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THE NOONER for November 3, 2015

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  • CA21 (Kings): removed accountant Connie Perez (D)

Happy Election Day in several cities!

GET OUT THE NON-VOTE: How Democrats Suppress The Vote [Eiten Hersh @ FiveThirtyEight] - "In the ongoing fight between Democrats and Republicans over election procedures like voter ID and early voting, the Democrats are supposedly the champions of higher turnout and reducing barriers to participation. But when it comes to scheduling off-cycle elections1 like those taking place today, the Democratic Party is the champion of voter suppression."

THE 415: Airbnb fight: San Franciscans ponder housing, housing and housing on ballot [Lee Romney @ LAT] - "Most California voters weighing in on ballot measures Tuesday face school district bond issues or yawn-inducing parcel taxes. Here in San Francisco, however, the very soul of the city is at stake. Or at least that’s how it feels to many. The issue at the heart of it all: housing."

ROAD BLOCK? Measure that imperils Delta tunnels plan qualifies for 2016 ballot [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "A constitutional amendment that would erect a significant political hurdle for Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans to build twin tunnels to carry water south around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is poised to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. . . . UnderStockton farmer Dean Cortopassi proposed ballot measure, any revenue bonds for public works involving the state would have to go to a public vote. That would complicate Brown’s planned strategy to pay for the twin tunnels, which rests on water users financing bonds to help fund the $15 billion project."

SIN AGUA: Southern California Water Agency Moves Ahead With Delta Land Purchase [Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow] - "With the future of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta approaching a critical stage, a group of Southern California water agencies is working to buy four Delta islands, a move that has drawn accusations that the parcels could be used to orchestrate a south-state water grab."

SMOKIN': California Doctor Heads Up Well-Funded Marijuana Legalization Initiative [Marisa Lagos @ KQED] - "The physician who wrote the California Medical Association’s background paper on marijuana in 2011 is one of the official proponents of the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, filed Monday with the California Secretary of State’s Office."

THE 411 ON THE 420: Gavin Newsom endorses tech-funded weed legalization measure [Joe Garofoli @ SFChron] - "Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who chaired California’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, endorsed a just-filed weed legalization measure called the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which, as The Chronicle reported Sunday, will be funded by billionaire tech industry investor Sean Parker and other wealthy cannabis supporters."

And, yet another marijuana initiative was filed for title and summary this morning.

AD40 (Redlands): Abigail Medina tries to outshine Democratic competition - "San Bernardino Unified School District board member Abigail Medina issued a news release last week touting her 'commanding edge" in endorsements, fundraising and organization in her campaign for the 40th Assembly District, which is represented by Rancho Cucamonga Republican Marc Steinorth."



$$$: Oil industry pumped cash into Capitol lobbying campaign [Chros Megerian and John Myers @ LAT] - "More than a dozen oil companies or oil industry groups spent almost a total of $11.3 million on lobbying in the period between July 1 and Sept. 30. The single largest portion was the $6.7 million spent by the Western States Petroleum Assn., the industry’s main lobbying arm in California. That’s more than twice what it spent in the first six months of 2015."

HIGH-LOW: The richest man and the poorest man in Congress are both from California [Christina Bellantoni and Ben Welsh @ LAT]:

Rep. Darrell Issa has the honor of being the richest, according to annual financial disclosure records compiled by Roll Call, a Washington news outlet. The Vista Republican who amassed his fortune as founder of a car alarm giant has a minimum net worth of $254.7 million. He is the voice of the Viper anti-theft car alarm system, which warns: "Please step away from the car." READ MORE

At the other end of the list, underneath every other member of Congress, is Rep. David Valadao. The Hanford Republican, a dairy farmer (Valadao and Triple V Dairies), is deep in the red. He listed at least $1.3 million in assets on his disclosure forms for 2014, but is considered the "poorest" in Congress, thanks to $10 million in credit lines for farmland and farming equipment.

Here is the list of the 20 millionaires in Congress from California.

Speaking of big bucks, Head of money-losing L.A. County Fair Assn. made nearly $900,000 in total compensation [LAT] - "The fair's chief executive, James Henwood Jr., 69, collected nearly $900,000 in total compensation in 2013, dwarfing that of other fair managers in California, according to the tax filings and state records. That same year, the association lost $3.4 million."

