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THE NOONER for January 16, 2014

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  • BOE4 (Southern California): added businessman John Kelly (R)
  • AD40 (Redlands): added realtont Melissa O'Donnell (D)
  • AD60 (Corona): added consultant Oliver Unaka (D)


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The twitterverse went crazy last night when e-mail announcements started landing in mailboxes announcing a press conference by Abel Maldonado tomorrow in his hometown of Santa Maria. The conference is being held at a youth center named in his honor; he is being introduced by former Assemblyman Jim Cuneen; and, a reception follows. The event for "the purpose of making a major announcement" immediately triggered conversation that Maldonado was leaving the governor's race. Maldonado even wrote "Jerry Brown is a good Governor; I'd be a better one. -AM" as his lone tweet of the day (after the speculation was widespread).

By the time I write this and The Nooner is distributed, the announcement should be public, and there will be more time to dissect it and analyze the race going forward.

I tweeted this last night: "@abelmaldonado has not had a reported contribution (req'd >$5,000) since November 18. @electdonnelly has 8; @JerryBrownGov has 214," which will be the reason if Maldonado does drop out. Campaign finance reports are due January 31, and there is no indication that the one from Maldonado will have any good news and, very possibly, be in the red. Brown, who hasn't announced a reelection bid, will turn in cash-on-hand likely over $15 million.

SEEKING DIRECTION: California GOP's Hope: "Conservatarian" Movement [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron]

Steinberg urges water bond for 2014 California ballot [Laurel Rosenhall @ SacBee] - "Steinberg said lawmakers need to work on re-writing a water bond for 2014 as well as spending money from prior bonds to address immediate needs."

CD17 (Milpitas):Silicon Valley House candidate registered GOP just last month [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron] - "Vanila Singh, the Stanford physician who has jumped into the Silicon Valley House race between Democrats Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna, registered as a Republican just one day before she formally declared herself a GOP candidate, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters' office said Wednesday."

CD25 (Santa Clarita): Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) to retire [Aaron Blake and Paul Kane @ WaPo]

NEW LIFE: Nadia Maria Davis Lockyer's Comeback [Steve Lowery @ OCWeekly] - "Her political future once seemed limitless—then came scandal, rehab and disgrace. Now, the former Santa Ana school trustee and Alameda County supervisor is simply happy to be herself."



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  • Internship Opportunity: The California Hotel & Lodging Association seeks a part time, paid Intern for legislative related projects. The Intern will receive an introduction to the political process and association advocacy. Strong written and verbal skills required. February - May, 10-12 hrs/wk. Political Science or Communications major preferred. Send resume and cover letter to
  • California's Pro-Choice Rating Just Released. NARAL Pro-Choice America has just released its 2014 Who Decides? report, detailing the pro-choice wins and losses of the past year in the states and in Washington. As one of the few pro-choice states in the country, it's going to be more important than ever for California to continue its legacy of pro-choice leadership in 2014.
  • University of California Student Association (UCSA). Executive Director. Responsible for management of all UCSA staff, budget oversight, administration, and strategic planning. Fundraising experience requested. Min. 2/yr supervisory experience. Additional info:
  • Capitol Network invites the capitol community to its annual Welcome Back Reception on Thursday, January 16 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at Downtown & Vine. Details at
  • California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees (CAL-FFL), a 2nd Amendment firearms / economic rights group based in Roseville, Calif., announced a new relationship with Wildhorse Consulting of Sacramento for their 2014 policy program. Contact: Sean Doherty, Wildhorse. Links -- CAL-FFL: // Wildhorse:
  • The Sacramento LGBT Community Center seeks a Director of Development. A new position to the organization, the director works closely in partnership with the Board of Directors to oversee and execute a comprehensive development and fundraising strategy. A minimum 3 years of experience, excellent communication and marketing skills, and a passion for LGBT issues are required. Full job description and application information are online at Contact:
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  • 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:
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Gov. Jerry Brown Plans To Ramp Up Spending On Private Prisons
Paige St. John @
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown plans to increase California's use of private prison cells and leases with local jails even if federal judges agree to give the state more time to meet crowding limits within its own lockups, his budget documents show.

Sacramento Council Places Library Tax Measure On June Ballot
Ryan Lillis @
The Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday night to a place a measure on the June ballot asking voters to approve a $12 property parcel tax to fund libraries.

State Senate Ethics Panel To Meet On Calderon Allegations
Patrick McGreevy @
SACRAMENTO -- The state Senate’s Committee on Legislative Ethics is scheduled Thursday to meet for the first time in two decades, as the panel prepares to look into allegations of misconduct by a sitting lawmaker— Democratic Sen. Ronald S. Calderon of Montebello.

Steinberg Urges Water Bond For 2014 California Ballot
Laurel Rosenhall @
With California into a third year of dry weather and several cities imposing restrictions on water use, the time has come for state leaders to "seriously consider" putting another water bond on the ballot, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said today.

