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THE NOONER for August 6, 2015

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Happy Thursday! Today's a big day on that teevee thing, as Republican candidates meet up in an undercard (2pm) and main event (5:50pm) on Fox. Also, it's the last night for Jon Stewart [born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz] on The Daily Show.

Jerry Brown will be tuning in to the GOP debate and wants to hear from candidates about climate change and the impact on the Golden State. Governor, don't hold your breath.

Carly Fiorina, who's on the undercard bout, is pleased to be part of the "happy hour" debate. Of course, in California, it's more like coffee hour at Temple.

#VAX: The contact phone number and mailing address for DC-based Doctors Voice 4 Patient Choice is a Newport Beach private equity company focusing on the self-pay medical sector. Former congressman and SEC chairman Christopher Cox serves on the committee's board of directors.

SHRIMPGATE #2: How FBI got David Chiu to wear a wire in 'Shrimp Boy' probe [Matier and Ross @ SFChron] - "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 [Raymond "Shrimp Boy"] 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."

RUNNING? MAN: Is Steve Fox running for his former AD36 or not? No campaign finance report was turned in by the July 31 deadline.

ASPIRATIONS: State treasurer pondering campaign for California governor [Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "I'm contemplating it," [John] Chiang said Wednesday when asked whether he would seek the governor's office in 2018. "That's a decision that will take a little while."



GROUNDED: L.A. hits the brakes on plan to allow Uber at LAX [Laura J. Nelson and Alice Walton @ LAT] - "LAX is the most lucrative and closely guarded piece of the traditional taxi industry's stronghold in Southern California. Taxi leaders have fought to keep Uber and similar companies from operating there, saying they create unfair competition because drivers are held to a lower standard than licensed taxi drivers."

LAX->ONT: L.A. will transfer airport ownership back to Ontario - "After years of litigation and contentious negotiations, Los Angeles has agreed to transfer ownership of struggling LA/Ontario International Airport back to the city of Ontario, The Times learned Wednesday."

SINKING: SeaWorld earnings plunge on lower attendance [Dan McSwain @ SDUT] - "SeaWorld reported net income of $5.8 million, down from $37.4 million last year, as revenue fell 3 percent to $391.6 million."

SAY IT AIN'T SO: Where did Naugles go? Swamped by fans, the reborn fast-food brand plans limited hours, weekends-only service [Nancy Luna @ OCR] - "During its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, Naugles was one of the few places teens and college students could hang out and eat inexpensive food after midnight. The last restaurant closed in 1995 after the merger with Del Taco."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Yolo County Public Guardian (and wife of Wolk Chief of Staff Craig Reynolds) Cass Sylvia and the Voting Rights Act, which turns 50 today.

Also, on this day 18 years ago, Microsoft invested $150 million in Apple, likely saving the Cupertino-based company. It's highly unlikely I'd be typing to you if I was navigating a Windows machine. Of course, Windows was much better than the TRS-80 OS I started my computer life on. And, seventy years ago, the world's first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

Growing up in Orange County, with most parents on my block working for the defense industry, the 80s were a very scary time as a kid thinking about nuclear war. The Day After premiered in 1983, and turned the political speculation of nuclear global destruction into a made-for-TV movie. I've never seen the movie, but admit it was one of the most terrifying parts of my childhood, second only to the mayhem caused by serial killer Richard Ramirez.




  • 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 at (916) 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.

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Jerry Brown Calls On GOP Candidates To Detail Climate Change Policies
Gov. Jerry Brown tried to elbow his way into presidential politics Wednesday morning by calling for Republican candidates to detail plans to address climate change.

Firefighting Consumes Forest Service Budget, Sparks Political Clash | The Sacramento Bee
Michael Doyle @
Forest Service report cites increasing cost of firefighting

State Leaders Make Final Payment On Budget Debt
More than a decade ago, as California faced budget deficits, politicians pushed for $15 billion in Wall Street borrowing to help the state cover its bills.

California Commissions Votes For Bobcat Trapping Ban
The ban was approved Wednesday in a 3-2 vote but still needs approval from the state Office of Administrative Law and the secretary of state.

California Pays Off $14 Billion In Costly Debt From 2004
Juliet Williams @
California closed an ugly chapter in its financial history on Wednesday by making its final payment on $14.2 billion in costly borrowing that plugged a budget deficit 11 years ago but eventually cost taxpayers about $5 billion in interest and fees.

State Labor Board Issues Complaint In Charter School Unionization Effort
California’s labor oversight board has issued a complaint alleging that the largest charter school organization in Los Angeles interfered with the right of its teachers to unionize.

Judge Cites 10 Violations For Edison |
At a March 2013 private meeting between a utility executive and then-president Mike Peevey of the California Public Utilities Commission, a framework for the San Onofre closure deal was discussed.

Watts Riots Shifted State To The Right, But New Demographics Pushed It Left
Cathleen Decker @
The embers of Watts had cooled as Ronald Reagan raced toward his first election as California's governor, a year after riots scarred southern Los Angeles.

East Bay Senate Special Cost More Than $12 Million, Final Reports Show
Jim Miller @
The final numbers are in: this year’s special elections in the East Bay’s 7th Senate District generated a whopping $12.1 million in campaign spending, state filings show.

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New Skirmish Erupts Among California Judges | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Former court official now works for private firm

No Firefighter Shortage Despite State's Shrinking Prison Population
Ben Adler @
Of the more than 10,000 firefighters battling California wildfires right now, roughly 40 percent of them are criminals – inmates who participate in fire camps. There’s been some fear that the reduction in the state’s prison population might lead to a shortage of firefighters. But that fear hasn’t played out.

'trigger' Law Distracts From Parents' Responsibility In Education
As a Santa Ana Unified School District teacher for 20-plus years, I have seen many families from diverse backgrounds create an atmosphere of success for their children. What is their secret? These parents make sure that their children do their homework, they help them study their math facts, and they read with them every night.

Body Camera Video Undercuts Police Account Of Skid Row Shooting, Suit Says
Police body-camera video disputes the LAPD's account of how officers shot and killed an unarmed homeless man on skid row earlier this year, a civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in L.A. Superior Court alleged.

Rep. John Lewis And Sen. Patrick Leahy: Restore Voting Rights
John Lewis and Patrick Leahy @
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, the bill many historians regard as the most influential legislation passed by Congress in the last half-century. It transformed our nation by opening access to the ballot box to racial and ethnic minorities, the disabled, seniors, non-English speakers, poor and rural voters. On Aug. 6, 1965, our nation took a historic step by creating a more fair, more just democracy.

San Diego Is Not A Sanctuary City, Officials Say |
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Senate Report Cites I.R.S. Mismanagement in Targeting of Tea Party Groups
A report released by the bipartisan panel said the Internal Revenue Service improperly targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status but it did not suggest that any laws were broken.

Group Seeks A Legislative Fix As California Refinery Profits Surge
A consumer advocacy group says Californians paid a $4.8-billion premium compared with prices in the rest of the nation during the first half of 2015 because of the state's gasoline price spike, and it proposed legislation to fix what it sees as problems in the market.