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THE NOONER for January 8, 2014

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  • CD08 (SB High Desert): added attorney Bob Conaway (D)
  • CD49 (Carlsbad): added businessman Dave Peiser (D)
  • AD27 (San Jose): added Anthony Macias (R)


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AB 1266 REFERENDUM: With 77.8% validity in Los Angeles, the AB 1266 (gender in schools) referendum moves forward to a full count with 482,582 projected valid signatures. It needed 479,522.

Just how close was it? Los Angeles only had 2 duplicates in the sample of 3,929. If there had been 5--6 dupes were found in the gaming compact referendum sample last year--AB 1266 referendum would have failed outright. Proponents, who still need a much better performance in full count to close a sample-projected gap of 22,178 to qualify, are exhaling big time with some luck in the sample.

The lawsuit compelling Mono and Tulare Counties to tabulate signatures submitted over the Veterans Day weekend was also worthwhile. Had the signatures in Tulare not been counted, the referendum would have failed outright without the 3,872 projected valid signatures in that county.

The measure is currently in effect, but would be suspended should the measure qualify in full count, in which it needs 504,760 valid signatures.

CD04 (Foothills): Walt Gray says he won't run for Congress [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee]

CD17 (Milpitas): From the not gonna happen department, Khanna challenges Honda to series of debates [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron]

CD35 (Ontario): Might Gloria Negrete McLeod run for San Berdoo county supervisor rather than reelection to Congress? If so, it could ease one of the nastiest Democratic primaries of 2014, by allowing Joe Baca to run in CD35 rather than against DCCC-fave Pete Aguilar and others in CD31.

Assemblymember Curt Hagman will be running for the nonpartisan supe seat, which is being vacated by two-term supervisor Gary Ovitt. A labor-backed ballot measure to cap supervisor salaries and benefits at $60,000 in 2012 passed easily, but was eclipsed by a pre-empted by a measure that kept the existing formula of using adjacent counties, with the exception of Los Angeles, which was removed. 

CD36 (Palm Desert): Ray Haynes ponders a run against Raul Ruiz [Jeff Horseman @ PE]

"Mr. Haynes, there is a Mr. Boehner for you on line 1."

AD04 (Solano-Yolo): Dan Wolk, who is running for Assembly in a tough primary with fellow Davis city councilmember Joe Krovoza, picked up the endorsement of Davis councilmember Lucas Frerichs (who is also legislative director for Assemblymember Rich Gordon) in his bid to succeed Mariko Yamada. Wolk previously was endorsed by councilmember Brett Lee. Yamada is supporting Napa County planning commisioner Matt Pope, and the fourth Democrat in the race is Napa supervisor Bill Dodd.

$$$: State income tax revenues stay up, beat projections in December [David Siders @ SacBee] - California income tax collections came in $1.6 billion, or 20 percent, above projections in December, the Legislative Analyst's Office said Tuesday, just days before the Brown administration releases its annual spending plan. December is a significant month for personal income tax payments by California's wealthiest taxpayers. Including that month, the nonpartisan analyst's office said revenue from personal income and corporation taxes were running $2.1 billion above projections so far this budget year."

UBER-FIGHT: Following the death of a San Francisco six-year-old by a driver for UberX, the Taxicab Paratransit Association of California is calling foul over the recent PUC regulations governing the fledgling transportation networks.

CVRA: Anaheim relents, will hold election on council districts [Paloma Esquivel @ LAT] - "The city of Anaheim will ask voters to decide in November whether to create electoral districts in order to settle a voting rights lawsuit that claimed Latinos were politically disadvantaged in the city’s at-large elections."

LAUSD: Schools to hold election to fill LaMotte seat [Howard Blume @ LAT]

FROM PAY-WALL TO PAY-FALL: The UT San Diego is suspending employer match for its 401(k) plan, and cites the cost of ObamaCare.

Congrats to Rudy Reyes, who is becoming Verizon's VP of Government Affairs for Californias, and to Mandy Lee, who picks up the VP of Government Affairs title at the California Retailers Association, where she has been a directror.

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Buchanan legislative aide Paula Villescaz.



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California Pension Reform Movement Clears One Hurdle
Dan Walters @
Two years ago, a campaign to overhaul public pensions in California was short-circuited when Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office issued a “title and summary” that was obviously slanted against the proposed ballot measure. Knowing that a large number of voters react to the brief descriptions of ballot measures, the measure’s sponsors backed away, thus handing their political foes – public employee unions – a cheap victory.

