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THE NOONER for January 13, 2014
RETIREMENT ALERT: Democratic Congressman George Miller (D-Martinez), who was first elected in 1974, will not be running for re-election in CD11. The seat is a Safe Democratic seat.
SD02 (North Coast): Chris Lehman (D) has dropped his State Senate bid and endorsed Sonoma Supe Mike McGuire.
Why is Jerry Brown Downlplaying California's Recovery? [Vauhini Vara @ The New Yorker]
MOVING MONEY: State leaders closely watch migrating millionaires [Kathleen Pender @ SFChron]
CAN WE TALK? California teacher pensions: Brown vows to start debate [Don Thompson @ AP] - Jerry Brown "said he will meet with the key players over the next year to create a plan for long-term solvency. The proposal, which he discussed Thursday as he released his annual budget blueprint, is likely to include higher contributions from teachers whose future pension checks might otherwise be in jeopardy."
HIGH HOPES? Issa heading to New Hampshire [Mark Walker @ UTSD] - "The Vista Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will address a joint session of the Concord Republican City and Merrimack County committees annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Monday, Feb. 17."
HOMESTRETCH: Tulare Republican Connie Conway: 'Lots to do' in last year in Assembly [John Ellis @ FresnoBee]
CD33 (LA Coast): Marianne Williamson's spiritual path into political realm [Jean Merl @ LAT] - Henry "Waxman is vulnerable, said [Garry] South, who lives in the district and is not working with any of the early candidates. But he said it would take another Democrat to defeat the congressman in the party stronghold. And Williamson recently re-registered with no party affiliation."
WRAP THOSE RASCALS: Chefs hate new law requiring them to wear gloves: 'It's terrible' [Betty Hallock @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that made changes to the California Retail Food Code in an effort to curtail foodborne illnesses, and those changes include a law that says 'food employees shall not contact exposed, ready-to-eat food with their bare hands.'"
SANDY EGGO: Poll: Faulconer leads Alvarez [Craig Gustafson @ UTSD] - Kevin "Faulconer had support from 53 percent of likely voters compared to 37 percent for [David] Alvarez while 10 percent of voters remain undecided as early voting begins Monday for the Feb. 11 runoff."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to lobbyist Doug White and apologies to Alex Rooker, who lit the candles on Saturday.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Jerry Brown Hits The Road For Post-budget Swing Inland
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Following the release of his new spending plan last week, Gov. Jerry Brown will hit the road Monday for a two-day swing through Fresno, Bakersfield and Riverside.
Brown "Committed" To Getting CalSTRS Rate Hike
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
A new state budget Gov. Brown proposed last week does not have a long-sought rate hike for CalSTRS, which is projected to run out of money in three decades. But the budget does call for talks with teachers, schools and others to work out a rate-hike plan.
The Buzz: California lawmaker files initiative to block high-speed rail
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Assemblyman Jeff Gorell submitted paperwork Friday to qualify the Stop the $100 Billion High Speed Rail and Reinvest in Education Act. The proposed November ballot measure is largely identical to the Stop the $100 Billion Bullet Train to Nowhere Act submitted by then-state Sen. Doug La Malfa and former Rep. George Radanovich in March 2012, which failed to qualify.
Bay Bridge bolt problem keeps soaking up money
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @ sfgate.com
Caltrans will be spending a whopping $10 million this year to keep an eye on those questionable bolts holding together the new $6.4 billion eastern span of the Bay Bridge.
Pelosi Ally George Miller To End 40-year Career - Politics Blog
Bay Area Rep. George Miller, a top ally of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and author of landmark legislation on the environment, health care and labor issues, announced Monday that he will reti...
LA Times, Jerry Brown, State Budget Most Frequent Topics at Rough and Tumble
For the week of January 5-11, 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown, the state budget and the Los Angeles Times were the most talked about topics on Rough and Tumble.
Live chat: The Bee's David Siders breaks down Jerry Brown's budget proposal
The Sacramento Bee's state budget expert, reporter David Siders, takes reader questions about Jerry Brown's budget proposal in this live chat. Join at noon Monday, January 13, to share your questions and comments.
