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THE NOONER for February 18, 2015




Public Retirement Journal


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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POLL POSITION: We have a Field Poll on possible Senatorial candidates.With an impossibly large field, it is essentially meaningless  with so much time left.

Nevertheless, John Myers summarizes it well:

  • Not bad, but not a blockbuster: Consider that the real takeaway for Kamala Harris in the first statewide public poll in the 2016 race for the U.S. Senate.

CA31 (Redlands) Republican Paul Chabot says he'll run against Rep. Pete Aguilar again

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Louise Jaffe, Jim Leddy and Bob Wieckowsky!


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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: vimeo.com/118953338

  • 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 to:editor@bhweekly.com

  • 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:   http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/r.html?s=n&l=http://www.marthamontagbrown.com/searches.html

  • 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 Kieran.Flaherty@ucop.edu.

  • 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 agardner@ctc.ca.gov (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 audrey@gqhlobby.com.
  • 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 ccst.us/jobs

  • 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!  bit.ly/FOCE2015
  • 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.  www.markwirthgovrelations.com


Lawmakers Should Start Planning In Case Of Loss Of Kids' Health Funding, LAO Says - Capradio.org
The independent Legislative Analyst's Office says lawmakers should start preparing for a possible loss of federal funding for low-income children's health care. 

GOP Assemblyman Rocky Chavez Is Exploring Senate Bid
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 .

UC Students Call For Divestment Could Become Entangled In Tuition Debate :: Fox&hounds
The University of California Student Association board voted to support a resolution to divest from companies that do business in certain countries including the United States. While college students often make statements and take action on political matters, the timing of this advocacy could see the action become tangled up with the ongoing debate over tuition increases and funding for the University of California system.

Kamala Harris Strong, But Not Dominant, In New U.S. Senate Poll | Faultlines | Kqed News
Not bad, but not a blockbuster: Consider that the real takeaway for Kamala Harris in the first statewide public poll in the 2016 race for the U.S. Senate.

Proposed California Initiative Requires Condoms In Porn Films | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
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Koch Group Gets To Keep Donors Secret In California Lawsuit - Bloomberg Business
The ruling comes as billionaires Charles and David Koch seek to raise almost $1 billion in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

Texas' Same-sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional, County Judge Rules
Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a county probate judge ruled Tuesday, although it has not yet resulted in the issuing of marriage licenses.

L.A. Reacts To Immigration Ruling: 'shame On You'
immigration, President Obama, Dreamers,

Immigrant rights groups undeterred in wake of Texas court ruling
Determined Bay Area immigrant rights activists insisted Tuesday that a Texas judge’s ruling blocking President Obama’s executive action on immigration won’t deter them from assisting thousands in completing applications for extended visas. “This is a temporary roadblock, but we’re going to keep moving forward,” said Adrienne Pon, executive director of the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs, which assists immigrants with citizenship and extended-visa applications. The ruling, in response to a multistate lawsuit, temporarily halted expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program designed to help youths brought to the United States as undocumented children obtain extended visas to remain in the country. Jorge-Mario Cabrera, spokesman for CHIRLA, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles — one of the state’s leading immigrant rights groups — said the ruling was political. In San Francisco, Pon said she had gotten calls from immigrants here and in other cities after the ruling, and said that officials had expected “some sort of legal challenge to the president’s executive actions and some attempt to delay implementation.” [...] “we don’t see this as a cancellation or an invalidation of administrative relief,” she said, adding: We don’t believe the executive’s actions are unlawful; they’re necessary to help fix a broken system ... and Congress hasn’t taken any action.’’ Pablo Lastra, asylum program coordinator with the San Francisco Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco, agreed that the ruling appeared more political in nature. Brown’s office noted he supported the Dream Act to allow young immigrants without proper documents to remain under certain conditions, along with AB60, which extends the legal right to drive on the state’s roadways to millions more Californians, and that he has signed legislation to provide legal services to unaccompanied minors arriving in California from Central America. San Francisco attorney Harmeet Dhillon, vice chairwoman of the state Republican Party, said while many in the GOP are sympathetic to the immigrants, “there’s widespread agreement in the GOP that the president’s unilateral actions, essentially granting amnesty to millions of people, is a bridge too far,” she said.

Education Watch: Oklahoma Legislature Votes To Dumb Down Its Kids
As the TV show "Jackass"  taught us, when adults do stupid things they're usually only hurting themselves. But what about when their ignorance threatens to harm their own children? 

Police Targeting Of Motorcyclists Focus Of California Bill | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Small But Powerful Union Is At Center Of Port Dispute
The dispute that has snarled West Coast shipping revolves around a rarity in American business — a small but mighty union.

Behind the curtain, troubles persist in HealthCare.gov
The "back end" of the Obamacare website still isn't properly wired to the health insurance companies

Texas' gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, county judge rules
ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a county probate judge ruled Tuesday.

Doctor-assisted Suicide: California Ban Challenged In Court
Howard Mintz @
Through a lawsuit filed last week in San Francisco, lawyers for 53-year-old Christie White and her doctors have joined an emerging legal strategy aimed at going state-by-state to challenge bans on physician-assisted suicide.

Is Proposition 30 Reducing Inequality In California? ‹ The Grizzly Bear Project
Anthony York @
A recent item in the New York Times pointed out an important fact: for all the talk of economic inequality as a growing problem, it is also true that inequality has not risen since the Great Recession.

Opinion: School Bond Shaping Up As Big Fight | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
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Nearly Half A Million Californians Pick Health Coverage Through Obamacare Exchange
With the deadline now passed, Covered California signed up nearly a half a million people through its health plan exchange while thousands more who started the application process have until Sunday to complete it.

As Chargers' Future In San Diego Hangs In Balance, Tempers Rise
Political discord increased Tuesday between the San Diego Chargers and Mayor Kevin Faulconer over the volatile issue of whether the city will build a new stadium to keep the team from moving to Los Angeles.

Sacramento-area School Districts Consider Later Start Times To Accommodate Sleep Needs | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Covered California May Offer Special Obamacare Enrollment Period
California's health exchange, after notching 1.4 million in Obamacare enrollment as of Sunday's deadline, said it may give uninsured people subject to a tax penalty yet another chance to sign up.