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THE NOONER for September 13, 2013

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  • AD65 (Fullerton): changed from Toss-Up to Leans Democrat

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LEGISLATORS OF THE YEAR AWARDS! Now that session is over, it's time to vote on Legislators of the Year. Once again, we are taking votes for most effective legislator of each of the four caucuses, as well as "most true to party values." And, new this year, who is the legislator from each caucus that you'd most like to have a beer or espresso with?

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The Nooner will be short today, as my one-hour allocation was largely dedicated to updating the Legislators of the Year awards script. There are lots of session round-up articles in The Nooner's top headlines below the jump.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I hate to rain on this bipartisan parade, but that's my job." -- Tim Donnelly (on Kings arena bill) 

Here's the link to the fundraiser for Tim Donnelly featuring comedian Rob Schneider.

AD65 (Fullerton): With Sharon Quirk-Silva winning a huge victory with AB 701, which settles a financial fight between the state and Orange County in a manor favorable to the county, the first-term Assemblywoman now has an edge over Ed Royce staffer Young Kim (R) in what had been a toss-up district. The bill passed both floors with no "no" votes and saves the county millions from a proposed court settlement.
(I didn't write about this during session as community colleges had an interest in the matter.)

SANDY EGGO: Breaking with tradition of not endorsing, the San Diego Chamber of Commerce endorsed councilmember Kevin Faulconer for the mayoral special.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday, Assemblymember Travis Allen (Saturday) (R-Huntington Beach) [tip me off on your colleagues' birthdays]



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California City Disincorporates As Cash Goes To Prisons
James Nash @
California’s newest city may become the first to self-destruct in 40 years, disincorporating because Governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers stripped funds from local government to reduce prison crowding.

Unions Held Whip Hand In California Capitol
Dan Walters @
When the Legislature’s 2013 session began nine months ago, a giant question mark hung over the Capitol. What would be the effect of having so many new members – nearly half of the Assembly – and of new districts created by an independent commission for the first time, of the first-ever use of a top- two primary election system, and of having two-thirds Democratic supermajorities in both houses? We now know the answer: Unions, particularly those representing public employees, tightened their already strong grip.

Jerry Brown Signs Prison Housing Bill
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation in which the state will seek more time from federal judges to reduce California's prison population, while committing hundreds of millions of dollars to house inmates out of state and in local facilities if the request is denied.

Prison Compromise, Working Or Not, Is Good Politics :: Fox&hounds
Which brings us to the prison deal Gov. Jerry Brown cut with state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg this week.

Lawmakers Send Tough Gun Control Bills To The Governor
Patrick McGreevy @
State lawmakers late Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown bills that would outlaw the sale of rifles with detachable magazines and expand the list of crimes that result in a 10-year ban on possessing firearms.

Lawmakers OK Bill Banning Felony Question On Public Job Apps
Jon Ortiz @
The state Senate today approved a bill that converts the state's job application policy regarding felony conviction questions into a law that applies to local government agencies.

Union-backed Bill To Streamline Disciplining Of Teachers Advances
Patrick McGreevy @
The Senate on Thursday voted 25-13 to approve a bill supported by teachers’ unions that would streamline the discipline and dismissal process for teachers accused of misconduct. The measure goes back to the Assembly for a vote on amendments.

Three top staffers quit Abel Maldonado’s campaign for California governor
David Siders @
Abel Maldonado’s chief strategist, media strategist and campaign manager have all left his campaign for governor, the latest in a series of setbacks for the Republican former lieutenant governor.

Naming things after politicians is risky business
If our state legislators are going to name public buildings, bridges and roadways after political figures, they should at least wait until the person dies. Because naming civic structures after living politicians is risky. There's no denying the nobility of his service during his years in Congress, but years later the U.S. government had to take legal action to get Dellums to pay his federal taxes. The following year Harris lost a bid to return to the Assembly after he insulted largely African American voters by promising fried chicken dinner giveaways in exchange for votes. Think of the George H. W. Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Reagan National Airport, and stretches of Illinois highway that until 2009 included 32 signs bearing the name of disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving a state prison sentence for corruption.

California Lawmakers Approve Naming Bay Bridge For Willie Brown
Christopher Cadelago @
Over the objection of Gov. Jerry Brown, lawmakers today overwhelmingly approved renaming a stretch of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

Fees For Some Summer, Winter Community College Courses Could Triple Under Bill On Governor's Desk
Kathryn Baron @
Community College students would have to pay as much as 300 percent more for some high-demand classes under a divisive bill on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown after passing the state Senate and Assembly this week.

Minimum-wage Hike Heading To Gov. Jerry Brown
Jeremy B. White @
Lawmakers voted Thursday evening to send a measure boosting California's minimum wage to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has already promised his signature.

Gov. Jerry Brown, Lawmakers Set To Ease Ceqa For 'infill' Projects
Anthony York @
New development in transit zones would be harder to stop by filing suit and would get a streamlined environmental review process under changes to the California Environmental Quality Act expected to pass the Legislature on Thursday.

Midwifery, Physical Therapy, Pharmacist Bills Move to Governor
California’s legislators introduced a suite of bills during the legislative session that ended Thursday with an eye toward helping to expand access to primary care. These “scope-of-practice” bills have sometimes been the subject of hot debate in Sacramento, but three of them survived and have moved to Gov. Brown’s desk.

California Legislature Approves Raising Minimum Wage To $10
Marc Lifsher @
California Legislature OKs a bill to boost the state minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016. Gov. Jerry Brown said he would sign it.

Span named for Willie Brown, but no signs may go up
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @
The Legislature's overwhelming approval of a resolution renaming the western span of the Bay Bridge in honor of former San Francisco Mayor and Assembly Speaker Willie Brown is no guarantee the signs will actually go up.

California Lawmakers Ice Bill Targeting Boy Scouts
Christopher Cadelago @
Lawmakers today shelved a bill that sought to revoke the Boy Scouts of America's tax-exempt status because of the organization's long-held policy not to permit the participation of openly-gay adults.

Steinberg arena bill goes to Brown
Tony Bizjak and Dale Kasler @
Five months ago in New York, state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento made a promise to the National Basketball Association and a group of prospective Kings owners: You commit to Sacramento, and I will deliver legislation that smooths the way to a new downtown arena.

Breaking With Convention, Jerry Brown Tips His Hand On Two Bills
Anthony York @
Gov. Jerry Brown broke with convention this week, announcing his support for a minimum-wage increase and new regulations on oil extraction that are heading to his desk.

Viewpoints: Are you ready for open enrollment and state’s new health care exchange?
Carmella Gutierrez @
For many Californians, Oct. 1 really is the dawn of a new era. While the state is implementing the new health care reform law, you too have a responsibility to play an active role in your care.

California Legislature Passes Immigration, Gun Control Measures
Reid Wilson, @
California Gov. Jerry Brown will decide in the coming days whether to sign controversial measures on immigration and gun control the legislature sent to his desk Tuesday as a contentious session draws to a close.