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THE NOONER for September 30, 2013
Good morning from Sacramento Intergalactic Airport, where I'm awaiting that pre-dawn flight to Sandy Eggo. It's going to be a long day, as I land in Seattle at 10:10 tonight, which will very likely be 70 minutes after the federal government shuts down. Fortunately, air traffic controllers will not be furloughed.
The impact on California congressional races will depend on the length of the showdown. The only Californians in the middle of it are Kevin McCarthy and Darrell Issa, and everyone else is pretty darn quiet. Neither one would be affected by their involvement, as they are both in safe seats.
If the impasse is prolonged, the first tier of races could be impacted--Republican defenses of CD10 (Denham), CD21 (Valadao), and CD31 (Gary Miller) and Democratic defenses of CD07 (Bera), CD36 (Ruiz), and CD52 (Peters). Of these, CD31 would be the first likely incumbent casualty if there was an anti-incumbent or anti-Republican trend spawned by the continuing resolution debate, or any other for that matter.
Scott Peters has to be happy that the anti-contraceptive provision was added to the House version approved Saturday. That's the sort of issue that moves independent-minded San Diego voters.
If the shutdown drags on, I could see CD07, CD31, and CD52 all moving to Leans Democrat, and CD21 to Toss-up. I'm trying to see how a "win" comes to the Republicans in these districts, short of a deal in the next 24 hours. I don't see Obama giving an inch at this point though.
TIMING: Tonight's near certain government shutdown coincides with the important third quarter FEC reporting deadline. Generally, don't look at your e-mail or answer your phone tonight. Of course, as members pad their campaign accounts, 800,000 federal employees face losing their paychecks beginning tomorrow.
HONORED: The Wiley Manuel Bar Association held its annual reception Saturday night and recognized Senator Holly Mitchell and Fredericka McGee, who is general counsel to Speaker John Perez and a longtime influential Capitol figure. Also honored were judge William J. Murray, Jr. and Legal Services of Northern California. The association, formerly known as the Sacramento Association of Black Attorneys, is named after the first African-American justice appointed to the California Supreme Court.
CONGRATS: Nancy Pelosi skipped the vote Saturday night on the continuing resolution in order to spend the evening with Paul to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
***The Leadership California Institute hosts "Candidate Forum 2014" on October 16 in Sacramento! The most talked about candidates for the 2014 cycle will be joined by influential leaders like Former Senate Minority Leader Jim Brulte, Former Assembly Member Bev Hansen, and PPIC President Mark Baldassare for a one-day bipartisan forum. Join the growing list of sponsors today! For more information, contact Nicki Arnold: (916)529-4722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
#CAKEDAY: Public health professsional Bruce Pomer; and over the weekend that I missed previewing as I was in a pre-board meeting trance, Sacto Councilmember Steve Hansen, Speaker John Perez and former Assemblymember Jose Solorio.
FAREWELL: Pete Mehas, CSU Trustee and former Fresno superintendent of schools, among many other education and civic roles. (1939-2013).
Below the jump...ICYMI Legislators of the Year and bill actions.
ICYMI: LEGISLATORS OF THE YEAR:
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
As Government Shutdown Nears, Lawmakers Trade Blame
Michael A. Memoli @ latimes.com
Lawmakers appeared no closer to a deal to avert a government shutdown after midnight action in the House to delay President Obama's healthcare law, with both parties trading accusations Sunday about who would be to blame for an impasse.
Mccarthy: House Would Take Aim At Obamacare Again If Senate Rejects Spending Bill
The third-ranking House Republican said Sunday that if the Senate rejects the short-term spending bill the House just passed that takes aim at Obamacare, the House will promptly move to pass another bill that would change the health-care law.
Republicans may seek to avert government shutdown
Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- The prevailing wisdom on Capitol Hill on Monday was that the federal government is headed toward at least a brief shutdown at midnight, given the impasse over how, if at all, President Obama’s new healthcare law should figure into any stopgap spending plan.
California Truancy Is At 'Crisis' Level, Says Attorney General
Teresa Watanabe @ latimes.com
Kamala Harris says a quarter of elementary students are truant, jeopardizing their futures and adding to school funding problems.
