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THE NOONER for January 22, 2014
Good morning! It's State of the State day, and "prudent" is a word I'm guessing we'll hear a lot. And, "water." Or lack thereof.
STAY CLASSY, SANDY EGGO: Feds: Illegal money funneled to SD pols [Craig Gustafson and Susan Shroder @ UTSD] - "The owner of a Washington, D.C.-based campaign firm and a former San Diego police detective are accused of conspiring with a foreign national to illegally inject more than $500,000 into San Diego political races, including the 2012 mayoral contest, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Ravneet Singh, 41, founder of ElectionMall Inc., was arrested Friday by FBI agents and is charged alongside his company and Ernesto Encinas, 57, the former detective, with conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States."
SPEAKER-TO-BE ATKINS: With the Bay Area Council issuing a concession speech, Toni Atkins appears to have the speakership. However, don't expect a vote or a transition anytime soon, as John A. Pérez will be Speaker for several months. Nevertheless, several members of the caucus yesterday exhaled though with that fight apparently behind them so the caucus can move on to policy and focusing on AD36, AD44, and AD65.
KASHKARI: Neel Kashkari jumped into the gubernatorial race yesterday during a Sacramento speech. CapPublicRadio's Ben Adler has the most in-depth coverage of the former Treasury official, while the Bee's edit board gives him a tepid welcome to the race.
CD11 (Contra Costa): Mark DeSaulnier captures the endorsement of Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, one of his strongest possible competitors for George Miller's seat.
SD02 (North Coast): With the departure of fellow Democrats Chris Lehman and Eric Lucan from the race to succeed Noreen Evans, Sonoma supervisor Mike McGuire (D) appears to have the race largely locked up.
AD10 (Marin-Sonoma): As expected, Marin Community College trustee Diana Conti jumped into the race for Marc Levine's Assembly seat. Along with Santa Rosa councilmember Erin Carlstrom, that's three Democrats vying for the top-two. Levine defeated Assemblymember Michael Allen despite significant institutional support for Allen in 2012.
AD44 (Ventura): Oxnard port commissioner Jason Hodge announced yesterday that he would not seek the 44th Assembly District. Hodge explained that he didn't want to enlarge the Democratic fight in the party's lone Assembly pick-up opportunity, and wanted to spend time both with and supporting his wife, Fiona Ma. Ma is running against John Burton (campaign finance joke) for the Board of Equalization seat being vacated by Betty Yee. That leaves Democrats Jacqui Irwin and Bernardo Perez, along with three Republicans. Irwin is the more conservative of the two, but Sacramento seems to be leaning strongly in her favor as the one with the best chance to win.
UPVOTE: Arnold Schwarzenegger stops by Reddit again to do another "ask me anything."
LA BOS3: Beverly Hills councilmember and physician Willie Brien looks to be jumping in the race for Zaroslavsky's supe seat. [Henry Scott @ WeHoVille]
LA-LA LAND: Mark Ridley-Thomas acknowledges home improvements by county workers [Paul Pringle and Jack Leonard @ LAT] - "Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas acknowledged Tuesday that a taxpayer-funded project to install a security system in a converted garage at his home involved improvements "over and above" that job, but said he reimbursed the county for the upgrades."
THIRTY YEARS AGO TODAY: The famous advertisement introducing the Macintosh had its single airing during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
GOP Moderate Neel Kashkari Running For Governor - Sfgate
Neel Kashkari, a moderate Republican who ran the bailout of financial institutions under the Bush and Obama administrations, jumped into his first-ever political race Tuesday - this year's contest to challenge Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. Two years later he was named to oversee the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the federal effort to prevent a meltdown of the financial system by bailing out banks and other financial companies. Kashkari, nicknamed "the $700 billion man" on Wall Street, stayed in his assistant treasury secretary's job during the first five months of the Obama administration before returning to the private sector and the investment firm Pimco. For the past year, he has been laying the groundwork for a gubernatorial campaign, visiting low-income schools, staying overnight in an Oakland homeless shelter and consulting with Republicans such as Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Kashkari is outside the mainstream of current Republican politics - he favors both a woman's access to abortion and same-sex marriage rights - leading some analysts to speculate he could inject life into a party that trails Democrats in statewide voter registration by double digits. Democrats also sought to compare Kashkari to a string of failed first-time candidates who emerged from the private sector to run for high office, including Republicans Meg Whitman and Carla Fiorina in 2010.
