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THE NOONER for October 6, 2015

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Buenos dias. Getting used to OS X El Capitan, so be patient with me! Wow....Gmail is completely different. It's like I am Matt Damon on Mars.

Biggest complaint. Every time I click to save The Nooner, it asks me if I want to save the password. You've got to be kidding me. I switched from Google Chrome to Safari after last night's update because of the awful WiFi connectivity issues, but I am not sure which is worse... With 115,000 employees, you would think Apple could chew gum and walk at the same time. I say that as an Apple shareholder.

DEATH WITH DIGNITYCalifornia right to die signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown [Judy Lin @ AP] - "California will become the fifth state in the nation to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he signed one of the most emotionally charged bills of the year."

Fascinating signing statement...

EXCEPT FOR US: California Labor Union That Fought for $15 Minimum Wage Now Wants an Exemption [Natalie Johnson @ Daily Signal] - "The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor buried the exemption on the eighth page of its 12-page proposal for the Santa Monica City Council to review Tuesday while deciding whether to follow Los Angeles and increase the minimum wage."

AURAL PLEASURE: Whoops, forgot to link to Friday's California Political Podcast. many changes in California political journalism. Anthony York is a freelancer and runs his Grizzly Bear Project, John Myers is leaving KQED (again) to head up the LA Times's Sacramento Bureau, and Carla Marinuccci is starting a California-centric effort for Politico.

Carla gives an interview with the Columbia Journalism Review about why she is excited about the move.




DOUBLE-X FACTOR: The Bee's Alexei Koseff reports "In August, Brown promised his support for SB 358, which aims to close gaps in the state’s equal-pay policies, and now he’s following through with a bit of flare. Joined by state and local leaders, he will sign the bill at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond at 10:30 a.m. SB 358 strengthens existing law by requiring that women be paid the same for doing “substantially similar” work, while in the case of lawsuits, employers will have to prove they are paying a male worker more for “legitimate” reasons, such as seniority or merit." 

SIN AGUA: City to eateries: Use paper plates in California drought [AP] - "‘You might be able to cut a filet mignon with a plastic knife, but you are not going to cut a New York," said Jim Hurst, co-owner of a popular restaurant that overlooks the city's Noyo River. 'It seems to me there are other ways to save water.'"

The Mendocino Coast is among the most beautiful parts of our Golden State. But, paper plates? Ironic, since Fort Bragg's demise has been the loss of the timber/paper industry.

LAW AND DISORDER: State high court set to hear arguments on Citizens United advisory measure [Maura Dolan @ LAT] - "The court will hear arguments on the case Tuesday, generally the last step before issuing a decision. If the Legislature wins, Californians will be able to cast an advisory vote next year on whether Citizens United, a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned campaign spending laws, should be repealed by a federal constitutional amendment."



What a powerful picture by my former colleages at the Community College League of California. The League stands with and supports Umpqua Community College. Our thoughts are with you. ‪#‎IamUCC‬



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to lobbyists Duncan McFetridge and Eric Zell, political consultant David Pruitt, and consultant Samantha Corbin!



• AB 192 by Assemblymember Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) – Specialized license plates.
• AB 231 by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – Parole: placement at release.
• AB 564 by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – Regional centers: parental fees.
• AB 571 by Assemblymember Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) – Property taxation: property statement: change in ownership statement: penalty.
• AB 941 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) – Clinics: licensure and regulation: exemption.
• AB 1072 by Assemblymember Tom F. Daly (D-Anaheim) – Insurance: firefighters' or police officers' benefit and relief associations.
• ABX2-15 by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – End of life. A signing message can be found here.
• SB 19 by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) – Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment form: electronic registry pilot. 
• SB 235 by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) – Small dollar loans: finder duties and compensation.
• SB 327 by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa) – Industrial Welfare Commission: wage orders: meal periods.
• SB 342 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – California Workforce Investment Board: responsibilities.
• SB 359 by Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) – California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015.
• SB 549 by Senator Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) – Charitable raffles.
• SB 795 by the Committee on Public Safety – Public Safety Omnibus.


• AB 429 by Assemblymember Brian Dahle (R-Bieber) – Public contracts: preferences: forest products. A veto message can be found here
• AB 514 by Assemblymember Das G. Williams (D-Santa Barbara) – Ordinances: violations: administrative fines. A veto message can be found here.
• AB 1060 by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) – Cancer clinical trials. A veto message can be found here.





