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THE NOONER for January 28, 2014

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  • SD23 (Redlands): added attorney Ronald O'Donnell (D)
  • AD10 (Marin-Sonoma): added former Santa Rosa councilmember Veronica Jacobi (D)
  • AD62 (Inglewood): added entrepreneur Adam Plimpton (D)


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California Sen. Rod Wright convicted of perjury, voter fraud [Jean Merl @ LAT] - "Sentencing was set for March 12. Wright made no comment after the verdict was read, but his attorney said Wright would appeal."

UNBAGGED: Folks have noticed that as soon as the Pro Tem race was over, the standoff between Alex Padilla and Kevin de Leon on the plastic bag ban ended.

JERRY'S FOOSTEPS: What's With the Sec. of State Election? [Joel Fox @ Fox and Hounds]

Okay...maybe I will throw my hat in the ring too! That, or maybe I'll run against Gavin. That's the job I really want.

CD17 (Milpitas): Indian PAC founder behind new candidate for Honda seat [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron]

AD53 (Downtown LA): The political team of Basil Kimbrew ("Friends of the African American Caucus") and Gwendolyn Cross ("California Women 4 Women") are using their massive e-mail virtual slate card (questionably harvested from voter records?) in favor of Sandra Mendoza, rather than John Perez's district director and LACCD trustee Miguel Santiago.

MAUI WOWIEAssemblyman Quirk Says He Paid Out of Pocket to Attend Criticized Maui Junket [Steven Tavares @ East Bay Citizen] - "'I paid my own way to Maui, hotel, airfare, and meals,' said [Assemblymember Bill] Quirk. 'Took vacation time and did some scuba diving.' A photo posted Dec. 3 on Quirk’s assembly Twitter account shows him and his son on the water in scuba gear. In addition, the main background photo on the same Twitter page shows Quirk, outfitted in a black wetsuit, following a small octopus."

SEND TO VOICEMAIL: "Today, following President Obama’s State of the Union address, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) will host a telephone town hall with constituents to discuss the State of the 3rd Congressional District, give his reaction to President Obama’s address, and hear from as many constituents as possible about their concerns. 40,000 constituents selected at random will be called from across the 3rd District."

CRAZY TRAIN: High-Speed Rail Critics Question Timing of Rail Firm’s Contribution to Brown Campaign [John Hrabe @ CalNewsroom]

EYE CANDY: Video of Folsom Lake's Hidden Bridge, seen only because of the drought.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Alex Walker, and my apologies to Assemblymember Steve Fox for missing his yesterday!



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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.



PUC water goal: Cut use by 10%
Marisa Lagos, Heather Knight, John Coté and Carla Marinucci @
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission this week will ask its customers to reduce their water use voluntarily by 10 percent, the latest sign of the drought affecting the state.

Daniel Borenstein: Desaulnier Hasn't Made A Compelling Case For His Congressional Candidacy.
Within hours, state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, entered the race to succeed him and within nine days cleared the field of serious Democratic challengers. In a district in which his party outnumbers Republicans by 2-1, DeSaulnier should have smooth sailing to Capitol Hill.

Release the Hounds (and $20k) for Tim Donnelly for Governor
Release the hounds for Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s campaign for governor. Last week, the California Houndsmen for Conservation contributed a whopping $20,000 to Donnelly’s gubernatorial campaign.

Arena Ballot Measure Has Little Chance In Court, Elections Attorney Says
An attorney who specializes in elections law said proponents of an arena ballot measure hoping for a better reception in civil court than they got from the Sacramento city clerk may not find it.

Assembly Approves Bills On Beach Fire Rings, Condoms In Prisons
Melanie Mason @
SACRAMENTO -- The California Assembly overwhelmingly approved Monday a measure that aims to preserve beach fire rings and, by a narrower margin, a bill that would make condoms available in prisons.

Guests At State Of The Union Include Those Who Benefited From Health Care Law, Want An Immigration Overhaul
Anita Kumar @
Guests of the White House at the State of the Union address Tuesday include a fourth-grader from Puerto Rico who likes to cook, the chief executive officer of General Motors and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.

