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THE NOONER for September 18, 2015

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Happy Friday! It's going to be a warm weekend here in Sacramento, the site of the Global Nooner Headquarters. It's supposed to start cooling of Tuesday, but no rain in the Sacramento forecast.

NWS SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT: "Warming Temperatures Return For The Weekend With Highs Reaching In The Mid To Upper 90S. Northerly Winds Will Create Dry Conditions, Increasing The Fire Weather Concern This Weekend." The Valley fire is 40% contained. Be careful, folks.

GOOD NEWS: It's the third Friday of the month, meaning it's the day for the monthly economic release for states. Highlights:

  • California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in August, down 0.1 percentage point from July, and down 1.3 percentage points from 1 year ago. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in August, down 0.2 percentage point from July, and down 1.0 percentage point from 1 year ago. 
  • In California there were 16,185,000 jobs in total nonfarm industries in August, a gain of 36,300 jobs from last month. This followed a revised 80,400-job gain in July and a 22,300-job gain in June. 
  • A negative is that the largest job growth was Government (31,300) and the largest job decline was in Professional and Business Services (11,200). The latter represents some of the highest wage jobs in the state.
  • Lowest unemployment rate: Marin (3.5%); Highest unemployment rate: Imperial (23.7%) 
  • Labor participation rate has increased from 87.9% in August 2010 to 93.9% in August 2015. Combine that with the halving of the unemployment rate, that means a lot more people have reentered the workforce and there are a lot fewer disaffected workers.

GOP CONFABS WITH MICKIE: The California Republican Headquarters convene at the Anaheim Marriott this weekend. After Scott Walker backed out, the only presidential candidate speaking is Mike Huckabee. Replacing Walker is former UN Ambassador John Bolton, who now runs a SuperPAC.

Jon Fleischman writes that there is going to be a floor fight over platform language on immigration.

The Anaheim Marriott is in Tom Daly's (D) AD69.

SB277: Are vaccines safe? Republican presidential candidates weigh in [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate offered plenty of overlap with leading California issues: the candidates sparred over climate change policies. They mentioned the drought and marijuana legalization. And toward the end, they entered a debate over the safety and effectiveness of vaccines that roiled the Legislature in 2015."

AURAL PLEASURE: John, Marisa and Anthony took the California Politics Podcast on the road in a discussion at the Bay Area Council's annual meeting.

EDUCATION BOND: The $9 billion education bond qualified for the November 3, 2016 ballot yesterday. The initiative statute, which requires a simple majority of voters, would divide the money as follows:

- $3 billion for new K-12 school construction
- $3 billion for K-12 school modernization
- $1 billion for charter schools and vocational education centers
- $2 billion for community colleges


PROP 30: When temporary is not temporary [Joel Fox @ Fox and Hounds] - "In my occasional updates of possible tax measures on the 2016 ballot, I continually stated that a Prop 30 extension was the most likely scenario, noting one month ago that “many supporters of a tax increase believe this type of measure may be the easiest one to pass.” The reason: the tax is already being collected and only hits the well-heeled. Taxing the rich theme still holds strong. Witness Donald Trump’s call for taxing hedge fund managers and capital gains as the leading Republican presidential candidate." 

FPPC: Ethics panel opposes bill to reduce disclosure of behested payments [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "bill on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk that would end disclosure of payments made by government agencies at the urging of state legislators was opposed Thursday by the state’s campaign finance watchdog agency. The state Fair Political Practices Commission voted to oppose AB 1544 by Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova)."

TWEET! Your Twitter feed says more about your political views than you think, study says [Karen Kaplan] - "You can get a pretty good idea of whether an American is liberal or conservative just by looking at his or her Twitter feed, new research shows."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sandy Goldfarb! Light those weekend birthday candles for reporter extraordinaire Brian Joseph (Saturday), Senator Nielson's district coordinator Saolo Londoño (Saturday), Assemblymember Brian Dahle and Assemblymember Shirley Weber!

Great job Broncos! The game wasn't pretty until the fourth quarter.



  • Capitol Weekly and UC Center present: CALIFORNIA HEALTH, a day-long conference to be held in Sacramento on September 23, 2015.  We will examine new and proposed legislation, including a landmark bill to extend Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on California.

