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THE NOONER for November 9, 2015

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  • AD55 (Yorba Linda): added Chino Hills councilmember Ray Marquez (R) 

Happy rainy and chilly November Monday! Tough day to get out of bed, particularly for Colin Kaepernick, who probably saw his last start as the 49ers' QB last weekend. Ugh, and my Broncos' perfect season came to an end yesterday in a great game against the Colts.

Happy one year before Election Day 2016! The silly season has begun. Ben Carson was saying this weekend that the liberal Wall Street Journal is out to get him is just a crock. As he claims he is the most targeted in political history...yeah, remember when John McCain was accused of having a mulatto baby out of wedlock because he and his wife adopted a girl from Bangladesh? The factual corrections to Carson's book have nothing on that. Meanwhile, Carly Fiorina proclaimed that posting policy positions on your website isn't necessary. Seriously? 

For those of us who have had a cell phone ring in an inopportune moment, at least we don't host a Sunday morning show! #georgestephanopolous

THE MERGER: SEIU, CTA tax hike proposal may include money for hospitals, doctors [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Following a series of meetings, proponents of the various tax-extension proposals say they are exploring a compromise that would raise money into a special fund to pay for schools and colleges as well as healthcare programs. Involved in the talks are the Service Employees International Union, California Teachers Association, California Hospital Association and the California Medical Association. The organizations began speaking over the last few weeks but have yet to put together a draft."

HATE THE GAME, NOT THE PLAYA: Money talks, candidates listen in Sacramento [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters/OCR] - "In a hotel ballroom blocks from the state Capitol, nearly three dozen wanna-be legislators gathered recently to learn the ways of Sacramento. They were members of city councils and school boards up and down California, ranchers and attorneys, Republicans and Democrats, moms and dads – all candidates for the Legislature who’d signed up for this crash course in how things really work."

SLOW GOING: California's 'dignified' execution protocol took too long, death penalty supporter says [Paige St. John @ LAT] - "California executions were halted by a court in 2006 over concern that the state's three-drug method carried the risk of causing a painful death. New procedures were adopted in 2010 but also stymied by the courts and ultimately invalidated in 2013."



GLOBETROTTER: Back from Australia, California Senate leader heads to England and France [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Just weeks after a fact-finding trip to Australia and a month before he heads to a climate-change conference in France, California Senate leader Kevin De León will travel to London on Monday to meet with British officials about efforts to reduce carbon emissions and promote clean energy, his office said Friday."

FEARLESS ADVOCACY: SeaWorld to phase out killer whale show [Lori Weinberg @ SDUT] - "SeaWorld intends to phase out its longstanding killer whale show at its San Diego park next year as part of a comprehensive strategy unveiled Monday to re-position the embattled company amid persistent criticisms of how it treats its orcas."

MISSING PERSONS: What's next for Michelle Rhee, once the national face of education activism? [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Michelle Rhee, the combative former D.C. public schools chancellor who founded the national advocacy group StudentsFirst, has retreated recently from public view. Rhee, who is married to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, was nowhere to be found at the downtown premiere of “Down in the Valley,” the shelved TV movie documenting Johnson’s successful campaign to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle. Rhee hasn’t been seen courtside with Johnson at Kings games."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to SEIU-USW's Theodros Gashaw and PR guru Patrick Harbison!




  • There is an opening for Disneyland Resort Manager, Government Relations based in Anaheim. The position will assist with developing the Resort’s overall government, political and policy initiatives and efforts, developing strategies and plans to help ensure a favorable political environment for resort operations and expansion.  Apply here, and also email (who the position reports to) to let her know you have applied. The application period closes to November 13.
  • Join Equality California PAC for its Pre-Thanksgiving Celebration in Los Angeles! Located in the Bel-Air neighborhood on Sunday, November 22nd from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. We’ll be giving thanks to our pro-equality elected allies at all levels of government. Honorees include longtime LGBT leaders LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and LA County Assessor Jeffrey Prang. Specials guests include Assembly Speaker-Elect Anthony Rendon and LGBT Caucus Member Asm. Evan Low. To purchase tickets or sponsorships, please contact Tony Hoang at or visit the event page at

  • 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



Will 'big Marijuana' Obliterate The Small Family Farms Of Mendocino County?
Small farmers in Mendocino County are worried about California's new medical marijuana regulatory structure

Letter From Washington: Arne Duncan, Education Secretary, Sees Challenges for U.S. Colleges
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Democrats Are Seeing More Schisms | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Dominant parties split into factions

2016 Election Poll: Ben Carson And Donald Trump In Close Fight For South Carolina Voters - Politico
Good news for Ben Carson, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz: The more Republican voters see them, the more they like them.

