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THE NOONER for September 10, 2014

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END-OF-SESSION AWARDS: It's time for the end-of-session awards! In addition to legislators of the year, I'm adding a few more categories. And, because of that, I need your help with nominations. Voting will take place next Monday-Thursday, and results will be announced on Friday, September 19.

Here are the categories:

  • Legislator of the Year: Senate Democrat
  • Legislator of the Year: Senate Republican
  • Legislator of the Year: Assembly Democrat
  • Legislator of the Year: Assembly Repubiican

Send your nominations to for the following categories:

  • Legislative Staff Member of the Year - Senate Democrat
  • Legislative Staff Member of the Year - Senate Republican
  • Legislative Staff Member of the Year - Assembly Democrat
  • Legislative Staff Member of the Year - Assembly Republican
  • Legislative Advocate of the Year (Contract)
  • Legislative Advocate of the Year (In-house)
  • Lobbying Firm of the Year



GO AGS:  @lindakatehi - "For the 5th year in a row, #UCDavis has been ranked as one of the top 10 best public universities by @usnews. Go Ags!"

SOS: The LAT ran this story on Friday: Secretary of State Debra Bowen tells of struggle with depression [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Secretary of State Debra Bowen, who oversees statewide voting, told The Times that she has a history of depression and has moved out of the two-story country home she owns with her husband. She now resides in a trailer park on the outskirts of Sacramento."

Dan Walters today writes Debra Bowen should have revealed depression. earlier

CA21 (Kings): SurveyUSA is out with a poll that shows a very uphill battle for Amanda Renteria. 

  • David Valadao: 56%
  • Amanda Renteria: 37%

AD16 (Tri-Valley): The state Democratic Party has sent $100,000 Tim Sbranti's way, in a sign that Catharine Baker needs to be taken seriously.

Here is the link to the Field Poll results on the down ballot races I included yesterday. Today, Field is out with numbers on the water bond, Proposition 1. The poll finds voters supporting the bond 52% to 27%.


#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Alex Van Buskirk,  Jennifer Fearing and Rosielyn Pulmano Thompson.






Field Poll Results Show Support For $7.5 Billion State Water Bond - Sfgate
By nearly 2 to 1, voters indicated they support the water bond, a somewhat surprising result given that the majority of people polled reported at first that they were not familiar with Proposition 1. Lawmakers voted last month to swap out an $11 billion water bond with the scaled-back $7.5 billion version, which was renamed Prop. 1 to improve its chances by moving it to the top of the November ballot. The revised bond includes $2.7 billion for water storage projects, $900 million for groundwater cleanup and monitoring, $725 million for water recycling and $1.5 billion for watershed restoration programs. Prop. 1 asks voters to approve $7.12 billion in new bond debt and reallocates $425 million in existing unspent bond funds to bring the total spending plan to $7.5 billion. Despite Prop. 1 clearing the state Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, the poll showed Republican voters lining up against it.

Pension 'spiking' To Cost CalPERS Nearly $800 Million, Controller Says
Taxpayers and local governments are on the hook to pay nearly $800 million stemming from "legal" pension spiking over the next two decades, the state controller said Tuesday.

AM Alert: Strong early support for water bond ballot measure
Alexei Koseff @
Awareness remains low for Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion bond to bolster California’s water supply, infrastructure and ecosystems, but early response is largely positive. A new Field Poll indicates that voters are likely to pass the measure, which was added to the November ballot last month in a bipartisan deal that received high political praise.

Oregon GOP Senate candidate Monica Wehby shows gay marriage support
Monica Wehby, the Republican U.S. Senate nominee running in deeply blue Oregon, on Tuesday did something that's a rarity for a GOP candidate: She highlighted her support of same-sex marriage. 

Field Poll: Dead Heat In Race For Schools Chief; Dems Lead Other Statewide Races
The leads range from 26 points in the state treasurer race to just 7 points in the campaign for secretary of state. Only the contest for the state's top education post, where challenger Marshall Tuck leads incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson by 3 points, falls within the poll's 4.8-percentage-point margin of error.

Bera Sponsors Bill To Block Federal Funding For Delta Tunnels
Curtis Tate @
Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, sponsored a bill Tuesday to block the federal government from paying part of the cost of building two water diversion tunnels, though Bera and other lawmakers last year said that it was unrealistic to expect any federal money to flow to the project.

