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THE NOONER for October 8, 2013

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  • CD52 (San Diego): added surgeon Fred Simon (R) (h/t Mark Walker @ UTSD)
  • CD52 (San Diego): removed businessman Robert Shillman (R)
  • AD74 (Irvine): added Huntington Beach councilmember Matthew Harper (R)

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Morning...short time in the office this morning and then to BUR for a talk in Whittier.  Okay, Giants fans, please pardon the below horrifying image, but I am contractually obligated to post it. After all, Dan Weitzman is a paid subscriber.



GOV: Assemblyman closer to announcing gubernatorial run after GOP convention [Greg Cappis @ Redland Daily Facts]

Donnelly hopes to disrupt the race between Jerry Brown 2.0 and Abel Maldonado 2.0, who was unveiled last weekend in Anaheim.

FORMER GOV: John Myers gets a sitdown with Gray Davis on the 10th anniversary of the recall.

SHUTDOWN: With the government shut down, this would be the perfect time for . . .

  • CD08: Paul Cook to turn in a good fundraising number to scare off potential primary challengers.
  • CD25: Buck McKeon to announce he is not running for reelection and to allow the potential successors to build a campaign. But, most expect he'll pull a Radanovich and hand it to Tony Strickland.
  • CD31: the Democrats in this seat to separate the wheat from the chaff via quarterly fundraising numbers. (reports come out next Tuesday).
  • CD52: Carl DeMaio to show that he can gain the support of DC insiders, some of whom aren't ready for an openly gay Republican to run for Congress. (Steve Gunderson came out while in office.)

HANGING A SHINGLE: Josh Walters, who was Richard Roth's chief of staff, is returning to the campaign business and opening his own firm, and Senator Roth will be his first client. 

MUGGED: George Miller, Nancy Pelosi photos grace Metro stop [Carolyn Lochhead @ SFChron]

LIMIT: Jerry Brown drew the line at new benefits for non-citizens at serving on juries. 

EYE CANDY: The California Coastal Records Project unveils photos from the Oregon to Mexico borders. Despite my days growing up on the beach of Balboa, my favorite is of course Mendocino.

ODDS: After squeaking by the Cowbows, the Denver Broncos (my other football team) opened with a historic 28-point spread over the Jacksonville Jaguars for Sunday's game. At the current 27.5, it's still above the record of 26.


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  • AB 32 by Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) – Insurance taxes: income taxes: credits: community development financial institution investments.
  • AB 217 by Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Electricity: solar electricity: low-income households.
  • AB 270 by Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Public utilities: ratepayer-funded energy efficiency assistance.
  • AB 327 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) – Electricity: natural gas: rates: net energy metering: California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program. A signing message can be found here.
  • AB 415 by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) – Solar energy: water heating.
  • AB 417 by Assemblymember Jim L. Frazier (D-Oakley) – Environmental quality: California Environmental Quality Act: bicycle transportation plan.
  • AB 576 by Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) – Revenue Recovery and Collaborative Enforcement Team Act: pilot program. A signing message can be found here.
  • AB 650 by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) – State government: general services: Natural Gas Services Program.
  • AB 719 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) – Energy: energy efficiency: street light pole.
  • AB 796 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) – Advanced electrical distributed generation technology.
  • AB 924 by Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) – Grand theft.
  • AB 979 by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) – Peace officers: Maritime Peace Officer Standards Training Act of 2013.
  • AB 1000 by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) – Physical therapists: direct access to services: professional corporations.
  • AB 1060 by Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) – Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.
  • AB 1132 by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – Agriculture: livestock drugs and commercial feed.
  • AB 1319 by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – Agriculture.
  • SB 298 by Senator Mark Wyland (R-Escondido) – Local government: supplemental law enforcement services.
  • SB 365 by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) – Jail construction: funding.
  • SB 562 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) – Dentists: mobile or portable dental units.
  • SB 667 by Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) – Retail sale of shelled eggs.


  • AB 571 by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) – Agricultural pest control: citrus disease prevention. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 1200 by Assemblymember Marc B. Levine (D-San Rafael) – Recycled water: agricultural irrigation impoundments: pilot project. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 1235 by Assemblymember Richard S. Gordon (D-Menlo Park) – Local agencies: financial management training. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 1401 by the Committee on Judiciary – Jury duty: eligibility. [VETO MESSAGE]


Governor Nixes Retroactive Tax On Small Biz Investors - San Francisco Business Times
Patrick Hoge @
Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will kill the Franchise Tax Board attempt to retroactively collect taxes from stockholders who took advantage of small business investment incentives that a court later ruled were part of an illegal program.

New Laws Bar Threats Against Illegal Immigrants
By Josh Richman Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 12:00 pm in Assembly, California State Senate, Darrell Steinberg, Immigration, Jerry Brown, Kevin Mullin.

