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THE NOONER for September 9, 2014

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Well, that was a pretty screwed up return. Yesterday was my first day back and after my friends did a great job during my retreat, I managed to send you an empty Nooner. 

Lt. Governor

  • Gavin Newsom (D) 49%
  • Ron Nehring (R) 29
  • Undecided 22

Attorney General

  • Kamala Harris (D) 49%
  • Ronald Gold (R) 37
  • Undecided 14

Secretary of State

  • Alex Padilla (D) 43%
  • Pete Peterson (R) 36
  • Undecided 21


  • Betty Yee (D) 46%
  • Ashley Swearengin (R) 32
  • Undecided 22


  • John Chiang (D) 52%
  • Greg Conlin (R) 26
  • Undecided 22

Insurance Commissioner

  • Dave Jones (D) 47%
  • Ted Gaines (R) 32
  • Undecided 21

Superintendent of Public Instruction*

  • Marshall Tuck 31%
  • Tom Torlakson 28
  • Undecided 41






Controller John Chiang Unveils Website To Track Local Spending, Pension Overviews
Jon Ortiz @
State Controller John Chiang at The Bee’s Capitol Bureau.

Schwarzenegger returns to the capitol for portrait unveiling
Gov. Jerry Brown attended the symposium, where he praised Schwarzenegger for being an "independent minded governor" who made California a leader in climate change after signing AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Brown joined Schwarzenegger at the state Capitol for the unveiling of the gubernatorial portrait, which Schwarzenegger paid for himself, despite the cost typically being picked up by taxpayers. The state Capitol hallways are filled with gubernatorial portraits, a tradition dating back to 1879.

Election 2014: Largest La Public Employees Union Backs Kuehl Over Shriver | 89.3 Kpcc
The Service Employees International Union, Local 721 — which represents 90,000 public employees in Southern California — on Monday endorsed former State Senator Sheila Kuehl over another Democrat, former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver, in the non-partisan race to succeed Zev Yaroslavsky on the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. 

Bowen Vows To Press On As Election Nears
Jim Miller @
“For me, I’ve never let depression be the winner,” says Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

Schwarzenegger Returns To Sacramento Talking Climate, Legacy | Kqed News Fix
“I have missed being here, many times,” said Schwarzenegger during a Capitol rotunda ceremony to unveil his portrait. “My seven years as governor were the most fulfilling years I ever had in my life.”

Ex-gov. Schwarzenegger Waxes Wistful In Sacramento
Jessica Calefati @
He misses Sacramento, Schwarzenegger told the audience of former staff members and friends, quipping that he never could have imagined seeing his portrait hung in the Capitol -- a statue on Venice's Muscle Beach might have been more his speed.

AM Alert: Schools chief poll shows tight race between Torlakson, Tuck
Alexei Koseff @
Democrats are in a comfortable position to once again win every statewide office this November, according to a new Field Poll, the first to survey voters on their opinions in the seven down-ballot races. Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, controller, treasurer and insurance commissioner are leading their Republican opponents by an average of almost 16 percentage points in a survey of likely voters.

Dems Do Damage Control On Immigration | Thehill
Mike Lillis @
The decision came after a number of red-state Senate Democrats, facing tough reelection bids this year, had pressed the president to postpone any new immigration policies for fear of energizing Republican voters.

Schwarzenegger's Legacy Mixed As He Returns To Capitol -
He always said he’d be back – and though it’s taken him four years, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to the state Capitol Monday for a climate change symposium and the unveiling of his official portrait.

Audit Of CalPERS Finds $800 Million In Legal Pension 'spiking'
Taxpayers and local governments are on the hook to pay nearly $800 million in "legal" pension spiking over the next two decades, the state controller said Tuesday.

Downtown S.F. developers set to sue city over tax district
The threat of a lawsuit comes as the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is set to establish the Transbay Transit Community Benefits District, which could generate $1.4 billion for the Bay Area's biggest mass transit project since the construction of BART in the 1960s. The property owners - all developers with plans to raise large towers around the transit center - argue that the city has been increasing the amount of property taxes they would have to pay as members of the community benefit district to help make up for cost overruns on the center. [...] the proposed tax rates have jumped 100 percent - which they call an effort by the city to "pass on cost overruns to developers." Money raised in the special tax district, known as a Mello-Roos district after the state legislators who authored a state law passed in 1982, is just one piece of the funding package for the $2.6 billion downtown extension that would take Caltrain, and possibly someday high-speed rail, to the Transbay Transit Center. The funding plan for the 1.3-mile subterranean extension from Fourth and Townsend to the terminal's basement train box counts on winning $650 million in federal funding, using $639 million in already committed funding and $1.3 billion in other city and regional funds. "The city believes that the special tax rates that the developers are being asked to pay are more than fair considering they are taking advantage of a very significant increase in height limits for their buildings offered under the transit center district plan," said Christine Falvey, Mayor Ed Lee's spokeswoman.

Stanford Terminates Anthem’s Contract; Anthem Uses Kqed Data To Cite Stanford’s Cost | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
Effective Monday at 12:01a.m., Stanford Health Care terminated its contract with Anthem Blue Cross. Anthem says that roughly 10,000 of its policyholders have used Stanford services in the last year.

Lew Pushes Congress For Action On Corporate Offshore Tax 'inversions'
The Obama administration is close to finishing an evaluation into executive action to make a recent rise in corporate offshore tax shifting "less economically appealing," but the best way to limit the maneuver is with legislation, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said Monday.

9th Circuit Judges Appear Skeptical Of Same-sex Marriage Bans
A federal appeals court appeared inclined Monday to rule against same-sex marriage bans in Western states.

Debra Bowen Should Have Revealed Depression Earlier
Dan Walters @
Dan Walters

Rothenberg: Senate GOP Gains At Least 7 Seats | Rothenblog
That gap closes as Election Day approaches, of course, since polling should reflect changes in name identification, candidate and party spending, and voter attitudes as November approaches.

Back In Sacramento, Arnold Schwarzenegger Touts Climate Change Record
Arnold Schwarzenegger attends climate change conference hosted by California Environmental Protection Agency

Dan Walters Daily: Arnold Schwarzenegger portrait is a clunker
Alexei Koseff @
Dan Walters plays art critic for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s newly-revealed gubernatorial portrait.

Bills Regulating State's Groundwater Not An Instant Fix For Aquifers
California, groundwater, aquifers, Gov. Jerry Brown, Central Valley

UC Davis, China Sign Pact To Speed Development Of Electric Vehicles
Mark Glover @
The University of California, Davis, and the China Automotive Technology and Research Center will work to speed commercialization of plug-in and fuel-cell electric vehicles in China and the United States, under an agreement signed Saturday in the Chinese city Tianjin.

Schwarzenegger Returns To Capitol To Unveil Portrait
Arnold Schwarzenegger , who rose to international fame as a bodybuilder and action-movie star, has always loomed large, and now he will have a permanently oversized presence in the California Capitol.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Gubernatorial Portrait Was Done By A Man Who’s Photographed Marilyn Manson For His Tour
Hunter Schwarz @
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