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THE CLIFF: Economists fear debt ceiling fight may bring recession [Chris Isadore @ CNNMoney] - "Forget the current government shutdown. Economists say it's the upcoming debt ceiling impasse that could plunge the nation into a recession."

ABSURD: Explain to me why government websites that house data and require no human to maintain them daily are shut down. I'm at a national education conference right now, and we need data housed by the feds to support our work.

THE OTHER CLIFF: What Happens When the Prop 30 Taxes End? [Joel Fox @ Fox and Hounds] - "Our experience in California is that there will be a tussle over tax increases rather than the logic of tax restructuring when the Prop 30 taxes end."

LICENSED TO DRIVE: The governor is signing Luis Alejo's AB 60 that will provide driver's licenses to qualified individuals not lawfully present in the U.S. today in ceremonies in Los Angeles and Fresno.

PETROLEO: How Oil Reforms Could Trigger Mexico's Biggest Economic Boom In A Century [Christopher Helman @ Forbes] - "Yet Mexico's oil sector is set to begin a radical transformation. Under the leadership of President Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico's congress will, by the end of this year (according to a half-dozen analysts I spoke to) pass a constitutional amendment to open up the sector to private investment. By this time next year the likes of ExxonMobil, PetroChina and Statoil could even have contracts in place to start exploring for Mexico's untapped oil and gas bounty."

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Steve Cruz has moved from Political Solutions to Gonzalez, Quintana & Hunter, LLC, where he will focus on local government and infrastructure issues. His new e-mail address is

***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

AD73: As clarification, Steve Baric is not endorsing a candidate for the race he recently exited, at least for now. He's appearing at a fundraiser for Jesse Petrilla, but also intends to do so for candidates Anne Bryson and Paul Glaab.

APOLOGIES: Sorry the bills weren't linked properly yesterday. My editor called in sick. 

EYE CANDY:'s real time media map

#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Long Beach City Councilmember Al Austin and Young Democrats activist Tim Steed.




