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THE NOONER for April 7, 2015




MONEY MATTERS: The Legislative Analyst's Office has launched its daily tax tracker. (@LAOEconTax

JUGGERNAUT: Kamala Harris raises $2.5 million for U.S. Senate run [Christopher Cadelgo @ SacBee] - "Kamala Harris, seeking to establish herself as the prohibitive front-runner in next year’s Senate contest, on Monday reported raising $2.5 million for her campaign."

IN THE RED: California lawmakers' campaign debt piled high in 2014 [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "November’s election is in the rearview mirror, but many California lawmakers and unsuccessful candidates continue to live with reminders of costly campaigns. Lawmakers reported about $3.7 million in unpaid bills and personal loans, according to state filings reviewed by The Bee."

SMOKIN' IN THE BOYS ROOM: Gavin Newsom takes risk by seeking to legalize recreational pot use [Seema Mehta @ LAT] - "Newsom, a Democrat, is the highest-ranking state official to support legalization. If an expected 2016 ballot measure to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana includes safeguards that he views as crucial, Newsom will endorse it and effectively be the public face of the effort."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Nancy Avila, Jerry Brown, Sam Chung, and Iris Obregon!





  • Join Capitol Network for its Spring Luncheon featuring Debbie Manning, the first female California State Senate Chief Sergeant-at-Arms. April 23 at 11:30am at Cal Chamber 1215 K Street, Suite 1400, California Room. Click here to register: For more info, email

  • 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



Bang Lawsuit Leads To Landmark Open Access Ruling
In an eight-page ruling Friday, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny denied the state's pleading to throw out part of the case brought by Bay Area News Group and its Southern California partners Los Angeles Newspaper Group. Both newspaper groups sued the state Senate and its leaders in July over their refusal to release portions of the appointment calendars of two indicted and suspended state senators."Judge Kenny's ruling is significant," the newspapers' attorney Duffy Carolan said Monday. "The Senate's argument in this case -- that its records and meetings were not subject to the State's constitutional right of access -- does not hold up. Going forward, the Senate and the Assembly can no longer operate under a different presumption."

Unions And L.A. Unified Reach Tentative Deal On Health Benefits
The Los Angeles school district and its employee unions have reached a multibillion-dollar tentative agreement on healthcare benefits that would run through 2018.

Another Lawsuit Challenges Teachers Unions’ Dues | Edsource
John Fensterwald @
A second group of California teachers has filed a lawsuit that’s a cousin to Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which is challenging the right of public employees’ unions to collect mandatory dues.

State Targets Illegal Water Diversions By Marijuana Growers
Ben Adler @
The drought legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last month gives the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife new authority to crack down on illegal diversions of water by marijuana growers. A state study shows those diversions are hurting the environment.

Opinion: Jerry Brown Now A Champion For Farmers | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
It was somewhat incongruous to watch Gov. Jerry Brown defend California’s farmers and their water use on national television Sunday.

Opponent Of Transgender Student Law Agrees To Pay Fine
A conservative activist from New Jersey has agreed to pay $2,400 in fines for failing to properly report $200,000 he spent on a campaign to block California's transgender students rights law.

With New Immigration Proposals, State Lawmakers Hope To Build Momentum
Melanie Mason @
Democratic lawmakers will unveil a slew of new immigration-related proposals Tuesday, including measures that would extend state-paid health coverage to those in the country illegally and offer more protection against deportation.

From Steak To Mangoes, California's Most Water-hogging Foods
With California's drought worsening, there has been a growing focus on the  amount of water needed to produce certain foods.

Kamala Harris Raises $2.5 Million For U.S. Senate Run | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
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California Labor Federation Rates State Lawmakers By How They Voted For Or Against Organized Labor
Allen Young @
The California Labor Federation on Monday released a legislative scorecard showing how the state's 120 legislators line up on union-backed bills.

