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THE NOONER for September 19, 2013

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  • CD37 (Culver City): added author/management consultant Mervin Evans (D)
  • SD02 (North Coast): added accountant Lawrence Wiesner (R)
  • AD28 (Cupertino): added enginner Michael Hunsweck (R)
  • AD62 (Inglewood): removed Mervin Evans (D)

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Good morning from the "other" capital. I'm frenetically trying to finish board agendas before heading to Capitol Hill to solve the world's problems. As the FPPC meets today to act on fines for the folks at California Strategies, the Capitol Morning Report lists "new" lobbyist filings for Rusty Areias, Winston Hickox, and Jason Kinney for the 2011-12 legislative session. Areias also filed a termination statement for the same session.

As of today, Buck McKeon has not announced his retirement from CD25, but Assemblymember Jeff Gorell seems to be gearing up to carry the GOP banner in CD26 next year, assuming that Tony Strickland moves to CD25 upon Buck's decision to not run again. Yesterday, he sent out an announcement of the creation of "Team Gorell," with the following language:

"Team Gorell is an initiative designed to build grassroots support for Assemblyman Jeff Gorell as he plans his run for re-election to his 3rd term and other political offices. Rather than your basic re-election team, Team Gorell will be an ongoing effort to support Jeff Gorell."

Gorell likely would have lost his Assembly seat in 2012 if either Jason Hodge or David Cruz Thayne had run rather than SD19 and CD26 respectively. However, even with Thayne looking at the Assembly seat in 2014, it likely would be a safe reelect for Gorell. However, 2014 is the best chance for the GOP to take on Julia Brownley who, if wins that first off-cycle reelection, will likely hold the seat for the decade.

If Gorell does run for Congress and the AD44 opens up, it will provide one more shot for Dems to keep a supermajority. Going into 2014, Dems will have 55 Assembly seats. They have two vulnerables--AD36 (Fox) and AD65 (Quirk-Silva).  Gorell's Ventura-based AD44 actually had the best performance on the presidential of the three races, but Democrats has a bad candidate as their field was spread to the senate and congressional races. (Obama's margin over Romney in the three: AD36: 0.3%, AD44: 6.9%, AD65: 6.2%)

Hodge is focused on being president of the Oxnard Harbor Commission and his wife's (Fiona Ma) bid for Board of Equalization for now, but it's hard to see him pass up an open Assembly seat with a real chance for a Democratic pick-up. Hodge raised $584k for his SD19 bid last year and likely could put together a solid fundraising effort pretty quickly.

CON: With increased e-mail activity from the domain, the speculation is that former treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides will join the race for State Controller, leading to a three-way Democratic slugfest of Angelides, John Perez, and Betty Yee. I also wrote about this in June.

SD26: Alex Vassar reports that Tuesday's election to fill Curren Price's senate seat set a record for lowest voter turnout in a State Senate race since 1965. Vassar, who is now chief of staff for Tim Donnelly, is the current god of California political history.

AD28: Remember when we were all young and amibitious with wild-eyed ambition? I'm really glad YouTube was an embryo when I ran for Davis City Council. [h/t]

SANDY EGGO: Strategy emerges in mayor's race [Craig Gustafson @ UTSD]

BOEING: Giveth and taketh away.

MIXED MESSAGES Amid bad census data news on income, poverty, some bright spots [Ricardo Lopez @ LAT] - "New census data released Thursday painted a grim picture of the economic recovery in the United States. Still there were bright spots in California." (Basically, SF and LA = still good; IE=still bad)

ZOMBIES: On Tuesday, I met the UC Irvine team that is building the MOOC (massive online open course) tied in with Season 4 of The Walking Dead. The 8-week free course begins October 14 will cover social science, physics, math, and public health. The faculty are aiming for 2 hours of a week of commitment, and you can sign up for it here

#CAKEDAY: Birthday greetings to Berkeley investigative journalist fellow Brian Joseph.



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Tobacco Giant, Drug Companies Give Money To Jerry Brown
David Siders @
Tobacco giant Philip Morris USA has pumped another $27,000 into Gov. Jerry Brown's re-election campaign, according to a campaign finance statement Brown filed with the state Wednesday.

Why Nj Senate Candidate Cory Booker Is Coming To Sf Friday.ok, Besides For The Money
Michael Collier, Richard Dunham, Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Carolyn Lochhead and Carla Marinucci, @
Why NJ Senate candidate Cory Booker is coming to SF Friday.OK, besides for the money

Jerry Brown Promises Brown-bag Lunch In UC Fundraising Effort
David Siders @
University of California regents spent much of Wednesday morning cheering a new fundraising initiative to encourage faculty, students and other people to raise money through their social networks for students who demonstrate financial need.

