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THE NOONER for February 26, 2014

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Happy Birthday, Scott's mom. She is an awesome woman, albeit not a Californian anymore.

Early morning flight to Sandy Eggo, so we're going to leave today's Nooner at the headlines beneath the jump and my flight notes with so-so wifi. 

BANG-BANG: Gun Donnelly had at airport wasn't registered to him, records show

T-7: Governor Jerry Brown has yet to file for reelection.

State Senator's Proposal Moves from Cap & Trade to Fee & Rebate [Mike Sandler @ HuffPo]

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to my law school colleague and leg director for a great freshman (Rob Bonta) Amy Alley




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State Senate Leader Wants Governor To Fill Legislative Vacancies
Patrick McGreevy @
Senate Constitutional Amendment 16, if approved by the voters, would require the governor to fill legislative vacancies within 21 days of a seat becoming vacant and to name an appointee from the same political party as the vacating member.

The Water We Can't See
Timm Herdt @
When the California Legislature put together its big water package in 2009, the one that paved the way for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and included an $11 billion water bond about which lawmakers are now having second thoughts, Sen. Fran Pavley put forth what she thought was a modest proposal.

The Case Of Rod Wright >> The State Senate At The Crossroads
Jon Fleischman @
This coming Friday State Senator Rod Wright will be celebrating an anniversary of sorts — he will be celebrating the end of his first month serving in the California legislature while simultaneous being a convicted felon. On January 28th Wright was found guilty in Superior Court of eight felonies. A jury of Wright’s peers found that he had committed perjury and fraudulent voting, after Los Angeles County District Attorney prosecutors successfully made the case that Wright did not, in fact, reside in the Senate District in which he ran. Wright will be formally sentenced in May, but based on the crimes for which he was convicted he could face up to eight years and four months in prison.

Transgender law's foes won't concede defeat
Opponents of a new state law on the rights of transgender students aren't accepting defeat in their attempt to put the issue before the voters, and instead are preparing a long-shot effort to challenge the invalidation of thousands of petition signatures by county registrars. Supporters of the law, meanwhile, say it's time to work with schools, parents and students to make sure youths' gender identities are respected when they use restrooms or try out for sports teams. [...] attorney Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, said sponsors of the referendum campaign don't trust the official results and plan to scrutinize every invalidated signature at county offices over the next 21 days, the period allotted by law. Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a commentator on California politics, said the referendum's apparent failure reflects social conservatives' lack of political power in the state, and also indicates that they don't consider the dispute as important as other issues, like abortion and same-sex marriage.

Poll Finds Little Favor Delta Tunnel Project Aimed At Bolstering Water Imports To Southern California
Timm Herdt @
A leading environmental organization released a public opinion survey that shows only 10 percent of Californians approve of the $37 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan that includes construction of two large tunnels.

Gun lawmaker had at airport not registered to him
A police report says the handgun that California assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly attempted to take through airport security two years ago was not registered to him.

Gun Donnelly Had At Airport Wasn't Registered To Him, Records Show
Jessica Garrison and Chris Megerian @
The GOP gubernatorial candidate was never charged in 2012 with failing to buy a gun through a licensed dealer as required by the state.

The Buzz: Jerry Brown noshes with Dalai Lama as labor feeds his campaign account
Gov. Jerry Brown has raised another $368,200 for his re-election campaign, raising his total to more than $18 million.

California Water Bond Proposals Now Number Seven
Mark Grossi @
Assembly Member Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno, and state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, are the latest to propose a new bill tweaking the California water bond scheduled for November.

California Election Reforms Going National? :: Fox&hounds
One suspects Arnold Schwarzenegger is gearing up to lead the fight across the nation to seek these reforms.

EBMUD Pursues Second Emergency Water Source In Drought Year
Denis Cuff @
The water board agreed Tuesday to exercise an option to buy up to 20,000 acre feet of water from the Placer County Water Agency.

Sen. Roderick Wright Granted Leave Of Absence Pending Felony Case
Patrick McGreevy @
State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg announced Tuesday that Democratic Sen. Roderick Wright has requested and been granted a paid leave of absence from his senate position as he awaits sentencing on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud.

Secretary of state candidate Dan Schnur’s fundraising fix falls short
Steve Maviglio @
Secretary of State candidate Dan Schnur’s fundraising fix falls short.

Senate Probe Accuses Swiss Bank Of Helping Rich Americans Evade Taxes
Jim Puzzanghera @
Senate panel's bipartisan investigation accuses Swiss bank Credit Suisse of helping 22,000 rich Americans evade taxes.

Column: Ralph Nader wants a billionaire to run for president, and he has a list
Wesley Lowery, The Washington Post @
It's no secret that Ralph Nader has always been a big fan of the idea of third-party presidential candidates. On Monday, Nader released a list of 20 multi-millionaires and billionaires who he thinks should give real thought to mounting a presidential bid in 2016.

Supervisors Approve Deal With SEIU Months After Social Worker Strike
Abby Sewell @
Los Angeles County supervisors approved a deal with the county's largest public employee union Tuesday, putting the cap on an unusually contentious period in county labor relations. The new contracts between the county and Service Employees International Union Local 721 include a 6% raise over three years, an additional $200,000 to be contributed by the county to a rideshare subsidy program.

California Trying Again To Create A Rainy-Day Fund
Dan Walters @
Revenue volatility, an old issue, is getting new attention this year as Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders pledge not to do what their predecessors often did – overspend windfall revenue.

AM Alert: California groups push for bigger social safety net
Alexei Koseff @
With California experiencing its first budget surplus in years, advocacy groups from across the state are visiting Sacramento in hopes of convincing the Legislature to spend those billions instead of putting them into a rainy day fund, as Gov. Jerry Brown would like.

Jobless Benefits Wrongly Denied
Marc Lifsher @
California's Employment Development Department wrongly denied benefits last year to more than 163,000 jobless Californians.

Biden links voter-ID laws to 'hatred'
The vice president links the voting rights fight now to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

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Credit Suisse CEO Says Aiding U.S. Tax Evasion Is 'Unacceptable'
Jim Puzzanghera @
The chief executive of Credit Suisse told Senators Wednesday that it was "unaccceptable" for Swiss banks to help Americans evade U.S. taxes and he regrets that some of the firm's employees did so in the past.

California gas tax drops but pump price may not
A California gas tax is dropping but that doesn't mean consumers will see a dip at the pump.

Obamacare Enrollment Hits 4 Million
Noam N. Levey @
Enrollment in health plans sold on marketplaces created by President Obama¿s healthcare law has hit 4 million, the administration announced Tuesday.