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THE NOONER for April 8, 2014
VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN: It's election day in Long Beach.
The write-in candidacy period for state offices is now open through May 20. Expect lots of the uncontested candidates to find someone jump in the race. By being a write-in, there is no filing fee and only 40 valid signatures are needed. Then, on June 3 if the write-in gets at least 1 vote (assuming no other write-ins), they will earn a spot in the top two for the November general election.
Here are the unopposed candidates:
NUTS: Assembly Republican leader apologizes for her involvement in Walnut City Council race [Steve Scauzillo @ SGVT] - "The leader of the Republican Party in the state Assembly said her $5,000 contribution to a political action committee opposed to City Council candidate Mary Su was a mistake, according to Assemblyman Curt Hagman."
Former Assemblymember Robert Pacheco, who is an appointed incumbent, is running on a slate with Councilmember Mary Su. Pacheco's wife ran for Assembly in 2004 and was defeated by Bob Huff and the camps have been notably divided. Huff is supporting challenger Betty Tang in the race. Huff and Hagman have split on the AD55 race, with Hagman supporting Phillip Chen and Huff endorsing Ling-Ling Chang.
NOT A BLACK KID AT DISNEYLAND: D.A. will not file charges against ex-assemblyman Chris Norby [Eric Hartley @ OCR] - "Prosecutors said Monday they will not file charges against former state assemblyman and Orange County supervisor Chris Norby, who was arrested March 12 on suspicion of domestic violence. Norby, 64, was arrested and booked into the Fullerton city jail before being released on $10,000 bond."
In an email Monday addressed to friends, family and supporters, Norby wrote, "My arrest was totally unjustified. There was no evidence, there were no witnesses. I was treated with disdain and hostility by those sworn to protect me. Many of you have impugned political motives based on my past and potential future political activities. In the end, however, a thorough investigation and interviews by the D.A.’s office served the interest of justice."
In an interview the day after his arrest, Norby said he was the victim and that his wife has "severe anger issues."
WE'RE BETTER THAN MISSISSIPPI! California Fares Poorly in Election Performance Review [Katie Orr @ CapPubRad] - "The findings from the Pew Charitable Trusts study on election performance are grim. They show California leads the nation in unreturned mail ballots. In addition, voters can't access information about their polling location or registration status on the Secretary of State’s website. And voter registration and turnout are among the worst in the country."
okstupid: Mozilla’s Chief Felled by View on Gay Unions [Nick Bilton and Noam Cohen @ NYT]
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SEIU files S.F. ballot plan for $15-an-hour minimum wage
John Cote @ sfgate.com
So much for Mayor Ed Lee's consensus approach. Preempting the mayor, a group of labor activists led by Service Employees International Union Local 1021 filed documents with city's Department of Elections on Monday to place a proposal on the November ballot to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour - the highest in the nation.
In 2006 Speech, Tim Donnelly Compared Illegal Immigration To War
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
Connelly, a GOP candidate for governor, exhorted Californians in 2006 to join his fight to stop illegal immigration, which he described as an insurgency.
California Fares Poorly In Election Performance Review - Capradio.org
The findings from a Pew Charitable Trusts study on election performance are grim. They show California leads the nation in unreturned mail ballots. In addition, voters can’t access information about their polling location or registration status on the Secretary of State’s website. And voter registration and turnout are among the worst in the country.
Former Assemblyman Jeff Miller Fined For Accepting Improper Gift
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
The fine is continuing fallout from the state Fair Political Practices Commission investigation into the lobbyist firm Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates. The probe resulted in a $133,500 fine against the firm in February for improperly making campaign contributions to about 40 politicians and gifts to three others, including Miller. It was a record fine against a lobbyist firm.
In 2006 speech, candidate Tim Donnelly compared immigration to war
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
Donnelly, a GOP candidate for governor, exhorted Californians in 2006 to join his fight to stop illegal immigration, which he described as an insurgency.
