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THE NOONER for April 6, 2015




Welcome back. We now have a crazy stretch of policy committee hearings leading up to the May deadlines for fiscal (5/1) and non-fiscal (5/15) bills.

THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Why do farmers get a free pass from Brown? [George Skelton @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown is talking tough about cutting back water use, but he's making one thing clear: He is not going to tell farmers what they can or cannot grow."

So, just so you know, they are Aaamonds when they are on the tree, and become almonds after the L is shaken out of them during harvesting.

Anthony York looks deeply into the almond crop, and Joel Fox labels Brown as "the farmers' friend."

SAC-TOWN: Tomorrow, voters in Sacramento's 6th council district go to the polls. You know you've been in politics too long when you have two friends facing each other in an election, but that's the case with Eric Guerra and Bruce Pomer. The Bee sides with Guerra. Really, we should put both of them on the council.

FORGIVENESS: Gov. Jerry Brown pardons 83 on Easter [David Siders @ SacBee]

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Bernard Dory, Fielding Greaves, Gus Khouri, Katherine Maestas, and Phil Paule!





  • Corporate & Individual Sponsorships - Available for 8th Annual Assembly Veterans of the Year Luncheon, Wednesday, June 24th.  Event co-sponsored by major veterans groups.  Last year 75 Assemblymembers honored district veterans, 350 people attended.
    Contact Pete Conaty, 916-492-0550,
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California seeks experienced lobbyist to work on policy issues related to reproductive health, health care, ACA,  Medi-Cal and women’s health. Competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Details here.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • Add your classified for $30/week. Emaill me at



Gary Hart: Billion-dollar Hillary Clinton 2016 Campaign Should 'frighten' Americans - Politico
Former Colorado senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart said that the amount of money required to run a modern presidential campaign should frighten Americans. | AP Photo

Why Do Farmers Get A Free Pass From Brown?
Gov. Jerry Brown targets the 20% of developed water that flows to urban use; ag takes up the other 80%

April Taxes Hated Everywhere … Except Sacramento | The California Report | Kqed News
It has become an annual ritual in Sacramento: watching the daily tally from millions of taxpayers handing over their cash, a tally that largely sets the course for many of the year’s political and policy debates in California.

Labor’s Shameful Smears Of Glazer’s Independence « Calbuzz
Glazer has pledged to accept no gifts, meals or beverages from lobbyists; to disclose his answers to any special interests questionnaires; not to pay family members from campaigns contributions; to refuse tax-free per diem expenses or Senate work on weekends and holidays, and to eschew campaign contributions in the final 60 days of the legislative session.

CalSTRS Makes Early Move On Coal Divestment | Calpensions
The CalSTRS board directed its staff and consultants last week to evaluate the risk of investments in thermal coal companies, jumping ahead of pending legislation that would require CalSTRS and CalPERS to divest thermal coal holdings.

Trade Workers Set To Benefit From Gov. Jerry Brown's Project List
At his recent groundbreaking for the state's high-speed train, Gov. Jerry Brown paused while extolling the project to laud the union workers who will build it.

California Lawmakers Work Together To Protect Privacy | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
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Gary Hart: Billion-dollar Clinton campaign should 'frighten' Americans
The two-time Democratic presidential candidate is alarmed by current 'dynastic' politics.

Gov. Brown Pardons Man Facing Deportation For Crimes Committed As A Teen
A Bay Area immigrant fighting deportation after spending more than two decades in prison for a robbery conviction was among dozens of people granted pardons by Gov. Jerry Brown on Easter Sunday.

California Drought: Woodside, Fremont On Opposite Ends Of Water-saving Spectrum
Lisa M. Krieger @
Fifteen months after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency, water remains a way of life in Woodside, where horses sip from troughs, vineyards grace hillsides and estates such as Larry Ellison's Japanese compound feature waterfalls, ducks and hand-chiseled stone bridges arching over ponds.

Independent Voters On Track To Surpass State's GOP Voters - The Orange County Register
Democrats are also losing market share, but maintaining their advantage over Republicans. Democratic voters account for 43.2 percent of the electorate, down from 43.9 percent two years ago.

