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THE NOONER for February 3, 2015




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US SENATE: So, we've had two women U.S. Senators from California, and only one non-white U.S. Senato (S.I. Hayakawa). The most debated issue right now is whether a Latino/a should challenge a half-Jamaican, half-Indian woman. Things have changed in the Golden State... 

PEEVEDPeevey urged PG&E to lobby Jerry Brown, but warned, 'You will miss Arnold' [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Within days of Gov. Jerry Brown taking office in January 2011, Michael Peevey, then president of the California Public Utilities Commission, told a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executive that he was right to worry about regulatory changes the Democratic governor might usher in."

RECOUNT: Correa seeks recount after 43-vote defeat in O.C. supervisor race [Matt Hamilton @ LAT]

I'VE GOT BIG BUCKS AND I CAN NOT LIE: In Malpractice Initiative Battle, Opponents Heavily Outspent Backers [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "Healthcare providers and insurers spent $58.6 million to sink a ballot measure that would have increased limits on certain medical malpractice damages, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday."

AS DO WE... New York Foundations Bankrolled Proposition 47 [Paige St. John] - "The power of nonprofit foundations to change state law was exemplified by the bankrolling of Proposition 47, a $9.5-million campaign that reduced drug possession and minor theft charges to misdemeanors. By contrast, opponents reported spending a total of $550,000, much of it raised from law enforcement groups, new campaign reports show."

THE TOTAL: California's 2014 Statewide Campaigns Top $226 Million [John Myers @ KQED]

PRESIDENT PROPOSES, CONGRESS DISPOSES: Obama's Budget Includes Windfall For L.A. Transportation [Noah Bierman and W.J. Hennigan @ LAT]:

The budget proposal unveiled by President Obama on Monday earmarks more than $1 billion for California transportation and construction projects, including $330 million that Los Angeles officials called crucial to extending the Purple Line from the Mid-City area to Century City.

Overall, Obama would spend more than $800 million on transit throughout the state — including $165 million to expand the Bay Area Rapid Transit system to San Jose and $150 million toward a light-rail project in San Diego — as he tries to make the case that infrastructure spending will propel a faster economic recovery.

NEW BEGINNINGS: Former Assemblymember Jose Solorio has joined the Nossaman firm in Orange County and Sacramento.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Joe Krovoza and Damien Luzzo!

FAREWELL: Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News reporter (1948-2015)




  • The William Jefferson Clinton Democratic Club of Sacramento will be hosting its annual welcome back to session mixer on Thursday, Feb. 5th at 5:30pm at the Mix. They will be celebrating victories of our endorsed candidates in the November election as well as welcoming back the entire Capitol community to another legislative session. Everyone and anyone from around the Capitol is welcome. No host bar and h'orderves will be provided. Drink tickets will only be provided for Clinton Dem members, so be sure to renew your membership!!

  • California Council on Science and Technology is now hiring an Executive Assistant for our Sacramento Office.  This position will act as administrative support for Sacramento senior staff members and their designees, as well as office manager, coordinating all aspects of the Sacramento office, and meeting coordinator/planner for all CCST Board and Council meetings. Will provide project support for program managers.  $36,600 minimum salary.  Looking for a highly organized self-starter with strong communication and technical skills.  Must apply through UC Merced.  See more at
  • FORMER CALIFORNIA CHIEF JUSTICE RONALD GEORGE discusses changes to California's judiciary and his career in this exclusive interview:
    Know a current or former elected official in Southern California we should interview? Our TV program reaches California's #1 zip code for campaign contributions. Send suggestions
  • 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 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.

  • 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.


Latino Lawmakers Say Latino U.S. Senate Candidate Would Energize Voters
As former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa weighs a U.S. Senate bid, the California Latino Legislative Caucus on Tuesday said a Latino candidate in the mix would attract more Democratic voters to the polls for the election next year.

Opponents Of Insurance Rate Initiative Spent Big Before Election
Marc Lifsher @
Opponents of Proposition 45, a health insurance rate regulation initiative that was overwhelmingly defeated by California voters, spent big in the run-up to the November election.

California's 2014 Statewide Campaigns Top $226 Million
John Myers @
If you think $226.5 million, the amount of combined spending in 2014 on statewide candidate races and ballot measure campaigns, is a lot of money, consider this: It was kind of a quiet year.

In Malpractice Initiative Battle, Opponents Heavily Outspent Backers
Melanie Mason @
Healthcare providers and insurers spent $58.6 million to sink a ballot measure that would have increased limits on certain medical malpractice damages, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday.

