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THE NOONER for October 17, 2013

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Welcome back to work, federal employees! It's only a two-day workweek, and you should be getting paid shortly for that 2.5 week involuntary vacation.

The vote in the House came together when Speaker John Boehner broke the "Hastert Rule," allowing H.R. 2775 to come to the floor even though a majority of the Republican conference opposed it. The final vote of 285-144 included 87 Republican "yes" votes and 198 "yes" Democratic votes. The bill was signed last night by the President and most federal employees are back at their desks this morning.

Here's what you need to know to sound smart at the watering hole:

  • New appropriations authority ("CR") end date: January 15
  • New estimated debt limit date: February 7
  • "Due date" for budget conference committee to report: December 13
  • What Republicans got out of this round: Income verification for those seeking subsidized insurance under ObamaCare; no changes to existing sequestration of spending levels
  • What Democrats got out of this round: Perception that Obama, Democrats won (or, more importantly, that Republicans lost); delay until after ObamaCare enrollees start getting benefits; budget conference committee
  • Yosemite opened immediately

If you were not a fan of the shutdown, has a where you can, well, thank those members who voted to end the shutdown or berate those who didn't. 

If you missed the House stenographer flipping out during the vote, here's the video.

I missed y'all at Leadership California yesterday, but just too many things landed on my plate yesterday. Sounds like it was a great time and congrats to the team for putting on another strong event. Please feel free to send along any gossip you may have picked up.

Several folks will be writing me today to say that I blew it by moving CD10 yesterday to Leans Republican from Toss-up, hours before Jeff Denham voted against the interim federal government solution. I'll just say we'll wait and see if Michael Eggman can capitalize on it and show it in the fundraising numbers.

Some of our Nooner sleuths found Congressman Scott Peters's FEC report, which was filed but just hasn't made it to all the right pages yet: 

CD52 (San Diego)
CandidateRaised 7/1-9/30Cash on Hand
Carl DeMaio $328,373 $719,999
Scott Peters (i) $346,294 $805,767


$$$: The Legislative Analyst's Office shares the budget presentation offered to the Californians for Adequate School Housing conference. Here's a summary of the office's revenue assumptions, which include prior year upward revenue adjustments that were much much discussed at the end of the 2013-14 budget deliberations. Under the guidance of Governor Brown, the Legislature went with the most conservative estimates for the year that was ending as the current year budget was under development.

LAO Revenue Scenarios
changes from the 2013-14 Budget Act revenue assumptions
 "Pessimistic""Best Guess""Optimistic"
2012-13 $0b  +$2 billion  +$4 billion 
"current year"
+$3 billion  +$5 billion 
"budget year"
-$5 billion +$2.8 billion  +$6 billion 


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Ed Hernandez!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: The Ami Bera seat is CD07, and I listed CD09 twice, which of course is Jerry McNerney.



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Controller Chiang Raps Local Governments For Not Filing Reports
Dan Walters @
State Controller John Chiang sent letters Wednesday to nine cities and 117 special districts, chastising them for failing to file timely financial reports with his office as required by law.

Legacy Of Prop 8 Court Case Pops Up In Pension Reform Initiative :: Fox&hounds
The proponents of the pension initiative state in a final section following the severability clause that if the initiative passes and is challenged in the courts, and the government refuses to defend the measure, the proponents will have the standing to defend the initiative.

President Obama Signs Budget Bill To Reopen Federal Government
President Obama quickly signed a budget compromise to reopen the federal government and avert the possibility of default after Congress approved it late Wednesday.

Prop. 39 Energy Retrofit Funds Heading To California Schools
Laurel Rosenhall @
You can see the full list of school districts and charter schools eligible for Proposition 39 funds at this page. Click on the spreadsheet called "Proposition 39 - 2013-14 Entitlements."

Immigration legislation's prospects bleak after bitter budget fight
Brian Bennett @
WASHINGTON – The rough justice dispensed by the White House and Senate Democrats during the standoff impasse has further soured key House Republicans on passing immigration legislation.

L.A. Leaders Call For Panel To Find Ways To Boost Voter Turnout
David Zahniser @
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson called Wednesday for the creation of a nine-member citizen commission to look at ways of boosting turnout on election day.

Pension movement’s new playbook
Jon Ortiz @
If ballot measures are like football games, then the proposed 2014 public pension initiative announced this week by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is putting on its pads.