Some UC Regents Discuss Unloading University-owned Mansion
Larry Gordon @
Some University of California regents on Tuesday said it might make more sense to sell off a university-owned mansion that needs a major overhaul rather than restore the Contra Costa County property.

House Republicans Plan Friday Vote On Defunding Obamacare
House Republican leaders announced Wednesday morning that they would take a risky double-barreled attack on President Obama’s health-care law, making it the cornerstone fight over government funding due to expire Sept. 30 and the effort to lift the Treasury’s borrowing authority.

Jerry Brown goes from Plymouth to Pontiac to Schwarzenegger-era SUV
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown made his mode of transportation a point of interest when, as governor before, he sold his predecessor's limousine and rode around Sacramento in a blue Plymouth sedan.

Mitchell wins Senate seat; Assembly race in runoff
Democratic Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell has won a two-way race for a vacant state Senate seat, as expected, while the top-two vote-getters head to a special runoff election to fill a vacancy in the Assembly.

Facebook Ceo Mark Zuckerberg Presses For Immigration Reform In D.C.
Erica Werner @
Zuckerberg was pressing his case in private meetings Wednesday and Thursday at the Capitol, including with Republican and Democratic members of House and Senate leadership.

Oakland opens road show to sing the city's praises
Will Kane @
When three Oakland boosters roll down the California coast in the city's new mobile visitor center this weekend, they'll be eager to talk about all the good things Oakland has to offer: the playoff-bound A's, avant-garde art studios and spectacular Lake Merritt.

Health Spending To Rise Amid Coverage Expansion, Economic Growth
Chad Terhune @
After five years of historically slow growth, the nation's healthcare tab is poised to grow again as the federal healthcare law expands coverage and the economy improves, according to a new government report.

UC Turns To Social Networks To Raise Scholarship Money
Katy Murphy @
A celebrity-studded crowdsourcing campaign that launched Wednesday, "Promise for Education," counts on students and young alumni to tap into their extensive social media networks to ease the financial burden on students across the system.

Pelosi, Dems Join With Gun Victims In Urging Tougher Laws
Cathryn Kulat @
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged GOP leaders on Wednesday to consider tougher gun laws in the wake of Monday's fatal shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

'this Is The Line In The Sand,' House Republicans Say
Lisa Mascaro @
House Republicans plan to use the threat of a government shutdown as leverage to repeal President Obama's healthcare law.

Gay Bias In Jury Selection: Federal Appeals Court Struggles With Another Gay Rights Issue
Howard Mintz @
During an hour of arguments, a three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel appeared likely to determine that gays and lesbians are in fact entitled to those same constitutional protections, if they decide to address the closely-watched issue at this point.

Google Launches Healthcare Company Calico To Extend Life
Jessica Guynn @
Google launches healthcare company Calico, which will work on combating aging and disease.

Brown Wants Extension On Inmate Transfers, But Corrections Department Making Preparations | News Fix | Kqed Public Media For Northern Ca
Scott Detrow @
"The Prisoners Are Terrified"

Google Spins Off Calico, A New Company To Focus On Health
Brandon Bailey @
The new company, to be called Calico, will be led by Art Levinson, the former CEO of Genentech, who will be chief executive and a "founding investor" in the new enterprise, Page said.

Deep reforms to environmental law prove difficult
Despite early momentum to change California's landmark environmental-protection law, the Legislature sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that includes just limited changes.

A Dozen Hospitals Are Laying Off Staff And Blaming Obamacare; Don’t Believe Them | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
When Obamacare was being debated in Congress, its opponents tried to tar it with a deadly label: “the job-killing health law.” So is the ACA finally living down to its sobriquet?

California Ranks 20th Of All States In New Health Index
Cynthia H. Craft @
It’s really nothing to write home about: Overall, California ranks 20th of 50 states in health care climate, according to a study that measures factors ranging from tooth loss to obesity to accessibility of health care.

Celebrities Join UC Online Crowdfunding Campaign For Financial Aid
Larry Gordon @
Jamie Foxx, Beach Boys' Mike Love and Gov. Jerry Brown are among those promising activities if their fundraising goals are met.

Trust Act Activists Target Sheriffs In Sac, Oakland
By Josh Richman Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 4:46 pm in Alameda County, Assembly, California State Senate, Jerry Brown, Tom Ammiano.