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THE NOONER for June 1, 2015




Happy June. This Friday is the deadline for bills to get out of their house of origin, so expect long floor sessions.

I spent the weekend in L.A. and stayed in Glendale, which will be the site of both exciting Senate and Assembly races next year, triggered by Senator Carol Liu facing term limits. The SD25 race features Assemblymember Mike Gatto, former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino, and Phlunte' Riddle, a public safety consultant and instructor who served in leadership positions in the Pasadena police department.

Portantino has been out of office for three years, but that doesn't mean he has been resting on his laurels. Talking to folks in the district, it sounds like Portantino is omnipresent (are there look-alikes?) at community events. He had threatened to run against Liu in 2012, but backed down from what would have been an ugly race dividing the Democratic Party, particularly on gender issues.

Meanwhile, Gatto runs from a strong position as a current Assemblymember. He recently lost the chairmanship of the Assembly Appropriations Committee to Speaker-aspirant Jimmy Gomez, and was given a consolation of the chairmanship of the newly created Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee. It could be a bit of a juice committee as bills are double-referred to both Banking and the committee, but it's nothing like Appropriations.

Phlunte' Riddle, who is African-American, is supported by Senator Holly Mitchell, and will certainly play up her public safety credentials.

Both SD25 and AD43 are safe Democratic seats, and all candidates listed here are registered Democrats.

As Gatto is termed out of the Assembly, his seat opens up, and that'll likely have a crowded field as well. Candidates for AD43 include L.A. Deputy Film Czar Rajiv Dalal, Glendale councilmember Laura Friedman, and Glendale city clerk Ardy Kassakhian. Both Friedman and Kassakhian have won city-wide in Glendale, as they have at-large city council races. However, Kassakhian can certainly count on the reliable Armenian voters in a like low-turnout June primary election. 

AD55 (Yorba Linda): With Ling-Ling Chang's announcement Friday that she is running for SD29, the Senate seat currently held by Bob Huff, the scramble is on for Chang's Assembly seat. The OCR's Martin Wisckol lists Walnut Valley school trustree Phillip Chen, La Habra councilmember Tim Shaw (who was planning to run for SD29), Walnut councilmember Mike Spence, and Diamond Bar councilmember Steve Tye.

Tomorrow, 125 registered voters in the City of Industry--many with ties to a family with several contracts with the city--will vote in municipal elections. While the attention last session was on the City of Vernon...enough said.

SD27 (Ventura): There are conflicting messages about whether Matt Dababneh will make the jump to a bid for SD27. Apparently, there may be some polling going on to measure whether Pavley district policy advisor Henry Stern or Dababneh has a better chance at holding the seat. The discussion is largely among the Sacramento crew, as local activists appear solidly behind Stern. Also in the race is progressive activist Richard Mathews.

$$$: Watchdog: How special pay is padding pension checks in Orange County, elsewhere [Teri Sforza @ OCR] - "Former Sheriff Mike Carona was making $207,979 per year when he stepped down in 2008 after 32 years of service. Last year, his pension was $231,922."

CAN ANYONE FIND THE DAMN PASSWORD? The web site for Sharon Quirk-Silva's rematch campaign against Young Kim for AD65 continues to claim that Quirk-Silva is a "current Member of the California State Assembly representing the 65th Assembly District."

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: A freshman Assemblymember who jumps to the Senate can only return to the Assembly for 2 years, not the 4 that I wrote on Friday. Everyone plays by the 12 year maximum now, 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Shannan Velayas Martinez!





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California Lawmakers Seek To Expand Child Care, Unionize Workers
Jim Miller @
Last year, it was preschool and transitional kindergarten. This spring, majority Democrats in the California Legislature have made a priority of another program for young people: state-subsidized child care.

