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THE NOONER for May 7, 2015




Whoops...slept in, a rarity for me! Thus, I'm going to be short today.

H2NO: Jerry Brown to water tunnels critics: 'Shut up' [David Siders and Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - "Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that critics of his twin tunnels water diversion plan should “shut up” until they spend more time studying it, defending the project and strict water conservation rules as California grapples with a fourth year of drought."

CA25 (Santa Clarita): Santa Clarita Democrat says she will challenge Rep. Stephen Knight {Jean Merl @ LAT] - " Santa Clarita business owner and local water board member Maria Gutzeit said Thursday that she will challenge Rep. Stephen Knight (R-Palmdale) in next year's election."

SHAKE, RATTLE, AND ROLL: Lots of earthquakes across California -- is there a connection? [Rosanna Xia @ LAT] - "It was an active seismic day in California, with small earthquakes rattling residents across Northern California and the Inland Empire on Wednesday morning."





  • 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
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
Aide To Kamala Harris, 2 Others Accused Of Running Rogue Police Force
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.

Poll: 2016 Pension Reform Ballot Measure Could Counteract Unions' Tax-hike Push
Steven Greenhut @
While most California political observers are focused on the ongoing political battles within the state Capitol, the biggest policy fights are coming in November 2016, as voters head to the polls during a presidential election. Various groups of the left and right are preparing a host of a ballot initiatives to put before voters.

Governor, Show Our Lawns A Little Respect
Gov. Jerry Brown apparently wants to turn California's green lawns into the dreary color that matches his name.

Hillary Clinton shifts from fundraising mode, meets Mayor Lee
Carla Marinucci @
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton took an unexpected detour from her fundraising-only schedule in San Francisco Wednesday to visit a Chinatown teahouse, where she spent an hour with Mayor Ed Lee discussing urban issues including housing and homelessness.

Panel To Consider Pay Raises For Gov. Brown, Legislators
Patrick McGreevy @
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed a Sacramento Kings executive to a state panel that will meet Monday to decide whether to give the governor and state lawmakers a pay raise.

UC Study Says Ranks Of Low-wage California Workers Growing | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
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New Study Gives More Evidence Of Obamacare Gains For Millions
As congressional Republicans move toward another vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act , new evidence was published Wednesday about the dramatic expansion of insurance coverage made possible by the law.

Open Wide: California Dentists Pony Up For State Senate Candidate - San Francisco Chronicle
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Consumers, Lenders Ask State Lawmakers To Take Sides On Proposed Payday Loan Rules
Timm Herdt @
With a colossal battle with federal regulators looming over proposed new rules governing payday loans, consumer advocates and lenders each beseeched California lawmakers on Wednesday to join their side.

Palmdale expected to agree to new voting districts in lawsuit settlement
Palmdale officials are expected to announce Wednesday evening that they have decided to settle a widely watched lawsuit alleging the city violated the California Voting Rights Act.

S.F. to boost funding on services for immigrants
San Francisco will pump an additional $2.5 million into services for immigrants over the next two years, Mayor Ed Lee will announce Thursday, as bright economic times have allowed him to increase spending for city services across the board. Lee’s budget will increase spending for immigration services to $5 million for the coming fiscal year and $5.17 million the following year. The president’s bold action on immigration set the course, and now we must follow through with the resources to provide all of our residents with hope, opportunities and the services they deserve. In addition to being a “sanctuary city” — which prohibits police from inquiring if an immigrant is in the country legally — it helps fund legal and educational services for immigrants and helps them apply for citizenship. Under the proposed budget, the city will increase spending by $1 million over two years for DreamSF, a coordinated effort to help undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children apply for relief under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative.

Cannella Bill to Protect Cities and Taxpayers from Costly Lawsuits Passes First Policy Committee
The California Senate Governance and Finance Committee passed Senate Bill 493 with a vote of 7-0.

We have a winner: 41st Annual Capitol Frog Jump Results
Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) is pleased to announce the winners of the 41st annual Capitol Frog Jump. Elected officials, legislative staffers, media and members of the public jockeyed their frogs in hopes of winning the coveted trophies.

First Draft: Hillary Clinton Puts White House in Awkward Position on Immigration
If the president had pushed his legal authority as far as it would go on immigration, does that mean that Mrs. Clinton would be violating the law if she were to go further?

Judiciary Committee Approves Life-Saving Medications in Schools
Legislation authored by Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) passed a crucial policy committee test after receiving a unanimous vote of support in the Senate Judiciary Committee. SB 738 is follow-up legislation from SB 1266, which Senator Huff successfully authored and the governor signed into law last year. SB 1266 required public schools to stock epinephrine auto injectors on campus so critically important medicine could be administered quickly and safely if a student suffered from a serious anaphylactic allergy reaction during school hours.

Craft Beer Is Now A $6.5-billion Industry In California
There are now more than 550 craft breweries operating in California and the number just keeps going up. Statistics from the California Craft Brewers Assn. illustrate just how much the industry is growing.

New Water Conservation Measures Mean Sacrifice, Fines And Lawn Removal
Steve Scauzillo @
Southern Californians face a summer of sacrifice that includes taking shorter showers, letting lawns go brown and paying water fines as local agencies begin enforcing emergency water conservation measures beginning June 1.

The players and key issues driving Britain's elections Thursday
The long campaign that culminates in Britain's national elections Thursday has been filled with drama.

Caltrans Responds To Bay Bridge Leak Concerns
Tests showed "about half the chloride levels of what would be expected in saltwater at a few locations," according to a statement released Wednesday.

Brown Lawns Loom This Summer In California - Yahoo News
More than a century later, this sprawling middle-class suburb of 175,000 people could struggle to live up to that name.

Digital Democracy | Search State Legislative Committee Hearings
"Using voice-recognition technology, Digital Democracy will let people search committee-hearing video archives by keyword, topic, speaker or date."