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THE NOONER for September 27, 2013
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SPREADING THE LOVE: California GOP gets funds from rare source -- unions [David Siders @ SacBee] - "On Tuesday, Service Employees International Union Local 1000 donated $15,000 to the state party. A California Teachers Association political action committee donated $10,000 earlier this month, and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association donated $3,000 in August."
BLAST FROM THE PAST: The California Business Industry Association has selected former Assemblymember and Senator Dave Cogdill as CEO and President.
AIN'T NO KATY PERRY: John Hrabe gets video of legislators watching fireworks in Armenia.
BELATED #CAKEDAY: Belated greetings to Sean Wallentine, chief deputy to George Runner. For some reason, I left cakeday out yesterday!
FAREWELL: George Zenovich (1922-2013) - Assembly 1966-70; State Senate 1970-79; 5th Court of Appeal 1979-84.
Legislators of the Year continues after the jump!
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 -- "WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE A BEER/ESPRESSO WITH?"
1. Rod Wright - "Legislators are not as interesting, cool, or badass as they think they are---except for Rod Wright."
2. Ricardo Lara - "Probably the most down-to-earth and also the best-looking!"
3. Mark DeSaulnier - "Easily the coolest most down-to-earth member who will have you keeled over laughing after 5 minutes."
4. Ted Lieu - "Ted & I tweet each other all the time. I'd like the chance to get into his head on some of his proposals."
5. Alex Padilla - "Using this as "Who would you like to [have relations with]."
1. Mimi Walters - "Because I'm so damn curious..."
2. Andy Vidak - "Blue collar type; I like cherries."
3. Bill Emmerson - "He seems folksy. Probably has great stories!"
4. Ted Gaines - "After a run on a ski hill!"
5. Tom Berryhill - "It's gotta be wine (not espresso!) and after a few, enjoy the stream of consciousness!"
1. Ian Calderon - "To stare into his eyes."
2. Tom Ammiano - "Homophobia would cease to exist, if everyone had a wonderfully funny gay friend like Ammiano to push your boundaries and liven up your parties."
3. Mike Gatto - "Engaging, friendly and knows where the skeletons are buried."
4. Holly Mitchell - "She is the Assemblymember I can count on to say it like it is. She must be extremely fun to have a beer with."
5. Isadore Hall, III - "A night out with Hall would consist of cigars, brandy and VIP at the club... downside is he would be better dressed than me. I can't pull off a bow tie."
1. Jeff Gorell - "The guy is a war hero. I'd buy him a beer any day; Because all the women lobbyists and staffers would hang out too....to ogle him."
2. Tim Donnelly - "Shooting guns and having a brew with this guy would be great; Because he might bring along his good friend Rob Schneider."
3. Connie Conway - "After a few pops, you don't know whether you\'re gonna be laughing your ass off or defending yourself from a pointed criticism. Keeps you on your toes.
4. Melissa Melendez - "Want to hear her secret spy mission while in the Navy."
5. Kristin Olsen - "She is always smiling!"
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Senate set for key votes to avoid government shutdown
Michael A. Memoli @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON – The Senate will vote Friday to send a government-spending bill back to the House without a provision cutting off funds for President Obama’s healthcare law, putting pressure on the Republican-controlled chamber to act with just days left to avoid a government shutdown.
California State Auditor Sounds Warning On Prison Realignment
Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
California's woefully underfunded teachers' retirement system, the state's swelling long-term health care costs for government retirees and its deteriorating roads, bridges and other infrastructure aren't the only items on the list of "high-risk" issues noted in a new report issued Thursday morning.
House GOP Digs In On Government Shutdown, Debt Fights
Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
House Republicans are pursuing an all-of-the-above strategy to halting President Obama's healthcare law.
Brown Signs Law To Let Distilleries Sell Tastings
By Josh Richman Thursday, September 26th, 2013 at 2:44 pm in Assembly, Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner.
Gov. Brown Signs Bill Making Domestic Workers Eligible For Overtime
Melanie Mason @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Thursday a bill that would make nannies, private healthcare aides and other domestic workers in California eligible for overtime pay.
Teachers Union, SEIU Open Wallets To California Republican Party
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
One of the reasons Republicans elected Jim Brulte to be chairman of the California Republican Party earlier this year was their faith, among other things, in his ability to raise money.
California congressmen discuss healthcare law and shutdown
Richard Simon @ latimes.com
of negotiating changes to the healthcare law he hates.
