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The California Flap: January 8, 2013


Mission San Juan Capistrano

The California Legislature is in session.

Today’s schedule is here.

The California Assembly’s Daily File is here and the California State Senate’s is here.

Some important deadlines to remember:

  • January 25, 2013: Deadline to send bill ideas to the California Legislative Counsel for drafting.
  • February 22, 2013: Deadline to introduce bills.

Each member of the Assembly and State Senate are allowed to introduce up to 40 bills in this two year legislative session.

By Thursday, California Governor Jerry Brown must submit his proposed budget.

Governor Jerry Brown will deliver his State of the State address on Thursday, January 24 at 9:00 a.m. before a joint legislative session.

On to the morning’s California headlines:

  • Robert Hertzberg endorses Feuer, leaving Trutanich – Hertzberg had previously endorsed Wendy Greuel in the mayoral race.
  • Jim Brulte For Chairman Of The California Republican Party – While he has not made a formal announcement of his candidacy, it has certainly been much talked about that Jim Brulte, the former leader of both Senate and Assembly Republicans, is seeking the Chairmanship of the California Republican Party. This is great news for the party, and for conservatives in California. I am very excited to endorse his candidacy, and will work hard not only to see that he is elected, but look forward to doing what I can to help make sure that under his leadership the CRP is successful.
  • Software update accidentially cancels food stamp cards for 37,000 Californians – About 37,000 Californians who receive food stamps are currently unable to access their benefits after their electronic benefit cards were accidentally cancelled on Sunday.Eighteen counties, including Orange County, administer the state’s food stamp program, known at the state level as CalFresh (and known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) through a computer application called CalWIN (CalWORKS Information Network).This past weekend, the primary designer of the CalWIN system, Hewlett Packard, sought to update some of the software, but in the process accidentally cancelled the benefit cards of tens of thousands recipients, including more than 6,700 in Orange County, said TerryLynn Fisher, spokeswoman for the Orange County Social Services Agency.
  • U.S. Supreme Court to hear Proposition 8 arguments on March 26 – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the legal challenge to Proposition 8 on March 26 and then consider the constitutionality of the federal government’s ban on same-sex marriage benefits the following day.The Supreme Court set the argument schedule Monday in the unfolding legal drama over same-sex marriage rights. The justices would then decide the two cases by the end of the current term in June.The high court agreed to review a federal appeals court’s decision last year invalidating Proposition 8, California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared the law unconstitutional because it stripped away a previous right for same-sex couples to marry in California, and Proposition 8 backers are asking the Supreme Court to overturn that ruling.
  • Brown fails to produce prison plan, seeks end of court control – Gov. Jerry Brown contends California no longer needs to reduce overcrowding in the state’s prisons.Federal judges had given the state until midnight Monday to file plans showing how California would meet federal caps on prison populations. Instead, in a motion filed late in the day, the governor’s lawyers asked the judges to lift those caps.”The overcrowding and healthcare conditions cited by this court to support its population reduction order are now a distant memory,” the state’s lawyers contend.

    The governor takes his case on the road Tuesday, with scheduled press conferences in Sacramento and Los Angeles.

  • The Republicans’ Asian Problem – Much has been made, both before and after last November’s election, of the serious problems Republicans have with Latino voters. GOP nominee Mitt Romney received only a pathetic 29 percent of the Latino vote, compared with President Obama’s 71 percent. The good news, I guess, is that Republicans are now publicly pondering what to do about their lack of appeal to this fast-growing minority group.The bad news? As we head into the next election cycle, Latinos are only the third-worst minority group for Republicans. They got nearly shut out with African Americans, of course, but the GOP has even bigger problems than among Latinos with the fastest-growing minority group of all, Asian Americans. According to national exit polls, Obama received 73 percent of the Asian vote, higher than among Latinos. (In the interests of full disclosure, I admit to having a personal interest in this particular subject as the father of a half-Chinese son.)
  • Darrell Steinberg announces CA Senate committee assignments – Agriculture: Galgiani (Chair), Cannella (Vice Chair), Berryhill, Lieu, Rubio, WolkAppropriations: de León (Chair), Walters (Vice Chair), Gaines, Hill, Lara, Padilla, SteinbergBanking and Financial Institutions: Hill (Chair), Berryhill (Vice Chair), Beall, Calderon, Corbett, Roth, Walters

