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THE NOONER for August 10, 2015

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AURAL PLEASURE: John, Marisa and Anthony tickle our ears with the California Politics podcast. They talk about Shrimpgate, Tom Steyer's war on big oil, and California's retitement of its Prop 57 debt.

Legislative staffers are enjoying their Hawaiian shirts and shorts for the last week before the Legislature returns for a four-week run.

LAW AND DISORDER: Assembly settles pay lawsuit against former member [Kurt Chirbas @ LAT] - "In February 2014, a former legislative staffer, Kristina Zahn, sued the now-ousted Assemblyman Steve Fox (D-Palmdale), alleging that the one-term legislator forced her to do unpaid campaign work, refused to pay her overtime and made inappropriate sexual comments."

Fox has indicated that he is running again to unseat Tom Lackey, who defeated Fox in 2014. However, Fox hasn't filed a semi-annual campaign finance report, and observers are growing increasing skepital that he will run. Democratic leaders hope to find another candidate.



SLIP SLIDING AWAY: CA Controller's July Cash Report Shows Revenues Close to Projections - "Sales and use tax totaling $858.7 million fell short of projections by $113.8 million, or 11.7 percent. Corporation tax revenues came in $1 million, or 0.3 percent, lower than expected.

CHECKS AND BALANCES: The campaign circulating the "No Blank Checks" initiative, which would require voter approval for state revenue bonds exceeding $2 billion has been solely funded ($3 million) by Stockton's agribusiness family Dean and Joan Cortopassi. The initiative is seen as a possible block to the tunnels that would convey water from the Sacramento river delta to the state water project's aquaduct, championed by Jerry Brown. The initiative's backers have until September 10 to collect 585,407 valid signatures.

$$$: State kicking tires on idea to tax miles [Nicole Knight @ OCR] - "Mileage-based fees, used to some extent in Europe and Asia, hold promise in terms of how much money they can raise. A 2009 national forecast by the RAND Corp. suggests that a per-mile charge of 1.1 cents might generate 20 percent more revenue than gas taxes by 2030."

#CAKEDAY: Weekend birthday greetings to lobbyist Dominic Dimare, State Senator Steve Glazer and Community College League VP Kimi Shigetani!

#FAREWELL: Lobbyist Jay Michael (1933-2015)




  • 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.

    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


40 Years Later, Jerry Brown Is An Evolving Force On Agricultural Labor Law | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

How To Leave CalPERS Without Paying Huge Fee | Calpensions
The March 2011 paper seems to contradict the current California Public Employees Retirement System position: When a pension plan is closed to new members, state law requires that the plan be terminated.

Green Waste Collections Fall By Millions Of Pounds As Sacramentans Let Their Lawns Turn Brown
Phillip Reese @
As families across the region let their lawns go brown, garbage haulers for the area’s largest population centers have collected 26 million fewer pounds of green waste so far this summer compared to 2012, the first year of California’s drought, according to data obtained by The Sacramento Bee. That’s enough grass clippings to fill about a dozen Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Innovation Is Blooming At Water-Wise Urban Farms
Katie Shephard @
As California moves through its fourth summer of drought, cutting back on water use means shorter showers, fuller dishwashers and drier lawns for most people living in urban areas.

Feinstein, Boxer Introduce Alternative Drought Bill With More Specific Environmental Protection
Janie Costa @
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Donald Trump Struggles To Turn Political Fling Into A Durable Campaign
Robert Costa and Philip Rucker @
Donald Trump was ensconced inside his Manhattan skyscraper early last week, preparing for his first presidential debate. The celebrity billionaire wanted to turn the summer fling that had catapulted him to the front of the Republican pack into a candidacy capable of winning the White House — and his longtime adviser Roger Stone had a plan.

L.A. County Supervisors To Weigh Proposed Merger Of Health Agencies
Los Angeles County supervisors are poised to decide whether to go forward with a proposed overhaul of three health agencies, the latest in a series of moves to restructure county government since last year's election ushered in a new board majority.

Senate Report Calls For Crackdown On Airline Fees
Hugo Martin @
Eric Rose knew that he would take a financial hit when he needed to reschedule a flight home with his wife, Marci, after dropping off their son at college in Tucson. After all, he had bought two $160 nonrefundable tickets.

Hillary Clinton To Unveil $350-billion Plan To Make College More Affordable
Hillary Rodham Clinton will call Monday for a $350-billion federal commitment to reducing higher education costs for millions of Americans, part of an overhaul she seeks that would also cut student loan interest rates and make it easier to repay college debt.

First Draft: Today in Politics: Trumpâ
Not only is Donald Trump not going away, he is ensuring that yet another week on the campaign trail will begin with questions that the rest of the candidates are growing sick of.

Thousands Of Mines With Toxic Water Lie Under The West
NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press @
Beneath the western United States lie thousands of old mining tunnels filled with the same toxic stew that spilled into a Colorado river last week, turning it into a nauseating yellow concoction and stoking alarm about contamination of drinking water.

L.A. Maps Out Sweeping Transportation Overhaul
First it was a ban on plastic bags. Then came the workplace prohibition on e-cigarettes.

Newport Beach Councilman Who Criticized Gay Marriage Could Face Reprimand
Newport Beach Councilman Scott Peotter could face a written reprimand from his colleagues during a meeting Tuesday, a month after he wrote an email under the city seal that criticized same-sex marriage.

2nd Firefighter Killed Battling California Wildfires
A U.S. Forest Service firefighter was killed Saturday night battling a wildfire in Northern California, becoming the second firefighter to die in just over a week.

Summer Remedial Courses Now Required For Nearly Half Of CSU Freshman | Edsource
Cal State Fullerton incoming freshman Kathlyn Kagahastian shares her answer with classmates during a summer course to help student prepare for college-level math.

Where The Drought Has Brought Head Start To A Stop
A plush Cookie Monster wearing overalls and a sparkling pony ridden by a doll with one eye permanently shut huddled against a living room wall with a contingent of other orphaned toys.

San Francisco Bay Area News Crews Targeted By Robbers
PAUL ELIAS Associated Press @

A Republican Agitator in the Senate Makes Friends Across the Aisle
Mike Lee, the junior senator from Utah who helped lead the government shutdown effort, has a reputation of defying party leaders as well as cooperating with Democrats on libertarian-leaning policy.

Bay Area Schools In A Hiring Frenzy Just Days Before Students Return To Class
Sharon Noguchi @
"It has definitely been a challenge recruiting teachers," said Jorge Quintana, spokesman for San Jose Unified School District, whose schools had 12 teacher openings late last week, just days before the first day of class this Wednesday.

Bootstrapped Startups Buck Trend Toward Vc Bucks - San Francisco Chronicle
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Bernie Sanders Draws 28,000 People In Portland, His Campaign Says — Largest 2016 Contender Crowd By Far
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EPA Orders More Air Quality Tests For Homes Near Superfund Sites
Tony Barboza @
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered a new round of air quality tests for a South Bay neighborhood after detecting a variety of contaminants inside homes near two federal cleanup sites.