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THE NOONER for November 10, 2015

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Happy Tuesday! Happy 230th birthday to the United States Marine Corps. Thank you to all who have served and protected what we hold dear.

It's a beautiful chilly Sacramento November morning at the Nooner Global Headquarters. The city is mowing the lawn at Southside Park across the street. Yes, the rain the last few days has been nice, but it's not like the grass has actually grown. Oh well, it gives people work. You're advised to cover your frost-sensitive plants tonight as it's expected to be in the mid-30s for the first time of the year.

Tonight, the Donald Trump show returns with another Republican debate on Fox Business (wherever the hell that is). Fortunately, the bombastic Trump keeps Ben Carson awake--sort of. Fortunately, the other s***show--the Sacramento Kings--have the night off. Can I have a refund on my season tickets? We learned about product defects in the first year of law school.

And, Trump continues to show that he is one of the jerkiest people to ever run for President with his Twitter fest. Last night, "Marco Rubio is a total lightweight who I wouldn't hire to run one of my smaller companies - a highly overrated politician!" I don't have a preference in the Republican primary, but I don't remember a candidate ever being this disrespectful of his/her opponents. Surrogates, sure, but not the candidates themselves. Meanwhile, he is also calling for a boycott of Starbucks over the design of the chain's holiday cups. 

Meanwhile, Michele Bachmann says that Christians need to convert everyone, including Jews, as soon as possible as Jesus (rather than Santa Claus?) is coming to town. Really, I'm sticking with a non-partisan Nooner, but you can't make this stuff up.

Today, fast food workers across the country are striking for a $15/hour wage. In other news, prices will double and Americans' lifespan will increase by ten years.

MONEY MATTERS: CA Controller's October Cash Report Shows Robust Income Tax Revenues [State Controller's Office] - "Driven by another strong month of personal income tax proceeds, state revenues in October beat estimates by $191.9 million, or 3.1 percent, State Controller Betty T. Yee reported today. Personal income tax revenues of $5.1 billion for the month exceeded projections in the state budget signed in July by $234.5 million, or 4.8 percent.  That was more than enough to offset lower-than-expected collections from the state’s two other largest revenue sources, the retail sales and use tax and the corporation tax.  Sales tax revenue of $935.0 million fell short of projections by $2.0 million, or 0.2 percent.  The corporation tax missed estimates by $89.8 million, or 33.5 percent."

BALLOT BONANZA! California's ballot could be a blockbuster next November [John Myers @ LAT] - "Call it a dream for California political consultants, a nightmare for voters or an electoral extravaganza: The November 2016 ballot could feature a bigger crop of statewide propositions than at any time in the past decade. "The voters pamphlet is going to look like the Encyclopaedia Brittanica," said Steve Maviglio, a Democratic campaign strategist." 

WHISTLE! Regulator filed complaint over work on Brown's land [Ellen Knickmeyer @ AP] - "A worker in the state oil and gas regulatory agency lodged a whistleblower's complaint over being ordered to prepare a state map of the oil and gas potential, history and geology of California Gov. Jerry Brown's family ranch, the worker and her attorney said Monday."

MOVING ON: Neel Kashkari, ex-California gubernatorial candidate and bailout administrator, to head Minneapolis Fed [Jim Puzzanghera @ LAT] - "Neel Kashkari, a former Treasury Department official who was the Republican nominee for California governor in 2014, was named Tuesday as the next president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. . . . Kashkari will take over on Jan. 1 for a five-year term. The position's salary was $338,700 last year."

Sometimes, not getting a job is better than getting one. It's like when I lost for Davis City Council in 1996. I instead started law school the next year. Never be disappointed. Get up, brush that dirt off your shoulders and move on.



LET THERE BE LIGHT: UC considering plan to expand resident enrollment by 10,000 [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "Following a year in which it was slammed by politicians for admitting more high-paying out-of-state students at the expense of California high schoolers, the University of California is on the verge of committing to a three-year plan that would expand resident enrollment by 10,000 undergraduates."

STRIKE! San Jose taxi strike continues ahead of City Council meeting [Ramona Giwargis @ SJ MercNews] - "Cab drivers at the airport and across San Jose continue a voluntary strike this morning to protest the City Council's consideration of eliminating strict rules for ride-sharing at the airport."

TORRENT: After historic flooding, Death Valley gears up for 'a long, hard recovery' [Louis Saharan @ LAT] - "It's not unusual for thunderstorms to drench Death Valley this time of year, but this October was different. The northern section of the park was hammered by back-to-back storms, followed by a powerful weather system that dropped nearly 3 inches of rain in five hours, triggering a 1,000-year flood event that battered historic structures, chewed through roadways and altered the rugged landscape with layers of mud and rocks."

SO SAD: Key piece of Sacramento's R Street redevelopment plans went up in flames [Hudson Sangria and Bill Lindelof @ SacBee] - "In Sacramento, however, such buildings are relatively rare, so the near total destruction by fire of the Crystal Ice and Cold Storage building on R Street is a serious setback for efforts to turn the once-gritty industrial corridor into an arts and housing district, developers and public officials said."

THAT WAS FAST: Noodles & Company in midtown Sacramento closes doors after 6 months [Mark Glover @ SacBee] - "The Noodles & Company eatery in midtown Sacramento has closed its doors just six months after opening. The restaurant operated at 1420 16th St., in the Legado de Ravel complex, a two-building, mixed-use site that opened last year." 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Cooper Field Rep. Robbie Abelon!




