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THE NOONER for September 6, 2013

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  • AD56 (Culver City): removed Joey Hill (D)

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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.




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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 Ochoa. Reserve your spot today at
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  • 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
  • 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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Legislature Sends Drug Bill To Governor
Marc Lifsher @
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 @
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 @
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 @
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 @
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 @
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 @
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 @
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 @
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 @
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 @
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 @
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 @
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 @
Villaraigosa will counsel the controversial firm on 'strategic business development and global community outreach.'

Peter Schrag: "Reefer Madness" -- It Still Haunts Us
Peter Schrag @
California started the march to decriminalization of marijuana with Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative, in 1996. But it’s now become a laggard in its own parade. And we’re still a poster child for the stupidity of federal policy on pot.

Obama lobbies Capitol Hill on Syria from Russia
Donna Cassata @
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 @
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.

Wal-Mart Protesters Arrested In Sacramento
Tillie Fong and Ryan Lillis @
Nearly 80 people rallied in Sacramento's Cesar Chavez Plaza near City Hall on Thursday afternoon in support of a protest against Wal-Mart, an action repeated in cities around the country.