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THE NOONER for January 7, 2014
GOV: Spox Jennifer Kerns gets the nod to be Tim Donnelly's campaign manager. And, with it a new video introducing her role, which she proclaims is "freaking awesone." And, if you're wondering what Chappaquiddick has to do with the California governor's race, just watch. "World war II was started by Pearl Harbor. The war on women was started by consultants."
CD36 (Palm Desert): Former CA Lawmaker Ray Haynes Considering Run for Congress [John Hrabe @ CalNewsroom.com] - "It is rare that a Congressional seat comes up that is ripe for the taking by a Republican (especially here in California), and is occupied by a Democrat," [Ray] Haynes wrote in the email announcement. "I used to represent the western portion of that district, and I know its concerns well. More important, I believe it is a district that wants a conservative Republican as its representative."
PENALTY BOX: Embattled California Sen. Ron Calderon gets a solo seat - "When the Legislature [returned] from its recess later [yesterday], Calderon will be assigned to a seat in the chamber's southeastern corner, not the more centrally located desk he occupied last year, according to the latest Senate seating chart."
Meanwhile, Bill Monning was named as the new chair of Senate Insurance yesterday, replacing Calderon.
END OF YEAR LAUNDRY: To close out the year, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees doled out $34,000 checks to the county Democratic Central Committees in Del Norte, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Sacramento, Santa Barbara and Stanislaus. Somehow, I'm guessing that money will be used elsewhere, particularly in Del Norte, where it amounts to $7.99 per registered Democrat.
LA-LA-LAW AND ORDER: Sheriff Lee Baca is expected to announce his retirement today rather than face a contentious re-election.
LOCKED AND GOADED: Inglewood Flouts the Law: Locked Doors, Elevators Keep Citizens from Council Meeting [Randall Fleming @ CityWatch]
AB 1266 REFERENDUM UPDATE:
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Bera field director Kelly Fong-Rivas.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Donnelly Attacks Brown's Prison Policy, Names Campaign Manager
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly , in a video released Monday to introduce his campaign manager, blames Gov. Jerry Brown ’s prison policy for the rape and murder of a 76-year-old woman in Stockton, and argues that the governor’s attempts to reduce prison crowding amounted to a true “war on women.”
Yikes: Ca Tea Party Gov Candidate Tim Donnelly Video Links Chappaquiddick, Jerry Brown In "War On Women" Video
Carla Marinucci @ blog.sfgate.com
California GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly has released a video belittling the idea that Republicans are engaged in a âwar on womenâ â a video in which his campaign manager lists Gov. Jerry Brownâs âearly release of 10,000 felonsâ and âChappaquiddickâ as examples of a real war on women.
Labor Helps Jerry Brown Raise $1.7 Million In Final Week Of 2013
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown spent the final days of December posting one of his most profitable fundraising periods to date, collecting $1.7 million for his re-election campaign in the last week of the year, according to a campaign report filed over the weekend.
California attorney general clears pension-change ballot measure for signature-gathering
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued the official description of a controversial ballot measure late Monday, with language that displeased both the proposal’s author and its union opponents.
Jerry Brown's Cap-and-trade Proposal For High-speed Rail Said To Be $250 Million
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to use fees paid by carbon producers to help finance the state's high-speed rail project is expected to amount to $250 million next budget year, a sum that could provide a significant lift to the project but frustrate environmentalists already upset about the diversion of fees.
Donnelly Issues ‘willie Horton Ad’ Vs. Jerry Brown
By Josh Richman Monday, January 6th, 2014 at 10:34 am in 2014 primary, Gov. Jerry Brown, Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly.
Senate Leader Divvies Up Calderon Committee Posts
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
After state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon lost his committee posts amid an FBI probe, the Senate's leader proposed other senators get them.
U.S. healthcare spending growth remains low for fourth year
Noam N. Levey @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON — Soaring healthcare spending — which helped pave the way for President Obama’s health law — continued to moderate in 2012, the fourth year of a historic slowdown in how much the nation pays for medical treatment, according to a new government report.