  • The California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) headquartered in Sacramento, California, is seeking an Executive Director, ($10,199 -$11,359 monthly).  This position carries out BSC policies; administers building code adoptions, approval, codification and publication, and manages BSC office and staff.  Please see the Employment Opportunity document for more information.  Click here for more information.

  • 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 on 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



Help Wanted: California Medical Marijuana Chief | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Jon Ortiz chronicles civil-service life for California state workers

Napolitano wants to increase UC in-state student enrollment by 10 percent
The proposal, to be considered next week by the university regents, would increase the enrollment of new California students by about 10 percent and is an attempt to counter critics who say UC is enrolling too many out-of-state students in order to reap the extra tuition that non-Californians must pay. At present, Californians make up about 79 percent of the freshman classes at the nine UC campuses that accept undergraduates. Napolitano’s plan would tap the extra $25 million that lawmakers allotted to UC in the current budget, providing it increases the number of in-state freshmen next fall. For the 2017-18 academic year, Napolitano’s proposal calls for “modest and predictable tuition increases...pegged generally to the rate of inflation.” According to the Napolitano plan, UC “strongly shares the Legislatures’s interest in providing increased access for Californians.”

2016 Presidential Debates: Neil Cavuto Warns GOP Candidates Not To Look Like 'whiners And Babies' - Politico
President Barack Obama's pick to be the next ambassador to Mexico is ready for a confirmation vote in front of the full Senate.

UC Considering Plan To Expand Resident Enrollment By 10,000 | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Board of Regents to vote next week on plan expanding California undergraduate slots over three years

L.A. Board Of Education Will Weigh Broad Charter-expansion Plan
Members of the Los Angeles Board of Education will be under pressure to take a position on a controversial plan to expand local charter schools because of a resolution being introduced at its meeting this week.

First Draft: Conference Seeks to Prompt Candidates to Discuss Education
Gov. Terry E. Branstad of Iowa, a Republican, and Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, a Democrat, will hold a bipartisan event on Tuesday in the hopes of urging the presidential candidates to focus more closely on developing strong teachers nationally.

California Lawmaker Would End Statute Of Limitations For Rape Cases
California law generally limits the prosecution of a felony sexual offense to 10 years after the offense is committed, but more time can be provided if new DNA evidence is found.

2016 Presidential Poll: Hillary Clinton Crushing Bernie Sanders In South Carolina - Politico
President Barack Obama's pick to be the next ambassador to Mexico is ready for a confirmation vote in front of the full Senate.

Taxi Drivers Strike At San Jose Airport Over Ride-sharing
Mark Gomez and Ramona Giwargis @
Shakur Buni, president of the San Jose Airport Taxi Driver Association at the airport, said about 300 drivers walked off the job at 8 a.m.

From hunting pheasants to signing books: What the GOP candidates have been up to since the last debate
It's been less than two weeks since the last GOP debate, but the presidential candidates have managed to get in a lot of campaigning since then. The two front-runners spent time promoting new books, while a few gun-toters went to Iowa to shoot pheasants. For most, New Hampshire was on the itinerary, as candidates began filing paperwork to be on the ballot for the nation's first primary, Feb. 9. Before the fourth GOP debate Tuesday night, POLITICO takes a look at what the Republican candidates have been up to since they last took the stage.

Seaworld Intends To Replace Shamu Show With A New Orca Experience In 2017 |
SeaWorld San Diego's signature killer whale show will be phased out in 2016 and replaced with a new orca experience, the Orland-based company announced Monday. — John Gastaldo

Playback: Ben Carson's Knife Fight - Politico
President Barack Obama's pick to be the next ambassador to Mexico is ready for a confirmation vote in front of the full Senate.

U.c. System Wants To Make Room For More California Students - The Orange County Register
SAN FRANCISCO – University of California President Janet Napolitano is asking the system’s governing board for permission to enroll 5,000 more California residents next fall at the nine campuses that serve undergraduates.

San Jose, Atlanta Pensions: A Tale Of Two Rulings | Calpensions
Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and current Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed have more in common than their last names. Both have the same broad pension story. But last week, Atlanta had a very different ending.

Walton Foundation Sustains Local Funding For Teach For America With New Grant
The Walton Family Foundation, a major education funder in Los Angeles, has announced a $50 million grant to Teach For America that will support the organization¿s work in Southern California as well as across the nation.

Cleanup Crews Race Against Rain In Fire-damaged California | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak and Richard Chang @
Mudslides and floods a major concern in rural areas

The Pension Monster Rises Again :: Fox&hounds
The LA School Board will discuss a new report raising that ominous red flag this week.

Lawsuit Hopes To Fix Troubled Schools |
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Phoenix Police Release 1996 Recording Of Kevin Johnson Phone Call To Teenage Accuser | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
In audio file, teenage girl confronts Johnson with molestation allegations

2016 Presidential Debates: Ben Carson Aide Warns: We'll Respond To Unfair Attacks At Debate - Politico
By promising to declare China a currency manipulator, Trump embraces an issue popular with many lawmakers and domestic manufacturers.

'tale Of Two Californias': Coastal Voters Upbeat On Economy, Inland Residents Anxious
Most voters in counties along the coast in California were hopeful about their personal finances in the next few years. But in the interior, mainly the Central Valley and Inland Empire, less than half were hopeful and most were at least somewhat anxious.