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THE NOONER for January 21, 2015

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on aroundthecapitol.com today:

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
S.F. supe, London Breed, calls out black community on gun crime
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @
sfgate.com
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed has a pointed message for the African American community regarding gun crime: “When you know your kids are involved in this violence, let’s turn them in.” “I know it’s not popular to say,” Breed told the crowd Monday at the King Day observance at Yerba Buena Gardens. Breed, who is African American and grew up in San Francisco’s public housing, speaks from personal experience — one of her brothers, who was drug addicted, is in prison for robbery and other crimes, and her younger sister died of a drug overdose a decade ago. Social service programs and more police are part of the solution to break the cycle of violence, she said. When Gov. Jerry Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano sit down to go over UC’s finances, they might want to check out the university’s new $220 million payroll system that’s 18 months behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars over budget — with no solution in sight. [...] UC tech insiders tell us they’re still waiting for higher-ups to give them a new launch date. Montiel says UCPath has spent $170 million on staff, designing the software, and buying and outfitting a three-story building near UC Riverside. The Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that two members of the Board of Supervisors threatened the union with paybacks at the bargaining table for its support of a referendum to roll back the supes’ recent self-awarded pay raises. Supervisors Karen Mitchoff and Mary Piepho told union reps that if deputies didn’t drop out of the effort to collect 40,000 signatures for a referendum to roll back the 33 percent pay hike, it would “end badly for you guys” and could lead to a “Chuck Reed-style” pension reform measure going before voters, according to the lawsuit. According to the suit, in a subsequent phone call, Mitchoff told union labor representative Jim Bickert that she would “probably vote against” any pension-reform measure if the deputies withdrew their support for the petition drive. The union didn’t do so, and the supervisors — faced with the likelihood that their pay hike (to $129,216, from $97,476) would go to the ballot — voted this month to rescind the raises.

CalPERS President Re-elected, Jerry Brown Reappoints Fund Board Member | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
sacbee.com
Rob Feckner, who joined CalPERS board in 1999 and is its longest-serving member, won unanimous re-election Tuesday to lead the 13-member panel. He is former president of the California School Employees Association, past executive vice president of the California Labor Federation and a glass repairman and installer for the Napa Valley Unified School District, which has employed him for 38 years.

Democratic Lawmakers Push Bill To Stop Corporate Offshore Tax Moves
latimes.com
Democratic lawmakers Tuesday pushed legislation to stop U.S. companies from reincorporating overseas to reduce their tax bills, saying a wave of so-called inversions last year has nearly doubled the revenue the federal government will lose from those moves over the next decade.

A Committee Of Two :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
I speak from some not-so-stellar experiences. I served on six state commissions appointed by governors and assembly speakers from both major political parties. The results of the recommendations put forth by those commissions that dealt with the initiative process to the tax system to constitutional alterations to re-organizing the state government produced no changes. The commission reports ended up gathering dust on some office shelf.

Villaraigosa Scheduled To Give Remarks To Washington | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
sacbee.com
As he weighs a bid for the U.S. Senate, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is scheduled to deliver remarks and present an award named in his honor in Washington, D.C.

Tom Steyer's Green Ambitions
latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown 's inauguration speech this month was as green as the decor in the ornate Assembly chamber where he gave it. And it left Tom Steyer tickled pink. The philanthropist put millions into the 2014 elections, primarily through his NextGen Climate Action super PAC. His candidates mostly lost, but he has no regrets. Steyer has worked on political campaigns since the 1970s, including Democrat Walter Mondale 's 1984 presidential bid, but his formidable political voice comes from the billions he made as a hedge fund manager. He's long invested in greener California politics, and making climate disaster a politically crucial national issue is his Cause One — like the TV spot NextGen ran during coverage of Tuesday's State of the Union speech.

Opinion: Big Changes Buffeting Our Schools | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com


CalPERS President Rob Feckner is reelected to 11th term
latimes.com
Board members of CalPERS, the country's largest public pension fund, Tuesday reelected labor leader Rob Feckner to an 11th one-year term as president.

Judge Rejects Bid To Keep Stockton In Bankruptcy | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
sacbee.com
A bankruptcy judge Tuesday dismissed an effort to keep Stockton mired in bankruptcy while a creditor challenges a decision that lets the city pay its CalPERS pension bills in full.

Lawsuit: Culver City High Football Players Raped Girl, Recorded It
latimes.com
A lawsuit filed by a former Culver City High School student claims she was raped by three of the school’s football players on campus during school hours and that one of the rapes was video recorded by her attackers and then distributed to other students.

Nancy Pelosi: Hillary’s The One - Politics Blog
blog.sfgate.com
Heading into Tuesday's sixth State of the Union address by President Obama with his poll numbers rising, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi her strategy for confronting total GOP control of Congres...

Obama's Memorable State Of Union Moments Aren't About Obama | The Sacramento Bee
CONNIE CASS @
sacbee.com
The big moments in President Barack Obama's State of the Union speeches are rarely about what he said.

Carson lawmakers to vote on whether to boycott local newspaper
latimes.com
Lawmakers from Carson are scheduled to vote Tuesday night on whether the city should cancel its subscriptions to the Daily Breeze and urge residents to boycott the newspaper.

President Obama's State Of The Union Address
latimes.com
This is the full text, as prepared for delivery, of President Obama 's sixth State of the Union address.

Republicans criticize Obama's State of the Union as partisan
latimes.com
Lacking the presidential bully pulpit but boasting the largest congressional majority in generations, ‎top Republicans accused President Obama of loading his State of the Union address with partisan priorities instead of demonstrating the leadership needed to move shared priorities like tax...

Obama Greets Civil Rights Icon Before State Of The Union
blogs.rollcall.com
Shortly before delivering the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama met briefly with 105 year-old civil rights figure Amelia Boynton in a holding room at the Capitol.

State of the Union: Obama Says Family Leave Is an Economic Necessity, Not Just a Womenâ
rss.nytimes.com
The president said the government would provide $2.2 billion to reimburse states for paid family leave programs.

President Obama's State of the Union address
latimes.com
This is the full text, as prepared for delivery, of President Obama's sixth State of the Union address.

Spacex Sells 10% Stake To Google And Fidelity For $1 Billion
Bloomberg @
latimes.com
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. said Tuesday that Google Inc. and Fidelity Investments had invested $1 billion in the rocket maker, giving them a combined stake of almost 10%.

Looking To California, Obama Calls For Expanded Paid Leave | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
sacbee.com
President Barack Obama on Tuesday renewed his resolve to push for paid leave policies, calling on Congress to adopt legislation that has roots in California.

Uber In S.F. Is Now Three Times Bigger Than City's Entire Taxi Industry - San Francisco Business Times
bizjournals.com
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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Rounds Up Allies For Obama On Immigration
latimes.com
Leaders of several major cities plan to intervene in court to defend President Obama's effort to shield millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday.