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THE NOONER for June 11, 2014
BUDGET: The Conference Committee is scheduled to wrap up its work this afternoon, and votes on the respective floors are expected this weekend. The monthly financial update released yesterday by John Chiang's office didn't give lawmakers looking to spend more much ammunition.
There are currently 328,576 ballots left to count.
CONTROLLER: The Controller's race continues to be wild. Here are the results through yesterday of the two scenarios (total vote | election day). While John A. Pérez moved into second place in yesterday's counts, the models still suggest a win for Betty Yee. However, when the model shows a win by 900 votes for a statewide election, it's anybody's guess.
ERIC CANTOR: The GOP's habit of eating its own [Todd S. Purdum @ Politico] - "Eric Cantor's defeat in Virginia's GOP primary stunned the Washington political world. But in historical terms, it should not have come as a shock. House Republicans have been eating their young since the Eisenhower era, and the race has been always to the right."
#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Jim Anderson and Nicole Winger!
#CAKEDAYSFROMTHEPAST: Happy birthday to Jason Burruel (yesterday)!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
John Perez Regains Second Place In State Controller's Race
Steven Herbert @ dailynews.com
Assembly Speaker Emeritus John Perez reclaimed second in the state controllerâs race from State Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, a fellow Democrat, according to updated figures released Tuesday night by the Secretary of Stateâs Office.
California's Budget Deadline Looms With A More Civil Tone In Capitol
Jessica Calefati @ mercurynews.com
According to Capitol sources briefed on closed-door budget negotiations, the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers have quietly reached deals on funding prekindergarten, pumping more money into the state's beleaguered court system and funding levels for the state's controversial bullet train.
Gov. Jerry Brown, Lawmakers Push Closer To Budget Deal
With only days left to hammer out a deal on the state budget, legislative leaders say they're close to a final agreement.
President Obama Returning To Silicon Valley In July For House Fundraising - Politics Blog
President Obama plans to make his 18th trip to the Bay Area in July for another round of campaign fundraising on behalf of Democratic Congressional candidates -- returning to again Los Altos, accor...
California Controller Chiang: Where Are Our Sales Taxes?
Steven E.F. Brown @ bizjournals.com
"Where is the growth in sales tax transactions?" asked California Controller John Chiang in his monthly report on the Golden State's cash balance.
Tim Donnelly: Cantor's loss a lesson for California GOP
GOP Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, the Tea Party darling whose gubernatorial bid was outgunned by former Treasury official Neel Kashkari, warned Wednesday that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's defeat in Virginia holds some harsh lessons for establishment Republicans a continent away in California. Donnelly, fresh from an election loss in which Kashkari spent $2 million of his own money and was bolstered by establishment Republicans, said in a wide-ranging interview Wednesday that Tea Party activists have urged him to continue the fight and "carry out the mission." The San Bernardino County assemblyman said he that when he broke the news of Cantor's shocking loss to Tea Party-backed David Brat at a meeting of a Republican women's group in Tracy on Tuesday night, the audience responded with a standing ovation. In finishing second to Gov. Jerry Brown and qualifying for the November general election, Kashkari also received a $350,000 independent expenditure boost from millionaire Charles Munger. Cantor's talk of allowing a pathway to citizenship sparked anger among grassroots voters who believe that some forces may be "using children to do an end run" around immigration laws, Donnelly said. Donnelly is still speaking to GOP groups, and said he is not finished delivering his message to state voters - especially, he said, since Kashkari has not reached out to him or his supporters.
Controller 2014: Betty Yee temporarily cedes second to Speaker John Perez
Betty Yee has temporarily ceded second place in the state controller's race to former Speaker of the Assembly John Perez. His current, official 1,128 vote lead is a mirage.
California Teacher Tenure, Firing Laws Ruled Unconstitutional
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Californiaâs rules for teacher tenure and dismissal deprive students of their constitutional right to a quality education, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled on Tuesday.
