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THE NOONER for August 5, 2015

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SHRIMPGATE: How FBI got David Chiu to wear a wire in 'Shrimp Boy' probe [Matier and Ross @ SFGate] - "Concerns for [David] Chiu's safety prompted San Francisco police to put him under round-the-clock protection. Then, knowing Chiu was likely to run into Chow at an event at a Chinatown restaurant, FBI agents asked Chiu to wear a wire to record the conversation — an action footnoted in FBI documents that were turned over to defense attorneys after Chow was indicted on racketeering charges last year."

Wow...that was 2009. The feds were on that case for five years! San Francisco is a relatively small town. How did they pull it off without the schnauzers sniffing it out?

DEBT RELIEF: A Money Milestone: The End of California’s 2004 Deficit Debt [John Myers @ KQED] - "Prepare to be shocked: California’s state government is about to make its final interest payments on 2004 deficit bonds, payments that have averaged more than $1 million a day. That's $1 million a day, every day, for 11 straight years."



MALDO'S LEGACY: 'Top-two' voting a panacea? [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "California's "top-two" primary election system emerged from one of the oddest events in the state’s political history. In 2009, Republican state Sen. Abel Maldonado withheld his vote on a state budget that included new taxes until legislative leaders promised, with obvious reluctance, to put the landmark election change on the ballot.

RISING DOUGH:  California lawmakers pull in more than $23 million in year’s first half [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "During one of the quieter stretches on the election calendar, members of the California Legislature raised more than $23 million in campaign money from January through June, state filings show."

MEMORIES: Man accused of robbing Pizza Hut in Placentia with help from 12-year-old boy

Hehe...I killed the power at this Pizza Hut as a kid with a penny in a power socket. A dare that I accepted.

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for former Assemblymember Paul Fong and Ohlone CCD trustee Garrett Yee!




  • You're cordially invited to attend the Sacramento LGBT Community Center's 2nd Annual PRIDE Awards on August 18, 2015 honoring Speaker Toni Atkins and local leaders from the greater Sacramento and Capitol region. Join us in recognizing Speaker Atkins as our Person of the Year and Wells Fargo as our Partner of the Year. Review sponsorship and advertisement opportunities, and purchase tickets by visiting or contact Julia Robinson 442-0185 Ext. 104.
  • Meridian Pacific, Inc. Paid internship involving campaigns for Republican candidates, statewide initiatives and issue advocacy. Those who exemplify strong writing, research, and communications skills will be given preference.  Send cover letter and resume to:
  • Please Join Capitol Network at its Annual Back to Session Reception on Tuesday August 18th from 4:30-7 pm at Chops. Hosted wine and light appetizers will be provided.

    Questions? Please visit or contact Amanda Levy at

  • You're cordially invited to attend the 9th Annual HERO Awards on August 22, 2015 honoring leaders in the LGBT Community. We will be celebrating the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of Marriage Equality! Honorees include: Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Phill Wilson, and Councilman Bill RosendahlPlease click here to RSVP.
  • FedEx Government Affairs Seeks Administrative Assistant to support the staff and office for the Western Region.
    Candidates with experience in government, public affairs, and/or lobbying are preferred.  Strong office administration skills, ability to multi-task, and interface with executive level management required.  Competitive base salary, plus annual bonus opportunity.

    For more information and to apply, go to:

  • CA Fwd and the Independent Voter Project invite you to attend California’s first Nonpartisan Primary Summit on Wednesday, August 19th at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento. Three panel discussions will focus on California’s nonpartisan Top­-Two primary and the future of voting rights. Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Senator Steve Glazer are confirmed special guest speakers. 

    Attendees will be treated to a lunch presentation and three panel discussions comprised of representatives from the California state legislature, voting rights experts, as well as academic and professional elections experts.

    Registration and check-in begins at 9:30am and attendance is free. RSVP online here.
  • 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.