Campaign 2014: Former CA Lawmaker Ray Haynes Considering Run for Congress
Former California state lawmaker Ray Haynes is considering a run for Congress. In the primary, he'll likely make an issue of Asm. Brian Nestande's controversial 2012 vote for the single sales factor.
Fracking Moratorium Urged By California Lawmakers
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
Reviving an issue that dominated the environmental agenda in 2013, California lawmakers are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to impose a moratorium on the controversial drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing.
Calif. lawmakers pledge fiscal prudence for budget
Juliet Williams @ customwire.ap.org
State lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday for the second half of their two-year session, one that is expected to be marked by conflicts over spending or saving a budget surplus that was unthinkable just a couple of years ago.
California Campaign Ethics Watchdog Marks Record Year
Christopher Cadelago @ blogs.sacbee.com
California's political ethics watchdog continued its proactive approach to enforcing the state's political reform act last year, with prosecutions of serious campaign cases and lobbying violations reaching record highs in 2013.
California 2014 Legislative Session Kicks Off With New Faces, Old Scandal
Jeremy B. White and Laurel Rosenhall @ sacbee.com
Newly sworn-in Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, D-Sherman Oaks, joins his colleagues in the Pledge of Allegiance as the Assembly opens its session Monday.
Appeals Court Upholds S.F. Plastic Bag Ban As Precedent - Sfgate
In the latest legal setback for plastic-bag makers, a state appeals court has issued a ruling upholding San Francisco's ban on single-use plastic bags as a precedent for future cases. A lawsuit by the industry-backed Save the Plastic Bag Coalition disputed San Francisco's stance that the city didn't have to do a formal environmental study before the law took effect because the ordinance was environmentally benign. The court also rejected the industry coalition's argument that the bag ordinance conflicts with a state law barring local regulation of "health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities."
Lawmaker Wants To Bar State From Aiding Spying Without Warrants
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO — Reports of the National Security Agency collecting data on millions of Americans has spurred one of the first state bills of the year in California, a measure that would prohibit state agencies from assisting federal spying and data collection without warrants.
The Buzz: Jerry Brown’s re-election campaign account swells as 2013 closes
the numbers @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown spent the final week of 2013 posting one of his most profitable fundraising periods, collecting $1.7 million for his re-election.
Edwatch 2014: Top 12 Education Issues In The New Year | Edsource Today
Jerry Brown May Be Getting Desperate On Bullet Train
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Jerry Brown may be getting desperate about keeping the stateâs increasingly unpopular â not to mention financially and legally challenged â bullet train project alive. Faced with a judgeâs insistence that the project follow the law about having its financial ducks lined up, Gov. Brown is now poised to shift money from the stateâs âcap-and-tradeâ fees on greenhouse-gas emissions into the bullet train.
Liz Cheney’s S.F. Ad Man ‘didn’t See It Coming’ - Politics Blog
Veteran San Francisco ad man Bob Gardner got a call from Liz Cheney on Monday with the surprising news that she was dropping her Republican U.S. Senate bid in Wyoming. And he'd be one of the first ...
Drought Prompts Deep Cuts In American River Flows
Matt Weiser @ sacbee.com
Aerial view of Folsom Lake looking north from Folsom Dam. Water-use restrictions are about to sweep the Sacramento region, in some cases the most severe in decades, due to ongoing drought conditions and low water in Folsom Lake.
Unemployment insurance extension clears first Senate hurdle
Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON — Legislation to resume long-term unemployment insurance for 1.3 million jobless Americans cleared a key hurdle Tuesday in the Senate, though it remained unclear whether it would ultimately pass the chamber or clear the House.
The State Workers’ Top 10: Furloughs affect leave cash outs
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
The numbers in a March report confirmed what common sense inferred: Furloughing state workers carried hidden long-term costs.