Senate Supports Review Of California Gambling Industry, Related Taxes
Patrick McGreevy @
SACRAMENTO -- California officials would review the growing gambling industry in the state, looking at whether regulations promote job creation and examine the possibility of imposing new taxes on the activity, under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate.

Indian PAC Founder Behind New Candidate For Honda Seat
Carla Marinucci @
If Silicon Valley's Democrat-versus-Democrat House race wasn't already combative enough, now a first-time Republican candidate has jumped in and ignited a new drama - one starring a conservative, wealthy Indian American donor and a politician at the center of ethnic conflicts raging half a world away.

Tim Donnelly video goes viral in California governor’s race, but what’s the message?
David Siders @
The language violates typical standards of political discourse, but gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly’s latest Web ad has attracted enough viewers to populate the cities of Berkeley or Vallejo.

OC Patch Breaks Story on Assembly Candidate
John Hrabe @’s Martin Henderson is reporting on the criminal past of a Republican Assembly candidate. Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman Jesse Petrilla, who is campaigning for the State Assembly’s 73rd District, was sentenced to 240 days in jail and five years probation for two felony assaults stemming from an incident in Placer County in 2001.

California School-construction Needs As High As $12 Billion, Subcommittee Reports
Jim Miller @
California needs as much as $12 billion in additional school-building money and almost $5 billion in modernization money, according to estimates in a report to the state board that oversees school-construction dollars.

UC Davis Health System Emails Compromised
Dale Kasler @
Hackers compromised the email accounts of three UC Davis doctors last month, potentially gaining access to personal or medical information on as many as 1,800 patients, the university announced Monday.

Christine Whitman recalls her 1995 GOP State of the Union response
Michael A. Memoli @
attempted to send a message to the nation with the selection of Washington state Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the top woman in GOP leadership and a mother of three, to deliver the party's response Tuesday night to President Obama's State of the Union address.

Union Leaders And Building Contractors Rally In Support Of Arena
Dale Kasler @
A rendering shows the proposed downtown Sacramento arena.

Assemblyman Quirk Says He Paid Out of Pocket to Attend Criticized Maui Junket
Steven Tavares @
Assemblymember Bill Quirk says, although he attended the days of meet and greets and conferences offered, the costs came out of his own pocket.

Second Try For Bill To Extend Deadlines For Sex Abuse Lawsuits
Laurel Rosenhall @
A three-page veto message from Gov. Jerry Brown isn't stopping Sen. Jim Beall from his effort to allow victims of molestation more time to sue their abusers.

High-Speed Rail Critics Question Timing of Firm's Contribution to Jerry Brown
the @
Senator Andy Vidak on Brown's high-speed rail campaign contribution: "In farm country, this is called 'you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.'"

Assembly passes bill for condoms in California prisons
The state Assembly has approved a bill that would expand the availability of condoms in California prisons after Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar measure last year. Lawmakers approved AB966 by Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Alameda on a 45-26 vote Monday.

Assembly passes bill for condoms in Calif. prisons
The state Assembly has approved a bill that would expand the availability of condoms in California prisons after Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar measure last year.

Stormy Seas Ahead For The California Water Debate
Michael Doyle @
Ramon Madrigal feeds cattle costly hay at the Van Vleck Ranch near Rancho Murieta on Thursday. Ranchers are feeling the brunt of the drought with little grass left on the ground and a poor outlook for more to grow this year.

California Court Denies Law License For Stephen Glass
Christopher Cadelago @
Stephen Glass, a former journalist whose career came crashing down after he was found to be a serial fabricator, has had his quest for a law license stymied by the California Supreme Court.

New Health Care Law: Hospitals Pressured To Slash Costs, Improve Quality Of Care
Tracy Seipel @
So why are some hospitals up for sale or desperately seeking to align with others?

Sacramento Kings Unveil Final Arena Drawings
Tony Bizjak, Dale Kasler and Ryan Lillis @
The proposed design for the Kings’ downtown arena includes five glass aircraft hangar doors that can fold upward to create a 40-foot tall opening to an outdoor plaza on the north side of the building.