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THE NOONER for December 6, 2013

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  • CD37 (Culver City): added author/management consultant Mervin Evans (D)
  • CD45 (Irvine): added Anaheim mayor Tom Tait (R)
  • SD23 (E. San Bernardino): added San Jacinto councilmember Crystal Ruiz (R)
  • AD40 (E. San Bernardino): added Rancho Cucamonga councilmember Marc Steinorth (R)

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Good morning from San Francisco, where I'm speaking this morning to college faculty and staff before heading to Sandy Eggo for the California School Boards Association convention. Thus, it'll be a quickie Nooner this chilly Friday morning. Fortunately, we have an early Capitol Connection podcast to listen to. Anthony and John talk the 2014 polls released today.

MONEY MATTERS: FPPC asks Kevin de León about Latino Caucus contribution to Calderon group [Laurel Rosenhall @ SacBee] - "The state's Fair Political Practices Commission today sent [Kevin] de León a letter saying it may initiate an investigation into the contribution. The FPPC is exploring whether it constituted a payment made at the behest of a government official, which has to be reported under California law. De León's chief of staff said the senator helped mediate the chairmanship fight but was not involved in any financial transactions."

AD10 (Marin-Petaluma):  Santa Rosa Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom 'taking a look' at Assembly seat [Derek Moore @ SRPD] - "Santa Rosa Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom, who until recently was a candidate for state Senate, now is weighing a bid for the 10th District Assembly seat held by Marc Levine. "It's something I'm taking a look at, but I'm not ready to make any announcements," Carlstrom said this week."

THE BENCH: The governor made 18 judicial appointments yesterday to a variety of superior courts.


  • Number of counties reporting random sample: 32
  • Percent of sampled reported valid: 76.67% (110,602)
  • Percent of signatures collected needed to be valid to qualify and avoid full count: 90.39%
  • Percent of signatures collected needed to be valid to to avoid failure without full count: 78.06%
  • Random sample deadline: January 8, 2014

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Stuart Waldman!

Have a great weekend, and stay warm!




  • Request for Proposals -- CAL-FFL (CA-based Second Amendment / economic rights org) is seeking proposals for 2014 leg tracking/advocacy. Email for full RFP and instructions.
  • The California Psychological Association seeks a Grassroots/PAC Manager. This Sacramento-based position will work with the Director of Government Affairs to devise and implement grassroots program for member association, plan legislative events, and oversee day-to-day activity of the political action committee. Strong organizational, verbal/written, and interpersonal skills needed. Competitive salary and benefits. Please send resume to Amanda Levy, CPA's Director of Government Affairs, at
  • California Association of Councils of Governments. "CALCOG," a nonprofit member benefit organization for regional public agencies (COGs, RTPAs, and MPOs), seeks full-time analyst with the right blend of subject matter expertise, communication savvy, political sensitivity, and administrative skill. The successful applicant will be self-directed and willing to work (at times) independently. We have a very small staff. We also welcome independent contractors or other contract proposals that can fill our need competitively. Salary (or contract) will depend on experience, but we are a small nonprofit; plan accordingly. Excellent writing skills are a must--and a sense of humor are appreciated. EOE. Please send a resume, acceptable salary (or contract) range, and an email transmittal that briefly introduces yourself to
  • California State University, Los Angeles is seeking an Associate Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs. This position will oversee strategic communications, media relations, marketing, branding, and coordinate events and publications that benefit the entire university. Competitive salary and benefits are available for a seasoned communications professional. Please visit our website at under "Management Positions" to learn more about the position.
  • Political Collectibles Show & Sale in Sacramento
    Saturday, December 7, 2013 10 AM - 2 PM, Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento
    Buy, sell, and trade campaign buttons, political posters, advertising pinbacks, and interesting types of pop culture memorabilia at Northern California's annual APIC gathering. Please bring patriotic and vintage WWII items for an exhibit honoring America's armed forces.  Dealer tables are available for $20; additional tables $10. Admission: $3 Contact Adam Gottlieb at or (916) 956-2030.
  • Pacific McGeorge's Mike Belote Annual Endowed Capital Center Lecture Series presents "Protecting Individual Privacy in the Internet Age" Thursday Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. Sutter Club, 1220 9th Street. Free, Register at:
  • Tulchin Research, a leading Democratic polling and strategic consulting firm based in downtown San Francisco, seeks an Analyst for a full-time exempt position. Tulchin Research provides consulting services to candidates for elected office, ballot measure campaigns, labor unions, non-profits, corporations, and foundations. More information on the Tulchin Research website, and interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to


Kentucky's Governor Visits Capitol Hill To Praise Healthcare Law
Michael A. Memoli @
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear meets with fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill to discuss President Obama's healthcare law.

Special Election For State Senate Seat Set For March 25
Patrick McGreevy @
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday called a special election for March 25 to fill a vacancy in the state Senate created when Republican Sen. Bill Emmerson of Redlands abruptly resigned effective Dec. 1.

