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THE NOONER for March 16, 2015




 Tomorrow is election day in three state senate districts. 

SD07 is the most interesting, as we've seen a large amount of independent expenedintures. The question is whether Joan Buchanah and Susan Bonilla make it to the runff or if Steven Gllazer makes iit in.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Scott Wilk!





  • Special screening of upcoming Ken Burns produced PBS documentary “Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies.” Based on Pulitzer Prize winning book written by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. Wednesday March 25, 6:30 pm, Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento. 45 minute film followed by expert panel discussion. Admission is FREE, but advance RSVP required for ticket. Call or email Patti Robinsons at

    916-734-0823 or

  • The California Cannabis Industry Association invites you to a briefing on the importance of establishing a regulatory framework for medical cannabis in California.  Hosted by Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Reggie Jones-Sawyer Sr. March 19th, 2-4PM State Capitol, Room 437.
  • Southern California Democratic Member of Congress seeking full-time finance director. Applicant should be self-starter, able to work independently as  well as in consultation with senior staff. Responsibilities include planning fundraising events, organizing call time, pledge collection and compliance with campaign finance regulations. Must also be available to attend political events and assist local Party efforts. Finance director works out of Los Angeles-area political office. Candidate should have at least one year of campaign/government/fundraising experience. Salary commensurate with experience. Email resume to
  • 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
  • Job opening: Executive Director
    The Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) is seeking a committed individual to serve as Executive Director. The applicant must possess strong organizational skills and demonstrated leadership ability. In coordination with the Party Chair, the Executive Director will implement the DPOC's strategic plan and oversee the administration and programs of the Party, including political activities, personnel, fundraising, communication and technology.  
    For more information, visit:
  • California Special Districts Association Legislative Representative, advocate on behalf of members on legislation and regulatory proposals. Prior lobbying/legislative experience and knowledge of employee relations and public governance preferred. Salary range $65,797 - $98,696.  Details.
    Resume w/cover letter to

  • ROSALIND WYMAN--the youngest woman elected to the Los Angeles City Council---discusses 60 years in Los Angeles politics in this exclusive interview:

    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:

  • 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

  • Add your classified for $30/week. Emaill me at


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State’s Choice Of Testing Contractor Disputed | Edsource
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Chinese Immigrant, Denied Law License In 1890, Gets One Posthumously
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Daniel Borenstein: Labor Perpetuates Pension Myth That 80 Percent Funding Goal Is Ok
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