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THE NOONER for September 25, 2013

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • CD21 (Kings): changed from Likely Republican to Leans Republican
  • AD08 (E. Sacto): added legislative consultant Doug Haaland (R)

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Yesterday was a very long day of a 10-hour roundtrip drive to Bakersfield, but there are few places as beautiful as the Central Valley during sunrise, with the aqueduct reflecting the dawn hues of purple-to-pink-to-orange-to-powder blue, all the way to the darkest remnants of the night. Minutes before the sun peeks above the Sierra, the low Valley fog hugging the fields servs as a cool blanket to those toiling in the fields. The first glimpse of the actual sun suggests a slow emergence, but the speed of the earth's rotation becomes clear when it is visibile in its entirety in a minute.

At that point, the night gives way to hundreds of signs about the "Congress-created dust bowl."

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Last week, 547 of you voted in the Legislators of the Year awards, in three categories. Again, these are your choices, and I didn't vote. I try to include the rationale that best expresses the sense of the rationale voters provided.

 

LEGISLATORS OF THE YEAR -- "MOST EFFECTIVE" 

Senate Democrats

1. Mark Leno - "Well respected, kind, stays true to principles but is successful at passing legislation."

2. Jerry Hill - "Carries water with poise, leads like no other."

3. Alex Padilla - "Can cross ideological lines, take on big bills, and keep warring parties within the caucus."

4. Kevin De Leon - "Sets the tone for the Latino Caucus and is a well respected, senior member of the legislature. Works his bills well on the floor."

5. Richard Roth - "Sen. Richard Roth ran and won in a historically conservative area, and has delivered on his campaign promise to secure funding to open the UCR School of Medicine."

Senate Republicans

1. Anthony Cannella - "Working across the aisle to get things done."

2. Robert Huff - "Led caucus to pick up a seat and successfully moderate many Democratic proposals."

3. Bill Emmerson - "As a Republican, this one was even hard for me. But Dr. Emmerson was the most thoughtful, rational Rep on the floor. He doesn\'t go looking for fights nor does he argue about the silly, nonproductive policies that the Rep caucus gets all exercised about." 

4. Joel Anderson - "Finds ways to be deciding vote in committee which helps him with his own agenda later on."

5. Tom Berryhill - "He has shown to communicate what's important whether it's a majority or not."

Assembly Democrats

1. Luis Alejo - "If anybody doesn't say Luis Alejo, they're wrong. How can you beat minimum wage and driver's license? Banner year for that man."

2. John Perez - "He gets things done. You should see him when the cameras are off."

3. Henry Perea - "Tireless leader on trying to bridge together liberal and moderate Democrats.

4. Mike Gatto - "Put together a massive coalition to reform Prop. 65, knocked their heads the old-fashioned way, and got it to sail through the process."

5. Holly Mitchell - "Universally awesome... And everyone knows it."

Assembly Republicans

1. K.H. Achadjian - "Only Rep cmte chair; Achadjian is a class act who knows how to get legislation done while being one of the nicest men who walks the halls!"

2. Jeff Gorell - "Came back from war ready to fight for good policy."

3. Connie Conway - "Kept her job, kept her cool, kept her principles."

4. Tim Donnelly - "Reliable "no" vote and usually well-reasoned in his basis, if you subscribe to those values."

5. Kristin Olsen - "Worked hard to find common ground and help the people of California."

Tomorrow will be "Most True to Party Values" and, fittingly for a Friday, we will end the week with "Who Would You Like to Have a Beer or Espresso With?"

 

I'LL RAISE YOU: Jerry Brown will be signing Luis Alejo's minimum wage increase today in Los Angeles and Oakland. The bill raises the minimum wage from the current $8/hour to $9/hour effective July 1, 2014 and to $10/hour effective January 1, 2016.

AD52: Freddie Rodriquez appears to have won the runoff to fill Norma Torres's Assembly seat, with a 365-vote lead. If the pattern in recent elections holds true, that lead will expand as late absentees and provisional ballots are tabulated. It certainly was closer than Democrats would have liked, and there was some fingernail-biting last night. Preliminary voter turnout is 7.9%.

