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THE NOONER for August 11, 2015

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  • AD24 (Palo Alto-Mountain View): added Cupertino councilmember Barry Chang (D)



Today is the one-year anniversary of the suicide death of Robin Williams. It happened when I was in alcohol treatment in Pacific Grove, CA--something I have never hidden, and was told to "Get the F  out of here at an AA meeting" at the facility I spent $22,000 for a month of recovery. Williams had a history of drug and alcohol dependence, but his suicide is attributed to his diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease.  



Thanks for your patience. Being in this darn neck collar is impeding my sleep and work. 

CA46 (Santa Ana): Joe Dunn filed a statement of candidacy for Loretta Sanchez's congressional seat. 

BANNED WORDS: Gov. Brown doesn't want California to use this word for immigrants [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown signed a trio of immigration-related measures Monday, including one removing the word "alien" from California's labor code because it is seen as a disparaging term for those not born in the United States."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Fran Pavley aide Chris Chavez!




  • 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


Pro-jerry Brown Labor Committee, California Senators Agree To Campaign Finance Fines | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
California Fair Political Practices Commission announces new cases

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.

California Education Officials Sued For Records On English Learners | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Civil rights group says documents should be made public

Business And Union Groups Back Higher Taxes To Fund $6 Billion In Road Work
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L.A. Pushes To Be U.S. Candidate For 2024 Summer Olympics, Projects $4-billion Cost
Los Angeles is close to reaching an agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee to be America's bidder for the 2024 Summer Games, pledging to host the event at a projected cost of approximately $4 billion and offering a guarantee that the city would cover any financial overruns, officials involved with the bid said Monday.

Lobbyist Jay Dee Michael Dies At 82 | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
He was a top Capitol lobbyist for four decades

Watchdog Issues Campaign Fines In Los Angeles Mayor's Race
Juliet Williams Associated Press @
The agency also imposed fines against a campaign that supported Gov. Jerry Brown and a GOP state senator suspected of sending money to help a candidate for Assembly.

With Road Repairs On California's To Do List, Local Officials Push For New Funds
It's not just state government that faces big bills for road repairs -- California cities and counties say they need tens of billions of dollars, and they want a cut of whatever new revenue is generated for maintenance work.

Two State Senators Receive Campaign Finance Violation Fines
Two state senators and a former assemblyman are facing $30,000 in fines from California’s ethics agency for violating campaign finance rules, according to documents released Monday.

Bernie Sanders Picks Up First Major Labor Endorsement | The Sacramento Bee
Bernie Sanders picked up his first major labor endorsement from the nation's largest organization of nurses, reflecting the Vermont senator's appeal among unions in his challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Kamala Harris' Office Indicts 32 Long Beach Crips And Associates
Dozens of Long Beach gang members were indicted Monday on suspicion of stealing the identities of hundreds of Californians and using them to steal millions of dollars worth of tax returns, the state attorney general's office announced.

Fixing The No Child Left Behind Law: How The House And Senate Plans Differ
Both the House and Senate have passed fixes to the No Child Left Behind law, but lawmakers remain sharply divided over key issues.

Morrell Bill to Help Active Duty Personnel Complete College Degrees Signed into Law
Senate Bill 418 extends readmission rights for active duty military students from two to five years in the California State University System. Readmission rights guarantee that a student can continue at the institution where he or she has already been studying after an approved absence. This will help students serving in the Armed Forces obtain their degrees in a timely manner while also serving their country. The change ensures that this policy conforms to federal law.

Bernie Sanders Gets Endorsement Of Big Nurses Union - San Francisco Chronicle
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Trump Speaks For All The GOP Candidates On Women « Calbuzz
Dick Polman @
By Dick Polman

Sacramento Planning Commission To Consider Allowing Artificial Turf In Front Yards | The Sacramento Bee
Brenna Lyles @
City has banned artificial turf in front lawns since 1984

Without Immigration Reform, California Citizenship Will Have To Do
It started with in-state tuition. Then came driver's licenses, new rules designed to limit deportations and state-funded healthcare for children. And on Monday, in a gesture heavy with symbolism, came a new law to erase the word "alien" from California's labor code.

Taking care of California's most vulnerable
Of all the ways the government spends taxpayer dollars, most would agree that these programs, which help people who are truly the least able to care for themselves, should be a priority in the state budget. With $10 billion in unanticipated revenue this year, and a record-setting $265-billion budget, they should have been at the top of the list to receive adequate funding.

Ratepayer Group: Scrap San Onofre Deal |
The Office of Ratepayer Advocates, a division of the California Public Utilities Commission that advocates on behalf of the public, said it no longer supports the agreement approved in November because the commission judge assigned to the case is going too easy on Southern California Edison.

First Draft: Lawrence Lessig to Explore a Run for President as a Democrat
Mr. Lessig, the Harvard professor and democratic theorist, said he would explore a protest bid for the Democratic nomination if he can raise $1 million in small donations by Labor Day, and would tie his campaign to the issue of empowering small donors in politics.

Joanna Newsom Sings Of Nyc History And Politics On New 'sapokanikan'
In the video for Joanna Newsom’s first new work in five years, “Sapokanikan,” the harpist-pianist-singer-composer-actor strolls through Manhattan in long takes while singing kaleidoscopic lyrics. Around her the city sparkles. As she moves, Newsom stares into the camera and offers a vivid recounting...