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THE NOONER for July 21, 2015





SUMMER SHACKLE: Several of you responded to my message yesterday noting that my neck injury from a fall occurred the day after a similar injury by George H.W. Bush. He fractured his C2 and I fractured my C4. But, I insist that I have never vomitted on a Japanese Prime Minister.  

Anyway...easing back in...thanks for your patience!

PROGRESS: VoteCal database makes debut in Sacramento, Orange counties [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "Technical difficulties have beset VoteCal since the project began in 2007. It had been scheduled to be up and running by 2009 but there were delays after disputes between the state and the contractor hired to do the job. In August 2013, a state audit questioned then-Secretary of State Debra Bowen's setting aside $131 million in federal HAVA money for the project."

HARRIS, KAMALA D  $2,539,900.00  $278,304.00  $2,247,062.00
SANCHEZ, LORETTA  $619,621.00  $44,049.00  $1,093,285.00
DEL BECCARO, THOMAS  $25,075.00  $1,471.00  $23,603.00
ALBERTSON, STEWART  $19,789.00  $6,913.00  $22,875.00
CHAVEZ, ROCKY  $12,030.00  $7,063.00  $4,966.00
PALZER, THOMAS EDWARD  $1,633.00  $1,333.00  $300.00
CARROLL, JERRY LEON    $20.00  $10.00
MOLNAR, ROBERT  $1,000.00  $1,000.00  $-  
HOWARD, ALBERT      $-  
ESTRADA, JOHN      $-  

AD04 (Napa-Yolo): As expected, both Yolo County supervisor Don Saylor and Davis councilmember Dan Wolk have jumped into the race to succeed Bill Dodd, who is running for SD03. I'm sure we'll see quotes from this page, when Saylor endorsed Wolk in the 2014 campaign . . .  And, still waiting on an announcdement by Napa supe Alfredo Pedroza.

TICKET TO DRIVE: Driver's licenses to immigrants here illegally soars in California [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Immigrants received 397,000 of the 759,000 original driver's licenses issued in California since the January beginning of a new law aimed at providing licenses to those not legally in the country but who can document their identity and California residency."

NORTH MENDOCINO? Black Caucus members seek name change for city of Fort Bragg [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Members of the California Legislative Black Caucus have asked the mayor of Fort Bragg, in the northern part of the state, to seek a change in the city’s name to disassociate it from the Confederate army general for whom it is named."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to LA County BOE member Alex Johnson and Toni Zupan of Asm. Transportation.

#GHOSTSOFCAKEDAYSPAST: Belated wishes to Sierra College president Willy Duncan, Holly Mitchell district director Sydney Kamlager, Asm Rev. & Tax consultant David Ruff (all yesterday). On Sunday, we missed the cakeday of CTA's Jennifer Baker, Calitics's Brian Leubitz, and HACU's Erica Romero (Sunday). On Friday, we were unable to light the candles (you know, that oxygen crap in ICU) for former Assemblymember Julie Bornstein, media consultant Kevin Eckery, and West Covina councilmember Mike Spence.




  • Harbage Consulting, a health policy consulting firm with expertise in public programs and delivery system reform, is seeking a Communiations Coordinator for its Sacramento office. [more info]
  • 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.


Jerry Brown Hops Private Plane To Rome | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
California governor combining trip for climate talks with vacation

Orange County Citys' Payments To CalPERS Will Continue To Climb, But Surging Taxes Ease Pension Pain - The Orange County Register
For this analysis, the Register used general fund numbers from city budget documents and total required employer contributions from CalPERS' Public Agency Actuarial Valuation Reports.

Freshman Assemblyman Bill Dodd Jumps Into Senate Race | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Dodd running to succeed Sen. Lois Wolk in district encompassing Napa, Solano and Yolo counties

Torlakson Says Lcff Money Can Go To Teacher Raises -
Under California’s new local control funding formula, schools get additional money for low-income, non-English speaking and foster youth. In a letter State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has told districts they can spend that money for across-the-board teacher raises if they can link the increases to better student services. Torlakson was not available for an interview.

Ex-san Francisco Officer Convicted In Taxi-test Bribe Scheme | The Sacramento Bee
Authorities say a former San Francisco police officer has been convicted of two felony counts of bribery for accepting money in exchange for giving applicants to the city's taxi licensing test passing grades.

