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THE NOONER for May 14, 2014
GOV: So, does this editorial by the UT San Diego count as an endorsement for "Anybody But Tim"?
Sadly, this may be something that Donnelly actually believes. Whatever the case, Republican voters shouldn’t reward his disgusting campaign. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, agrees:
"As far as I'm concerned, this type of stupidity disqualifies Tim Donnelly from being fit to hold any office, anywhere. Donnelly is no longer a viable option for California voters."
We hope enough Republicans figure this out.
Meanwhile, Ben Adler at Capitol Public Radio reports that not all progressives are happy with the gubernatorial election.
CHICKENS, MEET ROOST: In revised budget, Gov. Brown details costly 30-year plan to fix teacher pensions [John Fensterwald @ EdSource] - "His proposed 30-year payment plan, subject to negotiation with the Legislature, would cost an additional $5 billion per year by the time it’s fully phased in over seven years. The bulk of it – $3.7 billion annually – would be the burden of school districts, potentially eating away between one-seventh or more of the increased funding they had expected under the Local Control Funding Formula."
Speaking of May Revise, I was pleased to hear higher education (UC/CSU) as a top priority of many legislators for additional funding. May Revise sticks with the January proposal for UC and CSU, although budget subcommittee chairs Al Muratsuchi and Marty Block have been calling for more.
I was probably a little hard on folks, as many people took my comment that "Nobody is providing advocacy issue" to mean the need to fund higher education. Specifically, I was talking about the professional schools, which are on top of the resident undergraduate student slots, as my top issues.
When Darrell Steinberg and Tani Cantil-Sakauye graduated from UC Davis School of Law in 1984, tuition was $782 per year. On an inflation adjusted basis, that would be $1,778 today.
A sticker price of $47,286 for a public law school is just wrong and is compromising access to justice (along with underfunding of our courts). And, yes, some of these students will go on to make big money, and we'll get them with our progressive tax structure. That worked for generations of California, but somewhere we got seriously off track. We are still
PROP 13: There was an interesting development in Assembly Revenue and Taxation yesterday, in which long-warring factions seem to have reached agreement on a method to accelerate the reassessment of commercial property. Under Prop. 13/Prop. 8, commercial property is only reassessed if a majority interest changes in a single transaction. This has led to abuse, whereby property interest are sold in a sequence of transactions, providing examples where properties have turned over many times without reassessment.
Under the agreement between business groups and tax reformers, the new method would trigger reassessment whenever 90% of the ownership of a property changes within a three-year period. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association removed its opposition to the measure, tacitly approving the compromise.
This should take some the air out of the sails for now for a "split roll" property tax, which would remove commercial property from the limitations on valuation increase. A community-based organization, Evolve, has been campaigning to secure the support from local governments for a ballot measure on split roll. This measure, because it only changes the definition of change in ownership for commercial property, needs a two-thirds vote of the Legislature and signature by the governor, but would not need voter approval.
FORGIVE US? The California Real Estate PAC wrote a $300,000 check on Monday to the Democratic State Central Committee (California Democratic Party). That's interesting, considering the committee has spent $1,038,639 in support of Steve Glazer for AD16. Glazer is running against CDP-endorsed Tim Sbranti.
Like SD34 candidate Janet Nguyen, Keith Curry accepted a contribution on April 30 from the Orange County Professional Firefighters and thus violated a pledge required for the Lincoln Club's endorsement. It is unclear if the club will yank Nguyen's endorsement for her willingness to accept a contribution on May 2, as she's the only viable Republican in SD34, while Curry has strong competition from Emanuel Patrascu, district director for Assemblymember Travis Allen.
DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Bill Bloomfield, the wealthy businessman from Manhattan Beach, is currently registered as no party preference.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Mimi Walters!
