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THE NOONER for October 30, 2015

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Happy Friday! You made it! It should be a beautiful weekend, although we need the rain that has dropped from a 60% chance to a 20% chance on Sunday. Then, a chilly first week of November next week. On Saturday night, you get an extra hour of sleep after your Halloween festivities with the end of Daylight Savings Time. That'll keep you rested up for Dia de los Muertos on Sunday. Perfect day for a Niners game.

AURAL PLEASURE: Introducing The Grizzly Bear Podcast [Anthony York] - "This week, we introduce the Grizzly Bear podcast, an audio exploration of the news and issues facing California. For fans of the California Politics Podcast I have done for years, (and hope to do more of) with John Myers of the LA Times and Marisa Lagos from KQED, this podcast may serve as a temporary bridge while we get all the wrinkles worked out and prepare to relaunch that podcast, bigger and better than ever."

FEEL THE BURN: Kamala Harris spending big chunk of money raised for Senate race [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Over the past three months, Harris took in $1.8 million. In that period, from July to September, the state attorney general spent about $1.4 million, and amassed another $400,000 in debts. Meanwhile, she is on her third finance director since launching her bid in January."

US SENATE: Democrat Loretta Sanchez may need an assist from GOP voters in Senate race [Phil Willon @ LAT] - "Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, the Democrat famous for bumping ultra-conservative GOP Rep. Robert "B-1 Bob" Dornan from office in Orange County two decades ago, may need a little Republican love next year."

GOV: Byline besties: Gavin Newsom, Ashley Swearengin [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who is running for governor, and Ashley Swearengin, a Republican who might, have long held a cordial relationship. Now they have a joint byline, too. The politicians, appearing in the opinion section of The San Diego Union-Tribune’s website Wednesday, penned a piece promoting a Markle Foundation initiative on technology and employment, in which they both are involved."

SD39 (San Diego): Block, Atkins fire first shots in Dem war [Logan Jenkins @ SDUT] - "For one night, a political club with relatively few members, low profile and near-zero clout was transformed into a fiery straw poll pitting incumbent state Sen. Marty Block against Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins."

THE BLANCO XY FACTOR: Report: Calif., U.S. candidates mostly white men [Josh Richman @ CC Times] - "White men represent two of every three names appearing on the ballot in 2012 and 2014 from the federal level down to counties, according to the “Who Runs (in) America?” report released Thursday by the Reflective Democracy Campaign of the Women Donors Network. Overall, 90 percent of candidates are white, 73 percent are men, and 66 percent are white men."

Meanwhile, Oregon has an openly bisexual female governor.

FIRE SALE: With only two months remaining for initiative filing fees to stay at $200 (rather than the new $2,000), three health care initiatives were filed for title and summary yesterday. 

OLYMPICS? USC proposes $270 million in Coliseum upgrades [Jason Song @ LAT] - "The plans include replacing every seat in the stadium, installing handrails, increasing leg room in many sections, and building a structure on the south side that will include suites, loge boxes and a new media area. The improvements would reduce seating capacity from nearly 93,600 to about 77,500."

BEST WISHES: Today is Judy Lin's last day at AP before moving to CALmatters.

#CAKEDAY: Weekend birthday wishes to First 5 LA's Gabriel Sanchez (Saturday) and Ben Allen's deputy chief of staff Samuel Liu!


  • 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? amandabrookelevy@gmail.com.

  • 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 kcorches@gmail.com.

  • 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
  • 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 Vganapathy@newleaderscouncil.org and Jmantey@newleaderscouncil.org.
  • 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 visithttp://www.aroundthecapitol.com/r.html?s=n&l=http://www.self-help.org/jobs-internships.html.  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 hiringmanager@self-help.org



Top 5 Taxes You May See On The November 2016 Ballot--version 4 :: Fox&hounds
Tis the season for proposed initiative filings given how much time proponents have to go through the process of qualifying a measure for the November 2016 ballot and there has been some movement on the tax initiative front.

Sacramento's Revolving Door May Throw A Legislature Veteran Into The Mayor's Seat
In California's capital city, it's in with the old and out with the new. That's not a typo.

