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THE NOONER for December 16, 2013

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  • CD08 (SB High Desert): added Paul Hannosh (R)
  • CD09 (San Joaquin): added Karen Davis (R)
  • CD47 (Long Beach): added Andy Whallon (R)

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NOTHING TO SEE HERE: In Thousand Oaks speech, California treasurer sounds alarm on state's future [Rachel McGrath @ VCStar] - "California is a ticking time bomb of issues that must be resolved in order to secure the economic and social future of the state. That was the message from California Treasurer Bill Lockyer to a group of Ventura County residents attending Supervisor Linda Parks' quarterly dinner series Thursday in Thousand Oaks."

"'The teacher retirement system, in 30 years, implodes. If it doesn't get fixed, there won't be a teacher retirement system in 30 years,' Lockyer said. 'We are currently $5 billion a year short of what we have to do just to keep it solvent.'"

Road trip for local, state pols [Rick Orlov @ LADN] - "In the category of "Become a politician and see the world," a group of local and state officials traveled to Israel last week on a trip paid for by the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles."

THIS SHOULD BE FUN: Assemblymember Mike Gatto invites you to help write legislation via a wiki-style page. Well, it would be fun if the topic wasn't limited to Probate. (No offense to my wonderful Trust, Wills and Estates law professor Evelyn Lewis.)

AD17 (East San Francisco): Assembly District 17 race to test S.F. voting patterns [Marisa Lagos @ SFChron] - "As Supervisors David Campos and David Chiu campaign next year in a race to represent San Francisco in the Assembly, voters won't just be weighing their legislative records or political leanings. If history is any indication, they also will be considering their very different minority identities."

SF: Ammiano top rival for Lee in 2015, new poll shows [Matier and Ross @ SFChron] - "A new San Francisco poll is turning some heads with its finding that longtime progressive hero Tom Ammiano could give Mayor Ed Lee quite a run for his money in 2015."



  • Number of counties reporting random sample: 41
  • Percent of sampled reported valid: 78.51% (207,202)
  • 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 




  • California School Boards Association-Legislative Advocate: Researches, analyzes evaluates proposed and current state & federal legislation, legislative issues, statutes, regulations, and policies; communicates and advocates to influence opinion in favor of public education. Salary based on experience. Details at:
  • Southern California Democratic Member of Congress seeking full-time finance director. Applicant should be self-starter, able to work independently as well as in consultation with senior staff. Responsibilities include planning fundraising events, organizing call time, pledge collection and compliance with campaign finance regulations. Must also be available to attend political events and assist local Party efforts. Finance director works out of Los Angeles-area political office. Candidate should have at least one year of campaign/government/fundraising experience. Salary commensurate with experience. Email resume to
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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.


Billionaire to lobby Calif. lawmakers for oil tax
Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer says he will launch a campaign next year urging California lawmakers to approve taxes on companies that extract oil in the state.

UC reaches tentative labor deal with staff workers
The University of California has reached a tentative labor agreement with the union that represents more than 12,000 technical employees, researchers and health care professionals. Kalmijn, a staff research associate at UC San Diego, said the often acrimonious negotiating climate improved after Janet Napolitano was appointed as UC president by the Board of Regents this summer. In a statement released Sunday, UC Vice President of Human Resources Dwaine Duckett called the tentative contracts "fair terms for our hard-working employees."

Budget Splits Senate Appropriators
Tuesday’s cloture vote on the short-term budget compromise in the Senate rests squarely on the 14 Republicans on the Appropriations Committee.

More Storage May Be California's Most Important Water Issue
Dan Walters @
The release last week of detailed plans for building water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta touches off a legal and political battle that could take years to resolve. The tunnels, however, are merely one aspect of securing an adequate and dependable water supply for the state – and perhaps not even the most important aspect.

Some Senate appropriators oppose budget deal
Tuesday's cloture vote on the short-term budget compromise in the Senate rests squarely on the 14 Republicans on the Appropriations Committee.

USC, UC Presidents Among Country's Top Paid School Execs, Survey Says
Jason Song @
Annual survey reveals private and public school presidents' total pay in 2011 -- many including USC's Max Nikias' topping $1 million.

Union reaches deal with UC system on contract
A union representing nearly 15,000 researchers, technical employees and health care professionals for the University of California has reached a tentative deal on their contract with the system.

Shaky Rationale Behind Brown Tunnel Plan
George Skelton @
Promoters of a $25-billion plumbing project say a major quake could topple levees. Experts find holes in that argument.

Oakland ballpark backers tout waterfront site
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @
Imagine AT&T Park flanked by giant shipping cranes - that's pretty much the vision A's boosters have for a 38,000-seat ballpark at the Port of Oakland, just west of Jack London Square.

Ca 17: Khanna Seeks To Oust True Blue Mike Honda
We’ve watched U.S. Rep. Mike Honda for decades, since he was a planning commissioner and Santa Clara County supervisor, and have always known him as a nice, friendly, feckless liberal who never did much except vote the Democratic Party line as handed down by party and labor leaders.

Budget Negotiators See Tax Overhaul Up Next - Washington Wire - Wsj
Ms. Murray, sitting beside Mr. Ryan in the room where they hashed out the budget deal, said she agreed it is time for action.

Political Blotter: Do unto others as Croatia would do unto you?
Josh Richman @
Maybe following Croatia's lead on banning same-sex marriage isn't such a great idea; also, Dianne Feinstein wants airline passengers to keep it quiet.

PG&E Worker Wins $1 Million In Santa Cruz Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
Stephen Baxter @
A 44-year-old former PG&E power line worker was awarded more than $1 million in a recent civil lawsuit after he made safety complaints and was fired in 2012.

More storage may be California’s most important water issue
Dan Walters @
While California fights over whether to build twin tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to carry water, a more important issue may be whether the state has enough reservoir capacity to capture winter rains.

Nix, not fix: GOP pushed on health law
It's a dicey situation for both establishment Republican candidates and their tea-party inspired opponents.

Hatch Joins Other Republicans in Supporting Budget Deal
A compromise plan now seems to have enough votes to overcome a filibuster threat in the Senate and move on to passage by a simple majority there.

Report: Many private college presidents make $1M
KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press @
Presidents at 42 private colleges scaled the $1 million annual mark in total pay and benefits in 2011 -- a slight bump from the year before, according to a survey based on the latest federal tax information from the 500 private schools with the largest endowments.

Federal workers' pensions targeted
Under the House-passed budget bill, federal civilian employees will help fund the government.

State's Top Insurance Cop Touts Three Major Cases In The Last Month
Marc Lifsher @
Eric Weirich, a deputy commissioner at the Insurance Department, says his force of 275 is 'the premier law enforcement agency, period.'

G.O.P. Firebrands Tone Down Their Message and Run Again
Republican candidates who benefited from the Tea Party in 2010, but lost two years later, hope to rebound next year by focusing on the health care law.

Poll on Obamacare: Unease, dismay
The survey finds that health care remains politically charged going into next year's elections.

U.S. Economic Recovery Is Expected To Gain Strength In 2014
Don Lee and Shan Li @
The nation's economic outlook has vastly improved in recent weeks with signs of stronger job growth, bigger gains in personal incomes and an improving housing market.