Learn about the book festivalâ
Book festival info and merchandise: Festival information, T-shirts, mugs, tote bags, first aid, lost and found. Get your face painted with a literary character. Art prints and books, stickers and temporary tattoos. Crawl inside giant inflatable vegetation. Book Festival Info & Merchandise: Festival info, T-shirts, mugs, tote bags, first aid, lost and found. Stop by for a free coloring book, crayons, and to get your face painted. Free maze puzzles and contests with prizes. Berkeley United in Literacy Development/UC Berkeley Public Service Center: Get a free copy of a book written by students in the mentorship program. Bilingual stories and activities for your kids in English and Spanish. Kid-friendly social network tool that lets ages 7 to 12 connect with friends to share their favorite books. Tuition-free online school, giveaways and fun. Champion Writing Creations: “Fairy Tales for Life.” Books and gifts about cooking, lifestyle, art, pop culture and books for children. Personalized online children’s book, shipped to the child. Beautifully illustrated children’s books. Natalie Del Favero: “Quaint & Quizzical Cosmos” children’s series, book readings, free stickers, photo ops. Pirate & Hoopoe and paper fun. Free books for kids and teens donated by Half Price Books. Volunteer program for adults 50+ to become K-3 reading tutors. Friends of Oakland Public School Libraries: Kristin A. Fulton: “Snake Food” and “The Haunting” children’s novels, skits and readings. Barbara Johns: “Heart Adventures with PuppyGirl,” stickers, drawing for stuffed dogs, totes, etc. Summer reading program info for all ages. Raffles, games, art projects, books, freebies. Children’s books, cooking and gardening books. Pony rides and petting zoo, Sunday only. Purchase your favorite author’s books here. Fun, informative, early literacy activities for families. Tip sheet giveaways, books on parenting. The Great Depression through a Child’s Eyes, storytelling CD, “Blackberry Love,” games, stories. Book signings, face painting, coloring activity. Reading motivation specialist holds book talks, crafts and tips for reading more. Children’s and Young Adult books, books on parenting, storytelling. Scott Washburn: “The Best Bear Hugs Ever,” get a certificate for a hug, raffle for a teddy bear. Michelle Wilson: “The Adventures of Giulia,” a bilingual fiction series for children. Festival info, T-shirts, mugs, tote bags, first aid, lost and found. Business, self-help, current events, sustainability, social consciousness titles. Books about cities: transportation, street design, urban planning, sustainability, housing, gardens, tiny houses, dealing with clutter. Festival internet provider. Purchase your favorite author’s books here. Books featuring Jay Herman and Bay Area authors on ecology, spirituality, poetry, yoga. Talks on water-wise gardening, landscaping for fire and drought and kids activities involving worms, composting, and making a zip lock greenhouse. Festival info, T-shirts, mugs, tote bags, first aid, lost and found. Historical fiction: “Embracing the Elephant” and “A Veil of Fog and Flames.” Subscriptions at special event discount. Book Passage: 30 years of author events, writing and language classes, community and books for sale. The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate. Eric Golub: “Jewish Lunacy” — 6,000 years of religious history as told by somebody who missed the first 5,960 years. Info for horror writers and fans, author signings, raffles. Illustrated books on photography, music, pop culture. Literary mad libs and a chance to win prizes with a “haiku-off.” Travel guides from Moon and Rick Steves, road trip advice, free bookmarks, and a road trip essentials giveaway. New Age material that can show us how to create far better lives for ourselves. Books and poetry broadsides, literary review calendar. Shelley Riley: A nonfiction memoir, a short story collection and historical fiction. Get a free book in exchange for an on-the-spot poem or short fiction. Poetry, fiction and non-fiction books by 400-plus indie publishers. Dollar area for hurt and returned books. Muslim, spirituality, political and children’s books. Art books, cards, buttons, info on new museum opening in 2016. Books published by the great English-language university presses. Zzyzzva: 30th anniversary of a San Francisco Journal of Arts and Letters. Festival info, T-shirts, mugs, tote bags, first aid, lost and found. Richard Cash: “World War II in the Press,” FastTrack and “How to Make Your Own Wedding Album.” Art by Nidhi Channi on shirts, magnets, cards, books. Art installation of books that flap and talk to you as you walk by. Hand-illustrated and crafted magnetic literary characters and costumes to color. Tabletop press, simple binding demos, hand-bound books and letterpress stationery. Book Lover’s Chocolate Bars. Win prizes while browsing more than one million books, audiobooks and comics with hands-on Scribd demos. Snapfish helps you make your own photo books and more; photo-taking station here! Thematic and humorous furniture made from vintage books. Art books, paintings, prints, hand-printed neckties based on classic books, live painting demos. Interactive tours of E-book publishing — create a story at the event with input from visitors. Book art, poetry, children’s and metaphysical books. Christine DeCamp: “Wild Wisdom Oracle Deck” Tarot cards sales and readings. Books on meditation, yoga, healing, folktales — open house and tour. Chani Di Prima: “Look Inside,” a coffee table book of spiritual and inspirational quotes, T-shirts, art, postcards. Author signings, 50 percent discount on backlisted books. International Society of Krishna Consciousness: Spiritual books on yoga, meditation, self-realization. Books on spirituality, psychology, health and progressive thinking. Nancy Schluntz, Animal Chaplain: “Hand in Paw: A Journey of Trust and Discovery.” Take a free quiz about your “type advantage” and what makes you indispensable! Susan Stockton: “Visions & Visitors — Memoir of a Psychic.” Motivational life speaker, international traveling talk show host. Anarchist publisher celebrating its 25th anniversary. Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association: Berkeley architectural books and author signings. Berkeley history books and author signings. Publisher of progressive political non-fiction, poetry, and literature, celebrating its 60th anniversary. Author-driven independent press with fresh, cutting-edge voices. Subscriber drive for Berkeley’s own radio station. New and used books and rich history that is Moe’s, and the evolution of Telegraph Avenue from the ’60s to present. Open mic with a featured reader per hour — you fill in the rest with poetry, fiction, songs or music — all ages welcome. Bay Area authors will be signing their books. The Bay Area’s most comprehensive biannual sports magazine. Experimental publisher, literary Mad Libs posting to, books, magazines. Renee de Lauriers: “The Oxygen Factory,” handmade Harry Potter jewelry, magnets. CDs of hip-hop artists, T-shirts. Young Adult series books, T-shirts, free posters, bookmarks, drawing for prizes. Discounted books for children and older readers, posters. Paperback novels for preteen ages 10-13. Art books, graphic novels, science fiction and manga for all ages. Free info & resources on authors’ issues, copyright law, etc. Community Alliance for Learning/Writer Coach Connection: Recruiting volunteers to help students one-on-one with classroom writing assignments. Friends of the Berkeley Public Library: Libraries Without Borders/Ideas Box: A revolutionary media center in a kit that can be set up in 20 minutes bringing libraries to anyone. Juried writer’s conference, writing club, literary reading series. Info about events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure to achieve their creative potential. UC Berkeley Extension Writing Program: UC Berkeley Extension’s multiple writing programs. Historic fiction book and textbook on waltzing — watch us dance in period costumes.

CalPERS Looks At Long-term Rate Hike To Cut Risk
Ed Mendel @
CalPERS is considering small increases in employer and employee rates over decades to reduce the risk of big investment losses, a policy that also would lower an earnings forecast critics say is too optimistic.

Manager Fears Ex-Mayor's Influence In City Of Industry Election
With just days to go before ballots are counted, even the most keen-eyed visitor would be hard-pressed to know that the City of Industry is holding its first council election in 17 years.

Teen and childrenâ
11 a.m. Amy Spalding — Klssing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys): “Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist” meets “Easy A” in this hilariously realistic story of sneaking out, making out, and playing in a band. Spalding is the author of “The Reece Malcolm List, Ink Is Thicker than Water” and the forthcoming “The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions).” Find out in this riveting companion to “The Program” and the New York Times best-selling “The Treatment.” Set in an alternate, present day America, Linka’s novels follow teenage heroine Avie who must decide whether to submit to a forced marriage or run for freedom. Given the way love turned her heart in the best-selling “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” it’s no surprise that Lara Jean still has letters to write. Jenny Han is the New York Times best-selling author of “The Summer I Turned Pretty” series, “Shug” and the “Burn for Burn” trilogy, co-written with Siobhan Vivian. For fans of Jennifer Holm (“Penny from Heaven,” Turtle in Paradise), “Nest” is a stunning debut novel for middle grades about a girl, her family, tragic change and the healing power of love and friendship. 2 p.m. Lauren Oliver — Vanishing Girls: “My Sister’s Keeper” meets “Gone Girl” in this story of two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident, a missing nine-year-old girl, and the shocking connection between them. Lauren Oliver is the New York Times best-selling author of the Delirium trilogy, translated into more than 30 languages. Frank Portman takes no prisoners as he captures the realities of being a high school loser with deadly accuracy. Portman’s portrayal of life as a high-school student is wickedly funny, sometimes painful and always entertaining. Debut author Lance Rubin takes us on a fast, furious and outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager’s life as he searches for love, meaning, answers and (just maybe) a way to live on. Come hear fresh local voices share their stories through a lyrical medium that will get your blood pumping. Seventeen-year-old Carter Moon is planning a low-key summer of stargazing with her best friends and working at her parent’s restaurant — and avoiding thinking about life after her senior year. [...] when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned public relations mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut, inspired by the real-life 17th century English witch hunter general, Matthew Hopkins. In a riveting story of self-doubt, true friendship, and finding your voice, critically acclaimed author Tamara Ireland Stone introduces complex characters facing real-life issues. Greg Weisman is the author of the fantasy “Rain of the Ghosts” series, which includes “Rain of the Ghosts” and “Spirits of Ash and Foam.” Weisman is also the creator of “Gargoyles” and the supervising producer of “The Spectacular Spider-Man.” In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times best-seller “Dorothy Must Die,” Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and make Oz a free land once more. [...] when her father dies, her bewitching unstable mother returns and will stop at nothing, not even black magic, to gain control of her daughter’s heart. Secrets of the Town, a play featuring students from Oakland's Skyline High School. Author and illustrator Bob Barner makes waves with his signature rhyming text and colorful illustrations in this lush picture book about the sea. Filled with incredible fishy facts about vertebrates, invertebrates, endoskeletons and exoskeletons, plus an underwater informational chart! 10:30 a.m. Arree Chung — Ninja! A ninja must be strong, courageous — and silent! A little boy flexes his ninja chops as he creeps through the house on a secret mission in this hilarious adventure. Zoe’s Jungle is the latest companion to the adorable picture books “Zoe Gets Ready” and “Zoe’s Room (No Sisters Allowed)!” Plucky heroine Zoe and little sister Addie use their imagination to turn their neighborhood playground into a wild jungle in the rain forest. Compost will never be the same after readers have seen the amazing transformation of Jack from grinning pumpkin to mold-mottled wreckage to hopeful green shoot. Mac Barnett is a crowd favorite and the author of many excellent and award-winning books for children. Christian Robinson has taken skills honed at Pixar Studios and Sesame Street Workshop to writing award-winning picture books. The Judy Moody series, the Stink books, and the Sisters Club trilogy are wildly popular. Megan McDonald has penned more than 60 books for children and young readers, and these hilarious books have won numerous awards. [...] by popular demand, Moody’s little brother, Stink, gets to shine in his own adventures. Recipient of three Newbery Honors and with more than 2 million books sold, Holm is here to present the latest in her graphic-novel series packed with humor and kid appeal: “Babymouse!” Twelve-year-old Vincent and his fellow members of the Captain Stupendous Fan Club help out when someone new becomes Earth's most famous superhero, without knowing anything about him, just as evil Professor Mayhem and his robot arrive in Copperplate City. Christie Matheson again shows us the true interactivity of turning a page — and this time the magic is in the gorgeous nighttime sky, complete with sunsets, fireflies, stars, comets and more. [...] as soon as his teacher points out what a palindrome is, Bob realizes there are palindromes everywhere: his pup Otto, his little sis, Nan ... even Mom and Dad! Dive into stories, try some crafts, play games from China, learn some Chinese songs. Allison Branscombe is a founding board member of Families with Children from China in Northern California.