FAREWELL: Phillip H. Schott [1940 - 2014] - "From 1962-1969, Phil worked for the State Legislature as a committee consultant, the Assembly's Chief Administrative Officer, and as Chief of Staff to former Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh. From 1971 to 1973, Phil served as a consultant to both the Senate and Assembly Rules Committees, establishing the current system of personnel management employed in each house. Before leaving the Legislature, he was tasked with developing the 2-year legislative session calendar, still in use today. This included presentation of a Constitutional Amendment to the voters in 1974 and the drafting of the complex Joint Rules by which the Legislature adheres to the 2-year schedule. Phil founded the governmental relations and association management firm of Phillip H. Schott, Inc. in 1973, and has continuously advocated before state government since that time. The firm was renamed as Schott & Lites Advocates in 2002."
The June 2014 NOONER Contest is now open!
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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Jerry Brown Urges Budget Restraint Amid Massive Medi-cal Expansion
David Siders and Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown talks about revisions to his budget, specifically related to his projected increase in spending on health care and teacher pensions during a press conference at the state Capitol on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Sacramento.
Election Strategy By Business Interests Deals With Wild Card In Ad 16 :: Fox&hounds
Business versus labor in California elections is not new but that old tug-of-war is being played out with gusto in Assembly District 16, the East San Francisco Bay district. In the strongly Democratic leaning state, many political players in the business community are following a strategy to boost business friendly Democrats. They found one in AD 16. But there is a wild card for business in that race.
Brown resists Democrats' call for more spending
Gov. Jerry Brown called on lawmakers to hold the line on spending as they enter a month of budget negotiations in Sacramento amid calls from Democrats and social welfare advocates who want more money for antipoverty programs. Brown released his revised budget plan Tuesday, asking for a record-high $107.8 billion in general fund spending in 2014-15, up a billion dollars from his initial budget proposal in January. Two major adjustments in the revised plan include a proposal to begin paying down teacher pension debt and increased payments to Medi-Cal to cover a surge in enrollment. Brown said he's committed to paying down debt and building a rainy-day fund, despite his fellow Democrats saying more money is needed for social services. "The truth is that there are many good ideas, whether it's health care, schooling, the environment, prison reform, court expansion, but we only have so much money," Brown said. "While our state is on the road to economic recovery, working families, students, disabled Californians, seniors and children continue to struggle due to years of devastating budget cuts to critical programs," Leno said in a statement.
Campaign Mailer Compares Sacramento Council Candidate To Roman Emperor
Ryan Lillis @ sacbee.com
A campaign mail piece has been sent to voters in the Pocket, Greenhaven and Valley Hi neighborhoods criticizing candidate Julius Cherry’s pension. The California Senior Advocates League, a multimillion-dollar political committee that has targeted public employee pay in the past, has funded the wave of mailers attacking Cherry.
Higher education: Brown's budget proposal calls for funding increase, tuition freeze
Katy Murphy @ mercurynews.com
Governor Brown's higher education budget proposal -- with gradual increases in exchange for tuition freeze -- is virtually the same as in January
California Courts Get A Boost In Governor's Budget
Howard Mintz @ contracostatimes.com
The governor's revised budget includes $60 million more than he proposed in January, tying the increase to a two-year plan for the massive California court system that calls for several reforms, including extracting more contributions from court employees for pension costs.
The Broad Foundation's Bruce Reed On Education Reform, Teachers And Charters
The Broad Foundation's education initiatives began 15 years ago, but the organization is just now getting its first president, and his surname isn't Broad. Bruce Reed is tasked with minding the foundation's investments and its work on K-12 reform, which has shaken the educational apple tree. The foundation spends about $60 million a year on things like training school superintendents and supporting charter schools. Reed, an Idahoan, changed coasts after three decades deeply entrenched in D.C., working on campaigns and/or policy for Al Gore, the Clintons, Barack Obama and, most recently, Vice President Joe Biden. He switched reform teams but didn't leave the playing field.
Gov. Brown's Revised Budget Proposal Boosts Spending For Medi-cal
Enrollment in the state's healthcare program for the poor has soared past expectations as a result of President Obama's federal overhaul, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday, and by next year about a third of Californians will be covered, costing hundreds of millions of dollars more than anticipated.
The Buzz: Compromise reached on Prop. 13 treatment of business property
Decades of political wrangling over how Proposition 13, the iconic property tax limit passed by voters in 1978, is applied to commercial property reached a climax of sorts Tuesday at the Capitol.
