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THE NOONER for May 30, 2014

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Good morning from Los Angeles, where I have a morning talk before climbing aboard that blue and orange bird back to Sacramento. It's the final stretch, and independent expenditure committees are pulling out all the stops. We'll take a look at the updated totals after a few news items and our ballot update.

INTERESTING READS:

Returned Ballots as of May 29, 2014
 DemocratsRepublicansOtherTotal
Percent of ballots returned 9.2% 11.3% 6.5% 9.1%
Share of votes cast 44.2% 35.6% 20.2% 100%
Source: Political Data Inc.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Shawnda WestlyBrian Cooley (Saturday), Cortez Quinn (Saturday), Dan Smith (Saturday), Hilary Crosby (Sunday), and Shannan Velayas Martinez (Sunday)! 

  

Independent Expenditure Totals
(totals about $100,000)
CandidatePositionTotal
MARSHALL TUCK SUPPORT  $1,570,284
STEVE GLAZER SUPPORT  $1,533,335
TOM TORLAKSON SUPPORT  $1,443,315
MARSHALL TUCK OPPOSE  $1,158,878
TIM SBRANTI SUPPORT  $1,009,142
STEVE GLAZER OPPOSE  $767,128
BONNIE GARCIA SUPPORT  $736,540
RICHARD PAN SUPPORT  $650,846
MARIO DE LA PIEDRA SUPPORT  $584,587
BEN ALLEN SUPPORT  $583,727
PATRICK ODONNELL SUPPORT  $502,303
ANNA BRYSON SUPPORT  $474,386
AUTUMN BURKE SUPPORT  $469,930
VITO IMBASCIANI SUPPORT  $461,182
NEEL KASHKARI SUPPORT  $414,134
TIM SBRANTI OPPOSE  $386,002
BILL DODD SUPPORT  $349,814
DAN WOLK SUPPORT  $333,546
PROPHET WALKER SUPPORT  $327,046
MIKE GIPSON SUPPORT  $305,356
JAY OBERNOLTE SUPPORT  $293,699
BILL DODD OPPOSE  $291,410
CONNIE LEYVA SUPPORT  $290,408
ANDY VIDAK OPPOSE  $283,159
SUJA LOWENTHAL SUPPORT  $279,667
JIM COOPER SUPPORT  $277,638
MARY HAYASHI OPPOSE  $268,583
ARMANDO GOMEZ SUPPORT  $256,957
BOB WIECKOWSKI SUPPORT  $245,029
JEFF STONE OPPOSE  $227,655
AMY HOWORTH SUPPORT  $227,049
ASSEMBLY MEMBER BOB WIECKOWSKI OPPOSE  $223,406
ARMANDO GOMEZ OPPOSE  $219,919
DAN SCHNUR SUPPORT  $219,437
DAVID CAMPOS OPPOSE  $207,092
KANSEN CHU OPPOSE  $199,691
RICK ROELLE SUPPORT  $197,269
SUJA LOWENTHAL OPPOSE  $195,689
CATHARINE BAKER SUPPORT  $190,742
ALFONSO SANCHEZ SUPPORT  $188,835
DAN WOLK OPPOSE  $172,508
TIM DONNELLY OPPOSE  $172,266
ROBERT GARCIA SUPPORT  $161,021
SEBASTIAN RIDLEY-THOMAS SUPPORT  $153,363
STEVE COHN SUPPORT  $151,529
ANTHONY CANNELLA SUPPORT  $149,658
PAUL LEON OPPOSE  $148,314
BETSY BUTLER OPPOSE  $144,273
PATRICK ODONNELL OPPOSE  $142,648
RICHARD PAN OPPOSE  $141,467
SIMONA FARRISE OPPOSE  $131,548
LING LING CHANG SUPPORT  $129,350
ASSEMBLY MEMBER ROGER DICKINSON OPPOSE  $114,952
MATT DABABNEH SUPPORT  $114,528

 

