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THE NOONER for July 8, 2015







KEEP FEEL VACCINATION: Lawmakers warned about death threat tied to passage of vaccine bill [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT]:

The California Highway Patrol sent a bulletin to security officials in the Senate and Assembly about the felony vandalism arrest of Marlon Andrino, 28, of Ontario. He was arrested July 2 in Beverly Hills and released on $80,000 bail, according to a report by the Beverly Hills Police Department.

Andrino allegedly used spray paint to write "4 Every Kid Afflicted A Public Figure Will Die, SB 277," at West Hollywood City Hall, the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and 10 Freeway walls in East Los Angeles and Baldwin Park, according to a memo forwarded by Assembly administrator Debra Gravert.

DISCLOSED: Sacramento city documents detail Kevin Johnson's involvement in black mayors' group "More than 6,100 pages of emails and 16 documents obtained by The Sacramento Bee through the Public Records Act outline years of involvement by Johnson's staff of paid employees and volunteers to cement Johnson’s leadership of the National Conference of Black Mayors and gain clout in Washington, D.C., in one of the most vivid examples of the mayor’s ambitions."

SHRIMP BOY: Raymond ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow won’t take plea deal, his lawyer says [Bob Egelko @ SFChron]:

As many as half of the eight defendants scheduled for trial in November in a Chinatown racketeering case will take a plea deal with prosecutors, but former gang leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow won’t be one of them, Chow’s lawyer said Tuesday.

Chow "will not even consider pleading and ... will testify on his own behalf," attorney Tony Serra said after a hearing in San Francisco federal court.

Although some lawyers have indicated they will argue that their clients were entrapped into wrongdoing by undercover agents, Serra said Chow would not claim entrapment because "he did nothing wrong."

We'll see what the jury has to say . . .


COMATOSE: California assisted death bill appears finished for the year [Alexei Koseff and Jaremy B. White @ Sacbee] - "With votes lining up against the measure, California's controversial assisted death bill was pulled from the Assembly Health Committee schedule Tuesday for the second time in two weeks and appears done for the year."

DISNEYGATE: Anaheim City Council votes 3-2 to extend gate-tax ban for Disneyland for 30 years [Art Marroquin @ OCR] - "After 5 1/2 hours of public comments and debate, the City Council voted 3-2 just after 1 a.m. to approve the deal, which requires Disney to begin construction by the end of 2017 and complete the theme park expansion within seven years."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Consumer Attorneys Lee-Ann Tratten!



  • Planned Parenthood of Northern California (PPNorCal) is currently seeking a full-time Development/Grant Writer at the Concord Administrative Office.  Responsibilities include developing language for multiple fundraising purposes including grant proposals, stewardship reports, appeal letters, newsletter articles and sponsorship packages. Additional duties include managing proposal submissions and maintaining accurate institutional funder records in Raisers' Edge.   We are also seeking a full-time Development Coordinator who will contribute to the efficiency of the organization’s fundraising activities by providing high level administrative support with an emphasis on coordination of Special Events logistics. Visit us at for job details or submit resumes directly to

  • The California Craft Brewers Association is seeking candidates for the open position of Association Assistant. This positions is a great opportunity to engage with and support the craft beer community. If you’re interested, please contact Scott Marks at

  • "Understanding Californias Voter Turnout Crisis" The Leadership California Institute is hosting a forum on Thursday, July 9th, at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento. This forum will convene key opinion leaders and experts across the state to discuss the root causes and address potential solutions to the 20 year downward trend in voter turnout. Registration is free and lunch will be provided at no cost. For a full list of speakers and to register:
  • Office Space for Rent
    Quiet location two blocks away from Capitol.  Share space with a professional services firm.  Up to three offices in six-office suite (2,300 sqft).  Conference room, copy/printer room, reception, kitchenette, janitorial, parking.  Terms are negotiable. 1510 14th Street, Sacramento. (916) 444-7158.

