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THE NOONER for August 4, 2015

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The semi-annual campaign finance reports that were due on Friday show that lots of politicians are sitting on cash that is unlikely to be spent for their own election or reelection. The most notable is Jerry Brown's 2014 reelection committee, which has $19.6 million on hand. Former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez has $3.8 million in a Treasurer 2018 account, while John Burton's committee for Superintendent of Public Instruction finished June with $40,973 on hand. Republican leader Bob Huff has $310,333 in an account for an 2016 Assembly bid, although he is running for Michael Antonovich's seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors. 

Brown continues to maintain a political office in Oakland, which nearly all of his $43,274 in expenditures can be attributed to. Meanwhile, most of the $115,012 in expenditures by Núñez's committee were contributions to candidates and the state and Los Angeles Democratic parties. Núñez is currently a partner at Mercury Public Affairs, one of the top lobbying firms, although he is not currently registered as a lobbyist.

Dario Frommer has $657,535 in an account for a 2018 attorney general run. Of course, if Kamala Harris is elected to the U.S. Senate next year, Governor Brown will be appointing an attorney general. Termed-out State Senator Mark Leno has $86,104 in a committee for a 2018 run for lieutenant governor, although it is more likely that he runs for Nancy Pelosi's congressional seat, should she retire. Leno's $32,733 in expenditures included 4 Nordstrom gift cards for his staff on Administrative Professionals' Day.

Senator Tom Berryhill's committee for a 2018 bid for Board of Equalization spent $25,000 on slate mailers in May and June. Hmmm...that's a pretty early payment for a 2018 election.

Jeff Denham ($143,912 on hand) has a committees for lieutenant governor, although it's highly unlikely he'd give up his House seat for such a bid. 

Brown's $19.6 million is obviously the most interesting. It's not considered surplus until 90 days after he leaves office in 2019, when additional restrictions are placed on the funds. Meanwhile, he can give it to candidates or, more likely, spend it on ballot measures (Proposition 30 extension?).



THIS STATE IS ON FIRE:  Statewide Fire Map

CA46 (Santa Ana): Garden Grove mayor Bao Nguyen (D) has opened a committee for the Loretta Sanchez congressional seat. On Friday, the OCR's Martin Wiskcol reported that former state senator Joe Dunn (D) also is considering a bid. Also running are former state senator Lou Correa, Anaheim councilmember Jordan Brandman (D), and LA County health department manager Heberto Sanchez (D).

Nguyen recently came out as gay and would be the second Southeast Asian in Congress. The first was Joseph Cao, a Republican who served one term after defeating then-indicted congressman William Jefferson of LA-2. 

No Republicans have yet to emerge in the safe Democratic district, where Obama won in 2012 by 25.1%, although Janet Nguyen would have a free ride as her state senate seat isn't up until 2018.

INFLUENCE: KP Public Affairs, Hospitals And Labor Lead Lobbyist Filings [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "Leading the pack – and spending more than twice as much as the next interest group – was the California Hospital Association ($6.9 million), followed by the California State Council of Service Employees ($3 million) and the Western States Petroleum Organization ($2.5 million). Rounding out the top five are the California Chamber of Commerce ($2.1 million), whose annual list of “job-killer” bills carries significant heft, and San Ramon-based oil giant Chevron ($1.5 million). 

ENFRANCHISED: Thousands of California felons keep right to vote after Padilla announcement [Andrew Holzman @ SacBee] - "The decision affects people who are now in county-run programs created by the state’s criminal justice realignment law, which sought to reduce California's prison population. The county release program doesn't include people with convictions for violent crimes, along with others whose crimes are considered more serious under California law."




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Former FPPC Enforcement Chief Joins Sacramento Law Firm
Jim Miller @
Gary Winuk, the former longtime enforcement chief at the state’s political ethics watchdog, has joined a Sacramento law firm, where he will focus on working with local government ethics agencies.

Pension Initiative Has 'Significant' Savings, Costs
Ed Mendel @
The official analysis of a proposed public pension initiative issued last week said "likely large savings" in retirement benefits would be offset by pressure for higher pay and other costs.

Gov. Brown Praises President Obama For New Greenhouse Gas Rules
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday welcomed President Obama's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and noted that California is ahead of the federal government in the effort.

Immigration: Dianne Feinstein Under Fire - Politico

CalPERS' Private Equity Investing Fees Are Expected To Be 'ginormous'
CalPERS is finally about to reveal how much it really pays Wall Street for its most rarefied services — and taxpayers can expect a dose of sticker shock.

Politicians Just Hate Bad Media | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
But politicians do try to block negative media

Sacramento Launches 'mulch Madness' To Save Trees -
The city is sponsoring a campaign called Mulch Madness to help save Sacramento's stressed trees. 

Suicide Spike Boosts Oversight Of California Women's Prison
A spike in suicides and attempted suicides has prompted corrections officials to step up oversight at a California women's prison as inspectors try to pinpoint the cause of the troubling increase.

California Minimum Wage Initiative Cleared For Signatures
Juliet Williams @
A union-backed proposal to raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour was cleared Monday to begin collecting signatures for a ballot initiative next year as local efforts continue nationwide to boost the minimum wage to better reflect the cost of living.

In Blaze Near Clear Lake, Strategy Calls For Fighting Fire With Fire
Richard Chang and Peter Hecht @
Using fire to fight fire, crews ignited controlled burns to sear brush from the path of a ravenous blaze near Clearlake that has devoured thousands of acres of woodlands and forced thousands of

Court Affirms CSU Must Pay For SDSU Mitigation
The California State University Board of Trustees must fund road improvements to handle traffic that would be generated by a planned expansion of San Diego State University, the California Supreme Court decided Monday.

California Is Ahead Of The Game As Obama Releases Clean Power Plan
Tony Barboza @
President Obama's plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants over the next 15 years will force states to address climate change by pushing them to act more like California.

Water regulators seek charges in huge Santa Barbara oil spill
The Texas oil company whose pipeline ruptured this spring near Santa Barbara has been referred to California’s Attorney General for potential charges. Water quality regulators said Monday that they asked Kamala Harris to prosecute Plains All American Pipeline in connection with the May 19 oil spill that gushed thousands of gallons of crude at Refugio State Beach — the largest petroleum accident along the California coast in 25 years.

Crowded GOP Presidential Field Races Through Campaign Forum
Republican debates, Voters First Presidential Forum, New Hampshire, Saint Anselm College

New Homes Offer Water, Energy Efficiency
Stela Khury @
Sprinklers with sensors that determine if the lawn needs to be watered and faucets that cut water use by half used to be luxurious home upgrades. Now, they have become standard features in some new developments.

State To Probe Peevey Party Proceeds
Jeff McDonald @
The California Fair Political Practices Commission has opened a formal investigation into the state’s top utility regulator, who has yet to disclose the final recipient of tens of thousands of dollars he solicited for a February tribute dinner.

Consultant's Report Clashes With Calls For Smaller Men's Central Jail
A consultant hired by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has determined that the new Men's Central Jail should contain about 5,000 beds — roughly the same number as a plan that the board voted to put on hold last month.

Rick Scott: I'll back candidate with best economic plan
In statement, governor sets out test for presidential contenders.

First Draft: Today in Politics: The Wait Is On for a Debateâ
Fox News, which is hosting the first sanctioned Republican presidential debate in Cleveland on Thursday, will announce sometime after 5 p.m. Tuesday which candidates will make the prime-time cut.