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  • CD17 (Milpitas): added educator and author Philip Bralich (D)

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Good morning. The clock continues to tick toward the federal government's debt limit, although it's unclear exactly when the markets will be affected. The government has been closed for two weeks, equity markets are open today, although the more telling fixed income markets are closed for Columbus Day. As of this 6:45 writing of the finishing touches on today's Nooner, things are looking not awful on the Dow.

RELATIVITY: Even if the DJIA drops 500 points this week, remember the 52-week low is 2,677 points below Friday's close.

MOVING: Meanwhile, BART is still running today after unions agreed to delay their strike one day, but there is no deal.

NOW YOU CAN VACAY: Last night was the deadline for the governor to act on bills sent to him by the Legislature before the interim recess, resulting in several roundups:

GUNS: When both pro-gun and anti-gun forces talk with immense disappointment when he signs some ("Colorado-style recalls!"), vetoes some, one might say he found the perfect political balance.

AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers and Anthony York play the right ear, left ear game and deliver the latest (as of Friday morning) in the Capitol Connection podcast.

CD21 (Kings): Hernandez announces another run for Congress [Courtenay Edelhart] - "This time around, I've stepped back from the chamber to focus on the race full-time, and we have more time," he said.

CD36 (Palm Desert): Assemblyman Brian Nestande to begin drive for Congress [Erica Felci @ Desert Sun] - "Nestande will make the announcement Tuesday, using a Palm Desert solar company's headquarters as his background. It will mark the beginning of a much tougher political battle for the Palm Desert Republican, who was first elected in 2008 without facing a Democratic challenger.

REFER-MADNESS: Opponents start ballot effort to dump transgender law [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron] - "Californians could face another divisive, expensive battle over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights now that a coalition of conservative groups has hired the veteran GOP strategist behind Proposition 8 - and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars - to qualify a ballot measure that would repeal a new law requiring schools to make accommodations for transgender students."

And, yes, SB 202 applies to referenda, so if the AB 1266 referendum qualifies, it would be on the November 2014 ballot. Proponents have until November 10 to gather 504,760 signatures.

ICYMI: An initiative for a $2/pack cigarette tax for the benefit was filed with the attorney general last week. The proceeds would be primarily for healthcare services for tobacco-related diseases, with smaller amounts going to prevention (13%) and research (5%).

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Mike Morrell

#GHOSTSOFCAKEDAYSPAST: Belated candles for Chris Chafee (Saturday), Corrin Chopin (Sunday), and Glenda Corcoran (Sunday).


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Note that there are multiple batches of bills, so they may not all be in numerical order.