  • Jim Ross Consulting, a political media, public affairs and public relations firm is hiring an account coordinator. The position, located in Oakland, CA, is responsible for supporting accounts on a day-to-day basis, managing outreach and advocate relations, supporting programs and producing plans and reports. Send resumes directly to more information can be found at
  • 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


CalPERS Ceo Says Pension Proposal Full Of Problems | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Jon Ortiz chronicles civil-service life for California state workers

California Colleges Will Join Pell Grant Project, Launch Education Programs At 4 Prisons
The White House plan announced last week to award federal education funding to prison inmates spotlighted a population that is often an afterthought in the national discussion on college access.

Daughters Of Charity Deal Would Keep Hospitals Open Five Years
Tracy Seipel @
Yet, newly released documents show, the New York City hedge fund that is the nonprofit chain's latest suitor is guaranteeing to keep the hospitals open for half that time. That five-year promise is exactly what Southern California-based Prime Healthcare Services offered last year in a highly controversial $843 million deal rebuffed by Attorney General Kamala Harris, whose office must approve hospital sales.

Chargers, Raiders Spend Almost $900,000 On Stadium Ballot Measure
The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders invested almost $900,000 in a ballot initiative to fast-track their proposed stadium in Carson, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday.

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A Guide To Leland Yee Corruption Scandal: 'shrimp Boy' To Guns
What is Yee accused of doing?

Fox News Republican Primary Debate Field Set: Trump, Bush In; Perry, California's Fiorina Out | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
File: Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump formally announces his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York. Brendan McDermid/Reuters /Landov

Voting rights intact for lower-level California felons
Tens of thousands of Californians who served sentences for nonviolent felonies and were then placed under county supervision will be allowed to vote after the state’s top elections official announced Tuesday that he is dropping a legal challenge by his predecessor who opposed permitting those voting rights. Secretary of State Alex Padilla said he wanted to ensure that the voting privileges remained in place for lower-level felons who were sent under Gov. Jerry Brown’s “realignment” program to county jail as a way to remedy state prison overpopulation.

Yelp Adds Healthcare Data For Hospitals, Nursing Homes To Reviews
Yelp has launched a new feature that adds healthcare information to its online reviews pages for hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis clinics.

Explosive Rocky Fire Defies Odds — And Expectations
The Rocky fire has become the blaze of perplexing whims, baffling fire officials with a mercurial nature that computer models and simulations could not predict. Sweeping across three counties in Northern California, the fire has plowed through containment lines, hurdled over a highway — even managed...

A Legal -- For Now -- End-run Around Citizens United
With the 2016 election looming, Republicans in Congress want to make sure that the Internal Revenue Service won't crack down on tax-exempt "social welfare" groups that serve as conduits for untraceable political spending. And the commissioner of the IRS has indicated that, in any event, the agency...

Huff Legislation Honors Fallen Law Enforcement Officers
Legislation authored by Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (

How FBI Got David Chiu To Wear A Wire In ‘shrimp Boy’ Probe - Matier And Ross
In fact, he was under police protection for six months.

Disney Buys Anaheim Land, Sparking Expansion Speculation
The Walt Disney Co. has purchased three parcels of land near its Anaheim resort, sparking speculation that the property would free up land for a future park expansion involving Disney's Star Wars or Marvel's superhero characters.

Shocker: Kasich Soars In New Wannabe Rankings
However, The Donald checks in only at #5 in the Calbuzz rankings, the only betting line that matters, while Ohio Governor John Kasich has surged into third place, adjudged by us the top moderate-conservative alternative to ongoing leader Jeb Bush.

Blue Shield Of California Owes $82.8 Million In Obamacare Rebates
Health insurance giant Blue Shield of California owes $82.8 million in rebates to consumers and small employers under requirements of the federal health law.

NFL Report: Carson Fast-track Cost Almost $900,000
The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders invested almost $900,000 in a ballot initiative to fast-track their proposed stadium in Carson, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday.

California Could Allow More Felons To Vote, In Major Shift
California election officials are reversing a policy that prevents 45,000 felons from casting ballots, placing the state in the forefront of a movement to boost voting rights for ex-criminals.