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THE NOONER for October 5, 2015

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Happy Monday! It was a beautiful weekend, unless you watched the Niners game. Congrats to Chargers fans, and the Broncos' win certainly gave me an uplift. And, Go Bears. Although I am a devoit UC Davis Aggie, I can cheer on the Cal Bears.

If you're unfamiliar with the history, Davis started in as UC Berkeley's farm school in 1906 (ergo, the moniker "Aggies"). Oddly, "Davisville" had been a bad investment decision by supporters of having Marysville as the Western terminus of the transcontinental railroad. Of course, that didn't happen, with Sacramento chosen instead. Meanwhile, it is among the wealthiest cities in the region. Nearly $2.4 billion in annual revenue in Davis certainly props up the economy far more than choo-choo!

And, the school has risen to the number three UC in most surveys, something I could never imagine. I came here because of its proximity to the Capitol. Stayed for law school, and it was an amazing educational environment. For those of you with high schoolers, I couldn't give a higher recommendation.

Of course, the football team is in a rebuilding process from the transition to D-1 Championship Series from D2. 

 

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DEADLINE WEEK: Deadline week: These are the big issues Brown left for the last minute [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT]

BART UNDER THE BAY SOUNDS MUCH BETTER: Bay Bridge designer fears leaks are damaging main cable [Jaxon Van Derken @ SFChron] - "The cable that holds up the new Bay Bridge eastern span is vulnerable to corrosion because of rainwater leaking into its anchorages, the bridge’s lead designer has warned Caltrans — a threat that the agency has previously downplayed on the $6.4 billion project."

And, the Golden Gate Bridge has survived for 78 years. Please explain.

FROM THE TOPPERMOST TO THE BOTTOMMOST: American Apparel files for bankruptcy; manufacturing to remain in U.S. [Shan Li @ LAT] - "American Apparel, the trendy but troubled Los Angeles clothier, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday — yet another blow to a company that has been struggling since ousting its chief executive last year. The firm said it had reached an agreement with 95% of its secured lenders to implement a financial restructuring that will drastically cut down its debts and interest payments."

FIRST THING, GET RID OF THE HUMANS: Wildlife thriving in region around Chernobyl nuclear power plant, study says [Amina Khan @ LAT] - "A new study of wildlife in the radiation-contaminated Chernobyl exclusion zone has found that many large mammal populations -- elk, roe deer, red deer, wild boar and wolves -- seem to be thriving."

 

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BACK TO SCHOOL: 5 cases to watch as Supreme Court term begins [Josh Gerstein @ Politico] - After a year in which liberals scored impressive, high-profile Supreme Court victories, conservatives could be in line for wins on some of this term's most contentious issues, as the justices consider cases that could gut public sector labor unions and roll back affirmative action at state universities." 

SPEAKER-LIKELY: Studying Kevin McCarthy’' rules [Dan Morain @ SacBee] - "McCarthy would be speaker while Nancy Pelosi is minority leader. Some people might hope the pairing would give California extra clout. Not likely. The two couldn’t be more different. At 50, he is young enough to be Pelosi’s son, though she might disinherit him if he were."

I've been watching "How The Earth Was Made" on the History Channel all morning. Fascinating. Did you know that Death Valley is so hot because the Earth's there is among the planet's crust the shallowest?

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Pedro Ramirez, who is currently working for Gil Cedillo at the LA City Council.

