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April 2, 2013
Vote on California historic sites splits on partisan lines

ChavezObama.jpgPurely in terms of symbolic value, a bill honoring Cesar Chavez with a "California historical landmark" soon after the famous labor organizer's state holiday carries some significance.

So the fact that every Republican on the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee voted against a bill doing just that was a source of some consternation on Tuesday .

"It seemed like a pretty emphatic gesture," said Marc Grossman, a spokesman for the Cesar Chavez Foundation who once served as Chavez's aide.

Assembly Bill 34, authored by Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-West Covina, would list Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, the Kern County headquarters of Chavez's United Farm Workers movement, as a historical landmark. The bill also would direct the state to suggest at least five additional candidates for inclusion on the California Register of Historical Resources based on their role in the civil rights struggle, labor movement or modern state history. The bill made it out of a committee on a 10-5 party line vote.

April 2, 2013
Bill regulating CA ammunition clears committee

skinner.JPGA bill to regulate the sale of ammunition in California cleared the Assembly Public Safety Committee today.

Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, said Assembly Bill 48 adds "reasonable safeguards" to the purchase of ammunition by requiring sellers to be licensed and purchasers to show identification. The Department of Justice would be required to notify local law enforcement of large-quantity purchases of more than 3,000 rounds that are made within a five-day period by someone who is not a police officer.

AB 48 would also ban the manufacture, sale or import of any device that enables a gun to fire more than 10 rounds at one time.

The panel approved the bill 5-2, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.

April 2, 2013
Betty Yee's 2014 California controller campaign staffs up

BettyYee2010.jpgBoard of Equalization Member Betty Yee's campaign to become California's top bookkeeper is getting underway.

Yee has long planned to run to succeed state Controller John Chiang when he is termed out in 2014. The former California Department of Finance chief deputy director, who opened a committee to raise cash for the statewide run in 2011, filled the swag bags of delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Committee with a pen and pad promoting her run.

Today, she announced that SG&A Campaigns consultant Parke Skelton will run her campaign. Skelton, who also advises Chiang, said in a statement that the San Francisco native's Northern California base and connections to women and Asian Pacific Islander voters make her a strong candidate for statewide office. Nick Veach, a recent aide on Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin's successful U.S. Senate campaign, will lead fundraising efforts.

Yee could face competition from one of California's best known Democratic politicians. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has more than $2.24 million in campaign cash set aside for a 2014 controller run.

April 2, 2013
Pete Aguilar, Ro Khanna announce bids for hot House seats

RoKhanna.pngAguilar Photo.jpegIt's game on in two California congressional seats that are expected to home to be major fights in 2014.

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar formally announced his plans to run again for the 31st Congressional District next year. GOP Rep. Gary Miller defeated a fellow Republican for the Inland Empire seat last November, after Aguilar, a Democrat, failed to make the runoff in what was considered by many observers a seat Democrats could win.

Miller is considered one of the state's most vulnerable incumbents because of a seven-point voter registration advantage for Democrats in the district. Labor unions have already run television ads criticizing the congressman.

April 2, 2013
Senate committee shuffle gives Correa Banking & Finance gavel

loucorreaphoto.jpgOngoing shuffling to fill vacancies on state Senate committees has put Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, at the helm of the upper house's powerful Banking and Finance Committee.

Correa, a moderate Democrat who also chairs the Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee, takes the gavel from Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, who was recently appointed as chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

Sen. Ben Hueso, D- San Diego, who won a seat in the upper house in a recent special election, will take Correa's spot as chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee.

The committee dominoes began in January, when Sens. Juan Vargas and Gloria Negrete McLeod left the Legislature to take congressional seats they won in November. More changes were sparked when Democratic Sen. Michael Rubio, who chaired Environmental Quality, resigned to take a job leading governmental affairs for Chevron Corp.

The full list of announced changes, which were approved by the Senate Rules Committee, is posted after the jump.

April 2, 2013
Dan Walters Daily: Stockton's sustained slog

Despite the fact that the Stockton bankruptcy case got a high-profile court ruling on Monday, Dan Walters says the issue could drag on for a long time before it's settled.

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April 2, 2013
AM Alert: Committee hearings crank up at the Capitol


Things are starting to pick up in the Legislature as bills advance to committee hearings. Here are a couple Capitol Alert has its collective eye on today.

Nonprofit hospitals: The California Nurses Association and the California Hospital Association are clashing over Assembly Bill 975, a bill co- authored by Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, that would reconsider how much philanthropy nonprofit hospitals need to engage in to retain their tax-exempt status. The Assembly Health Committee is hearing the bill at 1:30 p.m. in room 4202.

Ammo control: The Assembly Committee on Public Safety is taking up one of many gun control bills percolating in the legislative pipeline, this one a proposal by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, that would require ammunition vendors to be authorized dealers and to get identification from buyers. The bill would also prohibit devices that allow guns to fire more than 10 bullets without reloading. Skinner will present Assembly Bill 48 during a hearing starting at 9 a.m. in room 126.

VIDEO: Stockon is a long way from resolving its fiscal issues despite its Monday bankruptcy hearing, and Dan Walters says the solution could hang on public pensions.

The annual Latina Action Day conference is gathering at the Sheraton Grand on J Street today. A day of panel discussions and briefings will feature former Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. An evening reception will honor newly elected Latina Assemblywomen Susan Eggman ,D-Stockton, Cristina Garcia. D-Bell Gardens, and Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton.


Capitol Alert Staff

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

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

Dan Smith Dan Smith is Capitol bureau chief for The Sacramento Bee.

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

Micaela Massimino Micaela Massimino edits Capitol Alert.

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

David Siders David Siders covers the Brown administration. Twitter: @davidsiders

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

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