    Budget & Fiscal Review: Leno (Chair), Emmerson (Vice Chair), Anderson, Beall, Berryhill, Block, DeSaulnier, Fuller, Gaines, Hancock, Hill, Jackson, Monning, Price Jr., Roth, Wright

  • Lawmakers return to work, get assignments – Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo: Accountability and Administrative Review; Budget (vice chairman); Budget Subcommitee No. 6 (Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation); Judiciary; Labor and Employment; Utilities and Commerce.Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita: Arts, Entertainment, Sports and Internet Media; Business, Professions and Consumer Protection; Health; Higher Education; Rules (vice chairman).

SD-27: Bob Hertzberg Decides Not to Run for California State Senate


Former California Assembly Speaker and L.A. Mayoral candidate Bob Hertzberg

I suppose the former Assembly Democratic Speaker did not want to go head to head against incumbent California State Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills.

When Pavley decided not to move to her beach house in Oxnard and run in the neighboring SD-19, it forced a decisionon a race that Hertzberg did not want to make.

Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) had reached out to Hertzberg about possibly running for the seat, hoping that the more liberal Pavley would opt to run in a safer Democratic district anchored in Oxnard. But when Pavley refused to move, Steinberg announced his support for her.

“I believe the extraordinary challenges we face in California can best be met with big ideas and independent voices,” Hertzberg said in a statement bowing out of the race. “Pursuing a partisan campaign at this time would inevitably distract from my top priority — reforming our government to better serve its citizens.”

It appears now that Democrat Pavley will now face off against term limited out Republican Assemblyman Cameron Smyth of Santa Clarita since Republican State Senator Tony Strickland has decided to run for Congress.


SD-27: Former California Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg to Challenge Senator Tony Strickland?


Former California Assembly Speaker and L.A. Mayoral candidate Bob Hertzberg

This is the rumor circulating around Sacramento.

SEEN IN SACRAMENTO: Yesterday’s Leadership California Institute gathered 37 candidates for Assembly at the Citizen Hotel, where they heard from former legislative leaders Jim Brulte, Bob Hertzberg, Curt Pringle, and Willie Brown. Of course, what happens at The Citizen stays in the ol’ do-gooders building.

THE MAIN WHISPER: Okay…one piece…former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg’s passionate (and verbose) performance propped up the rumor that he is heading to Ventura to run in SD27 against Tony Strickland. This would leave Fran Pavley with three choices–stay and run (unlikely), head north to SD19 (she reportedly has a condo in Oxnard), or run in CD26 against Elton Gallegly and four declared Democrats. As the only woman with five men in the race, she’d be very likely to end up in the November run-off.

Bob Hertzberg would be a formidable candidate for California State Senator Tony Strickland. But, this house of cards and how they sort out all depend upon Rep Elton Gallegly, who Strickland hopes retires.

Since I do not think Gallegly is going anywhere with $800K plus in the bank, Tony will face off against a better candidate then Hanna-Beth Jackson.

Here is the breakdown of the SD-27 District.

Stay tuned…..


Flap’s California Morning Collection: August 31, 2011


California Adventure at Disneyland

The California Legislature is in session today.

Lengthy senate sessions M-F this week. Noon-5pm today then
10am start times thru Friday- which btw is the last day to amend bills
on floor

The California State Senate’s Schedule is here and the Assembly is here.

Plus, there are a whole bunch of Legislator fundraisers today between floor sessions.

Back in Sacramento, anybody plunking down change for a legislator’s fundraiser has plenty of choices in between the Senate and Assembly floor sessions. Capitol Alert counts two dozen scheduled events.

