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THE NOONER for January 27, 2015

 

 

FAREWELL: Yesterday brought news of last week's passing of longtime local government lobbyist and Capitol staffer Dan Wall, who had a long battle with pancreatic cancer and died last week at 68. Dan Walters writes a great piece on Dan's service to California.

I first met Dan in 1995 when I was taking a local government class at UC Davis. The general theme of the class was on sustainability and the benefit of local food. As a vegetarian at the time, my horrible diet was mostly Taco Bell bean burritos (thanks, Paul Mitchell). Funny, as I became a total locavore later, buying pretty much all locally sourced meats and veggies.

Anyway, so the term paper was somewhat open-ended. And, I had been following local government finance during my time as a student advocate and in the early months of working at the Community College League. 

Thus, I decided to write my term paper on the creation of the Education Revenue Augmentation Fund in the 1992-93 budget (followed by two subsequent shifts), which shifted/stole revenues from local governments to fund the Proposition 98 education finance guarantee. Neither local governments nor schools benefited from the shifts, but it allowed the state to meet the guarantee without raising taxes or suspending it.

Blame the voters and not state officials. Prop. 13 + Prop. 98 makes a deadly cocktail.

Anyway, my research was mostly through Dan's head. He was brilliant on the subject and through both in-person and phone meetings (no real constant email at the time), he helped me write the paper. I actually even turned it in on time, showing my clear interest in the subject. (I think I still have an outstanding paper from a history class.)

Upon receipt of the paper back from Professor David Campbell, it was marked "This has little to do with the subject of this class, but it is excellent. A!"

Thanks, Dan, for your help to me and your service to our great state. 

Oh, and for your awesome Hawaiian shirts.

BLURRED LINES: A Gerrymandering Comeback In California … via Arizona? [John Myers @ KQED] - "Several months of quiet whispers have quickly turned into a resounding buzz — and a nervous buzz, no less — about a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court that questions whether it's constitutional for independent state commissions to have the sole power to draw political district maps."

HE'S GOT BIG BUTS AND I DO NOT LIE: De Leon: On redistricting, 'we will be prepared' [Timm Herdt @ VCStar] - "As I report in a full story in the Star (free to subscribers), de Leon responded that he believes "the people have spoken on the issue" and he supports independent redistricting."

DOUBLE XY FACTOR: California City Managers 2015 Report by Grassroots Lab "One significant aspect of the report explores the notable deficiency of female city managers across the state. Where women represent nearly 30% of elected local government seats across the state, this report estimates that this is 10% higher than the proportion of women who serve as city managers. The report further touches on the discrepancy in pay and benefits between male and female managers."

WTF: KFC debuts 'Double Down Dog' in Philippines [Joshua Fecther @ SFCrhon]

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Lindsay Bubar, Lara Calvert-York, Steve Fox, Jason Hodge, Richard Stapler, Scott Svonkin, and Brandon Zavala

 


 

**CLASSIFIEDS**

  • One year ago, Sergio C. Garcia, the nation's first undocumented lawyer was sworn in as a lawyer licensed to practice in California. On Saturday, Jan. 31,
     The Sergio C. Garcia Foundation brings a fundraiser celebration to  Sacramento, "Bringing Justice Forward." The Library Galleria, 828 I
     Street, 5:00 to 9:00 PM, $50.00 per person, dinner, music, the funds going to youth scholarships. tinyurl.com/pxzayzu, or 530 899 7373.
  • California Federation of Teachers sponsors reception welcoming new and returning legislators, today at 5:30 pm, Senator Hotel Atrium, 1121 L Street. RSVP 916-446-2788

     
  • FORMER CALIFORNIA CHIEF JUSTICE RONALD GEORGE discusses changes to California's judiciary and his career in this exclusive interview:  vimeo.com/92295102
     
    Know a current or former elected official in Southern California we should interview? Our TV program reaches California's #1 zip code for campaign contributions. Send suggestions to:editor@bhweekly.com.
  • Join us February 18 & 19 at the Sacramento Convention Center for the Future of California Elections 2015 Conference “Working Together for a More Inclusive Democracy" Space is limited. Register today!  http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/r.html?s=n&l=http://bit.ly/FOCE2015
  • The James Irvine Foundation 2015 Leadership Awards Luncheon. Join Irvine and state policymakers in honoring California leaders and their breakthrough solutions to critical state issues. Presentations followed by a roundtable on leadership led by KQED’s John Myers. February 5, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Sheraton Grand. Contact Tamara Torlakson - 916-288-2245.

