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THE NOONER for July 24, 2015






  • CA07 (East Sacto): Changed from Toss-up to Leans Democratic 
  • CA12 (San Francisco): Updated analysis (available to subscibers)
  • CA17 (Milpitas): Updated analysis (available to subscribers)
  • CA36 (Coachella): Changed from Toss-up to Leans Democratic 
  • CA52 (San Diego): Changed from Toss-up to Leans Democratic 
  • CA52 (San Diego): Updated analysis (available to subscribers)

OUCH: According to last week's filing, Laura Richardson's 2012 campaign is still $546,250 in debt. Richardson lost to Janice Hahn, who is now leaving Congress for a bid for termed-out Zev Yaroslovsky's seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Campaign management firm Shallman Communications is owed over $200,000.

The debt largely locks Richardson out of a run to return to Congress, with lawyers, consultants, and mail firms owed significant sums. Thus, the CA44 race is set up to be between Hermosa Beach councilmember Nanette Barragán and Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III.

AURAL PLEASURE: John, Marisa, and Anthony tickle our ears with the California Politics Podcast.

I'LL MEET YOUR EGO, DONALD TRUMP, AND RAISE YOU: U.S. Senate candidate Akinyemi Agbede: "This Super Genius Man came to the United States of America in the year 2001 when he won the United States of America’s Permanent Resident Lottery.  However, since being in the United States of America, he has tremendously used his Super Genius Brain to the benefit of the American Students by instilling in them skills, confidence and competence in solving ANY Mathematical problems."

WATER WARS:  California Supreme Court won't budge on water rates [Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - "In a setback to California water regulators' conservation efforts, the state Supreme Court has kept intact a ruling that makes it harder for municipalities to impose tiered pricing to discourage heavy water use."

New initiative adds twist to tax-reform debate [Anthony York @ Grizzly Bear Project] - "The initiative proposes increasing property taxes on properties of $3 million or more, while keeping other key Proposition 13 protections in place. Normally, when we hear about property tax hikes in Democratic circles, we're talking about the so-called split-roll increase on commercial property taxes. This is something different."

CLIMATOLOGIST IN CHIEF: Tom Steyer in Conversation – And Some Follow up Questions [Joel Fox @ Fox and Hounds] - "He gave himself a more than passing grade on the success of his political endeavors saying that polls show people are moving toward his position on climate change and that two-thirds of those polled think that government should do something about climate change."

LA-LA-LA...I CAN'T HEAR YOU: Raw tuna in sushi linked to salmonella outbreak in California, 10 other states [Claudia Buck @ SacBee] - "No deaths have been reported, but 11 people were hospitalized among 62 U.S. cases cited as of Monday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said those affected range in age from 83 to a baby less than 1 year old."

A baby under a year old is eating sushi?

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to CRP Political Director David Creager, Assemblywoman Ling-Ling Chang, Revolvis's Justin Matheson, and the Sacramento Tree Foundation's Ray Tretheway! Weekend wishes to Assembly Fellows director Pam Chueh (Saturday), Hezekiah Allen (Sunday), Eric Stein (Sunday), Dept. of Homeland Security's Seth Stodder (Sunday), and Erik Taylor (Sunday)!



  • 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, an issue advocacy firm, is looking for Account Executives both in our Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. 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.

    Our Account Executives are responsible for client management. That means they are client-facing, are expected to show strong strategic thinking, and are tasked with the development of campaign plans, messaging frameworks, press plans, etc. Too see the full job description and qualifications, as well as to apply, visit
  • 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.


UC Regents Give 3% Pay Hikes To 15 Executives
A day after UC moved to raise the minimum wages of its lowest-paid workers, the university’s governing board on Thursday awarded 3% salary increases to 15 of its most highly-paid executives.

Biden makes talks health care at medical products firm in Newark
Vice President Joe Biden Thursday visited a medical products firm in Newark, where he praised what he called a “new paradigm” of advances in health care technology flourishing in the Silicon Valley and stressed what he called significant White House efforts to improve preventative health care. The vice president’s stop in the Bay Area, which focused on “the importance of preventative health care” and the role of the private sector and technology in developing better access to health care, gave him the opportunity to underscore the administration’s support of tech advances coming from Silicon Valley. “What we have learned is that ... government has a role in basic and applied research,” he said, adding that the Obama Administration has focused on new ways to gather and share medical data to help companies like Theranos make “cutting edge investments” in the field. “We’re going to look back on this period ... and maybe we can say we played a little role in prevention, protection and research and improved the quality of delivery,” he said. Attendees at the round table — the media wasn’t granted access — included Robert Harrington, chairman of the Stanford University Department of Medicine; Amir Dan Rubin, CEO of Stanford Hospital; Gary St. Hilaire, CEO of Capital Blue Cross; Bert Lubin, CEO of Children’s Research Center of Oakland ,and Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center. Biden’s visit to Newark came at the end of a two-day swing to California, which included a stop at a Bobrick Washroom Equipment, a Los Angeles manufacturing plant where he talked up the importance of middle-class jobs and the need to raise the federal minimum wage.

