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THE NOONER for May 1, 2014

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Happy Thusday...heading out shortly for the mighty AD74 for a weekend conference. 

AD74 is one of two adjacent wide-open Republican races, with this one to replace Allan Mansoor (who is running for supervisor) and AD73, which will choose someone to replace Diane Harkey. AD74 stretches from Huntington Beach to Laguna Beach and takes in Irvine. It is the 10th most Republican district on the ATC partisan index at 58.9R, while AD73 is the most Republican of Assembly districts this cycle (65.3R).

There are five candidates in the race--three Republicans and two Democrats. If one of the Democrats can break 30%, then it will likely be one Republican and one Democrat going to November, but if the two Democrats split the vote, then two Republicans are likely to advance.

Among Republicans, the favorites are Newport Beach city councilman Keith Curry and Emanuel Patrascu, who is district director for Assemblymember Travis Allen and a resident of Laguna Beach. The third Republican is Matthew Harper (with whom Paul Mitchell and I went to Orange Coast College), who is a Huntington Beach city councilmember (and currently in the rotation as mayor). Harper is a former aide to OC supervisor Janet Nguyen, who is running in the hot SD34

The debate among the Republicans is, as expected, who is the most conservative. Both Curry and Harper are having to answer for city council votes, with Curry walking on coals over the banning of Newport Beach's beloved firerings. Petrascu is being attacked for having no experience as an elected official and for being on the state's payroll while campaigning.

On the Democratic side, there are two candidates--teacher Anila Ali and business owner Karina Onofre. Onofre, who has one of the creepier political websites of the cycle, ran while a registered Republican for the Santa Ana City Council. She previously worked part-time for Bob Huff.

Curry has pulled the most endorsements and had the most money on hand as of March 17, with $178,506. Onofre was second with $97,628, although that includes a candidate loan of $100,000 and it's unclear if she's willing to spend that. Patrascu had $83,721, Harper had $1,923, and Ali has not reported raising any money. Since March 17, Curry has raised $62,800 in contributions over $1,000; Patrascu $13,700; and Harper $2,000.

While Harper hails from the largest city in the district, half of the voters in Huntington Beach are in Travis Allen's AD72.

Keith Curry is the strong favorite to place first on June 3, but second place is much more difficult to predict. Patrascu is hoping that both Democrats run strong to open up a second Republican spot in November.

TURNOUT: PPIC is out with a study on the impact on voter turnout of the top-two primary and finds "California’s new top-two primary system did not produce the increase in voter turnout that many had hoped for in 2012. But it did appear to engage independent voters."

GOV: California Governor Primary: Battle of the Unknowns [Jon Fleischman @ Breitbart]

TARNISHED STERLING: How a Mayor and a Labor Union Helped Oust Donald Sterling [Matt Berman @ NJ]

CA33 (Coastal Los Angeles): Passing over the better-known Wendy Greuel and Ted Lieu, the LAT gives its nod to KCRW host Matt Miller.

AD17 (East SF): Mission-based porn company to host Campos fundraiser [Kate Conger @ SFExaminer] - ", a local porn company headquartered in the Mission district that specializes in BDSM, is hosting a fundraiser for Supervisor David Campos' Assembly race on May 5."

AD44 (Ventura): Fracking billionaires inject money into McCoy campaign [Timm Herdt @ VCStar]

Just for fun, let's look at who is gathering that out of state money. Of course, most of these are contributions from labor unions or corporations who do business in California but have the check cut from the home office. I have not double-checked this rather quick query, so DO NOT use it unless you verify. You can click through to the ElectionTrack page for each committee. The minimum threshold I used is $100,000.


Out of State Contributions
Since January 1, 2013
Brown For Governor 2014  $1,708,778
Harris 2014; Re-elect Attorney General Kamala  $539,110
Kashkari For Governor 2014, Neel  $428,549
Padilla For Secretary Of State 2014  $257,106
Perez For Lieutenant Governor 2018, John A.  $219,035
Chiang For Treasurer 2014, John  $210,555
Perea For Assembly 2014  $198,258
Gatto For Assembly 2014, Mike  $192,950
Bocanegra For Assembly 2014  $179,793
Hall For Senate 2016  $178,125
Hertzberg For Senate 2014  $176,539
Newsom For California Lieutenant Governor 2014  $172,773
Rendon For Assembly 2014  $166,625
Atkins For State Assembly 2014, Toni  $161,703
Pan For Senate 2014, Dr. Richard  $155,243
De Leon For Senate 2014, Kevin  $155,151
Torres For Senate 2013  $147,505
Salas For Assembly 2014, Rudy  $129,595
Eggman For Assembly 2014  $122,272
Gray For Assembly 2014  $116,981
Maienschein For Assembly 2014  $111,868
Perez For Controller 2014, John A.  $111,800
Bonilla For Assembly 2014, Susan  $111,272
Calderon For Assembly 2014, Ian  $108,300
Bonta For Assembly 2014, Rob  $105,979
Cannella For Senate 2014  $104,895
Daly For Assembly 2014, Tom  $104,192
Cooley For Assembly 2014, Re-elect Ken  $102,000

ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL: Jerry Brown weighs in to the Sacramento District Attorney's race with an endorsement of Maggy Krell.

THE KILLER CORGI: A Sutter impersonator joins the debate over Sea World.

#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Nate Ballard, Mario Beltran, Kit Cole, and Derek Humphrey!





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Calif. Senate Panel Advances Bill To Restore Bilingual Education
Patrick McGreevy @
SACRAMENTO -- The state Senate Education Committee recommended Wednesday that California voters be asked to repeal Proposition 227, the 1998 initiative that requires public school instruction in English.

Jerry Brown Won't Answer Multiple Choice Voter Guide Questions
David Siders @
Republican Tim Donnelly, whose campaign filled in all but one question about social services, criticized Brown in a prepared statement for refusing to "answer questions on the issues for the people who elected him," while Republican Neel Kashkari's campaign said Kashkari has "demonstrated his commitment to transparency."

Members File Rebuttal To CalPERS' Argument That Long-term Care Lawsuit Should Be Thrown Out
Jon Ortiz @
A small band of CalPERS long-term care policyholders have again blasted the system and its leadership in court documents that allege dishonestly and mismanagement of the private insurance program have led to soaring rate hikes planned for next year.

California's New Primary Election System Fails To Boost Turnout
Jean Merl @
The state system failed in its goal of getting more voters to the polls two years ago, a report says.

Doug Ose Takes Aim At Health Care Law, Rips High-Speed Rail
Christopher Cadelago @
Former Rep. Doug Ose said he would repeal and replace the federal health care overhaul with a system that rewards healthy behavior and "puts the decision-making between a patient and a doctor."

Jerry Brown won't answer multiple-choice voter guide questions
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown has refused to answer multiple-choice questions for The Bee’s voter guide.

UC Irvine Tops Times Higher Education's U.S. Schools Under 50 Years Old - The Orange County Register
The university holds the No. 7 ranking among world universities less than 50 years old, according to the magazine.

Ohio's gay marriage ban targeted by six couples' lawsuit
Associated Press @
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Civil rights attorneys filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking a judge to strike down Ohio's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional and allow same-sex couples to wed in the state, echoing arguments that have led judges to throw out gay marriage bans in five other states.

Speedy Fix50 Construction Means Big Changes For Commuters This Week
Bill Lindelof @
Freshly poured concrete is covered by tarps to keep it from drying too fast in the warm weather while a construction worker guides a form into place for the new median walls on the W-X freeway on Tuesday in Sacramento.

Mary Hayashi’s Campaign Foe Puts Shoplifting Case Front And Center - Politics Blog
Not to worry.

California Bill Would Require Fair Health Insurance Pricing -
As The Affordable Care Act provides health insurance to millions more Californians, Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano says his bill would make sure that the coverage remains affordable.

