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THE NOONER for September 29, 2014

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Happy Monday. I know you are busy, so I won't bug you much. Here are a couple things you need to know. I'm also having server issues, which is complicating the Nooner process. Perhaps it's the deluge of obscene end-of-period fundraising messages.

On Friday, Charles Munger sent $150,000 to the Santa Clara County Republcian Party, while Jose Solorio picked up  $169k from his friends while Janet Nguyen found $136k at the end of the rainbow.

Jerry is signing lots of bills.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Suzie Bowers and Kevin Perez-Allen!




EditorialProp 1: water bondProp 2: rainy day fundProp 45: health ratesProp 46: malpractice & testingProp 47: crim. penaltiesProp 48: gaming referendum
California Democratic Party Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
California Republican Party Yes Yes  No  No  No   
LA Times           Yes
Sacramento Bee     No No No  No
San Francisco Chronicle     No  No Yes No
SJ MercNews    Yes Yes No Yes  
UT San Diego Yes  Yes  No  No No  No 


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




  • Public school teacher David B. Cohen is traveling the state to answer questions such as What makes great teaching possible? What are the obstacles to creativity, innovation, and excellence – and how do teachers and schools overcome the obstacles? What keeps them going? He'll be writing a blog for EdWeek sharing stories from across the state. At the end of the year, he plans to self-publish a book about this educational journey with lessons about protecting and improving quality public education. See his project video and help fund his Kickstarter campaign.
  • 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.
  • 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



Rep. Ami Bera Works To Shed Labels In Tough Re-election Fight
Christopher Cadelago and Curtis Tate @
Rep. Ami Bera is seen at his campaign office in Elk Grove, Calif., before winning his election that unseated incumbent Republican Dan Lungren. Bera, a first-term Democrat in a Sacramento-area seat, is a physician who favors expanding access to health care. Yet he has been voting with the Republican majority in the House to amend or overturn parts of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Adding A Civics Lesson To Nov. 4 Election Events :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Kimberly Beltran @
One opportunity, according to a letter sent earlier this month to school leaders by state schools chief Tom Torlakson and Secretary of State Debra Bowen, is for them to remember their obligation, under state law, to provide school sites for use as election polling places. The letter also urged administrators to proactively turn over to local elections officials the names of students interested in serving as poll workers for the Nov. 4 election.

Jerry Brown approves community college bachelor's degrees
Alexei Koseff @
In what could portend a monumental shift in public higher education in California, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Sunday that will allow up to 15 community colleges to launch bachelor’s degrees programs in vocational fields.

Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Limited Police Use Of Drones
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill that would have required law enforcement agencies to obtain warrants to use drones for surveillance.

Jerry Brown Signs Subcontractor Bill
David Siders @
A California state flag blows toward Gov. Jerry Brown as he speaks at the 18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit in South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

Gov. Brown Toughens Rules On Senior Residential Care Facilities
Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday approved sweeping new rules for residential care facilities aimed at protecting senior citizens from substandard conditions. The governor approved nine bills that his office said in a statement are meant to "protect the health and safety of seniors residing in assisted living facilities across the state."

Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill To Limit Use Of Drones
David Siders @
This photo provided by PrecisionHawk shows the Lancaster Hawkeye Mk III drone over water.

Prop. 46: Family's Tragedy Sparks Clash Of Special-interest Titans
Proposition 46 would raise the state's 39-year-old cap on medical malpractice damage awards, require doctors to take random drug tests and mandate use of a database designed to reduce prescription drug abuse.

Gov. Brown Signs Laws To Crack Down On Human Trafficking
With California ranked as one of the states with the worst problems of human trafficking, Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a raft of seven bills aimed at improving prosecution of the crime, whose victims are often forced into prostitution, domestic servitude and sweatshop labor.

Jerry Brown Signs Human Trafficking Bills
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown, fifth from left, holds up a bill in front of TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

Brown Signs Bill Aimed At Reducing Sex Assaults On College Campuses
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Sunday making California the first state in the nation to require its colleges and universities to adopt a standard of clear consent for students engaging in sexual activity, an effort to combat rape and sexual assault on campuses.

Mayors Gather In Sacramento For Emotional Discussion Of Race, Policing
Stephen Magagnini @
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, shown before delivering the State of the City address in February, led a gathering of mayors from across the nation in a discussion about America’s racial divide on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

Pension Funds Feel Heat On Climate Change Issue | Calpensions
Pension funds have used their investment clout for targeted social goals, notably divestments or stock boycotts of apartheid South Africa and tobacco. Curbing the use of carbon-emitting fossil fuels said to be disastrously warning the climate is a much larger global undertaking.

Uber Ceo Tells U.S. Mayors In Sacramento: Get On Board Or Get Out Of The Way
Uber Technologies plans to aggressively roll out new ridesharing features without waiting first for permission from public agencies, the company's CEO told a gathering of U.S. mayors in Sacramento on Sunday.

Michael Harari, the Israeli James Bond, dies at 87
Michael Harari, an Israeli intelligence agent who led the hit squad that was sent to avenge the murders of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, died on Sept. 21 in Tel Aviv. Mr. Harari, who was sometimes referred to as the “Zionist James Bond,” spent decades in the shadowy and dangerous echelons of global espionage, working for more than 25 years under the aegis of the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, and participating in the 1976 rescue of Israelis held hostage at an airport in Entebbe, Uganda. In the 1980s, after retiring from the Mossad, he was an aide to Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, the Panamanian dictator who was ousted in a U.S. invasion in 1989 and imprisoned in the United States for drug trafficking, racketeering and money laundering. Shortly after the massacre in the Munich Olympic Village by a Palestinian group known as Black September, Golda Meir, then the Israeli prime minister, approved a Mossad plan to seek out and kill those deemed responsible. After the state of Israel was established in 1948, he worked for the government security agency known as Shin Bet.

PUC Commissioner Michael Picker Is Determined To Push Safety Agenda
A new face showed up early this year on the steps of the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco, where officials regulate the state's corporate electric and gas utilities and other services.

Spain Turns To High Court To Make Catalan Independence Vote Illegal
The Spanish government has asked the high court to declare illegal a referendum vote on independence in Catalonia, in the country's northeastern region.