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THE NOONER for September 10, 2013

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  • SD02 (North Coast): removed Marin supe Kate Sears (D)
  • SD18 (San Fernando Valley): removed Steve Veres (D)

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TALK OF THE TOWN: With Kathleen Brown returning to California, will Sutter Brown return home to mama?

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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

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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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DEAL: Jerry Brown, lawmakers reach accord in California prison crowding case [David Siders @ SacBee]

"In exchange for Steinberg’s conditional support for increased prison spending, the Democratic governor agreed to present federal judges with an alternative approach to relieving prison crowding, focusing on long-term diversion and recidivism-reduction programs.

If the court grants the state additional time to comply, the state would divert to a fund aimed at reducing the number of prisoners who re-offend the first $75 million it might otherwise have spent on prison housing. Half of any additional savings would go to that fund and the other half would revert back to the general fund. In addition, the bill would provide incentives to local probation departments to keep felony probationers from returning to prison."

AD45The wide field to succeed Bob Blumenfield will be narrowed a week from today. With 7 Democrats, 3 Republicans and 1 NPP, it's hard to predict which two candidates will proceed to the runoff on November 19.

SD26Also a week from today, Holly Mitchell will be granted permission by voters to walk from the green carpet of the Assembly to the red carpet of the State Senate.

SD18: Steve Veres, a Los Angeles Community College District trustee and district director for Kevin de Leon, yesterday announced that he would run for Tom LeBonge's district 4 on the Los Angeles City Council rather than the State Senate, clearing the race for Bob Hertzberg.

DEFERRED: A Difficult 2016 [Joe Mathews @ Fox and Hounds] - "2016 is shaping up to be an unpleasant year to be California’s governor. Or a legislator for that matter. Because the state might have to reckon with its bigger problems that year."

THE LBC: While some believed Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal's entrance to the Long Beach mayoral race would clear the field, several other candidates are in it to win it--including another Lowenthal. City councilwoman Suja Lowenthal says she's still running. Bonnie is the ex-wife of Congressman Alan Lowenthal, and Suja is the ex-wife of Dan Lowenthal, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge and son of Bonnie and Alan. With 9 candidates in the mayoral race so far, other camps are hoping that Long Beach has Lowenthal fatigue and that Bonnie and Suja split votes, providing the opportunity for others to rise to the top.

***A Message from United Steel Workers and Supporters - Please help us #STOPSB54 – the job-killing gut-and-amend bill currently being decided in the California State Legislature.  SB 54 by Senator Loni Hancock puts 5,000 union jobs on the line. By forcing out workers with the highest level of safety training and the most experience in California’s refineries, SB 54 also weakens safety and puts communities at risk. Please vote NO on SB 54. To find out more, visit

LAW AND ORDER: Three fined for covert lobbying in California [Laurel Rosenhall @ SacBee] - "Democrats Jason Kinney, Rusty Areias and Winston Hickox violated state law when they "crossed over the line which separates policy consultants from lobbyists," says a proposed settlement that the Fair Political Practices Commission released Monday. The settlement requires all three to register as lobbyists and, along with their firm, pay a combined fine of $40,500."

BIPARTISAN BASH: The bipartisan Cordial Caucus is gathering tonight at 6:30pm at Simon's. If there is anything The Nooner celebrates, it's the following: "A vital Capitol institution, the Cordial Caucus is a bi-partisan, bi-cameral group that comes together to set aside their political differences in the spirit of camraderie and cooperation. See you there!"

CAFWD: AB 109: A rare opportunity for thoughtful criminal justice [Tom G. Hoffman @ California Forward]

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to animal girl Jennifer Fearing and Assembly Health consultant Roz Thompson

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: The Yolo/Napa district is AD04.




Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Close Loophole In Rape Law
Patrick McGreevy @
Jerry Brown signed legislation that closes a loophole in California¿s rape law by saying an attacker who impersonates someone can be prosecuted.

Calif. Senate Approves Bill To Provide Condoms In State Prisons
Christopher Cadelago @
State senators voted 21-13 today for a measure requiring state officials to expand the availability of condoms in all California prisons.

Jerry Brown, lawmakers reach accord in California prison crowding case
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders agreed Monday to seek more time to reduce California’s prison population, while committing hundreds of millions of dollars to ship inmates out of state and to local facilities if the request is denied.

Kathleen Brown Returning To California, Says No Plans For Public Office
David Siders @
Kathleen Brown, the former state treasurer and Goldman Sachs executive who moved to Chicago after her brother, Jerry Brown, was elected governor in 2010, is coming back to California.

