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THE NOONER for January 2, 2014

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  • CD45 (Irvine): removed investor Pat Maciariello (G)
  • SD18 (W. San Fernando Valley): added architect Jack Lindblad (G)
  • AD10 (Marin-Sonoma): added Santa Rosa councilmember Erin Carlstrom (D)
  • AD10 (Marin-Sonoma): added Marin Community College trustee Diana Conti (D)
  • AD44 (Ventura): added pastor Rob McCoy (R)

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  • AD10 (Marin-Sonoma): Dick Spotswood: "Who gets labor's backing is a question. Some observers point out that labor, of both public and private sector varieties, may not be as unified on this race as it was two years ago when they supported [Michael] Allen across-the-board."
  • FAREWELL: to longtime journalist and UC Berkeley professor Susan Rasky. The last time I met with Susan we plotted out all kinds of revolutionary ways to deliver political and civic news, and I regret not working harder to implement her ideas. Thank you for your service, Susan, and for inspiring young people to pursue a truly noble profession in the most difficult of times.

#CAKEDAY: Curt Hagman, Jay Hansen and Roxanne Gould.


  • Number of counties reporting random sample: 51
  • Percent of sampled reported valid: 79.05% (249,557)
  • Signatures remaining to be sampled: 298,626
  • 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:


Liberals find comfort level in 'NPR of gun clubs'
Carla Marinucci @
Marlene Hoeber is feisty, tattooed, transgender, a self-described feminist, a queer activist - and a crack shot with her favorite "toys," guns of just about every kind. One thing she's not - and proud of it - is a member of the National Rifle Association.

Study Shows Soda Tax Would Save Millions In Health Care Costs - Santa Cruz Sentinel
Jason Hoppin @
As shown by outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to ban Big Gulps, soda taxes are controversial. California lawmakers shelved past efforts by State Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, to implement one, but the issue is expected to resurface shortly after the Legislature reconvenes Jan. 6.

S.F. supes high on Chamber of Commerce legislative scorecard
John Cote @
Remember the days when Board of Supervisors meetings were a crucible of political contention and razor-edge votes? The assessment, to be released Thursday, tracked votes on 12 pieces of legislation important to the business advocacy group. Of the 12 pieces of legislation the chamber tracked - they included closing parks at night to cut down on vandalism and California Pacific Medical Center's plan to rebuild its hospital network - only three had votes that weren't unanimous.

Viewpoints: Health insurance and the politics of 2014
Richie Ross @
In the storm over Obamacare, two 2014 California ballot initiatives will make it harder for candidates in the November election to avoid getting hit by lightning or just soaking wet.

In Practice: New Ad Campaign Criticizes Senators for Support of Health Law
A conservative advocacy group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers said Thursday it will spend $2.5 million on television advertisements targeting three vulnerable Democratic senators.

Intriguing California Politics For The New Year :: Fox&hounds
Of course, this is California, so the voters by ballot initiatives could institute big changes themselves.

Hollywood Seeks To Bolster California Film And Tv Tax Credit
Richard Verrier @
Hollywood is mobilizing to back legislation that would bolster California's film and TV tax credit.

From Nascar To Wind Power: Congress Just Let 55 Tax Breaks Expire
Ezra Klein @
This is becoming an annual tradition of sorts. Every year, there are a raft of "temporary" tax breaks, credits, and deductions that expire on Dec. 31. Lawmakers usually plan on extending them. But they don't always get to it on time.

Jerry Meral will keep pushing water project, but from outside
David Siders @
Jerry Meral, the chief steward of Gov. Jerry Brown's $25 billion water project while deputy secretary of the state's Natural Resources Agency, is going to work for an environmental group supporting the controversial plan.

A Keep-the-bums-in Mood May Prevail In Midterm Election
Mark Z. Barabak @
The extreme contempt for Congress is offset by voters' stronger dislike of the other party, suggesting a modest shift in November.

News Analysis: Health Law Challenge Opens Up New Front
s injunction against the part of the health care law related to coverage for birth control broadened the avenues for opponents.

State Water Picture 'bleak' |
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Dan Walters Daily
Alexei Koseff @
With additional money to either save or spend in the 2014-15 budget, there are sure to be policy battles between Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature in the new year, Dan says.

Fearless forecasts – for the year gone by
Jon Ortiz @
The state continues work on a massive computer system to unite its vast galaxy of financial data. The 6-month-old Government Operations Agency aims to reinvent the bureaucracy. CalPERS is in the middle of a massive audit of its health insurance rolls to weed out anyone who shouldn’t be on them.

2014's High-intensity Local Races Could Motivate Voters - Sfgate

Is New York’s De Blasio Prompting A Repositioning By The Clintons?
It isn’t often that the swearing-in of a new mayor of New York draws national television attention, but then, it isn’t every day that you see a mayor sworn in by a former president of the United States with a prospective presidential candidate also on the stage.

5 California Politics Stories That Mattered In 2013, 5 To Watch In 2014 |

Access to Health Care May Increase ER Visits, Study Suggests
A new study conducted in Oregon found that after getting health insurance, people went to the emergency room more often than their uninsured counterparts.

The Roundup: Admonishments for CA AG; health incentives for WA state workers; bonuses in WI
Jon Ortiz @
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Largest School Districts Vary Widely In Use Of ‘willful Defiance’ To Suspend Students | Edsource Today
African Americans, on the other hand, accounted for 18 percent of willful defiance suspensions statewide even though they made up only 7 percent of enrollment.

California Illegal Immigrants Can Get Law License, State Supreme Court Rules
Howard Mintz @
In a unanimous ruling, the state Supreme Court determined there is no reason to block Sergio Garcia's bid for a California law license, now that a new law permits the state's high court to give such licenses to immigrants who are not yet citizens. State legislators, backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, pushed the legislation last fall as Garcia's case was unfolding in the Supreme Court.

Health overhaul benefits take effect with new year
After a troubled rollout, President Barack Obama's health care overhaul now faces its most personal test: How will it work as people seek care under its new mandates?

A Mother Passes The Badge On To Her Daughter
Kim Minugh @
Theirs is a story of legacy – in law enforcement, and in equality. Last month, retired police detective Sharon McClatchy stood atop a stage and pinned a badge on academy graduate Emily Kane – the first time in Sacramento Police Department history that a mother has passed the torch on to her daughter.

Boehner Is Said to Back Change on Immigration
As Speaker John A. Boehner signaled he might support limited changes to immigration laws, advocates hope that 2014 might be the year that a bitterly divided Congress reaches a compromise.