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THE NOONER for February 20, 2014

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  • CA35 (Ontario): added attorney Christina Gagnier (D)
  • CA35 (Ontario): added State Senator Norma Torres (D)
  • SD20 (Ontario): removed State Senator Norma Torres (D)
  • AD62 (Inglewood): added attorney Simona Farrise (D)

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TICK-TOCK: The governor has not pulled papers yet for re-election, and has nine business days left. 

CA31 (Redlands): Gary Miller chose his candidate to succeed him in congressional staffer Lesli Gooch (R). Also running for Republicans is businessman Paul Chabot (R), who has the support of Bob Dutton. Some readers have asked why Eloise Gomez Reyes (D) doesn't move over to CA35 to the vacant seat instead of facing off against DCCC-supported Pete Aguilar (D). The answer lies in Gomez Reyes's support from EMILY's List, which will support Norma Torres in CA35 and hopes for a two-fer.

And, for Democrats that think it's great to have Republicans divided again in the primary, check your math. If there's only one significant Republican, Democrats are guaranteed a spot in the top-two. With five serious, well-funded or well-recognized candidates, it truly is a jungle and anything can happen. The only thing guaranteed is that no minor-party candidate will be seen on the ballot in November.

CA35 (Ontario): It's official. State Senator Norma Torres (D) announced yesterday that she will be runnng for Gloria Negrete McLeod's congressional seat. She was elected to fill Negrete McLeod's seat in 2013, and currently represents 100% of the congressional district (with 40 senators and 53 congressional seats, state senate seats are larger).

Now the jockeying begins for her State Senate seat and, Cheryl Brown or Freddie Rodriguez decide to run, Assembly seat(s). At least this won't be a repeat of 2013 with a series of special elections. The deck chairs should be fully rearranged in the normal 2014 election cycle. 

CA36 (Coachella): Ray Haynes mulls challenging Brian Nestande in GOP Congressional primary [Victoria Pelham @ Desert Sun] - "'Right now, I haven't made a decision yet, but you’ve got to keep options open,' Haynes, a Murrieta Republican, said Tuesday night."

The former state senator has pulled papers for a bid.

$$$: Almost $1 billion needed in 2015 to fix Calif. teachers pensions [John Myers @ News10] - "State legislators are getting a cold dose of reality about California's ailing pension fund for teachers: find a way to boost contributions by almost $1 billion in 2015 and $5 billion a year soon thereafter... or watch the system collapse by the time current teachers reach retirement."

SD34 (Orange County): OC, Long Beach election battle drawing statewide attention [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "Three bootstrap immigrants are facing off in an ethnically diverse central Orange County election that will likely determine whether Democrats maintain their supermajority in the state Senate."

STARR POWER: UC Davis School of Law is hosting a free lecture by Ken Starr on Religion, Law, and the Hobby Lobby Case. The event is Tuesday, February 25, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM in the UC Davis School of Law (King Hall), Wilkins Moot Courtroom, room 1301 

#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for Matt Dababneh and Randy Economy.



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  • Join tons of friends and former staff of Senator Sheila Kuehl on Thursday, February 27th 5:30pm-7:30pm, in support of Sheila’s campaign for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Sheila will be at the party to talk and answer all your questions. Office of Sacramento Advocates, Esquire Building, 1215 K Street, #2030, Sacramento, CA 95814. For more information and to RSVP.
  • California Restaurant Association seeks digital communications specialist. Administration of online community engagement programs; i.e. social media, email marketing, content strategies. BA/Communications required w/min 3 yrs. exp. in PR and/or Marketing. Please include writing sample with resume & cover to Salary range: 38,000-48,000, DOE
  • California Subcontractors Legislative Conference on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Get briefed on bills regarding prompt pay, disputed amounts, additional insureds, "substantially complex" public projects, design build, and bidding. Then lobby your own senator and assembly member. To Register and pay by credit card, go to Or call 888-310-2722.
  • Pacific McGeorge is hosting information sessions about its Master of Science in Law (M.S.L.) and J.D. part-time degree programs for working professionals: Feb. 26 and March 11, 5-6 p.m. at Hyatt Sacramento. Register online.
  • The American Heart Association is seeking a Government Relations Director to develop, plan and direct an advocacy program for California through maximizing strategic relationships with public and elected officials, the state health department, and others, to ensure activities and efforts are directed towards issues related to its mission. Salary $58,000 - $76,300. Apply here
  • 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 March 13-14. $250 each. Essential for principals / support staff at lobbying firms, organizations that employ lobbyists, public agencies. Complete info / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • 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.




The Six States Of California -- New Laws Or Old? :: Fox&hounds
Same is true with other provisions of the constitution. Proposition 98, the school funding law that dictates to the legislature how much money will go to the schools would be in for an overall in the new states.

