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THE NOONER for May 6, 2015




THANK YOU! 25 donors gave $4,650 to Open California/Capitol Weekly. If you didn't give yesterday, you can do it directly here. The Big Day of Giving yielded $5.6 million for 529 regional nonprofits, exceeding organizers' goal of $5 million.

UNCHECKED BAGGAGE: Aide to Kamala Harris, 2 others accused of running rogue police force [Matt Hamilton @ LAT] - "An aide to state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris and two others are accused of operating a rogue police force that claimed to exist for more than 3,000 years and have jurisdiction in 33 states and Mexico, authorities said Tuesday. "

H2NO: California needs to turn down the tap, state OKs historic cuts [Kurtis Alexander @ SFChron] - "Anticipating that California water supplies will continue to dwindle amid a fourth consecutive dry year, the new regulation commits each of the state’s 400 largest water agencies to cutbacks of 4 to 36 percent compared with what they used two years ago. Agencies that have used more water in the past face steeper targets on a nine-tier scale of reductions. Each must choose how to hit its mark."

CONTROL: Bills 'Sponsored' in Sacramento by Outside Groups Usually Become Law [John Myers and Lisa Pickoff-White @ KQED] - "In some cases, lobbyists and interest groups simply suggest an idea to a member of the Assembly or Senate; in others, they completely write the bill’s language and work behind the scenes on everything from managing media strategy to having the final say in whether their bill can be amended."

SD07 (Tri-Valley): SD7: Enter the Koch Brothers [Josh Richman @ BANG] - "The latest salvo in 7th State Senate District special election’s independent-spending war – which now totals at least about $6.23 million – comes from an out-of-state group with ties to the Koch brothers, America's favorite/most-despised conservative money men."

Spending time looking at Political Data's report on absentee ballot returns, it's shaping up to be a very competitive race, perhaps with an edge to Steve Glazer -- both by Republican turnout and geography. 

PROP 218: Repeal (Joe Mathews) | Don't Repeal [Joel Fox]

$$$: Tax credit, road repairs on budget wish list from Assembly Democrats [Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "Although the outline didn't come with specific price tags, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) said the ideas could involve spending about $1 billion more than Gov. Jerry Brown proposed earlier this year."

$$$: California tax bonanza becomes a big problem [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "There’s so much money that how to spend it is becoming a political problem. The state constitution may require that virtually all of it would go to K-12 schools and community colleges, be used to pay down debts, or be diverted into reserves. Read more here:"

#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Sheila DeBlonk and Macien Zilber!





  • 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

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    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
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $21,572 05/04/2015 05/05/2015
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Steve Glazer (Support) $38,155 04/22/2015 05/05/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $95,265 04/23/2015 05/05/2015
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Susan Bonilla (Oppose) $46,624 05/04/2015 05/05/2015
Million More Voters, Sponsored By The California Labor Federation, Afl-cio (Oppose) $38,560 05/05/2015 05/05/2015
Steamfitters Local 342 Political Action Committee Susan Bonilla (Support) $1,859 05/05/2015 05/05/2015
Hardball Politics, Big Money Set Tone In East Bay Senate Race: Forum | Kqed Public Media For Northern Ca
On May 19, East Bay voters in California's 7th State Senate District will choose a new representative. Their candidates in this special election are Orinda Mayor Stephen Glazer and State Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla -- two Democrats, whose political fate may lie in the hands of Republican voters. We'll cut through the hyperbole of this $5 million-plus race and get the candidates' takes on issues such as taxes, BART strikes and teacher tenure reform.

Bills 'Sponsored' In Sacramento By Outside Groups Usually Become Law
John Myers and Lisa Pickoff-White @
There are a lot of reasons why legislation lives or dies at the state Capitol, but one powerful reason may be whether it’s been championed — or in some cases completely written — by influential interest groups.

SD7: Enter The Koch Brothers
Josh Richman @
The latest salvo in 7th State Senate District special election’s independent-spending war – which now totals at least about $6.23 million – comes from an out-of-state group with ties to the Koch brothers, America’s favorite/most-despised conservative money men.

Some Schools Still Waiting For Internet Connection
Kimberly Beltran @
Gov. Jerry Brown has set aside $100 million in his proposed 2015-16 budget to address the issue but an Assembly subcommittee on education funding wants more specific information about what will work for these schools and how much it will cost before signing off on the spending plan.

Lawmakers Back Away From Major Changes To Prop. 47 Criminal Justice Reforms
Marisa Lagos @
Criminal justice reforms in California are always controversial. So it wasn’t a big surprise when many law enforcement groups opposed Proposition 47, a November 2014 ballot measure that reduced many lower-level crimes in California, like drug possession, from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Audit: California Government Not Planning For Retirements | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
California state government continues to struggle with plans for replenishing its aging workforce, according to a new report released Monday, chiefly because departments talk a good game but largely fail to follow through.

As Hillary Clinton Arrives In Bay Area, A Look Inside Pricey Political Fundraisers
Josh Richman @
After campaigning here with her husband, fundraising here for her Senate and 2008 presidential races, and giving paid speeches to corporate audiences, Clinton will see many familiar faces at two events scheduled for Wednesday in San Francisco; three Thursday in Los Angeles; and one more Friday in Portola Valley.