MOVING ON: Timm Herdt, the longtime political reporter for the Ventura County Star has joined the office of Senator Fran Pavley as Communications Director.

LAW AND ORDER: California's Prop. 47 revolution: What happens when the inmates come home? [Editorial @ LAT]- "In California, Proposition 47 may help by directing the savings realized from the lower prison population to rehabilitation programs, along with education and victim services. But no such funds will be available until late next year. Counties already are saving money from prosecuting fewer felony cases, now that drug possession and some theft crimes are misdemeanors, and can choose to apply those savings to reentry services. But most have a long way to go before they have developed a contracting and monitoring infrastructure that can produce the right services in the right measure. They have to step up the pace. Over-incarceration was a mistake that can be corrected. But it will take time, and it will not come cheap."

TAKING IT EASY: House plans huge break during summer 2016 [John Bresnahan @ Politico] - "The House is set to adjourn on July 15 and not return until Sept. 6, according to the calendar. The House will then be in session until Sept. 30, and adjourn until Nov. 14, after the elections. For the entire year, the House is scheduled to be in session for 111 days."

VANDERHOEF: Speakers named for memorial service of former UC Davis chancellor [Bill Lindelof @ SacBee] - "The program begins at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. A reception will follow on Vanderhoef Quad. . . . A live stream of the memorial will also be available online."

HE'S BACK: Jon Stewart to make short-form daily content for HBO [James Hibberd @ Entertainment Weekly] - "As part of a new four-year production agreement with the premium network, Stewart will create daily short-form content that will be showcased on the company’s streaming outlets HBO Go and HBO Now, as well as on other venues. The shorts are described as “timely short-form digital content, which will be refreshed on HBO Now multiple times throughout the day” that have Stewart viewing 'current events through his unique prism.'"

BENCHED: 49ers coach Jim Tomsula benches Colin Kaepernick for Blaine Gabbert [Matt Barrows @ SacBee] - "Colin Kaepernick is out Blane Gabbert is in. . . . " Also Vernon Davis was traded yesterday to the Broncos. There are rumors this morning that Kaepernick will be traded to the Jets. The trade deadline is today at 1pm PST.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to the CA Catholic Conference's Sandra Palacios


  • SEIU Local 2015—Hiring Political Staff—positions throughout CA. Join the team growing Political Power with and for over 315,000 long term care workers in CA. We are hiring throughout the state, positions range from Political Organizer in Training, Political Organizer, Senior Political Organizer, Deputy Director. 2016 will be an incredibly important and exciting year politically—if you are interested in joining our dynamic team, please e-mail your resume to Jennifer Root at

  • Join the National Women’s Political Caucus of California for the “Complete Guide to Campaigning” on Saturday, November 14th, with NWPC CA certified trainer, Meredith McKenzie, at the Oceanside Firefighters Association, Local 3736 Union Hall, located at 1700 Ord Way, Oceanside, CA 92054.  This full-day of training will begin with registration at 8:30 am and end at 5:00 pm.  The training will be followed by a reception with Local, State, and Federal electeds.  Cost:  $100.  Visit the NWPC CA website for details and to register.

  • Office Space Available - Two Blocks from State Capitol -- Quiet location two blocks away from Capitol.  Share space with a professional services firm.  Up to three offices in six-office suite (2,300 sqft).  Conference room, copy/printer room, reception, kitchenette, janitorial, parking.  Terms are negotiable. 1510 14th Street, Sacramento. (916) 444-7158
  • 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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    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. $2,650/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 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



Bob Hertzberg Bills Recognized By Business Democrats
Alexei Koseff @
Hertzberg plans to reintroduce the proposals on taxes and alternative energy

S.F. elections could chart course of change in booming city
Emily Green @
It seems as if every conversation in San Francisco lately eventually ends up in the same place: how much and how fast the tech boom is changing the city.

How Evolving Public Attitudes On Marijuana Could Affect The 2016 Presidential Race
Pot is very much on the minds of voters, with millions poised to decide whether to legalize it. That raises a tantalizing question for presidential candidates: Is there political opportunity in the wind?

