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THE NOONER for August 12, 2015

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Hey you. I'm going to be a bit short today as I just got the news that my aunt (dad's sister) had a stroke this morning and is alone in New York hospital. Her husband died a few years ago, and all three kids live far away. So sad and a reminder of how vulnerable we all are.

MONEY MATTERS: Local Governments Spend Big to Influence Sacramento [John Myers @ KQED] - "The money spent on lobbying by government agencies — cities, counties, school districts, water agencies, even rent control boards across the Golden State — consistently ranks at or near the top of the heap. Recent state filings show the government sector spent $22.3 million on lobbying and influence efforts in the first six months of 2015, on top of the $87.8 million spent in the previous two year legislative session."

ALWAYS LISTEN TO A LIBRARIAN: Greg Lucas on the John Burton "highway" I love Greg (and for those of you who have never met him, you would too), but still giggle when I type his name in the same sentence as "librarian."



POOP POLITICS: Manure for some, dollars for others [Pauline Bartolone @ CalMatters] - "Ideal Family Farms is one of 50 livestock projects around the country that are approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to offset emissions. Not one of those state-approved offset locations is in California."

LANDING RIGHTS: Retired labor union official lands consultant post in state Assembly [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "Willie L. Pelote Sr., a top labor union lobbyist, has quietly landed a plum consultant job in the state Assembly, not long after he announced his retirement from a powerful public employee union."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and former Assemblymember Nancy Skinner!




  • "Crisp & entertaining...” “Gasp-worthy twists...” “An irresistible political thriller…” “Reminiscent of House of Cards..."  A beautiful legislative aide is found stabbed to death in the Capitol in this Sacramento-based murder mystery & thriller featuring environmental lobbyist Maren Kane. Will Maren be able to piece together clues and find the killer before she’s the next victim? Author Kris Calvin is a debut fiction author and long-time children’s advocate in Sacramento. ONE MURDER MORE published by Inkshares, Inc. is available in ebook or First Edition hardback on Amazon, in bookstores and at  
  • 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


Local Governments Spend Big To Influence Sacramento
Annual scorecards and power rankings rarely take notice of the lobbyists for local governments in California’s statehouse, focusing instead on the brawn of business or labor’s legion of foot soldiers.

Retired Labor Union Official Lands Consultant Post In State Assembly
Willie L. Pelote Sr., a top labor union lobbyist, has quietly landed a plum consultant job in the state Assembly, not long after he announced his retirement from a powerful public employee union.

Pension Initiative Ballot Summary Draws Crossfire | Calpensions
Two previous pension reform initiatives were dropped after sponsors said Harris gave them ballot titles and summaries that were inaccurate and misleading, making voter approval unlikely.

Immigration Crackdown: Senate Republicans Split - Politico
Ted Cruz, left, talks with Jeff Sessions, who commands significant influence on immigration among hard-liners. | Getty

Tom Steyer Is Flunking Logic Test | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
California has high gas prices, as environmentalist notes

L.A. County Supervisors Move To Consolidate Three Health Agencies
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to consolidate three sprawling health agencies under a single director. The action caused some advocates to fear that the change would favor county hospitals at the expense of agencies providing mental health and public health services.

Jerry Brown Signs Bill Banning Grand Juries In Police Use-of-force Cases | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
California governor also signs bill clarifying people can take video of police

Court Rebuffs Farm Pollution Waiver
Geoffrey Mohan @
A state court has struck down rules governing runoff from farms along the Central Coast, a decision that could have broader implications for the state's $43-billion agriculture industry.

Despite Parity Laws, Equal Access To Mental Health Care Slow Going In California | State Of Health | Kqed News
Instead, she said, things got worse.

How Voters See Hillary Clinton Depends Not Only On Political Views But Age, Too
Democratic pollster Celinda Lake has been asking voters how much they trust Hillary Rodham Clinton for more than two decades. So when she recently asked a group of 10 young people about the issue, her questions naturally turned to Whitewater, the Arkansas land deal turned White House scandal of...

L.A. County To Relocate Some Inmates, Build Jail To Treat The Mentally Ill
Setting a path for the future of the Los Angeles County jail system, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to eventually move 1,000 offenders with mental health issues out of lock-ups as well as to build a new downtown jail.

Senators Address Solutions To Foster Care System's Reliance On Psych Meds
Tracy Seipel @
The scolding from Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsberg, who chairs the Senate Human Services Committee, came during a three-hour hearing in which he and Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, chairman of the Senate Health Committee, demanded answers about the lack of conclusive statewide data measuring whether or not the drugs are successful in treating the youths.

Bernie Sanders In Los Angeles: 'black Lives Matter' Isn't Just A Slogan
Linda Zhang and Janie Har @
The wildly enthusiastic and overwhelmingly positive campaign stop on Monday night avoided the Vermont senator's previous problems in Seattle.

New Generation Of Wildfires Changes Plants That Grow Back -
The plants growing back after this generation of wildfires in northern California are species that usually grow in southern California or Mexico -- that's according to a new UC Davis study.

Attorney In Kelly Thomas Case Wants Thomas' Lawyer Disqualified - The Orange County Register
Officer fired in Kelly Thomas beating death arrested on suspicion of domestic violence

Obama Reiterates His Call For The Restoration Of Full Voting Rights Act
President Obama spoke last week about the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. 

Sacramento Considers Airbnb Crackdown
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Cal Fire Chief’s Nightmare Scenario | Kqed Science
It comes down to this: the next couple of months.

First Draft: Obama Urges Defense of Voting Rights in Letter to the Editor
In a letter published in The New York Times, the president called on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that invalidated central parts of the historic 1965 law.

Racial Troubles Serve As Mournful Coda To Film Honoring Tom Bradley
On a peaceful Monday night, hundreds gathered at Cal State Los Angeles for the premiere of a new movie about the late Mayor Tom Bradley, honoring his barrier-breaking past. But the present hung over the event like a shroud.

No Censure For Newport Beach Councilman Over Anti-gay Marriage Remarks
The Newport Beach City Council decided Tuesday night after two hours of discussion that Councilman Scott Peotter should not face formal reprimand for his recent email criticizing same-sex marriage.