S.F. to put $15 minimum wage on ballot
Marisa Lagos @ sfgate.com
San Francisco voters will be asked to gradually raise the city's minimum wage over the next four years until it's the highest in the nation at $15 an hour in 2018, under a deal finalized Tuesday.
Bill would erase Prop. 187 language from California codes
Laurel Rosenhall @ sacbee.com
In overturning 1994’s Proposition 187, federal courts ruled that California can’t cut off publicly funded education, health care and welfare benefits for people who immigrated to the country illegally.
Downtown Redwood City property owners to vote on creating tax district
Bonnie Eslinger @ mercurynews.com
Downtown Redwood City property owners this week will start receiving election ballots asking them to pay new taxes for special services.
Tehama County voters OK advisory measure to leave California
Voters in Tehama and Del Norte counties decided identical ballot questions last week about whether to consider creating a new state to be named Jefferson. Supporters of creating a new state need approval from the California Legislature and U.S. Congress, but the current supporters have said they will sue in federal court if the Legislature rejects secession or refuses to take it up. Gov. Jerry Brown told reporters on election night that he would visit counties across the state as he campaigns for re-election, including "the people of Jefferson, and tell them to stick around."
Brown Administration Recommends Tax Breaks For Companies
Jim Miller @ blogs.sacbee.com
From e-commerce to pet cremation, 31 companies from around the state would get almost $30 million in tax breaks under recommendations by Gov. Jerry Brown's office of business development.
Hope Fades For Mojave Desert Bookkeeper In Race For Controller
As the returns rolled in on election night, it looked like an obscure Mojave Desert accountant with his dirt-cheap campaign for state controller might pull off the unlikely feat of denying state Assembly Speaker John Pérez a spot in the November runoff.
Dan Walters Daily: Court advances tenure issues long ignored by lawmakers
Alexei Koseff @ blogs.sacbee.com
A judge's ruling that California's teacher tenure system is unconstitutional puts pressure on the governor and Legislature to resolve an issue they've long avoided, Dan says.
The Buzz: California Legislature split on local ethics-training mandate
the numbers @ 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.
House Votes To Cut Off Money For High-speed Rail
By Josh Richman Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 at 4:32 pm in Jeff Denham, Transportation, U.S. House.
Tesla-driving Rick Perry Jabs California On Jobs
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
For the latest round in the Jerry Brown-Rick Perry rivalry, the photo opportunity was especially promising: Perry, the Texas governor and self-proclaimed hunter of California jobs, cruising down L Street in a Tesla just days after the Brown administration announced it is considering steps to persuade the car's maker to build a massive battery factory here.
As state budget deadline looms, the nasty tone of previous years is gone
Jessica Calefati @ mercurynews.com
According to Capitol sources briefed on closed-door budget negotiations, the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers have quietly reached deals on funding pre-kindergarten, pumping more money into the state's beleaguered court system and agreed to funding levels for the state's controversial bullet train.
Mental health becomes key in corrections budget
DON THOMPSON Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
Democrats in the Legislature want the state corrections budget to spend more on mental health services as a way to improve treatment and increase rehabilitation options.
California plans death row mental health unit
DON THOMPSON @ sacbee.com
Responding to a federal court order, California prison officials plan to build a mental health unit for condemned inmates at San Quentin State Prison, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
Proposed L.A. Sales-Tax Hike To Fix Roads Is On Hold, Official Says
David Zahniser @ latimes.com
Los Angeles officials will not seek to put a half-cent sales tax hike for street and sidewalk repairs on the November ballot, a spokesman for a city councilman who had been pursuing the proposal said Tuesday.
European Union Launches Probe Of Tax Breaks For Apple, Starbucks, Fiat
European Union officials said Wednesday they had launched an investigation into whether Ireland and two other member nations were providing improper tax breaks to Apple Inc. , Starbucks Corp. and Fiat Group.