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THE NOONER for February 6, 2014

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  • CD33 (Coast LA): removed attorney Sandra Fluke (D)
  • SD26 (Coast LA): added attorney Sandra Fluke (D)


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Greetings from the 202...Damn, it is cold here! 

GOV: Neel Kashkari found the first $1 million fast.

AB 1266: It's been a little while since we've checked up on the referendum qualification of the measure to overturn AB 1266, relating to gender in public schools. The measure had a very close call of failing without a full count during the random sample stage, and then moved on to the full count. Thus, counties have to manually verify the 619,344 signatures submitted, and 504,760 (81.5%) of those must be valid. Through yesterday, 25 counties have reported their full coun, and the validity rate  ritght now is 78.71%. The deadline for counties to submit their full count report is February 24.

It's going to be a real challenge for proponents to qualify, particularly since the the larger counties generally report later and their validity usually lower than the small, rural counties. Don't plan on seeing this on the ballot.

F#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Pedro Nava and Amy O'Gorman Jenkins.



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  • The Council of Community Clinics is looking for an experienced Program Manager that will lead a project to investigate the remaining uninsured residents in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties. More information here.
  • Housing California, a nonprofit advocacy organization, seeks a Sustainable Communities Coordinator to focus on our work around the intersection of housing, transportation, and land-use planning. Competitive salary/benefits. Apply by 2/17/2014. View job description.
  • California Council on Science and Technology is now hiring a Program Assistant for our Sacramento Office. Position will do website edits, report layout, database management, and provide program and administrative support. $36,600 minimum salary. Looking for a highly organized self-starter with strong communication skills. Must apply through UC Merced by February 14th. See job positing at:
  • California Grocers Association – Receptionist/AA The California Grocers Association is seeking a Receptionist/Admin Assistant for its Sacramento office. Position is first line of contact for CGA’s membership and staff, managing multiple-line phone system, providing clerical support (Microsoft Office programs), and helping with events and special projects. Salary DOE $33,000+ plus full benefits package. Complete job description and instructions HERE.
  • California Receives A Failing Grade On Access To Emergency Care. Find out more here.
  • Administrative Assistant in busy Democratic campaign consulting firm. Receptionist, administrative support, assist with billing, tracking, and print production. Need detail-oriented, accurate multi-tasker, with reliable transportation and good computer skills. Competitive salary and benefits. Send resumes to:
  • Miller & Olson, LLP, a law firm specializing in political law, is looking for a Political Reports Specialist for its Sacramento Capitol Mall office. Applicants should be extremely detailed-oriented, work through many deadlines and be self-starting. 2-5 years experience preferred. Salary BOE. Equal opportunity employer. Send resume to
  • California Medical Association – Associate Director – Advocates CMA policy before the legislature, other elected officials and regulatory agencies. Minimum 5-7 years experience in legislative and related government activity. Addit>Administrative Assistant in busy Democratic campaign consulting firm for full-time assignment guaranteed through Jional info:
  • Employment Opportunity: PPIC is looking for an Administrative and Government Affairs Associate. This position will be based in PPIC’s Sacramento Center and will support the daily operations of the Sacramento Center and its staff and guests, PPIC's CEO, the government affairs function, and PPIC meetings and public events. Key strengths needed: excellent administrative and interpersonal skills, flexibility, organization and detail orientation. The full position description and application instructions are posted at
  • Dream job for a fierce animal lover with legislative experience. The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal advocacy organization, is hiring a California state director to lobby legislature/agencies, promote campaign priorities, build coalitions. BA; 4-5 years animal protection issue exposure; 2-4 years legislative/government affairs experience. $45-60,000/year. Based in Sacramento. More information.
  • Join Capitol Network for a 2014 Election Luncheon on 2/7 from 11:30 am – 1 pm at Cal Chamber featuring Shawnda Westly, Cynthia Bryant, Sabrina Lockhart & Robin Swanson. RSVP by February 3 to $25 members, $30 nonmembers. Contact:
  • Internship Opportunity: California Cannabis Industry Association seeks a part time intern for trade association Capitol office. Business, public policy or communications background required. Students for Sensible Drug Policy organizers ideal, graduate students preferred. Will train on Solve 360, Nationbuilder, and other software platforms. Internship may lead to opportunities in fundraising and PAC operations. 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.



Jerry Brown Says Longer Living State Workers Will Drive Pension Costs Up $1.2 Billion A Year
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday urged CalPERS, the massive public employee pension fund, to move more quickly to address the increasing life expectancy of state employees, saying longer-lived retirees will drive pension costs up $1.2 billion a year.