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  • AB 56 by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) – Requires, by July 1, 2015, the State Fire Marshal to propose for adoption by the California Building Standards Commission, for the commission's next triennial code adoption cycle, appropriate standards for the installation of carbon monoxide devices in school buildings.
  • AB 123 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) – Requires the State Board of Education to ensure that the state curriculum and framework on César Chávez and the history of the farm labor movement in the United States, and the state criteria for selecting textbooks, include information on the role of immigrants, including Filipino Americans, in that movement.
  • AB 182 by Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) – Establishes parameters for the issuance of local education bonds that allow for the compounding of interest, including, but not limited to, capital appreciation bonds (CABs) and requires local governing boards to be provided additional information regarding the issuance of CABs and Current Interest Bond that are issued for a period over 30 years.
  • AB 308 by Assemblymember Curt C. Hagman (R-Chino Hills) – Requires a school district, county office of education or charter school to reimburse the state for any state bond funding received for a building if that building is subsequently sold and the proceeds used for ongoing general fund purposes. Limited to property that was purchased, modernized or constructed within 10 years of the sale.
  • AB 346 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – This bill establishes "runaway and homeless youth shelters" (RHYS) as a new subcategory of group homes under the Community Care Facilities Act (CCFA), requiring licensure by the Department of Social Services (DSS), as specified.
  • AB 424 by Assemblymember Tim M. Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) – Requires the Instructional Quality Commission, when revising the history-social science framework, to consider incorporating the Magna Carta, the Articles of Confederation, and the California Constitution into the framework.
  • AB 484 by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) – Establishes the Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress, commencing with the 2013-14 school year, as the statewide assessment program, aligned with the common core state standards, and provides for a rational transition from the existing statewide assessment system to the new system. In addition, the bill provides direction to the State Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the California Department of Education on the administration and future expansion of the Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress to ensure a comprehensive assessment system that best meets the needs of teachers, students, and parents.
  • AB 652 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) – This bill provides that the fact that a child is homeless or an "unaccompanied minor," as specified, is not, in and of itself, a sufficient basis for triggering the mandatory child abuse or neglect reporting laws.
  • AB 700 by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) – Requires the Instructional Quality Commission, when revising the history-social science framework, to ensure that voter education information is included in the American government and civics curriculum at the high school level.
  • AB 787 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – This bill makes clarifying and technical changes to the California Fostering Connections to Success Act (Act) to ensure the continued implementation of the Act.
  • AB 873 by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) – Makes changes to the Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) for homeless individuals.
  • AB 1109 by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) – This bill would provide that when property is transitioned from an emergency shelter or transitional housing to permanent affordable housing, as specified, and serves people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, an existing loan may be deferred and forgiven, as if the property had remained an emergency shelter or transitional housing.
  • AB 1133 by Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) – This bill requires that when determining the placement of a foster child who is medically fragile, priority consideration be given to placement with a foster parent who is an individual nurse provider (INP), and who provides health services under the federal Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program, unless the child has the option of placement with a relative, as specified.
  • SB 177 by Senator Carol Liu (D-La Canada Flintridge) – Requires the State Interagency Team on Children and Youth to develop policies and practices to support homeless children and youths and to ensure that child abuse and neglect reporting requirements do not create barriers to school enrollment and attendance, as specified. This bill also extends to homeless children or youths existing requirements specific to foster youth, which require those students be immediately enrolled in school and deemed to meet all residency requirements for participation in interscholastic sports or other extracurricular activities.
  • SB 201 by Senator Carol Liu (D-La Canada Flintridge) – Authorizes the State Board of Education to adopt K-8 instructional materials that are aligned to the Common Core English language arts standards and the Common Core development standards.
  • SB 247 by Senator Carol Liu (D-La Canada Flintridge) – Addresses the use of grade 2 diagnostic assessments for use by classroom teachers in the absence of state-required testing of grade 2 pupils.
  • SB 300 by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) – Requires the State Board of Education, on or before January 31, 2016, to consider the adoption of a revised curriculum framework and evaluation criteria for the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • SB 330 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) – Requires the Instructional Quality Commission to consider developing and recommending to the State Board of Education a distinct category on mental health instruction to educate pupils about all aspects of mental health, when the Health Framework for Public Schools is next revised.
  • SB 342 by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) – Allows a foster youth to request a private conversation with his or her social worker or probation officer and ensures that foster youth are visited periodically in their home placements.
  • SB 347 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Allows a county to repurpose unexpended bond funds initially awarded for the construction of shelters for abused and neglected children under the Youth Center and Youth Shelter Bond Act of 1988, and instead use those funds for shelters for runaway or homeless youth. Exempts a county from repayment penalties if expended funds were repurposed for runaway or homeless youth shelters.
  • SB 490 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Encourages California community college districts that participate in the Early Assessment Program to consult with the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges to work toward sequencing their pre-collegiate and transfer level English and math courses to the common core academic content standards.
  • SB 522 by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) – Clarifies liability coverage of the Foster Family Homes and Small Family Home Insurance Fund, to provide greater liability protection for foster parents when a foster child is injured, subject to specific exceptions.
  • SB 552 by Senator Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) – Permits local school district governing boards to provide instruction in grades 1 through 12 on violence awareness, as specified.


Assemblyman Wants Lawmakers To Enroll In Health Insurance Exchange
Melanie Mason @
Assemblyman Brian Nestande is no fan of Obamacare, but he's pushing a proposal to require all state lawmakers to get their benefits through the newly launched healthcare exchanges.

Where Sacramento-Area Members Of Congress Stand On Government Shutdown
Here is where Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinsein and Sacramento-area U.S. representatives stand on the government shutdown, which began Oct. 1. Bee research by Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau. Statements and video from the member websites.

Jerry Brown Poised To Become State's Longest-serving Governor
Anthony York @
Jerry Brown will become the longest-serving governor in California history -- surpassing the record set by Republican Earl Warren.

