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THE NOONER for February 10, 2015




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Join your colleagues from around the state for a day of in-depth discussion on current and future issues facing public retirement in California at the 26th Annual Southern California Public Retirement Seminar.
February 24, 2015 - 9AM-4PM - Registration: 8AM; The Centre at Sycamore Plaza (5000 Clark Ave, Lakewood)
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US SENATE: So, we know Kamala Harris is in. The whispers say that Antonio Villaraigosa and Loretta Sanchez will also be in. Xavier Becerra is less likely, as he would give up a key Democratic leadership post (and a safe seat) for the run. Best rumor is that Tim Donnelly may run - -just for S's and G's.

McClatchy's Curtis Tate writes up the story.

And, we've got polling! 

Harris leads Villaraigosa for Calif. Senate [Cameron Joseph @ The Hill] - "Harris leads a crowded all-party primary with 34 percent to 16 percent for Villaraigosa, with former Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.) at 19 percent, former Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.) at 14 percent, and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) at 4 percent, according to an automated poll from Public Policy Polling that was conducted for the Los Angeles County Young Democrats and The Hill obtained through a California Democratic source."

OPERATION FREE: On Wednesday, February 11th at 5:00pm PT, Operation Free, a nationwide coalition of veterans advocating for clean energy, will join Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee Chairwoman Jacqui Irwin and Vice Chair Devon Mathis to host a public Sacramento screening of new short documentary THE BURDEN.

SUN: Huge solar farm opens in California: Enough energy for 160,000 homes [Taylor Goldenstein @ LAT] - "About 4,000 acres of shiny black solar panels stretch across Riverside County near Joshua Tree National Park, where on Monday U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell dedicated one of the largest photovoltaic solar energy farms in the world."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Courtney Baxter, Jeff Corless, and Midori Wong!


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  • The Capitol Morning Report seeks full-time staff writer. Responsible for our lobbying and campaign committee coverage, contributor to other coverage. Common sense required. Perspicuity preferred.  Start $20/hr. Contact: Send resume, cover letter. Write "staff writer" in subject line. (2/13)

  • LA COUNTY FEDERATION OF LABOR HEAD RUSTY HICKS discusses the challenges for organized labor in Southern California 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

  • Open Position:  Senior Program Officer, California Democracy Program, James Irvine Foundation. Position can be based in San Francisco or Los Angeles.  Initial grantmaking focus will be on Voter & Civic Engagement and Immigrant Integration. Minimum of eight years of work experience in policy-making institutions or nonprofit organizations, including five years of experience in a senior leadership role; substantive experience on key California policy issues and processes; and the ability to work across the political spectrum. Master’s degree is preferred. More information:

  • The University of California is pleased to announce that Kieran Flaherty has accepted an interim position in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer serving as Executive Director representing the University on budget and other financial matters coming before the executive and legislative branches. Mr. Flaherty has served as Director of State Government Relations at UC Berkeley since 2008 and previously served in a similar position at UCSF. Thus, he joins the Chief Financial Officer team with considerable background in the major issues facing the University. He can be reached at

  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Legislative Representative. Manage complex state and federal laws and proposed legislation affecting educators and K-12 education. Act as Commission liaison with the Legislature and education stakeholder organizations. Provide policy analysis and research in the area of preparation and licensing of educators serving in California public schools.  Must have strong analytic, writing and communications skills. Additional duties and responsibilities here or contact (2/12)

  • Gonzalez, Quintana & Hunter, LLC seeks a part-time, student-intern to work Tuesday/Thursdays. Applicants must be detail-oriented and comfortable managing multiple tasks in a fast-paced office. Interest in state government, politics, and the legislative process required. Send resume and cover letter to
  • 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

  • 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!
  • 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.


Education Funding Debate Begins At California Capitol -
California’s economy is on the rebound, but there’s little extra revenue to go around for the next state budget. Yet there’s one area that will see a big increase in funding: education. And that’s sparking a debate at the Capitol over how to spend the money.

