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THE NOONER for October 16, 2013
DODGERS FAN TALKING POINT: @MLBStatoftheDay - "The @Cardinals have lost the #NLCS previous 2 times they’ve held 3-1 lead - 1996, 2012."
Speaking of the Twitterverse, the NYT Magazine excerpt from Nick Bilton's upcoming book on the behind the scenes drama leading to the 140-character platform is fascinating.
Meanwhile, we have federal campaign reports! Reports from each of the closly watched races follow the jump, but here are some initial thoughts:
AD54: We have an official field in the December 3 race to succeed Holly Mitchell, who was recently elevated to the State Senate.
FILED: A coalition led by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed filed an initiative with the AG yesterday to reform public pensions. The Merc News's John Woolfolk writes "The proposed Pension Reform Act of 2014 would amend the California Constitution to give government agencies clear authority to negotiate changes to existing employees' pension or retiree healthcare benefits. The changes would apply "going-forward," allowing employees to keep the benefits they have earned to date but letting employers reduce what they'd earn for the remainder of their careers."
RATED: CalTax has released its ratings of legislators based on voting records in the 2013 legislative year.
CHARGED: Kristin Olsen's Husband Faces Misdemeanor Charge in Soccer Practice Incident [Erin Tracy @ ModBee] - "The husband of state Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen faces a misdemeanor charge related to the claimed mistreatment of a 4-year-old boy at a youth soccer practice during the summer, the District Attorney’s Office confirmed Monday. The child's mother said Rod Olsen grabbed her child so violently by the arm that he left bruises and caused the child to urinate in his pants. The incident is said to have occurred Aug. 12 during a Modesto Youth Soccer Association practice at Standiford Park on Tokay Avenue. The Bee is not identifying the mother to protect the identity of the little boy."
Kristin and Rod joined their common last names "Olsen" together in 1998 after meeting as legislative fellows.
#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for former Assemblymember Warren Furutani!
After the jump: a glimpse at the FEC filings for the most watched congressional races.
First, the FEC filings are somewhat jacked up because of the government shutdown. Below is the cash raised and ending cash on hand for candidates in the most watched races. Cash on hand is not adjusted down for outstanding debt, as most debt at this stage is candidate debt, which is not required to be repaid.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Charles Munger Jr. Speaks On The Art Of Political Reform :: Fox&hounds
After being involved in a number of state proposition campaigns, Munger has concluded that any reform needs support from an army of people or someone who has a bully pulpit. He said Governor Schwarzenegger used the bully pulpit effectively in helping pass both redistricting and the top two primary.
New Law Increases Transfer Degrees Between Community College, CSU | Edsource Today
Louis Freedberg @ edsource.org
Community college students will have more opportunities to transfer into California State University with a degree that’s guaranteed to help them graduate faster under a controversial bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown days before the deadline to take action on this session’s legislation.
Gov. Jerry Brown Moves Ahead With Second Private-prison Deal
Paige St. John @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed another private prison deal to take inmates out of California's crowded prisons.
Statewide Pension Ballot Issue Pushed By San Jose Mayor, Others
John Woolfolk @ mercurynews.com
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and leaders of four other California cities struggling with soaring retirement costs announced Tuesday they will seek to get a pension reform initiative on the November 2014 state ballot.
Can California GOP Win By Losing?
Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
Californiaâs political class has settled on the conventional wisdom about conservative Assemblyman Tim Donnellyâs campaign for the GOP nomination for governor.
Assemblyman Brian Nestande Launches House Campaign Challenge
Jean Merl @ latimes.com
“I have seen firsthand how overreaching government policies are hurting California families,” said Nestande during a news conference at his Palm Desert campaign headquarters. “This government shutdown is the perfect example of why Washington needs fresh voices and perspective to move our country forward.”
House may vote first on Senate government shutdown, debt-limit plan
Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders, seeking to speed a budget agreement to President Obama's desk, may adopt an unusual procedure in which the House will vote first on a compromise written in the Senate, officials said Wednesday.
High court thwarts Gov. Brown on prison crowding
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's challenge of an order forcing California to cut its prison population by nearly 10,000 inmates by the end of January to improve medical and mental health care. The high court's one-line dismissal - which said only that the court lacked jurisdiction to step in - leaves intact a three-judge federal panel's directive to the state to slash its population of 120,000 inmates in 33 prisons. The special three-judge panel has ordered the state to lower the prison population to 110,000 - or 137.5 percent of designed capacity - to ease overcrowding that caused inmate health care to violate the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. If the court refuses, newly signed legislation allows the state to cut the population by transferring prisoners to leased county jail cells and private prisons - most of them outside California - at a first-year cost of $315 million. The state argued in its Supreme Court filing that the three-judge panel had no legal authority to block out-of-state transfers or interfere with the state's implementation of its laws.