Another Strong Year Ahead For California Economy? -
The forecast from Stockton’s University of the Pacific projects California will see statewide job growth this year of 2.3 percent – about the same as last year.

Opinion: Three Seats In Senate Await Votes | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
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California Treasurer Has Millions Left For Future Campaigns
One of the quietest campaigns in California last year has resulted in the biggest leftover war chest for a statewide politician not named Jerry Brown .

Lone Republican Drops Out Of East Bay State Senate Election
Michaela Hertle, a cloud-computing executive from Pleasanton who has never run for elected office before, issued a statement saying she's throwing her support to centrist Democrat Steve Glazer, who is Orinda's mayor and a former political advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Charles Manson Still Single; Marriage License Expires
Charles Manson's marriage license with Afton Elaine Burton will expire before Corcoran State Prison's next visiting hours.

State Department budget plan includes $1 billion for Central America
The State Department's proposed $50.3-billion budget for next year includes $1 billion to try to improve governance and the economies of Central America in an effort to discourage migration to the United States.

Diaper Bill Jump-Starts Talk Of Tax Cuts
Steven Greenhut @
Some prominent California legislators are trying to jump-start a “conversation” about raising (or extending) taxes, which is how Sacramento politicians often set the stage for potentially unpopular policies. Meanwhile, two San Diego-area legislators are pushing for something that doesn’t often get discussed in the Capitol: tax cuts.

Sacramento Students To Be Tested For Tuberculosis -
The Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services says about 150 Florin High School students will be tested for Tuberculosis this week.A student at the school tested positive for the disease last week.Doctor Olivia Kasirye is the County Health Officer. She says about 10-percent of people who have been exposed to tuberculosis get sick from the disease. "The reason that we treat people with latent TB infection, is to prevent it from ever progressing to active disease. Because in a small percentage of people, they might progress to active disease  depending on their body's immune system."Testing will begin Tuesday.  The County could have results by late Friday or early Monday.Sacramento County is holding an event for parents who might be worried about the disease at the high school's library at six o'clock tonight.  

Jeffe: Koch Money And 2016 California Initiatives :: Fox&hounds
California is a bellwether state. Major policy decisions made by the voters here often sweep across the country. Supporting or opposing major policy initiatives in California to set the tone for a national policy debate is possible if the money purse is full.

Opponents Of Off-reservation Casino Measure Far Outspent Supporters
Rival Native American casino interests spent $18 million last year to defeat Proposition 48, which would have given permission for two other tribes to build a new casino near Madera, just north of Fresno, according to records filed by the campaigns.

Obama's Budget Plan Seeks To Reframe The Spending Debate
President Obama 's $4-trillion budget proposal includes a slew of spending and tax initiatives the GOP-controlled Congress will find about as appealing as 3-day-old sushi. But as he did with his State of the Union address , Obama used his budget to tee up issues that Congress ignores at its peril. These include crucial questions about how to adapt the American workforce to the demands of today's businesses, provide more upward mobility for the working class, address the country's infrastructure needs and remove perverse incentives from the corporate tax code.

OC Supervisor Recount! Lou Correa seeks recount in 43-vote defeat to Andrew Do
John Hrabe @
Former State Senator Lou Correa, who lost last week's special election to Andrew Do by just 43 votes, is asking for a recount. Orange County officials are investigating an incident at a Santa Ana polling place, an area where Correa had enjoyed strong support.

White House seeks $585 billion in 2016 Pentagon budget
The Pentagon would get $585 billion next year under the Obama administration's proposed budget, reversing a five-year decline in military spending and blowing past mandatory spending caps imposed by Congress.

Correa Seeks Recount After 43-vote Defeat In O.C. Supervisor Race
Former state Sen. Lou Correa -- who lost his bid for a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors to Andrew Do by a 43-vote margin -- has officially sought a recount of last Tuesday's special election.

Obama's Budget Includes Windfall For L.A. Transportation
The budget proposal unveiled by President Obama on Monday earmarks more than $1 billion for California transportation and construction projects, including $330 million that Los Angeles officials called crucial to extending the Purple Line from the Mid-City area to Century City.

Common Core Enters Arena Of Presidential Politics | Edsource
Louis Freedberg @
With the growing certainty that Jeb Bush will be a candidate in the 2016 presidential campaign, his support for the Common Core State Standards guarantees that the standards being implemented in 43 states will be drawn into the whirlpool of presidential politics.