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THE NOONER for October 7, 2014
The hamsters at CAL-ACCESS didn't wake up on time this morning, so the ElectionTrack scripts to update for last night's deadline are still running. However, by the time you read this, the totals should be posted here.
CA17 (Milpitas) DEBATE: "Larry Gerston, a San Jose State political science professor, said after the debate he saw "no big shot that ended it" for either candidate -- and no defining moment likely to sway a lot of voters." [Josh Richman @ MercNews]
DCCC FOCUSES: The DCCC dropped its advertising buys in CA10 (Denham) and CA21 (Valadao), reports Alex Isenstadt in Politico. The move is part of a national shift to move from offensive pickups in 11 districts to defending seats gained by Democrats in 2012.
IN THE RED: The Orange County Register owes the Los Angeles Times $3.5 million, according to Gustavo Arellano in OC Weekly. Arellano reports a statement from the Times:
The Los Angeles Times has distributed the Orange County Register since 2009 and has done a good job, consistently earning performance incentives for its work. But OCR has, for more than a year and a half, been consistently late in paying money it owes The Times for services rendered.
OCR owes The Times more than $3.5 million plus additional sums for the remainder of the contract. The Times intends to pursue all remedies to receive the monies it is owed.
Under owner Aaron Kushner, who in 2012 bought Freedom Communications (which publishes the Register), the Register sought expansion through the purchase of the Riverside Press-Enterprise and the launch of the Long Beach Register. Later, Freedom launched the Los Angeles Register, a direct competitor to the Times, and folded into it the Long Beach Register. Last month, the Los Angeles Register ended its print publication, but indicated it would still publish online.
Anyway, the Times is justified to be a bit short-tempered on the outstanding delivery fees allegedly owed by Freedom.
While the economy continues to rebound in most of California (even robust in some areas), the newspaper world continues to be clobbered. Reportedly, the UT San Diego, which was bought by hotelier Doug ("Papa Doug") Manchester in 2011 is exploring converting to a nonprofit model. This would be the first major paper in California to do so.
#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Anna Molander!
Democrats Eye 2016 For Tax Extension Vote
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown, who championed Proposition 30 in 2012, has given no indication that he would support an extension of the tax. Brown told reporters in May: “That’s a temporary tax and … will remain temporary.”
Outside Money Flows In State Schools Superintendent Race
In the race to be the state’s schools chief, candidates Tom Torlakson and Marshall Tuck have roughly the same amount -- well under $1 million -- going into the election's final weeks, according to campaign reports filed with the state.
CalPERS Board Member Now Facing $4,000 Fine Over Campaign Disclosure Problems
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
CalPERS board member Priya Mathur, repeatedly fined for violating state campaign-finance disclosure rules, is facing a $4,000 penalty for her latest transgression.
Rulings Mean All But 14 States Likely To Allow Same-sex Marriages
The number of states still prohibiting same-sex marriage probably will dwindle to 14 within a few weeks as a result of the Supreme Court’s refusal to take up the issue Monday, a legal and political reversal of nearly unprecedented proportions.
Federal prosecutors probing PG&E-CPUC e-mails
Jaxon Van Derbeken @ sfgate.com
Federal prosecutors have told Pacific Gas and Electric Co. that they are investigating five yearsâÂÂ worth of back-channel communications between company employees and the California Public Utilities Commission, including several that enmeshed utility executives in a judge-shopping scandal, PG&E said Monday. The company revealed the investigation by the U.S. attorneyâÂÂs office as it released additional e-mails that it said violated rules against off-the-record communications between PG&E and state regulators, including one in which a utility vice president said the head of the commission was pressuring PG&E to fund the campaign against a state ballot measure. Among the documents PG&E released Monday was a 2010 e-mail in which one utility executive told his boss that Michael Peevey, president of the state commission, expected PG&E to spend âÂÂa lot moreâÂÂ than $1 million opposing a ballot measure that would have put on hold CaliforniaâÂÂs law capping greenhouse gas emissions. The utilities commission labeled the e-mail exchange âÂÂinappropriateâÂÂ and said the chief of staff to Peevey had resigned, though she remains with the agency as an administrative law judge. Florio, a longtime attorney with the consumer watchdog group The Utility Reform Network before Brown named him to the commission in 2010, added, âÂÂAmazing how I've become 'an apologist for PG&EâÂÂ in just three short years, isn't it?âÂÂ [...] the commission voted to restore full pressure on the line.
