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THE NOONER for May 1, 2015

 

 

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MONEY MATTERS: LAO: "2014-15 Revenue Collections Likely Billions Above Administration Estimates. The likely $1.8 billion PIT revenue gain for April will add to $1.3 billion of 2014-15 agency cash revenue gains already on hand as of the end of March and other gains likely to emerge during the key collection month of June."

CA25 (Santa Clarita): Democrat Lou Vince says he will challenge Rep. Stephen Knight [Jean Merl @ LAT] - " Democrat Lou Vince, a police lieutenant and member of the Agua Dulce Town Council, said Thursday that he will challenge freshman Rep. Stephen Knight (R-Palmdale) in next year's election."

AFTERMATH: Ex-Sens. Calderon's and Yee's office records should be disclosed, judge tentatively rules [Patrock McGreevy @ LAT] - "A judge on Thursday tentatively ruled that meeting schedules, office calendars and other official records of indicted former Democratic state Sens. Leland Yee and Ronald S. Calderon are public records, despite efforts by the state Legislature to keep them secret."

FEARLESS: Cal/OSHA cites SeaWorld San Diego for safety violations; park vows to appeal [Tony Perry @ LAT] - "The citations issued this week criticize SeaWorld for allegedly not identifying and evaluating workplace hazards and keeping employees aware of new hazards."

SMILE! After last-minute wrangling, Assembly panel advances body camera bills [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "An Assembly committee approved measures setting guidelines on the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement, as well as the data captured by those cameras, on Thursday, despite lingering concerns over privacy and police access to such footage."

#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Catharine Baker, Nate Ballard, Kit Cole, Derek Humphrey, Janet Nguyen and Michele Socik! Weekend cakeday greetings to Amy Brown (Saturday), Erika Hoffman (Saturday), Nick Garcia (Saturday), Doug Haaland (Sunday), Amy Blumberg James (Sunday), and Annie Lam (Sunday)!

 

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  • Friends of the CCC
    Please support the CA Conservation Corps Foundation at the 2nd Annual “Friends of the CCC” fundraiser on May 12th, 5:30pm at the Sutter Club.  Enjoy food and cocktails, and bid on silent auction items including lunch with the State Treasurer or State Controller, a week in Mexico, a weekend on Tomales Bay and more!
    Tickets are $50 per person.  For more information go to www.cccfoundation.net or call Cindy Laubacher at (916) 771-3328.
  • 7th Annual Mother’s Day Donation Drive ending May 3rd. Needs: diapers, formula, baby food, clothes, toys, and strollers. Donation bins in Capitol Room 2013, 2160, 4164, LOB, and 915 L St., Ste. 110. Hosts: Assemblymember Kevin McCarty and the Sacramento Food Bank. Call (916) 324-4676.

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  • Vice President.  Fiona Hutton & Associates Inc., a Los Angeles-based strategic communications and public affairs firm representing corporate, trade association, government, non-profit and political clients involved in complex and often controversial issues, is expanding its team and immediately hiring a Vice President to manage the agency’s high-profile and often complex clients. More info: fionahuttonassoc.com/pdf/FHA_VP_Announcement_040915.pdf

  • STATE SENATOR HOLLY MITCHELL discusses her legislative priorities in this exclusive interview: 
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Assemblyman Bill Brough, Senator Patricia Bates, and Stakeholders Respond to Actions on San Clemente Hospital Legislation
bates.cssrc.us
Assemblyman Bill Brough and Senator Patricia Bates today issued the following joint statement in response to the Assembly and Senate Health Committees referring their proposals to help preserve emergency care services at San Clemente Hospital for additional study.

Senators Running for President Face a Delicate Balancing Act
rss.nytimes.com
With four senators now officially in the 2016 race, the Iran nuclear deal is shaping up as an early test of how they plan to use their congressional records on the campaign trail.

Opinion: California Capitol Sees Throwback To Old Days | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
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Bang Wins Landmark Open Records Case
contracostatimes.com
In his strongly-worded decision, Judge Michael Kenny ruled nearly all the records for suspended state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, and state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, requested by the newspaper groups should be handed over, despite the state Legislature arguing the records were exempt from disclosure under the Legislative Open Records Act.

Demand Grows For UC Merced Amid College Admissions Frenzy
Katy Murphy @
mercurynews.com
The strikingly pristine rural setting, miles from downtown, is apt for what the 10-year-old campus is to so many: a second chance on the edge of California's higher education frontier. The baby of the UCs has become an increasingly desired landing spot for thousands of the state's brightest students, including many who have been shut out of the more established campuses in the hypercompetitive University of California system.

