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Happy first day of Spring, which is also the Spring Equinox. Today, our daylight and darkness are equally balanced.

California's unemployment rate decreases to 6.7 percent [EDD] "California's unemployment rate decreased to 6.7 percent in February, and nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 29,400 during the month for a total gain of 1,827,900 jobs since the recovery began in February 2010, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two separate surveys."

WHO WANTS TO HELP CONTRIBUTE THE $200 TO FILE THE "BATSHIT CRAZY SUPRESSION ACT"? California proposal to legalize killing gays hard to stop [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - Matt "McLaughlin's "Sodomite Suppression Act" now is testing the limits of free speech and raising the question: Why can't the state's initiative process screen out blatantly illegal ideas? The Legislature’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus wrote a letter to the State Bar, asking for an investigation into McLaughlin’s fitness to practice law. More than 3,800 people signed a petition to State Bar President Craig Holden asking that McLaughlin lose his law license for advocating to "legalize the murder" of gays and lesbians. 

Huh, I don't remember much from law school, but I'm pretty sure "putting bullets in the head" of a suspect class would be, shall we say, ultra-unconstitutional. 

So, here's our ballot measure.

Section 39 is hereby added to the Penal Code.:

Any individual who makes a public statement calling for the assasination of another individual shall not be eligible for any state benefits, including the awarding of occupational licenses.

Funny, according to PDI, Mr. McLaughlin didn't bother to vote in 2014.

SIN AGUA: Jerry Brown, lawmakers propose $1.1 billion drought relief bill amid increasing tension [David Siders @ SacBee] - "With California trudging into its fourth dry year, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday announced $1.1 billion in emergency funding for flood protection and drought relief."

CRAY-CRAY: John Hrabe notes that 1,200 people showed up to vote in the SD37 special election, but didn't actually vote. The reason is that there were no Democrats on the ballot and John Moorlach and Don Wagner did nothing to court Dems. I guess I would have gone to the polls to maintain my perfect voting record and voted for John F. Kennedy, thus creating an undervote.

A BANG-BANG-UP JOB: Republicans critical of slow collection of guns from criminals [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "State Senate Republicans on Tuesday asked for an oversight hearing to look into the slow progress being made by Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris in reducing a backlog of gun owners who are not allowed to possess firearms because of crimes or mental illness."

END OF AN ERA: Silver Dragon, my go-to Chinese place in Davis is closing. That's the place that was once a steakhouse and retains the chairs with a longhorn on the back.

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Maria Aliferis-Gjerde, Greg Hayes and Daymond Johnson! Weekend wishes to Tal Finney (Saturday), Greg Lucas (Saturday), Melodi Masaniai (Saturday), Cathy Mitchell (Saturday), Dennis Raj (Saturday), and Jim Sanders (Sunday)!

 

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**CLASSIFIEDS**

  • Growing online lobbying/digital marketing firm seeks experienced web graphics designer.  Must be well-versed in Adobe Creative Suite; Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat.  Contact: Joe Camicia - Joe@Advocacy.Marketing
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  • "The Past, Present, and Future of Second Amendment Policy and Litigation" dinner & education event 5:30 p.m. March 29th in Sacramento. Details and tickets at bit.ly/gunpolicydinner. Presented by Firearms Policy Coalition.
  • Redwood Pacific Public Affairs seeking Senior Account Executive with 5+ years’ experience. Includes public relations, public affairs and issue campaigns. Exceptional writing skills essential. Legislative/campaign experience helpful. Competitive salary, benefits. Email: here or Fax to (916) 329-7

  • Friday, March 20, 2015 - Volunteer for Black Youth Leadership Project’s (BYLP) 16th Annual Legislative Open House. BYLP provides civic educational programs for high school students free of charge.
    Volunteer slots from 7:30AM - 6:00PM, all volunteers receive a free lunch. contact: Shannon.McKinley@asm.ca.govwww.facebook.com/pages/BYLP-Inc/107787942664769
  • 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 sapoliticsla@gmail.com
  • 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 www.cawie.org. 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 patricia.robinson@ucdmc.ucavis.edu.
  • 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 sapoliticsla@gmail.com
  • 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@grayling.com. For more information about Copia, please visit www.copia.is
  • 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: orangecountydemocrats.com/job-announcement/
  • 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 jobs@csda.net.

  • 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: vimeo.com/12151177

    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.

  • 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 bit.ly/1z5CJea.

  • 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 www.progressivekick.org/eaposting.

  • Add your classified for $30/week. Emaill me at scott@scottlay.com.


