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THE NOONER for December 9, 2013
SANDY EGGO: Poll: Mayor’s race a dead heat [Craig Gustafson @ UTSD] - Kevin "Faulconer, a Republican, has a slight lead with support from 47 percent of likely voters compared to 46 percent for [David] Alvarez, a Democrat. Seven percent of voters remain undecided."
Meanwhile, Bob Filner will be sentenced today for the convictions arrising out of the harassment charges.
Also today, the recount requested by Susan Shelley in AD45 commences.
$$$: San Bernardino Police Get Second $1 Million Raise [Ed Mendel @ CalPensions] - "Following the city charter, a reluctant San Bernardino city council last week approved a police pay raise costing about $1 million, the second $1 million police salary increase since the city filed for bankruptcy last year. The four council members who voted for the 3 percent pay hike all criticized a city charter provision linking San Bernardino to the average police pay in 10 other cities, most much wealthier with higher per-capita income."
THE OTHER HALF: State, local governments take action on minimum wage [Don Lee @ LAT]
AB 1266 REFERENDUM UPDATE:
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Adam Gottlieb!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
With Budget Surpluses Looming, Will Capitol Politicians Create Reserve?
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
So if California isnât going to reform its tax system, as rejection of the Parsky commission report and the subsequent income tax hike imply, will it heed the advice of the commissionâs minority about reserves?
Lack of parking will block in 49ers on weeknight games
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @ sfgate.com
A lack of game-night parking has the 49ers putting the brakes on high-profile "Monday Night Football" games at their new, billion-dollar stadium in Santa Clara.
Neel Kashkari Seeks To Build Image As Republican "Fighting For The Poor"
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Kashkari, 40, is expected to join a small field of Republicans bidding to unseat Brown next year. None of them is well known to the electorate, according to a Field Poll last week, but Kashkariâs slate is the blankest of them all. His activities in recent months suggest the difficulties of a candidate who, lacking any record in elected office, must establish his political profile in one brief run-up to a campaign.
Senate Republican Leader Proposes Statewide Ban on Public Transit Strikes
Calling it an essential public service that must be protected, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) said today that it is time for the California Legislature to prohibit strikes against public transit systems in California. Senator Huff proposed the idea during an interview with Ronn Owens on KGO radio in San Francisco.
Dan Walters Daily: Legislature's rising popularity not its own doing
Alexei Koseff @ blogs.sacbee.com
The Legislature's once-dismal poll numbers are turning around, but that's simply a reflection of the state's economic health, Dan says.
Californians Deserve To Know How A Bullet Train Will Be Financed
George Skelton @ latimes.com
The California rail authority's chairman has some ideas, but we haven't heard from Gov. Brown.
Tensions Rise as Indiana Schools Chief and Governor Clash Over New Agency
In a public political fight, the top education official, an elected Democrat, has accused the Republican governor of undermining her office.
Ruling In Detroit Could Affect San Bernardino Bankruptcy Case
Ryan Hagen @ sbsun.com
A Detroit bankruptcy judgeâs decision that pensions can be cut in a bankruptcy case might increase the possibility that the same could be done here.
Covered California Gave Consumers' Contact Info To Agents
Chad Terhune @ latimes.com
Covered California shares consumers' contact data with agents to try to boost health insurance enrollment. Is it a breach of privacy?
San Bernardino Police Get Second $1 Million Raise
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
Following the city charter, a reluctant San Bernardino city council last week approved a police pay raise costing about $1 million, the second $1 million police salary increase since the city filed for bankruptcy last year.
$24.7B water plan unveiled by Calif. officials
California Water officials have released a draft copy of a $24.7 billion plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, in part by building two 30-mile tunnels to ensure stable water delivery to millions of Californians.
Political Blotter: Skinner will offer bill to protect unpaid interns
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner will offer a bill to protect unpaid interns from sexual harassment and other workplace discrimination; also, Gov. Jerry Brown appeals to President Barack Obama for additional aid for recovery from the Rim Fire.
Barnidge: Covered California Has Fared Better With Health Reform Than Obama
Tom Barnidge Contra Costa Times Columnist @ insidebayarea.com
Covered California, one of 16 state-run health insurance exchanges that administer the plan independent of the federal government, quietly has gone about finding coverage for thousands of uninsured clients.
UC needs to take a more realistic picture of its budget
Senator Anthony Cannella @ district12.cssrc.us
The claims UC makes for greater funding in order to freeze tuition gives me pause.
Lessons from Detroit; pension 'gut check' for IL Republicans
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Budget negotiators look at military pensions
MEGAN GARBER @ politico.com
Can savings from military pensions be part of the solution to avoid deeper cuts from defense next month?
Obamas, Bushes head for S. Africa; president will speak at Mandela memorial
Julie Pace @ mercurynews.com
President Barack Obama headed to South Africa on Monday to speak at a national memorial service for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. He was joined on Air Force One by former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Alexei Koseff @ blogs.sacbee.com
Whether the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is the solution to decades of conflict over California's water supply is heavily debated. But after seven years in the making, the environmental impact report for the project - which proposes construction of two enormous tunnels to divert freshwater from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south state - is finally ready for scrutiny.
Good News For Homeowners: Property Taxes Will Barely Go Up In 2014
Jessica Calefati @ mercurynews.com
Under the landmark tax-revolt measure passed in 1978, county tax officials can increase a home's assessed value each year by 2 percent or the inflation rate -- whichever is lower.
Senate Dems push Obama nominees, GOP bides time
Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.
State, Local Governments Take Action On Minimum Wage
Don Lee @ latimes.com
With Washington tied up on other issues, states and municipalities are handling minimum-wage increases on their own.
Sacramento, Calif.: A Decade After Firestorm, California Panel's Recommendations Have Mixed Record | Mct National News | Mcclatchy Dc
JIM MILLER @ mcclatchydc.com
The Blue Ribbon Fire Commission's subsequent 232-page report ranks among the state's most comprehensive looks at California's wildfire danger. Over the years, though, its more than 40 recommendations have met an uneven fate.