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THE NOONER for January 14, 2015




Good morning. Crazy day for me, so I will be short.

The Legislature's nonpartisan fiscal analyst on Tuesday called Gov. Jerry Brown’s new budget a "prudent" spending plan, while noting that the proposal might underestimate state revenue by up to billions of dollars through June.

The review follows Friday's release of a $113.3 billion state general fund proposal that includes paying down long-term debt and increasing budget reserves, while restoring few recession-era spending cuts to social services.

"The governor's budgeting philosophy continues to be a prudent one for the most part,” the Legislative Analyst's Office said in its overview of the governor’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The LAO said as much as $2 billion more than Brown estimated is likely to be available through June. "Even bigger gains of a few billion dollars more are possible," the analyst’s office said Tuesday.

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Kamala Harris Joins Race To Succeed Calif. Sen. Boxer | The Sacramento Bee
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Attorney General Kamala Harris formally entered the U.S. Senate contest on Tuesday to replace Democrat Barbara Boxer, casting her candidacy as a battle for the next generation of Californians.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez Considering Run For Barbara Boxer's Senate Seat
"For the past 18 years, I have focused on putting California’s working families first. From immigration reform to affordable healthcare to funding quality education, I have advocated for policies that give all families the same access to the American Dream,” Sanchez posted on her Facebook page. “Californians deserve a strong voice in Washington and I have never been afraid to speak up, which is why I am seriously considering running for the United States Senate in 2016."

S.F. Mayor Ed Lee gets fat donation, earful from ally Rose Pak
“You might want to take a bathroom break before you hear what I have to say,” Pak told the mayor just before she addressed the 300-plus people at the event. [...] in typical Pak style, she ripped into her friend of more than 25 years for his appointment of Julie Christensen to replace District Three Supervisor David Chiu after his election to the Assembly. The egos were thick and the candidates’ skins thin as state Attorney General Kamala Harris and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom made the calls on their respective political futures this week. “Harris in race; Newsom stays out,” read the headline in Tuesday’s Chronicle about Harris’ decision to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer in 2016. [...] back in Washington, D.C., the online site Politico had the headline: “Gavin Newsom’s California power play — how one rising star forced the other’s hand in the high-stakes chess match for the state’s top offices.” The gist of the Politico story was that Newsom and Harris both really wanted to run for governor in 2018, and that by signaling that he was “staying in the state,” Newsom forced Harris into the Senate run. Unlike the governor’s race — which is nearly four years off and riddled with the uncertainty of future events — an early and decisive entry into the Senate sprint of the high-profile Harris could clear out most other Democratic contenders in the primary. Huddle: A big meeting has been called at Raiders headquarters in the East Bay for Wednesday between the National Football League, the team, and Oakland and Alameda County officials to discuss the Raiders’ future and efforts to build a new stadium. Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley tells us the agenda includes the team’s one-year lease extension and whether Oakland should continue its exclusive negotiations for a new stadium with New City Development after its agreement expires next week. After public notices saying it would remain open during the filming (which netted $11,662 for the Recreation and Park Department), the park below Coit Tower was shut down from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday because of the Federal Aviation Administration’s last-minute public safety concerns about the shoot. Film Commission executive Susannah Greason Robbins said that officials were sorry for the shutdown but that drones are safer, quieter and cleaner than helicopters that have been used for some shoots over the city.

Tom Steyer: Kamala’s Biggest Threat For Senate
He used some of the gazillions he made as a hedge fund manager to create NextGen Climate Action, which last year supported climate-change friendly candidates across the nation, albeit with scant success, and also has backed and opposed important California ballot propositions. He served as a delegate to the Democratic National conventions of 2004 and 2008, and has worked or raised money for Walter Mondale, Bill Bradley, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, among others.

CalPERS Says Its Financial Health Has Improved | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
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Billions More For Schools Could Come In Spring :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
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Driven by personal income tax collections in December that beat estimates by $1.3 billion, the LAO suggested there “is a strong possibility” that revenue for the second half of the current fiscal year will be “significantly above” projections used by the Brown administration to build its 2015-16 budget that was released last week.

SEIU Targets Valadao, Denham In Online Immigration Ad Campaign
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Tom Steyer Details Goals For Possible Senate Run | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
In the first comments on a possible Senate candidacy, billionaire climate change activist Tom Steyer said Tuesday that Washington needs a jolt, but he gave himself more time to consider his own candidacy.

Reviewing Federal Education Law, Senator Seeks More Local Control
Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the committee that oversees education, has drafted a bill that would give more freedom in testing to the states.

Kamala Harris Formally Launches Bid To Succeed Boxer In U.S. Senate
Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris formally launched her bid Tuesday for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer , pledging to be a "fighter" who would work for middle-class families, students, immigrants and the elderly.

Women Preparing To Run In 2016 -
California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she plans to run for the US Senate in 2016. And she won't be the only woman preparing a run for a higher office. Women around the state are thinking about it.

S.F. bill seeks to ensure a third of new housing is affordable
Marisa Lagos @
San Francisco will monitor how much new housing development will be market rate and how much is in reach of low-income residents — and aim to make one-third of new construction affordable — under legislation introduced by Supervisor Jane Kim Tuesday. The proposal is the compromise outcome of a bitter debate last summer between Kim and affordable-housing advocates on one side and market-rate developers and Mayor Ed Lee on the other. Initially, Kim proposed legislation that would have subjected market-rate developers to a rigorous and time-consuming review process anytime the ratio of affordable housing in the city’s development pipeline slipped below a 30 percent threshold. Voters overwhelmingly approved that ballot initiative, which was seen by affordable-housing activists as a watered-down measure that would have little impact. If we don’t even know the numbers, how can we know how to meet the goal and what more we need to do to get to 30 percent?” she said, adding that the legislation will also be helpful by defining what the city means by “affordable. The measure includes definitions for a wide range of so-called affordable housing, ranging from that in reach to the “extremely low-income” (defined as an individual who makes less than $20,400 a year) to that which someone who is “middle-income” (defined as an individual making up to $101,950 a year) can afford.

Republicans in Congress begin new effort to water down Dodd-Frank law
Boosted by their November election gains, congressional Republicans have launched a new effort to weaken, bit by bit, a law that dramatically expanded federal oversight of the financial system after the Great Recession.

Legislative Analysts Have Praise, Warnings For California Budget
The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office issued a report Tuesday saying California's revenue could exceed Gov. Jerry Brown 's projections by billions of dollars.

County supervisors vote to consider consolidating health agencies
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to move toward consolidating three departments dealing with different aspects of public health. But they did so over the objections of mental health advocates who worry that mental health services will get buried in a larger health agency.

California State Audit Blasts Parental Fee Program For Disabled Child Care | The Sacramento Bee
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The auditor estimated the department fails to bill for fees ranging from $740,000 to $1.1 million annually.

House Republicans vote to block Obama's immigration actions
House Republicans voted Wednesday to block President Obama's immigration plans and end an existing program that has deferred deportation for 500,000 young immigrants called "dreamers."

Is Pot As Bad As Lsd? Heroin? Judge To Rule On 1970 Law
In a rare examination of federal marijuana law, a U.S. judge in Northern California has decided to rule on the constitutionality of a 1970 act that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug akin to LSD and heroin.