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THE NOONER for December 11, 2013
Morning...here's what I'm reading before engaging the arctic air for some exercise:
BLAND BARGAIN: Here's what’s in Paul Ryan and Patty Murray’s mini-budget deal [Ezra Klein @ WaPo]
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Perez: Next summer is 'natural transition point' for new speaker [Marc Lifsher and Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "'It's a natural transition point right after the budget is passed, the end of June, beginning of July,' Perez told the Los Angeles Times. 'You complete your obligation to get another on-time budget, then as each house is dealing with bills from the other house, you’ve got a new leader in place,' he said."
MONEY MATTERS: Controller posts a disappointing monthly cash report for November, but attributes it largely to late sales tax deposits because of Thanksgiving. I'm using that late Thanksgiving excuse for those late holiday cards and gifts as well.
CLOSING TIME: KPCC shifts priorities: Lays off three reporters and leaves Sacramento [Kevin Roderick @ LA Observed]
In Roderick's story, there's a golden nugget for Ben Adler and his team at Capital Public Radio: KPCC VP for Content Russ Stanton "said the station may put a staffer back in Sacramento in 2015 and will use reports from Capital Public Radio in the meantime."
OCCUPY: Three Who Are Making A Difference [Tony Quinn @ Fox and Hounds] - "Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo), Sen. Anthony Canella (R-Ceres) and Sen. Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) all hold “borrowed districts”; that is seats that are mostly Democratic. President Obama carried all their districts in both 2008 and 2012, as did Gov. Brown in 2010, and each won with less than 55 percent in their most recent elections."
AD40 (Redlands): Name being floated to run as a Democrat in the race to succeed Mike Morrell: Redlands Unified School District trustee Patty Holohan.
PINS AND PINE NEEDLES: The Field Poll finds that only 25% of California's registered voters support letting the north state counties secede to form the State of Jefferson.
In other news, only 2.5% could name any of the north state counties that want to secede . . .
TRIAL BY FIRE[FIGHTERS]: Recall papers served on three council members [Craig Schultz @ PE] - "Recall papers were served on Tuesday, Dec. 10, to three Hemet City Council members who last month voted to negotiate with the county for fire services. Robert Youssef, Larry Smith and Shellie Milne were served before the start of their meeting. Their vote last month to negotiate with Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department to contract out fire services would disband the city’s 108-year-old department."
NAUGHTY AND NICE: 2013's 13 Most Dangerous Californians [Laer Pierce @ Crazifornia] - #4 Mark Leno . . . #3 Tom Steyer . . . #2 Jerry Brown . . . #1 Kamala Harris
HOLIDAY WATCH LIST: 20 Movie Scenes That Rock [SFChron]
AB 1266 REFERENDUM UPDATE:
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tom Lawson and Tam Ma!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Surprisingly strong start for Tim Donnelly
Tim Donnelly is a Republican gubernatorial candidate, but the Tea Party darling acknowledges he's better known for founding an anti-immigration activist group and for being the legislator who tried to board a plane with a loaded gun. Surprising pollAmong the most surprising was a Public Policy Institute of California poll released last week that showed Donnelly - founder of an anti-illegal immigration activist group called the Minutemen - with a stronger showing among Latinos than former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, the son of Mexican immigrants. Donnelly has made few overt appeals to Latinos - besides forming a group that wanted to fence off the Mexican border, he opposes the Dream Act, which would create a path to citizenship for young people brought to the U.S. as children without documentation. Donnelly insists that issues like high-speed rail and Brown's signing of a bill giving transgender students the right to use the facilities of their choice in public schools "the single stupidest overreach of government I've ever seen" - are driving support from voters who never would have considered voting for a Tea Party candidate in the past. 'Conserva-tarian'Patrick Dorinson, a conservative radio talk show host, said Donnelly's campaign may gain traction against his more mainstream GOP rivals because "whatever you may think of Donnelly, you know where he stands." [...] he may be best positioned to push a conserva-tarian message, Dorinson said, which means emphasizing limited government, free markets and individual liberty while staying away from divisive cultural issues like abortion or same-sex marriage.
Sacramento Council Votes To Exempt Arena Project From Competitive-Bidding Requirements
Dale Kasler and Ryan Lillis @ sacbee.com
It will be several weeks before Sacramento knows if there will be a public vote on the proposed $258 million subsidy for the new downtown NBA arena. But on Tuesday, with cartons of petitions landing in City Hall and the mayor blasting his opponents, it felt as though the election campaign was well underway.
Poll: Donnelly Ahead Of Maldonado
Neil Nisperos @ dailybulletin.com
While Gov. Jerry Brown leads in recent voter polling over his expected run in the gubernatorial race next year, Inland Empire assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly is quick to point out his own position in a recent poll.
KPCC Shifts Priorities: Lays Off Three Reporters And Leaves Sacramento
Kevin Roderick @ laobserved.com
The staff at KPCC was told recently that two general assignment reporter slots are being eliminated and the Sacramento bureau closed. At least one of the affected staffers has been offered another job with the station. This comes as the station is negotiating with the newsroom union on the first contract since the staff voted in the union last January, and amid reports that recent fundraising has not gone as well as hoped. But at the same time, the newsroom is still hiring. Russ Stanton, the VP for content at KPCC, tells me the station is not in financial trouble but he acknowledges concern about "headwinds" ahead â including the added costs of lawyers for the union negotiations and paying for the contract when it goes into effect. He says the 95-person newsroom is continuing to grow. He said there have been eight new hires since October with a few more still to come this year, focused on beefing up health and environment coverage and adding to the digital and technology staff. KPCC last week unveiled a new app developed in-house.