United States Vice President Joe Biden Visits Theranos, Which Produces Low-cost Blood Tests
diagnosing illnesses earlier with easy, inexpensive tests, more people can be treated in time to change the outcome, she said @
Biden said Theranos is changing the paradigm of health care. "You are empowering people whether they live in the barrios or a mansion and allowing them to take control of their health care," Biden said. "The President and I share your vision."

Bill Protects New Travel Options For California State Workers
Jon Ortiz @
California law would catch up with the "sharing economy" under terms of a bill that requires state government allow ride-sharing services and Airbnb-type rentals for state business.

Childhood-welfare Agency Worries Proposed Cigarette Tax Increase Would Reduce Funding
Officials at a state childhood-welfare agency funded mostly through state cigarette taxes expressed concern Thursday that proposed legislation for a $2-a-pack tax increase could ultimately cause funding to drop.

Legislator Vows To Seek More Healthcare Coverage For Immigrants
Health care advocates in California this year successfully pushed for medical coverage for kids who are in the country illegally. But they say they're not satisfied.

Workforce Training A Big Jumble
Dan Walters @
Recent reports from the Legislature’s budget analyst, Mac Taylor, reveal that the state has at least 30 “workforce development” programs scattered among nine state agencies, spending an estimated $5.6 billion each year, $3.1 billion from the state general fund and another $2.5 billion from other sources, mostly special taxes and the federal government.

California Drought: Santa Clara County Residents Cut Water Use 35 Percent In June, Beating Conservation Goal
Paul Rogers @
In June, countywide water use fell 35 percent, compared with June 2013, according to new data released Thursday by the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the San Jose-based government agency that is the county's main wholesale water provider.

Amid the Donald Trump Show, Republicans Hit the Campaign Trail
s attention-generating celebrity, the other presidential candidates are working hard at traditional political events.

Why Is Guantanamo Bay Prison Still Open?
One of President Obama's first acts in office was to promise that he would close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay in order to “restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great even in the midst of war, even in dealing with terrorism.”...

DWP Nonprofits Slow To Make Reforms Called For In City Audit
Months after promising swift reforms, leaders of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have done little to change practices at two utility nonprofit trusts accused by auditors of ¿cavalier¿ spending after receiving more than $40 million in ratepayer money, records show.

Bill Aims To Ban Low-flying Drones Over Your Home
Timm Herdt @
When you step into your backyard and look up, is what you see part of your property?

First Draft: Chris Christie Makes Big Advertising Splash on Fox News
s campaign has purchased $250,000 of advertising time on Fox News, where the first Republican presidential debate, featuring the top 10 candidates in polling, will be shown next month.

Will The Legislature Inadvertently Invite More Medical Tourists?
California is already a magnet for birth tourism. Now, health analyst Robert Laszewski writes, the California Legislature could make the state a magnet for medical tourists who sign up for insurance, get an expensive procedure done at one of the state's famous medical centers, then drop their coverage...

First Draft: D.N.C. Lifts Ban on Convention Fund-Raising
The Democratic National Committee will lift its ban on donations from political action committees and lobbyists for it convention fund-raising and for the accounts it shares with presidential campaigns.

Ap Nation / World | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
>Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown

Eminem Spits 6-minute Freestyle Rap On Trump, Cosby, Caitlyn, More
Rapper Eminem used Sway's SiriusXM show to express rhymed thoughts on current events, football players, proported billionaires, Quaalude comedians, broccoli, supermodels, politicians, a "four-seater Taurus" and more.

Department Of Justice 'keeping An Eye' On Allegations That Orange County Prosecutors Are Illegally Using Jail Informants - The Orange County Register
Watchdog: Is panel reviewing use of O.C. jailhouse informants really independent?

High Stakes Of California’s Lowest Wages: California Politics Podcast | Faultlines | Kqed News
For the last few years, the statehouse has been the center of the debate over raising the minimum wage. But as this week’s events make clear, that’s changed.

First Draft: Today in Politics: A Billionaire's Deep Pockets Come With a Big Catch
Inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive information on a private email account, and a wealthy environmentalist is setting a litmus test for Democratic candidates.