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THE NOONER for November 5, 2015

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  • CA52 (San Diego): added businesswoman Denise Gitsham (R)
  • AD06 (Roseville): added El Dorado Supervisor Ron Miculaco (R)
  • AD76 (Carlsbad): removed environmental activist Eve Simmons (D)

Good morning! I probably have very few readers today as people are either on the junket in Maui or taking advantage of their boss' absence to go to opening day of skiing at Mammoth Mountain.

MONEY FOR NOTHING: Gov. Jerry Brown had state workers research oil on family ranch [Associated Press] - "Ultimately, the regulators told the governor, prospects were “very low” for any commercial drilling or mining at the 2,700-acre property, which has been in Brown's family for more than a century."

Maybe if we provided a pension to the governor (who makes $128,735) like we did the Los Angeles County Fair Association head James Henwood Jr. in 2013 ($894,533), this wouldn't be necessary.

DIVERT: McCarthy: Use high-speed rail funds to quench California's drought [Curtis Tate @ McClatchy] - "House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a persistent critic of California’s high-speed rail program, said that the funds for the project should be diverted to quench the state’s severe drought."

Of course, for McCarthy, it's not just about $$$, but the eminent domain that would affect his Bakersfield district.

THE 202: Nancy Pelosi's power play [Lauren French @ Politico] - "[T]he rise of the House Freedom Caucus, combined with her skill at managing her caucus, has given Pelosi and the 188 House Democrats far more clout than their numbers would dictate. She’s used it to push through legislation that would count as successes if Pelosi were still speaker and to quiet talk of her retirement."

Sounds like Mark Leno may have to wait...

NOOOOOOOOOO! Recreational Dungeness crab season postponed indefinitely [Peter Fimrite @ SFChron] - "The California Fish and Game Commission voted during an emergency meeting Thursday to suspend the recreational Dungeness crab fishing season off the coast of San Francisco until further notice. A deadly neurotoxin has been detected in the meaty delicacies that crawl on the ocean floor. The poison, known as demoic acid, is produced by algal blooms linked to this year's record Pacific Ocean temperatures."

The suspension actually is not just a big issue for our epicureans. In Northern California, Dungeness crab feeds are frequently the biggest fundraiser of the year for many nonprofit organizations and also a frequent occupant of the Thanksgiving table. I just don't think cod feeds will have the same attraction. Commercial crabbing in California is a $60 million industry.



WE DON'T NEED NO EDUCATION: California State University faculty authorize strike [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "Amid a contract dispute, the California State University faculty union announced Wednesday that it has overwhelmingly authorized a strike for the fourth time in eight years. . . . When CSU offered an across-the-board raise of 2 percent to employees this year, including 30 of its top officials, the faculty association rejected that offer as “insulting” and “way too low.” It is seeking a 5 percent compensation hike, with additional 2.65 percent increase for about 12,000 members of the union who are at the lower end of their pay rank, a plan the university says would cost three times as much and take up half of the $217 million funding increase it received in this year’s state budget."

NOT ALL FAIRS ARE FAIR: Attorney general should investigate L.A. fair group, congresswoman says - "Rep. Norma Torres, a Democrat whose district includes the county-owned Pomona fairgrounds, had earlier asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the association, with an eye on possibly revoking its tax-exempt status as a nonprofit."

WRAP THAT RASCAL: The initiative to require condoms in adult films filmed in California has qualified for the ballot. Convenience stores in Chatsworth are all smiles this morning. 

THE PRINT: Tribune Publishing indicates that it does want to buy the Orange County Register [Rick Edmonds @ Poynter] - "Tribune Publishing took legal action today confirming speculation that it hopes to buy Freedom Communications and its Orange County Register out of federal bankruptcy court."

Yeah, it would be great for the Golden State if the LA Times, OC Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise, and the San Diego Union Tribune were all under the same ownership. At the end of the day, we could have one political reporter...fantastic!

Oh, just Get Back to where you once belonged.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Nick Anas and Senator Ricardo Lara!




