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THE NOONER for June 10, 2014
It is one week after the election, and the most exciting race is that for State Controller. Here are the updated scenarios: total vote and election day. Controller is the only race that has changed since election day.
I'm still on vacation and thus we're going to keep it really short today. That, and I have a really bad internet connection.
Big: California judge declares teacher employment rules unconstitutional [Jermy White @ SacBee]
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tim Wendler and Dean Vogel!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Jerry Brown Weighs In On Apple Taxes, Gets Ire Of The Irish
Irish media are raising a fuss over Gov. Jerry Brown's comments on the Irish tax laws that shelter Apple from billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.
Controller 2014: Betty Yee holds 165 vote lead over John Perez
As of June 10, at 2:00 a.m., the Secretary of State's website had yet to update its statewide numbers to reflect new results posted out of Orange County. Board of Equalization member Betty Yee holds a slim 165-vote lead over fellow Democrat John A. Perez for second place and the final spot in the November run-off for state controller.
California Legislature Split On Local Ethics-training Mandate
Jim Miller @ blogs.sacbee.com
The suspension of three state senators and a six-figure penalty against a prominent lobbyist have made political ethics a dominant issue at the California Capitol this year, prompting special ethics training in the state Senate.
Betty Yee moves into 2nd place in state controller's race
Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office said Monday that more than three-fourths of the outstanding ballots are provisional, meaning that some are likely to be thrown out. Another close contest, according to the secretary of state's office, is the one for runner-up in the Fourth Congressional District and the right to challenge GOP Rep. Tom McClintock of Elk Grove (Sacramento County) in November. Battling for second place are Republican Art Moore, with 22.7 percent of the vote, and Jeffrey Gerlach, an independent candidate, with 21.4 percent.
Jones-sawyer Agrees To $10,000 FPPC Fine
Laurel Rosenhall @ blogs.sacbee.com
Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer has agreed to pay California's political watchdog a $10,000 fine for hiding the source of a $50,000 loan to his 2012 campaign.
State Controller's Race Drags On As 2 Democrats Vie To Face Republican
Almost a week after the last ballots were cast, the results of the primary election for state controller are still up in the air.
UC President Napolitano Forms Climate Change Advice Group - San Francisco Business Times
University of California President Janet Napolitano formed an advisory group that includes several professors and a former Gap Inc. CEO to help the UC system cut pollution.
National Briefing | Midwest: Illinois: Governor Signs Plan for Chicago Pensions
Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation on Monday to help Chicago reduce a pension shortfall but urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council not to raise property taxes for additional revenues.
Betty Yee moves into second in controller's race
Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office said Monday that more than three-fourths of the outstanding ballots are provisional, meaning that some are likely to be thrown out. Another close contest, according to the secretary of state's office, is the one for runner-up in the 4th Congressional District and the right to challenge GOP Rep. Tom McClintock of Elk Grove (Sacramento County) in November. Battling for second place are Republican Art Moore, with 22.7 percent of the vote, and Jeffrey Gerlach, an independent candidate, with 21.4 percent.
Poll: Beneath Jerry Brown's high ratings, voters have reservations
California voters overwhelmingly embraced Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown over his Republican rivals in the June primary, but he has failed to win them over on some of the state's most pressing issues.
Dan Walters Daily: State controller's race down to photo finish
Alexei Koseff @ blogs.sacbee.com
As California finishes counting hundreds of thousands of ballots, the top two in the controller's race changes daily, Dan says.