SANDY EGGO: The latest SurveyUSA poll in the San Diego mayoral special has a weird likely voter composition. The poll, which finds a top 3 of Fletcher-Faulconer-Alvarez, weights Hispanic voters at 24% of likely voters, even though the city is only 17% and Latinos only attributed for 16% of turnout in the 2012 presidential general election. Further, weighting 18-34 year olds at 25% is also probably too high for a special. Here's a blog post by Paul Mitchell at Political Data Inc. on expected turnout.

TROLL: Dana Rohrabacher: Chairman of the Trolling Caucus [Shane Goldmacher @ NatJourn] - "More than perhaps any other member of Congress, Rohrabacher has dived, keyboard first, into the back-and-forth fray of debating anonymous Twitter users. His habits make the conservative Republican from Orange County, Calif., either the country's most responsive social-media congressman or an argument-junkie in need of a quick, online fix—or both."

 

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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway and Natomas unified Board member Lisa Kaplan.

Signed Bills

  • AB 404 by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – Healing arts: behavioral sciences: retired licenses.
  • AB 791 by Assemblymember Curt C. Hagman (R-Chino Hills) – Collateral recovery: repossessors.
  • AB 1297 by Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) – Coroners: organ donation.
  • SB 135 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) – Earthquake early warning system.
  • SB 246 by Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) – Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency.
  • SB 250 by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) – Olive Oil Commission of California.
  • SB 281 by Senator Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) – Life insurance: accelerated death benefits.
  • SB 392 by Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) – Fish and Game Code: game birds and waterfowl.
  • SB 476 by Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) – Insurance: special assessments.
  • SB 606 by Senator Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) – Harassment: child or ward.
  • SB 676 by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) – Real estate records: unlawful destruction.
  • SB 770 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Unemployment compensation: disability benefits: paid family leave.

Vetoed Bills

  • SB 156 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Conservatorships and guardianships: attorney's fees. [Veto Message]

 

 

 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Gov. Jerry Brown On CSU, State Budget: Can't "Squeeze Blood Out Of A Turnip"
Josh Dulaney @
dailynews.com
Gov. Jerry Brown delivered a simple message to California State University trustees on Tuesday during a discussion on funding the system next year. “I can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip, can’t get water out of a stone,” said Brown, after a presentation on a preliminary support budget proposal that aims at gaining at least $100 million more than what the governor expects to give CSU for fiscal 2014-15.

Gov. Jerry Brown Mum As Court Rejects Prison Plan
Anthony York @
latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown remained mum about the latest twist in the California prison saga, as a federal court ruled on Tuesday that the state cannot solve its overcrowding problem by sending thousands of state inmates outside of California.

Two New Water Bond Alternatives Draw Lawmakers' Scrutiny - Capradio.org
capradio.org
One of the two alternative water bond proposals comes from Senator Lois Wolk and focuses on restoring the area she represents: the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

With Bill Clinton At His Side, Obama Sells Healthcare Law
Kathleen Hennessey @
latimes.com
President Obama accuses foes of his healthcare law of trying to sabotage it for political gain.

Republican leaders considering Plan B to stop healthcare law
Lisa Mascaro @
latimes.com
WASHINGTON - With their effort to block money to run the government until President Obama guts the new healthcare law starting to fizzle, Republican leaders are considering Plan B.

California Gov. Brown Wins 30-day Extension To Cut Prison Crowding
Paige St. John @
latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Three federal judges have given California Gov. Jerry Brown a 30-day extension on their order to reduce prison crowding, buying time for confidential talks between lawyers for the state and those representing inmates.

Senate votes 100-0 to move ahead on debate over Obamacare
Lisa Mascaro @
latimes.com
The Senate easily overcame Wednesday's first hurdle to a fizzling GOP strategy to strip funding for President Obama's healthcare law in exchange for keeping the government running.

Senator Persists on Health Law, Irking Many in His Party
nytimes.com
Senator Ted Cruz, who has been abandoned by many in his fight over the health care law, was still standing almost 19 hours after he began a verbal assault on the Senate floor.

CalPERS mail glitch may disenfranchise 25,000 in board election
Jon Ortiz @
blogs.sacbee.com
CalPERS Board of Administration elections approaches, officials with the fund have discovered that about 25,000 members could be disenfranchised.

Timm Herdt: An Oilman Applauds New Fracking Law » Ventura County Star
Timm Herdt @
vcstar.com
With the exception of Gov. Jerry Brown, there may be no bigger fan of California’s new law regulating fracking than the outspoken CEO of a Texas oil company who calls the bill Brown signed on Friday “the toughest in the states.”

