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THE NOONER for October 24, 2013

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  • CD25 (Santa Clarita): added Army veteran Jorge Ricardo Puentes, Jr. (D)
  • SD32 (Whittier): removed former Assemblymember Tom Calderon (D)

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Went to my first Kings game of the (pre-)season last night, and being the little sleepyhead that I am, left after the third quarter as the Kings trailed the Warriors 81-70. Of course, the game I leave early is the one they come back and win at the buzzer. They've got a long ways to go, but it's great to have NBA basketball (still) in Sacramento.

CD17 (Milpitas): The candidate from Facebook: Silicon Valley’s march on Washington [Andrew Leonard @ Salon] - "But what might be most intriguing about Khanna is how he reflects Silicon Valley's image of itself. With ample evidence that government is broken, the Valley wants someone in Congress who believes that politics is as amenable to fixing as a start-up's busted business plan. If you think of Ro Khanna as the representative of an impatient group of investors who demand better performance for their tax dollar, you won’t be far off. The venture capitalists want to bring in a new CEO."

CD21 (Kings): The DCCC has added Amanda Renteria to its "jumpstart" program, citing increased vulnerability of David Valadao following the shutdown. Other Californians already on the list are Michael Eggman (CD10) and Pete Aguilar (CD31).

SD32 (Whittier): Well, not exactly the bombshell I talked about yesterday, but Tom Calderon exited from the race to succeed brother Ron as the FBI continues to look into dealings of the Central Basin MWD. Former Assemblymember Tony Mendoza becomes the frontrunner, although several of the Dems are legit.

THE MOST IMPORTANT CONSTITUENT: Attorney seeking Sonoma County office suspends campaign after wife's complaint [Kevin McCallum @ PressDem] - "Don Edgar has suspended his fledgling campaign for Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor after his wife took to Facebook to vent over not being consulted about his decision to run for the office."

BLEH: BART contract deal a loser for all concerned [Chron editorial]

LA-LA LAND: Trading places with a councilman [Steve Lopez @ LAT] - LA Councilman Tom "LaBonge offered me a deal. "We should trade places for a day," he said, suggesting I might develop a greater appreciation for what public officials deal with on a daily basis. "You be me and I'll be you."

Meanwhile, the LAT edit board pens "City Hall or frat house?"

UNHEALTHY: AC360 Exclusive: Rehab Racket Update - "Toby Douglas, the Director of California's Department of Health Care Services faces tough questions from Anderson and Drew Griffin on the widespread fraud exposed in America's largest Medicaid program. He is responding to "Rehab Racket" the year-long investigation by AC360 and The Center for Investigative Reporting."

THE VISE: Many airlines are shrinking plane seats [Rebecca Shabad @ The Hill]

GEEKDOM: Tech me out to the ballgame: High-tech secrets of AT&T Park [Leah Yamshon @ TechHive]

YESTERDAY'S TRIVIA: Who was the last person sent to the Legislature by voters who at the time was neither a registered Democrat nor Republican?

YESTERDAY'S ANSWER: Audie Bock, who was elected as a Green in a 1999 special election for Don Perata's Assembly seat. The full story was fascinating and if you want to read about it, someone has done a great job on Wikipedia. Bock switch to Decline to State, but lost to Wilma Chan in November 2000. She then registered as a Democrat and ran for governor in the 2003 recall election, and is now registered as a Republican in Hayward.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Of the 38 men who have served as governors of California Jerry Brown and his father Pat Brown share this trait with only 4 other governors. What is it? 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sierra College trustee Aaron Klein, who is on his way to Ethopia right now on a humantarian mission.



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The unions' playbook for public pension defense
Jon Ortiz @
How California’s public employee unions will fight a proposed ballot initiative to change government pension law.

A Democrat Who's Pushing To Outlaw Transit Strikes
George Skelton @
Assembly candidate Steve Glazer is going against powerful organized labor, an unconventional move for a California Democrat

In Practice: Tea Party Group Begins Anti-Health Care Law Blitz in Four House Districts
Americans for Prosperity is starting a $2 million campaign of television, radio and Internet advertisements aimed at lawmakers facing tough re-election battles in four swing districts.

