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THE NOONER for March 21, 2014

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Another year, another bracket busted on day 1.

  • Today: Stanford (10) v. New Mexico (7) [10:40a PDT on TBS]
  • Today: Cal Poly (16) v. Wichita State (1) [4:10p PDT on CBS]
  • Today: Tulsa (13) v. UCLA (4) [6:57p PDT on TRU]

It's Friday in the Capitol during March Madness, so today's readership is probably minimal and we'll keep it brief. Also, for me, it's a board meeting day, so some of my pre-dawn time needs to go to prepping.

AD55 (Diamond Bar): Diamond Bar councilmember Steve Tye joined the self-funding melee in the race to succeed Curt Hagman, going to the ATM for $100,000. The other Republicans in the race--Diamond Bar councilmember Ling-Ling Chang and Phillip Chen--have both anted up $150,000 in personal funds. Several other candidates bumped up their cash on hand before the March 17 deadline by self-funding, including Ben Allen ($50k), Amy Howorth ($100k) and Vito Imbasciani ($60k) in SD26, Keith Curry ($10k) in AD74, Gloria Gray ($10k)in AD62, and Steve Cohn ($10k) in AD07

Campaign filing reports for the January 1-March 17 period are due Monday, the next period closes May 17, and campaigns continue to report $1,000 or greater contributions within 24 hours. 

LABOS3: Debate in supervisor's race heats up on campaign funds

AURAL PLEASURE: John and Anthony tickle our ears with this week's Capitol Connection podcast.

#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for Tal Finney, Greg Lucas, Dennis Raj, Anthony Cannella (Saturday), Alex Padilla (Saturday), Jim Sanders (Saturday), Tim Carpenter (Sunday), and Alva Johnson (Sunday).

Have a great weekend!



  • Jay Hansen for School Board is hosting a "Sacramento LGBT Coming Out Party" on Wednesday, March 26 from 5:30-7:30pm at the home of Michael Mendez and Richard Stapler. Co-hosts include John A. Pérez, Toni Atkins, Christopher Cabaldon and many more. More information.
  • Will the Monterey Shale be an Energy and Economic Boon for California? Next Generation, Post Carbon Institute, and Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy invite you to attend a panel discussion on the energy and economic potential of developing California’s Monterey Shale formation. Tom Steyer will kick off the presentation and engage panelists Dr. David Hughes and Robert Collier in discussion. The event will take place in the Quorum Room at the Citizen Hotel on Thursday, March 27th from 2-3:15pm. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. To RSVP, or for more information, contact James Barba at
  • Join Emerge California's 2nd Annual Capitol Reception on Tuesday, April 8 from 6:30-8:30pm at Mix Downtown (corner of L and 15th). To purchase tickets or to become a host, contact Nazneen Rydhan at 510-986-0455 or
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S.F. supervisors spared fight over analysis of Prop. B
John Cote @
Supervisor Scott Wiener on Thursday withdrew legislation he had proposed to have city departments conduct an impartial analysis of the most contentions measure on the June ballot - a proposal designed to limit waterfront development.

Credit firm says California pension measure’s demise bad for local governments’ credit
A Wall Street firm cautioned Thursday that the failure to put a pension measure before California voters has negative implications for local governments facing higher retirement benefit bills.

Bill Would Disclose Donors To Cal Lawmakers' Trips
Patrick McGreevy @
SACRAMENTO -- A state senator wants nonprofit groups that treat lawmakers to trips to disclose the companies and other interests whose donations cover the expenses.

Senator Jerry Hill: Aloha to secret junkets, aloha to disclosure
A California lawmaker is proposing legislation to force non-profit organizations that wine and dine lawmakers on luxury trips to disclose their donors.

Ami Bera Tells Brokers Obamacare 'Fix' Should Address Cost
Kathy Robertson @
A Democrat running for re-election, Rep. Ami Bera from Rancho Cordova, says the Affordable Care Act is "not what I would have done," but he stands ready to work on a fix.

Obama To Speak At UC Irvine Graduation
Jason Song and Larry Gordon @
A marketing effort involving UC Irvine administrators and students to draw the president pays off.

School Funding Reforms Spark Push To Get Parent Input
Louis Freedberg and Alex Gronke @
California’s new school funding law has sparked a major push to get input from parents, at least in most school districts being tracked by EdSource in diverse parts of the state.

With health law, workers ponder the I-Quit option
The nation's new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected medical bills for some people, but for others it offers another kind of escape: the chance to quit their job.

Brown, Unions Spar Over Overtime Pay For Home Care Aides
Dan Walters @
The IHSS flap is one of several points of friction between Brown, who says he wants to hold the line on spending even though the state budget is no longer in deficit, and advocates for safety net services that were slashed during periods of fiscal distress.

California's $100 Million Annual Film Tax Credits A Boon To State, Study Says
Dakota Smith @
California’s film and television production tax credit program leads to economic gains throughout the region, a study released Thursday states.

California May Collect Dna In Felony Arrests, Appeals Court Rules
Maura Dolan @
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court Thursday upheld the constitutionality of California’s practice of taking and storing DNA profiles from anyone arrested on suspicion of a felony.

City Wins Possession Of Old Macy's Building For New Kings Arena
Dale Kasler @
Affirming his earlier decision, a judge Thursday gave the city of Sacramento permission to take over the former Macy’s men’s store at Downtown Plaza, delivering the final piece of real estate needed to build the new Kings arena.

Alaska's Treadwell shakes up campaign
The Republican Senate candidate replaces his campaign manager and communications consultant.

Capitol Connection Podcast: The More Things Change
There's political news that breaks the mold, and political news that reinforces the familiar narrative. This week, consider it more of the latter.

Obama Enlists Degeneres, Other Celebrities In Final Healthcare Push
Christi Parsons @
President Obama and White House begin final push to persuade Americans, particularly young people, to sign up for Obamacare before the March 31 deadline.

Sacramento Sheriff Seeks To Calm Tensions Between Russian, Ukrainian Immigrants
Stephen Magagnini @
Pro-Russian people celebrate in the central square in Sevastopol, Ukraine, early Monday, March 17, 2014. Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The United States and Europe condemned the ballot as illegal and destabilizing and were expected to slap sanctions against Russia for it.

Debate in supervisor's race heats up on campaign funds
Catherine Saillant @
Candidates vying for Zev Yaroslavsky's seat on the L.A. County board spar over campaign financing.

Half Of Callers To Covered California Give Up As Deadline Looms
Chad Terhune @
Nearly half of callers to California's health insurance exchange in February and March couldn't get through and abandoned their call, state figures show.

Advocates Want State To Delay Health Transition For Elderly And Disabled | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
Next month, a federal pilot program aimed at improving care for the most vulnerable is set to start rolling out in some California counties.