  • LEARN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS and BEST PRACTICES FOR EFFECTIVE LOBBYING. Capitol veteran Ray LeBov's "Lobbying 101" / "Lobbying 201" seminars cover Legislative, Budget, Executive Branch and Regulatory Agency advocacy plus Media Relations. July 30-31, $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / staff, organizations / agencies that employ lobbyists, newcomers to the profession. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • Energy Efficiency Program Manager (Electricity Markets and Policy Group)
    This position interacts with research scientists, project team members, and external customers to achieve program success. The position requires general knowledge of program management principles and skills, such as program planning, budgeting, and scheduling and computer-based spreadsheet and report generation tools to perform the work.

    To Apply:

    Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Click here to view the poster:Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.
  • ASSEMBLYMEMBER MATT DABABNEH discusses chairing the powerful Assembly banking committee in this exclusive interview:
    California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee is seeking a Manager to assist with expanding the business and programs of its for-profit video production studio, FireStar Studios. The Manager will oversee the daily operations of the Studio, manage production and administrative staff, identify and market new business and oversee client estimates, billings and cash flow.

    Qualifications: bachelor's degree; outstanding written and oral communication and organizational skills; creativity and ability to positively lead under tight deadlines.  To learn more about the position visit our website at


Feinstein: Immigrant charged in killing should not have been freed
In a sharply worded rebuke just days after the killing of Kathryn Steinle, California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the accused killer — an undocumented immigrant with a string of felonies and deportations — “should not have been released” by San Francisco’s sheriff and urged the city “take immediate action” against further tragedy and join a new federal program targeted at deporting “dangerous criminal aliens.” Feinstein, a former mayor of San Franicsco, urged San Francisco officials to “prevent such a tragedy from happening again” by having the city participate in the Department of Homeland Security’s new Priority Enforcement Program, which was created as part of President Obama’s 2014 executive actions on immigration. Feinstein’s tough words came as outrage rippled from Sacramento to Capitol Hill, as legislators slammed city officials’ actions and proposed get-tough measures aimed at avoiding a repeat tragedy. The Trust Act local says law enforcemenet officials can only hold suspected undocumented immigrants for federal authorities if that person has been convicted of specified serious or violent crimes. Does that make any sense to you? Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who chairs the Senate’s homeland security committee, said at a Tuesday hearing. Because I’ll tell you it doesn’t make any sense to the American public.

Leas Face Health Care Enrollment Mandate This Fall :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Tom Chorneau @
Legislation signed last fall by Gov. Jerry Brown requires school districts and charter schools to add an informational item to their enrollment forms aimed at educating parents and legal guardians about available health care options and where they can get help  signing up.

Lawmakers Warned About Death Threat Tied To Passage Of Vaccine Bill
California lawmakers and their security officers have been warned to keep an eye out for a man who was arrested last week after he spray-painted threats against public officials for the approval of a tough new vaccine requirement.

Ro Khanna Outraises Mike Honda Again, Has Far More Campaign Money Banked
Josh Richman @
A campaign financing report that Khanna will soon file with the Federal Election Commission shows he raised $452,000 from April 1 through June 30 -- most of it after formally declaring his candidacy May 30. Honda raised more than $350,000 during the same three months, a campaign spokesman said Tuesday.

For Jerry Brown, Climate Change Issue Melds The Spiritual And Political
Buried in Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change was a reference that Gov. Jerry Brown could have appreciated.

California Water Bill Likely To Pass U.S. House, Then Lose Steam | The Sacramento Bee
Michael Doyle @
California Republicans unite behind 170-page water bill

Can This Congress Bolster The Voting Rights Act?
Two years after the Supreme Court gutted a key portion of the Voting Rights Act, Democrats in Congress have proposed legislation that would restore many of the lost protections. At the same time, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 would address the court's principal objection to the provision it struck down: that the formula used to decide which states must "pre-clear" changes in their election practices with the federal government was rooted in obsolete data about political participation by racial minorities.

Senator Stone to Introduce Legislation to Require Cities to Keep Illegal Immigrants Facing Prosecution in Custody
Draft legislation has been submitted to Legislative Counsel that would require prisoners in custody who are identified by the Federal Government as being in the country illegally be held for 48 hours in order to give Immigration and Customs Enforcement time to determine whether or not deportation or federal prosecution is appropriate.

Making The Community College-to-UC Transfer A Little Easier
Community college students are expected to find a smoother path in their plans to transfer to a University of California campus as a result of a new listing of recommended courses they should take in various majors.

