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THE NOONER for June 12, 2014

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on today:

High Drama In State Controller' Race For Second Place
John Myers @
Betty Yee has overtaken John A. Pérez, again, as of the afternoon update on the vote count. She is currently 2,820 votes ahead.

Controller 2014: Betty Yee adds to lead over John Perez
Board of Equalization member Betty Yee has added to her lead over former Democratic Speaker of the Assembly John A. Perez for the second and final spot in the race for state controller. Yee has a 2,834 vote lead.

More Money For Common Core, Early Education And Funding Formula In Final Budget | Edsource Today
With a deadline looming, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have cut a deal for the 2014-15 state budget that, at the governor’s insistence, keeps his revenue projections but still makes room for additional money for the Local Control Funding Formula, early childhood programs, career education partnerships and implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

In S.F., Rick Perry Compares Homosexuality To Alcoholism
David R. Baker @
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking in San Francisco on Wednesday night, said the U.S. would better serve its diverse population by letting the states handle many economic and social policies, a point he perhaps inadvertently drove home when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

California's Kevin Mccarthy A Virtual Lock For House Majority Leader
The affable McCarthy, now the No. 3 Republican in the House, is by no means the top choice among tea party lawmakers who believe the current leadership is tied too closely to the party's establishment wing. But the path for his ascent to the No. 2 spot seemed to clear Thursday as the potential challenger, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, said he would not seek the post.

Budget Deal Gives 25 Percent Of Cap-and-trade Money To High-speed Rail
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have agreed to a proposal to use 25 percent of future cap-and-trade revenue - money polluters pay to offset carbon emissions - to provide ongoing funding for construction of California's high-speed rail project, according to part of a budget deal legislators will consider Thursday, sources said.

Barbara Boxer And Dianne Feinstein Speak Out On Iraq As Alarm Rises In Congress - Politics Blog
California's two Democratic Senators responded Thursday to what many see as the impending collapse of the Shiite Iraq government, led by Nouri al-Maliki, by Sunni forces that have overtaken the nor...

Why A Northern California Tribe Spent Millions On An Anti-Redskins Ad During The NBA Finals
Stephen Magagnini @
Thousands of fans in Sacramento and six other cities watching the NBA Finals on TV Tuesday night also saw an emotional 60-second ad, “Proud To Be,” pressuring the owners of the Washington Redskins NFL franchise to change the team’s name to something less offensive.

California Teacher Firing Bill Headed To Gov. Jerry Brown
Jeremy B. White @
Against the backdrop of a ruling declaring California's teacher dismissal rules unconstitutional, the Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown legislation speeding the teacher firing process.

John Vasconcellos Remembered For His ‘politics Of Trust’
Christopher Cadelago @
Former Assembly speaker Willie Brown, center, and ex-legislator Art Torres remember their colleague, former Sen. John Vasconcellos at a memorial service at the Capitol on Wednesday. Vasconcellos, who represented Silicon Valley for 38 years in the Legislature, died last month.

Governor, lawmakers face weekend budget deadline
JUDY LIN Associated Press @
Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are working out the final details of a state budget that largely adheres to the governor's call for fiscal prudence.

Education Officials Rip Draft Budget Language Limiting District Reserves
David Siders @
School officials are raising opposition to last-minute budget language that would cap the amount of money California school districts may set aside for economic uncertainties.

State budget: Democratic lawmakers, Gov. Jerry Brown reach deals
The framework of a budget agreement between the governor and the Legislature came together Thursday with a crucial deal allowing home aides for the disabled to collect overtime pay.

Senate panel discusses denial of tax break for Clippers owner
The Donald Sterling drama reached the Capitol on Wednesday when a Senate committee approved legislation that would prohibit the Los Angeles Clippers owner from claiming a state tax deduction for a $2.5 million fine by the National Basketball Association for making racist remarks.

School Finance Proposal Blasted In Final Days Of Budget Talks
A last-minute proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown to limit the amount of money school districts can keep in their reserve accounts triggered an angry response in the closing days of budget negotiations.

Budget deal to reject home-care overtime restrictions
Jim Miller @
The budget pact coming together at the state Capitol will reject limits on overtime for in-home care workers sought by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Why That Ruling Against Teacher Tenure Won't Help Your Schoolchildren
Michael Hiltzik @
Tuesday's ruling by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu declaring all sorts of job protections for teachers "unconstitutional" is being hailed by a certain category of education activists. 

Chris Christie Starring At $10k-a-head Fundraiser In S.F. - Politics Blog
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be in San Francisco for some big-time fundraising for the Republican Governors Association on Friday -- starring at a $10,000-a-head luncheon. The noon event is ...

California To Add Child Care, Transitional Kindergarten Slots In Budget Deal
David Siders and Jim Miller @
California will add thousands of additional transitional kindergarten and child care slots for young children, according to a budget deal taking shape at the Capitol, while falling short of a broader program expansion Democratic lawmakers originally proposed.

Teacher dismissal bill heads to governor's desk despite court questioning constitutionality
Two days after a Los Angeles judge ruled teacher tenure, dismissal procedures and layoff protocols unconstitutional, an East Bay legislator's bill to streamline the firing process made its way to the governor's desk with an uncertain fate.