S.F. schools gambit on green guru pays off
With budget cuts hitting classrooms hard, critics questioned whether the schools really needed a so-called sustainability director to push for tree plantings or tell teachers to turn off lights. [...] to make matters worse, his $105,000 annual salary - while technically funded by the Public Utilities Commission and Environment Department, not the district - was actually deducted from what schools would otherwise get from the city's Proposition H education fund. Using city PUC and Environment Department grants, he has also purchased water bottle refilling stations for schools and $400,000 in pilot-project solar panels for Alvarado Elementary. [...] while his staff position was unique five years ago, more and more districts across the country are hiring people to monitor environmental impact and improve energy usage - something more common in corporations. [...] despite the cost savings, some question whether the district needs to pay someone's salary to make those arguments, especially since it reduces the amount the district would get to pay for extras like art and physical education needs, which is what Proposition H generally funds. Diverting money"Given the choice, I don't for one second believe that the district would choose to divert money away from arts, music and sports, to pay for a director of sustainability," said Dana Waldow, the previous chairwoman of the district's Food and Fitness Committee and mother of three former district students. At Balboa High School, for instance, students in the environmental education program were required as seniors to do a yearlong project that resulted in some kind of institutional change making their school more environmentally friendly.
Jerry Brown signs domestic workers bill
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation today giving some domestic workers, including in-home nannies and health care workers, overtime pay for working more than nine hours a day or 45 hours in a week.
Senate Is Expected to Approve Budget Bill
The measure to finance the federal government, including the health care law, would then go to the House, where Republicans have vowed to change it.
3 Out Of 4 Uninsured Californians Eligible, But Unaware Of Obamacare Benefits
Sarah Varney @ blogs.kqed.org
As uninsured Californians head into a new era of health coverage, theyâre worried about costs and unaware of the help theyâll get from the government, a new survey finds.
California State Auditor - Report 2013-601 Summary - September 2013
In our assessment of the high-risk issues facing the State, we identified the 2011 realignment of funding and responsibility for criminal justice and social services programs between the State and local governments as a new area of high risk.
L.A. County Workers Demand Higher Pay, Plan Rally On Tuesday
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
On the verge of having their contract with Los Angeles County expire, labor organizers on Thursday urged their members to participate in a march and rally next week. ¿Our purpose right now is to make sure we send a message to the media, educate the public and we tell the county what they are proposing is unacceptable,¿ said Norma Herrera, a worksite organizer with SEIU Local 721, which represents 55,000 county workers.
As Critical Phase Near, Obama Stumps For Healthcare Law | Reuters
Mark Felsenthal @ reuters.com
Californians Wary Of Fracking, Poll Says
Chris Megerian @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Californians want stricter regulation of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial method of oil and natural gas extraction, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.
California Employment Office Lowers Estimate On Late Jobless Claims
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
The state Employment Development Department, which said last week that about 185,000 Californians had been affected by a computer problem delaying unemployment checks for weeks, downgraded its estimate this afternoon, putting the total at about 148,000.
Boxer Asks Epa To Ensure Safety Of L.A. Neighborhood Near Oil Field
Louis Sahagun @ latimes.com
California senator wants the agency to address chemical odors wafting through University Park neighborhood from Allenco oil field.
Ex-rep. Radanovich Exploring Run For Governor
Josh Richman @ ibabuzz.com
Former Rep. George Radanovich sent out an e-mail this morning announcing his exploration of a run. Radanovich, 58, of Mariposa, said he has created a 501(c)(3) group called The Four Institutions â so named for family, business, religion and government, which he says are the basis of any society â to start giving the private sector a more prominent role in rebuilding the state nation.
New state law prohibits electronic network shutdown
State and local agencies in California will need a court order before interfering with electronic communications by the public under a law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, a response to BART's cutoff of cell phone service during a 2011 protest at a San Francisco station. The legislation was prompted by the transit system's decision to cut off underground cell phone service at Civic Center Station for three hours during an August 2011 demonstration against the fatal police shooting of a homeless man, Charles Hill. Last week a federal magistrate dismissed a wrongful-death suit by Hill's family and said the shooting was justified because Hill was throwing a knife at the officer.
NSA defender Feinstein bows to growing pressure, says she’ll offer bill to limit surveillance programs
Ali Watkins @ sacbee.com
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a longtime defender of the National Security Agency, unveiled plans Thursday for legislation designed to reign in some aspects of the NSA’s controversial domestic surveillance programs.