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THE NOONER for April 17, 2014

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  • LAO (April 16): Month-to-Date PIT Withholding, Collections and Refunds: $6.151 billion. (56.6% of budgeted projection)
  • Controller (April 16): Big 3 Revenues: $7.3 billion (55.9% of budgeted projection)

LAO: "Next few days will be very important. Last year, during the rest of the month after April 16, the state booked an additional $7 billion in total net PIT collections. Most of those dollars materialized within a few days of April 16."

California April Income Tax Collections Trail Last Year's [Michael Marois @ Bloomberg] - Of course, 6% down in the month of April would be 9.5% above budget expectations, as April 2013 was destorted by Prop 30's retroactivity.

$$$: The March 31 totals for congressional candidates should all be posted now on the all districts page and on the individual district pages

Here are the candidates with the ten highest cash-on-hand figures as of March 31:

ISSA, DARRELL E $3,146,610
MCCARTHY, KEVIN $2,832,537
NUNES, DEVIN G $2,064,069
SCHIFF, ADAM $2,017,365
KHANNA, ROHIT $1,946,871
DENHAM, JEFF $1,555,392
THOMPSON, MIKE MR. $1,547,496
RUIZ, RAUL DR. $1,516,641
PETERS, SCOTT $1,489,652
CHU, JUDY $1,473,195


CA33 (Coastal Los Angeles): Who is David Kanuth and how did he raise all that money? [Sharon McNary @ SCPR]

PATRIOT, NOT POLITICIAN, NOR APPARENTLY A PEOPLE-PERSON: As we first started seeing on Twitter late yesterday, gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly reportedly fired his Capitol chief of staff Alex Vassar yesterday. Vassar returned to the Capitol to Donnelly's office last August after being recruited away from Board of Equalization member George Runner's office. Vassar, who publishes the compendium of California election history and the political history blog, is a classy, informed guy who deserves a soft landing.

The Bee's David Siders writes "In an email Wednesday, [former campaign manager Jennifer] Kerns said Vassar's firing "represents a continuation of poor judgment" by Donnelly."

ATTN NEEL KASHKARI: If you can broker a deal to keep Sriracha on our shelves with a "Made in California" logo, you might have a chance at this thing.

SUNSHINE DAY: Governor Brown Calls Special Session to Strengthen Rainy Day Fund

CA Fwd releases report on how to build stronger budget reserve

AD16 (Tri-Valley): The independent expenditure for Tim Sbranti is up to $686,000. Sbranti is running against fellow Democrat Steve Glazer, an adviser to Jerry Brown who is challenging labor positions. Dublin teacher and mayor Sbranti was the chair of CTA's Political Involvement Committee until last fall, when he had to step aside to make way for the "independent" expenditure.

Speaking of Glazer, Gary Cohn writes of the "rise of corporate Democrats" in Capital and Main. 

THE IE: CA Teachers Association Weighs For Inland Empire GOP Candidates Glen Miller and Gary Jeandron [Jon Fleischman @ FlashReport]





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Tim Donnelly Fires Legislative Chief Of Staff
David Siders @
One month after splitting with his campaign manager in his run for governor, Republican Tim Donnelly has fired Alex Vassar, his legislative chief of staff, sources said.

Poll Finds California Voters Open To Tinkering With Tax-limiting Proposition 13
David Siders @
Proposition 13 may be the third rail of California politics, but state voters appear to have some appetite for making changes to the tax-limiting measure, according to a new Field Poll.

Jerry Brown Pushes His Plan For State Reserve Fund
Chris Megerian @
Governor declares a special session of the Legislature to take up the issue in a major test of the state's new political dynamic.

Jerry Brown Back To Negotiating Table With Republicans Over Rainy-Day Fund
David Siders and Jim Miller @
Gov. Jerry Brown called Wednesday for a special session of the Legislature to take up his proposal to create a rainy-day fund, and for the first time since 2011 he will have to negotiate a major budget deal with Republicans.

Sriracha Sauce Maker Considers Relocation
Frank Shyong @
Huy Fong Foods owner says he's made no decision to move but faces uncertainty in Irwindale. Texas, other states have made pitches.

Governor Calls Special Session On Rainy-day Fund - Sfgate
JUDY LIN, Associated Press @
Bizarre dishes, like this from Domino's, keep on coming. See more

CIA’s former top lawyer fires back at Senate report, criticizes Feinstein
James Rosen @
The CIA’s former top lawyer disputes Senate findings that the spy agency lied about its brutal interrogations of terrorists, insisting the tactics produced useful intelligence and flatly denying that the CIA misled the former Bush administration, Congress and the American public.

Readers Concur, 'Six Californias' Don't Add Up
George Skelton @
The proposal may have a certain wacky appeal at first glance, but poorer regions that might like the idea of secession would have the most to lose.

CalPERS adopts pension rate hike
Dale Kasler @
CalPERS approved nearly a half-billion dollars in pension contribution rate increases Wednesday.

A Top-drawer, Down-Ticket Race
Timm Herdt @
Whatever the reason, a most unlikely scenario is unfolding as the 2014 California primary election approaches: The race for secretary of state has become the most interesting statewide political race.

Editorial: Dianne Feinstein’s water bill is an overreach
the Editorial Board @
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s water legislation needs work.

Average American Foots The Bill When Firms Sidestep Taxes, Report Says
Walter Hamilton @
The average American would have to fork over an extra $1,259 in state and federal income taxes this year to make up for the revenue lost because of offshore tax havens used by corporations and wealthy individuals, according to a new report.

California health care sign-ups exceed projections
JUDY LIN Associated Press @
A late surge of sign-ups pushed California's health insurance exchange beyond the original enrollment projections of the Obama administration.

Appeals Court Rules For Environmentalists In Delta Water Fight
Paul Elias @
An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Wednesday ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation violated the Endangered Species Act when it failed to consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Service in renewing 41 contracts a decade ago. The appeals court sent the case back to a trial judge for further proceedings.

Brown Calls Special Session On Rainy Day Fund
By Josh Richman Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 10:51 am in Assembly, California State Senate, Gov. Jerry Brown, Jerry Brown, John Perez, state budget.

President Obama, Eric Cantor Talk Immigration
'I hope the president can stop his partisan messaging,' Cantor says. | AP Photos

Algerians Vote; Ailing President Likely To Be Re-elected
Laura King @
CAIRO – With a notable lack of enthusiasm, Algerians went to the polls Thursday in a presidential vote that the 77-year-old incumbent, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, was considered likely to win despite his obviously failing health.

Is The Department Of Insurance Hiding The Ball On Its Millions In Payments To Consumer Watchdog? :: Fox&hounds
Steven Maviglio is a consultant for Californians Against Higher Health Care Costs, a coalition of doctors, hospitals, health insurers, and employers.

Lee pledges $5.4 million to fix elevators in public housing
Heather Knight @
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee plans to announce on Thursday that he'll spend $5.4 million for immediate repairs to the constantly malfunctioning elevators in public housing high-rise buildings that have left some senior and disabled tenants stranded for days at a time.

Governor calls special session on rainy day fund
JUDY LIN Associated Press @
Gov. Jerry Brown is calling a special session of the Legislature to make changes to California's rainy day fund.

Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving
The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman.

Obama Looks for Midterm Advantage on Job Training and Immigration
While in suburban Pittsburgh to announce nearly $600 million in job-training grants, President Obama issued a statement attacking House Republicans for blocking an overhaul of immigration law.

The Buzz: Leland Yee shuts down ballot-measure committee
State Sen. Leland Yee has closed his ballot-measure committee, only days after authorities indicted him on corruption and gun-running conspiracy charges.