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THE NOONER for October 28, 2015

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  • CD52 (San Diego): Added Mike Canada (R)

Wow. What a game that was! First pitch, an inside the park home run for only the second time in World Series history, and 14 innings. Starting Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez's father died earlier in the day, but his wife asked that he not be told until after the game. Even Fox broadcasters, who knew, didn't mention it to keep the word from spreading through the dugout. Tonight is game 2, which will be on at the same time as the GOP debate, on CNBC.

Meanwhile, there was some weird stuff falling from the sky this morning, although very briefly.

DA BOMB: AV jobs boon expected in wake of air force bomber contract [Antelope Valley Times] - "The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a contract worth up to $60 billion Tuesday to build the nation’s next-generation stealth bomber — a project that is expected to be a major boon to the local aerospace sector with much of the assembly work likely to be done in the Palmdale area."

This is interesting. I grew up on a block in Placentia (Orange County) that almost had at least one parent in every house working in aerospace. My mom worked for Hughes (when it was an aircraft company and not a satellite TV provider). It was literally a block where the cars backed out of driveways at the same time, and there was lots of carpooling. The industry turned orange groves into suburbs.

Joel Fox criticizes the use of tax credits to incentivize the contract award.

UP IN SMOKE: Flurry of fruitless pot measures costing taxpayers big money to prepare [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "With the 2016 election drawing near, no fewer than 17 proposals have been submitted for consideration, with at least 10 already receiving the cursory title and summary from the Attorney General’s Office. Aides to Kamala Harris have estimated the cost to prepare the measures for signature gathering at $8,500 apiece."

ANOTHER BRILLIANT IDEA: Who funds California politicians? Initiative would have them wear the answer [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "His ballot initiative would have candidates declare their top ten donors in campaign advertisements. Once they get to Sacramento, elected officials would need to don “stickers or badges” detailing their biggest benefactors in type printed clearly enough that anyone can read them."

THE FINAL COLUMN: Timm Herdt: A last sermon on the news [VC Star] - "So I leave you with this advice: Keep reading your newspaper, and encourage others to do so. Actually reading, rather than glancing at, an online edition is fine, but my bias remains for a printed version over breakfast, even on Christmas Day. Cherish your newspaper. You, and your community, will be better for it."

Timm, thank you for your service. We will miss your contributions to political journalism in California. 

CLEARED: Charles Calderon cleared in campaign payments to Ian Calderon [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "The Calderons have a history of paying relatives for campaign work. In this case, the Whittier Daily News reported that the elder Calderon during a 2010 campaign paid his son $40,000 for Web-consulting services, and the newspaper said it found “'o evidence of a campaign website or social media presence.'"

GOLDEN STATE SUPPORT: Gov. Jerry Brown vows legal action to defend Washington's clean-power plan [Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown is planning legal action to defend Washington's clean-power plan, a key part of President Obama’s effort to combat climate change despite tenacious opposition from Republicans in Congress."

HIKE! Cal State panel proposes annual tuition hikes of about 2% [Carla Rivera @ LAT] - "The 12-member university committee concluded that a reliance on state funding, even in a growing economy, is no longer sufficient to expand enrollment, expedite the time it takes to earn a degree and pay for badly needed technology and facility upgrades."

ARMED: Gun-rights groups rev up against Newsom measure [Josh Richmand @ CC Times] - "The Firearms Policy Coalition and the Firearms Policy Coalition Second Amendment Defense Committee PAC – the latter formed specifically to fight [Gavin] Newsom’s measure – have begun sending out more than 25,000 grassroots activism guides to volunteers and activism hubs throughout the state, with another 75,000 guides expected to ship within the next week."

THE 916: Former Senate leader Steinberg will run for Sacramento mayor - [Ryan Lillis @ SacBee] - "[I]t wasn’t until Tuesday, in an interview with The Sacramento Bee, that Steinberg officially put to rest one of the worst-kept secrets in local politics: He is running for Sacramento mayor."

Steinberg's announcement is today at 11:30 at the mixed-use Mill development at 3rd and Broadway. I was going to walk over there (six blocks away), but it's raining for the first time in 100 years.

Darrell Steinberg makes mayoral race the most interesting in years [Marcos Breton @ SacBee] - "Mayor of Sacramento isn’t in the same league as other jobs Steinberg might have attained had the right opportunities been available to him. There must have been a political calculation that Gov. Jerry Brown would not appoint Steinberg to replace Kamala Harris as state attorney general should she win the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer in 2016. Steinberg also has the legal and intellectual chops to become a justice on the state Supreme Court. But again, that would depend on Brown."

THE NICE GUY: Business Lobby Supports Darrell Steinberg For Sacramento Mayor Despite His Voting Record [Allen Young @ SacBizJourn] - "Talk to business groups about Darrell Steinberg and its easy to understand the groundswell of support that has enveloped the former Senate leader in recent days. Advocates describe Steinberg as a politician who can be sympathetic and charming -- even if he votes against your cause."

Interesting fact--Steinberg went to UC Davis law with Supreme Court chief justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. Go King Hall! I know the narrative is that he is a labor liberal. The facts are that he presided over the upper chamber during the worst budget cuts--worse than after Proposition 13. On a daily basis, he was challenged against his personal values but did what was right for the state. 

Former Assemblymember Roger Dickinson--who works at the same law firm as Steinberg--has decided not to run and to endorse Steinberg. Senator Richard Pan has endorsed Councilmember Angelique Ashby.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Richard Pan and Patrick O'Donnell legislative director Yong Salas!


