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THE NOONER for February 28, 2015




Well, we had another Nooner backfire yesterday. So, we get a special weekend edition. I  am sorry for interrupting your binge-watch of House of Cards.

U.S. SENATE: Beyond Antonio Villaraigosa taking a pass, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin is out, but Assemblymember Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside) seems to be leaning toward the race.

SIN AGUA: Feds say many Central Valley farmers will get no water deliveries [Matt Weiser @ SacBee] - "Hundreds of farmers in the Central Valley were told Friday they can expect zero water deliveries this year from the federal government, the latest fallout from what is likely to be a fourth straight drought year in California."

BENEFITS OF TERM LIMITS CHANGES: California Senators introduced fewer bills this year [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "The number of bills introduced by members of the California Senate by Friday’s deadline was the lowest number in the first year of a biennial session going back to 1989."

$$$: The California Democratic Party pulls in $752,700. Big money from CCPOA, Pechanga, and other tribes.

LA-LA LAND: Outside money aiding incumbents in L.A. City Council races [David Zahniser and Maloy Moore @ LAT]:

The spending has only added to the lopsided nature of the contests in Tuesday's election. On the Eastside, total campaign donations to Councilman Jose Huizar — both direct contributions and independent expenditures — exceed $1.3 million. That amounts to a more than 6 to 1 financial advantage for Huizar over his best-known challenger, former County Supervisor Gloria Molina.

Council President Herb Wesson holds a similar fundraising lead over his leading opponent, attorney Grace Yoo, in a Crenshaw-to-Koreatown district. In the San Fernando Valley, Councilwoman Nury Martinez has a sevenfold money-raising advantage over opponent, former Assemblywoman Cindy Montañez, fueled in large part by more than $230,000 in independent expenditures.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Eric Hogue, Favel Stoda Jens, and Clint Weirick! Sunday greetings to Alyssa Hanou, Beth Johns Holder, Mike Magee and Theo Offei



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  • Executive Assistant for Progressive Organizations - Full or Part Time - Two progressive and very pragmatic political non-profit organizations (Progressive Kick and Progressive Punch) are seeking a joint executive assistant for a very small office. One of the organizations deals with informing people about Congressional voting records, the other, running issue messaging campaigns designed to get more progressives elected to Congress and state legislatures around the country. Our ideal candidate for this position would have a progressive perspective, a commitment to social change efforts and a personal interest in the worlds of government and politics. View the full job description at

  • Legislators and staff are invited to attend the launch of the The Copia Institute at the San Jose Tech Museum on March 12th and 13th. Copia is a network of future-focused innovators dedicated to addressing some of the most consequential and intriguing issues of our time, from health data ethics and 3D printing, to intellectual property, privacy, surveillance, broadband, drones and autonomous vehicles.  To RSVP for the conference or for the Thursday evening reception, please call Tricia Lipper@gralying.comFor more information about Copia, please visit

  • Join us for a free health policy briefing sponsored by the University of California that will provide an opportunity for California policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders to learn from the experiences of Massachusetts – the state that led the country in health care reform.  Health care leaders from Massachusetts and California will share insights and answer questions from the audience. March 6th, at the UC Sacramento Center (9:00-11:30 am). For information and to register, please click here.

  • Thinking about Graduate School? Sacramento State’s master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration is the region's most affordable program, offering a rigorous education in both public policy and administration, nested in the political context. Celebrating our 25th year, more than 400 alumni work in California state and local government as well as private and non-profit organizations. Applications are due March 2, 2015.
  • Join Emerge California for their Women’s History Month Celebration on Saturday, March 7 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant located at 72 N. Almaden Ave in San Jose. To join the Host Committee, please contact Nazneen Rydhan-Foster at or visit the event page here.

