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THE NOONER for June 2, 2014
TWEET DU JOUR: @Political_Data - "Half the ballots cast so far in the CA primary come from people who in elementary school memorized the *48* states."
'Twas the night before the election and all through the state, candidates were begging for money, but it was all too late.
We'll be quick this morning, as I'm still trying to tackle some programming for election results tomorrow night, which will be at www.aroundthecapitol.com/results.
Here are the complete list of picks in The Nooner election contest. Some interesting tidbits:
I should have had a tiebreaker asking when we will know the final results. It could be awhile...
Dan Walters writes: "It's a pretty strange election when the most interesting contest is between two Republicans vying for the right to be buried in a Jerry Brown landslide."
As a reminder, tomorrow night, I'll be live blogging election results from the metropolis of Blythe. Friends stopping by include Jennifer Fearing, Jon Fleischman, Steve Maviglio, Mike Madrid, Paul Mitchell, and others. It should be a dandy time, and yes, you'll be able to join in on the conversation at www.aroundthecapitol.com/live. The conversation likely will start around 8:30pm when we see the first results, but we can start with unsupported blather up until then.
Here's your latest report from Paul Mitchell of ballots returned by district and PDI demographics, and this is what it looks like as we approach an embarrassingly low turnout election. Paul's blog post is entitled "It Gets Better (just kidding...it doesn't.)"
BUDGET: The Conference Committee on the State Budget is on call of the chair, but is expected to meet and CLOSE OUT BY FRIDAY. Conferees are Senators Mark Leno (co-chair), Loni Hancock, Ricardo Lara, and Jim Nielsen. Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner (co-chair), Richard Bloom, Jeff Gorrell, and Shirley Weber. The two budget bills are AB 1457 and SB 851. Lawmakers need to approve the budget by Sunday, June 15 to avoid having their pay docked.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Katcho Achadjian and Chris Lehane!
THE MONEY KEEPS ON FLOWING
On the independent expenditures chart, please note the Received Date. Some are amended reports, like those from the California Teachers Association and Bill Bloomfield.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Poll: Jerry Brown Leads, GOP Foes In Dead Heat For No. 2 In Primary
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown holds a commanding lead in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term, but the race among GOP candidates seeking to take him on in November has become a dead heat just days before Tuesday's election, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.
New Step To Expose Hidden Retiree Health Debt
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
A decade ago new accounting rules directed state and local governments to begin calculating and reporting debt owed for health care promised retirees, which for state workers turned out to be more than the debt owed for pensions. In a new step to expose hidden debt, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board last week proposed that retiree health care debt or âunfunded liabilityâ be reported on the face of government financial statements, not buried inside.
GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Tim Donnelly Greets Gun Show Enthusiasts
Two days before the June 3 primary, GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly did not dismiss a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll that found that he was no longer the front-runner for the second spot on the fall ballot.
Small Town An Exception To Lack Of Interest In California Voting
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Residents of the tiny mountain town of Downieville will vote on Tuesday as they have religiously – and at uncommonly high rates – for many years.
Next Up At The Ballot Box: Undreaming California
Sarah McBride @ reuters.com
Creating the state of California took a revolt that led to the short-lived Bear Republic, a war with Mexico, and various international treaties. Now, some northern natives hope to take it apart, starting with a couple of ballot initiatives.
Deal In Works To Salvage Sacramento’s Stalled 700 K Street Project
Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg brokered the deal that may get the downtown project going again.
L.A. County Supervisor Candidates Vie For Votes As Election Nears
In a whirlwind of last-minute stumping, candidates vying to succeed termed-out Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina crisscrossed opposite sides of the county over the weekend, shaking hands, posing for selfies and otherwise trying to scoop up votes before Tuesday's primary election.
Study Finds Medical Pot Farms Draining Streams Dry
SAN FRANCISCO -- Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California's coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say — an issue that has spurred at least one county to try to outlaw personal grows.
Alexei Koseff @ blogs.sacbee.com
Reform Rabbis and other Jewish leaders from across California convene at the Capitol today to lobby in support of state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg's proposal for cap-and-trade funds.
Group Wont Seek Referendum On Sacramento Kings Arena Deal
Ryan Lillis @ sacbee.com
The planned downtown sports arena will have five north-facing retractable hangar doors, as illustrated by this image released May 21.
Dan Walters Daily
Alexei Koseff @ blogs.sacbee.com
Expect lots more wheeling and dealing before a final budget deal is reached in two weeks, Dan says.
Ad Watch: Torlakson ad exaggerates facts to undermine opponents
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Ahead of Tuesday’s primary election, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson launched a television campaign sharply criticizing his two challengers, former charter schools executive Marshall Tuck and schoolteacher Lydia Gutierrez. Following is the text of the 30-second ad and an analysis by Alexei Koseff of The Bee’s Capitol Bureau.
Sacramento Heroin Addiction On The Rise, Affordable Care Act Opens Doors For Recovery
Dave Kempa @ healthycal.org
He is among 7,774 Californians taking advantage of addiction services newly available to them thanks to the expanded coverage and services mandated under the Affordable Care Act. Since the lawâs January 1 inception, methadone clinics across the Sacramento region have noted an increase in care provided. And theyâre encouraged.
S.F. mayor calls for huge boost in affordable housing funds
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @ sfgate.com
Mayor Ed Lee is proposing funneling $94 million in public money over the next two years into constructing affordable housing in San Francisco as the city grapples with stratospheric rents and increased evictions driven by a booming economy that is also causing a surge in tax revenue.
What's At Stake In This Primary Election?
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Itâs a pretty strange election when the most interesting contest is between two Republicans vying for the right to be buried in a Jerry Brown landslide.
Will California Republican Party Resist Moderation Wave?
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
Will it resist this wave of moderation?
Kashkari And Donnelly Offer 2 Paths For California Republican Party
There couldn't be more at stake for California's Republican Party than the results of the otherwise seemingly ho-hum primary election
Ca GOP On Knife Edge; USC Pollsters, Lat Weasel « Calbuzz
California Republicans stand at a crossroads: Will they join the ranks of voters in Kentucky, Georgia, Oregon and other states who have chosen Establishment conservatives over Tea Party knuckledraggers? Or will they add California to the roster of states like Nevada, Missouri and Illinois who chose teabaggers who later got skunked by Democrats.
What’s at stake in this primary election?
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
It’s a pretty strange election when the most interesting contest is between two Republicans vying for the right to be buried in a Jerry Brown landslide. The duel between Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, the darling of the Republican right, and Neel Kashkari, a moderate whom the GOP establishment hopes will eke out a win, gets a lot of media attention simply because there’s not much else to stir interest.
Cal State Plans Push To Hire More Full-time Faculty
California State University is embarking on a hiring spree, aiming to add 700 new full-time faculty members next year in an attempt to reverse years of class and staff reductions and improve student success.
SCOTUS to hear redistricting appeal
TARA HAELLE @ politico.com
Alabama Democrats want a Republican-drawn legislative map thrown out.
Resources Help Decipher The New Education Funding Formula
The material ranges from basic explainers to cloud-based software that helps districts craft their draft Local Control Accountability Plans.