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THE NOONER for September 25, 2015

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  • AD68 (Tustin): added former Villa Park councilmember Deborah Pauly (R) -- Don Wagner is termed out.



Happy Friday! With the Legislature gone and Boehner stepping down, the news is not in the 95814, but rather on the East Coast.

WOWZERS: Speaker John Boehner retiring from Congress at the end of October [Politico] - "Embattled Speaker John Boehner, who rose from bartender's son to the most powerful man in Congress, will resign at the end of October, ending a tumultuous five-year tenure atop the House of Representatives."

The question is who is next. California's Kevin McCarthy, currently second in House leadership, is most likely. He has been loyal to Boehner, which is a liability with the right side of the Republican caucus, but is still the favorite to replace Boehner. It's wild, as I still think of Kevin as a trustee of the Kern Community College District. 

Anyway, while y'all know my personal political leanings, the loss of Boehner is big for Republicans and can be blamed on members of his own party. And it's either prophetic or sad after the devout Catholic hosted the first Pope spoke to Congress.

Could California have both the Speakership and Democratic Leader? That could be bad news for State Senator Mark Leno, who is awaiting the retirement of 75-year old Nancy Pelosi. Will Pelosi stay in Congress if the Speaker is a fellow Californian?

GOOD NEWS NEWS: While the SFChron is losing Carla Marinucci to Politico, we learned yesterday that she will be heading up a new California-centric page on the popular political website. Along with John Myers move to the LA Times and Timm Herdt's freelance work, we should be getting more political and policy coverage in California.



WE DON'T NEED NO EDUCATION: California State University faculty union calls strike vote [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "Dissatisfied with a proposed 2 percent raise, the California State University faculty union has scheduled a vote next month to authorize a strike across the 23-campus system."

CANDY APPLE: Are you waiting in line at the Apple Store? Today's the day for the new iPhone, which supposedly triggers an orgasm after three touches.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Mike Gipson's Jonathan Feldman and Natomas school board member Lisa Kaplan, and my congresswoman Doris Matsui!

Oh, and it's Friday! Weekend greetings to SF Dem Party chair Mary Jung, George Runner's chief deputy Sean Wallentine and Jordan Wright (all Saturday).

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

For our Sacramentan readers, enjoy a beautiful weekend, but let's all hope for rain.




  • 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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Dems Might Have Hard Time Unseating Bay Area's Only GOP Lawmaker
Josh Richman @
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-Dublin, was widely considered a target when she took office last December after winning one of the state's costliest and ugliest legislative races. Democrats viewed the 3.2 percentage points by which she defeated Democrat Tim Sbranti as an easily surmountable margin -- particularly given their seven-point voter registration edge in the 16th Assembly District and the fact that 2016's presidential contest is sure to turn out more Democratic voters than the low-key November 2014 election.

California State University Faculty Union Calls Strike Vote | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
After rejecting 2 percent raise, faculty association in mediation with university

Hillary Clinton's Big Donors In California Have Found All Sorts Of Reasons To Be Nervous
During a month in which some of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s biggest donors fretted, obsessed and second-guessed over her campaign, it wasn’t Clinton’s big policy speeches on healthcare or her vow to block the Keystone XL pipeline that helped ease nerves.

Carla Marinucci To Politico From Sf Chronicle - La Observed
We now know who the key player will be when Politico launches its California Playbook sometime soon. It will be Carla Marinucci, the longtime political writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. The news was broken this morning in Politico's national Playbook, Mike Allen's popular morning newsletter. Lede item:

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal: Lawsuit Filed In California | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
The Audi e-Tron A3 debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show in this 2013 file photo. A lawsuit filed Thursday seeks class-action status for all California residents who bought or leased a Volkswagen with a diesel engine or a diesel-powered Audi A3 between 2009 and 2015, the latest fallout in an emissions cheating scandal that has rocked VW. Ken Scarboro/KPCC

Protesters Rally For, And Against, End-of-life Bill -
Governor Jerry Brown has not said whether he will sign a bill that would allow terminally ill Californians to end their lives with doctor assistance. So opponents and supporters are both trying to sway him. They held dueling rallies at the state Capitol Thursday.

Bay Bridge panel penalizes main contractor for construction woes
The panel overseeing the Bay Bridge construction project voted Thursday to penalize the main contractor $11 million for the 2013 failure of steel rods intended to help the new eastern span survive an earthquake, as well as for shoddy work that could threaten hundreds of other rods in the tower foundation. “We need to have a day of reckoning, and that is today,” said Steve Heminger, chairman of the three-member oversight panel that voted unanimously to penalize the contractor, the joint venture American Bridge/Fluor, and to formally accept the bridge. “There were elements in the cost and the quality that were substandard,” said Heminger, who is also executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in the Bay Area. The oversight committee — Heminger, state Transportation Commission chief Kempton and Malcolm Dougherty, head of Caltrans — voted to withhold $8 million from American Bridge/Fluor to help pay for the $24 million retrofit that was ordered after 32 rods snapped on the bridge’s seismic stabilizers just months before its opening in September 2013. In addition to penalizing American Bridge/Fluor, the oversight panel sanctioned the bridge design joint venture T.Y. Lin International/Moffatt Nichol $8 million for its role in the 2013 rod debacle. Transit officials have said there is enough money in toll payer-financed funds to cover the repairs without having to bump up the cost of driving across Bay Area bridges. “This is all wrapped inside our existing budget — no toll hike is under consideration, proposed or needed to handle the close-out of this project or other related work,” said Randy Rentschler, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Brian Maroney, the bridge project’s chief engineer, said Thursday that there is “no solid evidence at all” that hydrogen from water infiltrated the high-strength steel. Since only one rod has failed, Maroney said, there is no reason to spend additional toll payer dollars on research to settle the issue.

