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THE NOONER for June 13, 2014

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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.

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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:

  • Governor Jerry Brown, who won conservative revenue projections (with triggers if revenues are higher), as well as 25% of cap-and-trade funds for high-speed rail.
  • Darrell Steinberg, who got an expansion of transitional kindergarten and child care slots.
  • Home care workers, who will be eligible for overtime. 
  • Nancy Reagan, who finally gets her "firetrap" house upgraded.
  • Sutter Brown, who got his own playing cards.
  • Legislative staff who, because of Proposition 25, no longer have to trudge over to Golden One to borrow money when the budget wasn't completed on time.

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.


Spreadsheets: Current vote | Election Day 




#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Nora Campos (Sunday), Kevin Mullin (Sunday), and Jeffrey Prang (Sunday)! 





  • GrassrootsLab seeks an intern to assist with administrative duties and complete research in its Sacramento office. The internship is paid and allows for a flexible schedule, not to exceed 24 hours per week. Candidates should be detail-oriented and familiar with basic Microsoft Office programs. This position is an excellent opportunity for driven individuals to become familiar with the intricacies of California politics. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. Please submit cover letter and resume to Ashley Underlee at
  • Tribute Dinner Honoring Congressman George Miller
    June 27th, 5:30-7:30, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Concord
    Information: 925 435-5428
  • California Craft Brewers Association seeks candidates for Events Coordinator position. The Events Coordinator will be responsible for the creation, planning and follow through of all CCBA meetings and events. Candidate must also have extensive knowledge of traditional and social media channels to administer social media, and email marketing related to events. Business Administration, Event Coordination and Media experience required. This is a full-time, in-office position located in Sacramento, CA. Please contact Scott Marks for a full description of this position.

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  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Government Relations Director, Los Angeles Region. Direct ACS CAN government relations program in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo Counties. Based in Los Angeles. Manage relationships with local, state & federal elected officials. Build coalitions. Serve as spokesperson. Some fundraising. 5-7 years policy & political experience. Spanish speaker preferred. Min. Salary: $77K. Info & application online:, Job ID: 17114.
  • Executive Director - The Sacramento LGBT Community Center is in its 28 year serving the community located in the heart of Sacramento’s Lavender Heights neighborhood. As the chief executive officer, the ED leads the organization and is responsible for the overall administration and management of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and fulfillment of its mission.  Center’s fiscal, operations, fundraising, marketing, human resource, technology, and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization.
  • The Michelson 20 Million Minds Foundation (20MM) is pleased to invite policy makers, staff, and members of the Capitol Community to a free screening of the Ivory Tower on June 16 at 6:00 PM at the beautiful Crest Theater in downtown Sacramento. This groundbreaking documentary focuses on the issues surrounding higher education affordability in light of rapidly rising tuition and national student debt, which has now surpassed $1.2 trillion. The screening will be followed by an informative discussion with director Andrew Rossi and leading higher education advocates. RSVP @ Please contact Sergio Rosas, 626.396.7071, or Reid Milburn at,, 916.969.6171, for more information.

  • California Medical Association seeks experienced Executive Assistant/Scheduler to support the Chief Operating Officer. Strong organizational, communication and technical skills required. Competitive salary/full benefits. More info here:



More Money For Common Core, Early Education And Funding Formula In Final Budget
John Fensterwald @
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.

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 @
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 @
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 @
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 doesn¿t embrace its proposed reforms. The Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative wants to cap fines for parking violations that don¿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 @
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 @
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 @
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 @
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
New data show the number of students without health insurance on California State University campuses dropped by 60% after Obamacare enrollment, defying concerns that not enough young people would sign up for health insurance.

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 teacher firing bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown
Jeremy B. White @
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 @
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
Lawmakers have reached a deal on funding the California High-Speed Rail Authority up to a projected $250 million beginning in fiscal 2015, far less than the agency expects it will need to cover construction costs at that time, which is roughly $4 billion a year.

Talks between Muni, union break down
Talks between the Municipal Transportation Agency and the Muni operators union had resumed after last week's sickout, but they were broken off again Wednesday night by union representatives, MTA officials said Thursday. Transportation Director Ed Reiskin sent a letter to Transport Workers Union Local 250-A president Eric Williams urging the union to come back to the bargaining table and warning that if it does not reach an agreement through the process mandated by the city charter, drivers will not get a raise. In keeping with the City Charter, which prohibits strikes, the agency and union began meeting with an independent arbitrator and developed a mediated agreement that calls for 11.25 percent in raises over two years but requires workers to make a 7.5 percent contribution to their pensions. Service returned to normal levels by the end of the week, and on Friday, the union and MTA met with the mediator-arbitrator to discuss issues each side had filed with the Public Employment Relations Board. Under the City Charter, the MTA must publicly disclose its contract offer by Sunday; the MTA board is scheduled to do so Friday.

The Riggs Report: Rick Perry's Proactive Poaching
When I was a political reporter, Election Day was like the Super Bowl. It was the one occasion where, on air, you had all the normally scarce air time you wanted to cover and discuss the choices facing voters. The entire newsroom jumped in to execute the game plan, on and off the field.

Uber, Lyft Setback: Insurance Czar Backs PUC Proposal To Hike Coverage Requirements - San Francisco Business Times
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones threw his weight Thursday behind the state Public Utility Commission's proposal to increase insurance requirements for Transportation Network Company services like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar that use smartphone apps to connect passengers to people driving for hire in their own vehicles.

Nancy Pelosi: Iraq Not Our Responsibility - Politics Blog
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made it clear Thursday that she would oppose renewed U.S. intervention in Iraq, which is under assault from Sunni forces sweeping down from the north. The San Fra...

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.