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THE NOONER for July 9, 2015





SILENCE, I SAY! In a testy hearing on the minimum wage yesterday, Labor committee chair Roger Hernandez asked/ordered the sergeants to remove the microphone of Assemblymember Matthew Harper.  

Paul Mitchell and I attended Orange Coast College with Harper and Mark LaScola (a close friend from law school) attended Huntington Beach High School with him. I don't agree with him on many issues, but credit him for being about policy more than politics.

AD04 (Napa-Yolo): With the July 20 announcement by Bill Dodd that he is running Senate against former Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, things are a bit of a mess in Democratic politics to our west. It appears that that three candidates are looking at the race: Napa coulmember Alfredo Pedroza, Yolo supervisor Don Saylor, and Davis councilmember Dan Wolk.

If that materializes, there will some hard feelings, as Don and Dan are both members of the Lois Wolk camp.

AD37 (Santa Barbara/Ventura): Ventura city councilmember Erik Nasarenko has dropped out, leaving Santa Barbara school board member Monique Lemon as the only candidate in the safe Democratic seat currently held by Das Williams.

YOU'RE FIRED! Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom disses Donald — dumps Trump money [Matier and Ross @ SFChron] - "Newsom said that instead of returning the Donald's money, he would send checks to a list of groups committed to advancing immigrant causes, including the Dolores Huerta Foundation and the National Council of La Raza."

Senate Democrats introduce measure condemning Donald Trump, Ted Cruz [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "Sen. Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) has offered a resolution blasting [Donald] Trump for calling Mexican immigrants "rapists" and drug-runners during his campaign kickoff last month."

Well played, Senator. Hall is running in CA44, which has 49.1% Latino citizens of voting age. His opponent, Hermosa Beach councilmember Nanette Barragan, is Latina.



WELL, WE CAN USE AN ICEBERG: Jerry Brown’s climate change warning: 'We're on a Titanic unless we turn' - "Brown, a keynote speaker at the Climate Summit of the Americas, has made climate change a focus of his fourth term. The Democratic governor has signed a series of nonbinding agreements with other states and sub-national governments in an effort to build pressure on world leaders ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December."

SIN AGUA: No more showers at state beaches [J. Harry Jones @ SDUT] - "Starting Wednesday, outdoor showers at all state beaches are shut off as a way to conserve water during the drought, California State Parks officials announced this week."

How much water are we actually saving if people go home and shower?

CAUSE: Pier-slaying defendant came to S.F. at sheriff's request [SFChron] - "The federal Bureau of Prisons alerted the Sheriff’s Department in March that Lopez-Sanchez was going to be released. Mirkarimi's agency, realizing that Lopez-Sanchez was wanted on a $5,000 bench warrant related to a 1995 marijuana possession-for-sale case, asked prison officials March 23 to hold him and to notify San Francisco authorities 'when the subject is ready for our pick-up.'"

. . . AND EFFECT: Rep. Hunter takes aim at 'sanctuary' cities [Joshua Stewart at SDUT] - "The Alpine Republican’s proposal comes after San Francisco, a city that has a long-standing policy of not cooperating with federal immigration enforcement efforts, released an unauthorized immigrant from jail who is now accused of fatally shooting a woman."

Democrats Scurry From Sanctuary Ship [Debra Saunders @ RealClearPolitics]

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to California Dept of rehabilation's Dana Ferry and Assemblymember Garcia's Mark Rosso!



  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Anaheim City Council Votes 3-2 To Extend Gate-tax Ban For Disneyland For 30 Years - The Orange County Register
ANAHEIM -- The Walt Disney Co. early Wednesday was granted a 30-year ban on ticket taxes charged to visitors of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in exchange for the company’s pledge to spend at least $1 billion on new attractions and a 5,000-space parking structure.

Fullerton Agrees To Voting Districts In Settling Lawsuit
Fullerton officials have settled a lawsuit alleging that the city's at-large elections violate California's Voting Rights Act, agreeing to create a district-based system that would then need voters' approval.

Feds Seize Marijuana From Indian Tribal Lands In California | The Sacramento Bee
The U.S. attorney's office in Sacramento says federal agents have seized at least 12,000 marijuana plants from land in far Northern California that belongs to two federally recognized Indian tribes.