Realtors Give $500k To California Dems As Short-sale Dispute Ends
Jim Miller @
The California Association of Realtors' political action committee gave $500,000 to the state Democratic Party the day before the Democrat-dominated Franchise Tax Board effectively resolved a months-long legislative fight over the state's tax treatment of short sales.

Jerry Brown Is The Only One Who Can Upend His Re-Election
Dan Walters @
Two statewide polls told us this week that there’s probably just one person who could thwart Gov. Jerry Brown’s bid for a historic fourth term next year. And that’s Jerry Brown.

Have Voters Forgotten Who Abel Maldonado Is? - Politics Blog

FPPC Asks Kevin De León About Latino Caucus Contribution To Calderon Group
Laurel Rosenhall @
California's political watchdog agency is asking state Sen. Kevin de León for more information about a $25,000 contribution the Legislature's Latino Caucus made to a nonprofit group run by former Assemblyman Tom Calderon.

Californians' approval rate of Legislature rises dramatically
Thomas Peele Contra Costa Times @
The legislature received a 40 percent approval rating, its highest grade in the last 19 polls. That 44 percent of the voters still disapprove of the lawmakers' performance is a far lower number than just three years ago, when 80 percent gave legislators a thumbs down.

Sacramento: High-Speed Rail Officials Say Plan Is On Schedule
California high-speed rail officials sought to allay concerns about the future of the project Thursday after a series of legal and regulatory rulings that appear to jeopardize some parts of the $68 billion plan.

A National First: Sebastopol Picks Pot Dispensary Owner As Mayor - Politics Blog
Here's another marijuana-in-politics first: A marijuana activist is now mayor of a city. This week, the Sebastopol City Council selected Robert Jacob -- the founder and executive director of Peace ...

CalPERS sets knowledge standards for board members
Jon Ortiz @
California’s largest public pension and health care administrator wants its leaders to possess ‘core competencies.’

8th Lawmaker on Maui Junket Identified
A Central Valley Republican legislator becomes the eighth state lawmaker to confirm participation in a special interest-funded junket to Maui.

Unions Challenge DWP Contract
David Zahniser @
A labor coalition says it may sue over the DWP's contract with the city because a provision would require workers who transfer to the utility to make up the difference in pension costs.

Black Students Lagging In Admissions To University Of California| Reuters
Sharon Bernstein @
Black students have been admitted to the University of California at starkly lower rates since racial consideration was banned in public college admissions in the state, especially at the most prestigious campuses, a report showed on Thursday.

High-speed Rail Authority To Try Again To Get Bond Approval
Jessica Calefati @
Less than two weeks ago, a Sacramento judge denied the state's request to "validate" the sale of the bonds. The state sought this distinction to protect the California High-Speed Rail Authority from future lawsuits.

L.A. Sues Wells Fargo And Citigroup, Alleging Predatory Lending
Andrew Khouri @
The city of Los Angeles accused banking giants Wells Fargo & Co. and Citigroup Inc. of a “continuous pattern and practice” of mortgage discrimination that led to a wave of foreclosures, reduced property tax revenue and increased costs for city services.

Viewpoints: Five reasons why Jerry Brown makes sense as a presidential candidate
Bill Whalen @
If it’s a spirited debate that Democrats crave for 2016, here’s a suggestion: Try to convince Jerry Brown to give the presidency one last try.

Obama Talks Up Obamacare, The Nsa And Pope Francis On Msnbc’s Hardball |
In an hour-long interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews held at American University in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama defended the improved site, played down concerns about NSA surveillance, and lavished praise on Pope Francis, Joe Biden and his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

California Legislature rises in estimation of voters
Jeremy B. White @
As surely as lobbyists can rely on finding work in Sacramento, Californians can be counted on to disapprove of their Legislature’s performance. But the level of skepticism toward state legislators appears to be ebbing as the state’s fiscal footing firms.

Capitol Connection Podcast: Polls Pushing To 2014 |

Zócalo Public Square :: What Makes Sriracha Stink
zocalo public square @
by Joe Mathews|December 5, 2013

Unemployment benefits loom in budget talks
The top Democratic negotiator wants to extend unemployment benefits in the emerging fiscal deal.

Live chat Q&A: What new pension rulings mean for California
Sacramento Bee reporters Dale Kasler and Jon Ortiz answer questions about how recent rulings on pensions may affect Californians. Join them beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Brown puts Mill Valley lawyer on S.F. Superior Court
Schulman, 56, of Mill Valley, a UC Berkeley Law School graduate, has practiced law since 1984, most recently as a partner and senior counsel in the San Francisco office of the international business law firm Crowell and Moring, where he has worked since 2009. In 2010, he represented the UC regents before the state Supreme Court in a successful defense of a California law allowing undocumented immigrants who attended high school in the state to pay the same tuition fees as other residents.