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THE NOONER for November 6, 2013
Good morning from Pentagon City, where I'm looking out my window to see the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial reflect the morning's sunrise. I'll be on that evening Virgin America bird to LAX for the California Economic Summit. We have a pot pourri of election highlights and other bites after the jump . . .
BREAKING: Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg just issued a release calling for the Rules Committee to remove Ron Calderon from all committee assignments, including the chairmanship of Senate Insurance, until the sting investigation is resolved. From the release:
"Senator Calderon (D-Montebello) currently Chairs the Senate Insurance Committee, and sits on the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee, the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, the Senate Governmental Organization Committee, and the Senate Select Committee on Procurement. Senator Steinberg also asks the Senate Rules Committee to eliminate the Senate Select Committee on California’s Film and Television Industry, chaired by Senator Calderon, which has not convened since its inception earlier this year."
STOCKTON: Tax vote puts bankrupt California city on track for solvency [Jim Christie @ Reuters] - "The increase in the sales tax in Stockton from 8.25 percent to 9 percent will raise about $300 million over 10 years and allow the city to move on with restructuring its finances and hire more than 100 additional police officers. . . . Some 52.5 percent of voters approved the measure compared to 47.5 percent who opposed it, results showed.
SAN BERDOO: Change in cast ahead for San Bernardino City Council [Jim Steinberg & Ryan Hagen @ SBSun] - "Voters recalled 7th Ward City Councilwoman Wendy McCammack Tuesday night in an election that also saw incumbent Councilman Robert Jenkins go down to defeat in the city’s 2nd Ward and Councilman John Valdivia fending off a recall attempt in his 3rd Ward. . . . City Attorney James F. Penman will be replaced by Gary Saenz, while McCammack’s seat will be filled by Jim Mulvihill."
AD55: Assembly candidate Ling Ling Chang easily won reelection to the Diamond Bar City Council.
WEST COVINA: Former Capitol staffer James Toma easily won election to the West Covina City Council. Keep an eye on James for higher office.
DONNELLY: From Seema Mehta's article covering Tim Donnelly's campaign announcement:
"We need to make California the sexiest place to do business," Donnelly, who is among the most frequent and inflammatory speakers on the Assembly floor, says in a campaign video released Tuesday. "Because right now the only thing sexy to me in California is my wife."
Here's Donnelly's new campaign video.
CD25 (Santa Clarita): Strickland Considering Run in 25th if McKeon Retires
$$$: Could a recession be coming? [Ali Velshi @ Al Jazeera America]
VA: Why Terry McAuliffe Barely Won [Jomes Hohmann @ Politico] - was interesting to watch local news last night as it looked like Cucinelli might pull off the upset.
BROKEN: Sorry for the bad link to the Nadia Davis Lockyer story yesterday. Here is the correct one.
IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT . . . Mexican Coke Is Ditching Cane Sugar For High-Fructose Corn Syrup
YESTERDAY'S QUESTION: Speaking of Assembly Fellows, the Senate's corresponding program was renamed for a period of time. What was it renamed to and why?
YESTERDAY'S ANSWER: The Senate's program was called "Senate Associates" under Bill Lockyer's reign as Pro Tem, as the term "fellows" was not seen as to promote gender equality.
TODAY'S QUESTION: Which statewide constitutional officers were included in the 1849 constitution, and when were the others added?
#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Alan Dechert, Assemblymember Jeff Gorell, Noah Finneburgh, Jason Kinney, and Senator Richard Roth!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Retiree health care fund measure leading in S.F.
The measure, authored by Supervisor Mark Farrell, won widespread support at City Hall because it doesn't increase employee contributions to the health care fund or pass the cost on to taxpayers. Farrell said its popularity stemmed from it fixing "one fatal flaw" of 2008's voter-approved Proposition B. That measure required city workers hired after 2009 to pay 2 percent of their salary to retiree health care and for the city to kick in another 1 percent. Union leadership said questions over retiree health care should be settled at the bargaining table, not the ballot box.
Republican Tim Donnelly formally announces bid for California governor
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Republican Tim Donnelly formally announced his candidacy for California governor Tuesday, criticizing incumbent Jerry Brown for his law enforcement and economic policies and promising to campaign on a platform of lowering taxes.
Tim Donnelly Campaign Video Shows Apocalyptic View Of State
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
Newly minted gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly , known for being among the most frequent and inflammatory speakers on the Assembly floor, released an eye-popping campaign video to coincide with his announcement Tuesday that he plans to run for the state’s top office.
Dan Walters Daily
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
Republican gubernatorial candidates Tim Donnelly and Abel Maldonado
Heritage's Jim Demint, In Silicon Valley, Trashes Health Law And Defends Shutdown
"This law, Obamacare, is emblematic; it is the poster child of progressivism," Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint told the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley. "It's not about good health care, it's about control. That's what progressivism is all about: 'I can help you, but only if I control your life.'"
Union Sues L.A. County Over Social Worker Staffing
Abby Sewell @ latimes.com
The union representing Los Angeles County social workers filed a lawsuit Tuesday to force the county to reduce case loads. Service Employees International Union Local 721 -- which represents about 55,000 county employees -- alleged in the suit that the county had ignored a directive issued by an arbitrator last year to reduce the social worker-to-child ratios in the Compton office of the county child welfare department.
