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THE NOONER for September 24, 2015

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Buenas dias from the Global Nooner Headquarters, where our staff of 1,000 is glued to the tevee to someone that has a heart much bigger than another omnipresent's head. Okay, yeah, it's just me. 

¡Hola! Muchas gracias para Papa Francisco for clearing the media of Donald Trump for a few days. The Pope took his Fiat to Congress this morning. John Boehner, a devout Catholic, was crying after the first line of the Pope's speech. There hasn't been so many tears from someone since I broke my Incredible Hulk stretch figure, causing his stretchy gooiness to spill out.

The Pope spoke to Congress, to parisheners at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, had lunch with the homeless, and then heads to New York City this afternoon. And, well, what have you done today?

SB277: Push to nix California vaccine law enters crucial stretch [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "Qualifying a referendum for California’s statewide ballot is difficult, and few supporters of SB 277 believe referendum backers have the resources to collect 365,880 signatures by Sept. 28. They say the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown mirrored the science and the polling: vaccines work, and the public overwhelmingly supports them."

PAPA FRANCISCO: Politico has lots of great photos of the Pope's visit, and White House photographer Pete Souza tweeted a picture of the Pope meeting White House dogs Bo and Sunny. 

MOVING ON: From Mike Allen's Politico Playbook: "Politico poaches Carla Marinucci of the San Francisco Chronicle, the gold standard of California statewide political coverage, to launch a California Playbook. So within weeks, we'll have Playbook siblings in Brussels, New York, Florida, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois and California."

Politico now has two star California reporters--Shane Goldmacher and Carla Marinucci. They'll be doing us proud (and Shane already is!)



BUT, IT'S FINE IF THEY CLEAN OUR HOUSES, MOW OUR LAWNS AND COOK OUR FOOD: Carson Says Immigrants 'Don't Get To Change Who We Are'  [AP] - "'I have no interest in being like everybody else and giving away all of our values and principles for the sake of political correctness,' Carson told a crowd at Spring Arbor University near Jackson, about 75 miles west of Detroit, where he grew up and launched his campaign in May. 'There is such a thing as an American dream and the American way. Anybody is welcome to come to America, but they don't get to change who we are.'"

Meanwhile, Papa Francisco said in his speech to Congress "In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants. Tragically, the rights of those who were here long before us were not always respected. For those peoples and their nations, from the heart of American democracy, I wish to reaffirm my highest esteem and appreciation. Those first contacts were often turbulent and violent, but it is difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present. Nonetheless, when the stranger in our midst appeals to us, we must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past. We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our “neighbors” and everything around us. Building a nation calls us to recognize that we must constantly relate to others, rejecting a mindset of hostility in order to adopt one of reciprocal subsidiarity, in a constant effort to do our best. I am confident that we can do this."

The latter part of that excerpt seems to attempt to balance the canonization of Junipero Serra yesterday, which was denounced by many in the Native American and Latino communities, which in colonial 18th century California (then Alta California) were often forced into the nine missions established by Serra and encouraged to abandon their traditional faiths and native languages in favor of Catholicism and Serra's native Spanish.

IT'S NOT EASY TO BE GREEN: The Thrifty Crusader Behind California's New LEED-Certified Democratic HQ [Evie Nagy @ Fast Company] - "Angie Tate, the state party's CFO, is determined, uncensored, and a fundraising force to be reckoned with."

MUST SEE TEEVEE: Season 5 of Scandal premiers tonight at 9pm PDT on ABC. 

EYES TO THE SKY: Rare supermoon eclipse set for Sunday night skies [Bill Lindelof @ SacBee] - "Skies are expected to be mostly clear Sunday night in the Sacramento region when a supermoon and total lunar eclipse happen on the same night. It will be the first time since 1982 that both took place at the same time."

AWESOME: Eddie Vedder wore a Love and Rockets t-shirt on Stephen Colbert last night as Pearl Jam performed. Their second a final song was "Keep on Rockin' in the Free World." Good to read the first verse:

There's colors on the street
Red, white and blue
People shufflin' their feet
People sleepin' in their shoes
But there's a warnin' sign
on the road ahead
There's a lot of people sayin'
we'd be better off dead
Don't feel like Satan,
but I am to them
So I try to forget it,
any way I can.

