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THE NOONER for October 23, 2015

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Happy Friday. Our thoughts are with southwestern Mexico, which ia expecting landfall this afternoon of the largest hurricane on record in the western hempisphere, with sustained winds off 200 miles per hour. It's heading straight toward Manzanilla or Puerto Vallarta. I was in Cancun in 1995 during Hurricane Roxanne, which was a category 3. I can't fathom a category 5 with less than 24 hours notice.

Is the Benghazi hearing over yet? What an embarrassment. Speaking of embarraassments...the Niners.

REPORT CARD: The LA Times is giving out grades to Capitol leadership. Kevin de León earned a B, while Toni Atkins received a C+.

MOVING ON UP: Gripping power for the long term? [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - "[T]he stage is set for Rendon to become a leader unlike any California has seen in 20 years. Changes to legislative term limits approved by voters three years ago have now taken hold, creating the potential for a period of stability unseen since Willie Brown – the self-proclaimed “ayatollah of the Assembly” – left the speaker’s office in 1995. In the 20 years before that, California had just two assembly speakers. In the 20 years since, there have been 11."

THE 916: Steinberg hints at Sacramento mayoral campaign [Ryan Lillis @ SacBee] - "Darrell Steinberg certainly sounds like a guy who has decided to run for Sacramento mayor. Steinberg told reporters Thursday that he’s sure he and Councilwoman Angelique Ashby, who announced her candidacy for mayor the day before, “will have a good campaign.”

THE 420: Draft linked to Sean Parker initiative calls for 15 percent pot tax [Peter Hecht @ SacBee] - "A proposed marijuana legalization initiative backed by former Facebook president and Napster co-founder Sean Parker could allow Californians 21-and-over to possess an ounce of pot and grow six marijuana plants while creating a regulated cannabis industry with a 15 percent tax on retail marijuana sales."

THE SPIKE: City manager's breathtaking pension-spiking gambit seeks $307,000 annual payout [Daniel Borenstein @ Contra Costa Times] - "By working just two and a half more years, retired Vallejo City Manager Joseph Tanner boosted his starting annual pension from $131,500 to $216,000. He wants more, claiming he's entitled to yearly retirement pay of $307,000."

TIMES TEN: Initiative Strategy Will See a Change [Joel Fox @ Fox & Hounds] - "One strategy for pursuing policy changes through ballot initiatives may become victim of the new law to charge a larger fee to file an initiative for title and summary with the Attorney General’s office. The $200 filing fee, in place since 1943, will go up to $2000 starting next year after Governor Brown signed AB 1100 last month. As is common in the political world, the strategic effect will be less burdensome on those with deeper pockets."

SHOCKING: Clinton collecting 9 of every 10 Hollywood dollars [LAT] - "Entertainment donors in California have poured $5.5 million into the 2016 presidential race. Of that, Clinton has collected 9 of every 10 dollars — a total of $5 million as of Sept. 30, which gives her a commanding lead in the race to collect checks from the state’s signature industry."

Oh, Lincoln Chafee, we hardly knew you.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Vidak district rep Nathan Alonzo and former Assemblymember Mariko Yamada! Weekend greetings to Sierra College trustee Aaron Klein (Saturday), Kaiser GR director Angelica Gonzalez (Sunday), and GOP adviser Cliff Wagner (Sunday)!   

have a great weekend!


  • 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



Newsom Picks Politics Of Guns Over Pot - Politics Blog
In politics, timing is way more important than consistency. Just ask Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Two years ago, after voters in Washington state and Colorado legalized the recreational use of marijuana,...

Draft Linked To Sean Parker Initiative Calls For 15 Percent Pot Tax
Peter Hecht @
A proposed marijuana legalization initiative backed by former Facebook president and Napster co-founder Sean Parker could allow Californians 21-and-over to possess an ounce of pot and grow six marijuana plants while creating a regulated cannabis industry with a 15 percent tax on retail marijuana sales.

Daniel Borenstein: City Manager's Breathtaking Pension-spiking Gambit Seeks $307,000 Annual Payout
An administrative law judge, the board of the California Public Employees' Retirement System and a Sacramento County judge all rejected his outlandish pension-spiking attempt. Now he is now taking his six-year dispute to the state Court of Appeal.

A New Law Stops Gold Dredging
Dan Walters @
California is what it is – a diverse and economically and culturally potent society – largely because gold was discovered in the American River in 1848.

Zuckerberg, wife back new Palo Alto school
The wife of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a plan that she believes will mend social inequities in Silicon Valley: a private school with a full array of health care services, designed to serve 700 students and their families in East Palo Alto. Priscilla Chan, who works as a pediatrician at San Francisco General Hospital, envisioned the Primary School as a new model for education, designed to combat the effects of poverty on children. “We find that children in low-income communities are already delayed in language, fine motor skills and social and emotional development by the time they’re 3 years old,” Buada said. Public school districts across the region increasingly have been adopting a full-service school model along the lines of what Chan and Zuckerberg conceived, offering a range of health care as well as parenting classes, job training and more on school sites. At McClymonds High School in Oakland, for example, a UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland health clinic is on campus, with free medical care available to all students and their siblings with no appointments necessary. Zuckerberg has made several forays into education reform, beginning in 2010 with a controversial $100 million overhaul of the public school system in Newark, N.J., where he added charter schools and performance bonuses for teachers — but wound up being accused of not adequately connecting with the community, and being ineffective with his effort. Ronda White, president of the Ravenswood Teachers Association, said that while she welcomes the new school and all the services it will bring, she also worries it will pull away students who otherwise would enroll in public schools in Ravenswood, causing the district to lose money. Chan’s is one of several private institutions built to serve low-income students in East Palo Alto — among them Eastside College Preparatory School, which was started by Stanford University graduate Chris Bischof in 1999.

