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THE NOONER for May 13, 2014

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Newspaper websites should not have auto-roll video weather reports on their home pages. Yes, I'm talking to you, UT San Diego. Your customers (including paid ones such as me) may be using metered cell hotspots and have to pay for excess bandwidth.

Here is the Governor's May Revision to his proposed 2014-15 State Budget.

GOV: California GOP's Future At Stake In June Primary [Ben Adler @ CapPubRad]

WE'VE GOT SPIRIT, YES WE DO! The Spirit of Democracy PAC came in big yesterday with IEs for Mario de la Piedra ($300,000) in AD44 and Bonnie Garcia ($248,600) in SD28. There will be more where that came from, as the committee received $953,195 from Charles Munger in April, along with $45,400 total from the charter schools, realtors, and dentists. Together with GrowElect, Spirit of Democracy PAC is trying to reshape the Republican Party by recruiting and supporting more diverse, and perhaps more moderate, candidates. 

de la Piedra is locked in a tight fight to place in second in the swing Assembly seat AD44 against Rob McCoy, a pastor of the conservative Calvary Chapel in Thousand Oaks. Whichever of these two Republicans place in top two will face Thousand Oaks councilmember Jacqui Irwin, for whom Democrats cleared the field.

Bonnie Garcia, a former Assemblymember, is running in the large Coachella Valley seat. With four Republicans and two Democrats, SD28 is a bit more complicated, although the fight among Republicans is between Garcia, Indio mayor Glenn Miller, and county supervisor Jeff Stone. It is highly likely that only one will win in June, and all stops are being pulled out now. Garcia, whose campaign is being run by Meridian Pacific, locked up much of the Sacramento support, and Stone is painting himself as more anti-Sacramento and conservative. Stone has Dave Gilliard running his campaign.

SD26 (Coastal Los Angeles): Speaking of independent money, the Daily Breeze's Brian Sumers tries to find out why Republican Bill Bloomfield has such a crush on Democrat Ben Allen.

CA17 (Milpitas): More on VanLandingham's nomination [Josh Richman @ MercNews]

CA52 (San Diego): @shanegoldmacher: "UPDATE: Carl DeMaio calls to apologize for lifted report. "I'm terribly sorry," he says."

SD10 (Hayward-Santa Clara): Wieckowski best of weak field for Senate District 10 [MercNews editorial] - "There are no good choices in the campaign to replace state Sen. Ellen Corbett in the district stretching from North San Jose to Hayward."

AD17 (East SF): No more Mr. Nice Guy in Campos-Chiu race [C.W. Nevius @ SFChron]

WHAT'S HAPPENING, HOT STUFF? Sriracha owner says he will stay in Irwindale, consider expanding to Texas [Sarah Favot @ Daily News] - "Tran said as long as there is a demand for the popular hot sauce from his "Sriracha friends," he would keep the Irwindale factory open and add a second plant."

EDITORIAL UPDATE: Are the major papers just giving up on endorsing in the statewides? Lots of people have already voted, including lots of undecideds that ask my advice. 


Bakersfield Californian Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari   Dan Schnur  Kamala Harris Ashley Swearingin, Betty Yee      
LA Daily News                
LA Times     Pete Peterson   Ashley Swearengin   Dave Jones Marshall Tuck
OC Register                
Sac Bee     Dan Schnur, Alex Padilla   Betty Yee, Ashley Swearengin     Marshall Tuck
San Jose Mercury News                
SFChron     Dan Schnur   Betty Yee     Marshall Tuck
UT San Diego                



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  • SAVE THE DATE: Capitol Network is hosting its 26th annual charitable golf tournament and wine and olive oil tasting Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Yocha Dehe Golf Club. For more information visit
  • Join the Sacramento Chapter of New Leaders Council 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 Leófor his progressive leadership, as well as unveil the winners of the Up-and-Coming Progressive Leader Award. Purchase a place on the guest list or become a sponsor at:

  • 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.
  • FedEx Government Affairs Seeks Administrative Assistant to support the staff and office for the Western Region.
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    “Working with Zan Media always helps me get the message across. Chris and Don Scioli have fun, creative concepts that they make even better when translated to video. Zan Media’s work really works for me!” 
  • 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,




Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Richard Shea (Support) $399 05/10/2014 05/12/2014
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Alicia Munoz (Support) $355 05/11/2014 05/12/2014
California Apartment Association Independent Expenditure Committee Jim Cooper (Support) $16,069 05/12/2014 05/12/2014
California List, The Jaqui Irwin (Support) $1,000 05/12/2014 05/12/2014
California List, The Suja Lowenthal (Support) $1,000 05/12/2014 05/12/2014
California List, The Elizabeth Echols (Support) $1,000 05/12/2014 05/12/2014
California Senior Advocates League Pac Julius Cherry (Oppose) $7,513 05/12/2014 05/12/2014
California Teachers Association Independent Expenditure Committee Patrick Odonnell (Support) $49,531 05/05/2014 05/12/2014
Campos For Assembly 2014; San Franciscans To Hold Campos Accountable, Vote No On David Campos (Oppose) $24,123 05/09/2014 05/12/2014
Hayashi For Senate 2014, Sponsored By Peace Officers, Nurses, Consumer Attorneys And Labor Organizations; Californians For Integrity In Government Opposed To Mary Hayashi (Oppose) $41,945 05/05/2014 05/12/2014
Orange County Dignity Pac, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio Steve Neal (Support) $76 05/10/2014 05/12/2014
Solorio, Prosperity For California, A Ballot Measure Committee Sponsored By Veterans Housing & Homeless Prevention Bond Act Of (Support) $2,780 05/07/2014 05/12/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Diane Gabl (Support) $2,932 05/02/2014 05/12/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Mario De La Piedra (Support) $300,000 05/12/2014 05/12/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Bonnie Garcia (Support) $248,600 05/12/2014 05/12/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Jonathan Madison (Support) $10,972 05/12/2014 05/12/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Tim Gorsulowsky (Support) $11,077 05/12/2014 05/12/2014



Compromise On Rainy Day Fund Downplays Prop. 98 Reserve | Edsource Today
Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders cut a deal last week that, voters willing, would divert more money annually into a rainy day fund for general spending and less into a separate reserve for K-12 and community college spending than the governor had proposed in January.

