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THE NOONER for September 26, 2013

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POLL POSITION: PPIC is out with its statewide survey.

  • Most important issue facing people in California
    • 46% jobs, economy
    • 7 education, schools
    • 7 immigration, illegal immigration
    • 6 state budget, deficit, taxes
    • 4 crime, gangs, drugs
    • 3 government in general
    • 3 health care, health reform
    • 2 environment, pollution, global warming
    • 2 water, water supply, drought
  • Jerry Brown job approval: 48% approve, 31% disapprove (-3% from January)
  • Legislature job approval: 38% approve, 45% disapprove (-3% from January)
  • California generally: 43% right direction, 48% wrong direction (-5% from January)
  • Next 12 months, good times financially or bad times: 46% good times, 44% bad times (-3% from January)

OATH: Holly J. Mitchell will be sworn in Thursday, 9/26, to the State Senate representing the 26th District which includes Culver City and portions of Los Angeles. 

AD16: Steve Glazer's Stand – It Worked for Calvin Coolidge [Joel Fox @ Fox and Hounds] - "Steve Glazer's move supporting legislation to prohibit BART strikes may put him in good standing with voters much like Calvin Coolidge nearly a century ago when he made a similar stand opposing strikes that endanger the public. Both took on labor and risked defeat at the polls. For Coolidge, his position sent him on the road to the White House. For Glazer, well, it just may help him reach the California Assembly."

POCKET CHANGE: Charles Munger, Jr. gave $597,982 to the California Republican Party yesterday.

CONGRATS: Shout out to my wife, Kara Ueda, for a great Asian Bar Association of Sacramento annual awards dinner last night. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (who like me did community college-UCD-UCD Law) presented an award to former county supervisor, Senate Judiciary staffer and activist Gloria Ochoa, Judge Morrison England presented an award to Judge Anthony Ishii, and the keynote speaker was transgender lawyer and Vietnam veteran Mia Francis Yamamoto. Yamamoto wowed the nonpartisan audience of judges, lawyers and other community members, and I can't imagine that the board would have even extended an invitation to her 10 years ago.

DR. MACGYVER: Dramatic dinner rescue involves knife, UCLA doctor and CDC chief - "A local doctor is being hailed as a hero after he used a folding pocket knife and pen to perform an emergency tracheotomy on a former Kern County supervisor at a downtown Bakersfield restaurant Monday night. . . . Pauline Larwood, who was Kern County’s first female supervisor and currently serves as a community college trustee, was eating dinner at The Mark restaurant with some of the doctors, experts, politicians and others in town for the symposium when she began choking."

Also present at the dinner, which followed a valley fevery symposium, were Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Senator Jean Fuller, and Assemblymember Shannon Grove.


Legislators of the Year continues after the jump!




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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.



Senate Democrats

1. Mark Leno - "Can anyone question Mark Leno as the blueest of the blue? Guns, environment, LGBT, health and human services, and Labor. He's got it covered. "

2. Hannah-Beth Jackson - "As liberal as it gets."

3. Darrell Steinberg - "Knows how to accomplish Dem Values without going overboard and losing majority."

4. Bill Monning - "True to the ideals of the Democrat Party.  Labor, health care, environment, children and those over looked and under estimated citizens and citizens to become."

5. Loni Hancock - "Senator from Berkeley....enough said!!"


Senate Republicans

1. Joel Anderson - "Is not a zealot but at the same time is very clear with his intent giving sound rational when speaking on legislation. He is respectful but firm, doesn't bend in his principles."

2. Jim Nielsen - "The man is a stone pillar of party values."

3. Ted Gaines - "One of the few who hasn't folded to the Democratic majority."

4. Robert Huff - "He's the leader for this reason."

5. Steve Knight - "The next generation of a true Republican family."


Assembly Democrats

1. Holly Mitchell - "Look at her body of budget work this year...the restorations.  She has truly been the conscience of the Assembly"

2. Tom Ammiano - "Could you find a better representative for San Francisco? Probably not."

3. Luis Alejo - "Common guy wannabe superhero.  I'd want my son to be just like him."

4. Toni Atkins - "Progressive, diverse, a woman, local gov't background; a classic modern Dem."

5. John Perez - "Where the Speaker could have used a heavy hand, he has been judicious in his use of the majority to uphold and further Democratic Party Values."


Assembly Republicans

1. Tim Donnelly - "C'mon, are there really any other contenders?"

2. Connie Conway - "Leadership is exemplary; frames issues well; message is usually on point. "

3. Donald Wagner - "Eloquent as always in floor debate, he keeps the conservative line going strong."

4. Shannon Grove - "Not only does she vote with the party, she can justify it with reason in her floor speeches."

5. Kristin Olsen - "She's hot and she's dangerous."


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WATER WARS: Is there an ag water shortage, or are those roadside signs all wet? [Larry Levine]

Signed Bills

  • AB 10 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) – Minimum wage: annual adjustment.

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Possible CD21 candidate Amanda Renteria withdrew her nomination by President Obama for a seat on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. 


Court Order On Prison Crowding Mirrors Proposals By Darrell Steinberg
Paige St. John @
SACRAMENTO -- A federal court order for California to entertain alternative options to reduce prison crowding echoes a set of solutions proposed just one day earlier by Senate leader Darrell Steinberg.

Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Raise California Minimum Wage
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown this morning signed legislation to raise California's minimum wage by 25 percent, from $8 an hour to $10 an hour by 2016.

Convicted Santa Clara County Politician Asks Taxpayers To Fund Legal Defense
Shirakawa, 51, has appeared in Superior Court with two hired attorneys since pleading guilty to a dozen political crimes in March and fighting a subsequent charge that he engaged in illegal campaign shenanigans. But on Wednesday, a judge approved a referral to the public defender's office to consider Shirakawa's claim that he is now indigent.

Democrat Rodriguez Controls Small Lead In Assembly Special Election
Christopher Cadelago @
Democrat Freddie Rodriguez was clinging to a slim lead Wednesday over independent Paul Leon for the inland Southern California Assembly seat formerly held by Sen. Norma Torres, D-Pomona.

The Secret Stop On Legislation's Path
Katie Orr @
In the depths of the Capitol building, there’s an office. The location is not well known and access limited. Inside sit people whose jobs include reading every single piece of Assembly legislation out loud.

Voters Support Legal Pot, Prison Fixes, Conserving Water
John Myers @
Voters are firm in their opinions. Except when they're not. Consider that one of the big takeaways in a new statewide poll that suggests California voters may now be ready to do what they rejected just three years ago: legalize marijuana.

Californians Back Prison Plan But Are Wary Of Overcrowding Fixes
Jeremy B. White @
Californians narrowly favor Gov. Jerry Brown's new prison plan but remain anxious about the consequences of prison reform, a new Public Policy Institute of California poll finds.

Health law: Many small firms face delay in enrolling workers online
WASHINGTON — Small businesses in some states seeking to enroll their employees in health insurance through President Obama’s healthcare law will have to use paper forms until November, as the Obama administration has been forced to delay the start of an online enrollment system.

Boxer-Vitter Dispute Could Make Things Bumpy On Highway Bill
Curtis Tate @
Sens. Barbara Boxer and David Vitter rarely agree on much. But the California Democrat and Louisiana Republican have proved they can cross party lines and work together on transportation and water-infrastructure issues.

California prisons: New poll finds support for governor's plan to ease overcrowding
Howard Mintz @
Wide-ranging new poll reveals support for governor's prison plan, legalizing marijuana, gay marriage and how local school districts are spending new state money.

More Calls For Legislature To Nix Bart Strike
By Josh Richman Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 at 4:42 pm in Assembly, Bob Huff, California State Senate, Connie Conway, Transportation.

Libraries Seek Decades Of Funding Amid Digital Upheaval
On the heels of the Santa Clara County public library system's successful parcel tax renewal, San Jose leaders are now preparing to ask voters to renew theirs as well, anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Libraries remain popular here. Mayor Chuck Reed once remarked with amazement that voters insisted libraries stay open even as budget cuts threatened reductions in the police force.

House GOP digs in on government shutdown, debt fights
Lisa Mascaro @
WASHINGTON – House Republicans are pursuing an all-of-the-above strategy to halting President Obama’s healthcare law, using the threat of next week’s government shutdown and the need to raise the debt limit in mid-October as leverage in back-to-back high-stakes showdowns with the White House.

California EDD To Pay Delayed Unemployment Benefits This Week
Ricardo Lopez @
The California Employment Development will begin paying out all delayed unemployment benefits this week to clear a backlog of 80,000 claims.

Healthcare law: White House shifts from selling to explaining
Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey @
WASHINGTON -- In the years since the Affordable Care Act became law, the measure known as Obamacare has been debated, excoriated, legally challenged, upheld and then debated some more.

Pelosi, Dems Leave Wiggle Room On Sequester Cuts In Cr - The Hill - Covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns And Capitol Hill |
Mike Lillis @

Children's Advocates Focus On Raising Money Through The Ballot Box
Lillian Mongeau @
In the face of federal gridlock and state budget shortages, veteran campaigners are holding an all-day conference in Oakland on Friday to teach advocates a potentially valuable skill: how to go directly to voters to raise public money for children’s programs.

Business lobby suffers rare loss as Jerry Brown signs legislation raising California’s minimum wage
David Siders @
In signing a bill to raise California’s minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday not only moved to increase the state’s hourly minimum for the first time since 2008, but also handed influential business interests a rare defeat.

AM Alert
Jeremy B. White @
With open enrollment for California's health insurance exchange just days away, an event co-sponsored by Capitol Weekly and the University of California Sacramento Center will take stock of the much-maligned, endlessly debated federal health care overhaul and evaluate what comes next.

Obamacare: Californians Will Pay 10th Highest Rates In Country Under Health Exchange
Tracy Seipel @
With less than a week to go until open enrollment begins on the new health-insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration published insurance premiums and plan choices for 26 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents.

Business lobby suffers rare loss as Jerry Brown signs legislation raising California’s minimum wage
David Siders @
In signing a bill to raise California’s minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday not only moved to increase the state’s hourly minimum for the first time since 2008, but also handed influential business interests a rare defeat.

Sacramento News & Review
Nick Miller @
The final weeks of the legislative session are high-stakes, long-hour grinds. The building brims with lobbyists, staffers and media. It’s a stressful, possibly hellish time—but then an elongated, beamish canine named Sutter Brown might bounce into the room.