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THE NOONER for May 27, 2014

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John Vasconcellos

FAREWELL, VASCO

ON SATURDAY AS I WAS BOARDING A TRAIN IN ANAHEIM TO GO TO THE KINGS PLAYOFF GAME, THE NEWS CAME ACROSS MY PHONE THAT JOHN VASCONCELLOS HAD PASSED. WHILE WE KNEW HIS FINAL DAYS WERE NEAR, IT WAS A SURPRISE THAT IT HAPPENED SO FAST. 

VASCONCELLOS REPRESENTED SILICON VALLEY FOR 38 YEARS IN THE ASSEMBLY AND SENATE, FROM THE TIME STEVE JOBS WAS 11 YEARS OLD, THROUGH THE OUSTER AND RETURN OF JOBS, AND ALL THE WAY UNTIL THE IPOD WAS RELEASED. VASCONCELLOS BECAME AN EXPERT ON THE STATE BUDGET DUE TO HIS LONG SERVICE ON THE THEN-ASSEMBLY WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. HE WAS A SOLID CASE AGAINST TERM LIMITS AND THE SUNSET OF HIS LEGISLATIVE CAREER AFFECTED HIM DEEPLY.

HE WAS ALWAYS WORKING AND SEEKING KNOWLEDGE ON HIS AREAS OF PASSION, PARTICULARLY HIS INTEREST IN SELF ESTEEM AND MENTAL HEALTH. WHILE RIDICULED FOR IT THEN, IT CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF THE TOP UNSOLVED EDUCATION, CRIMINAL JUSTICE, AND SOCIAL POLICY ISSUES TODAY. SANTA BARBARA'S EVENTS ON SATURDAY ARE A SAD REMINDER THAT WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO.

OF COURSE, HIS EVANGELISM OF SELF ESTEEM AT TIMES SEEMED CONTRADICTORY, WITH HIS ABILITY TO ABSOLUTELY DRESS YOU DOWN IF YOU WERE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HIS PERSPECTIVE OF AN ISSUE. MANY LOBBYISTS WALKED AWAY FROM HEARINGS BEFORE HIM WITH TAILS BETWEEN THEIR LEGS AND EGOS DEFLATED.

IF YOU WERE ON HIS STAFF, OR EVER ON HIS STAFF, OR JUST SOMEONE WHO HE DECIDED TO ADD TO HIS LIST, YOUR WEEK LIKELY STARTED WITH A LENGTHY COMPILATION OF HIS WEEKEND READS, THOUGHTS, AND GOALS FOR THE WEEK. YOU MIGHT HAVE QUESTIONED THE RELEVANCE OF SOME OF THE MATERIAL, BUT IN JOHN'S MIND, IT WAS ALL CONNECTED. AND, YES, IT WOULD BE IN ALL CAPS.

HIS FINAL YEARS WERE SPENT EVANGELIZING "THE POLITICS OF TRUST" TO IMPROVE THE DISCOURSE AND PROBLEM-SOLVING CAPACITY IN POLITICS.

HE ATTRIBUTED HIS SUCCESS IN THE LEGISLATURE TO "GOOD STAFF, GOOD FRIENDS, AND GOOD THERAPISTS." 

CALIFORNIA LOST A GREAT POLICY LEADER WHEN JOHN VASCONCELLOS WAS FORCED OUT OF OFFICE IN TERM LIMITS IN 2004, AND THE WORLD LOST A GREAT CITIZEN WHEN HE JOINED THE GREAT LUAU IN THE SKY ON SATURDAY.

DEADLINES: Today is the last day to request an absentee ballot for Tuesday's election. It's also house of origin deadline week, so expect lengthy floor sessions.

$$$: All of the state and federal campaign finance reports should be posted here and on the district pages.

CA17 (Milpitas): Without getting into another debate about SurveyUSA's methodology, here are the numbers they found for the hot congressional race:

  • Mike Honda: 40%
  • Ro Khanna: 21%
  • Vanila Singh: 8%
  • Joel VanLandingham:6%
  • Undecided: 24% 

As Assembly speaker, he helped tame the budget. What's next for John Pérez? [Jim Newton @ LAT]

Paul Mitchell posts a ballot update with one week to go. Here's what our robust turnout looks like:

Returned Ballots as of May 26, 2014
 DemocratsRepublicansOtherTotal
Percent of ballots returned 6.8% 8.1% 4.9% 6.6%
Share of votes cast 44.2% 34.9% 20.9% 100%
Source: Political Data Inc.