    Our keynote speaker will be Diana Dooley, Chair of the Health Benefit Exchange Board. Other speakers will discuss topics including Fiscal Impacts, Expansion of Medi-Cal, Underserved Communities, and Policy vs. Politics.

    To register, or for more information, Click here or call 916 444 7665.
  • Outreach Coordinator
    You will be working on the ground talking to people who are impacted by the health care system every day to help them understand changes in health care. As outreach coordinator, you will create events to provide unbiased educational information to groups of dual eligible beneficiaries (and those that work with beneficiaries) on the California Coordinated Care Initiative. This is a time limited, contract position - lasting through June 30, 2016.  Compensation is an hourly rate, commensurate with experience. Please visit for more information. 

  • 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.

  • Kaiser Permanente is hiring a Senior Legislative Representative to represent the interests of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan/Hospitals, the Permanente Medical Groups, our members and the communities we serve in California. To learn more about this role go to KP Careers website ( and ype in job # 399705.>
  • Account Executive, Redwood Pacific Public Affairs. 2-4+ years’ experience. Requires strong communications, writing, research skills to support high-profile public affairs and ballot measure campaigns. Competitive salary/benefits. Send cover letter and resume:
  • Administrative Support Coordinator I, Center for California Studies, CSUS.  Support of the Capital Fellows Programs (Assembly) and Center (LegiSchool). $2,846-$4,484. University, state government knowledge preferred. Fulltime position. To apply: American Disabilities Act/Equal Employment Opportunity.
  • THERE'S MUCH MORE TO EFFECTIVE LOBBYING THAN LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY. Get the total picture when you attend Capitol veteran Ray LeBov's introductory Lobbying 101 and advanced Lobbying 201 seminarOctober 1-2. Lobbying 101 covers the Legislative process and Legislative advocacy; Lobbying 201 explores time-tested principles / best practices in the additional critical areas of Budget, Regulatory Agency and Executive Branch advocacy plus Media Relations. $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / staff, organizations / agencies that employ lobbyists, newcomers to the profession. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • Planned Parenthood of Northern California (PPNorCal) is currently seeking a full-time Senior Public Affairs Officer, San Francisco.  Responsibilities include working closely with the VP and Director of Public Affairs to manage government and community relations and grassroots activities in San Francisco and Marin Counties, with some secondary work in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.  The Senior Officer will also provide key support to the PPNorCal Action Fund to help elect pro-choice officials, promote advocacy and volunteer activities in targeted candidate and issue-based campaigns.  Visit us at for job details or submit resumes directly to Salary is DOE.

  • Planned Parenthood of Northern California (PPNorCal) is currently seeking a full-time Public Affairs Officer, Concord.  The Public Affairs Officer will work closely with the Director of Public Affairs to manage government and community relations and grassroots activities in Contra Costa and Napa Counties, with some secondary work in Solano County.  The Officer will also provide key support to the Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund to help elect pro-choice officials and promote advocacy and volunteer activities in targeted candidate and issue-based campaigns.  Visit us at for job details or submit resumes directly to is DOE.

  • Meet Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Fmr. Rep. Ellen Tauscher and Contra Costa's Democratic Leaders on September 25The Democratic Party of Contra Costa County fights on the front line to keep California blue. Rally for 2016 with hundreds of voters, elected officials, labor/business leaders and activists at our 2nd Annual Roosevelt Awards Dinner. Join us as our party honors Secretary Padilla's groundbreaking voting rights reforms, Rep. Tauscher's tenure as U.S. Undersecretary of State, and the Contra Costa County Democratic Party Hall of Fame. RSVP FOR THE DINNER AND VIP RECEPTION HERE or contact Jerome Pandell for more information.

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New L.A. Councilman Eyes Ban On Business, Union Donations To Candidates
A Los Angeles lawmaker wants the Ethics Commission to explore banning campaign contributions from businesses, unions and other groups, arguing that it would prevent hard-to-trace donations from flowing to city candidates.

Fiorina Flourishes In Debate, But Will It Last? | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Presidential candidate was riding high in U.S. Senate race in 2010

State Panel Outlaws 'dark Money' In California Political Campaigns
The state’s campaign finance watchdog agency on Thursday adopted new requirements that nonprofit groups that contribute through a federal political action committee to support or oppose ballot measures or candidates in California must disclose their donors.

