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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

Governmental Organization

Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced), Chair


Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair

Higher Education

Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair

Housing and Community Development

Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), Chair

Human Services

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

Local Government

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego), Chair
Assemblymember Lorena S. Gonzalez (D-San Diego), Vice Chair

Natural Resources

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

Public Safety

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 Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood)
Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose)
Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova)
Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa)
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona)
Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-North Coast)
Assemblymember Patty Lopez (D-San Fernando), Democratic Alternate


Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley), Chair

Utilities and Commerce

Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Chair

Veterans Affairs

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

Legislative Ethics

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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  • Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is seeking a legislative aide. The position requires strong analytical and writing skills, attention to detail, excellent organization, multi-tasking ability and English language proficiency. Capitol experience is preferred. Candidates should be strategic thinkers who can work cooperatively and enthusiastically in a team environment. Please send cover letter and resume to

  • You are invited to join Capitol Network for our Annual Holiday Luncheon and Elections on Tuesday December 9, 2014 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.  The luncheon is FREE for Capitol Network members with a donation of diapers (size 4 - 6) and/or feminine hygiene products, $30 for Capitol Network members without a donation, and $35 for Non-Members with a donation of diapers (Size 4-6) and/or feminine hygiene products.

    Please register at no later than TUESDAY DECEMBER 2.  Advance registration is required for all attendees. Please contact Amanda Levy at or 915-595-8755 with any questions.

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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 @
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 @
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 @

Lawsuit accuses company of deception in bad check collections
Bob Egelko @
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 O’Malley 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 office’s 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 “to convey the false impression that the letters were sent by a law enforcement agency.” 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 “a huge profit center” for the company. After receiving his first warning letter on District Attorney O’Malley’s letterhead, the suit said, lead plaintiff Kevin Breazeale called the listed toll-free number, which appeared to be from O’Malley’s office but was actually connected to CorrectiveSolutions. The suit seeks a court order preventing the company from identifying itself as a prosecutor’s 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
Foreign policy is traditionally not a hot topic for presidential primary candidates this early in the game, so I was surprised to receive a request recently to talk about Russia from one of the often-mentioned candidates. But, of course, it is not too early. The United States no longer has...

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 @
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 “Justice for Eric Garner!” and “Justice for Oscar Grant!” 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 Garner’s 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. “Protests can do a lot, but not rioting,” 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
Sen. Ted Cruz stood outside the Capitol on a dreary Wednesday, leading the charge against President Obama's immigration plan. But it was not entirely clear who was following him.

Freshman Lawmaker Brings Back Pre-school For All :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Kimberly Beltran @
Debate over AB 47, as with the other 99 bills introduced the first week of the 2015-16 session, won’t begin until lawmakers reconvene Jan. 5, but there will be plenty to discuss.

House Approves One-year Extension Of $45 Billion In Tax Breaks
The House overwhelmingly approved a one-year extension of $45 billion in tax breaks, mostly for businesses, after bipartisan efforts on a longer-term extension fell apart close to deadline.

California Hr Chief Exemplifies Government Change | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @

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.

Sen. Ted Cruz Wants To Block Funds For Obama's Immigration Plan
Sen. Ted Cruz stood outsi de the Capitol on a dreary Wednesday, leading the charge against President Obama 's immigration plan. But it was not entirely clear who was following him.

City Of Sacramento Sells Former Sacramento Army Depot Property
Two decades after acquiring the former Sacramento Army Depot property, the city of Sacramento has sold it off.