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THE NOONER for October 29, 2013

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  • CD33 (West LA): removed businessman Steve Collett (L)

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FILING DAY: Today's the day for state committees and lobbyists to file quarterly reports. 

LA-LA LAND: Wendy Greuel accepted a job as consultant for a planned children's museum, writes the LAT's Seema Mehta: "'I plan on running for something,' she said. 'The question is where and when and for what.'"

The offices she is eyeing for next year are Board of Supervisors district 3 or State Controller. BOS would involve running against Sheila Kuehl and Controller would be running against John Perez, who was a strong supporter of Greuel in the mayoral race. Expect her to run for BOS3.

#CAKEDAY SUPREME: 15 Years In Remission – My Cancer Survivor’s Story [Jon Fleischman]

UNLEASHED: John Hrabe says "call off the dogs" on the complaints about Jennifer Fearing walking Sutter Brown.

PLAYING FIELD: I wonder who the NRCC is targeting in California?

SAFETY DANCE: California's Virgin America debuts new safety video.

YESTERDAY'S TRIVIA: Last week, CNET reported that Google was constructing a floating data warehouse at a former World's Fair site in whose Assembly district?

YESTERDAY'S ANSWER: Tom Ammiano's AD17. Last week, CNET reported on a mysterious project being constructed on Treasure Island, and found enough evidence to tie it to Google, which is likely creating either a floating datacenter or a mobile retail store for something like Google Glass.

TODAY'S TRIVIA: What movie does Tom Ammiano appear in, playing himself?

#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for message mavens Coby King and Nathan Barankin, lobbyist Rob Flanigan, and my wonderful wife Kara Ueda.

FAREWELL: Libertarian activist and congressional candidate Steve Collett, who was just blogging over the weekend about the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Denver. Fellow CD33 candidate Brent Roske writes:

I heard the news of Steve's passing with true sadness. I first met Steve last year while filming our political series 'Chasing The Hill', and just a few weeks ago he was over for dinner, discussing our upcoming Congressional race. Steve had already ran for Congress twice, and told me that night that he would be running again. We had planned on getting together in the next few weeks to talk strategy and how our campaigns could work together. Steve believed, as I do, that teamwork and cooperation are what's needed in government. Steve was a Libertarian, and although we didn't always agree on policy, his spirit was bright and full of compassion. I miss him already and feel sadness for our collective loss as Californians.



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New UC-Berkeley Chancellor Is Against Rating Colleges Based On Graduate Earnings
Nick Anderson @
A year ago California voters faced a choice: Would they approve a tax increase to help fund a public higher education system that had been the envy of the world? The passage of Proposition 30 on the November 2012 ballot was seen as a resounding affirmative. And it cemented a decision Nicholas B. Dirks was contemplating, to leave a senior executive post at Columbia University to become chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley. On the day after the vote, he knew it was the right move.

Visiting 44 BART Stations On The Way To An Assembly Seat?
Tom Barnidge @
No one knows for certain how the recently ended BART strike will affect taxpayers and riders -- higher fares are a safe bet -- but there's little question that it raised public awareness of Steve Glazer, an Orinda city councilman and 16th District State Assembly candidate.

Exclusive: Password-reset Security Glitch Fixed On
A security flaw in the original design of that could have disclosed e-mail and other account information to hackers was eliminated Monday during an overnight fix, a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman has told TIME.

University of California workers begin voting on whether to authorize strike
Patient care and service workers at the ten University of California campuses across the state began voting Monday on whether to authorize a strike based on their union's allegation that the university engaged in unfair labor practices.

California State Engineers Ratify Contract
Jon Ortiz @
The union representing some 11,000 state government engineers, most of them Caltrans employees, says that its members have overwhelmingly ratified a two-year labor deal that includes a raise.

Reid outlines busy November agenda in Senate, takes jab at House
Michael A. Memoli @
WASHINGTON – The Senate will consider legislation on gay rights, jobs and defense policy by Thanksgiving, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Monday while telling the Republican-led House to dispense with "political show votes and start legislating."    

Healthcare Law Also Faces Plenty Of Low-Tech Problems
Maeve Reston @
Obamacare problems aren't just high-tech. Many key potential consumers have no email, no computers and no information.

