units or pay a fee, particularly in high-cost regions like coastal San Diego.
Pension Reform Goes Off-track :: Fox&hounds
While Brown will take the money, he also will take his fight to court against the half-century old law that the Obama Administration is relying on to force the issue.
Poison Pill Would Kill Two Real Estate Measures
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Democrats won two-thirds supermajorities in both legislative houses last year, but have employed that power only rarely since.
Herbalife Hires Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa As Advisor
Stuart Pfeifer @ latimes.com
Villaraigosa will counsel the controversial firm on 'strategic business development and global community outreach.'
Peter Schrag: "Reefer Madness" -- It Still Haunts Us
Peter Schrag @ sacbee.com
California started the march to decriminalization of marijuana with Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative, in 1996. But itâs now become a laggard in its own parade. And weâre still a poster child for the stupidity of federal policy on pot.
Obama lobbies Capitol Hill on Syria from Russia
Donna Cassata @ mercurynews.com
President Barack Obama pressed skeptical lawmakers to give him the authority to use U.S. military force against Syria during his overseas trip while the administration struggled to rally international support for intervention in an intractable civil war.
DWP Union Contract Deal Sees Pushback From Workers
Dakota Smith @ dailynews.com
Weeks after city officials announced a new employee contract proposal for Department of Water and Power workers, some union members are criticizing the deal or calling for an outright rejection.