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THE NOONER for October 20, 2015

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Good morning. What a beautiful fall morning in the 916. Can you believe that downtown Los Angeles had an inch of rain yesterday? Of course, most of that flowed right into the ocean. We need snowpack in the Sierras!

Thank you Disney for the birthday gift. Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases on my birthday, December 18. I wish I still had my Millenium Falcon.

I just opened up a package from Amazon that had what looks to be a great book. "Game Changers: twelve elections that transformed California" by Steve Swatt, Susie Swatt, Jeff Raimundo, and Rebecca LaVally.

The twelve are:

  • Leland Stanford (1861)
  • 1879 adoption of the state constitution
  • Voter approval of the Los Angeles aqueduct (1905)
  • Hiram Johnson (1910)
  • Frank Merriam (1912)
  • Earl Warren (1942)
  • Pat Brown (1958)
  • Creation of full-time Legisllature (1966)
  • The Political Reform Act (1974)
  • Proposition 13 (1978)
  • Technology and money in the 1980 campaign, with the backstory of the speakership fight between Howard Berman and Leo McCarthy
  • Term limits - Proposition 140 (1990)

The authors then through in four "still in the running:"

  • Proposition 187 (1994)
  • Spending shattering national spending records in the Al Checchi v. Gray Davis v. Jane Harman primary (1998)
  • Gray Davis recall (2003)
  • Top-two primary (2010) 

It may need to be added to the list of books for the Nooner Sofa Degree in California Politics and Policy.

EXTREME MAKEOVER: Jerry Brown’s mansion makeover: Sawzall, $34 bathroom scale, $16,609 fridge [David Siders @ SacBee] - Jerry "Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, plan to move into the mansion after its renovation is complete, likely late this year. From purchase orders obtained by The Sacramento Bee:"

In fairness, the renovations are being paid for from the sale of the Carmichael mansion built for Ronald Reagan by private supporters. Reagan never lived in it, and the purpose of the renovations is to provide the capacity for entertaining large groups. You don't buy appliances at Best Buy a kitchen for caterers.

CA46 (Santa Ana): Brandman comes out as first openly gay Anaheim council member [Art Marroquin @ OCR] - Jordan "Brandman is the second high-profile politician to come out as a gay man in recent weeks, following a similar announcement by Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen."

Both are running for Loretta Sanchez's congressional seat.

SD39 (San Diego): 'Bulk purchase' effort by Atkins is criticized [Jeff McDonald @ SDUT] - "Two local Democratic clubs have returned checks for hundreds of dollars from the state Senate campaign of Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, which attempted to buy bulk memberships to the organizations."

Shocking, I tell you, shocking. This is common in endorsement processes.

UNREST: Faculty at California State University launch vote to strike [Josh Delaney @ LADN] - "The 25,000-member CFA — which is composed of tenured and tenure-track faculty, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches in the 23-campus CSU system — is seeking a 5 percent salary increase for 2015-16, with the Long Beach-based Chancellor’s Office of the CSU offering 2 percent."

LA-LA LAND: Angelenos Never Cared Much About Local Politics [Jessica Levinson @ Fox & Hounds] - "Since the city’s first charter was put into effect in 1889, Angelenos have set up a system of government based on the desire to contain and diffuse power, and to protect ourselves from officeholders. The result is that it has long been hard to tell who is in charge. Power is purposefully spread out between the mayor, the city attorney and the city controller, and the 15-member city council."

iCARLY: Oh, Carly, we hardly knew you. Actually, we did too well. And, the Democratic Party is in total panic as Jim Webb drops out of the race.

RUH-ROH: Hunters shoot two moose before realizing they were firing into a zoo [Katie Dowd @ SFChron] - "A Norwegian hunting party must have been amazed at their luck when they found and shot dead two large moose. But moments later, a horrible realization dawned on them: They'd shot through a fence and killed two zoo animals."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Attorney General Kamala Harris, Bonta COS Max Mikalonis, and Moorlach leg dir Victoria Stewart!



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  • Join Emerge California for their 2nd Annual Southern California Event on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the City Club Los Angeles located at 555 S. Flower St, 51st Floor in Downtown Los Angeles . To join the Host Committee, please contact Lindsay Bubar at or visit the event page here.
  • National Women's Political Caucus of Silicon Valley will host the first NWPC California statewide training for the 2016 cycle in San Jose, CA on Saturday, October 24th at 8:30am. This workshop is geared to help candidates - regardless of party - begin the campaign planning process with interactive exercises for successful implementation. Cathy Allen, co-Founder of the Center for Women & Democracy, will train candidates, staff, and/or volunteers on new research for women's campaign messages, diversity targeting secrets, and where to start. Register here. NWPC is a multi-partisan organization dedicated to recruiting and training pro-choice progressive women to run for office regardless of party affiliation. Proceeds from will go to the Women Leadership and Education Fund (a 501(c)(3)) and is tax deductible.  

  • 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



Right-to-die Law Faces Delays, Challenges -
A political move to make physician-assisted suicide legal in California may have long-lasting consequences. Supporters could not get the bill approved in the regular legislative session, so they reintroduced it during a special session on health care. The governor has signed the bill into law. But it won’t take effect until the special session ends. That likely won’t happen for months.

Supervisors take up sanctuary city policy in wake of pier killing
Almost four months after the July shooting death of Kathryn Steinle on Pier 14, allegedly by a man who had been deported five times, the Board of Supervisors will take its first baby steps toward addressing the city’s sanctuary city policies Tuesday. Yet any real change to how the city treats immigrant inmates with no legal status might depend not on the supervisors, but on next month’s election. Sanctuary policies limit city cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Farrell is the author of a resolution that calls on Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to rescind his March 13 order prohibiting his staff from giving federal immigration agents information about detainees — including their citizenship status, their booking and arrest documents, and their release dates. Supervisor David Campos has simultaneously introduced a resolution that calls on the sheriff not to participate in the federal government’s Priority Enforcement Program — or PEP — which asks local law enforcement to notify federal immigration authorities when certain immigrants are being released. “These are dueling examples where both sides understand the policy is not going to change.” said Jason McDaniel, assistant professor of political science at San Francisco State University. Seven months before Steinle was killed by a shot from a stolen gun that officials charge was in the hands of an undocumented felon, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, the Department of Homeland Security ended its widely criticized Secure Communities Program, which asked local law enforcement to hold immigrants without legal status so they could be transferred to federal custody and ultimately deported. Steinle’s killing motivated cities that had refused to comply with Secure Communities to participate in PEP, said Marc Rosenblum, deputy director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute think tank in Washington, D.C. [...] immigrant rights groups are planning to rally Tuesday at City Hall to support Campos’ resolution. “This resolution decries scapegoating and political grandstanding, promotes public safety for all, enhances trust in law enforcement, and protects the rights of immigrant San Franciscans,” the letter states. “I think it is appropriate to take a look on a case-by-case basis,” she told The Chronicle’s editorial board recently.

State Labor Panel To File Injunction In Charter School Unionization Push
Alex Caputo-Pearl, left, talks with Victoria Montes after a United Teachers Los Angeles president candidate's forum in 2014 at the Boyle Heights City Hall.

Long, Dangerous Wait For Hospital Beds For Those Incompetent To Stand Trial | State Of Health | Kqed News
In 2010, Rodney Bock was arrested for carrying a loaded gun into a restaurant in Yuba City, north of Sacramento. Bock had severe mental illness and was later found incompetent to stand trial. He was released on bail, but was rearrested after he failed to appear at a court hearing.

S.F. principal: middle school election winners not diverse enough
When San Francisco middle school principal Lena Van Haren saw which kids on her campus had been elected to the student council, she was disturbed at the lack of diversity among the winners. Van Haren decided to withhold the results of the Oct. 9 election for more than a week, saying the school community needed to figure out how to have a more representative government. “This is complex, but as a parent and a principal, I truly believe it behooves us to be thoughtful about our next steps here so that we can have a diverse student council that is truly representative of all voices at Everett,” she told parents in an e-mail on Thursday. “My criticism of the Everett administration is their good intention got in the way of their common sense,” said parent Todd David. Votes were cast in homeroom, ensuring that all students voted. “The thing that’s so frustrating to me, as a parent and an engaged citizen, is you release the results and then you form committees,” David said. How can you say, ‘In the name of social justice, we’re going to withhold election results?’ Under pressure from parents and the district administration, the principal announced the election results Monday afternoon, going class to class with the information. While there was some diversity among the 10 winners, no English learners were elected, even though they make up about a third of enrollment. African American and Hispanic students were underrepresented, while white, Asian and mixed-race students, who are in the minority at the school, took the top four spots. District officials called the whole situation “a learning opportunity.” “There are other ways to include all voices,” said school board President Emily Murase.

Final Budget Report Notes Big School Spending Upturn
Tom Chorneau @
The gains, which have not gone unnoticed as both the state and national economies have rebounded dramatically in the past four years, are nonetheless impressive after so many years of struggle.

The Silicon Valley Investment Bubble Starts To Deflate
Put the excitement on hold for a moment: Elizabeth Holmes of beleaguered startup Theranos was flanked by former President Bill Clinton and Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group, at a recent event sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative.

