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THE NOONER for December 17, 2013
TWEET DU JOUR: @vanillaice - "I've seen some people so stressed out that they forget to enjoy the holidays. 'Stop collaborate and listen'"
1-800-426-1112: Jerry Brown, urged to run for president, won't rule out 2016 bid
Speaking of that pay, the State Controller released new city and county salary data yesterday.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Debra Bowen tweeted this yesterday "Voter turnout in recent #AD45 #AD52 #SD26 #AD54 special legislative elections all under 12% http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/r.html?s=n&l=http://bit.ly/H1T80f."
LICK YOUR LIPS, CONSULTANTS: An initiative was submitted for title and summary to require teacher layoffs to be based on performance rather than seniority. The named proponent is former Schwarzenegger communications guru and GOP consultant Matt David. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley investor Tom Steyer is promising to take an oil severance tax to next year's ballot.
AB 1266 REFERENDUM UPDATE: With significantly higher validity rates in Riverside and Santa Clara counties than expected, AB 1266 referendum will move to a full count if 77.1% of the signatures in the remaining 13 counties (Tulare has no signatures) are deemed valid. t's going to be damn close, and Los Angeles, San Berdoo and Sandy Eggo will be key.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Steve Knight and LBUSD candidate Uduak Ntuk.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Gov. Jerry Brown Opposes Government-Imposed Standards For Schools
Anthony York @ latimes.com
In an on-stage interview, the California governor says some educational experiences can't be captured in standardized testing.
Obama To Meet With Silicon Valley Tech Stars Tuesday On Health Care, NSA
Carla Marinucci @ blog.sfgate.com
President Obama will convene a meeting Tuesday to discuss the bungled health care rollout, National Security Agency surveillance and other tech-related issues with Silicon Valley tech stars includi...
Billionaire Tom Steyer to push California lawmakers for oil-extraction tax
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
Tom Steyer, a Bay Area hedge fund billionaire with two ballot-measure victories under his belt, is launching a public education campaign to pressure California's lawmakers to enact an oil-extraction tax.
Jerry Brown On California Health Care Roll-out: 'Satisfaction Would Be Too Strong A Word'
Emma Green @ theatlantic.com
As states rolled out new marketplaces for buying health care insurance this fall, California got mixed reviews. The state's administration bragged that enrollment numbers are high, indicating that it would hit its target for getting people signed up for insurance in 2013. But over the last several weeks, reporters have wondered whether low enrollment among the state's Latinos portends bad news to come: The Hispanic population is one of the youngest and least-covered in the country, and both the White House and California's state governments were eager to see high enrollment numbers among that group.
New Campaign For A California Oil Extraction Tax Underway
Phil Willon @ latimes.com
San Francisco Bay Area hedge fund manager Tom Steyer on Monday launched a statewide campaign, aimed at prompting action by state lawmakers, to impose a new extraction tax on oil produced in California.
Union to begin voting this week on UC contract
A union representing more than 12,000 researchers, technical employees and health care professionals for the University of California is expected to vote this week on a contract that would provide wage increases and retain retirement benefits.
New Report Gives Access To California Local Government Pay
Dan Walters @ blogs.sacbee.com
California's highest paid city employee last year was the city manager of Buena Park, who was paid $545,394 in 2012, according to the latest compilation of local salary data by state Controller John Chiang's office.
Budget deal clears key Senate vote
Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan budget deal that reduces the risk of a government shutdown cleared a key vote Tuesday in the Senate as Republicans joined Democrats to boost the bill toward final passage.
SD Water War Moves To Court
Michael Gardner @ utsandiego.com
A judge will hear arguments on Tuesday to determine whether the Metropolitan Water District overcharges the San Diego County Water Authority by millions of dollars every year and in doing so subsidizes cheaper rates for users across the rest of Southern California.
Obama To Meet With High-Tech CEOs On Healthcare.gov, NSA
Juliet Eilperin @ washingtonpost.com
President Obama will meet Tuesday with some of the nation's leading high-tech executives to discuss how to improve HealthCare.gov and the federal IT contracting system, along with his administration's approach to national security, a White House official said.
Billionaire to push California lawmakers for oil tax
Juliet Williams @ mercurynews.com
Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer said Monday that he will launch a campaign next year urging California lawmakers to approve taxes on companies that extract oil in the state.
Jerry Brown 'Haunted' By High School Test Question About A Leaf
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown has made his displeasure with standardized school tests plain any number of times since taking office in 2011. On Monday, by way of explanation, he offered his story about a leaf.
Jerry Brown, urged to run for president, won't rule out 2016 bid
Mark Z. Barabak @ latimes.com
If he weren’t the nation’s oldest governor, a ripe 75, Jerry Brown would automatically be counted among serious Democratic candidates for president in 2016.
Senate vote means budget plan has bipartisan support
The Senate sent a clear message that the two-year bipartisan budget plan has strong bipartisan support, as it voted Tuesday 67 to 33 to remove a key hurdle to its passage.
Bill Lockyer Has A New Private-sector Job
Josh Richman @ ibabuzz.com
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has joined the Orange County office of an international law firm, where heâll practice law part-time until his term in office ends in January 2015.
California Controller John Chiang releases new county, city pay data
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
California Controller John Chiang issues city and county salary data for 2012.
California Agrees To Set Minimum Terms For Murderers
Paige St. John @ latimes.com
Facing allegations that California keeps convicted murderers and others serving life-with-parole terms in prison an excessive time, the state has agreed to set initial minimum sentences for those inmates.
Brown Praises Calif. Obamacare Rollout, Credits Prop 25 For Budget Health
Ben Adler @ capradio.org
Speaking at an event in Silicon Valley Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared California's Affordable Care Act rollout to be going "better" than the national effort and said the federal government should follow his state's budget strategy.
Redevelopment, CEQA Reform Are Intertwined Issues For 2014
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Seemingly, devising a replacement for redevelopment and overhauling the California Environmental Quality Act are two discrete legislative issues. They are, however, intertwined in that both were legislative agenda items that didnât bear fruit in 2013 and thus will be back in 2014, and that both potentially will impact how California evolves economically as it emerges from the worst recession since the Great Depression.
Senate Ends Budget Debate, Clearing Way for Passage
A bipartisan tax-and-spending plan cleared its final hurdle on Tuesday, with 67 senators voting to end debate on the measure and bring it to a final vote.
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer takes part-time job at Irvine law firm
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer will work part time with an international law firm, while serving out the final year of his term and ending his 46 years in politics.
Obama to talk health care with tech giants
JON RALSTON @ politico.com
The president will meet with tech company executives to discuss the health care website's progress.
Budget Deal Appears To Have Enough GOP Support To Clear Senate
Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
The Senate appears set to approve a budget deal after a handful of Republicans announce they will support the bill.