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THE NOONER for May 5, 2015




Aside from being Cinco de Mayo, it is the Sacramento Big Day of Giving. Here is who I plan to give to today:

The program ends at midnight, so click through and give now!

CA44 (Carson): Hermosa Beach Councilwoman Nanette Barragan (D) joins Isadore Hall (D) in the race to succeed Janice Hahn, who is running for supervisor.

SD07 (Tri-Valley): Political Data is tweeting the absentee ballot returns.

SD29 (San Gabriel/North OC): Candidates get early start for state Senate race [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "I mentioned in March that Huff district director Tim Shaw – a Republican La Habra City Council member – was in the race. Joining the fray in April was former Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang, a Democrat."

RIVERSIDE: Democrats gain ground on GOP in voter registration [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - "Republicans still hold the upper hand in Riverside County politics. But new pockets of blue are emerging on what has been a solid red map."

$$$: You Thought Only Tax Increases would be on the 2016 Ballot [Joel Fox] - "For months the assumption in Sacramento was that at least one and possibly more tax increase measures would find their way on the 2016 General Election ballot by initiative. The litany of possible tax increases just might have to move over to make room for a tax cut on the same ballot. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has filed an initiative to increase the homeowner's property tax exemption along with a comparable increase in the renter's credit."

SMOKIN'! Tobacco tax initiative proposed for California [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Stepping up pressure on the California Legislature to raise the tobacco tax, a coalition of health groups said Monday it will begin circulating petitions to put an initiative on the November 2016 ballot to hike the levy on cigarettes. "

#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Larry Levine!





  • The Center for Responsible Lending has an opening for a Policy and Government Affairs Associate/Counsel in Oakland, CA.  The associate will work with stakeholders in California and other Western states to develop and advance strategies for legislative and regulatory reform at the state level to prevent predatory lending practices.   If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please visit  If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter describing why you are a fit for this position to

  • Job Seeker, Taylor Bazley
    Soon to be alumnus of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs is seeking challenging full time opportunities for employment based out of the Los Angeles area in the sectors of electoral campaigns, non-profits, advocacy, government, consulting, labor, or business. Please email; past experience can be viewed at
  • Friends of the CCC Please support the CA Conservation Corps Foundation at the 2nd Annual “Friends of the CCC” fundraiser on May 12th, 5:30pm at the Sutter Club.  Enjoy food and cocktails, and bid on silent auction items including lunch with the State Treasurer or State Controller, a week in Mexico, a weekend on Tomales Bay and more! Tickets are $50 per person.  For more information go to or call Cindy Laubacher at (916) 771-3328.
  • Job Opening: Associate for Political Consulting Firm

    San Francisco political consulting firm, specializing in revenue measures for public agencies including, school districts, community colleges, cities and other special districts, seeks a qualified Associate to support our firm’s client services consulting team. Interested candidates: please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to
  • Vice President.  Fiona Hutton & Associates Inc., a Los Angeles-based strategic communications and public affairs firm representing corporate, trade association, government, non-profit and political clients involved in complex and often controversial issues, is expanding its team and immediately hiring a Vice President to manage the agency’s high-profile and often complex clients. More info:



Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors, Dentists And Building Trades Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Susan Bonilla (Support) $653 05/03/2015 05/04/2015
Bonilla For Senate 2015, Sponsored By Firefighters, Doctors, Dentists And Building Trades Organizations; Putting The East Bay First, A Committee To Elect Steven Glazer (Oppose) $980 05/03/2015 05/04/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $11,250 05/03/2015 05/04/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $16,271 05/01/2015 05/04/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $123,871 05/02/2015 05/04/2015
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Susan Bonilla (Oppose) $40,845 04/30/2015 05/04/2015
Tobacco Tax Initiative Proposed For California
Stepping up pressure on the California Legislature to raise the tobacco tax, a coalition of health groups said Monday it will begin circulating petitions to put an initiative on the November 2016 ballot to hike the levy on cigarettes.

California Health Care Bill For Illegal Immigrants On Hold
Tracy Seipel @
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday agreed to refer Senate Bill 4, among dozens of other bills, to the committee's suspense file. That is where bills that would cost more than $50,000 in state general funds are held until they can be reviewed against the state budget.

You Thought Only Tax Increases Would Be On The 2016 Ballot :: Fox&hounds
Preliminary estimate on the tax change could result in $2 billion back in the pockets of taxpayers. Perhaps not coincidentally, the state surplus appears to be running $2 billion or more.

Gavin Newsom Could Be Key To Pot Legalization Initiative | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Be sure to include your name, daytime phone number, address, name and phone number of legal next-of-kin, method of payment, and the name of the funeral home/crematory to contact for verification of death.