Cory Booker, Steve Lonegan battle to end of New Jersey Senate race
Cathleen Decker @
Campaigning ended Wednesday as voters cast ballots in the special election to pick a new U.S. senator for New Jersey. But rather than serve as a fresh read on the feelings of an electorate tormented by the messy and combative budget mess in Washington, the closing days served up a bipartisan shoulder shrug.

Reid, Mcconnell Propose Bipartisan Senate Bill To End Shutdown, Extend Borrowing
Senate leaders announced a bipartisan deal on Wednesday to raise the debt limit through Feb. 7 and end the 16-day-old government shutdown, as stock markets rose with optimism on Wall Street that the Washington stalemate was nearing an end.

Government Crisis Is Averted -- For Now
Lisa Mascaro, Michael A. Memoli and Brian Bennett @
The House and President Obama approve the Senate deal to end the shutdown and pay the bills without compromising his healthcare law.

Lee jets to China with BART in rearview mirror
Lee, who was at the airport on Monday when he decided to let the delegation leave without him, missed the Beijing portion of a trade and cultural exchange mission that will also include stops in Shanghai and Seoul. Lee will join a big delegation of about 70 people that includes real estate, travel, banking and other executives, including Giants President Larry Baer. "Clearly we need to do more," said Herrera, who should have a pretty clear perspective on the issue, given that he can look out the windows in his City Hall office at the disheveled figures who mill about in Civic Center Plaza and next to the Main Library. Passed by the Legislature in 2002, it allows a court to order assisted outpatient treatment for people with psychosis. "Psychosis requires medication, and Laura's Law does not increase our ability to require medication," former San Francisco Public Health Director Mitch Katz told the Board of Supervisors when they were debating the issue back in 2010. The city's Department of Public Health quietly introduced a pilot program in 2011 that was a watered-down version of Laura's Law where patients voluntarily agreed to treatment. Bevan Dufty, Lee's homelessness czar, was also in favor of implementing Laura's Law when he was a candidate for mayor in 2011, describing it then as "a big step forward in mental health care."

Yosemite Reopens After Deal To End Government Shutdown
Robert J. Lopez @
Officials at Yosemite National Park announced that it reopened Wednesday night after Congress approved a deal to end the federal government shutdown.

Potential Weaknesses In New School Funding Law Demand Attention
Louis Freedberg @
There are great expectations that the historic – and necessary – reforms of California’s outdated and opaque school financing system signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown this summer will translate into improved student performance.

Investigators Raid Offices Of Police Unions' Former Law Firm
Paloma Esquivel and Joseph Serna @
The Orange County district attorney is investigating the firm that allegedly targeted civic leaders who were seeking to alter police pensions.

CSUS Employees Warned Of Potential Identity Theft After Computer System Hacked
Cathy Locke @
Approximately 1,800 employees of California State University, Sacramento received letters this week informing them that their Social Security and driver's license information had been compromised due to a security breach of the campus' computer system.

Senate votes overwhelmingly to end shutdown, debt limit debate
Lisa Mascaro, Michael A. Memoli and Brian Bennett @
WASHINGTON -- By an overwhelming vote, the Senate passed a budget compromise Wednesday night that would temporarily reopen federal agencies and allow the Treasury to continue borrowing to pay the nation’s bills, averting the possibility of a default that could have seriously damaged the economy.

Following the Fiscal Crisis
Congressional Republican leaders conceded defeat in their budget fight with President Obama over the new health care law after the government shut down for 16 days.

Appellate Court Allows Canceled Palmdale Election To Proceed
Jean Merl @
A divided California Court of Appeal has cleared the way for the city of Palmdale to hold its Nov. 5 City Council election, which a trial court had canceled late last month.

Government Shutdown Update: Ted Cruz Stands Down
Seung Min Kim @
Sen. Ted Cruz’s attempts to dismantle Obamacare in the government funding fight went down on Wednesday — but he defended his crusade until the very end.

Obama praises budget deal, says Washington needs to win back trust
Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons @
WASHINGTON – President Obama praised lawmakers in both parties on Wednesday night for passing legislation to reopen the government and lift the nation’s debt limit, saying he hoped leaders could "put the last three weeks behind us" and work to "earn back the trust of the American people."    

5 California mayors advance pension reform plan
Mayors of five California cities have filed papers with the state to place an initiative on next year's ballot that would amend the state's constitution to allow local governments to negotiate changes in pension benefits for current and future employees.

Washington: Government Shutdown Hurt The Economy, But How Much?
Kevin G. Hall @
How much damage was inflicted on the economy? That’s the million-dollar question as a 16-day partial government shutdown draws to an end and a crippling debt default apparently was averted.