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THE NOONER for October 2, 2013
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Good morning from a very wet Seattle. It's day 2 of the federal government shutdown, and with the absence of any talk by the opposing sides, a quick end does not seem to be in sight.
What is the impact on California? California is home to the largest number of civilian federal employees, with 150,762, or 8.15%. Of those, it's not clear how many were deemed non-essential and are thus temporarily jobless. They are eligible for unemployment insurance, although that of course is at a reduced wage. There are also numerous contract employees whose employment is affected by the shutdown, for example the Delaware North Company, which operates the concessions in Yosemite National Park, among others. Also hard hit will be areas with large defense industries, most notably San Diego.
Perhaps the biggest impact is to Mariposa County, which houses the main gateway to Yosemite. In the small county, 42% of the 5,950 nonfarm jobs are in leisure and hospitality. An additional 16% are federal employees. Mariposa was hit hard during the 1995-96 shutdown, although it also happened over the winter holidays when park visitation is rather low because of weather. The county, which saw occupancy drop 80%, estimated its losses at $5 million.
Then-congressman George Radanovich was criticized for supporting the government shutdown while part of his district felt the pain and requested the county be named a disaster area by Bill Clinton, who rebuffed the request. Then-governor Pete Wilson also rejected requests for economic assistance to the county. The area is now represented by Congressman Tom McClintock, State Senator Tom Berryhill and Assemblymember Frank Bigelow.
Of course, with only 10,613 registered voters, Mariposa County's influence on those races is limited, and McClintock gave a speech yesterday on the House Floor supporting keeping the appropriations and Obamacare fight intertwined. It is unclear if he is part of the 30-40 "hard-liners" in the House GOP caucus, although he was one of three California members of the now defunct Tea Party Caucus (along with Ed Royce and Gary Miller, who has switched to the lemonade party caucus after moving to CD31).
AD16: In follow-up to yesterday's write-up on the tri-valley Assembly seat, some knowledgable folks say don't count out Catharine Baker, a moderate Republican who is almost certain to make the top-two. The voter registration in the district is 39.8% Dem, 32.8% Rep and 21.5% NPP.
CVRA: Halting of Palmdale election may have implications for other cities [Jean Merl @ LAT] - "Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney on Monday canceled the election after earlier finding that Palmdale's at-large method of choosing council members deprived minority voters of the opportunity to elect a representative of their choice. Officials plan to appeal, with City Atty. Matthew Ditzhazy calling the ruling "wildly unprecedented and radical." Some voters already have been sent mail-in ballots, he said."
REALIGNED: AB 109 turns two: What's next? [Christopher Nelson @ CAFWD]
AURAL PLEASURE: In the midst of the crazy week, I missed linking to last Friday's Capitol Connection podcast, featuring as usual John Myers and Anthony York.
#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Brad Pomerance, host of Charter's California Edition.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Fracking Jerry Brown
Robert Gammon @ eastbayexpress.com
The governor signed a bill that likely will expand fracking in California after taking $2.5 million in contributions from oil and natural gas interests.
Jerry Brown Calls Dec. 3 Election For Vacant L.A.-area Assembly Seat
Jean Merl @ latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown calls a Dec. 3 special election to fill the seat for the 54th Assembly District left vacant when Holly Mitchell won a special election to state Senate.
Tourists Turned Away From Iconic Bay Area Spots - Sfgate
Tourists and day-trippers headed out on a brilliant, sunny Tuesday to see parks and monuments in and around San Francisco, but the expected panoramas were obscured for thousands by beltway politics and a sign that said "closed." Visitors who tried to go to Alcatraz, Muir Woods and other popular destinations were turned away on the first day of the government shutdown, frustrating and angering tourists from around the world. The shutdown has forced closure of national park entrances, visitor centers, campgrounds, bathrooms, concession stands, and other park facilities. Education programs and special events have been canceled, permits issued for special activities rescinded, hotels and campgrounds emptied and entrances secured. All of this because of politics, said Markus Trick, a tourist from Stuttgart, Germany, who planned to spend the day with his new wife Yvonne celebrating their honeymoon at Muir Woods. A steady stream of cars, recreational vehicles, taxi cabs and vans full of tourists were stopped at the Muir Woods gates Tuesday. The Bruggers were among the many tourists who learned Tuesday that tours to Alcatraz had abruptly stopped and they would not be able to see the famous island prison, which is now owned by the National Park Service.
