Around The Capitol

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here

Receive this as a forward? Get the Nooner in your e-mail box

THE NOONER for September 20, 2013

jump to headlines




NOONER SUBSCRIBERS can download a spreadsheet of all candidates,
with district geography, analysis, and outlook.


Good morning. I'm going to be short this morning as I have a breakfast meeting on the Hill. Thanks for your patience with me this week, which has been exhausting.

BLEH: California’s nonfarm payroll jobs increase by 29,100; Unemployment rate increases to 8.9 percent


  • Construction (+5% year-over-year)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (+4.1%)


  • Mining and logging (-3.3%)
  • Government (-0.5%)

661: Mayor of Small California Town Ousted Because There's No Straight Pride Month [Philip Bump @ The Atlantic] - "The council of the small city of Porterville, California, in the state's conservative Central Valley, voted on Tuesday night to remove its mayor from her position — in part, it appears, because of her advocacy for LGBT rights. In June, she faced fury from citizens demanding she rescind a gay pride proclamation, with some comparing gay relationships to pedophilia."

AURAL PLEASURE: John and Anthony fill our ears on this week's special elections on the Capitol Connection Podcast.

#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for Van Jones and Assemblymember Brian Dahle. On Sunday, Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Roger Dickinson will be celebrating.



  • Good Quality Office Furniture For Sale: Large rectangular conference table, including seating for 12-15; numerous desks; metal and wood 2 and 4-drawer filing cabinets; Hawthorn brand partitions with attached desks/storage for up to 15 cubicles; misc. chairs, etc. Non-profits encouraged to shop. Contact
  • Capitol Weekly and the University of California Sacramento Center present Health Care: 2014, a conference examining the California health care landscape as the Affordable Care Act takes effect. The day-long conference will be held in Sacramento on September 26, 2013. Register here.
  • Add your classified for $25/week.



Jerry Brown
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.

Teacher, Two Superintendents To Hold Key Positions On Funding Law's New Agency
Louis Freedberg @
Consistent with the goal of shifting power over education decisions away from Sacramento, the Local Control Funding Formula law creates a new agency to work with, not dictate to, local districts on how to meet their improvement goals. In the first step toward launching the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, the Legislature this month determined that a teacher and two superintendents will form the majority on its governing board.

GOP Steps Up Its Vows To Kill Obama's Healthcare Law
Lisa Mascaro @
House Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday promised victory in defunding President Obama's healthcare law as part of a bill to keep the government running.

House votes to defund Obamacare as shutdown battle escalates
Michael A. Memoli @
WASHINGTON – The GOP-led House approved a spending bill that would strip President Obama’s healthcare law of its funding, setting up a confrontation with the Democratically controlled Senate that risks causing the first shutdown of the government in nearly two decades.

FPPC Fines San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed $1 For Campaign Violation
But the Fair Political Practices Commission, which had proposed a $3,500 fine against Reed, agreed the mayor had not intentionally violated the law and fined him $1.

Cruz vows to do 'everything necessary' to defund health law
Michael A. Memoli @
WASHINGTON – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) vowed to do “everything necessary and anything possible” to ensure passage of legislation that would strip the new healthcare law of some of its funding, assuring House Republicans of his full support for a strategy that could risk a government shutdown.

Brown Weighs Immigration, Gun Control, Abortion Bills
Michael Gardner @
San Diego-area lawmakers are in limbo as they anxiously await Gov. Jerry Brown’s verdict on their bills, including hard-fought measures to expand the rights of unauthorized immigrants, tighten gun controls and allow some non-physician medical professionals to perform abortions.

State Watchdog Cracks Down On Stealth Lobbying In Capitol
Patrick McGreevy @
SACRAMENTO -- Launching a crackdown on stealth lobbying at the Capitol, the state’s ethics watchdog agency on Thursday imposed $43,800 in fines on lobbyists and their clients for not properly reporting their activity.

