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THE NOONER for November 4, 2015

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  • SD39 (San Diego): updated analysis (available to paid subscribers)
  • AD14 (Concord): added Nuero-Psychologist Harmesh Kumar (D)




For the skiing NOONERITES, Mammoth Mountain is opening on Thursday! Bet lots of people will be calling in sick.

ALERT: Five stabbed at UC Merced [Merced Sun-Star] - "A male student stabbed and wounded five people on the campus of the University of California at Merced on Wednesday, before being shot and killed by police, authorities said. . . . Two of the victims were flown to area hospitals and the others were treated on scene, according to campus spokeswoman Lorena Anderson. . . . Classes were canceled and the campus closed for the day."

LAW AND ORDER: Anonymous tip may trigger ethics inquiry on alleged gifts to Kamala Harris [Phil Willon @ LAT] - "On Oct. 13, the Fair Political Practices Commission sent a letter to [Kamala] Harris, who is running for U.S. Senate, stating that the agency 'is considering initiating an investigation concerning your receipt of furnishings, accessories and services from Ken Fulk, Inc., over the gift limit.'"

HIKE: Calif. Voters Could See Rival Measures To Raise Minimum Wage [Ben Bradfod @ CapPubRad]: An effort to raise California’s minimum wage next year just got more complicated. California’s largest union and a local affiliate are now offering competing ballot initiatives. The initiatives — one from United Healthcare Workers West and one from its parent union SEIU — would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour."

MONEY MATTERS: Capitol lobbying tab nearly a quarter-billion dollars [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "More than 3,200 businesses, unions, and trade groups spent almost a quarter-billion dollars on lobbying and other payments to influence during the 2015 legislative session, according to new state filings. The $232 million in payments to influence during the first nine months of 2015 is about $20 million more than what lobbyist employers reported paying during the first three quarters of 2011 and 2013, the first halves of the past two legislative sessions."

REJECTED: Prop. F: S.F. voters reject measure to restrict Airbnb rentals [Carolyn Said] - "San Francisco voters handed a victory Tuesday to Airbnb and city residents who want to turn their homes into vacation rentals. Proposition F, a measure that would have drastically curbed short-term rentals, lost by 55 percent to 45 percent, with all precincts reporting and most mail ballots counted."

RE-ELECTED: S.F. Mayor Ed Lee easily re-elected to 2nd 4-year term [John Wildermuth @ SFChron] - "With all precincts reporting, [Ed] Lee had more than 56 percent of the votes, followed distantly by musician Francisco Herrera at 14 percent, activist Amy Farah Weiss at 11 percent, journalist “Broke-Ass” Stuart Schuffman at 9 percent, retired hospital administrator Kent Graham at 4 percent and designer Reed Martin at 2 percent in the scramble for runner-up."

RETURNED: Gloria Negrete McLeod, who retired from Congress in 2012 after one-term, was elected to the Chaffey Community College Board yesterday. She served on the board of her alma mater before being elected to the Assembly in 2000. 

In other election news, Diane Papan, the daughter of the late former Assemblymember Lou Papan, was elected to the San Mateo City Council. Her sister, Gina Papan, was re-elected to the Millbrae City Council.




Throughout California yesterday, 67 local measures in 17 counties appeared on the ballot. Among those measures 40 concerned taxes and bonds. City majority vote general taxes fared well with 12 of 14 passing, including all three hotel tax measures and both Utility User Taxes.

Twelve of the 14 school measures passed including eight school bonds and four parcel tax extensions.

Non-school parcel taxes and general obligation (GO) bonds did not fare is well with their higher two-thirds vote requirement. Among the three GO Bonds, only San Francisco’s ambitious $310 million affordable housing bond passed. Four of the nine parcel taxes passed.

His full report, which includes a list of the preliminary result for each measure is here

THE GOLDEN STATE ATM: Hillary Clinton is in Sacramento at this hour. But you're unlikely to see her, as there are no public events. Instead she'll be holding a $2,700-per-person lunch fundraiser at the home of Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos, hosted by his daughter Eleni Kounalakis. She is also holding fundraisers in Silicon Valley, St. Helena,  and Los Angeles. On Thursday, she will be on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, completing the 11:30 late show hat trick.

