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THE NOONER for December 30, 2013

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  • SD14: added Fresno Unified trustee Luis Chavez (D)
  • SD23: added Calimesa councilmember Jeff Hewitt (L)
  • AD44: added Thousand Oaks councilmember Jacqui Irwin (D)

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  • Number of counties reporting random sample: 50
  • Percent of sampled reported valid: 79.04% (247,452)
  • Signatures remaining to be sampled: 301,259
  • Percent of remaining signatures needed to be valid to avoid failure: 77%
  • Average validity in two previous counts (health care rates and tribal referendum) in remaining counties: 73%
  • Random sample deadline: January 8, 2014  




  • Join the New Leaders Council for Sacramento's first networking event of 2014! Happy hour meet and greet this Thursday, January 2nd from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Dive Bar Sacramento, 1016 K Street, Sacramento. This happy hour is also an exclusive opportunity to meet some of our new 2014 fellows, before we publicly announce the 2014 class. NLC will provide hosted appetizers from Pizza Rock, and as an added bonus Thursday is Dueling Pianos night at Dive Bar, so after the happy hour stick around to enjoy the entertainment. The NLC Institute is a rigorous, six-month progressive entrepreneurship training program.
  • The fastest, most cost-effective way to learn the legislative process and effective advocacy. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov presents his introductory "Lobbying 101" and advanced "Lobbying 201" seminars January 23-24. $250 each. Valuable for principals / support staff at lobbying firms, organizations that employ lobbyists, public agencies. Complete info / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West Political Capacity Organizer (Los Angeles, Oakland or Sacramento). 150,000 member California healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive, motivated Regional Political Organizer, proven track record in political fundraising/union a must. Excellent benefits, career ladder. Salary $49k-$91k. Resume, letter, references:
  • 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:


Californians To Watch In 2014: Board Of Education President Michael Kirst Tries To Shepherd Complex School-Funding Overhaul To Reality
Jim Miller @
Michael Kirst will mark a half-century in the education policy trenches next year, an anniversary that coincides with major decisions on a landmark school-finance plan he crafted, sold to Gov. Jerry Brown, and now is trying to bring to fruition as president of the California State Board of Education.

Latinos Still Face Electoral Hurdles In California
ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press @
As Latinos surpass whites as California's largest racial or ethnic group early next year, more are getting elected to public office, including the mayors of Los Angeles and Sacramento, members of Congress, lieutenant governors and leaders of the state Legislature.

Resolutions For Better Politics In The New Year
George Skelton @
With 2013 quickly receding, here are some suggestions for California politicians, and a few others, for the new year.

Obama's Healthcare Law Takes Full Effect This Week
Noam N. Levey and Chad Terhune @
President Obama's healthcare law takes full effect Wednesday. Doctors and hospitals prepare for a rush of newly covered patients.

San Jose Pension Reforms Ruled Violation Of Rights
Ed Mendel @
A superior court ruling announced last week overturned key parts of a voter-approved San Jose pension reform: an attempt to cut employer costs for pensions earned by current workers in the future.

Q & A: Transforming Toxic School Cultures
Jane Meredith Adams @
For Anthony Muhammad, a widely recognized expert on school culture, the success of California’s big push to improve public schools rests on the ability of administrators and teachers to put aside blame, learn to talk to each other and work together to support their belief that every student can be successful – which is his definition of a healthy school culture.

The State Worker’s Top 10: Jerry Brown sends pay signal
Jon Ortiz @
Looking back at the 450 entries posted on The State Worker blog in 2013, news about government compensation drew more views than any other topic.

Israel Publishes New List Of Palestinian Prisoners To Be Released
Batsheva Sobelman @
JERUSALEM -- Amid political and public debate, Israel approved the latest list of Palestinian prisoners it plans to release from jail this week, the government said Saturday night. It would be the third such group released in recent months.

Official Who Oversaw Health Law's Rollout is Retiring
Robert Pear @
The No. 2 official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who supervised the troubled rollout of President Obama’s health care law, is retiring, administration officials said Monday.

Federal Stance On Tribal Casinos Touches Off California Fights
Anthony York @
Obama administration's broader policies on casinos may yield more land approvals for California tribes, but not without opposition.

Open Seats On Los Angeles County Board Generate Feeding Frenzy
Dan Walters @
There are just five supervisors in a county with 10 million residents, and until Gloria Molina joined the board a couple of decades ago, they were known as the “five little kings” for their immense authority.

Navajo Nation Struggles With Same-sex Marriage
Saba Hamedy @
The Navajo Nation banned same-sex marriage in 2005, but some hope to reverse that since gay marriage became legal in New Mexico.

Corruption Trial Exposes Problems At East Bay Anti-poverty Agency
Presidents and anti-poverty programs changed, but for decades the Alameda County Associated Community Action Program, or ACAP, was an obscure mainstay distributing federal money to empower low-income residents.

Editorial: Kamala Harris should leave bias at the door
The Editorial Board @
The Bee’s editorial board takes a dim view of most ballot measures. But the attorney general’s job is to play it straight. With initiative season upon us again, Harris needs to leave her political biases at the door.

Utah Ruling on Marriage Puts Judge in Spotlight
Judge Robert J. Shelby is in an unaccustomed spotlight since his decision in favor of same-sex marriage.

Nevada to miss medical marijuana deadline
State officials say they'll miss the Nevada Legislature's April 1 deadline to begin accepting applications from medical marijuana providers and growers.

2013: A Great Year For Scandal, Incompetence And Corruption
Steve Lopez @
It's time to salute Sheriff Baca, IBEW executive Brian D'Arcy and L.A. Unified, among others, for contributing to a great news year. Now for the scandals of 2014.

The Roundup: Pensions past, present and future; another city struggles with retirement costs
Jon Ortiz @
Want more? For stories of interest to state employees, check out the State Worker's constantly updated News & Views feed by clicking here. Follow @TheStateWorker on Twitter and check out The State Worker community page on Facebook for links, comments and insights into our reports, blog posts and columns.

Democrats Turn to Minimum Wage as 2014 Strategy
Democratic leaders turn to federal minimum wage and a campaign to place state-level minimum wage proposals on the ballot in states with hotly contested congressional races.

Employees Of Motion Picture & Television Fund Ratify Contract
Richard Verrier @
The Motion Picture & Television Fund and the union representing its healthcare workers have agreed to a new contract.

L.A. Ban On Plastic Grocery Bags Takes Effect Jan. 1
Howard Blume @
Some Los Angeles grocery store customers will have to adjust to a lifestyle change come Jan. 1, when a ban on plastic bags takes effect.

Dan Walters Daily: Unemployment rate belies California's real job problem
Dan Walters @
As California gets back to work, the increasing disparity between coastal and inland communities is troublesome, Dan says.

Pot, guns and paparazzi: New laws run gamut in US
The new year is bringing a host of new laws taking effect in January or thereabouts. A look at some state and local laws that are making news: