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THE NOONER for June 20, 2014

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Good morning. For the first time ever, Californians are both the majority and minority leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives.

By the time you read this, the governor should have signed the state budget. He is scheduled to do so in Sandy Eggo, before heading to LA-LA Land for an event with the Latino Caucus. Meanwhile, I have two board meetings today, which mark the end of my busiest time of the year. So, your time of thankfully abbreviated Nooners may soon come to an end. You have been warned.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Theo ClineArmand Feliciano, and Diane Harkey! Weekend wishes to Nathan Miller (Saturday), Richard Bloom, Susan Bonilla and Alissa Ko (Sunday)!




THE WIRE:  At different times yesterday, both John A. Perez and Betty Yee led in the race for state controller. Yee starts today with a 318-vote lead and a dwindling number of ballots.


Projection Spreadsheets: Election Day | Total Vote 






  • Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, author of AB 1516 to provide a diaper supplement for CalWorks families, is hosting a diaper donation drive at the State Capitol through Friday, June 27. Diapers can be dropped off in the bins near the elevator bank on floors 2-6 of the Capitol or at Room 5158.  Proceeds benefit River City Food Bank. Contact Ricki Wells at (916) 319-2080 for more info.

  • Pacific McGeorge School of Law is hosting evening information sessions about its Master of Science in Law degree program for working professionals: June 24 Hyatt Sacramento, June 25 Roseville, July 15 State Capitol. Register at
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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:



Friday Morning Controller Update: Betty Yee clings to 318 vote lead over John Perez
With more ballots counted on Thursday, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee increased her lead over Asm. John A. Perez for the final spot in the November run-off for state controller. As of Friday, June 20 at 8:00 a.m., Yee has a 318 vote lead over the former Democratic Speaker of the Assembly. That’s a lead of eight thousandths of one percent.

Free Media Bonanza: GOP Gov Candidate Kashkari To Host John And Ken Show - Politics Blog
California GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, who appeared last month during a combative radio debate hosted by Southern California conservative shock jocks "John and Ken," is returning to ...

Governor signs $108 billion California budget
JUDY LIN Associated Press @
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed California's $108 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that pays down debt, builds a rainy day fund and provides additional money for schools and health care.

Gov. Jerry Brown To Sign Budget In San Diego
Gov. Jerry Brown will head south to San Diego to sign the state budget on Friday morning, his office announced.

Governor to sign $108 billion California budget
JUDY LIN Associated Press @
Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to sign California's $108 billion budget for the coming fiscal, a spending plan built on temporary tax increases and surging revenue from the booming stock market.

Wisconsin Governor Accused Of Central Role In Violating Election Law
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker , one of three Republican governors whose presidential ambitions have been tainted by allegations of wrongdoing, was at the heart of a “criminal scheme” to violate election laws, according to a prosecutor's documents released Thursday.

Jerry Brown signs $156.3 billion state budget
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state budget Friday, one of the earliest signings in recent history, his office announced.

Burton To Rick Perry: Come March In The Pride Parade
Carla Marinucci @
California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton is never one to mince words -- and Texas Gov. Rick Perry is just finding that out. In a letter to Perry, the longtime Democrat says th...

Higher Taxes on the Way?
Senator Mike Morrell @
Their primary target is undoing the taxpayer protections put in place by voters over three decades ago through Proposition 13. Passed in 1978 when inflation and unemployment were on the rise, this initiative ushered in a tax revolution that has kept property taxes stable for millions of Californians from small business owners to seniors on fixed incomes.

Jerry Brown To Sign Budget Friday In San Diego
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown will sign the state budget Friday in San Diego, his office announced Thursday, less than a week after both houses of the Legislature approved the spending plan.

Sacramento Will Spend $750,000 Defending Itself In Arena Lawsuit
Ryan Lillis @
The planned downtown sports arena will have five north-facing retractable hangar doors, as illustrated by this image released May 21.

Political reform candidate fined over disclosure
Associated Press @
A defeated candidate for secretary of state who offered himself to voters as California's "reformer-in-chief" has been fined for failing to disclose a political gift.

Same-sex Couples Eligible For Family Leave, Administration Says
The Obama administration will announce Friday that it plans to make same-sex spouses eligible for emergency family leave to care for their partners regardless of whether the state in which they live recognizes their marriages.

California Audit Finds Dozens Of Women Prisoners Were Sterilized Illegally
Pauline Bartolone @
Lawmakers called for the audit after coverage from the Center for Investigative Reporting last year. The Center found more than 100 incarcerated women had received tubal ligations without proper approvals between 2006 and 2010. It found 100 more possible cases dating back to the 1990s.

Sacramento Region Scrambles To Confront New 'Dental Care Crisis'
Cynthia H. Craft @
The last in a long line of Northern California hospitals abruptly announced last week it will discontinue dental surgery programs, igniting a scramble by community health leaders to solve what they termed yet another “dental care crisis” in Sacramento County.

Boxer, Feinstein Calling For U.S. Action In Iraq -
California's two Democratic U.S. senators disagreed on whether to go to war with Iraq in 2003, but now both are calling for U.S. intervention in the country. 

AM Alert: Jerry Brown signs budget in San Diego
Alexei Koseff @
Five days after the Legislature eked out a budget deal just hours before its deadline, Gov. Jerry Brown will sign the spending plan this morning in San Diego.

Wisconsin Gov. Walker Part Of 'criminal Scheme,' Prosecutors Allege
Prosecutors contend Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker , his campaign organization and two Walker allies were involved in a “criminal scheme” to circumvent the state’s campaign finance and contribution laws during the 2011 and 2012 Senate and gubernatorial recall elections.

Ballot Measure Won't Disrupt Obamacare In California, Backers Say
In response to concerns raised by California's health exchange, backers of a statewide ballot measure on health insurance rate regulation insisted Thursday that the measure would not disrupt how Obamacare works in the state.

Charter Schools' $100,000 Opposition Helps Sink District's Bond Measure
John Fensterwald @
Earlier this month, and for the first time, the political arm of the California Charter Schools Association campaigned heavily against a proposed school construction bond in a district that hadn’t agreed to share the proceeds with charter schools.

Corinthian Colleges Struggling Financially As Feds Apply Pressure
Jeremy B. White @
A for-profit college chain that has been sued by California Attorney General Kamala Harris faces financial issues as it grapples with simultaneous federal scrutiny, filings show.

Rep. McCarthy's Rise Could Be Golden For The Golden State
Michael Doyle @
Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, strolls after his election as House majority leader. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., is taking McCarthy's place as GOP whip.