Giants add affordable housing, shorten heights in building plan
J.K. Dineen @
The San Francisco Giants’ long-planned mixed-use development across from AT&T Park will have twice as much affordable housing and significantly shorter buildings under a revised scheme that city voters will have a chance to vote on in November.

California Water-saving Targets Are All Over The Map | Science | Kqed Public Media For Northern Ca
This week local water officials and consumers around California will get the final version of new emergency drought rules ordered by Governor Jerry Brown in early April. The statewide water restrictions go into effect on June 1.

Senator Huff Presents Important Public Safety Legislation on the Senate Floor
The Senate votes unanimously to support legislation aimed at combatting human trafficking

Did Carly Fiorina's 2010 Defeat In California Leave A Lasting Lesson For 2016?
John Myers @
For a political candidate with a rough-and-tumble reputation, Carly Fiorina’s announcement of a run for the nation’s highest office was notable for its setting: The more subdued world of a network morning show.

Mayor Ed Lee unveils $1 billion transportation budget
After years of underinvestment, neglected maintenance and service cuts, things are looking up for Muni — at least financially. Mayor Ed Lee said Monday that the Municipal Transportation Agency’s budget will get a $48.1 million boost for the coming fiscal year — it will hit $1 billion for the first time. The new money, part of the proposed budget the mayor will present to the Board of Supervisors, will pay for new buses and Muni Metro cars, bike and pedestrian signal improvements, and street improvements in the South of Market, Market-Octavia, Visitacion Valley and Chinatown neighborhoods.

Dan Walker Dies At 92; Ex-illinois Governor Worked To Regain Reputation
Dan Walker, a former Illinois governor and ex-felon who sought redemption after prison, has died at 92.

Trust Issues At DWP, And City Hall
Editorial @
After a year and a half of political fights, lawsuits and protests, City Controller Ron Galperin was finally able to open the books of two nonprofit trusts associated with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and reveal, at least partially, how managers spent millions of dollars in ratepayer funds. His audit, along with a report from City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, found that the Joint Training Institute and the Joint Safety Institute did not have proper oversight or financial controls, and that they provided no real information to taxpayers or policymakers on their effectiveness or outcomes.

Giants Reliever Sergio Romo Honored At California Capitol
Jeremy B. White @
The San Francisco Giants entered Monday with a losing record, but relief pitcher Sergio Romo won plaudits from California lawmakers for his service.

Officer Charged With Disability Fraud After Ice Bucket Challenge Video
Many people drenched themselves in freezing water in the viral campaign known as the Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised money last summer for ALS research.

Marriage Plaintiffs In SF
Bob Egelko @
How does it feel to watch the nation’s highest court debate whether your home state, which you may not have chosen voluntarily, has to recognize your marriage? And to hear some of the justices ask whether recognizing same-sex marriage would also require a state to grant legal status to polygamy or the out-of-state wedding of a 12-year-old girl?

Senator Janet Nguyen's Bill that Expands Child Tax Credits for Working Families Approved by Senate Governance and Finance Committee
With the cost of child care reaching an average of $12,068 a year for one infant, Senator Nguyen acknowledges that families are struggling to afford child care, which impacts their ability to go back to work or maintain a job.

Watering Bans, Conservation Mandates On Tap For Regulators
Residents and businesses across California would be forced to slash their water use under unprecedented drought restrictions regulators will take up Tuesday.

Lawsuit Leads to New Limits on Solitary Confinement at Juvenile Prisons in Illinois
A lawsuit filed by the American Liberties Union of Illinois led to the new policy, one of several changes in the treatment of young offenders across the country.

LAUSD Chief Wants More Money, Fewer Restrictions In Letter To Governor
Thomas Himes @
The chief of California’s largest school district urged Gov. Jerry Brown to spend more money on schools, as the state prepares to finalize budget figures.

Amid Drought, State Is Poised To Adopt Emergency Water Regulations
Matt Stevens @
Following weeks of debate and multiple revisions, the state Water Resources Control Board is expected to finalize and adopt emergency regulations Tuesday designed to ensure that California makes the mandatory 25% water usage cuts ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown .

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf proposes 40 new police officers
Rachel Swan @
In her first budget since being elected on the promise that she would strengthen public safety in Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaaf is pushing a plan to boost the city’s police force by 40 sworn officers.

Carly Fiorina Failed To Register This Domain.
Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain.

Surrounding Hospitals Wonder Whether Patients Will Return To King
When the old King/Drew medical center was forced to close in 2007 after a series of treatment lapses, tens of thousands of South Los Angeles patients scrambled to find somewhere else to go.

Cal Fire Head Says Agency Moving On From Scandal
Jon Ortiz @
A year after his department was plunged into scandal, Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said Monday he’s put out a stern word to longtime employees and fresh-faced cadets alike that the embarrassing sins of the recent past are intolerable.