 

SIGNED BILLS:

• AB 15 by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – Limitation of actions: human rights abuses.
• AB 96 by Assemblymember Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) – Animal parts and products: importation or sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn.
• AB 271 by Assemblymember Jay P. Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) – Child care: alternative payment programs and contractors: electronic records: digital signatures.
• AB 384 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) – Food safety.
• AB 559 by Assemblymember Patty Lopez (D-San Fernando) – Monarch butterflies: conservation.
• AB 726 by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) – Vehicles: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
• AB 863 by Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) – Modified limousines: passenger safety.
• AB 1032 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas Jr. (D-Bakersfield) – Diesel Fuel Tax Law: reimbursements.
• AB 1163 by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) – Health care service plans and health insurers: solicitors and life agents: notice of contract changes.
• AB 1211 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego) – Health care facilities: congregate living health facility.
• AB 1250 by Assemblymember Richard H. Bloom (D-Santa Monica) – Vehicles: buses: axle weight.
• AB 1287 by Assemblymember David S. Chiu (D-San Francisco) – Vehicles: parking violations.
• AB 1387 by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) – Care facilities: civil penalties, deficiencies, and appeal procedures.
• AB 1492 by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) – Forensic testing: DNA samples.
• SB 134 by Senator Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) – State Bar of California: Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts: escheated funds: Public Interest Attorney Loan Repayment Program.
• SB 466 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) – Registered nurses: Board of Registered Nursing.
• SB 478 by Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) – Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act: mandated reporters: pilot program.
• SB 516 by Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) – Transportation: motorist aid services.
• SB 626 by Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) – Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District: police force.
• SB 646 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.
• SB 675 by Senator Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Hospitals: family caregivers.
• SB 704 by Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) – Public officers and employees: conflict of interest: contracts.


• AB 69 by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) – Peace officers: body-worn cameras.
• AB 71 by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) – Criminal justice: reporting.
• AB 256 by Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr. (D-Los Angeles) – Falsifying evidence.
• AB 303 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Searches: county jails.
• AB 538 by Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose) – Actions for damages: felony offenses: victim notification.
• AB 953 by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) – Law enforcement: racial profiling. 
• AB 1328 by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) – Criminal procedure: withholding of evidence.
• SB 11 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Peace officer training: mental health.
• SB 29 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Peace officer training: mental health.
• SB 230 by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) – Sentencing: parole.
• SB 261 by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) – Youth offender parole hearings.
• SB 519 by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) – Youth offender parole hearings.
• SB 621 by Senator Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) – Mentally ill offender crime reduction grants.

• AB 160 by Assemblymember Matthew M. Dababneh (D-Encino) – Criminal profiteering: counterfeit labels: sales and use taxes.
• AB 177 by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) – Professions and vocations: licensing boards.
• AB 178 by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) – Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians of the State of California: executive officer.
• AB 181 by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) – Business and professions.
• AB 402 by Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) –Local agency services: contracts.
• AB 447 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego) – Property insurance: discrimination.
• AB 532 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) – State agencies: collection of data: race or ethnic origin.
• AB 552 by Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell (D-Long Beach) – Public works contracts: damages.
• AB 614 by Assemblymember Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) – Health care standards of practice.
• AB 896 by Assemblymember Donald P. Wagner (R-Irvine) –Counties: search or rescue: costs.
• AB 1016 by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) – Public postsecondary education: Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act.
• AB 1056 by Assemblymember Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) – Second Chance Program.
• AB 1097 by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – Alarm companies: electronic transactions.
• AB 1157 by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) – Property taxation: certificated aircraft assessment.
• AB 1204 by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Arcadia) – Instructional Quality Commission: membership: pupil members.
• AB 1321 by Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) – Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant Program.
• AB 1359 by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) – Optometry: therapeutic pharmaceutical agents certification: requirements.
• AB 1363 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas Jr. (D-Bakersfield) – Animals: estrays: alpacas, llamas, and goats.
• AB 1506 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) – Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004.
• AB 1534 by the Committee on Revenue and Taxation – Assessment analyst: certification.
• SB 111 by Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) – School facilities: military installations.
• SB 148 by Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) – School districts: reorganization: local control funding formula.
• SB 287 by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) – Automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
• SB 399 by Senator Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) – Tidelands and submerged lands: City of Los Angeles.
• SB 491 by the Committee on Transportation and Housing – Transportation: omnibus bill.
• SB 612 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Hazardous materials.
• SB 662 by the Committee on Environmental Quality – Recycling. 
• SB 803 by the Committee on Governance and Finance – Property taxation.
• SB 804 by the Committee on Health – Public health.

