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THE NOONER for July 10, 2015





Happy Friday! 

Umbrella? I haven't fine since I unpacked in January!

Report shows Latinos are underrepresented in state, local government [Melanie Mason @ LAT]

Tax increases back on California's agenda - "Brown, who called special sessions of the Legislature last month to focus attention on the issues, wants at least $1.3 billion annually to help fund Medi-Cal and home-care services. The administration estimates the annual funding shortfall for road repairs is even higher, at about $5.7 billion."




#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to the Sacramento Bee's Christopher Cadelago!



  • 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


Unanimous Vote for Body Camera Bill in Assembly Committee
SACRAMENTO: Legislation designed to improve relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve is gaining momentum in the State Assembly after receiving a unanimous vote of support in the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee. SB 175, authored by Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), will require each law enforcement department or agency that chooses to require officers to wear body-worn cameras (BWCs), to develop a policy relating to the use of the cameras.

Mirkarimi, Hennessy trade criticisms at sheriff debate
The first formal faceoff between Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his challenger, ex-interim Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, Thursday night wasn’t exactly a shootout, but the two candidates showed no restraint in criticizing each other and establishing what’s likely to be the tone for their campaigns. Sitting at opposite ends of a table in the dimly lit Infusion nightclub near Union Square, Hennessy blasted Mirkarimi for what she called “a crisis in leadership.” Mirkirami painted himself as a bold reformer fighting to change the culture of the Sheriff’s Department, which he said his opponent wants to preserve. The sheriff lauded himself and predecessor Michael Hennessey, who is not related to Vicki, for creating effective programs to rehabilitate jail inmates and keep them from returning. Hennessy promoted her experience, her knowledge of the department, and said she, too, wants to continue progressive programs started by Hennessey. “We are now the biggest bed provider for people who have mental illness and psychological problems in San Francisco,” he said. Hennessy said a modern jail with room for rehabilitation programs, located in the center of the city so families can visit inmates, is needed. Mirkarimi said the city needs to carefully consider whether it’s needed, and said it wouldn’t be if other city departments took responsibility for the mentally ill and other inmates who don’t need to be in jail. On the issue of deputies forcing inmates to fight, Hennessy said the sheriff needs to show leadership by walking through the jail routinely and getting to know the deputies, inmates and operations.

Jerry Brown Will Visit Vatican For Climate Change Talks With Pope Francis | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
One-time seminarian to attend events on climate change, human trafficking

Bill Protecting Civilians' Right To Record Police Officers Clears Legislature
Lawmakers in the Assembly approved a measure Thursday affirming the public's right to record police officers.

Audit Faults Department Of Justice For Gun Case Backlog | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Report finds delays in identifying mentally ill gun owners prohibited from having guns

Senator Stone discusses Sanctuary Cities on Fox News
In the wake of the tragic shooting death of a California woman in San Francisco,  allegedly by an immigrant who had been deported five times, on Wednesday the Senator was a guest on “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren where he discussed his proposed legislation that will require all California cities to comply with federal immigration laws. 

Judge Orders Truce In Usc-UC San Diego Fight Over Alzheimer's Study Data
SAN DIEGO — A judge ordered a temporary truce Wednesday in the unusually public and nasty fight involving UC San Diego and USC over control of a historic, nationwide study on Alzheimer's disease.

Healthcare Watch: What Qualifies As A Special Enrollment Event In Obamacare
Some of our biggest life events can change our healthcare coverage too.

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California Says New Delta Tunnels Plan Better For Environment, Fish | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow @
Massive environmental review spells out project changes

Lawmakers, Don't Sink To Donald Trump's Level
Donald Trump is a loudmouth who will apparently say anything to bring attention to his long-shot presidential campaign. But otherwise reasonable people should not get so caught up in the billionaire's offensive shtick that they sink to his level of grandstanding in reaction.

Marijuana dispensaries canâ
A federal appeals court dealt a financial setback to medical marijuana dispensaries Thursday, saying that — unlike other commercial enterprises — they can’t deduct business expenses from their taxable income because their product is prohibited by federal law. The ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was also another blow to the Vapor Room, which operated as a pot-inhaling shop and social club in the Lower Haight neighborhood from 2004 until July 2012, when it shut down under pressure from U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, who said she would seek its eviction for being too close to Duboce Park. Olive had claimed $650,000 in business expenses on its 2004 and 2005 federal income tax returns, but the Internal Revenue Service balked. While the Vapor Room provided free snacks, movies and massage therapy, the court said, its only commercial product was marijuana, and federal law denies deductions for the expenses of “trafficking in controlled substances.” [...] Olive’s lawyer, Henry Wykowski, saw a bright spot in the ruling — the court’s confirmation of a 2007 U.S. Tax Court decision allowing medical marijuana outlets to deduct expenses from other sales, like food and services.

Opinion: Contractor Lobbyists Seek Relief From California Legislature | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Appellate court ruled against leaseback school contract

Uber Pushing To Take The 'class' Out Of Its Class-action Lawsuit
If Uber gets its way, the class-action lawsuit it faces in San Francisco over worker classification could become a run-of-the-mill lawsuit with only three plaintiffs.

California Pours Big Bucks Into Federal Campaigns — Mostly From Wealthy Cities | The California Report | Kqed News
California donors poured $768 million into Senate, House and presidential races between 2007 and the end of 2014 — money that largely flowed from wealthy cities in Los Angeles County and the Bay Area.

California Science Panel Warns That Fracking Poses Unknown Risk
Hydraulic fracking in California uses a host of highly toxic chemicals that have unknown effects on drinking water supplies, wildlife and crops because state regulatory agencies don't fully understand what oil companies are doing, a state science panel warned Thursday.

Bay Area School Trustees Urge Legislature: Repeal Cap On Reserves
The cap on individual school district reserves is the result of a trailer bill that was associated with Proposition 2 passed by voters last November that allowed the state to create a rainy-day fund for itself, and essentially requires school districts to spend like there's no tomorrow.

Clinton, California Lawmakers Condemn San Francisco's 'sanctuary' Policy | Fox News
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UCLA Claims $13 Million In Flood Damage From Water Line Break
UCLA is seeking $13 million in compensation from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and its insurers for the massive flooding damage caused by last year’s water main break on Sunset Boulevard.