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THE NOONER for October 22, 2015

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Happy Thursday! The weekend is almost here and it's going to be a beautiful oneacross the state. And, believe or not, there is a 60% chance of rain for next Wednesday. Meanwhile, there is a miserable hearing on the teevee starring Hillary Clinton and Trey Gowdy. I may just turn on Netflix and watch West Wing.

Hmmm...I got my flu shot last Friday and haven't come down with that autism thing yet. #BlackHelicopters

THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Gavin Newsom Sets His Sights On A Well-armed Foe: The Gun Lobby [George Skelton @ LAT] - "Newsom is attacking again, this time challenging one of America's most dreaded political machines: the gun lobby."

Dan Morain also weighs in on Newsom and guns.

SD21 (Pasadena): The Mike Gatto campaign yesterday announced that it has filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission alleging that Anthony Portantino has made "Over $275,000 in illegal “loans” and additional $75,000 in suspicious “investment returns” detailed in complaint filed with state campaign finance regulators"

THE 916: Mayor Kevin Johnson’s 2016 departure sets up competitive battle to fill open seat [Ryan Lillis and Tony Bxzjak @ SacBee]:

Councilwoman Angelique Ashby, who has represented North Natomas at City Hall since 2010, formally announced Wednesday that she is running for mayor. Ashby made the announcement outside the East Sacramento headquarters of the influential – and deep-pocketed – firefighters union. The union endorsed her campaign, as did state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento.

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Darrell Steinberg, the former state Senate president, assemblyman and Sacramento councilman, told The Sacramento Bee he would meet “with a broad group of friends and community leaders over the next several days” as he explores his own potential campaign. He said he would announce his plans soon.

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Former Assemblyman and Sacramento County Supervisor Roger Dickinson also said he was being encouraged by people to run and that he is “continuing to talk with family and friends about this opportunity.”

WATER WARS: Congressional Republicans demand plan for collecting El Niño water [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - "Fourteen GOP lawmakers will send a letter to President Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday asking for specifics about how federal and state agencies expect to capture, save and transport water."

LAWYERS: Bar's Discipline Chief Loses 'No Confidence' Vote [Cheryl Miller @ The Recorder] Employees in the California State Bar's Office of Chief Trial Counsel on Wednesday cast an overwhelming vote of "no confidence" in department leader Jayne Kim, signaling opposition to bar leaders' plans to appoint the top prosecutor to another four-year term. Seventy-six percent of those who cast ballots in the two-hour election period indicated no support for Kim, according to an employee who was familiar with the vote tally. Approximately 200 attorneys, investigators, secretaries and other OCTC workers in the bar's Los Angeles and San Francisco offices were eligible to participate in the election, said Lita Abella, president of the workers' union, the State Bar of California Association.

THE BOLTS: Brown boosts San Diego stadium effort [David Garrick @ SDUT] - "San Diego’s efforts to build a new Chargers stadium in Mission Valley got a boost Wednesday when Gov. Jerry Brown certified the project for expedited environmental review."

AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: The state's premier cycling race will start in San Diego and end in Sacramento. It's the only time the race has started in the south, and the first time the finish will be in the capital city. May 14-22, 2016. The 4-day women's race starts in Lake Tahoe and also ends in Sacramento.

BUH-BYE: Mattingly, Dodgers opt to part ways [Ken Gornick @ MLB] - "Don Mattingly and the Dodgers have had a mutual parting of the ways, the club announced, in the most dramatic of moves to complete the first year of president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, who inherited Mattingly from the Ned Colletti regime."

JUST SAYIN': Donald Trump cancelled an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday due to a "previous political engagement." Hmmm....he called in to Sean Hannity during the taping time of Kimmel (who is in New York this week).

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for political consultant Mike Shimpock! 

  • 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



Why The GOP Struggles In California
Emily Cahn @
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.

Joe Biden Won't Run For President, Leaving His Supporters To Ponder Their Remaining Choices
Josh Richman @
Without Biden in the race, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can more easily present herself as the heir to President Barack Obama's legacy and the candidate best situated to preserve the president's health care law and pursuit of immigration reform. His decision also likely solidifies Clinton's position with the diverse coalition of black, Latino, female and gay voters who fueled Obama's winning campaigns -- mostly constituencies with which rival Bernie Sanders has yet to solidly connect.

Supporters Say They're Revising Ballot Proposal To Soften Three-Strikes Law
Paige St. John @
A day after receiving state permission to gather signatures for a proposed ballot measure to ease California's three-strikes sentencing law, the sponsors say they plan to change it.

Key Provision For Groundwater Regulation Approved
Amy Quinton @
It’s been one year since California Governor Jerry Brown signed a landmark law to manage the state’s groundwater. The California Water Commission has approved new groundwater basin boundaries - the first major step in implementing the law. In essence, the basin boundaries are like new political boundaries for managing groundwater. 

Like Many Before Him, Newsom Steps Into Gun Debate | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom takes on gun control, like many before him

SF Chronicle Editorial Is Wrong On Prop 13
Joel Fox @
As to the fairness question raised by the editorial–that has been dismissed by both the California and United States Supreme Court. Property taxes are not a fee for service tax. Different properties have always paid varying amounts for the services they receive from local government. The Proposition 13 formula did not change that fact but it did for the first time give certainty to the taxpayer instead of the tax collector.

