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THE NOONER for May 22, 2015




HAPPY FRIDAY! Sorry I've been radio silent the last few days. My beloved MacBook air decided to wipe its display and replace it with a handful of rainbow stripes. So, I finally have a new one after realizing that replacing the display was pretty much going to cost most of the price of getting a new one. 

I love Apple and am a shareholder. However, pretty much each MacBook I have had has become inoperative in about 2 years because of a failed display... I'm still off my normal emal account because I have two-factor authentication, so message me on Facebook (

Anyway, I am back and will extend all paid subscriptions and advertising placements for the missed days.

GASSY: Grand jury probes PG&E's relationship with state regulators [Jaxon Van Derbeken @ SFChron] - "A federal grand jury is probing potentially illegal ties between Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executives and regulators with the California Public Utilities Commission, The Chronicle has learned."

LET THERE BE MIGHT:  UC regents endorse Brown's funding plan, but look to lawmakers for more - "The board voted unanimously for the plan that Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano announced last week, after months of disagreement and bargaining. UC previously had sought to raise the current annual undergraduate tuition of $12,200 — not including room and board — by as much as 5% in each of the next five years, but Brown was strenuously opposed."

SD07 (Tri-Valley): Glazer’s win a big loss for unions [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Presumably, the party and unions will try to unseat Glazer when he seeks a full term next year, counting on a much-higher voter turnout. But it won’t be easy, because Glazer actually fits the district quite well, not unlike the man he replaces, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, who as a senator often chewed through the party leash."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dwayne Crenshaw, Jessica Duong, Abel Guillen! The weekend brings more #CAKEDAYS, with celebrations for Jack Hall (Saturday), Mike Young (Saturday), Rock Zierman (Saturday), Sarah Angel (Sunday), Jim Cunneen (Sunday), Jodi Hicks (Sunday), Chris Kahn (Sunday), Mike Monasmith (Sunday), and John Myers (Sunday). 

Have a great Memorial Day weekend, and don't forget to pause to remember those who fought and paid the ultimate price for this nation that we are so fortunate to live in.





  • 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:





$8.6-billion L.A. Budget To Fill 350,000 Potholes, Trim 57,000 Trees
Los Angeles lawmakers unanimously voted Thursday for a nearly $8.6 billion budget plan that would boost funding for the fire department, ramp up tree trimming, spend more on cleaning up street trash and stash more money in reserves.

UC Regents endorse Brown's funding plan, but look to lawmakers for more
The UC regents on Thursday embraced Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal, which would significantly boost funding for the 10-campus system, freeze tuition for in-state undergraduates for two years and require the university system to reform its pension plan and increase the number of transfer students...

UC Board Of Regents Considers Budget Deal
Napolitano told the Board of Regents, which met Thursday at UCSF's Mission Bay campus, that the deal to freeze tuition in exchange for more state funding resulted from "rigorous, good-faith negotiating" with Brown.

Sharon Runner Introduces Elections Bill to Save Local Dollars
Senator Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster) announced today she is authoring legislation that would save taxpayer dollars when a special election proves to be unnecessary. Senate Bill 49 would permit the Governor, at his or her discretion, to cancel a special election when only one candidate qualifies to appear on the ballot.

UC Regents Endorse Brown's Funding Plan, But Look To Lawmakers For More
The UC regents on Thursday embraced Gov. Jerry Brown 's budget proposal, which would significantly boost funding for the 10-campus system, freeze tuition for in-state undergraduates for two years and require the university system to reform its pension plan and increase the number of transfer students it enrolls.

UC Admission Logjam Concerns Board Of Regents
Josh Richman @
The board voted unanimously Thursday to endorse the deal, which staves off in-state tuition hikes for two years.

Arts Funding Boosted To $6.1m In Governor's Revised Budget
Cy Musiker @
The California Arts Council may be getting a modest bonus this fall, as well as some fiscal security.

Lawyer Accuses Auditors Of 'hatchet Job' In City Of Industry Invoice Review
Auditors hired by the City of Industry to review millions of dollars in payments to businesses owned by former Mayor David Perez and his relatives produced "a hatchet job" on the family, a lawyer for the companies wrote in a letter to the city Thursday.

Legislature Considering A Stack Of Cop-Accountability Bills
Alex Emslie @
Increasing national attention on issues of use of force, transparency and inequity in the criminal justice system hasn’t been lost on California state legislators, who are pushing dozens of bills aimed at enhancing law enforcement accountability.

Senate Republicans Call on Governor to Increase Medi-Cal Rates for California's Most Vulnerable Citizens
Senator Nguyen serves on the Senate Health Committee and Western Dental is headquartered in her 34th District.

UC Regents Urged To Finish Gun Industry Divestment
By Josh Richman Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at 3:36 pm in education, gun control.

California Politics: Labor Democrats Already On Attack Against Steve Glazer
Matthew Artz @
Glazer "claimed to be Democrat but ran a cynical campaign to appeal to Republican voters," said the party's state executive director, Shawnda Westly, in a statement fired off Tuesday evening.

Fast-track authority for Trans-Pacific Partnership advances in Senate
After a flurry of last-minute legislative wrangling, the Senate on Thursday advanced a measure that would give President Obama so-called fast-track authority to complete a pending trade pact with leading Pacific nations.

University Board OKs 8 Percent Tuition Hike For Nonresidents | The Sacramento Bee
Undergraduates from outside California and graduate students preparing for careers outside academia will pay more to attend the University of California in the fall under a revised plan approved by the 10-campus system's governing board on Thursday.

DWP Cancels Couple's $51,269.42 Water Bill, Gives $85 Credit
Oh, about that $51,000 water bill we sent you?

Supreme Court Rejects Suit Over Sacramento Kings Arena | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
Court refuses to hear appeal from arena opponents

In Heavily Catholic Ireland, Voters To Decide On Same-sex Marriage
Joe Masterson isn’t your typical gay rights activist.

Drought-ridden California Faces Decision On New Water Cuts
Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California agriculture expected to get an answer Friday on their surprise offer to give up a quarter of their water this year in exchange for being spared deeper mandatory cutbacks as California responds to the worsening drought.

Opinion: When Lobbying Becomes Vigilantism | The Sacramento Bee
Shawn Hubler @
Vaccination bill opponents get personal -- and scary

Round-up: Harris, Sanchez, Glazer & Kim K’s Butt
Bottom line on the new Merv and Mark Poll: Kamala Harris looks strong, but far from inevitable, in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.

Alleged Chief Of Phony Masonic Police Department In Court, Doesn't Enter Plea
The self-proclaimed chief of a Masonic police force who was charged by Los Angeles County prosecutors of falsely representing himself as actual law enforcement appeared in court Thursday for his arraignment but did not enter a plea.

Hillary Clinton Slips; Still Choice Of California Democrats
David Siders @
California Democrats continue to support Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly for president, but she has slipped in recent months, according to a new Field Poll.

Senate Dispute Over Nsa Data Collection Threatens To Shut Other Spy Programs
Intelligence and law enforcement officials scrambled Thursday to prepare for the possible shutdown of several programs used to track terrorism suspects in the United States, as brinkmanship in the Senate threatened to end the government’s bulk collection of domestic telephone data.