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THE NOONER for December 4, 2014
COMMITTEES: Mike Gatto loses Approps to Jimmy Gomez. Adam Gray takes over G.O., perhaps the biggest juice committee. Tom Daly picks up insurance, and Shirley Weber is the new chair of Assembly Budget. Here's the full list:
Accountability and Administrative Review
Assemblymember Rudy Salas, Jr. (D-Bakersfield), Chair
Aging and Long-Term Care
Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino), Chair
Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), Chair
Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Northeast Los Angeles), Chair
Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media
Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon (D-Whittier), Chair
Banking and Finance
Assemblymember Matthew Dababneh (D-Encino), Chair
Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), Chair
Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services
Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), Chair
Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Chair
Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation
Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Chair
Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration
Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks), Chair
Budget Subcommittee No. 5 on Public Safety
Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles), Chair
Budget Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation
Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), Chair
Business and Professions
Assemblymember Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord), Chair
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), Chair
Elections and Redistricting
Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Culver City), Chair
Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials
Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas), Chair
Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced), Chair
Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair
Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair
Housing and Community Development
Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), Chair
Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose), Chair
Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-Anaheim), Chair
Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Riverside), Chair
Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Chair
Labor and Employment
Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina), Chair
Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego), Chair
Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), Chair
Privacy and Consumer Protection
Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), Chair
Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security
Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair
Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Chair
Revenue and Taxation
Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair
Assemblymember Richard S. Gordon (D-Menlo Park), Chair
Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley), Chair
Utilities and Commerce
Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Chair
Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks), Chair
Water, Parks and Wildlife
Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), Chair
Joint Legislative Audit
Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson), Chair
Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona), Chair
Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Co-Chair
#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Jon Fleischman, Kate Folmar, and Bob Mulholland!
Multimillion dollar California Senate shortfall behind layoffs [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "The California Senate faces an estimated budget shortfall of $3 million to $4 million through June, a top Senate official said this week, offering the first detailed explanation of the fiscal problems behind last month's layoffs of 39 Senate employees."
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Sen. Lara Proposes Giving Lawmakers Some Control Of UC System
The constitutional amendment, if approved by voters, would give the Legislature power to adopt new laws that would set its oversight powers. For instance, lawmakers could give the Legislature the power to veto tuition increases and executive pay raises approved by the Board of Regents.
Multimillion Dollar California Senate Shortfall Behind Layoffs | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
The situation came to a head because the constitutional formula that controls legislative budget growth for each fiscal year came in much lower than Senate officials expected for 2014-15. Senate officials realized the extent of the multimillion dollar shortfall soon after de León took over as Senate leader from Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, Reeves said.
Health Spending Grew 3.6% In 2013, Slowest Pace On Record, U.S. Says
Health spending in the U.S. grew in 2013 at the slowest rate ever recorded, a new government study indicates, marking the extension of a historic slowdown in medical spending that began after the last recession.
California Public Health Chief Ronald Chapman To Step Down | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Earlier this year, a news reports detailed a Los Angeles County audit that found hundreds of nursing home complaints there were inappropriately closed. Other cases were investigated, but the findings were downgraded, including five that involved patient deaths, according to auditors.
Boxer: Nrc Has Dropped The Ball On Nuclear Safety
By Josh Richman Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 12:25 pm in Barbara Boxer, energy, U.S. Senate.
California Senate Leader Proposes Big Boost In Nonresident UC Tuition
In his first major policy proposal since taking over as Senate president pro tem last month, De Leon said he was concerned that some Californians may be unable to afford the UC system or get into the UC campus of their choice because of an increase in students from other states, as well as from foreign countries including China and India.
Former Berkeley Chancellor Says Tuition Increase Helps Low-income Students | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Lawsuit accuses company of deception in bad check collections
Bob Egelko @ sfgate.com
An Alameda County man whose $500 check to a car-leasing company bounced last year got a letter shortly afterward bearing the seal of District Attorney Nancy OâÂÂMalley and threatening him with prosecution, and up to a year in prison, unless he promptly covered the check and paid an additional $230 in fees. According to attorneys in a newly filed federal lawsuit, the letter actually came from a debt-collection company that sends similar official-looking messages to debtors in Contra Costa, San Mateo and Sonoma counties, and many others in California, where the district attorney has agreed to let the company use the officeâÂÂs seal and letterhead in exchange for a small percentage of the fees. The suit, a proposed class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Californians, claims the message is deceptive, the fees are illegal and the entire practice should be prohibited. The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, said the CorrectiveSolutions mailings go far beyond the bounds of the law by using official government letterhead âÂÂto convey the false impression that the letters were sent by a law enforcement agency.âÂÂ Arons said the fees ordered in the letter, under threat of prosecution, include between $160 and $200 for a seminar in financial management, which he described as âÂÂa huge profit centerâÂÂ for the company. After receiving his first warning letter on District Attorney OâÂÂMalleyâÂÂs letterhead, the suit said, lead plaintiff Kevin Breazeale called the listed toll-free number, which appeared to be from OâÂÂMalleyâÂÂs office but was actually connected to CorrectiveSolutions. The suit seeks a court order preventing the company from identifying itself as a prosecutorâÂÂs office in collection letters, and reimbursement of all excess charges paid by California debtors for the last four years.