Attorney General's Office Changed Press Release on Bob Filner's Voting Rights
The office of Attorney General Kamala Harris changed a press release on whether disgraced former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner retains his voting rights.
Mayor Johnson Goes After Anti-arena Subsidy Group
Ryan Lillis @ sacbee.com
As the campaign seeking a vote on Sacramento’s arena subsidy prepares to turn in its petitions, Mayor Kevin Johnson went on the offensive this morning, saying those behind the ballot measure “are not folks who have Sacramento’s best interests in mind.”
Policy Group Links Increased Auto Thefts To Prison Inmate Shifts
Paige St. John @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- A policy group says it has found "robust evidence" that increased property crimes in California, and auto thefts in particular, are tied to the state's shifted prison population.
San Jose Voters Likely To Decide Library Tax Ballot Measure, But Not Sales Tax Hike
The City Council voted unanimously to draft the library measure that could go before voters in either June or November 2014. A final council vote on the initiative is expected in February.
Realignment Has Reduced California Prison Population, But What About Other Effects?
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Two years ago, under intense pressure from federal judges to reduce overcrowding in state prisons, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature enacted “realignment,” diverting low-level felons into local jails, supervision and, it was hoped, rehabilitation.
Nurses Plan Protest Over Dignity Health Pension Cuts
Angry nurses will hold candlelight rallies Friday to protest what they say is a threat by Dignity Health to roll back monthly pension benefits for retirees by 30 percent in violation of a new contract signed three months ago.
Striking L.A. County Social Workers Arrested In Street Protest
Abby Sewell @ latimes.com
Seven people were arrested for sitting in the middle of a downtown street in an act of civil disobedience Tuesday at a protest by striking Los Angeles County social workers. County child-welfare workers, represented by Service Employees International Union Local 721, have been on strike since Thursday in a dispute over caseloads. On Tuesday, 1,710 social workers and supervisors in the Department of Children and Family Services took part in the strike -- 57% of those scheduled to work, county spokesman David Sommers said. They were joined by 264 clerical workers from DCFS and 316 workers from the county's Department of Public Social Services.
California Voters Like Their State Intact, Scorn Secession Talk, Poll Shows
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Mark Baird, owner of Buffalo Radio, raises the flag of the 1941 State of Jefferson secessionist movement outside the Yreka home of his FM radio stations, is trying to rally other counties to join in.
California Teacher Firing Fix Could Go Directly To Voters
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
An education advocacy group known for supporting charter schools is pushing a ballot initiative that would streamline the process for firing abusive teachers, after bills on the subject failed in back-to-back years.
Vidak and other San Joaquin Valley Legislators Urge Governor to Declare a Drought
Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) and a bipartisan coalition of San Joaquin Valley legislators today sent the following letter to Governor Jerry Brown urging him to issue a drought declaration for the upcoming year:
Dogs Relieve Finals Stress At Ucd, Sacramento State
Diana Lambert @ sacbee.com
Sacramento State student Lauren Osmonson gets some much needed stress relief from an Airedale named Ramona, as well as some extra credit for communication studies class. Student Health and Counseling Services teamed up with the campus Active Minds chapter and a local nonprofit, Lend a Heart Lend a Hand Animal-Assisted Therapy, to bring some furry stress relief to campus Tuesday for puppy therapy day at California State University, Sacramento.
Assembly Democrats Seeking To Spend Most Of California Surplus
Dan Walters @ blogs.sacbee.com
Mac Taylor, the Legislature's budget analyst, forecasts that without new spending, the state would end the year with a $5.6 billion surplus, thus indicating that the price tag for the Assembly's expansion plans would be at least several billion dollars.
Meningitis Case At UC Riverside Prompts Student Health Warning
Alicia Banks @ latimes.com
UC Riverside officials are in the process of notifying anyone on campus who may have had contact with a student advisor who was diagnosed with meningitis this past weekend.
Obama's approval ratings stabilize in latest poll
David Lauter @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- President Obama can’t yet claim to have turned a corner, but he does seem to have stopped a politically damaging slide in public approval for himself and his new healthcare law, new polling data indicate.
Gun Policy Debate Lines Politicians’ Pockets
By Josh Richman Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 at 10:24 am in gun control.
The Buzz: New EdVoice initiative takes on California teacher discipline process
An education advocacy group is pushing a ballot initiative that would streamline the process for firing abusive teachers, after two bills on the subject failed.
Fallout Of Scandal For Sheriff Lee Baca Is Unclear
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
In wake of the jail abuse scandal, Sheriff Baca's hopes for reelection could come down to how much voters really care about inmates.
Timm Herdt: Do The Poor Have It Easy? » Ventura County Star
Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
If a poor traveler cannot find an affordable room and the government provides a subsidy that allows her to spend a winter night in a stable, could it be said that she’s living on Easy Street?
Did Asm. Don Wagner Attend Union Sponsored Junket to Maui?
Did Republican Assemblyman Don Wagner attend a union-sponsored junket to Maui this past November?
State Tax Revenue Dips In November, Up For The Year
Marc Lifsher @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- California's tax revenue came in about 6% below forecasts in November, but state Controller John Chiang dismissed the drop as a fluke of the calendar.