Faster Rate Hikes Sought For CalPERS And CalSTRS
Ed Mendel @
Gov. Brown yesterday urged CalPERS to speed up a $1.2 billion rate increase needed because workers are living longer. Assembly Speaker John Perez said last week he wants to speed up a $4.5 billion CalSTRS rate hike plan, acting this year not next year as the governor suggested.

Read Jerry Brown’s letter calling for CalPERS to immediately raise employer contribution rates
Jon Ortiz @
Gov. Jerry Brown, citing statistics showing that government employees are living longer and driving up pension costs, has challenged CalPERS to increase employers’ contributions to the fund instead of following a staff recommendation to delay raising rates for two years. Waiting, he says, merely adds to the fund’s debt.

Newsom Marks 10 Years Since S.F. Same-sex Weddings - Politics Blog
Lt. Gov.

Admissions Closed In California's Newest Prison
Paige St. John @
SACRAMENTO -- Shortages of medical supplies, soap, towels and inadequate staffing levels are cited by a court-appointed official's decision to halt admissions to California's newest prison.

Munger: I’m Not Running For Governor - Politics Blog
No, Republican donor and activist Charles Munger Jr. will not be running for governor in 2014. We've just received an e-mail from Munger, after we requested his comment on former Lt. Gov. Abel Mald...

SEIU foes sue to end opt-out dues for state workers
Jon Ortiz @
Two of SEIU Local 1000’s arch foes have united to sue the 95,000-employee union in federal court. At issue: Whether the state’s opt-out system of paying union dues is legal.

Democrats' Blanket Rejection Of Flextime Is Shortsighted
George Skelton @
Republicans say easing overtime rules could benefit workers and employers, but political polarization bars a closer look.

Neel Kashkari raises more than $900,000 in two weeks for California governor's race
David Siders @
Neel Kashkari raised more than $900,000 in the first two weeks of his gubernatorial campaign, the first significant fundraising burst from any Republican bidding to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kashkari raises nearly $1M in two weeks
SACRAMENTO -- Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari is reporting that he has raised nearly $1 million during the first two weeks of his campaign for California governor.

District Voting Measure To Appear On Anaheim Ballot - The Orange County Register

Retiring House Members Hold $10 Million In Accounts
Leadership PACs of members of Congress are not restricted as much as campaign committees. There is no prohibition on the use of leadership PAC funds for personal use. The Federal Election Commission has recommended that the prohibition of the personal use of campaign funds be extended to apply to all political committees, including leadership PACs.

Calif Town's Water Shortage Stokes Fears Of Future
In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, Forrest Clark, 25, loads five gallon bottles of water, purchased at a local store, into his car in Willits, Calif. With local reservoirs holding less than a 100-day supply of water, city leaders have banned lawn watering, car washing and mandated all residents to cut water use. Clark, who said he doesn't like the taste of the local water, buys 10-15 gallons of bottled water a week to help boost the family water supply.

Speaker Boehner lowers expectations for immigration reform bill
Lisa Mascaro @
WASHINGTON -- Just a week after House Republicans breathed new life into chances for an immigration overhaul this year, Speaker John A. Boehner all but abandoned the effort Thursday, saying it would be “difficult” to get any legislation approved.

Sandra Fluke To Run For California Legislature
Christopher Cadelago @
Sandra Fluke, the women's rights activist weighing a congressional bid, said Wednesday she will instead mount a campaign for the California Legislature.

There Are Hard Feelings Over Past Capitol Deals
Jim Miller @
Senate Republican leader Dennis Hollingsworth, R- Murrieta and Assembly Republican leader Martin Garrick, R-Solana Beach leave Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office after a Big Five meeting on Thursday, August 26, 2010.

Gubernatorial candidate Kashkari raises nearly $1M
Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari is reporting that he has raised nearly $1 million during the first two weeks of his campaign for California governor.

Political Newcomer Elected Mayor Of Bankrupt San Bernardino
Rick Rojas @
Voters in San Bernardino elected Carey Davis, a political newcomer and certified public accountant, as mayor of the bankrupt city.

Sag Health And Pension Plans Hires Michael Estrada As New Ceo
Richard Verrier @
Michael Estrada has been tapped as the new chief executive officer for the Screen Actors Guild -Producers Pension & Health Plans.

Party Predictions Differ in Texas on Impact of New Voter ID Law
s new voter ID law will be tested again in the March 4 primary, with Democrats predicting a day of confusion and Republicans saying such concerns are overblown.