As you know, I consider myself Buddhist, but that's a very interesting passage as the pope visits the United States of America.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to lobbyist Steve Cruz, CalSTRS board member Sharon Hendricks, Senator Mark Leno, International Paper's Cynthia Leon, consultant Berman Obaldia and Southern California Dem activist Joanne Wendler!

And, now you can sing Happy Birthday without paying royalties to Warner Bros!




  • Please join the Women’s Foundation of California and The California Endowment for a Legislative Briefing: the Women’s Policy Institute (WPI), a Decade of Building Policy Leadership. Come learn about the WPI program and how its fellows support the policy work of legislators and advocacy organizations. Speakers include Surina Khan, CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California, Marj Plumb, Director of the Women’s Policy Institute, and Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President of Healthy California, the California Endowment.  Thursday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m. –  12:00 p.m. at the California Endowment offices, 1414 K Street, Suite 500. Food and refreshments will be served. RSVP to Alice Kessler at
  • 2016 Candidate Forum, The Leadership California Institute’s bipartisan forum returns on October 20th, 2015. The forum will feature this cycle’s most viable candidates and presentations from the Capitol community’s most influential leaders and decision makers. The Sterling Hotel, 1300 H St., 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM with a VIP Reception following immediately. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
    Contact: Ashley Underlee (916) 529-4722
    Additional details here
  • Join us Friday, October 2, 2015 for the Envisioning California Conference, California’s Liquid Gold: Brewing and Winemaking in the Golden State sponsored by the Center for California Studies, Sacramento State. We will explore recent trends and policies and future developments in California’s wine and beer industries with panel discussions; buffet lunch catered by Amador County chef, Beth Sogaard; and lunch keynote addresses by Amelia Morán Ceja, President, Ceja Vineyards and Natalie Cilurzo, Co-Owner/President, Russian River Brewing Company. Register at:

  • Join Capitol Network for our 27th Annual Charitable Golf Tournament and Wine/Olive Oil Tasting at the Yocha Dehe Golf Club onFriday, Oct. 2. DEADLINE to register is Oct. 1. For details, visit: . Questions? Contact Jenny Devine, or Erin Norwood

  • Never Miss a Fundraiser! The makers of CapitolTrack want you to try ContributionTrack for FREE! ContributionTrack combines a comprehensive fundraising calendar with a record of your donations to help you abide by FPPC limits. The searchable calendar allows you to find and select an event, add it to your office calendar, and record a contribution tied to that political campaign. You can also create a report of past contributions which sorts and filters by contributors or recipients. Whether you are tracking your own contributions, or those of a client, this is the tool for you. Email us for a free trial!
  • Political Action Intern, AFSCME. Supports California legislative and political activities of the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union. Enrollment in upper division or graduate level course work or recent graduation; intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word/Excel; proficient knowledge of the Internet as a research tool; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and excellent analytical skills.  $15/hour. Must be available to work Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Submit cover letter and resume to

  • League of California Cities – membership liaison/grassroots advocacy/coalition outreach. Covering the San Francisco peninsula and Santa Clara County, the regional public affairs manager position serves the 36 cities throughout the region. Competitive salary/benefits.  Information at
  • 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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Carly Fiorina Just Another Politician? Views Shift To Sway More Conservative Crowd
In one of the most dramatic moments of her breakthrough debate performance, Carly Fiorina called for a government shutdown in the fight over Planned Parenthood, painting a gruesome picture involving the harvesting of fetal tissue for medical research.

Mayor Lee defends efforts to improve cityâ
While Mayor Ed Lee said Wednesday his priorities for his second term in office will be alleviating homelessness and building housing, he defended the economic policies critics say directly contributed to the city’s worsening problems of homelessness and housing affordability. The former city administrator came into office in January 2011 to serve out the remainder of then-Mayor Gavin Newsom’s term after Newsom resigned to become lieutenant governor. [...] even though the unemployment rate has fallen to 3.6 percent, the affordable housing crisis and homeless problem threaten to turn the city into a place dominated by the wealthiest. Some 80 technology companies have moved into San Francisco, Lee said, and the city budget will reach nearly $9 billion dollars in two years time. [...] the influx of money and tech companies has come at a cost, with thousands of wealthy young people flooding the city. Rather than a one-size-fits-all limit that might not be financially feasible for an individual project, the mayor said, the city should look at the overall goal, making some development projects 40 percent affordable housing and other projects 20 percent. Unlike the standard homeless shelters, which often provide individuals with little more than a cot for the night, the center lets people bring in their companions, pets and the possessions they’ve accumulated over the years and provides them with services and training designed to help them create a new life off the streets. [...] city officials in Los Angeles have declared a state of emergency on the issue of homelessness and said they would spent $100 million to address its homeless problem. Lee was most passionate defending one of his first policies: tax breaks to attract businesses to the mid-Market neighborhood that is now home to Twitter and other high-tech companies.

