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October 18, 2012
Jerry Brown stumps for Prop. 30 at Sacramento City College

prop30jerrybrown.jpgGov. Jerry Brown rallied hundreds of students at Sacramento City College today as he continued the campaign to get college students excited about his Proposition 30 tax increase.

"The idea of Proposition 30 is to put some more money into state coffers so we can pay for schools and colleges and the University of California. This is a crucial opportunity," the governor told the crowd gathered in a small courtyard on campus.

Proposition 30 involves two temporary tax increases: raising sales taxes by a quarter cent on a dollar for four years and income taxes for seven years on those making more than $250,000.


October 18, 2012
Guns, grenades found at home of GOP assemblyman's aide

San Bernardino County law enforcement authorities discovered guns, ammunition and grenades at the Hesperia home of a legislative aide who was arrested earlier this week.

Rebecca Tennison, who works as a field representative for Assemblyman Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, and her husband were both arrested at their home Tuesday, according to a report published in several Los Angeles News Group publications.

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports:

At about 3:45 p.m. deputies responded to a call of a man with a gun. The caller alleges that a man came to his home and yelled at him about his barking dog then pointed a gun at him. ... Deputies went to the Tennison home located in the 14000 block of Harding Court in Hesperia to talk to him, but when he answered his door he slammed it in the deputy's face refusing to talk about the incident according to a sheriff's news release.

Rebecca Tennison came out of the house, and refused to listen to deputies making the situation worse according to authorities.

Knight's declined to comment on the incident itself earlier this week, but told the paper that the "assemblyman and his staff are committed to being there for Rebecca and her family during this difficult situation."

His office said late Thursday that Tennison had been arraigned and that the charges against her had been reduced to a misdemeanor offense of not following the orders of an officer.

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Editor's note: This post was updated at 3:36 p.m. with additional information from Knight's office.

October 18, 2012
Taxpayer group sues Cal State for advocating on Prop. 30

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has sued the California State University alleging a professor at the Monterey Bay campus sent students an email advocating in favor of a tax measure on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The email is from Professor Ernest Stromberg, director of the humanities division, according to the lawsuit. It urges students to help pass Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to raise taxes to alleviate the state budget deficit. The email notes that students will face higher fees and fewer classes if Prop. 30 fails, while they stand to receive a $498 refund if the initiative passes.

The state plans to cut CSU funding by $250 million if voters reject the measure.

October 18, 2012
Trouble sorting through the ballot? Try new 'Proposition Song'

The nonpartisan California Voter Foundation has released "The Proposition Song" to introduce voters to the 11 ballot measures whose fate will be decided in the Nov. 6 election.

The nonprofit group, which tracks the state's election process, produced similar ditties for the 2000, 2006 and 2010 elections.

Foundation President Kim Alexander wrote the lyrics to this year's song, which features a traditional folk melody. She and five musician friends recorded it Oct. 3 at Capital Public Radio's downtown Sacramento studio.

"We hope our new 'Proposition Song' gives voters an entertaining and informative alternative to the negative campaign advertising filling our state's airwaves," Alexander said in a written statement.

October 18, 2012
Dan Walters Daily: 'Parent-trigger' law shaking up schools

VIDEO: Dan says a recent court decision over California's "parent-trigger" law is a potentially revolutionary development in the battle over school control.

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October 18, 2012
AM Alert: Jerry Brown takes ballot campaign to Sac City College

DAN WALTERS DAILY: Dan talks about a recent court decision concerning California's education system and the state's new "parent-trigger" law.

Gov. Jerry Brown takes his campaign for Proposition 30 to Sacramento City College today, joining Senate leader Darrell Steinberg and others to urge students and faculty to support the tax initiative.

Other listed speakers at the rally include Taylor Valmores, president of the college's student senate; Brice Harris, the incoming California Community Colleges chancellor; Sacramento City College President Kathryn Jeffery; and Jeff Freitas, the secretary-treasurer of the California Federation of Teachers. The event starts at noon in the Arts Court Theatre courtyard, 3835 Freeport Blvd.

Brown is also scheduled to attend a Yes on 30 fundraiser later today at the Walnut Grove home of former Assemblyman Rusty Areias, now of California Strategies, and his wife, Julie. Tickets to the 5 p.m. reception run from $1,000 to $25,000.

Speaking of Proposition 30, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association says it's filing a lawsuit in Monterey Superior Court against California State University, Monterey Bay, claiming that university personnel used taxpayer-funded resources to urge students to vote for the tax initiative. The Bee's Laurel Rosenhall took a look in this story earlier this week at how the Prop. 30 campaign is playing out at campuses across the state.

FUNDRAISERS: Other Sacramento-area fundraisers today include an Oktoberfest reception tonight at the Sierra 2 Center for Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' reelection bid in 2014, coffee at Chicory on 11th Street for Assemblyman Jim Nielsen's run in the 4th Senate District's special primary, a Wicked'wich food truck lunch at Cesar Chavez Park to benefit Assemblyman Richard Pan's reelection campaign this year, and a reception this evening for Rep. Tom McClintock's reelection bid at the Lincoln home of Ken and Sandy Campbell.



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Jeremy White Jeremy B. White covers California politics and edits Capitol Alert's mobile Insider Edition. jwhite@sacbee.com. Twitter: @capitolalert

Amy Chance Amy Chance is political editor for The Sacramento Bee. achance@sacbee.com. Twitter: @Amy_Chance

Dan Smith Dan Smith is Capitol bureau chief for The Sacramento Bee. smith@sacbee.com

Christopher Cadelago Christopher Cadelago covers California politics and health care. ccadelago@sacbee.com. Twitter: @ccadelago

Micaela Massimino Micaela Massimino edits Capitol Alert. mmassimino@sacbee.com

Laurel Rosenhall Laurel Rosenhall covers the Legislature, the lobbying community and higher education. lrosenhall@sacbee.com. Twitter: @LaurelRosenhall

David Siders David Siders covers the Brown administration. dsiders@sacbee.com. Twitter: @davidsiders

Dan Walters Dan Walters is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. dwalters@sacbee.com. Twitter: @WaltersBee

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