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THE NOONER for March 28, 2014

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What a week. Let's review:

  • Monday: State legislative campaigns filed reports from the period January 1 - March 17.
  • Tuesday: Mike Morrell won a special election for SD23. The AD40 vacancy will be filled in the normal June/November cycle. A judge ruled that signature irregularities were enough to exclude Google lawyer Vinesh Singh Raneth (R) from CD17 ballot, although doesn't tie Ro Khanna directly to Raneth's candidacy.
  • Wednesday: Leland Yee was arrested. Judge rejects attempt by Beverly Hills mayor Jim Mirisch to have disqualified signatures count, denying the only Republican from the SD26 ballot. 
  • Thursday: Secretary of State releases final candidate list. California NCAA bloodshed.
  • Friday: Who knows what's in store?

After that, thank goodness for a three-day weekend.

More after the jump...



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Let's stay light on Leland today, as the headline feed below has plenty of stories. Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't share the work of our Taiwanese animator friends on the story.

Here is a link to a version of the affidavit that KQED's Scott Detrow enhanced with a table of contents. As truly fascinating and shocking as the story has been, lots of current and former staffers for Yee have had a miserable week. They are true believers who were maniacally manipulated and deserve our support. 

Now, back to our regularly scheduled per diem session.

THE LIST: The Secretary of State released the Certified List of Candidates yesterday, with the final change being an order to Dan Schnur's ballot label from "Political Reform Advocate" to "Political Involvement Educator." Schnur's label had been challenged by the LA Democratic Party and Eric Bauman

SECRETS: In a case originating in San Jose, the Sixth District Court of Appeal, yesterday ruled that the Public Records Act "does not require public access to communications between public officials using exclusively private cell phones or e-mail accounts."

APPROVED: Maria Contreras-Sweet Confirmed As SBA Chief [Jim Puzzanghera @ LAT]

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Yesterday, I errantly reported that opponents to the MICRA cap lift had doubled-down with an additional $31.5 million. The money was actually "forgiven loans" now that the initiative is almost certain to qualify. But, there is likely more from where that came from . . . 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Marie WaldronKiyomi Birchill (Saturday), John Laird (Saturday), Ted Lieu (Saturday), Mark DeSaulnier (Monday), and Kara Howard (Monday).




State Senate Votes 28-1 To Suspend Yee, Calderon And Wright
Current law mandates that those disgraced elected officials -- Sens. Leland Yee, D-Sacramento, Ronald Calderon, D-Montebello, and Roderick Wright, D-Inglewood -- receive pay while suspended. But Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, also will also introduce a constitutional amendment that would give the Legislature power to suspend its members and not have to pay their salaries.

Leland Yee's Muslim rebels sign peace accord with Philippine government
The alleged supplier of weapons to State Senator Leland Yee has signed a peace accord with the government of the Philippines Thursday, just one day after the San Francisco Democrat was arrested on multiple weapons trafficking, money laundering and corruption charges.

Senate GOP Leader Believes Yee Introduced Him To Undercover FBI Agent
Patrick McGreevy @
The affidavit alleges that Yee accepted $21,000 in campaign payments from an undercover FBI agent posing as an Arizona man in the medical marijuana business to arrange meetings with two unidentified state lawmakers in 2013.

Leland Yee pulls out of race for California secretary of state as pressure mounts for him to leave Legislature
Laurel Rosenhall @
A day after Sen. Leland Yee was charged with corruption and conspiracy to traffic weapons, he dropped out of the race to become California’s next secretary of state and faced mounting pressure to leave the state Senate.

Arms-Dealing Dentist And The Sports-Agent Hitman Plot: The Role Players In The FBI's Leland Yee Takedown
Robert Salonga @
The FBI corruption and gunrunning sting that ensnared a state senator, a supposedly reformed mobster and their political operatives also swept up nearly two dozen others whose ties shed unusual light on the expanse of a criminal enterprise emanating far beyond San Francisco's Chinatown.

Leland Yee Denounced By Gun Lobby As A 'hypocrite' And 'scumbag'
Los Angeles Times Staff @
As details of state Sen. Leland Yee¿s alleged crimes trickled out, gun-rights groups jumped on the possible ironies.