Gay Marriage Poses A Dilemma For Many Republican Candidates
Gay marriage may be a settled issue in as many as 30 states after Monday's Supreme Court decision, but it still poses a existential threat to Republican candidates, especially as the calendar turns to the 2016 presidential contest. As public opinion has sailed toward greater acceptance of same sex unions, Republicans have struggled to finesse the issue, caught between pressure from powerful conservative groups and younger voters who are more liberal on the issue.
Jerry Brown Grows War Chest To $23.6 Million
David Siders @ sacbee.com
In this Aug. 19, 2014 file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown, second from left, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, confer after attending the 18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
L.A. County Offers $61-million Health Plan For Those Still Uninsured
Los Angeles County will provide access to a primary care doctor for nearly 150,000 uninsured Los Angeles County residents, including many who are ineligible for Obamacare coverage because they lack a legal immigration status. My Health L.A., as the $61 million program for the uninsured is called, will assign uninsured patients to a "medical home" at one of around 150 community clinics, said Dr. Mitchell Katz, director of the County's Department of Health Services.
Jerry Brown Says He'd Run For Another Term As Oakland Mayor
Will Kane @ sfgate.com
Â Jerry Brown, who is running for a fourth term as California's governor, said Friday he'd also like to be Mayor Brown - again.
Yes On Proposition 47
Proposition 47 would do a great deal to stop the ongoing and unnecessary flow of Californians to prison for nonviolent and nonserious offenses and would, crucially, reduce the return flow of offenders from prison back to their neighborhoods in a condition — hardened by their experience, hampered by their felony records, unready for employment or education, likely mentally ill or addicted — that leaves them only too likely to offend again. It is a good and timely measure that can help the state make smarter use of its criminal justice and incarceration resources. The Times strongly recommends a "yes" vote on Proposition 47.
Neel Kashkari Reports Less Than $700,000 On Hand
David Siders @ sacbee.com
In this July 31, 2014 file photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari discusses issues related to poverty in California during a news conference outside of the River City Food Bank in Sacramento, Calif.
Outside money flows in state schools superintendent race
s schools chief, candidates Tom Torlakson and Marshall Tuck have roughly the same amount -- well under $1 million -- going into the election's final weeks, according to campaign reports filed with the state.
Newsom, Harris Clobbering GOP Rivals In Money Race
The Republican Party’s dim prospects for unseating Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris appeared to dim further Monday as new finance reports showed that both of their GOP challengers were close to broke.
Jerry Brown Endorses Former Aide In Oakland Mayoral Race
David Siders @ sacbee.com
In this Sept. 23, 2014 file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a climate summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Supreme Court Declines To Review Same-sex Marriage Cases
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California FPPC Suggests Money Laundering Fines For Three GOP Committees
Laurel Rosenhall @ sacbee.com
Matt Rexroad, a Yolo County supervisor and a Sacramento political consultant.
Jerry Brown To Endorse Schaaf In Oakland Mayor's Race
Matthew Artz @ insidebayarea.com
Brown is scheduled to make the endorsement this afternoon at Schaaf's Oakland campaign headquarters.
Shriver Raises $1 Million, Kuehl Only Half That In Supervisors Race
Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver has raised nearly twice as much money -- a little more than $1 million -- than former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl in the Nov. 4 election campaign to replace retiring Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky .
Opponents of medical malpractice initiative hold money advantage
Opponents of a ballot measure that would raise the limit on certain medical malpractice damages have far outpaced the initiative's supporters in fundraising and spending, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday night.
Republicans May Benefit From Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decision
juicing the threat of ISIS, Republicans are hoping to take advantage of global volatility and the understandable fear surroun @ time.com
The Supreme Court’s decision Monday clearing the way for same-sex marriages in five states may benefit an unlikely group: Republican lawmakers who can’t wait to stop talking about gay marriage, an issue that is increasingly becoming a drag for the party.
L.A.-Area Restaurants Adding Healthcare Surcharge To Cover Workers
Shan Li @ latimes.com
Diners are discovering an unfamiliar new item when the bill comes for the truffled lobster Bolognese at Melisse and for the crunchy Spanish fried chicken and waffles at AOC â a 3% surcharge for employees' medical insurance.
Leaders Of California Legislature Vow To Keep Golden State In The Black
Chris Nichols @ utsandiego.com
Californiaâs top two presumed leaders of the Legislature in 2015 know poverty first-hand, and the fight it takes to emerge from it.