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THE NOONER for October 14, 2015

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  • AD24 (Palo Alto-Mountain View): added attorney Vicki Veenker (D)

Happy humpday. Not much state political news today, as reporters were likely focused on either the debate or the Dodgers. #MustSeeTV

Tomorrow is the filing deadline for federal offices for the period ending September 30. In related news, Lincoln Chafee admitted to Wolf Blitzer this morning that he has only raised $30,000, but claims he is "on budget." Maybe that explains the shirt and tie he wore in last night's debate. the Chron has the best one-liners and zingers from the debate.

The debate drew 15 million viewers, which is surprising, considering His Honor Trump wasn't on stage and the debate was up against a possibly decisive playoff game between teams from the country's two biggest media markets.

Speaking of the debate, Jimmy Kimmel had a great segment last night taped before the debate that asked Angelenos about their impressions of "last night's" debate. Oh, Los Angeles.

SD11 (San Francisco): Supervisor Jane Kim (D) made it clear that she is in the State Senate race, facing off against the more conservative Democrat and fellow supervisor Scott Wiener. It appears former Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Supervisor David Campos are both taking a pass on the race.

FIELD POLL ON DIFI: California voters split on Dianne Feinstein running again in 2018 [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "A new Field Poll found that more voters approve of the job Feinstein is doing than disapprove, 44 percent to 29 percent. Asked to weigh in about her future prospects, they provided a decidedly mixed reaction: 43 percent view a campaign for a fifth term as a bad thing while 41 percent see her candidacy as a positive development." [poll]

NOT GONNA HAPPEN: Jerry Brown veto overrides seem off the table [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "More than 100 of the 133 bills Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed this year cleared the Legislature with bipartisan super-majority support. That also happens to be the threshold needed for a gubernatorial veto override, should lawmakers so desire. They probably don't."

CA25 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale): The DCCC is going after Steve Knight with a new web ad.

CA44 (Carson): Isadore Hall goes on the attack against Nanette Barragan in a new ad. [h/t to Carla Marinucci. If you haven't signed up to receive her Politico California Playbook, you should.]

Carla also writes "WE'RE NO. 1 -- Zillow ranks SF the nation's "best city for trick or treaters...cities that provide the most candy with the least walking and safety risks." Other California cities came in the top three: #2 San Jose, #3 Los Angeles"

That would be cool if there were actually children living in San Francisco.

FROM MAPLIGHT: Report: $62M in Independent Expenditures Spent on Candidate Media, Print Materials in California’s 2014 Election; Opposition Spending on the Rise

Dodgers return home tomorrow night to face the Mets in the deciding game 5, with the first pitch at 5:07pm PDT. Pitching for the Dodgers will be Greinke.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to fundraiser Aref Aziz and Senator Mike Morrell!



  • 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:

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  • 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

  • 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
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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

  • 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.
  • 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 Salary is DOE.

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Jerry Brown Veto Overrides Seem Off The Table | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Democratic governor considered 941 bills this year, vetoing 133

Pressured by tobacco industry, Healdsburg halts groundbreaking law
Less than three months after the law took effect, city leaders are backing off enforcement out of fear of legal action from the tobacco industry. While the organization representing tobacco sellers say they just want cities to honor the state-established purchasing age of 18, critics say it’s another attempt by the industry to fight off regulation and peddle a dangerous product. “This is reminiscent of what the tobacco industry did years ago when communities began passing smoking bans,” said Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at UC San Francisco. Legislation to boost the age for tobacco sales for all of California has failed to gain traction. Healdsburg approved putting cigarette sales at the same age threshold as alcohol last year in an effort to keep tobacco out of the hands of young people. Studies have shown that those who smoke earlier in life are more prone to use later, thus increasing the risk of cancer and other smoking-related health problems. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets has sent letters to Healdsburg protesting its law, contending that cities can’t override the statewide age of 18 for buying tobacco. Thomas Briant, executive director and legal counsel for the National Association of Tobacco Outlets, said 18-year-olds who can be drafted for military service should have the freedom to decide whether to use tobacco. “We didn’t lose business, because we don’t have a young clientele here, but we’re happy that the law is gone because of the licensing fees” that were part of the ordinance, said Prem Moktan, manager of Tip Top Liquor Warehouse.

Stanton Sales Tax Measure In Jeopardy - The Orange County Register
STANTON – The city’s 1 cent sales tax, which by all accounts has shored up Stanton’s previously struggling finances, is on the chopping block less than a year after 54.5 percent of voters approved it – with a petition to repeal the tax receiving enough signatures to get on a ballot.

California Community Colleges Chancellor Set To Retire
Carla Rivera @
California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris announced Tuesday that he will retire in April, after leading the system through a crucial period of academic reform and controversies over accreditation.