L.A. City Commission Opposes 'Amnesty' For Billboards With Permit Problems
Emily Alpert Reyes @
A Los Angeles city commission shunned the idea of legalizing hundreds of billboards that lack permits or are out of line with their city paperwork, opposing a controversial proposal that had been floated by some lawmakers as L.A. rewrites its billboard rules.

New Jersey Senate Overrides Christieâ
The vote dilutes a key claim the governor has made while campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination.

Benghazi Committee Hearings Give California Lawmakers A Rare Chance To Shine
While all eyes were on Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday as she testified before the House Benghazi committee, two California Democrats played a prominent supporting role during the proceedings.

West Sacramento To Pay $2.8 Million To Victims Of Rapist Police Officer | The Sacramento Bee
Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton @
A year after West Sacramento police Officer Sergio Alvarez was convicted of prowling the streets during his graveyard shift and using his position to abduct and rape at least half a dozen women, the city agreed Wednesday to pay $2.8 million to four of his victims.

McConnell presses Paul to focus on Senate bid
There are growing concerns that the Kentucky junior senator is courting trouble by dividing his time between presidential and Senate races.

Report: Sacramento City College Warning System Caused Delay During Deadly Shooting
Richard Chang @
An independent inquiry released Thursday on the Sacramento City College shooting last month faulted school officials for the delay in sending a mass emergency notification.

Former Paul Aide Jesse Benton Acquitted In Campaign Fraud Case - 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.

New Abuse Allegations Filed In Civil Suit Against Saudi Prince
Three female workers who accused a Saudi prince of attacking them inside a compound on the edge of Beverly Hills said in court papers that they feared for their lives and tried to escape the home at least three times after he threatened to kill them and yelled, “I am a prince and I do what I want! You are nobody!”

Nurse Sues Chris Christie For Keeping Her In 'private Prison' - Politico
Kaci Hickox is not pleased with the governor.

Drug Costing $750 A Capsule Gets Competition From New $1 Rival
Bradley J. Fikes @
Today, a San Diego biomedical company today introduced a competitor to that drug that sells for $1 a capsule.

Gold Line Extension To Azusa Will Open In March, Bringing Metro Rail Deeper Into L.A. County Suburbs
A Metro Gold Line train crosses the Los Angeles River near downtown L.A. The Foothill Extension is set to open in spring 2016.

Gov. Brown Decision Helps San Diego Stadium Proposal, Mayor Says
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the city’s push to build a stadium for the Chargers took “a huge step forward” when Gov. Jerry Brown approved an accelerated judicial-review process for any lawsuits filed against the project’s environmental-impact report.

Lincoln Chafee Drops Out Of Democratic Race - Politico
Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee, always a long-shot, dropped out of the race for his party's nomination on Friday morning.

Cockroach Infestation Shuts Down Cafeteria At St. John's Hospital In Santa Monica
Matt Hamilton @
The cafeteria at St. John’s Health Center – the fabled Santa Monica hospital – was shut down this week after a health inspector found a cockroach infestation in the kitchen, county health officials said.

GOP women will vote for Ryan
The 23 female GOP House lawmakers plan to vote for him.

Grocery store will fill void in S.F.â
[...] the days of popping down to the grocery store for a liter of juice or a carton of eggs will soon be back. Though construction in the Bayview has ballooned, particularly along the Third Street corridor, its residents have lacked access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. “It’s important that residents support Duc Loi so we can signal to the big chains that refused to come into this community that we are still surviving,” she said. There is no economic reason why a grocery store would not be interested in coming into a very established neighborhood with a strong economy. When faced with driving to a grocery store or eating at a nearby high-fat, high-sodium fast-food restaurant, many residents pick the latter. Duc Loi Market owner Howard Ngo received a $250,000 grant through the city’s San Francisco Shines program for facade improvements to the store, which will begin next month. The Office of Workforce and Economic Development also helped him secure a $4.1 million federal loan to purchase the property and equipment. Mayor Ed Lee said the opening of Duc Loi Market will serve “as an anchor for Third Street, one of our city’s most diverse merchant corridors.” “Activating a 14,000-square-foot space that was vacant for two years is going to help with attracting other retailers to the vicinity,” said Crezia Tano, senior project manager for the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Obama Vetoes Defense Bill, Deepening Budget Fight With G.O.P.
In rejecting the $612 billion defense policy bill, the president signaled his determination to use it as a bargaining chip to push Republicans to abandon strict spending limits.

Edison Reaches $400-million Settlement With Nuclear Insurer
Southern California Edison says its settlement with insurer over the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant will help cut customers' costs.