Gonzalez: Voters Should Demand Congress Act On Immigration | Utsandiego.com
California Drought: Voluntary Cutback Falls Short In Bay Area - Sfgate
Tepid responseThe tepid response from water users comes as two statewide polls by the Public Policy Institute of California suggest that at least 75 percent of Californians see dwindling water supplies as a problem. 'Ethic for conservation'So on Jan. 17, when Brown asked for his 20 percent cut - prompting local water agencies to follow up with their own calls for voluntary cutbacks - Bay Area residents had a tall order. "If you're in a region that hasn't done a lot of conservation, it's so much easier to drop down," said Greg Weber, executive director of the California Urban Water Conservation Council, an association of statewide water agencies and advocacy groups. In Pleasanton, where deliveries from the State Water Project were slashed by a quarter this year - and residents didn't initially respond to calls for voluntary reductions - city officials mandated 25 percent cuts last month, with stiff penalties for violators. "The anecdotal evidence is that it's not going down consistent with what the governor has asked for, and, in some cases, it's going up," said Tim Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies, which represents nearly 440 water suppliers. Multiple sourcesIn the East Bay, where the East Bay Municipal Utility District provides water from the central Sierra to about 400,000 homes and businesses, district officials say modest conservation efforts have been sufficient so far. The district recently purchased additional water from the Sacramento River, and officials note that water consumption, though down only slightly over a three-year period, has actually dropped 11 percent over last year - more than the 10 percent the district is seeking from customers. Because the company is private, it did not provide the three-year consumption data requested by The Chronicle. While he and his wife are trying to take steps to save more water, such as not washing their blue jeans - and even bathing their baby with water from a pitcher instead of the faucet - they don't expect big savings.
Democrats Congressional Seats At Risk In California
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Michael Bloomberg Maxed Out To Marshall Tuck
By Josh Richman Monday, June 9th, 2014 at 1:37 pm in 2014 primary, campaign finance, education.
Senate approves tighter gift bans, ethics rules
JUDY LIN @ sacbee.com
Lawmakers on Monday approved watered-down versions of campaign finance reform and ethics bills, even as they sought to restore public trust in government as three suspended lawmakers face criminal cases.
Rebecca Kaplan's popularity contest a mayoral fail
Focus your efforts on nonconfrontational and universal issues like transportation, urban blight and cannabis, tell people exactly what they want to hear, and practice a policy of appeasement whenever the heat is on. Using those skills, Kaplan has become the city's most popular politician and a top contender to become Oakland's next mayor, according to the results of phone surveys and election polls. In July 2013, Kaplan joined her colleagues in a unanimous vote to move forward with plans to establish a Domain Awareness Center that would monitor video feeds and gunshot-detection devices around the city. In a raucous City Council meeting in February 2012 to decide whether to toughen policing of Occupy protests, partly to protect businesses against vandalism, Kaplan, along with former Councilwoman Nancy Nadel, opposed the measure, siding with the loud protesters at the meeting. Public safetyOn public safety, Kaplan said her work on city budgets, sorting out the Police Department's radio problems, supporting a police force of 800 officers and her refusal to vote to lay off 80 police officers in 2010 are tangible proof of her commitment to improve police services. Among nearly two dozen "key" initiatives listed on her page, there are proposals to resolve billboard disputes, promote business and repeal a "gender appropriate clothing" ordinance.
Airlines Sue Sacramento County Over Property Taxes
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
Tony Gutierrez Associated Press file, 2007 Southwest Airlines anticipates the plan to refurbish cabins on its 737-700s will boost annual revenue by at least $250 million.
Judge rules California public school teacher tenure laws unconstitutional
Judge rules California public school teacher tenure laws unconstitutional.
Syrian President Bashar Assad Declares General Amnesty For Prisoners
Syrian President Bashar Assad , who won reelection last week amid the country's three-year civil war, issued a general amnesty for prisoners Monday.
Are we headed for a recount in the controller
To say that CaliforniaÂs race for controller is too close to call is an understatement. If one Democrat makes it into the second spot once the results are final, will California Democrats allow the loser to request a recount and thereby risk delivering victory to Evans?
Jones-Sawyer agrees to fine for campaign violation
Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer has agreed to pay a $10,000 penalty to the state's political watchdog for illegally accepting a $50,000 loan to his campaign account in 2011.