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THE NOONER for April 14, 2014

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Good early morning from Pasadena, where I'm doing a workshop at Pasadena City College at 8am. Thus, we'll be a bit quick today.

CONTROLLER (Field Poll):

  • Ashley Swearengin (R): 28%
  • Betty Yee (D): 19%
  • John A. Pérez (D): 14%
  • Other: 1%
  • Undecided: 38%

A couple of points:

  • Pérez is likely to close the gap with Yee based on his cash advantage ($1.8m v. $100k as of March 17), leading to a very close race. However, Yee is a good fit for a low-turnout primary. 
  • Swearengin and fellow Republican David Evans will likely combine for nearly 50%, which happened with Tony Strickland and Evans in 2010. Strickland dropped to 36.1% in the general (conservative minor parties, which won't be on the November ballot this cycle under top-two, combined for 4.6%)

GOV: You have to imagine that Neel Kashkari expected he'd be talking to groups other than the San Diego Federation of Republican Women a month before balloting begins. 

CD36 (Coachella): Political Insider: Ray Haynes' finances clue to viability [Erica Felci @ Desert Sun]

SD34 (West OC): GOP gives to a candidate it wants to lose [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "The party spends money on state Senate hopeful Long Pham in a failed effort to get him to drop out."

AD10 (Marin-Sonoma): Labor group won't back Assembly candidate in primary [Derek Moore @ SRPD]

AD40 (Redlands): Four candidates seek 40th district seat [Jeff Horseman @ PE]

BEACHED: How they killed the Seaworld bill [Michael Gardner @ UTSD]

SCROOGLED: BRING SOME DOUGH TO SACTOWN: Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence [Tom Hamburger & Matea Gold @ WaPo]

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Life-saving Overdose Antidote May Become Easy To Buy - Sfgate
Melody Gutierrez @
Once only found in emergency rooms and a handful of community overdose prevention programs, naloxone is finding its way into more medicine cabinets as lawmakers, medical professionals and advocates push for increasing access to the life-saving drug. A bill making its way through the Legislature would dramatically boost the drug's availability by allowing it to be sold without a prescription at pharmacies across the state.

Election 2014: Controller candidates Pérez, Betty Yee and Swearengin talk CalSTRS, watchdog role and more
The Editorial Board @
The Bee’s editorial board met with the three leading candidates seeking to replace termed-out Controller John Chiang. State controllers sit on the boards of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and California Public Employees’ Retirement System, and have the authority to audit state and local spending.

L.A. Teachers Union President Ready To Step Aside For Challenger
Howard Blume @
Los Angeles teachers' union president Warren Fletcher said he will no longer actively campaign for reelection, clearing the path for challenger Alex Caputo-Pearl to become the next leader of United Teachers Los Angeles.

'Premium' On School Bond Issues Violates Law
Attorney general has advised that tacking on fees for banks and lawyers is unconstitutional – but it hasn’t stopped the schools.

SEIU thinks big for S.F. city workers' next contract
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @
From fighting Google buses to protesting Ellis Act evictions, San Francisco's 9,475-member Service Employees International Union local has been leading the campaign for a more livable city.

Departments to California state workers: Want to cash out some leave?
Jon Ortiz @
California state government’s leave cash-out program is up and running at the Department of Social Services, where employees last week received query forms that asked if they wanted to trade up to 20 hours of leave time for money.

Senators Warn Of Bush Fatigue If Jeb Runs | Thehill
Alexander Bolton @
Many Republicans think the former Florida governor would have made a better president than his brother George W. Bush, but GOP lawmakers now wonder if he has fallen out of step with the ideological direction of the party.

Candidate Shriver wants overhaul of L.A. County election spending rules
Catherine Saillant and Abby Sewell @
Running for county supervisor, Shriver criticizes a $1.4-million voluntary spending limit as inadequate for reaching voters.

Obama Effect Inspiring Few to Seek Office
An earnest, hug-prone 29-year-old candidate for the Massachusetts State Senate is one of the few people moved by the president to enter politics.

California Drought Spawns Well Drilling Boom
Jorge Vargas, a foreman for Maggiora Brothers Drilling Inc., holds clay drilled while drilling an 800-foot-deep water well at an almond farm in Chowchilla, Calif., on Friday, April 4, 2014. In California’s drought, well drillers are experiencing a boom in business because farmers are relying more on ground water to irrigate their crops.

New Role for Tax Preparers: Health-Coverage Advisers
As tax professionals help with tax returns, they are also offering advice on costs of premiums and potential fines under the Affordable Care Act.

Scholarships for S.F. college students' ideas to change laws
Marisa Lagos, Heather Knight @
Starting Monday, San Francisco college students will have a chance to win one of five $1,000 scholarships and to see one of their bright ideas turned into city law.

Democrats Settle On Fairness Issues Hoping To Avoid A Repeat Of 2010 Midterm Disaster
On the defensive about their prospects in the midterm elections this fall, congressional Democrats have spent all of April savaging the Republican budget proposal, decrying the Koch brothers and championing a series of bills meant to ingratiate themselves to struggling middle-class voters.

Homeless GoPro offers 1st-hand look on S.F. homeless
Kevin Fagan @
Adam Reichart and his newfound friends want you to walk a few miles in his homeless shoes. Virtually. Through a video camera strapped to his chest.

Southbound Lane On Pacific Coast Highway To Be Closed For A Year
Emily Alpert Reyes @
A southbound lane on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica is scheduled to be closed for construction starting this week as the city of Los Angeles works to improve its sewer system.

Register Owner To Launch L.A. Newspaper Wednesday
The Los Angeles Register, a new daily newspaper, will debut Wednesday in Freedom Communications’ latest expansion in Southern California.

For Hillary Clinton And Boeing, A Beneficial Relationship
On a trip to Moscow early in her tenure as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton played the role of international saleswoman, pressing Russian government officials to sign a multibillion-dollar deal to buy dozens of aircraft from Boeing.