Brown Says Rising Sea Levels Could Force Costly Move Of Lax
California will face billions of dollars in spending to cope with the consequences of rising sea levels if low-lying communities along the coast are ultimately submerged, as scientists predict, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday.
Campaign mailer compares Sacramento council candidate to Roman emporer
Ryan Lillis @ sacbee.com
A deep-pocketed campaign committee that usually operates at the state level is taking aim at a Sacramento City Council candidate over his pension.
Kevin Johnson endorses Marshall Tuck for state schools chief
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who has spearheaded a series of education reform initiatives during his two terms in office, waded into the state superintendent of public instruction race Tuesday, backing upstart challenger Marshall Tuck.
Senate to take up expired tax breaks
POLITICO Pro Report: Lawmakers will look at reviving tax benefits worth more than $85 billion.
Anti-tax group OK with closing Prop 13 loophole
A prominent anti-tax group says it won't oppose a bill that would close a loophole in California's Proposition 13, effectively approving a bid to change the landmark law for the first time since voters passed it 36 years ago.
Brown CalSTRS Plan: Schools Get Biggest Rate Hike | Calpensions
Gov. Brown yesterday made a long-delayed proposal to get CalSTRS to full funding over the next three decades, giving the biggest rate hike to schools and smaller increases to the state and teachers.
Senate Will Take Up Tax Breaks for Business
The vote was 96-3 to debate legislation that would make some tax credits for businesses permanent and raise the deficit by $156 billion over 10 years.
L.A. Lawmakers Tweak Garcetti's Proposed Budget, Parking Ticket Plans
Los Angeles lawmakers want to reverse plans set out by Mayor Eric Garcetti to add dozens more part-time officers to write parking tickets, one in a string of proposed changes to the mayor's budget. When Garcetti set forth his budget, he proposed adding 50 part-time parking enforcement officers to bring in an estimated $3 million in revenue from parking tickets. The increase would bring the total number of part-time traffic officers to 200.
Highlights of Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget
The Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
Highlights of Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year; his plan now goes to the Legislature.
Campaign spending surges as unions weigh in for Torlakson, Perez
Independent expenditures in California statewide and legislative races have more than doubled in the past week, with reported spending by dentists, teachers and dozens of other groups exceeding $11.4 million as of Tuesday evening.
Proposal to speed up executions in California put on hold
Two years after fending off an initiative to abolish the death penalty in California, prosecutors and other backers of capital punishment were hoping to go to the voters this fall with a measure to bolster it. The ballot measure would seek to shorten the lengthy review process for death sentences by limiting appeals, easing qualification standards for defense lawyers and eliminating public hearings on lethal injection procedures. Death penalty opponents released a statement from Gil Garcetti, the former Los Angeles County district attorney, saying California's death penalty was "broken beyond repair" and the proposed initiative to shorten the time from conviction to execution - though supported by most prosecutors statewide - would only make the system more expensive and secretive. California has the nation's largest Death Row, with nearly 750 inmates, but it has executed only 13 prisoners under the current law and none since February 2006, when a federal judge said flaws in lethal injection procedures and staff training had created an undue risk of a botched and agonizing execution. The now-postponed initiative would eliminate public hearings on execution procedures and would also allow the state to obtain lethal drugs from sources other than licensed pharmacies.
Whooping Cough On The Rise In Sacramento County - Capradio.org
There's an outbreak of whooping cough in Sacramento County and health experts are recommending that people get vaccinated.
In Revised Budget, Gov. Brown Details Costly 30-year Plan To Fix Teacher Pensions | Edsource Today
The January state budget included a $10.5 billion increase in K-12 and community college spending. Brown is proposing to split the new money between one-time expenditures and more dollars for ongoing spending.
Compromise Reached On Prop. 13 Treatment Of Business Property
Dan Walters @ blogs.sacbee.com
Decades of political wrangling over how Proposition 13, the iconic property tax limit passed by voters in 1978, is applied to commercial property reached a climax of sorts Tuesday in a Capitol hearing room.