Covered California, State’s Obamacare Marketplace, Now Open; Has First Enrollee | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
California’s health heavy-hitters formally opened the state’s health insurance marketplace, Covered California, Tuesday morning from its call center in Rancho Cordova. The federal government partial shutdown does not affect these health care exchanges nationwide.
Republican lawmaker says colleagues should enroll in health exchange
Christopher Cadelago @ blogs.sacbee.com
Saying if it's good enough for the people it should be sufficient for the California Legislature, Assemblyman Brian Nestande plans to introduce legislation that shifts all lawmakers to the state's version of the new federal health care law.
California Democrats Want To Control Initiative Process
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Unquestionably, California’s Democratic Party, which holds every statewide office, dominates the state’s congressional delegation and has supermajorities in both legislative houses, wants to suppress the one political venue it does not already control – the initiative process.
Arts Education Donations Make A Comeback On California's Tax Return Form | Pass / Fail | 89.3 Kpcc
Mary Plummer @ scpr.org
Join Alex Cohen and A Martínez for a conversational and witty look at the issues people are buzzing about.
California Public Records Act News Coverage
Jack Dolan @ latimes.com
Complete Los Angeles Times news coverage on California Public Records Act including photos, videos, opinion and archival articles.
California Republican Party Pays Off More Than $1 Million In Debt
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
The California Republican Party, which was essentially broke as little as seven months ago, is debt free after paying off more than $1 million in debt, party chairman Jim Brulte said Tuesday morning.
Voters May Decide Fate Of Central Valley Tribal Casino
Anthony York @ latimes.com
Anti-gambling activists and Native American tribes that own some of the largest casinos in the state were unable to stop state lawmakers from approving a new casino deal in Madera County earlier this year. Now, they’re hoping state voters will halt the project.
Tourists turned away from iconic Bay Area spots
Tourists and day-trippers headed out on a brilliant, sunny Tuesday to see parks and monuments in and around San Francisco, but the expected panoramas were obscured for thousands by beltway politics and signs that said "closed." Visitors who tried to go to Alcatraz, Muir Woods and other popular destinations were turned away on the first day of the federal government shutdown, frustrating and angering tourists from around the world. The shutdown has forced closure of national park entrances, visitor centers, campgrounds, bathrooms, concession stands and other park facilities. Education programs and special events have been canceled, permits issued for special activities rescinded, hotels and campgrounds emptied and entrances secured. All of this because of politics, said Markus Trick, a tourist from Stuttgart, Germany, who had planned to spend the day with his new wife, Yvonne, celebrating their honeymoon at Muir Woods. A steady stream of cars, recreational vehicles, taxicabs and vans full of tourists were stopped at the Muir Woods gates Tuesday. The Bruggers were among the many tourists who learned Tuesday that tours to Alcatraz had abruptly stopped and that they would not be able to see the famous island prison, which is owned by the National Park Service.
Cmfthirdpartyheader - Sfgate
Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Carolyn Lochhead and Carla Marinucci, @ blog.sfgate.com
With the "Obamacare" -- AKA the Affordable Care Act -- health exchanges kicking off this week, looks like perfect timing for the "Yes on D" campaign to pump up its messaging about "fighting back ag...
Government Shutdown: Faa Safety Inspectors Among Those Furloughed
Dan Weikel @ latimes.com
The Federal Aviation Administration ’s air traffic controllers will continue to work during the government shutdown, but more than 110 safety inspectors and other staff will be furloughed at airports across Southern California.
On Launch Day, Covered California Website Stalls
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
Technical issues have hobbled the launch of California's online health insurance portal, created as part of the federal health care overhaul.
Gov. Brown's Moment; Earl Warren's Day
Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
On Saturday, Jerry Brown will become Californiaâs longest-serving governor. It will be a noteworthy milepost, and one that is already being marked by press coverage on Brown, his accomplishments to date and his aspirations to cement a lasting legacy.
Government Shutdown: No State Money Will Be Offered To Reopen Closed National Parks, Says Gov. Jerry Brown
Paul Rogers @ mercurynews.com
But for parks lovers and tourist businesses hoping for a bailout from Sacramento to keep iconic sites open, the answer was no. California Gov. Jerry Brown, whose state is home to 26 national park units, from Yosemite to Death Valley to Point Reyes National Seashore, said no state money will be offered to keep the gates open.
Gov. Brown Signs Law Giving Consumers More Access To Credit Reports
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
A TV report has resulted in a new California law giving consumers the ability to make sure their credit reports are accurate.