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THE NOONER for January 26, 2015



SD07 (Tri-Valley): Former Brown adviser Steve Glazer joins race for DeSaulnier seat

Well, we now have a race of three high-profile Democrats, with Steve Glazer, Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan, making it highly likely that the March 17 primary will continue to a May 19 runoff. Buchanan's team sent out polling results last week touting a strong lead, although in a March special election, anything is possible. The big question is how the independent expenditure committees play...

US SENATE: Willie Brown asks Villaraigosa not to run; Latinos concerned about diversity

Two thoughts on this. One, as the article notes, Willie dated Kamala Harris, which must be taken into account. Of course, since then, she has demonstrated her own political and policy acumen. Second, the question is not about diversity--Harris is mixed race African-American and Indian. However, non-Cuban Latinos are upset that there aren't any in the U.S. Senate since Ken Salazar (D-Colorado) left in 2009. That's what's driving the efforts by some to recruit Xavier Becerra, Antonio Villairaigosa, or Loretta Sanchez.

THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Villaraigosa's Experience Could Play Well In The Senate [George Skelton @ LAT]- "Villaraigosa would be California's first Latino senator. He could generate excitement among the fast-growing Latino population, which hasn't been voting in nearly the proportion of other ethnic groups."

PETE'S STILL AROUND: Republicans need their own rhetoric of reliance [Pete Peterson @ LAT] - "We must highlight our dependence on civil society and family while celebrating an active citizenship that seeks solutions to real problems outside government involvement. Also, in an era when we have witnessed government failure in numerous bankruptcies, it is essential that we move beyond the "big-vs.-small government" argument to one about the performance of government — and what we should rely on it to accomplish. By doing so, we will attract potential allies in communities who previously wondered whether Republicans just want to — in the unfortunate words of another partisan — "drown it in the bathtub."

BACONLESS: The Human Society is hosting a Meatless Monday reception at 5:00pm tonight at Mother's. Confirmed guests include Katcho Achadjian, Ben Allen, Richard Bloom, Mike Gipson, Fran Pavley, Anthony Rendon, and Mark Stone.

BACONFULL: "We are at it again! Mama's Making Bacon drag brunch is proud to be in its third year and bringing you some of the best times yet." [Glenda Corcoran]




  • California Federation of Teachers sponsors reception welcoming new and returning legislators, today at 5:30 pm, Senator Hotel Atrium, 1121 L Street. RSVP 916-446-2788

  • FORMER CALIFORNIA CHIEF JUSTICE RONALD GEORGE discusses changes to California's judiciary and his career in this exclusive interview:
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  • Join us February 18 & 19 at the Sacramento Convention Center for the Future of California Elections 2015 Conference “Working Together for a More Inclusive Democracy" Space is limited. Register today!
  • The Asian Paciific Islander Caucus of the Community College of California is hosting a reception Monday, January 26 from 4:30-5:30 at Chicory. More information.

  • The James Irvine Foundation 2015 Leadership Awards Luncheon. Join Irvine and state policymakers in honoring California leaders and their breakthrough solutions to critical state issues. Presentations followed by a roundtable on leadership led by KQED’s John Myers. February 5, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Sheraton Grand. Contact Tamara Torlakson - 916-288-2245.

  • Interested in learning more about health insurance in California, and about a key contributor to the Legislature's review of health insurance-related legislation? Great! Legislators, staff, advocates, and the public are warmly invited to the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP)'s annual legislative briefing on 1/29/2015 from 10:30 – 11:30 am. The briefing will provide information about CHBRP and the bills we analyze, how we do our work and the information we provide. Please RSVP to this free event online – 

  • The California Charter Schools Association hosts its 5th Annual Back to Session Reception on Monday, February 2 from 5 p.m – 7 p.m. at Ella Dining Room & Bar, 1131 K Street, Sacramento. Legislators and staff are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to
  • ]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.