Low Bidder Says California Will Overpay Testing Contractor | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
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Time For The Senate To Break The Impasse Over Human Trafficking Bill
If ever there were a piece of legislation that should be able to sail through the fractious, politically polarized Congress, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act would seem to be it. Introduced by Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, the bill has 33 co-sponsors, 12 of them Democrats, including California's Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Who could be against the bill's hallmark feature, the creation of a fund to benefit victims of domestic trafficking, financed by assessments on the traffickers themselves?

Gov. Brown Defends Sparing Agriculture In Water Restrictions
In a nationally televised interview Sunday, California Gov. Jerry Brown defended his decision to largely target urban areas rather than agricultural users with his historic order to curb water use.

California Gaming
On May 21, 2015, Capitol Weekly & UC Center will host California Gaming, a day-long conference looking at the serious business of gaming in California. Gaming – poker, casinos, horse racing, cardrooms - is big business in California; the stars are aligning this session for major changes to this growth industry.

Presidential Candidates-to-be Make The Most Of Fundraising Rule-bending
The charade comes to an end this month for many of the 2016 presidential contenders, who have long avoided saying they are running — while they are so obviously running — in order to sidestep rules that burden declared candidates.

A Varied Response To L.A. County's Vote To Study Minimum-wage Boost
North Fair Oaks Avenue in Altadena is home to several small, independently owned businesses that are testament to a gradual revitalization of the city's oldest commercial district.

Natomas Redux: Can Sacramento Build A Balanced Community? | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
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Insurance Commissioner, Consumer Advocate Split Over Allstate Rates
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Harvey Rosenfield, Allstate Insurance Co., California Insurance Department, Consumer Watchdog

Bill Melds Health Reform Goal With Shift In California Workers' Comp System - California Healthline
George Lauer, California Healthline Features Editor @
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BART is taking steps to slow down trains at more than three dozen hot spots where hazardous — and in some cases, deteriorating — track conditions could jeopardize the safety of thousands of riders. Track troubles on the 42-year-old system already prompted the shutdown beginning Sunday of the elevated stretch between the Oakland Coliseum and Fruitvale stations. Trains have been limited to 50 mph along that stretch since January, after a track tie crumbled as an inspector stepped on it. In the coming months, partial or full shutdowns are planned near the Daly City, San Leandro and Bayfair stations — all on elevated crossover rails where the trains switch tracks, known as interlockings. “They are afraid a tie could come loose, cause a derailment and send a train plunging off the tracks,” said a BART insider, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to go on the record. Worries over track conditions have already led the transit agency to reduce train speeds between the West Oakland station and the transbay tube, where repair work has begun, and between the Richmond Station and a nearby maintenance yard. Train speeds at the spot where two trains jumped the tracks, just south of the Concord Station, have been capped at 18 mph, down from the previous 27 mph limit. Officials traced the first derailment in March 2011 to uneven wear on a track section and flawed maintenance on a train wheel that slipped off the rails. At a board workshop in January, acting chief engineer Tamar Allen showed off a piece of rail whose head — the part where the train wheel sits — had been worn down by at least a half inch. In BART’s case, the emphasis on expanding the system — including this year’s planned opening of a 5.4-mile extension to the Warm Springs section of Fremont — has come at the expense of maintenance to its core lines. BART officials say that what’s really needed is a complete overhaul, and they are quietly preparing to go to the ballot in November 2016 with a potentially multibillion-dollar bond measure to pay for at least some of it.

How California's Property Taxes Compare With Other States'
Here's a bright spot in the middle of tax season -- at least Californians, on average, don't have to pay as much in property taxes as residents of Vermont, Michigan and New Jersey.

Next big Obamacare battle: 'Cadillac tax'
Experts say a majority of employers could eventually face the tax on health care benefits.

Letter From Washington: Gay Rights Still an Issue for G.O.P. Base
Heading into a presidential election, the powerful conservative right can be expected to set litmus tests for Republican candidates, Albert R. Hunt writes.