Cut Ucs A Bigger Check In The New State Budget :: Fox&hounds
California fared well in the first attempt to run data on higher education value, in a system proposed by President Obama and the US Department of Education. Time magazine ran the numbers, and look who fell in the top ten on a balanced approach:

Former Occidental President Confirmed As U.S. Education Official
Ted Mitchell, the former president of Occidental College, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as undersecretary of the Department of Education, in charge of issues affecting colleges and universities.

Campaign Mailer Has Sen. De León Running For Wrong House
Hundreds of Los Angeles residents may have been surprised to get a campaign flyer in the mail recently that urged them to vote for “Kevin de León for State Assembly.”

Dan Walters: As Scandals Proliferate, Senate Tries To Polish Image
Dan Walters @
Dan Walters

Gov. Jerry Brown unveils 'good news' budget revision
Gov. Jerry Brown said today that his revised budget proposal is 'good news for California,' paying down $11 billion in debt while for the first time setting the state 'on a plan to fully fund our teachers' pension system.'

Gov. Jerry Brown releases $107.7 billion state budget, a record spending level for California
Associated Press @
Gov. Jerry Brown releases $107.7 billion state budget, a record spending level for California.

Twitter, Compass Partnering To Help Poor Learn Tech Skills - Sfgate
Twitter will partner with a nonprofit serving San Francisco's homeless families to design a learning center where company employees will teach tech skills to some of the city's poorest residents. The microblogging company's investment in the learning center, dubbed the Twitter Neighborhood Nest, will be "north of $1 million" over the course of the multiyear partnership, Colin Crowell, Twitter vice president of global public policy, told The Chronicle. Compass "is an invaluable resource to the community, and I've been deeply impressed with their success at getting families back on their feet," Costolo, described as the driving force behind the partnership, said in an e-mail. While the tech boom has lowered San Francisco's unemployment rate to 4.8 percent, 1 in 5 Bay Area residents lives in poverty, and soaring housing prices have forced many low- and middle-income residents to leave the city. In a deal to keep the company from leaving San Francisco, the city allowed certain Mid-Market companies to avoid payroll taxes for six years by signing a community benefits agreement promising contributions to nearby areas, some of the poorest parts of the Bay Area. The donation will be a huge boon for Compass, the main nonprofit agency serving homeless families in San Francisco, overseeing an $8 million annual budget and seven programs including a family shelter, a rent-subsidy program and Clara House, a 35-resident center in Hayes Valley. Instead it will teach basic technology skills, including how to access government services - which are increasingly online - and how to apply for jobs.

Election-year Politics Prompts Deal On California Rainy-day Fund
Governor and legislative leaders reach compromise, but past agreements have sprung leaks.

California Senate Passes Bill Banning Fundraisers At Lobbyist Homes
Laurel Rosenhall @
California lawmakers would be forbidden from holding campaign fundraisers at the homes of registered lobbyists under a bill the state Senate passed today.

Same-sex marriage in Virginia gets its day in federal appeals court
The battle over same-sex marriage in Virginia moved to the appellate level on Tuesday, a significant step for two reasons, one practical and one historical. It was a Virginia case that led to a 1967 landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down laws prohibiting interracial...

Tuolumne Community's Only Source Of Water May Go Dry By Summer's End -
People in Twain Harte in Tuolumne County are trying to cut their water use by 50 percent. The town's only source of water may go dry before the end of summer.

Plastic Bag Makers Air Tv Ads Opposing Padilla’s Proposed Ban
Laurel Rosenhall @
The Capitol’s years-long debate over plastic grocery bags is heading to a TV set near you, as a plastic industry association launches an ad campaign Wednesday opposing the latest attempt to ban disposable plastic check-out bags in California.

Senate GOP Leader Congratulates Assemblymember Atkins on becoming 69th Speaker of the Assembly
Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement following the swearing-in ceremony of Assemblymember Toni Atkins as the 69th Speaker of the California State Assembly:

UC Berkeley law school grad gets probation in Vegas bird beheading
Associated Press @
A University of California, Berkeley, law school graduate was sentenced to up to four years' probation and monthly work at an animal shelter for beheading an exotic bird at a Las Vegas Strip resort in October 2012.

Budget Talks Won't Be Easy For Governor
 When Gov. Jerry Brown releases his latest budget plan Tuesday, he will already have a major fiscal victory under his belt, having cut a deal to strengthen the state's reserve fund.

National Briefing | Northwest: Alaska: Lawsuit Over Marriage Ban
s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional.

Candidates Cash In Despite GOP Edict - The Orange County Register
Martin Wisckol Staff Columnist

Mayors back bill to expand California's film tax credit
Leaders of California's largest cities are backing legislation that would expand and improve California's film and TV tax credit program. The mayors of Los Angeles, Sacramento, Long Beach, San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego, Bakersfield, Santa Ana, Oakland and San Jose on Tuesday signed a...