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THE NOONER for October 10, 2013
DECISION DAY: For those hoping for a Dodgers-A's World Series, today's first pitch at 5:07 is key. For those who have known me in more recent years, you know I can root for any California team (aside from the Raiders), but my teenage years were certainly spent bleeding Dodgers Blue. And thus, this was the most memorable sports moment of my life.
WHOA: The State Controller's Office released its monthly cash report for September this morning and reported receipts $426.8 million (5.3%) above the projections in the 2013-14 budget act. The bump was from both sales tax (9.7%) and personal income tax (9.5%). September is one of the more significant months in state revenues.
CON: Assembly Speaker John Pérez made it official yesterday--he is running for State Controller. He had previously shared his plans with his colleagues in the Assembly Democratic Caucus, indicating that he was planning to stay on as Speaker through the middle of next year.
The news is not good for Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, who had been running without opposition until the Pérez rumors over the summer. Pérez has $2.7 million spread among three campaign committees, much of which can be transferred to his race for Controller. Yee had $471,000 at the June 30 filing.
We're still waiting on one other possible serious candidate--former Treasurer Phil Angelides. Phil has been looking for a re-entry to elective office following his defeat in the 2006 gubernatorial race and subsequent work heading the federal effort examining the financial crisis.
While a late entry by Phil might disadvantage him, he has run statewide three times, and has an extensive network and name recognition that Pérez and Yee don't have yet. Among many in the Democratic circles, he is recognized as the one who "took it for the team" by running against a tough-to-beat Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Perhaps the most fascinating thing about the statewide races is that John Chiang appears to be getting a walk by fellow Democrats in his race for Treasurer. Albeit not high profile, it's one of the best statewide offices to be sitting in.
CD21: Oh, the DCCC is just elated that John Hernandez is running again in the race against David Valadao. In 2012, Hernandez bested DCCC-recruited candidate and Fresno councilmember Blong Xiong, who could have had a national fundraising base as the first possible Hmong-American elected to Congress and the second Southeast Asian. Hernandez spoiled the party by winning the primary and then only raising $100,000 in the cycle. The DCCC seems to be settled on former Senate staffer Amanda Renteria for the 2014 cycle, although Hernandez can't be overlooked as he was in 2012.
THE CAPITOL CAT: A key cog in the Capitol machine [Chris Megarian] - "The Legislature is scheduled to vet hundreds of bills and resolutions before the session ends, and it's [Irwin] Nowick's job to catch mistakes before they become law."
CD26: The NRCC has launched an online campaign against Julia Brownley, using the shutdown piecemeal restoration votes against her. I still don't believe this will be a top tier race next year, but it's worth watching.
FLEISCHMAN: CRP Fall Convention Winners And Losers
MOVING: Jim Miller is moving from the Riverside Press-Enterprise to the Sacramento Bee.
BREAKING UP: Secession brews in 'State of Jefferson' [Peter Hecht @ SacBee]
***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.
FAREWELL: Ray Eggman, father of Assemblymember Susan Eggman and congressional candidated Michael Eggman. (1931-2013)
#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Analysis: Immigrant-friendly laws show California's political shift
Mark Z. Barabak @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Nearly 20 years ago, when California was reeling from recession and aboil over immigration, voters passed Proposition 187, a punitive measure that sought to deny public services such as education and healthcare to those living in the state illegally.
John A. Perez Announces Run For State Controller In 2014
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
The Los Angeles Democrat opened a campaign account the same day and funded it with $1.5 million bankrolled while in the Assembly, his political strategist, Doug Herman, said.
Bay Area Activist Thanks Brown For New Immigration Laws
Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Carolyn Lochhead and Carla Marinucci, @ blog.sfgate.com
Bay Area activist thanks Brown for new immigration laws
Stockton Gives CalPERS A Pass, But Pension Costs Still Big Issue
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
For government workers across California nervous about their retirement benefits, Stockton’s bankruptcy plan would seem like cause for relief: The city says it will leave pensions untouched and will continue making all its required payments to CalPERS.
Lessons From The 2003 Recall
George Skelton @ latimes.com
Replacing career politician Gray Davis with Arnold Schwarzenegger was a mistake, even if Schwarzenegger would have become governor later.
Barbara Boxer: Republicans Won’t Ever Open Epa
Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Carolyn Lochhead and Carla Marinucci, @ blog.sfgate.com
Barbara Boxer: Republicans won’t ever open EPA
Jerry Brown Expands Type Of Providers Who Can Do Abortions
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday expanding the type of medical providers who can perform abortions in California.
As Financial Markets Show Signs Of Worry, White House Plans Meetings With Lawmakers
With financial markets reflecting growing concern about the potential for a U.S. default, the White House on Wednesday announced a series of meetings with lawmakers from both parties to focus on the government shutdown, looming debt crisis and festering fiscal stalemate.
