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THE NOONER for March 17, 2015




Sorry about yesterday's Nooner. Another server issue. Hopefully today is totally groovy.

Happy St. Patrick's Day and election day in SD07, SD21, and SD37. SD21 and SD37 should be resolved tonight, as Sharon Runner is running unopposed in SD21 and Don Wagner is the strong favorite in a three-Republican race in SD37, although the Register endorses John Moorlach today,. Of course, that leaves the hotly contested SD07, where three prominent Democrats--Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan and Steve Glazer--are running. While there has been polling showing different outcomes, nobody really knows what will happen in the hyper-low turnout election today.

ROARING 10s: The Department of Finance's monthly cash report came out yesterday with the following highlights:

  • Job growth continues in early 2015. January’s gain was the state’s 43rd consecutive month of increased jobs.  In addition, new benchmark revisions revealed that California gained more jobs in 2013 and 2014 than previously estimated and the gains were spread widely across major industry sectors. More than 1.8 million jobs have been added since California’s economic recovery began in February 2010.

  • Preliminary General Fund agency cash for February was $160 million above the 2015-16 Governor’s Budget forecast of $4.703 billion. Year-to-date revenues are $633 million above the forecasted $65.358 billion.

EARLY BIRD: Gavin Newsom running marathon race for California governor - "Newsom waited just over three months after his re-election to the lieutenant governorship to announce his run for governor, becoming the first candidate to enter a wide-open race to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown."

SD03 (Yolo-Solano-Napa): Mariko Yamada sent out an email confirming that she will be running for the State Senate seat currently held by Lois Wolk.

PEEVED: UC won't get Peevey party money [Jeff McDonald @ UCSD] - "The University of California's public policy school won’t be receiving money raised in its name at a farewell soiree last month for former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey."

RUH-ROH: California public workers may be at risk of losing promised pensions [Melody Peterson @ LAT] - "As millions of private employees lost their pension benefits in recent years, government workers rested easy, believing that their promised retirements couldn't be touched. Now the safety of a government pension in California may be fading fast."

REAL MOTOR VOTER: Oregon pioneers automatic voter registration [Kendall Breitman @ Politico] - "The law makes it so that anyone over 18 who is not registered to vote in Oregon but who has dealt with the state’s Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division since 2013 will be mailed a ballot 20 days before the next statewide election. Oregon predicts that this new system will bring 300,000 more eligible voters to the polls."

Why is the state of my birth so far ahead of California in voter registration and voting? Okay, Legislature, it is okay to steal idea from our northern neighbor, the home of the Beavers and Ducks. This kind of stealing is a-okay.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Marta Every and Sarah Greenseid!  




  • Join California Women in Energy (CA WiE) for our inaugural reception, panel, and membership drive on March 25th 5pm-7pmat the California Museum. CA WiE is a new 501(c)(3) that provides education, networking and mentoring to support women in their energy careers. The event is titled "California's Energy Future," and will be moderated by Katie Orr from Capital Public Radio. Panelists include Adrienne Alvord of Union of Concerned Scientists, Caroline Choi of Southern California Edison, Commissioner Janea Scott of California Energy Commission, Felicia Marcus of State Water Resources Control Board, Cathy Reheis-Boyd of Western States Petroleum Association, and Karen Edson of the California Independent System Operator. Register online at Contact:californiawomeninenergy@gmail
  • 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

  • WATERGATE FIGURE AND NIXON SPECIAL COUNSEL JOHN DEAN discusses his new book "The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When he Knew It" 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

  • 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

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California's Special Elections May Be Overdue For An Overhaul
John Myers @
Gary Hart has been around California politics long enough to know that legislators skilled at navigating the status quo can be suspicious of change, and so he wasn’t surprised at the 2014 reaction to his call for abolishing special elections to fill a legislative or congressional vacancy.

Gavin Newsom Running Marathon Race For California Governor | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Meeting with Obama provides education on what schools need
Two Bay Area education officials were among a small group gathered around a table in the White House’s Roosevelt Room with President Obama on Monday morning, a White House meeting that offered insight into what’s working in schools and what’s still needed. San Francisco Superintendent Richard Carranza and Oakland school board member Jumoke Hinton Hodge were among a dozen education officials from across the country invited to the 45-minute sit-down with the president. The conversation included a discussion about the new Common Core curriculum and standardized testing as well as the need to maintain federal funding for the country’s public schools, Hodge said. The president asked a lot of questions, specifically about districts’ efforts to support African American males, as outlined in Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. Both Bay Area officials spoke of programs and other efforts to improve urban education, including San Francisco Unified’s partnerships with tech companies to help students get to college and ultimately be the kind of top talent those companies will be looking for in the future, Carranza said. “The good news is that we are seeing, as a consequence of some of the reforms that we’ve initiated and partnered with at the state and local levels, we’re seeing improved reading scores, improved math scores, improved graduation rates,” Obama said in a statement. While Hodge and Carranza said the meeting was professionally productive and that they had a discussion about urban education reform, they both also said it was a surreal experience to be in the room where Theodore Roosevelt’s Nobel Peace Prize is displayed.