  • 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 and
  • 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 visit  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

  • 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:

    For #SCPTW sponsorships and bookings, contact:
  • 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 - $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
  • 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. 

  • 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 type in job # 399705.
  • 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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No Consensus From Marijuana Legalization Advocates On Ballot Initiative -
Advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana in California want to put the question to voters next election, but they have not agreed on a ballot initiative.

California Voters Overwhelmingly Support Assisted Death Law | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Nearly two-thirds of respondents in new Field Poll favored bill signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown

Brown's Vetoes Of Crime Bills Rekindle Talk Of Broad Sentencing Reform
Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to veto legislation meant to fix holes created by voters and the governor took law enforcement groups by surprise.

Immigrant Activists Score Wins | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Legislature continues to expand status of undocumented

Backers Of California Pension Overhaul Alter Ballot Language - Sfgate

Who’s Responsible For Your Uber Driver’s Health Coverage? | Kqed Future Of You | Kqed Science
But critics of the gig economy say Stride Health is a bandaid solution, as workers are still on the hook to pay for their own health insurance.

Senator Huff Responds to Governor's Signature on "End of Life" Legislation
Senator Bob Huff (

San Diego Businessman Roque De La Fuente Joins Democratic Race For U.S. President. |
Roque de la Fuente was inspired to run, in large part, by outspoken GOP candidate Donald Trump who he complains is alienating women, Hispanics and other minorities. / Roque De La Fuente YouTube video

A Veteran California Reporter On Why She's Excited To Join Politico - Columbia Journalism Review
Tony Biasotti @
It’s been eight years since Politico launched just outside the nation’s capital and started to change the way DC politics is covered. Now, the outlet is going nationwide. There are Politico sites for New York, New Jersey and Florida, and “Playbooks”—the signature daily politics tip sheets—for Massachusetts and Illinois. California, the biggest state of all, comes next.

L.A. Faces Lawsuit Over Demolition Of Former Marilyn Monroe Home
Marilyn Monroe is photographed in court during a 1952 indecency case.

Heat Takes Toll On Prison Inmates |
Prison is supposed to be unpleasant and uncomfortable, a deterrent for people who veer from the straight and narrow. But when temperatures rise across San Diego County, as they have at record highs this year, the heat climbs even higher inside the concrete cells at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

Fiorina Fires Back At Story Stating Her Senate Campaign Mismanaged Money
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California Borrowing Ratio Down, Still Among Highest | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Debt represents estimated 6.79 percent of general fund in 2015-16

First Draft: Poll Watch: Wide Party Divide Found on the Value of Political Experience
Republicans are looking for a candidate with new ideas and experience outside of Washington. Democrats place a higher premium on service in government and a proven record in the political establishment.

BLM Decision Set Backs Cadiz Plan To Sell Mojave Groundwater
Bettina Boxall @
Cadiz Inc.'s plans to sell Mojave Desert groundwater to Southern California communities have hit a major federal roadblock.

California Drought: Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Begins Process To Remove Ceo
Paul Rogers @
The Santa Clara Valley Water District board has been negotiating CEO Beau Goldie's departure in closed session meetings and is now working out the timing of the announcement, compensation and benefits that Goldie will receive, multiple sources familiar with the issue said Monday.

DeSaulnier Bill Would Lower Student Loan Rates
Josh Richman @
Student loan borrowers would be able to refinance their interest rates at the rate offered to banks by the Federal Reserve, under a bill announced Monday by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier.

Marco Rubio On Donald Trump's Latest Stunt: 'i Drink Water. So What?' - Politico
"When do we get to the point where we have people who actually want to solve our problems rather than just politicize everything?"

California To Allow 50-50 Charity Sports Raffles | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Raffles at sporting events will mean larger prizes

Donald Trump Campaign Trolls Marco Rubio With Bottled Water Delivery - Politico
The email chains include 72 pages with Reines' conversations with reporters.

Man Killed By LAPD Had Thrown Beer Bottle Through Police Car Window, Chief Says
Los Angeles police officers fatally shot a man Saturday night in Van Nuys after he threw a beer bottle at their patrol car, shattering the window and causing the officers to think they were being fired upon, LAPD officials said Monday.

California Could Ban Most Concealed Weapons On Campuses - The Orange County Register
As gun-control issues once again grip the nation in the wake of the Oregon community college shooting, California may be poised to ban most concealed weapons on K-12 and college campuses.