Reed Files Public Pension Ballot Proposal With California Ag
Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed filed papers Tuesday in the first step toward qualifying a public pension measure for a statewide vote in California, a move that drew instant criticism from public employee unions.
L.A. County Supervisors Express Concerns Over State Prison Ruling
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
Los Angeles County officials were alarmed by Tuesday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear Gov. Jerry Brown ’s appeal of court-ordered prison crowding caps, fearing that if the state is forced to release prisoners early, the county’s ability to monitor them would be strained and public safety would be jeopardized.
San Jose, Calif. Mayor Launches Pension Reform Initiative | Reuters
Jim Christie @ reuters.com
San Jose mayor files public pension initiative
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
In a move that portends a labor firestorm, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and four other city leaders filed papers on Tuesday aiming to put a public pension measure on the November 2014 statewide ballot.
Ac Transit Strike Likely Averted As Gov. Jerry Brown Asked To Step In
Mike Rosenberg and Matthias Gafni @ mercurynews.com
The East Bay bus line asked the governor for a 60-day cooling-off period that would begin with a week-long strike delay while Brown appoints a panel to investigate the talks, and then a judge would bar strikes for another two months. That process is considered routine.
Senate leaders put budget talks on hold as Boehner struggles in House
Michael A. Memoli and Brian Bennett @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON – Senate leaders abruptly put talks over a bipartisan budget plan on hold Tuesday to give embattled Speaker John A. Boehner an opportunity to put together a proposal that could pass the Republican-led House.
Christopher Cadelago @ blogs.sacbee.com
A Sacramento area cancer survivor whose potential treatment has been delayed by the partial federal government shutdown joined other activists Tuesday afternoon to deliver more than 140,000 signatures urging a compromise to GOP Rep. Tom McClintock's district office in Granite Bay.
Government Shutdown: Boehner's Effort Collapses In House
Michael A. Memoli, Lisa Mascaro and Brian Bennett @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON — A frantic day of legislative maneuvering ended in futility Tuesday for Speaker John A. Boehner , as the most conservative members of the House refused to back his proposed compromise to end the standoff over the federal budget.
San Diegos Weird Politics On Display Again
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
BART, unions still talking - no strike Wednesday
Federal mediator George Cohen emerged from the Caltrans headquarters in Oakland at 10:20 p.m. to say "bargaining continues taking place," and that because of that, on behalf of both sides "and in support of public interests and all the riders of this area, there will be train service all day tomorrow." Union leaders and BART managers also refused to elaborate on details of the negotiations past promises of no strike on Wednesday. The scenario was similar to the one that played out early Tuesday morning when bargaining ground on past a midnight strike deadline that had been set by the unions. Both sides then kept at the table, exchanging proposals and being pressed by mediators, until 5:30 a.m. After a break, they were back at it early Tuesday afternoon to discuss work rules, safety issues and a compensation and benefits package. Union officials declined to say whether they were still contemplating a walkout in the future and, despite some reports to the contrary, have not set a strike deadline. 'Final offer' still in playBART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said the parties are negotiating over a deal that fits within the $57 million, four-year "last, best and final offer" that BART issued to its unions Sunday. BART officials have said the offer included a 12 percent raise over four years and provisions that would have employees paying a 4 percent pension contribution and a 9.5 percent increase in their health insurance contribution. An earlier 4 1/2-day strike in July turned the normally slow summer commute into a frustrating crawl, and if BART employees walk out during the current non-vacation season, the effect will be worse.
New Immigration Law In California Gives Aspiring Attorneys Hope
Cindy Chang @ latimes.com
Legal trainees who are in the U.S. illegally are heartened by a new California law that allows people like them to become lawyers.
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California Poised To Adopt First-in-nation Energy Storage Mandate
Dana Hull @ mercurynews.com
On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission is expected to vote on a groundbreaking proposal that would require PG&E, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to collectively buy more than 1.3 gigawatts of energy storage by 2020 -- roughly enough electricity to supply nearly 994,000 homes.
Activists urge Tom McClintock to vote to open U.S. government
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
A Sacramento area cancer survivor whose potential treatment was delayed by the partial federal government shutdown joined other activists Tuesday to deliver more than 140,000 petition signatures urging a compromise to Rep. Tom McClintock’s district office in Granite Bay.