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THE NOONER for September 11, 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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CD07 (East Sacto): Cook Political Report has also moved this district to a toss-up with the entry of Doug Ose, who can self-finance. I would rank it the second most competitive seat, behind CD36--Raul Ruiz v. Brian Nestande. If Ose had a free ride in the primary as it appears Nestande will, it would be equally competitive. Ami Bera will be able to raise money through the entire cycle and, with three Republicans, needs to spend very little in June. And while Doug Ose is wealthy by Sacramento standards, he's no Darrell Issa.

ANSWERED: Sutter will stay put despite Kathleen Brown’s return [David Siders @ SacBee] - "'The dog is happily situated,' [Kathleen] Brown said this week, 'and I wouldn't presume to disintermediate his celebrity status and special relationship with the first lady and the governor.'"

REACHING OUT: Yesterday, the AFL-CIO reelected Richard Trumka as president and Teferi Gebre as executive vice president. If Gebre's name sounds familiar, it's because he has served as executive director of the Orange County Labor Council in recent years, after serving as government relations director for Laborers Local 270, work on various political campaigns, and serving as president of the California Young Democrats. Gebre immigrated as a political refugee from Ethiopia at the age of 15 after living in a refugee camp in Sudan. 

SD02: Vast 2nd Senate District a study in contrasts [Nik Bonavich @ Capitol Weekly]

LONE RANGER: Tim Donnelly reported on his lunch hour yesterday: "Preparing for the 2nd half of today's battle in the CA State Assembly, as I eat my homemade lunch out on the balcony as the lone member of the People's Caucus. Stay tuned as important bills regarding our 2nd Amendment right and our freedoms come up; we the people are under assault. Godspeed"

Donnelly also uses Twitter to report every one of his floor votes.

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With two days remaining in the legislative session (and then 30 days for the governor to act on bills), the editorial boards are weighing in on the Legislature's work:

SB 105Sacramento's prison deal [Editorial @ LAT] - "The governor and lawmakers must acknowledge that California's prison overcrowding crisis is directly linked to bills passed and signed by their predecessors, and in many cases by themselves, that responded to headlines rather than any thoughtful and proportional approach to punishment; and they must sever the link between politics and sentencing by creating a commission that considers sentencing comprehensively."

SB 105: Compromise on prison overcrowding benefits Californians - "The U.S. Supreme Court has sent an extraordinarily clear message to California: reduce the prison population, or the court will step in and force the release of inmates. The deal announced Monday averts that potential nightmare and, if it goes forward, will ultimately reduce the state's sorry recidivism rate while saving the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars."

AB 484: Legislature poised to suspend student testing for a year [Editorial @ SacBee] - "At a time when the governor and Legislature have established a new 'Local Control Funding Formula,' we need to know if schools are getting results. The Senate passed the bill yesterday. Now it’s up to the Assembly to reject this gutted bill."

ACR 65: No local opposition? Legislators: Wake up and listen [Editorial @ SFChron]

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for pollster Ben Tulchin. [tip me off on your colleagues' birthdays]



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Jerry Brown opposes renaming span for Willie Brown
the way, you might have noticed that eastbound traffic across the new span is often moving at a crawl, particularly during th @
On the eve of a state Senate vote that would give final legislative approval to the idea, Gov. Jerry Brown has come out against renaming the western span of the Bay Bridge in honor of former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. Lawmakers and other sources have been saying privately for days that the governor was unhappy about naming the western span after the former mayor and Assembly speaker and current Chronicle columnist. The governor reportedly noted that the Legislature's rules forbid naming roadways after living people, although lawmakers have ignored that ban repeatedly. Despite his objections, lawmakers say there appears to be every indication the Senate will approve the nonbinding resolution, which has already passed the Assembly on a 68-0 vote. Normally talkative Bay Area politicians are privately expressing consternation over the idea of renaming the bridge in honor of Willie Brown, given the outcry the suggestion has prompted on his home turf. With the tense relations between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, we couldn't help but notice a press release here in the Bay Area for the upcoming Russian Innovation Week - a chance for select media to meet the CEOs of Silicon Valley and San Francisco high-tech firms that have received billions of dollars from Russian government-backed investment funds.

