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THE NOONER for May 27, 2015




INFLUENCE LOSS? Could U.S. Supreme Court case shrink California's congressional clout? [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - Paul "Mitchell estimated that California would lose six congressional seats, dropping to 47 seats from 53. Texas, which also has large numbers of people living in the country illegally, would face the second-largest drop, going to 32 seats from 36. "

The case before SCOTUS aims to get rid of "one person, one vote" in favor of "one citizen, one vote" for the purposes of apportionment of congressional seats. 

SCRAMBLE? Redistricting veteran offers his take on Supreme Court move [Jean Merl @ LAT] - "The impact could be huge and the state -- along with its cities, counties, school districts and other local government jurisdictions -- could even be required to redraw all its political districts in time for the 2018 elections and well ahead of the next regularly scheduled redistricting in 2021, [Tony] Quinn said."

RAISING THE BAR: California Assembly passes bill raising initiative fee [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "Legislation hiking the filing fee from $200 to $8,000 passed the Assembly on a 46-24 vote Tuesday. In the background lurked a near-universally condemned proposed ballot initiative that seeks to authorize executing homosexuals. While the measure is almost certain not to qualify, it prompted a debate about raising the fee to discourage such proposals."

The $8,000 figure is the estimated cost to the three state agencies--Attorney General, Legislative Analyst, and Secretary of State--in the preparation of an initiative for circulation. If a ballot measure qualifies, the amount is refunded to the initiative's proponents.

EATING THEIR OWN: The Sacramento Central Labor Council has a Facebook post up against Ami Bera for his support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. The post features Bera with a Q-tip piercing his head. Don't they know that using Q-tips in your ears is not an approved use? 

MONEY MATTERS: Revenue forecasts on state budgets are a crapshoot [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - Estimating capital gains revenue is "really an impossible chore, and becomes more difficult each year. And yet, the governor and legislators must base decisions on how much to spend on their assumptions on how much they'll have to spend."

HOW TO SPEND? California budget: Democrats release dueling spending plans [Jessica Calefati @ MercNews] - "Both proposals assume the state will collect more revenue than Gov. Jerry Brown's administration predicts -- roughly $2.5 billion more -- but Democrats in the Senate and Assembly apparently have starkly different views on how to spend the extra money."

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SLIMMING DOWN: 178 Union-Tribune employees are laid off [Lori Weisberg @ UTSD] - "The San Diego Union-Tribune on Tuesday announced that it is laying off 178 of its 603 employees, with the bulk of the job losses affecting the newspaper’s printing and delivery operation."

The job cuts follow the acquisition of the paper by the Tribune Corporation, which also owns the LA Times. Now that the merger has closed, the UTSD's printing operations are being consolidated with the Times's in Los Angeles.

NOM-NOM: Sacramento City Council votes to ease food truck rules [Marissa Lang @ SacBee] - "With the adoption of the proposed code, food vending vehicles could basically operate on the public right-of-way as long as it is legal to park or vend on private property with the issuance of a Private Property Permit," according to a report compiled by city staff. "These changes should enhance the City’s opportunities for outdoor vending while still protecting the public safety."

HELP BUILD A PLAYGROUND! In advance of the June 1 Disneyland Day at the Capitol, this Sunday there will be a playground build in West Sacramento and volunteers are needed. The build, in conjunction with the nonprofit KaBOOM!, will be held at Bryte Park- 425 Todhunter Ave., West Sacramento, CA 95605. Volunteer registration will be at 8am, and the project is expected to be completed by 2:30pm. Sign up to volunteer here!

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Mike Madrid, Louis Reyes, and Garry Shay!




  • Please join Capitol Network for our 2nd Annual Chiefs of Staff luncheon. June 26, from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at CalChamber, 1215 K Street, Suite 1400. This event is open only to Capitol Network members. Register here. Become a member here.
  • The Center for Responsible Lending has an opening for a Policy and Government Affairs Associate/Counsel in Oakland, CA.  The associate will work with stakeholders in California and other Western states to develop and advance strategies for legislative and regulatory reform at the state level to prevent predatory lending practices.   If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please visit  If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter describing why you are a fit for this position to

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California Assembly Passes Two Bills To Deter Frivolous Ballot Measures
Amid outrage over a proposed initiative that calls for the execution of gays and lesbians, the California Assembly on Tuesday passed two bills to discourage outlandish ballot measures.

California Assembly Leader To Stop Unilateral Spending
California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins plans to stop steering millions of dollars toward favored causes using her chamber's operating fund.

California Republicans Soften Tone On Immigration -
Immigration debates in the California Legislature aren’t what they used to be. Republican anti-immigrant rhetoric is largely gone. Instead, GOP lawmakers are softening their criticism. Often, they aren't even voting no.

California Assembly OKs bill to raise ballot initiative fee from $200 to $8,000
Amid outrage over a proposed initiative that calls for the execution of gays and lesbians, the California Assembly on Tuesday approved legislation that would increase the filing fee for a ballot measure from $200 to $8,000.

California Assembly Passes Bill Raising Initiative Fee | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
It would raise filing fee for ballot initiatives to $8,000

Supreme Court Could Deal California 'a One-Two Punch' On Redistricting
Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy @
In recent years, California voters have backed a series of changes to the state's elections system to reshape its political landscape. Now, potential upheaval is brewing again, this time from the U.S. Supreme Court.

