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THE NOONER for May 6, 2014

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Today we'll be a bit short as I flew back from five days on the road yesterday in time to be at a Davis Food Coop board meeting late into the night. I'm pooped. Tomorrow night, I'll be presenting an elections outlook to the Sacramento County Young Democrats. The event is at 6pm at SEIU State Council at 710 J Street in Sacramento.

Today is the #BIGDAYOFGIVING in Sacramento, and we're going to fill up the chest for local charities.  I've already given this morning to Open California, Yolo County Children's Alliance, Davis Community Meals, Yolo Land Trust, and the UC Davis School of Education. When all is said and done at the end of our lives, the question will be "Did you give more in charitable or political contributions?" If the answer is the latter (as it has been for me many years), we're not doing the best to serve our fellow humans.

Speaking of a big day of giving:

TROUBLED (POLITICAL) ASSET RELIEF PROGRAM: Neel Kashkari gave himself $500,000 yesterday as the clock ticks down to place in the top two.

GOV: GOP leaders, civil rights groups condemn Donnelly’s conspiracy theories, defense of Confederate flag [John Hrabe @ CalNewsroom]

CA07 (E. Sacto): Rep. Ami Bera and Doug Ose warrant top-two primary spots for Congressional District 7 [SacBee Editorial]

SD10 (Hayward): The IE against Mary Hayashi is called Californians For Integrity In Government Opposed To Hayashi For Senate 2014, Sponsored By Peace Officers, Nurses, Consumer Attorneys And Labor Organizations.

Former LAT reporter and Capitol Weekly editor Anthony York has joined the Fiona Hutton & Associates public affairs firm as Senior Counselor and Consultant.

The California Budget Report is out with a new brief that shows just how much responsibility for supporting UC and CSU has shifted from the state and student fees. Unfortunately, I don't hear anyone in the Capitol actively interested in reversing that trend.

UC Sacramento Center is hosting a talk tomorrow by Miriam Pawel, former reporter and LAT editor, on "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez." Register here...

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sheila DeBlonk!  


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  • Join New Leaders Council: Sacramento at the 5th Annual "Party for Progress" on May 27, 2014 from 5 to 8pm at The Park Ultra Lounge. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while our 2014 Fellows honor Senator Kevin de León for his progressive leadership, as well as unveil the winners of the Upcoming Progressive Leader Award. Purchase a place on the guest list or become a sponsor at: NLC is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to training and supporting the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs. For more information, contact: Paco Torres,
  • California Medical Association seeks experienced Executive Assistant/Scheduler to support the Chief Operating Officer. Strong organizational, communication and technical skills required. Competitive salary/full benefits. More info here:
  • Equality California’s Annual Harvey Milk Celebration, LA Metro, May 18, 2014, 11am-1pm: Fundraiser with mimosas and hor’ d'oeuvres at the home of Tom Safran in Brentwood for EQCA's PAC to elect pro-equality candidates.Special guests include: President of the Milk Foundation Stuart Milk; Incoming EQCA ED Rick Zbur; Rep. Mark Takano; Assemblymembers Bloom, Bradford, Gomez, Nazarian and Quirk-Silva; LA City Atty Mike Feuer; LA Controller Ron Galperin; LA Councilmembers Wesson, Bonin and O'Farrell; West Hollywood Mayor John D'Amico, West Hollywood Councilmembers Duran, Heilman and Prang; SF Supervisor and AD 17 Candidate David Campos; and Campbell Councilmember and AD 28 Candidate Evan Low. Tickets & Sponsorships available: For more info, contact Tony Hoang,,323-848-9801x204
  • Learn the legislative process and best practices of effective advocacy quickly and cost-effectively. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov presents his "Lobbying 101" and "Lobbying 201" seminars June 5-6. $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / support staff, organizations that employ lobbyists, public agencies. Complete info / registration: or 916 442 5009.
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  • The Stonewall Young Democrats invite you to the Harvey Milk Day Celebration honoring Speaker-Elect Toni Atkins in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Our special guests include LA Mayor Garcetti, Senate President Pro-Tem designee Kevin De Leon, TV Host Lisa Ling and Assemblymembers Bloom, Gomez, Bocanegra and Nazarian. Please RSVP today at
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  • CA LATINO CAUCUS INSTITUTE (CLCI) 501 c 3 FUNDRAISER May 8, 2014 - 6pm – 9pm WINE WOMEN & WISDOM: Honoring the Latinas of the CA Latino Legislative Caucus (Culinary Institute of America Napa). CONFIRMED Secretary Anna Caballero; Senator Lara, Assemblymembers Talamantes-Eggman, Garcia, Campos, Quirk-Silva, Gonzalez, Bocanegra, Hernandez and Salas. TIX & Sponsorships available: Email INFO Call 323.660.7234.
  • 7th Annual Assembly Veteran of the Year Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, June 25th (Sacramento Convention Center). Corporate & individual sponsorships are available. The event is co-sponsored by Assemblymembers Pérez, Quirk-Silva & Chávez. All Assemblymembers select a veteran to honor from their district. For more information contact: Pete Conaty, 916 492-0550,



Group challenges health law as unconstitutional
JUDY LIN Associated Press @
A Sacramento-based law firm is challenging President Barack Obama's health care law, claiming it imposes new taxes unconstitutionally.