Measure To Limit Immigrant Deportations Clears Legislature
Melanie Mason @
SACRAMENTO -- A bill that would limit cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities has cleared the Legislature and is now on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown 's desk.

State Senate Passes Controversial Bills On Immigration, Hunting
Josh Richman @
The state Senate late Monday voted 25-11 to pass AB4, the so-called TRUST Act, which would in many cases prevent California law-enforcement agencies from participating in a federal immigration dragnet that has led to millions of deportations. It also voted 23-15 to approve AB711, which would ban the use of lead ammunition in hunting by mid-2019.

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.

Lawmakers Advance New Parole Hearings For Youthful Offenders
Patrick McGreevy @
SACRAMENTO -- The Senate gave final legislative approval to a measure that would provide a new chance to get out of prison for inmates who committed serious crimes when they were minors and were prosecuted as adults.

California Public Records Act Amendment Going To June Ballot
Jeremy B. White @
California voters will get a chance to weigh in on whether local governments must comply with, and pay for, public records requests.

Fresh & Easy Closing Sacramento Grocery Stores
Dale Kasler @
Fresh & Easy’s five Sacramento-area grocery stores will close under a deal that will see most of the chain sold to Southern California billionaire Ron Burkle.

Kathleen Brown Won't 'disintermediate' Sutter Brown
David Siders @
The big question about Kathleen Brown's return to California, announced Monday, was whether the former state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate might run again for public office.

California School Test Conflict Heating Up
Dan Walters @
Dan Walters

Lawmakers approve bills on gun storage, ownership
California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown several bills that would tighten the rules for gun ownership, including new storage and education requirements and adding limits for people with mental health issues.

Health Law's Ailments Can Be Cured By Single-payer System
Michael Hiltzik @
All the shortcomings of the healthcare restructuring result from the decision to leave it in the hands of private insurers.

Brown Backs School-test Measure Despite Federal Opposition
Melody Gutierrez @
Gov. Jerry Brown says he'll push forward with school-testing legislation despite U.S. Department of Education threats to withhold federal funds.

Bill To Give Coastal Commission Power To Levy Fines Is Rejected
Tony Barboza @
The measure dies on a 34-30 Assembly vote, a victory for business and agricultural groups that say the agency has too much clout.

G.O.P. Eyes Hard Line Against Health Care Law
s debt limit only if President Obama and Democrats delay putting his health program into full effect.

Legislature: Prognosis Looks Bad For Measure Assisting Riverside Cities
A late-night budget deal 4-1/2 years ago is proving to be a valuable chit for Orange County, as the county seeks restoration of a 2011 cut that also hit Riverside County’s newest cities. But the fast-moving legislation to help Orange County notably lacks any assistance for the cities of Eastvale, Wildomar, Menifee and Jurupa Valley. Officials in Jurupa Valley say they will begin the disincorporation process by December if there is no fix for the 2011 shift that took almost one-half of its general-fund revenue.

August retirement applications to CalPERS down slightly
Jon Ortiz @
The number of California state workers who applied for pensions declined less than 2 percent last month, according to CalPERS, but the retirement trend since January remains higher than in 2012.

Home Equity Rises Sharply Across Sacramento Region
Hudson Sangree @
The most underwater neighborhood in the entire Sacramento region is the Sunrise-Douglas area in Rancho Cordova.

Colorado Lawmakers Ousted In Recall Election Over Strict Gun Laws
Mark Z. Barabak @
Republicans replace Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron, who backed gun control.

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Calif. Senate approves dropping standardized tests
The state Senate has approved a bill that would end traditional standardized testing of students in reading, math and social science, as the top federal education official threatened to withhold federal funds if the measure becomes law.

Southwest Travel Discount Helps State Save $469k
Local and state staffers on official business saved $469,000 through a special government agreement with Southwest Airlines and the California Department of General Services. The discounts applied to all flights into and out of California for state and local officials, university representatives, and K-12 school district staffers through March 31. Discounts fluctuated depending on how many government travelers flew Southwest per month.

Judge Denies L.A. County Deputies Union Request To Bar Use Of Records
Victoria Kim @
Union had sought to stop The Times from publishing officers' personal information. Judge saw no evidence of harm or danger.