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THE NOONER for February 19, 2014

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  • CD31 (Redlands): added ?former? congressional staffer Leslie McCollum Gooch (R)
  • CD35 (Ontario): added Ontario councilmember Paul Vincent Avila (D)
  • CD35 (Ontario): added State Senator Norma Torres (D)

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VOTER REG: The Secretary of State released the December 31 voter registration report yesterday. The data have been loaded to the AroundTheCapitol district pages, and a quick glance of changes since October 2012 for each district is available here. Paid Nooner subscribers can download a spreadsheet of the December 31 data by district and the previous four reports.

Paul Mitchell takes a look at the data on the Political Data blog. He's been busy beyond cycling, as he also has an opinion piece in Voice of San Diego about polling and the mayoral election.

LAMER V. LAMER: Tim Draper's initiative to split California into six states went into circulation yesterday. Alas, venture capitalists have such great ideas.

STAY CLASSY, JOE: CA35 (Ontario): Yesterday's announcement by Gloria Negrete McLeod that she would run for supervisor rather than reelection was not a particular surprise, as those who know and have watched her knows that she is more interested in rolling up her sleeves and tackling problems than waiting around in Washington for the ice to melt. The surprise came when former congressman Joe Baca said that he would stay in the CA31 race and called Negrete McLeod a "bimbo." The Hill's Cameron Joseph writes:

He slammed both Bloomberg and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) for meddling in California politics, and said they'd work against him no matter where he ran — and took a final shot at McLeod, his longtime foe, calling her a "bimbo."

"What's the difference? They've conspired to work against me in one, they'd turn around and do the same in the other, right? Would you roll the dice and hope they wouldn't?" he asked rhetorically.

"Look at what we wound up with: Some bimbo who decided not to run again. ... Here we go again now with another New Yorker trying to tell us who's going to be the representative of the 31st. It's up to the people to decide."


  1. bimbo: an attractive but empty-headed young woman, esp. one perceived as a willing sex object.
  2. Bimbo: the Mexican-owned bakery that makes Entenmann's sweets and Ball Park hot dog buns.

Baca subsequently apologized. Roll Call's Abby Livingston gets the quote: "I was upset and disappointed that we have a person that's not running again. To me [Negrete McLeod's retirement] was a disservice to the area." In 2007, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez quit the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, accusing then-Chairman Joe Baca of calling her a "whore." 

One correction to my write-up yesterday. Baca would only be eligible to serve only one term in the State Senate if Norma Torres runs for CA31 and Baca chooses to seek her seat. The "less than half a term" provision only applies when someone is elected to fill a term, not when someone leaves mid-term. For those of you who have subscribed for a couple of years, you remember me writing about this before. I should read my own writing. 

[Disclosure: I have contributed to Pete Aguilar who is running in CA31.]

SD20 (Ontario): If Norma Torres runs for Negrete McLeod's CA35, the question is whether Freddie Rodriguez will choose to run for the formerly-known-as "upper house." By doing so, he would be 1 of 40 and get to hear his name read during roll call votes, but also would likely forfeit 2 of his possible 12 years in the Legislature (unless he returned to the Assembly post-Senate). We saw Marc Levine decide to stay put instead of running for SD02, but that likely would have been a tougher race (and district to represent) than Rodriguez would have in SD20. My bet is that Rodriquez would run . . . Of course, there are many others in this long-fractured neck of the woods (Joe Baca, Jr., Jason Rothman, Danielle Soto, to name a few).

CA33 (Coastal Los Angeles): I wrote yesterday that 28.7% of Waxman's district voters are in the City of Los Angeles. That is the general election number. The primary election number is closer to 33%.

THE WATCH: For the home-gamers, most county registrars of voters are now posting daily updates to candidate filing logs. Candidates for offices in which the incumbent is running have until March 7 to complete the process, and a five-day extension to March 12 is provided when the incumbent does not run. 

AMBITION:  Darrell Issa is making the political rounds in New Hampshire [Kitty Felde @ SCPR]

Schnur Shots: Who is Star Moffatt? [John Hrabe @ CalNewsroom]

LIFE AFTER TEEVEE: Former reality TV star Omarosa enters LAUSD school board race along with a dozen others [Dakota Smith @ Daily News]

Remember her? That's when we actually watched that show.

COME BACK SOON, TULI: Tuli Bistro shuts down suddenly, chef/owner hopes to re-open with new partners [Chris Macias @ SacBee]

DESPAIR, SHRINKAGE, AND CHALLENGE: Fosun closes in on deal for Forbes; price short of $250M [Jonathan Marino @ The Deal] - "When money management magazine and website Forbes Media LLC is sold, likely to Fosun International Ltd., the Chinese conglomerate that has taken the front-runner position in the company's auction, sources said, it will be for a much lower price than private equity minority stakeholder Elevation Partners LP was hoping to receive"

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Edgar Wong-Chen and Bonnie Lowenthal.



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CalPERS Rate Hike: Governor Wins, Cities Lose | Calpensions
A divided CalPERS board yesterday approved a faster rate hike for the state urged by Gov. Brown, but opposed by unions. A proposal to give struggling cities the option of more time to phase in the rate hike, seven years instead of five, was rejected.

