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THE NOONER for January 30, 2014

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  • CD33 (Coastal LA): removed Congressman Henry Waxman (D)


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CD33 (Coastal Los Angeles): I just arrived at Sacramento Intergalactic Airport to the news that Henry Waxman is retiring. There are LOTS of potential candidates and hope to have more for you later. Don't expect this race to be DeSaulniered.

Some of the names who live in the district are Bloom, Bloomfield, Bowen, Butler, Feuer, Kuehl, Lieu, Pavley, Shriver, and Yaroslavsky . . .   And, Wendy Greuel lives three miles outside of the district, as the crow flies.

The following article was toward the end of The Nooner earlier this morning, but now needs to move up following the Waxman news:

TRIAGE: Democrats: Cede the House to Save the Senate [Alex Isenstadt @ Politico]

#BADTIMING: Subject of fundraising e-mail from the DCCC not long after Waxman announcement: "nosedive."

POLL POSITION: The Public Policy Institute of California is out with a new statewide survey today.

  • Most important issue: jobs, economy (26%); education, schools, teachers (13%), state budget, deficit, taxes (10%), immigration, illegal immigration (9%), water, drought (7%),  health care, health reform, Obamacare (6%), crime, gangs, drugs (4%), environment, pollution, global warming (2%), transportation, infrastructure, high speed rail (2%) 

  • Jerry Brown job approval: 58% approve, 26% disapprove (+7% from January 2013)
  • Legislature job approval: 42% approve, 43% disapprove (+1% from January 2013)
  • Caliifornia generally: 53% right direction, 41% wrong direction (+2% from January 2013)
  • CA economic conditions over next 6 months: 49% good times, 45% bad times (+0% from January 2013)


  • Jerry Brown: 53%
  • Tim Donnelly: 17%
  • Someone else: 2%
  • Don't know: 28%

Other interesting results:

  • BUDGET:  In general, do you favor or oppose the governor’s budget plan?
    Favor: 77%
    Oppose: 18%

  • PARCEL TAX: Do you favor or oppose replacing the two-thirds vote requirement with a 55 percent majority vote for voters to pass local special taxes?
    Favor: 48%
    Oppose: 45%
  • SPLIT ROLL: Under Proposition 13, residential and commercial property taxes are both strictly limited. What do you think about having commercial properties taxed according to their current market value? Do you favor or oppose this proposal?
    Favor: 58%
    Oppose: 36%

  • PENSIONS: Would you favor or oppose changing the pension systems for new public employees from defined benefits to a defined contribution system similar to a 401(k)?
    Favor: 71%
    Oppose: 19%

Jerry Brown scores record approval ratings [John Myers @ News10]

WRIGHT: Democrats may take action against Sen. Wright [Patrick McGreevy and Jean Merl @ LAT] - "Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said Wednesday that he would consult with his caucus and 'make a full set of recommendations within the next couple of days.'"

WATER: GOP pushes California drought bill Democrats call irresponsible [Michael Doyle @ Fresno Bee]

LA BOS: Hilda Solis gets a competitor in the race to succeed Gloria Molina.

MY HOMETOWN: Placentia, facing fiscal disaster, vows it will not go bankrupt [Teri Sforza @ OCR] - "The small city of Placentia could be California's next over the fiscal abyss if it doesn't raise taxes and/or rejigger its in-house police department to avoid a plunge into municipal bankruptcy."

. . . "In one fell swoop, the city could erase the red ink and be firmly in the black: Contracting with the Orange County Sheriff's Department for law enforcement – as neighboring Yorba Linda has done – would save it some $4.3 million a year."

MIC DROP: Mark DeSaulnier gets the endorsement of George Miller for CD11.



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Tim Donnelly Is Latest GOP Candidate With Spotty Voting Record
Carla Marinucci @
California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican candidate for governor, hasn't voted in nearly half the elections in which he was eligible since 1995, according to voter records from the San Bern...

GOP Senators Propose $9.2 Billion Water Bond
Laurel Rosenhall @
California politicians grappling with a drought now have a third proposal spelling out which water projects should be placed in a bond on the November ballot.

Sacramento Arena Opponents File Lawsuit Against City Officials
Dale Kasler and Ryan Lillis @
Saying the city is trying to crush the will of the people, opponents of the proposed $258 million subsidy for the new Sacramento Kings arena sued the city today over its refusal to certify their ballot petitions demanding a public vote on the issue.