Prisons Timeline: A Scramble To Comply After Years Of Controversy
Chris Megerian @
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown stood with top lawmakers Monday to say they would seek more time to comply with a court order requiring the state to cut its prison population.

Agreement Reached On California Prison Housing Plan
David Siders @
A modified version of Gov. Jerry Brown's prison housing plan appears headed for approval after Brown and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, the plan's chief critic, announced today they reached a compromise.

Legislature Expected To Vote On New Gun-control Measures This Week
Phil Willon @
The California Legislature may decide if permits are needed to buy ammo and could outlaw sales of rifles with detachable magazines

Coastal Bill Stalls, Bullet Bill Advances |
Michael Gardner @
State lawmakers on Monday temporarily sidelined legislation that would give the Coastal Commission the authority to directly fine violators while advancing a separate bill that would bar hunters from using lead bullets.

In Missouri, Governor Turns Tax Cut Debate Against G.O.P.
Gov. Jay Nixon has argued that lower taxes would hurt education and mental health services, and has found support in the face of an override vote.

Waiting For Hertzberg? :: Fox&hounds
Speculation by Capitol insiders that Bob Hertzberg, one time Assembly Speaker, now running for a San Fernando Valley state senate seat, is already in the mix to be the next president pro tem of the senate, may intensify given recent political moves.

Public often ignores officially designated names
Michael Cabanatuan @
The Bay Bridge, in its nearly 77 years, has achieved a distinction that many Bay Area bridges, interchanges, highways and even rest areas have not: It has avoided being officially tagged with the name of a politician, law enforcement officer, engineer or do-gooder.

Deal To Cut Prison Population Faces Skepticism From Inmates' Lawyers
Paige St. John and Chris Megerian @
SACRAMENTO -- A deal reached Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders to reduce the state's prison population was greeted warily by lawyers representing inmates who have sued California over conditions behind bars.

Chris Hansen, Others Fined $50,000 Over Sacramento Arena Ballot Effort
Ryan Lillis @
Hedge fund manager Chris Hansen is interviewed after his meeting with the NBA regarding the possible relocation of the Sacramento Kings basketball team to Seattle, in New York, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

Is Doug Boxer -- Sen. Barbara Boxer's Son -- Mulling A Run For Mayor Of Oakland?
Joe Garofoli @
Over in Oaktown a lot of names are surfacing as possible challengers to Mayor Jean Quan next year. One we hear a lot lately (OK, yes besides Oakland developer Phil Tagami, who has told us he’s out) is that of Doug Boxer — the son of Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Consumers Could Be Surprised At Tax Time Due To Federal Health Law
Chad Terhune @
Some families may owe refunds if they accept government help on buying health insurance if changes in their income aren't reported

Teacher dismissal bill, once stalled, moves to Senate floor
Dan Walters @
Union-backed legislation to revise how teachers can be dismissed, which had been rejected by the Senate Education Committee in July, was resurrected Tuesday, two days before the Legislature's scheduled adjournment.

Steve Lopez: Jerry Brown A Disappointment On Prison Overcrowding
Steve Lopez @
In 1979, a man with a long history of mental illness robbed an Oakland department store and was sentenced to seven-years-to-life in prison. At the time, the average time behind bars on such a conviction was seven years.

Governor, Calif. lawmakers reach prison compromise, will ask court to delay inmate releases....
Governor, Calif. lawmakers reach prison compromise, will ask court to delay inmate releases.

Lead Ammunition Ban, Trust Act Pass Senate
Katie Orr @
The California legislature powered through stacks of bills as it began its final week of the session. More than 150 bills were up for debate Monday.

Dianne Feinstein Open To Placing Syria Arms Under International Control
Seung Min Kim @
Feinstein says Russia could 'encouraging the Syrian president to stop any use of chemical weapons.' | AP Photo

Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Monitor Parks Dept. Payroll
Laurel Rosenhall @
Payroll practices at the state Department of Parks and Recreation should get more scrutiny now that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 757.

Lawmaker Introduces Last-minute Push For Medical Pot Regulations
Melanie Mason @
SACRAMENTO -- With just a week left in session, the Legislature has added a new thorny issue to its to-do list: regulating the state's medical marijuana industry.

Udacity Teams With Google, Others To Rethink Tech Education
Richard Nieva @
The company has partnered with the likes of Google and Autodesk to try to create more opportunities in tech for students.

Bill Limiting Workers' Comp Claims By Athletes Is Sent To Governor
Marc Lifsher @
SACRAMENTO — Months of heavy lobbying by the National Football League and other professional sports team owners paid off when lawmakers gave final passage to a bill to limit most workers' compensation claims by out-of-state professional athletes.