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THE NOONER for November 2, 2015

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Happy rainy Monday, and I really mean that! It was a great night to have the windows open and hear the pitter-patter of this mysterious liquid falling from the sky. It's Dia de los Muertos. Oh, how I wish I was in Mexico right now. Today is the day to remember those that have passed and celebrate their lives.

Tomorrow is Election Day for many municipalities around California. The most watched one may be Proposition F in San Francisco, which seeks to limit the ability of residents to rent out their homes with services like Airbnb. Also interesting is Measure I, which would impose an 18-month moratorium on new housing projects of more than 5 units in the Mission District. Ed Lee is widely expected to win re-election as Mayor, although Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi could be in trouble.

MR. SPEAKER-ELECT: As next Assembly speaker, academic late-bloomer Anthony Rendon aims to focus on education [George Skelton @ LAT] - "Every morning, he'd ride a bus home that stopped at Cerritos Community College. "Kids were getting off excited while I was tired and falling asleep," he says. Why not get off himself, he decided. And the rest is history. After Cerritos, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Cal State Fullerton, then a doctorate in political science at UC Riverside. . . .

It's a nice America Dream story in California's Capitol."

As a high school dropout that found a path to UC Davis School of Law through Orange Coast College and UC Davis undergrad, this is a great story. Thank you for writing it, George.

FEEL THE BURN: Kamala Harris spending big chunk of money raised for Senate race [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Harris, the favorite to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer next year, is burning through campaign cash nearly as rapidly as she raises it. She is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on mail fundraising appeals, a large campaign staff anchored in Los Angeles and prominent fundraisers scattered across the country."

CA07 (East Sacto): Who are national Republicans recruiting to unseat Ami Bera? [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Former Rep. Doug Ose, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones and former Sheriff John McGinness have been approached by the National Republican Congressional Committee about running in suburban Sacramento’s 7th Congressional District, a perennial toss-up that stretches from Elk Grove to Folsom."

CA17 (Milpitas): If you woke up in a hotel room this morning, you might have seen this article in USA Today: "In August 2013, Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., took an eight-day trip to Turkey sponsored by the Pacifica Institute, which claimed on congressional disclosure forms to be an IRS-recognized non-profit covering the $5,700 cost of the trip. But the IRS has no record of Pacifica being a recognized non-profit."

HUGS: Bob Hertzberg bills recognized by business Democrats [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee]- "Two measures by state Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, were recently selected as finalists in the 2015 New Ideas Challenge, a competition for proposals to “modernize government” hosted by NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders). The group – which is chaired by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, and counts Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom among its members – bills itself as a national network of “pro-growth progressives.” (For those that don’t speak political jargon, that means business-friendly Democrats.)"

FREE PASS? Some see ghost campaigns in House race [Martin Wisckol @ OCR]:

There are four Democrats running and at least three of them won’t be headed for Congress. At least two could be running ghost campaigns -- that is, using the publicity of their House bids to help build name recognition for eventual campaigns for county supervisor.

Former state Senators Lou Correa and Joe Dunn probably have broader name ID among voters, thanks to having represented larger geographic areas than Anaheim Councilman Jordan Brandman or Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen. Both Brandman and Nguyen will be able to run for reelection to their current posts in November if they don’t advance out of the June primary for Congress.

THE 916: Angelique Ashby casts herself as outsider in Sacramento mayoral race [Ryan Lillis @ SacBee] - "With Johnson now out of the way, Ashby instead will face a different opponent with broad political support, a seven-figure campaign war chest and name ID that stretches citywide. Darrell Steinberg, the former state Senate leader who held elected office in Sacramento for more than 20 years, entered the race last week. He made his public announcement during a festive rally at a housing development under construction near downtown, surrounded by more than 200 supporters and members of the city’s political and business elite."

TEAM DEMOLITION: Tempers flare among Port Hueneme City Council members during team-building meeting [Anne Kallas @ VC Strar] - "A team-building exercise for the Port Hueneme City Council during a special Saturday session proved anything but, as two councilmen walked out after an hour of the planned all-day meeting."(behind a paywall)

CAREER HELP: The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Sacramento Chapter invites you to an event on Upward Career Mobility in Government Sector Employment on Tuesday November 3, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm at the USC Sacramento Center 1800 I St, Sacramento, CA 95811. RSVP HERE.

BEHIND THE ORANGE CURTAIN: O.C. Register owner files for bankruptcy protection; CEO's group plans bid [Andrew Khouri @ LAT] - "Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Orange County Register, filed for bankruptcy protection Sunday, and its chief executive said he plans to lead a bid to acquire the troubled newspaper company."

