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THE NOONER for July 2, 2014

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Well, that sucked. Damn cook them a bit long and they turn bitter. Who the heck do we root for now in the World Cup? No USA, no Mexico. Well, I am after all 1/4 Dutch... ABC/ESPN just lost millions of viewers. Meanwhile, we're closing in on the red, white and blue holiday and, well, uh vacation from the legis-world for a month.



AWKWARD: @politico HL covers all but 4 forms of contraception. All the usual stuff is covered.

Talking about more than four feels like turning pages in a Playboy at age 11.

MCCALLISTER: The most interesting story today is by Timm Herdt, who writes an article that makes the case for Darrell Steinberg to be appointed to one of the two California Supreme Court vacancies.

With the announcement this month that Associate Justice Marvin Baxter will retire in January, Gov. Jerry Brown now has two openings to fill on the California Supreme Court. Steinberg would make an inspired choice for one of those slots.

"He'd make an excellent justice," says Treasurer Bill Lockyer, a former attorney general who, like Steinberg, is a lawyer and served as leader of the Senate. "He's smart, he's passionate about the law, and he would work hard at it."

Steinberg would be an outstanding choice, and there would be no risk of the Rose Bird fiasco. Steinberg is a well tested public figure. And, remember that the rejection of Bird, Cruz Reynoso and Joseph Grodin was not about the death penalty. The fight was really about labor issues--particularly agriculture--that won't be before the CA Supreme Court anytime soon. The death penalty was a proxy, in the same way granny's escalating property taxes was a proxy for apartment owners. Remember, Howard Jarvis was a lobbyist for the Los Angeles Apartment Owners Association at the time of Prop. 13.

And, to be politically blunt (this is your Nooner after all), the fact that Governor Brown has two vacancies opens a door for Steinberg. If there were only one, there would be immense pressure for an African-American or Latino. And, I do believe that's essential for the legitimacy of the court, and gave a list of qualified names when Baxter's retirement was announced. With two, this gives the governor far more lattitude with the choices, and provides a path for Steinberg.

And, yes, I'm trying to pack the court with King Hall. Cantil-Sakauye, Steinberg, Johnson... Best law school in California.

SPEAKING OF GOOD CHOICES: Kristin Olsen was selected as the next leader of the Assembly Republicans, to follow Connie Conway. While some were hoping for a longer-term leader (Olsen is termed out in 2016), it's an adept move by the caucus. As a former Senate "associate," Kristin has relationships that cross party lines and an understanding of the process that newly arriving members do not.

That was a hell of a Senate Associate class--Thad Kousser, Tanya Lieberman, Nora Lynn, Ted Muhlhauser, Kristin Olsen, Sanjay Ranchod, Navid Soleymani, Juan Torres, Kara Ueda, and Traci Verardo--to name a few.

And, they were called "associates" because Bill Lockyer didn't like the term "fellows." It reverted to the same name as the Assembly after Lockyer moved on to AG.

CONTROLLER: The only thing you need to know about this race:

Subject: Update on current results

After nearly a month of counting votes and a vote margin of just 1/100th of one percent, out of more than 4 million votes cast, nobody would like to the see this process completed more than we would. Since this is one of closest statewide elections in the history of California, we have an obligation to review and ensure that every vote cast is accurately counted. During our review, we will also determine whether a recount is warranted.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Joanna Gin and Richard Harris!



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Bill To Update California Marriage Laws Headed To Governor's Desk
SACRAMENTO -- California's family laws would reflect the legality of same-sex marriage under a bill headed to the governor's desk.

Send Steinberg To The Bench?
Timm Herdt @
When the Legislature returns from its summer recess on Aug. 4, it will start a 27-day countdown toward the end of the tenure of Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, arguably the most productive legislative leader in California’s post-term-limit era.

California Law Sought To Prevent Recount Fights
Jim Miller @
In 2010, California lawmakers approved legislation meant to reduce the incentive for expensive and contentious ballot recounts of the sort looming in the exceedingly close race for second place in the state controller's primary.

Perez Ponders Recount In Controller Race
State officials say every vote has been counted from last month's primary, but Assemblyman John A. Pérez is not ready to concede in the controller's race.

Sacramento Health Officials Say Grant High Has Tb Outbreak
Diana Lambert @
Grant Union High School is in the midst of a tuberculosis outbreak, Sacramento County health officials said today.

Borrowing from Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari's campaign turns to talk radio
For the third time in two weeks, Republican gubernatorial nominee Neel Kashkari will be guest hosting a prominent California talk radio show. It's a campaign tactic twice employed by Kashkari's opponent, Jerry Brown.

Pension reform: San Jose ballot initiative would water down Measure B -- is it enough?
Mike Rosenberg @
Hoping to soothe a bitter labor war with their unions, San Jose leaders on Tuesday announced they would seek a ballot measure to scale back part of the city's landmark pension reform act -- but it might not be the game-changer either side is looking for.

