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THE NOONER for March 30, 2015




LEGISLATORS GONE WILD: It's Spring Break, meaning legislators are stripping off their suits and donning their bikinis and speedos. Well, touring Cuba, marching in Cesar Chavez parades, or binge-watching House of Cards may be more likely. Staffers are not complaining about the break (from their bosses)--particularly in a non-election year--and are enjoying today's mid-80s with shorts and Hawaiian shirts and long lunches. Tomorrow is the Chavez holiday.

And, the rest is needed before the April frenzy. The Legislature reconvenes on Aprll 6, and then policy committees have 20 working days before the May 1 deadline for policy committees to report out fiscal bills, and then an additional two weeks for non-fiscal bills. 

PARKING OR PLAYING? Seven lawmakers have committees for 2018 lieutenant governor's race [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "With Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom termed out in 2018, seven current and former state legislators, including Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), have opened committees to raise money for possible campaigns for lieutenant governor."

JUGGERNAUT: Kamala Harris, California's Attorney General, Leaps to Forefront of Senate Race [Adam Nagourney @ LAT] - "[N]ow, at age 50 and after winning a second term, Ms. Harris has suddenly established herself as the dominant candidate in the race to replace Senator Barbara Boxer, a Democrat who announced in January that she would retire next year. With a speed and efficiency that startled many in her party, Ms. Harris has appeared, at least for now, to dispatch what most people had expected would be a sprawling generational battle with powerful ethnic overtones, given that Latinos now make up nearly 40 percent of California’s population."

It's looking more likely that Kamala Harris will be the only viable Democrat in the race. While a few House members would love to be on the ballot for the seat, each day that goes by sees Harris picking up additional endorsements and bags of cash. Thus, a House member has to consider the likelihood of giving up their lapel pin and job hunting. With the likelihood that Dianne Feinstein will retire in 2018, ambitious members are shifting their sights to that race, with plenty of time to organize. And, if they jump on board the Harris bandwagon, they might just gain an edge.

DOUBLE-X FACTOR: Gender inequities persist on California Capitol payroll [Laurel Rosenhall @ SacBee] - "With lawmakers highlighting wage inequity in California workplaces, The Sacramento Bee analyzed the Legislature’s own payroll to see whether men and women are paid equally by the institution that sets policy for the rest of the state. The findings show that wage gaps for the roughly 2,100 employees of the Legislature are smaller than in society at large, but still persist:"

NO VACANCY: California's death row, with no executions in sight, runs out of room [Paige St. John @ LAT] - "San Quentin's death row can accommodate 715 inmates. Last week, prison officials said, 708 inmates were in those cells. Twenty-three others were scattered across the state for court hearings or held in long-term medical facilities or at prisons in other states."

ALIEN EXCLUSION ACT: Some Immigrants Having Trouble Obtaining AB 60 Licenses [Katie Orr @ CPR] - For AB 60 applications the Department of Motor Vehicles accepts passports from an approved list of countries. Mexico, China and Germany are on it. But Vietnam and Ethiopia are not."

SD07 (Tri-Valley): The Bee puts together a pretty picture of the precinct-by-precinct results in the special election. Meanwhile, the IE battle continues.

SD37 (The OC): How state Senate seat was won by John Moorlach [Martin Wisckol and Keegan Kyle @ LAT] - "John Moorlach and Don Wagner each held their home turf in the March 17 special election for state Senate, yet Moorlach won by 6 percentage points thanks to a greater depth of support in his strongholds, a Register analysis shows."

LOST IN THE MAIL: Voter turnout disparity was key in razor-thin O.C. supervisor race [Team @ LAT]- "The outcome, the analysis found, turned on the high number of Santa Ana voters who failed to return the absentee ballots that had been mailed to them."

HIGH HOPES: Carly Fiorina says 'higher than 90 percent' chance she'll run for GOP presidential nomination [Josh Hicks @ WaPo] - "Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," the 2010 California gubernatorial candidate said she is "higher than 90 percent" likely to enter the race, with an announcement coming in late April or early May."