 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Mike Madrid, Louis Reyes, and Garry Shay!

 

 

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Bakersfield Californian Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari*   Dan Schnur  Kamala Harris Ashley Swearengin, Betty Yee     Marshall Tuck 
LA Daily News Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari   Pete Peterson     Ashley Swearengin      
LA Times  Jerry Brown Gavin Newsom  Pete Peterson   Ashley Swearengin John Chiang  Dave Jones Marshall Tuck
OC Register                
Sac Bee Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari*   Dan Schnur, Alex Padilla   Betty Yee, Ashley Swearengin     Marshall Tuck
San Jose Mercury News                
SFChron Jerry Brown    Dan Schnur   Betty Yee     Marshall Tuck
UT San Diego Not Tim Donnelly              Marshall Tuck 
* mostly endorsements of Brown re-election, with suggestion that Kashkari is best for the GOP/campaign.

 

 


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**CLASSIFIEDS**

  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Government Relations Director, Los Angeles Region. Direct ACS CAN government relations program in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo Counties. Based in Los Angeles. Manage relationships with local, state & federal elected officials. Build coalitions. Serve as spokesperson. Some fundraising. 5-7 years policy & political experience. Spanish speaker preferred. Min. Salary: $77K. Info & application online: www.acscan.org/careers, Job ID: 17114.
  • Attorney or near-attorney interested in lobbying, developing public policies to protect the First Amendment, the public’s right to know and a fair and equitable California business environment.  More fun than a truck o’ monkeys.  Benefits.  EOE. Cover letter and Resume to jim@cnpa.com.
  • Executive Director - The Sacramento LGBT Community Center is in its 28 year serving the community located in the heart of Sacramento’s Lavender Heights neighborhood. As the chief executive officer, the ED leads the organization and is responsible for the overall administration and management of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and fulfillment of its mission.  Center’s fiscal, operations, fundraising, marketing, human resource, technology, and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization.
  • 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 two winners of the Up-and-Coming Progressive Leader Award. Purchase a place on the guest list or become a sponsor at: bit.ly/1e9km3W. NLC is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to training and supporting the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs. For more information, contact: Paco Torres, paco.xavier.torres@gmail.com.

  • The Michelson 20 Million Minds Foundation (20MM) is pleased to invite policy makers, staff, and members of the Capitol Community to a free screening of the Ivory Tower on June 16 at 6:00 PM at the beautiful Crest Theater in downtown Sacramento. This groundbreaking documentary focuses on the issues surrounding higher education affordability in light of rapidly rising tuition and national student debt, which has now surpassed $1.2 trillion. The screening will be followed by an informative discussion with director Andrew Rossi and leading higher education advocates. RSVP @ eventbrite.com/e/screening-of-ivory-tower-with-director-andrew-rossi-tickets-11560215917. Please contact Sergio Rosas Sergio@20mm.org, 626.396.7071, or Reid Milburn at, Reid.Milburn@gmail.com, 916.969.6171, for more information.
  • 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 capitol-network.org.
  • 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: www.cmanet.org/about/careers-with-cma/
  • THE BEST WAY FOR YOU TO LEARN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND HOW TO LOBBY MORE EFFECTIVELY. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov presents his "Lobbying 101" and "Lobbying 201" seminars June 5-6, covering the complete spectrum of governmental advocacy. $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / support staff, organizations that employ lobbyists, public agencies. Complete info / registration: www.capitolseminars.net or 916 442 5009.
  • FedEx Government Affairs Seeks Administrative Assistant to support the staff and office for the Western Region.
    Candidates with experience in government, public affairs, and or lobbying are preferred. Strong office administration skills, ability to multi-task and interface with executive level management required. For more information and to apply, go to: jobs-fedexservices.icims.com/jobs/21436/administrative-assistant-legal/job.
  • Zan Media (415-897-8393) provides one stop shopping for campaigns, issues, measures. Media pros with 34 year track record - TV/radio ads, PSA’s and persuasive web videos, video news releases.
    "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!”"
    — CYNTHIA MURRAY, FORMER MARIN COUNTY SUPERVISOR, PRES.&CEO NORTH BAY LEADERSHIP COUNCI
  • 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, pconaty@sbcglobal.net.