Democrats Shouldn't Have Dithered On Proposition 13 Reform
Proposition 13, the landmark 1978 ballot measure that sharply reduced property taxes paid by California homeowners, has long been criticized for starving state municipalities, reducing fiscal flexibility and, most recently and by members of both political parties, opening a loophole for big business that sticks individual homeowners with the bill that used to be paid by major corporations.
Paul Forces Senate Vote on Limiting Fight Against ISIS
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will now take up on Monday a resolution proposed by Senator Rand Paul to issue a formal declaration of war against the Islamic State.
Voters Skeptical Of Major Tax System Overhaul :: Fox&hounds
Presenting a proposal for overall tax reform is the Think Long Committee for California, part of the Berggruen Institute on Governance. A central change considered by the Think Long Committee is a tax on services. California has become a much more service-oriented economy in recent decades. Sales taxes on goods, once the main portion of state revenue, has dropped dramatically in the last half-century.
California Rain Has Yosemite Waterfalls Flowing Again
The recent storm may have caused havoc for freeways and some flooding, but it brought new life to Yosemite National Park 's waterfalls, which are flowing again after being dry for several months.
What makes Putin tick? A primer for presidential candidates
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Pension Cutters Lose In Court, Vow 2016 Ballot Bid | Capital & Main
17 States Sue To Stop Obama's Immigration Plan
Texas and 16 other states sued the federal government and immigration agencies in federal court Wednesday to try to derail President Obama 's executive action that would defer deportation for up to 5 million people, arguing it’s unconstitutional and will worsen the humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Online Job-ad Growth In Sacramento Exceeds Bay Area Pace
The Sacramento region added 1,000 online job openings in November in an impressive month that helped California lead the rest of the nation. Sacramento had a total of 29,400 online job postings -- up more than 10 percent from a year ago, according to data from The Conference Board, a global business and research association.
Oakland, S.F. protesters denounce police killing of Eric Garner
Vivian Ho, Peter Fimrite and Kale Williams @ sfgate.com
Protesters gathered in Oakland and San Francisco on Wednesday evening to call for police accountability in the wake of a grand jury declining to indict a white New York City police officer in the video-recorded choke-hold death of Eric Garner, a black man stopped for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes in July. A crowd of hundreds gathered at 14th Street and Broadway to decry the decision, which they said was just the latest injustice stemming from controversial incidents in which unarmed men of color have died at the hands of police officers who have not been charged criminally. Satima Flaherty, 27, of Oakland, led the crowd in chants of âÂÂJustice for Eric Garner!âÂÂ and âÂÂJustice for Oscar Grant!âÂÂ Grant was shot and killed Jan. 1, 2009, by a BART police officer who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after testifying the shooting was accidental. Muni buses, cars and bicyclists, unable to pass the human chain, stacked up in both directions on the busy thoroughfare just before 6:45 p.m. The medical examiner ruled GarnerâÂÂs death a homicide and said the choke-hold was a contributing factor. Police union officials and a lawyer for the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, said Garner died as a result of poor health and a take-down maneuver taught by the department, not the choke-hold, which was banned under department policy, the Associated Press reported. The city saw three demonstrations last week after a grand jury in Missouri declined to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the August killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. âÂÂProtests can do a lot, but not rioting,âÂÂ said Brummell, a security guard and student at City College of San Francisco.
Sen. Ted Cruz wants to block funds for Obama's immigration plan
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Freshman Lawmaker Brings Back Pre-school For All :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Kimberly Beltran @ cabinetreport.com
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House Approves One-year Extension Of $45 Billion In Tax Breaks
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California Hr Chief Exemplifies Government Change | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Covered California Won't Share Enrollment Information With Immigration Officials
Immigrant rights groups joined Covered California officials Wednesday to reassure consumers that information on health coverage applications will be kept confidential.
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