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THE NOONER for December 17, 2013

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TWEET DU JOUR: @vanillaice - "I've seen some people so stressed out that they forget to enjoy the holidays. 'Stop collaborate and listen'"

1-800-426-1112: Jerry Brown, urged to run for president, won't rule out 2016 bid


A: "Did you hear that Bill Lockyer took a job with the Orange County office of the multi-national law firm Brown Rudnick?"

B: "Really? He's stepping down as Treasurer a year early? I'm going to miss having him as the adult in the room. I guess we now have Jerry for that role."

A: "No, he's not stepping down. He'll stay in office until his successor takes office in January 2015."

B: "Isn't Treasurer a full-time job?"

A: "Apparently, there's not much to do as Treasurer, other than selling bonds and chairing the following boards and commissions:"

  • California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority
  • California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission
  • California Debt Limit Allocation Committee
  • California Educational Facilities Authority
  • California Health Facilities Financing Authority
  • California Industrial Development Financing Advisory Commission
  • California Pollution Control Financing Authority
  • California School Finance Authority
  • California Tax Credit Allocation Committee
  • California Transportation Financing Authority
  • California Urban Waterfront Area Restoration Financing Authority
  • Local Investment Advisory Board
  • Pooled Money Investment Board
  • ScholarShare Investment Board (for the Golden State ScholarShare Trust)

B: "Is that it? That sounds like a lot of boards to serve on!"

A: "Oh, those are just the ones that he chairs. He also serves on the following:"

  • California Earthquake Authority
  • California Housing Finance Agency
  • California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
  • California Public Library Construction and Renovation Board
  • Commission on State Mandates
  • Economic Recovery Financing Committee
  • Pension Obligation Bond Committee
  • Public Employees' Retirement System Board of Administration (CalPERS)
  • State Public Works Board
  • State Teachers' Retirement System Board (STRS)
  • Veterans' Debenture Finance Committee
  • Veterans' Finance Committee of 1943

"Beyond those, there are another 33 bond advisory committees chaired by the Treasurer."

B: "Okay, I get that he probably won't be asked to do much until he leaves office. But, couldn't the law firm create a conflict of interest as he serves on boards like CalPERS and CalSTRS, which may have investments in Brown Rudnick's clients?"

A: "Conflicts are in the eye of the beholder. Maybe the Treasurer wouldn't moonlight if we paid him just half as much as Orange County pays its county executive officer."


Speaking of that pay, the State Controller released new city and county salary data yesterday.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Debra Bowen tweeted this yesterday "Voter turnout in recent #AD45 #AD52 #SD26 #AD54 special legislative elections all under 12%"

LICK YOUR LIPS, CONSULTANTS: An initiative was submitted for title and summary to require teacher layoffs to be based on performance rather than seniority. The named proponent is former Schwarzenegger communications guru and GOP consultant Matt David. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley investor Tom Steyer is promising to take an oil severance tax to next year's ballot.

AB 1266 REFERENDUM UPDATE: With significantly higher validity rates in Riverside and Santa Clara counties than expected, AB 1266 referendum will move to a full count if 77.1% of the signatures in the remaining 13 counties (Tulare has no signatures) are deemed valid. t's going to be damn close, and Los Angeles, San Berdoo and Sandy Eggo will be key.

  • Number of counties reporting random sample: 44
  • Percent of sampled reported valid: 79.13% (233,838)
  • 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 Senator Steve Knight and LBUSD candidate Uduak Ntuk.




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  • 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.


Gov. Jerry Brown Opposes Government-Imposed Standards For Schools
Anthony York @
In an on-stage interview, the California governor says some educational experiences can't be captured in standardized testing.

Obama To Meet With Silicon Valley Tech Stars Tuesday On Health Care, NSA
Carla Marinucci @
President Obama will convene a meeting Tuesday to discuss the bungled health care rollout, National Security Agency surveillance and other tech-related issues with Silicon Valley tech stars includi...

Billionaire Tom Steyer to push California lawmakers for oil-extraction tax
Josh Richman @
Tom Steyer, a Bay Area hedge fund billionaire with two ballot-measure victories under his belt, is launching a public education campaign to pressure California's lawmakers to enact an oil-extraction tax.

