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THE NOONER for April 15, 2014
DEADLINES: Good morning! It's the filing day for FEC reports for the January 1 - March 31 period. I there's another deadline today, but it slips my mind.
That giant sucking sound you hear in Sacramento today is the vaccuuming of scheduled automatic withdrawals from taxpayers' bank accounts and we should see a very large net personal income tax (PIT) total tomorrow. That will continue through the week into early next week as checks arrive. For Mother's Day you use your best handwriting on the envelope. For Tax Day, you use your worst handwriting, maybe flip a couple of ZIP digits, to hold onto that cash to the last possible moment...
The State Controller's Office writes: "Last year, the five days surrounding the April 15th tax deadline netted $8.1 billion. This represented 65% of the total collected for all of April." The Legislative Analyst's Office reports that net PIT collections for the month are $2.577 billion thus far, and the Administration's forecast is for collections of $11.0 billion for the month, which is 15.5% below last year's total. This is because of the surge last April as wealthy taxpayers "caught up" due to the retroactive Proposition 30 income tax hike.
CA17 (Milpitas): Rep. Mike Honda's latest hurdle: He can't vote for himself [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron] - "The Santa Clara County registrar of voters office confirms that neither Honda's residence, nor his congressional field office, nor his campaign office are in the 17th District."
CA33 (Coastal Los Angeles): Some Democratic candidates in the congressional race to succeed Henry Waxman are crying foul over the process used by the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club to endorse. Ted Lieu, who represents the area in the State Senate, got the endorsement.
The LAT reports on Sunday's forum and endorsement:
Those who met the club's criterion -- demonstrating that they had at least $200,000 in their campaign coffers by April 8 -- were Lieu, former Los Angeles city controller and councilwoman Wendy Greuel, journalist and radio talk show host Matt Miller and defense attorney David Kanuth.
Two other Democrats--Kristie Holmes and Barbara Mulvaney--claim that the club initially invited them and then rescinded the invitation and imposed the fundraising screen. They point out that no candidates had filed their FEC reports at that time and thus there was no public verification that or how the fundraising minimums had been met.
The LAT reports that Greuel picked up the nod from the Los Angeles County Young Democrats on Sunday.
POSTSCRIPT: Sex, Power, and Politics in San Diego – the Run Up to the 2012 Election [Lori Saldaña @ OBRag] - PART ONE (of 4): Filner Clears the Field
SHADES OF RED: GOP lawmaker Travis Allen condemns "communist regime in Vietnam," then travels to China [John Hrabe @ CalNewsroom]
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Robb Korinke, Veronica Ortiz-Torres and Noah Painter!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Top-two Primary Might Be Bad For Small-party Candidates
Seema Mehta and Jean Merl @ latimes.com
It may be too soon to tell, but already, far fewer third-party candidates have been able to qualify for the general election ballot.
Top Democratic lawmaker backs off 'carbon tax'
JUDY LIN Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
The state Senate leader is backing off a proposal for a so-called carbon tax and instead wants to dedicate billions generated by California's greenhouse gas reduction law to affordable housing, mass transit and high-speed rail.
Departments To California State Workers: Want To Cash Out Some Leave?
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
California state governments 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.
Aids Activists Petition To Put L.A. Health Commission On Nov. 4 Ballot
Eryn Brown @ latimes.com
AIDS healthcare advocates petitioned election officials Monday to let voters decide if an L.A. Health Commission should be formed.
Talking Campaign Cash With Leland Yee
NORBERTO SANTANA JR. @ voiceofoc.org
Logging in from multiple locations may be the cause.
L.A. Teachers Union Chief Ends Reelection Campaign
Howard Blume @ latimes.com
Warren Fletcher garnered 21% of the vote in the first round of voting in March, far behind challenger Alex Caputo-Pearl, who got 48%.
State tax revenue continues to outpace estimates
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
State tax revenue continued to outpace budget estimates last month, with year-to-date revenue now $1.4 billion more than the Brown administration projected, the state Department of Finance reported Tuesday.
Ca Lawmakers Target E-cigs - Politics Blog
California lawmakers called Monday for the Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes, especially the marketing of the nicotine devices to young people. Rep. Henry Waxman, the L...
La County Unveils $26-billion Budget, Plans Hiring Spree
Tracking System Nabbing Drug Dealers And Law-abiding Pilots
Dan Weikel @ latimes.com
A federal tracking system is snaring law-abiding private pilots, who claim officers are searching their planes without justification.
Final deadline arrives for health exchange sign-up
JUDY LIN Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
It's not just tax day. Tuesday also is the two-week extension deadline to sign up for health coverage through California's insurance exchange.
Teachers Often Blame Parents For Problem Students
Sandy Banks @ latimes.com
Teachers say that many disruptive students can be blamed on unsupportive parents, but that's not always true. Teachers and parents should be partners in a child's education.
Google Patents Tiny Cameras Embedded In Contact Lenses | Techcrunch
Google has previously detailed a plan to build smart contacts that measure blood glucose levels in diabetics to provide non-invasive, constant feedback to both a wearer and potentially their doctor, too. This new system describes uses that could also benefit the medical community, like using input from the camera to spot obstacles and alert a wearer who has vision problems as to their whereabouts. They could also offer up vision augmentation for people with all types of ocular health, and even act as a next-gen platform for a Glass-like computing experience.
Woman sentenced to prison in $25M health scam
Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
The former owner of a Los Angeles medical equipment company has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for submitting nearly $25 million in bogus Medicare bills.
The Wild Ride Of An O.C. Pot Stock - The Orange County Register
BROOKE EDWARDS STAGGS @ ocregister.com
A Mission Viejo penny stock firm bounced from industry to industry. Then it tapped into the marijuana boom.
More U.S. Consumers Are Seeking Medical Care, Report Shows
Chad Terhune @ latimes.com
Suggesting a lengthy decline in healthcare spending could be over, Americans show higher demand for specialists, other services.
Viewpoints: It’s time for Sacramento to build a new performing arts center
Rob Turner @ sacbee.com
The Sacramento Community Center Theater is the Sleep Train Arena of performing arts centers – a hulking, gray, concrete bunker that is woefully inadequate for patrons and performers, and a high-profile architectural embarrassment for our city.
Republicans talk Tax Day on Twitter
LARRY J. SABATO @ politico.com
Lawmakers take to Twitter to voice their opposition to taxes, the IRS and everything in between.
Sacramento Bee Series On Nevada Patient Dumping Named Pulitzer Finalist
Bee Staff @ sacbee.com
Cynthia Hubert and Phillip Reese celebrate on Monday, April 14, 2014 the announcement that they are finalists for Investigative reporting for their probe of a Las Vegas mental hospital that used commercial buses to "dump'' more than 1,500 psychiatric patients in 48 states over five years, reporting that brought an end to the practice and the firing of hospital employees.
Restoring Sheriff's Dept. Morale By Not Doing Too Much Or Too Little
Cindy Chang @ latimes.com
Interim L.A. County Sheriff John Scott says he is ending the era of political connections and stressing merit.
Tax Day: 2 Bay Area post offices open until 8:30 p.m. tonight
Bay City News @ mercurynews.com
While post offices will not be keeping different hours on tax day, two post offices in the Bay Area are open late in case any late filers cannot make it during regular retail hours Tuesday.