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THE NOONER for September 17, 2013

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  • SD32 (Whittier): added law enforcement officer Jorge Robles (D)
  • AD25 (Fremont): added former Fremont police chief Craig Steckler (D)
  • AD54 (Culver City): added realtor John Mark Jake, Jr. (D)
  • AD64 (Carson): added teacher Theresa Sanford (R)

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Good morning from the Big Apple, where it is a very early morning even on my standards. And, thank you to the Capitol Morning Report for coming out an hour-and-a-half early for me today.

THE RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH: UC leases housing at $9,950 a month for president Napolitano [Larry Gordon @ LAT]

BOE4 nastiness:

Commerce Employee Runs Political Machine on Taxpayer's Dime [Brian Hews @ City Watch]

GOV: Rift Puts Maldonado Campaign In Even Bigger Hole [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron] - "'These guys are political vampires. They suck the lifeblood out of a candidate and they move on to a new one,' said Brandon Gesicki, a longtime adviser to Maldonado, in a rare public slap at a nationally recognized team of GOP advisers. 'The only mistake Abel made was hiring them - and now he's corrected that," Gesicki said last week."

GOV: Shake, Abel, Shake [Joe Mathews @ Fox and Hounds] - "The shake-up also serves as what law enforcement professionals involved in the retrieval of kidnap victims refer to as 'proof of life.' You need to know that the kidnap victim is alive before negotiating over ransom after all. Maldonado might have been wise to release the news of his shake-up with a photo of himself holding that days’ newspaper."

AD45: As voters go to the polls today, the Republican Party of Los Angeles may be divided for awhile after the race.

SAN BERDOO: Dutton, Harp Announce Plans to Run for San Bernardino County Assessor [Joe Nelson @ SB Sun]

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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?

Your vote is of course confidential and voting will be open through September 20. Only Nooner subscribers can vote, and you can only vote once. Vote now at:


#CAKEDAY: Assemblymembers Ed Chau, Beth Gaines, and Sharon Quirk Silva, former Los Angeles council candidate Ana Cubas, and Campaign for College Opportunity's Jessie Ryan.

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Yesterday, my silly fingers typed "Alliance for a Better California" as the IE in support of Andra Hoffman. The correct IE committee is "Alliance for California's Tomorrow," and the donors I listed were the correct ones. Also, there are 7 Democrats, 3 Republicans and 1 independent in today's AD45 race.



California Legislature Votes To End Retroactive Tax On Investors
Marc Lifsher @
SACRAMENTO -- California lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would end state efforts to collect a retroactive tax increase from investors.

Jerry Brown Touts Video Games, His Own 'Creative Hand'
David Siders @
The last time now-Gov. Jerry Brown made any news to speak of about video games was in 2009 when, as state attorney general, he petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a state law seeking to ban the sale of violent video games to minors.

S.F. political elite show support for condo tower
John Cote @
Call it a message, a warning perhaps, delivered fiesta style. Just in case Four Seasons luxury residence owners who have sued to block construction of a nearby condominium tower that will also house the Mexican Museum didn't know what they were up against, they do now.

Jerry Brown OKs Early Parole Hearings For Juvenile Offenders
Anthony York @
Inmates who committed serious crimes when they were minors but were prosecuted as adults will have a new opportunity to get out of prison under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday night.

Jerry Brown Will Sign Bills Extending Fees, Incentives To Reduce Emissions
David Siders @
SAN FRANCISCO - Gov. Jerry Brown said today that he will sign legislation extending a fee on vehicle registrations and tire sales in California to pay for programs designed to reduce emissions and promote alternative fuels.

Jerry Brown signs bill giving prisoners convicted as juveniles shot at parole
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring special parole hearings for prisoners who were prosecuted as adults and sent to prison for crimes they committed as juveniles, his office announced late Monday.

Senate GOP Leader Wants To Prohibit Bart Strike
Josh Richman @
BART employees would be compelled to honor the no-strike clause in their contract, under a bill introduced by state Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff.