Jerry Brown On California Health Care Roll-out: 'Satisfaction Would Be Too Strong A Word'
Emma Green @
As states rolled out new marketplaces for buying health care insurance this fall, California got mixed reviews. The state's administration bragged that enrollment numbers are high, indicating that it would hit its target for getting people signed up for insurance in 2013. But over the last several weeks, reporters have wondered whether low enrollment among the state's Latinos portends bad news to come: The Hispanic population is one of the youngest and least-covered in the country, and both the White House and California's state governments were eager to see high enrollment numbers among that group.

New Campaign For A California Oil Extraction Tax Underway
Phil Willon @
San Francisco Bay Area hedge fund manager Tom Steyer on Monday launched a statewide campaign, aimed at prompting action by state lawmakers, to impose a new extraction tax on oil produced in California.

Union to begin voting this week on UC contract
A union representing more than 12,000 researchers, technical employees and health care professionals for the University of California is expected to vote this week on a contract that would provide wage increases and retain retirement benefits.

New Report Gives Access To California Local Government Pay
Dan Walters @
California's highest paid city employee last year was the city manager of Buena Park, who was paid $545,394 in 2012, according to the latest compilation of local salary data by state Controller John Chiang's office.

Budget deal clears key Senate vote
Lisa Mascaro @
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan budget deal that reduces the risk of a government shutdown cleared a key vote Tuesday in the Senate as Republicans joined Democrats to boost the bill toward final passage.

SD Water War Moves To Court
Michael Gardner @
A judge will hear arguments on Tuesday to determine whether the Metropolitan Water District overcharges the San Diego County Water Authority by millions of dollars every year and in doing so subsidizes cheaper rates for users across the rest of Southern California.

Obama To Meet With High-Tech CEOs On, NSA
Juliet Eilperin @
President Obama will meet Tuesday with some of the nation's leading high-tech executives to discuss how to improve and the federal IT contracting system, along with his administration's approach to national security, a White House official said.

Billionaire to push California lawmakers for oil tax
Juliet Williams @
Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer said Monday that he will launch a campaign next year urging California lawmakers to approve taxes on companies that extract oil in the state.

Jerry Brown 'Haunted' By High School Test Question About A Leaf
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown has made his displeasure with standardized school tests plain any number of times since taking office in 2011. On Monday, by way of explanation, he offered his story about a leaf.

Jerry Brown, urged to run for president, won't rule out 2016 bid
Mark Z. Barabak @
If he weren’t the nation’s oldest governor, a ripe 75, Jerry Brown would automatically be counted among serious Democratic candidates for president in 2016.

Senate vote means budget plan has bipartisan support
The Senate sent a clear message that the two-year bipartisan budget plan has strong bipartisan support, as it voted Tuesday 67 to 33 to remove a key hurdle to its passage.

Bill Lockyer Has A New Private-sector Job
Josh Richman @
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has joined the Orange County office of an international law firm, where he’ll practice law part-time until his term in office ends in January 2015.

California Controller John Chiang releases new county, city pay data
Jon Ortiz @
California Controller John Chiang issues city and county salary data for 2012.

California Agrees To Set Minimum Terms For Murderers
Paige St. John @
Facing allegations that California keeps convicted murderers and others serving life-with-parole terms in prison an excessive time, the state has agreed to set initial minimum sentences for those inmates.

Brown Praises Calif. Obamacare Rollout, Credits Prop 25 For Budget Health
Ben Adler @
Speaking at an event in Silicon Valley Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared California's Affordable Care Act rollout to be going "better" than the national effort and said the federal government should follow his state's budget strategy.

Redevelopment, CEQA Reform Are Intertwined Issues For 2014
Dan Walters @
Seemingly, devising a replacement for redevelopment and overhauling the California Environmental Quality Act are two discrete legislative issues. They are, however, intertwined in that both were legislative agenda items that didn’t bear fruit in 2013 and thus will be back in 2014, and that both potentially will impact how California evolves economically as it emerges from the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Senate Ends Budget Debate, Clearing Way for Passage
A bipartisan tax-and-spending plan cleared its final hurdle on Tuesday, with 67 senators voting to end debate on the measure and bring it to a final vote.

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer takes part-time job at Irvine law firm
Josh Richman @
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer will work part time with an international law firm, while serving out the final year of his term and ending his 46 years in politics.

Obama to talk health care with tech giants
The president will meet with tech company executives to discuss the health care website's progress.

Budget Deal Appears To Have Enough GOP Support To Clear Senate
Lisa Mascaro @
The Senate appears set to approve a budget deal after a handful of Republicans announce they will support the bill.