President Obama Calls Gov. Jerry Brown For California Drought Update — Here’s The Readout - Politics Blog
The White House has just released details of President Obama's call to Gov. Jerry Brown regarding the drought situation facing California. Here's the full release: Today, the President called Gover...

California Sees Sharp Drop In School Expulsions, Suspensions
Dan Walters @
A campaign by civil rights groups and their political supporters to reduce suspensions and expulsion of public school students due to their disproportionate effect on black and Latino youngsters may be paying off.

Lack Of Leadership A Big Obstacle In Updating Prop. 13
George Skelton @
Voters may be ready to make corporations pay their share of property taxes, but politicians won't touch the issue

CSU Chancellor Tackles California's Expected Degree Shortage
Alexei Koseff @
Delivering his first "State of the CSU" address Wednesday morning, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White said the system would focus on closing the state's expected degree shortage over the next decade.

Lowest-Paid UC Workers Schedule Strike Vote
AFSCME 3299 has scheduled a strike vote for mid-February. The UC's lowest-paid workers are building a broad-based coalition with a unique strike message about UC executive excess.

California Republicans Scarce In 2014 Statewide Races
Christopher Cadelago @
Kamala Harris won the 2010 race for state attorney general against Republican Steve Cooley by 75,000 votes. This year, no GOP candidate has stepped forward to oppose her.

Assembly Speaker Vows To Tackle Challenge Of Teacher Pensions This Year | Edsource Today
Brown included no extra money toward CalSTRS in his proposed 2014-15 budget; the Legislative Analyst suggested committing some state money toward pension contributions if revenues run higher than Brown projected.

Assembly Wades Into L.A.-central Valley Feud On Human Waste Disposal
Melanie Mason @
SACRAMENTO -- Treated waste exported from Los Angeles and other counties into the Central Valley would be subject to additional testing under a bil approved by the Assembly on Thursday.

Softening law on hard drugs creates unlikely bedfellows
Law enforcement agencies have been aggressively pursuing a war on drugs - particularly hard drugs like crack cocaine and heroin - for decades. [...] imagine the uproar if someone proposed that the charge for all drug possession - even heroin - should be reduced from a felony to a mere misdemeanor. [...] one of the prime promoters of the idea is San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, who is out of town and wasn't available to talk about the idea. If passed, it would make possession of any drug, including heroin, for personal use a misdemeanor. Dan Newman, a political strategist who is working on the bill, says there is surprising unanimity between the political right and left on this one. Barry Krisberg, a senior fellow at UC Berkeley Law School who has been advising the supporters of the bill, says you might be surprised. [...] he says, the cop on the beat needs to have a firm marker for how much can be considered drug possession for personal use. The maximum sentence for a misdemeanor is one year in county jail, while repeat offenders with felony charges could end up in prison for three years.

Calif. lawmakers pass space industry tax exemption
California lawmakers have approved legislation to exempt space companies from paying property tax on space-flight property.

Drone, Commercial Space Flight Bills Passed By Assembly
Jeremy B. White @
The transformative potential of new aerospace technologies repeatedly became the focus of debate for the California Assembly on Wednesday.

Washington: GOP Pushes California Drought Bill Democrats Call Irresponsible
Michael Doyle @
California congressional Republicans escalated the anti-drought pressure Wednesday, introducing an ambitious California water bill that includes controversial provisions immediately dismissed by the state's two Democratic senators.

State Senate Leader Close To Recommending Action On Roderick Wright
Patrick McGreevy @
Steinberg said he talked to Wright on Tuesday, but he would not disclose what was discussed.

Timm Herdt: An Unlikely Savior For California Gop? » Ventura County Star
Timm Herdt @
In 2006, just about the time of his 33rd birthday, Neel Kashkari was working as a vice president in the investment banking division of the hottest firm on Wall Street. On top of that, he was assigned to Goldman Sachs’ office in the Silicon Valley, the venture capital epicenter of America.

California: Gov. Jerry Brown's approval rating hits new high in election year
Jessica Calefati @
A new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows broad and deep support for how California Gov. Jerry Brown is doing his job, and for his budget proposal -- not great news for the GOP.