Fate of 8 Washington project will rest with voters
The unusual referendum on the supervisors' June 2012 approval of the project was called more than a year ago after opponents, many of them from the Golden Gateway residential high-rise across from the proposed development, submitted more than 31,000 signatures from across the city. [...] opponents also argue that the plan would eliminate an existing private swim and tennis club, allow construction of a 327-space below-surface garage near underground utilities and calls for only high-priced luxury residences on the site. [...] affordable housing is a key component of the project, said David Beltran, a political consultant running the "yes" campaign. The signed agreement between the city, the port and developer Simon Snellgrove calls for his company, Pacific Waterfront Partners, to put $11 million into the city's affordable housing fund, which helps finance housing construction across the city. A large part of the 8 Washington project sits on a 105-space parking lot controlled by the port, which is looking for ways to pull more revenue from its waterfront land. Besides the $11 million for affordable housing, the project, which includes some retail space, is expected to bring, over time, $14.3 million in payments to the port, $9 million in city fees and taxes, $54 million in new tax revenue for the port and city, and a variety of other benefits that boost the value of the project to the city to more than $100 million.
Finally, One California Water Deal Gets Done
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
However, as these and other evolutionary changes have swept over California, especially in the last few decades, governmental policymaking has, if anything, slowed, leaving large gaps between whatâs happening in the real world and whatâs happening, or not, in the halls of government. While one could cite many examples of that disconnect â transportation being an obvious and painful one â water policy is perhaps the most dramatic.
Stockton May Dodge Pension Battle If Deals Hold | Calpensions
Chances of the Stockton bankruptcy producing a landmark ruling to cut pensions dimmed last week, when the city announced a deal with one bond insurer and a tentative deal with another one.
Political Blotter: More calls for Legislature to halt BART strike
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
A Democratic Assembly candidate from the East Bay and Republican lawmakers across the state want the Legislature to prevent a BART strike next month; also, a new law lets California distilleries charge customers for tastings, as many wineries do.
In Practice: Online Map Helps New Yorkers Understand Federal Health Law Benefits
The New York Health Foundation has unveiled an online map that shows estimates of how the health care law affect coverage for New Yorkers.
Danger To Economy Worries Experts Weighing Potential Government Shutdown, Default
A prolonged government shutdown — followed by a potential default on the federal debt — would have economic ripple effects far beyond Washington, upending financial markets, sending the unemployment rate higher and slowing already tepid growth, according to a wide range of economists.
Monterey County School District To Ask Voters To OK Technology Bonds
Pacific Grove Unified will ask taxpayers within the school district to pay for classroom technology with short-term bonds.
CalPERS retirements decline for first three quarters of 2013
Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
The number of California state employees entering retirement is at its lowest level in four years, according to the latest CalPERS data, underscoring that the economic and political headwinds that once blew against government work have eased.
Threat Of Federal Shutdown Is Windfall For Political Fundraisers
Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
The threat of a federal shutdown is a windfall for political fundraisers who feed off polarization in Congress.
Napolitano takes over as University of California president today
Lisa Leff, Associated Press @ mercurynews.com
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano officially takes over as the University of California's president on Monday, but she already has survived her first leadership challenge -- a "no-confidence" vote sought this month by student activists who think her work in
Obama says he's open to 11th-hour talks on budget to avert shutdown
Kathleen Hennessey @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- Just hours before a midnight deadline, President Obama said he is not resigned to a government shutdown and left open the possibility that he might still negotiate with congressional Republicans to end a budget standoff.
Whittemore sentencing Monday in campaign cash case
A federal judge in Nevada is deciding whether to send an ex-lobbyist and wealthy developer to prison for funneling illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
At LAX's Remodeled Bradley Terminal, Where's The Wi-Fi?
Beefing up free Wi-Fi is among the amenities that travelers say they want most that fall short in the $1.9-billion Bradley redo.
Justice Department Poised to File Lawsuit Over Voter ID Law
s new law requiring strict photo identification as part of an escalating effort to protect minority voters.
A high-profile challenge of Va.'s gay marriage ban
The high-profile team that brought down California's prohibition on same-sex marriage has joined a challenge of Virginia's constitutional ban on gay marriages.
Federal Workers Turn To Prayer And Preparedness
They spent Sunday checking their bank balances. They talked with loved ones about which bills could be paid late. And they wondered whether working for the government was still a stable job.
Whither Immigration Overhaul? Big Dreams Are Made On Such Little Stuff | Hawkings Here
Museum Of The Holocaust In L.A. Names New Executive Director
David Ng @ latimes.com
The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust said on Monday that it has named Samara Hutman as its new executive director. Hutman -- who comes from Remember Us, a Holocaust education organization -- will report to museum President E. Randol Schoenberg.
Ride-sharing Services Get The Green Light, But Will Insurers Follow?
Marc Lifsher @ latimes.com
California regulators have OKd ride-sharing services such as Lyft and Sidecar. But insurers aren't rushing to develop products for the industry.