Breakfast eaters can choose Republicans Mike Morrell, Curt Hagman, Tony Strickland and Ted Gaines or Democrats Christine Kehoe and Jim Beall. The lunch bunch gets Democrats Alyson Huber, Nora Campos, Mary Hayashi and Rich Gordon or Republicans Dan Logue, Sharon Runner, Sam Blakeslee and Paul Cook. And … the evening lineup includes Republicans Diane Harkey and Mark Wyland plus Democrats Fiona Ma, Henry T. Perea, Noreen Evans, Mark Leno, Bill Monning, Bonnie Lowenthal, Bob Wieckowski and Isadore Hall.

On to today’s headlines:

Brown says lawmakers view taxes as ‘sexually transmitted disease’

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday accused some state lawmakers of adhering to “the notion that taxes are like some kind of sexually transmitted disease.”

Brown made the comments at a clean-energy summit in Las Vegas, during a panel discussion that included Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Brown’s original 2011-12 budget included a plan to raise vehicle, sales and income taxes, but could not find any Republican support for the measure in the Legislature. He has said he would like to see revenue proposals on the November 2012 ballot, but has not yet backed any specific tax proposal.

President Obama plans seventh trip to CA in September — fundraising in Silicon Valley, LA

President Barack Obama is hitting two California fundraising gold mines for his seventh trip to the state later this month — including a Sept. 25 stop in Silicon Valley, we’ve learned.

And there will also be a two-fundraiser stopover the next day to the Los Angeles area.

So far, there are not a lot of details on the Northern California event, but area Obama supporters and donors were told about the date and advised this week to put it on the calender.

This much is known: Obama hits Los Angeles on Sept. 26 for a pair of entertainment-related events in which tickets will range from $250 to $35,0000, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news last night.

The first Los Angeles event, aimed at entertainment industry bigwigs, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the House of Blues on Sunset Blvd, the Reporter said. “A mere $250 will get a single person in the door, while $10,000 is the cost to take a photo with the President,” the paper reported.

An evening event will be held at the Fig & Olive Restaurant on Melrose Place, where $35,000 “allows you to bring a date” or you can go solo for $17,500. That event “will be a chance to participate in a Q&A with the President,” the paper said.

Herdt: Maps are done, but intrigue lingers

It’s been a little more than two weeks since maps of the new political districts in California were certified, but it’s becoming more apparent by the day that approval of the maps was just the beginning of an extended period of political intrigue.

We’re now into an intense phase of poll-taking, name-dropping, deal-making and just plain high anxiety, as candidates faint, dodge and play coy over the questions of who will be running where and for what office next year.

There are some interesting possibilities in play on the Central Coast, none more intriguing than an attempt to persuade a former Assembly speaker to run for the new Senate seat that includes eastern Ventura County.

High-level discussions, initiated by the Democratic leadership in Sacramento, have taken place in an effort to persuade former Speaker Bob Hertzberg to run in the 27th Senate District, which stretches east from the Conejo Grade along the Highway 101 corridor to Encino.

Hertzberg is likely the best-known political figure in the San Fernando Valley, and 63 percent of the district’s voters live in L.A. County.

Although the chances of him running seem slight, Hertzberg isn’t saying no.

In a recent message responding to my inquiry about a potential candidacy, Hertzberg detailed all the reasons he wouldn’t do it: His solar energy business is going great guns, the bipartisan California Forward reform group he co-chairs is about to release a package of proposals, and he’ll soon lead a delegation to China with the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., which he also chairs.

But, as noted above, he didn’t say no.

“People have talked to me,” he acknowledged, while also asserting he has done “nothing of consequence” to pursue the idea.

If Democratic leaders could succeed in getting Hertzberg to yes, it would set off a tricky game of musical chairs.

Sen. Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills would move to her Oxnard beach condo and run in the west county-Santa Barbara 19th District, which is much more favorable to a Democrat. That would put pressure on the two announced Democratic candidates, former Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara and Oxnard Harbor Commissioner Jason Hodge, to drop out.

Enjoy your morning!