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THE NOONER for December 9, 2014

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KINGS TICKET GIVEAWAY: First person to answer this question will win my tickets (Section 201, Row F) for Saturday night's game against the Pistons or Tuesday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, both at 7:30pm.

  • QUESTION: In 1998, many of us witnessed a passionate verbal argument between Bill Lockyer and Phil Isenberg outside the Assembly "gate." What was the subject of their argument, in which Lockyer told Isenberg "Fuck You, Mr. Termed Out"?

Today is election day in SD35, with the only real question being whether Assemblymember Isadore Hall wins 50%+1 today or is forced to a runoff by his three competitors, which would take place February 10. "Top two" does not apply in special elections. 

HELTER SKELTER: Accusations fly as State Bar of California leader Joe Dunn fights ouster [Maura Dolan @ LAT] - "The agency that regulates California's lawyers is once again beset with conflict, riddled by accusations involving expense accounts and ethics. The turmoil became public last month when the board of the State Bar of California fired its executive director, Joe Dunn, a former state senator from Orange County. Dunn did not go quietly. He hired high-profile Los Angeles lawyer Mark J. Geragos and filed a lawsuit charging the bar with 'egregious improprieties.'"

Dan Walters writes:

It's time for the regulatory functions of the State Bar to come under the Department of Consumer Affairs, the umbrella for professional licensing agencies, with professional civil servants, answerable to the governor, performing its regulatory duties.

There's no rationale for it to continue as a quasi-public, quasi-private entity.

It's also time for the legal profession to stop hiding its political activities behind the State Bar’s facade and emulate other professions by establishing a voluntary trade association like the California Medical Association and dozens of other professional groups.

COME TOGETHER: Groups merge to form big California biotech lobbying group [Stephanie M. Lee @ SFChron] - "The new group, the California Biomedical Innovation Alliance, will be made up of the Bay Area Bioscience Association, or BayBio, and the California Healthcare Institute, a San Diego think tank focused on the state’s biopharmaceutical community, the groups said Monday. The CEO will be Sara Radcliffe, who brings a familiarity with federal health and drug regulations as the current executive vice president for health at the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the biotech industry’s national lobbying and policy group."

CAN'T BUY ME LOVE: Carl DeMaio Launches Super PAC [Joe Yerardi @ KQED] - "By starting the super PAC now, DeMaio would have plenty of time to staff it with loyalists and discuss strategy for a potential 2016 run before formally announcing his candidacy and having to cease strategy discussions with the group."

REVOLUTION: Barack Obama steals Stephen Colbert's chair.

ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN: Rolling Stone picks the 40 most groundbreaking albums of all time.

CRY BABY CRY: Jason Kottke yesterday posted a 6-minute audio file of a radio scan in NYC someone made the night of John Lennon's death, which was 34-years ago. "Almost every station was either discussing the death or playing a Beatles song."

YOU SAY IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY...well, mine is in 9 days.: Happy Birthday to Adam Gottlieb, Michael Wilson, and Eric Worthen!

 


 

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  • Natomas Home to Lease: 10 minutes to Capitol and Airport; 2br/2ba/2car, single-level on quiet street.  Vaulted ceilings, large closets/storage, fireplace, covered patio, refrigerator, washer/dryer. Close to freeways, shopping, restaurants, entertainment. $1295/mo.+ deposit includes gardener. No pets or smoking. Contact Bob Wenger: rwenger@ab-inc.com or 916-359-1169.
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    Local Career Opportunities: Deputy Regional Political Director; Associate Area Director-Los Angeles, Rea l Estate Division; Associate Area Director-Orange County; Associate Area Director-Los Angeles Please visit AIPAC’s main career page at: www.aipac.org/careers to view full job descriptions and submit an application. AIPAC is an equal opportunity employer

  • California ProLife Council Communications Specialist: California ProLife Council is seeking a dedicated Communications Specialist who has experience in the area of public policy or communications, ideally in an "in-house" leadership role within a nonprofit entity, and covering areas such as website upkeep, email newsletters, database management, and donor communications. Position is located in Sacramento. Learn more and apply HERE.
  • Board of Equalization Member-Elect Diane Harkey seeks: Exempt Legal Advisor ($8,805-$11,189) – to serve as legal advisor and assist in carrying out her constitutional responsibilities administering, formulating, and coordinating tax programs.  Position located in Sacramento. For questions contact Russell.Lowery@boe.ca.gov.  Details here.

