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THE NOONER for December 10, 2014

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The answer to the trivia question yesterday about the argument between Lockyer and Isenberg was over a gaming bill, relating to the regulation of card clubs. 

Seriously? I got a parking ticket in downtown Portland yesterday for "improper display of parking meter receipt." I had moved my car from one one-way street to another, paid the meter in both and displayed the receipt on driver's side in both cases. Unfortunately, the first case, driver's side was curbside, and the other case it was not. Well, it's only valid curbside. Can't they walk around the car to check before writing a $39 ticket? There ought to be a a law...

SD35 (Carson): Isadore Hall received 54.98% of the vote yesterday and unless there is a wave of late absentees and provisionals that support the other three candidates, will be sworn in as the state senator to replace Rod Wright when the Legislature reconvenes on January 5. It's a nice birthday gift for Hall, who turns 43 today.

Now we're just waiting for election dates for the seats of Mark DeSaulnier and Mimi Walters, who don't have to resign until the new Congress is sworn in on January 6.

The big question is whether Steve Glazer jumps into the fight for SD07, which is currently the race between Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan. He has $102,550 on hand for a 2016 another race for AD16, but could transfer all of that to a race for Senate and could raise a bunch of money quickly.

DA BENCH: Boxer's seat sparks lists of wannabes [Dan Walters @ SacBee]

Walters mentions these Dems:

  • LG Gavin Newsom
  • AG Kamala Harris
  • LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Activist Tom Steyer
  • SOS-elect Alex Padilla
  • TRE-elect John Chiang
  • Former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

And only one Rep:

  • Condoleeza Rice

UH-OH UBER: "California prosecutors sued Uber over the ride-booking company's driver background checks and other allegations, adding to the popular startup's legal woes in the U.S. and around the world. . . . "Uber continues to misrepresent and exaggerate background checks on drivers," Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. "It's not our goal to shut them down. What we're saying is their advertising is false." "

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Eric Bauman, Kevin de León, Isadore Hall, and Mark Takano.

 


 

**CLASSIFIEDS**

  • California State Association of Counties (CSAC) is seeking two legislative advocates. Great opportunity to work in a challenging, professional environment on behalf of California counties. Salary DOQ; excellent benefits. Interviews expected week of 1/26/15. More details available here. Send cover letter/resume to DeAnn Baker at resumes@counties.org.
  • 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.
  • AIPAC-America’s Pro-Israel Lobby- The mission of AIPAC is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of Israel and the United States. AIPAC’s staff and citizen activists educate decision makers about the bonds that unite the United States and Israel and how it is in America’s best interest to help ensure that the Jewish state is safe, strong and secure.

    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
Two L.A. Lawmakers Target Tax Certificates For Unlawful Pot Shops
latimes.com
Two Los Angeles lawmakers are pushing to end a controversial city practice of issuing tax registration certificates to medical marijuana shops without determining if they are allowed to operate under a voter-approved crackdown on the businesses.

House Passes GOP California Drought Bill, But Senate Approval Unlikely | The Sacramento Bee
Michael Doyle @
sacbee.com
All of the Democrats who represent portions of the ecologically sensitive Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta voted against the measure Tuesday. These Democrats say they were cut out from the negotiations. At one point, Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., said House Republicans refused to brief California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer when she insisted on inviting House Democrats.

Local Tax, Bond Measures Pass At High Rate - Capradio.org
capradio.org
Californian voters passed a record number of local tax and bond measures in last month’s election – despite the low turnout resulting in a more conservative electorate.

Map: Patty Lopez Carried Dozens Of Precincts On Way To Surprise Assembly Win | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
sacbee.com
There have been various theories about how Patty Lopez, an underfunded community volunteer with no political experience, last month managed to defeat Raul Bocanegra, an up-and-coming incumbent with hundreds of thousands of campaign dollars at his disposal.

Tech Entrepreneur Resigns From Company To Avoid Conflict Of Interest In New Water District Office
Paul Rogers @
mercurynews.com
Kremen, 51, was set to attend his first board meeting Tuesday night after narrowly defeating incumbent Brian Schmidt in the Nov. 4 election for a seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District, a government agency that is the main water provider for Silicon Valley.

Octa Votes To Delay I-405 Widening Despite Saying It's Costing $3 Million A Month - The Orange County Register
KELLIE MEJDRICH @
ocregister.com
OCTA votes to hold off on construction after some argue the work is too closely linked to a Caltrans' plan to add toll lanes.

Isadore Hall wins special election for state Senate seat
Patrick McGreevy @
latimes.com
Former Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall III of Compton on Tuesday won a special election for the state Senate, beating three other candidates for a Los Angeles County seat left vacant by the resignation of Sen. Roderick Wright.

Water Board Adds $40 Million To Conservation Budget As Drought Persists
latimes.com
The Metropolitan Water District’s board of directors added $40 million to its conservation budget Tuesday and revised its water allocation plan in response to California’s continuing drought.

VC Tim Draper Not Giving Up On "Six Californias" -- But First, A Reality Show
Carla Marinucci @
blog.sfgate.com
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper says he is still passionately pursuing his dream of "Six Californias," a ballot measure that would split the Golden State up. But for right now, he’s got another dream -- a reality show about a school for Valley entrepreneurs.

Uber Sued Over Unlawful Business Practices; Lyft Settles
latimes.com
Los Angeles and San Francisco district attorneys filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Uber on Tuesday, alleging that the popular ride-hailing company doesn't go far enough to protect its passengers.

