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THE NOONER for December 30, 2014





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Argh....the Portland Nooner office lost power this morning amidst high winds. Fortunately, I have a decent battery on my laptop and am reminded why I pay so much for cellular internet, although Verizon could make some improvements in the West Hills of Portland. Now the real dilemma. My cell is dying. Do I recharge my cell from my computer and drain my laptop battery or go driving around the city for hours to charge my phone in the car? This area has been known to have long outages, although the weather is fine now.

SD21 (Santa Clarita-Antelope): Yesterday, former Senator Sharon Runner (R) announced that she was taking steps to run for the yet-to-be-called special election to the State Senate seat held by Steve Knight, who will be sworn into Congress on January 6. Runner, whose husband George represents district 2 on the Board of Equalization, left after one term in 2012 because of an auto-immune disease. Runner enters the race with the support of Knight, as well as Assemblymembers Tom Lackey and Scott Wilk. [release]

Runner's move could set up a fight between her and Tony Strickland (R), who left the State Senate for his 2012 bid against Julia Brownley for CA26 (Ventura). The region's GOP politics have been split in recent cycles between a faction of Congressman Buck McKeon/Strickland and the Runners/Cameron Smyth/Scott Wilk.

Strickland would need to move into the district fairly quickly, however, as the Los Angeles district attorney is the resident police and Strickland lives about 35 miles out of the district in Moorpark.

THE BENCH: Thomas Elias: "The bottom line: Although [Gavin] Newsom and [Kamala] Harris and [Antonio] Villaraigosa are sure to generate more hype and make more noise as they pursue their next jobs, it would be foolish to ignore John Chiang.

NAPA: Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Alfredo Pedroza to fill the Napa County Board of Supervisors seat vacated by new Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D). "Pedroza has had a quick political rise. The 27-year-old Napa native and assistant vice president at the local Mechanics Bank was elected to the Napa City Council in 2012 at age 25." [Barry Eberling @ NVR]

Watch Pedroza...he likely has a long career in statewide politics.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tina Cannon Leahy

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: The Ventura congressional seat held by Julia Brownley (D) is CA26, not CA27.



  • All are invited to Inauguration Party for Gov. Jerry Brown Jan. 5 on the North Capitol Lawn, L Street side. The People’s Inauguration Party: Working People Standing together is a celebration of the People’s Governor open to all the people. Hosted by the California Labor Federation, Orange County Employees Association and workers across the state. Free hot dogs, drinks, music and more! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 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  Details here.
  • University of California Office of the President
    The Executive Director to represent the University of California in Sacramento on the University's long range/annual budget, capital resource acquisition/allocation plans, and other finance-related topics including investments, procurement, risk management, and accounting. Salary: Commensurate with Experience.

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  • ASSEMBLYMEMBER RICHARD BLOOM (D-Santa Monica) discusses chairing Assembly Budget Subcommittee #3 in this exclusive interview:
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  • 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



Janet Napolitano Pushes UC To Front Line Of California Budget Battle | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Last month, University of California President Janet Napolitano broadsided Gov. Jerry Brown with a threat to raise tuition by more than a quarter over the next five years unless UC receives more money from the state.

California Judges Sue CalPERS Pension System Over Contributions
Tim Reid @
A group of judges is suing California's public pension system Calpers and the state of California over claims their pension contributions have been almost doubled unlawfully.

Makers of plastic bags gather signatures to overturn ban
Peter Fimrite @
Opponents of the law banning single-use plastic bags — which is supposed to go into effect July 1 — collected more than 800,000 signatures when they needed only 504,760 to qualify for a referendum, according to representatives of the trade group American Progressive Bag Alliance. “The industry obviously is opposed to this particular piece of legislation because it seeks to ban a 100 percent recyclable product and also put fees on consumers for other bag alternatives,” said John Barrier, spokesman for the Progressive Bag Alliance. The bag backlash has been sweeping across the country mainly because the billion disposable plastic shopping bags a year that are thrown away find their way into storm drains, creeks and rivers that flow into the ocean. Scientists have documented a giant floating patch of plastic and other debris twice the size of Texas that has accumulated in an area of the Pacific Ocean known as the North Pacific Gyre. The cities that have banned plastic bags generally charge 10 cents per customer for the use of paper or reusable bags, an amount Murray said doesn’t even cover the cost to grocers. Under the law, grocery stores and pharmacies in California must phase out plastic bags by July, and convenience and liquor stores must get rid of the bags a year later. “In 2010, out-of-state oil companies, along with the Koch brothers, spent millions on Proposition 23, an initiative that would have suspended AB32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act,” Murray said.

