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THE NOONER for April 17, 2015




AURAL PLEASURE: John, Marisa, and Anthony tickle our ears.

HALF FULL: Facing resistance, Gov. Jerry Brown defends order to cut water use [Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "From everything I can see here, it's attainable," Brown said. "Maybe we can do more. Maybe we have to do it differently. We don't do it all in one day."

NUTS! California almond growers to expand orchards, despite drought [Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - "California's almond farmers are likely to continue planting new orchards in the coming years, increasing production by 2 percent to 3.5 percent a year over the next decade, one of the state's leading farm economists said Thursday.

ACTION/REACTION: After small victory, Gray pulled from water committee [Garth Stapely @ Modbee] - "Adam Gray on Wednesday was booted off the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, one day after an unlikely victory when the committee narrowly approved his legislation aimed at protecting communities near the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers."

HELP WANTED: Lending skills or taking refuge? Ex-state lawmakers take Capitol jobs [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT]

SANDY EGGO: San Diego housing market surges [Jonathan Horn @ UTSD]- "Last month, 3,467 real-estate transactions closed in the county, a 13.4 percent jump from March 2014, real estate tracker CoreLogic reported Thursday. It was the biggest annual increase in sales since they rose more than 19 percent from July 2012 to July 2013. The housing market's momentum pushed the county's median sales price up 6.8 percent over the year to $456,000."

TAKE IT SLOW: Don't Rush to Make New Law [Joel Fox]

#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Matt Haney, Jerry HillJonathan Howard, and Nicole Nabulsi!




  • 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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Some say they'll get soaked by state's big water cutbacks
Kurtis Alexander @
Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for mandatory water reductions is not sitting well with some Californians, particularly those in the crosshairs of a sweeping plan to make the state’s biggest guzzling communities trim the most.

UC Chief Janet Napolitano Recalls Immigrant Roots, Urges Funding Increase
Speaking to a group of fellow Italian American lawyers and judges, University of California President Janet Napolitano this week recounted her own family’s modest immigrant roots and urged Californians to help increase funding higher education so that subsequent and future waves of families can enter the middle class.

Chronicle Watch: Send us your tips about Bay Area water wasters
With a fourth year of drought looming, the state has imposed a handful of restrictions on water use, and many communities have adopted additional conservation rules of their own. Under state regulations, residents face several outdoor watering constraints. Should you see a clear and persistent violation, or just a common-sense abuse of water — particularly by a government agency or business that ought to know better — send an e-mail us about the case, preferably with a photograph, to

Doughnut shop owners, developer face campaign-money laundering fines
A Southern California developer and the owners of a Boyle Heights doughnut shop face a combined $90,000 in fines from the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission after acknowledging they improperly funneled contributions to Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar's reelection campaign several years...

House Votes to Repeal Estate Tax
s wealthiest families.

Delay in alerting S.F. police brass about texts could hurt case
A decision by a San Francisco police bureau more than two years ago to shield Police Chief Greg Suhr and other top officials from officers’ racist and homophobic texts wasn’t required by a federal court order, a copy of the order shows. The order, which a federal judge issued in March 2012 after the indictment of three city police officers, prohibited the officers’ lawyers from disclosing certain information in their case, but did not mention the Police Department, phone records or text messages. Suhr reiterated Thursday that he and other Police Department administrators had been denied access to the explosive messages until recently — if not by a court order, then by the federal prosecutor’s office. Federal prosecutors disclosed the texts in a court filing after the convictions in December of two now-dismissed officers, Edmond Robles and Sgt. Ian Furminger, on charges of stealing money and property from drug dealers and crime scenes. The attorney, Ashley Worsham, said Internal Affairs was conducting its own criminal investigation at the time, and kept the messages confidential “to protect the integrity of the criminal process and insure that no criminal investigation and criminal prosecution was compromised.” Asked last week why the Police Department hadn’t acted sooner, the chief said a “federal protective order” had prohibited the Internal Affairs Division from discussing the texts with the rest of the department during the criminal prosecution. The protective order in the criminal case was issued March 12, 2014, a month after a federal grand jury had indicted Robles, Furminger and former Officer Reynaldo Vargas, who later pleaded guilty and testified for the prosecution. The order, signed by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer at the request of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag’s office and lawyers for the three officers, prohibited either side in the case from releasing documents that contained personal identifying information “such as Social Security numbers, employment data, addresses, telephone numbers and birth dates,” and “highly sensitive information such as the identities of confidential informants.” “If the Police Department had started to take administrative action while the criminal case was going (on) and that would have tipped the scales away from the criminal case where the officers were convicted, the suggestion would have been that the Police Department, either on purpose or through bungling, jeopardized the criminal case,” Suhr said. Adachi argues that defense lawyers in cases involving the text-messaging officers were entitled to see the messages as soon as the Internal Affairs Division obtained them, and that their non-disclosure could invalidate many criminal convictions.

For Jeb Bush the Businessman, Lawsuits and Bad Publicity
s nomination for president.

Washington state auditor indicted on 10 federal counts
A federal grand jury has indicted Washington state Auditor Troy X. Kelley on 10 counts, including charges that he filed false tax returns, obstructed a civil lawsuit and possessed stolen property, officials announced Thursday.

Florida Governor to Sue Obama Administration Over Medicaid Expansion
The governor of Florida, Rick Scott, says he plans to sue the federal government for using coercive tactics to get the state to expand Medicaid, a major part of the Affordable Care Act.

House quietly passes tax cut for megadonors
Major contributors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer would get a break on gift taxes to secretive non-profit groups.

Rancor Worsens Over Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch
Senate rancor over Lynch nomination for AG is only getting worse