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THE NOONER for March 3, 2015




It's Election Day in LA-LA Land. Up are 7 city council seats, 4 school board seats, 4 community college seats, and 2 charter amendments. The charter amendments would move city and school district (not community college) elections to even-numbered years.  

The hottest council races are #6, the rematch sought by Cindy Montanez against incumbent Nuri Martinez and #14, with five candidates competing, but with the high profile face-off being between Gloria Molina and incumbent Jose Huizar.

Results can be found here tonight.

LOW BAR: Will Los Angeles set a new low for voter turnout in today's election?

CA17 (Milpitas): Mike Honda nods off in Congress [Scott Herhold @ MercNews] which Ro Khanna asks why nap time was scheduled so late...

If I had a dollar for every time I saw a legislator nod off...

BETTER THAN DC: Antonio Villaraigosa lands a modern crib in Hollywood Hills [Lauren Beale @ LAT] - "Antonio Villaraigosa, who served eight years as L.A.'s 41st mayor, has bought a home in Hollywood Hills for $2.5 million."

TAX PACS? California lawmaker seeks tax on independent political spending [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) has introduced a bill that would impose a tax on independent expenditures--campaign spending done by independent groups (sometimes called "super PACs"), instead of by candidates or party committees."

BLURRED LINES: Does Fate Of Independent Redistricting Lie In Anthony Kennedy's Hands? [John Myers @ KQED] - "It certainly has all the makings of a good dramatic script: partisan schemes inside the halls of power … thwarted years ago by voters at the ballot box … now facing the judgment of a court whose tie-breaking vote lies in the hands of a man who himself dabbled in the hurly-burly of state politics and government."

CRAY CRAY: California ballot initiative proposes "bullets to the head" for gays, lesbians [John Hrabe] - "'The People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method,' the proposed initiative reads."

Gay Republicans' acceptance: A long, twisting journey

A BIT TOO HOT IN HERRE: Cal Fire scandal widens to prostitution, unwanted sexual advances [Jon Ortiz @ SacBee] - "A Cal Fire assistant chief is accused of hooking up with prostitutes on his state cellphone and then taking a state vehicle to meet them, according to new records released to The Sacramento Bee."

THOUGHT THEY ALL WENT TO TEXAS: O.C. well represented on Forbes' list of richest people

RUH-ROH: Secretary of State Clinton didn't use a government email address

POP!: Falling flat at California Capitol, soda tax wars go local [David Siders @ SacBee]

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Ilissa Gold and Susan Talamantes Eggman!



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  • Learn about the Pacific McGeorge Master of Science in Law (M.S.L.) program for working professionals who seek the benefits of advanced training in legal reasoning and analysis but who do not require the J.D. degree at an upcoming evening information session. Register for March 17 at the State Capitol or April 22 on campus (3200 Fifth Ave.) today at

  • 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 For 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:

  • 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


Bay Area Legislator Says Fight Outside Campaign Cash… By Taxing It | The California Report | Kqed News
Critics of the outsized role that independent political action committees now have in campaigns often talk about clamping down, imposing contribution limits and the like. But one brand-new idea in the state Capitol suggests something different: impose a tax.

State Treasurer Chiang On Taxes And The Economy :: Fox&hounds
With the rising conversation about extending Proposition 30 taxes, I asked state Treasurer John Chiang if he would advise that the taxes be continued. Chiang said that a promise was made that the taxes would be temporary and circumstances would have to change, such as the economy tanking, to justify continuing the taxes.

Will Kamala Harris issue ballot title and summary for Sodomite Suppression Act?
A proposed ballot initiative in California would outlaw sodomy and punish offenders with "death by bullets to the head." On February 26, Orange County attorney Matthew McLaughlin paid his $200 filing fee and submitted the necessary paperwork to circulate the initiative, "The Sodomite Suppression Act."

Does Fate Of Independent Redistricting Lie In Anthony Kennedy's Hands?
John Myers @
The star of this drama is, perhaps not surprisingly, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. And the plot revolves around whether voters can wrest away from legislators the power to draw political maps.