California's Tax Collections Jumped By 18.2 Percent In 2013
Dan Walters @ blogs.sacbee.com
California's tax revenues jumped by 18.2 percent in 2013, thanks to an improving economy and the impact of a temporary sales and income tax increase approved by voters, a new Census Bureau report shows.
Calif. State Sen. Yee: Tony Serra Joins "Shrimp Boy" Defense
Bob Egelko @ sfgate.com
Legendary trial lawyer J. Tony Serra has joined the defense team for state Sen. Leland Yee's co-defendant Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, described as an unreformed Chinatown gangster by prosecutors and as a community leader by his defenders, who angrily proclaim his innocence.
Water District Push To Change Campaign Cash Law Continues
Logging in from multiple locations may be the cause.
California Still Holds 4th Place In State-local Tax Burdens
Dan Walters @ blogs.sacbee.com
Californians carried the nation's fourth highest state and local tax burden in 2011, the Tax Foundation says in a new report, largely because its personal incomes are markedly lower than those of other high-tax states.
Rove Says CA Republicans Would Be Stupid Not To Pick Kashkari
Carla Marinucci @ blog.sfgate.com
Republican guru Karl Rove warned a Sacramento crowd Monday that if California Republicans âhave to lose to Jerry Brown,â they should at least pick someone who wonât damage their future with Latinos.
In Sign Of Affirmative-Action Backlash, Democrats Help Stall Al Muratsuchi Bill
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
Weeks after some Asian-American lawmakers killed a measure to restore affirmative action in California's public colleges by withdrawing their support, backlash from Democrats who supported the effort is surfacing in the Capitol and on the campaign trail.
Alleged LAPD Station Shooter Had 2nd Gun, Ammo In Car, Police Say
A gunman who allegedly walked into a Mid-City Los Angeles police station Monday night and opened fire with a handgun, injuring one officer, had a rifle and ammunition stored in his car, officials said.
California ‘death With Dignity’ Advocates Launch New Campaign | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
A new campaign is underway to legalize physician-assisted suicide in California. Advocates launched a series of online ads last week to begin raising awareness. Still, it could take years for the effort to yield any results.
Third Egyptian Presidential Candidate Denies He's Running To Help Sisi
Amro Hassan @ latimes.com
CAIRO — It’s not as if Egypt's presidential race is a crowded one. But firebrand pro-army lawyer Mortada Mansour, who declared his candidacy over the weekend, is denying — vehemently — that he is only running in order to stage proxy attacks on former Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah Sisi’s main opponent.
Backlash over affirmative-action bill surfaces in Legislature, election
Laurel Rosenhall and Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Weeks after some Asian American lawmakers killed a measure to restore affirmative action in California’s public colleges by withdrawing their support, backlash from Democrats who supported the effort is surfacing in the Capitol and on the campaign trail.
California Senate erases websites of Leland Yee, 2 other suspended lawmakers
Associated Press @ mercurynews.com
The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in ethical scandals.
L.A. Council Acts To Prevent Halt In Funding For Community Programs
Emily Alpert Reyes @ latimes.com
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to plug a financing gap that threatened community programs once paid for with federal dollars, devoting more than $1.9 million in reserves to help sustain programs that include neighborhood beautification and youth activities. The city has scrambled to figure out how to keep a host of programs running after the Department of Housing and Urban Development told the city it was violating rules governing federal grants, spending more of the federal funding than allowed on ¿public services.¿
Sean Noble Talks About $1 Million FPPC Fine, Ties To Kochs
Laurel Rosenhall @ blogs.sacbee.com
Sean Noble, the man who operated an Arizona nonprofit group that channeled millions of dollars in anonymous donations to two California ballot measures in 2012, said in a television interview Sunday that the investigation he faced by California's political watchdog was "a complete over-reach."
$3.7-million Cleanup Plan Proposed For Skid Row
Gale Holland @ latimes.com
Los Angeles' chief administrative officer proposed a skid row cleanup program that would increase bathroom access and storage.
Limited Leave Cashouts Available For Some State Employees -- With Strings Attached
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
A state employee works near a printer running state paychecks.