GETTING LEID: Twenty California lawmakers are headed to Hawaii resort for conference [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "The annual conference is sponsored by the nonprofit Independent Voter Project, which gets its money for the event from up to 75 sponsors. Some of the donors send representatives; others do not. Last year’s sponsors included Occidental Petroleum Corp., the Western States Petroleum Assn., Eli Lilly & Co., tobacco company Altria and the state prison guards union." 

BEHIND THE ORANGE CURTAIN: How much are they worth? Wealth varies widely for Orange County's Congress members [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "Orange County has a reputation as a wealthy Republican enclave, but four of its congressional representatives rank among the poorest in the state, at least according to financial disclosures filed for 2014. And three of those are Republicans."

CASH CROP: Pot tax could help Sacramento close budget gap [Ryan Lillis @ SacBee] - "A projection for what a pot tax could generate has not been completed, but [city finance director Leyne] Milstein said it could provide at least $2 million a year to the general fund, which pays for most core city services. The taxation of up to 10 percent would require statewide legalization of marijuana, an issue California voters are likely to consider next year."

AWESOME SAUCE: Video update of the construction of the new Apple campus. 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to the McCallum Group's Mark Macdonald and the JPM&M's Patrick McGarrity!


  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California seeks a Legislative Assistant to provide support  to the legislative team. Strong familiarity with the legislative process and nonprofit advocacy work . Competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Details here. 

  • California Child Care Resource & Referral Network seeks Director of Public Policy in Sacramento. The Network provides leadership and vision for the continuous development and improvement of child care services statewide.  We advocate for building a quality child care system that supports the diversity of families and children in every California community. The Director will strategically guide the Network and its member agencies in budget and legislative analysis and in public policy education and advocacy efforts. Knowledge of child care field and state level experience is desirable. Salary DOE + excellent benefits. Full job description & application process click here.

  • 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



Prop. J: Initiative to preserve longtime businesses is narrowly ahead
The Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund, crafted by Supervisor David Campos and the preservation group San Francisco Heritage, offers landlords a financial incentive to retain qualified “legacy” businesses while providing grants to the businesses themselves. Under Proposition J, legacy businesses receive city grants of $500 per full-time employee per year while landlords that extend the leases of such businesses for at least 10 years would receive $4.50 per square foot of space leased per year. At a time of rising commercial rents and rampant real estate speculation, advocates touted the initiative as a creative way to retain the local establishments that make San Francisco’s neighborhoods special. While the No on J camp didn’t run an active campaign or raise money, opponents of the measure, such as retired Superior Court Judge Quentin Kopp, said it could create a pool of tax-funded patronage money that could be doled out to local businesses in exchange for political support.

Donald Trump: More GOP Candidates Should Exit 2016 Race - Washington Wire - Wsj
Mr. Trump also heaped criticism on Sen Marco Rubio, and slammed the Republican presidential candidate for skipping too many Senate votes while running for higher office. He also renewed his attacks on former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush for being low energy, and mocked his debate style as being akin to “falling asleep at a podium.”

Prop. F: Measure to restrict Airbnb rentals losing by wide margin
San Francisco voters were poised Tuesday night to hand a decisive victory to Airbnb and city residents who want to turn their homes into vacation rentals. F, the most contentious and most expensive issue on the November ballot, centers on whether vacation rentals divert scarce housing to lucrative illegal year-round hotels, as its backers claimed, or help middle-class people make ends meet, as Airbnb and other opponents said. F seeks to limit vacation rentals to 75 days a year; beef up enforcement and penalties; and establish big payoffs for neighbors and others who successfully sued violators. The measure’s backers, a coalition of housing activists, landlords, neighborhood groups and hotel workers’ unions, said the city’s existing regulations for short-term rentals, enacted in February, are toothless, noting that only about 700 of Airbnb’s thousands of hosts complied with a requirement to register their homes as temporary rentals. The No on F campaign bombarded voters with TV ads and campaign mailers claiming the measure would spur people to spy on and sue neighbors, and violate privacy. Two weeks ago, Airbnb stumbled with an ill-advised corporate advertising campaign that used bus shelters and billboards to congratulate itself for remitting $12 million a year to San Francisco in hotel taxes. Founded in San Francisco five years ago to provide temporary housing on airbeds, Airbnb is now one of the world’s most valuable startups, valued at $25.5 billion — more than the Marriott, Starwood or Wyndham hotel chains.