Secret Agent Lawyer Files Ca Ballot Initiative To Put ‘sodomites’ To Death | Wonkette
Virginia Blue @
McLaughlin’s initiative, filed on Feb. 24, 2015, is a real gem. It starts like this:

California Lawmaker Seeks Tax On Independent Political Spending
A California lawmaker wants to stanch the outside money that freely flows in state elections by imposing a tax on such spending.

Backers Of Prop. 8 Marriage Initiative Lose Disclosure Case - Sfgate
The Rev. Amos Brown ignites a crowd with a fiery speech at a rally denouncing the passage of Prop. 8.

The Times' L.A. City Election Ballot Endorsements
Voters in Los Angeles head to the polls Tuesday to answer a crucial question for local democracy: Should the city and the Los Angeles Unified School District, in an effort to increase voter participation, move their elections from March and May of odd-numbered years to June and November of even-numbered years to coincide with gubernatorial and presidential elections? Charter Amendment 1 reschedules city elections, and Charter Amendment 2 affects school board elections. Both must pass with majority support for the changes to take effect.

A New, Stronger Tunnel To Bring Hetch Hetchy Water To The Bay Area | Science | Kqed Public Media For Northern Ca
A key goal of the voter-approved program, which is scheduled to run through 2018, is to make sure that taps in the homes of the 2.6 million Bay Area residents who receive Hetch Hetchy water keep flowing with water 24 hours after a major earthquake.

Supreme Court Challenge To Federal Health Law Won't Affect California, Experts Say -
Health policy experts say the upcoming Supreme Court hearing regarding the Affordable Care Act will not affect health insurance subsidies for Californians. But a ruling against the law could confuse people.

In Election With A Bid To Boost Turnout, Participation May Be Lacking
In an election Tuesday where voters will weigh in on an idea to boost L.A.’s low voter turnout, it remains an open question how many people will go to the polls.

Bill Would Create New Tech-focused University Of California Campus | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
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Assemblyman Gatto proposes new UC campus for science, tech, arts
At a time when the University of California faces much uncertainty about how to finance its current 10 campuses, a state assemblyman is proposing that the UC establish an 11th campus -- with a special focus on science and technology.

Gas Prices In Sacramento, Throughout California Are In Full Flight | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Mark Glover @
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Senate Committee To Grill PUC President
California lawmakers are wading into an unfolding scandal at the Public Utilities Commission.

Storms Bring Up Nearly 3 Feet Of Snow To Lake Tahoe | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Tequila Is Among The Gifts Received By Gov. Jerry Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown collected just under $4,000 in gifts last year, including $200 in tequila from the president of Mexico, according to a state report released Monday.

The Times' L.A. city election ballot endorsements
Voters in Los Angeles head to the polls Tuesday to answer a crucial question for local democracy: Should the city and the Los Angeles Unified School District, in an effort to increase voter participation, move their elections from March and May of odd-numbered years to June and November of...

131 Californians Make Forbes' Billionaire List
Bill Gates , with an eye-popping net worth of nearly $80 billion, has retained his title of the world’s richest person.

California drought: State to boost water deliveries after feds pull back
California water officials delivered a rare piece of good news Monday, saying the state’s vast system of lakes and reservoirs is full enough to offer cities and farms slightly more water than they expected to provide earlier this year. The State Water Project’s 29 customers, a mix of urban and agricultural users that include Bay Area water agencies, are forecast to receive about 20 percent of what they normally get — up from a January projection of 15 percent. “We’re grateful that close coordination among water and wildlife agencies in managing limited runoff this winter will afford State Water Project contractors a slight increase in their supplies,” said Mark Cowin, director of the state Department of Water Resources, in a prepared statement. The State Water Project delivers water from nearly three dozen lakes, reservoirs and storage sites in the Sierra, through hundreds of miles of canals, to contractors who provide water to nearly two-thirds of California residents and about 750,000 acres of agricultural land. Both state and federal officials have reduced releases from their water projects in recent years because of the drought, forcing cities and farms to rely on alternative sources like groundwater and local storage.

Budget Standoff Leaves California College Hopefuls In Limbo
LISA LEFF Associated Press @

House GOP Gives Up Fight On Homeland Security Funds, Will Approve Budget
The House of Representatives will vote -- possibly as soon as today -- on a measure to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year without conditions, giving up further attempts to roll back President Obama 's immigration plan, Speaker John A. Boehner told colleagues this morning.