  • CWDA seeks a flexible, dynamic individual to be responsible for a full range of Executive Assistant functions, association support, and meeting planning duties for our Sacramento-based statewide association, which represents county human services agencies. Position reports to and supports Executive Director and Deputy Director. Desirable qualifications include 6+ years related experience, bachelors degree. Additional information and how to submit resume at:

  • Capitol Weekly and UC Center present "Education," Thursday, November 12 in Sacramento.  This day-long event will examine K-12 Education policy in California and offer a look ahead. Former State Superintendent Delaine Eastin will keynote.  For more information, click here or call 916 444 7665.
  • 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

  • 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. $2,650/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



Seiu, Cta Tax Hike Proposal May Include Money For Hospitals, Doctors | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Agreement could provide money for healthcare programs

California Crime Laws Are Due For An Overhaul, Gov. Jerry Brown Says
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday told federal judges that California needs to change how it sets prison sentences.

Rule Change Would Hide Politicians’ Disclosures
By Josh Richman Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 at 3:14 pm in Sacramento.

From Left And Right, John Sarbanes And Walter Jones Tilt At Big Money | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
Rep. John Sarbanes worries about alienation on the left

Election 2016: Bernie Sanders Campaign Inks Joint Fundraising Pact With Dnc - Politico
Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign has signed a joint fundraising agreement with the Democratic National Committee, the DNC confirmed to POLITICO.

Fewer California State Workers Deciding To Retire | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Number of inaugural CalPERS pensioners down from 2014

Prop. 47 A Year Later: 12k Petitions Processed, 24k Pending In San Diego | Kpbs
Megan Burks @
Wednesday marks one year since California voters approved Proposition 47. The measure made some low-level felonies misdemeanors in an effort to reform the criminal justice system.

Local Tax, Bond Measures Fare Well | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
29 of 40 finance measures approved

Airbnb Wins The Vote In San Francisco, But City's Housing Debate Rages On
What was the geographic breakdown of the vote?

Jerry Brown Biography On Its Way :: Fox&hounds
Jim Newton, former long time Los Angeles Times editor and columnist and noted biographer of Earl Warren, Dwight Eisenhower and Leon Panetta, is writing a biography of Jerry Brown. The governor is cooperating with Newton.

Attorney General Should Investigate L.A. Fair Group, Congresswoman Says
A Pomona congresswoman has asked the California attorney general's office to launch an investigation into the Los Angeles County Fair Assn., in part because of the large salaries and bonuses the money-losing nonprofit organization has paid its executives.

Cal State University Faculty Group Authorizes Strike -
California State Faculty Association members voted to authorize a strike if negotiations with the California State University system fail. The vote was announced Wednesday at San Jose State.

UC Merced: Faisal Mohammad Of Santa Clara, A Wilcox High Grad, Suspect In Stabbing Spree
Mark Gomez @
Mohammad was a computer and science engineering major in his first year at the University of California-Merced, according to a university release. He graduated from Wilcox High School in June, according to Jennifer Dericco, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara Unified School District.

Newly Acquitted Man Looks Back On 19 Years In Prison | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh @
After three trials, Richard Alex Williams wins acquittal in 1996 murder case

DWP General Manager Continues Pitch For Hikes In Water And Power Rates
Eighteen months ago, Marcie Edwards became the first woman to lead the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the country's largest publicly-owned utility, and it wouldn't have happened without a stint as a "pit critter."

'shrimp Boy' Chow Tries To Get Charges Tossed On Eve Of Trial
Howard Mintz @
In what resembles a likely preview of an opening statement to the jury, Chow's lawyers allege that misconduct by the FBI and federal prosecutors during the course of their multi-year undercover investigation warrants dismissal of a racketeering indictment that could land him in federal prison for life.

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

California Hospitals Could Cut Inpatient Costs 25% And Save $10 Billion, Study Says
A new report suggests California hospitals could trim inpatient costs by 25% by shortening patient stays.

Sacramento Police Arrest Elk Grove Man In Stabbing Of Train Hero Spencer Stone | The Sacramento Bee
Hudson Sangree and Bill Lindelof @
Stone was stabbed four times during a fight at 12:45 a.m. Oct. 8 at 21st and K streets

Rep. Lieu Wants To Know If Asian American Scientists Accused Of Espionage Were Targeted
Rep. Ted Lieu, president of the Democrats' freshman class in Congress, was among 42 representatives signing the letter to the Department of Justice.

San Franciscans Vote For Status Quo - Sfgate
Outsiders like to think of San Francisco as a hotbed of contentious activism. Locals have tended to regard City Hall as the arena where