Top 25 Independent Spenders
Since January 1, 2014
Torlakson For Superintendent Of Public Instruction 2014 With Major Funding By The California Teachers Association  $2,535,682
Sbranti For Assembly 2014, Sponsored By The California Teachers Association And California State Council Of Service Employees; Californians For Economic Prosperity To Support Tim  $1,776,270
Spirit Of Democracy California  $1,746,460
Bloomfield Jr., William E.  $1,685,866
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors  $1,584,294
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers  $1,078,229
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians  $1,022,311
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee  $938,550
California Senior Advocates League Pac  $904,158
Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California  $807,642
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations  $696,426
Los Angeles County Federation Of Labor Afl-cio Council On Political Education  $553,405
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition  $525,326
Californians For Fiscal Accountability And Responsibility, Sponsored By Dentists, Physicians, Health Care Workers, Realtors And School Employees  $497,332
Parents And Teachers For Putting Students First  $473,354
Californians Allied For Patient Protection Independent Expenditure Account  $468,192
Kashkari For Governor 2014; Californians For  $344,532
Committee For Working Families, Sponsored By The California Labor Federation, Afl-cio  $334,876
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy  $333,818
Californians Against Special Interests  $327,345
California State Council Of Service Employees Political Committee  $276,433
California Apartment Association Independent Expenditure Committee  $271,666
Hayashi For Senate 2014, Sponsored By Peace Officers, Nurses And Labor Organizations; Californians For Integrity In Government Opposed To  $268,583
California Dental Association Independent Expenditure Pac  $252,261
California Teachers Association Independent Expenditure Committee $251,421
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
State Senate OKs Measure Allowing Voter Initiatives To Be Withdrawn
latimes.com
The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would allow proponents of initiatives to withhold them from the ballot if the Legislature agrees to a compromise effort to address the issue.

California Legislative Leaders Appoint Budget Conferees
Jim Miller @
blogs.sacbee.com
Leaders of the Assembly and Senate on Thursday appointed eight lawmakers to serve on the Legislature's budget-writing panel.

Prop. B height-limits battle an echo of past S.F. fights
sfgate.com
San Franciscans have been fighting a "wall" - or the illusion of one - along the city's waterfront on-and-off since Russian Hill residents revolted 54 years ago over a plan to build Fontana East and Fontana West, the twin, boxy residential towers that overlook Aquatic Park. The land includes two lonely sites south of AT&T Park where the port hopes to build entire new neighborhoods - the industrial Pier 70 area next to the Dogpatch neighborhood and the San Francisco Giants' main parking lot, which the team leases from the port. B's backers, including the local chapter of the Sierra Club and limited-growth activists from the city's progressive left, contend the measure simply adds a layer of protection - voter approval - if developers want an exception to existing building heights. Opponents, including the Chamber of Commerce, construction trade unions, and the Building Owners and Managers Association that represents commercial property owners, say the measure will reduce complex development plans to punchy - and inaccurate - campaign slogans or force developers to strike backroom deals with Prop. "Why do these unelected individuals get to give the green light?" said Patrick Valentino, a real estate attorney who is the spokesman for the "no" side. Lost will be the carefully crafted trade-offs negotiated between city officials and developers, with some citizen input, that may result in a few tall buildings in exchange for new parks, millions in tax revenue and affordable housing fees, and hundreds of rental units within reach of the working and middle class, opponents say. B could diminish funding for transit, affordable housing and $1.6 billion in needed repairs to port facilities, including the seawall that holds back the bay. Building on victoryThat development was soundly defeated in a low-turnout election in November by the group of activists now behind Prop. Agnos and others in the group pounded the Golden State Warriors' plan to build an arena on Piers 30-32 and a condo tower and hotel on a parking lot across the street as an opening to more waterfront high-rise development. Lee, who two years ago described the arena as "my legacy project," has refused to take a position on Prop.

Governor Signs Bill Allowing Sacramento Metro Fire To Provide Tax Refunds
Cathy Locke @
sacbee.com
The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District will be allowed to return to property owners $1.3 million in mistakenly collected taxes under an Assembly bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Legislature splits on medical marijuana bills
FENIT NIRAPPIL Associated Press @
utsandiego.com
The state Assembly has rejected a medical marijuana regulation bill, while competing legislation preferred by local governments and law enforcement sailed unanimously through the Senate.

California Senate Backs Expanding Preschool For Low-income Families
latimes.com
The California Senate voted Thursday to expand publicly funded preschool programs to tens of thousands of 4-year-olds from low-income families, despite Republican lawmakers' concerns that the change would strain the state budget.

