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THE NOONER for June 4, 2015




I really enjoyed my time with the Sacramento County Young Democrats last night, who had an overflow crowd at Cafe Bernardo at 10th/K. Paul Mitchell gave a great overview of the impact of top-two, redistricting, and the increase in permanent absentee voting. I ran through the open or otherwise competitive seats, and learned as much from the attendees as I shared with them!

For example, I totally missed the switcharoo in AD78. Sarah Boot, who had been endorsed by Toni Atkins as the Speaker's successor in the San Diego district, has stepped aside and San Diego councilmember Todd Gloria is now the sole candidate with Atkins' support.

I'll be doing lots of updates on the district pages in the next few days.

POLL POSITION: PPIC is out with its monthly statewide survey. [n=1,706 CA residents; MOE +/-3.6%]

Top issue facing California

  • Water, drought: 39%
  • Jobs, economy, 5%
  • Crime, gang, drugs: 5%
  • Environment, pollution, global warming: 5%
  • Immigration, illegal immigration: 4%

Jerry Brown job performance

  • Approve: 52%
  • Disapprove: 27%
  • Don't know: 21% 

Legislature job approval

  • Approve: 37%
  • Disapprove: 43%
  • Don't know: 20% 

California right direction/wrong direction

  • Right direction: 45%
  • Wrong direction: 46%
  • Don't know: 9%

California economic conditions over next 12 months

  • Good times: 48%
  • Bad times:  42%
  • Don't know: 10%

Extend Prop 30 ("temporary" taxes)?

  • Favor, even if it is permanent: 33%
  • Favor, but oppose if it is permanent: 16%
  • Oppose: 44%
  • Don't know: 7%

Oil severance tax?

  • Support: 44%
  • Oppose: 50%
  • Don't know: 6%

Increase cigarette tax?

  • Support: 70%
  • Oppose: 27%
  • Don't know: 3%

Expand sales tax to services and lower overall rate?

  • Support: 42%
  • Oppose: 46%
  • Don't know: 11%

Split roll property tax?

  • Support: 50%
  • Oppose: 43%
  • Don't know: 7%

Favor/oppose governor's May Revision?

  • Favor: 73%
  • Oppose: 23%
  • Don't know: 4%

Well, the poll doesn't paint a pretty picture for those interested in either maintaining the Proposition 30 or replace it with an alternative tax, with the only tax with solid polling numbers is the cigarette tax, and backers want that money earmarked for new health and anti-smoking efforts. An effort to extend Proposition 30 could succeed, but Jerry Brown would need to get on the bandwagon. While Brown's job approval largely mirrors the partisan makeup of California, residents trust him on budget issues, as evident by the 73% approval of his May Revision. If he sits on the sideline as interest groups run a campaign to extend/replace Proposition 30, voters might notice. 

A few articles on the poll:

MONEY MATTERS: California Budget Fight: Predictions More Than Programs [John Myers @ KQED] - "Good or bad, the practical impact of Prop. 2's "no spend" and Prop. 98's "must spend" mandates may be a shift in the annual budget fight in Sacramento to predictions, not programs. Pick a revenue prediction and a way to interpret those voter-approved budget formulas, and the rest — more general government spending, less general government spending — may largely fall into place."

HEAD NORTH, YOUNG MAN! California Republicans moving HQ to Sacramento [Jon Ortiz @ SacBee] - "The state GOP has paid $1.6 million for the fourth floor of an office building one block north of the Capitol at 1001 K St., party Chairman Jim Brulte confirmed Wednesday. The purchase, first reported by the Sacramento Business Journal, follows the sale last year of the state party’s Southern California headquarters."

SHAMU, THE (attendance) KILLER WHALE: SeaWorld attendance sinks, rivals thrive [Lori Weisberg @ UTSD] - "SeaWorld San Diego saw its attendance sink by 12 percent last year, making it the worst-performing of the top 20 theme parks in North America, according to a report released Wednesday."

ENJOY SACTOWN: San Francisco's median rent hits a ridiculous $4,225 [Anne Marie Erwert @ SFChron] - ""

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Matthew Harper wasn't running for California College Republicans president when Paul, Dustin and I were playing cat-and-mouse games on OC streets back in '92. It was just mutual tearing down of signs and flyers related to the election. Fortunately for both sides, the statute of limitations has passed.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Frank Russo, Rebecca Suter, and Joe Shaw!





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Lawmakers Advance California Earned Income Tax Credit Bills | The Sacramento Bee
California lawmakers are taking the first steps to implement an earned income tax credit for the working poor, part of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal.

Protesters Seek New Funding At The Capitol
As lawmakers hammer out the final details of California's budget, advocates have descended on the Capitol in high-profile efforts to seek new funding for government services.