Aide To California Senate Leader Accepted Pot Gifts From Marijuana Lobbyist - Buzzfeed News
Amanda Chicago Lewis @
Public officials exchanging gifts and favors with lobbyists has long been a focus of public concern, but the legalization of marijuana raises the possibility of politicians and their staff being swayed not just by traditional incentives like financial donations, fancy lunches, or free concert tickets. The future of legislative influence may very well be in expensive buds or a passed joint.

Democratic Party: Aide Violated No Rules In Accepting Pot | The Sacramento Bee
The California Democratic Party said Wednesday that a staffer did not violate campaign reporting laws by accepting edible marijuana and an e-cigarette filled with hash oil from a lobbyist for the marijuana industry.

California Regulators Discuss Water Pricing In Drought - Sfgate
FILE - In this April 2, 2015, file photo, a home with a swimming pool sits near a dried out hillside in Altadena, Calif. The State Water Resources Control Board is hosting a workshop Wednesday, July 8, 2015, to discuss how to encourage Californians to save by hitting them in the wallet. Two-thirds of water districts use some form of tiered water pricing.

California Legislative Panel Approves Minimum Wage Hike - Washington Times
The Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment voted 5-2 to advance the proposal by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco.

Unions: Axe Tax Limitations For Business Property. Are Homes Next? |
Tax Revolt Leader Howard Jarvis appears to be flashing the victory sign but is only asking for two coffees for himself and California Governor Jerry Brown, right, before a debate in 1979.

Lee Slams Mirkarimi For Not Talking To Immigration Officials - Sfgate
Carla Marinucci, Jaxon Van Derbeken @
Mayor Lee gave a statement about his efforts to avoid another incident like the one that killed Katheryn Steinle at a press conference at Portsmouth Square Wednesday July 8, 2015. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee spoke about the sanctuary program which allowed Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez to be free on the streets where he allegedly killed Katheryn Steinle recently.

World Is On A Collision Course With Fossil Fuels, Gov. Jerry Brown Says
After two days of rubbing shoulders with an international collection of politicians, Gov. Jerry Brown emerged from a climate-change conference here with new partnerships in the fight against global warming.

Struggling With A Life And Death Issue | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
An opponent to aid-in-dying legislation worries about people who have little choice

Biden's Quiet Role In Same-sex Marriage Ruling Fuels Speculation About 2016 Run
After the Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision last month sanctioning same-sex marriage in all 50 states, a longtime friend and former staffer to Vice President Joe Biden sent a text message to congratulate him: “Your legacy. 28 years ago,” the aide wrote.

L.A. Unified Cancels Fundraiser At Trump Golf Course, Billionaire Won’t Return $7,500
Today's high

Despite Population Milestone, Latinos Still Lag In California Politics
Latinos' emergence as California's largest ethnic group is casting new light on an enduring paradox: Many do not vote, limiting their influence on government decisions that have a profound impact on their lives.

Fort Bragg May Get Reprieve From Anti-confederate Bill | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Bill would expunge Confederate names from public places

Bill To Raise Smoking Age Stalls In Assembly
Facing stiff opposition from the tobacco industry, a bill that would increase the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 was withdrawn from an Assembly committee hearing Wednesday, but the author still hopes advance the measure this year.

Will Mergers Stifle Healthcare Reform?
The 2010 healthcare reform law was supposed to promote competition among insurers, and for many policyholders it's done just that. These days, though, the insurance industry is going through a wave of mergers that threatens to leave consumers with fewer choices.

Some Urban Water Suppliers Far From Conservation Goal -
A close review of water conservation numbers shows some urban water suppliers in California still have a long way to go to meet mandatory conservation targets. 

California Motorcycle Lane-splitting Bill Shelved For The Year
Motorcyclists are prohibited from zipping between lanes in every state but California, where the practice isn't explicitly banned or endorsed. Assembly Bill 51, sponsored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, would have regulated it.

Tom Selleck Accused Of Stealing Water For California Ranch
CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press @

New Greek Reform Plan Crosses Own 'red Lines' On Taxes And Pensions
The Greek government on Thursday cobbled together a new package of economic reforms to submit to European partners in return for a cash infusion that Athens media said included raising taxes and the retirement age -- two issues leftist government officials had previously said were "red lines" they...