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THE NOONER for February 28, 2014
Happy Friday, where I awoke to the sound of rain pelting my San Diego windows. I think Hertz is playing with me as they gave me a free upgrade to a red Mustang convertible for the first Sandy Eggo monsoon in a decade.
Thank you for the debate via e-mail and on the Twitterverse about yesterday's discussion about Rod Wright. I'll let you know that passions were equal on both the left and right, and I appreciate disagreement far more than silence.
Jerry Brown is running for reelection. Speaking of playing games, I am sure it was not intentional, but my notice from him arrived at 12:01 p.m. yesterday, just as you all were reading T-6 days for him to file in The Nooner. And, yes, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters reports that he pulled and filed papers yesterday.
Assembly GOP communications guru Sandra Lockhart is leaving the building and will have new plans to announce shortly. Classy spox in a tough job, and we should thank her.
SD20 (Ontario-Pomona): As super-special Nooner paid subscribers were alerted to last night, Cheryl Brown is running for reelection to AD47 and not to succeed Norma Torres in SD20. With 8 business days left to complete filings, the question moves to who will run for the safe Democratic seat.
I hear that Gloria Negrete McLeod's chief of staff, Alfonso Sanchez, is in the race, and Pomona Mayor Elliott Rothman said he is running. Meawhile, there are some significant forces encouraging Colton attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes to move from the CD31 race to SD20 to avoid the possible Democratic top-two FUBAR repeat of 2012 against DCCC-fave Pete Aguilar. She would instantly become the consensus candidate. Also in the mix are San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos and Grand Terrace Councilmember Sylvia Robles.
BOE4: Jon Fleischman writes about Mark Wyland's decision to abandon his bid and essentially hand the south state BOE district to State Senator Diane Harkey. The two had been embroiled in a defamation legal fight earlier this year.
SD26 (Coastal Los Angeles): Here is Amy Howorth's Buzzfeed-style top 5 reasons to consider her candidacy:
SCHNUR SHOTS: John Hrabe is at it again.
GRAMMAR: 150 journalism cliches — and counting [WaPo]
ACCOUNTABLE: Which lawmakers donated money after the government shutdown? Find out here. [Ed O'Keefe @ WaPo]
Okay, Noonerverse. Have a great weekend. Go dance in the rain...
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Tim Donnelly Says He 'never Got Around' To Registering Handgun
Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman Tim Donnelly , a Republican candidate for governor, was back on the radio Wednesday to talk about firearms, this time fielding questions about his failure to register a handgun he illegally took to an airport in 2012.
California Gov. Jerry Brown To Run For Reelection
Christopher Cadelago @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he has taken out the papers to run for re-election.
L.A.-area Lawmaker Joins Obama In Initiative For Minority Youth
Melanie Mason @ latimes.com
The initiative, called "My Brother's Keeper," brings together government agencies, philanthropic foundations and businesses to improve the lives of young black and Latino men, in an aim to stop the "school-to-prison pipeline."
Assemblyman Steve Fox denies allegations he used government staff at his law office
A former employee of Assemblyman Steve Fox alleges that the Democrat lawmaker forced employees in his taxpayer-funded state office to perform work at his private law practice.
Court Ok's Arizona Redistricting Commission's Congressional Power
Dan Walters @ blogs.sacbee.com
When California voters endorsed a ballot measure to shift the decennial redrawing of legislative districts to an independent commission in 2008, congressional districts were pointedly excluded.
Washington: Drought Be Dammed, Calif. Lawmakers Look To Storing Water | Congress | Mcclatchy Dc
Michael Doyle @ mcclatchydc.com
The latest on politics & government by our White House & Congressional correspondents.
State attorney general moves to preserve concealed-gun limits
Attorney General Kamala Harris moved Thursday to preserve California's restrictions on concealed-weapons permits, seeking a rehearing of a federal appeals court ruling that would allow law-abiding citizens throughout the state to carry handguns in public. If the three-judge panel allows the state to enter the case, it will refer the rehearing request to the court's 27 judges, who would decide Harris' request by majority vote. Most rural counties issue permits to anyone without a serious criminal record who claims a need for self-defense, but urban counties typically require applicants to show a special need for a handgun. [...] the Ninth Circuit panel said a groundbreaking 2008 Supreme Court ruling - which declared a constitutional right to keep a handgun in the home for self-defense - must be interpreted to apply outside the home as well.