Napolitano sees Brown’s budget plan for UC as a ‘good starting point’
Alexei Koseff @
University of California president Janet Napolitano on Wednesday called Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent budget outline a “good starting point” for higher education funding in California.

L.A. Councilman Targets JPMorgan Chase, Calls For Accountability
David Zahniser @
A Los Angeles city councilman called Wednesday for his colleagues to explore ways of punishing banking giant JPMorgan Chase & Co. for engaging in financial misconduct, possibly by terminating the company's contracts with the city. Councilman Gil Cedillo, with support from Council President Herb Wesson and Councilman Curren Price, introduced a motion that seeks to determine how much business the city's pension funds and other agencies have been doing with JPMorgan Chase. The proposal calls for the council's lawyers and financial analysts to provide legal options for severing the city's ties with the company.

Donnelly, Brown Bill To Fund Understaffed Courts Voted Down
Beau Yarbrough @
Assembly Bill 1313, authored by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, would have paid for up to 12 additional courtroom staff positions in the counties with the greatest disparity between current staffing levels and those recommended by the Judicial Council, the California court system’s policy-making body.

Abel Maldonado Drops Out of California Governor
Former Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado has ended his campaign to be the next governor of California.

Obamacare Critics Lose Major Lawsuit
Noam N. Levey @
A federal judge on Wednesday emphatically rejected a last-ditch challenge to President Obama¿s healthcare law.

Napolitano Says Budget Is 'Good Starting Point' For Higher Ed Funding
Alexei Koseff @
University of California president Janet Napolitano on Wednesday called Gov. Jerry Brown's recent budget outline a "good starting point" for higher education funding in California.

Jerry Brown Courts Skeptical Electorate In Inland California Push
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown, whose public approval rating is rising statewide and whose re-election is all but assumed, arrived in the San Joaquin Valley this week to promote his new spending plan in a region that has resisted him for nearly four years.

Abel Maldonado Said To Be Dropping Out Of Ca Governor's Race
David Siders @
Abel Maldonado, whose campaign for governor sputtered for months and failed to gain the support of Republican donors, has told other Republicans he will drop out of the race today, sources said.

Senator Feinstein: 'it Should Be A Crime For A Private Individual To Arm A Drone' | The Verge
The hearing mostly concerned with the FAA's roadmap for regulating civilian drone use, spurred on by Amazon's recent announcement of a drone delivery program. But Senator Feinstein used her time to specifically speak out specifically against the prospect of private citizens equipping drones with deadly force, potentially opening the door for a new legislative avenue regulating the unmanned crafts. "We should not allow armed drones in the United States, period," the Senator told the committee. "It should be a crime for a private individual to arm a drone."

Nancy Pelosi: Money In Politics Keeps Women Out Of Office - Emma Green - The Atlantic
Women make up less than 20 percent of Congress. Out of 100 senators, 20 are female; out of 435 representatives, there are 78 women. According to the World Economic Forum, that puts the United States at 60th in the world for political equality between the sexes, right behind countries like Sri Lanka, Serbia, and Senegal.

North-south Battle Emerges Over Leadership Of California Legislature
Patrick McGreevy @
SACRAMENTO -- The chance that Southern Californians may lead both the state Senate and Assembly in the next year is drawing concern from groups including the Bay Area Council.

Dilemma For Congressional Democrats: Campaign With President Obama?
Kathleen Hennessey @
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Before President Obama unveiled a manufacturing initiative here Wednesday, he delivered his customary shout-out to local officials, including the Republican governor sitting in the front row, and thanked Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan "for the great work she's doing."

Tax System Desperately Needs Retooling
George Skelton @
Smoothing out revenue sources, rather than relying on a rainy-day fund, is the best way to rein in ruinous consequences of boom-and-bust cycles

Appeals Court Says Federal Government Has A Right To Crack Down On California Pot Dispensaries
Denny Walsh @
George Rodriguez collects money from customer after they bought marijuana at HopeNet in San Francisco, Calif., April 10, 2012.

New 2014 Silicon Valley GOP House Candidate Only Registered GOP . . . Last Month?
Carla Marinucci @
Vanila Singh, 43, the Stanford physician who has jumped into the contentious 2014 Silicon Valley House race between Democrats Ro Khanna and Rep. Mike Honda, registered as a Republican on Christmas ...

Senate Report Cites Cia, State Department Failures In Benghazi
Lisa Mascaro @
WASHINGTON -- A Senate investigation has concluded that officials at the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies ignored “ample warnings” of danger and failed to do enough to prevent an attack by militants on a U.S. mission and CIA base in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012.

Former lt. gov. Maldonado, who struggled for support, abandons long-shot GOP bid for governor
Former lt. gov. Maldonado, who struggled for support, abandons long-shot GOP bid for governor.

Dilemma for congressional Democrats: Campaign with Obama?
Kathleen Hennessey @
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Before President Obama unveiled a manufacturing initiative here Wednesday, he delivered his customary shout-out to local officials, including the Republican governor sitting in the front row, and thanked Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan "for the great work she's doing."