2014 GOP Gov’s Race Getting Uglier: Donnelly Website Charges Kashkari Supports Shariah Law - Politics Blog
California Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly's Facebook post highlights a story by an author who has been called "the anti-Muslim movement's most paranoid propagandist'' and claims Re...

David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown, moving to tamp down expectations for increased spending ahead of his revised budget plan this month, said Monday he is "very wary" of funding new programs and discounted entirely the idea of extending tax increases approved by voters in 2012.

Assembly Passes Bill Banning State From Selling Confederate Flag
Melanie Mason @
The California Assembly on Monday passed legislation that would ban the state from selling or displaying the Confederate flag, or any similar image, with Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly casting the sole vote in opposition.

As California Property Values Rise, Owners See Big Tax Bill Hikes
Dan Walters @
The revival of California's economy and a rising housing market mean some hefty property tax increases for homeowners, the Legislature's budget analyst believes.

Gubernatorial candidate Kashkari ramps up campaign against Donnelly
Seema Mehta @
Trying to claw his way into contention before the June 3 primary, Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Monday unveiled his first television ad and donated $500,000 of his own money to his campaign.

How Top-two Primary System Has Changed California Politics
Carla Marinucci @
California's political campaigns are already combative and expensive, but the top-two primary system, in effect this year for the first time in statewide races, has upped the ante by forcing new strategies in fundraising, polling and even the timing of attack ads.

California GOP Endorses 88 Candidates – None Appear On Sample Ballots
Christopher Cadelago @
Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party, says the party could have turned in endorsements for Republican candidates who had no GOP opponents, but the timing was problematic.

Amended California Dark Money Bill Passes Assembly
Jeremy B. White @
Legislation cracking down on anonymous campaign donations, amended to protect donors who have given money for this election, advanced from the California Assembly on a 56-7 vote Monday.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Clash Over Incentives For Film Industry
Two Republican candidates for California governor are clashing over tax incentives for the entertainment industry. Assemblyman and GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) wants to lift the state’s $100 million tax credit program for film and television shoots, allowing an unlimited amount of tax rebates.

Senate Aide's Firing Opens Window On Seamier Side Of Capitol
Dan Walters @
Last week, Steinberg fired one of the Senate’s sergeants-at-arms after a Bee reporter informed him that court records showed the man had used drugs before becoming involved in a shootout at his home 17 months earlier that left one man dead and three others wounded.

GOP leaders, civil rights groups condemn Donnelly
In a move that’s been quickly condemned by civil rights groups and Republican Party leaders, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has turned to conspiracy theories and a defense of the Confederate flag to appeal to voters in his campaign for governor.

Struggling L.A. Schools Seek Larger Class Sizes :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Tom Chorneau @
The waiver application, which covers more than 70 school sites, would have in the recent past likely been approved as a routine matter of business. This time around, after voters approved a tax hike in 2012 and a projected a budget surplus this year of more than $1 billion – the decision might be more difficult for the California State Board of Education.

CalPERS Recovers $12.75 Million In Lawsuit Over Collapse Of Lehman Brothers
Dale Kasler @
CalPERS said today it has recovered $12.75 million in a settlement with accounting firm Ernst & Young over claims stemming from the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.

Whips! Chains! Politics! Campos Planning ‘kinky’ Fundraiser For State Assembly Race - Politics Blog
While many candidates raise campaign cash at upscale eateries or casual coffeehouses, Campos is planning a reception at

California Lawmakers Turn Attention From State To Caucasus Region
Assembly panel approves a measure touching on a long-standing geopolitical feud between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

27-year-old cannot run for president on California ballot, judge rules
Denny Walsh @
A federal appellate court Tuesday morning affirmed a Sacramento judge’s rejection of a 27-year-old woman’s claim that she had a constitutional right to appear on California’s 2012 presidential primary ballot.

Jerry Brown Warns Of Dangerous Wildfires In Coming Months
Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday it's going to take more money and manpower to combat wildfires this year as a severe drought creates dangerous conditions around California. 

Capitol Alert Video: Jerry Brown warns against spending, throwing cigarettes out car windows
David Siders @
of funding new programs and discounted entirely the idea of extending tax increases approved by voters in 2012.

S.F. Leaders Begin $1.5 Billion Push For Transit Funding - Sfgate
It's no secret that San Francisco leaders plan to ask voters in November to make a big investment in improving the city's transportation system. On Tuesday, they'll announce the specifics: a general obligation bond measure and an increase in the vehicle license fee designed to produce $1.5 billion over the next 15 years.

This Could Be The Year Iowa Sends Its First Woman To Congress : It's All Politics : Npr
An earlier version of this story stated that Staci Appel was running in the First District. She is running in the Third District. Three women candidates are running in the First District, not four.

Smartphone 'kill Switch' Bill Will Have Another Shot In The California Senate On Thursday
Jessica Calefati @
Sen. Mark Leno plans on Thursday to reintroduce SB962 to require "kill switches" in all California cellphones, weeks after the effort narrowly lost a vote.