  • 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

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  • 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
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California Voter Law Could Disappoint Salivating Dems
Dan Walters @
Moreover, while the law takes effect Jan. 1, the DMV won’t start sending new voter information to the secretary of state’s office until new regulations have been developed on the opt-out provision and the SOS has a new statewide voter database in place. So nothing is likely to happen in time to affect the 2016 elections.

Air Force's Plan For New Stealth Bomber Could Bring Thousands Of Jobs To The Southland
Many B-52 Stratofortress bombers in the Air Force fleet were built by Boeing during the Kennedy administration.

Gun-Rights Groups Rev Up Against Newsom Measure
Josh Richman @
The Firearms Policy Coalition and the Firearms Policy Coalition Second Amendment Defense Committee PAC – the latter formed specifically to fight Newsom’s measure – have begun sending out more than 25,000 grassroots activism guides to volunteers and activism hubs throughout the state, with another 75,000 guides expected to ship within the next week.

Who Funds California Politicians? Initiative Would Have Them Wear The Answer | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Business Lobby Supports Darrell Steinberg For Sacramento Mayor Despite His Voting Record
Allen Young @
Talk to business groups about Darrell Steinberg and its easy to understand the groundswell of support that has enveloped the former Senate leader in recent days. Advocates describe Steinberg as a politician who can be sympathetic and charming -- even if he votes against your cause.

Sacramento Council Approves $12.50 Minimum Wage Plan After Compromise Reached
Ryan Lillis @
The Sacramento City Council approved an increase in the city’s minimum wage Tuesday night by a 6-3 vote after a last-minute compromise emerged on the plan and protesters created a tense scene at City Hall.

Governor: Climate Change Challenge Equivalent To World War Ii - Times Of San Diego
Gov. Jerry Brown told climate scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Tuesday that addressing climate change is the moral equivalent to building the atomic bomb first in World War II.

For L.A.’s Neediest Patients, The Most Important Person May Not Be A Doctor | State Of Health | Kqed News
Walfred Lopez, a Los Angeles County community health worker, was determined to figure out why.

First Draft: Florida Newspaper Calls On Marco Rubio to Resign for Missing Senate Votes
The Sun Sentinel, which covers southern Florida, accused Mr. Rubio of, in effect, defrauding voters for collecting a paycheck while he spends most of his time campaigning for president.

Poll: S.F. Voters May Back Higher Taxes For Transportation Fixes
Michael Cabanatuan @
With the local economy booming, and streets and transit systems overwhelmed, San Franciscans may be willing to pay higher taxes and fees to make it easier to get around, though they’ll likely need some cajoling, a poll released Tuesday suggests.

California Test Scores In The Cellar
Sharon Noguchi @
What's sometimes called the Nation's Report Card, a sampling of fourth- and eighth-graders in reading and math, painted a dismal picture of a state that insists it is prioritizing K-12 education, on which it is spending $53 billion this fiscal year. Average fourth-grade math scores place California among the worst, just one point on a zero-to-500 scale above New Mexico, Alabama and Washington, D.C. Eighth-graders performed a bit better, nearly the same as students in nine states, and above those in five states and the nation's capital.

Low-income Elderly Reject Calif. Managed Care Experiment, Cite Fear Of Change
Anna Gorman @
Nearly half of low-income elderly Californians have opted out of a statewide managed care experiment because they feared losing their doctors and were reluctant to make any changes to their health care, according to survey data released Tuesday by the Field Poll.

Anthem Blue Cross To Repay $8.3 Million To California Customers
Anthem Blue Cross agreed to end midyear policy changes that raise costs for consumers and to reimburse nearly $8.3 million to about 50,000 customers in California as part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit announced Tuesday.

EPA Funds California, Nevada Native Tribe Water Projects
Ed Joyce @
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced more than $30 million in funding to native tribes in California and Nevada.

Sanders Campaign: We'll Consider Hillary For Veep
Daniel Strauss @
Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign once again cranked up its attacks on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Gov. Jerry Brown Vows Legal Action To Defend Washington's Clean-power Plan
California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the Carbon Neutrality Initiative at UC San Diego on Tuesday. At the two-day climate change summit at UC San Diego, researchers are discussing their blueprint for concrete action that the state and the world should take to tackle the problem.

Senate Republican Leader Fuller Highlights the Aerospace Industry's Contributions to the Golden State
Earlier today, the U.S. Air Force announced a contract with Northrop Grumman for the manufacture and assembly of a new fleet of long-range stealth planes. The contract is expected to bring $60 billion worth of investment and hundreds of new jobs to California.

Ex-mccain Aides: Jeb Bush's Campaign Is Not Like Ours - Politico
The debate will focus on jobs, taxes and the general health of the economy,

City Budget Analyst Projects Mission Will Lose Latino Population
Emily Green @
If current demographic trends continue, the Mission District will experience a massive decline in the number of households with children as well as the Latino population, the city’s budget and legislative analyst found in a report released Tuesday.

Warren: Ryan budgets are 'truly breathtaking' — in a bad way
The Massachusetts senator also sounded off on presidential candidates, think tank funding disclosures while CFPB Director Richard Cordray defended his bureau's data collection and enforcement actions

Pro-Marijuana Group Rereleases Republicans' Ratings Before Debate in Colorado
Alan Rappeport @
The experiment with legalized marijuana in Colorado, where Republicans will hold their third debate on Wednesday, remains a hot topic as the next election approaches. In that spirit, the Marijuana Policy Project has dusted off its scorecard of where the candidates stand on the issue.

They schmoozed. They prayed. They gambled? What the GOP candidates have been up to since the last debate
As 14 Republican candidates prepare to take to the stage Wednesday night in Colorado for their third presidential debate of the season, POLITICO takes a look at where they've been and who they've hung out with since the last debate.