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THE NOONER for April 24, 2014
Good morning from AD33, which is being vacated by Tim Donnelly as he runs for governor. I saw several Michelle Ambrozic signs on the way up the mountain, although none with the silhouette of her firing a rifle. I do have to wonder how she is paying for the signs, since the campaign hasn't filed any reports.
Anyway, with nine Republicans and one Democrat, the election is likely over on June 3, with whichever Republican lands in the top two will be the strong favorite in November. Apple Valley mayor Art Bishop has the endorsement of Donnelly, while former Apple Valley councilmember Rick Roelle is campaigning as a more moderate Republican. Arrowhead resident Ambrozic is running as the Tea Party choice, and touts endorsements from the "Lake Arrowhead Piza Deli & Arcade."
Ambrozic has the advantage of being the only woman in a field of ten candidates, although Bishop and Roelle have grabbed most of the endorsements.
APPROVAL: 100 Most Influential People: Jerry Brown [Gray Davis @ Time Magazine]
SOLID CHOICE: Jerry Brown appoints Jodi Remke new FPPC chair [David Siders @ SacBee]
CASH REPORT: Yesterday was a surprisingly good day for state revenues, with net Personal Income Tax collections coming in at $638 million. With five reporting days left in the most important revenue month of April, I will restate my revenue projections from March 4, which I still believe to be reasonable:
MIXED REVIEW: The California Budget Project weighs in on the governor's rainy day fund proposal.
FREE POLITICAL ADVICE: If you are a district attorney, don't tear down your opponents campaign signs. And, certainly don't do it in a county-owned vehicle.
#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for Sally Lieber!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Excluded Green Party Hopeful In Debate Audience - Sfgate
Four candidates hoping to be the state's chief elections officer engaged in the 90-minute debate about how to make government more accountable and campaign finance more transparent - all under protest from Green Party candidate David Curtis, who said the Sacramento Press Club had unfairly barred him from the event.
GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Neel Kashkari Attacks Affirmative Action
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
Democrats "will never come out and say to you there are too many Asians at Berkeley, but that's what the bill was all about," Kashkari said of Senate Constitutional Amendment 5, recently shelved by Sacramento lawmakers after an outcry from many Chinese-American parents, who fear affirmative action would make it harder for their children to get into top schools like UC Berkeley and UCLA.
California's Lopsided Politics Yield Little Election Intrigue
George Skelton @ latimes.com
Secretary of state candidates' debate is more geekfest than slugfest — and it's one of the more interesting contests.
Poll: Even Some Republicans Bullish On Jerry Brown?
John Myers @ blogs.kqed.org
Itâs one of the most familiar sayings in the world of politics: the only poll that matters is the official one taken on Election Day. But polls do offer a snapshot in time of a campaign â¦ which is why a brand new glimpse into the 2014 race for governor is so interesting.
California Secretary Of State Candidates Clash At Forum
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO – Energized by Capitol scandals, four candidates for California secretary of state clashed in a forum Wednesday over which one is best suited to restore voter faith in state government.
Candidates Say They Would Represent A Break From Bowen
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Derek Cressman, left, a Democratic candidate for secretary of state, makes his opening statement during Wednesday’s debate.
Oakland Resident To Lead Political Watchdog Agency - Politics Blog
Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Judge Jodi Remke to lead the California Political Practices Commission, his office announced Wednesday. Remke, who lives in Oakland, is the presiding judge at the State B...
Free S.F. health care clinic fills gaps
Kurtis Alexander @ sfgate.com
Anxious to find a place to live and a way to support the kids, the 27-year-old who lost his job repairing foreclosed homes on the East Coast hadn't made health care a priority for his family - until Wednesday. Joslyn rushed his children from a homeless shelter in the Tenderloin to a free health clinic that was set up in the Mission to see needy patients for two days. According to experts, the services are frequently uncovered by both private and public health care plans, even as President Obama's Affordable Care Act seeks to expand all types of coverage for Americans. Medi-Cal, the state- and federally-funded program that has grown under the Affordable Care Act, stopped paying for health and vision care in 2009 because of California's budget woes. [...] private plans offered through insurance exchanges under the new federal law are not required to provide these services. "The Affordable Care Act provides a lot of help, but it may not be enough for everybody," said Anthony Wright, executive director for the consumer advocacy group Health Access California.