VETOED BILLS:

• AB 144 by Assemblymember Devon J. Mathis (R-Visalia) – Dumping. A veto message can be found here.
• AB 487 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Parole hearings: notification of district attorneys. A veto message can be found here.
• AB 849 by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) – Crimes: causing an explosion. A veto message can be found here.
• SB 168 by Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) – Unmanned aircraft systems. A veto message can be found here.
• SB 170 by Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) – Unmanned aircraft systems: correctional facilities. A veto message can be found here.
• SB 271 by Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) – Unmanned aircraft systems. A veto message can be found here.
• SB 333 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) – Controlled substances. A veto message can be found here.
• SB 347 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Firearms: prohibited persons. A veto message can be found here.
• SB 510 by Senator Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) – Speed contests and reckless driving: impounded vehicles. A veto message can be found here.
• SB 716 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) – Animal cruelty: elephants. A veto message can be found here.
• SB 722 by Senator Patricia C. Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) – Sex offenders: GPS monitoring: removal. A veto message can be found here.
• AB 1378 by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – Property tax: base year value transfers. A veto message can be found here.

 

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**CLASSIFIEDS**

  • New Leaders Council Sacramento is currently accepting applications for its 2016 fellowship class. NLC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that engages a diverse, collaborative national network of progressive political entrepreneurs. The fellowship includes a rigorous 5-month training program that focuses on entrepreneurship, advocacy, organizing, and fundraising. Applications are due onNovember 1, and interested people may apply here. For any questions, please contact Vganapathy@newleaderscouncil.org and Jmantey@newleaderscouncil.org.
  • The Center for Responsible Lending has an opening for a Senior Policy Counsel in Oakland, CA.  The associate will work with stakeholders in California and other Western states to develop and advance strategies for legislative and regulatory reform at the state level to prevent predatory lending practices.   If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please visithttp://www.aroundthecapitol.com/r.html?s=n&l=http://www.self-help.org/jobs-internships.html.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter describing why you are a fit for this position to hiringmanager@self-help.org

  • SACRAMENTO – 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.

     

  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA POLITICS THIS WEEK-- watch Former Attorney General Bill Lockyer and others analyze the latest California political news---including perspective on incoming speaker Anthony Rendon in this pilot episode: vimeo.com/140691937

    For #SCPTW sponsorships and bookings, contact: editor@bhweekly.com
  • Office Space Available - Two Blocks from State Capitol -- 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

  • The Sacramento City Unified School District is currently accepting on-line applications for the position of Special Assistant to the Board of Education.  Information about the classified position and classified application is available on the website at www.scusd.edu/vacancies-and-line-application - $65-80k  - Special Assistant to the Board of Education (CONF-5) FFD:10/09/15

  • 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 akessler@lawpolicy.com.
  • 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: www.eventbrite.com/e/californias-liquid-gold-brewing-and-winemaking-in-the-golden-state-tickets-17034821610

  • 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: capitolnetwork.wildapricot.org/event-1917395 . Questions? Contact Jenny Devine  jenny@jmdevinegroup.com, or Erin Norwood ENorwood@nalobby.net.

  • 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 jgolka@afscme.org

  • 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 www.cacities.org/employment
  • 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 www.harbageconsulting.com for more information. 

  • 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 (kp.taleo.net/careersection/external/moresearch.ftl?lang=en) 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: marie@redwoodpacific.com
  • 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: www.csus.edu/about/employment/. 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:  www.capitolseminars.net 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 www.ppnorcal.org for job details or submit resumes directly to careers@ppnorcal.org. 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 www.ppnorcal.org for job details or submit resumes directly to careers@ppnorcal.org.Salary 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.

  • for $30/week for up to 100 words. Email scott@scottlay.com.

 

 

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Governor Brown Rejects Senator Patricia Bates' Bill to Imprison Sex Offenders Who Remove GPS Devices
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