Paul campaign video appears to run afoul of Senate rules
In a campaign video, Paul extensively uses footage from his lengthy speech on the Senate floor.

UC Moving To Simplify Student Transfer Requirements
Michelle Maitre @
The University of California is working to simplify its transfer process, aiming to quell confusion for community college students struggling with differing requirements and responding to a push from state leaders.

Readers react to Elon Musk's $4.9 billion in government subsidies
Times story this weekend reporting that Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk's companies -- Tesla, SolarCity and SpaceX -- have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support.

L.A. County Drought Plan Decried By Residents Facing Big Water Bills
Abby Sewell @
Andrew Chadd was startled when he opened the notice from the Los Angeles County agency that supplies water to his neighborhood in the unincorporated community of Littlerock.

First Draft: Today in Politics: N.S.A. Program Expires as Senate Staring Match Continues
Sweeping National Security Agency surveillance powers lapsed at midnight after Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, refused to allow quick approval of a House-passed measure that would have kept the laws in place while a new program is introduced.

California drought throws cold water on swimming pools
Kurtis Alexander @
Once a pillar of suburban comfort, the backyard swimming pool is now the prey of many California communities trying to save water.

Readers React To Elon Musk's $4.9 Billion In Government Subsidies
Readers reacted strongly to a  Times story this weekend reporting that Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk 's companies -- Tesla , SolarCity and SpaceX -- have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support.

Senate to Take Up Spy Bill as Parts of Patriot Act Expire
Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, blocked an extension of a House bill during an extraordinary and caustic Sunday session of the Senate.

Aquatic Parade makes a splash for a cleaner Bay
A small platoon of water conservationists swam, sailed, and paddled into McCovey Cove on Sunday, promoting efforts to clean up the San Francisco Bay so that recreational sports clubs can keep using it. The second Annual Aquatic Parade started at Pier 14 by the Ferry Building, where swimmers in red and white bathing caps jumped from a Hornblower cruiseboat. Several sailboats, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards acccompanied them along the 1.5-mile journey to the cove, meant to celebrate a healthy Bay. “It felt pretty good,” said John Mervin, a swimmer who participated as part of the Dolphin Club, a 138-year-old water sport group based at Fisherman’s Wharf. Currently, Baykeeper is tackling industrial facilities that leak such heavy metals as aluminum and mercury into Bay Area waters. [...] the Giants helped orchestrate a grand finale.

Wet May Pushes Lake Tahoe Back Up To Natural Rim
A wet May has pushed Lake Tahoe back up to its natural rim, but the lake will soon start dropping again because of the four-year drought.

Marriage equality cases languish before elected judges
The U.S. Supreme Court will rule this month in Obergefell vs. Hodges, the case that could give same-sex couples across America the freedom to marry. The majority of states already have marriage equality, and the issue has lost salience for some. But the Obergefell decision still matters. In several...

S.F. police, Muni get boosts in Lee's budget plan
Emily Green @
The San Francisco Police Department and Muni are among the biggest beneficiaries of Mayor Ed Lee's proposed two-year budget, with funding to pay for 400 new officers and 244 new transportation employees.

Supreme Court Rejects Arizona Appeal Over Law To Ban Bail For Immigrants
The Supreme Court , over three dissents, rejected Arizona's appeal Monday of a law that would have denied bail to immigrants here illegally who were arrested for a serious felony.

First Draft: Hillary Clinton to Rally in New York, Then Tour Early Voting States
s campaign is shifting into higher gear with a June 13 rally on Roosevelt Island in New York City, while also trying to lower expectations.

Billions to install, now billions to protect
Arthur Allen @
The hacking of the health records of as many as 1 in 3 Americans has awoken the health care industry to an unpleasant reality: After spending billions to install computerized documents in hospitals and networks, it now must spend billions more to make them secure.

L.A. Mission Selling Low-Income Apartment Building; Residents Must Move
Gale Holland @
After spending two years at the Los Angeles Mission overcoming a methamphetamine addiction, Patrick Vincer graduated from the skid row shelter to the Christian ministry's apartment building in Hollywood.