 

 

Independent Expenditure Reports
Updated Hourly

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Independent Voter Pac Marc Levine (Support) $2,000 05/25/2014 05/26/2014
Independent Voter Pac Jim Cooper (Support) $2,000 05/25/2014 05/26/2014
Independent Voter Pac Autumn Burke (Support) $3,500 05/25/2014 05/26/2014
Independent Voter Pac Alfonso Sanchez (Support) $6,500 05/25/2014 05/26/2014
Independent Voter Pac Bonnie Garcia (Support) $6,500 05/25/2014 05/26/2014
Independent Voter Pac Mike Gipson (Support) $3,250 05/25/2014 05/26/2014
Independent Voter Pac Sharon Quirk Silva (Support) $6,500 05/25/2014 05/26/2014
Independent Voter Pac Shirley Horton (Support) $15,000 05/25/2014 05/26/2014
Independent Voter Pac Jacqui Irwin (Support) $3,250 05/25/2014 05/26/2014
Independent Voter Pac Steve Glazer (Support) $22,000 05/25/2014 05/26/2014
Independent Voter Pac David Chiu (Support) $2,000 05/25/2014 05/26/2014
Independent Voter Pac Richard Pan (Support) $2,000 05/25/2014 05/26/2014
Committee For Working Families, Sponsored By The California Labor Federation, Afl-cio Connie Leyva (Support) $32,105 05/24/2014 05/25/2014
Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California Bonnie Garcia (Support) $16,005 05/24/2014 05/25/2014
Gipson For Assembly 2014, Jobs Creation Council Pac To Support Mike Mike Gipson (Support) $9,365 05/23/2014 05/25/2014
Hayashi For Senate 2014, Sponsored By Peace Officers, Nurses And Labor Organizations; Californians For Integrity In Government Opposed To Mary Hayashi (Oppose) $5,000 05/24/2014 05/25/2014
San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee Public Records. Open Meetings. State Reimbursement (Support) $1,835 05/24/2014 05/25/2014
San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee Fiona Ma (Support) $1,086 05/24/2014 05/25/2014
San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee Phil Ting (Support) $1,086 05/24/2014 05/25/2014
San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee Daniel Flores (Support) $1,086 05/24/2014 05/25/2014
San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee Veterans Housing And Homeless Prevention Bond Act (Support) $1,835 05/24/2014 05/25/2014
California Apartment Association Independent Expenditure Committee Patrick Odonnell (Support) $24,904 05/23/2014 05/24/2014
California Black Political Action Committee Alex Johnson (Support) $20,010 05/23/2014 05/24/2014
California Homeowners Association Rob Mccoy (Support) $12,100 05/24/2014 05/24/2014
Cooperative Of American Physicians Independent Expenditure Committee Autumn Burke (Support) $7,492 05/23/2014 05/24/2014
Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California Bill Dodd (Support) $26,797 05/23/2014 05/24/2014
Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California Marc Levine (Support) $24,484 05/23/2014 05/24/2014
Imbasciani For State Senate 2014 Sponsored By The California Medical Association, Health Care Providers For Dr. Vito Vito Imbasciani (Support) $13,100 05/23/2014 05/24/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Tim Sbranti (Oppose) $0 05/24/2014 05/24/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Kansen Chu (Oppose) $16,470 05/24/2014 05/24/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Steve Glazer (Support) $3,335 05/24/2014 05/24/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Andy Vidak (Support) $16,913 05/24/2014 05/24/2014
Los Angeles County Federation Of Labor Afl-cio Council On Political Education Robert Garcia (Support) $13,243 05/24/2014 05/24/2014
Los Angeles County Federation Of Labor Afl-cio Council On Political Education Damon Dunn (Oppose) $12,173 05/23/2014 05/24/2014
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Armando Gomez (Oppose) $23,085 05/23/2014 05/24/2014
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Bill Dodd (Oppose) $32,952 05/23/2014 05/24/2014
Sbranti For Assembly 2014, Sponsored By The California Teachers Association And California State Council Of Service Employees; Californians For Economic Prosperity To Support Tim Tim Sbranti (Support) $20,078 05/23/2014 05/24/2014
Sbranti For Assembly 2014, Sponsored By The California Teachers Association And California State Council Of Service Employees; Californians For Economic Prosperity To Support Tim Steve Glazer (Oppose) $20,699 05/23/2014 05/24/2014
South Bay Afl-cio Labor Council Committee On Political Education (cope) Sponsored By: South Bay Afl-cio Labor Council Kansen Chu (Support) $419 03/21/2014 05/24/2014
South Bay Afl-cio Labor Council Committee On Political Education (cope) Sponsored By: South Bay Afl-cio Labor Council Kansen Chu (Support) $821 05/23/2014 05/24/2014
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Amy Howorth (Support) $100,168 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Amy Howorth (Support) $29,998 05/19/2014 05/23/2014
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Prophet Walker (Oppose) $23,499 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Michael Gipson (Support) $28,000 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Autumn Burke (Support) $10,000 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Betsy Butler (Oppose) $100,000 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Association Of California School Administrators Political Action Committee Irella Perez (Support) $20,730 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Ben Allen (Support) $24,385 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Ben Allen (Support) $52,859 05/24/2014 05/23/2014
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Ben Allen (Support) $25,466 05/20/2014 05/23/2014
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Marshall Tuck (Support) $15,000 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
California Alliance, A Coalition Of Consumer Attorneys And Conservationists. Richard Pan (Oppose) $33,161 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
California Alliance, A Coalition Of Consumer Attorneys And Conservationists. Richard Pan (Oppose) $33,161 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
California Apartment Association Independent Expenditure Committee Simona Farrise (Oppose) $34,052 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Prophet Walker (Support) $20,760 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Armando Gomez (Support) $26,162 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
California Dental Association Independent Expenditure Pac Jim Cooper (Support) $13,977 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
California Homeowners Association Ira Glasky (Support) $11,937 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
