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THE NOONER for February 6, 2014
Greetings from the 202...Damn, it is cold here!
AB 1266: It's been a little while since we've checked up on the referendum qualification of the measure to overturn AB 1266, relating to gender in public schools. The measure had a very close call of failing without a full count during the random sample stage, and then moved on to the full count. Thus, counties have to manually verify the 619,344 signatures submitted, and 504,760 (81.5%) of those must be valid. Through yesterday, 25 counties have reported their full coun, and the validity rate ritght now is 78.71%. The deadline for counties to submit their full count report is February 24.
It's going to be a real challenge for proponents to qualify, particularly since the the larger counties generally report later and their validity usually lower than the small, rural counties. Don't plan on seeing this on the ballot.
F#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Pedro Nava and Amy O'Gorman Jenkins.
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Jerry Brown Says Longer Living State Workers Will Drive Pension Costs Up $1.2 Billion A Year
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday urged CalPERS, the massive public employee pension fund, to move more quickly to address the increasing life expectancy of state employees, saying longer-lived retirees will drive pension costs up $1.2 billion a year.
Faster Rate Hikes Sought For CalPERS And CalSTRS
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
Gov. Brown yesterday urged CalPERS to speed up a $1.2 billion rate increase needed because workers are living longer. Assembly Speaker John Perez said last week he wants to speed up a $4.5 billion CalSTRS rate hike plan, acting this year not next year as the governor suggested.
Read Jerry Brown’s letter calling for CalPERS to immediately raise employer contribution rates
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown, citing statistics showing that government employees are living longer and driving up pension costs, has challenged CalPERS to increase employers’ contributions to the fund instead of following a staff recommendation to delay raising rates for two years. Waiting, he says, merely adds to the fund’s debt.
Newsom Marks 10 Years Since S.F. Same-sex Weddings - Politics Blog
Admissions Closed In California's Newest Prison
Paige St. John @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Shortages of medical supplies, soap, towels and inadequate staffing levels are cited by a court-appointed official's decision to halt admissions to California's newest prison.
Munger: I’m Not Running For Governor - Politics Blog
No, Republican donor and activist Charles Munger Jr. will not be running for governor in 2014. We've just received an e-mail from Munger, after we requested his comment on former Lt. Gov. Abel Mald...
SEIU foes sue to end opt-out dues for state workers
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Two of SEIU Local 1000’s arch foes have united to sue the 95,000-employee union in federal court. At issue: Whether the state’s opt-out system of paying union dues is legal.
Democrats' Blanket Rejection Of Flextime Is Shortsighted
George Skelton @ latimes.com
Republicans say easing overtime rules could benefit workers and employers, but political polarization bars a closer look.
Neel Kashkari raises more than $900,000 in two weeks for California governor's race
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Neel Kashkari raised more than $900,000 in the first two weeks of his gubernatorial campaign, the first significant fundraising burst from any Republican bidding to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Kashkari raises nearly $1M in two weeks
SACRAMENTO -- Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari is reporting that he has raised nearly $1 million during the first two weeks of his campaign for California governor.
District Voting Measure To Appear On Anaheim Ballot - The Orange County Register
ART MARROQUIN @ ocregister.com
By ART MARROQUIN / STAFF WRITER
Retiring House Members Hold $10 Million In Accounts
Leadership PACs of members of Congress are not restricted as much as campaign committees. There is no prohibition on the use of leadership PAC funds for personal use. The Federal Election Commission has recommended that the prohibition of the personal use of campaign funds be extended to apply to all political committees, including leadership PACs.
Calif Town's Water Shortage Stokes Fears Of Future
JASON DEAREN @ sacbee.com
In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, Forrest Clark, 25, loads five gallon bottles of water, purchased at a local store, into his car in Willits, Calif. With local reservoirs holding less than a 100-day supply of water, city leaders have banned lawn watering, car washing and mandated all residents to cut water use. Clark, who said he doesn't like the taste of the local water, buys 10-15 gallons of bottled water a week to help boost the family water supply.
Speaker Boehner lowers expectations for immigration reform bill
Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- Just a week after House Republicans breathed new life into chances for an immigration overhaul this year, Speaker John A. Boehner all but abandoned the effort Thursday, saying it would be “difficult” to get any legislation approved.
Sandra Fluke To Run For California Legislature
Christopher Cadelago @ blogs.sacbee.com
Sandra Fluke, the women's rights activist weighing a congressional bid, said Wednesday she will instead mount a campaign for the California Legislature.
There Are Hard Feelings Over Past Capitol Deals
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Senate Republican leader Dennis Hollingsworth, R- Murrieta and Assembly Republican leader Martin Garrick, R-Solana Beach leave Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office after a Big Five meeting on Thursday, August 26, 2010.
Gubernatorial candidate Kashkari raises nearly $1M
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Political Newcomer Elected Mayor Of Bankrupt San Bernardino
Rick Rojas @ latimes.com
Voters in San Bernardino elected Carey Davis, a political newcomer and certified public accountant, as mayor of the bankrupt city.
Sag Health And Pension Plans Hires Michael Estrada As New Ceo
Richard Verrier @ latimes.com
Michael Estrada has been tapped as the new chief executive officer for the Screen Actors Guild -Producers Pension & Health Plans.
Party Predictions Differ in Texas on Impact of New Voter ID Law
s new voter ID law will be tested again in the March 4 primary, with Democrats predicting a day of confusion and Republicans saying such concerns are overblown.