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THE NOONER for May 14, 2015




MAY REVISION DAY! By the time you read this, the governor is expected tp have revealed his revised budget propsal. How much of the surge of state revenues will he recognize? Details should be available here.

AND, WE HAVE THE ADVANCED LEAKAGE... Gov. Jerry Brown wants tax credit for poor in California's budget [Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "The change would keep more money in the pockets of 825,000 families and reduce the state’s revenue by $380 million, according to administration estimates."

LET THERE BE SLIGHT: California legislators blast UC over financial aid for out-of-state students [Alexie Kosoff @ SacBee] - "Lawmakers slammed the University of California on Wednesday for spending $32 million last year to provide financial aid to out-of-state and international students."





  • California League of Bond Oversight Committees (CaLBOC): Fourth Annual CaLBOC Statewide Conference "Value in a Changing World" – Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 9:30 – 3 PM in Downtown Sacramento at the California Chamber of Commerce – Speakers include Michael Cohen, Director of the California Department of Finance, Don Mullinax, Certified Fraud Examiner and prior Inspector General of LAUSD and Mac Taylor, California Legislative Analyst.  More information and registration available here
  • 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) $47,465 05/09/2015 05/10/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $31,149 05/08/2015 05/09/2015
Independent Womens Voice Susan Bonilla (Oppose) $2,900 05/09/2015 05/09/2015
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Steven Glazer (Support) $31,398 05/07/2015 05/08/2015
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) $3,000 05/08/2015 05/08/2015
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) $3,000 05/08/2015 05/08/2015
California Republican Party Luis Chavez (Oppose) $14,969 10/29/2014 05/08/2015
California Republican Party Luis Chavez (Oppose) $26,278 10/24/2014 05/08/2015
California Republican Party Tony Mendoza (Oppose) $30,210 10/24/2014 05/08/2015
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Steve Glazer (Support) $687 05/08/2015 05/08/2015
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Susan Bonilla (Oppose) $10,000 05/09/2015 05/08/2015
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Susan Bonilla (Oppose) $5,000 05/08/2015 05/08/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $11,763 05/07/2015 05/08/2015
Glazer For Senate 2015 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Working Families Opposing Susan Bonilla (Support) $90,000 05/08/2015 05/08/2015
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Susan Bonilla (Oppose) $86,794 05/07/2015 05/08/2015
California Legislators Blast UC Over Financial Aid For Out-of-state Students | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Frustration ran high at budget hearing as lawmakers questioned UC priorities

Oakland to halt school suspensions for willful defiance
Mouthing off in class or failing to follow a teacher’s instructions will no longer lead to suspension in Oakland schools, a ban that will be phased in and be fully in effect just over a year from now, the school board unanimously decided Wednesday night. Oakland Unified will become one of a handful of California school districts that restrict suspensions to more serious offenses and eliminate the punishment for willful defiance — a broad category of misbehavior that includes minor offenses such as refusing to take a hat off or ignoring teacher requests to stop texting and more severe incidents like swearing at a teacher or storming out of class. Oakland has been criticized for the disproportionate suspensions, leading to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights and a 2012 voluntary agreement that required the district to employ a range of practices that reduced suspensions. Among them are the district’s Manhood Development classes for African American males as well as restorative justice, which requires victims and offenders to talk about the behavior and ways to address it. Willful defiance suspensions for African American students in Oakland declined from 1,050 incidents in 2011 to 630 in 2014, according to district officials. Community activists from the Black Organizing Project, Public Counsel and Californians for Justice, among others, applauded the school board vote, but said more was needed to address the needs of disadvantaged students in the district. Members of those organizations urged the district to pour at least $2.3 million into alternative discipline programs, including Manhood Development and restorative justice, which Superintendent Antwan Wilson vowed to include in his budget for the 2015-16 school year.

Kamala Harris should be made to work for her Senate election
It's starting to look as if the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer in 2016 will be more of an anointment of Kamala D. Harris than an election. The list of prominent Democrats who won't be running keeps getting longer.

In L.A. Unified Races, There's One Issue Where Charter Schools And Teachers Union Agree
Charter-school backers and the teachers union are on opposite sides in next week's Los Angeles school board elections. But both sides view the school district's ill-fated and expensive effort to provide iPads to all students as key to victory.

University Tuition Back In Spotlight As Gov. Brown Gets Ready To Revise His Budget - And There's An Extra $4 Billion In It - The Orange County Register
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Education Spending And Student Academic Achievement Results :: Fox&hounds
Leaders in high performing schools say the difference between a high performing school and their not as high performing peers is that officials can tell you exactly what they would do with additional resources and what the desired outcome would be for their students.

Gov. Jerry Brown set to announce new budget proposal
Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to unveil his revised budget proposal on Thursday morning in the Capitol.

Despite Cutbacks, Sacramento Valley Ponders Big Water Sale In Drought | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese @
Area cities, rural districts in talks to sell water south of Delta

Kamala Harris May Be The Luckiest Politician In California - Sfgate

Gov. Jerry Brown Wants Tax Credit For Poor In California's Budget
Gov. Jerry Brown , who has faced criticism for not doing more to combat persistent poverty in California, will include a new tax credit for the state's poorest families in his revised budget plan Thursday.

Gov. Jerry Brown wants tax credit for poor in California's budget
Gov. Jerry Brown, who has faced criticism for not doing more to combat persistent poverty in California, will include a new tax credit for the state's poorest families in his revised budget plan Thursday.

Opinion: An Orgy Of Spending | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
A $10 million campaign for a $100,000-a-year job

Carson Mayor Accused By Daughter Of Mervyn Dymally Of Sexual Harassment
The daughter of late politician Mervyn M. Dymally has accused the mayor of Carson of sexually assaulting her in a Washington, D.C., hotel room and subjecting her to sexual harassment while both served on the board of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Brown Unveils New Budget Proposal; Schools Are Among The Winners
Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his revised $169-billion state budget proposal on Thursday morning, with public schools among the biggest beneficiaries from an increase in state revenue triggered by California’s rebounding economy.

California Had Strong Job-growth Recovery, But Still Trailed Texas | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
California roared out of recession

Archive Stories Politics And Government - The Orange County Register

O.C. Judge Under Threat Of Recall For Child Molester Sentence Fires Back
An Orange County judge who is being threatened with recall for giving a child molester a lenient prison sentence contends he is a respected jurist who is the victim of a "misleading" campaign.

U.S. Senate Race Drama Could Dominate State Dem Convention - Sfgate
Even before California

As Delta Smelt Nears Extinction, New Concerns Emerge Over Dredging | Science | Kqed Public Media For Northern Ca
On Wednesday, regulators with the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board will vote on whether dredgers must use different equipment in some channels to avoid killing threatened fish.

Senate Republican Leader Condemns Discrimination Against Asian Americans
SACRAMENTO: Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) is lending his support and legislative efforts to put an end to what appears to be continuous and systemic discrimination directed against Asian-Americans by certain Ivy League Universities. He will take part in a news conference scheduled for this Friday in Irvine to announce his support for an administrative complaint to be filed against Harvard University regarding its discriminatory admission practices against Asian American applicants.

Amid Slower Growth, California's Obamacare Exchange Cuts Proposed Spending
After using most of $1 billion in federal start-up money, California's Obamacare exchange is preparing to go on a diet.

No UC Tuition Hikes For Californians As Brown Offers More Funds
California students at the University of California are getting a two-year reprieve from threatened tuition increases as a result of a large infusion of new state funds to the 10-campus university system in Gov. Jerry Brown ’s proposed spending plan, UC officials said.