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THE NOONER for January 23, 2014

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  • CD26 (Ventura): added former ambassador/law professor Douglas Kmiec (NPP)
  • AD06 (Roseville): added Brian Caples (D)


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Has the governor worn the same tie to the three State of the States in 2.0? 

Capitol Public Radio has created an archive of State of the State addresses.

SPEAKER ATKINS: The Assembly Democratic Caucus chose San Diegan Toni Atkins by unanimous consent, setting her in line to by California's 69th Speaker. While a formal floor vote will still be required later this year when John A. Pérez steps aside, the convention is that the caucus sticks together when a candidate receives a majority of caucus votes.

WOOF: Sutter Brown playing cards are a hit in the Capitol [Chris Megarian @ LAT]

AD17 (W. San Francisco): First debate, big endorsement on tap for Assembly seat race

AD17 (W. San Francisco): Chiu raises $450,000 for Assembly race, says poll shows him ahead [Marisa Lagos @ SFChron]


To: Fellow Patriot
From: Tim Donnelly
Subject: Attn: RINO Loose in California

"In 2008, he voted for Barak Obama."

Hmmm...lack of spellcheck, or the purposeful equivalent of Gorge W. Bush?

WATER: House Speaker touts drought emergency bill at Bakersfield event [John Ellis @ Fresno Bee] - "The proposed bill, which is temporary and would likely sunset sometime in the summer of 2015, would allow the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta pumps to operate as long as water is available. It would also temporarily halt the San Joaquin River restoration. Finally, it would establish a joint House-Senate committee of 10 members that would meet over the rest of the year to come up with longer-term solutions to deal with California's drought, now in its third year."

VOTE: President's Commission Recognizes Work of Future of California Elections [Irvine Foundation]

PRE-K: LAT edit: More preschool than California can afford - "Steinberg and other preschool advocates make a valid point that California falls far short of its obligation to provide worthwhile preschool for the children who most need it. The existing state preschool program is uneven in quality, its requirements for teachers are too low, and there aren't enough seats for all the children who should qualify. It will take money to remedy this situation — but not nearly as much as universal transitional kindergarten would."

SANDY EGGO: Political Corruption Case Grows [Craig Gustafson @ UTSD] - "The corruption case involving a Mexican businessman trying to illegally influence San Diego elections widened Wednesday as a City Hall lobbyist was added to the conspiracy charges and politicians rushed to return campaign contributions from those tainted by the scandal."



Public Retirement Journal


Amy Brown and Dora Noegel of the Public Retirement Journal will be diving head first into the weeds on Chuck Reed's proposed initiative. We will be reviewing effects on employers, employees—both future and current and retirees. All (or almost all) of your questions will be answered.

Pension Reform Act of 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
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For questions of concerns, please contact Nikki Ragsac with the Public Retirement Journal at (916) 341-0848 or email at


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February 27, 2014 - 9AM-4PM - Registration: 8AM; The Centre at Sycamore Plaza (5050 Clarke Avenue, Lakewood, CA 90712)
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  • California's Pro-Choice Rating Just Released. NARAL Pro-Choice America has just released its 2014 Who Decides? report, detailing the pro-choice wins and losses of the past year in the states and in Washington. As one of the few pro-choice states in the country, it's going to be more important than ever for California to continue its legacy of pro-choice leadership in 2014.
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Donnelly Says Brown Should Return Budget Surplus To Taxpayers
Seema Mehta @
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly , a Republican candidate for governor, said Wednesday that Gov. Jerry Brown should return any budget surplus to taxpayers rather than increase spending, because voters approved temporary tax increases in 2012 to shore up the state’s finances.

Jerry Brown Heralds California ‘comeback,’ Urges Caution In State Of The State Speech
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown holds a trophy given to him be Assembly Speaker John A. Perez before he delivered the 2014 State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.

AM Alert: Jerry Brown pushes UC to find 'outer limits' of online education
Alexei Koseff @
A busy Wednesday morning delivering his State of the State address and handing out Sutter Brown playing cards didn't keep Gov. Jerry Brown from heading to San Francisco to talk online education at the bimonthly meeting of the University of California Board of Regents. The regents' meeting concludes today with a session starting at 8:30 a.m.

Sutter Brown Playing Cards Are A Hit In The Capitol
Chris Megerian @
SACRAMENTO -- When members of Gov. Jerry Brown ’s office handed out copies of the State of the State speech on Wednesday, they tucked in a surprise -- a playing card with a picture of Sutter Brown, the governor’s popular corgi.

