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THE NOONER for June 13, 2014
Good morning from Redding, where I stopped over between Eureka and Susanville. It's easy to forget just how big this state is. And, yes, I'll get the election contest scoring done this weekend! It of course will not be final, but I know several of you are interested whether you're in the top 25 ballpark.
It's Friday the 13th and a full moon.
As for the spam filter problems, many users report no problem after adding firstname.lastname@example.org to their "whitelist."
MUST SEE TEEVEE: Last night, the Conference Committee on the State Budget concluded it's work in advance of an anticipated vote on Sunday. Thanks to the CalChannel team for a good stream to my hotel in Redding.
Now the Legislative Counsel staff members have to scramble to get all the language together in bill form, as final details were being decided into the evening. However, I would expect that the main budget bill will be voted on Sunday and not all the trailer bills will be tackled until next week. For lawmakers to get paid, really only the budget bill in chief needs to be approved by midnight Sunday.
Some of the winners include:
We'll save the non-winners until after the governor uses his blue pencil.
There was a lot of attention paid to yesterday's updates in the controller's race, as Betty Yee jumped to a 4,113 vote lead. However, the lead was largely attributed to Santa Clara County turning in a large report. The models show that this will still be a very close race, particularly since Los Angeles has over 36,000 provisional ballots to count, or over 40% of the total. LA plans an update at 1pm today.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Nora Campos (Sunday), Kevin Mullin (Sunday), and Jeffrey Prang (Sunday)!
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More Money For Common Core, Early Education And Funding Formula In Final Budget
John Fensterwald @ edsource.org
With a deadline looming, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have cut a deal for the 2014-15 state budget that, at the governorâs 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.
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.
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...
State Controller: 5 Things to Know about Betty Yee's lead on June 13
Board of Equalization member Betty Yee currently has a 4,113 raw vote lead over former Speaker of the Assembly John A. Perez. Here are five things to know about the race for state controller.
GOP Gov Candidate Kashkari Inviting Supporters To Join Appearance With Christie In Sf - Politics Blog
Carla Marinucci @ blog.sfgate.com
Looks like the campaign of California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is hoping for a friendly crowd in San Francisco as he appears Friday with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Budget Includes $2.5 Million To Fix Up Governor's Mansion
Jim Miller @ blogs.sacbee.com
The next California budget will contain $2.5 million to renovate Sacramento's historic governor's mansion, which has longstanding structural and maintenance problems.
Grass-roots L.A. Group Pushes To Cap Many Parking Tickets At $23
Emily Alpert Reyes @ latimes.com
A grassroots group of Angelenos wants to revamp the way Los Angeles collects parking ticket revenue -- and has pledged to take its campaign to the ballot box if the city doesnÂ¿t embrace its proposed reforms. The Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative wants to cap fines for parking violations that donÂ¿t affect public safety at $23, give neighborhoods a way to help create and alter local regulations and fees, and funnel parking ticket money into a separate fund instead of pouring it into the general city budget.
Vergara Ruling's Strong Words In The End Will Make Little Difference
Peter Schrag @ edsource.org
From the start, the Vergara case (Vergara v. California) was more significant for its political implications than for the possible benefits it would gain for the poor and minority students on whose behalf it was purportedly brought.
Budget Deal Spends Cap-and-trade Funds On High-speed Rail
Jim Miller and David Siders @ sacbee.com
State Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, studies budget proposals Thursday, including in-home care overtime and higher welfare-to-work grants.
State budget: Democratic lawmakers, Gov. Jerry Brown reach deals
Jessica Calefati @ mercurynews.com
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.
Email Campaign Aims To Cut Money Flowing To SEIU Local 1000
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
DMV employee Mariam Noujaim
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.
Share Of CSU Students Who Now Have Healthcare Exceeds Expectations
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Chris Christie Starring At $10k-a-head Fundraiser In S.F. - Politics Blog
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California teacher firing bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Against the backdrop of a sweeping 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.
Teacher dismissal bill heads to governor's desk despite court questioning constitutionality
Matthias Gafni @ mercurynews.com
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.
High-speed Rail Funding Deal Far Below Project Needs
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Talks between Muni, union break down
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The Riggs Report: Rick Perry's Proactive Poaching
KCRA @ kcra.com
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Uber, Lyft Setback: Insurance Czar Backs PUC Proposal To Hike Coverage Requirements - San Francisco Business Times
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Nancy Pelosi: Iraq Not Our Responsibility - Politics Blog
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Brown, Legislators Reach Deal On Bullet Train Funds In Budget
California's controversial bullet train would receive hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming year under a budget deal reached by Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers Thursday, a critical step toward beginning construction as the project continues to face legal and political challenges.