Bill Seeks To Curb Lawsuits Over Physical Education Minutes
Jane Meredith Adams @
On the verge of a final settlement of a lawsuit over noncompliance with physical education requirements, three of the largest districts in the state are supporting a new bill they believe will curtail litigation in the future.

State Sen. Robert Huff Eyes Seat On L.A. County Board Of Supervisors
Jean Merl @
Huff, who is the Senate's minority leader, has submitted a so-called "501" form, which must be filed with county election officials before a candidate can begin raising money for a campaign.

Senate has no reason to delay a vote on Loretta Lynch any longer
Editorial @
The Senate was expected to vote this week on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be U.S. attorney general, more than four months after President Obama announced that the veteran prosecutor was his choice to succeed Eric H. Holder Jr. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said over the weekend that he will delay that vote until the Senate resolves partisan differences over a bill designed to assist victims of human trafficking. Democrats have objected to anti-abortion language in the legislation.

Moorlach Vs. Wagner: Idealist, Pragmatist Face Off For State Senate - The Orange County Register
But Moorlach, a former county supervisor and treasurer, and Wagner, an assemblyman, approach their work in the political arena in ways that offer voters a distinct choice.

San Bernardino Defends CalPERS Payment Plan In Bankruptcy | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
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Oregon Governor Signs Sweeping Automatic Voter Registration Into Law | Reuters
Shelby Sebens @
PORTLAND, Ore. Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:26pm EDT

Records Reveal Another Cal Fire Manager Drank On The Job | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
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House Republican Budget Overhauls Medicare and Repeals the Health Law
proposed budget partly privatizes Medicare, turns Medicaid into block grants to the states, repeals the Affordable Care Act and reaches balance in 10 years.

Filings Sometimes Obscure California Political Ad Details | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
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Special elections today for three California Senate seats
Patrick McGreevy @
Voters go to the polls Tuesday to fill three state Senate seats vacated when the incumbents won election to Congress in November.

Voting at 16 in S.F.? Supervisor says the time has come
Emily Green @
Avalos and other supporters say it will encourage civic engagement among youths and instill in them lifelong voting habits at a time when turnout is low. Detractors call the measure foolhardy at best and at worst a political ploy by progressives to try and win more votes from young people, who tend to lean liberal in their voting. “I have seen the power of young people to be able to make changes and positive contributions to their community, and it makes sense to give them the right to vote,” Avalos said. If it passed, the measure would make San Francisco the first major U.S. city to lower the voting age. In the past two years, two small cities in Maryland, Takoma Park and Hyattsville, lowered their voting age to 16. “You can drive, you can work, you can pay taxes and you can be tried in adult court, and yet you are denied the right to vote,” said San Francisco Youth Commissioner Joshua Cardenas, an 18-year-old senior at Archbishop Riordan High School who has not yet had an opportunity to vote. In 1971, during the heart of the Vietnam War, Congress amended the U.S. Constitution to lower the voting age from 21 to 18, driven by the argument that people old enough to fight and die for their country were old enough to vote. [...] 18 has been considered the legal age of adulthood. Science aside, others see the proposal to lower the voting age as political gamesmanship. Referring to young people as spare change in the couches is just the type of ageist attitudes our policy is seeking to change. Avalos’ political ally Supervisor David Campos lost the 2014 election for state Assembly by roughly 2,900 votes to the more moderate David Chiu. [...] if you can start to build habitual voting when they are becoming civically aware, then maybe creating habitual voters out of younger voters will increase over time. “Overall, the concept of engaging a younger generation, the future leaders, is always a step in the right direction,” Cantil-Sakauye said. Nina Avroneva, a 16-year-old junior at San Francisco’s Ruth Asawa School of the Arts who wants to see more funding for schools, said people her age should be given the chance to vote: I think the future is in our generation, and us having a say is an important part.

California Revenue Beats Estimates For Another Month
Chris Megarian @
California tax revenue continues to outpace expectations, Gov. Jerry Brown 's administration announced Monday.

California Lawmakers Chew On Dental Program's Shortcomings | Kpbs
Kenny Goldberg @
Legislators will have a lot to chew on.

Chinese Immigrant, Denied Law License In 1890, Gets One Posthumously
A Chinese immigrant denied a California law license in 1890 because of his race will receive one posthumously, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday.

Sierra At Tahoe Ski Resort Closes Due To Lack Of Snow | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Republicans Struggle To Present Unified Front Over 2016 Budget
Congressional Republicans are poised this week to release their proposed 2016 budget, an annual blueprint that usually serves as a political rallying cry for smaller government.

New California State Worker Website Launches | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Rep. Tony Cardenas Hired Wife, Step-daughter To Work On Campaign
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Los Angeles Is Willing To Pay Highest Price Ever For Water | Science | Kqed Public Media For Northern Ca
Los Angeles is offering rice farmers in the Sacramento Valley more money than the city has ever paid for water — $700 per acre-foot. At this price, rice farmers could make more money selling water than they can make on their crops.

Obama Plans to Use Week to Press Economic Case
President Obama will lay out an approach that would increase spending on education, health care and energy.