High-speed Rail Takes Henry Perea To Spain | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Fresno assemblyman joined by business, labor representatives

Oakland councilwoman, unions fined over 2014 robocalls
A failure to identify who was paying for thousands of automated campaign calls last year supporting Oakland City Councilwoman Annie Campbell Washington prompted thousands of dollars in fines for her campaign and the political arms of the Oakland police and firefighters unions, officials said. The state Fair Political Practices Commission approved the fines last week for robocalls made before the November 2014 elections. The recorded and automatically dialed calls urged voters to support Campbell Washington, mentioning she was supported by police and firefighters.

Mystery Poll Shows Atkins With Big Lead Over Block |
Speaker Toni Atkins, joining a San Diego protest in July of a meeting of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council.

Plan To Boost Charters Splits L.A. Unified Board
Dividing lines quickly emerged on the Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday over an ambitious plan to double the number of charter campuses across the city, with two members vowing an all-out fight and two others applauding the expansion of choice for parents.

Contra Costa Restores Health Care For Undocumented Adults | Vital Signs | State Of Health | Kqed News
Contra Costa, which includes the cities of Richmond, Concord and Antioch, now joins 46 other California counties that have approved non-emergency care to undocumented immigrants.

California Fishermen Face Challenges |
Deckhand Nathan Ison, 19, gaffs a dorado in to the bloody deck of the Old Glory. — Misael Virgen / San Diego Union-Tribune

You've Heard The GOP Rhetoric On Immigration. Here Are The Facts.
Of all the issues that have bubbled up on the campaign trail so far, nothing has inspired absurdity quite like immigration. Donald Trump isn't the only Republican candidate to have made outlandish comments: Chris Christie has called for FedEx-like tracking of foreigners, and Carly Fiorina has endorsed...

Mendocino County Sheriff Raids Native American Pot Farm That Tribe Says Is Legal
An Indian tribe’s plans to harvest and distribute medical marijuana in Ukiah was nipped in the bud this week when Mendocino County sheriff’s deputies seized hundreds of plants at two properties, officials said Wednesday.

Sacramento Region Conservation Efforts Dip Slightly In August | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Sabalow @
By Ryan Sabalow

The Theologian And The Politician :: Fox&hounds
Known by some as the Right to Die bill, the measure has received stiff opposition from those who are afraid the option would be used by the disabled or those who want to spare family from dramatic medical costs and/or witnessing loved ones suffer.

GOP Lawmaker To Skip Pope Francis Speech Over Climate Change | Thehill
Cristina Marcos @
At least one House Republican will be skipping Pope Francis's high-profile address to Congress next Thursday to protest the pontiff's views on climate change.

Pope Francis U.S. Visit: Girl Delivers Immigration Message
Paul Vallely @
Sophie Cruz got closer to the Pope than many Americans did on Wednesday, delivering a message to pope Francis in support of immigration reform.

Finally, Some News About A Candidate Not Named Donald Trump
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigns in Baton Rouge, La., on Monday.

Donald Trump Leads GOP 2016 Race, Fox News Poll Shows - Politico
The candidate is hoping to gain Hispanic votes even as he downplayed politics.

Holy Court Order! Batmobile Entitled To Copyright Protection, Judges Rule
Batman won't have to worry about Batmobile knockoffs after a federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that the caped crusader's vehicle is entitled to copyright protection.

Government Shutdown: Mitch Mcconnell Readies Last-ditch Strategy To Avoid Shutdown - Politico
Francis urges lawmakers to work together in an historic papal address.

Kleiner Perkins Drops Request; Pao Will Not Pay Legal Costs - The Technology Chronicles
A judge ruled in June that Pao would need to pay Kleiner Perkins

Chinese President Xi Jinping Meets With U.S. Billionaires In Seattle
If one of Chinese President Xi Jinping's main goals in visiting the United States was to project power for the folks back home, he'd be hard pressed to find a better event than his first public meeting here Wednesday.