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THE NOONER for October 21, 2015

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Happy Back to the Future day! Where's my flying car?  From the Archives L.A. Times' original 1985 review of 'Back to the Future': We really hated it Amazon Prime has all three movies free streaming for members of Prime. It's actually on Esquire Network as I type this as part of an all-day marathon of all three movies.

A warm Nooner welcome to the new class of Assembly, Senate, Executive, and Judicial fellows. It's a great program.

Thirty years ago today, assasin former San Fancisco Supervisor Dan White--who killed Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor  George Moscone, committed suiicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. I just watched "Milk" again the other day. Sean Penn won Best Actor for his portrayal of Milk. If you haven't seen it, you're missing out on a major story in California political history. $3.99 to "rent" on Amazon. Penn's Oscar acceptance was great.

With it appearing more and more likely that Republicans will unite behind Paul Ryan as the next Spaker, Darrell Issa is a disappointed aspirant for the job.

NO GO: Mayor Kevin Johnson won’t seek re-election [Ryan Lillis @ SacBee] - "In addition to [Angelique] Ashby, former state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and former state Assemblyman Roger Dickinson have been mentioned by political observers as potential candidates." 

POLITICAL ISLANDS: Why These 2 Coastal California Districts Stay Reliably Red [Emily Cahn @ Roll Call] - "The two seats are GOP Reps. Dana Rohrabacher’s 48th District and Darrell Issa’s 49th District. Both include some of the wealthiest beach communities in Orange County, which remains the bedrock of the Republican Party in the Golden State."

Meanwhile, Emily also writes West Coast Wasteland: Why the GOP Struggles in California. "

The National Republican Congressional Committee sent a staffer out to the Golden State last week to search for and meet with potential candidates and convince them to run in competitive districts in San Diego, Palm Springs and Sacramento, according to a source with knowledge of the visit."

I had coffee this morning with a smart legislative staffer. We agreed that congressional and Assembly races will largely be status quo next year. The interesting races are almost all in the State Senate. When Dems win those congressional seats at mid-term, it's highly unlikely they can be captured by Reps in a presidential year, particularly if candidates haven't been identified by now.

MOTOR VOTER: California voter law could register millions – for a start [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "Soon, every eligible Californian who passes through a Department of Motor Vehicles office will be registered to vote unless they explicitly decline, the product of legislation intended to reverse a downward spiral of voter participation rates. The effort could add millions of new voters to the rolls, reshaping the electorate and recalibrating how campaigns are conducted."

PARKED: What's holding up the start of Uber and Lyft pickups from LAX? [Laura J. Nelson @ LAT] - "As it turns out, cementing an agreement between Silicon Valley start-ups and a major bureaucracy can take far more than two months. The initial timeline of "by this summer" has become "by Thanksgiving," sources familiar with the permit process say, and could even become "by the end of the year."

DOWN BALLOT: Prolonged presidential primary could shake up Senate race [Dave Jacobson] - "A prolonged presidential primary battle among both the Republican and Democratic parties could have a politically earth-shattering effect on California's race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer."

CONTINUING ED: Tonight at 5pm at Mayahuel, there is an informational session on graduate schools in public policy and international relations. Participating are the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Tufts, and Georgetown. I did the nonprofit executive leadership program at Georgetown a few years ago. What a great experirence. Anybody want to be my patron and pay for more graduate school?

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Rosielyn Pulmano is returning to the Capitol after being named as chief consultant of Assembly Health, following Roger Dunstan's appointment to the California Gaming Commission. Pulmano, a former Assembly staffer and attorney, was most recently a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Business, Housing and Consumer Affairs. Pulmano previously worked for several committees in both houses.

Meanwhile, Judy Lin is moving from the Associated Pres to the new journalism nonprofit CALmatters.

Anyway, you're half way through the workweek. Congratulations!

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Linder leg dir Diana Coronado, political consultant Lisa Gasperoni, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association's Mike Jacob


  • Please join the Sacramento State Department of Public Policy & Administration for its Thesis Showcase on Wednesday, November 4 from12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at room 317 in the Capitol. Graduates of the Sac State Master of Public Policy and Administration program will provide policy briefings from their research on a variety of topics, including: CalWORKs, affordable housing, physical education, college enrollment of foster youth, and CEQA streamlining for infill development. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact

  • Executive Housing at the ilofts! 120 I St. #1, Old Sacramento, CA 95814
    Exquisite luxury loft with 1 bathroom and a den located in the heart of Old Sacramento. This fully furnished loft comes with heated marble tile floors, state of the art electronics, and a beautiful shared courtyard. There is a walk-in shower, dining room area, and kitchen which includes a refrigerator, dishwasher, gas stove, microwave, and garbage disposal. There is a washer and dryer, central heat and air, covered patio, a security system, and is cable ready. Water, sewer, and garbage is included. $2,825/month + $115 per month parking garage. S & S Property Management
  • 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



CalPERS Scrubs 18,000 People From Health Insurance Rolls | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Premiums and avoided claims savings close to $122 million

Petition Drive To Scale Back California's Three Strikes Law Cleared For Circulation
Supporters of a proposed ballot initiative gained clearance Tuesday to seek signatures for a measure that would further roll back California's three strikes law.

