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THE NOONER for February 17, 2015




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Sorry for yesterday's misfire! Someone forgot to turn the Eureka robot off for the holiday.

Now we are back from the holiday and thinking who will be running for high office. For U.S. Senate, it is highly probable that we'll see a a showdown between Kamala Harris and Antonio Villaraigosa, with the House members (Becerra and Sanchez) taking a pass for the loss of their safe seats. On the Replublican side, Rocky Chavez seems to be most likely.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday Lamar HeystekAmy Lee, and Jorrel Verella!


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  • 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.


Latino Activists Consider Voting Rights Lawsuit Against Orange County | 89.3 Kpcc
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Activists in Orange County are considering a voting rights lawsuit after a Latino supervisorial candidate lost a special election last month. Some activist say county district lines split Latino residents and dilute their voting power.

Villaraigosa Must Decide On Business Deals As He Mulls Senate Run
As Antonio Villaraigosa weighs whether to mount a U.S. Senate bid, he faces a complication that his top rival doesn't have to worry about: How will he make a living during a campaign that could last as long as 21 months?

Political Unknown Patty Lopez Confounds California Capitol | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Ap Exclusive: Many Sex Offenders Killed In California Prison - Sfgate
In this Tuesday, July 8, 2014 photo, Dan Ager holds a graphite sketch showing his father, Alan Ager, and him, while standing outside San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. Alan Ager was killed in 2010 at Salinas Valley State Prison and also served time in San Quentin. California state prison inmates are killed at a rate that is double the national average, and sex offenders like Alan Ager account for a disproportionate number of victims, according to an Associated Press analysis of corrections records.

Steve Glazer Relishes Role Of Maverick | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Treasurer John Chiang names Point Loma, Chapman economists to Council of Economic Advisors
State Treasurer John Chiang has named 11 economists to his Council of Economic Advisors. The Council will be chaired by Lynn Reaser, Ph.D., the chief economist at the Fermanian Business and Economic Institute for Point Loma Nazarene University.

Opponents Question Work That Firm Did For Veres' City Council Campaign
Los Angeles election law restricts how much campaign money a politician can receive from each donor. But the rules are more relaxed for "independent expenditure" committees: Those groups can support or oppose a candidate by raising and spending unlimited money as long as they don't coordinate their plans with the candidate and his or her campaign.

Lausd Election: High Stakes In Historically Low-turnout Contest | 89.3 Kpcc
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Three of seven Los Angeles Unified School District board members are facing challengers on primary election day, March 3, and the stakes are especially high this time.

GOP Assemblyman Rocky Chavez is exploring Senate bid
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Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, a Republican from Oceanside, announced Tuesday that he is forming a fund-raising committee to explore a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.

Stadium Developer Has Donated $100,000 To Inglewood Officials' Campaigns
The development company that is on a fast track to building a professional football stadium in Inglewood has poured more than $100,000 in campaign contributions to elected city officials, according to campaign finance reports.

Aging water mains a $1-billion headache for DWP
The water main break that flooded Nowita Place in 2013 wasn't the kind of spectacle that brought TV cameras. Water sprayed a foot in the air through a hole in the buckled asphalt, leaving residents in the Venice neighborhood without water service for hours.

Mass transit riders breaking laws of motion
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New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority made big news last month when it placed courtesy campaign ads on its subway trains urging passengers to “stop the spread” — that popular posture for men known, apparently, as “manspreading” that involves splayed legs and blocked seats.

Top Us Labor Official Arrives As West Coast Ports Back Up | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Mandatory Spay/neuter Laws Can Backfire |
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Judge Blocks Obama Policy That Would Shield Millions From Deportation
A federal judge in south Texas issued an injunction Monday temporarily blocking a program President Obama announced in November that would defer deportation for about 5 million immigrants living in the United States illegally.

Obama Weighs College Tuition As A President And A Dad
As Obama weighs education policy, he also looks at sending his oldest daughter to college soon.

Ca Bill Renews Debate Over 'made In Usa' Labels |
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Q&A: Legal issues in the case over Obama's immigration program
The court fight over President Obama's plan to shield as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation involves a number of complex legal issues. U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen in Texas issued an order late Monday at least temporarily blocking the program from going forward.

The New Health Care: Enrollment Period for Health Insurance Ends; Now the Tax Penalties Start
The temporal mismatch between signing up for Obamacare and paying a penalty for not doing so may be hurting enrollment numbers.

Kensington: Police Chief Ousted After Stolen-gun Scandal
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Board members announced after a closed-door meeting that contract negotiations with Chief Greg Harman were ended, effectively terminating him. Harman's last day on the job will be May 31.

Amid Measles Outbreak, Few Rules On Teacher Vaccinations
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