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THE NOONER for September 23, 2014

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RUBBING IT IN: Following the CAGOP's ugh weekend, the California Democratic Party turns in a $1.5 million daily fundraising haul, with key underwriting by the California Teachers Association.  

LANUDROMAT: The California School Employees Association gave $34,000 to the Santa Barbara Democratoc Central Committee, which on the same day gave $25,000 to Jose Solorio for State Senate.

#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for Rebecca Barrett, Tom Cares, Adam Gray, Karen Grossglauer, Paul Hegyi, and Dan Weintraub.



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EditorialProp 1: water bondProp 2: rainy day fundProp 45: health ratesProp 46: malpractice & testingProp 47: crim. penaltiesProp 48: gaming referendum
Sacramento Bee     No No    No
San Francisco Chronicle     No  No Yes No 
San Jose Mercury News     Yes No    
UT San Diego   Yes  No  No No   


LA Daily News           Chiang    
LA Times     Peterson    Swearengin   Jones  Tuck 
SJ MercNews Brown Newsom   Peterson  Harris   Chiang Jones  Tuck 
UT San Diego               Tuck




  • The Los Angeles City Controller’s Office is hiring a Community Affairs and Engagement Coordinator. This position will work to increase public awareness of the work of the Controller and manage the Office’s interaction, engagement and response to constituents internally and externally. Job Announcement

  • Fiona Hutton & Associates Inc., a Los Angeles-based, issues-focused public relations/public affairs firm representing corporate, non-profit, government, trade association and political clients involved in complex and often controversial policy issues, is immediately hiring a full-time Executive Assistant.  Click on the link to get more information about how to apply.
  • Strong Mayor Happy Hour hosted by Claire Conlon, Robbie Abelon and John Vigna this >Monday, September 22, 5:30 Café Bernardo, featuring Mayor Kevin Johnson to discuss Measure L, the proposed ballot measure to modernize and strengthen Sacramento’s City Government. Appetizers provided by Randy Paragary. Questions? Contact John Vigna
  • Corporate sponsorships available for the Global War on Terror Traveling Wall at Capitol Park Nov. 7-11. Event sponsored by Assemblyman Cooley. Wall is a memorial to those killed in the Global War on Terror. Contact: Pete Conaty, 916 492-0550,
  • Join the Los Angeles County Young Democrats for our Annual Laurel Awards honoring Democrat of the Year Speaker Toni Atkins and Rising Star Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. More Information and Tickets Available at
  • ACLU of California seeks a Legislative Advocate in its Sacramento office. Salary dependent on experience. To view job announcement and application instructions, visit here.
  • Water District campaign in Santa Clara County seeking hourly paid canvassers to play a critical role in ensuring candidate’s message reaches targeted voters in the District this November. Responsibilities include door to door canvassing and other outreach efforts. Send resume and cover letter indicating availability to For more information go



Campaign 2014: Labor unions donate $1.15 million to California Democratic Party
According to's campaign finance records, the California Democratic Party accepted $1.59 million in campaign contributions on Friday, the overwhelming majority of funds came from the state's most powerful labor unions. The biggest check: $750,000 from the California Teachers Association.

Sacramento Taxpayer Group Tries New Tactic On School Bonds
Diana Lambert @
The Sacramento Taxpayers Association is changing its tactics when it comes to school bonds. Instead of simply opposing school bonds they don’t like, representatives from the organization have been meeting with Sacramento County school districts since early summer to collaborate on them. They recently dubbed the effort the Better Ways to Build Schools initiative.

California Property Taxes Could Skyrocket -
Katie Orr @
Proposition 13 regulates property tax values in California by limiting increases to 2 percent annually. But homeowners could see larger increases this year thanks to another, lesser-known proposition.

Oakland City Council was arrogant in awarding garbage contract
The Oakland City Council made a costly error last month when it acted in anger and frustration — instead of calm consideration and logic — and awarded the city’s $1billion garbage franchise to a local recycling firm that did not possess the infrastructure to get the job done. Under the new deal, Waste Management will continue collecting garbage — as it has for more than 100 years — and California Waste Solutions will expand its service from 50,000 single-family homes to provide recycling services citywide. [...] it's beyond arrogant to hire a recycling company without trucks, trash bins or any place to sort and haul garbage to provide service for a city of nearly 400,000 people. The Texas-based, national waste hauler filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court in August challenging the city's decision, and a month later launched a referendum, costing the city and its new garbage services provider precious time and money. Last week, former Councilwoman Nancy Nadel and a group of West Oakland activists filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court challenging a plan by California Waste Solutions to piggy back on an environmental impact report for Army base redevelopment so the company could build a waste-transfer station in West Oakland. Larry Tramutola, a political consultant who ran Waste Management's referendum effort, said that when the dust settled after the celebration of California Waste Solutions’ victory, it became obvious that the company would not be able to fulfill the contract.

