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THE NOONER for March 27, 2015



Harry Reid is Retiring [Manu Raju @ Politico] 

The speculation is that the main candidates to succeed Reid as Minority Leader are Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Charles Schumer (D-New York). Harry Reid is backing Schumer.

AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers, Marisa Lagos, and Anthony York tickle our ears with the California Politics Podcast.

REORG: Assembly Republicans lay off veteran staff amid new PR push [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "With Republicans firmly in the minority, and unable to advance many of their policy priorities, the reorganization is an acknowledgment that no amount of internal budget or policy work is likely to help the party disseminate its message and grow its ranks. Despite the layoffs, the caucus payroll will increase by one position."

BORROWING FROM OUR NEIGHBOR TO THE NORTH: California secretary of state proposes automatic voter registration [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] -- SOS Alex "Padilla and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) are modeling their legislation on a "motor voter" law signed last week by the governor of Oregon in an attempt to boost voter turnout."

Joel Fox writes Politics Behind 16-Year-Old Voter and Mandatory Vote Proposals

The biggest winner of the proposed law changes would the voter targeting companies like Political Data Inc., as swollen voter roles would likely lead to a lower, rather than greater, percentage of voters. Thus to manage mailing costs, campaigns wiil need smart targeting.

HAIL CESAR: This Saturday (tomorrow) from 8am-4pm, there will be a 15th Annual Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership Conference at The Pavilion at UC Davis. For more info and to RSVP, email

SIN AGUA: State drought relief package falls short, conservation advocates say [Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason @ LAT]

GO BRUINS! UCLA faces Gonzaga at 4:15pm today. Plenty of people will be cutting out of the office early today...

FOR HALFTIME WATCHING: "Mitt In The Mirror" With Mitt Romney & Jimmy Fallon

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Luis Alejo, Paul Hogarth, Jose Medina, and Marie Waldron!



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  • Democratic Congressman seeks highly-motivated individual to serve as Member’s DC Scheduler, who will evaluate and respond to meeting requests among other duties. The office’s atmosphere is supportive with opportunities for professional growth. Spanish-speaking candidates preferred. Please send resume to
  • Harbage Consultancy is seeking Outreach Coordinators -  full-time and temporary positions available in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. [more info]
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  • California Department of Insurance (Commissioner Dave Jones), Community Programs & Policy Initiatives Branch, is seeking an energetic and dynamic Community Programs Assistant.  The branch focuses on priority initiatives of the Insurance Commissioner and programs that benefit underserved communities.  Serve as project coordinator on various internal and external programs, assist on national/statewide policy issues, and provide daily administrative support to the CPPI Branch Deputy Commissioner.  Duties include meeting coordination, travel, database and tracking systems, writing, and research.  The ideal candidate has prior experience with administrative systems and scheduling; strong organizational, interpersonal, and project management skills; and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.  Salary: $2,873 - $5,618.  To apply, click here: 

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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 Presented by Firearms Policy Coalition.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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:
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  • 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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Gavin Newsom Doesn’t Think Marijuana Legalization Stance Will Hurt Him - Politics Blog
No, Gavin Newsom told me, being the frontman for California's drive to legalize marijuana in 2016 will not hurt him in 2018 -- when he likely will be running for governor. On Thursday, the Blue Rib...

Legislators OK $1-billion Relief Measure For Future Droughts
State lawmakers Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a $1-billion plan that would restock food pantries in parched Central Valley communities and rush bottled water to Californians whose taps are nearly dry.

Senate OKs budget plan, sets up battle with Obama
AP Member Choice Complete @
Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his healthcare law.

California Secretary Of State Proposes Automatic Voter Registration
Every eligible Californian with a driver’s license would be automatically registered to vote under a proposal Thursday by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who estimated it would add millions of people to the voter rolls.

A Second Chance For Proposition 30 Taxes? Survey Says, Probably.
Mariel Gaza @
The California legislators who might have been hesitant to talk about an extension of Proposition 30’s temporary taxes may be less squeamish to do so now.

Richmond: Activists Seek Reform Of Proposition 13 For 'Fair' Taxes
Karina Ioffee Bay Area News Group @
Waving signs that read "Invest in Education, Not Corporations," about 60 protesters marched from nearby Washington Park to the gates of the refinery. The action was held to call attention to what they describe as an unfair taxation system that has caused both the city and state to lose out on "millions in revenue."

Senate OKs Budget, But GOP Rift Over Pentagon Emerges
The Senate stayed in session all night to pass a $3.7-trillion Republican budget early Friday, grinding through tough -- but symbolic -- votes that provided the new Congress with a needed achievement.

