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THE NOONER for November 12, 2013

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  • LT GOV: added Eric Korevaar (D)
  • BOE4: added tax preparer Nader Shahatit (D)
  • AD62 (Inglewood): added Ted Grose (R)

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SD23: Assemblymember Mike Morell will run in the special election to replace Senator Bill Emmerson, who announced his December 1 resignation on Friday.

Sen. Calderon criticizes foe for calling for his resignation [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT]:

"It is outrageous in a democratic society for Cristina Garcia, an elected official, to trample on the Constitution by making a mockery of the presumption of innocence, a fundamental right, and seek political gain by embracing the criminal acts of media outlets that violate federal law by revealing the contents of sealed federal documents," Calderon said in a statement.

"I would suggest that Assemblywoman Garcia would best serve her constituents by reviewing her notes from her 8th grade civics class," Calderon added.

Senate Rules Committee meets at 1pm today to consider stripping Calderon of his committee assignments.

POLL POSITION: USC/Dornsife is out with a new poll today, which Anthony York writes up.

  • California: 37% right direction, 49% wrong track
  • Jerry Brown job approval: 55% approve, 33% disapprove
  • Re-elect Jerry Brown? 34% re-elect, 37% someone else

Also, Cathleen Decker looks at the demographic challenge for the California GOP: Poll shows Republicans losing ethnicity, age battle in California [Cathleen Decker @ LAT]

ANOTHER BANKRUPTCY? Desert Hot Springs faces $3M shortfall [Reza Gostar @ Desert Sun]

Tim Donnelly Proves There Is a God [Joe Mathews @ Fox & Hounds]

Climbing to the Top of the Economic Summit [Joel Fox @ Fox & Hounds]

Amazon, U.S. Postal Service Deliver on Sundays [Jennifer Wang @ OCR]

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Brown's Solid Approval Rating May Not Translate Into Votes
Anthony York @
Only 32% of respondents say they are inclined to vote for Jerry Brown if he seeks a fourth term as California's governor.

No Ceasefire In CalPERS War With San Bernardino
Ed Mendel @
CalPERS made two court filings last month after the San Bernardino city council approved a confidential draft of a plan to exit bankruptcy, as if stepping up opposition in reaction to something in the plan.

It's 'Aloha, Maui' For California Lawmakers
Jeremy B. White @
The weather is cooling in Sacramento, but a warmer climate beckons for a group California lawmakers headed to Hawaii this week.

Now That’s A Raffle Prize: An Sf Meeting — Maybe Even A Fist Bump — With President Obama - Politics Blog
Well, it's not a Dream House or a new Tesla, but folks are hoping that the chance to fly to San Francisco and meet President Barack Obama is enough of a draw to raise some big bucks i...

Lawmakers: Don't Ignore Foster Youth In Funding Law Debates
Susan Frey @
Senate and Assembly leaders are calling on state education officials to ensure that foster children receive their fair share under the state’s new funding formula in a letter delivered to the State Board of Education and the California Department of Education last week.

Ballot Measure Money Not Political Under Irs Loophole |

Amid Calderon Investigation, Lawmakers Brace For Backlash Over Film Tax Credit
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Assemblyman Morrell Plans Run For Senate Seat
Patrick McGreevy @
Emmerson, a Republican from Redlands, abruptly announced Friday that he is quitting because his passion for the job has waned.

California's Unemployment Insurance Deficit Shrinking Slowly
Dan Walters @
Although California's once-dismal employment picture is slowly improving, the state's Unemployment Insurance Fund is not only plagued by digital glitches, but is still paying out more in benefits than employers are paying into the UIF in taxes, according to a new report from the state Department of Employment Development.

Warriors' S.F. Arena Plan Shrinks Again
John Cote @
It's lower, slimmer and greener - and still facing a fight. As opponents vow to put the Golden State Warriors' plans for an 18,000-seat waterfront arena in San Francisco on the ballot, the team has put its design on a diet.

California's 'Realignment' Of Some Felons Gets Mixed Reaction
Dan Walters @
California's "realignment" of responsibilities for handling felons deemed to present little threat to the public is getting a decidedly mixed reaction from local law enforcement and judicial officials who are most intimately involved, according to a series of interviews conducted by the Stanford University Criminal Justice Center.

Aids Healthcare Group Takes New Approach To City's Health Services
Abby Sewell @
Foundation urges City Council to create a citizens' commission on county contracts and health policy.

NJ Hedge Fund Prez Bankrolls Anti-AB 1266 Effort
Josh Richman @
A hedge-fund manager from New Jersey has contributed another $50,000 to the campaign to repeal California’s new law that gives transgender K-12 students rights such as access to the restrooms and locker rooms that they choose.

Bill Clinton Urges Obama to Yield on Health Law
Former President Bill Clinton joined the intensifying criticism of the botched health care rollout, urging President Obama to allow all Americans to keep their current health insurance plan.

Lawmakers weigh action against embattled senator
Don Thompson @
Lawmakers are meeting Tuesday to consider stripping committee assignments from a state senator targeted in a long-running FBI investigation.

Extremely close Virginia race once again highlights election errors
David Lauter @
WASHINGTON – An overlooked voting machine, a fight over rules, faulty counts – the almost-impossibly close race for attorney general in Virginia once again has highlighted the errors that slip into U.S. elections.

New State Computer System Tied To Housing Agency's Work Backlog
Jon Ortiz @
Another key state computer system designed to boost efficiency has run into trouble, this time drawing complaints that the California agency investigating discrimination claims has seen a decline in the speed and quality of its work.

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Better Together: A Case To Combine Implementing Common Core And New Funding Formula | Edsource Today
Today, with the worst of the budget cuts behind us and two new state policies promoting more local autonomy over financial and programmatic decision-making, we are entering a new era with the potential to revitalize public education.

Frank Keating Of Banking Group Urges GOP To Support Immigration Bill
Jim Puzzanghera @
Frank Keating, head of the American Bankers Assn., calls the immigration reform legislation the 'most Republican of causes.'

California's Growing Latino Population Presents Challenge For Republicans On Immigration Issue
Brana Vlasic @
The House’s failure to pass immigration reform could create political trouble for a growing number of Republican representatives from districts with sharply rising Latino and Asian populations.

The Buzz: Member of California Assembly to run for soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat
Dan Walters and Jim Miller @
Republican state Sen. Bill Emmerson’s surprise announcement Friday that he was resigning Dec. 1 has created an unexpected opportunity for would-be senators.

Did Obama Lie About Healthcare Reform Or Just Omit A Crucial Detail?
David Lazarus @
Either way, President Obama apologized to people whose insurance was canceled despite his repeated assurances they could keep it.

Possible candidates eye soon-to-be vacant CA Senate seat
Jim Miller @
State Sen. Bill Emmerson's surprise announcement that he was resigning effective Dec. 1 has created an unexpected opportunity for would-be senators.