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THE NOONER for May 18, 2015




FAILURE TO LAUNCH: 'War cry' gaffe may deter donations to Loretta Sanchez's campaign [Michael Finnegan @LAT] - "On Sunday, Sanchez apologized at the state Democratic convention in Anaheim for tapping her hand to her mouth in imitation of an ululating Native American "war cry" in remarks to a group of party activists the day before."

RELAUCH: Steve Westly gears up to run for governor [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Now Westly, a former state controller and wealthy Silicon Valley investor, envisions the possibility that two Democrats advance from the primary election in 2018, with the more moderate candidate – him – performing best among California’s growing ranks of independent voters in a runoff.

SD07 {Tri-Valley): Steve Glazer's Moment – and California's {Joel Fox} - "Whether by choice or not, Steve Glazer, candidate for the Senate District 7 seat in tomorrow’s special election, is a symbol of change. His election could alter the face of California politics from the expected — Democratic candidates following in lock step with the party’s strongest influencers and financial backers — to electing more independent candidates."





  • 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
State's Revenue Will Be Healthy Without Prop. 30 Taxes, Gov. Jerry Brown's Finance Department Says
Jessica Calefati @
But tucked away on one of the final pages of the 104-page summary of the spending plan was a surprising revelation: Not only will the budget survive when Proposition 30's temporary taxes are phased out, but general fund revenues are also expected to continue climbing.

Child porn charges effectively end political consultantâ
For Enrique Pearce, a top-tier San Francisco political consultant facing felony charges for possession of child pornography, the rule of “innocent until proven guilty” applies only in the courtroom. “Guys like Enrique Pearce disappear from the (political) map and are never heard from again,” said Sam Singer, a public relations veteran with experience in both political work and crisis communication. Court records also show that a man police identified as Pearce had a sexually oriented online chat in which he told a Walnut Creek man that “sharing a boy with another man is really hot to me.” San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim was one of Pearce’s top clients, paying him more than $136,000 for work on her successful 2010 election campaign and her re-election effort last year. When Pearce was arrested, Kim expressed concern for the consultant, saying in an interview that he was very likely under stress caused by attacks from political opponents. When news of Pearce’s arrest came out last week, the mayor’s re-election campaign released a brief — very brief — statement. While Pearce, a 41-year-old attorney, had a long-running reputation for testing the limits of the city’s political rules, the sex charges shocked people who had worked with him. “If karma was going to catch up with him, I always thought it would be on ethical issues,” said former Supervisor Tom Ammiano, who in 1999 brought Pearce in to work as an unpaid aide in his City Hall office. “I am still reeling from these very serious charges and deeply shocked as both a mother of two teens and as a school board member,” Mendoza said in an e-mail. Pearce didn’t go out of his way to inspire loyalty, getting a reputation as a man on the make, someone willing to cut corners and do whatever it took to advance his career. Pearce, a native of Allentown, Pa., and a 1996 graduate of Northwestern University in Illinois, was working as a waiter and looking to enter law school when he first worked at City Hall, the former supervisor said. While Pearce’s association with progressive politicians like Ammiano and Gonzalez made him seem a man of the left, that perception changed abruptly when he began to work for Lee and the more moderate ballot measures sponsored by the mayor. In Kim’s 2010 campaign for supervisor, an independent expenditure committee for the candidate, funded largely by former Mayor Willie Brown, was found to be working out of Pearce’s office in violation of campaign rules. When Lee ran for mayor in 2011, there were questions about the source of the money for Pearce’s independent expenditure committees, as well as complaints about the consultant’s efforts to “help” Chinatown voters fill out their vote-by-mail ballots. [...] Pearce was accused of posting illegal campaign flyers against Supervisor David Campos, who was running against fellow Supervisor David Chiu in a 2014 race for state Assembly. [...] while politicians and power-brokers are willing to hire a consultant who may skirt campaign rules — especially if he wins — an arrest for child pornography is another thing altogether.

Tom Steyer Floats Oil Extraction Tax Amid Gas Price Spike | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
10 percent excise tax would raise about $2 billion a year

Tax Hike Made Sense During Recession, But No Longer
If Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget plan proved anything last week, it is that his 2012 tax increase should quietly fade into history as he promised.