Gov. Jerry Brown, California college leaders discuss future of higher education
Katy Murphy @
UC, CSU and community college leaders say the 1960 California Master Plan for Higher Education is still relevant today, though the challenges have changed.

City OKs tech tax break benefit deals for 5 companies
San Francisco on Wednesday approved deals for five tech companies, including Twitter, to continue receiving a tax break for locating in the slowly re-emerging Mid-Market and Tenderloin areas as the city tries to spread the benefits of the tech boom. The agreements specify a package of community benefits the companies must provide to the surrounding neighborhood, including volunteer hours, cash donations to nonprofits and thresholds for purchases from local businesses. Masiak and several of his colleagues said their votes were intended both to protest the lack of information about how much money the companies were saving under the tax break and to show displeasure with the lack of binding language and measurable commitments in some of the deals, including vague wording about "encouraging" employees to volunteer. The only agreement the advisory committee approved of was for Zendesk, the customer-service software firm that, beyond being praised for its charitable efforts, was the only company to disclose how much the tax holiday has benefited it - roughly $380,000. Community benefit agreements with two other companies - digital music service Spotify and Advisor, which handles back-office operations for young startup companies - have yet to be finalized in advance of a Jan. 31 deadline. The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is holding public meetings to gather comments on four different toll increase proposals, as well as gathering comments online. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has raised more than $450,000 for his race for the state Assembly and is touting a poll, conducted by his campaign, that shows him with a 12-point lead over his colleague and opponent, Supervisor David Campos.

Brown Ignores Important Issues In State Of The State Address
George Skelton @
California Gov. Jerry Brown, instinctively cautious while running for reelection, ignores pressing issues in his State of the State address.

Janet Napolitano: UC President's Office To Cut Its Spending
Katy Murphy @
The UC Office of the President's budget for next year will remain flat but because of higher pension costs and other mandatory spending that will require cuts -- in some areas, by up to 6.5 percent.

Boehner Throws Weight Behind Gop’s California Drought Bill - Politics Blog
In what looks to be a replay of the water wars of 2009, three Central Valley House Republicans said Wednesday they are drafting legislation to open the delta spigots to send more water to parched f...

California's Higher Education Leaders Pledge More Cooperation
Larry Gordon @
The leaders of California's three public higher education systems pledge more cooperation in a joint presentation to UC regents.

Bipartisan Presidential Panel Suggests Ways To Improve Elections
Kathleen Hennessey @
The Presidential Commission on Election Administration says states should expand early voting and online voter registration.

Read Jerry Brown's State Of The State Speech, As Delivered
Jim Miller @
Gov. Jerry Brown spoke for about 17 minutes during Wednesday's State of the State speech — an address that would have been even shorter but for several diversions Brown made from his prepared text.

Policy, Short And Sweet :: Fox&hounds
The truth is voters main concerns will be in believing the policy program of a candidate and the candidate themselves, and importantly, can the candidate make the policy changes happen. Voters must believe Kashkari can reverse the fate of schools and job creation in the Golden State where schools rank low and unemployment is high.

Jerry Brown heralds California “comeback,” urges caution in State of the State speech
David Siders @
Positioning himself in his State of the State address for a likely re-election bid this year, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday heralded a California “comeback” marked by budget surpluses and an improving economy.

2 Southern Californians Expected To Get Top Legislature Posts
Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy @
Toni Atkins of San Diego is chosen for speaker of the Assembly. Kevin de Leon of L.A. was picked last week to lead the Senate.

Local Lawmakers Respond To Brown, From Mexico Trade Mission To Budget |
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Toni Atkins Wins Unanimous Support From Democrats For Leadership Post
Melanie Mason @
"Ms. Atkins has been able to earn the respect and support from her colleagues up and down the state, from each class of the Legislature, from each geographic area, of each demographic area," Perez said.

Michigan Governor Offers Pension Aid To Detroit, With Conditions
Alana Semuels @
Gov. Rick Snyder wants Michigan to spend up to $350 million to fund Detroit's pensions if unions support the city's bankruptcy.

San Quentin prisoner dies after plunge from fourth-story tier
Gary Klien @
A convicted murderer from San Diego County died at Marin General Hospital on Wednesday following a four-story fall at San Quentin State Prison.

Neel Who? Again, A Wealthy Candidate Reaches For A California Win
Cathleen Decker @
Neel Kashkari announced his run for governor of California on Tuesday and then turned to the crowd to take a commemorative photo.