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THE NOONER for March 25, 2014

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  • Jerry Brown: $19,747,924
  • Tim Donnelly: $10,766
  • Neel Kashkari: $903,478

I don't have the inside about the split between Tim Donnelly and Jennifer Kerns, but she bailed at the right time. While Donnelly's average contribution of $402.32 plays well with his base, it's hard to maintain a professional team unless there's a huge contributor breadth. Brown's average contribution is $16,130.36 and Kashkari's is $6,174.44

Here is the cash report for all candidates. Federal reports are due April 15 for the period January 1 through March 31.

The best filing I have seen so far is for BOE4 candidate Van Tran. He "loaned" $100 to his campaign last October, started the year with $38.50, spent $24.00 since January 1, and reports cash on hand of $14.50. 

MICRA: Supporters of the ballot measure to raise medical malpractice pain and suffering caps and require drug tests for doctors claim to have submitter 840,000 signatures to county elections officials by yesterday's deadline. That will require only a 60% validity rate, very likely setting the stage for a war between lawyers and doctors in November. Dan Walters writes about the 39-year war.

CON: Basil Kimbrew uses his mass e-mail list "California Friends of the African American Caucus" to attack Betty Yee for not buying his slate:

"We met with Betty Yee two years ago on October 11, 2011, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Santa Ana California at 10am. Betty Yee had promised and agreed that she would do business with Woman of Color & the African American Community in the Slate & Publication World of Business, for the 2014 election year . Well here is the Proof, she lied."

Which raises an interesting question...who is financing the e-slate card and its sister "California Women 4 Women," which sent out an e-mail for Yee opponent John A. Pérez last week? I don't see expenditures on reports of candidates touted. Women 4 Women has a committee, but no reports. The Friends of Af-Am committee last reported activity in April 2013, when it took $17,500 from Wendy Greuel ($15k) and SEIU ($2,500) for the mayoral runoff. Of that, $2,390 went to campaign reporting firm and Kimbrew collected $15,000 in consulting fees.

CD17 (Milpitas): Ro Khanna is hitting the airwaves today and, in the spot, he promises not to take campaign money from corporations. That's good, as that would be illegal. However, he's collecting plenty of money from venture capitalists who own corporations. Nevertheless, great spot and he can start putting his 3:1 cash advantage to work.

AD07 (Sacramento): Just the other day, I told an out-of-state campaign consultant that state candidates generally don't repay loans. To prove me wrong, Assembly candidate and West Sacto councilmember Mark Johannessen used the first pre-election filing to report repaying himself $52,000, leaving him with $21,523 for the home stretch.

AD62 (Inglewood): Simona Farrise antes up $210,000 of her own money to challenge favorite Autumn Burke. Farrise owns a plaintiff-side law firm, and entered the race after consumer-attorney fave Betsy Butler moved to the SD26 race.

$$$: State to send voter registration cards to Obamacare applicants [Jean Merl @ LAT] - "Under a deal announced Monday by several voting-rights groups, the state will send voter registration cards to nearly 3.8 million Californians who have applied for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act."

"Voter cards will be included in all paper applications and a voter registration application will be provided for those signing up for health insurance online; help will also be available from those assisting applicants with their insurance choices, Gonzales said."

OUT(R)AGE: From the inbox: "The Secretary of State will be doing pre-planned, building-wide maintenance to its electrical system beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014. Power is expected to be restored before Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (Monday, March 31, 2014, is a state holiday.) During this time, Cal-ACCESS will not be available for reporting, or for viewing."

Okay, so on our wish list for the CAL-ACCESS update is that it should absolutely not be on a single server in a state office building. That is wrong on many levels. I hope someone makes a backup on a Zip drive before the weekend shutdown.

I am a frequent critic of the Secretary of State's Office, but the criticism is directed at the Legislature and multiple governors who have seen no interest in funding improvements, until CAL-ACCESS died, leading to Leland Yee's bill last session to raise fees on lobbyists and campaign committees.

May Revise is likely to deliver billions of revenue beyond the governor's January budget, and the Legislature should earmark a couple of million of that to get some Silicon Valley magic happening in our database. No time like the present and big IT consulting firms need not apply.

CAMPAIGNS: I've re-added code and instructions on how you can put a district map like what appears on the ATC district pages. Just go to your district, and click the link below the map. It's simple "iframe" code that can be added to any site, and there won't be any advertisements or anything.

