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THE NOONER for April 16, 2015




Sorry about yesterday's Nooner. Had two windows open creating a conflict. 

SD07 (Tri-Valley): Bloomfield spending in East Bay Senate race reported as all positive – is it? [Jim Miller @ SacBee]:

On paper, every penny of the $1 million that wealthy Southern California businessman Bill Bloomfield has spent in a hotly contested East Bay Senate race has been to support Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer, according to Bloomfield's required filings with the state.

But some of the mail showing up in 7th Senate District voters' mailboxes in recent days offers a decidedly negative image of Glazer's May 19 rival, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord. "Vote No on Susan Bonilla's Special Interest Backers. Vote No on Dirty Politics,” reads one. Another Bloomfield-funded mailer knocks Bonilla for taking per diem and raising money during the final weeks of the legislative session – “the time when deals are usually being cut."

US SENATE: Harris Senate run fueled by lawyers, Hollywood executives [Michael Finnegan @ LAT] - "Harris’ Hollywood contributors included actor Sean Penn, production mogul Norman Lear, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn, Imagine Entertainment co-founder Brian Grazer, Viacom Entertainment Group President Doug Herzog and MGM Motion Picture Group President Jonathan Glickman."

SIN AGUA: Towns, agencies flood state with complaints over water-reduction plan [Bettina Boxall and Matt Stevens] - "Their grievances are aimed at a framework the state water board unveiled last week to comply with Brown's historic April 1 order requiring a 25% cut in overall urban water use across California over the next year. The proposal assigns individual targets to more than 400 local water agencies, which have been told they will have to chop water use by anywhere from 10% to 35% or face fines of up to $10,000 a day."

ACTION: With funding in doubt, immigrant health care bill advances - "After stalling last year because of funding concerns, a scaled-back plan to expand health coverage to Californians in the country illegally passed its first Senate committee on Wednesday."

INACTION: Education Access Concerns Hold California Vaccine Bill in Committee  [Pauline Bartolone @ CPR] - "After almost four hours of public testimony and deliberation, a California Senate committee held a bill that would require almost all kids attending school to be vaccinated. The hearing drew hundreds of people to the hallways of the state Capitol building."

SAUSAGE MAKING: For California’s Powerful, Following the Law Often Means Writing It Yourself [John Myers @ KQED]

iMISTAKE: LAUSD ditching Pearson iPad program software, demanding multimillion dollar refund [Annie Gilbertson @ KPCC] - "Los Angeles Unified told Apple Inc. this week that it will not spend another dollar on the Pearson software installed on its iPads and is seeking a multimillion-dollar refund from the technology giant."

#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Bill Lackemacher and Larry Tract!




  • Join the California Museum and The California Endowment to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit, We Are All Californians, with a hosted reception on Tuesday, April 21 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. The exhibit is the first to open in the new California Unity Center Gallery, and brings emotional first-person stories of California immigrants to life through a 20-foot-high multimedia wall. The reception will feature powerful presentations highlighting the significant contributions immigrants have made in California. Please RSVP at For more information, visit

  • ASSEMBLYMEMBER DAVID HADLEY---L.A.'s only Republican in the Assembly---discusses getting elected in this exclusive interview:
    Know a current or former elected official in Southern California we should interview? Our TV program reaches California's #1 zip code for campaign contributions. Send suggestions
  • 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.
  • 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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California Legislature: Bill To Tighten Public Officials' Financial Disclosures Passes First Hurdle
Josh Richman and Jessica Calefati Staff Writers @
The Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee voted 5-0 to pass AB 10, which would tighten up the disclosure requirements for the "Form 700" economic-interest reports officials must file each year. The bill, by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, now goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

CalPERS Board Member Says His Authority Thwarted By Kamala Harris | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
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U.S. Judge Won't Remove Marijuana From Most-dangerous Drug List
A federal judge in Sacramento on Wednesday upheld the constitutionality of a 1970 federal law that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug akin to LSD and heroin.

Carly Fiorina Calls 2010 Senate Race A Model For Presidential Run
Carly Fiorina pointed to an unlikely inspiration for her potential bid for the presidency: her unsuccessful 2010 campaign to represent California in the U.S. Senate .

Boe Study On Service Taxes Sets Off Debate :: Fox&hounds
There will be plenty of time to get into the debate over service taxes. However, it should be noted that the $122.6 billion the service tax could supposedly raise is not only larger than the current General Fund budget of $113 billion, but almost $10 billion larger. In other words, a tax on services as outlined in the study could replace the General Fund revenues and get the additional $10 billion that Hertzberg is looking for while eliminating the income tax, state sales tax, and corporate tax.

Latino Leaders Call For District Based Elections -
Latinos make up 40 percent of California’s population, but just about 15 percent of the state’s mayors and city council members. A bill backed by the state’s legislative Latino caucus is seeking to make city governments more representative. It would require some cities with populations of more than 100,000 to hold district-based municipal elections, instead of at-large elections.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Completes Shift On Same-sex Marriage
In a move sure to please activists who had been frustrated by her conditional support for same-sex marriage, Hillary Rodham Clinton ’s campaign says she now wants the Supreme Court to back marriage equality as a constitutional right.