Timm Herdt: Health Care Politics Beyond Obamacare
Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
Health care reform is certain to become a dominant political issue in California this fall, as special interests are gearing up to engage voters in a spirited debate about access to doctors and hospitals, health insurance costs, and taxes to fund government programs.
Neel Kashkari enters California governor's race, starts uphill fundraising climb
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Shortly after announcing his candidacy for governor Tuesday, Neel Kashkari sat alone in his political adviser’s Sacramento offices, calling donors for several hours on the phone. Less than five months before the June primary election, California’s Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, has raised more than $17 million, and the fundraising landscape has tilted so far in his favor it has come to define the initial stages of the campaign.
Two Charged In Illegal San Diego Campaign Contribution Scheme
Tony Perry @ latimes.com
SAN DIEGO -- A retired San Diego police officer and the owner of a Washington, D.C. -based election services business have been charged with conspiring to funnel more than $500,000 of illegal contributions from a Mexican businessman into San Diego campaigns, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Political newbie Kashkari has spotty voting record
Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari, who announced Tuesday that he is running for governor, failed to vote in some statewide elections and presidential contests.
California Lawmaker Lobbies Against "Jab At My Husband"
Laurel Rosenhall @ sacbee.com
Michael Peevey of the California Public Utilities Commission waits to speak to Senate Rules Committee members as they consider his confirmation in December 2009 as his wife, state Sen. Carol Liu, sits behind him.
Path To Congress Opening Up For Mark Desaulnier - Politics Blog
Another day in the race to replace retiring Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, another major potential foe of state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier vanquished. Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, endorsed fell...
Bobby Shriver Notes Kennedy Heritage In Launching Supervisor Campaign
Michael Finnegan @ latimes.com
Bobby Shriver invoked his Kennedy family heritage on Tuesday as he launched his campaign for Los Angeles County Supervisor, using his place in the political dynasty to try to gain an edge even while casting himself as an outsider.
Former California Sierra Club Lobbyist John Zierold Dies At 88
Dan Walters @ blogs.sacbee.com
John Zierold, who ran legislative strategy in Sacramento for the Sierra Club during the 1970s and 1980s, as environmentalism became a powerful social and political movement, has died.
GOP Drought Bill: Boost Delta Pumping, Stop San Joaquin River Restoration | Breaking News | Fresnobee.com
John Ellis @ fresnobee.com
With Mount Diablo in the distance at top left, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta's waters shimmer between Staten Island, left, and Tyler Island.
Text of Gov. Jerry Brown 2014 State of the State Address
Governor Jerry Brown today delivered his annual State of the State address. Read the text as prepared for delivery.
Ap California State News Wire | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
>Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown
Scalia May Be Swing Vote In Union-fees Case
David G. Savage @ latimes.com
The Supreme Court weighs whether public workers should be required to pay union fees if they don't support its activities.
Neel Kashkari to Focus on Jobs
Jobs and education. That's Neel Kashkari's platform for governor.
Target dropping health coverage for part-timers
BILL MCKIBBEN and MIKE TIDWELL @ politico.com
The company is citing changes under by the president's health care law.
Activists On Trial As China Steps Up Campaign Against Dissent
Julie Makinen @ latimes.com
BEIJING — At least seven Chinese activists who have advocated for greater rule of law, fairer access to education and other issues are being put on trial this week as the government steps up a campaign against dissent.
Brace Yourself For California's Driest Winter In 500 Years: UC Berkeley Professor - San Francisco Business Times
Yes, 2013 was the driest year in California since the 1840s, when recordkeeping started. But Lynn Ingram, a climate expert at the University of California, Berkeley, thinks this could be the Golden State's driest year in half a millennium.
Senator Gaines Responds To Governor Brown's 2014 State Of The State Address
s 2014 State of the State address, which he delivered to a joint session of the Legislature and the people of California on Wednesday morning.
Early stumbles hamper California’s Latino health care enrollment
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
California has struggled to enroll Latinos in health insurance coverage through its new exchange, spurring waves of criticism from supporters of the law and potentially jeopardizing the program’s long-term success.
Mark Ridley-thomas Acknowledges Home Improvements By County Workers
Paul Pringle and Jack Leonard @ latimes.com
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas says he reimbursed county for work done in addition to getting a taxpayer-funded security system.
Long-term Paycheck Trumps Sacramento Power :: Fox&hounds
In politics, as in much of life, when it comes to a choice between power and a paycheck, cash usually wins.