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THE NOONER for October 9, 2015

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 Happy Friday! Sorry about yesterday's Nooner misfire. The hamsters didn't accept my "Save" request.

DISTRICT UPDATES:

  • CA04 (Foothills): added physician Robert Derlet (D)
  • CA21 (Kings): added accountant Connie Perez (D)
  • SD21 (Antelope Valley): added Star Moffatt (D)

 

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US SENATE: A new Field Poll release is out this morning:

  • Kamala Harris (D) - 30%
  • Loretta Sanchez (D) - 17%
  • Rocky Chavez (R) - 9%
  • Tom Del Beccaro (R) - 6%
  • Duf Sunheim (R) - 3%
  • Other - 1%
  • Undecided - 34%

Former SFChron journo Carla Marinucci made her first posting for Politico on Wednesday. The model for the California Politico Playbook follows Mike Allen's popular daily Politico Playbook. You can subscribe to get it in your inbox via that link.

INOCULATED: Official count finds vaccine referendum fell short [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "They needed the signatures of 365,660 registered voters, but election officials in the state’s 58 counties found only 233,758 on petitions turned in by the deadline last week. Petitions were turned in late in 12 counties and were disqualified."  [final tally]

Tim Donnelly already misses the media attention.

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY OR SLANDER? Ellmers thanks lawmakers for 'prayers' amid affair rumors [Politico] - "Rep. Renee Ellmers stood up in a private meeting of Republican lawmakers on Friday and thanked them for their "prayers and support" after they received “nasty emails” accusing her of having an extramarital affair with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, according to multiple sources in the room."

And, the teevee folks are thrwing the name of Darrell Issa (R-Carlsbad) into the mix. Issa is the richest member of Congress and responsible for waking you up constantly in the late 80s ansd through the 90s via the most annoying car alarm on Earth. More annoying than being in It's A Small Word during a boat shutdown.

 

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WATER WOES: New forecast says El Niño could help Northern California, ease drought [Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese @ SacBee] - "In a revised forecast Thursday, the National Weather Service said Northern California stands a decent chance of getting significant precipitation from this winter’s El Niño weather pattern, a development that could help ease the state’s four-year drought."

TANKED!Coastal Commission bans captive orca breeding at SeaWorld San Diego [Hugo Martin @ LAT] - "After an all-day meeting that drew hundreds of supporters and critics of the park, the California Coastal Commission moved to ban captive whale breeding and drastically restrict the movement of whales in and out of the park. Those were the conditions set as part of its approval of a plan to build an expanded holding facility for the existing orcas."

MIDTOWN SADNESS: Train hero Spencer Stone stabbed, in serious condition [SacBee] - "Normally, such an incident would hardly merit a mention in the news, but Thursday’s stabbing victim was Spencer Stone, 23, the Air Force hero who thwarted a terror attack on a Paris-bound train in August with two childhood friends from Sacramento."

HOUSE OF CARDS: East Bay city attorney's suicide raises questions about report [CCTimes editorial] - "The suicide of Concord City Attorney Mark Coon has not only shaken City Hall to its core but also cast a bright light on disturbing questions surrounding the selection of a developer for the Concord Naval Weapons Station land." 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to AFSCME's Joshua Golka, Assemblymember Eric Linder, Planned Parentood's Christina Romero, and San Gabriel Water District director Michael Wong! Weekend greetings to Lieutent Governor Gavin Newsom (Saturday), Assembly staffer Jeremy Thompson (Saturday) and Oakland Unified's Isaac Kos-Read (Sunday)!

Go Dodgers! First pitch is at 6:45pm PDT on TBS. And, WTF USC? 

And, Sunday is a TVGasm: New The Good Wife, new season of The Walking Dead, and Broncos over the Raiders!

SIGNED BILLS:

- AB 25 by Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) - Financial aid: Cal Grant program: renewal.
- AB 32 by Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) - Computer crimes.
- AB 226 by Assemblymember Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) - Retail food safety: fishermen's markets.
- AB 234 by Assemblymember Richard S. Gordon (D-Menlo Park) - Food: sale.
- AB 248 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) - Health insurance: minimum value: large group market policies. 
- AB 288 by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) - Public schools: College and Career Access Pathways partnerships. A signing message can be found here.
- AB 339 by Assemblymember Richard S. Gordon (D-Menlo Park) - Health care coverage: outpatient prescription drugs.
- AB 353 by Assemblymember Tom W. Lackey (R-Palmdale) - Protected species: take: Bouquet Canyon: habitat restoration project.
- AB 374 by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) - Health care coverage: prescription drugs.
- AB 392 by Assemblymember Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) - San Diego River Conservancy.
- AB 404 by Assemblymember David S. Chiu (D-San Francisco) - Community colleges: accreditation.
- AB 446 by Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) - Baldwin Hills Conservancy.
- AB 498 by Assemblymember Marc B. Levine (D-San Rafael) - Wildlife conservation: wildlife corridors.
- AB 545 by Assemblymember Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) - Domestic violence.
- AB 601 by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) - Residential care facilities for the elderly: licensing and regulation.
- AB 610 by Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr. (D-Los Angeles) - Child support: suspension of support order.
- AB 652 by Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) - State Highway Route 16: relinquishment.
- AB 707 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) - Agricultural land: Williamson Act contracts: cancellation.
- AB 721 by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) - Student financial aid: private student loans.
- AB 798 by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) - College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015.
- AB 807 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) - Real estate transfer fees: recorded documents.
- AB 921 by Assemblymember Brian W. Jones (R-Santee) - Private investigators: Disciplinary Review Committee: licensure.
- AB 1000 by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) - California State University: student success fees. A signing message can be found here.
- AB 1091 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) - Student financial aid: Cal Grant Program.
- AB 1131 by Assemblymember Matthew M. Dababneh (D-Encino) - Insurance: electronic transmission.
- AB 1251 by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) - Greenway Development and Sustainment Act.
- AB 1295 by Assemblymember Marc B. Levine (D-San Rafael) - Craft distillers: licenses.
- AB 1305 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) - Limitations on cost sharing: family coverage.
- AB 1307 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) - Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act.
- AB 1310 by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) - Disorderly conduct: unlawful distribution of image.
- AB 1312 by Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell (D-Long Beach) - Ballast water management.
- AB 1323 by Assemblymember Jim L. Frazier Jr. (D-Oakley) - Marine debris: removal and disposal.
- AB 1352 by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) - Deferred entry of judgment: withdrawal of plea.
- AB 1369 by Assemblymember Jim L. Frazier Jr. (D-Oakley) - Special education: dyslexia.
- SB 43 by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa) - Health care coverage: essential health benefits.
- SB 137 by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa) -Health care coverage: provider directories.
- SB 150 by Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) - Personal Income Tax Law: exclusion: student loan debt forgiveness.
- SB 178 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) - Privacy: electronic communications: search warrant.
- SB 210 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) - Special education: deaf and hard-of-hearing children: language developmental milestones. 
- SB 276 by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) - Medi-Cal: local educational agencies.
- SB 282 by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa) - Health care coverage: prescription drugs.
- SB 388 by Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) - Health care coverage: solicitation and enrollment.
- SB 467 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) - Professions and vocations.
- SB 605 by Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) - Community colleges: exemption from nonresident tuition fee: Lake Tahoe Community College District.
- SB 696 by Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) - Insurance: principle-based valuation.
- SB 741 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) - Mobile communications: privacy. 
- SB 750 by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) - English language education: English learners.
- SB 762 by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) - Competitive bidding: best value: pilot program: design-build.
• AB 692 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – Low-carbon transportation fuels.
• AB 793 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – Energy efficiency.

• AB 802 by Assemblymember Das G. Williams (D-Santa Barbara) – Energy efficiency.
• AB 808 by Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) – Automotive fuels and products.
• AB 864 by Assemblymember Das G. Williams (D-Santa Barbara) – Oil spill response: environmentally and ecologically sensitive areas.
• AB 876 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) – Compostable organics.
• AB 888 by Assemblymember Richard H. Bloom (D-Santa Monica) – Waste management: plastic microbeads.
• AB 1034 by Assemblymember Jay P. Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) – Surface mining: reclamation plans: renewable energy generation facility.
• AB 1045 by Assemblymember Jacqui V. Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) – Organic waste: composting.
• AB 1150 by Assemblymember Marc B. Levine (D-San Rafael) – Energy: University of California and California State University partnership.
• AB 1236 by Assemblymember David S. Chiu (D-San Francisco) – Local ordinances: electric vehicle charging stations.
• AB 1266 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Electrical and gas corporations: excess compensation.
• AB 1274 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – Public lands: geophysical surveys. 
• AB 1420 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas Jr. (D-Bakersfield) – Oil and gas: pipelines.
• AB 1448 by Assemblymember Patty Lopez (D-San Fernando) – Personal energy conservation: real property restrictions.
• AB 1482 by Assemblymember Richard S. Gordon (D-Menlo Park) – Climate adaptation.
• AB 1496 by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) – Methane emissions.
• SB 185 by Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) – Public retirement systems: public divestiture of thermal coal companies.
• SB 246 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) – Climate change adaptation.
• SB 295 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Pipeline safety: inspections.
• SB 379 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Land use: general plan: safety element.
• SB 414 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Oil spill response. A signing message can be found here.
• SB 513 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program: fees.
• SB 673 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) – Hazardous waste.
• SB 697 by Senator Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) – Public Utilities Commission Accountability Act of 2015: reports: audits: electrical restructuring: charter-party carriers of passengers.

VETOED BILLS:
- AB 504 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) - Local planning. A veto message can be found here.
- AB 573 by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) - Higher education: campus closures: Corinthian Colleges. A veto message can be found here.
- AB 696 by Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr. (D-Los Angeles) - Defendants: arraignment. A veto message can be found here.
- AB 1042 by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) - Proprietary security services. A veto message can be found here.
- AB 1351 by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) - Deferred entry of judgment: pretrial diversion. A veto message can be found here.
- AB 1361 by Assemblymember Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood) - Student financial aid: Cal Grant Program: veterans. A veto message can be found here.
- SB 229 by Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) - Courts: judgeships. 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.

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  • 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 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: 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.

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