Harris Senate Run Fueled By Lawyers, Hollywood Executives
California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris reported more than 2,800 contributions to her U.S. Senate campaign in a report Wednesday that underscored her quick emergence as a top contender to succeed Democrat Barbara Boxer .

Bill to force parents to vaccinate school children stalls
SACRAMENTO — A controversial bill that would eliminate the right of parents to opt their children out of school-required vaccinations stalled in a legislative committee Wednesday after impassioned pleas from mothers who threatened to withdraw their kids from schools. Lawmakers on the Senate Education Committee pushed the vote to next week after committee chairwoman Carol Liu, D-Canada Flintridge, cautioned bill author Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, that a vote on Wednesday would likely kill the bill. SB277 would require school children to be vaccinated unless a doctor determines they should be exempt. Currently parents can send their children to school without the required vaccinations if they seek exemptions for personal beliefs, which include religious objections. The bill’s co-authors Pan, and Sen. Ben Allen, a Democrat from Santa Monica who was a school board member, said the bill is needed to ensure school children are immunized at high enough rates to ensure that those who can’t receive vaccines due to medical conditions are protected. Public health officials say immunization rates need to be at least 90 percent in order to protect those who can’t receive vaccines due to age or illness. The bill had prompted some fiery reactions among opponents, and Pan received added security in recent days after he received threatening messages on his social media pages and at his office. A hearing last week in the Senate Health Committee was delayed several times due to opponents’ interruptions and at least one person was removed from the audience. Many parents opposed to the bill said forcing them to vaccinate their children will leave them no choice but to pull their children out of school. Some of the concerns raised by several lawmakers on the committee included the debate around personal choice and what’s best for public health, as well as whether religious exemptions should be allowed. “It was frustrating, infuriating really, to think that Rhett might have to miss more school because of a vaccine-preventable illness because other families were choosing not to immunize,” Krawitt said during testimony in support of the bill.

Lending Skills Or Taking Refuge? Ex-state Lawmakers Take Capitol Jobs
After leaving the state Senate in 2013 for health reasons, and before returning to the Senate in a special election last month, Sharon Runner was kept on the Senate payroll by her Republican colleagues as an aide.

Sd7: Bonilla V. Glazer On Business Support, Taxes
By Josh Richman Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 at 2:37 pm in California State Senate, Susan Bonilla.

H-1b Visas: Immigration Debate Sparked By Record Number Of Applicants
Anxious to bump up those visa limits, a bipartisan campaign is seeking to make an exemplar of one of the record 233,000 people vying for 85,000 H-1B temporary visas: Belgian entrepreneur Pierre-Jean "PJ" Cobut. If Cobut cannot obtain a work visa before his student visa expires in June, the co-founder of Palo Alto's Echo Labs said he planned to move his health care device startup to Canada.

With Funding In Doubt, Immigrant Health Care Bill Advances | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
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Who Really Listens To L.A. Mayor's State Of The City Speech?
Mayor Eric Garcetti 's second State of the City speech Tuesday night had many of the trappings of a landmark address on public policy: an elegant setting on a university campus, a rapt crowd of reporters and guests handpicked from Los Angeles' political and business elite.

California Vaccine Bill Stalls; Will Come Back Next Week | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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California Drought: Delta Smelt Survey Tallies One Fish, Heating Up Debate Over Water Supply
In the wild, the fish is on the brink of extinction. This month, in their April trawl survey, state Fish and Wildlife scientists caught only one of the pinky-sized, politicized fish with an outsized role in California's water wars, an alarming indication of just how few smelt are left. And the drought may inflict the final blow.

Cities Criticize California Water Cuts As Unfair, Unrealistic
Representatives of urban water suppliers and advocacy groups from across the state have criticized a plan from state water regulators that would force some to cut water consumption by as much as 35% over the next year.

Small Traffic Fines Can Lead To Big Problems For Some Californians | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
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Road to 2016: How Presidential Campaigns Became Two-Year Marathons
The process is more democratic than it used to be, but rules changes have also added to the time and money needed to become president.

L.A. School District Ditches Ipad Curriculum, Seeks Refund From Apple
The Los Angeles Unified School District has canceled further plans to use expensive curriculum that was part of a $1.3-billion effort to provide iPads to every student, teacher and campus administrator. In addition, the district wants a substantial refund from Apple, maker of the iPad.

Poll: Majority of New Jersey voters think Menendez should resign
Menendez should resign, New Jersey voters say in a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

California's Drought: Why Bottled Water And Lawns Deserve Scrutiny
First, while it's true that the volume of bottled water we consume is small relative to total consumption, it is worthwhile to dig deeper into the environmental externalities. There are thousands of 18-wheel trucks moving that water 24/7. It takes about three liters of water to produce one liter of bottled water.