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THE NOONER for October 7, 2015

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Happy lunchtime. You can now grab an Egg McMuffin to eat with your Nooner! Yes, there is finally a reason to go to McDonald's after 10:30.

The governor's high-profile signing today is of SB 350, Kevin de León's "Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015." 

Ugh, after a two-week reprieve, the PG&E crews are back with the early-morning jack-hammering. It's a perfect morning to have the windows and balcony door open, but not sure my head can handle it! But, at least the Yankees are out of the playoffs after being beaten by the LAstros.




LANDING ZONE: Former Assemblymember Tony Strickland has formed "Strong America Inc. and Strong America PAC," a Super PAC that fights for more military spending. He's supported by flongtime ally and former House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon

SIN AGUA: Private poll shows strong statewide support for Delta tunnels [Timm Herdt @ VC Star] - " A survey of 1,500 registered voters conducted this month for the advocacy group Californians for Water Security,  shows fairly strong support statewide for the Bay-Delta project — including the construction of two large tunnels to divert Sacramento River water beneath the Delta so that it can pumped to other regions."

ANOTHER REFERENDUM? Drug companies donate $10 million to oppose California initiative [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "The measure, pushed by the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, would impose price controls on drug purchases funded, directly or indirectly, by the state. Supporters have until Nov. 2 to turn in 365,880 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot."

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: The memorial service for Target Book editor Allan Hoffenblum is this Friday from 3pm-6pm at the State Social House at 8782 West Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. I wish I could be there, but for this damn neck collar.



NO NEW UNION MONEY: Orange County Republican Party's Anti-Labor Union Edict Fails Again--This Time In Irvine [R. Scott Moxley @ OC Weekly] - "A Republican independent expenditure campaign committee violated a heavily publicized Orange County Republican Party edict against joining forces with public employee unions by aiding the 2014 re-election of Irvine GOP city council candidate Jeff Lalloway." 

AS A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT, COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSFER TO UC, THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN THIS: Harvard Debate Team Loses to Prison Debate Team - "After an hour of fast-moving debate on Friday, the judges rendered their verdict.
The inmates won."

My sister posted this picture from the 405 at 6am this morning. Can you go any slower on the 405?

The 405

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Anna Molander!



• 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.

  • for $30/week for up to 100 words. Email



California Voters Overwhelmingly Support End-of-life Law, Poll Finds
Dan Diaz holds a photo of his late wife, Brittany Maynard, during a rally in September in favor of the End of Life Option Act in Sacramento. A majority of California voters support the measure, according to a new poll. Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law on Monday. 

Counties Awash In Mental Health Money Amid Oversight Concerns
In 2004, when California voters said yes to a ballot initiative that taxes millionaires to fund mental health services, they were told there would be strict state oversight of the spending.

California's High Court Appears Ready To Allow Voters To Weigh In On Citizens United
The California Supreme Court appeared ready Tuesday to allow the Legislature to ask voters their view of a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling on election spending.

New Public Pension Proposals Target Future Employees | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Voters have authority to enhance benefits, change caps for new hires

Dianne Feinstein Opens Campaign For Desert Monument Designations - Politics Blog
After years of battling to expand federal protection of the California desert but getting nowhere in Congress, Sen. Dianne Feinstein is opening a public campaign to get President Obama to use his a...

Does Early Education Truly Help? | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Politicians, educators pushing hard to ramp up pre-kindergarten programs

Gov. Jerry Brown Approves New Limits On Paparazzi Drones
A drone with a camera is used to shoot scenes for a television show in California last month. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that would expand privacy protections to prevent paparazzi from using drones to take photos over private property.

2016 Election: Presidential Candidates Try To Turn Weaknesses Into Strengths - Politico
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is trolling Donald Trump by using an image generator that allows anyone to put different slogans on the real estate...

Prop 49 Battle Reaches California Supreme Court -
Local governments in California often seek voters’ opinions on non-binding advisory measures. But can the state Legislature do the same thing? The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments on that question Tuesday.

Bernie Sanders Gaining On Hillary Clinton In California | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders 47 percent to 35 percent in Democratic primary

How U.S. Supreme Court Just Made It Tougher To Challenge California Vaccine Law | State Of Health | Kqed News
This decision matters in California, where a new law passed this summer requires virtually all schoolchildren to be vaccinated against a range of diseases in order to attend school.

