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THE NOONER for April 30, 2015
MONEY MATTERS: LAO: "Our best guess now is that, at the end of this week, April PIT collections will exceed the administration's projection for the month by around $1.8 billion, meaning that this week's remaining refunds are assumed to roughly offset the remaining FTB collections."
THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Don't extend tax-the-rich Prop. 30; overhaul the whole tax system [George Skelton @ LAT] - "Proposition 30 should not be extended. The tax system should be rebuilt. It's too old and wobbly to support a vibrant state."
SCHOOLED: Democrats kill Republican bills on teacher tenure, firing [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "A legislative committee on Wednesday rejected Republican education bills that would have overhauled teacher tenure and firing rules in response to a federal judge striking down California's teacher employment laws.
PLUNGE: California's Latino Voter Turnout: What Happened? [Tony Quinn @ Fox and Hounds] - "According to Political Data Inc., California's premier analysts of voting behavior, only 1,317,000 Latinos cast ballots in 2014, or just 15 percent of the total, a huge drop not only from presidential year Latino turnout but even from comparable non-presidential years. Not only did Californians stay home in droves in 2014, but Latinos outpaced them."
HELP WANTED: 'Risk master' Tim Draper soliciting ideas for next ballot proposal [Christopher Cadelago @ Sacbee] - "Draper, the eccentric venture capitalist who spent more than $5 million – nearly $450,000 alone on political consultants – on a fabulously unsuccessful effort to carve the state in six, has announced plans to possibly spend more money.
#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Tim Brown and Geoff Kors!
A New UC Campus? California Bill Passes Assembly Committee
Katy Murphy @ mercurynews.com
Assembly Bill 1483 would appropriate $50 million for land acquisition and initial building costs and launch a study on the feasibility of creating an 11th campus for the research university.
Big Support In Bipartisan Poll For A More Transparent California Legislature | News Fix | Kqed News
The political world often predicts electoral success using a model of which voters actually cast ballots. Presidential election years are more likely to mean passage of liberal ideas, while other years lean more toward the conservative viewpoint.
Don't Extend Tax-the-rich Prop. 30; Overhaul The Whole Tax System
The latest numbers are in, and they show that Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase is performing as advertised — generating billions by soaking the rich.
Democrats Kill Republican Bills On Teacher Tenure, Firing
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
A legislative committee on Wednesday rejected Republican education bills that would have overhauled teacher tenure and firing rules in response to a federal judge striking down Californiaâs teacher employment laws.
A Wise Ruling On Judicial Elections And Campaign Finance
The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. hasn't been friendly to legislative attempts to reduce the corrupting influence of money in election campaigns. But on Wednesday the court finally found a campaign finance regulation it could support. With Roberts joining four liberal justices, the court upheld a Florida ethics rule prohibiting judicial candidates from personally seeking campaign contributions. It was the right decision.
Sugary Drink Labeling Bill Falls Short In State Senate Panel
Melanie Mason @ latimes.com
A measure to require health warning labels on sodas and other sugary beverages fell flat in a state Senate committee Wednesday afternoon.
Big-time opposition emerges to Warriorsâ
Matier and Ross @ sfgate.com
The Golden State Warriors' plans for an 18,000-seat arena in San Francisco'ÂÂs Mission Bay are suddenly running into big-time political problems. An anonymous group of what organizers describe as big-bucks donors to UCSF hired an imposing cast of consultants Ã¢ÂÂ including former UCSF Senior Vice Chancellor Bruce Spaulding and, for a time, Chronicle columnist and former Mayor Willie Brown Ã¢ÂÂ to block the plan for the arena and adjacent twin office towers in Mission Bay near the waterfront.
Ex-Pasadena City College President's $400,000 Retirement Deal Nullified
Jason Song @ latimes.com
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Wednesday nullified a nearly $400,000 severance agreement between Pasadena City College and its previous president after finding that school trustees broke open meetings laws while negotiating the deal.
Same-sex Marriage: Supreme Court Justices Don't Know Much About History
The most interesting, and dispiriting, aspect of Tuesday's Supreme Court arguments on same-sex marriage was the absence in the court chamber of any real understanding of the history of marriage.
California's Motor Voter Bill Speeds Forward In The State Assembly
Chris Nichols @ utsandiego.com
A bill that could potentially boost Californiaâs voter rolls by millions of people cleared two key hurdles at the Capitol this week. The California New Motor Voter Act won approval from Assembly committees on transportation and elections.
Market Forces Key To Managing Water Crisis :: Fox&hounds
Many solutions were suggested but one that seemed to dominate during the long afternoon program was the expectation that market forces would compel the moves necessary to deal with the drought.
Senate Democrats Prod Gov. Jerry Brown For More Drought Spending
Senate Democrats want Gov. Jerry Brown to take swifter action to battle California's drought , such as spending relief funds faster and prodding farmers to use water more efficiently.
National Briefing | South: Louisiana: Lawmakers Refuse to Add More Working Poor to Medicaid
State lawmakers rejected efforts to expand the state Medicaid program to give the working poor government-funded health insurance, the third year of defeats for the legislation.
Rand Paul To Speak In Sf On ‘disrupting Democracy’
By Josh Richman Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at 10:22 am in 2016 presidential election.
Don't extend tax-the-rich Prop. 30; overhaul the whole tax system
George Skelton @ latimes.com
The latest numbers are in, and they show that Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase is performing as advertised â generating billions by soaking the rich.
Senate Minority Leader Responds to Governor's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target
SACRAMENTO: Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement today in response to an Executive Order issued by the Governor to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
As Health Coverage Spikes, Medical Interpreters In Short Supply | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
John Gonzales, @ blogs.kqed.org
By John Gonzales, CHCF Center for Health Reporting
Ex-Pasadena City College president's $400,000 retirement deal nullified
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Wednesday nullified a nearly $400,000 severance agreement between Pasadena City College and its previous president after finding that school trustees broke open meetings laws while negotiating the deal.
Critics Of Pacific Rim Free Trade Agreement Cite Worries Over Jobs, Immigration
Samatha Masunga @ latimes.com
About 30 members of unions, immigrant rights groups and an environmental advocacy organization joined Wednesday to voice their concerns that a Pacific Rim free trade deal would reduce U.S. jobs and increase immigration to the country.
Corker Ends Blockade of Budget Deal
Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, lifted his blockade of a House-Senate deal that would cut $5 trillion in spending over the next decade to balance the federal budget.
Calls To Overturn San Onofre Settlement Intensify Amid PUC Revelations | The California Report | Kqed News
Sorrentino’s Pizza owner Patrick Quinn is tired of watching the energy bill at his San Diego restaurant go up each month.
Port Truck Drivers Walk Picket Line For Third Day - Mynewsla.com
Striking port truck drivers will again be walking a picket line Wednesday, this time at Union Pacific’s Los Angeles Transportation Center as they and their counterparts in San Diego continue their strike against the short haul transport companies for which they work.