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THE NOONER for July 16, 2015





VACATION, ALL I EVER WANT IS VACATION...HAVE TO GET AWAY: Legislators are expected to leave for their month-long recess today. In other words, LEGISLATORS GONE WILD!

Still processing the federal campaign filings from late last night. Hope to have a big Nooner tomorrow. 

Loretta Sanchez trails Kamala Harris in Senate fundraising

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to the Nat'Journs [Shane Goldmacher!   [Nate Johansen @ SacBee



  • Job Announcement: RALLY, a Los Angeles issue advocacy firm, is looking for a new Account Executive. We are an issue advocacy firm that works at the intersection of strategic communications and public policy. We collaborate with inspiring partners to create powerful movements that galvanize the public and leave a positive legacy of change
  • Job Announcement: Senior Progressive Member of Congress is seeking an experienced Congressional Aide responsible for proactive community outreach and engagement with key stakeholders and diverse constituencies in assigned policy and geographic areas within the East Bay. This position acts as a liaison to elected officials, various government agencies and performs constituent casework.  

    Outstanding organizational and communication skills required with knowledge of federal government and legislative processes, understanding of East Bay communities, and a proven track record of cultivating and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders is required.  Submit resume, cover letter, and one writing sample to  Minority candidates encouraged to apply. 

  • The Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley invites you to roundtable discussion - Addressing a Pension Funding Crisis in State and Local Government - on Wednesday July 22nd at 9:30am. Come hear three experts explore policy alternatives to long-term pension funding issues. Panelists and participants will discuss the current status of under-funding in various pension plans, the political, legal, and fiscal challenges to pension reform, and policy alternatives to make sure retirement continues to be rewarding for an aging population while also ensuring the long-term well-being of the next generation.
  • 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

  • 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.


Lawmakers Shelve Bill To Change Voter-approved Crime Measure | The Sacramento Bee
California lawmakers are shelving a bill intended to change a voter-approved initiative that reduced criminal penalties for some non-violent offenders.

How More Lawn Restrictions Could Remake The California Landscape
First it was existing lawns, with Gov. Jerry Brown leading the way in urging Californians to rip out swaths of green to save vast amounts of water.

Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Gains Momentum -
Nearly two decades after California voters legalized medical marijuana, state lawmakers appear more ready than ever before to regulate it.

San Jose, Unions Reach Pension Settlement
The proposed deal came after round-the-clock talks during the City Council's summer break on the day union leaders had threatened to walk out if they couldn't reach a settlement.

Santa Cruz Water School: A Reeducation Camp For Water Wasters
Santa Cruz forgives excessive-use fines if its water wasters agree to attend a two-hour Water School.

A Solution For California's Water Woes | East Bay Express
Sam Levin, Luke Tsai, Darwin BondGraham, Sam Lefebvre, Sarah Burke and Nastia Voynovskaya @
In a decision bursting with symbolism, the California State Water Resources Control Board recently announced its intention to draw down the main water supply reservoir for a half-million people to only 12 percent of capacity by September 30. Lake Folsom on the American River — the main water source for Roseville, Folsom, and other Sacramento suburbs — will plummet to 120,000 acre feet by that date, according to a forecast by the water board, which announced the plan at an unusually lively Sacramento workshop on June 24.

Water Authority Wins Rate Case |
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Embattled California Housing Agency Chairman Leaving In September | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Developer Matthew Jacobs announced Wednesday he will not seek reappointment

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill Giving Labor Protections To Pro Sports Cheerleaders
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law Wednesday to ensure that cheerleaders for professional sports teams receive the minimum wage, workers' compensation and other labor protections.

First Draft: Marco Rubio Has Missed Most Votes This Year of Senators Running for President
Running for president can make it hard for senators to attend to their day jobs in Washington: Just ask the five senators now seeking the White House.

Sanctuary Law Unlikely To Change Despite Clamor Over Pier Slaying - San Francisco Chronicle
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No Pain, No Gain For Public Pensions |
SDCERA or the San Diego Employees Retirement Association

Tom Selleck 'pleased' By Settlement With Water District, Attorney Says
A Ventura County water district Wednesday formally approved a settlement with actor Tom Selleck, whom it had accused of illegally delivering water to his Hidden Valley ranch.

California Curbs Lawns For New Homes, Businesses - Sfgate
New state rules essentially eliminate grass from new office and commercial buildings and sharply reduce turf at new homes.

Sacramento-area Residents Cut Water Use 35 Percent In June | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese @
Results encouraging in first month of mandatory savings

Legislature Urges UC Campuses To Condemn Anti-semitism
California lawmakers on Thursday approved a resolution urging University of California campuses to adopt a resolution condemning anti-Semitism.

Loretta Sanchez Trails Kamala Harris In Senate Fundraising
Rep. Loretta Sanchez reported $1.1 million in the bank for her U.S. Senate campaign at the end of June, barely a third of what her chief rival Kamala Harris says she has collected for the race, according to a Sanchez report released Wednesday.

Evan Rose, urban designer and former S.F. planner, dies
Where other planners take a bureaucratic approach to their job, content to enforce the rules, Mr. Rose saw his job as a way to enhance the pleasures of everyday life — making it easier to add sidewalk seating outside cafes, for instance, or trying to make the lines at the Powell Street cable car turnaround more civil. In private practice, he explored the dimensions of city life through sketches and watercolors that he called Urbanologies, the title of a 2005 exhibition of his work in a South of Market gallery. “He could listen to people, and then sketch the drawing or diagram that would bring what everyone was talking about to life,” said Karen Alschuler, who hired Mr. Rose away from city government to join the San Francisco firm SMWM in 1997. A few years later he moved to the Bay Area, where he earned a master’s degree in architecture at UC Berkeley and joined the San Francisco Planning Department. Yet he soldiered on — leaving SMWM in 2008 and moving to New York to be closer to state-of-the-art medical treatments, but also starting two small firms and becoming a part-time professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. “Evan was an amazing success at living with cancer and finding new ways to replace the things it took from him,” Marilyn Jordan Taylor, dean of the school of design, said Tuesday in a letter to school faculty and staff. Though he remained in Brooklyn, living with his wife and young son, he would travel west twice a month or so to work on projects, including Pier 70 and the 150-acre Napa Pipe factory site outside the city of Napa.

Trump Gets Accolades, But No Endorsements From Capitol Hill | Thehill
Scott Wong @
For the second straight week, polls showed Trump leading the crowded GOP presidential field. A USA Today/Suffolk University poll said 17 percent of GOP voters favored Trump, while 14 percent backed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in third with 8 percent.