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THE NOONER for January 20, 2015




Happy State of the Union Day! Yeah, you can go to Hometown Buffet. Nothing to see here.

MBBALL: Mmm.kay. Davis is ranked 17 and the headline in the BeesKnees is that SacState is 25?  Seriously? 



  • FORMER WASHINGTON DC LOBBYIST JACK ABRAMOFF discusses his rise and fall as the nation's most famous lobbyist in this exclusive interview:
  • Join Emerge California’s 2015 Beverly Hills Reception on Saturday, January 24 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Avalon Hotel located at 9400 W. Olympic Blvd in Beverly Hills. To join the Host Committee, please contact Nazneen Rydhan-Foster at or visit the event page here.

  • Join CA Women Lead and Honorary Co-Hosts Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Minority Leader Kristin Olsen in honoring the Women's Legislative Caucus and women serving in statewide office. Sponsor today | View our sponsors here

  • TRAINING FOR GRASSROOTS OUTREACH TO LEGISLATORS.  Experienced grassroots organizer Mark Wirth provides training and guidance for organizing the members of your organization for grassroots outreach to legislators.  Training on site at your location and designed to fit the needs of your organization.

  • Learn the legislative process and best practices for effective lobbying. Cover the complete spectrum of governmental advocacy in two days. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov presents "Lobbying 101" and "Lobbying 201" seminars January 29-30. $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / support staff, organizations / public agencies that employ lobbyists. Complete info / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • 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.

  • Small, downtown Los Angeles boutique law firm is looking for a full-time political and election attorney.

    Qualifications: Two to five years of relevant experience; demonstrated interest in political and election law; strong writing skills, flexibility, attention to detail, excellent academic credentials; law review or journal experience preferred.

    Contact: Email resumes to Ana Simeonova, Office Manager,

  • E-mail Scott and post your 3-4 line classified here for $25/week.

Pete Chacon Dies At 89; San Diego Lawmaker Who Backed Bilingual Education
Called 'the gold-standard for Latino politicians,' Pete Chacon was an educator who entered politics as Chicano supporter in 1970.

Brown's Budget Gives State Parks System One Year To Turn Around -
California’s state parks system has faced a rough few years: Deep cuts during the recession, and a financial scandal that rocked the department. Now, a state commission is just days away from releasing a report that demands the department modernize itself and Governor Jerry Brown’s new budget proposes only enough money to buy the parks system a year to turn itself around.

Zambians vote in a special election to replace President Michael Sata
Zambians voted Tuesday in a special election to replace President Michael Sata, who died in office in October after a long illness kept secret by the government.

Sad End For CalPERS Private Equity ‘golden Years’ | Calpensions
The apparent suicide last week of Alfred Villalobos, who faced a bribery trial next month, is a sad end for a former CalPERS board member paid more than $50 million by firms seeking money from the big pension fund.

What's The Best Way To Pressure L.A. Council — Publicly Or Privately?
Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo set off a small political firestorm in his district last summer, putting off plans for a Figueroa Street bike lane and enraging a potent group of advocates.

Teletypewriter Operator? California Government Still Has That | The Sacramento Bee
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Governor's Budget Encouraging News For Community Colleges. |
Be relevant, respectful, honest, discreet and responsible. Commenting Rules

Path To Senate Runs Through Silicon Valley | Thehill
Julian Hattem and Cory Bennett @
To make sure their interests are taken care of in Washington, the well-heeled tech sector is sure to be on the front lines of the potentially billion-dollar race.

City Looks At New 'infrastructure District' To Fund L.A. River Plans
Los Angeles leaders are hoping to use a new tax-sharing law to help finance ambitious plans to transform the city's namesake river into a ribbon of recreational areas and vibrant new developments.

Here's How Obama's Capital Gains Tax Plan Hits The 1% Where They Live
With President Obama placing tax reform on the table in his State of the Union address , scheduled for delivery to Congress on Tuesday, we can expect weeks or months of Washington debate about the vices and virtues of the tax breaks held dear by many segments of the taxpaying public.

Beverly Hills Defeats Move To Weaken Laws Protecting Historic Buildings
Proponents of architectural preservation heaped praise on Beverly Hills three years ago for passing an ordinance that aimed to save significant buildings from the wrecking ball — or at least those that remained standing after owners knocked down Pickfair, the Friars Club, John Lautner's Shusett House and other pedigree places.

Funding 2 Years Of College Is A Small Price To Pay To Get Educated Workers
President Obama's bold proposal to make two years of community college virtually free is the most encouraging idea for higher education to emerge from Washington in years.

Swiss Currency Turmoil Highlights Pension Fund's Derivative Risk |
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State of the Union 2015: The Conversation
Welcome to The Conversation, POLITICO's rolling coverage of the buzz ahead of President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address.

New Bill Seeks To Reduce Profit Motive In Disability Lawsuits |
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Is Mitt Romney's La Jolla Home Fair Game For A Column? But Of Course.
Mitt Romney's potential candidacy sparks all kinds of stories about him, including one about his La Jolla beach house remodel

A voting-rights pioneer, Cuban dissidents among State of Union guests
A mom who is an immigrant living in the U.S. illegally will be the guest of a California congressman at Tuesday night's State of the Union speech.

The Year the Woman Retires: California's aging congressional delegation
Barbara Boxer's retirement announcement earlier this month kicks off a major demographic shift in California's congressional delegation -- as aging Democratic women move closer to retirement. 5 of the 6 oldest members of California's congressional delegation are Democratic women.

Obamas Mark Mlk Day By Volunteering | Thehill
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President Obama marked the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by volunteering at a Washington-area Boys and Girls Club, working with children on art and education projects.

Here's how Obama's capital gains tax plan hits the 1% where they live
With President Obama placing tax reform on the table in his State of the Union address, scheduled for delivery to Congress on Tuesday, we can expect weeks or months of Washington debate about the vices and virtues of the tax breaks held dear by many segments of the taxpaying public.

Kkk Propaganda Blankets Orange County Neighborhood
Some residents in Santa Ana awoke on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to find fliers disparaging King and advertising the Klu Klux Klan, authorities said.