S.F. voters supporting prescription drug measure
San Francisco voters on Tuesday gave overwhelming early support to Proposition D, a purely advisory measure that calls on city officials to find ways to lower the cost of prescription drugs. D read, "Shall it be city policy to use all available opportunities to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and to ask state and federal representatives to sponsor legislation to reduce drug prices paid by the government?" The city spends $23 million annually on prescription drugs for cancer patients, AIDS patients and others, but the Board of Supervisors doesn't know how much money is spent on which drugs because the Department of Public Health has confidentiality agreements with drug distributors.
Sacramento City Council Votes To Place Strong-mayor Measure On Ballot
Ryan Lillis @ sacbee.com
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said that it's troubling to think that children don't have the type of health care coverage that he had growing up because of his mother's job during a Covered California press conference at Sacramento City Hall on Monday, October 7, 2013.
In tight race, Virginia elects Democrat McAuliffe governor
Evan Halper @ latimes.com
HERNDON, Va. – Democrats took the governor’s office in Virginia late Tuesday, as longtime party insider Terry McAuliffe outpaced his socially conservative rival in an election that raged with national arguments about the federal government shutdown and the rocky unveiling of the Obamacare health insurance program.
S.F. voters approve prescription drug measure
D read, "Shall it be city policy to use all available opportunities to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and to ask state and federal representatives to sponsor legislation to reduce drug prices paid by the government?" [...] supporters of the measure - the first of its kind in the nation - said the proposition would make residents aware of an important issue: the secretive, arbitrary way that pharmaceutical companies set drug prices. The city spends $23 million annually on prescription drugs for cancer patients, AIDS patients and others, but the Board of Supervisors doesn't know how much money is spent on which drugs because the Department of Public Health has confidentiality agreements with drug distributors.
Video: Anti-fracking protesters dog Jerry Brown
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown endures the occasional protest at the California Capitol, but he has largely avoided the inconvenience of any heckling-from-the-sidewalk, traveling demonstrations for nearly three years.
State Fines 86 Officials For Not Reporting Gifts From Firm Involved In Oxnard Case
Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
The Fair Political Practices Commission discovered that 205 government officials around the state failed to properly report gifts from the same companies involved in an Oxnard case.
Cal State Trustees Committee Approves $4.6-billion Budget Plan
Carla Rivera @ latimes.com
The budget, which the full board will vote on Wednesday, seeks more state funding to boost enrollment and add faculty
8 Washington condo project losing big in S.F.
By voting "no" on Proposition C, voters would overturn the Board of Supervisors' June 2012 decision to grant the 8 Washington project an exemption to the city's 84-foot waterfront height limit. The vote ends, at least for now, a seven-year struggle to develop the 3.2-acre site, which is made up of a surface parking lot owned by the Port of San Francisco and a private swim and tennis club that has agreed to sell its property to developer Simon Snellgrove and his Pacific Waterfront Partners. The effort, which included community meetings, long discussions with representatives of the port and the city, an environmental impact report and heated hearings before the City Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors, was capped in June 2012 when the board approved the 8 Washington project on an 8-3 vote, with Supervisors David Chiu, John Avalos and David Campos opposed. Calling the project a "wall on the waterfront," opponents of the development, working with environmental groups and neighborhood organizations, charged it was the first step toward turning the city's waterfront into an exclusive haven for the wealthy, with high-rises lining the Embarcadero. Supporters of the project, including Mayor Ed Lee, former Mayor Gavin Newsom, city planning groups and construction trade unions, argued that the deal worked out with the developer not only would replace the existing parking lot and fenced-off athletic club with a modern development that has public open space and ground-level shops and restaurants, but also provide the city and the port with much-needed money for other projects.
State Unemployment Insurance Programs In Disrepair, Report Says
Ricardo Lopez @ latimes.com
A report released Tuesday by the National Employment Law Project blames chronic underfunding by the federal government for problems with states' unemployment insurance programs that include extensive backlogs and outdated, unreliable systems.
8 Washington condo project loses big in S.F.
Voters Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a referendum that would have allowed construction of a high-rise waterfront residential development, forcing the developers to rethink or redesign their plans to build 134 luxury condominiums along the Embarcadero.
Jerry Brown Gets A Challenger For 2014
Seema Mehta and Anthony York @ latimes.com
It’s official: Gov. Jerry Brown has a Republican challenger for 2014.
Obama: 'Proud' of Ill. same-sex law
Jennifer Epstein @ politico.com
He commends Illinois lawmakers for voting to become the 15th state to legalize gay marriage.
Elections nationwide will choose governors, mayors -- and will northern Colorado secede?
Thomas Beaumont @ mercurynews.com
Big judgments about the direction of the country will have to wait on this Election Day as voters around the country express opinions on a couple of governors' races, several mayoral races and a host of local issues.
California Lawmakers Accepting Raises As Budget Picture Brightens
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
California lawmakers are getting their first pay raise in six years next month, and unlike previous increases, only a handful are turning down the larger paycheck.
49ers season-ticket holders can buy their seats
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @ sfgate.com
The Santa Clara-bound 49ers are winding up their stay at Candlestick Park with a "unique opportunity" for their season-ticket holders to buy their old stadium seats for $649 a pair.