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THE NOONER for October 26, 2015

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¡Hola! ¿Como estas? I may be a bit short today, as I've been watching The Walking Dead and The Talking Dead. Wow. What a season. And, more neck issues, which are keeping me prone.


  • AD68 (Tustin): added Orange Unified trustee Alexia Deligianni-Brydges (R)


No secret that I'm going through a divorce with the love of my life. I can't stop listening to Adele's "Hello," which has particular resonance with those who have gone through this.

WHAT WILL DJ DO? FBI vets Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Representatives from the agency wanted to discuss the state insurance commissioner, a longtime resident of Curtis Park in Sacramento. A neighbor was told that Jones, a Democrat who previously served in the state Assembly, was being considered for an unspecified federal position."

Obviously, an appointment in the last fourteen months of a presidency is not exactly job security...

THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SNOW BUSINESS: South state storms show no easy remedies for California drought [Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow @ SacBee] - "The fierce squalls that struck north of Los Angeles on Oct. 15 and 16 delivered a likely preview of what’s shaping up as a very wet winter in much of California. It also showed the limitations of rainfall as a drought remedy, particularly in Southern California, and demonstrated the difficulty of predicting how much relief El Niño will provide."

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Should legislators ride hobby horses? [Steven Greenhut @ SDUT] - "It’s a given all politicians raise money from special interests, and good-government groups wrestle with the most effective rules to keep them as public-spirited as possible. Despite some tawdry state Senate scandals, most politicians stay above board. This column isn’t about wrongdoing, but about behavior that is perfectly legal, but which nevertheless raises eyebrows."

POWER PLAY: California's Nunes seeks to lead powerful tax panel after Ryan departure [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - "Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) is considering a bid to lead the House’s tax-writing panel if its current chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), becomes House speaker, a source has told The Times."

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to CFA's Niesha Gates and Dem activist Rick Hauptman!


  • 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

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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



CalPERS Shifts Focus To Avoiding Another Big Loss | Calpensions
Still underfunded after a $100 billion loss during the recession, CalPERS plans to slowly shift over decades to more conservative and lower-yielding investments, raising employer rates but reducing the risk of another financial bloodbath.

Law Lets State Workers Use Uber And Airbnb For Business Travel
An Uber driver drops off a passenger at Los Angeles International Airport. A new law ensures that state workers are reimbursed for using Uber and other sharing-economy businesses for business travel.

Raiders fans get chance to lobby NFL to keep their team
[...] fans are still desperate to keep their team here — and they’ll get their chance to make a case Thursday, when the National Football League holds a public hearing in Oakland to weigh options for the Raiders before any decisions are made. The hearing, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theater, will feature NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman, a league power broker who handles team relocations and construction of new stadiums. Billed as an opportunity for fans to grill officials and opine directly to the NFL, Thursday’s event is one in a series of town halls the league will hold in Oakland, St. Louis and San Diego. All three cities stand to lose their football teams — St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is vying to build a plush stadium in Inglewood, and the Raiders and San Diego Chargers are in ongoing talks to share a new venue in Carson, a suburb of Los Angeles. “This is a three-dimensional chess game of incredible complexity,” Dolich said, pointing out that the Raiders could also share a stadium with the Rams in Inglewood, given that the NFL now promotes stadium sharing as a way to save costs. To complicate things, officials in San Antonio met with Raiders owner Mark Davis, who signed a one-year lease extension in Oakland this year but groused about the condition of O.Co Coliseum. According to Oakland Assistant City Administrator Claudia Cappio, both the A’s and the Raiders have complained that it’s expensive and time-consuming to routinely convert the Coliseum from a baseball park to a football stadium. While city officials are willing to pick up the tab for an estimated $90 million to $120 million in infrastructure improvements to the Coliseum area, including utility upgrades, road realignment and new parking structures, Mayor Libby Schaaf refused to spend public money on a billion-dollar football-only stadium for the Raiders. Oakland is in a better negotiating position now that its administration has severed ties with San Diego businessman Floyd Kephart, Dolich said, adding that Kephart’s plan to build a mega-sports development at the Coliseum site “had no chance from Day One of ever seeing the light of day.” City officials recently hired New York-based stadium finance consultant Mitchell Ziets in what Cappio described in a statement as “one last effort to keep the Raiders in Oakland.” Fans, meanwhile, persistently tout Oakland as the city with the strongest Raiders fan base, saying that the East Bay’s hot real estate market and proximity to Silicon Valley guarantee a bright future for the team. “Fan interest in the Raiders is absolutely surging,” said Jim Zelinski, a 20-year season-ticket holder and co-founder of the grassroots group Save Oakland Sports, which has campaigned for three years to keep the A’s, Warriors and Raiders in Oakland. Sundays are like family reunions in the Coliseum parking lot, where 40 cousins, aunts, uncles and siblings roll in from Vallejo and Sacramento to tailgate for Raiders home games. A few tables away at Go Sports Bar in downtown Oakland, Kori Bias watched Sunday’s 37-29 victory over the Chargers and wished the Raiders had the stability of NFL franchises in Green Bay and Pittsburgh, whose fans don’t have to deal with constant separation anxiety. The overall goal of Thursday’s public hearing remains unclear, since the fate of these football teams might not be decided for a while, said Stanford University economist Roger Noll, who specializes in the business and economics of sports.