  • AB 48 by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Firearms: large-capacity magazines.
  • AB 170 by Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Assault weapons and .50 BMG rifles.
  • AB 231 by Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) – Firearms: criminal storage.
  • AB 260 by Assemblymember Richard S. Gordon (D-Menlo Park) – Individualized county child care subsidy plans.
  • AB 263 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) – Employment: retaliation: immigration-related practices.
  • AB 274 by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) – Child care and development services.
  • AB 290 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) – Child day care: childhood nutrition training.
  • AB 442 by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) – Employees: wages.
  • AB 466 by Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) – Federal transportation funds.
  • AB 500 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) – Firearms.
  • AB 538 by Assemblymember Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Firearms.
  • AB 539 by Assemblymember Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Firearm possession: prohibitions: transfer to licensed dealer.
  • AB 562 by Assemblymember Das G. Williams (D-Santa Barbara) – Economic development subsidies: review by local agencies.
  • AB 628 by Assemblymember Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) – Energy management plans for harbor and port districts. A signing message can be found here.
  • AB 711 by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) – Hunting: nonlead ammunition. A signing message can be found here.
  • AB 848 by Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) – Adoption.
  • AB 906 by Assemblymember Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Personal services contracts.
  • AB 1039 by Assemblymember Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) – Local gambling control.
  • AB 1042 by Assemblymember Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) – Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund. A signing message can be found here.
  • AB 1131 by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Firearms.
  • AB 1213 by Assemblymember Richard H. Bloom (D-Santa Monica) – Bobcat Protection Act of 2013. A signing message can be found here.
  • AB 1257 by Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Los Angeles) – Energy: State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission: natural gas.
  • AB 1386 by the Committee on Labor and Employment – Employment: employee complaints: final orders.
  • AB 1387 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) – Car washes.
  • SB 109 by Senator Ellen Corbett (D-Hayward) – Charter-party carriers: limousines: emergency exits.
  • SB 127 by Senator Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin) – Firearms: mentally disordered persons.
  • SB 194 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) – Vehicles: electronic wireless communications device: prohibitions.
  • SB 277 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – State Peace Officers' and Firefighters' Defined Contribution Plan.
  • SB 288 by Senator Ted W. Lieu (D-Torrance) – Employment protections: time off.
  • SB 335 by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) – Expenditures: service contracts.
  • SB 363 by Senator Roderick D. Wright (D-Los Angeles) – Firearms: criminal storage: unsafe handguns: fees.
  • SB 400 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Employment protections: victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
  • SB 472 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) – Gaming: licenses.
  • SB 683 by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) – Firearms: firearm safety certificate.
  • AB 16 by Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) – Domestic violence: corporal injury.
  • AB 68 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego) – Parole.
  • AB 184 by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) – Statute of limitations.
  • AB 205 by Assemblymember Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Public employees' retirement: pension fund management.
  • AB 325 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) – Land use and planning: cause of actions: time limitations.
  • AB 373 by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) – Public Employees' Long-Term Care Act.
  • AB 532 by Assemblymember Richard S. Gordon (D-Menlo Park) – Local Housing Trust Fund.
  • AB 637 by Assemblymember Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) – Housing assistance.
  • AB 952 by Assemblymember Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) – Low-income housing tax credits.
  • AB 1108 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) – Sex offenders: foster care homes: prohibitions.
  • AB 1346 by Assemblymember Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Postemployment health benefits: Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District: employer contributions.
  • SB 39 by Senator Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) – Local agencies: public officers: claims and liability.
  • SB 57 by Senator Ted W. Lieu (D-Torrance) – Electronic monitoring: removing or disabling GPS device: offense.
  • SB 145 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) – Sex offenders: child pornography.
  • SB 215 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Public employee benefits.
  • SB 313 by Senator Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) – Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act.
  • SB 377 by Senator Ted W. Lieu (D-Torrance) – Public works: project determinations: wage and penalty assessments. [SIGNING MESSAGE]
  • SB 496 by Senator Roderick D. Wright (D-Los Angeles) – Improper governmental activity: disclosure: protection.
  • SB 543 by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) – Petty theft: enhancements for prior convictions.
  • SB 594 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) – Use of public resources.
  • SB 630 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) – California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
  • AB 128 by Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Peace officers: airport law enforcement.
  • AB 494 by Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) – Prisoners: literacy and education.
  • AB 537 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) – Meyers-Milias-Brown Act: impasse procedures.
  • AB 607 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) – Workers' compensation: dependent children.
  • AB 651 by Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Convictions: expungement.
  • AB 986 by Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Postrelease community supervision: flash incarceration: city jails.
  • AB 1019 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) – State prisons: correctional, educational and vocational training.
  • AB 1217 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) – Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act. [SIGNING MESSAGE]
  • AB 1325 by Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) – Vandalism: punishment.
  • AB 1336 by Assemblymember Jim L. Frazier (D-Oakley) – Prevailing wages: payroll records.
  • AB 1376 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) – Workers' compensation: medical treatment: interpreters.
  • SB 7 by Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) – Public works: charter cities.
  • SB 54 by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) – Hazardous materials management: stationary sources: skilled and trained workforce. [SIGNING MESSAGE]
  • SB 341 by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) – Redevelopment.
  • SB 458 by Senator Roderick D. Wright (D-Los Angeles) – Gangs: statewide database.
  • SB 513 by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) – Diversion programs: sealed records.
  • SB 569 by Senator Ted W. Lieu (D-Torrance) – Interrogation: electronic recordation.
  • SB 618 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) – Wrongful convictions.


  • AB 12 by Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) – State government: Administrative Procedure Act: standardized regulatory impact analyses. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 169 by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) – Unsafe handguns. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 180 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) – Registration and licensing of firearms: City of Oakland. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 199 by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – Institutional purchasers: sale of California produce. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 729 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) – Evidentiary privileges: union agent-represented worker privilege. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 1208 by Assemblymember Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Insurance affordability. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 1290 by Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) –Transportation planning. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 110 by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) – East Span, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Safety Review Task Force. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 299 by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) – Firearms: lost or stolen: reports. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 338 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) – Charter-party carriers of passengers: limousines: fire extinguishers. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 374 by Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) – Firearms: assault weapons. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 475 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) – Agricultural District 1-A: firearm sales at the Cow Palace. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 516 by Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) – Foreign labor contractors: registration. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 567 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Firearms: shotguns. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 654 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) – Ballot measure petitions: recall petitions: translations. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 755 by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) – Firearms: prohibited persons. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 804 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) – Solid waste: energy. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 811 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) – State Highway Route 710. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 822 by Assemblymember Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) – Local government retirement plans. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 857 by Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) – Initiatives: petition circulators. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 917 by Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Charter schools: authorization: petition: signatures. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 921 by Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) – Child welfare services. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 999 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) – Prisoner Protections for Family and Community Health Act. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 1127 by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) – Legal aid: court interpreters. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 1128 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) – Alcoholic beverages: underage drinking. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 131 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Damages: childhood sexual abuse: statute of limitations. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 467 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) – Privacy: electronic communications: warrant. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 598 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) – Biosimilars. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 649 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) – Possession of controlled substances: penalties. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 744 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) – Pupils: involuntary transfer: county community schools and community day schools. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 302 by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) – Public works: public subsidies. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 454 by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) – Workers' compensation benefits: prevailing wages. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 564 by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) – Community redevelopment: successor agencies. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 566 by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) – Courts: personal services contracting. [VETO MESSAGE] [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 662 by Assemblymember Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) – Local government: redevelopment: successor agencies to redevelopment agencies. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 855 by Assemblymember Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) – State employees: Absence without leave: reinstatement. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 994 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) – Postplea misdemeanor diversion programs. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 1113 by Assemblymember Jim L. Frazier (D-Oakley) – Provisional driver's licenses: restrictions. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 1140 by Assemblymember Tom F. Daly (D-Anaheim) – Public works: prevailing wages. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 1165 by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Occupational safety and health: violations. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 1229 by Assemblymember Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) – Land use: zoning regulations. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 1263 by Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) – Medi-Cal: CommuniCal. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 1373 by Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) – Workers’ compensation: firefighters and peace officers. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 36 by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) – Internet Web site: workers' compensation insurers: workers' compensation data. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 258 by Senator Ted W. Lieu (D-Torrance) – Workers' compensation. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 448 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) – Energy: petroleum supply and pricing. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 615 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) – Public works: prevailing wages. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 746 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) – Health care coverage: premium rates. [VETO MESSAGE]


Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill To Give Medi-cal Interpreters Union Rights
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Sunday that would have given thousands of Medi-Cal interpreters the right to join a public employee union and bargain collectively with the state.

In Virginia, Government Shutdown Already Hurting A GOP Candidate
Evan Halper @
As Virginia prepares to vote for governor, the Republican candidate's campaign is hurt by the federal government shutdown.

Pension Reform Initiative Would "Empower" Cities
Ed Mendel @
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed may soon file a proposed statewide initiative aimed at allowing cuts in pensions earned by current workers in the future, triggering an all-out battle with labor and possibly with CalPERS.

Jerry Brown Finishes Bills For The Year, Signing Nearly 9 In 10
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown was reviewing bills in the courtyard outside his Capitol office one day this month when, during a break, he lamented the time required by "these damn bills" and suggested his inclination to sign many more of them was waning.

Affirmative Action In California: U.S. Supreme Court Likely To Decide Fate Of Proposition 209
Howard Mintz @
But now the debate over whether that experiment has caused more harm than good will take a back seat to a larger national question: Are laws such as California's affirmative-action ban, Proposition 209, unconstitutional, and should be overturned?

Gov. Jerry Brown Wraps Up Action On Bills For The Year
Patrick McGreevy @
Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday wrapped up action on bills for the year by approving a measure aimed a protecting against false confessions by minors in homicide cases and giving some non-violent felons the ability to have their records expunged.

California Officials Knew About Glitch Before Computer Upgrade That Delayed Jobless Benefits
David Siders @
Binders full of resources at the Employment Development Department office in Sacramento on Thursday February 14, 2008.

Immigration Bills Benefited From A More Engaged Gov. Brown
Anthony York and Patrick McGreevy @
Lawmakers say that with the state's fiscal crisis over, Jerry Brown was more amenable to helping them craft laws that would pass muster with him.

Jerry Brown finishes action on bills for the year with 18 signatures and 18 vetoes
David Siders @
Finishing action on hundreds of bills sent to him by the Legislature this year, Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a prevailing wage law for charter cities but vetoed a measure to give survivors of public safety officers more time to file claims for death benefits.

Legislation Expands Powers Of Los Angeles Airport Police
Dan Weikel @
State legislation to expand the powers of Los Angeles airport police officers and improve the efficiency of local law enforcement was signed into law Sunday evening.

Who Won And Who Lost In California Legislature This Year
Dan Walters @
The book closed on the 2013 legislative session when Gov. Jerry Brown signed or vetoed its last few bills.

Swalwell worried shutdown could cause lab 'brain drain'
The furlough of 7,500 civilian employees at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory could create a "brain drain" that sends qualified scientists fleeing toward the private sector, Rep. Eric Swalwell told a town-hall audience of lab scientists Sunday. Swalwell, who represents that lab and many of its employees, said that he had already sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and the White House asking them to promise back pay to any furloughed civilian employees. Gary Deis, a mechanical engineer at the lab who is risking furlough, said he was concerned the instability at the lab would scare young scientists away from government service.

Government Shutdown Talks Hit Snag In Senate
Lisa Mascaro @
WASHINGTON – Talks in the Senate aimed at resolving the crisis over the federal budget hit a setback Sunday as Democrats, emboldened by GOP disarray, pushed their advantage, leading Republicans to warn against efforts to “humiliate” their party.

Sacramento: Gov. Brown Sharpens Veto Pen For Final Round Of Bills
Jessica Calefati @
Brown scrapped 30 bills on Saturday and Sunday, including a highly controversial measure that would have extended the statute of limitations for some childhood victims of sexual abuse. The bill was carried by state Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, who on Sunday lashed out at Brown's decision and accused the governor of ignoring the plight of sex-abuse victims.

Senators 'getting closer' to budget deal, Reid says
Lisa Mascaro, Brian Bennett and Christi Parsons @
WASHINGTON -- Senators edged closer to a budget deal Monday as the top four congressional leaders were called to an afternoon meeting at the White House.

California's Alternative-energy Program Under Scrutiny
Ralph Vartabedian and Evan Halper @
Little-known California alternative-energy program spent $1.6 billion last year. Despite questions, the program is growing.