Video: Business Groups Lobby Brown To Veto Subcontractor Bill
David Siders @
John Kabateck, executive director of the California chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.

Judge suggests shift in defense to keep CCSF open
Bob Egelko @
As City College of San Francisco faces a trial next month against an accrediting commission that wants to shut it down, the judge is signaling that the school should shift its focus from alleged conflicts of interest and procedural missteps by the commission and instead try to show that the overall assessment process was unfair.

Mt. Shasta Mudslide Blamed On Drought, Melting Glacier
California's prolonged drought is believed to have caused a massive mudslide on Mt. Shasta over the weekend after meltwater from a glacier sent torrents of debris and mud down the mountain, officials said.

Ad Watch: Senate Candidate Attack Overstates The Facts
Martin Wisckol @
The California Republican Party, in coordination with state Senate candidate Janet Nguyen, hit the mailboxes of voters in the 34th Senate District on Friday with a flier touting Nguyen on one side and attacking her Democratic opponent, Jose Solorio, on the other. The district covers central Orange County and part of Long Beach.

Candidates For Elections Chief Spar On Performance, Politics | Kqed News Fix
They both want to shake up the job, but the two candidates vying for secretary of state sparred Monday on a host of issues, from their resumes to Republicanism and beyond. Is Given an Overhaul
Federal health officials said the shorter application on has fewer pages and fewer screens to navigate, and allows people to sign up with fewer clicks.

New Afghan Government; Same Old Problems
President Obama called Kabul on Sunday to congratulate Afghan presidential contenders Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah for finally accepting a power-sharing deal to resolve a months-long dispute over who won in an election deeply marred by fraud. "Signing this political agreement," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest, "helps bring closure to Afghanistan's political crisis and restores confidence in a way forward."

Beach Access Bill Puts Brown In Middle Of Class War
Dan Walters @
On its merits, the conflict could be, it seems, easily resolved. But the real issue isn’t the beach; there are many others in the area open to the public. Rather, it’s a symbol of the Bay Area’s burgeoning class conflict over the impact of the techno-wealthy, and Brown’s in the middle.

Poll: 78% Oppose Pushing Toll Road Through San Onofre Preserve
The vast majority of registered voters in Orange County oppose construction of a new tollway through popular San Onofre State Beach, according to a public opinion poll.

United Auburn Tribe Gives $100,000 To Anti-casino Compact Campaign
Jim Miller @
People crowd around the Midi Baccarat tables at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Rocklin in 2010.

National Briefing | South: Louisiana: Judge Rules Against Marriage Ban
s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, in part because it violates equal protection rights, a state judge ruled Monday.

Oakland OKs waste contract compromise
The Oakland City Council ended the city’s bitter argument over a 10-year garbage contract late Tuesday, voting to give back a large portion of the billion-dollar deal to the nation’s largest garbage hauler after city leaders accused the company of being a bully. The unusual deal would return the job of collecting garbage and compost in the city to Waste Management, one month after the Texas-based company had lost the huge deal to California Waste Solutions, an Oakland-based company that would have had to dramatically expand before it could collect the city’s trash. In exchange, Waste Management agreed to drop its lawsuit, end its petition drive to ask voters to overturn the city’s decision and pay the city’s costs to fight the company, which are estimated to be roughly $800,000. When the council approved the original deal in August, some council members celebrated with high fives and posed for photos with California Waste Solutions leaders, hailing the vote as a historic decision that gave a small, local company the task of collecting refuse in Oakland. [...] members of the council said Waste Management’s lawsuits and petitions made it impossible for California Waste Solutions to get loans that would let them build new facilities and buy the 150 garbage trucks and 300,000 trash bins they would need to collect all the garbage in the city.

Another View: Hospital mergers put women’s health at risk
Since 2011, states have passed more restrictions on women’s health than were enacted in the previous decade. As more states limit access to reproductive health care, California bucked this trend. We are the only state in the nation to pass proactive legislation improving access to reproductive care.

Brown Veto Message: $35 School Traffic Fine Was Actually Lots Higher - Crime Scene
Gov. Jerry Brown. And he had a reason.

Ashley Swearengin For State Controller
Californians have been breathing a bit easier in recent months as the state government's finances have turned — slowly, like an ocean freighter — from disaster to solvency. But the work is hardly done, and diligence is called for to ensure the budget doesn't drift off course.

Amid Disunity Talk GOP Re-building :: Fox&hounds
Skeptics say the Republican effort at diversity is a sideshow; that refusing to budge on many social issues and actually recruit members of groups that typically identify with Democrats will not change the voting dynamics in the state.

Treasury Takes Steps To Discourage Offshore Tax-shifting Inversions
The Obama administration on Monday announced long-awaited executive actions to try to discourage companies from reincorporating abroad to reduce their U.S. taxes.

Midterm Calculus: Why Senate Control Matters
No major laws are likely to pass in the next two years, regardless of which party controls the Senate. The reasons that the midterms matter are subtler.