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THE NOONER for April 28, 2014
DEADLINE WEEK: This Friday is the deadline for policy committees to act on bills that are keyed as having fiscal impact, leading to a week of long hearings. The deadline for non-policy bills is next Friday, May 9.
WE'RE IN THE MONEY: Friday was another robust collections day for state personal income tax (PIT) revenues, and collections hitting $11.077 billion, they have exceeded the Administration's projected $10.989 billion for the month of April. Revenues exceeded projections through March 31 by $1.3 billion, and any additional revenues in the next three days will add to the total above projections.
That reminds me what my friends down in CA21 say when we drive past Harris Ranch's feedlot: "Smell that? That's the smell of money." In Orange County growing up when those winds blew from Chino's lots, we called it something else.
I guess the analogy is appropriate for this week's hearings, in which you'll hear a lot of similarly smelling talk, and it's a lot about money.
CA07 (E. Sacto): Elizabeth Emken says she's not a politician – but can defeat Rep. Bera [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee]
MICRA: SEIU California has come out against the MICRA/Physician drug-testing initiative.
LET THERE BE INSIGHT: Janet Napolitano: How to diversify a campus, in spite of the Supreme Court [WaPo]
THE CONTEST QUESTIONS: It's that time of the year for the NOONER Election Contest. Tomorrow or Wednesday, there will be a contest link in your NOONER email. Right now, I am planning on awarding 5 points for participants who pick the first place candidate correctly, with 3 points for second place.
I've tried to pick the interesting races where there is a clear question as to the 1-2 order. That doesn't mean that the same races will be interesting in November. Here are the races I am currently looking at including, but will turn to you, NOONERverse for other suggestions:
Proposed NOONER Primary Contest Districts:
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sarab Sarabi!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Tim Donnelly Says Lead In Polls Is Proof Of 'Something In The Air'
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Tim Donnelly said Sunday that his frontrunner status among Republicans running for governor is evidence "people want a fighter," and he blamed the media for what he said is negative coverage of controversies that have riddled his campaign.
Governor’s Proposed Rainy Day Reserve For Education Would Rarely Be Filled | Edsource Today
To even out the boom-and-bust revenue cycles that can particularly destabilize education funding, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a separate reserve for K-12 schools and community colleges in his revised plan for a rainy day fund.
Kashkari Says Bush, Romney And Other GOP Leaders Aiding His Campaign
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
The gubernatorial candidate, trailing badly in the polls, said George W. Bush and other GOP leaders are aiding his campaign.
California Drought: Jobs, Money Dry Up In Farm Towns
Kurtis Alexander @ sfgate.com
Fields that normally come to life by April with the planting of tomatoes and melons have been left barren due to insufficient water. And that means less farm work to go around.
Tim Donnelly defends socialist record on property rights, redevelopment
In contrast to his carefully-crafted image as a supporter of free market capitalism and individual liberty, Donnelly's position on redevelopment not only puts him at odds with the Tea Party, but makes him with the most socialist candidate in the area of property rights.
FBI agents' sting tried to lure more S.F., Oakland officials
The feds who snagged state Sen. Leland Yee and former San Francisco school board President Keith Jackson on corruption charges are casting an even wider net - reaching all the way to San Francisco and Oakland city halls. Multiple sources tell us that an FBI operative posing as an Atlanta developer approached at least two San Francisco supervisors and two Oakland City Council members in recent months, saying he was looking for business opportunities. The undercover operative showed up in the Bay Area waving around a multimillion-dollar letter of credit and bragging that he had access to even more money, according to sources connected to the case.
17 Candidates For Waxman's Seat Compete For Spotlight At 2-hour Forum
Jean Merl @ latimes.com
On the biggest political stage of the election season in California, the 17 candidates competing to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman struggled to stand out Sunday at a forum that was long on issues and short on time.