California Senate Approves Child Care Worker Unionization | The Sacramento Bee
Could be largest expansion of collective bargaining with state-funded service since 1999

Californians cite drought as stateâ
A survey released Wednesday found state residents for the first time put the water shortage ahead of jobs, housing and state finances as California’s most pressing issue, with a large majority thinking that they and their neighbors should be doing more to address the problem. “The governor, at least for a while, will have a very interested audience when he talks about the need for conservation,” said Mark Baldassare, president of the Public Policy Institute of California, which conducted the survey. [...] 46 percent say the governor’s mandatory water cuts are the right response to the drought, with 36 percent saying they should go even further. Democrats and independents tend to support a stricter crackdown on water use than Republicans, the survey showed, while coastal residents similarly urge a bigger push than their inland counterparts. The governor’s push for savings in April, underscored by his dramatic announcement about cuts while standing in a dry mountain meadow normally packed with snow, is credited with prompting people to step up. The required cuts are being passed on to water users — or soon will be — in the form of irrigation restrictions and a mix of voluntary and mandatory household reductions. According to a recent report by the Field Poll, more than 4 in 10 homeowners believe they don’t have the ability to cut back much. The survey, which was conducted between May 17 and May 27, began just after Brown released his revised budget, which revealed a surplus of state revenue. Californians also show a record-high 54 percent support for legalizing marijuana, with 56 percent of likely voters behind it, boding well for an expected ballot measure to decriminalize recreational use of the drug next year. [...] 46 percent of those surveyed are very concerned about underage use of the drug, the survey showed, a possible stumbling block for marijuana proponents on the campaign trail.

California Still Owes Feds $8 Billion For Unemployment Insurance | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Taxes on employers hiked to pay off loan

State Senate OKs Climate Change Bill, Seeks To Ban New Offshore Drilling
State senators passed legislation Wednesday intended to help California tackle climate change by setting new targets for generating renewable energy, reducing gasoline use and increasing energy efficiency in buildings.

California Assembly Approves Regulating Virtual Currency | The Sacramento Bee
California would regulate businesses that hold bitcoin and other virtual currency in a way similar to banks, under pending legislation.

Only One Newspaper Publisher For Southern California? :: Fox&hounds
The publisher of the Los Angeles Times took over the San Diego Union Tribune last month and that seemed to confirm a projection I heard not long ago from someone high up in the newspaper industry: In the not too distant future, there will be only one newspaper ownership in Southern California.

California Bills Would Increase Campus Sex Assault Penalties | The Sacramento Bee
California college students who are disciplined for sexual assault face tougher penalties under legislation approved by the state Assembly.

Brown's Water Quest Taps Forebears' Inspiration, If Not Their Flexibility
Gov. Jerry Brown increasingly seems to be drawing from the past, inspired by his pioneering forebears and comparing their struggles with his own.

California Republicans Moving Hq To Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
$1.6 million paid for fourth floor in 1001 K St. building

State Senate Votes To Ban New Oil Drilling Off Santa Barbara County
Two weeks after an oil spill off Refugio State Beach, the state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would ban new offshore oil drilling from a nearby area in the Santa Barbara Channel known as Tranquillon Ridge.

California Senate Passes Bill Limiting Use Of Solitary Confinement For Juveniles
Legislation by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, permits the use of solitary confinement in state and county juvenile correctional facilities only if an inmate poses an "immediate and substantial risk" to others or threatens the security of the facility. Co-sponsors of the bill include Oakland's Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, the California Public Defenders Association and the Youth Justice Coalition. The Assembly is expected to consider the bill this summer.

Majority Of Californians Support Mandatory Vaccines For Schoolchildren | The Sacramento Bee
67 percent of adults say schoolchildren should be required to be vaccinated

Business Group That Backed L.A. Mayor's Minimum Wage Plan 'not So Happy' Now
As the Los Angeles City Council prepares for a final vote Wednesday to raise the minimum wage, leaders of the most prominent business group to back a citywide pay boost have privately expressed concerns about changes made to the proposal since Mayor Eric Garcetti first sought their support.

California Midwives Could Work Without Doctor Supervision | The Sacramento Bee
More California midwives could help care for pregnant women without doctor's supervision under a bill moving through the Legislature.

Contra Costa Water District Raises Rates To Prompt Conservation
In addition, customers who water their lawns more than twice a week or flood gutters will get one warning, then be subject to a $250 fine for a second offense and $500 for a third offense.

Senate Democrats Proudly Pass Legislation To Cut Gas Use In Cars By 50 Percent
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Marijuana Reform Advocates Win 3 Of 4 In House
By Josh Richman Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 12:44 pm in marijuana, Sam Farr, U.S. House.

Measure Filed To Counter Gay Murder Proposal | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Attorney General Kamala Harris wants to block anti-gay measure

Slideshow: Salton Sea, California's Largest Lake, Threatened By Urban Water Transfer | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Once-bustling marinas on shallow water in California's largest lake a few years ago are bone-dry. Carcasses of oxygen-starved tilapia lie on desolate shores. Flocks of eared grebes and shoreline birds bob up and down to feast on marine life.