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THE NOONER for December 2, 2013
Happy Cyber Monday for you shoppers, and happy The Day After for The Walking Dead fans. Hope your tofurkey was delicious and your Black Friday bruises are on the mend.
GOT THE ITCH? If you start getting that Nooner itch at 11:30, you too can be part of the cool kids club that gets it a half hour early and take pride in supporting geeky coverage of California politics. For those of you who have already found said wisdom, the Nooner community thanks you.
THE READ: Over the weekend, I read Nick Bilton's Hatching Twitter, which is a great tale of the near-accidental creation of our 140-character world. The book provides a great understanding of the world of the start-up economy, and with a great deal of backstabbing and covert deal-making, strong similarities to the political world.
Tomorrow is the special election in to fill AD54, which Holly Mitchell left vacant when she left for SD26. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas is the clear favorite, although it is unclear whether he'll be able to clear 50%+1 to avoid a runoff in tomorrow's field, which has three Democrats and one write-in independent. If no candidate receives a majority of votes, the runoff would be February 4.
WILL OTHER SHOE DROP? FBI probe could have fallout for state Democrats [Don Thompson @ AP]
GOV: Kashkari Bets on U.S. Rescue to Fuel Challenge of Brown [James Nash & Michael B. Marois @ Bloomberg]
Who woulda thunk a Republican would be doing anything with TARP other than hiding beneath it?
CD31 (San Berdoo): Democrat asks state party to probe Inland Empire campaign [Jean Merl @ LAT] - Eloise Gomez Reyes "described how she had tried repeatedly to address local party clubs about her candidacy for a hotly contested congressional seat in the Inland Empire, only to learn four of those organizations had endorsed a rival, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar."
AD42 (Yucaipa-Palm Desert): Calif. 42nd Assembly District race a matter of opinion [Erica Felci @ Desert Sun]
AD44 (Ventura): I am getting more chatter about who is not running than who is.
MOVING ON: Phillip Ung will be leaving Common Cause at the end of the year and joining California Forward as Director of Public Affairs.
While some ridiculed California Forward for coming out of the gate too strong with unattainable ambitions, my observation is that it has been building a very strong team and its biggest plays in Golden State politics lie ahead.
LA-LA LAND: Wendy Greuel said to be nearing decision on race for Zev Yaroslavsky seat [Rick Orlov @ LADN] - "So far, the announced candidates include former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, West Hollywood Councilman John Duran and Malibu Councilwoman Pamela Conley Ulich. Former Santa Monica Councilman Bobby Shriver also has been said to be eyeing the position."
HANDS OFF MY JUNKET: Conway, Gorell Attended Annual Maui Junket [John Hrabe @ CalNewsroom]
BRINK: For Jurupa Valley, cityhood isn't what it expected [Rick Rojas @ LAT] - "City leaders in California's newest city, established in 2011, fear it could also be the first to disincorporate in decades."
$$$: $1M in police raises on San Bernardino City Council agenda[Ryan Hagen @ SBSun] - "Police salary increases mandated by the city charter will cause another million-dollar hit to the city’s budget once the City Council officially approves them today. Salaries for police and firefighters in San Bernardino are set as the average of what 10 like-sized California cities pay. That’s because of a requirement in the city’s charter known as Section 186, which according to the charter, can be changed only by a majority vote of residents but which has grown increasingly controversial as the city headed toward and then filed for bankruptcy."
DRAIN: Restore Yosemite? It can be done. [Dan Lungren and John Van de Kamp @ LAT]
CHEAPER THAN SF REAL ESTATE: Google plans 'floating retail store,' builder says [Matier and Ross @ SFChron]
AB 1266 REFERENDUM UPDATE:
LEG STAFFERS: No, don't expect this to get you out of precinct walking next year.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Retiree Health: Bigger Budget Bite Than Pensions? | Calpensions
The rapidly growing cost of state worker retiree health care, a more generous benefit than received by active state workers, soon could be taking a bigger bite out of the state general fund than pensions.
For Congress, Healthcare Plans Remain A Notch Above
Michael A. Memoli @ latimes.com
As Congress members sign up for health insurance under President Obama's healthcare law, they still get VIP treatment.
Kashkari Bets On U.S. Rescue To Fuel Challenge Of Brown
James Nash and Michael B. Marois @ bloomberg.com
Since Kashkari left his job running the global equities division at Pacific Investment Management Co. in January, he has signed up campaign advisers to Mitt Romney and John McCain, met with almost 700 potential donors from around the U.S. and sought policy advice on prisons, education and the economy from such Republican luminaries as former president Bush, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Ohio Governor John Kasich, ex-Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
Proposed State Ballot Measure Would Boost Car Tax To Improve Roads
Marc Lifsher @ latimes.com
A proposed 2014 California ballot measure would more than double the car tax to pay for road fixes and to boost mass transit.