California Professional Firefighters Ie Pac Rick Roelle (Support) $53,211 05/19/2014 05/23/2014
California Professional Firefighters Ie Pac Rick Roelle (Support) $13,810 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
California Professional Firefighters Ie Pac Rick Roelle (Support) $15,062 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
California Senior Advocates League Pac Marshall Tuck (Support) $4,702 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
California Senior Advocates League Pac Marshall Tuck (Support) $337,748 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
California Taxpayer Protection Committee Carl Kemp (Oppose) $6,868 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
California Teachers Association Independent Expenditure Committee Patrick Odonnell (Support) $66,994 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Californians Against Wasteful Spending Jeff Stone (Oppose) $19,726 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Californians For Fiscal Accountability And Responsibility, Sponsored By Dentists, Physicians, Health Care Workers, Realtors And School Employees Suja Lowenthal (Oppose) $19,020 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Jim Cooper (Support) $11,909 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Campos For Assembly 2014 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Nurses, Teachers And Working Families United To Support David David Chiu (Oppose) $58,024 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Campos For Assembly 2014; San Franciscans To Hold Campos Accountable, Vote No On David Campos (Oppose) $6,300 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Campos For Assembly 2014; San Franciscans To Hold Campos Accountable, Vote No On David Campos (Oppose) $12,500 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Dart Container Corporation Autumn Burke (Support) $7,491 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California Jeff Stone (Oppose) $46,490 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California Bill Dodd (Support) $40,000 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Steve Glazer (Support) $5,035 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Armando Gomez (Support) $26,162 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Mario De La Piedra (Support) $65,112 05/14/2014 05/23/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Alfonso Sanchez (Support) $40,754 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Rob Mccoy (Oppose) $34,966 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Tim Sbranti (Oppose) $24,302 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Kansen Chu (Oppose) $24,900 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians John Goya (Support) $13,383 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Andy Vidak (Support) $19,437 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Mario De La Piedra (Support) $18,049 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Parents And Teachers For Putting Students First Steve Glazer (Support) $16,592 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Parents And Teachers For Putting Students First Patrick Odonnell (Oppose) $14,237 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Parents And Teachers For Putting Students First Suja Lowenthal (Support) $0 05/13/2014 05/23/2014
Parents And Teachers For Putting Students First Tim Sbranti (Oppose) $16,592 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Parents And Teachers For Putting Students First Armando Gomez (Support) $11,321 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Parents And Teachers For Putting Students First Patrick Odonnell (Oppose) $15,815 05/13/2014 05/23/2014
Parents And Teachers For Putting Students First Patrick Odonnell (Oppose) $15,513 05/20/2014 05/23/2014
Parents And Teachers For Putting Students First Tim Sbranti (Oppose) $17,085 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Parents And Teachers For Putting Students First Suja Lowenthal (Support) $15,513 05/20/2014 05/23/2014
Residential Builders Association Of San Francisco Political Action Committee Phil Ting (Support) $2,500 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Residential Builders Association Of San Francisco Political Action Committee Kamala Harris (Support) $2,500 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber Political Action Committee Jay Schenirer (Support) $20,000 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
San Francisco Police Officers Association Pac David Chiu (Support) $23,559 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
San Francisco Police Officers Association Pac David Campos (Oppose) $12,136 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Sbranti For Assembly 2014, Sponsored By The California Teachers Association And California State Council Of Service Employees; Californians For Economic Prosperity To Support Tim Tim Sbranti (Support) $71,520 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Sbranti For Assembly 2014, Sponsored By The California Teachers Association And California State Council Of Service Employees; Californians For Economic Prosperity To Support Tim Steve Glazer (Oppose) $121,520 05/22/2014 05/23/2014
Service Employees International Union Local 1000, Keeping California Healthy, Safe And Strong Dan Wolk (Support) $28,487 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Anna Bryson (Support) $21,333 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Mario De La Piedra (Support) $9,500 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Jay Obernolte (Support) $13,799 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
State Building And Construction Trades Council Of California Pac Rick Roelle (Support) $40,633 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Torlakson For Superintendent Of Public Instruction 2014 With Major Funding By The California Teachers Association Marshall Tuck (Oppose) $39,133 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
Torlakson For Superintendent Of Public Instruction 2014 With Major Funding By The California Teachers Association Tom Torlakson (Support) $39,133 05/23/2014 05/23/2014
United Food And Commercial Workers Western States Council Independent Expenditure Pac Marc Levine (Oppose) $52,429 05/09/2014 05/23/2014
Wieckowski For Senate 2014, Sponsored By Nurses, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, Construction Trades, And Labor Organizations; Californians For Better Jobs And A Stronger Economy To Elect Bob; Bob Wieckowski (Support) $36,415 05/22/2014 05/23/2014