Why 1,006 Votes Signal Trouble For California Labor Talks
Jon Ortiz @
Earlier this month, the 3,000-member California Association of Professional Scientists nixed a three-year contract offer from Gov. Jerry Brown that included 15 percent in raises and a new requirement that members pay nearly 3 percent of salary into a health benefits fund for retirees. Of the 1,388 scientists who voted, 1,006 gave it thumbs down, because the agreement still left their pay 15 percent or more under market.

Feinstein Bill Puts Excessive Health Insurance Rate Hikes In The Bullseye | Kpbs
Kenny Goldberg @
Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants the government to have the authority to put the brakes on excessive health insurance rate hikes.

Questions Arise On CalPERS Investment Risk-Reduction Plan
Dale Kasler @
CalPERS is about to implement a new investment policy that will reduce risks and future profitability. But the giant pension fund is being urged by Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration, and some of CalPERS’ own board members, to dial back those risks more quickly.

Workplace Issues Might Be Missing Link Between Education, Health - California Health Report
Daniel Weintraub @
By Daniel Weintraub

Poll: Voters Increasingly Support Early Education Investments | Edsource
Preschool students Kayla Nghi Du, left, and Gabriela Juarez read along with assistant teacher Kiersten Nakaishi during their class at Land School in Westminster, Calif.

Police Leaders Join Call to Cut Prison Rosters
More than 30 police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors are seeking alternatives to arrests, to reduce the number of criminal laws and an end to mandatory minimum prison sentences. The group is set to meet with President Obama.

How Black Lives Matter Became A Thorn In The Side Of L.A. Leaders
Over the last year, the Black Lives Matter movement have emerged as a vocal and controversial force in Los Angeles police politics. The group took part in several large protest marches, some of which blocked traffic and in a few cases had demonstrators bringing freeway traffic to a standstill....

How an oddball collection of tax breaks became an $85 billion ritual
Meet the ‘Tax Extenders.’

La DWP, Other Utilities To Raise Water Rates Because Of Drought
Today's high

Joe Biden Will Not Run for President
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Wednesday he will not be a candidate in the 2016 presidential campaign, bringing to a close a three-month exploration that began shortly after the death of his eldest child and threatened to fracture the Democratic Party.

Dems Scuttle Senate GOP Immigration Bill - Politico
Reform stalls again.

First Draft: Republican Voters, in Focus Group, Express Rage at Career Politicians
The anger of Republican primary voters at the political class could have blistered the paint in a conference room during a focus group in Indianapolis.

Bernanke: I'm 'puzzled' By The Focus On Glass-steagall - Politico
Ben Bernanke is "a little puzzled" by the focus of some Democratic presidential candidates on reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act.

Long-stalled Marlton Square Project Makes A Move Forward
Across from the Bethlehem Church of God, a fence borders most of a vacant lot slated for redevelopment as Marlton Square at Marlton Avenue and Santa Rosalia Drive in Los Angeles.

Bush Super Pac Head Knocks Rubio For 'cynical' Campaign - Politico
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is running a cynical campaign that will come back to haunt him.

L.A. Leaders Ask Hud Secretary For More Money To Combat Homelessness
Los Angeles city and county officials touted their recent efforts to reduce homelessness and asked for more federal help Tuesday during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro. Castro traveled to Los Angeles in reaction to a flurry of recent city and county efforts, including a city declaration of emergency on the issue of homelessness.

UC Berkeley Students Rally Around Math Lecturer Who Is Losing His Job
Katy Murphy @
Thousands of students and other supporters of lecturer Alexander Coward signed a petition sent to the math department, and about 50 rallied Tuesday afternoon outside of a meeting in University Hall where Coward was discussing a grievance he filed about the decision, calling for their top-rated university to make good teaching -- not just prestige -- a priority.

Ebay Founder Helps Bankroll Sn&r Legal Battle With Kevin Johnson
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