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THE NOONER for April 7, 2014
Good morning from Dulles, an airport that is oddly stuck in Star Wars episode 4. It was a beautiful weekend amidst the cherry blossoms DC, although I didn't enjoy it all due to work and #THETOE.
Tomorrow is the municipal election in California's seventh largest city--Long Beach. The mayoral race is hotly contested and will likely advance two candidates to a June 3 runoff. The top tier includes Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, councilmember Robert Garcia, community college trustee Doug Otto, and former NFL player and businessman Damon Dunn. It's anybody's guess as to who will emerge in the June 3 runoff. [Dislosiure: I donated to Otto, one of my board members and a great guy.]
The LAT does what I didn't have time to do...looking for the contributions to Leland Yee that were paid for by the taxpayers, so to speak.
Meanwhile, I updated analyses to the following districts:
Carla Marinucci writes about the possibility of Sheryl Sandberg being a candidate for Senate as the seats expectedly open up in 2016 and 2018. Sandbeg would certainly be a compelling candidate, but I would wager that the next senator from California will be Latino...
I'm now on the very bumpy bird heading to California. If you don't follow me on Twitter, let me once again echo my message of the amazing California companies that made my weekend tolerable--Virgin America, Kimpton, and Uber. California is home to innovation and amazing companies.
#CAKEDAY: Light a boatload of candles for the very youthful Governor Jerry Brown today!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
CalSTRS Members Get $300 Million From Surplus | Calpensions
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
On a split vote, the CalSTRS board last week gave members in two unusual retirement accounts, which have a guaranteed minimum return, a $300 million credit from a surplus.
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Might "Lean In" To Political Office
Carla Marinucci @ sfgate.com
Sheryl Sandberg may already have it all - she's a Silicon Valley superstar, feminist icon, best-selling author and celebrity A-lister in nearly every ranking of the planet's richest and most influential people. But is the billionaire chief operating officer of Facebook quietly laying the groundwork for more - a campaign for elective office?
Suspended Senators Leave Millions Of Constituents Short On Representation
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Senate leader Darrell Steinberg admitted the suspended senators’ constituents will suffer.
California State Senate deletes website, online archives of 3 disgraced Democrats
Over the weekend, the State Senate scrubbed Leland Yee, Rod Wright and Ron Calderon from its website. The removal is a devastating blow to journalists and members of the public, who will no longer be able to investigate past votes, bills and legislative connections of the disgraced lawmakers.
Window Opens To Curb Legal Corruption
George Skelton @ latimes.com
The scandals rocking the Legislature provide Senate leaders the motivation to ban fundraising during peak lawmaking periods.
Kamala Harris engaged to wed Los Angeles lawyer
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
California Attorney General Kamala Harris is engaged to marry a Los Angeles lawyer, her spokesman said Monday.
India's Election Begins For Its 814-million Registered Voters
Tanvi Sharma and Shashank Bengali @ latimes.com
NEW DELHI — Balloting began Monday in the world’s largest election, as Indian voters frustrated by an economic slowdown and political mismanagement were expected to drum the ruling Indian National Congress out of power.
California Lawmakers Propose Reforms To Regain Public Trust After Series Of Scandals
Fenit Nirappil @ dailynews.com
A series of scandals that has tarnished the integrity of the state Legislature has prompted a wave of proposals aimed at strengthening political ethics and reforming laws governing campaign contributions.
Q&A: Candidates for Assembly District 4 talk water
the Editorial Board @ sacbee.com
The Sacramento Bee editorial board interviews candidates and will be endorsing in local races. Last week, we met with candidates for the open Assembly District 4 seat, which is being vacated by Mariko Yamada due to term limits.
Supreme Court's Campaign Money Ruling Makes Bay Area Rich More Influential
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
The Golden State is home to about 14 percent of the country's most-generous donors who "maxed out" for 2012's elections under federal limits on total campaign giving -- restrictions that were wiped out by the court. About 7 percent of the country's "maxed out" donors live in the Bay Area, according to this newspaper's analysis of data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
How Medical Marijuana Is Helping California Children With Epilepsy
Jason Henry @ dailynews.com
After 25 failed epilepsy medications, Nazy Nouri had two treatment choices for her 9-year-old daughter: cutting out part of the little girlâs brain or marijuana.
Op Ed: Time To Expel Senators Tainted By Corruption
Fred Keeley @ calbuzz.com
Imagine that you are an employee working in the food mart of the corner gas station. One night, youâre arrested for driving under the influence. You show up for work the next day, and your employer fires you for getting arrested. Your due process rights for the drunken driving charge are limited to the criminal charge, not to whether or not your employer can fire you for getting arrested. People can disagree about the fairness of the law, but thatâs the law. Now, imagine that you are a state senator and that you have been charged, indicted, arrested and/or convicted of crimes that relate directly to your job as a legislator. Can you be âfiredâ by the Senate? Yes.
Caltrans scrambles to lure cormorants to new Bay Bridge span
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @ sfgate.com
With the demolition of the old Bay Bridge eastern span already six months behind schedule, Caltrans plans to spend $12.8 million to beat the clock on a bird-nesting season that could tie up the takedown well into next year.
New Bill Seeks To Expand State's Voting Rights Act
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
The U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, struck down a portion of the federal Voting Rights Act last year, saying its 1960s-era provisions were no longer applicable to 21st-century conditions.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris Engaged
Leah Garchik @ sfgate.com
The state attorney general is making some personal legal plans. Kamala Harris, who has been seeing Los Angeles lawyer Douglas Emhoff for "about a year," she said Sunday, is engaged to be married.
Jeb Bush Outlines Campaign Strategy, Should He Choose to Run
Mr. Bush signaled that if he ran for president, his campaign would argue against ideological purity tests and challenge Republican orthodoxy on issues like immigration and education.
California Immigration Holds Drop Under New Law; San Diego County's Decline 58%
Amy Taxin and Elliot Spagat @ kpbs.org
Far fewer immigrants arrested by California law enforcement are being turned over to federal authorities for deportation since a new state law went into effect in January.
Lawsuit Challenges A Hollywood Pillar: Unpaid Internships
Daniel Miller and John Horn @ latimes.com
Hollywood interns allege they're being taken advantage of. Proponents say the experience and opportunities are invaluable.
Healthcare Jobs Still Growing, But L.A. Market Faces Saturation
Rebecca Kimitch @ dailynews.com
Pasadena resident Nathaniel Furnanz knows the statistic well: the number of nursing jobs in the U.S. is expected to grow by 19 percent over the next 10 years, nearly twice the average of other occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Now That You Have A Health Plan, How Do You Get The Most Out Of It?
Lisa Zamosky @ latimes.com
With more people gaining healthcare coverage, experts fear problems due to a lack of understanding about health insurance.
Dan Walters Daily
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
Pity state controller candidate Betty Yee, Dan says, who has the misfortune of sharing a last name with another lately-in-the-news politician.
Student's Death In Colorado Raises Questions On Pot And Health
Jenny Deam @ latimes.com
Levy Thamba's marijuana-related death in Colorado raises questions about the health risks of pot, particularly in edible form.
Number Of Americans Without Health Insurance Reaches New Low
Noam N. Levey @ latimes.com
The share of Americans without health insurance coverage is at the lowest level since before Obama took office, a poll finds.
San Jose May Ease Disability Pension Reform
Mike Rosenberg @ mercurynews.com
The disability retirement issue for San Jose employees has been simmering as a hot-button issue at City Hall and mayoral debates for months, and it comes to a head at Tuesday's City Council meeting.