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THE NOONER for December 9, 2013

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  • CD24 (Santa Barbara): added retired businessman Paul Coyne (D)
  • CD24 (Santa Barbara): added businessman Justin Fareed (R)
  • CD24 (Santa Barbara): added Santa Barbara councilmember Dale Francisco (R)
  • CD24 (Santa Barbara): added actor/writer/businessman Chris Mitchum (R)
  • AD50 (West Los Angeles): added attorney Bradley Torgan (R)

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SANDY EGGO: Poll: Mayor’s race a dead heat [Craig Gustafson @ UTSD] - Kevin "Faulconer, a Republican, has a slight lead with support from 47 percent of likely voters compared to 46 percent for [David] Alvarez, a Democrat. Seven percent of voters remain undecided."

Meanwhile, Bob Filner will be sentenced today for the convictions arrising out of the harassment charges.

Also today, the recount requested by Susan Shelley in AD45 commences. 

CD45 (Irvine): Handicapping the race to replace Campbell [Martin Wisckol @ OCR]

$$$: San Bernardino Police Get Second $1 Million Raise [Ed Mendel @ CalPensions] - "Following the city charter, a reluctant San Bernardino city council last week approved a police pay raise costing about $1 million, the second $1 million police salary increase since the city filed for bankruptcy last year. The four council members who voted for the 3 percent pay hike all criticized a city charter provision linking San Bernardino to the average police pay in 10 other cities, most much wealthier with higher per-capita income."

THE OTHER HALF: State, local governments take action on minimum wage [Don Lee @ LAT]


  • 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 Adam Gottlieb!




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  • 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


With Budget Surpluses Looming, Will Capitol Politicians Create Reserve?
Dan Walters @
So if California isn’t going to reform its tax system, as rejection of the Parsky commission report and the subsequent income tax hike imply, will it heed the advice of the commission’s minority about reserves?

Lack of parking will block in 49ers on weeknight games
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @
A lack of game-night parking has the 49ers putting the brakes on high-profile "Monday Night Football" games at their new, billion-dollar stadium in Santa Clara.

Neel Kashkari Seeks To Build Image As Republican "Fighting For The Poor"
David Siders @
Kashkari, 40, is expected to join a small field of Republicans bidding to unseat Brown next year. None of them is well known to the electorate, according to a Field Poll last week, but Kashkari’s slate is the blankest of them all. His activities in recent months suggest the difficulties of a candidate who, lacking any record in elected office, must establish his political profile in one brief run-up to a campaign.

Senate Republican Leader Proposes Statewide Ban on Public Transit Strikes
Calling it an essential public service that must be protected, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) said today that it is time for the California Legislature to prohibit strikes against public transit systems in California. Senator Huff proposed the idea during an interview with Ronn Owens on KGO radio in San Francisco.

Dan Walters Daily: Legislature's rising popularity not its own doing
Alexei Koseff @
The Legislature's once-dismal poll numbers are turning around, but that's simply a reflection of the state's economic health, Dan says.

Californians Deserve To Know How A Bullet Train Will Be Financed
George Skelton @
The California rail authority's chairman has some ideas, but we haven't heard from Gov. Brown.

Tensions Rise as Indiana Schools Chief and Governor Clash Over New Agency
In a public political fight, the top education official, an elected Democrat, has accused the Republican governor of undermining her office.

Ruling In Detroit Could Affect San Bernardino Bankruptcy Case
Ryan Hagen @
A Detroit bankruptcy judge’s decision that pensions can be cut in a bankruptcy case might increase the possibility that the same could be done here.

Covered California Gave Consumers' Contact Info To Agents
Chad Terhune @
Covered California shares consumers' contact data with agents to try to boost health insurance enrollment. Is it a breach of privacy?

San Bernardino Police Get Second $1 Million Raise
Ed Mendel @
Following the city charter, a reluctant San Bernardino city council last week approved a police pay raise costing about $1 million, the second $1 million police salary increase since the city filed for bankruptcy last year.

$24.7B water plan unveiled by Calif. officials
California Water officials have released a draft copy of a $24.7 billion plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, in part by building two 30-mile tunnels to ensure stable water delivery to millions of Californians.

Political Blotter: Skinner will offer bill to protect unpaid interns
Josh Richman @
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner will offer a bill to protect unpaid interns from sexual harassment and other workplace discrimination; also, Gov. Jerry Brown appeals to President Barack Obama for additional aid for recovery from the Rim Fire.

Barnidge: Covered California Has Fared Better With Health Reform Than Obama
Tom Barnidge Contra Costa Times Columnist @
Covered California, one of 16 state-run health insurance exchanges that administer the plan independent of the federal government, quietly has gone about finding coverage for thousands of uninsured clients.

UC needs to take a more realistic picture of its budget
Senator Anthony Cannella @
The claims UC makes for greater funding in order to freeze tuition gives me pause.

Lessons from Detroit; pension 'gut check' for IL Republicans
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Budget negotiators look at military pensions
Can savings from military pensions be part of the solution to avoid deeper cuts from defense next month?

Obamas, Bushes head for S. Africa; president will speak at Mandela memorial
Julie Pace @
President Barack Obama headed to South Africa on Monday to speak at a national memorial service for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. He was joined on Air Force One by former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

AM Alert
Alexei Koseff @
Whether the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is the solution to decades of conflict over California's water supply is heavily debated. But after seven years in the making, the environmental impact report for the project - which proposes construction of two enormous tunnels to divert freshwater from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south state - is finally ready for scrutiny.

Good News For Homeowners: Property Taxes Will Barely Go Up In 2014
Jessica Calefati @
Under the landmark tax-revolt measure passed in 1978, county tax officials can increase a home's assessed value each year by 2 percent or the inflation rate -- whichever is lower.

Senate Dems push Obama nominees, GOP bides time
Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.

State, Local Governments Take Action On Minimum Wage
Don Lee @
With Washington tied up on other issues, states and municipalities are handling minimum-wage increases on their own.

Sacramento, Calif.: A Decade After Firestorm, California Panel's Recommendations Have Mixed Record | Mct National News | Mcclatchy Dc
The Blue Ribbon Fire Commission's subsequent 232-page report ranks among the state's most comprehensive looks at California's wildfire danger. Over the years, though, its more than 40 recommendations have met an uneven fate.