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THE NOONER for January 5, 2016

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  • SD21 (Palmdale): added Steve Hill (D)
  • AD30 (Salinas): added Georgia Acosta (R)

Sorry to the Early-Birders, as I'm a bit slow today. I've been staring out the window and trying to figure out what is falling from the sky.

The state budget will be released at 10am on Thursday. You can watch Jerry Brown's explanation and then the great DOF Director Michael Cohen's detailed descriptions immediatel following on

In AD31 (Fresno), not unepextedly, Joaquin Arambula pulled papers to run in both the special and regular elections to replace Henry Perea. Perea resigned on December 31 and took a job with the prharmaceutical lobbying organization PhRMA. The special election will be consolidated with the regular June primary. For the special, it's 50% plus one and for the regular, it's the top two primary. Joaquin's father Juan previously served in the seat, originally as a Democrat and then as an independent.

YOU MAY PROCEED, COUNSELOR: 'Citizens United' advisory measure can go on ballot, California high court says [Maura Dolan @ LAT] - "The decision by the California Supreme Court, handed down in 143 pages with separate opinions from four justices, said the Legislature may place advisory measures on the ballot as long as there is a “nexus” between the proposition and actions the Legislature might take in the future."

NATURAL WOMAN: Time for tax-free tampons? California lawmaker thinks so [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "It took less than a day to introduce an unlikely rallying cry for California’s 2016 legislative session: "Tampons for All." Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, marked the first day back in Sacramento by tweeting that phrase to announce Assembly Bill 1561, which would exempt feminine hygiene products from sales taxes. The exemption would apply to a range of products, including tampons and sanitary pads."

Oh, this is just effing hilarious. When your political ad team just doesn't give a crap about you.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Jim Cooper and Reid Milburn!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: I totally flubbed the name of my successor at the Community College League yesterday. It's Larry Galizio, former college president and state senator in Oregon..


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Senate Democrats Propose $2 Billion Plan For Homeless | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Senate leader wants to build homes for homeless people with mental illnesses

School superintendent Richard Carranza staying in San Francisco
Superintendent Richard Carranza said Monday that he isn’t going anywhere, despite persistent reports and rumors that he was courted heavily by Los Angeles Unified, the state’s largest district, and was among the top candidates for the job. Carranza said he’s proud of the success he’s seen in the city, but has more on his to-do list, including a revamp of the student assignment system. [...] speculation about his departure was understandable, as the average tenure for a school superintendent is about three years. Suspensions are down, with policies and procedures in place to help students see and correct bad behavior, rather than kicking them out of school. Yet Carranza has made a national name for himself as a young superintendent, bringing a blue-collar, English-learner background, fluency in Spanish and a reputation for playing well with others. “We recognize he is one of the top superintendents in the country and we also recognize that he gets recruiting calls regularly,” said school board President Emily Murase. Los Angeles reportedly pressed hard, with the Southern California district looking for someone with a proven track record in urban education and a leader who could restore trust and respect. “I think it’s time for us to really re-examine our student assignment system,” addressing both the lack of predictability and diversity in schools, he said.

California Legislators Propose Spending $2 Billion To Build Housing For Homeless
State senators on Monday jumped into California's homelessness crisis, proposing to redirect $2 billion to build or rehabilitate permanent housing for mentally ill people living in the streets.

California Supreme Court Allows Campaign Finance Measure On Ballot | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Court rules 6-1 that advisory questions are constitutional

'citizens United' Advisory Measure Can Go On Ballot, California High Court Says
The California Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for the Legislature to place an advisory measure on the November ballot asking voters their views on campaign spending.

Richard Pan Recall Effort Falls Short On Vaccine Issue | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Critics of state senator motivated by new vaccine mandate

Legislative Yardsticks: How You Can Measure a Senator as a Presidential Contender
Comparing the Senate careers of a handful of would-be presidents yields some instructive comparisons, but it may not help you decide who to vote for.

Sacramento Activists Call For Homeless Camping Without Penalty Amid State Efforts | The Sacramento Bee
Richard Chang and David Siders @
About two dozen homeless people remained at City Hall on Monday

2016: The Year Of The Initiative :: Fox&hounds
The legislature is back in town this week but in the major policy issues department the legislature is likely to be a sideshow in what can be labeled the Year of the Initiative.

New California Ballot Proposal Would Raise Property Taxes For Public Assistance Programs
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Special Session Fates Unclear As Lawmakers Tout New Priorities -
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How Ramon Cortines Set The Standard For The Next L.A. Schools Chief
On his first day back as the head of the nation's second-largest school system, Ramon C. Cortines paid an unlikely visit to the headquarters of United Teachers Los Angeles. The union had a tense relationship with former Supt. John Deasy, and was pushing toward a possible strike over stalled contract talks.

Chargers File For Relocation To Los Angeles |
Fans looked intently to try to figure out which Charger was in which car. — John Gastaldo / San Diego Union-Tribune

First Draft: Republican Candidates Tread Carefully to Oregon Protest Standoff
s group of presidential candidates is treading carefully as a standoff between authorities and armed antigovernment protesters in Oregon drags on.

Number Of California Alcohol Cops Drops As Industry Grows | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Number of licensees grew by about a fifth from 2004 to 2015

Legislators Are Back, So Get Ready For New Spending Plans |
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Shrimp Boy Chow Trial: Jury To Start Deliberations
Howard Mintz @
During closing arguments Monday, federal prosecutors belittled Chow's claims that he was a reformed criminal who steered clear of wrongdoing after spending time in prison, portraying him as the violent leader of a sprawling criminal enterprise. Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Badger told the jury that Chow lied in his testimony, and even gave "death stares" to former associates who cooperated against him in court.

Five Unknowns That Could Determine The Winner In 2016
Hillary Clinton speaks in Portsmouth, N.H. Despite a year of campaigning, 10 televised debates and millions of dollars in advertising, most people in even the earliest presidential voting states are just now beginning to focus on their choices in the 2016 campaign.

California Takes Its Political Back Seat: Thomas Elias
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First Draft: Bill Clinton Is to Campaign in Iowa
s campaign with two rallies in New Hampshire on Monday, will head to Iowa on Thursday, for his first solo events there, a state in which he did not compete in his 1992 presidential campaign.