Polluter Fees Could Be Annual Source Of Bullet Train Money
Chris Megerian @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- California’s bullet train project would receive additional funding every year from the state greenhouse gas reduction program under proposed legislation from Gov. Jerry Brown .
Former California Assemblywoman Joins Senate Payroll
Jim Miller @ blogs.sacbee.com
Former Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, who is running for the state Senate, recently got a jump on getting a Senate paycheck.
Gun California gubernatorial candidate 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
Jerry Brown To Seek Unprecedented Fourth Term As California Governor
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown touts the budget and the economy in announcing his bid for re-election.
California AG seeks to handle appeal of concealed gun ruling
Attorney General Kamala Harris moved Thursday to preserve California's restrictions on concealed-weapons permits, seeking a rehearing of a federal appeals court ruling that would allow law-abiding citizens throughout the state to carry handguns in public. If the three-judge panel allows the state to enter the case, it will refer the rehearing request to the court's 27 judges, who would decide Harris' request by majority vote. Most rural counties issue permits to anyone without a serious criminal record who claims a need for self-defense, but urban counties typically require applicants to show a special need for a handgun. [...] the Ninth Circuit panel said a ground-breaking 2008 Supreme Court ruling - which declared a constitutional right to keep a handgun in the home for self-defense - must be interpreted to apply outside the home as well.
Schnur Shots: Ask State Controller Joe Dunn about buying slates
Tidbits from the Capitol: The 2014 State Controller's race, GOP Caucus priorities of graffiti over graft, "GI Joe" Jesse's latest endorsements, GOP Millionaires for Dan Schnur, and a do-nothing Congressman booked through August.
California Drought Relief Package Heads To Gov. Jerry Brown
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
In a concerted effort to aid California's drought-stricken communities, the Legislature on Thursday sped a $687 million relief package to Gov. Jerry Brown.
Jerry Brown announces campaign for fourth term as California governor
Anthony York @ latimes.com
Jerry Brown, who has already raised millions in contributions, holds a wide lead in polls over Republican challengers.
At Closed Event, Sheriff's Candidates Debate Department's Future
Robert Faturechi @ latimes.com
A recording of a debate hosted by the deputies' union show that while candidates concede reform is needed, they say most deputies are following policy.
Senate Dems Delay Republican Move To Expel Rod Wright
Laurel Rosenhall @ blogs.sacbee.com
Senate Democrats delayed debate on a resolution to expel Sen. Rod Wright today by moving a Republican proposal to the Rules Committee, where it could permanently stall.
California State Personnel Director, Deputy Exit Suddenly
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Julie Chapman, director of the state Department of Human Resources, is retiring from the post on Friday.
Attorney General Kamala Harris appeals federal court's concealed-handgun ruling
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
California Attorney General Kamala Harris wants a federal appeals court to review and reverse its recent decision loosening standards for issuing permits to carry concealed handguns, even though the San Diego sheriff opted to abandon the case.
Attorney General Kamala Harris fights for concealed-weapon standard
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
Attorney General Kamala Harris announced on Thursday she would appeal a ruling overturning California's concealed-weapons law.
Former L.A. Schools Chief Calls Ipad Program Illegal
Howard Blume @ latimes.com
A former L.A. schools superintendent has stepped forward to criticize a $1 billion effort to provide every student, teacher and campus administrator with a tablet or laptop computer. William J. Johnston, 87, did not object to the goal, but focused instead on using school-construction bonds to fund the project, which, so far, has involved purchasing iPads.
California Law Would Let Gloves Come Off For Bars And Restaurants
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Sushi chef Kei Sugimoto wears rubber gloves at Kru in Sacramento. A lawmaker is seeking to overturn his own bill requiring gloves.