California Drought: $687.4-million Plan Would Free Up Water Supplies
Anthony York @
A proposed $687.4-million drought-relief package was unveiled Wednesday to free up water supplies and aid Californians facing financial ruin.

Almost $1 Billion Needed In 2015 To Fix Calif. Teachers Pensions
John Myers @
State legislators are getting a cold dose of reality about California's ailing pension fund for teachers: find a way to boost contributions by almost $1 billion in 2015 and $5 billion a year soon thereafter... or watch the system collapse by the time current teachers reach retirement.

Special Ed Students In Isolation At Juvenile Facilities Must Receive Education, Federal Government Says | Edsource Today
Special education students who are locked in isolation in juvenile facilities must receive educational services and behavioral interventions, according to a sweeping assertion of the rights of special education students in detention issued by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education.

Thirteen Candidates File To Run For Vacant L.A. School Board Seat
Stephen Ceasar @
Thirteen candidates are seeking spots on the ballot for a June special election to fill the Los Angeles school board seat left vacant by the death of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte.

Soda tax, warning labels backed by voters, poll finds
Marisa Lagos @
A large, bipartisan majority of California voters support the idea of putting health-warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks, while two-thirds of voters back a proposal to tax those drinks and use the money to make children healthier, according to a Field Poll released Thursday.

Water War Boils Down To Farmers Vs. Fishermen
George Skelton @
Even when there's not a drought, there isn't enough to go around. And the collapse of a great estuary will endanger far more than the smelt.

Water Bottler Faces Opposition In California
Spring water bottler Crystal Geyser's plans to tap an aquifer at the base of Mount Shasta in far Northern California is running into opposition from some residents, environmentalists and Native American tribes.

Sd County Hopes To Lick High Elections Cost With Vote By Mail |
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Darrell Steinberg expected to introduce new tax on buying gas
Laurel Rosenhall @
Senate leader Darrell Steinberg is expected to introduce a controversial proposal today to place a new tax on drivers buying gas at the pump and divert the money to transit projects and tax credits for low- and middle-income Californians.

Brown: Another Gun Law Won't Solve Oakland Violence
Melody Gutierrez @
Gov. Jerry Brown made it clear Wednesday that attempts by Oakland leaders to put another gun-control bill on his desk will not be fruitful, saying a new law would not curb the violence plaguing the streets of Oakland.

California Drought: Gov. Jerry Brown Proposes $687 Million Aid Plan
Jessica Calefati @
"We must all do our part to conserve in this drought," Brown said. "The state is doing its part by providing immediate funding for drinking, water, food, housing and assistance for water-conserving technologies."

Senate GOP Leader on Governor's Drought Proposal: "A Drop in the Proverbial Bucket, but Every Drop Counts"
Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by Governor Brown and Legislative Democrats of emergency drought legislation.

With voters still skeptical, dozens of Democrats inch away from Obamacare
Anita Kumar @
Mark Kentley is the kind of voter who will help decide the short-term political verdict on the new health care law known as Obamacare.

Report: Gov.'s Proposed Budget Falls Short For Neediest
Kathryn Baron @
Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for the 2014-15 fiscal year is a good start, but shortchanges too many state programs and services, such as child care and higher education, that are critical to full economic recovery, according to the nonprofit, nonpartisan California Budget Project.

Valley Farmers Brace For 'devastating Water News' | Water And The Valley |
Mark Grossi @
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Judge refuses to block SF's new gun law
San Francisco's impending ban on high-capacity gun magazines will save far more lives than it risks, a federal judge declared Wednesday in rejecting gun advocates' request to block the ordinance from taking effect. The measure, enacted in November, requires owners of magazines that carry more than 10 rounds of ammunition to surrender them to police by April 7 or store them out of state. The lawsuit remains alive, but U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Wednesday denied an injunction against enforcement of the ordinance and said its opponents have not shown that it would significantly interfere with a law-abiding person's right of self-defense. The Supreme Court, Herrera said in a statement, has recognized that state and local governments are constitutionally entitled to enact reasonable firearms regulations, and that Second Amendment rights aren't unlimited.

Governor proposes $687 million for California drought relief; includes drinking water supplies
Governor proposes $687 million for California drought relief; includes drinking water supplies.

Newsom Opposes High-speed Rail - Other Dems To Follow? - Sfgate

Sen. Barbara Boxer Lays Out Democrats' Economic Manifesto In San Francisco
Josh Richman @
"Nobody who works full time should have to raise their children in poverty," said Boxer, D-Calif., who laid out Democrats' economic manifesto before a packed crowd at the Commonwealth Club of California.

Why Facebook Just Paid $19 Billion For A Messaging App | Wired Business |
Cade Metz @
Facebook is buying WhatsApp, agreeing to pay $19 billion in cash and stock for the popular smartphone messaging service.