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THE NOONER for November 13, 2015

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Happy Friday the 13th, on which Donald Trump is going full Jason Voorhees on Ben Carson. WaPo's Philip Bump is not impressed with the latest volleys by The Donald.

You made it through the week without freezing. I hate it when Noonerites turn into popsicles. Many of you are probably not reading today as you are "sick" and skiing.

CA20 (Monterey): In addition to the names mentioned yesterday, DNC member and 2014 State Senate candidate Shawn Bagley is also eyeing a run for Sam Farr's seat.  For Early-bird subscribers, I forgot to include deputy DA Jimmy Panetta, son of beloved former congressman, WH chief of staff, Secty of Defense, and CIA Director Leon, who would be an instant frontrunner by name and family connections. That said, the non-Monterey parts of the district are proclaiming that they should get a chance to hold the seat. Latinos, which make up 50.7% of the total population but only 28% of the citizen voting-age population, would also like an opportunity. However, the turnout in a June top-two primary would even be lower.

THE GREAT HAIR BATTLE: Lt. Gov. Newsom seeks to keep workers claimed by state Senate president [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "But on Thursday, the lieutenant governor’s office filed papers with state personnel officials to convert the two workers to full-time employees of the lieutenant governor. Rhys Williams, Newsom’s chief of staff, said the two workers will resign their Senate positions Friday to pave the way for the change."

SLIMMING DOWN: CalPERS sells $3 billion in real estate [Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - "The sale to an affiliate of New York powerhouse Blackstone Group removes more than 10 percent of CalPERS’ real estate portfolio. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System has been working for years to remove speculative undeveloped holdings from its real estate portfolio and focus more on commercial buildings and other properties that are already developed and producing income."

THE UNKNOWN: Following yesterday's item about Lisa Ling's great CNN show about the LA Coroner's office, the LAT has an article asking who LA's unclaimed dead are. "n less than a month workers will dig a single grave at the Los Angeles County Cemetery for the remains of more than 1,300 people left unclaimed. Most were cremated in 2012, the remains put in boxes and shelved. Soon they'll be in the ground forever."

JUSTICE: Utah Judge, in Shift, Lets Lesbian Couple Keep Foster Child [Richard Perez-Pena @ NYT] - "A Utah judge on Friday reversed, at least temporarily, his order that a foster child be taken away from a lesbian couple because of their sexual orientation, but he continued to question the placement of children with same-sex parents. . . . The foster parents, Rebecca A. Peirce, 34, and April M. Hoagland, 38, and the state Division of Child and Family Services, both filed motions Thursday asking the judge to reconsider, and said they were prepared to appeal his decision. The couple, who were married last October, live in Price, southeast of Salt Lake City."

I know that some of us will differ on this issue, but I know same-sex couples of both genders who have foster and adopted children. They are frequently amazing parents, often adopting foster children and others threatened by the system, and I've never known them to go to a nightclub leaving five children alone, leading to the beating death of a 1-year-old by an 8-year-old.

Unfortunately, Utah is one of the few states that doesn't have a recall provision.

THE 916: Sacramento's Oak Park Neighborhood Seeing Revitalization - "Now, along with retail and restaurants, there are new condos and townhomes. All bringing an economic boost to the area that many say is just beginning."

Have a great weekend and stay warm, my friends. Go Broncos. Niners, be thankful you're not playing this weekend. DeMarcus Cousins, feel free to cuss out George Karl before the game if it leads to a win. 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tom Lackey's leg aide Sarah Couchy, communications guru Robin Swanson, and Senator Andy Vidak! Weekend greetings to Yolo County Administrator Pat Blacklock, CA PAssemblymember David Hadley (Saturday), Manhattan Beach City Council member Amy Thomas Howorth (Saturday), CA Psych Association's Amanda Levy, and CA Forward's Susan Lovenburg (Sunday)!


  • 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
  • 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

Ballot Proposal Would Divert High-speed Rail Money To Water | The Merced Sun-star
Two well-known Republican state lawmakers submitted language Thursday for a ballot initiative that would ask California voters to redirect about $8 billion in bond money from the state's high-speed rail project to build water storage.

Lt. Gov. Newsom Seeks To Keep Workers Claimed By State Senate President
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at an event in San Francisco in September. His office filed papers Thursday to keep his staff from being slashed.

CalPERS Sells $3 Billion In Real Estate | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
Pension fund pares back to lower-risk investments

Gov. Jerry Brown Had State Workers Research Oil On Family Ranch
AP Member Choice Complete @
Gov. Jerry Brown last year directed state oil and gas regulators to research, map and report back on any mining and oil drilling potential and history at the Brown family's private land in Northern California.