Newsom, Brown team up to take down UC policy on coachesâ
Most recently, the Gav and the Gov delivered a one-two punch to torpedo UC President Janet Napolitano’s very public plan to tie coaches’ bonuses to players’ academics — a plan they felt did not go far enough. [...] Brown swooped into the meeting and, as the TV cameras rolled, called the academic targets so lenient as to “distort the fundamental essence of the university.” For added entertainment, he said as much in Latin: “Mens sana in corpore sano” — a healthy mind in a healthy body. At the same meeting, Brown and Newsom also buddied up to vote “no” on a slew of raises for UC administrators — including the $330,000 salary plus car allowance package for new Chief Operating Officer Rachael Nava. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is expected to green-light a bike and pedestrian lane on the upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge next month. The path, which would be on the shoulder and separated from car traffic by a movable barrier, is part of a $74 million plan that also includes restoring a third traffic lane on the lower deck of the 5.5-mile bridge. Caltrans has long opposed eliminating the shoulder for a bike and pedestrian path, fearing it would result in more accidents and bridge backups. The project, which has been in the study phase for years, got an extra boost when Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, introduced urgency legislation’’ to speed up the restoration of the third traffic lane, calling the lower deck “one of the worst bottlenecks in the North Bay.” [...] a drought in the 1970s prompted officials to reduce the upper deck to two lanes to make room for a pipe to deliver water from the East Bay to Marin. No sooner did we report that Rep. Barbara Lee would like to be named ambassador to Cuba than her office sent us an e-mail thanking us “for a great story,” but saying she will not seek the nomination.’’ “I plan to continue the efforts to normalize relations with Cuba and the fight for our shared progressive values in Congress,” the Oakland Democrat said in the e-mail. The idea is to serve the neighborhood,” said Giants CEO Larry Baer, adding that after startup costs and rent to the port, “we aren’t going to make a dime off of it. The chance to give the public a taste of what’s to come if it wins voter approval for the much larger entertainment and housing development the Giants want to build on the site.

Brown, Employee Unions Set To Tangle Over Health Insurance | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
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Villaraigosa's Experience Could Play Well In The Senate
George Skelton @
Antonio Villaraigosa's resume definitely qualifies him to be a U.S. senator and suggests the potential of a pretty effective one.

How Paid Sick Leave Can Be Healthy For Pensions
Ed Mendel @
President Obama said during his State of the Union address last week that 43 million workers have no paid sick leave, forcing “too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home.” The president wasn’t talking about government employees.

Willie Brown: Villaraigosa Should Sit Out U.S. Senate Race | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
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Fight Over Taxes Looms Between Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown
Juliet Williams Associated Press @
The financial crisis has passed and the economy is rebounding, but the fight over taxes is about to resume.

OC Supervisor: Lou Correa headed for defeat with VIetnamese outvoting Latinos by 3-to-1 margin
John Hrabe @
Former State Senator Lou Correa could be headed for a devastating defeat in Tuesday's special election for an open seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, thanks to weak turnout by Latino voters. According to Political Data, Inc.'s returned ballots analysis, Vietnamese voters are outperforming Latino voters by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.

Alabama same-sex marriages will have to wait as judge stays ruling
Two days after striking down Alabama laws that ban same-sex marriage, a federal judge temporarily stayed her ruling Sunday, giving the state time to file an appeal.

Opinion: Road Tax Diversions And Reality
Dan Walters @
A recent column about a growing backlog of deferred maintenance in the state highway system and the difficulty of raising more revenue for roadwork generated an unusually high number of reader reactions.

Schwab-Pomerantz: Visionary wants financial security for all
According to a 2011 FDIC study, close to 70 million Americans are regarded as financially underserved. Last year, they generated more than $100 billion in fee and interest revenue, according to a Center for Financial Services Innovation analysis of various alternatives, like payday loans, auto subprime loans and very short-term credit. According to a Wells Fargo study last year, 41 percent of middle-class Americans in their 50s “are not currently saving for retirement.” Schwab-Pomerantz, 54, is president of Charles Schwab Foundation, a nonprofit organization that develops and funds programs for the financially underserved, and supports employee philanthropy and volunteerism at the investment company founded by her father, Charles Schwab. “She is devoted to making investing more accessible to the American public, encouraging men and women from all walks of life to take charge of their financial lives,” said Zhan Li, dean of St. Mary’s College’s School of Economics and Business Administration, who nominated her for the first Chronicle and St. Mary’s Visionary of the Year award. A UC Berkeley graduate with an MBA from George Washington University, Schwab-Pomerantz, in partnership with AARP Foundation — a philanthropic affiliate of the AARP — created a Finances 50+ program, a financial how-to for low-income workers and job seekers age 50 and older — “the unsexy group,” in her words. Schwab-Pomerantz’s commitment to the program “is a shining example of how she’s focused on improving the financial well-being of older adults who may not otherwise have an opportunity to receive this type of information and guidance,” said Jenkins. Invited to a dinner with executives from the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, which invests in programs for underserved women and girls, she was asked if she would join and help raise money. [...] she turned out to be a deft hand at fundraising, and found her calling. Because I cared so much about the topic, I found it much easier to ask. Over the past 10 years, more than 500,000 teens have learned how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses and pay for college. Many of our Club youth have gone on to careers in the financial industry, others on to college — once the program showed them the many different options presented through financial aid and scholarships — and some kids even make budgets to help their families stay on track. On numerous non profit boards, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the International Women’s Forum, she also taps out a weekly “Ask Carrie” financial advice column which appears on the Huffington Post, and in newspapers nationwide. Thanks to some gentle nudging by Schwab-Pomerantz, the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management has launched a “retirement financial literacy and education” program for government employees. Twelve of the finalists were selected by Laurene Powell Jobs, founder and chair of Emerson Collective and widow of Steve Jobs; Daniel Lurie, founder of the poverty-fighting organization Tipping Point; Ronnie Lott, the 49ers’ Hall of Fame cornerback; Anne Wilson, the chief executive officer of United Way Bay Area; and Zhan Li, the dean of the business school at St. Mary’s.