Column Extra: Will pension reformers succeed?
Jon Ortiz @
Today’s State Worker column runs through some of the moves unions will make to fight San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s effort to put a public pension proposal on the November 2014 ballot. (Last week’s column looked at strategies for Reed’s side.)

Tom Calderon Decides Against Running For Senate Seat
Patrick McGreevy @
The decision was not a surprise to many watching the campaign, including former campaign advisors who noted he had raised little money for the election.

In Ohio, Obamacare fight renewed as GOP governor and activists tussle
Cathleen Decker @
It is the center of the political universe in presidential contests. And now the war over the nation’s new healthcare program has come to Ohio as well, with potential repercussions for the short- and long-term future of the state’s governor, John Kasich.

Author Hits Campaign Trail Early In Bid To Unseat Congressman
Jean Merl @
The self-described "thought leader" will be at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in Redondo Beach on Thursday evening.  It will be her first political appearance since announcing her candidacy.

Maryland attorney general, candidate hit for ignoring drinking teens
Cathleen Decker @
In the annals of politicians behaving badly, Douglas F. Gansler, the Democratic attorney general of Maryland who is running for governor, is fast becoming a category of his own.

Obama to name former California educator to top education job
Anita Kumar and Renee Schoof @
President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Theodore Mitchell, a former California educator and the leader of a nonprofit philanthropic organization that funds education, as undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education.

Gov. Jerry Brown's advice for Washington
Evan Halper @
WASHINGTON--As Washington tries to find a way past the political dysfunction that triggered the shutdown of the federal government, Gov. Jerry Brown came to town Thursday to suggest it look for inspiration in California.

Guard Stabbed By Inmate In Security Unit At Corcoran Prison
Robert J. Lopez @
A corrections officer in a high-security unit at Corcoran State Prison was stabbed by an inmate who used a handmade key to break free from his handcuffs, authorities said Wednesday afternoon.

Christopher Cadelago @
The state's political ethics watchdog has reached a settlement following its probe into an $11 million donation that added last-minute drama to Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase initiative, a source close to the case told The Sacramento Bee.

New L.A. Website Is Opening The Books On Spending At City Hall
Michael Finnegan and Ben Welsh @
Los Angeles' new city controller moved Wednesday to open city finances to far deeper public scrutiny, unveiling a website that provides new details on how billions of dollars are collected and spent.

Jerry Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown was wrapping up a speech in Washington on Thursday about the merits of California governance when, during a question and answer period, the subject of state prisons arose.

Better To Live In A Red State Or Blue State? The Debate :: Fox&hounds
Davis argued that blue states are better because they aim to give economic opportunity for everyone by investing in education and infrastructure, protecting the environment and providing a safety net. The former governor said if you look at the top ten states with the highest average income nine are blue states.

Former State Board President Reportedly Tapped As Duncan Adviser
Kathryn Baron @
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has reportedly tapped former California State Board of Education president Ted Mitchell for a key post in his administration.

AC Transit: Two-month Cooling-off Period For Unions, Management
Doug Oakley Oakland Tribune @
Gov. Jerry Brown asked for the cooling-off period in a dispute over worker pay and medical benefits in a system that serves 181,000 riders a day. Judge Evelio Grillo signed off on the order, agreeing with the findings of a panel appointed by Brown.

Assembly Sets Oversight Hearing For Nov. 6 Over Edd Troubles
Ricardo Lopez and Marc Lifsher @
The state Assembly has set an oversight hearing that will look into what went wrong at the Employment Development Department.

House overwhelmingly passes bill for Sacramento levees
Curtis Tate @
The House of Representatives voted 417-3 Wednesday to approve a bill authorizing a broad array of water-related infrastructure projects across the country, including the completion of levee improvements to protect Sacramento from a catastrophic flood.