Opinion: Tax Surge A Problem For Dems | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Several big tax increases in the mill

Why San Jose Is Barely In The Black Despite The Tech Boom | Boomtown | News Fix | Kqed News
“If you live in those areas, you see a big red vehicle in the building, and you think, ‘Oh, we’ve got a fire engine here; we’re OK,’ ” explains San Jose Fire Capt. Sean Kaldor, who is also vice president of IAFF, Local 230. “The reality is they’re not carrying the water it would take to put out a fire, or to stop that fire from spreading in your house.”

Jerry Brown Pushes For New Climate Action At Toronto Summit
Gov. Jerry Brown and Canadian leaders announced on Wednesday that Quebec would join a growing pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and called for local governments to "light a fire" under national politicians.

Senate GOP skips fight over Cuba embassy â
The Senate budget bill does not include restrictions on money for an embassy in Havana.

Folsom Lake Now Being Drained More Slowly | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
Lake will still drop to record low level

Feinstein Scalds S.F. For Freeing Man Accused In Pier Killing - Sfgate
Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, is seen at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco, Calif. on Tues. July 7, 2015, during his arraignment on suspicion of murder in the shooting death of Kate Steinle on San Francisco's Pier 14 last Wednesday.

Nevada Adds $200k To Fight California Patient Busing Lawsuit | The Sacramento Bee
Nevada officials including Gov. Brian Sandoval have approved more money to fend off a lawsuit that San Francisco filed over alleged psychiatric patient dumping.

Feds to decide whether stateâ
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported last week that it would once again begin processing a request from plant owner Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to renew Diablo’s operating licenses, set to expire in 2024 and 2025. Following Fukushima, PG&E asked the commission to delay Diablo’s relicensing until the utility could complete an in-depth study of the nearby faults. [...] in an April 28 letter to the utility, the director of the commission’s license renewal division said his staff would start processing PG&E’s application again. “The decision to move forward at this time is based on the length of time since the license renewal application was originally submitted, the length of time necessary to complete the review, and the availability of updated information,” wrote Director Christopher Miller. California law forbids building more nuclear plants in the state until the federal government comes up with a long-term solution for dealing with the radioactive waste. [...] with San Onofre closed, nuclear advocates say the state needs Diablo Canyon in order to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear plants generate electricity without pumping carbon dioxide into the air, and unlike solar power plants and wind farms, their output doesn’t vary from one hour to the next. “We really need to have a low-carbon, base load source of electricity,” said Jessica Lovering, a senior analyst at the Breakthrough Institute, an Oakland think tank focused on energy and the environment. [...] the California State Water Resources Control Board could vote later this year on whether to require Diablo to change its cooling system, possibly by building cooling towers that one controversial study commissioned by PG&E estimated could cost $12 billion. The commission has called two hearings in San Luis Obispo on Aug. 5 to take public comments on issues that should be covered in an environmental impact study on the license renewal project.

Mirkarimi, Immigration Authorities Trade Blame In Pier 14 Shooting | News Fix | Kqed News
Update 6:25 p.m.: A source close to the investigation, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to KQED News that the gun Francisco Sanchez used to shoot and kill Kate Steinle belonged to a federal agent. The source could not say how Sanchez obtained the gun or which agency the agent worked for.

California Assisted Death Bill Appears Finished For The Year | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff and Jeremy B. White @
Senate Bill 128 stalls again in Assembly Health Committee

Gov. Brown Says Climate Change Creates Titanic-like Scenario For World
Gov. Jerry Brown arrived here Tuesday with an ominous message to deliver at a climate change conference with representatives from across the Americas.

California Bill Would Ban Confederate Names On Schools, Public Property | The Sacramento Bee
Andrew Holzman @
Two schools would have to change names by 2017

Baja California Farmers Confront Prospect Of Water Shortage
Shortages of water across Baja California fuel farmers' anxiety; officials seek ways to stretch the supply and find new sources.

Could Fort Bragg Be Compelled To Change Name? | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
New bill aims to expunge Confederate names in California

Two L.A. County Supervisors Seeking Crackdown On Wage Theft
As Los Angeles County prepares to vote on a proposed minimum wage increase, two members of the Board of Supervisors moved Tuesday to curb illegal efforts to deny employees their full pay.