Sacramento To Host 2014 National Track And Field Championships
Tony Bizjak @
Brazilian team members watch the World Masters Athletic Championships at CSUS in Sacramento in July 2011.

Warriors' S.F. arena costs piling up
If spending a lot of dough and outsmarting a determined defense is what it takes to get the team a new arena on the San Francisco waterfront, the Golden State Warriors owners say they are game. The cost to rehabilitate the aging piers where the arena would perch - as much as $170 million -"is a lot higher than we originally started with," co-owner Joe Lacob said at a San Francisco Chamber of Commerce luncheon Monday to kick off the team's NBA season and promote the proposed $1 billion arena project. Lacob's ownership partner, entertainment mogul and part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Peter Guber, said that determination extends to navigating San Francisco's fractious politics. Getting the arena built would require approval by the Board of Supervisors, the city Port and Planning commissions, the State Lands Commission, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission. The team is facing a shrinking and aggressive time frame to get its arena project approved and built in time for the 2017-18 NBA season, when its lease at Oracle Arena in Oakland runs out. Opponents of the proposed location at Piers 30-32, two conjoined city-owned piers just south of the Bay Bridge, say the proposed 125-foot-high venue, which is expected to draw 2 million people a year to games, concerts and other events, will obstruct views and create a traffic and transit nightmare.

Judge Rules Part Of Texas Abortion Law Unconstitutional
Part of a new Texas abortion law is unconstitutional, a federal judge rules. The state will appeal.

L.A. County Assessor John Noguez Hit With More Felony Charges
Jack Dolan and Richard Winton @
L.A. County Assessor John Noguez and Ramin Salari, accused of a scheme to illegal lower property taxes, are charged with a dozen new felonies.

Steinberg: Making high school relevant is 'top focus'
Laurel Rosenhall @
California high schools could see an infusion of new programs that link academics with career exposure to provide students a richer learning experience. That's the goal of a competitive $250 million grant process Senate leader Darrell Steinberg is promoting to schools and businesses.

Medicare chief apologizes for problems
Stressing that improvements are happening daily, the senior Obama official closest to the administration's malfunctioning health care website apologized Tuesday for problems that have kept Americans from successfully signing up for coverage.

Republican state Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres backs immigrant rights
Earlier this month, state Sen. Anthony Cannella stood with Gov. Jerry Brown as he signed legislation in Los Angeles that will allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses.

The Brown Dog Affair
John Hrabe @
In the dog-eat-dog world of Sacramento politics, no one is off limits. Not even man’s best friend.

Obama to campaign for McAuliffe
Alexander Burns @
The president will appear alongside the Democratic candidate for governor to energize the base.

VIDEO: Steinberg talks about trip to Switzerland
Laurel Rosenhall @
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and a small delegation of California state senators recently returned from a trip to Germany and Switzerland to learn about the way those countries teach high school.

Obama Won't Say If He Knew Of NSA Spying On Merkel
Justin Sink @
President Obama on Monday refused to confirm or deny a report in The Wall Street Journal indicating he was unaware that the National Security Agency was spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone.

Sacramento Homes Still Selling Fast
Sacramento is still among the fastest places for a home to sell in the nation. The region ranks sixth for the percentage of homes under contract less than two weeks after going on the market.

White House Backs Global Spying
Julian Pecquet and Justin Sink @
The White House on Monday defended the National Security Agency amid criticism from world leaders over its surveillance efforts.

Greuel Takes Museum Post, Still Undecided About Running For Office
Seema Mehta @
Former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel has taken her first public step since losing the mayoral contest this spring, accepting a job as a consultant to a planned children's museum in the San Fernando Valley. Greuel will offer strategic advice, raise money and help pick the board of directors for the long-delayed city museum, a move first reported by the Los Angeles Daily News.

The Buzz: In final year in office, Steinberg to make big push for linked learning
Laurel Rosenhall @
Darrell Steinberg’s time is running short at the Capitol, and he has declared a final year focus: linked learning.

Man who threatened Leland Yee pleads to 10 counts
Laurel Rosenhall @
A Santa Clara man pleaded no contest today to seven felonies and three misdemeanors in making threats against state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, for his pursuit of gun control legislation.