Bowing To Unions, 2016 Dems Skip Campbell Brown's Education Forum
None of the campaigns would discuss the forum on the record. Union officials would not confirm that they exerted pressure on the candidates to skip it, but they are not fond of Brown or her advocacy against teacher tenure in public schools. In the past, they have portrayed her as a corporate-funded elitist doing the bidding of Republicans; Brown is a registered independent, but her husband, Dan Senor, is a former Bush administration official who served as a spokesman for the Iraq war.

Drug Companies Donate $10 Million To Oppose California Initiative | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Measure would cap how much state pays for drug purchases

Judge strikes down San Francisco eviction law
San Francisco’s latest attempt to make landlords pay relocation costs for tenants they evict when the property owners go out of the rental business has hit another judicial roadblock. The ordinance, scaled down from a previous measure, would require landlords to pay displaced tenants the difference between their current rent and the market rate for a similar unit in the city for two years, up to a maximum of $50,000. Tenants would have to show they were using the funds solely for relocation costs and rents, and landlords who faced hardships could appeal to the city Rent Board to reduce their payments. [...] Superior Court Judge Ronald Quidachay said the required payments exceed the “reasonable” relocation assistance authorized by the Ellis Act, the state law that allows landlords to evict all their tenants when they leave the rental business without having to show any other grounds for an eviction. Reasonable payments are those that would offset the immediate costs of eviction — first and last months’ rent, the tenant’s security deposit and moving expenses, Quidachay said in his ruling Friday. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer declared the measure unconstitutional in October 2014, saying it violated property rights by forcing owners to pay for problems they didn’t cause — the skyrocketing prices of rental housing, and the gap between market rates and the city’s rent-control law.

Governor Signs Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act
Legislation authored by Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) that will lead to faster reports of possible child abuse and neglect cases has been signed into law by Governor Brown. SB 478, sponsored by Los Angeles County and the County Welfare Directors Association, amends current state law to allow specified mandated reporters to make initial reports of non-emergency child abuse or neglect to the Child Protection Agency through a detailed and comprehensive online report.

California Foster Care: New Laws Signed To Restrict Psychiatric Drugs
The three bills -- authored by Democratic senators Jim Beall of San Jose and Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles -- will be a first in the nation when they take effect in 2016. The bills were introduced in response to this newspaper's ongoing investigation "Drugging Our Kids," which found almost one in four California foster teens receive psych medications, the vast majority prescribed antipsychotics, which are mostly unapproved for children and can result in serious side effects.

Referendum Papers Filed On Assisted Suicide Law
Dan Diaz, the husband of Brittany Maynard, watches a video of his wife, recorded 19 days before her assisted suicide death in Oregon. Her pleas led to approval of a law allowing doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients in California.

2016 Election: Bernie Sanders Gets His First Congressional Endorsement
Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva is set to endorse the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate later this week, a person familiar with the congressman’s plans confirmed to POLITICO on Wednesday morning.

Ap Nation / World | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
>Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown

Feds wonâ
The departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services had been wrestling with whether to embrace a finding from a group of federally-appointed nutrition advisers that beef is not only problematic for humans but bad for the environment. The panel, which helps the federal government update its dietary guidelines every five years, advised that “animal-based food,” particularly beef, uses a disproportionate share of land, water and energy in its production, and should be recommended in limited portions. [...] in a joint statement, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell said they would base their suggestions about what the public should eat — and should not eat — on nutrition, not sustainability. The federal government faced heavy pressure from the meat industry, as well as members of Congress, to ignore the advisory panel’s findings on beef’s environmental footprint. “It’s frustrating to see the Obama administration again allow politics to trump science,” said Stephanie Feldstein, population and sustainability director at the Center for Biological Diversity, in an e-mail to The Chronicle.

Opponents Of Assisted Death Law Seek Referendum | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Effort to overturn controversial law has less than 90 days to qualify for ballot

Clinton Campaign Trolls Trump On Snapchat - Politico
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is trolling Donald Trump by using an image generator that allows anyone to put different slogans on the real...