Mayor Lee ups ante with new $500 million affordable housing plan
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will up the ante on competing affordable housing plans Monday with a new proposal to revive $500 million worth of projects that stalled when the state dissolved city redevelopment agencies in 2012. The housing crisis is the hot-button issue facing a city besieged by rapidly rising rents and home sale costs that are pushing out low- and middle-class income residents. The new plan would allow the city to finance 3,000 affordable housing units to be built by 2030 in the Mission Bay, Transbay Terminal and Hunters Point Shipyard-Candlestick Point areas. [...] Lee’s latest plan is also not set in stone because it hinges on the Legislature approving a trailer bill riding on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $115.3 billion state spending plan for the next fiscal year. Lee already introduced the $250 million housing bond for the November ballot that would help move the city toward his 2020 goal of building or rehabilitating about 15,000 units designated for people who qualify as middle class or below. According to a statement from the mayor’s office, a trailer bill that is part of Brown’s proposed budget would give San Francisco the ability to tap into a Redevelopment Property Tax Fund it established when the state dissolved redevelopment agencies throughout California in 2012 in the midst of a severe budget crisis. The plan allows the city’s office of community investment and infrastructure to issue bonds to build 1,800 units of affordable housing by 2020, 660 units by 2025 and 540 units by 2030.

'war Cry' Gaffe May Deter Donations To Loretta Sanchez's Campaign
One of the first questions to arise when Loretta Sanchez floated her name as a potential U.S. Senate candidate was whether the Orange County congresswoman's flamboyant personality might keep her from being taken seriously in a run for statewide office.

Plastic Pollution: California Lawmakers To Vote On Banning 'microbeads' From Personal Care Products
Paul Rogers @
But they are pouring by the billions into oceans, rivers and bodies of water like San Francisco Bay, scientists say, contaminating the environment and wildlife as people rinse and wash, sending the microbeads down drains and through sewage treatment plants, which aren't designed to filter them.

Women Make Up Half Of Brown's Political Appointees -
Governor Jerry Brown must fill positions on about 300 state boards and commissions.  Roughly half of his appointees are women.

California Water Officials Deliver Sobering Facts On Depleted Wells
Just a few months ago, the state's top water officials said they had reason for optimism. Rain was cascading down on California in December and water conservation passed 20%.

Brown Pension Cap May Dull UC Competitive Edge | Calpensions
In the competition for top talent, the University of California has been able to offer something increasingly rare among leading private universities: a generous lifetime pension.

Sacramento Report: Lawmakers' Laser Focus On Solar - Voice Of San Diego
Sara Libby and Lisa Halverstadt @
This bill seems like a tactical move in case de Leon’s bill fails.

Man Behind Loretta Sanchez 'war Cry' Video Raised Money For Kamala Harris
The California Democratic Convention was abuzz last night after a video circulated on social media showing U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez making a cringe-inducing gaffe just days after she announced her entrance into the U.S. Senate race.

Kamala Harris Fires Up Crowd At State Democratic Convention - Sfgate
Sanchez later said she made the gesture to try to differentiate between American Indians and people whose ancestors were from India.

Indian Americans Speak Out After Loretta Sanchez Gaffe
Rep. Loretta Sanchez brought unwelcome attention to her fledgling campaign for U.S. Senate this weekend with an ill-fated "war cry" gesture that became the talk of the state Democratic Party convention.

Washington: As California Withers, Federal Water Bill Mired In Secrecy | Environment | Mcclatchy Dc
Michael Doyle @

Opinion: Amendment Takes Baby Step To Reform County Governance | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Their functions and structure should be changed

Auditors Examining Great Park Money Have Spent $1.4 Million Themselves
The long-running effort to determine how tens of millions of dollars were spent trying to transform a retired Marine base into a sprawling municipal park has itself rocketed far past its original budget.

Healthcare Too Costly? Don't Fear Telling Your Doctor
healthcare, costs, doctors, insurance, drugs

Mixed Status Family In Different Stages Of Immigration -
We didn't have to look beyond our front door to tell this first story.

PUC may short-circuit California's fair, progressive electricity rate policy
On Wednesday, the Public Utilities Commission will vote on new rules governing how most Californians pay for electricity. The proposal overhauls the rate structure at investor-owned utilities, including Southern California Edison, a structure that was put in place in the wake of the energy crisis...

Farmers Find Ways To Grow While Saving Water |
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First Draft: An Important Announcement, About a Coming Announcement
says one political strategist, on how presidential candidates aim for more exposure and rewards by keeping their names in the lights as long as possible.

Harder For Retailers To Hire Minimum-wage Workers - San Francisco Chronicle
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