Battle of the politicians for Harvard bragging rights
Both men oversee programs that have been named finalists in Harvard’s prestigious Innovations in Government Award. San Francisco was the first city in the country to give $50 to each public school kindergarten student as seed money for a college savings account. [...] 18,630 students have received accounts, and their families have saved a cumulative $1 million. In the other corner, we have Mirkarimi and his Five Keys Charter School, a high school founded in 2003 and chartered by the San Francisco Unified School District to serve adult inmates in the county jails. “This is a huge honor made possible by our visionary and hardworking staff,” Mirkarimi said in a statement, adding that the charter school’s goal is to give inmates job skills so they don’t commit more crimes when they’re released from jail. In truth, this boxing ring is more like a pentagon because there are three more Harvard finalists from around the country. Cisneros and Mirkarimi are also competing against a Massachusetts clean energy program, a New York program to overhaul Medicaid and another program out of New York to clean up vacant land. The Innovations in Government Awards was created 30 years ago to combat the public’s pessimism and distrust in government. Three San Francisco schools got a shiny gold star from the state Tuesday, honored with 372 other California schools for creativity, innovation and excellence in teaching and learning. The Gold status was created this year to take the place — at least temporarily — of California’s Distinguished Schools award, given in large part for academic excellence (read: test scores). Schools were judged on “standards-based activities, projects, strategies and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies.” “These schools are academically successful, vibrant and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, in a statement. Karen Hadley, physical education, Claire Lilienthal K-8 Alternative School Sophie Lee, principal, Sunset Elementary School

Tax Credit, Road Repairs On Budget Wish List From Assembly Democrats
As California tax coffers burst with higher-than-expected revenue, Assembly Democrats on Tuesday detailed some of the ways they want to use the money.

California's Budget Surplus Soars To New Heights; Schools To Benefit
Jessica Calefati and Theresa Harrington @
The state's public schools will receive the bulk of that windfall under Proposition 98, and Assembly Democrats hope it's used to increase average per-pupil spending and expand access to quality child care and preschool programs, the San Diego Democrat said.

Carly Fiorina's Silicon Valley Story Could Boost Or Bust Her Presidential Bid
It's a question Fiorina, who officially launched her campaign on Monday, must carefully manage as she sells herself as the secretary who rose to CEO of a legendary tech company, the first woman to run a Fortune 20 firm, but one whose Silicon Valley experience could bust as much as boost her candidacy. With big business in California eyeing Jeb Bush, the Bay Area's libertarians leaning toward Rand Paul and progressives and women backing Hillary Clinton, it's no wonder Fiorina relocated to Virginia to make her unlikely run at the White House.

California Lawmakers Stall Roadside Test For Drugged Drivers | The Sacramento Bee
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They Can't Vote, But Undocumented Immigrants Are California's Newest Political Force
In California, undocumented immigrants have political clout.

S.F. supes back music venues against noise complaints
The Board of Supervisors passed legislation Tuesday aimed at protecting music venues from lawsuits. The measure, introduced in December by Board of Supervisors President London Breed, prohibits neighbors of music venues from suing them as a nuisance if the club is operating within the constraints of its entertainment permit. At Tuesday’s meeting, he introduced legislation to extend the city’s film rebate program for an additional four years, and to raise the cap from $3 million to $4 million. Under the legislation, whenever a landlord offers a tenant a buyout or issues an eviction notice, the Mayor’s Office of Housing would be notified as would the supervisor in that district. The idea is that tenants would then automatically receive information about what resources are available to them, including free legal counsel and accessing a loan from the city to buy their home. More than three years after it was ousted from Piers 27-29 to make way for a cruise ship terminal, Teatro ZinZanni, the theater with a mix of acrobatics, comedy, music and audience participation, is on its way to having a new home on a parking lot where Broadway meets the Embarcadero. Supervisors approved a “sole source” agreement with the Port Commission, which allows the port to negotiate a deal for the land without going through a broader request for proposals from other parties.

Head Of DWP Apologizes To Mayor Garcetti For Criticizing Audit Of Nonprofits
Peter Jamison @
The head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power offered an unusual public apology to Mayor Eric Garcetti and other officials Tuesday, saying her comments assailing an audit of two controversial nonprofit groups linked to the city-owned utility were “not appropriate.”

Kentucky governor candidate denies abuse allegations
The Kentucky gubernatorial candidate was responding to a story in which a woman Comer dated in college accused him of physical and mental abuse during their relationship.

Search Is On For Those Who Contaminated Water In Sea Lion Rehab Center
Aid groups have already been scrambling to keep up  with injured or sick sea lions washing ashore. Now, police say, even the waters of an Orange County treatment center are threatened. 

Bill Would Let Suds Flow On California Bike Buses | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
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Stanford's Jon Krosnick: On Climate Change, Most Americans Want Action
Another presidential election, another chance for Republican candidates to step out of the denial zone and deal with climate change. That would put them on the same side as a large majority of Americans, if you ask Jon A. Krosnick. He's a Stanford University professor who directs the Political Psychology Research Group there, and his two decades of asking Americans about climate change has turned up consistent support for action to rein in global warming. Yet somehow, whatever the temperature of the planet, the debate on this topic manages to stay hot.

Lawsuit alleges wage theft at Tom Steyer's hedge fund
Farallon Capital Management, the multi-billion dollar hedge fund founded by Tom Steyer, has allegedly failed to pay an employee overtime during Steyer's tenure as head of the company. That's according to a lawsuit filed last November by a former employee of Farallon Capital.

Regulators: California Fell Far Short Of Water-saving Target | The Sacramento Bee
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Laws On Junk Food In Schools Fail To Help Poor Fight Obesity, Study Says
Since state laws made it harder for California elementary school kids to get their hands on sugary drinks and junk food snacks on campus, researchers found, students’ risk of becoming overweight or obese fell slightly — but mostly if they came from higher-income neighborhoods.