Senate Candidate: "We're All Going To Die"
Josh Richman @
A San Francisco attorney’s guerrilla campaign to succeed Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate rests upon a laser-like focus on combating climate change and a hefty dose of sarcastic humor.

Big Money, Frictions Light Up 2016 Pot Initiative Drive
Peter Hecht @
Big donors, led by former Facebook president Sean Parker, are lining up to fund a 2016 California initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Garcetti Is Reluctant To Back Bid For A Statewide $15 An Hour Minimum Wage
After Los Angeles passed legislation this summer that will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, Mayor Eric Garcetti positioned himself as a leading advocate for higher pay for the working poor, in Southern California and beyond.

Kaiser Mental Health Workers Authorize Strike
The 1,500 psychologists, therapists and psychiatric social workers have been working without a contract for more than four years. They are represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

UC Plans To Expand Enrollment Of California Undergrads Next Year
University of California President Janet Napolitano spoke at a Town Hall Los Angeles event about the importance of UC and expanding in-state enrollment. 

Shigella Outbreak Linked To South Bay Restaurant Growing - Sfgate
The number of people falling ill to food poisoning symptoms linked to a shigella outbreak at a Mexican seafood restaurant in San Jose rose to at least 93 Wednesday, as the sickness spread beyond the first batch of infected patients and into a neighboring county, health officials said. Santa Clara County health authorities closed Mariscos San Juan restaurant in downtown San Jose on Sunday after several people showed up severely ill at area hospitals over the weekend. On Wednesday, health officials said they were beginning to see the secondary infections transmitted to other members of the public from diners who were exposed at the restaurant. The aggressive bacteria causes watery, sometimes bloody, diarrhea, along with abdominal pain, fever and malaise. Mariscos remains closed until health authorities determine it is safe for the public to eat there.

San Francisco-Based Appeals Court Weighs Challenge To Anti-Hacking Law
Howard Mintz @
In a legal showdown closely watched by digital privacy groups and the tech industry, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals weighed the latest chapter in the eight-year clash between the government and convicted Danville executive David Nosal over the scope of the anti-hacking law.

Judge Consulted Edison On San Onofre Deal
Jeff McDonald @
As criticism mounted last year of a settlement deal that billed utility customers for 70 percent of the $4.7 billion cost of failure at the San Onofre nuclear plant, the state judge assigned to the case reached out to plant owner Southern California Edison.

Angelique Ashby Announces Mayoral Bid | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
By Tony Bizjak

The Term 'asian' May Be Overly Broad But California Is Stuck With It
Many of California's Hmong immigrants arrived as refugees from war and genocide and have struggled, remaining one of the poorest ethnic groups in the state. By contrast, Taiwanese immigrants typically came to California with more money and education, and they now rank among the state's most affluent groups.

Looking For The Tech Vote -- And Finding There Isn't One
Rachel Myrow @
Tens of thousands of tech workers have flooded into San Francisco in recent years, changing the face of the city. How will they affect the upcoming election?

Department Of Water And Power Takes Rate Proposal To Social Media
Alice Walton @
Vimeo videos are DWP’s latest tactic to convince Angelenos that utility rates must be increased to pay for new water pipes and utility poles and more expensive renewable energy sources. DWP officials promoted two videos to ratepayers in an email Wednesday.

Oakland pitching in cash for programs to help with wage and rental troubles
The Oakland City Council voted Tuesday to pay $340,000 to community organizations that would help the city enforce its minimum wage and tenant protection laws — if Oakland’s administration can come up with the money. Brooks and Kaplan had originally proposed spending $1 million to address social disparities in the city, but reduced that amount after Budget Director Kiran Bawa said in a staff report that Oakland doesn’t have that much money to spare. Dozens of union and tenant organizers showed up to support the plan at Tuesday’s city council meeting, arguing that Oakland’s city departments aren’t adequately staffed to enforce the minimum wage law and fight illegal evictions. Non-profit groups are better equipped to counsel those residents and help them file complaints, said Teresa Cheng of the labor group UNITE HERE. “Having additional resources...especially in the non-English speaking, monolingual worker communities, would no doubt assist the workers who are intended to benefit from the minimum wage law,” Deborah Lusk-Barnes, director of Oakland’s contracts and compliance department, said in an e-mail.

CalPERS Orders Former Loomis Fire Chief To Pay Back $450,000 | The Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan @
David Wheeler knowingly violated state law, CalPERS finds

Lieutenant Governor Takes Detour On Pot, Embraces More Gun Control
Steven Greenhut @
Perhaps it’s a sign of the lopsided (and strange) nature of California politics, but Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a 2018 gubernatorial candidate, had been building a slight following among some libertarians and even conservatives because of his stances on some “freedom” issues. This caught the eye of Huffington Post, which published an article last year with the snarky headline, “The Right’s Strange New Hero: Gavin Newsom.”

L.A. Controller Warns Of City Hall's Aging Workforce
Alice Walton @
Los Angeles city employees are getting up there in years. Controller Ron Galperin warned about the aging, or the ¿greying¿ as he called it, of the city¿s workforce in a letter to city leaders on Wednesday.

Benghazi Hearing: White House: President Obama Not Watching Benghazi Hearing - Politico
The former secretary of state calls for political unity, and asserts that she did not use email for the 'vast majority' of her work.