Villaraigosa's experience could play well in the Senate
Antonio Villaraigosa's resume definitely qualifies him to be a U.S. senator and suggests the potential of a pretty effective one.

Sacramento Streetcar Rolling Fast, But Financing Questions Unanswered | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak and Ryan Lillis @
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Don't let a false promise of voter turnout kill L.A.'s independent elections
If two charter amendments headed to Los Angeles voters March 3 get approved, it will make it next to impossible for candidates who aren't party insiders, or the darlings of labor or business interests, to run for and win city office in L.A.

Parents Who Oppose Measles Vaccine Hold Firm To Their Beliefs
Gary Monahan remembers his son's temperature spiking to 102 degrees when he was vaccinated for measles , mumps and rubella. The child then landed in the hospital with what appeared to be whooping cough after his next round of vaccinations.

Psychology studies suggest rising wealth means more jerks in S.F.
Psychology studies suggest rising wealth means more jerks in S.F. If it seems that San Franciscans are getting more entitled and self-absorbed, a series of psychology studies performed at UC Berkeley indicates there could be a scientific reason: the city’s increasing wealth. Paul Piff, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at UC Irvine (he moved from UC Berkeley just a few weeks ago), has spent the past decade conducting about 50 studies on how wealthy people and poorer people behave in the same situations. Rich people are more likely to behave unethically even if they get very little benefit. Piff speculated that wealthier people don’t have the same sensitivity to others as poor people do because they don’t need to rely on their neighbors and the wider community as much. [...] in terms of wealth, our city is extremely fertile ground for study. The median home price in San Francisco in the fourth quarter of 2014 was $1.13 million, according to Paragon Real Estate. All this wealth has proved great for the city’s tax coffers, but it’s also resulted in some complaints — namely that people are ruder, more interested in their smartphones than talking to real people, less interested in charity or politics, and more selfish when behind the wheel. To find out what some wealthy people thought about Piff’s studies, the local BMW showroom — where else? — on Howard Street seemed like the perfect place. Michael Goff, the founder of a tech startup in Mountain View, speculated that “type A, aggressive” personalities succeed in business and can afford luxury cars. The native of Italy has lived in San Francisco for 15 years and said he has noticed the city move away from its hippie, free-love roots and toward being a crowded, aggressive, New York-like place. There is a certain amount of arrogance that comes with wealth and does translate to people feeling entitled at times and act not as nicely,” he continued before quipping, “Of course, I’m different. Supervisor David Campos, who represents the Mission, has talked a lot about San Francisco’s growing income inequality and what he views as a “Tale of Two Cities.” Reid Condit, a 74-year-old resident of high-rise public housing in the Tenderloin — not a guy who’ll be shopping for a BMW anytime soon — said it’s been frustrating getting help fixing the building’s often broken elevators, especially in such a rich city. Back on Howard Street in SoMa, several men worked on Mercedes, BMWs and other German cars at Metric Motors. Tom Cebollero, 48, drives a BMW and bought the independent auto shop eight years ago after getting sick of his job in corporate finance.

Don't Let A False Promise Of Voter Turnout Kill L.A.'s Independent Elections
If two charter amendments headed to Los Angeles voters March 3 get approved, it will make it next to impossible for candidates who aren't party insiders, or the darlings of labor or business interests, to run for and win city office in L.A.

Police Pull Over N.j. Man In Hov Lane, Find 2 Kidnapped Vics - Ny Daily News
Port Authority cops pulled over Luis Moreno Jr. because he appeared to be alone in his silver 2002 Toyota Sequoia as he entered an HOV lane approaching the George Washington Bridge on I-95 in Fort Lee, N.J., at 8:05 a.m. Friday, officials said.

Football: City Section Votes To Support Cif State Bowl Proposal
The City Section Board of Managers voted Monday to support a new state bowl proposal that would expand bowl games to every section champion in the state.

Worry for Solar Projects After End of Tax Credits
s heat for energy even after sunset, but the coming expiration of federal tax credits has put further construction of such facilities in doubt.

Zócalo Public Square :: Can Gloria Molina Still Slay Giants?
zocalo public square @
by Jaime A. Regalado|January 21, 2015

In Move Toward Campaign, Christie Creates PAC and Hires Staff
Gov. Chris Christie will make his most decisive move yet toward a presidential run by creating a political action committee.