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THE NOONER for March 24, 2015x




THE HOLOCAUST INITIATIVE: Kill Gays Ballot Measure: Is proponent eligible to sign his own initiative? [John Hrabe] - "Although there is no explicit requirement that a person be registered to vote in order to begin the initiative process with the State Attorney General’s office, state law mandates that the petition to the Secretary of State be submitted by a registered voter."

I've also been tweeting about this issue and can't evidence of registration.

Joe Mathews writes that AG Kamala Harris should do everything possible to block the initiative, regardless of legal precedent.

I still believe the State Bar is obligated to sanction Matthew McLaughlin, perhaps asking for him to turn in his bar card. Carol Dahmen's petition calling for disbarment has exceeded 20,000 supporters.  Lawyers advocating murder have no place in the bar. 

Meanwhile, we have a measure in response - the Jackass Suppression Act. [Mark Joseph Stern @ Slate] 

LOOK NORTH: Alex Padilla says that Oregon's automatic voter registration for all eligible drivers makes sense. "One of the biggest barriers to citizen participation is the voter registration process. A new, enhanced Motor Voter law would strengthen our democracy. It would be a game changer," said Secretary Padilla. "While Oregon could expand its voter rolls by as much as 300,000 voters through their new enhanced Motor Voter process, California could expand it rolls by millions."

A step further would be Oregon's complete mail-in election process.

BUT, WE'RE BETTER THAN VENEZUELA! Study: CA ranks last in spending transparency [Steve Miller @ CalWatchdog]- "California ranked at the bottom for the second consecutive year on the annual report on state government transparency compiled by the Public Interest Research Group, an investigative and advocacy organization based in Boston. And the state's beleaguered Department of Technology, or CalTech, can be assigned part of the blame for the last-place showing."

FROM THE LEFT: Once again, California’s demise was greatly exaggerated [SacBee Editorial]

FROM THE RIGHT: CalChamber’s Campaign to Stop "Job Killer" Bills a Success as CA Gains Jobs [Joel Fox @ Fox and Hounds]

REGRESS: Taco Bell biscuit taco replaces waffle taco on fast-food breakfast menu [Nancy Luna @ OCR]

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Stephaniie Couch!



  • Learn the legislative process and best practices for effective lobbying. Cover the complete spectrum of governmental advocacy in two days, including budget advocacy, regulatory agencies, the administration, and media relations. Capitol veteran Ray LeBov presents "Lobbying 101" and "Lobbying 201" seminars April 23-24. $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / support staff, organizations / public agencies that employ lobbyists. Complete info / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • 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
  • "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 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) 329-7404.

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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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Kill Gays Ballot Measure: Is proponent eligible to sign his own initiative?
An Orange County attorney who has proposed a ballot measure to kill gays and lesbians may not be able to sign his own initiative petition. A review of state and national voter records failed to locate voter registration information for Matthew Gregory McLaughlin, the Huntington Beach attorney who submitted paperwork for a ballot measure that proposes to “put to death by bullets to the head” gays and lesbians in California.

'sodomite Suppression Act' Is No Reason For Radical Initiative Reform
It is hard to imagine a more revolting ballot measure than the &ldquo;Sodomite Suppression Act,&rdquo; which, if approved, would criminalize sodomy and put to death those convicted of it. Its proponent, Huntington Beach lawyer Matt McLaughlin, wants to qualify the initiative for the statewide ballot in November 2016.

More Than Money At Stake In University Of California Budget Negotiations | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Be sure to include your name, daytime phone number, address, name and phone number of legal next-of-kin, method of payment, and the name of the funeral home/crematory to contact for verification of death.

Proposition 30 Closes Spending Gap Between State And Nation
John Fensterwald @
Revenue from temporary taxes from Proposition 30 has closed the K-12 spending gap between California and the national average by more than 60 percent, according to data released Monday by the California Budget and Policy Center, a nonprofit research organization.

Three California Senators Heading To Japan
Laurel Rosenhall @
Three California state senators are traveling to Japan this week to meet with Japanese officials and study the country’s approach to transportation, environmental policy and earthquake preparedness.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Wisconsin Voter ID Law
As voters head to the polls in a general election, the Wisconsin law, which has faced scrutiny from various courts and is one of the strictest in the nation, is being enforced.

Opinion: Who Might Be Running For California Governor In 2018?
Dan Walters @
Gov. Pat Brown, when asked a half-century ago when he would declare his intention to run for re-election, famously replied “when the snow flies in the Sierra.”

Challengers To Prison Solitary Gain Support From Justice Kennedy
Bob Egelko @
Inmates challenging lengthy solitary confinement in California prisons, a case scheduled to go to trial in Oakland this December, gained some high-placed moral support Monday from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

As Water Dwindles, Lawmakers Seek Access To Confidential Well Logs
Tom Knudson @
It’s not a secret that California is facing a groundwater crisis. But something else is: a vast repository of state records that scientists and water policy specialists say could dramatically improve our understanding of California’s groundwater resources if they were made public.

