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THE NOONER for April 21, 2014
THE CASH REPORT:
The Legislature is back and policy committees have until next Friday to act on bills that have to go through the Appropriations committees.
Based on last week's FEC reports, I have made the following changes:
PIG-HEADED: A bloody message for Leland Yee in the 1990s [Matier and Ross @ SFChron]
WILLIE'S WORLD: Let's everybody calm down about the Leland Yee ruckus [Willie Brown @ SFChron] - "When all is said and done, Yee appears to be a petty thief - the guy that walks past the fruit stand and, when you're not looking, takes an apple and keeps walking."
Actually, that would be sunscreen...
Willie also weighs in on Mike Honda:
U.S. Rep. Mike Honda not living in his South Bay district could prove to be a problem for the senior Democrat, according to the best campaign consultants.
They can visualize the poster now: "Mike Honda - If he can't vote for himself, why should you?"
Rep. Mike Honda opens office inside union headquarters [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron]
Of course, Ro Khanna likely only has 43 days to bump Honda out of the top two. After that, Honda could have his offices and home in the Cayman Islands and he'd still win the solidly Democrat CA17, where I happen to be writing from this morning.
CA04 (Foothills): A Rare G.O.P. Battle Forces an Incumbent to Look Left [Norimitsu Onishi @ NYT]
Green Party candidate for Secretary of State David Curtis is crying foul over the Sacramento Press Club's decision to exclude him from a candidate forum. This raises an interesting question in the era of "top-two," which mostly ensures that "minor" party candidates are omitted from the general election ballot. Curtis placed third in the Field Poll, and the Press Club has invited fourth and fifth place candidates (Schnur and Cressman).
Minor party candidates run for a variety of reasons, despite a demonstrated unlikelhood of winning. Forum/debate sponsors also have a reason to be concerned that too many candidates reduce the value of holding such an event. This was a fight in front of the Palos Verdes Democratic Club regarding CA33 last week, and now the issue is before the Sacramento Press Club.
What is the right balance?
#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for Sydney Eggert, Nadia Davis Lockyer, and Bob Schelen!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Election 2014 Q&A: Secretary of state candidates on partisanship, fraud, Cal-Access
The Editorial Board @ sacbee.com
The Bee’s editorial board met with the four leading candidates seeking to replace termed-out Secretary of State Debra Bowen. The secretary of state is California’s chief elections officer. We asked the candidates about whether the job ought to be nonpartisan, voter fraud and Cal-Access, the state’s campaign finance database.
Fighting Season For Brown, Lawmakers
George Skelton @ latimes.com
The governor and legislative leaders are about to begin an intense period of bartering on cap-and-trade, the bullet train and a rainy-day fund.
Sacramento Press Club excludes Green Party candidate from Secretary of State debate
laws state @ calnewsroom.com
On Easter Sunday, an attorney for Curtis demanded that the non-profit organization reverse its decision to exclude the small-party candidate from the debate.
Can Sacramento Break The Medpot Deadlock?
Michael Gardner @ utsandiego.com
California lawmakers continue to struggle over regulating medical marijuana, nearly 20 years after state voters defied federal law and permitted patients with a doctorâs prescription to use the illegal drug to ease chronic pain, anxiety and depression.
Completion Rates Dip At Sacramento-area Community Colleges
Loretta Kalb @ sacbee.com
Fewer than half the students who enrolled in five Sacramento-area community colleges during the depth of the recession had completed their coursework as of last year, new state data show.
Pensions Still Cloud Stockton Bankruptcy Exit
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
With a new twist, Stocktonâs plan to leave a huge pension debt untouched was still an issue last week as the city council, hoping to end a two-year bankruptcy, approved settlements for 95 percent of the claims.
Daniel Borenstein: City Auditor Warns Pensions Threaten Oakland's Solvency
Daniel Borenstein, @ contracostatimes.com
Unfortunately, even Ruby, one of only a few city officials acknowledging the seriousness of the situation, substantially understates the problem's magnitude and holds out false hope that Sacramento might come to the rescue.
CalPERS Board Member Under Scrutiny Again For Late Financial Reports
Marc Lifsher @ latimes.com
Priya Mathur has been fined $13,000 for past reporting violations. She says the problem was improperly filed paperwork.
President Obama Will Headline DNC Fundraiser Hosted By YC'ss Sam Altman And Yahoo's Marissa Mayer
This May 8th, Y Combinatorâs Sam Altman and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will hold a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee headlined by President Obama. The fÃªte will take place at Y Combinatorâs offices in Mountain View.
Resurrection Story Inspires On Prophet's Campaign Trail
James Rainey @ latimes.com
As he campaigns for a state Assembly seat, Prophet Walker, 26, is building on his inspiring rise out of L.A.'s Nickerson Gardens.
Health Law Fund-Raising Is Detailed
A Government Accountability Office report discussed how the Obama administration raised money from outside groups to promote enrollment in health insurance.
Judge Vaughn Walker Tells His Side Of Prop. 8 Trial
Bob Egelko @ sfgate.com
The trial that led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in California included harrowing testimony by a gay man who had undergone "conversion" therapy to try to turn him straight. Now a new book reveals that the trial judge, Vaughn Walker, once subjected himself to the same much-condemned treatment.
San Bernardino Battles CalPERS Pension Demands
After having declared bankruptcy, San Bernardino wants to make a deal with Calpers to reduce the amount of money it owes into the system.
Firefighters union fined for not reporting donors
Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
A Southern California firefighter's union has been fined $12,000 for failing to report all its donors for a year-and-a-half and not disclosing a contribution it made to the Oceanside mayor's re-election campaign.
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
Welcome back from legislative spring break, everybody! Returning lawmakers will be delving right back in to a contentious policy issue during a daylong hearing on prison realignment.
Wackiest '14 political videos (so far)
CHRYSTIA FREELAND @ politico.com
From Iowa to Ohio to Louisiana, candidates are doing their best to grab potential voters' eyeballs.
Pg&e And East Bay Cities At Standoff Over Plan To Chop Down Thousands Of Trees
Lisa P. @ mercurynews.com
The elm is one tree among a dense swath of mature oaks, redwoods, walnuts and shrubs separating the 32-unit development from the bustling Iron Horse Trail.
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County Offices To Cut Districts Some Slack For Now On Their LCAPs
John Fensterwald @ edsource.org
State and county education officials are seeking to reassure school districts that might be worried that county superintendents will reject the new accountability plans theyâll submit by July 1 for the 2014-15 year. Tighter scrutiny will come, just not for the initial plan.
S.F. spending on homeless exceeds many departments' budgets
With spring in the air and the homeless tents once again popping up under San Francisco's freeways, it's worth noting that the city is spending about $458,000 per day to house and help homeless people.
Dan Walters Daily
Alexei Koseff @ blogs.sacbee.com
After a week off for spring recess, the Legislature returns facing ethics violations and funding questions that must be dealt with, Dan says.
Drought -- And Neighbors -- Press Las Vegas To Conserve Water
John M. Glionna @ latimes.com
Lake Mead, the reservoir that supplies 90% of Las Vegas' water, is ebbing as though a plug had been pulled from a bathtub drain.