House Hopeful Vanila Singh Received $35,000 In Workers' Comp
Carla Marinucci @
When Dr. Vanila Singh injured her right hand on the job at Stanford University Medical Center in 2010, she filed a workers' compensation claim that resulted in a $35,000-plus settlement.

GOP Blocks Federal Minimum Wage Hike Bill In Senate
Lisa Mascaro @
WASHINGTON — A top election-year proposal from Democrats — a bid to raise the federal minimum wage — was rejected by Republicans in the Senate , who blocked legislation Wednesday to boost the rate to $10.10 an hour.

Panel Backs Bill To Expand Preschool Programs In California » Ventura County Star
Timm Herdt @
A bill to create a pilot program that would expand access to preschool for children from low-income families advanced in the Legislature this week.

How A Mayor And A Labor Union Helped Oust Donald Sterling
Matt Berman @
Sacramento's Kevin Johnson goes into what the NBA players association has gone through since the Clippers owner's racist comments leaked.

Auburn Dam: The Water Project That Won’t Die | Science | Kqed Public Media For Northern Ca
pass tunnels @
In California, it’s as dependable as the rainy season. Okay, more so. Whenever there’s too much water or not enough, people start talking about Auburn Dam. It’s California’s biggest dam that has never been built — and probably never will be.

Obamacare enrollment varies widely from state to state
Noam Levey @
Sign-ups for insurance through President Obama’s healthcare law varied widely across the nation in the first year for the system's state marketplaces, according to a new government report that shows consumers flocked to coverage in some states while enrollment fell well short of targets elsewhere.

S.F. supervisor, fire chief clash over street widths
San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White is not a fan of Supervisor Scott Wiener's plan to limit the width of streets through a new city law that would require city agencies to request permission from the Board of Supervisors to go beyond guidelines. Wiener and the Fire Department have been at loggerheads for years over fire officials' reticence to support pedestrian-friendly improvements such as narrower streets and corner bulb-outs, a situation that has boiled over as the city nails down street engineering plans for the new Candlestick and Hunters Point developments. On a 20-foot-wide street, Hayes-White contended, firefighters couldn't squeeze another truck past if an aerial ladder is there. [...] she said, 26 feet is the standard under both state and international fire code. Lee is holding an "online budget town hall" meeting Thursday to get public input as the city prepares its next two-year budget in advance of the fiscal year ending June 30. Homelessness and inappropriate street behavior don't seem to be getting any better, almost all of the public employee unions want raises, and the city has $10.1 billion in transportation infrastructure needs through 2030.

Minimum wage increase blocked by Senate GOP
Alan FramAssociated @
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans blocked an election-year Democratic bill on Wednesday that would boost the federal minimum wage, handing a defeat to President Barack Obama on a vote that is sure to reverberate in this year's congressional elections.

Members file rebuttal to CalPERS’ argument that long-term care lawsuit should be thrown out
Jon Ortiz @
A small band of CalPERS long-term care policyholders have again blasted the system and its leadership in court documents that allege dishonestly and mismanagement of the private insurance program have led to soaring rate hikes planned for next year.

Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Bill Mugged By Telecom Industry
George Skelton @
In truth, I wouldn't know a smartphone "kill switch" from a typewriter shift key. But I do know strong special interest influence when I smell it.

Endo Health Solutions Settles Lawsuits Over Vaginal Mesh Implants
Bloomberg News @
Endo Health Solutions Inc. will pay about $830 million to resolve most lawsuits alleging its vaginal mesh implants eroded in some women and left them incontinent and in pain.

California Report Criticizes $100 Million Hollywood Aid - Bloomberg
Michael B. Marois @
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to double the tax-credit program and expand it to include advertising, shows on premium-cable networks such as HBO, and films with budgets of more than $75 million. Los Angeles accounts for about half of the 221,000 jobs in the U.S. film industry, the analyst said.