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THE NOONER for December 6, 2013
Good morning from San Francisco, where I'm speaking this morning to college faculty and staff before heading to Sandy Eggo for the California School Boards Association convention. Thus, it'll be a quickie Nooner this chilly Friday morning. Fortunately, we have an early Capitol Connection podcast to listen to. Anthony and John talk the 2014 polls released today.
MONEY MATTERS: FPPC asks Kevin de León about Latino Caucus contribution to Calderon group [Laurel Rosenhall @ SacBee] - "The state's Fair Political Practices Commission today sent [Kevin] de León a letter saying it may initiate an investigation into the contribution. The FPPC is exploring whether it constituted a payment made at the behest of a government official, which has to be reported under California law. De León's chief of staff said the senator helped mediate the chairmanship fight but was not involved in any financial transactions."
AD10 (Marin-Petaluma): Santa Rosa Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom 'taking a look' at Assembly seat [Derek Moore @ SRPD] - "Santa Rosa Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom, who until recently was a candidate for state Senate, now is weighing a bid for the 10th District Assembly seat held by Marc Levine. "It's something I'm taking a look at, but I'm not ready to make any announcements," Carlstrom said this week."
THE BENCH: The governor made 18 judicial appointments yesterday to a variety of superior courts.
AB 1266 REFERENDUM UPDATE:
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Stuart Waldman!
Have a great weekend, and stay warm!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Kentucky's Governor Visits Capitol Hill To Praise Healthcare Law
Michael A. Memoli @ latimes.com
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear meets with fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill to discuss President Obama's healthcare law.
Special Election For State Senate Seat Set For March 25
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday called a special election for March 25 to fill a vacancy in the state Senate created when Republican Sen. Bill Emmerson of Redlands abruptly resigned effective Dec. 1.
Realtors Give $500k To California Dems As Short-sale Dispute Ends
Jim Miller @ blogs.sacbee.com
The California Association of Realtors' political action committee gave $500,000 to the state Democratic Party the day before the Democrat-dominated Franchise Tax Board effectively resolved a months-long legislative fight over the state's tax treatment of short sales.
Jerry Brown Is The Only One Who Can Upend His Re-Election
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Two statewide polls told us this week that thereâs probably just one person who could thwart Gov. Jerry Brownâs bid for a historic fourth term next year. And thatâs Jerry Brown.
Have Voters Forgotten Who Abel Maldonado Is? - Politics Blog
FPPC Asks Kevin De León About Latino Caucus Contribution To Calderon Group
Laurel Rosenhall @ blogs.sacbee.com
California's political watchdog agency is asking state Sen. Kevin de León for more information about a $25,000 contribution the Legislature's Latino Caucus made to a nonprofit group run by former Assemblyman Tom Calderon.
Californians' approval rate of Legislature rises dramatically
Thomas Peele Contra Costa Times @ insidebayarea.com
The legislature received a 40 percent approval rating, its highest grade in the last 19 polls. That 44 percent of the voters still disapprove of the lawmakers' performance is a far lower number than just three years ago, when 80 percent gave legislators a thumbs down.
Sacramento: High-Speed Rail Officials Say Plan Is On Schedule
JULIET WILLIAMS @ fresnobee.com
California high-speed rail officials sought to allay concerns about the future of the project Thursday after a series of legal and regulatory rulings that appear to jeopardize some parts of the $68 billion plan.
A National First: Sebastopol Picks Pot Dispensary Owner As Mayor - Politics Blog
Here's another marijuana-in-politics first: A marijuana activist is now mayor of a city. This week, the Sebastopol City Council selected Robert Jacob -- the founder and executive director of Peace ...
CalPERS sets knowledge standards for board members
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
California’s largest public pension and health care administrator wants its leaders to possess ‘core competencies.’
8th Lawmaker on Maui Junket Identified
A Central Valley Republican legislator becomes the eighth state lawmaker to confirm participation in a special interest-funded junket to Maui.
Unions Challenge DWP Contract
David Zahniser @ latimes.com
A labor coalition says it may sue over the DWP's contract with the city because a provision would require workers who transfer to the utility to make up the difference in pension costs.
Black Students Lagging In Admissions To University Of California| Reuters
Sharon Bernstein @ reuters.com
Black students have been admitted to the University of California at starkly lower rates since racial consideration was banned in public college admissions in the state, especially at the most prestigious campuses, a report showed on Thursday.
High-speed Rail Authority To Try Again To Get Bond Approval
Jessica Calefati @ mercurynews.com
Less than two weeks ago, a Sacramento judge denied the state's request to "validate" the sale of the bonds. The state sought this distinction to protect the California High-Speed Rail Authority from future lawsuits.
L.A. Sues Wells Fargo And Citigroup, Alleging Predatory Lending
Andrew Khouri @ latimes.com
The city of Los Angeles accused banking giants Wells Fargo & Co. and Citigroup Inc. of a “continuous pattern and practice” of mortgage discrimination that led to a wave of foreclosures, reduced property tax revenue and increased costs for city services.
Viewpoints: Five reasons why Jerry Brown makes sense as a presidential candidate
Bill Whalen @ sacbee.com
If it’s a spirited debate that Democrats crave for 2016, here’s a suggestion: Try to convince Jerry Brown to give the presidency one last try.
Obama Talks Up Obamacare, The Nsa And Pope Francis On Msnbc’s Hardball | Time.com
In an hour-long interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews held at American University in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama defended the improved Healthcare.gov site, played down concerns about NSA surveillance, and lavished praise on Pope Francis, Joe Biden and his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
California Legislature rises in estimation of voters
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
As surely as lobbyists can rely on finding work in Sacramento, Californians can be counted on to disapprove of their Legislature’s performance. But the level of skepticism toward state legislators appears to be ebbing as the state’s fiscal footing firms.
Capitol Connection Podcast: Polls Pushing To 2014 | News10.net
Zócalo Public Square :: What Makes Sriracha Stink
zocalo public square @ zocalopublicsquare.org
by Joe Mathews|December 5, 2013
Unemployment benefits loom in budget talks
PAUL WALDMAN @ politico.com
The top Democratic negotiator wants to extend unemployment benefits in the emerging fiscal deal.
Live chat Q&A: What new pension rulings mean for California
Sacramento Bee reporters Dale Kasler and Jon Ortiz answer questions about how recent rulings on pensions may affect Californians. Join them beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday.
Brown puts Mill Valley lawyer on S.F. Superior Court
Schulman, 56, of Mill Valley, a UC Berkeley Law School graduate, has practiced law since 1984, most recently as a partner and senior counsel in the San Francisco office of the international business law firm Crowell and Moring, where he has worked since 2009. In 2010, he represented the UC regents before the state Supreme Court in a successful defense of a California law allowing undocumented immigrants who attended high school in the state to pay the same tuition fees as other residents.