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THE NOONER for February 12, 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.
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LITE GOV: Yes, Says Gavin Newsom: I’m Running for Governor [John Myers @ KQED] - "Not that it was any secret in political circles, but Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom made it official on Wednesday morning: He’s running for governor in 2018."


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Joel Anderson, Cheryl Brown, and Lucy Dunn!


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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:

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  • 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.


Yes, Says Gavin Newsom: I’m Running For Governor | The California Report | Kqed News
Not that it was any secret in political circles, but Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom made it official on Wednesday morning: He’s running for governor in 2018.

Police Support For Harris: A Warning Sign To Villaraigosa
In any other campaign, a labor union backing a Democrat for U.S. Senate would be routine.

Lawmakers Skeptical Of Brown's Facility Funding Plan
Kimberly Beltran @
Lawmakers on Wednesday expressed skepticism of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to reduce the state's role in building and maintaining schools by pushing the bulk of the financial burden onto local districts and their communities.

S.F. pension system votes to invest 5% in hedge funds
In June, the staff of the city’s pension system recommended putting 15 percent of the fund’s assets — or $3 billion — in hedge funds as part of a portfolio makeover, but said it would be comfortable investing as little as 10 percent. A vocal group of city employees and retirees opposed the plan, saying hedge funds are too risky, too expensive, too loosely regulated and not transparent about their holdings. In December, the San Francisco system’s board postponed a vote on the plan to consider an alternative proposal set forth by board President Victor Makras that called for investing 5 percent in hedge funds, and, in a new twist, putting 3 percent in Bay Area real estate. Hedge funds usually invest some money in strategies designed to make money when the stock market falls. Coaker said he wanted a stake in hedge funds to help reduce the portfolio’s volatility and prevent the steep losses suffered during the 2008 stock market crash.

Kamala Harris Heading To Hollywood For Senate Fundraiser - The Hollywood Reporter
Tina Daunt @
While other prominent Democrats weigh jumping into the race for Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat, Kamala Harris is busy staking her claim to one of the party’s most important fund-raising constituencies—Hollywood.

High Levels Of Benzene Found In Fracking Waste Water
Julie Cart @
Hoping to better understand the health effects of oil fracking, the state in 2013 ordered oil companies to test the chemical-laden waste water extracted from wells.

Alabama Same-sex Marriage Resistance, Federal Law To Collide In Court
Alabama resistance and federal law will collide Thursday in Mobile, when U.S. District Judge Callie Granade holds a hearing on whether to force state probate judges to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

California Cops, Cities Offer New Medical Marijuana Bill | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
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Gavin Newsom Announces He'll Run For California Governor In 2018
Josh Richman @
"I've never been a fan of pretense or procrastination. After all, our state is defined by its independent, outspoken spirit. When Californians see something we truly believe in, we say so and act accordingly -- without evasiveness or equivocation," Newsom wrote in a Facebook post. "So today I'm announcing that I'm creating a committee to run for California Governor in 2018. Because I truly and passionately believe in the future of this great state."

Education Is Newest Target of Kansas Budget Cuts
For Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas, the budget headaches have continued: January receipts fell short of predictions, and Mr. Brownback has responded by cutting funding for public schools and higher education.

Lack Of Cooperation Halts Audit Of DWP Trusts, City Says
An audit heralded last year by L.A. city leaders as a breakthrough in efforts to determine what two controversial Department of Water and Power nonprofit trusts did with tens of millions of ratepayer dollars has ground to a halt, The Times has learned.

Furor Over $250-a-plate Party Honoring Former CPUC Head
Jaxon Van Derbeken @
Former state Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey — whose home was recently searched by investigators looking into possible corruption at the agency — will be feted Thursday night with a $250-a-plate fundraiser for UC Berkeley’s public policy school.

Senator Calls For Mandatory Helmets For California Cyclists
Tony Bizjak @
A California state senator says she wants to require all bicyclists to wear helmets for their safety.

Rite Aid buys pharmacy benefit manager EnvisionRx for $2 billion
Rite Aid's $2-billion acquisition of a pharmacy benefits manager steers the drugstore chain toward a potentially lucrative focus for healthcare companies: finding ways to tame customer costs.

Schools chief gets $65k pay raise + new African-American mentor
San Francisco schools Superintendent Richard Carranza will see an extra $65,000 in his annual paycheck — a 27 percent raise granted unanimously by the school board Tuesday night. Carranza’s new salary is competitive with other urban and suburban superintendents across the state, yet the increase alone is about the same as the average salary of a teacher in the district and more than double the 12 percent raise given to teachers over the next three years. “With wage reopeners less than 18 months away, and teachers continuing to get priced out of the city, we hope this is a signal from the Board of Education that more money for the people in the classroom is also on the way,” said Dennis Kelly, president of the United Educators of San Francisco union. School board members praised Carranza, who served as deputy superintendent prior to taking the top job in 2012, for his dedication and ability to create partnerships with the city’s tech community and philanthropic organizations. “Richard is driving our district forward with a clear vision of the transformation that our schools need, a deep understanding of what we are capable of and an unyielding commitment not to leave any student behind,” board Vice President Matt Haney said in a statement. “Consistent and stable leadership is a hallmark of districts where they have really moved the needle on achievement, and given our positive experience with Richard up to this point, there is every reason to keep moving forward,” she said in the statement. Landon Dickey grew up in San Francisco, graduated from Lowell High School, earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University, a master’s degree in education from Hunter College and an MBA Harvard Business School. Dickey wants to see mentors for each of the district’s 5,600 black students, more curriculum that they can relate to in class, more African-American students in advanced placement classes, and teachers who have a better understanding of the cultural, emotional and academic needs of these students. The new position follows a national trend of addressing the needs of African-American students — and specifically males — with resources and staffing specifically assigned to those students. District officials said that the decision came out of the district’s Calendar Committee, which includes labor unions and parents. “It was decided by the committee, and approved by the Board of Education in January 2014, to observe the two holidays consecutively in 2015 in order to reduce disruption of learning time for students that week,” district spokeswoman Gentle Blythe said. “I get Presidents Day off and then, bingo, I have to scramble for child care on the Thursday and Friday,” said parent Robert McMillan, who has two children at Yick Wo Elementary School.

Cancer Patients, Doctors Sue To Allow Physician-assisted Death For Terminally Ill
A group of cancer patients and physicians filed a lawsuit Wednesday to clarify the ability of mentally competent, terminally ill patients in California to obtain prescription drugs from their physician to hasten their death if they find their suffering unbearable.

Israeli Election Panel Disqualifies Arab, Ultranationalist Candidates
Israel’s central elections committee Thursday disqualified a firebrand Arab lawmaker and a Jewish ultranationalist candidate from running for parliament next month on grounds of supporting terror and racism.