  • Interested in learning more about health insurance in California, and about a key contributor to the Legislature's review of health insurance-related legislation? Great! Legislators, staff, advocates, and the public are warmly invited to the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP)'s annual legislative briefing on 1/29/2015 from 10:30 – 11:30 am. The briefing will provide information about CHBRP and the bills we analyze, how we do our work and the information we provide. Please RSVP to this free event online – 

  • The California Charter Schools Association hosts its 5th Annual Back to Session Reception on Monday, February 2 from 5 p.m – 7 p.m. at Ella Dining Room & Bar, 1131 K Street, Sacramento. Legislators and staff are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to governmentaffairs@calcharters.org.
  • FORMER WASHINGTON DC LOBBYIST JACK ABRAMOFF discusses his rise and fall as the nation's most famous lobbyist in this exclusive interview: vimeo.com/93426393
  • Join CA Women Lead and Honorary Co-Hosts Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Minority Leader Kristin Olsen in honoring the Women's Legislative Caucus and women serving in statewide office. Sponsor today | View our sponsors here

  • TRAINING FOR GRASSROOTS OUTREACH TO LEGISLATORS.  Experienced grassroots organizer Mark Wirth provides training and guidance for organizing the members of your organization for grassroots outreach to legislators.  Training on site at your location and designed to fit the needs of your organization.  www.markwirthgovrelations.com

  • Learn the legislative process and best practices for effective lobbying. Cover the complete spectrum of governmental advocacy in two days. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov presents "Lobbying 101" and "Lobbying 201" seminars January 29-30. $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / support staff, organizations / public agencies that employ lobbyists. Complete info / registration: www.capitolseminars.net or 916 442 5009.

 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
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Should Teachers Be Required To Pay Union Dues? Buena Park Teacher Takes Lawsuit To U.S. Supreme Court- The Big Blog: Orange County Register
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Obamacare Cost To Be 20% Less Than Forecast, Budget Office Says
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President Obama 's healthcare law will cost about 20% less over the next decade than originally projected, the Congressional Budget Office reported Monday, in part because lower-than-expected healthcare inflation has led to smaller premiums.

Senate Leadership Watch: Bob Hertzberg pressed on whether he'll take Kevin de Leon's job
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When pressed by NBC4's Conan Nolan on whether he'll take over Kevin de Leon's job as leader of the California State Senate, the well-respected former Speaker of the Assembly said, “I don’t know.”

Garcetti, Other Mayors Join Lawsuit In Defense Of Obama Immigration Plan | 89.3 Kpcc
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum in October. Garcetti and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio are leading a coalition of more than two dozen mayors in support of President Obama's recent immigration order; on Monday, the coalition filed a brief in support of the order in Texas vs. United States, a multi-state lawsuit that aims to block the order from taking effect. Grant Slater/KPCC

Dan Wall, Longtime Local Government Lobbyist, Dies | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Greece's Revolt Against Austerity
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Greek voters collectively shouted “We're mad as hell!” last weekend, sweeping into power a radical left-wing party that campaigned against austerity. The election didn't improve the country's fiscal health; the government is so deep in debt, it could very well default if international lenders refuse to renew their long-running bailout. But the results reminded the rest of the world that democracies have trouble sustaining painful reforms when they're imposed from outside, regardless of how necessary they may be. And Greece may just be the first of Europe's debtor nations to revolt. If the European Union wants to keep the Eurozone intact, and it should, it needs to leaven its demands for austerity with more efforts to help struggling economies grow.

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Glendale Sues State Over Interest On Loans
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De Leon: On Redistricting, "We Will Be Prepared"
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White House Touts Economic Effect Of Obama's Immigration Program
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L.A. Unified Chief Blasts Teachers Union's Salary Demands
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