San Jose, Calif., Mayor To File Statewide Pension Reform Measure| Reuters
The mayor of San Jose, California's third biggest city, said on Wednesday he would file a statewide ballot measure within days with election officials that would give local governments authority to trim pension benefits for current employees to help reduce spending on retirement benefits.
Brown Signs Law By L.A. Councilman Putting Teeth In Mobile Ad Bans
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Bob Blumenfield left the state Assembly for the Los Angeles City Council more than three months ago, but he left behind some unfinished business.
In Practice: House Republicans Argue for Delay in Health Law Penalties
s health care law would justify a delay in major provisions of the law, including tax penalties for people who go without insurance in 2014.
San Jose mayor says he'll file pension initiative language soon
Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said Wednesday that he will soon file papers to place a public pension measure before voters.
AP retracts story about Virginia gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe
Evan Halper @ latimes.com
-- In the contentious Virginia gubernatorial race, which has been dominated by accusations and counter-accusations of unsavory business dealings, the campaigns are constantly accusing one another of spreading false information.
Jerry Brown puts veterans housing measure on June ballot
California voters will decide next June whether the state should restructure $600 million in bonds to help build apartments and houses for low-income veterans, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed Thursday.
Turlock Republican Jeff Denham Targeted In Shutdown
Carolyn Lochhead @ blog.sfgate.com
The liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change, first established to fend off former President George W. Bushâs Social Security privatization drive, announced ad campaigns against 10 Republicans in swing districts, including Turlock Republican Jeff Denham.
Bart Negotiations Continue But Tensions Escalate As Strike Deadline Looms
Union leaders from SEIU Local 1021 and ATU Local 1555 came to a BART board meeting in Oakland to complain that the framework for a new economic package was being dismantled by management negotiators. Contract talks ended on a sour note Wednesday night.
BART unions threatening to strike Friday
(10-10) 10:51 PDT Oakland -- BART's unions were demanding Thursday morning that the transit agency's general manager sit at the bargaining table to reach a contract before the 11:59 p.m. cooling-off period ended, warning "there are just 15 hours left" until the unions could strike. A second strike would create chaos on Bay Area roads and bridges on a much larger scale than the gridlock seen during the July 4th holiday week when the unions walked off the job for four and a half days. Last week the two sides had reached a partial agreement on pension contributions, but still could not agree on the major issues of raises and health care contributions.
California lawmakers consider curtailing solitary confinement in state prisons
Jessica Calefati @ mercurynews.com
Legislators promised a hearing to end a 60-day hunger strike started by inmates in secure housing units at Pelican Bay, Corcoran, Tehachapi and Sacramento state prisons to raise awareness about their living conditions.
BART unions 'ready to go on strike'
With the possibility of a second BART strike a day away, talks between the transit union and its labor unions continued under a media blackout that provides few, if any, hints of progress or gridlock at the bargaining table. After bargaining past 10 p.m. on Tuesday, negotiators for BART and its two largest unions - Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 - returned to negotiations at the Caltrans building in downtown Oakland at 9:30 a.m. Members of bargaining teams emerged for brief breaks but had little to say other than that they were making slow progress. Tom Hock, BART's chief negotiator, said the both sides continue to exchange proposals, usually through a federal mediator, and that they are working to avoid a strike. In an interview outside the Downtown Berkeley BART Station, BART general manager Grace Crunican said that after months of unproductive bargaining in fits and starts, the two sides are finally making progress, thanks in large part to the federal mediator, who is pushing both sides. While the BART riding public may see the 60-day cooling-off period as a failure since it hasn't yet produced a deal, Crunican said she thinks it served its purpose by giving each side the chance to better understand the other side and, perhaps, to moderate their expectations for the contract.
Chris Christie, in D.C., warns against keeping government shut down
Michael A. Memoli @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- New Jersey's Republican Gov. Chris Christie, running for reelection on a record of bipartisan accomplishment, visited the epicenter of political gridlock Wednesday, huddling with GOP senators at the U.S. Capitol.
Key Republicans Signal Willingness To Back Down On Effort To Defund Health-care Law
Key GOP figures on Wednesday sent their clearest signals that they are abandoning their bid to immediately stop the federal health-care law — the issue that forced the government to shut down — and are scrambling for a fallback strategy.
For Three Decades, He's Been A Key Cog In The Capitol Machine
Chris Megerian @ latimes.com
With obsessive attention to detail, Irwin Nowick does the unglamorous job of catching errors in labyrinthine bills before they become law.
California prison officials lose fight with union over outsourcing
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
A $6 million contract between California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and a private law firm broke the law last year, according to a ruling released this week by the state’s civil service system watchdog.
New California Abortion Law: More Dangerous Than Skydiving?
Robin Abcarian @ latimes.com
At a time when so many states are chipping away at reproductive rights, making it nearly impossible for women to exercise their constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy, how refreshing to see California standing up for women's rights.