Gavin Newsom Takes Risk By Seeking To Legalize Recreational Pot Use
George Skelton @
A few weeks into his first term as mayor of San Francisco in 2004, Gavin Newsom made a bold and controversial decision, ordering the city-county clerk to violate state law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Next For Steyer: Put GOP Candidates On Climate Change Hot Seat - San Francisco Chronicle
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Central Valley City Councilman To Take On Rep. Valadao In 2016 Elections
Parra, a Central Valley native and Air Force veteran, promised to be "a bold voice" for families of the 21st District and said Valadao has "consistently put politics and his own interests first."

25% water cuts nothing new to East Bay district
When Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the first-ever statewide water cuts last week, there was consternation across California, with folks everywhere wondering how they could ever chop their water use by 25 percent. “We’re already there,” said Sue Stephenson, community affairs supervisor for the Dublin San Ramon Services District, which provides water to about 159,000 customers. Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore and parts of San Ramon typically get 80 percent of their drinking water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta through the State Water Project. [...] along with long-term worries about pulling out water that’s not being replaced during the drought, there were plenty of technical concerns with relying entirely on that underground resource. “There’s water in the ground, but we can’t get it out fast enough to serve all our needs,” said Darren Greenwood, Livermore’s public works director. [...] telling water users they have to change their habits dramatically isn’t enough, especially in a suburban area where many of the homes are on large lots with plenty of water-hungry grass and landscaping. Each community gets its state allotment through the regional Zone 7 water agency, but each runs its own water department, with individual rules and pricing. The communities, along with the California Water Service Co., which serves part of Livermore, joined in a conservation advertising blitz, putting out the message: “We Are in This Together.” New swimming pools couldn’t be filled, daytime watering was limited, hosing off sidewalks and using non-recycling fountains was banned, and watering lawns and gardens was limited to once a week during the spring and twice a week during the summer, and barred entirely in winter. The Dublin water district got state permission to provide the non-potable water, already used on golf courses, road medians and public land, to individuals willing to haul it to their homes and gardens. “We increased that to eight and are adding eight more” at the agency’s wastewater treatment plant in Pleasanton. Despite the hassles of hauling water, which weighs almost 8½ pounds per gallon, residents collected more than 2 million gallons of recycled water from the agency, filling cans, jugs and barrels for their own use, Stephenson said. The city cut back watering at the parks, trucked in recycled water to the golf course and trimmed the number of team practices, games and tournaments it allowed on Pleasanton’s city fields. While area water managers were amazed by how well people cooperated to make the required reductions, they also provided a stick in the form of higher water rates or drought surcharges. Customers who didn’t cut their water use not only paid rates that could be three times as much as those paid by the bottom tier of users, but also faced fines as high as $1,000 or, at worst, having their water use restricted.

Rand Paul Set To Make Presidential Campaign Official In Kentucky Speech
Sen. Rand Paul is expected to announce a presidential bid in Louisville on Tuesday, becoming the second major candidate to formalize his plans to seek the White House in 2016.

Hollywood Joins Push For Obama's Trans-pacific Partnership Trade Deal
The U.S. entertainment industry is joining in a last-ditch push to sway wavering Democratic lawmakers to back President Obama's pro-trade agenda, as his hard-fought Pacific Rim trade deal heads to an uncertain end game.

Video: Lawmakers Cruise The Capitol On Electric Wheels | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Wealthy Scientist Tries To Rescue California's Shrinking Gop
The California Republican Party struck another new low last week when news came that its shrinking ranks now make up less than 28% of the state’s registered voters.

Cities that don't cut water use face big fines
State officials on Tuesday are expected to unveil details about how much water communities will have to conserve under Gov. Jerry Brown's mandatory savings order. Those that don't face fines.

Leas Have Hardware But Not Network Speed :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Tom Chorneau @
Researchers from the Public Policy Institute of California also found only about half of the state’s local educational agencies that will be administrating new computer-based assessments in the coming weeks expressed confidence in being able to deal with software-related challenges like the installation of secure browsers, distributing student identification codes and providing quick log-ins.

Cal State Long Beach President Jane Close Conoley In Sacramento To Lobby For More Money
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G.O.P. Senator Is Major Player in Iran Accord
Few people on Capitol Hill are more important to the White House now than Senator Bob Corker, the Republican behind a bill to force President Obama to send any deal with Iran to Congress for approval.