City Has Spent $100,000 on Occupy SF

From the Bay Citizen:

Interim Mayor Ed Lee on Tuesday walked a fine line between supporting growing anti-Wall Street protests and justifying the money San Francisco has spent responding to the Occupy SF encampment.

In an appearance before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon, Lee said the city had spent about $100,000 “accommodating” the protests.

He did not specify where the money went, but his spokeswoman, Christine Falvey, told The Bay Citizen via email that about $80,000 was spent on the San Francisco Police Department. The rest, she said, went to public health and public works costs such as cleaning the encampment and providing porta potties.

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Berman vs. Sherman face-off burning up millions of bucks

From the LA Times:
Many Southern California lawmakers in hot primary contests have been raising money at a brisk pace ahead of the June congressional races, reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show.

Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Valley Village) — who will face off against Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) in what many political experts believe could become the most expensive House race in history — brought in more than $800,000 between July 1 and Sept. 30, according to documents posted on the FEC website over the weekend. Berman reported having about $2.25 million in his treasury and has more fundraisers scheduled, including a Nov. 10 dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel hosted by entertainment moguls Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.

California Congressman Howard Berman (D-Los Angeles)

 

 

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Rand Paul’s Switch Clears Way for Pipeline Bill

From the SF Chronicle:

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a pipeline safety bill late Monday after a senator with strong Tea Party ties did an about-face – lifting a hold that had blocked the legislation for weeks and adding a provision that would close a regulatory loophole that drew widespread attention after the San Bruno disaster.

The bill boosts the federal government’s regulatory enforcement powers, calls for automatic shutoff valves for new pipelines and, thanks to last-minute language, ends an exemption from rigorous safety inspections for older natural-gas pipelines.

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Conservative Activists Propose Initiative on Illegal Immigration

From the Sac Bee:

Conservative activists have submitted an initiative proposal targeting illegal immigration by imposing limits on financial aid and Medi-Cal benefits while requiring California law enforcement to work with federal immigration officials.

State Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is responsible for preparing ballot language, received the proposal Monday from former state GOP chairman Tirso Del Junco, San Diego Republican Ted Hilton and Concord Republican Bill Siler. Proponents are calling it the “California Taxpayer Protection Act of 2012.”

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Congressional Hearing Seeks Feedback on “New American” Entrepreneurship

From the SGV Tribune:

At a congressional hearing in Pasadena Monday that focused on ways to encourage entrepreneurship among “new Americans,” local business owners and community leaders described what the Small Business Administration is doing well – and where it can improve its outreach efforts.

Hosted by Rep. Judy Chu, D-El Monte, and Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., ranking Democrat and chairman of the House’s Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, respectively, the hearing is part of a national series.

Mulvaney is a hard-line security-minded advocate of Arizona-style immigration reform. Chu takes a softer stance on immigration. The two ignored the obvious canyon between them.

Rep. Judy Chu, D-CA, with President Barack Obama at the State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao at the White House on Jan. 19, 2011.

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Republicans Lay Groundwork for Healthcare Repeal

From the LA Times:
Republican activists, increasingly optimistic they can win the White House and Senate next year, are beginning to lay the groundwork for a multi-pronged campaign in 2013 to roll back President Obama‘s sweeping healthcare overhaul.

The push includes an effort to pressure Republican candidates to commit to using every available tool to fully repeal the law, a tactic pioneered by conservative activist Grover Norquist, who made an anti-tax pledge de rigeur for GOP politicians.

Other conservative healthcare experts are developing an alternative to the law, an effort that could protect Republicans from past critiques that their healthcare plans left tens of millions of Americans without medical coverage.

“The window for action comes and goes,” said Tom Miller, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, one of several conservative groups involved in the effort. “We need to be ready.”

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2012 GOP Hopefuls Head to Nevada

From the SJ Mercury:

The 2012 Republican presidential campaign heads West on Tuesday, as GOP rivals will debate and aim their campaigns at wary voters worn down by one of the nation’s most enduring economic slumps.

Then, Wednesday, some GOP candidates are scheduled to speak to a convention of Republican activists from all over the West.

Tuesday’s debate will be down one candidate from preceding forums. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, whose chance of success here is seen as remote, will not participate. He’s protesting the state’s decision to hold its first-in-the-West caucus Jan. 14.

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Leaders with Ginni Thomas: Rep. Tom McClintock

From the Daily Caller:

Not all members of Congress who identify with the tea party are freshmen. Rep. Tom McClintock won his election in 2008 after 22 years in the California state legislature and an unsuccessful 2003 run for California governor. In the House of Representatives, McClintock sits on the natural resources and budget committees.

The conservative establishment nationwide loves McClintock. He thoughtfully chooses the best moments to remind colleagues of the relevance of America’s Founding, the U.S. Constitution and the need for legislators to have courage of their convictions when voting. Like the old E.F. Hutton ad, his other members of Congress listen when he speaks.

McClintock voted no, with 65 other Republicans and 95 Democrats, on the August 1 debt ceiling increase, offering his typically thorough and compelling commentary to explain that decision. In May 2010, McClintock delivered a floor speech condemning Felipe Calderón on the day the Mexican President addressed the Congress. That video quickly went viral, and was many Americans’ first introduction to the California Republican, who moved west after his upbringing in White Plains, N.Y.

His voting pattern puts him at odds with progressives, the radical environmental movement and big spenders. He often warns Americans about the destructive policies that have caused a mass migration away from his beloved California. Last week, Rep. McClintock sat down with TheDC’s Ginni Thomas to discuss the “Occupy” protests, Solyndra and green jobs, the “super” deficit reduction committee and more.

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A Year in the Life of Senate Minority Leader, Bob Dutton

From the Daily Bulletin:

The partisan divide in Sacramento has become ever harder to bridge over the past few years.

Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, has seen peaks and valleys in this discord.

The summer’s epic budget struggle between leaders of the Democrats and Republicans showcased the gridlock that has engulfed the Capitol. But the recent deal Dutton helped broker over the disputed sales tax for online retailers provided a rare bipartisan compromise.

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State Voting Rights Law Reshapes Local Elections

From the Press-Enterprise:

Fresh census data and a state law meant to increase minority representation in local government are fast revamping how people elect members of school boards, city councils and other bodies.

Dozens of cities and school districts around California are of moving from at-large elections, where candidates run across a whole city or school district, to by-district elections, in which candidates run in a particular council ward or trustee area. The goal is to avoid lawsuits related to the California Voting Rights Act.

“It appears we’re seeing the biggest and fastest change in how California government is organized at the local level since the Progressive movement in the early 1900’s,” said Douglas Johnson of the Rose Institute at Claremont McKenna College, whose firm has advised agencies around the state.

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