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THE NOONER for November 6, 2014

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Oh, the misery of bad wifi. I just wrote an entire Nooner which I lost, and my clock says it's not even 4am. I'm in DC and it's raining outside, something that we need in PST, but I am EST, so ugh.

I want to write today about an amazing man who too often flies under the radar.

In 1993, I first encountered Christopher Cabaldon when he was the chief consultant of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, under Marguerite Archie-Hudson. Approaching the Cal Bears' alum as a community college student was pretty awful. Dude was as arrogant and dismissive as you could find.

Then, I got to see the other side. A kid of Filipino and German heritage ended up at Cal and decided to move to the 916. He became a champion of economic development to benefit those who otherwise would fall off the socioeconomic ladder. If you don't know West Sacramento, it's a collection of working class suburbs incorporated in 1987. Under his leadership as both a councilmember and mayor, the city has been transformed.

In 1996, Cabaldon was elected to the West Sacramento City Council. Then, after West Sac establlshed a directly elected mayor in 2004, he has won each two-year cycle. In 2006, he came out as a gay man during the State of the City address and on the Logo network. Six years ago, California voters banned gay marriage, while voters in West Sac elected Cabaldon as mayor for the third time. On Tuesday, he won re-election as mayor with 83.8% of the vote.

In my mind, Christopher is one of the best leaders in California politics. And, somedays, we just need to give a shoutout to the good women and men serving California.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Alan Dechert, Noah Finneburgh, and Jason Kinney!





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  • Capitol Weekly, UC Center and Leadership California Institute present A Post-Mortem of the Election, Nov 6 in Sacramento. Over two dozen participants, including Jim Brulte and Ace Smith.  The day concludes with a Welcome Reception for New Legislators. Click here for info or call 916-444-7665.
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Prop. 47 Jolts Landscape Of California Justice System
Los Angeles County Public Defender Ron Brown walked into a Pomona court Wednesday and saw first-hand the impact of Proposition 47 — the voter-approved initiative that reduces penalties for drug possession and other nonviolent crimes.

Torlakson Narrowly Beats Tuck In California Schools Chief Race; Democrats Yee, Padilla Also Win
Katy Murphy @
In a nonpartisan contest that has traditionally been sleepy, labor favorite Torlakson found himself throughout the campaign struggling to keep up in the polls with Marshall Tuck, a former charter school network operator and fellow Democrat backed by wealthy education reformers. But with 100 percent of precincts reporting at 4:43 a.m. Wednesday, Torlakson led Tuck 52.1 percent to 47.9 percent.

Alaska Races For Governor, Senator To Hinge On Absentee Ballots
Alaska independent Bill Walker maintained a slim lead in the governor's race over incumbent Republican Sean Parnell on Wednesday, while Democratic Sen.  Mark Begich  trailed Republican challenger  Dan Sullivan  after a fierce campaign in which Begich sought to distance himself from President  Obama .

Campaign against turf soccer fields may be alive and kicking
C.W. Nevius @
Campaign against turf soccer fields may be alive and kicking Take the Beach Chalet soccer fields — please. Perhaps the most analyzed and appealed proposal for artificial turf in the history of plastic grass, the issue of whether to renovate the soccer fields in Golden Gate Park finally went to the voters. No, not anything interplanetary, but Jean Barish of the Coalition to Protect Golden Gate Park says they actually have two lawsuits cued up to fight the turf fields. [...] it only seems as if David Chiu and David Campos have been running against each for state Assembly other since Chris Daly was dropping f-bombs at the Board of Supervisors. Conventional wisdom had it that the influx of young techies would skew the election in unexpected directions. The lowest turnout in the election was from District 6, which includes not only the Tenderloin, but also the booming new neighborhood of Mission Bay, which has become a techie campus. Barish, the opponent of renovating the soccer fields, completely disagreed with my assertion that the turf should be laid.

Political Experts See Hope On Horizon For California's Beleaguered Gop
Jessica Calefati and Josh Richman Staff writers @
Still, many political experts see hope on the horizon for the Golden State's beleaguered GOP.

Thousands Of Ballots Remain Uncounted In Tight L.A. County Races
As the sun rose Wednesday on a late night of election-returns watching, thousands of ballots were still left to be counted in Los Angeles County, which could tilt some closely fought races.

Neel Kashkari Reflects On Loss In 12-page Letter | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Be sure to include your name, daytime phone number, address, name and phone number of legal next-of-kin, method of payment, and the name of the funeral home/crematory to contact for verification of death.

Dress-wearing Male Republican Candidate Hospitalized On Election Day
Stephen Meade, the dress-wearing Republican candidate for Congress in southern San Diego County, was rushed to the hospital on election day and may undergo open-heart surgery.

#winlikeagirl: What Does It Mean? |
Today in Sacramento, nearly 150 women who work in the business of politics and government gathered to celebrate our bipartisan success.

Republican Takeover of New York Senate May Aid Cuomoâ
Republicans gained control of the State Senate, allowing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo play deal maker between a divided Legislature.

Voters kill airport, parks tax proposals, OK Malibu land measure
A measure to keep Santa Monica airport open and a tax to raise money for Los Angeles County parks were defeated in this week's election, but a proposition to control development in Malibu passed by a wide margin, according to results confirmed Wednesday.

Gop's Senate Takeover Could Facilitate Tax Reform, Trade Accords
The Republican takeover of the Senate raised the business community's hopes that stalled efforts to overhaul the tax code and enact other top priorities finally could move forward.

Results mixed on California soda taxes, fracking, marijuana measures
Here is a breakdown of some big issues facing California cities and counties and how they fared in Tuesday's election:

Immigrants facing deportation do better in court with a lawyer
Bob Egelko @
The report, to be released Thursday, said 4,152 migrants in Northern California were jailed in a recent 12-month period for deportation proceedings in San Francisco Immigration Court, some as undocumented immigrants and others as legal residents facing removal for criminal convictions. Immigrants with lawyers avoided deportation in 33 percent of the cases — by showing, for example, that they were targets of persecution eligible for asylum, victims of domestic crimes, or members of U.S. citizen families facing hardship, the study said. The report shows that immigrants who are locked up are much more likely to be able to stay with their families and communities if they have an attorney to help them fight,’’ said Jayashri Srikantiah, director of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Stanford Law School, which issued the study long with the Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice. Last week, a federal judge in Los Angeles ordered immigration courts in California, Arizona and Washington to conduct mental health screenings of all newly jailed immigrants to determine whether they can act as their own lawyers.

Alaska Awaits Election Results for Senate and Governor
and the vote for governor were still undecided on Wednesday.