Dan Walters Daily: Debra Bowen leaves legacy worth changing
Alexei Koseff @ blogs.sacbee.com
Every major candidate for Secretary of State is campaigning to overhaul the office, an indictment of Debra Bowen's two terms of stewardship, Dan says.
Afl-cio’s Trumka Meets With Immigrants, Calls Deportations ‘unacceptable’
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka delivered a pep talk Tuesday to immigration advocates who arrived in Washington, D.C. this week to stage a hunger strike, pledging that the nation's largest collection of labor unions will fight to stem deportations so immigrants can stop "feeling like your community is under attack, under siege, all the time."
CA 25: Knight, Strickland split high-profile endorsements
In the race to replace Rep. Buck McKeon, State Senator Steve Knight picks up the support of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, while former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney backs Tony Strickland.
Free S.F. health clinic fills gaps
Anxious to find a place to live and a way to support the kids, the 27-year-old who lost his job repairing foreclosed homes on the East Coast hadn't made health care a priority for his family - until Wednesday. Joslyn rushed his children from a homeless shelter in the Tenderloin to a free health clinic that was set up in the Mission to see needy patients for two days. According to experts, the services frequently aren't covered by both private and public health care plans, even as President Obama's Affordable Care Act seeks to expand all types of coverage for Americans. Medi-Cal, the state- and federally funded program that has grown under the Affordable Care Act, stopped paying for dental and vision care in 2009 because of California's budget woes. [...] private plans offered through insurance exchanges under the new federal law are not required to provide these services. "The Affordable Care Act provides a lot of help, but it may not be enough for everybody," said Anthony Wright, executive director for the consumer advocacy group Health Access California.
California secretary of state candidates promise break from Bowen
Jim Miller @ blogs.sacbee.com
Would-be successors to Secretary of State Debra Bowen made their cases Wednesday that they would inject new energy into an office they said has become technologically inept and disengaged.
Median Asking Price Of Sacramento-area Businesses Up Sharply To Start 2014
Mark Glover @ sacbee.com
The median asking price of small- and medium-size businesses for sale in the Sacramento area during in this years first quarter was $225,000, according to San Francisco-based BizBuySell.com.
Georgia's Sweeping New Gun Law Allows Guns In Bars, Churches
Richard Simon @ latimes.com
In Georgia, it will soon be legal to carry a gun in more places -- including bars, churches and government buildings -- following Gov. Nathan Deal ’s signing Wednesday of a bill celebrated by supporters as a victory for the 2nd Amendment but decried by critics as the "guns-everywhere bill."
California Senators' Ethics Scenarios
Dan Smith @ blogs.sacbee.com
California senators and their staff attended a special ethics training Wednesday, and were presented with a series of ethical scenarios. Below are the scenarios involving senators. What would you do?
Momentum Building To Legalize Online Poker In California
Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
Amid signs that key lawmakers and gambling industry leaders are moving toward agreement to legalize Internet poker in California, a legislative committee on Wednesday heard suggestions for setting up a framework that would best serve consumers and taxpayers.
California Legislature To Consider Antibiotic Ban In Animals | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
Joe Rubin @ blogs.kqed.org
by Joe Rubin
County Consultant Lays Out Options For Jail Overhaul
Abby Sewell @ latimes.com
A consultant hired by Los Angeles County to develop a longterm plan for the county's aging jail facilities laid out options for a roughly $2-billion proposed overhaul of the jail system in a report released Wednesday.
In California Drought, Desperation May Make Water Flow Uphill | Science | Kqed Public Media For Northern Ca
The agency is putting together a plan to run up to 47 miles of the California Aqueduct backward, something unheard of in any other year.