 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Donnelly's Guerrilla Campaign Captivates Ardent GOP Members
latimes.com
As GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly concluded an address to activists in Riverside recently, alongside such conservative stalwarts as firebrand Ann Coulter, he explained why he chose education as his subject.

Legislature To Tackle Hundreds Of Bills
Katie Orr @
capradio.org
Today the California legislature will begin a marathon week of voting. oth the Senate and Assembly must act on hundreds of bills before a key deadline.

Law Degree Not A Sure Job Ticket For Sacramento-Area Grads
Phillip Reese @
sacbee.com
Erinn Ryberg spent three years running the gantlet at University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, graduated last year and passed the state bar exam. Now she’s working a job that doesn’t require a law degree. Her annual salary is significantly less than McGeorge’s yearly tuition of roughly $45,000. She owes about $150,000 in student debt. And she’s lucky. A large portion of recent graduates from California law schools – including McGeorge, the Oak Park law school that has been a cornerstone of Sacramento for almost a century – either aren’t working or have found temporary or part-time jobs.

Top 2 GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Leave Many In Party Wary
Carla Marinucci @
sfgate.com
Sharp divisions between the GOP's "country club" establishment and its rough-around-the-edges Tea Party activists have been exposed in the California governor's contest, where the race for second place pits an ex-investment banker - who's dropped $2 million of his own money on the campaign - against a fiery former plastics salesman whose chief campaign assets are an iPhone and a car with 370,000 miles on it.

Winners, Losers As CalPERS Shuffles Risk Pool Rates | Calpensions
calpensions.com
San Leandro expects a $1.1 million CalPERS rate hike, straining a tight city budget. Elk Grove expects a rate cut, offsetting some of the CalPERS rate hikes already on the way.

