California Policy and Politics This Morning

On 'Face the Nation,' Jerry Brown tries managing expectations -- Asked by Bob Schieffer on the CBS public affairs show "Face the Nation" for any advice he might have for politicians, Brown said, "I've learned you don't get things done overnight. It does take time. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/29/12

Some slam California charger deal that ends allegations -- A $120 million settlement that allows an energy company to establish and operate a vast network of electric vehicle chargers in order to end a decade of legal battles over price-gouging during California's energy crisis has come under criticism from competitors and government officials who say the deal allows a huge head start in a burgeoning market in place of a penalty. ANDREW DALTON Associated Press -- 4/29/12

Former state Sen. Daniel Boatwright dies -- Daniel Boatwright, who for three decades was one of Contra Costa's most influential, hard-working and, at times, cantankerous elected officials, died Friday at his Clayton home. He was 82. Daniel Borenstein in the Contra Costa Times Dan Smith SacBee Capitol Alert -- 4/29/12

Walters: Democrats tax the rich -- and help some get richer -- One hears a lot of noise these days in and out of the Capitol about "the 1 percent" – those at the top of the income pecking order – and the moral imperative to levy higher taxes on them to support public services. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/29/12

Morain: State-ordered warnings generate mixed results -- Ira Reiner vaguely remembers the ballot measure he helped champion 25 years ago, back when he was a politician on the rise and groundwater contamination was the crisis of the day. Dan Morain in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/29/12

Munger touts tax plan in San Bernardino -- The woman behind a state ballot measure that would raise income taxes to boost public school funding told Inland Democrats on Saturday that her initiative would do more for children than a competing tax plan offered by Gov. Jerry Brown. JEFF HORSEMAN in the Riverside Press -- 4/29/12

Mad cow discovery reignites debate: Are U.S. food-safety laws too lax? -- America's beef industry and federal agriculture officials spent much of the past week reassuring the public that the nation's meat supply is safe, after the announcement that a California dairy cow tested positive for mad cow disease. Paul Rogers in the Contra Costa Times -- 4/29/12

The killing agency: Wildlife Services' brutal methods leave a trail of animal death -- The day began with a drive across the desert, checking the snares he had placed in the sagebrush to catch coyotes. Tom Knudson in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/29/12

Scrap heap may be last stop for secret slice of Navy history -- A secret chapter in American naval research could soon reach an ignoble close when a rusty barge and its once-classified contents leave Suisun Bay for the scrap heap. Matt Weiser in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/29/12

Foie gras chefs hungry for fight against ban -- More than 100 of California's best-known chefs have joined forces to fight the nation's first state law banning the sale of foie gras. Stacy Finz, Paolo Lucchesi in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/29/12


San Jose leaders to vote on shrinking new worker pensions -- Over objections from employee unions, the San Jose City Council will vote Tuesday to reduce pension benefits offered to future employees, a milestone in a quest to ease a burgeoning retirement bill that comes nearly a year and a half after voters overwhelmingly authorized the move. John Woolfolk in the Contra Costa Times -- 4/29/12

   Giving and Receiving

Lawmakers mix work with fundraising in Sacramento -- On almost any given weekday when the Legislature is in town, restaurants, bars and nightclubs near the Capitol play host to campaign fundraisers for lawmakers, with some places holding multiple, even simultaneous, events throughout the day. Wyatt Buchanan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/29/12

   Taxes - Fees

How Apple Sidesteps Billions in Taxes -- Yet, with a handful of employees in a small office here in Reno, Apple has done something central to its corporate strategy: it has avoided millions of dollars in taxes in California and 20 other states. CHARLES DUHIGG and DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI in the New York Times$ -- 4/29/12

Tech bigwig leads push for tax overhaul in San Francisco -- San Francisco's tech companies - along with their angel investor and mayoral booster Ron Conway - are starting to flex their muscle. And the first push is with Mayor Ed Lee's call for tax reform. Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/29/12

Borenstein: Ballot dishonesty demonstrates need for new state regulation of school-tax elections -- Mt. Diablo school trustees' plans to break their 2010 election promise by hiking bond tax rates by more than 50 percent should anger property owners who were lied to. Daniel Borenstein in the Contra Costa Times -- 4/29/12


Class of 2012 faces harsh reality of college expenses -- They passed multiple advanced placement courses, they took and retook college-entrance exams, they filled their résumés with extracurricular activities and they won the prized acceptance letters. Now many in the high school class of 2012 face the hardest test of all: how to finance the $24,000 to $60,000-plus annual cost of a college education. Sharon Noguchi in the San Jose Mercury -- 4/29/12