New Bottle Contains Old Wine | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Local redevelopment agencies were abolished

Senators Huff and Leyva to Deliver Important Update at Water Forum
Senators Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) and Connie Leyva (D-Chino) will deliver an update next week on the water situation facing California during a Water Forum hosted by the Three Valleys Municipal Water District in Claremont. The forum comes during the 4th year of a devastating drought, which has spawned wildfires that have blackened more than 145,000 acres, torched thousands of homes and cost lives.

Q&a With Bishop Quinn: His Book, The Pope And Life As Beloved Leader | The Sacramento Bee
Bill Lindelof @

John Myers New Sacramento Bureau Chief For La Times - La Observed
Phil Willon has been the acting bureau chief. Myers starts next month.

Santa Monica Minimum Wage Hike Could Exempt Union Firms
When Los Angeles lawmakers voted to gradually raise the citywide minimum wage to at least $15 an hour, Santa Monica leaders pledged their coastal city soon would follow suit.

New California Water Bond Seeks To Plug Funding Holes | Reuters
Rory Carroll @
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Water District Chair Calls For Da To Investigate Conflicts Of Interest, Alleged Improper Billing | San Jose Inside
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La Immigration Group At Center Of Girl's Encounter With Pope | The Sacramento Bee
Sophie Cruz's brief encounter with Pope Francis during his parade in Washington this week appeared to be the kind of spontaneous moment that is so endearing about this pope: an initially hesitant young child wrapping an arm around his neck as he offers a kiss and a blessing.

Donald Trump's Peak In The Polls Might Be Behind Us
More from Trail Guide Sept. 23 So, about the latest Donald Trump vs. Fox News battle Sept. 22 Trump threatens to sue conservative group over attack ads Sept. 21 Scott Walker ends his bid for the Republican nomination Sept. 20 Polls: Carly Fiorina won the debate but Trump still leads the race Sept....

Fired Oakland employee wins $613K lawsuit against city
A federal jury awarded a former Oakland city employee $613,302 on Wednesday, finding that former Oakland city administrator Deanna Santana retailiated against her and unfairly fired her. Daryelle LaWanna Preston was Oakland’s Employee Relations Director until she was terminated by Santana in October of 2013, after repeatedly butting heads with the former city administrator over alleged misconduct in City Hall. At the crux of the case was a dispute in February 2012, when Preston refused to sign documents that would have bolstered the city’s case against Councilwoman Desley Brooks, who allegedly violated city hiring rules and improperly signed off on receipts for music equipment at the Rainbow Teen Center in East Oakland. The allegations became a flashpoint at a July 2013 council meeting, in which the other council members considered censuring Brooks. Preston claimed her firing was also punishment for reporting violations of state and local law to her supervisors. Shortly before her termination, Preston accused city officials of mishandling claims that part-time city employees were not paying union dues. A spokesman from the Oakland City Attorney’s office said that City Attorney Barbara Parker respects the jury process, but disagrees with the verdict.

Mcconnell Takes First Steps To Head Off Shutdown - Politico
Boehner has not said whether his chamber will take up the Senate legislation.

Bay Bridge Done, But Problems Unresolved
Several years of revelations about the problematic rods -- and the mounting cost of dealing with them -- have jarred and jaded Bay Area residents, hundreds of thousands of whom daily cross the $6.4 billion span.

In Rwanda, 're-education' Means Detention For Homeless, Hawkers And Other Undesirables
In Rwanda’s creepy Big Brother speak, the facility behind the high red-brick walls of a disused factory in the capital is called a “transit center.” Its job is “re-education” and “rehabilitation.”

The Fight Against Special Session Taxes
Senator Sharon Runner @
Much as we fought off new taxes in the regular session, Legislative Republicans must continue to stand firm in opposition to proposed special session taxes.

California Lawmakers To Continue Discussion On Funding For Developmental Disabilities
Susan Abram @
A special session to discuss funding for services for people with developmental disabilities is expected to convene in Sacramento in October to pick up where lawmakers left off when the regular session ended this month.

Swiss Open Criminal Investigation Against Fifa President Sepp Blatter
Switzerland's attorney general opened criminal proceedings against FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Friday, saying world soccer’s most powerful man will be charged with "suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation."