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THE NOONER for July 25, 2014

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Today will be short, as y'all are on vacation, and I need to catch up on the Steve Miller Band and Journey before tonight's concert at Sleep Train Ampitheatre. Yup, I am showing my age. Some days we just do have call acknowledge our age!

BTW....for the bi-Californians like me, the Journey song "Lights" was originally written as a testimony to Los Angeles. "And when the sun shines on L.A."... Okay, Dodgers fans like Dan Weitzman, stop your seizure--all is good.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Pam Chueh, Hezekiha Allen (Saturday), Erik Taylor (Saturday), Jesse Petrilla (Sunday)! 





  • Oakland ballot measure campaign seeks experienced field staff for high profile role. Position will be responsible for building field program, coordinating coalition activities and implementing an aggressive GOTV program. Qualifications: on the ground electoral campaign experience, experience managing data collection and a positive attitude. Please email resumes to

  • San Diego County Water Authority. Accepting proposals for Legislative Advocacy and Consulting Services Sacramento, CA. Request RFP from Jennifer Graffam at Proposal submittal deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 8/28/2014. Questions deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 8/11/2014. See RFP for further details.

  • Save The Bay is hiring a Political Director to be the top advocate for San Francisco Bay, designing ambitious campaigns to protect and restore the region’s greatest natural treasure.  The Political Director leads a team of professionals and volunteers for the largest organization working on the Bay, with more than 60,000 supporters and 50 years of accomplishments.  Apply at
  • Campaign staffers needed for a variety of roles on Bay Area campaigns for Democratic elected officials and nonpartisan ballot measures. Looking for hard working day-to-day managers, communications, finance directors and staff, field directors and organizers. Send resume and cover letter indicating availability to No Phone Calls.
  • The best way to learn the legislative process and best practices for effective governmental advocacy. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov presents "Lobbying 101" and "Lobbying 201" seminars July 31-August 1. $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / support staff, organizations that employ lobbyists, public agencies. Complete info / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • Capitol Weekly Top 100 Party
    Tuesday, August 19, 5:30 PM  – 8:30 PM
    The Senator Hotel, 1121 L Street, Sacramento
    Get your tickets here!


Jerry Brown Adds To Campaign War Chest
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown, accompanied by first lady Anne Gust Brown, speaks outside the governor's mansion in Sacramento on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Democrats To Host GOP Candidates In House Race To Succeed Mckeon
In another manifestation of how the political landscape is changing under the state's top-two election system, a Democratic club in the Antelope Valley is scheduled to host two Republican congressional candidates at its forum early next month.

Obama Urges Quick Action On 'inversions' - Wsj
John D. McKinnon and Siobhan Hughes @
President Barack Obama on Thursday called on Congress to end a tax-code rule that allows some U.S. firms to reincorporate overseas and lower their tax bills, drawing attention to a trend that worries many lawmakers and could figure prominently in the fall election campaign.

Top-two Primary Means A Double Dose Of Campaign Rhetoric
John Wildermuth @
California’s top-two primary, hailed as a good-government effort to give the state’s voters a wider choice of candidates, may also be subjecting them to longer, louder and nastier campaigns.

Minimum-wage increase a boost for Oakland
First off, Oakland doesn't have a corporate presence large enough for Kernighan to shill for, and that's part of the problem. According to a study on the wage initiative conducted last month by the UC-Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, as many as 48,000 Oakland workers could benefit from the new law. Benefit to neediestWhy? Because 79 percent of the people who would receive the benefits of higher wages are African American and Latino workers, the study showed. "The main forms of government aid in terms of earned income tax credits and food stamps are based on income, and both go above the poverty line," Jacobs said. On this issue, both are telling me that this is a pay raise that's long overdue - and my fellow Oakland residents, my neighbors, and the people who greet me at stores, restaurants and gas stations can't afford to wait three more years for a wage that gives them and their loved ones a fighting chance.

Jerry Brown's Traveling Party To Include Donors, Old Friends
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown talks about former Sen. John Vasconcellos during a memorial ceremony in Sacramento on Wednesday June 11, 2014.

President Obama In L.A.: Fundraiser, Fist Bumps, Trash Talk In A Deli
President Obama met with voters at Canter's Deli, part of a swing largely aimed at raising money for Democrats.

Brown’s Appointees Will Nudge State Supreme Court Leftward
Dan Walters @
They have some symbolic aspects – one Asian American and one Latino so far – but their legal credentials, unlike those of Bird, are impeccable.

City Hall compromise on housing ballot measures
Marisa Lagos @
A controversial proposal pushed by affordable housing activists and designed to ensure that 30 percent of San Francisco's future housing units are within reach of low- and middle-income residents will not go before voters in November, after Supervisor Jane Kim and Mayor Ed Lee reached a compromise Thursday.

Richard Alarcon's Fall From Valley Political Leader To Convicted Felon | 89.3 Kpcc
How did longtime San Fernando Valley politician Richard Alarcon end his career as a convicted felon? Andres Aguila/KPCC

Despite Conviction, Richard Alarcon Keeps $116,000 A Year From Los Angeles City Pension
Dakota Smith @
Despite being convicted of four felonies this week by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury, former City Councilman Richard Alarcón will continue to receive his $116,000 annual pension, an official said Thursday.

Landlords Say San Francisco Anti-eviction Law Unconstitutional | Reuters
Jennifer Baires @
SAN FRANCISCO Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:28pm EDT

On Obama's Private L.A. Schedule: A Meeting With Father Boyle
The White House keeps much of President Obama's schedule private and unknown to the press or public.

High-speed Rail Pacheco Pass Route Upheld By Appeals Court
The decision is a short-term win for Gov. Jerry Brown, who has prioritized the $68-billion project that has become bogged down by legal and regulatory challenges.

California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins Comments On Local Issues In Meeting With U-t San Diego Editorial Board. |
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Kurdish Politician Fuad Massoum Named President Of Iraq
Iraq's parliament appointed a new president on Thursday as lawmakers inched closer to forming a new government, even as violence continued to engulf the country.

Path To Child Migrant Compromise?
Appropriations Chairwoman Mikulski compresses Obama's request into a four to five month period. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

Viewpoints: California’s higher education systems need more cash, not more catchwords
Susan Gubernat @
Beware of education reformers armed with ‘silver bullets.’

Republicans might impeach Obama over immigration, top aide predicts
President Obama will propose broad-ranging executive action on immigration reform later this summer that could provoke Republicans into trying to impeach him, a senior White House official said Friday.

Obama wants to get tough on companies that flee U.S. taxes
Lesley Clark, Anita Kumar and Kevin G. Hall @
President Barack Obama urged Congress on Thursday to end a controversial practice that allows U.S. companies to relocate abroad to avoid paying billions of dollars in federal taxes.

President Obama hits 'corporate deserters' in populist L.A. speech
President Obama on Thursday launched an election-year push to make it harder for U.S. companies to avoid paying taxes.

As Bribery Case Continues, CalPERS Reaps Profits From Tainted Investments
Dale Kasler @
CalPERS poured more than $4.4 billion into investments marketed by Alfred Villalobos. Out of 11 deals, only one lost money.