Pot Tax Could Help Sacramento Close Budget Gap | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
City finance director says tax on recreational marijuana should be considered

CPUC Reform Veto Vexes Brown Backers
Jeff McDonald @
Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto last month of legislation aimed at reforming the California Public Utilities Commission has even supporters wondering what happened.

Competing Minimum Wage Hike Proposed For California Ballot | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Proposal would boost base pay to $15 in five years

Giants development bid takes strong early lead
A ballot measure that would allow the San Francisco Giants to build a high-rise district across McCovey Cove from AT&T Park was on its way to victory Tuesday, taking a sweeping early lead. There also would be eight acres of parks, mostly along Mission Creek, and the team has pledged to include space with below-market rents for nonprofit groups and arts organizations as well as conventional office and retail space. Heights were whittled back in the aftermath of last year’s Proposition B, which requires voter approval of all proposals on port land that involve changes to the height limits. The team also has committed to pricing 40 percent of the project’s 1,500 or so apartments at levels affordable to lower- and middle-income residents, and renovating Pier 48 as a new facility for Anchor Brewing. “Our proposal has been formed and refined over time by a tremendous number of people and would contribute a sense of place to the the area that now is lacking,” said Jack Bair, a senior vice president with the team who has led the development efforts for what the Giants call Mission Rock, next to the Mission Bay redevelopment district.

San Francisco 2015 Election Results
Results below were released at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3 with all precincts reporting and 65,923 vote-by-mail ballots counted. These results include the first two rounds of ranked choice distribution.

Prop. F: S.F. Voters Reject Measure To Restrict Airbnb Rentals - Sfgate
San Francisco voters handed a victory Tuesday to Airbnb and city residents who want to turn their homes into vacation rentals. Proposition F, a measure that would have drastically curbed short-term rentals, lost by 55 percent to 45 percent, with all precincts reporting and most mail ballots counted.

Could Pot Become New Giant In California?
Dan Walters @
California is definitely going to pot, but how far remains uncertain.

Key environmental report OKd for Warriors Mission Bay arena
The proposed Golden State Warriors arena in Mission Bay took a step toward approval Tuesday as a key aspect of the $1 billion project was approved. The board of the city’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure, which is charged with signing off on Mission Bay projects, voted unanimously to certify the project’s environmental impact report, setting the stage for a Planning Commission vote on Thursday to allocate 580,000 square feet of commercial space next to the 180,000-seat, $1 billion arena. The report, all 2,500 pages of it, calls for the creation of a “transportation improvement fund” to be administered by a neighborhood advisory group and a number of transportation improvements for the neighborhood, including adding capacity on the T-Third Muni Metro line by purchasing four new rail cars and adding crossover tracks near the arena. All of the improvements, as well as $6 million in annual operating costs, would be funded by fees collected at the arena from special taxes on ticket sales, parking and concessions. The plan was not without its detractors, though they were few, as a handful of speakers, representatives of the Mission Bay Alliance, a group of former UCSF administrators and donors who oppose the project, took to the podium to denounce the plan. Among them was Susan Brandt-Hawley, a lawyer representing the alliance, who called into question whether approval of the report was being hurried through at the expense of considering the environmental ramifications of the plan.

Twenty California Lawmakers Are Headed To Hawaii Resort For Conference
Patric McGreevy @
An outrigger canoe paddles past Diamond Head mountain in Honolulu. Hawaii is a popular destination for California lawmakers every November, although they prefer Maui.

Why Dams Are At The Heart Of California's Water Wars
California is soul searching right now on how to deal with the drought. Should it build more dams? Or are there already enough dams — more than 1,400 — in the state, and not enough water to fill them up anyway?

Hillary Clinton's Standing With Public Rises After Benghazi Testimony, Poll Finds
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton leaves after she testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill on Oct. 22.