 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Moorlach Declares Victory In Race For State Senate Seat In O.c.
latimes.com
Former Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach on Thursday declared victory in the special election held two days earlier for a vacant state Senate seat after a final tally of ballots gave him 50.3% of the vote.

Opinion: Democratic Senate Duel Affects Tenor Of Capitol | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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UC student association says Janet Napolitanoâ
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University of California students aren’t letting President Janet Napolitano off easy after she apologized for calling a student protest “crap” this week in San Francisco. The UC Student Association issued a statement Friday saying the apology didn’t go far enough because it covered only her regret for using the derogatory word, captured on UC’s video of the regents’ meeting Wednesday. “Students do not see President Napolitano truly championing free speech - in all its forms - as a valued feature of university life and measure of free society,” the statement said. [...] if Napolitano doesn’t want students to protest, they said, she should provide “an alternate opportunity” for them to discuss with her their opposition to the five-year tuition increase of up to 28 percent set to begin in the fall. “Her role as president has given her the opportunity to be a true champion for students and the future of public higher education, but the comments she made point to disrespect for public expression,” said Jefferson Kuoch-Seng, president of the UC Student Association that represents 240,000 students. On Wednesday, a few dozen students attended the regents meeting not only to protest higher tuition, but to urge the regents to ensure that low-income residents benefit from the proposed construction of a new UC Berkeley campus in Richmond through jobs and housing.

The $3.75 Billion Question: Can California Do Big It Right? | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Review Of San Onofre Deal Is Sought
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A Los Angeles County lawmaker is asking state regulators to reopen a legal settlement that apportioned costs of permanently closing the San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Clemente.

Five Pictures Of Yosemite's Half Dome That Capture California's Historic Drought | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Congress sets up veto showdown with vote to roll back labor rule
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Setting up another veto showdown with President Obama, Congress on Thursday approved a measure that seeks to roll back a new labor rule that allows workers to conduct union elections more quickly.

LAPD Event With Ex-mexican Mafia Leader Problematic, Report Says
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Los Angeles police &nbsp;did not have the proper authority to remove a convicted killer and former Mexican Mafia shot-caller from custody and take&nbsp;him to a private downtown L.A. event &nbsp;where he addressed business executives earlier this year, according to a report from the LAPD&rsquo;s independent watchdog issued Friday.

Chairman Prods CpUC To Order Warsaw Emails Released | Utsandiego.com
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Political Memo: Israel Election Result Complicates Life for Clinton
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As she prepares to make her campaign for president official, Hillary Rodham Clinton faces a deepening polarization among Jewish Democrats over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and how the United States should deal with his government.

Bay Area Gains 23,000 Jobs In February, Powered By Big Job Surge In Silicon Valley
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Santa Clara County added 9,500 jobs, the state Employment Development Department reported. The East Bay added 2,900 jobs. The San Francisco-San Mateo County region -- a new survey area for the EDD -- gained 8,600 jobs. All the numbers were adjusted for seasonal employment patterns.

John Moorlach Prevails In Race To Fill State Senate Seat - The Orange County Register
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Former O.C. Supervisor John Moorlach leads in state Senate race, could avoid runoff

Obama Forgets About Free Speech When It Comes To Mandatory Voting
latimes.com
The next time President Obama wants to suggest that mandatory voting might be a good idea for America , he should try checking in first with the Bill of Rights. And then decide that the Constitution&rsquo;s guarantee of freedom of political speech far outweighs our collective desire to see more citizen participation in democracy.

Governor, Legislators Introduce $1 Billion Emergency Drought Plan | Faultlines | Kqed News
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It’s hard to conceive that $1 billion in any state project would be seen merely as a good start, but that’s the general consensus of the drought relief package unveiled Thursday in Sacramento.

News Analysis: Public Pension Cuts Exempt Police and Firefighters
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Recent labor legislation, such as measures to curb collective bargaining and change pensions and health coverage, often exempts public safety workers.

Fire alarm leads police to 'sophisticated' Santa Ana marijuana farm
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marijuana growing operation discovered early Friday after a fire alarm in the building was activated, authorities said.

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Gets Close To Making Fresh Water | Kpbs
Erik Anderson @
kpbs.org
San Diego County's investment in the western hemisphere's largest desalination plant is only a few months away from beginning to pay dividends.

California's $1-billion Emergency Drought Relief Is Tiny Drop In Bucket
latimes.com
No matter how much longer California&rsquo;s drought lingers, politicians don&rsquo;t have the power to make it rain. So on&nbsp;Thursday they tried the next best thing &ndash; they proposed showering the state&rsquo;s parched landscape with money.