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THE NOONER for May 12, 2014
Happy Monday. Toni Atkins takes over as Speaker today, becoming the first from San Diego and the third woman. It is also Women's Empowerment Day at the Capitol, sponsored by the nonpartisan California Women Lead.
Tomorrow, the May Revision to the January proposed state budget is scheduled to be released in Sacramento "around" 9am, followed by events in Los Angeles and San Diego. (Remember when media outlets had Sacramento bureaus and we didn't have to fly around the gubernatorial team?)
The revised budget, which will be buoyed by around $4 billion in additional revenues (spread over two years), comes on the heels of a deal between the governor and legislative leaders on a revised "Rainy Day" measure for the November ballot.
SB 1101: So, which incumbent legislator will be willing to file the federal lawsuit to challenge the limitations on fundraising by officeholders during certain periods of the legislative session? There are clearly First Amendment implications when you allow a challenger candidate to fundraise while prohibiting an incumbent from doing so. And, while the argument is that it is to deter corruption, the provisions of the bill allowing an incumbent to raise money for a local or statewide office during the blackout periods contradict the corruption argument.
Don't get me wrong...while I believe the bill is plainly unconstitutional, it is a good public relations move for Senate Democrats amidst the challenging year they have had, and a good bill for Alex Padilla to carry while running for Secretary of State. The bill is up in Senate Appropriations today.
CA52 (San Diego): California Republican Appears to Plagiarize to Make Case Against Opponent [Shane Goldmacher @ NJ] - "Carl DeMaio claims he has done investigative work, but his database looks just like National Journal's, right down to the color scheme."
SD28 (Coachella): Outsiders bankroll Coachella Valley state races [Erica Felci @ Desert Sun] - "Much of the independent expenditure spending has, so far, focused on former Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia and Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, the two Republicans who have led the fundraising efforts in the 28th State Senate race."
AD10 (Marin-Petaluma): Assemblyman Levine battling host of contenders after serving first term [Richard Halstead @ Marin IJ]
AD17 (East SF): Chiu's the choice in AD 17 - "[W]hile the Bay Area Reporter exists to serve the LGBT community and its interests, that doesn't mean we will always recommend the gay candidate in a race. This is one of those times, as we urge readers to vote for David Chiu for Assembly."
GOOD READS: CFT Political Director Ken Burt pens an essay entitled "Pat Brown and the Emergence of Latinos in California Politics"
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Rocky Chavez and Lois Wolk!
The June 2014 NOONER Contest is now open!
Once again, The NOONER is providing an opportunity for you to prove your chops as a forecaster of California elections or, like I do with March Madness, show how little most of us really know.
Your personalized NOONER contest link is:
Once again, it is designed so you can either be anonymous or have your name in lights. Last year, we had about 500 participants and I will once again only show the top 25 scores, but you'll be able to see your score and rank. You will be able to make your picks and change your answers (via same link) through Sunday, June 1 at 5pm PDT.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Donnelly aide working with unions against San Diego GOP candidates
A top aide to a Republican candidate for governor is working with public employee unions to defeat Republican candidates in local elections.
Election 2014: Donnelly and Kashkari talk Hollywood tax credits, TARP and what it means to be for liberty
The Editorial Board @ sacbee.com
The Bee’s editorial board met recently with the top two Republican challengers to Gov. Jerry Brown’s re-election campaign, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks and Neel Kashkari of Orange County. Discussion ranged from Donnelly’s unusual flag pin to Kashkari’s choice for president while running the Troubled Asset Relief Program in 2008. Below are excerpts from the conversations.
California's Top-two Financial Posts Are Up For Grabs In 2014
Three candidates are vying to replace John Chiang as controller in what could be a tumultuous race. Chung faces Greg Conlon in the treasurer's election.
Proposition 13 Changes Stymied By Democrats’ Loss Of Supermajority
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
County Pension Funds Can Still Tap Excess Earnings
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
The bill said to represent three years of talks mainly between the IRS and the Orange County system, the informal leader in the negotiations, moved out of the Assembly public employees retirement committee with no discussion.
Candidates Agree Online Donor Reporting Should Be L.A. County Mandate
L.A. County requires only paper filings to disclose campaign donors, delaying the information to the public sometimes for weeks.