Checking In On Money In Torlakson-tuck Race
By Josh Richman Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 12:06 pm in 2014 general, campaign finance, education, Tom Torlakson.

Poll: California water bond looking good to voters
Jessica Calefati @
The $7.5 billion water bond Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature put on the November ballot during a deepening drought has a strong chance of passing muster with voters, according to a new Field Poll.

Pension Spiking Could Cost CalPERS Nearly $800 Million
Marc Lifsher and Melody Peterson @
A legal way to increase pensions by boosting the final pay of retiring state and local government workers could drive up public employee pension costs in California by as much as $796 million over the next 20 years, the state controller said Tuesday.

New Finance Disclosure Tool Lists Top Campaign Spenders
Melanie Mason @
A new level of campaign spending disclosure unveiled by the state's ethics agency Tuesday enables voters to quickly see the top donors in this year's ballot measure fights and other campaigns.

Kaiser Agrees To Pay $4 Million Fine Over Mental Health Care | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
Kaiser Permanente agreed to pay a $4 million fine over claims that it did not provide adequate access to mental health care services for its patients.

Field Poll: Majority support water bond
David Siders @
A majority of likely voters supports the $7.5 billion water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot, but most Californians still know nothing about it, according to a new Field Poll.

CalPERS Audit Finds Loose Controls, But No Spiking
Ed Mendel @
A state controller’s review of CalPERS found no pension spiking among retiring workers in a sample of 11 employers, including CalPERS itself, but urged tighter automated controls and more anti-spiking staff.

From the notebook: Read the audit that criticizes CalPERS for lax anti-spiking efforts
Jon Ortiz @
Our story in today’s Bee highlights State Controller John Chiang’s thumbs-down audit of CalPERS’ efforts to discover and to deter pension spiking. CalPERS strongly disagrees with the assessment.

Board Of Equalization Member Says DMV Is Overcharging On Vehicle Sales Taxes
Allen Young @
State Board of Equalization member George Runner has accused the California Department of Motor Vehicles of overcharging taxes on vehicle sales due to a faulty mechanism for determining tax rates.

California Gov. Jerry Brown To Sign Paid Sick Leave Bill
Chris Nichols @
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday plans to sign a landmark bill that would require nearly all California employers to provide a minimum of three paid sick days to their workers each year.

$1.3 billion Tesla 'gigafactory' incentives package hits Nevada Legislature
Scott Sonner @
Gov. Brian Sandoval has ordered the Nevada Legislature into a special session to consider $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for electric car-maker Tesla Motors as part of 'an extraordinary opportunity' to seal the deal for its $5 billion battery factory.

Dan Walters Daily: New laws haven't stopped pension spiking
Alexei Koseff @
Despite efforts by the governor to clamp down on pension spiking, the practice continues, Dan says.

Congress Expected To Avoid Vote On Military Action In Iraq, Syria
President Obama on Tuesday began a bid to convince congressional leaders — and the American people — of his strategy to defeat Islamic militants. But partisan divisions and political sensitivities in Congress make it unlikely lawmakers will agree on even a symbolic vote, much less exercise their legal authority to approve military action.

UC Money Plan Aids Environment, But Divestment Uncertain
A UC panel proposed Tuesday that environmental and social issues should influence how the system invests its $91 billion in endowment and retirement funds. But the group stopped short of endorsing the sell off of holdings in the fossil fuel industries that student activists are seeking.

Field Poll: Swearengin Trails Yee By 14 Percentage Points In Controller's Race | Elections |
Christopher Cadelago @
A calendar of fun things to do in the Valley in September 2014.

Rep. Maxine Waters Proposes Sweeping Changes To Credit Reporting Law
Danielle Douglas @
The top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee is proposing sweeping changes to a law that governs the way lenders report consumer payments to credit bureaus, a move that could help millions of Americans get better interest rates on mortgages, auto financing and student loans.

L.A. To Warn Airbnb Hosts To Start Paying Hotel-type Taxes
If you’re renting out rooms through or similar websites in Los Angeles, you could soon get an online warning urging you to collect and pay city taxes aimed at hotels.