Bush And Clinton Highlight Sharp Contrast In Dueling Policy Speeches
Jeb Bush pledged to cut government spending by reforming the “culture in our nation’s capital” in a speech Monday that hit themes long popular with conservative voters, including a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution and a freeze in pay for many government workers.

Cal State Trustees Set To Discuss Budget, Executive Pay Hikes
California State University trustees are expected to discuss spending priorities for the additional $216.6 million in funding approved in the 2015-16 state budget and will vote on a proposed pay hike for university executives during a meeting Tuesday in Long Beach.

North Bay Democrats Set To Square Off In 2016 State Senate Race | News Fix | Kqed News
Dodd, a former Napa County supervisor, has served in the Assembly for seven months, but said the time is right to make the jump.

Jim Obergefell, Plaintiff In Landmark Same-sex Marriage Case, Gets Book Deal
Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, will be telling his story in a book scheduled for release next year.

Oakland restaurant owners donâ
There is no relief in sight for Oakland restaurateurs whose compost bills suddenly ballooned by hundreds of dollars a month after the city’s new contract with its garbage collector, Waste Management, took effect July 1. After receiving angry complaints from restaurant owners who said the added cost would drive them out of business, the City Council held an emergency meeting Monday to adjust the rates, but in the end decided not to take action. Restaurant owners who attended the meeting said the new plan — which would limit rates for compost collection, but allow Waste Management to raise prices next year to recoup its loss — was even worse than the current contract. If anything, the special meeting on Monday raised new questions about the $1 billion garbage contract that city officials brokered with Waste Management in September, a deal that was struck after questions were raised about whether their previously selected contractor, California Waste Solutions, could build the infrastructure to handle the city’s trash. Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan, who voted to approve that deal last year, now says she was given misleading information from the city staff who helped put it together. “The new rates have all these extra costs,” Kaplan said after the meeting Monday, pointing to fees that Waste Management charges for “ancillary” services like pulling a garbage bin from a building to a curb, which its employees used to do for free. Kaplan said the city’s current garbage predicament resulted from a hasty legislative decision in August, when the council tried to end its long-standing relationship with Waste Management and take a chance on a small local competitor. Some of those restaurants — including Liba Falafel and Luka’s Taproom and Lounge, whose owners also attended the Monday meeting — have helped turn Oakland into a trendy boomtown. Sean Maher, spokesman for Oakland’s Zero Waste program, a city program created to increase compost and recycling efforts in Oakland, said the major factors driving up garbage bills are union labor, new fleets of natural-gas powered trucks, and a requirement that Waste Management serve any Oakland business that requests service.

Cracked Down Upon By Government? There's An App For That.
An ambitious company looking to take over the world can deal with government in one of two ways. It can reach out to friendly legislators and shower them with bribes and/or campaign contributions. Or it can ignore them, and the laws on the books, and try to get its way by bullying and generally running roughshod over them.

Mcconnell, Boxer Hope To Announce A Transportation Bill Deal - Us News
JOAN LOWY, Associated Press @
By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

Firefighters Could Destroy Nearby Drones Under Proposed State Law | The California Report | Kqed News
It’s a simple message from two state legislators to anyone who decides to fly a drone aircraft above a fire or other major emergency scene in California: Rescue crews should be able to destroy your remote-controlled device.

Roseville Use Of Reclaimed Water Helps City Meet 40-percent Conservation Mark -
Almost every day, a City of Roseville  truck with an 850-gallon tank waters several dozen trees in the city's parks. Steve Rhoden pulls up along a row of trees at Mulhaney Park, takes a hose attached to the tank, connects the hose to a stake and drives the stake into the ground.

Unions Quietly Push Agenda To Promote Project Labor Agreements |
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Group Buys Land Under Mt. Soledad Cross, Possibly Ending Two-decade Court Fight
The land beneath the cross on Mt. Soledad in San Diego has been purchased by a private, nonprofit group for $1.4 million, a key step toward possibly ending a two-decade legal controversy over having a cross on public property. 

Lots Of Money In Play For Liberal-leaning Assembly District 4 Seat | The Sacramento Bee
The race to succeed Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, is a high-dollar affair, with business and labor pouring money into the redrawn district centered in Yolo and Napa counties.

First Faa-approved Drone Delivery Takes Medicine To Rural Virginia
Days after the first Federal Aviation Administration-approved drone delivery successfully dropped off medicine at a Virginia health fair, researchers behind the mission are already looking ahead to future uses of this technology -- in humanitarian crises.