Berkeley lab's contract loss threatens Richmond expansion
the way, it may be a coincidence, but recently departed Energy Secretary @
After years of planning, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has just lost out on a highly coveted, $1.5 billion contract to build the world's most sophisticated super X-ray microscope - and that could spell trouble for the lab's planned expansion to a second campus in Richmond. [...] a July 25 report by a federal Department of Energy scientific advisory committee concluded that the Berkeley lab did not meet the criteria needed for building the new laser. Uwe Bergmann, interim director for the Stanford lab's Advanced Light Sources, says the university and the feds are talking about building the microscope at Stanford. On the rail: A top legislative Republican fired off a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, urging him to call the Legislature back into special session to try to force BART workers to honor a "no strike" clause in their last contract. The letter from Senate Republican leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar (Los Angeles County), came just a day after he introduced SB423, a bill intended to keep BART workers from striking for a second time this year if the governor's current 60-day cooling off doesn't produce a new contract. Just as the mayor was leaving Thursday, the owner of a frame shop next to the construction site bolted out her front door and chewed him out for parking without paying the meter.

Edison To Pay U.S. $1.8 Million To Settle Fire Suit
Marc Lifsher @
SACRAMENTO -- Southern California Edison Co. will pay the federal government $1.8 million to settle a lawsuit seeking damages from a 2007 wildfire that burned parts of the Sequoia National Forest.

Legislative Fight: Diane Harkey Files Lawsuit Against Mark Wyland
Christopher Cadelago @
Assemblywoman Diane Harkey has filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit against Sen. Mark Wyland, alleging her fellow Republican verbally attacked and bullied her to gain an advantage in their California Board of Equalization race.

Two legislative seats up for special elections
A run of special elections for open state legislative seats continues this week with primaries for an Assembly and a Senate district, both in Southern California.

Bill Would Reduce Lawsuits Over Prop 65 Warning Signs
Katie Orr @
Proposition 65 mandates California businesses post signs warning customers of possible exposure to harmful chemicals.

Gov. Jerry Brown Says No Appetite For Legislative BART Solution
Anthony York @
Gov. Jerry Brown said on Monday he remains concerned about stalled negotiations between Bay Area transit workers and management, but stopped short of saying he would support new legislation to prevent another strike by the union.

Capitol Alert video: Jerry Brown says time for sides to 'get real' on BART talks
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown said today he was prepared to introduce legislation to avert a potential Bay Area Rapid Transit District strike, before determining the Legislature would not pass such a bill.

Rift Puts Maldonado Campaign In Even Bigger Hole
Carla Marinucci @
A caustic political battle has erupted between the state's leading Republican hopeful in next year's governor's race and his former team of high-priced GOP consultants, a development that some experts say could make it even harder for a Republican to beat popular Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, should he decide to run.

Odd Events Punctuate California Legislature’s Last Night
Dan WaltersBy @
Dan Walters

Democrat-dominated California Legislature ends session without new taxes or spending sprees
Mike Rosenberg and Josh Richman @
Despite predictions that Democrats would use a rebounding economy and a rare two-thirds stronghold in the Legislature to paint the Golden State a deeper shade of blue, lawmakers this year chose not to charge ahead with an overly liberal agenda.

Legislative fight has Diane Harkey filing suit against Mark Wyland
Christopher Cadelago @
Assemblywoman Diane Harkey has filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit against Sen. Mark Wyland, alleging her fellow Republican verbally attacked and bullied her to gain an advantage in their California Board of Equalization race.

Senator Demands That Edison Fix Blackout Problems
Sen. Ted Lieu warns that he may reintroduce legislation that would impose fines on utilities for frequent blackouts.

Jerry Brown says he will sign bills extending vehicle fees
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that he will sign legislation extending a fee on vehicle registrations and tire sales in California to pay for programs designed to reduce emissions and promote alternative fuels.

UC eyes presidential mansion fix-up
Katy Murphy @
Blake House in Kensington housed five UC presidents until 2008, when it was deemed too rundown to live in. On Tuesday, the regents consider whether to allocate initial restoration funding for the project.

Overreach? Colorado Suggests California Democrats Wise To Show Restraint
Mark Z. Barabak @
The wild and crazy Democratic supermajority in Sacramento has proved more level-headed and a lot less crazy than some liberals hoped and conservatives feared.