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THE NOONER for January 17, 2014
WHOA: Our lunch-hour party reached 8,000 this week.
Good morning from the home office in the 95616. A long day ahead will cap a long week, albeit only to introduce a busy weekend. I jump on a LUV bird to Los Angeles this morning to speak about online education to a conference sponorsed by the 20 Million Minds foundation, which is led by former State Senator Dean Florez. Then I'm hopping on Amtrak at Union Station down to San Diego to welcome colleagues from across the country to talk more community colleges.
Anyway, for you homegamers, that's ground time today in CD03 (Garamendi)->CD06 (Matsui)->CD43 (Waters)->CD37 (Bass)->CD34 (Bacerra)->CD40 (Royball-Allard)->CD38 (Linda Sanchez)->CD39 (Ed Royce)->CD46 (Loretta Sanchez)->CD45 (Campbell)->CD49 (Issa)->CD52 (Peters)->CD53 (Davis).
AGUA NO PRESENTE: The long awaited formal declaration of a drought by Jerry Brown will take place this morning in San Francisco.
MALDONADO: Yesterday, as expected, Abel Maldonado dropped his bid for governor. In the end, the he just couldn't put a campaign together, as evidence by his Owens Lake fundraising status. As end of year fundraising totals were being tabulated for reporting, it was going to lead to news stories of the effort being futile, and it's better to not take off without enough fuel than to hope an in-flight refueling jet is going to pull along side you.
The official reason was to spend more time with his family and, while ridiculed on Twitter for the oft-used statement, it's a true statement. We all weigh personal trade-offs. Running for office is tough and, at the stage where Abel was at, not fun. Would you rather spend your days with your family, or would you prefer to pick up the phone all day long and have prominent Republicans sitting on the sideline and business leaders choosing to write checks to Jerry Brown, while telling you that they have to support Brown because you have no chance of winning?
Tim Donnelly is in it for another reason. He will continue to get calls from The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Fox News, and Guns & Ammo. He might be able to parlay it into a future State Senate or congressional seat. For Maldonado, it was just dispiriting to get up every day, be willing to carry the banner, but to have the drum and bugle corps not show up.
Now former Treasury Department official and big dog owner Neel Kashkari's phone is ringing. Many Republicans want someone on the ballot other than Donnelly and figure there will be no debates in the spring, but if they can get someone else in the top-two, and particularly a South Asian 40-year-old, they can be working on future elections this cycle and marginally improve turnout. Kashkari is not rich, but has enough personal money not to worry about making a campaign payroll each week (television will require significant fundraising). An investment in 2014 of time and some personal money could have Kashkari in the pole position to compete for a United States Senate seat in 2016 (Boxer, who will by 75) or 2018 (Feinstein, who will be 85).
Former Congressman George Radanovich is still mulling a bid, and Maldonado's exit is likely to cause sugarplums to dance in more would-be candidates heads.
CD25 (Santa Clarita): With Buck McKeon officially bowing out of reelection, the race between Steve Knight and Tony Strickland heats up. There is a lot of bad blood between the McKeon/Strickland and the Knight/Wilk/Smyth/Runner camps from previous cycles, including 2012 when Strickland switched from to backing Scott Wilk for Assembly to instead support Patricia McKeon (Buck's wife). Wilk ired the McKeon/Strickland camp more by penning a FlashReport op-ed calling on McKeon to declare his re-election intentions and for Strickland to either stay in the fight against Julia Brownley in the adjacent CD26, or stop fundraising for that race with an eye on CD25 (I'm putting it kindly).
CD25 is an emerging toss-up district but, even with Republican camps divided, whichever GOP candidate emerges in June (and, it's likely only one will), that candidate will be the favorite in the current political weather pattern shaping up for November 2014.
CUTBACKS: OC Register cuts 32 newsroom jobs
Our Taiwanese friends have a preview of the PatsBroncs game.
Have a great rest of the day and, remember, your parents are proud of you.
#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Andrew Lachman and, maybe we'll get a 49ers win on Sunday to celebrate Kristen Olsen's birthday!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Tim Donnelly Only GOP Candidate for Governor
Former Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado officially ended his campaign for governor of California on Thursday morning, leaving Asm. Tim Donnelly as the only GOP candidate in the race.
High Speed Rail Takes More Punches, Is On The Ropes :: Fox&hounds
Another punch at the bullet train came in the form of a recently filed initiative proposal to ask voters to reconsider the project they barely passed in 2008. Assemblyman Jeff Gorell filed the initiative to stop funding the train project and instead dedicate money designated for the bullet train to educational purposes. How strong a blow against the train this is remains to be seen. Who will fund the initiative? And who will lead the fight as Gorell spends his time running for congress?