HOW IS THIS STILL A THING? WrestleMania 31 -- fun, wild, popular, bigger than real life at Levi's packed stadium [Bruce Newman @ MercNews]

#GHOSTSOFCAKEDAYSPAST to Kiyomi Burchill (yesterday) and John Laird (yesterday).



  • Join Emerge California's 3rd Annual Sacramento Reception on Tuesday, April 14 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Metropolitan Terrace – Citizen Hotel located at 926 J. St in Downtown Sacramento. To join the Host Committee, please contact Nazneen Rydhan-Foster at or visit the event page here.

  • Senior, progressive California member of congress seeks state and local political director for active campaign operation.  Candidates must be politically savvy, with excellent communications skills and ability to work with all forms of media including social, ethnic and traditional. Candidates should have at least two cycles of campaign or related political experience in a leadership/management role and a Strong understanding of local political landscape.  The right candidate will have a proven ability to organize and mobilize grassroots, coordinate volunteers and run all aspects of campaign is required. Diverse candidates encouraged to apply.  (Read More)
  • California Nurses Association seeks Regulatory / Policy Specialist to help improve healthcare for California patients.  Do you have firsthand Sacramento experience helping to develop laws, policies, or regulations? Permanent full time position.  Excellent benefits -  family healthcare, pension, 401k.  If needed, will help the right person making a long term commitment learn more about health care, and nursing regulations.
    Details  Here 

  • Seeking Diverse Applicants and Progressive Minded Vendors for 2016 Democratic CampaignsInclusv is seeking a diverse pool of talented professionals and vendors for a one of kind repository of staff, consultants and vendors of color. There are commitments from partner organizations and institutions to utilize these resources in hiring, contracting and vending opportunities within Democratic Campaigns for the 2016 Electoral Cycle. Looking for individuals with various levels of political campaign experience, roles range from entry level to senior positions. There is a rigorous screening process to place the right people in the right positions. People of color, women, LBGTQ and those with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply. To submit your resume or join the vendor database, please visit:

  • 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]
  • Redwood Pacific Public Affairs seeking professional with 5+ years’ experience. Includes public relations, public affairs and issue campaigns. Exceptional writing skills essential. Legislative/campaign/corporate experience helpful. Salary and title commensurate with skills and experience. Email: or Fax to (916) 329-7404

  • 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: 

  • Learn the legislative process and best practices for effective lobbying. Cover the complete spectrum of governmental advocacy in two days, including the legislature, 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
  • 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:
  • 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

  • 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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CalPERS Urged To Avoid Obamacare 'Cadillac Tax'
Ed Mendel @
Employer and employee groups are urging CalPERS to “undertake all efforts” to avoid the "Cadillac Tax," a 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans imposed in 2018 by President Obama’s health care law, a CalPERS staff report said this month.

Charles Munger Jr. Stands Ready To Protect Democracy
George Skelton @
Charles Munger Jr. isn't waiting around idly for the U.S. Supreme Court to act on congressional redistricting. He's hoping for the best but planning for bad news.

How Banquet For Ex-PUC Head Peevey Went Sour For UC Berkeley
Jaxon Van Derbeken @
A tribute dinner for the embattled former president of the state Public Utilities Commission may have seemed a good way to help bolster funding for UC Berkeley’s public policy school, but the event turned into a nightmare that ended only when the school rejected the proceeds, e-mails released by the university show.

Probe Of Back-Channel Dealing Continues At California PUC
David Siders @
Michael Peevey's announcement last fall that he would not seek reappointment to the California Public Utilities Commission appeared to offer closure to years of controversy surrounding his tenure.

Longtime Supervisor Aaron Peskin seeking his old seat on board
Emily Green @
Aaron Peskin, a savvy and bombastic politician who served eight years on the Board of Supervisors, including three as president, will announce Monday that he will run for his old seat in the November election.