Lawmakers Schedule One-day Hearing On Solitary Confinement
Paige St. John @
SACRAMENTO -- California lawmakers have scheduled a hearing Wednesday into the state's use of solitary confinement in its prisons, legislative action that was promised to encourage inmates to end their 60-day inmate hunger strike this summer over those practices.

California Governor Signs Controversial Solar Bill, Among Others
Chris Clarke @
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a controversial bill Monday that would change how the state regulates rooftop solar owners' agreements with utilities, but he encouraged the state agency responsible for crafting the new rules to protect the interests of current solar owners.

Hollywood Increases Pressure On Sacramento To Keep Production In State
Gina Hall @
The battle is on to get more support for film and television production from the California government. Only days after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti put industry vet Tom Sherak in charge of lobbying Sacramento for more tax credits for Hollywood, the Motion Picture Association of America has issued a new call to bolster the incentive program for big-budget blockbusters.

BART talks likely to go to 11th hour - or beyond
Michael Cabanatuan @
Little is certain in labor negotiations, especially when it comes to the dysfunctional talks between BART and its unions. But it looks like the talks will push right up to the deadline - or beyond.

New California Immigration Laws Could Increase Chaos
Dan Walters @
Dan Walters

Steve Peace Drops California Privacy-Inspired Ballot Initiative
Christopher Cadelago @
Citing a potentially inauspicious analysis, former lawmaker Steve Peace and retired trial lawyer Michael Thorsnes have pulled the plug on a proposed state ballot initiative that would have added new privacy protections to California's constitution.

Obama Tells House To 'Just Vote' On Whether To Reopen Government
Kathleen Hennessey @
President Obama disputes John Boehner's claim that he does not have enough votes to reopen the government without winning concessions from the White House.

Republican Disapproval Grows In Budget Battle, Post-ABC Poll Finds
Chris Cillizza @
Disapproval of congressional Republicans’ budget wrangling after a weeklong shutdown has shot up to 70 percent, with 51 percent disapproving “strongly,” according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The Buzz: Union member courts California Republicans
David Siders and Jon Ortiz @
It was if he was announcing his presence at a support group. “I’m Todd Hancock,” the man in a red shirt said. “I’m a member of CTA,” or California Teachers Association, a major benefactor of Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic causes. Delegates at the California Republican Party convention in Anaheim, Hancock said, “are surprised to see us.”

BART Unions Hold Off On Strike Notice, Vow To Continue Negotiations
Mike Rosenberg @
"We do not want a strike," Antonette Bryant, president of the local Amalgamated Transit Union, said at a brief news conference during a break from bargaining Monday evening. Flanked by several other union leaders, she added: "We want a deal."

Legislation aims to crack down on tax evasion
Lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown hope to bring California's underground economy into the open in an effort to boost tax collections.

Governor allows illegal immigrants to get California law licenses
Howard Mintz @
Spurred by Chico man's bid for law license, Gov. Jerry Brown over the weekend signs legislation that allows illegal immigrants with law degrees to practice law in California

Dan Walters Daily
Jeremy B. White @
With the perennially underfunded Oakland A's again in playoffs, Dan wonders whether Oakland manager Billy Beane could have a future in California politics.

California Aggressively Pushes Health-Care Law
Michael A. Fletcher @
Fliers and tablet computers in hand, a small team of outreach workers from a local nonprofit health clinic blanketed a shopping strip east of Los Angeles, spreading the word about the state’s expanding health insurance landscape under Obamacare.

Assemblyman offers to suit up campaign donors
Laurel Rosenhall @
Assemblyman Henry Perea thinks he’s found a different way to attract campaign funds by offering donors a custom suit in exchange for a $2,000 contribution. In the sea of fundraisers that take place around the Capitol, Perea said he wanted an event that would stand out.

White House Official Says Obama Would Accept Short-term Agreement On Debt Ceiling
For the first time, the White House said it was open to a short-term increase in the federal borrowing limit, which will be fully exhausted Oct. 17. Senate Democrats, meanwhile, say they will advance a bill this week raising the debt ceiling, perhaps through the 2014 midterm elections.

Former SEIU Local Leader Gets 33 Months In Prison
Paul Pringle @
Tyrone Freeman, ex-president of California's biggest union local, was sentenced for stealing from his low-income members.

AM Alert
Jeremy B. White @
With the California Legislature's lawmaking on hold until January, the autumnal globe-trotting continues.

California Republicans: Little Visible Headway Expanding Voter Base
Cathleen Decker @
Months after Republicans issued a brutal self-assessment, the limits of their progress were apparent at the state GOP convention.

Growers Push California GOP On Immigration
Kitty Felde @
The monuments and memorials in Washington are closed, due to the government shutdown. But Tuesday afternoon the National Mall will be the site for a march for immigration reform. Organizers say it's they'll have access to the mall because this is First Amendment issue. They promise "tens of thousands" will rally to push the House to follow the Senate's lead and pass comprehensive immigration reform.