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THE NOONER for August 13, 2015

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Oh, it's the dog days of the political summer, and it seems most political reporters are getting quality vacation time. Of course, Monday starts that frenetic last month of the legislative year. Meanwhile, the news is a trial (and a bad courtroom sketch) about Tom Brady's underinflated balls. Just can't make this stuff up.

CA46 (Santa Ana): Garden Grove mayor spoke about congressional run in taped chat with policeman [Chris Haine @ OCR]- "After a brief exchange, [Bao] Nguyen said, "I'm going national, man."

GOVERNOR MCCLINTOCK: Jefferson activists ask El Dorado County to back secession from California [Brad Branan @ SacBee] - "An overflow crowd of about 400 people gathered Tuesday night in El Dorado County and tried to persuade the Board of Supervisors to support a plan to secede from California and join the proposed state of Jefferson."

Of course, McClintock doesn't live in his congressional district, but rather in Elk Grove--and is represented by Ami Bera. Republicans still don't have a candidate to run against Bera. Maybe McClintock could carry the party's banner and run where he lives. Of course, he was elected to Congress while living in Southern California--something completely legal. He just can't vote for himself.



BIG BIRD BALLERS: 'Sesame Street' to Air First on HBO for Next 5 Seasons [Emily Steel @ NYT] - "Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group behind the children's television program, has struck a deal with HBO, the premium cable network, that will bring the next five seasons of "Sesame Street" to HBO and its streaming outlets starting this fall."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to SD03 candidate Greg Coppes, Mercury VP's Adam Keigwin, and Lorena Gonzalez DO staffer Lucas O'Connor!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: The SD03 candidate is Gabe Griess, not Greg.




  • FORMER WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF JOHN SUNUNU discusses the Bush 41 presidency, and analysis on how to rebuild the California Republican party in this exclusive interview:
  • "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


Articles: Manure For Some, Dollars For Others | Calmatters
by Pauline Bartolone

What Jerry Brown Gave Lifeguards In San Diego, But Not Oceanside | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
California governor vetoes bill over cost concerns

Villaraigosa To Host Clinton Fundraiser In Hollywood Hills Home
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will host a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign at his newly purchased Hollywood Hills home.

Lawmaker Defends California Climate Change Bill -
Debate over an ambitious climate change bill continues to sizzle in the California Legislature as its final vote nears.

The 36-cent 'shade Ball' That Could Save $250 Million And Keep L.A. Water Clean
Can 96 million balls improve water quality? Los Angeles is about to find out. On Monday, Mayor Eric Garcetti was at the Los Angeles Reservoir to mark the addition of 20,000 of the small balls to the lake. But what exactly are those balls and how will they help? Interested in the stories shaping...

Antitax Republicans Are Getting High On Pot Taxes
Joe Garofoli @
Marijuana is now so politically potent in Sacramento that it has inspired key Republicans to do something they don’t normally do: support new taxes.

Panetta calls out Jeb Bush on blaming Clinton, Obama for Isis
Monterey — Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has refuted Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s charge that Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Obama are largely responsible for the rise of ISIS, even as he expressed concern that the administration needs “a larger strategy on how to deal with the Middle East.” On Tuesday in a foreign policy speech at the Regan Library, Bush said the United States’ “premature withdrawal” from Iraq was a “fatal error” that created a void filled by ISIS. Panetta, a widely respected former public officials with experience in two administrations — he also served as CIA director of the CIA under Obama and as President Clinton’s chief of staff and director of the office of Budget and Management — now heads the Panetta Institute for Public Policy at Cal State Monterey Bay. In a wide-ranging interview with The Chronicle, he spoke about key issues facing the country, including including the Iran nuclear deal, and the 2016 presidential candidates. Panetta also expressed concerns about current U.S. policies and how they are impacting the geopolitical tinderbox that is the Middle East. “It isn’t just ISIS ... it’s the whole Arab Spring turning to shreds, Libya fighting itself, Egypt fighting (Islamist extremists) in the Sinai,” and Palestinians fighting Israelis, he said. Panetta also weighed in on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, calling him a political “air horn” who has lent little of substance to the contest.

Brown Signs New School Residency Laws :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Kimberly Beltran @
SB 200, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, expands district residency requirements to include a student whose parent or legal guardian lives outside the boundaries of the district but works and resides with the student three or more days during the school week at his or her place of employment within district boundaries.

Jury Rejects Negligence Lawsuit Against LAPD In Shooting
A Los Angeles jury unanimously rejected a lawsuit by the family of a 21-year-old man who was shot and killed by an LAPD officer in 2010, dismissing claims that improper tactics used by officers led to the shooting.

California Pension Proposal Cast Similarly To Failed Bid - Sfgate

L.A. Taxpayers, Lawyers Could Share $92.5-million City Telephone Tax Settlement
Los Angeles could pay a maximum of $92.5 million to taxpayers and attorneys to settle a long-running lawsuit over a city telephone tax, under a tentative settlement proposal that has been vetted by the City Council.

California Sets Low-flow Standards On New Shower Heads | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
Stricter regulation aimed at saving water in drought

PUC Gets Public Input On Reform Amid Outcry Over Its Practices
California utility regulators, coping with repeated scandals over decisions that are costing utility customers billions of dollars, took the unusual step Wednesday of fielding public comments on how to reform their operations.

Tim Draper Gets Some Face Time With New Tv Program | The Sacramento Bee
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Proposal from PG&E, other utilities, seeks cut in benefits for solar customers
Legions of Californians have turned to solar energy for similar reasons. But under proposals by the state’s three utility giants, rooftop solar power may become less of a good deal. The companies, including PG&E, are seeking to lower compensation rates to solar customers who supply excess power to the grid, and to also implement new “demand charges” for those customers.

Summer White House No Big Deal On Martha's Vineyard
President Obama’s motorcade snaked through the woods here the other night, past open fields of Queen Anne’s lace and a lone doe, but none of the crowds that usually gather for presidential visits to small towns.

$240 Million Education Contract Illustrates State Lobbying Loopholes
When California education officials awarded a $240 million, three-year contract to conduct Common Core testing for millions of school children this spring, they said it was an open and competitive process — and that Educational Testing Service, the winning company, simply had the best proposal.

L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich Plans Run For State Senate
The contest to succeed Democratic state Sen. Carol Liu when she leaves office next year has drawn another big name: Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

The Gop's Woman Problem Goes Beyond Trump
After Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election, Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus commissioned an autopsy to determine what had gone wrong. High on the list: a yawning gender gap. Romney won the votes of most men but lost among female voters by 11 percentage points; among single women,...

Jimmy Carter Says That He Has Cancer That Has Spread
Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers for my grandfather and grandmother. I will pass them along!