Interview With Abel Maldonado -- Most "Proud" Of Political Legacy, California's Landmark "Top Two" Primary
Carla Marinucci @ blog.sfgate.com
Even as he dropped out of the California governorâs race Thursday, Republican former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado said he has no regrets about a decision to âhinge my whole political careerâ on his key role in putting the stateâs âtop twoâ primary â a landmark political reform âbefore voters.
Gov. Brown To Declare California Drought Emergency
David Siders and Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Hundreds rally at the Capitol calling for a water bond on Thursday. Several hundred people and lawmakers and people representing stakeholders stood on the west steps.
Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado exits governor's race
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
The announcement by Abel Maldonado, known as a moderate, leaves Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a tea party favorite, as the only declared Republican candidate for California governor.
Bad Fire Season Might Require Tapping Rainy Day Fund
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown ’s proposal to stash $1.6 billion in a rainy day fund as a buffer against future economic downturns could face a challenge this year from Mother Nature.
GOP Former Ca Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado Pulls Out Of 2014 Governor’s Race - Politics Blog
Abel Maldonado drops out of California governor’s race
David Siders and Matt Fountain @ sacbee.com
Abel Maldonado, whose campaign for governor sputtered for months, inspiring neither rank-and-file Republicans nor party donors, dropped out of the race Thursday.
State Board Patiently Listens, Then Quickly Passes Regs For Funding Law | Edsource Today
After listening to nearly seven hours of 1-minute testimonies that were impassioned, instructive and inevitably repetitious, the State Board of Education, after little debate, unanimously approved temporary regulations Thursday fleshing out a historic education finance law. The new Local Control Funding Formula will not only transform how K-12 schools are funded, but also how student success is measured, and district budgets, with community involvement, are created.
Berryhill -- Additional water storage key in any bond proposal
Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) today called for the inclusion of additional aboveground water storage in any comprehensive water bond placed on the 2014 ballot. Berryhill, joined by members of the California Latino Water Coalition, League of California Cities Latino Caucus, and the Nisei Farmers League, highlighted the crisis farmers and citizens of the Central Valley face during this drought at a rally on the Capitol steps.
Vidak Urges Leadership, Not Delay, on the Water Bond at California Latino Water Coalition Rally at the Capitol
Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) participated in the California Latino Water Coalition Rally at the State Capitol today and urged the governor and majority party to not continue delaying on water issues and stressed the need to put a water bond on this November's ballot.
California Board of Education approves new school funding rules
Loretta Kalb and Diana Lambert @ sacbee.com
The California Board of Education approved emergency rules Thursday for a historic overhaul of school spending designed to direct money to the state’s neediest students.
A look at ideas for using state budget surpluses
Many states are projecting sizeable budget surpluses this year as a result of stronger-than-expected tax revenues. Governors and lawmakers are putting forth a variety of proposals for the extra money, including cutting taxes, increasing spending and fortifying savings accounts. Here's a look at the situation in some states.
Los Angeles-San Francisco Rivalry Plays Out In Capitol
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
The Bay Area Council, an influential business group, is encouraging San Mateo Assemblyman Richard Gordon to make a run, raising alarms that Los Angeles could dominate the Capitol. Whether Gordon or someone else emerges, itâs difficult to envision that the Bay Area, now so economically dominant, would allow Los Angeles to gain dominance in the Capitol â especially with that old bugaboo, water, back on the agenda.
Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado drops out of race for governor
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado quit his gubernatorial campaign Thursday; the Santa Maria Republican's campaign had never gained momentum or raised enough money.
Water Rally in Sacramento
The Senator asked the governor to declare a drought emergency and challenged her colleagues to make this year the year we begin the process of building new water storage.
CalSTRS Reports 19.1 Percent Investment Gain
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
CalSTRS said Thursday it earned a hefty 19.1 percent return on its investments in 2013 but repeated its plea for funding assistance from the Legislature.
Latinos Lag In Getting Alternative Educational Credentials
Emily Alpert Reyes @ latimes.com
For Americans who haven’t been to college, alternative credentials such as professional licenses or educational certificates offer an edge in earnings, a new U.S. Census Bureau report shows.
Jerry Brown declares drought emergency, urges residents to reduce water use by 20 percent
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency Friday, with the state suffering through dry conditions for the third straight year.
Jerry Brown declares drought emergency, asks public to ration water
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday officially declared a drought emergency in California, asking for a collaborative effort from water users around the state to ration supplies. The governor, while not ordering mandatory rationing, said he is seeking the voluntary reduction of water use by 20 percent from people and businesses around the state. [...] a handful of water agencies have imposed restrictions on consumers while others - including some in the Bay Area - are asking for voluntary water reductions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 27 of California's 58 counties - alongside portions of 10 other states - as natural disaster areas because of the drought, which means farmers can get emergency low-interest loans.