  • YVONNE BRATHWAITE BURKE -- the first African American woman elected to the California legislature -- discusses 50 years in California politics in this exclusive interview: vimeo.com/111897477 Know a current or former elected official we should interview? Our TV program reaches California's #1 zip code for campaign contributions. Send suggestions to: editor@bhweekly.com.
  • Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is seeking a legislative aide. The position requires strong analytical and writing skills, attention to detail, excellent organization, multi-tasking ability and English language proficiency. Capitol experience is preferred. Candidates should be strategic thinkers who can work cooperatively and enthusiastically in a team environment. Please send cover letter and resume to evan.mclaughlin@asm.ca.gov.
  • California Voices for Progress is seeking a State Director to work with influential people to fight for policies that combat climate change, promote economic and educational opportunity for low-income and middle class Americans, and strengthen democracy. The Director will lead the state office and work with members to take action on policy priorities at the federal and state level.
  • The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is seeking an experienced well-qualified advocate to direct its state legislative program. The State Legislative Director will serve as ACS CAN’s primary lobbyist at the State Capitol responsible for developing and executing its legislative agenda. Requires expertise in health policy, especially the Affordable Care Act, Medi-Cal and other access to care issues, and substantial experience working at State Capitol as legislative staff and/or lobbyist. Minimum salary: $85,000. For further details and to apply please visit: careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_acs/external/gateway.do?functionName=viewFr

 

 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Alliance Helped Patty Lopez Pull Off Assembly Upset, Primary Opponent Says | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
sacbee.com
She is now officially a member of the California Assembly, but Patty Lopez's surprise victory in the Nov. 4 election continues to fascinate California politics watchers.

Ed Lee commits extra funds to help undocumented immigrants
sfgate.com
Mayor Ed Lee committed an additional $1.1 million in public funds Monday to help undocumented immigrants defer deportations, get on a path to citizenship or access services such as health care as San Francisco works to implement President Obama’s recent revisions to the country’s immigration practices. Lee added $500,000 to the almost $2.3 million existing annual budget for the city’s Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs to help implement Obama’s executive order, which includes deferring deportation proceedings for three years for undocumented immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens or legal residents. Lee also extended a program started in 2012 that provides grants for education, legal services and application assistance for immigrants who entered the country illegally as children to qualify for deportation deferrals and work authorization. Lee’s administration could not provide the exact sources for the increased or extended funds, but the city finished the fiscal year that ended June 30 with almost $22 million more than it had budgeted for. Lee was among more than a dozen U.S. mayors who met in New York to coordinate and share expertise in implementing the president’s immigration directives, handed down in November. Firefighters union President Tom O’Connor noted that San Francisco, where the economy is booming, has seen a marked increase in homeless children in recent years — up from 844 in 2005 to 2,100 at last count. “This year we ask that San Franciscans step up and share the benefits of a growing economy with those less fortunate by donating a new, unwrapped toy or book to our toy program,” O’Connor said. On Wednesday, firefighters will join Mayor Ed Lee, city staff from the Department of Child Support Services and — most importantly — Santa Claus to hand out toys to 1,200 children.

Meet The People Who Might Try To Replace Barbara Boxer
Daniel Larison in the American Conservative @
time.com
If Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer steps down at the end of this term—as many are speculating she will—it would be the first major shakeup in California congressional politics in years. With that in mind, Golden State political hopefuls are already jockeying for position to succeed her. To be sure, many of the names being floated will never rise much further than this list, but here are some of the people who may try to succeed her.

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C.W. Nevius @
sfgate.com
The story of how the Outer Mission became a burgeoning location for pot dispensaries is classic San Francisco politics. The simple fact is that despite the tolerance for medical marijuana in the city, there aren’t many places where a dispensary can be located. The 2005 Medical Cannabis Act stated that marijuana outlets could not be located within 1,000 feet of a school, a park or where young people congregate. South of Market and the Tenderloin are the two largest available “green zones,” and more than a third of the 29 medical cannabis dispensaries in the city are in those areas. [...] the Excelsior/Outer Mission has some available space along Mission Street, and dispensary operators couldn’t wait to make the move. “I think the Excelsior is the only neighborhood that had three (dispensaries) approved in one night” by the city Planning Commission, says Joelle Kenealey, who is head of the Outer Mission Merchants and Residents Association. [...] if a San Mateo resident has a medical pot card, he will have to go to another county to get his prescription filled. Corgas, a master’s degree candidate in public policy at San Francisco State University, says poorer neighborhoods are at a disadvantage. Sparc, meanwhile, has mounted a public relations campaign. Adam Alberti, a spokesman for the dispensary, says the neighbors have nothing to fear from Sparc. If there is going to be a compromise proposal, the logical starting point would be the district supervisor. [...] in a text message Avalos reminded us that he passed legislation to require a conditional use permit for a pot club closer than 500 feet to another. Residents are in favor of medical marijuana but don’t want the clubs in their neighborhood.