With Exit Exam scrapped, search for now-qualified graduates is on
Sifting through old high school transcripts and searching for names on Facebook, school officials across California are scrambling to hand out thousands of diplomas to former students, many of whom gave up on graduating and don’t realize they’re now eligible. The young men and women, some in their late 20s, became sudden qualifiers for a diploma after Gov. Jerry Brown last week retroactively revoked the requirement that all students pass the controversial California High School Exit Exam. School officials first have to figure out which students failed the Exit Exam but completed all the other graduation requirements that were in effect when they were seniors in high school. While the law does not require local districts to launch such an effort to track down the newly minted graduates, many districts say they will try anyway, sending notes to student addresses they had on record, making phone calls to family contacts listed years earlier and blasting out the news on social media. Students who believe they qualify for a diploma are encouraged to contact their former high school district to provide contact information and ensure a review of their transcripts. Because she failed the Exit Exam, Giron couldn’t graduate with her class in 2013. [...] that she doesn’t have to pass, Giron says she isn’t angry that the state changed its mind about the requirement, nor does she wonder what her life would have been like had she received her diploma in the spring of 2013. The about-face on the Exit Exam began earlier this year when the state Department of Education stopped administering the test while the Legislature considered suspending the graduation requirement. An emergency state law waived the Exit Exam requirement for the class of 2015, but did not address what would happen to former students still trying to pass the test and get a diploma years after they left high school. The new law, signed by the governor Wednesday, not only revoked the Exit Exam graduation requirement going back to the class of 2006, but also suspended it through 2017. State officials now must decide whether to create a new test aligned with the new Common Core standards or come up with another way to verify a level of academic proficiency needed to get a diploma. Studies showed that many California students who didn’t pass the Exit Exam performed as well as those who did when it came to other academic indicators such as annual standardized tests and class work, indicating that factors other than academic ability might be at play. Instead of college, the young man attended a job training program and became a security guard, Kessler said.

Bay Area Democrats Fired Up By First Presidential Debate
Josh Richman @
The crowd at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center seemed most fired up at moments when Sanders, the independent Vermont senator; front-runner Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state, New York senator and first lady; and barely known Martin O'Malley, Maryland's former governor, disagreed on issues like gun control, foreign policy and bailing out Wall Street after the crash that sparked the Great Recession.

Limbaugh: 'obama Is America's Number One National Security Problem' - Politico
Carly Fiorina's campaign has raised $6.8 million in the last three months, according to the Republican presidential candidate's deputy campaign manager....

Gov. Brown gives green light to motorized skateboards and scooters
Bill Hutchinson @
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation reversing a 38-year-old state ban on motorized boards, giving riders of such mobility devices the same street cred as cyclists.

President Obama Crashes Wedding At La Jolla Golf Course And Couple Is Ecstatic
Showing up to a wedding without an invitation from the bride and groom is a no-no, except when the guest is President Obama.

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California Voters Split On Dianne Feinstein Running Again In 2018 | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Voters approve of Democratic senator, 44 percent to 29 percent

Family says Bay Area man imprisoned in Iran depressed and angry over conviction
Hamed Aleaziz @
Consumed by anger and “severely depressed” is how Jason Rezaian, the journalist and former Chronicle contributor who has been imprisoned in Iran for more than 400 days, appeared during a visit with his mother and wife Tuesday — a day after reports surfaced that he was convicted in Tehran of unspecified charges.

UC Berkeley Sex Harassment Scandal: Astronomy Faculty Call For Geoff Marcy's Dismissal
Katy Murphy @
The university gave Marcy a warning and said it would have "zero tolerance" for similar behavior in the future -- a sanction that many, including fellow faculty members, have felt was too light.

Bernie Sanders 2016: The Vermont Senator's Campaign Reports Bringing In $1.4 Million From Dem Debate - Politico
The campaign describes the post-debate haul as a "fundriasing bonanza."

Batteries To Power O.C. Office Buildings
Orange County's largest landlord is installing battery-powered energy systems at more than a dozen office buildings as part of a state initiative to combat global warming and rebuild capacity lost when the San Onofre nuclear power plant was shut down.

Old Police Video Could Pose New Political Risk For Mayor Kevin Johnson | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
Chairwoman of local Democratic Party says Johnson should resign

'working Harder For Less Money' In Las Vegas, Weary Host Of The Democratic Debate
When the economy crashed in 2008, Rocky Jones was doing electrical work at the Fontainebleau, a $3-billion casino resort under construction on the Strip.

Does This Photo Prove John And Clarence Anglin Survived Their 1962 Alcatraz Escape? - Sfgate
This 1962 photo from the U.S. Penitentiary Alcatraz shows John Anglin's cell and shows the entire cell with the method of concealing the escape method and and the dummy head used. Monday, June 11th marks the 50th anniversary of the escape of three prisoners from U.S. Penitentiary Alcatraz in San Francisco, Calif. The U.S. Marshals Service to this day continues to have an open case on the escape.

Public Health: Jeb Bush Has Found a Part of Obamacare to Love
He would keep a way to tax high-cost health plans, similar in spirit to the Cadillac tax, but voters may not be pleased.

Senate Republicans Wish U.S. Navy Happy Birthday
SACRAMENTO - Senate Republicans issued the following statement recognizing Tuesday, October 13th as the official birthday of the United States Navy:

Laundry Liberation: California Becomes A 'right To Dry' State
A new California law says apartment managers and home owners associations cannot ban clotheslines

Hillary Clinton Turns Up Heat on Bernie Sanders in a Sharp Debate
The Democratic presidential candidates debated and disagreed on subjects including gun control and health care.