California Senate approves changes to initiative process
Laurel Rosenhall @
blogs.sacbee.com
A bill to change California's initiative process passed the state Senate Thursday with some bipartisan support, setting up the possibility that lawmakers could have a greater role in shaping the measures that citizens send to the ballot.

California Senate Votes To Raise Minimum Wage To $13 An Hour In 2017
latimes.com
The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would gradually raise the minimum wage in California from the current $8 an hour to $13 in 2017, despite warnings from the California Chamber of Commerce that the bill is a “job killer.”

Donnelly Doesn't Buy Theory His Presence On Nov. Ballot Could Help Dems
fresnobee.com
Learn about the candidates in the June 3 primary and where they stand on issues.

House Republicans Dine On Junk Food - Politics Blog
blog.sfgate.com
As the House Appropriations Committee voted on party lines Thursday to allow school districts to waive nutrition requirements in school lunches, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office sent out...

Bert A. Betts, Treasurer During Pat Brown Era, Dies At 90
Daniel Rothberg @
blogs.sacbee.com
Former California state Treasurer Bert A. Betts, a Democrat who was elected to the post in 1958 and served two terms while Pat Brown was governor, died in Sacramento on Wednesday. He was 90.

Poll: Bay Area residents support preschool funding
sfgate.com
The survey by the Bay Area Council found that 69 percent of the 1,000 locals polled online supported increasing local and state funding for both child care and pre-kindergarten programs. A bill initially aimed at offering transitional kindergarten to all children fizzled in the Legislature this month over the $2.5 billion cost and was scaled back to include only low-income children for more palatable $1.3 billion price tag. The poll, which had an error rate of plus or minus 3 percentage points, also included questions regarding the economy, transportation, energy and health care, with the results released over several days this week.

California Bill Regulating Medical Marijuana Fails In Assembly
Jeremy B. White @
blogs.sacbee.com
Once again rejecting a measure to broadly regulate medicinal pot, the California Assembly on Thursday stalled a bill that would create a state-level entity to oversee and license California's medical marijuana industry.

Q&A: How do U.S. veterans get health care?
mercurynews.com
‚The Department of Veterans Affairs, which oversees pensions, education, health care and other benefits for veterans and their families, faces allegations about treatment delays and falsified records at its hospitals around the country.

California Bill On Genetically Modified Food Labels Fails In Senate
latimes.com
A bill that would have required labeling on food that contains genetically modified organisms fell short of the votes needed to stay alive in the state Senate on Thursday.

State Orders Sacramento Valley Water Users To Halt Diversions
Matt Weiser @
sacbee.com
Water rights holders drawing from the Feather River, a tributary of the Sacramento River, are among those affected by a rare conservation measure ordered Thursday in response to California’s worsening drought.

Strange Bedfellows In Silicon Valley House Race: Dem Honda, Goper Singh Getting Help From Same Dem Labor Pac - Politics Blog
blog.sfgate.com
A Washington-based Democratic labor political action committee that backs incumbent 7-term Democrat Rep. Mike Honda has adopted a stunning two-pronged strategy in a contentious Silicon Valley House...

Attacks Lobbed In Crowded Race To Succeed Rep. Henry Waxman
latimes.com
Lieu met with Calderon and an undercover FBI agent posing as someone who sought changes to Lieu's proposed legislation that would affect a hospital in Long Beach. Lieu dropped the legislation but has said it was only because its provisions were wrapped into a more comprehensive workers comp reform bill. 

Obama 'hasn't Given Up' On Unemployment Extension | Potus Operandi
blogs.rollcall.com
Asked what the unemployed should think, Carney said they don’t have many friends in House Republican leadership. He said it’s a “shame” that the GOP hasn’t acted to extend the benefits. He also noted that Republicans supported an unemployment benefits extension under President George W. Bush when conditions were better than they are today.

Bill To Raise California Minimum Wage Advances In State Legislature | Reuters
reuters.com
SACRAMENTO Calif. Thu May 29, 2014 8:00pm EDT

Shinseki Apologizes In Va Healthcare Scandal
latimes.com
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki on Friday offered an apology and accepted responsibility for the healthcare scandal surrounding the agency.