BART, union touch on major issues with little progress
Negotiations that would avert a second BART strike next month resumed this week but the transit agency and its two largest unions apparently made little progress toward an agreement. The meetings between negotiators for BART and Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 were the first at which the two sides discussed the major issues of pay raises and pension and health insurance contributions since Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 60-day cooling-off period on Aug. 11. While negotiations are held behind closed doors with state and federal mediators, both the unions and BART have described their proposals and discussed their concerns. The unions are also proposing contributing a percentage of their salaries toward their pensions and increasing their medical insurance premiums. At a board meeting last week, directors canceled a closed session on negotiations, and during open session rejected Director James Fang's attempt to direct $5.7 million in end-of-the-year savings to the labor agreements. Health insurance: BART would cap its contribution at the cost of the cheapest family coverage plan.

Calif. mayor fined $1 over campaign law violation
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has been fined $1 by the state's political watchdog commission, which found the mayor and his pension reform committee violated state campaign law _ but not intentionally.

Cities Left With Mixed Emotions After Legislative Session -
Years of budget cuts at the state level have taken a toll on cities and counties. And that has strained their relationship with the state government. Dan Carrigg is with the League of California Cities.

Some Union Leaders Urge Gov. Brown To Veto Lead Bullet Ban
Patrick McGreevy @
California hunters did not pull enough weight to stop the state Legislature from approving a bill last week that would ban the use of lead bullets for sport shooting of animals.

House Approves GOP Plan To Slash Food Stamp Funding
The GOP-backed plan differs sharply from a bipartisan Senate proposal passed in June, and its passage will further strain relations between the two chambers as they spend the next several weeks toiling over a short-term budget deal and negotiating over raising the federal debt limit.

How Imprisoned Mexican Mafia Leader Exerts Secret Control Over La Street Gangs | News Fix | Kqed Public Media For Northern Ca
Running a criminal organization while locked inside one of America's most secure prisons requires imagination, cunning and ruthlessness. It also demands a firm set of rules and a way to impose them on operatives on the streets, often violent and obstreperous gang members.

L.A. Votes: Greuel, Garcetti Navigate Union Waters, Roast Colleague
Seema Mehta @
As the mayoral candidates crossed the two-month mark until the runoff election, Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti are struggling with a bit of a paradox -- the two long-time, pro-labor Democrats are jockeying over which of them is more likely...

Future Of High School Exit Exam Unclear As California Revamps Testing Requirements | Edsource Today
EdSource Executive Director Louis Freedberg @
Not just CAHSEE, but the entire state assessment system is in transition. In a January 2013 report, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson described, in detail, all the tests that will need to be developed in every subject and for all students, including English learners and those with special needs, to align with the Common Core State Standards, a national set of educational standards that have been adopted by 45 states.

Fresno State Official Looks For Support On Capitol Hill
Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau @
Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro has a lot to teach lawmakers – and, perhaps, vice versa.

Would New Bills Help Or Hurt California Economy?
Dan Walters @
California is recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression, but as a new report from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management points out, that recovery is slow and very uneven.

FPPC Approves $40,500 Fine For California Strategies Firm
Laurel Rosenhall @
The California Strategies public affairs firm and three of its partners will pay a combined $40,500 fine for breaking the state's political ethics laws under a settlement the Fair Political Practices Commission approved today.

California Becomes First State In Nation To Regulate Ride-sharing
Marc Lifsher @
SACRAMENTO -- California regulators have approved the nation's and state's first rules for fast-growing ride-sharing companies that connect passengers to drivers via smartphones.

Unemployment down in Sacramento, up in state; payrolls increase
Dale Kasler @
Unemployment increased in California last month but fell in Sacramento, state officials said today.

The Riggs Report: Jerry Brown's Rock Star Connection
About Social Reader

Obama Playing It Low Key In Immigration Push | Mcclatchy
Anita Kumar, McClatchy Washington Bureau @
WASHINGTON — The last time President Barack Obama delivered a speech focused on immigration was more than three months ago. The one before that occurred when there was still snow on the ground.

More People, Making More Money, Are Flocking To Downtown L.A.
Emily Alpert @
Los Angeles Downtown Business District, survey, income, education