PUC Scandal Stretches To UC Berkeley
Marc Lifsher @
A scandal at the Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco has reached across the bay to UC Berkeley.

As results trickle in, Nigerian presidential election too close to call
s bitterly contested presidential election went down to the wire Monday as the national election commission began announcing results. With almost a quarter of the ballots counted, the election was on a knife edge, with about 2.3 million votes apiece for President Goodluck Jonathan...

Carly Fiorina Says 'Higher Than 90 Percent' Chance She'll Run For GOP Presidential Nomination
Josh Hicks @
Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, said her chances of running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 are "very high."

Bracketology: New GOP Presidential Rankings
In honor of March Madness and the Final Four, here are the highly-curated current candidate brackets, a mere 337 days before the tournament starts with the crucial not-really-all-that-crucial Iowa caucuses.

Rising Healthcare Costs Are Pressuring Patients
Coping with ever-increasing medical bills is frustrating — and getting more so.

Top California Elected Officials On Their Private Email Use
AP @
The Associated Press surveyed the top eight statewide elected officials and the four legislative leaders to ask whether they ever use private email accounts for official business, whether such records are retained and whether such communications should be considered public record.

California Agriculture Industry Could Lose $1 Billion In | The Press Democrat
The North Coast is still doing better than rest of state in regard to water storage, but the drought is still considered severe.

Superbug Outbreaks: Scope Maker Pentax Draws Scrutiny From Lawmaker
A federal lawmaker is seeking information from Pentax Medical, a manufacturer of medical scopes that have been linked to recent outbreaks of superbug infections.

Missouri Candidate Picks Up Where She Left Off After Rivalâ
Catherine Hanaway eased back into the race for governor a month after Tom Schweich, a candidate for the Republican nomination, committed suicide. Some close to Schweich blame his death, at least in part, on a brutal campaign against him.

Navajo Nation Sees Tax On Junk Food As Way To Combat Health Problems
Nigel Duara @
The Navajo Nation hopes taxing junk food will lower obesity rates, but some fear the measure will hurt low-income residents.

New Tests To Tell Juniors If They're College-Ready
John Fensterwald @
With the transition to the Common Core, California education officials pushed to replace the EAP test with the new Smarter Balanced tests to provide a common set of college readiness measurements that all member states of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium could use. The other states agreed with this approach.

Supreme Court Ruling Puts State Regulatory Boards In Crosshairs
Michael Hiltzik @
Want to get paid for shampooing someone's hair? In California, you may need to have at least nine months of experience and pass a licensing test overseen by the state barbering and cosmetology board, whose members include salon professionals.

Robin Williams Tunnel gets closer to reality
Sam Whiting @
The “Robin Williams Tunnel” took a major step closer to reality when it cleared the transportation committee of the State Assembly on a 16-0 vote last week.

Prescription Candy: A Quick Fix For Aging?
Matt Perry @
In America, drug addiction is despised as a social scourge, a destructive force for families and communities alike. Yet when it comes to treating older adults, drugs are hailed as quick salvation — prescription candy — the answer to complex chronic diseases and behavioral “problems” affiliated with dementia.

California's Death Row, With No Executions In Sight, Runs Out Of Room
With no executions in nearly a decade and newly condemned men arriving each month, the nation's largest death row has run out of room.

Andrew Sullivan: 'I couldn't imagine blogging the next election'
Dylan Byers @
Andrew Sullivan gave up blogging because it was "killing" him, he said on Sunday. But the prospect of covering a Clinton vs. Bush presidential campaign played some part, too.

Deal: 35% off sportfishing package at Alaska's Waterfall Resort
Alaska's Waterfall Resort is putting its sportfishing trips on sale this summer. On selected dates, visitors save 35% on two-night stays at the cannery-turned-fishing lodge near Ketchikan on Prince of Wales Island.