California Plastic Bag Ban Referendum Has Enough Signatures, Backers Say | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Numerous cities and counties in California already prohibit or charge for single-use plastic bags, and a bid to extend the policy statewide fueled one of the fiercest fights of the 2014 legislative session. Soon after Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 270, an organization called the American Progressive Bag Alliance announced the referendum drive.

Barbara Lee Named House Mvp By Liberal Nation Magazine - Politics Blog
Oakland Democrat Barbara Lee was named 2014's Most Valuable House Member by the liberal Nation Magazine Monday. Lee led a long fight to recognize Cuba as Comrade Marinucci recently described, and c...

High court justiceâ
Bob Egelko @
A U.S. Supreme Court justice who cast one of the deciding votes in 2011 to overturn California’s ban on sales of violent video games to minors says it was the toughest decision she’s made on the court, and she’s still not sure it was the right one. “If a parent doesn’t want her kids to buy violent video games … it should be the parent” who makes that decision, Justice Elena Kagan said in a talk to students last month at her alma mater, Princeton University, that was broadcast on C-SPAN this past weekend. [...] she decided that “I cannot make it (the law) work under the First Amendment doctrine that we have.” Kagan was part of the 5-4 majority in June 2011 that said all laws attempting to ban violent video games, even one drafted more narrowly than California’s, violate the constitutional guarantee of free expression. To convict the seller, a prosecutor would have had to show that the game lacked serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors. Responding to a challenge by the video game industry, joined by free-speech groups, the Supreme Court said California can’t deny young people access to video games while allowing them to read books and see films that contain extreme brutality.

Cal Fire Puts 16 Workers On Administrative Leave In Anticipation Of Sexual Misconduct Report | The Sacramento Bee
Laurel Rosenhall @
Cal Fire officials put 16 workers on administrative leave Monday as they prepare to receive results of an investigation into allegations that firefighters had sex with prostitutes at the Fire Academy in Ione.

2 LAPD Officers Ambushed: 'sense Of Uneasiness' Among L.A. Police
Less than two weeks after two New York police officers were killed in an ambush, LAPD officers come under unprovoked fire.

Farmers Brace For Labor Shortage Under New Policy | The Sacramento Bee
Thousands of the state's farmworkers, who make up a significant portion of those who will benefit, may choose to leave the uncertainty of their seasonal jobs for steady, year-around work building homes, cooking in restaurants and cleaning hotel rooms.

The New Health Care: Health Law Helped Adults. Now, What About Children?
s health insurance is up for renewal next year. It covers important things that the Affordable Care Act sometimes does not.

Pedro Perez Rehabilitation Fund By Colin O'leary - Gofundme

Expect Onslaught Of New Bills With Little Analysis Of Past Ones
Steven Greenhut @
Legislators already are touting myriad new bill ideas as they head back to Sacramento next week. Meanwhile, their efforts from last year – 900-plus new laws — will go into effect New Year's Day. It’s back to business as usual, with all the usual hype by legislators promising their latest ideas will fix some pressing problem.

Jerry Brown Looks To Carry On His Family's Legacy Building California
At a rally in the waning days of the fall campaign, Gov. Jerry Brown bantered with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher about how long they had been acquainted.

Jerry Brown looks to carry on his family's legacy building California
At a rally in the waning days of the fall campaign, Gov. Jerry Brown bantered with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher about how long they had been acquainted.

HHS claims 1.8 million new enrollees on
Another 1.6 million have renewed thei coverage under Obamacare.

N.Y. Rep. Michael Grimm says he will resign over tax evasion
Embattled Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-N.Y.), who pleaded guilty last week to tax evasion, said he will resign before Congress returns next week.

Police Shooting: Ezell Ford Had 'muzzle Imprint' From Close-range Shot
The autopsy of Ezell Ford, a mentally ill black man killed by police in South Los Angeles in August, shows he was shot three times -- once in the right side, once in the right back and once in the right arm.