Davis Voters Consider Reversing Path On Water Project
Darrell Smith @ sacbee.com
Itâs election-year dÃ©jÃ vu in Davis, where opponents of the cityâs water-rate increases are again taking the issue to the ballot box. Measure P would reverse voter-approved rate hikes that went into effect last year to pay for Davisâ multimillion-dollar Surface Water Project with nearby Woodland and return rates to pre-May 2013 levels.
With Budget Balanced, California Should Cut Into Credit Card Debt
George Skelton @ latimes.com
Time is past due to tackle California's daunting credit card debt — especially unfunded liabilities for teachers' pensions.
CalPERS Board Splits On Pension 'Spiking' Rule
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
When government workers are temporarily promoted shortly before retirement, do they get the same pension increase as a permanent worker in the job -- or would that open the door for "spiking," the intentional tweaking of final pay to boost pensions?
Mitt Romney, Pete Wilson endorse Neel Kashkari for governor
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Former California Gov. Pete Wilson and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, have endorsed Neel Kashkari in California's gubernatorial race, the Kashkari campaign announced Monday.
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo Taps Into Silicon Valley Ties To Seek Key Position
Associated Press @ mercurynews.com
Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, recently formed a political action committee to collect donations that she in turn is donating to the campaigns of Democratic lawmakers facing tough re-election battles.
Election 2014: District attorney candidates on death penalty, corruption, office-involved shootings
The Editorial Board @ sacbee.com
The Bee’s editorial board asked three candidates running to replace District Attorney Jan Scully about issues including the death penalty and how they might have handled reports that a legislator, Assemblyman Richard Pan, didn’t live in the district he represented. Scully is stepping down after 20 years from the nonpartisan office.
Poll Shows Problems For Obama, Peril For Senate Democrats
Ronald Brownstein @ nationaljournal.com
President Obama's approval rating remains ominously weak among the constituencies that could tip the battle for control of the Senate in November, the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll has found.
California Politicians Jousting Over How To Spend Cap-and-Trade Money
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
We humans crave free money â which explains why we buy so many lottery tickets despite infinitesimal chances of winning. Politicians are no different. Free money?
Top-two May Moderate Dems But Not Reeps
What eggheads said: The academic panelists were of two minds: Douglas Ahler of Berkeley, Thad Kousser of UC San Diego and Eric McGhee of Public Policy Institute of California basically said the law has had no measurable effect. Christian Grose of USC and Andy Sinclair of Claremont said it might have had a slight moderating effect on the system.
NBA Players Association Seeks Maximum Sanctions Against Sterling
Diamond Leung @ mercurynews.com
The National Basketball Players Association is looking into what the "maximum sanctions" commissioner Adam Silver can have available against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, according to Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson.
Candidate From Twin Peaks Threatens Republican Bid To 'tone Down The Crazy' | World News | Theguardian.com
Rory Carroll @ theguardian.com
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Elizabeth Emken Says She's Not A Politician -- But Can Defeat Rep. Bera
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Elizabeth Emken remembers the red-faced invectives she faced while lobbying on Capitol Hill.
Mike Honda Says He's Not Going To Move Into His District
John Wildermuth @ blog.sfgate.com
When Rep. Mike Honda was asked Sunday whether he planned to move and buy a house inside the boundaries of his recently redrawn 17th Congressional District, he gave an answer that likely resonates with plenty of his Silicon Valley neighbors. He wonât do it, he told The Chronicle editorial board.
Elizabeth Warren: I Hope Hillary Clinton Runs For President
In the past, Warren had criticized Bill and Hillary Clinton and other Democrats who supported a bankruptcy bill that Warren decried as tilted in favor of corporate interests. She lambasted Hillary Clinton by name for voting, as a senator in 2001, for that bill.
Editorial: McKinley Village, while imperfect, is good for Sacramento
the Editorial Board @ sacbee.com
McKinley Village, the proposal to put 336 homes on 49 acres in east Sacramento, is not perfect. But it is, on balance, the kind of urban infill development that benefits Sacramento and the region. The City Council should approve it Tuesday night, just as its Planning and Design Commission unanimously recommended last month.