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THE NOONER for October 27, 2015

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U.S. SENATE: La Opinión: Kamala Harris para el Senado federal [Editorial] - "Both women are good candidates. However, we believe that Kamala Harris has more potential to lead at a national level and better fulfills the requirements listed above."

MOTOR VOTER: California's 'Motor Voter' law in the slow lane [Alejandra Molina @ OCR] - "Secretary of State Alex Padilla said officials are just beginning to compile a statewide voter registration database, known as VoteCal, a necessary step for the act to take effect. VoteCal is on schedule to be launched statewide in June."

ABOLITION: Silicon Valley donors give early to abolish death penalty [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "Already, though, some deep-pocketed donors are lining up behind the proposal. Taxpayers for Sentencing Reform, proponents’ campaign committee, late last week reported a $150,000 donation from Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings, $150,000 from Stanford computer science professor Nicholas McKeown, and $10,000 from Integrated Archive Systems, a company led by prominent Democratic donor Amy Rao."

$$$: Air Force's plan for new stealth bomber could bring thousands of jobs to the Southland [LAT] - "The Air Force plans to award a lucrative contract Tuesday to develop and build a fleet of 80 to 100 long-range stealth bombers over the next decade, a massive military spending project that could help resuscitate Southern California's beleaguered aerospace industry."

SAY IT AIN'T SO: History Suggests California Will Require Warning Labels For Bacon [Ben Bradford @ CapPubRad] - "Now that a World Health Organization agency has classified them as carcinogenic, bacon, ham and other processed meats could require warning labels in California."

THE 916: Business group endorses Steinberg mayoral run [Ryan Lillis @ SacBee] - "Region Business, a group that does political advocacy for businesses in the Sacramento region, announced Monday it was pre-emptively endorsing former state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg for Sacramento mayor."

NEGLECT: Falling Highways: California Roads Crumble As Tax Fight Wears On [Andrew McCall @ CCTimes] - "Years before last week's frightening collapse of an Interstate 880 overpass guardrail and chain-link fence onto evening rush-hour commuters, the state had declared the overcrossing outdated and dangerous."

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: In Bruce Lee-like move, Northern California police department to adopt nunchakus [Veronica Rocha @ LAT] - "Looking for another nonlethal way to take down suspects, the Anderson Police Department decided to go the way of the dragon. The police force in the Northern California town of about 10,000 people plans to equip its 20 officers with nunchakus, also known as nunchucks."

I guess getting hit with nunchakus isn't as bad as this incident.

This is cool. It uses an Uber-type model for restaurant delivery.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Debra Bowen, Delta college trustee Steve Castellanos, and Assemblymember Kansen Chu!


  • Don’t miss Capitol Network’s 2016 Elections Forum Luncheon - Fri. Nov. 13, 11:30 am -1 pm at CalChamber! Moderated panel includes Shawnda Westly, Cynthia Bryant, Alma Hernandez, Eileen Reynolds, Juliet Williams and discussion about 2016 primary, general elections. Register. (linked text) Buy tickets before they sell out. Questions?

  • 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.
  • 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



Will California Lawmakers Ever Again Override A Veto? -
And that’s not surprising. The Legislature hasn’t overridden a veto since 1980 when the governor was also named Jerry Brown. Lawmakers haven’t even voted on a veto override since 2003.

California's 'motor Voter' Law In The Slow Lane - The Orange County Register
The act registers eligible voters when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses.

Sacramento Minimum-Wage Backers Seek Compromise As Vote Looms
Dale Kasler @
Proponents of an embattled plan to raise Sacramento’s minimum wage are rushing to craft a new compromise in advance of Tuesday’s scheduled City Council vote, but it is far from certain that a deal can be reached. The plan would gradually hike the minimum wage in the city to $12.50 an hour by 2020, but a fragile and legally questionable compromise over the treatment of restaurant and retail workers has essentially unraveled in the past few weeks. Major business groups have urged the City Council to reject the plan in its current form. Two labor groups have threatened to sue the city if the plan is enacted.

Meg Whitman To Host Chris Christie Fundraiser
Josh Richman @
Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman will host a fundraising reception for a Republican presidential candidate next month – but not for her HP predecessor and 2010 ticket-mate, Carly Fiorina.

Silicon Valley Donors Give Early To Abolish Death Penalty
Jim Miller @
Already, though, some deep-pocketed donors are lining up behind the proposal. Taxpayers for Sentencing Reform, proponents’ campaign committee, late last week reported a $150,000 donation from Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings, $150,000 from Stanford computer science professor Nicholas McKeown, and $10,000 from Integrated Archive Systems, a company led by prominent Democratic donor Amy Rao.

White House Welcomes Budget Deal - Politico
The White House endorsed a budget deal reached in Congress that averts a showdown over raising national debt ceiling until after presidential elections...