First Draft: Judge Denies Obama Administration Quick Appeal in House Suit Against Health Care Law
Speaker John A. Boehner may be having trouble with conservative House Republicans, but he is on a bit of a roll in the federal lawsuit brought against the administration over the law.

Big Donors Back Moderate Democrats In Sacramento
Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters @
Half Moon Bay is a lovely place to do business. Ocean waves crash into rocky cliffs. Pelicans flap along the shoreline. And on the golf resort overlooking it all, a powerful bloc of legislators hit the links recently with donors who paid up to $40,000 for the opportunity to join them.

Business Group Opposes Sacramento Minimum-wage Hike | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
Criticism by chamber-led group is latest blow to wage plan

L.A. Set To Settle With Man Wrongly Convicted Of Killing Mother
 Bruce Lisker waves to a phalanx of media waiting at the front entrance of Mule Creek State Prison minutes after he was released from prison in 2009.

California Rancherias Look To Microgrids For Power During Natural Disasters
Edward Ortiz @
As the deadly Butte fire ravaged the foothills of Amador and Calaveras counties last month, rooms at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort were transformed from guest rooms to cot-filled dormitories to accommodate hundreds of people evacuated from nearby communities. The fire scorched 71,000 acres, felling scores of power lines in its path.

New Calif. Rule Creates Dim Future For Halogen, Incandescent Bulbs
Ben Bradford @
The state Energy Commission proposed new lighting standards Monday. They effectively prohibit sales of small halogen and incandescent bulbs—commonly used in track lighting—in favor of LED lights.

Martin O'Malley 2016 : We Already Have Too Many Candidates Of Joe Biden's Generation
Nick Gass @
The vice president's claim appears to contradict his previous account of the president's decision.

How Do the Leading Presidential Campaigns Spend Money? Differently
Nicholas Confessore looks at the difference in the way Donald Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton spend on their campaigns.

Oakland weighs spending $1 millon to fight blight and help underdogs
The proposed budget amendment, backed by Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan and Councilwoman Desley Brooks, would redirect $340,000 in public funds to community organizations that would help the city enforce its minimum wage and tenant’s rights laws, and to explain those laws to residents. The rest of the $1 million would fund a slew of rehabilitation and assistance programs for renters and low-income property owners, including $200,000 to clean up blight, $200,000 for loans to low-income renters, $100,000 to help low-income homeowners pay for seismic retrofits, and $150,000 for lower-income landlords to pay for property repairs. Oakland needs to beef up its enforcement, Kaplan said, but she believes city departments aren’t up to the task, so the administration should hire outside groups to help them. A loose coalition of community groups has lobbied for the budget amendment since June, when the city’s Department of Housing and Community Development presented a “Housing Equity Roadmap” with new policy ideas to promote construction of affordable housing and to prevent displacement of longtime residents. In a staff report accompanying the Housing Equity Roadmap, Assistant City Administrator Claudia Cappio pointed out that Oakland and its surrounding area are awash in new business and investment, with 17,000 new jobs added in the East Bay between March of 2013 and March of 2014, and 143,000 new jobs projected by 2020. Kaplan and Brooks said Oakland could come up with the money by diverting $1 million in general fund money that was already set aside for capital improvements at the Woodminster Amphitheater, to settle an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit. [...] according to Jennifer Lin, deputy director of East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, the proposed slew of programs and partnerships is the only way for Oakland to make its minimum wage and tenant protection laws have teeth.

Cal State Fullerton Professor Dumps Boss's Textbook, Faces Discipline - The Orange County Register
A Cal State Fullerton math professor was reprimanded by the university after he used less expensive – and in his view, better – textbooks instead of a $180 text written and mandated by his department chair.

Does UC Berkeley Astronomer Geoff Marcy's Downfall Signal Shift In Attitudes Over Sexual Harassment?
Katy Murphy and Thomas Peele @
But in a flash last week, the white-hot glare of social media revealed the darker side of the UC Berkeley professor, a titan in the field who sexually harassed aspiring female scientists. And just as notably, it exposed how many of his colleagues and institutions appeared to know about his behavior -- but were either too intimidated or indifferent to stop him.

Federal Ruling Protects Pot Dispensaries That Follow State Law
Bob Egelko @
Congressional action prohibits federal drug enforcers from shutting medical marijuana dispensaries that comply with state law, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Monday in a potentially precedent-setting case.

First Draft: Jim Webb Withdraws From Race for Democratic Presidential Nomination
Former Senator Jim Webb announced on Tuesday that he is dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination after his bid failed to gain traction.