One-day-a-week Watering Begins Sunday In Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
Bill Lindelof and Phillip Reese @
Residents can choose to water on either Saturday or Sunday

New List Of Water Hogs Includes Bankers, Lawyers, Former Warrior - Sfgate
Peter Fimrite, Kurtis Alexander @
A second list of the biggest water guzzlers in the East Bay was released Thursday, and it included titans of technology, construction, finance and the legal community, plus a former

Licensed State Worker Admitted Federal Felony, Kept Working For California | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Angela Sanker pleaded guilty of using fake personal information to obtain passport

Democrat Loretta Sanchez May Need An Assist From GOP Voters In Senate Race
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, the Democrat famous for bumping ultra-conservative GOP Rep. Robert "B-1 Bob" Dornan from office in Orange County two decades ago, may need a little Republican love next year.

Report: Calif., U.S. Candidates Mostly White Men
Josh Richman @
White men represent two of every three names appearing on the ballot in 2012 and 2014 from the federal level down to counties, according to the “Who Runs (in) America?” report released Thursday by the Reflective Democracy Campaign of the Women Donors Network. Overall, 90 percent of candidates are white, 73 percent are men, and 66 percent are white men.

6,000 Drug Offenders To Be Released From Federal Prison Starting Friday
Prisoners being released without adequate resources, critics say

Court Ruling Highlights Federal, State Discord Over Medical Marijuana | The Sacramento Bee
Peter Hecht @
Judge recently ruled that Congress has banned federal actions against state-permitted marijuana businesses

Senate Clears Way for Final Passage of Budget Bill
By voting to limit debate, the Senate all but ensured approval of a bipartisan accord that would substantially reduce the risk of a government shutdown.

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

The Next Silicon Beach? Orange County Wants To Build Its Tech Community
Soheil Divani, the founder of start-up O2 Free, makes a pitch at the Cove, a new UC Irvine-backed venture that aims to help budding entrepreneurs both in and outside the university flourish.

Stanford Project Maps Underground Water -- Aimed At Taking The Guesswork Out Of Well Drilling
Lisa M. Krieger @
The Stanford University-led project, the first of its type in California, is aimed at taking the guesswork out of well drilling -- and guiding restoration of precious groundwater supplies once winter rains start soaking the state.

L.A. Unified Must Pay $6 Million To 2 Boys Sexually Abused By Their 3rd-grade Teacher
Paul Chapel III, formerly a third-grade teacher at Telfair Elementary in Pacoima, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after his 2012 conviction of lewd acts with 13 children.

California, Feds Locked In Debate Over Billions In Medi-cal Funding
Anna Gorman @
Public hospitals throughout the state are counting on the $7.25 billion in state and federal funds to treat large numbers of low-income and uninsured patients. The plan, known as a "Medicaid waiver" because it allow states to make exceptions to Medicaid rules, also would allow the state to continue improving the efficiency, safety and quality of its Medicaid program, called Medi-Cal.

Introducing The Grizzly Bear Podcast | The Grizzly Bear Project
Anthony York @
Thanks for listening…

All The Money In The World May Not Save Jeb Bush's Campaign
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush shakes hands with supporters during a campaign stop in Portsmouth, N.H., on Oct. 29, 2015.

Budget Deal Steams Ahead After Clearing Procedural Hurdle - Politico
Shortly after 1 a.m., senators voted to advance the fiscal accord negotiated between top Hill leaders and the White House.

Amazon Cuts Back On Price, Delivery Times By Cheating Workers, Lawsuit Says
Taree Truong wore a uniform bearing Amazon's logo, signed into an Amazon tracking device and was told by Amazon dispatchers to make deliveries for its new Prime Now courier service across far-flung parts of Orange County.

Wal-mart To Hire More Than 3,000 Holiday Season Workers In California | The Sacramento Bee
Mark Glover @
The retail giant said the hires will be spread out among 302 stores statewide

City Proposes Rate Increases To Water, Wastewater And Storm Drain Bills - Capradio.org
"We have enough drains. The entire drainage system when it was installed -especially the '40s through '70s - was just undersized."

First Campaigns: Hillary Clinton Seeks to Recapture Spirit of 2000 Campaign
Though running for senator from New York required Mrs. Clinton to reluctantly let down her guard, she gradually became an adept campaigner.