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Update: Both houses of state legislature pass $96.3 billion Democratic budget

State Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, second from left, discusses Gov. Jerry Brown's education plans, during a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, April 25, 2013.
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Update 3:52 p.m.: Budget passes both houses of legislature

After an opening fiery partisan debate, California’s legislature approved a $96.3 billion budget bill Friday and lawmakers were zipping through more than 20 trailer bills that implement the plan.

Both houses approved AB110 on party-line votes: 28-10 in the Senate and 54-25 in the Assembly.

The budget included historic reforms to public school funding and $5 billion to repay debt the state owes, including $2 billion to public schools.

Republicans in both houses criticized the plan for failing to pay down more of the state’s debt and for keeping the state’s growing pension liabilities off the ledger.

Asm. Jeff Gorrell (R-Camarillo) said the plan relied too heavily on temporary taxes voters approved with Prop 30 and that it contains additional spending that will come back to hurt the state once the higher sales and income taxes passed by voters last fall expire.


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Hahn: Supreme Court port ruling will impact neighborhoods

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that the port can not require truckers to have an off-street parking plan.
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All politics are local — even when the U.S. Supreme Court is involved.

San Pedro Congresswoman Janice Hahn says the High Court's decision this week on the Port of L.A.'s clean trucks program will have a direct impact on the port's neighbors. 

The Supreme Court left intact the central part of the port's clean trucks program, which requires cargo haulers to use modern rigs that run on cleaner fuels.

But the court ruled that the port can not require truckers to have an off-street parking plan. And that, says Hahn, could make life tough for those who live near the ports. Hahn, a Democrat who also used to represent the port area as an L.A. City Councilwoman, says the city can and does enforce some regulations.

"We tried doing no parking, we've limited the streets that trucks can drive on," Hahn says. "What you find in Los Angeles, of course, is there's not all that many parking enforcement officers. It's one of the things that always seems to be getting cut."

The Supreme Court ruled that the port can not threaten fines or prison for terminal operators who hire cargo haulers who have violated parts of the clean trucks program. That authority, the court said, rests with the federal government.


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Maven's Morning Coffee: Garcetti's tour of LA, a dip into water districts, a bridge for Willie Brown

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is touring LA, meeting with Angelenos before he is sworn into office on July 1.
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Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Friday, June 14, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Sen. Dianne Feinstein says NSA does not need a court order to search a database of call data, according to Politico. "Feinstein said that she would be open to contemplating changes to the program, in particular legislation that would prevent contractors from handling highly classified data," according to the site.

California lawmakers are considering a proposal to name the Bay Bridge after former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, reports Capitol Alert.


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Ethics Commission fines two Villaraigosa donors in mayoral money laundering case

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club ON January 14, 2013 in Washington. Villaraigosa spoke about immigration reform, gun laws and other issues.

Two donors to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's 2009 election campaign have been ordered to pay $35,000 in fines as a penalty for campaign money laundering, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission said Thursday.

Cindy Baek, who works in the real estate title industry was fined $15,000. She is accused of soliciting donations from business acquaintances to the Villaraigosa campaign, which is legal, and then reimbursing those who gave, which is not.

She reimbured $6,000 in contributions that were given in others' names in June 2008, the Ethics Commission report said. City and state laws require campaign donors to give only their own funds in their own names. Baek did not return a call seeking comment about the fine.

The commission also fined Young Ran Kim for laundering $8,000 contributions to the Villaraigosa for Mayor 2009 campaign. Those contributions were made in others' names in June 2008. Contact and background information for Kim was not immediately available. Contributions from him do not appear on the city campaign finance website.


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Governor still determined to dismantle state's enterprise zones

Then-deputy LA mayor Austin Beutner and Laurie Hughes of the "Gateway to L.A." business improvement district at the 2010 announcement of the Century Boulevard corridor as a state Enterprise Zone.
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California lawmakers plan to vote Friday on a $96.3 billion state budget.   The plan includes many of the Governor’s key proposals, including one to change the funding formula for public schools.  But one significant omission will be Brown’s plan to eliminate enterprise zones.

In an 11th hour press release, Brown vowed to continue his fight to  “redirect” $750 million a year in state tax credits for businesses that invest in economically-depressed areas known as enterprise zones. The program is supposed to stimulate job growth and development, but Brown called it “wasteful” and “inefficient.”

The governor wants to spread the tax credits to businesses anywhere in the state that invest in manufacturing or that hire long-term unemployed, unemployed veterans or people on public assistance.


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