Obama, Lawmakers To Meet On Shutdown; House Wants To Reopen Agencies Piecemeal
Andrew Taylor @
House Speaker John Boehner's office said the Ohio Republican would attend the White House meeting Wednesday afternoon, casting it as a sign the president is ready to start negotiating on GOP demands to extract changes to the new health care law in exchange for funding the government.

Jerry Brown The Critic
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown does not watch a lot of TV. But he said he turned on the news last night to check on the mood in Washington over the government shutdown.

Remember When Republicans Were Worried About ‘economic Uncertainty’?
Ezra Klein @
A government shutdown, and the prospect of a default on the national debt, is pretty much the definition of economic uncertainty. Contracts are put in limbo. Future interest rates are unknown. A new healthcare system lies in the balance. And meanwhile, a whole host of issues that businesses need resolved in order to plan several years in advance -- environmental regulation, immigration policy, the tax code -- go almost entirely unaddressed.

Pension Reformers Retooling With Help From Texas
Jon Ortiz @
With the first deadline looming for a new public-pension proposal to make the November 2014 ballot, a Texas nonprofit has emerged in a behind-the-scenes battle poised to break into public view next year.

Jerry Brown seeking 'real world feel' of government
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown has by all accounts been more attentive to matters of state than he was three decades ago, when he was governor before and ran twice for president.

Kkk's Gettysburg Rally Canceled Because Of Government Shutdown
Michael Muskal @
Federal employees have been furloughed, federal assistance for those needing food has been threatened and tourists everywhere have been shut out of monuments and national parks as a result of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government.

Los Angeles Unified Discussing 200-day School Year | Edsource Today
Louis Freedberg @
But the proposal faces formidable foes, including Superintendent John Deasy and the teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles.

Taxis Raise Warchest To Sue Uberx, Lyft, Sidecar
Patrick Hoge @
Taxi interests in California are collecting a war chest to finance anticipated lawsuits against Lyft, SideCar, UberX and other tech-enabled companies that are using mobile phones to match riders with private drivers for hire.

Brown Signs Law Prevents Schools From Incurring Huge Bond Debt
Sharon Noguchi @
AB 182 restricts schools and community college districts in issuing capital appreciation bonds, which can delay repayment for decades and can require huge balloon payments 30 or 40 years later.

Wells Fargo Is Accused Of Bogging Down Mortgage Modifications
E. Scott Reckard and Andrew Tangel @
A lawsuit by New York's attorney general says the bank subjects borrowers to 'Kafkaesque delays and obstructions.'

Federal Shutdown Could Hurt California Tourism Business
Mark Glover @
Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California, on Tuesday spelled out the significant costs California’s tourism industry stands to absorb amid the federal government shutdown.

Construction On Border Crossing Continues Despite Government Shutdown
Adrian Florido @
Construction will continue on the ongoing expansion of the San Ysidro border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego despite the temporary federal government shutdown.

California Says Backlog Of Jobless Benefits Nearly Cleared
David Siders @
The Employment Development Department said it will finish Wednesday clearing a backlog of unemployment claims that delayed jobless benefits for thousands of unemployed Californians.

Gov. Brown Signs 10 Bills To Help Homeless And Foster Youths
Patrick McGreevy @
Gov. Jerry Brown signs 10 bills that his office said will help protect homeless children and adults and foster youths.

Despite Criticisms, Health Care Lawâ
Critics say the law will suppress job growth, but economists say it is too soon tell whether businesses will cut hours or hire more part-timers to skirt the employer mandate.

Finance Executives Warn Washington Not To Risk A Government Default
Wall Street CEOs meet with President Obama and lawmakers to urge that the debt ceiling be raised to avoid economic chaos.

Report: California Condemns Many, Executes Few
By Josh Richman Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 1:14 pm in Public safety, State Prisons.

Jerry Brown signs bill giving driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday granting driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, reversing his position on an issue legislative Democrats have pressed for years.

Viewpoints: Bill on governor’s desk could prevent another gun massacre
Julie Schardt and Judy Weldon @
Senate Bill 374, by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento, would add semi-automatic rifles accepting detachable magazines to the list of banned assault weapons.