San Jose Mayor's California Pension Initiative Cleared, But Will It Make The Ballot?
It comes a day after Attorney General Kamala Harris issued the formal title and summary for the initiative, which would allow cities around California to renegotiate future pension and retirement benefits for public workers.

Dan Walters Daily: Legislative leaders break with budget tradition
Alexei Koseff @
Announcing their budget priorities before Gov. Jerry Brown presents his 2014-2015 budget was an unorthodox--and highly political--move by state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Dan says.

Jahi McMath case used as Consumer Watchdog fundraising tool
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @
The case of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl who was declared brain-dead after a tonsillectomy at Children's Hospital Oakland, is now the centerpiece of a political fundraising effort aimed at lifting California's $250,000 cap for pain and suffering awards in medical malpractice cases.

Unemployment Insurance Extension Clears First Senate Hurdle
Lisa Mascaro @
Legislation to provide long-term unemployment insurance for 1.3 million jobless Americans cleared a key hurdle in the Senate with a 60-37 vote.

Playing Games With A Rainy Day Fund? :: Fox&hounds
The news that Governor Jerry Brown will include a push for a rainy day fund in his budget proposal raises both hope and concerns. You see, there is already a rainy day fund proposal scheduled to appear on the November ballot. Will Brown support a strong rainy day fund measure or a weaker proposal than the proposition already scheduled to face voters?

Lawmakers Call On Gov. Jerry Brown To Halt Fracking In California
Melanie Mason @
SACRAMENTO -- Calling a recent bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in California insufficient, a group of lawmakers are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to halt the oil and gas extraction method.

First Lady To Hit S.F. On Fundraising Swing
Carla Marinucci @
Just two months after President Obama raised millions in San Francisco for his party’s candidates, Michelle Obama will make her own visit to the Democratic ATM for some January fundraisers.

Anaheim Relents, Will Hold Election On Council Districts
Paloma Esquivel @
The city of Anaheim will ask voters to decide in November whether to create electoral districts in order to settle a voting rights lawsuit that claimed Latinos were politically disadvantaged in the city’s at-large elections.

Bay Area legislator proposes ending health benefits for former part-time politicians
Thomas Peele @
Responding to an investigation by this newspaper, Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, introduced legislation Tuesday to ban future part-time elected officials from receiving taxpayer-funded health insurance after they leave office.

Obituary: CalPERS executive Tom Elkin, 71, forced health care costs lower
Tom Elkin, a visionary California Public Employees’ Retirement System executive who was widely credited with forcing health care providers to lower costs, died Dec. 16 of multiple myeloma, his family said.

Assemblywoman Connie Conway Planning To Tie The Knot
Christopher Cadelago @
Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway might be losing her seat at the end of the legislative session because of term limits. But she's gaining something else entirely: a husband.

Mayors cleared to get pension reform signatures
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and four other California mayors have been cleared to start gathering signatures to get their proposed statewide pension reform initiative on voter ballots in November.

California Sees Big Tax Boost In December
Chris Megerian @
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown received more good news Tuesday as he prepared to release his new budget proposal, due at the end of the week.

State Income Tax Revenues Stay Up, Beat Projections In December
David Siders @
California income tax collections came in $1.6 billion, or 20 percent, above projections in December, the Legislative Analyst's Office said Tuesday, just days before the Brown administration releases its annual spending plan.

Anaheim to vote on electoral changes after lawsuit
The city of Anaheim has approved a settlement in a voting-rights lawsuit challenging its citywide council elections.

California Senate Democrats call for universal pre-kindergarten
Jim Miller @
Declaring it a caucus priority for coming budget talks, Senate Democrats have introduced legislation that would make all four-year-olds eligible for pre-kindergarten classes.

Obama: Unemployed Aren't 'lazy,' They Just Need A Hand
Christi Parsons @
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Tuesday urged members of Congress to extend unemployment benefits for Americans who have been out of work for a long time, arguing that those unemployed are “not lazy” but victims of the country’s economic crisis.

Parents Of Andy Lopez Add New Allegations To Lawsuit | The Press Democrat
In a 20-page filed document, Rodrigo and Sujey Lopez allege that Deputy Gelhaus had a history of excessive force.

Sacramento’s Catholic Bishop Asks People To Pray For Rain
Bill Lindelof @
Bishop Jaime Soto offered a simple prayer for Catholics that will be sent to parishes this weekend.

New Bill Targets Underreporting Of Sexual Assaults At State Colleges
Melanie Mason @
SACRAMENTO -- A new bill introduced Monday would impose new reporting requirements for crimes occurring at colleges and universities, a response to reports that several California schools did not fully disclose on-campus sexual assaults.