People Of Sacramento Commenting On The News: Carol Dahmen | Sacramento Journalism Review
While there is a lot to be excited about, she has her concerns. Our “very liveable city” must respond to growth with smart investments in infrastructure and this “affordable city” must ensure it remains so. More art, more small businesses and a unique identity that further differentiates Sacramento from the rolling suburbs of Southern California.

First Draft: 2016 Legislative Calendars Leave Plenty of Room for Campaigning
The House schedule for next year will contain just 25 full four-day or five-day work weeks, and the Senate will have a similarly abridged schedule, largely because of time off for political conventions and campaigning.

School bonds, tax measures ahead in San Mateo and Marin counties
A $193 million bond for the Redwood City School District, Measure T, would increase property taxes by an estimated $30 for every $100,000 in assessed value. In the San Mateo-Foster City School District, a $148 million bond measure, which would boost property taxes by about $15 per $100,000 assessed value, was ahead with 57.5 percent of the vote. San Rafael voters were weighing in on two bond measures, Measure A for elementary schools and Measure B for the high school district. Combined, they would raise nearly $268 million for school facilities and raise property taxes by $30 to $60 per $100,000 assessed value. Voters in three cities in San Mateo and Marin counties were also deciding sales tax measures that would deliver more money into government coffers.

Head Of Money-losing L.A. County Fair Assn. Made Nearly $900,000 In Total Compensation
Los Angeles County Fair Assn. chief executive James Henwood Jr., right, listens to County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, left, as they promote the annual event.

Moratorium on new Mission District housing falls behind early
An initiative that would halt construction of market-rate housing in the Mission District for 18 months was losing at the polls Tuesday after an impassioned campaign that set the desire of many residents to preserve their neighborhood against the economics of a fast-growing city. The impetus behind Proposition I was the loss of working-class residents, Latinos and families who have been priced out of the area or evicted as well-paid tech workers flock to the neighborhood. The measure’s proponents wanted to use the construction break to come up with a long-term plan to address the displacement. Opponents say halting construction is the wrong move when the city is facing a severe housing shortage and would only make the neighborhood more expensive. On one hand, halting housing construction in one part of the city could exacerbate the market-rate pressures in other neighborhoods. Supporting it became a way for residents unhappy with Mayor Ed Lee and the direction of the city to express their displeasure. Once working-class neighborhoods like the Mission and Bernal Heights have become unaffordable to low- and middle-income families. The board rejected the plan in June, prompting Mission housing activists to gather signatures to get the measure on the November ballot. In addition to halting construction of market-rate housing, it would prohibit permits for the conversion of buildings designated for PDR — production, distribution and repair. Campos said it shows the city cannot build its way out of the housing crisis and needs to come up with alternative solutions to help working-class families.

Edison Will Spend $12 Billion On Electric System Over Next Three Years
Over the next three years, Southern California Edison, the state¿s second largest investor owned utility, plans to spend $12 billion to modernize the electric grid, the chief executive of the company said Tuesday.

Hennessy leads Mirkarimi in S.F. sheriff race
Former Chief Deputy Sheriff Vicki Hennessy was leading Tuesday in her bid to unseat Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who cast himself as an innovator in the hidebound law enforcement community but was dragged down by a series of personal and professional controversies. In the race to lead the agency, whose primary role is overseeing San Francisco’s jails, Hennessy ran a low-key campaign that drew support from the deputies’ union and nearly every politician at City Hall. Lee was quick to blame poor leadership for the department mishaps to follow, including the release of a man set for deportation who is now charged with the shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in July. Mirkarimi also faced questions over the death at San Francisco General Hospital of a missing patient whom sheriff’s deputies were unable to locate, the allegations that deputies forced inmates to fight for their entertainment, the escape of two inmates, the conviction of a deputy for the unprovoked beating of a hospital patient and the suicide of an inmate who had been brought in on a report he was going to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. Because of Mirkarimi’s scandals, Hennessy was able to launch a fairly quiet campaign.

California Commission Sued Over San Onofre Vote | Kpbs
City News Service @
Former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the California Coastal Commission's recent approval of an expanded nuclear waste storage facility at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.