Food to become a major focus at all UC campuses, UC president says
Edward Ortiz @
An emphasis on food issues will become an intensifying focus among all 10 University of California campuses and its agricultural outreach and public service programs, UC President Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday.

Honda Votes "No" On Adding FDR's Prayer To WWII Memorial
Bob Egelko @
What was most noteworthy about last week's vote that sent the bill to President Obama was that it wasn't unanimous - 370 representatives voted yes - but 12 Democrats, perhaps more daring than prudent, voted no. And one was the Bay Area's own Rep. Mike Honda of San Jose.

The Public Eye: State Health Exchange Says Some Board Member Emails Are Private
Christopher Cadelago @
Covered California, which runs the state’s health insurance exchange, says its board members do not have email accounts with the agency. That complicates watchdog groups’ review efforts.

Speaker Atkins: Water Bond Deal Has Stalled -
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins says a California water bond deal has stalled at the state Capitol – and she’s blaming outside interest groups for blocking it.

UC System Aiming To Reduce World Hunger, Improve Food Research
The University of California system is launching an effort to expand and focus research to help reduce world hunger, improve nutrition and aid farmers coping with climate change.

California's "Ban The Box" Law Takes Effect
Josh Richman @
California’s “Ban the Box” law – removing questions about criminal convictions from state and local government job applications – took effect Tuesday, and supporters say it’ll make the hunt for gainful employment easier for about 7 million Californians.

California Lawmakers Weigh Tax Credit For Bomber Program
A bitter fight has broken out between aerospace industry behemoths over fast-tracked legislation that could provide one company with an upper hand in an upcoming $55-billion competition to build a fleet of next-generation stealth bombers.

L.A. To Make Tax Revenue Deal With Downtown Hotel Developer
The Los Angeles City Council moved forward Tuesday with plans to allow a real estate developer to keep $39.2 million in taxes expected over 25 years from a downtown hotel and residential project planned next to the 110 Freeway.

Kristin Olsen to lead Assembly Republicans
Jeremy B. White @
Assembly Republicans have chosen their next leader. Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Riverbank will take over as head of the caucus from Connie Conway of Tulare. Conway said the transition will take place after the November elections, in which Republicans will be focused on picking up enough seats to erode or eliminate the two-thirds majority Democrats carved out in 2012.

Kristin Olsen To Be Next Leader Of Assembly Republicans
Jeremy B. White @
Assembly Republicans have chosen their next leader.

Oakland having second thoughts about A's lease deal
Oakland officials said Wednesday that they plan to present the Athletics with a lease proposal that's more favorable to the city than a deal the team reached with negotiators - which is supposed to go to a vote Thursday. The decreasing rent amount is intended as an incentive for the team to stay through the full term of the lease, sources at the Coliseum Authority said. Instead of requiring the team to pay $5 million in what the authority argued was back rent, the team would agree to buy a new $10 million scoreboard system. Sources said the A's have already agreed to the revised lease, which has been the subject of much public speculation and political posturing for the past few months. The Port of Oakland in March entered into a negotiating contract with a group of 15 East Bay business leaders to consider building a 38,000-seat ballpark, retail shops, restaurants and other amenities at Howard Terminal, a 50-acre site just north of Jack London Square. The group includes the chief executive of Clorox; the former chief executive of Dreyer's Ice Cream; Oakland business consultant Doug Boxer, son of Sen. Barbara Boxer; and Mike Ghielmetti, head of Signature Development Group, which is building the 3,100-unit Brooklyn Basin project south of Jack London Square.

Anti-immigration Protesters Block Undocumented Migrants In California
Marty Graham @
Protesters shouting anti-immigration slogans blocked the arrival of three buses carrying undocumented Central American families to a U.S. Border Patrol station on Tuesday after they were flown to San Diego from Texas.

Should California Subsidize New Air Force Bomber?
Dan Walters @
The U.S. Air Force apparently wants to develop a new high-tech strategic bomber – but the scope of the project, or even whether it materializes, is a bit hush-hush. If a new bomber flies, it apparently will be a bidding competition between a partnership of Boeing and Lockheed Martin on one side and Northrop Grumman on the other – but even that is a bit fuzzy.

Sag-aftra And Studios Extend Contract Talks
Hollywood's largest union and the major studios are taking more time to finalize a new film and TV contract for actors and other performers.

California Struggles To Manage Water Rights In Drought
Matt Weiser @
Six weeks after ordering thousands of California water users to stop diverting from rivers and streams amid the worst drought in a generation, state officials say only 31 percent have bothered to respond by sending back the required forms. Now, their efforts to force the rest to comply are prompting threats of lawsuits and economic chaos.

House Alters Reporting Of Lawmakers' Free Trips |
ALAN FRAM Associated Press @
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Editorial: Civil Rights Act is a milestone that should inspire a more perfect union
the Editorial Board @
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Right Act of 1964, the most sweeping legislation of its kind since Reconstruction a century earlier. It banned racial discrimination in hotels, theaters, restaurants and other public accommodations, as well as many workplaces, and gave the federal government new powers to enforce the law.