City College teacher union sues accrediting group
sfgate.com
[...] the union's suit hits the commission with accusations that go "further and broader" than Herrera's, said its attorney, Bob Bezemek, at a Monday press conference at City Hall that drew faculty and student leaders, five city supervisors and a state assemblyman. Registrations at City College are down by about 3,000 students this fall, resulting in the loss of state funding at a school where money management is already in disarray - from payroll headaches to an inability to figure out how much each of its 11 campuses costs to run. On Tuesday, the commission issued an unsigned response to the lawsuit that said: "The public needs to know that there is a federal regulation that mandates that an accrediting body terminate the accreditation of an institution found in noncompliance with any standard or provide a timeframe of no more than two years for the institution to bring itself into compliance." The three-paragraph statement credited the college's leadership and "some faculty and staff" with working hard to comply with requirements, while "others appear to be trying to reverse the commission's actions rather than meet accreditation standards." [...] the Education Department, which is conducting its five-year review of the accrediting commission, said in a letter to Beno on Aug. 13 that the commission should not have let the president's spouse judge the college and that the commission was out of compliance with other regulations. [...] state college officials have replaced City College's elected Board of Trustees with a special trustee empowered to make college decisions unilaterally.

Brown Vetoes Bill To Halt Probate 'fee On Fee' Gouging
contracostatimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed Senate Bill 156, legislation designed to stop conservators and their lawyers from gouging elderly and disabled residents who rely on California's courts to oversee their care.

Oil-extraction Tax Measure Dies, But Will Return
ibabuzz.com
By Josh Richman Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at 10:07 am in ballot measures, education, energy, taxes.

City College faculty union sues accrediting group
sfgate.com
A statewide faculty union filed suit Tuesday to try to stop a commission from revoking City College of San Francisco's accreditation next summer, which would shut down the venerated but troubled school of 80,000 students. [...] the union's suit hits the commission with accusations that go "further and broader" than Herrera's, said its attorney, Bob Bezemek, at a Monday news conference at City Hall that drew faculty and student leaders, five city supervisors and a state assemblyman. Registrations downRegistrations at City College are down by about 3,000 students this fall, resulting in the loss of state funding at a school where money management is already in disarray - from payroll headaches to an inability to figure out how much each of its 11 campuses costs to run. On Tuesday, the commission issued an unsigned response to the lawsuit that said: "The public needs to know that there is a federal regulation that mandates that an accrediting body terminate the accreditation of an institution found in noncompliance with any standard or provide a time frame of no more than two years for the institution to bring itself into compliance." [...] the Education Department, which is conducting its five-year review of the accrediting commission, said in a letter to Beno on Aug. 13 that the commission should not have let the president's spouse judge the college and that the commission was out of compliance with other regulations. Special trusteeMeanwhile, state college officials have replaced City College's elected Board of Trustees with a special trustee empowered to make college decisions unilaterally.

Federal Order Brings A Halt To Private Prison Leases
Paige St. John and Anthony York @
latimes.com
This post has been corrected. See note for details.

Obamacare protest: Ted Cruz to speak until 'no longer able to stand'
Michael A. Memoli @
latimes.com
he will speak on the Senate floor “until I am no longer able to stand” in opposition to the president's healthcare law, making a symbolic stand to support a legislative strategy that is increasingly opposed by his fellow Republican senators.

Carly Fiorina Will Chair Conservative Foundation
ibabuzz.com
By Josh Richman Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at 12:01 pm in Carly Fiorina.

Rodriguez Captures Victory In Special Assembly Vote
dailybulletin.com
Today's high

Bart Strike Backup Plan: More Buses And Carpool Lanes, Maybe Even Bart Trains
Mike Rosenberg @
mercurynews.com
BART and its unions on Wednesday will be three-fourths of the way through the 60-day cooling-off period ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown, with virtually no progress reported and another shutdown looming for Oct. 11.

The Buzz: California lawmakers on Scandinavia junket
sacbee.com
In an annual tradition, a union-and-corporate-backed nonprofit has spirited recessing California lawmakers away to Sweden, Norway and Denmark for an educational trip.

Nonprofit takes California lawmakers to Scandinavia
Jeremy B. White @
blogs.sacbee.com
In an annual tradition, a union-and-corporate-backed nonprofit has spirited recessing California lawmakers away to Sweden, Norway and Denmark for an educational trip.