Lopez: Adults struggling to learn face new challenge -- In choosing whether to cut education for children or grown-ups, L.A. Unified needs focus on the young, but sacrificing adults is tragically short-sighted. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/29/12


Protests over Valley solar projects called a ploy -- A statewide labor group accused of fighting power plants on environmental grounds just to win job contracts has set its sights on the Valley's young solar industry. Kurtis Alexander in the Fresno Bee -- 4/29/12

Plastic bag wars kick off in L.A. -- With Los Angeles on the verge of becoming the nation's largest city to ban single-use bags at supermarkets and convenience stores, the plastics industry is beginning to fight back. Rick Orlov in the Torrance Daily Breeze -- 4/29/12


May Day protests won't include shutting down Golden Gate Bridge -- Unions and labor supporters including Occupy Oakland are planning to take to the streets Tuesday with a series of May Day actions, but those plans won't include disrupting morning commuters on the Golden Gate Bridge, organizers said. Matthew Artz in the Contra Costa Times -- 4/29/12

Police Used Illegal Weapons on Occupy Protesters -- Last week, as Oakland prepared for what organizers expect to be the largest Occupy Oakland protest since November, the city’s police department called a news conference to announce major reforms to its crowd-control policies. SHOSHANA WALTER Bay Citizen -- 4/29/12


Willie's World: A few tips for getting to the top in San Francisco society -- If San Francisco ever changes its civic seal, I have a suggestion: an open checkbook. Willie Brown in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/29/12

Muslims from Orange County see meaning in Manzanar -- There isn't much left at Manzanar, a heat-blasted, dust-blown patch of land at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. FRANK SHYONG in the Orange County Register -- 4/29/12

Times writers discuss Los Angeles riots and what has changed -- Los Angeles Times reporters, remembering the ’92 riots, look back on the days of unrest in four essays that question whether Los Angeles and its civic institutions are better off now than they were 20 years ago. Thomas Curwen in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/29/12

Unrest and aftermath transformed city, LAPD -- As Los Angeles burned 20 years ago, the man whose savage beating by LAPD officers sparked the flames of civil unrest responded not with bitterness or even the satisfaction of seeing revenge carried out in his name. Instead, a shaken Rodney King offered a simple plea: "Can we all get along?" Rick Orlov in the San Gabriel Tribune -- 4/29/12

Fading memories at Florence and Normandie -- Twenty years ago, the intersection was ground zero. Many of the neighbors are gone, and those who remain are tired of harping on the past. 'This is a different place now,' says a liquor store owner, pointing to the graffiti-free walls outside. But history is a tough thing to escape. Esmeralda Bermudez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/29/12

Next Bus: Never -- Last Monday, Muni canceled 43 bus runs, leaving passengers with long waits, with no warning and no explanation for the delays. The transit agency now cancels 35 to 45 runs each weekday to reduce overtime costs. As The Bay Citizen reported earlier this month, Muni is no longer paying overtime to replace drivers who call in sick. ZUSHA ELINSON Bay Citizen -- 4/29/12

Nerd Prom Warm Up -- While the other guests — including California Gov. Jerry Brown, former Obama aide Reggie Love, restaurateur José Andrés and “Sex in the City” scribe Darren Star — milled about, whetting their appetites for an epicurean feast orchestrated by chef Susan Gage, we decided to investigate how the Bradleys might eat on a non-gala night. Warren Rojas Heard on the Hill: Roll Call -- 4/29/12

   POTUS 44

Obama takes on the war on dogs, drunk texts from Hillary Clinton -- The jokes covered familiar topics: The Republican primary, super-PACs, Joe Biden, the GSA scandal and even the president's admission that he ate dog as a boy. What was different Saturday night was the joke teller. Jamie Klatell The Hill -- 4/29/12


White House correspondents’ dinner: Where Hollywood, Capitol Hill shine -- Hollywood and Washington went on a romantic date Saturday night in the basement ballroom of the Washington Hilton, where more than 2,000 politicians, celebrities, journalists and hangers-on dined on crabmeat terrine and chocolate truffles and belly-laughed at remarks delivered by President Obama and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel during the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Dan Zak in the Washington Post -- 4/29/12

18 funniest jokes by Jimmy Kimmel at the White House Correspondents' Dinner -- 1. To Obama: "I know you won't be able to laugh at my jokes about the Secret Service. Please cover your ears, if that's physically possible." TIM MAK Politico -- 4/29/12