Big Water Users, Take Note: DWP Is Considering Outing You
Last week, famed Oakland Athletics executive Billy Beane, a Danville resident, apologized for wasting water after his excessive use was made public by the East Bay Municipal Utility District.

Some Candidates, Super Pacs Draw Closer - Wsj
Beth Reinhard and Christopher S. Stewart @
Republican presidential candidates are largely abandoning the caution of past campaigns in relations with the super PACs backing them, testing legal limits as the independent groups take over more functions from campaigns themselves.

Half-a-loaf Solutions Fall Short | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
California has many pending issues

Reublican Presidential Campaign 2016 Polls: Ben Carson Extends Streak Of Besting Donald Trump In Iowa Polls - Politico
The campaign shared data showing roughly 150 people have brought in at least $100,000 for the campaign.

Obituary: Dan Delany Co-founded Loaves & Fishes, Fought For The Poor | The Sacramento Bee
Blair Anthony Robertson @
He and wife Chris started small by feeding poor in a van

New Assembly Speaker Rendon Has Chance To Hold Post For 9 Years - San Francisco Chronicle
Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters @
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First Draft: Bernie Sanders Hires Pollster Who Worked on Dean Campaign
Mr. Sanders, who has denounced candidates who are overly poll-tested but who is flush in cash from mostly small-dollar donors, is bringing on Ben Tulchin, who polled for Howard Dean in his 2004 presidential campaign.

Ap Nation / World | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
>Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown

Zopp Hits Duckworth For Past Position On Same-sex Marriage | Politico

California Students With Dyslexia Gain Ground With New Law | Edsource
Max Matheny, a student with dyslexia, in front of the office of Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015.

Sacramento City College Shooting Still Has Campus Rattled | The Sacramento Bee
Hudson Sangree @
Shooter in Sept. 3 killing remains at large

Corinthian College Students Sort Through Confusion, Bureaucracy After Company's Fall
the numbers @
The Corinthian story drew widespread media attention and calls from political leaders to help those who had been exploited by the for-profit, Santa Ana-based chain. But instead of relief for loans that can run to tens of thousands of dollars, many have found little but confusion and bureaucracy. And this month Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that sought to help former Corinthian students weigh their options through expanded legal assistance programs.

Election 2016: Hillary Clinton's Team Rushes To Cash In On Her Strength - Politico
The campaign shared data showing roughly 150 people have brought in at least $100,000 for the campaign.

Feds: Border Agent Found With Illegal Guns |
Duran, a supervisor assigned to the Imperial Beach Border Patrol station, is accused of entering false warnings in a computer system that tracks border crossings, telling law enforcement that the man is known to carry guns and is linked to drug traffickers, according to the charges.

District Pios: Critical Link Between Schools, Community :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Alisha Kirby @
“What a typical day looks like fluctuates between working proactively and reactively,” said Thigpen, also president of the California School Public Relations Association.

In Face Of Criticism, S.F. Supervisor Reaffirms City's Sanctuary Policies
In an emotional hearing here, Supervisor Malia Cohen took an unapologetic stand on behalf of her city's sanctuary policies, giving the brush-off to conservative Republicans and commentators nationwide who placed San Francisco in their crosshairs in the months since an undocumented immigrant was charged in the shooting death of a woman.

GOP tries to head off Angle Senate bid
The controversial Republican is mulling another bid for Harry Reid's Senate seat after her ill-fated 2010 campaign.

O.C. Lawyer Convicted Of Having Sex With Minor Is Facing Disbarment
A Costa Mesa lawyer suspended from practicing because of a conviction for having sex with a minor could be disbarred for not returning more than $120,000 to clients, according to the State Bar of California.

Sacramento River Access Still A Dream | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
Long stretches of the river levee in the Pocket and Greenhaven cut off from the public