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THE NOONER for April 9, 2015




CA24 (Santa Barbara): Apologies to my wonderful subscribers, as I was waiting for confirmation about Lois Capps retirement plans and missed the early distribution. Anyway, it looks as if it's Helene Schneider (D-Santa Barbara) Laura Capps (D-Santa Barbara), Katcho Achadjian (R-Arroyo Grande) and Justin Fareed (R-Santa Barbara) running to succeed the 17-year congresswoman. Other possible candidates include Salud Carbahal (D-Santa Barbara) supervisor and Chris Mitchum (R-Santa Barbara). Assemblymember Das Williams will likely make a decision based on what Carbahal does, as the termed-out Assemblymember is in a holding pattern pending a vacancy in Hannah Beth Jackson's State Senate seat.

JOB HUNTING: Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff is announcing today that he'll run to succeed Mike Antonovich next year for the LA County Board of Supervisors.

MONEY MATTERS: As the May revision approaches, California Forward has a new report on financing California's future.

JACKALOPE: Extending Prop 30 by Camouflage [Joel Fox] - "Those who would support such an effort would probably have us believe we are not looking at a jackrabbit but we see a jackalope–a mythical figure that belongs in the same league as a another seemingly mythical figure– a temporary tax."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Gregory "Flap" Cole, Nicole Fossier, and Andy Katz!



  • Harbage Consulting, a health policy consulting firm with expertise in public programs and delivery system reform, is seeking a Communiations Coordinator for its Sacramento office. [more info]
  • 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:
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Teachers Sue To Join Union Without Paying For Political Activities
An advocacy group has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop teachers unions in California from using member dues for political purposes unless individual instructors provide their permission.

Plan To Eliminate UC Tuition Hike Wins Unanimous Approval From Senate Committee
Jessica Calefati @
But the Legislature has plans of its own, and a proposal sponsored by the state Senate's top Democrat won unanimous approval Wednesday from the Senate Higher Education Committee.

'enhanced' Driver's Licenses, Clean Cars Among Latino Lawmakers' Top Bills
Latino lawmakers, who have increasingly flexed their muscle as a voting bloc in the Capitol, released their list of priority bills Wednesday, including efforts to increase voter registration and promote clean energy.

CalPERS State Worker Rate Increase: $487 Million | Calpensions
Actuaries recommend a $487.2 million annual increase in state payments to CalPERS in the new fiscal year that begins in July, an increase for state worker pensions of about 10 percent to $4.9 billion.

State Senator Pushes Bill To Reduce Driver's License Suspensions
A state senator proposed legislation Wednesday that would reduce the number of driver's license suspensions incurred for unpaid traffic citations that do not affect public safety, after  a report found that low-income Californians are being driven further into poverty by the practice. 

No More Nice Guy: California Naming, Shaming Water Wasters | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Barbs Over Developer Money Heat Up L.A. City Council Race
Frustration with development continues to loom large in a race to represent a Los Angeles council district that stretches from Sherman Oaks to the Miracle Mile, as one candidate pledged to swear off campaign money from developers and another pointed out her rival recently sold property to a developer.

Clean Energy Is Among Priorities As Latino Lawmakers Broaden Focus Of Bills
Latino lawmakers, who have increasingly flexed their muscle as a voting bloc in the Capitol, endorsed a slate of proposals Wednesday that includes efforts to increase voter registration and promote clean energy.

California Board Approves Emergency Drought Rules For Toilets, Faucets Sold After Jan. 1 | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Hundreds Protest Vaccine Exemptions Ban In San Diego | Kpbs
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Protesters in San Diego took to the streets Wednesday to voice their opposition to Senate Bill 277, a proposal to remove personal belief exemptions for childhood vaccinations.

Launching of Hillary Clinton campaign presents challenges for her team
The places where presidential campaigns kick off are almost always laden with symbolism, and for most candidates it is welcome.

New Water Restrictions For San Diego |
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Garcetti Pushing L.A. Residents To Conserve More Water
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday will announce a new "water conservation engagement campaign" as he presses residents to use less water amid California's worsening drought.

California drought: Toilets, faucets sold in â
SACRAMENTO — Toilets and faucets sold in California starting next year will have to meet low-flow efficiency standards set by the state under emergency drought regulations approved Wednesday. “In the face of California’s current drought, we must use water as efficiently as possible and updating minimum standards for toilets, urinals and faucets is a step in that direction,” said Commissioner Andrew McAllister of the Energy Commission in a statement. The commission approved the standards — which apply to toilets and faucets sold and used in residential homes and public bathrooms. Brown met with agricultural, environmental and urban water agency leaders Wednesday to discuss the mandatory water reductions, which will be finalized by the State Water Resources and Control Board next month. Brown opened the final few minutes of the drought meeting to the media and said collaboration is key to addressing the challenges of the drought. Places like San Francisco, which already consume relatively low amounts of water on a per capita basis, would likely have to make smaller cutbacks under the proposed sliding scale of 10-to-35 percent. The San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Monterey water agencies could face a 10 percent cutback under the proposal being weighed by the state water board. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has already reduced water use by 7 to 8 percent compared with 2013, meaning under the current proposal, the agency might have to reduce use by an additional 2 to 3 percent. Steve Ritchie, assistant general manager of water for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, said even a 2 to 3 percent reduction wouldn’t be easy given that the low-hanging fruit is already gone. Ritchie, who attended Wednesday’s meetings with Brown in the state Capitol, said urban water agencies seemed to be on board with Brown’s conservation mandates. The East Bay Municipal Utility District will vote Tuesday on whether to declare a stage-four drought emergency and trigger more outdoor water restrictions, pursue drought surcharges and begin a public hearing process on penalties for excessive use, which, in extreme cases, could result in the agency turning off the water of repeat water wasters, said agency spokeswoman Abby Figueroa.

Parole In 'barbaric' California Murder Opposed By Victim's Family, Lawmakers
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David Weidert was sentenced to life in prison for beating, stabbing and strangling 20-year-old Fresno-area resident Michael Morganti in 1980 to hide a $500 burglary.

Teachers Unions: Wanting The Perks Of Membership Without The Politics
If you're a public school teacher and you pay your union dues, you get to enjoy whatever salary deal the union negotiates for you.

Less Water For Oregon-california Border Farms Amid Drought | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Democratic Immigrant Protection Bills Don't Solve Poverty Problem :: Fox&hounds
Legislative Democrats heralded a package of bills they purport to aid and protect undocumented immigrants. Acknowledging the humanitarian concern behind the package, the plan will do little to help immigrants achieve the American Dream if something isn’t done to provide middle class jobs. Without them, many immigrants here and those attracted by California ‘s largesse are subject to a life of poverty.