Senate Elections Chair Norma Torres: No Comment on 3rd Party Ballot Access
State Senator Norma Torres, D-Pomona, who chairs the Senate Elections Committee, refuses to comment on the ballot access problems facing third party candidates this election.

Former State GOP Chair Ron Nehring Running For Lieutenant Governor
Seema Mehta @
Ron Nehring, the former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday that he was running for lieutenant governor.

Jerry Brown to skip meeting of governors in Washington
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown will skip the annual meeting of the nation's governors in Washington this weekend, with an ongoing drought in California and his own re-election campaign on the horizon.

De Leon, Hahn Dispute Warnings For Campaign Reporting Issues
Patrick McGreevy @
One letter from Gary Winuk, chief of enforcement for the Fair Political Practices Commission, said De Leon failed to file a semiannual campaign report for a two-month period in 2012 as required by the state Political Reform Act.

Dan Walters Daily: Instead of legislating, Legislature busy playing political games
Alexei Koseff @
Not much has happened in the Legislature so far this session, Dan says, except publicity-grabbing hearings that benefit politicians in an election year.

Court Ruling Indicates California Gun Laws May Go Too Far
Dan Walters @
Our restrictions are bothersome to the law-abiding but clearly do not deter those bent on homicide, a crime with far more complex psychological and sociological root causes.

Noreen Evans Renews Push For State Oil Tax | The Press Democrat
North Coast Rep. Mike Thompson, proponent of U.S.-made flags, toured a Rohnert Park flag company Tuesday.

AM Alert: Noreen Evans revives push for California oil extraction tax
Alexei Koseff @
Though previous efforts have proved unsuccessful, state Sen. Noreen Evans has once again introduced a bill for a tax on companies that extract oil in California. The Santa Rosa Democrat will discuss the legislation during a rally at 10 a.m. at Sacramento State's Hinde Auditorium.

California Lawmakers Look At Credit Card Hacking
Marc Lifsher @
SACRAMENTO -- Personal information collected from credit card shoppers could best be protected by upgrading the country's entire payment system, the head of the state retailers association testified at a joint legislative hearing.

Filling In Blanks On Ny Times Story About West-side Water Treatment | Earth Log |
How much money do people make in the education field in the Valley? Consult our database.

Ron Nehring to challenge Gavin Newsom for lieutenant governor
Christopher Cadelago @
Former California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring Tuesday announced plans to run for lieutenant governor, framing his campaign as a challenge to the status quo and encouraging his beleaguered party to become standard-bearers of bold, serious reforms aimed at tackling the state’s problems.

Healthcare Organizations Under Siege From Cyberattacks, Study Says
Chris O'Brien @
Add this to the list of things to freak you out: Healthcare organizations of all kinds are being routinely attacked and compromised by increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.

Climate Billionaire Aims To Set Stage For 2016
Steyer's strategy strategy could make him a progressive counterweight to big GOP donors. | AP Photo

CalPERS Decides To Speed Up Rate Increases For State
Dale Kasler @
The state’s annual contribution to its massive pension fund is about to go up substantially, and much sooner than expected.

Minimum-wage Hike Would Help Alleviate Poverty, But Could Kill Jobs, CBO Reports
Zachary A. Goldfarb @
President Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would increase earnings for 16.5 million low-wage Americans but cost the nation about 500,000 jobs, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday.

Kaiser Permanente Losing Members To Cheaper Plans
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Voters May Decide Medical Malpractice Cap
Melanie Mason @
Doctors and insurers are fighting lawyers and consumer groups over an effort to increase the $250,000 pain and suffering limit.

Gloria Negrete Mcleod Not Running Again In California's 35th District
Freshman Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Calif., announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election in California’s 35th District, instead opting for a bid for county supervisor back home in the Golden State.

Better Credit Cards, Encryption Considered To Protect Consumer Data
Jeremy B. White @
Lawmakers pushed on Tuesday for ways to prevent the kind of consumer data breaches that claimed voluminous amounts of information during the recent holiday season.

Health Warnings On Soda Bottles
Timm Herdt @
What is likely to become one of the signature bills in this year’s session of the California Legislature could also very likely become an object of pop culture ridicule. Just ask former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

UC Berkeley fined in deaths of lab animals
The creatures were small, long-tailed rodents called voles that were part of a study of circadian rhythms looking at how light affects physiology, said Roger Van Andel, director of the Office of Laboratory Animal Care at UC Berkeley. In 2012, The Chronicle reported that incidents of animal neglect or mistreatment persisted at the medical school even after it paid more than $90,000 to settle such violations in the early 2000s. What happened at UC Berkeley is that two graduate students placed about 150 voles in a light box on a Thursday, expecting a staff member to tell caretakers to give them water, Van Andel said. "While no penalty - monetary or otherwise - can undo the unimaginable suffering of the frightened voles who were trapped in their cages as they experienced excruciating pain before their deaths, we hope the fine compels UC Berkeley to ensure that it adheres to the minimal animal welfare standards required by law," said Alka Chandna, a lab oversight specialist with PETA.