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May 17, 2013
Group urges parents to keep kids home on Harvey Milk Day

milk.JPGAn anti-gay rights group has purchased hourly radio spots in Sacramento to urge parents to keep their children home from school on Harvey Milk Day, which honors the gay rights pioneer.

Randy Thomasson
, president of the, said the group bought more than 100 time slots for a radio ad in Los Angeles and Sacramento. It urges parents to "protect your children from Harvey Milk indoctrination," by keeping them home from school Wednesday.

"This is harmful to children," Thomasson said. "This is not academic, it's brainwashing."

John O'Connor,
executive director of the gay rights group Equality California, said the radio spots "expose homophobia" and "encourage discrimination."

Milk served less than one year on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors as the first openly gay elected official in California before he was fatally shot in 1978 along with Mayor George Moscone by colleague Dan White. Milk's life was depicted in the Academy Award-winning movie "Milk." In 2009, the state Legislature designated Milk's birthday, May 22, as a "day of special significance."

The law encourages schools to conduct "suitable commemorative exercises" to mark Milk's life.

Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, an openly gay legislator from San Francisco, called's efforts "pathetic."

"There will always be haters, but Milk said you must have hope," said Ammiano, who coauthored the bill creating Harvey Milk Day. "And we have hope that there are changing attitudes toward the LGBT community."

PHOTO CREDIT: Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco cuts a cake with the image of civil rights pioneer Harvey Milk during a 2009 celebration of the gay rights activist's birthday.
Hector Amezcua / The Sacramento Bee

May 17, 2013
Analyst projects $3.2 billion higher state revenues than Jerry Brown

taylor.jpgLegislative Analyst Mac Taylor projected state revenues Friday that are $3.2 billion higher than those projected by Gov. Jerry Brown this week in his revised budget proposal.

The difference translates into $400 million for the current fiscal year and $2.8 billion for the year that begins in July. The projection sets up a potential battle between Brown and fellow Democrats in the Legislature. who want to spend more than he proposes.

Both Brown and Taylor urge fiscal restraint, however, because revenue projections are largely dependent upon economic factors ranging from employment to housing prices. Both also agree that the bulk of the money will go to schools under state law.

Brown, in his new proposal, had lowered projected revenues by $1.8 billion from his January estimate.

Though tax revenue has run about $4.5 billion ahead of projections through April, Brown said much of that money is unlikely to carry over into future years.

May 17, 2013
Dan Walters Daily: Realignment raising eyebrows

A new report on recidivism rates calls into question whether Gov. Jerry Brown's sweeping prison realignment plan has really had any effect, Dan says.

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May 17, 2013
AM Alert: Analyst gives lowdown on the budget revision

taylor.jpgLegislative Analyst Mac Taylor, right, is releasing his take on Gov. Jerry Brown's revised May budget today.

The LAO questioned Brown's higher education plan and generally approved of his school funding overhaul back in February.

SENIOR LOBBY DAY: The phrase "lobby day" conjures an image of interest groups holding a rally on the steps of the Capitol, some sympathetic legislators in tow, before proceeding inside to meet with lawmakers. The California Alliance for Retired Americans is taking a different approach today, and not just because elected officials have vacated Sacramento for the weekend.

Because the organization's members are spread out throughout the state, they'll be visiting their representatives at various district offices today -- as of Thursday morning, Capitol Alert was told 112 lawmakers could be expecting visits. The seniors are pressing in particular for a bill by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, that has to do with posting traffic warnings to protect the elderly and a bill by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, that would create a program to collect expired prescription drugs.

VIDEO: The debate over prison realignment has come to feel like a circular argument, Dan Walters says.

KAMALA ON GUN VIOLENCE: Attorney General Kamala Harris will be talking about ways to reduce gun violence today, in particular the illegal gun tracking program that has an additional $24 million coming its way. Joining Harris will be Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley and former Assemblyman Mike Feuer.

GREENLINING GABFEST: The Greenlining Institute is hosting a symposium today on California's changing demographics and economic outlook. Speakers will include Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and former Obama administration adviser Van Jones. Starting at 9 a.m. at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

GO FORTH, SAYS PELOSI: Students graduating from law school at UC Davis will be welcomed into the legal world today by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, who will be speaking during a 4 p.m. campus ceremony.

COVERED CALIFORNIA We've brought you news of how the federal health care rollout is proceeding with community organizations across the state receiving outreach grants. Today, constituents who want to learn more about obtaining insurance can stop into a hearing co-hosted by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, and Peter Lee, head of the fledgling health insurance marketplace dubbed Covered California. Starting at 1:30 p.m. at the UC San Diego Hospital Auditorium.

PHOTO CREDIT: Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor, in 2011. Hector Amezcua/The Sacramento Bee.


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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