Brown Needs Pollution Bucks For Bullet Train
George Skelton @ latimes.com
The governor proposes a controversial plan to use $250 million in cap-and-trade funds to pay for his high-speed rail project.
UC Berkeley hires Claude Steele from Stanford
(01-13) 11:40 PST Berkeley -- UC Berkeley has chosen Claude Steele-an expert in the psychology of race and dean of Stanford University's School of Education - as its new chief academic officer, or provost. In his new role as provost and executive vice chancellor, Steele will oversee academic programs at Berkeley's 14 schools and colleges, faculty hiring, and all undergraduate and graduate education at the world's preeminent public university. Steele, whose doctorate in social psychology is from Ohio State University, has focused addressed the mystery of why minorities - from women studying math to black students at elite universities - often score lower than their peers even if they grew up in a privileged environment.
L.A. Unified Surveys Prices Others Pay For Ipads, Similar Devices
Howard Blume @ latimes.com
The Los Angeles Unified School District is conducting a survey to determine what other districts pay for technology just as the Board of Education is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the next phase of a $1-billion program to provide computers to every student.
Gun Groups Challenge 2007 CA Micro-Stamping Law
Gun groups have filed a lawsuit challenging a 2007 California law that requires micro-stamping of all semi-automatic pistols sold in the state.
New Coalition Pushing For More Healthful, Low-cost Food Options
Marc Lifsher @ latimes.com
The California Food Policy Council is pushing legislators to pass laws that support more healthful, low-cost food options.
Editorial: Marijuana farms come at a high cost: $3.3 million
the Editorial Board @ sacbee.com
As advocates contemplate an initiative that would further commercialize marijuana, Gov. Jerry Brown is earmarking $3.3 million to curb the environmental degradation caused by its cultivation. The effort is long past due.
Newest California City Claims State Budget Policies May Kill It
AMY TAXIN @ ocregister.com
A community of 97,000 people that incorporated three years ago could be the first in California to disband in 40 years, with officials blaming the loss of vehicle-license fees it counted on.
Suit: Lake Tahoe Fireworks Violate Clean Water Act
SCOTT SONNER @ sacbee.com
In this July 2007 photo, fireworks exploding over Lake Tahoe are seen from Heavenly Mountain Resort. A federal lawsuit accusing the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority of polluting the alpine lake with debris from Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks says the authority and its contractor should be subject to up to $75 million in fines for thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act over the past five years.
A School By Any Other Name … | Edsource Today
It seemed that most of our board members felt they could not in good conscience pick someone to honor above everyone else. Even if we tried, it would be an exercise in adults picking other favorite adults with our choices likely biased to coincident timing more than anything else. Do we pick the last school leader who retired, or passed away? Do we pick someone famous who came from our town? Inherently, there is no way one could meaningfully and objectively judge. Therefore, the process becomes inherently political and, even more importantly, none of this has to do with furthering the educational experience of our children. As I’ve written before, school boards more than any other political body have the freedom to not act as one would expect of politicians.
Foster Farms Plant Shuttered A Day After Reopening
David Pierson @ latimes.com
Foster Farms shut down its largest poultry plant in Central California on Sunday, two days after federal inspectors lifted a suspension for cockroach infestation.
Veteran Calif. congressman not seeking re-election
Rep. George Miller, the top Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee, says he will not seek re-election in 2014 after four decades in Congress.
Texas Vote-Buying Case Casts Glare on Tradition of Election Day Goads
The arrests of three politiqueras, or campaign runners, who are often hired to gather votes in contested races, have become a tricky issue for elected officials in the Rio Grande Valley.
State revokes sergeant's unemployment
The state has reversed an administrative law judge who last year awarded jobless benefits to a San Diego police sergeant even after he retired from the department with a $107,000 annual pension for life and $572,000 in a special retirement account.
Dan Walters Daily: Brown's debt talk is no action
Alexei Koseff @ blogs.sacbee.com
Simply acknowledging the state's billions in unfunded liabilities is not enough, Dan says. Gov. Jerry Brown must do more than hold a poster above his head at a press conference.
L.A. County Sheriff's Department Legal Settlements Rise In 2013
Abby Sewell @ latimes.com
The overall spending on suits dropped from $115 million to $89 million last year, but the sheriff's costs went up, driven by excessive force cases.