No cops needed: S.F. pushes bid for automated speed cameras
San Francisco officials who aim to eliminate fatal traffic collisions are pressing what would be a fundamental change on some streets — a network of automated cameras that would identify speeding drivers, snap their photos and mail them tickets. The latest step in the bid to bust speeders without a cop having to spot them and pull them over is a report from the city controller’s office, released Thursday, that analyzed the use of the speed cameras in six large cities, including New York and Chicago, and deemed them successful. Leaders of San Francisco’s Vision Zero campaign, which includes city departments and pedestrian and bike advocacy groups, say installing automated cameras is a top priority, and the report lays out what city may need to do to sell the controversial idea to the public. [...] as the report notes, one big obstacle remains in the way: speed cameras are illegal in California, and it will take state legislation to allow San Francisco to start using them. “Unsafe speed is the No. 1 cause of serious injuries and deaths across the country and in San Francisco,” said Kate Breen, government affairs director for the Municipal Transportation Agency. There is a growing awareness at the citizen level that we need to change the way people think about our streets. Vision Zero launched last year, and aims to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2024 using a combination of physical improvements including new traffic signals and high-visibility crosswalks, safety education programs and stepped-up enforcement. Reducing driving speeds has cut deaths and injuries in many of the 139 American cities where speed cameras are used, the Vision Zero coalition contends. “Any consideration must be part of a comprehensive traffic safety strategy that incorporates engineering, education and officer enforcement,” she said. In Portland, where a manned camera program using three vans is about to be replaced with an unstaffed program, warning signs as well as electronic boards displaying vehicle speeds are posted before drivers encounter speed cameras. Nicole Ferrara, the executive director of Walk SF and a member of the Vision Zero Coalition, said speed cameras are critical to the safety campaign.

L.A. To Start Enforcing Ban On 10-round Ammunition Magazines Next Week
Los Angeles will be able to start enforcing its new ban on firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition next week, after a Superior Court judge turned down a request from gun rights groups to immediately stop the law from going into effect.

Prompted By Kj And Filner Case, Proposed Bill Would Mandate Harassment Training | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
City council members, mayors would undergo training

Consumer Group Wants L.A. Officials To Oust DWP Ratepayer Advocate
A Santa Monica-based consumer advocacy group wants Los Angeles leaders to oust the city ratepayer advocate, arguing that he has failed to speak out for customers as scandals have dogged the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

As Gambling Surges In California, Treatment For Compulsive Players Lags | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
California one of few states to offer free outpatient, residential treatment

Louisiana 2016 Gubernatorial Campaign: David Vitter Ad Stars Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson - Politico
Richard Shelby of Alabama, is trying to include the regulatory overhaul in a fiscal 2016 appropriations bill.

An 18-inch Water Level Rise? Yes, If Melting Of Massive Greenland Glacier Speeds Up, UC Irvine Scientists Say - The Orange County Register
A major glacier in northeast Greenland has broken away from a stable position and is now crumbling into the North Atlantic Ocean, according to a UC Irvine-led study published Thursday in the journal Science.

Immigration Fight Boils Over as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio Battle
The long-distance exchanges illustrated the degree to which several Republican candidates see immigration as the most potent weapon in the presidential contest.

Chris Christie On Donald Trump's Attacks On Carson: Not Fitting Of A Presidential Candidate - Politico
The retired neurosurgeon says he expected these sorts of attacks.

College Students Confront Subtler Forms Of Bias: Slights And Snubs
College students address a new form of bias: The slights and snubs of 'microaggression'

2016 Election: Ted Cruz Hammers Marco Rubio For 'false' Claims On Immigration - Politico
"It is laughingly, blazingly, on its face, false," Cruz declared.

CalPERS Pushes Boards To Clear Room For The Young And Ethnic - Bloomberg Politics
California’s big public pension fund has a message for corporate board members like Lee Raymond, the 77-year-old lead director at JPMorgan Chase & Co.: It’s time to retire.

Santa Clara And Alameda Counties Get State Funding For New Jails
Eric Kurhi @
Santa Clara County's share of a $500 million statewide pot is about a third of what it needs to replace the aging and decrepit Main Jail South with a new lockup that will include nearly 150 badly needed additional beds for inmates with mental health conditions. Alameda County will spend its portion on a 38,000-square-foot mental health program and treatment unit.

Economic View: A Three-Page Tax Code: Not Exactly Simple
a goal of all the Republican presidential candidates.

State offers S.F. $80 million for new jail but support is squishy
Emily Green @
The state said Thursday that it will give San Francisco $80 million to help finance a new jail, setting the stage for a contentious fight over whether the city should accept the money.

Daniel Borenstein: Contra Costa Ambulance Deal Slightly Helps Response Time, But Has Taxpayer Risk
The private-public partnership, apparently the first in California, is probably the best option available because it should slightly speed response time and reduce service duplication, and might enable the county to tap some federal dollars that would otherwise be lost.