  • 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:

  • 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


Senate Candidate Kamala Harris Unknown To More Than 50% Of Voters
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, the only major candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer, is unknown by more than half the state's registered voters, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

Teamsters Win Vote To Unionize More Tech Shuttle Bus Drivers In Silicon Valley
Julia Love @
Drivers for workers at Yahoo, Apple, Genentech, eBay and Zynga voted 104 to 38 to join the Teamsters union in an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board. The shuttle bus drivers, who are employed by Compass Transportation, followed the lead of Facebook's team, which voted to join the union in November and approved a contract last week. The Teamsters plan to use that agreement -- which provides for higher wages, full health insurance and paid sick and vacation time -- to set a standard for all the shuttle bus drivers who ferry high-tech workers from their homes in San Francisco, the East Bay and elsewhere to their offices in the valley.

Union Backing Influential In All But One L.A. Community College Race
In most elections for seats on the Los Angeles Community College District board of trustees, the candidates with the backing of the faculty union typically are the victors.

The Impossibility Of A Republican Us Senator :: Fox&hounds
But if Harris ends up running against a Republican in 2016, her only task will be to measure the curtains in her new Senate office.

Fresno Mayor Swearengin Passes On Race For Barbara Boxer's Senate Seat
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who received the most support among potential Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in a new poll, has decided not to run in the 2016 contest, said advisor Tim Clark.

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Declines U.S. Senate Run
Christopher Cadelago @
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California Senators Introduced Fewer Bills This Year
The number of bills introduced by members of the California Senate by Friday’s deadline was the lowest number in the first year of a biennial session going back to 1989.

Brown Continues Trailblazing Judicial Appointments - Politics Blog
Gov. Jerry Brown, a trailblazer in his judicial appointments, set some new milestones last year.

Nea's Jane Chu Visits L.A. Arts Programs, Calls For Focus On Education
National Endowment for the Arts' Jane Chu drops in on arts programs in Los Angeles and pushes for more education, collaboration.

New California Water Legislation Might Be On Tap
Michael Doyle @
One newly introduced bill would speed approval of Sites Reservoir in the Sacramento Valley. Another would help restore San Francisco Bay habitat. More targeted bills are coming.

Gavin Newsom banks more than $700,000 for 2018 gubernatorial bid
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California Farmers Face Another Year Without Federal Water - Wsj
Jim Carlton @
Where Do You Buy Your Snail Slime? A Push to Shop Locally

How NFL Stadium Promoters Are Snowing The City Of Inglewood
The Inglewood City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to build a $1.86-billion National Football League stadium in their municipality.

Boris Nemtsov, Russian opposition leader, gunned down in Moscow
Leading Russian opposition politician Boris Y. Nemtsov, a former first deputy prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin, was shot dead on a Moscow street near the Kremlin early Saturday, Russian officials and news agencies reported.

LAFD Failed To Properly Inspect Hundreds Of Hazardous Sites, State Says
Ben Welsh @
The Los Angeles Fire Department has failed to properly inspect hundreds of hazardous sites scattered across the city, exposing the public to increased risks from potential spills and mishandling of toxic substances, according to a state report released Friday.

GOP governors carry their states' fiscal baggage to CPAC
After bolting to national prominence on a record of bringing public employee unions to heel and taming runaway pension costs like those that have challenged state governments across the country, Chris Christie hit a very large hurdle recently.

Prosecutors: Hercules home invader tried rape in deadly attack
Contra Costa County prosecutors charged a man with special-circumstances murder, burglary and attempted rape Friday in connection with a home invasion robbery that left a Hercules man dead and his girlfriend — who was found with her face covered in plastic — critically injured. Mark Carr, 27, of San Pablo, could face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted in Wednesday’s attack on Buttercup Court. Prosecutors alleged three special circumstances — that the murder of Leroy Sandoval, 58, was committed in the course of a kidnapping, in the course of an attempted rape and in the course of a residential burglary. Carr rode up to the home on a bicycle and armed with a BB gun, said Detective Connie Van Putten, a Hercules police spokeswoman. Near the open front door, police found Arnone unconscious, her face covered in clear plastic, the apparent victim of asphyxiation, police said.