SAY IT AIN'T SO: Toxic algae bloom threatens Dungeness crab season [Katie Dowd @ SFChron] - "A toxic algae bloom in the Pacific may delay the start of Dungeness crab season — and the possibility of a delicious Thanksgiving crab on your table."

How 'bout them Broncos? And, can you believe the 49ers have scored a total of 9 points ovewr the last week?

#CAKEDAY: Weekend birthday wishes to Montery Bay Central Labor Council Glen Schaller, and Lyft's Nadir Vissanjy!


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  • 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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As Next Assembly Speaker, Academic Late-bloomer Anthony Rendon Aims To Focus On Education
George Skelton @
Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, has been chosen by fellow Democrats to be the next house speaker.

Let Locals Take Care Of Issues
Dan Walters @
California is a very diverse state culturally and economically, and one-size-fits-all policy decrees from Sacramento ignore that fact. So perhaps on these three and other issues, it might make more sense to let the locals do what they want and what their constituents will tolerate, without assuming a need for statewide action.

Officials Launch Bus Tour To Promote California Health Insurance Exchange
Peter Jamison @
The head of California’s health insurance exchange toured Los Angeles by bus Sunday, seeking to publicize the Affordable Care Act’s potential benefits among Southern Californians, many of them Latino, who officials say have failed to take advantage of the law.

Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure To Have A Pot Of Money
Joe Garafoli @
Many groups are trying to get initiatives legalizing marijuana on California’s November 2016 ballot, but one scheduled to be announced Monday will have something none of the others do: the money to run an effective campaign.

Fred Thompson, Former Senator, Actor and Presidential Candidate, Dies at 73
Mr. Thompson, a former Republican lawmaker, had an unusual career that bridged the worlds of national politics and mass-market entertainment.

Private Firms Offer To Run State Retirement Plan
Ed Mendel @
A board working on a proposal to enroll most small business employees in a state-run retirement savings plan, unless they opt out, was told last week that small technology-focused financial firms could do the job.

Extraordinary Case: Court Rules Man Was Denied A Public Trial | The Sacramento Bee
Denny Walsh @
Large jury pool left no seats for the public

Gun Owners Resigned But Not Surprised At New La Gun Laws
Dakota Smith @
The Los Angeles City Council last week passed a sweeping new law mandating safe storage for handguns, which followed passage of a ban on the possession of high-capacity magazines. With the two new laws, which are expected to go into effect by the end of the year, Los Angeles is set to have some of the strictest gun regulations in the state.

As East Bay Water Use Drops, Snitching On The Rise - San Francisco Chronicle
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The life and career of Fred Dalton Thompson
Fred Dalton Thompson, the former Republican senator from Tennessee and veteran character actor, died Sunday at age 73. POLITICO takes a look back at Thompson's political and personal maneuvers, from Watergate and the campaign trail, to his performances on “Law & Order" and "Persecuted."

Campaigns Beginning Earlier Under Term Limits, Fund Caps
John Wildermuth @
Earlier and earlier campaign kickoffs are a recognition of the realities of California politics in the age of term limits and contribution caps: If someone wants to stay in the political limelight, he or she has to be aggressively alert for an opening.

Hillary Clinton Campaign Hires Congressional Liaison
Lauren French @
Hillary Clinton's campaign will announce Monday they've hired a chief congressional liaison with deep Senate ties, according to an aide.

California Plant Tests Us Appetite For Seawater Desalination
Today's high

First Draft: Lawrence Lessig Ends His Long-Shot Presidential Bid
Lawrence Lessig, a campaign finance crusader who announced his desire to run for the Democratic nomination in August, said that the party changed its rules and, under the current system, there was no way he could qualify for a spot onstage in future debates.

Jeb Bush 2016 Campaign Staff: He Taps New Chief Operating Officer After Shakeup - Politico
An earlier story reported that Clinton Health Access Initiative spokeswoman Maura Daley conceded that the nonprofit organization made errors.

First Campaigns: Ad Helped Chris Christie Win in Morris County, but Then He Had to Apologize
An attack by the future presidential candidate while seeking local office showed his tactics early. There was just one problem: It was inaccurate.

Former Mayor Agnos to have quadruple heart surgery
Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos will have quadruple heart surgery after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure. The elder political statesman was shot and nearly killed in 1973 during the string of random attacks against white people dubbed the Zebra murders. Sixteen people were killed in the attacks over a two-year period. In recent years, Agnos has been a leading voice for the city’s progressive causes and candidates and an outspoken critic of Mayor Ed Lee — who Agnos ironically recruited to join city government in 1991.