County can make manufacturers pay for discarded drugs
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge by the pharmaceutical industry Tuesday to an Alameda County law, the first of its kind in the nation, requiring drug manufacturers to pay the costs of disposing of consumers’ unused medications. Supporters of the ordinance, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, city and county governments and Attorney General Kamala Harris, argued that manufacturers should bear the cost of keeping discarded prescription drugs out of landfills and waterways for the sake of the environment and their customers’ health. Pharmaceutical companies, backed by trade associations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, argued that the ordinance illegally shifts local costs to out-of-state drug producers and interferes with interstate commerce. The court said pharmaceutical companies collect $950 million a year in sales revenue in Alameda County and could comply with the ordinance at an annual cost of $1.2 million, by the companies’ estimate, or $330,000 by the counties’ figures. In seeking Supreme Court review, the industry group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America said that under the Ninth Circuit ruling, “virtually all interstate manufacturers can be converted into local collectors of unused products at the whim of local governments.” The Constitution, the group argued, does not allow state or local governments to force multistate companies to establish local operations, like drug-disposal sites, “to enrich local residents at the expense of non-local businesses and consumers.”

Brown, Democratic Lawmakers Divided On Budget Estimates
Chris Megerian @
Two weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown released his revised budget proposal, Democratic lawmakers are pushing their own spending plans that include hundreds of millions of dollars more for child care, healthcare and the state's rainy-day fund.

Grocery Workers Job Protection Bill Passes California Assembly
Jeremy B. White @
Grocery store workers could hold onto their jobs after their store changes ownership under labor-backed legislation that passed the California Assembly on Tuesday.

Once Aided By Courts, Can Latino Politicians Survive Supreme Court Act?
Cathleen Decker @
The U.S. Supreme Court ’s unexpected decision to take up a Texas voting case poses perhaps the most acute threat in a generation to Latino political strength in California. But how much of the threat actually materializes is decidedly less known.

Cardinal Calls Irish Vote On Same-sex Marriage A 'defeat For Humanity'
A close aide to Pope Francis on Tuesday denounced Ireland's vote last week to legalize same-sex marriage, calling it a "defeat for humanity."

Homeless In Santa Clara County: Report Puts Cost At $520 Million A Year
Mark Emmons @
A new study, described as the most comprehensive look ever at the expense of homelessness on a community, has determined that more than $3 billion was spent over a six-year period in the county on services such as trips to the emergency rooms, jail stays and mental health care.

Supreme Court could deal California 'a one-two punch' on redistricting
In recent years, California voters have backed a series of changes to the state's elections system to reshape its political landscape. Now, potential upheaval is brewing again, this time from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Revenue Forecasts On State Budgets Are A Crapshoot
Dan Walters @
It’s really an impossible chore, and becomes more difficult each year. And yet, the governor and legislators must base decisions on how much to spend on their assumptions on how much they’ll have to spend.

L.A. County Supervisors Delay Vote On Water Cuts After Complaints
Abby Sewell @
Los Angeles County supervisors agreed Tuesday to postpone a vote on proposed water use restrictions for customers served by the county waterworks districts after residents expressed alarm at the reductions and questioned the method used to calculate target levels.

The Medi-cal Mess :: Fox&hounds
Yet, while the Medi-Cal costs surged upward with new patients coming into the system, especially because of the Affordable Care Act, fees were cut for health care providers during the recent recession and have not been restored. Many providers have decided not to accept Medi-Cal patients because of the low reimbursement rate.

Trio of 2016 GOP candidates are freshman senators - like Obama in '08
Mark Z. Barabak @
Before coming to Washington, Rand Paul was an eye doctor and anti-tax crusader in Kentucky. Marco Rubio was speaker of the Florida House. Ted Cruz was the top appellate lawyer for the state of Texas.

Man Ordered To Pay $6.5 Million For Sequoia National Forest Fires
A Perris man was sentenced Tuesday to more than six years in federal prison and ordered to pay about $6.5 million in restitution to the U.S. Forest Service after fires he lighted at a marijuana growing site sparked a 1,600-acre wildfire.

Irs Breach: Data On More Than 100,000 Taxpayers Accessed
Stephen Ohlemacher @
The thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript," where taxpayers can get tax returns and other filings from previous years. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address, the IRS said.

In 2016's Presidential Race, The Winner Will Be ...
Ray C. Fair @
We treat political campaigns like slow-moving athletic competitions and like to pretend that every last gaffe could determine the next president of the United States. But most of us also know, at some level, that forces beyond strategy and personality decide national elections.

Senator Janet Nguyen, Amnesty International, Freedom House and Various International Human Rights Organizations Call for the Release of Vietnamese Prisoner of Conscience Tran Huynh Duy Thuc
In 2009, Mr. Tran, a human rights activist and entrepreneur along with three democracy activists (Le Cong Dinh, Nguyen Tien Trung and Le Thang Long) were arrested for writing blogs that called for political reform and improved human rights in Vietnam. As a result, they were successively charged under Article 88 of the Vietnamese Penal Code of promoting anti-government propaganda.