More police, more honesty needed for Oakland parcel tax
sfgate.com
Ten years after Oakland City Hall leaders failed to deliver on a promise to maintain a minimum staffing level of 802 police officers, they are gearing up to renew the parcel tax known as Measure Y for another 10 years. [...] the working proposal calls for an annual $98 parcel tax, a $10 increase from the original measure. The city collected $20 million a year in parcel taxes until 2010, when 80 police officers were laid off and Oakland no longer met the minimum staffing requirement to collect the tax. Regaining trustCouncil colleague Libby Schaaf, a mayoral candidate, said a minimum staffing level must be included in the new tax proposal, if only as a starting point to earn public trust lost through a decade of failed promises associated with the public safety measure. The Oakland Firefighters Association received $4 million from the public safety measure as a political deal to drop a competing ballot initiative asking for funding for a minimum staffing charter amendment.

Election 2014: Veteran Dems jockey to replace Steinberg
Laurel Rosenhall @
sacbee.com
With longtime state lawmaker Sen. Darrell Steinberg leaving the Legislature this year because of term limits, two Democratic assemblymen and a Republican pastor are vying to replace him.

Insurance Plan For Farmworkers Falls Short Of Obamacare Rules
latimes.com
An insurance plan created for California farmworkers doesn't fully meet requirements set by President Obama's healthcare law.

From A Diverse Group Of Judges, A Unanimous Opinion On Same-sex Marriage
washingtonpost.com
Rick Bowmer/AP - A supporter of gay marriage outside the Utah State Capitol in January.

Health Insurers Just Say No To Marijuana Coverage
AP Member Choice Complete @
latimes.com
Patients who use medical marijuana for pain and other chronic symptoms can take an unwanted hit: Insurers don't cover the treatment, which costs as much as $1,000 a month.

California elections: AD 9 field narrows as Rodriguez-Suruki exits
Jeremy B. White @
blogs.sacbee.com
Solidifying the field days before a primary election, Diana Rodriguez-Suruki has ended her campaign for the 9th Assembly District race and thrown her support to fellow Democrat and Elk Grove City Councilman Jim Cooper.

Carson Bruno: For the Sake of Down-Ballot Races, CA GOP Needs Minorities to Compete
calnewsroom.com
For California Republicans, the 2014 gubernatorial race shouldn't be about beating Jerry Brown -- that’s not going to happen; it should be about not doing a rebuilding party harm and the first step in that process is not antagonizing minority voters with the GOP nominee.

California Proposals Aim To Help Young Offenders
DON THOMPSON @
sacbee.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Juvenile offenders would have an easier time putting their pasts behind them under bills working their way through the Legislature.

Stanford Researchers Develop Tiny Wireless Implant
Stephanie M. Lee @
sfgate.com
The chip Ada Poon has invented is as tiny as a grain of rice, but someday, the engineer believes, it could do big things - like transform the way illnesses are treated.

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Legislation Aims To Close Loopholes In S.F. Lobbying Rules
Marisa Lagos @
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The full Board of Supervisors will decide next month whether to strengthen the city's lobbying disclosure requirements - legislation that's been in the works for a year.

Isla Vista Attacker's Struggles Didn't Prevent Gun Buying
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Elliot Rodger, the man behind the deadly attacks at Isla Vista near UC Santa Barbara , had been under the care of a therapist for some time and had been prescribed psychiatric drugs.

Mudslinging aside, state Senate candidates take stands on issues
Josh Richman @
mercurynews.com
While the ugly smackdown between Democrats Mary Hayashi and Bob Wieckowski has dominated the news in the 10th State Senate District, they and three other candidates have a lot to say on issues like jobs, schools, fracking, high-speed rail and more.

Video: California lawmakers extend deadline to improve monument
Dan Smith @
blogs.sacbee.com
California lawmakers last week approved a bill aimed at rehabilitating and expanding a crumbling monument that honors Latinos who served in the armed services.

UC Santa Barbara Struggles To Cope With Tragedy
Christina Villacorte @
dailynews.com
Still reeling from a murderous rampage that left six of its students dead and several others injured, UC Santa Barbara will hold a day of mourning and reflection Tuesday canceling classes in favor of a memorial service.

Garcetti Lobbies U.S. For More Expensive L.A. River Project
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Garcetti lobbies U.S. to approve $1-billion L.A. River restoration, while Army Corps of Engineers backs $453-million alternative

Colorado's neighbors dismayed by new wave of marijuana traffic
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Sheriff John Jenson watched the 2012 election returns crawling across his TV screen in this rural area just over the Colorado border. Tuned to a Denver news station, he soon realized Colorado voters were about to legalize recreational marijuana.