WORD: Editorial: Caltrans must space out major Sacramento road projects [SacBee] - "By itself, the W-X project is going to be bad enough. Local officials expect that rush-hour congestion will spread to I-5, Highway 99, I-80 and city thoroughfares. Why increase backups with more roadwork nearby? Call it what you will – "Carmageddon," "Carpocalypse" or just plain traffic nightmare – but it is a situation that Sacramento motorists need not face. . . Caltrans is still trying to repair its reputation from the cost overruns and still-unresolved construction questions with the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. Gridlock in California’s capital city is the last thing it should want."

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GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Donnelly Has Less Than $11,000 In Bank
Seema Mehta @
GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly’s campaign appears to be on dire financial footing, according to disclosures filed with the state Monday that show he has less than $11,000 on hand and $148,000 in unpaid bills.

GOP Senate Candidate Suffers Another Ballot Setback
Christopher Cadelago @
A fight by California Senate Republicans to qualify a GOP candidate for the ballot in the open 26th district appears to have stalled Monday, after elections officials again notified Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch that his paperwork was not accepted.

Prop. B opponents appeal to get waterfront measure off ballot
B needs to be stopped now because leaving it on the ballot would stop, or at least delay, development projects years in the making, threatening up to 3,690 planned housing units and almost $8.5 billion in port revenue. "Allowing the election to go forward will halt or indefinitely delay projects that the Port Commission and the legislature have determined are essential to providing revenue to repair and maintain the city's seawall and historic waterfront structures that are at risk from earthquakes and sea level rise," attorney Robin Johansen wrote in a filing Friday to the state Court of Appeal. The legal challenge is being underwritten in part by the San Francisco Giants, who are proposing a major development on their main parking lot, which would include a park, plaza, retail and office space, apartments, and multiple towers, with one up to 380 feet high. City Attorney Dennis Herrera's office has said any court action would need to take place by April 2, the deadline to print ballot materials for the June 3 election.

Central Basin's Secret $2.7-million Fund Broke Law, Report Says
Hector Becerra @
The troubled Central Basin Municipal Water District violated the state’s open meeting laws when it created a $2.7-million fund in virtual secrecy, an investigation by the agency’s attorneys concluded.

GOP candidate Kashkari proposes tax breaks
JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press @
Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari says he would offer a 10-year corporate tax credit for companies that move to California, ask voters to divert nearly $10 billion in high-speed rail bond money to water storage projects and promote fracking for oil and natural gas.

Neel Kashkari proposes corporate tax breaks in new jobs plan
David Siders @
Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari will propose a jobs plan Tuesday that includes tax breaks for companies that move to California or open new manufacturing facilities in the state.

Neel Kashkari's Fundraising Tapers After Fast Start
David Siders @
After he raised nearly $1 million in the first two weeks of his gubernatorial campaign, Republican Neel Kashkari's fundraising appears to be leveling off.

Gov. Jerry Brown Amasses $19.7 Million For Reelection Bid
Patrick McGreevy and Seema Mehta @
Brown's top donors include labor unions and tech executives. GOP rival Neel Kashkari reports raising $1.3 million.

Christie's Jersey Stuck In Traffic While 'old Retread' Brown Makes Tracks In California - Bloomberg
Michael B. Marois and Elise Young @
Jerry Brown, governor of California, introduces his 2014-15 budget proposal at the... Read More

LAFD Union Leader Says Suspending Hiring Program 'Patently Unfair'
Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh @
The president of the union representing Los Angeles firefighters on Monday told the mayor that suspending a controversial hiring program is "patently unfair" to candidates on track to be included in future classes.

From the Notebook: Department winners, losers during during Jerry Brown’s administration
Jon Ortiz @
Our story in today’s Bee looks at which California state government departments have increased payroll and which have cut it during Gov. Jerry Brown’s third term. Here’s a complete list of employee counts and wages paid them over the three-year period, according to state controller’s payroll data.

Visa Fraud: Pleasanton University Founder Convicted In Immigration Scheme
Howard Mintz @
After two days of deliberations, the jury convicted Susan Su of all 35 counts, ranging from conspiracy to commit visa fraud to money laundering to alien harboring in connection with allegations she ran a scam school in Pleasanton from 2008 until her arrest in 2011.

Big California Ballot Battle Looms Over Malpractice Limit
Dan Walters @
Consumer Watchdog submitted more than 800,000 signatures Monday for a ballot measure that would modify the state's $250,000 cap on pain and suffering injuries in medical malpractice cases, touching off what promises to be a fierce battle with medical providers and their insurers.

Woman Files Excessive-force Lawsuit Against Chp Officer In Dui Arrest
Ruben Vives @
A 25-year-old woman has filed a federal lawsuit against a California Highway Patrol officer who allegedly used excessive force during a suspected DUI arrest in 2012.

