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THE NOONER for September 24, 2013

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  • CD21 (Kings): added former U.S. Senate chief of staff Amanda Renteria (D)

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Good morning! It's an early morning to take a long drive to Bakersfield. It's been a long week already, starting in DC yesterday, to SFO, Oakland this morning, back to SF, and finally home to Davis last night. Add the 9 hours of driving today and its hard to believe it is only Tuesday. Anyway, we'll be short today, and you can use the time to read yesterday's overly lengthy episode. Or, enjoy interim and the great weather while having a lengthy lunch on a patio somewhere.

I'll be spending a fair amount of time driving through David Valadao's CD21, particularly with the construction on Highway 99. And, the NRCC is taking shots today at possible congressional candidate Amanda Renteria. Renteria, who is registered to vote in the district's easter edge of Sanger, is a former chief of staff to Debbie Stabanow and legislative staff to Dianne Feinstein, and is currently was, but withdrew as Obama's nominee to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. She's a child of farm workers and graduate of Stanford and Harvard Business School. The NRCC is going to hit her as a high salary DC operative.

I had been tipped off to her as a likely candidate, but was sworn to secrecy.

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed FPPC Chair Ann Ravel to a post on the Federal Elections Commission. She is expected to serve another month, and it's up to Jerry Brown to appoint her successor.

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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Political Solutions' Steve Cruz, Senator Mark Leno (who still can sport his 40th birthday leather pants 22 years later),  International Paper's Cynthia Leon.

#SHAQRAMENTO: What will Shaquille O'Neal bring to Sacramento Kings? [Sam Amick @ USA Today]


  • AB 216 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – High school graduation requirements: pupils in foster care.
  • AB 329 by Assemblymember Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Ticket sellers: equitable online ticket buying process: sale or use of circumventing software.
  • AB 382 by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) – State and local government: alternative investments: public access.
  • AB 447 by Assemblymember Das G. Williams (D-Santa Barbara) – California State University: student trustees.
  • AB 535 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – Emergency Alert System.
  • AB 636 by Assemblymember Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) – Alcoholic beverages: tied-house restrictions.
  • AB 763 by Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) – Aquatic invasive plants: control and eradication.
  • AB 1371 by Assemblymember Steven C. Bradford (D-Gardena) – Vehicles: bicycles: passing distance.
  • SB 129 by Senator Roderick D. Wright (D-Los Angeles) – Deaf and disabled telecommunications program.
  • SB 308 by Senator Ted W. Lieu (D-Torrance) – Professions and vocations.
  • SB 528 by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) – Dependents: care and treatment: minor parents and nonminor dependent parents.
  • SB 537 by the Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions – Business and finance.
  • SB 538 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) – The Corporate Securities Law of 1968.
  • SB 568 by Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) – Privacy: Internet: minors.
  • SB 818 by the Committee on Governmental Organization – Alcoholic beverages.


  • SB 535 by Senator Jim W. Nielsen (R-Gerber) – Commission on Emergency Medical Services. [Veto Message]


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  • 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.



Jerry Brown Signs Law Requiring Cars To Give Bicyclists Space
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring motorists to give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing on a California roadway, after vetoing similar legislation during the last two years.

California Ban On Ticket-buying 'Bots' Is Signed Into Law
Patrick McGreevy @
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation outlawing the use of so-called ticket-buying software, or "bots," that can purchase hundreds of the best seats to concerts and sporting events within seconds of their going on sale online.

San Jose mayor backing ballot measure to roll back pensions
Jon Ortiz @
A new push to ask California voters to let state and local governments roll back pensions for current employees is taking shape, with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed leading the charge.

Aids Nonprofit Group Faces Union Campaign
Abby Sewell @
Medical staff members at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation are seeking representation by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, charging that care is suffering.

Gas Price-fixing Bill On Governor's Desk
Christopher Arns @
A proposal to clamp down on shady gas prices has landed on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

San Jose mayor leading push to roll back pensions
Jon Ortiz @
A new push to ask California voters to let state and local governments roll back pensions for current employees is taking shape, with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed leading the charge.

Boxer Gives Climate Award To George W. Bush Library
Curtis Tate @
In the eyes of Sen. Barbara Boxer, former president George W. Bush has gone from an environmental villain to a hero - at his presidential library, at least.

Speaker Perez, Katcho Achadjian Lead Junket to Armenia
Speaker of the Assembly John Perez led a delegation of five legislators and two L.A. City Councilmen on a trip to Armenia.

Campaign Watchdog Ann Ravel Confirmed To Federal Election Commission
Chris Megerian @
Ann Ravel, California’s top campaign finance watchdog, is heading to the Federal Election Commission after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Monday.

Group Launches Campaign For A Public Market In Sacramento
Ryan Lillis @
A group will launch a campaign today to build a year-round public market in Sacramento.

Senate Democratic Leader Sets Stage for Budget Showdown
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L.A. Unified Dropped From Suit To Limit Seniority Rights Of Teachers
Howard Blume @
The Los Angeles Unified School District has exited litigation that seeks to limit the seniority rights of California teachers by voiding several provisions of state law.

FPPC's Ravel Confirmed To Federal Election Commission
Christopher Cadelago @
Ann Ravel, chair of the state's ethics watchdog, today received unanimous confirmation to serve on the Federal Election Commission.

New law lets teens delete digital skeletons
Legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday will require Web companies, starting in 2015, to remove online activity - whether it be scandalous or simply embarrassing - should a minor request it. California already allows certain people, such as victims of domestic violence, to get information struck from the online record. [...] a pioneering 2003 state law requires companies to let visitors to their websites know what information they're collecting - and who they're sharing it with. A recently introduced amendment to that law, which is now in the hands of the governor, would force these companies to state whether they honor do-not-track requests that users make in their Internet browsers. Teens won't have absolute certainty that mom and dad - or college admissions officers or future employers - won't see their photo at a keg party, even if they ask for the photo to be removed. The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Democracy and Technology Center, which works for freedom on the Internet, said burdensome restrictions could deter web companies from creating content for children and even prompt sites to ban minors entirely. Similar legislation on children's online privacy has been put forth at the federal level but has failed to gain traction.

The Buzz: Jerry Brown boosts coastal conservation fund
Gov. Jerry Brown marked California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday by announcing he had signed legislation creating a checkoff box on the state’s income tax form for a fund supporting coastal conservation.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, GOP House leaders, mark Hispanic Heritage Month — without mentioning immigration reform
Carla Marinucci @
How do GOP House leaders like Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, the GOP Whip, Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor manage to mark Hispanic Heritage Month — without a single mention of the “I” word: immigration (as in reform)?

Reformers Ponder New Limits On Legislative Fundraising |

Pew Reports Immigrant Numbers May Be Rising Again
Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Carolyn Lochhead and Carla Marinucci, @
Pew reports immigrant numbers may be rising again

AM Alert: Election inches Legislature closer to full strength
Jeremy B. White @
Politicians love trumpeting California's uniqueness. Given the number of special elections this year, the state -- or at least its politics -- seems to be very special indeed.

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Glitch Cuts Off 80,000 Californians From Unemployment Checks
Ricardo Lopez and Shan Li @
Many Californians are falling behind on bills waiting for unemployment checks because of a glitch in a computer system upgrade.

The FPPC's New Role: The Internet Cop :: Fox&hounds
The reason for this pioneering regulation, insist FPPC officials, is that voters deserve to know if someone expressing their free speech rights is getting a paycheck to do so. On the face of it, that makes some sense.