Revamped HealthCare.Gov Opens With New Tools for Gauging True Cost of Insurance
Consumers on Monday began shopping online for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act on a newly remodeled version of that worked more or less as promised by the government.

San Francisco Set To Implement Laura's Law, Compels Treatment For Mentally Ill
April Dembosky @
Starting next week, San Francisco will be the fifth county in the state to implement Laura’s Law, the measure that allows judges to force severely mentally ill people to get treatment.

Last Hours Of Session Can Be Odd
Dan Walters @
Odd things happen during the final hours of any legislative session as hundreds of bills are processed in what one sage accurately termed a “sausage factory.”

Edison Faces $16.7-million Fine Over Unreported Talks With Regulators
Ivan Penn @
An administrative law judge issued $16.7 million fine against Southern California Edison for failing to report talks the utility had with regulators on 10 occasions over the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant.

First Draft: Major Cybersecurity Bill Is Set to Clear the Senate
Senators on Tuesday are scheduled to consider multiple proposed changes to the measure before a final vote, which Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, could try to force as early as Tuesday evening.

Georgetown Constitutional Law Professor Shifts From Bush To Rubio
Nick Gass @
A Georgetown University professor who gave $25,000 to the main super PAC supporting Jeb Bush is shifting allegiances and joining the campaign of his Florida rival, Sen. Marco Rubio.

Apple Fights Doj Over Attempt To Unlock Seized Iphone
Christie Smythe @
The world's largest technology company appeared in Brooklyn federal court Monday to dispute the government's claims that the firm can and should be able to let investigators see the data on the phone.

Food Pantries For Hungry Students Spread At California Colleges
Alexei Koseff @
The College and University Food Bank Alliance, which began in 2013 with about a dozen schools, now has 223 members. Co-founder Nate Smith-Tyge said he gets queries every week from university administrators who are becoming aware that “there has always been this hidden population of students dealing with food insecurity” or groups of students feeling “the overall crunch of the cost of attendance going up.”

Tax Policy: G.O.P. Candidates Seek Pot of Gold at End of Tax Cut Rainbow
Marco Rubio was an early proponent of a seemingly unrealistic tax plan, but many of his Republican rivals have followed suit.

Border Patrol Drops Out Of UC Irvine Career Fair
IRVINE – Citing unspecified safety concerns for its recruitment officers, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection dropped out of UC Irvine’s career fair following a petition drive that called the agency’s presence a “blatant disregard to undocumented students’ safety and well-being.”

Joint Development Plan Would Bring Housing For School Staff
Kimberly Beltran @
Terms of a 66-year lease agreement call for a La Jolla-based real estate developer to pay the district an estimated $35.8 million and provide an education lab geared toward science, technology, engineering, arts and math worth an estimated $2.5 million

First Draft: Carly Fiorinaâ
A document details how the Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina goes about preparing and giving speeches, showing a preference for personal stories and historical references.

History Suggests California Will Require Warning Labels For Bacon
Ben Bradford @
Now that a World Health Organization agency has classified them as carcinogenic, bacon, ham and other processed meats could require warning labels in California.

In Fresno, Car Washes Common Way To Pay For Funerals | Vital Signs | State Of Health | Kqed News
As expensive as medical care can be, it also costs a lot to die. Evangelina Quintanilla learned this a year ago when she lost her father, and again when her mother passed away in September.

Body Blows To The High-speed Rail :: Fox&hounds
Cost overruns are almost assured according to the experts. “You have an 80% to 90% probability of a cost overrun on a project like this,” according to Bent Flyvbjerg, a University of Oxford business professor and a leading expert on megaproject risk, quoted in the article. “Once cost increases start, they are likely to continue,” he added.

With Christie Sidelined, New Jersey Republicans Feel Swagger Fade in '15 Races
Alexander Burns @
Gov. Chris Christie, now running for president, has been a spectral presence in state politics amid campaigns for the Assembly.

Silicon Valley Donors Give Early To Abolish Death Penalty | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, others give total of $310,000 to campaign

Ben Carson's Health Care Plan: New and More Confusing
Margot Sanger-Katz @
For the last few years, Ben Carson has been talking about a very disruptive but simple plan to reform the health care system in the United States: replace Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid with an easy-to-understand universal, cradle-to-grave annual cash allowance for health spending.

Sanders Campaign: Clinton Started It
Annie Karni @
Bernie Sanders went negative on Hillary Clinton Saturday night — but only because she started it. That's what the Vermont senator's chief strategist told POLITICO on Monday after the high-stakes Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Iowa where Sanders, without explicitly naming Clinton, launched into an extended attack on her record and character. There, he reached as far back as her 2002 Iraq War vote to paint the front-runner as a politician often late to the game on key Democratic issues and one who changes position with the political winds.