Assembly Republicans Lay Off Veteran Staff Amid New PR Push
Christopher Cadelago @
Assembly Republicans laid off eight staff members Thursday as part of a long-expected restructuring that focuses on strengthening the caucus’s public outreach.

Senate OKs budget, but rift over Pentagon funds emerges
Lisa Mascaro @
The Senate stayed in session all night to pass a $3.7-trillion Republican budget early Friday, grinding through tough -- but symbolic -- votes that provided the new Congress with a needed achievement.

PPIC Survey: California Remains The Great Exception
The most recent survey from the Public Policy Institute of California demonstrates just how different the Golden State is from the rest of the country on some of the most important issues that define who we are, from health care and climate change to immigration and income equality.

I'm twentysomething, I vote, and I won't take seriously any candidate who doubts climate change
John Cubelic @
I am a voter — a white, male, college-educated twentysomething voter, born in the conservative South, living in the liberal North. I was raised in a middle-class family but now occupy an economic class more concerned with finding jobs than itemizing tax deductions. I understand the complex foreign policy issues our country faces and yet I do not understand the self-cannibalizing direction of our domestic politics.

Marijuana Legalization In California: ACLU-Gavin Newsom Panel Releases Road Map On The Issues
Josh Richman @
In a new report, the task force says the state should figure out in advance how to keep pot from kids and keep impaired drivers off the road, whether to tax weed by weight or its sales price and how to eliminate a black market.

California Assembly Members Heading To Cuba
Jeremy B. White @
Taking advantage of the United States’ move to re-establish relations with Cuba, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Democrats will travel on a farm-focused trade mission to the island nation.

Senate agrees to disagree with Iran vote
All 100 senators vote for a proposal that would punish Iran, if it breaks any nuclear agreement.

'excessive' Workers' Comp Costs L.A. Taxpayers Millions, Audits Find
Los Angeles police and firefighters work in a culture that encourages filing ¿excessive¿ workers¿ compensation claims, according to a pair of city audits released Thursday, and taxpayers are doling out up to $28 million per year for what amount to preventable injuries.

CpUC Set To Spend $5.2m On Criminal Defense Lawyers
Jeff McDonald @
The California Public Utilities Commission has arranged to spend as much as $5.2 million on criminal-defense lawyers to respond to ongoing state and federal investigations.

Doctors Medical Center to pull plug next month
Doctors Medical Center, the cash-strapped public hospital in San Pablo that has been on the brink of closure so many times, is slated to start closing April 21 after its governing board voted to begin the process of shutting it down unless a last-minute proposal can save it. The West Contra Costa Healthcare District Board, which oversees the hospital, made the decision at a special hearing Thursday evening that was packed with employees, patients, residents and others who lauded the hospital’s history of caring for the community but questioned who would care for patients in the west part of the county in the future. Doctors Medical Center has long struggled because it’s a stand-alone hospital that treats a disproportionate number of low-income patients covered by Medicare and Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program for the poor, government programs that don’t cover the cost of care. While the threat of closing has loomed since voters rejected a third parcel tax in May, Thursday’s decision actually sets a date and puts the wheels in motion to begin a shutdown that gives the hospital enough money to pay its employees and vendors and meet its financial responsibilities yet still maintain a sliver of hope. The board had originally planned to consider starting to shut down April 14,√but added a week to weigh a last-minute proposal from Larry Anderson, an entrepreneur from San Diego and consultant who has proposed a turnaround plan that involved selling the hospital to an investor group that includes local physicians. Thursday’s meeting boiled down to whether to use the hospitals’ precious remaining funds to stay open as long as possible — possibly until July — or to risk not having enough money to pay its staff and meet its other obligations. After filing for bankruptcy in 2006, Doctors managed to stay alive since then on a combination of county and state support, money from other hospitals affected by the closure including Kaiser Permanente and John Muir Health System and two voter-passed parcel tax measures. The hospital had to stop accepting ambulances to its emergency department in August and just last week stopped treating patients, such as those undergoing cancer treatments, who need ongoing care. Doctors’ interim chief executive officer, Kathy White, spoke of the hospital as if it were a dying patient: “We want to go out with dignity, we want to go out with respect.”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid won't seek re-election
Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the top Democrat in U.S. Senate for the past decade and for eight years the Senate's majority leader, said Friday he will not run for reelection in 2016.

State Lawmakers Slam Oil Regulators After Embarrassing Lapses
The agency that regulates the oil industry in California is — by its own admission — in disarray. After a series of embarrassing disclosures about regulatory lapses that allowed drilling in protected aquifers, officials at the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources are trying to untangle years of chaotic operation.