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THE NOONER for January 21, 2016

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¡Buenas tardes, mis amigos! Well, the Assembly wrapped up the two budget overview hearings of the week, and the governor gave the State of the State this morning. The budget hearings showed that Governor Brown is finding the center of the stream to paddle down--a paddle on the left, a paddle on the right, and you go in a straight line.

Jerry opened the speech by teasing that he just might use his mammoth excess campaign funds to amend the state constitution to allow him to seek a fifth term.

Here's the speech as prepared.

There are desires for modest tweaks in the budget, but most members seem to be okay with the governor's plan. His budget is moderate on revenue projections and uses the balloon of revenues on one-time projects. For many years, the spending lobby (which I was part of) wanted to use the most optimistic revenue projections and to spend the money on new or expanding, ongoing programs. They were valuable programs, but after the state had to cut back funding (and jobs) in the new programs, it was heartbreaking. There is a new acceptance among the "spending lobby" that it hurts more to do that than being a bit more conservative in annual budgeting to avoid hurting employees and new programs. Bravo, Jerry. 

The only uncomfortable point in the speech were for Republicans with Brown brought up the expansion of the tax on managed care plans to comply with federal regulations. Brown tried to persuade them, stating that "this is not a tax increase," but still had a hard time persuading a caucus that is scared of anything related to the word tax. I don't blame them, but it doesn't help governing.

CA25 (Simi Valley-Antelope Valley): It my discussion about Steve Knight's (R) bid yesterday, I didn't mention that Brian Caforio (D) has the momentum on the Democratic side. While year-end campaign finance reports aren't due until January 31, the word on the political street (like Sesame Street without Big Bird) is that Caforio will have a strong report.

I don't usually list job changes here, as that would make me wake up even earlier, but congratulations to Nooner friend Phillip Ung, who starts as director of legislative and external affairs on Monday at the Fair Political Practices Commission.

THE 202: To our Washington, DC readers, hang in there through the blizzard. It's not too late to "borrow" a friend's Netflix password and to buy a battery backup for your computer. My advice: a The West Wing marathon, although you can always re-watch House of Cards. You could probably get through both by the time D.C. is operating again.

The video of the President's motorcade sliding on the ice last night was precious. Unfortunately, I haven't seen the video online, but only on CNN.

Meanwhile, the forecast high today in Sacramento is 65 degrees and Los Angeles is 75 degrees. Apparently, El Trumpo deported El Niño. Rain will be back tomorrow, but it'll be a relatively warm storm.


#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Orange Coast College's Juan Gutierrez, PG&E's James Morante, Consumer Attorneys' J.G Preston, and Bill Monning's Trevor Taylor!



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Health Groups Launch California Ballot Initiative To Raise Taxes On Tobacco, Including E-cigarettes
Billionaire Tom Steyer, shown talking to reporters in Sacramento last year, has donated $1 million to an initiative campaign that would raise the cigarette tax in California by $2 per pack.

What If The Supreme Court Sides With Friedrichs? :: Fox&hounds
Many experts say that a June decision will have little effect on what the California Teachers Association and other public unions decide to fund in November. Certainly, much of the political kitties will be in place by then.

State Senate Committee Chairman Plans Oversight Hearings On California's Bullet Train
The Democratic chairman of the state Senate transportation committee said he plans to hold oversight hearings on the bullet train to examine its management performance, construction schedules and cost estimates.

Art Laffer, He Of The Famous Curve, Wades Into U.S. Senate Race | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Water-starved Lake Oroville Rises Dramatic 20 Feet In Six Days - Sfgate
Folsom Lake east of Sacramento rose

California School Boards Say Up To $42 Billion More Needed | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Raising spending would require huge tax increase

California To Investigate Whether Exxon Mobil Lied About Climate-change Risks
California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris is investigating whether Exxon Mobil Corp. repeatedly lied to the public and its shareholders about the risk to its business from climate change — and whether such actions could amount to securities fraud and violations of environmental laws.

Tom Steyer Writes Big Check To California Democratic Party | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Steyer gives $200,000 for grassroots efforts

Columbia University Articles, Photos, And Videos
News, Photos and Information about Columbia University

Cofferdam At Folsom Lake Spillway Project Develops A Leak | The Sacramento Bee
Bill Lindelof @
The leak forced crews to evacuate the area behind the temporary dam

San Jose Council Committee Approves Studying Proposed Business Tax
The council's Rules and Open Government Committee approved the study in a 2-1 vote Wednesday, with Councilman Johnny Khamis opposed. Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilman Chappie Jones were absent. The full City Council is expected to approve the study Feb. 2.

11 days till Iowa: The latest photos from the campaign trail
With the Iowa caucuses just a flip of the calendar page away, POLITICO takes you on the campaign trail Wednesday, Jan. 20, as presidential candidates scramble for last-minute support.

Academy Board Will Weigh New Voting Rules To Encourage Diversity
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. 

Thanks El Niño! 44-foot rise of Folsom Lake offers hope for California's worst ever drought
California lake levels are rising as fast as the stock market is falling, with Folsom Lake east of Sacramento rising an astonishing 44 feet in just over a month and Lake Oroville, the second most expansive water storage facility in the state rising another 20 feet.

Federal Flexibility Means Cash For School Intervention :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Tom Chorneau @
“It’s a game-changer,” said Mike Kirst, president of the California State Board of Education. “This is an enormous amount of money and we’re just beginning to think what we might be able to do with it.”

L.A. Cracking Down On Racial Bias By Taxi Cab Drivers
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CSU Educators Ask Sacramento Legislators For Help Improving Graduation Rates
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Obama On Flint, Michigan, Water Crisis: I've Got Flint's Back - Politico
"I have complete confidence that the common sense steps announced by the President are lawful," she said.

California Death Penalty: New Execution Method Under Scrutiny
Howard Mintz @
Calling the reforms "human experimentation," the American Civil Liberties Union and other death penalty critics say California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has proposed revised lethal injection methods that will lead to the type of botched executions that have plagued other states.

Cap And Clear-cut | East Bay Express
David Downs, Sam Levin, Luke Tsai, Mark C. Anderson, Sarah Burke, Steven Tavares and Robert Gammon, Nastia Voynovskaya, Erin @
As Brown concluded his remarks, Pennie Opal Plant, an East Bay resident and member of the group Idle No More Solidarity San Francisco Bay, stood up near the front of the room, directly in front of the governor. "Richmond, California says 'no' to REDD!" she shouted, '"no' to evicting indigenous people from their forests, and 'no' to poisoning my community!"

Raise California's Minimum Wage? Voters Will Likely Weigh In | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Jeremy Berg calls himself a "third-generation rag man". His grandfather started A and A Wiping Cloth in the 1940s. Brian Watt/KPCC

First Draft: Gun Control Groups Say Bernie Sanders Is the Wrong Candidate to Support
Groups devoted to gun control sent a letter to Democracy for America, which has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, citing, in part, two crucial votes in Congress on gun safety, and saying “Senator Sanders was wrong on both of them.”

Legislators: Make The Bureaucracy More Accountable |
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Why Hillary Clinton And L.A. County Supervisors Are Wrong On Gun Control
Someone needs to explain to me what benefit would come from repealing the gun industry's limited immunity from lawsuits.