2 supervisors want to tighten up law regulating short-term rentals
Emily Green @
The proposed law is part of the ongoing back-and-forth between city officials and the popular vacation rental company. Progressive politicians say short-term rentals contribute to the city’s housing crisis by taking off the market units that would otherwise be available for rent. Fans of the company say the problem is with an overpriced hotel industry and that city residents should be able to rent out their rooms or apartments as they want. “We are talking about thousands of units in a market that is lacking affordability,” said Campos, who represents the Mission District, where the housing crisis is particularly acute. “I think this (legislation) will absolutely make a difference in the housing prices,” said Kim, the bill’s co-sponsor. The legislation attempts to clean up the existing law, which went into effect Feb. 1, and set up a regulatory system to monitor short-term rentals. “Elected officials spent three years debating all aspects of this issue before passing comprehensive legislation, but some folks still don’t think you should be able to occasionally share the home in which you live,” Papas said.

California Chief Justice Seeks More Court Funding
Jeremy B. White @
Marking an annual budget clash between California’s courts and the other two branches of government, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye used her State of the Judiciary speech on Monday to once again urge Sacramento to augment funding for the judiciary.

Laws to prevent abuse of GI Bill benefits weren't enforced, records show
Helicopter flight training companies were able to collect tens of millions of dollars a year through a loophole in the latest GI Bill in part because officials didn't enforce laws aimed at preventing abuse of veteran education benefits, according to interviews, court records and state and...

Democratic budget aims to tax wealthy, protect Obamacare
"The Republican budget proposal is the wrong direction for America," said Congressman Chris Van Hollen.

Leas Set Ambiguous Goals Around School Climate :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Tom Chorneau @
According to a new survey of the Local Control Accountability Plans filed by California’s 50 largest school districts, nearly all identified actions and set goals for improving school climate – one of the eight state educational priorities spelled out in law.

Connected L.A. Money Stories :: Fox&hounds
Infusion of high tech money into the real estate market means increased property taxes for Los Angeles County. It also makes you think of the trouble long time residents would be in with their property taxes if the pre-Prop 13 property tax system were in place. Dramatic increases in property sales prices would ripple through the community increasing property valuations and thus taxes for all.

Doctors often fail to disclose Alzheimerâ
Physicians often fail to disclose a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease to patients or their families, delaying relatives from taking steps to protect their loved one’s physical health and financial safety, according to report released Tuesday by a leading advocacy group for people with the mind-robbing, fatal disease. The Alzheimer’s Association, in a nationwide survey, found fewer than half of patients or their caregivers said their doctor informed them of their diagnosis. “We hear doctors say things like 'It’s a difficult diagnosis’ or 'It’s a sensitive situation and I don’t want to upset the family’ and 'There’s nothing I can do about it,’” said William Fisher, chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Northern California and Northern Nevada chapters. An earlier diagnosis, she said, would have allowed her to take control of the family finances and avoid the problems that occurred when her husband failed to file their income taxes. “I have to make sure I don’t leave the car keys laying around and I have to sleep with one eye open,” said Mason, 71, explaining that he sleepwalks. Alzheimer’s, a fatal degenerative brain disease, is the most common form of dementia and is caused when nerve cells in the brain that involve cognitive function have been damaged and no longer function normally. People with the disease show signs of memory loss, and the damage eventually affects a person’s ability to carry out functions as basic as walking and swallowing. The authors of Tuesday’s report said lack of early disclosure can impede immediate treatments that may slow down symptoms and prevent family members from making arrangements that could protect the patient’s physical and financial safety. Using Medicare claims data from 2008 through 2010, scientists identified individuals whose health care providers had submitted at least one claim related to Alzheimer’s and compared them with several common types of cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease and others conditions. Mason and health specialists agreed an Alzheimer’s diagnosis remains stigmatized, rooted in fear. Dr. Catherine Madison, a neurologist and director of the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center at California Pacific Medical Center, said she understands why doctors — particularly primary care physicians — have trouble going down the path of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Physicians are also uncomfortable with giving a diagnosis they feel has the potential for emotional damage to the patient and family, one for which they don’t have a definitive cure or treatment. Improvements have been made in diagnostic techniques and some treatments are available, but the disease remains incurable, deadly and frightening. [...] increased funding for research and more public education would help change the perception and outlook of what’s commonly referred to as the “A-word,” Madison said.

Lawmaker Says It's 'unfair' For Olympus To Profit From Superbug Outbreaks
A federal lawmaker said it's wrong for device-maker Olympus Corp. to profit from recent superbug outbreaks as hospitals buy more of the company's scopes in response.

First Draft: Senator Coats, Republican of Indiana, Wonâ
Indiana will soon have an open senate seat to fill now that Senator Dan Coats has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2016.

Try This, Republicans: Mend, Don't End, Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act is legislation long overdue and ranks up there with Social Security in terms of historical significance. The law's detractors are obstructionists exercising partisan politics intent on sabotaging the president's agenda rather than overhauling an antiquated system not inclusive of all Americans.

Senate's old guard just says 'no' to pot overhaul
A generational split in the Senate spells trouble for the movement to change marijuana laws.

Wisconsin's Voter Id Law Stands; Supreme Court Rejects Challenge
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging Wisconsin&rsquo;s voter identification law Monday, making way for the state to require voters to show photo ID at the polls three years after the law was put on hold in a protracted legal battle.