Kashkari's Jobs Plan: Fracking, Corporate Tax Breaks, And Environmental And Labor Law Reform
Josh Richman @
Much of the plan will almost certainly be seen as controversial in increasingly blue California, and would face significant opposition from the Democrat-led Legislature. But the plan's reception couldn't be gauged Monday because Kashkari's campaign gave it to reporters on the condition that they share it with nobody -- not even policy experts -- until Tuesday.

California seniors have highest poverty rate, study finds
For about 6.3 million seniors nationwide living below the poverty line, that means eating most meals at free dining rooms, rarely turning up the heat, rationing medications and praying that emergencies never strike. Twenty percent of California adults over age 65 live below the poverty threshold of about $16,000 annually, when taking into account the higher cost of housing and health care. Poverty rising againSenior poverty levels declined for decades in the 20th century due to Social Security and other safety-net programs, but started to rise again after the 2008 economic collapse, when millions of older people lost their jobs or homes, saw their savings evaporate or pensions slashed. Another contributing factor to the rising senior poverty rate is the decline of marriage and the scattering of families, leaving many seniors single and alone, without a partner or nearby relatives to pool earnings or share costs. A report last month by the U.S. Government Accountability Office showed that single seniors have a far greater chance of living in poverty than their married counterparts, largely because they have no spousal or survivor benefits to draw from, no one with whom to share expenses and, if they're parents, they probably spent surplus money on their kids instead of investing it for retirement. About 20 percent of California's seniors - compared to 15 percent nationally - live below the poverty threshold when taking health care expenses into account, according to the Kaiser foundation study. Stross, for example, receives less than half the amount required for seniors to cover basic expenses in Alameda County, according to the Elder Economic Security Index, which looks at rent, food, transportation, health care and miscellaneous expenses. Shrinking safety netThe safety net is an array of government-funded programs like Social Security, subsidized housing, Medicare, senior centers and Meals on Wheels, created to help seniors make ends meet in an age when pensions are shriveling and people are living longer. [...] whether married or single, relying on public services can be a humiliating experience for just about anyone, adding to seniors' feelings of anxiety and isolation, Prindiville said. The situation is expected to get worse as millions of Baby Boomers retire, putting a strain on a system that's already overburdened, said Roxanne Murray, program director at Family Service Agency of San Francisco, which helps low-income seniors find work and housing. Most companies and public agencies have cut or eliminated retirement benefits, meaning more people will rely on public services in their older years, with a smaller number of younger, working people supporting the costs. Every healthy thing they say to do, I do, he said. [...] really, I don't have any choice.

Shriver Jumps Ahead Of Kuehl In Campaign Money, Reports Show
Catherine Saillant @
Thanks to a wide swath of contributors and a sizable chunk from his own pocket, former Santa Monica City Council member Bobby Shriver jumped to a lead in campaign fundraising over rival state Sen. Sheila Kuehl in the race to replace Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, finance statements show.

Q&A: Arnold Schwarzenegger praises Jerry Brown
Arnold Schwarzenegger may be back to gunning down bad guys in action movies, but he's playing nice when it comes to politics.

Central Basin Water District Violated Law, Agency Lawyers Say
Hector Becerra @
An analysis finds the district created a $2.7-million fund for a groundwater storage project in secret, in defiance of state law.

Race Analysis: In State Senate 26, Democrats running for 2nd place in June
The lone non-partisan candidate gets past the post in June. Overall, Dr. Vito Imbasciani is the complete package with a story, money, cross-party and base appeal, with Manhattan Beach mayor Amy Howorth close behind as a traditionally strong candidate - district support and money.

Caltrans To Pay $12.7 Million Extra To Put Bay Bridge Demolition Back On Schedule
Denis Cuff @
The three- to five-year-long demolition project fell several months behind schedule out the starting gate when Caltrans reallocated labor and resources to open the $6.4 billion new east span as soon as possible. It opened Sept. 2 after years of delays and cost overruns.

State To Send Voter Registration Cards To Obamacare Applicants
Jean Merl @
Facing legal action from the ACLU and rights groups over federal voter registration laws, California will send applications to about 3.8 million residents who applied under the Affordable Care Act.

McDaniel defines stance on pending egg lawsuit
Associated Press @
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says it's not appropriate for the state to join a Missouri lawsuit that challenges California restrictions on egg production, but he supports the border state's efforts.

Redevelopment of Pete's Harbor can proceed, Redwood City council decides
Bonnie EslingerDaily @
Following an outpouring of public support for the proposed redevelopment of Pete's Harbor into a 402-unit waterfront residential community, the Redwood City City Council on Monday night unanimously denied an appeal by project opponents to block it.