Cal Poly Institute Poll Shows Strong Bipartisan Support For Legislative Transparency Reforms :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
Some say that Californians are uninterested in and do not wish to be engaged in their government. I, however, believe the public wants the opportunity to be involved. They want information about what is happening in their government, and they want it presented in a way that is quick and easy to find, understand and act upon.

San Diego Community College Program Puts Elite Universities Within Reach | Kpbs
Matthew Bowler @
kpbs.org
With the cost of college tuition soaring, many students are looking for less expensive options for higher education. A growing number are finding the answer in the honors program offered by the San Diego Community College District.

Big Muscle In Little Saigon: Vietnamese Americans Prove A Powerful Force In O.C. Politics - The Orange County Register
MARTIN WISCKOL @
ocregister.com
Vietnamese voters in Orange County have tended to favor Republicans, but there are signs that has more to do with circumstance than a deep-rooted affinity for the GOP.

Senators Blast Delays In Seizing Guns From Criminals, Mentally Ill
latimes.com
Two years after receiving $24 million for the task, officials with the state Department of Justice said Thursday that the agency needs up to three more years to eliminate a backlog of people who improperly own firearms despite criminal convictions or mental illness.

The GOP Attack On Climate Change Science Takes A Big Step Forward
latimes.com
Living down to our worst expectations, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology voted Thursday to cut deeply into NASA's budget for Earth science, in a clear swipe at the study of climate change.

Chicago to host Obama's presidential library
politico.com
Obama's presidential library will be constructed at one of two sites proposed by the University of Chicago.

Bay Area Generates Bumper Crop Of State Income Taxes | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
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Ufc President Dana White: Mayweather-pacquiao Will Set Lawsuit Record
latimes.com
Not everyone is buying the hype about the size and importance of Saturday’s megafight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao .

Democrat Lou Vince Says He Will Challenge Rep. Stephen Knight
latimes.com
"As a veteran, a law enforcement officer and a local elected official, I know first-hand the positive results that can be attained through hard work and determination," Vince said in a statement announcing his candidacy.

Brown Appoints Budget Manager As Next State Parks Director - Sfgate
sfgate.com
Anthony Jackson, a retired Marine Corps major general, was initially tapped to restore integrity to the department after $54 million was found hidden in secret accounts while budget cuts were threatening to close 70 of nearly 280 state parks. The commission's report called for partnering with other organizations to help bring financial stability to the department.

Minimum Wage Slugfest 2016: California Politics Podcast | Faultlines | Kqed News
ww2.kqed.org
This week’s California Politics Podcast examines the road ahead for organized labor’s effort to boost the minimum wage via a statewide ballot initiative.

Amid drought, the West is no place for a lawn, as Nevada has learned
latimes.com
When Gov. Jerry Brown ordered that California rip up 50 million square feet of lawns to conserve water amid the West's deadening drought, the Golden State gasped.

Giant Tunnels Planned For Delta 'must Move Forward,' Brown Says
latimes.com
Unveiling a scaled-down version of a long-planned effort to replumb the hub of the state's water system, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday said Californians can't afford a continued stalemate on the project.

The New Health Care: Speedy Drug Approvals Have Become the Rule, Not the Exception
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Most recent drug development in the U.S. has been done through specially approved pathways, and two more may be added.

Despite millions spent, California unable to confiscate guns from felons, mentally ill
sfgate.com
SACRAMENTO - More than 16,000 registered gun owners remain on a list of felons and mentally ill people who no longer can legally possess firearms in California, despite millions of dollars spent by the state to confiscate those weapons. The Legislature awarded the California Department of Justice $24 million in 2013 to launch a three-year program to eliminate the backlog by sending newly hired agents to confiscate guns from owners who had lost their rights due to felony convictions, domestic violence actions, mental health conditions or addiction to narcotic drugs, among other things. Department officials told state lawmakers Thursday they could likely only reduce the backlog to 10,000 by June 2016 and additional time and money would be needed beyond that. When Justice Department officials requested the funding, they told lawmakers the list generally grew by about 3,000 people a year and that they did not have the manpower to keep up. Lindley said since July 2013, the funding has helped the department conduct 12,400 investigations of people on the prohibited list and led to 5,500 firearms being seized. Harris has lauded the prohibited persons list, which was created in 2001 and became functional in 2006, at one point encouraging the Obama administration to follow California’s lead and create a national program. The $24 million the Legislature gave the Department of Justice to clear the backlog was from a special account funded by fees on gun purchases. Since funding was approved, the department hired 48 agents and 38 have left, primarily for other Justice Department positions.