Harris Leads Villaraigosa For Calif. Senate | Thehill
Cameron Joseph @
Harris leads Villaraigosa by 45 percent to 23 percent in a head-to-head match-up, a possible scenario because of California's unusual all-party primary system. The top two vote-getters move to the general election regardless of what party they're in.

Lost Voices, Vanishing Votes - Capital & Main
Anthony York @
A record-low percentage of Californians bothered to cast ballots last November, and there is no shortage of explanations being offered. Everything from voter apathy to sophisticated micro-targeting by political campaigns has been cited as the reason for the abysmal 42 percent turnout among registered voters.

Am Alert: Senate Democrats Unveil Legislation To Fight Climate Change | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
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California Legislature Wants Oversight On Water Bond Money -
In total, California has $7.5 billion in bond revenue to work with. Most will be allocated to state departments through the budget process.

UC Davis, Strawberry Growers Settle Big Lawsuit | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
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California shouldn't force a political agenda on state pension system
Senator Mike Morrell @
Some of these obligations can be paid down by investment returns, and that is a big part of what CalPERS and CalSTRS do. Payroll contributions are invested in diverse portfolios, with the gains from those investments counted on to reduce the burden to the public when making our required pension and health care payments.

County Audit Finds Duplicate Voter Records But No One Who Voted Twice
Abby Sewell @
A recent audit of voter registration records in Los Angeles County found a few dozen voters with duplicate registration records, but did not find any cases where people had actually voted twice in the same election.

California Has Low Cigarette Taxes, High Smuggling, Study Says | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
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State Senate Leader To Propose Sweeping Climate-change Legislation
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Activists Fined $14,000 For Disguising Source Of Money To Irvine Election
A Pennsylvania activist and Virginia nonprofit have agreed to pay $14,000 in fines to California’s ethics watchdog agency for hiding his identity as the donor of $200,000 to a political action committee that worked to unseat the Democratic majority on the Irvine City Council in 2012.

Opinion: Warm Rains Dictate New Reservoirs
Dan Walters @
Operators of the big state and federal reservoirs – Shasta, Oroville and Folsom – lowered their discharges to a minimum in hopes of maximizing the capture of storm runoff and all remained in that operational mode Monday. As a result, all were seeing their water storage, which had dropped to ominously low levels, rise.

UC student panel calls for divestment from Israel and other nations
The statewide panel that represents student governments across the University of California voted over the weekend to urge that UC end any investments in companies that aid in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. In addition, the UC student Assn. urged the UC regents to sell off holdings in...

Gay marriage supporters hear a clarion call
Advocates believe Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia signaled the nation's highest court will soon make same-sex marriage rights the law of the land.

Sacramento Considering Half-cent County Transportation Sales Tax | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
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U.S. Closing Embassy In Yemen Amid Continued Political Turmoil
The U.S. Embassy in Yemen is closing because of security concerns amid the unstable Arab country’s deepening political turmoil, State Department officials announced Tuesday.

LAPD Officer Strikes And Kills Pedestrian With Bomb Squad Vehicle
A Los Angeles Police Department officer driving a bomb squad vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian early Monday in a Del Rey neighborhood, authorities said.

Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers At Faster Pace | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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In Alabama, a patchwork of reactions over same-sex marriage
Like lightning striking a Southern oak, the conflict over gay marriage split the judges of this state Monday.

Illinois Governor Acts to Curb Power of Public Sector Unions
Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, announced on Monday an executive order that would ban unions from requiring all state workers to pay the equivalent of dues.

California's top-two primary: Don't judge too quickly
A group of studies published Sunday by the California Journal of Politics & Policy found that the state's relatively new top-two primary system hasn't pushed voters toward more centrist-oriented candidates. The news cheered partisan loyalists, who miss the power their parties once enjoyed...