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THE NOONER for May 13, 2014
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.
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."
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.
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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
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 @ sacbee.com
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 @ utsandiego.com
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 @ blogs.sacbee.com
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 - Capradio.org
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 @ sacbee.com
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 @ mercurynews.com
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...