Which Bills Will Jerry Brown Sign? | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Governor has more than 600 measures to act on in the coming weeks

Ethics Panel Opposes Bill To Reduce Disclosure Of Behested Payments
A bill on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk that would end disclosure of payments made by government agencies at the urging of state legislators was opposed Thursday by the state’s campaign finance watchdog agency.

Californians Will Come Around On Healthcare For Immigrants
Just last month, a Field poll found an increasing number support expanding affordable healthcare to undocumented Californians: 58%, up from 51% polled last year. California's new budget also allocates millions of dollars for expanded healthcare services for all children, regardless of immigration status.

Scorecard On The GOP Debate :: Fox&hounds
Carly Fiorina impressed those voters looking for outsiders to run the government and she will move up at the expense of Ben Carson and Donald Trump.

California Hasn't Spend Nearly $1 Billion In Cap-and-trade Funds Due To Legislative Disagreement
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How Do We Know Who Won The GOP Debate?
More from Trail Guide Sept. 16 Second GOP debate: Carly Fiorina made the most of it, and 4 other takeaways Sept. 16 Pre-show: GOP debate from the Reagan Library Sept. 15 Trump zeroes in on immigration in national security speech aboard battleship Sept. 14 Scott Walker returns to his fight against...

Coalition Fighting Cap On Budget Reserves Stumbles | Edsource
Senate Bill 799 remained stuck in an Assembly committee on Friday, the last day of the session. It will resurface next year, and negotiations will continue, said Dennis Meyers, assistant executive director for the California School Boards Association.

Ann Coulter's "f--ing Jews" Tweet Ripped - Sfgate
During the Republican presidential debate Wednesday night, Coulter got angry at Republican candidates repeatedly voicing their support of Israel and tweeted "How many f--ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?"

Court Says Minor’s ‘consent’ To Sex With Teacher Is No Defense For School District - Crime Scene
A Los Angeles jury's denial of damages to an eighth-grade student who was led into having sex with her teacher prompted the Legislature to change state law: A minor's "consent" to sex with an adult...

Obama Names Fernando Valenzuela Ambassador For Immigration Program
Pretty sure this didn’t come up during the GOP presidential debate Wednesday when the skirmishes turned to immigration, but then who while in Southern California would ever be foolish enough to take on local treasure Fernando Valenzuela?

House Votes To Defund Planned Parenthood For One Year - Politico
Lawmakers on the activist right call a leadership proposal to defund Planned Parenthood a farce.

Civic Group Asks For Outside Committee On L.A. Superintendent Search
A group of civic leaders has privately urged the Los Angeles Board of Education to appoint an outside committee to assist with or even lead the search process for a superintendent of schools.

Qualcomm To Slash More Than 1,300 Jobs In San Diego | The Sacramento Bee
Qualcomm is slashing more than 1,300 full-time jobs in San Diego and has cut hundreds more in other states.

John Kasich Gives Presidential Pitch In O.C. - The Orange County Register
IRVINE – Ohio Gov. John Kasich can get lost in the crowd of Republican presidential hopefuls, but he said Thursday that his campaign is ahead of schedule and described the path he sees to the top of the field.

Obama Says Paris Train Heroes Are 'the Very Best Of America'
President Obama hailed the courage and quick thinking of three high school friends who helped avert tragedy on a Paris-bound train last month as they came to the White House on Thursday, where he labeled them “the very best of America.”

California Home Prices, Sales Cool In August | The Sacramento Bee
California's summer housing rally cooled in August, a research firm said Thursday, as tight supplies kept a lid on sales and more buyers found prices out of reach.

Surgery, celebrity and CPAC: Ben Carson's path to a presidential bid
As presidential candidate Ben Carson turns 64 today, POLITICO takes a look back at his journey from a young, gifted neurosurgeon to a potential 2016 Republican nominee. From schmoozing with Hollywood stars to meeting civil rights legends, Carson has made headlines with his medical breakthroughs, presidential awards and even a brief foray into acting. Now a favorite of many tea party supporters, Carson's performance at the Republican debates and recent sparring with front-runner Donald Trump have earned him a loyal following among the GOP.