San Mateo Easily Passes Its Historic, All-mail Ballot Test - San Francisco Chronicle
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Restoration Work Begins On Part Of Salton Sea
Once the Red Hill Bay part of the Salton Sea was covered with water. Now the sea bottom is open to the air, contributing to the region's health problems.

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

Sanders: Endorsements Prove Clinton 'candidate Of The Establishment' - Politico
Hillary Clinton has 31 endorsements in the United States Senate, a body in which her chief rival Bernie Sanders serves.

Donald Trump Advertises Rising Value of Free Political Publicity
Donald J. Trump, who has not spent any money on television ads since announcing his candidacy, is upending the conventional approach for reaching voters.

S.F. Veterans Day Parade moves to wharf, and the crowds show up
The crowds were bigger this year at the San Francisco’s annual Veterans Day Parade, the first time in 96 years it wound through Fisherman’s Wharf rather than Market Street. The new location lured happenstance spectators headed for Pier 39 as well as patriotic observers, many of whom drove from out of town with red, white and blue signs to set up lawn chairs in prime viewing spots along Jefferson Street. The setting of crab tanks and tchotchke shops was a marked departure from Market, where the wide expanse of the street and at times sparse crowds left organizers and war veterans wondering why no one cared. While there were some empty gaps on the sidewalk, most of the nearly mile-long route was occupied, albeit with some on the sidelines sipping Bloody Marys at outdoor cafes or by others who scooped up clam chowder out of sourdough bread bowls, gripping small American flags along with their spoons. Marie Schutzendorf, of San Francisco, came with her three children, ages 5, 9 and 10, all waving flags and homemade signs thanking veterans. Vietnam veteran Bill Waldrop, who pushed a wheeled walker down the parade route with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 15, was among the hundreds of participants marching or driving in the parade. When I returned from Vietnam in 1969, it was really like walking into another war, I mean the people treated me as if I was the enemy. ... The parade featured 77 participating groups, ranging from politicians, to law enforcement organizations, as well as JROTC units from seven city high schools and leather-vested veterans from Bay Area motorcycle clubs. “War is not a pleasant experience,” said Charles Paskerian, who served during the Korean war as an Air Force officer.

After Criticism, La County Government Limits Car Washes To Once A Month
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San Jose Backs Off Ride-booking Rules At Airport
In June, the city adopted rules requiring drivers for ride-booking companies to submit fingerprints and meet vehicle-age requirements before picking up passengers at the airport, a bid to appease the more heavily regulated traditional taxi companies, who complained of unfair competition. But Lyft and Uber denounced the regulatory scheme, and no drivers for the ride-booking companies agreed to sign up. "We determined the program wasn't something ride-share companies were interested in, so we knew we had to go back to the drawing board," said Rosemary Barnes, spokeswoman for Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Jeb Bush 2016: The More That GOP Voters Hear About Bush, The Less They Like Him - Politico
Read the full interview with Cavuto and co-moderator Maria Bartiromo.

Workers Take On More Expense As Valley Health Insurance Costs Increase | Fresno Bee
Barbara Anderson @
Employees shouldering more costs with higher deductibles

CSU Considers Tuition Increases, Year-round Schools To Find Financial Footing
Today's high

Ufo Scares Are The Price We Pay For Secret Missile Tests, Expert Says
An unarmed Navy missile is seen from Thousand Oaks. The Navy fired the missile from a submarine off the coast of Southern California on Saturday, creating a bright light that streaked across the sky and set off claims by witnesses of a UFO or comet. 

Claim Says All California Drivers Are Insured | Politifact California
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Regulators Urge Broader Health Networks
Commissioners are recommending sweeping new standards to address complaints from consumers about limited access to doctors and hospitals in health plans sold under the Affordable Care Act.

The Age Of Psychedelics - California Health Report
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Video: Rickshaw Driver Sets Side-wheel Drive World Record - Ny Daily News

Coming Set-top Box Mandate May Help Break Pay Tv Firms' Hold Over Viewers
That unsightly and costly metal box that funnels cable or satellite service into your TV might be going the way of the black rotary-dial telephone — in the technology trash heap.

Trade pact backers hit 2 big hurdles: Donald and Hillary
Presidential politics complicate Barack Obama's push to ratify one of the biggest trade deals in history.