CPMC falls short on hiring pledge to gain OK for new hospital
sfgate.com
California Pacific Medical Center fell short of a first-year local hiring target it agreed to as part of a deal with the city for a $2 billion overhaul of its medical facilities in San Francisco, including building two new hospitals, a city report shows. The Sutter Health-affiliated hospital group had a target of hiring 19 entry-level workers last year from economically disadvantaged backgrounds — 40 percent of its entry hires in San Francisco. The agreement requires it to contract with what’s known as a management services organization, often a group of physicians, in the Tenderloin to provide care for 1,500 residents through Medi-Cal. A coalition of housing, jobs and health care advocacy groups, including the California Nurses Association, disputed the city’s decision to find CPMC in compliance with the agreement. “When CPMC doesn’t do its part by holding up its end of the agreement, not only does it impact the community, it also has a ripple effect on the city budget when people can’t get jobs or access to promised health care,” said Gordon Mar, director of Jobs with Justice. Among other provisions, businesses will have to post schedules two weeks in advance, requires them to offer extra hours to part-time workers before hiring new employees and prohibits employers from discriminating against employees who have commitments such as caregiving or school. [...] Lee sided with business leaders who opposed the bills, writing in a letter to the board that he could not sign the legislation despite being “very supportive of efforts to provide more rights and benefits to part time workers.” [...] during the affordability crisis our city faces, a one-sized-fits-all approach crafted without meaningful dialogue with those impacted by legislation does not honor the complexity of San Francisco’s diverse business practices and may not result in supporting our part time workers.

Malala Yousafzai receives Nobel, pleas for education, not war
Christina Boyle @
latimes.com
Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai received her Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday, delivering an impassioned speech on behalf of the “forgotten children” who crave the right to education and deserve peace.

Fate of City College of S.F. now in judgeâ
Peter Fimrite @
sfgate.com
The fate of City College of San Francisco is now in the hands of a judge after lawyers made their final arguments Tuesday about whether the beloved institution deserves to have its accreditation revoked. The emotional two-year debate turned into a crisis when the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges voted last year to revoke City College’s accreditation as of July 31, an order that is now on hold. The city attorney’s office argued that the Accrediting Commission’s evaluation of City College in 2012 and 2013 was both unfair and illegal and that the committee charged with the analysis had a conflict of interest, all accusations that commission officials vehemently deny. Testimony in the trial, which was attended by crowds of students, taxpayers, faculty and public officials, concluded Oct. 31 in San Francisco Superior Court. The climax, however, was Tuesday, when a rapt audience packed the courthouse at 400 McAllister St. to listen as the city attorney’s office and representatives of the Novato-based commission had it out over whether the college deserved to have its credentials yanked. The city attorney’s brief accused Beno of vindictively punishing the college in retaliation for City College activism against legislation narrowing access to California’s community colleges. Eisenberg accused the commission of giving unclear signals before 2012 that City College was violating accreditation standards and did not give the college an adequate chance to respond before voting to revoke accreditation in 2013. Kenneth Keller, the lawyer representing the commission, accused the city attorney’s office of resorting to “character assassination” in a desperate attempt to reverse the decision.

Angels President Says Luxury Tax Threshold 'not A Line In The Sand'
latimes.com
It has been widely reported owner  Arte Moreno  is extremely reluctant to exceed the $189-million luxury tax threshold for 2015, and that Moreno's stance is preventing the Angels from pursuing expensive free-agent aces such as  Max Scherzer ,  Jon Lester  and  James Shields .

Obama Says Congress Could Eliminate Need for His Immigration Actions
rss.nytimes.com
President Obama, speaking to immigration activists in Nashville, urged Congress on Tuesday to pass a legislative overhaul of the immigration system.

What Jerry Brown Would Have Said
Timm Herdt @
vcstar.com
Every four years, in the January following a gubernatorial election, the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies sponsors a two-day conference at which political strategists and scholars deconstruct the campaign that resulted in the election of California's chief executive.

Legacy Stuff: Mega-Kudos To DiFi For Torture Report
calbuzz.com
As a political matter, the easy part for Feinstein was to defy a torrent of inflammatory attacks and threats from conservatives accusing her of treason and worse; as a personal matter, the harder part was to stand up to howls of protest from the national security establishment and other Beltway elites, two groups of whom she long has counted herself a member.

L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. To Get Civilian Oversight
latimes.com
Faced with a series of scandals that have roiled the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department , the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a civilian oversight system to provide greater accountability for the agency.

Drought: East Bay poised for higher water rates
Kurtis Alexander @
sfgate.com
East Bay residents may see a spike in their water bills next month as local water managers seek to boost the levels of drought-stricken reserves. Despite early December rains, the East Bay Municipal Utility District board voted unanimously Tuesday to augment its Sierra reservoirs with water purchases from the Central Valley Water Project and to pass on the cost to customers, if need be. If it is, they’ll begin adding a 14 percent surcharge to water use — about $4.30 for the average single-family home. The district has the option of buying 16,000 acre-feet of water from the federally run Central Valley Water Project and possibly 35,000 acre-feet, depending on whether the federal project decides to limit deliveries because of the drought.

New Crude Oil Trains From Canada Arrive In California
Tony Bizjak @
sacbee.com
In a sign that crude oil train shipments to California refineries are on the rise, Union Pacific railroad officials confirmed last week they are now transporting full trains of Canadian oil through Northern California on a route that likely cuts through central Sacramento.

Obama Takes Immigration Reform Campaign To Nashville
latimes.com
President Obama flew to a red state with a growing immigrant population Tuesday to sell his controversial actions delaying deportation for millions of people living illegally in the U.S. as a "net plus" for local economies and communities.

Boeing To Lay Off 561 Employees In Southern California
latimes.com
Boeing Co. plans to lay off 561 employees in Southern California this month and early next year, according to documents the company filed in Sacramento.

Human Rights Day, 10 December
un.org
"I call on States to honour their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year. I call on people to hold their governments to account. "