Dan Walters Daily: Democrats push back on education funding plan
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
After backing the governor's plan for a new school funding formula, Democratic lawmakers are raising questions about how the money will be spent.
Jerry Brown Followed To Events, Heckled By California Environmentalists Over Fracking
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Environmentalists protest Gov. Jerry Brown’s position on natural gas fracking Sept. 13 in San Francisco.
Rosy Calif. Budget Projections Prompt Calls For New Spending - Capradio.org
Ben Adler @ capradio.org
Many California Democrats and progressive groups want to reinvest in programs devastated by years of budget cuts now that the stateâs revenue outlook has improved.
Political Blotter: Students will push lawmakers for oil-extraction tax
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
A student-led group that couldn't raise enough signatures to put an oil-extraction measure on the ballot will try its chances with the Legislature again; also, Sen. Barbara Boxer spars with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Editorial: Time to bring immigration reform to a vote
the Editorial Board @ sacbee.com
The House should schedule a vote on the bipartisan Senate immigration bill before they adjourn for the year.
4 CA Legislators on Maui Junket Identified
Nora Campos and Connie Conway participated in the annual Maui junkets that are funded by special interest groups. Now, 2 new legislators have been identified.
5 new things about President Obama
The man who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is more than just another celebrity, or the famous face behind the government's troubled health care website. Here are five new things about President Barack Obama:
Supreme Court declines to hear case on Obamacare's 'employer mandate'
David G. Savage @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court will not reconsider the part of President Obama’s healthcare law that requires employers to provide basic health insurance for their workers or pay a tax penalty.
Major Health Website Bugs Fixed, Officials Say, But More Work Needed
Noam N. Levey and Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
The Obama administration says it met its deadline to fix major problems on HealthCare.gov, but more repairs will be needed.
Google plans 'floating retail store,' builder says
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @ sfgate.com
In a confidential budget report we obtained, barge builder Turner Construction Co. says the idea is to construct the vessels at Treasure Island, then dock them in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Mirian Saez, Treasure Island Development Authority director of operations, says Google reps told her "this would be an important opportunity for the launching" of their Google Glass computer eyewear next year. Google needs a permit from the regional Bay Conservation and Development Commission to moor a barge for any length of time in the bay, and the idea of a floating retail store could put the project in very choppy political water. "A floating retail store that is not a bay-oriented enterprise would probably make a lot of jaws drop at a commission meeting," commission executive Larry Goldzband said when we told him of the newly surfaced Turner Construction document. When we asked Google whether it intends to use the barges as floating stores, company representatives replied in an e-mail saying only: "While we have explored many ideas in the past around the barges, our current plan, as we've stated before, is to use them as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology." According to the newly surfaced budget report, which was prepared at the start of the year, those sails alone cost $350,000. The fate of that planned pet columbarium at a North Beach church is up in the air, now that the volunteer behind the effort has been forced out over allegations he coerced an employee into having raunchy sex.
Technology Failures Grow All Too Common In Government Projects
Joseph Tanfani @ latimes.com
The federal healthcare website is only the latest government project to become an information technology disaster.
As Obamacare Website Relaunches, There's Reason To Hope
Michael Hiltzik @ latimes.com
Democrats and the healthcare industry haven't been vocal in defending the Affordable Care Act amid a GOP onslaught.
SCOTUS rejects health law challenge
DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN and PATRICK H. CADDELL @ politico.com
Court won't wade into Liberty University's challenge.
Thompson: Golden State's fate should be in Curry's hands
Marcus Thompson II @ mercurynews.com
Golden State Warriors beat NorCal rival Sacramento Kings because Stephen Curry took the big shots down the stretch, which is how it should be
White House Praises Gains on Health Site
The HealthCare.gov site appears easier to use for most people, but problems in the so-called back end systems that deliver consumer information to insurers still have not been fixed.
Happy New Year For Wayward Mountain Lions - Santa Cruz Sentinel
Joe Rodriguez @ santacruzsentinel.com
Hill sponsored Senate Bill 132, which goes into effect New Year's Day and authorizes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to work with rescue and other nongovernmental groups in capturing, tranquilizing or relocating the animals.
Feinstein, Rogers: We’re Not Safer From Terrorism
e bye, baby @ washingtonpost.com
The heads of the Senate and House intelligence committees said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the United States isn't safer from terrorism than it was one or two years ago.
Echoes Of Rodney King As Thomas Trial Begins - Voice Of Oc | Orange County's Nonprofit Investigative News Agency: Fullerton
TRACY WOOD @ voiceofoc.org
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