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THE NOONER for May 19, 2015





SD07 (Tri-Valley):  Today is the runoff between Susan Bollia at Steve Glazer in the high-stakes (and very expensive) Tri-Valley Senate race.

POLL POSITION: Poll: Large majority of Californians support water restrictions amid drought [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Nearly two-thirds of Californians support mandatory water restrictions ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown amid the state’s historic drought, though many fear it will be hard to cut back and think farmers can do more to conserve, according to a new Field Poll."

MONEY MATTERS: Analyst predicts California revenue will exceed revised budget estimate by $3 billion [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "The Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst has issued a far more optimistic view of California’s tax revenue picture than Gov. Jerry Brown, predicting the state next year will take in $3.1 billion more than the $113.3 billion the Brown administration estimated in its revised budget proposal last week."

HIKE? L.A. lawmakers poised to vote on hiking minimum wage to $15 [Emily Alpert Reyes @ LAT] - "If they press forward with that plan, the city could soon join Seattle, San Francisco and other West Coast cities that have boosted wages as part of a national campaign led by labor and community groups to reduce poverty, even as business groups argue the strategy will backfire as employers slash jobs."

$$$San Bernardino's bankruptcy plan favors CalPERS [Paloma Esquivel and Joe Mozingo @ LAT] - "The city will pay every penny of the almost $50 million it owes to the California Public Employee Retirement System, known as CalPERS, if a federal judge approves the plan."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sarah Kiesling, Aaron Skaggs, and Don Wilcox!





  • 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:





Gavin Newsom Faults Insufficient Outreach To Faculty In Push For Online Education | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Gavin Newsom says proponents of online education failed to sufficiently involve faculty

Compton Unified Sued For Allegedly Failing To Address Trauma-affected Students
In a groundbreaking effort to address a key underlying cause of poor academic performance, students who have suffered from violence and other trauma are suing the Compton Unified School District for allegedly failing to address their problems and provide an appropriate education, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Monday.

New Forecast Shows Slight Increase In State Revenues
With just over a week left in the Legislature's current special session, lawmakers received an early revenue forecast Monday that shows they have a little more money to work with during their extended budget negotiations.

Budget Would Fund Early Interventions For Special Ed Children | Edsource
The Statewide Special Education Task Force, which toiled for more than a year before producing a 220-page report in March, was recognized in Gov. Jerry Brown’s May revised budget with $60.1 million in proposed funding for several of its recommendations, most prominently increasing access to early interventions for children with special needs.

Loretta Sanchez's Unbridled Personal Style Cuts Both Ways As She Campaigns For U.S. Senate
Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s colorful, freewheeling persona shows no signs of being watered down for her U.S. Senate race, as she demonstrated at last weekend’s state Democratic convention in Anaheim.

Gov. Jerry Brown Is Expected To Sign New Climate Change Agreement
Chris Megerian @
Gov. Jerry Brown will sign a new climate change agreement with "government leaders from around the world" on Tuesday, his office announced.

Usda: Forest Health Can Improve Water Supply -
USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie says controlled burns and forest thinning are imperative as California deals with drought and an increased threat of wildfires.

Advocates For California's Poor Disappointed With Governor's Budget
Southern California Public Radio @
California Gov. Jerry Brown has faced criticism he's not doing enough for California's poor. Max Whittaker/Getty Images

Assembly Bill Would Require Hearings On Police Military Gear | The Sacramento Bee
California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.

California drought: People support water conservation, in theory
Kurtis Alexander @
Californians widely support Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for mandatory water cuts amid the deepening drought, according to a new poll of state residents — but many don’t know if they can pitch in.

Daniel Borenstein: Schaaf Budget Strategy For Oakland Lacks Cuts To Balance Planned Tax Increases
Schaaf campaigned in part as someone who would improve communications from the mayor's office and address the city's debt obligations. So far, she is succeeding on the first point, but has a way to go on the latter.

USDA Allocates $21 Million To Help Farmers, Ranchers Battle Drought
Matt Stevens @
A branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide $21 million to help farmers and ranchers in California and other states install new irrigation systems, plant cover crops and implement other water conservation practices, officials said Monday.

Analysts See $1.1 Billion More Available For Spending
The battle lines in the annual tug-of-war over the state budget became clear on Monday evening, when legislative analysts said there would be $1.1 billion more revenue available for discretionary spending than Gov. Jerry Brown has estimated.

Cap And Trade Money Hits Rooftops
Amy Quinton @
California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget revisions include spending more than $2 billion dollars from the state’s cap and trade program. But money from the greenhouse gas reduction program is already helping some homeowners this fiscal year.

Low Voter Turnout Could Give Teachers Union-Backed Candidates Edge In LAUSD Election
Thomas Himes @
A low voter turnout today could give an edge to the teachers union as it vies for majority support on the Los Angeles Unified school board.

San Diego committee unveils plans for $1.1-billion NFL stadium
In hopes of persuading the Chargers to stay in San Diego, a mayoral committee Monday proposed a financial plan for building an approximately $1.1-billion NFL stadium -- a plan that includes major public contributions but not a tax increase.

Supreme Court Rules on a Police Shooting, State Taxes and Prisonersâ
The justices sided with two San Francisco officers who in 2008 shot a mentally ill woman, and tightened rules allowing prisoners to file lawsuits without paying filing fees.

Clinton says she'd make Supreme Court picks aimed at campaign finance reform
an overhaul of the rapidly evolving campaign finance system that is giving extremely wealthy donors ever more say in presidential...