Opinion: Early Class Times Hurt California Children | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Many examples could be cited, such as the erosion of vocational education or teacher work rules that hurt kids in poor neighborhoods.

Ex-Huntington Beach mayor alleges water board member has conflict
Anthony Clark Carpio @
latimes.com
Former Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cook has filed a complaint with the state's political watchdog, alleging that a water district board member has a conflict of interest and should not be allowed to vote on a proposed desalination plant on the city's oceanfront.

Labor Unions Accuse Congress Of Sneak Attack On Pensions In Lame Duck
Billy House @
nationaljournal.com
As lawmakers pressed Monday to finalize the legislative language of a must-pass omnibus spending bill, labor unions and retiree groups were mobilizing to defeat what they are characterizing as a lame-duck sneak attack on the pensions of some already-retired workers.

New CalPERS Report Finds Fewer Workers And More Pensioners | Utsandiego.com
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Looking to Nudge Senator Elizabeth Warren Into 2016 Presidential Race
rss.nytimes.com
The liberal group MoveOn.org is poised to spend $1 million on a campaign to draft Senator Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat, into the 2016 presidential race.

Vandalism, freeway shutdowns focus protest attention on tactics
Kevin Fagan @
sfgate.com
Seizing freeways, a Bay Area protest strategy dating back before the Rodney King riots of 1992, began in Ferguson and spread quickly to dozens of cities including San Diego, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Obamacare Advisor Apologizes To Lawmakers For Controversial Comments
latimes.com
Jonathan Gruber, an MIT professor who worked on the Affordable Care Act, apologized to members of Congress on Tuesday for a series of controversial comments he made about the law, which Republicans have seized on to attack the healthcare legislation.

Billions lost to potential child tax credit fraud-IG
BILL SCHER @
politico.com
The IRS paid out at least $5.9 billion in improper payments of the additional child tax credit in 2013.

Golden 1 Credit Union Will Send $18 Million Back To Its Members
Mark Glover @
sacbee.com
As a year-end token of thanks, this one is huge. Sacramento-based Golden 1 Credit Union is announcing today that it will “give back” $18 million this week to more than 500,000 of its members statewide.

Special Election Tuesday For Los Angeles County State Senate District
latimes.com
Voters go to the polls Tuesday in a special election to fill a vacant state Senate seat in south Los Angeles County.

National Briefing | South: Louisiana: Education Waiver Renewed
rss.nytimes.com
Federal officials have again granted Louisiana a waiver from compliance with the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law.

L.A. Backpedals On Proposal To Ban Growing Genetically Modified Crops
latimes.com
Los Angeles lawmakers reversed course late Monday on a proposed ban on the growth of genetically modified crops that had previously faced nearly zero resistance within City Hall.

Kqed
blogs.kqed.org
The system is largely invisible, buried in legal contracts, court decisions and stacks of century-old papers. To get a sense of what it all means, there is a place you can go to actually see water rights in action: east of Interstate 5, near Los Banos, in the Central Valley.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Cia Abuses 'a Stain On Our Values'
latimes.com
In a speech on the Senate floor detailing the work of the committee she chairs, Feinstein said the report was not intended to be a condemnation of the CIA as a whole. The report actually finds that "surprisingly few people" designed, carried out and managed the program. But such behavior occurred in part because of ineffective oversight of the program, and a failure to fully and factually brief senior officials and lawmakers.

Gubernatorial Mashup: Brown’s Inauguration To Include State Of The State | The California Report | Kqed News
ww2.kqed.org
For a man who doesn’t seem to enjoy much of the pomp and formality that come along with being the chief executive of California, Gov. Jerry Brown has come up with a solution: cross off two of his big January events in a single gathering.

$574 Million Community College Bond Measure Faces Recount
SARAH TULLY @
ocregister.com
Los Angeles County will begin on Wednesday recounting ballots cast in a $574 million community college bond measure that passed by 15 votes after a request was filed by a Fullerton activist.

Police Union Challenge Halts Sjpd Body Camera Program | San Jose Inside
sanjoseinside.com
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Workers Lose Fair-pay Case Over Hours Spent In Security Screenings
latimes.com
Workers need not be paid for the time they are required to spend in line for security screenings, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a victory for Amazon and other retailers.