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THE NOONER for April 18, 2014
THE CASH REPORT:
It's the last day of spring break and next week we return to Legislators Gone Mild (we hope). It's also a board meeting day for me, so I'll be quick.
DEFENSE: Dems’ midterm strategy: Triage [Alex Isenstadt @ Politico] - "On Friday, House Majority PAC, a leading Democratic super PAC and one of the biggest players in congressional races, will begin placing its first round of TV ad reservations, according to an outline first shared with POLITICO. Of the 24 districts the group is reserving commercial time in, 18 of them are occupied by party incumbents. The ads will begin running around Labor Day, when the midterm sprint begins in earnest."
Here are the House Majority PAC's reservations for California:
UPTURN: Inland Empire poised for economic growth [Neil Nisperos @ IVDB] - "Economic forecasts for Inland Empire job creation for 2013 were far short of the actual 46,833 jobs created in the past year, said Husing, who had predicted 28,300 jobs would be created in the region. The California Employment Development Department had initially predicted only 14,200 jobs would be created in the region in 2013. Husing told the crowd of business and local leaders that he expected the Inland Empire economy to add another 40,100 jobs this year."
Steyer vows to aid anti-Keystone lawmakers [Andrew Restuccia @ Politico] - "Good news for lawmakers who oppose the Keystone XL oil pipeline: San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer has got your back."
CLARIFICATION: AD16 candidate Tim Sbranti was "termed out" as chair of CTA's Political Involvement Committee leading up to his Assembly campaign. He did not leave the post for the Assembly bid. Meanwhile, CTA added another $300,000 to the IE committee for Sbranti yesterday, bringing the total to $887k. Previous reports
#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for Jerry Hill and Garry South (Sunday)!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
In Political Scandal, Good Government Advocates See Opening For Ethics, Campaign Finance Changes
David Siders @ sacbee.com
In this Jan. 28, 2014 file photo, state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, left, speaks on a bill, while his seat mate Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, works at his desk at the Capitol. In the wake the recent indictments of Yee and Calderon on federal corruption charges lawmakers are proposing to strengthen political ethics and reform campaign finance laws.
Six Californias Plan Running Out Of Time For 2014 Ballot
John Wildermuth @ sfgate.com
Voters may have to wait two more years before they get a chance to decide whether to carve the Golden State into six mini-Californias.
Pg&e Tax, Fee Payouts Throughout California Top $302 Million
Mark Glover @ sacbee.com
San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co. says it has paid property taxes and franchise fees totaling more than $302 million to the 49 counties and 243 cities in which it operates in California.
FPPC Delays Decision On Berryhill Money-laundering Case
Jim Miller @ blogs.sacbee.com
The board of California's political ethics watchdog Thursday postponed action on a recommended $40,000 money-laundering penalty against state Sen. Tom Berryhill, his brother and Republican central committees in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.
Obama Hails 8 Million Enrollees For Insurance Under Federal Health-care Law
President Obama announced Thursday that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, calling the feat a success story that Democrats should “forcefully defend and be proud of” in the face of Republican election-year attacks on the law.
Ethics Panel Wants More Public Funding Available To Candidates
Soumya Karlamangla @ latimes.com
Los Angeles' Ethics Commission is calling for an increase in public funding available to candidates seeking city office.
Progressives rip one corporate tax break, laud another
John Cote, John King @ sfgate.com
It seems memories are short on San Francisco's progressive left, at least when it comes to tech companies and it happens to be union contract negotiating time.
Eight million people signed up for healthcare, Obama announces
Noam N. Levey and Chad Terhune @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON — Driven by a last-minute flood of enrollments, particularly in California, sign-ups for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplaces hit 8 million in the law’s first year, President Obama announced Thursday.
Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Filed Against Ex-san Diego Mayor Bob Filner
Tony Perry @ latimes.com
SAN DIEGO -- A woman has filed a lawsuit against former Mayor Bob Filner , alleging that he sexually harassed her at a public event at an elementary school while his police bodyguards watched.
Chelsea Clinton Expecting 1st Child
Ken Thomas @ mercurynews.com
The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced at a Clinton Foundation event in New York that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are "very excited" to be having their first child later this year.
High-Paid Centinela Valley School Chief Can Cash In Lucrative Whole-Life Insurance Policies
Rob Kuznia @ dailynews.com
The embattled superintendent of the Centinela Valley school district â who is under investigation for his massive pay â took out a $750,000 life insurance policy before securing approval from the school board to do so, the Daily Breeze has learned.
Obamacare: California sign-ups exceed 3 million for private health care plans or Medi-Cal
Tracy Seipel @ mercurynews.com
Capping six months of open enrollment under the new federal health care law, more than 3 million Californians signed up for a private health insurance or Medi-Cal plan by April 15, state health exchange and Medi-Cal officials announced Thursday morning.
Britain's Labor Party Hires Ex-obama Aide Axelrod To Help In Election
Henry Chu @ latimes.com
LONDON – Setting up an intriguing election battle, Britain’s opposition Labor Party announced Friday that it had hired President Obama ’s chief campaign advisor to help the party return to power next year over the ruling Conservatives.
Prop 13 Poll Question Not About Split Roll :: Fox&hounds
Here is the question asked by Field: Because of complexities in the way businesses and commercial properties are sold, they, unlike residential properties, are not always reassessed when ownership is transferred. Do you favor or oppose changing Prop. 13 to insure that when business and commercial properties are sold or transferred, their property taxes are reset and based on their current assessed value?
Los Angeles Department Of Water And Power Resumes Shut-offs On Delinquents
Scott Bridges @ bizjournals.com
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power wants the $242 million it says itâs owed by delinquent ratepayers, and itâs ready to begin shutting off their electricity.
Campaign agency considers fines for 2 GOP brothers
Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
California's political watchdog agency is considering whether to fine two brothers for transferring money between their campaigns while both were running for state Assembly in 2008.
Missed The Obamacare Deadline? Short-term Health Plan May Be Better Than Nothing
Tracy Seipel @ mercurynews.com
Insurance providers are now shifting their sales pitches to such Band-Aid policies, which health care experts agree are better than nothing but come with a litany of caveats.
Majority Of California Voters Support Universal Preschool For 4-Year-Olds
Lillian Mongeau @ edsource.org
Most California voters think the state should increase the availability of preschool for the stateâs 4-year-olds, according to a Field Poll conducted in partnership with EdSource. Of the 1,000 registered voters polled, 55 percent said increasing the availability of preschool to 4-year-olds in California was âvery important,â while 24 percent said it was âsomewhat important.â
Investors Jump In After Canada Changes Marijuana Rules
Will Connors @ online.wsj.com
For 11 years, Brent Zettl and Prairie Plant Systems Inc. cornered the market for government-approved medical marijuana in Canada.
Californians Support State-funded Preschool For 4-year-olds, Survey Shows
Laurel Rosenhall @ sacbee.com
Educating 4-year-olds is important to California voters – important enough that 57 percent say it’s worth spending $1.4 billion a year for the state to provide all of them with preschool.
Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving
JULIE PACEAssociated Press @ mercurynews.com
WASHINGTON -- 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.