Sacramento Doctor To Lead Push To Legalize Marijuana In California | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago and Peter Hecht @
Former state public health official will head ballot effort

Ballot Measure Is New Obstacle To Diverting Water To Southern California
In California's Westland Water District of the Central Valley, canals carry water to Southern California. The district supports a tunnel project that would provide a new avenue for shipping water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta south to big farms and thirsty cities.

California Lawmakers Promote Themselves On Halloween
Alexei Koseff @
While everyone else was passing out M&M’s and lollipops, Sen. Bob Hertzberg greeted trick-or-treaters on Saturday with “Bob Bars,” featuring the Los Angeles Democrat’s photo and the slogan “Representing the Valley."

Bay Area Lawmaker Wants To Legalize ‘ballot Selfies’
By Josh Richman Monday, November 2nd, 2015 at 12:38 pm in Assembly.

Brown Consistent With Legislation He Signs And Vetoes
John Fensterwald @
In the education bills that he vetoed last month, Gov. Jerry Brown made his "don't" priorities clear to legislators: Don’t tamper with the Local Control Funding Formula; don’t mess with charter schools; don’t create new state mandates; don’t push new spending; and don’t create new state commissions and agencies to examine the limited state data that he does allow.

Covered California Targets African Americans, Latinos In Obamacare Open Enrollment | State Of Health | Kqed News
Among some Latinos who are legal residents, there is fear that applying for health insurance through Covered California will jeopardize the immigration status of other family members, Levitt said.

Protesters Storm Airbnb's San Francisco Headquarters A Day Before Vote On Regulations
A protester with the San Francisco Tenant Union hangs a sign on the exterior of a city building that allegedly evicted all of the tenants so that the units could be converted to Airbnb rentals. 

Gavin Newsom Endorses Tech-funded Weed Legalization Measure
Joe Garafoli @
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who chaired California’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, endorsed a just-filed weed legalization measure called the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which, as The Chronicle reported Sunday, will be funded by billionaire tech industry investor Sean Parker and other wealthy cannabis supporters.

Ex-facebook President Sean Parker Backs California Pot Initiative
Canna Care employee John Hough waters young marijuana plants at the medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento.

Lawrence Lessig Drops Out Of Presidential Race Politico
Hillary Clinton and Ben Carson lead the field in their respective parties in the quest for the presidential nomination.

Why Republicans Will Get Nowhere Mandating Terms Of Future Tv Debates | Poynter.
When nearly all the Republican presidential candidates sent emissaries to an emergency meeting outside Washington Sunday night, it suggested a comic version of a notorious 1957 summit of organized crime chieftains in Apalachin, New York.

Oil Industry Spending Surged As California Climate Bill Fight Raged | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Industry groups spent millions on lobbying in final quarter

Brown Administration Wants To Give $10 Million In Tax Credits To San Francisco Tech Firms - San Francisco Business Times
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Neuropolitics, Where Campaigns Try to Read Your Mind
Technologies like facial coding, biometrics and brain imaging are being used by politicians worldwide to try to measure their standing with voters.

California Supreme Court To Judge Whether O.C. District Attorney Can Use Grand Jury To Indict Juveniles - The Orange County Register
Before Prop. 21 there were two ways to send a minor to adult court:

Stride Health, Intuit Help Self-employed Find Insurance - San Francisco Chronicle
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Ex-L.A. County Sheriff's Sergeant Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison In Jail Visitor Beating
Gabriel Carrillo listens in May 2014 to attorney Ronald Kaye, next to a picture of Carrillo's face after an encounter with Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies.

Donald Trump 2016: The Candidate Scorches His Rivals As He Trots Out New Book - Politico
Ben Carson and Marco Rubio were among the candidates he took shots at.

Uber Rider Arrested In Attack On Driver Recorded By Dash Camera
Police in Orange County have arrested a man for allegedly assaulting his Uber driver, who later posted dash camera footage of the attack on YouTube.

Southern California Water Agency Moves Ahead With Delta Land Purchase
Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow @
With the future of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta approaching a critical stage, a group of Southern California water agencies is working to buy four Delta islands, a move that has drawn accusations that the parcels could be used to orchestrate a south-state water grab.