Homeownership In Sacramento Plummets To Lowest Level In More Than 40 Years
Hudson Sangree and Phillip Reese @ sacbee.com
Homeownership in Sacramento County has plunged to its lowest level in more than 40 years after last decade’s catastrophic housing crash and the mass purchase of foreclosed homes by real estate investors.
Fcc Chair Tries To Salvage Net Neutrality Plan, Promises To Be Strong Cop In Revised Rules
Short on detail of how the FCC would strengthen enforcement, the revised proposal will do little to assure consumer groups, high-tech firms and lawmakers who have slammed Wheeler's proposal. The official said the new draft asks the public to comment to comment on whether paid prioritization should be banned, but Wheeler doesn't drop his proposal to allow the controversial practice. The agency will vote on the plan on Thursday.
Recruiting Students For Meals Program Pays Off For East Side Union | Edsource Today
The campaign paid off. Enrollment in the meals program increased. And because program enrollment is what districts use to identify low-income students, East Side Union will receive more money based on a new funding formula that targets those students.
California Lawmakers Taking Steps To Protect Consumer Data
Proposition 13 changes stymied by Democrats’ loss of supermajority
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Next month marks the 36th anniversary of Proposition 13, California’s iconic property tax limit, and time has not healed its political wounds. Conservatives still love it, liberals still hate it and it’s perpetual fodder for academic, journalistic and political cogitating.
Patrick Lucey, 96, Dies; Wisconsin Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate
Mr. Lucey, who ran on an independent ticket with John B. Anderson in 1980, was also an ambassador to Mexico.
Election-year politics prompts deal on California rainy-day fund
in Sacramento for years. Now they're close to creating one. And everyone is happy. They're all winners. Gov. Jerry Brown can run as a fiscal tightwad against token Republican opposition while promoting his rainy-day...
Political Blotter: Ellen Corbett accuses Rep. Eric Swalwell of abusing official mail
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
Rep. Eric Swalwell's Democratic challenger accuses him of trying to buy re-election with taxpayer funds spent on excessive official mail; also, join us for a midterm election forecast Monday night in Lafayette.
Arizona town near Grand Canyon runs low on water
Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
In the northern Arizona city of Williams, restaurant patrons don't automatically get a glass of water anymore. Residents caught watering lawns or washing cars with potable water can be fined. Businesses are hauling water from outside town to fill swimming pools, and building permits have been put on hold because there isn't enough water to accommodate development.
California Puts $750 Million In Tax Credits Into Retaining Employers
California is fighting back in the battle to keep businesses from relocating to lower-cost states.
Bankrupt California City Poised For Comeback
SCOTT SMITH @ sacbee.com
FRESNO, Calif. -- The largest city in California to file for bankruptcy protection is asking a judge Monday to approve its plan for reorganizing more than $900 million in long-term debt to rescue the city from two years of financial uncertainty.
Dan Walters Daily
Alexei Koseff @ blogs.sacbee.com
Liberal legislators are pushing funding for rehabilitation programs over new jail construction to address prison overcrowding, Dan says.
Regulators Find Errors In Pg&e's Reviews Of Lines, Records - Sfgate
Alum Rock denies Rocketship charter petition
Sharon Noguchi @ mercurynews.com
The Alum Rock Union School District has turned down a petition by Rocketship Education to open another charter school in San Jose. The board voted 3-2 to deny the request by Rocketship to open its ninth school in San Jose.
Sriracha Maker Says Factory Will Remain In California : Code Switch : Npr
hide captionSriracha chili sauce is produced at the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale, Calif. CEO David Tran has been at odds with the local city council over the smells emitted by the sauce factory.
2014 poll: Voter enthusiasm sinks
LISA BOOTHE @ politico.com
Voter enthusiasm is at its lowest level for midterm elections in at least 20 years, a new poll says.
Donald Sterling Apologizes, But L.A. Mayor Still Wants New Owner
Mayor Eric Garcetti said through a spokesman Sunday that he still wants to see the NBA secure a new owner for the Los Angeles Clippers , even after owner Donald Sterling issued an apology on national television for racial comments that prompted the NBA to ban him for life.
The Buzz: Lawmakers poised to legalize campus drinking. Not really.
Jeremy B. White and Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
College is a time of experimentation, which for many 18-to-20-year-old students means some not-quite-legal forays into alcohol. Now the Legislature could open a route for underage students to imbibe with California’s blessing. A bill heading to the Assembly floor would allow scholars of winemaking and beer brewing to taste alcohol as part of their coursework.