Leland Yee quits secretary of state race
State Sen. Leland Yee withdrew from the California secretary of state race Thursday, one day after his arrest on public corruption charges, his attorney said. Investigators say Yee took bribes in exchange for political favors in order to pay off a $70,000 debt from an unsuccessful run for San Francisco mayor in 2011 and to fund his run for secretary of state. Yee's involvement in the federal case began in 2011, when a close associate of both he and Chow - former San Francisco school board member Keith Jackson, who also was arrested Wednesday - began to solicit undercover agents to contribute to Yee's mayoral campaign, the FBI said.

California Bill Would Establish New Medical Pot Rules
Max Pringle @
A bill in the California legislature would set up state-wide rules for how doctors can prescribe marijuana. The bill would also require the state Department of Health to oversee medical pot distribution.

Prosecutors Must Prove Yee Knew Money Was Pay For Official Acts
Maura Dolan @
Legal analysts said Thursday that the public corruption charges against Sen. Leland Yee -- the most serious counts the state lawmaker faces -- are more complicated to prove when the alleged bribe involves campaign contributions.

Ppic Poll: On Taxes Business Has A Fighting Chance, The Wealthy Not So Much :: Fox&hounds
Are things then looking up in the Golden State?

Affidavit Details Sen. Leland Yee's Alleged Weapons Conspiracies
Jeremy B. White @
The FBI affidavit attached to the corruption case of state Sen. Leland Yee details a world of armaments: bulletproof vests, revolvers, assault rifles, shoulder-fired rockets and mines.

Californians' Support Slips For Jerry Brown, Rises For Water Bond
Josh Richman @
By Josh Richman

British Same-sex Marriages To Begin Saturday
Henry Chu @
LONDON -- Marriage-minded gays and lesbians can begin tying the knot in Britain on Saturday, becoming the latest same-sex couples in Europe and beyond to have the right to do so and fulfilling a dream made possible by a Conservative-led government.

Leland Yee pulls out of race for California Secretary of State
Laurel Rosenhall @
Sen. Leland Yee has withdrawn from the secretary of state's race, but his name will remain on the June ballot.

Calif. lawmaker wants drug makers to pay for disposal sites
Pharmaceutical companies would have to pay for the disposal of all unused medicines sold in California under a state bill modeled after an Alameda County program. The legislation is attempting to curb problems such as prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings by requiring drug manufacturers to create, carry out and pay for a statewide disposal program for unused and expired medications. The bill is in its early days - on Wednesday, SB1014 sailed through the state Senate Environmental Quality Committee on a 5-1 vote - but pharmaceutical companies and other business interests are already gearing up for a fight. The bill's supporters include public and environmental health groups, waste management agencies, law enforcement and cities. "If you were to saddle the industry with a program they need to run, there are a host of federal laws and state laws in California that would require significant regulatory hurdles and a lot of associational costs that simply aren't accounted for in the Canadian program," said John Murphy, assistant general counsel to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

California Lawmakers Grim, Angry After Arrest Of State Sen. Leland Yee
Patrick McGreevy @
State Sen. Ed Hernandez was still trying to fathom the arrest the day before of state Sen. Leland Yee.

Judge Boots Google Lawyer Off Ballot | The Recorder
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Federal Government Recognizing Gay Marriages in Michigan
The announcement by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. came amid legal uncertainty over the status of same-sex marriages performed in the state.

Judge orders change to secretary of state ballot
FENIT NIRAPPIL Associated Press @
Democrats have stopped a former Republican strategist running for secretary of state from appearing on ballots as a political reform advocate.

Step by step through the Calif. state Sen. Yee complaint
Marisa Lagos @
Coke deals. Shoulder-fired missiles. Hit men. Gang politics. Bribery. Deal-making in dark restaurants, parking lots and Las Vegas hotel rooms, and on fishing boats off the Hawaiian islands.

Customers Would Get $1.4 Billion In Refunds In San Onofre Deal
Marc Lifsher @
Customers would get $1.4 billion in refunds in a proposed settlement with two utilities over the San Onofre nuclear power plant closure.