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THE NOONER for November 17, 2015

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Love Paris


I like all three of the 11:30 late shows (which thankfully I can watch in the morning), but only Stephen Colbert's show paid due respect last night, forgoing the monologue, having the band play the French national anthem, and having a Medal of Honor Army captain who was born in France on the show.



Happy Tuesday to you! It's another beautiful day in Sacramento, although fewer falling leaves since the wind has died down. Yesterday, it was absolutely beautiful at The Nooner Global Headquarters with the multi-colored leaves falling beneath the perfectly cobalt sky, although I don't have a rake and the gardener seems to be off this month.

GAME ON: Treasurer John Chiang eyes run for governor [John Howard @ CapWeekly] - "State Treasurer John Chiang said Monday he is “very interested” in running for governor in 2018 and will decide early next year whether to launch a campaign." 

CA07 (East Sacto County): Yesterday, Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones made it official that he is running against Ami Bera.

PICKING SIDES: Kamala Harris undercuts California’s Prop. 209 [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "As long as it remains in the state’s constitution, however, it’s rather arrogant for Harris, the leading candidate for U.S. Senate next year, to assert that her personal attitude represents the state as a whole."

Yeah, perhaps we shouldn't let the constitution be amended by the voters. After all, perhaps over 30,000 same-sex couples (only counted in the decennial census) in California would lose their rights.

Sort of reminds me of today's headlines about only allowing Christian Syrian refugees in, which reminds me of Japanese-American internment, the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the California Alien Land Law.

MONEY MATTERS: CalPERS may lower investment expectations, costing taxpayers billions [Melody Peterson @ LAT] - "Now the board of the California Public Employees' Retirement System is reconsidering. As soon as Wednesday, the fund's board could approve a plan that would slowly reduce to 6.5% the current 7.5% it says it expects to earn on its investments."

"Consider the average California Highway Patrol officer who now earns $105,000. Taxpayers currently contribute $47,000 a year for that officer's pension. If calculated using an expected investment return of 6.5% instead, according to CalPERS documents, the taxpayer contribution would be $68,000 — an increase of more than 40%."

If this was HBO and not a family Nooner, I would sorry a phrase from John Oliver, something like "Holy Spit"!

UMBRELLA, ELLA, ELLA, EH, EH, EH: El Niño could be the most powerful on record, scientists say [Rong-Gong Lin II and Rosanna Xia @ LAT] - "key location of the Pacific Ocean is now hotter than recorded in at least 25 years, surpassing the temperatures during the record 1997 El Niño. Some scientists say their measurements show that this year’s El Niño could be among the most powerful on record -- and even toppling the 1997 event from its pedestal."

Does this mean I can start showering again?

Speaking of water, there's a new report out about the effect of climate change and infrastructure neglect on the San Francisco Bay.

GOP WOES: Three key areas that give Republicans trouble in California [Cathleen Decker @ LAT] - "How mighty could be seen in a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll published last week. It demonstrated again what California sees in every election: The party's positions on immigration and other issues, like gay marriage, have cost Republicans a generation of good will and support. Here, the poll reminded, Republicans are limited mostly to older and white voters, religious voters and residents of inland California."

EQUAL PLAYING FIELD? San Jose council eyes reducing rules for taxis at the airport [Ramona Giwargia @ MercNews] - "One week after the City Council's controversial decision to allow Uber and Lyft drivers to pick up fares at Silicon Valley's airport without fingerprints, city leaders today will consider offering the same compromise to taxi cab drivers."

BAGHDAD BY THE BAY: Supervisor Kim to call for hearing on Super Bowl committee's Muni wire removal [Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez @ SFExaminer] - "Some San Franciscans are decidedly not happy over the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee’s proposal to remove Muni wires near Market Street, for its 'Super Bowl City.' . . . Removal of Muni wires on Market Street or on nearby Steuart Street, alongside Justin Herman Plaza, may disrupt many bus lines as well as the historic F-Market & Wharves streetcar. Sources with knowledge of the request said removing numerous wires may cost a 'seven-figure number' requiring “lots of overtime” to remove wires correctly."

The odd thing about all of this is that the Super Bowl is 43 miles away in Santa Clara. Like the techies, apparently Super Bowl fans like the 101.

BEHIND THE ORANGE CURTAIN: Supervisor Todd Spitzer defends Hawaii trip with wife, saying it was work [Meghann C. Cuniff @ OCR] - "In response to a Register story that looked at Supervisor Todd Spitzer’s unusual use of a campaign fund, Spitzer on Monday pointed to public records that he says show he and his wife traveled to Maui in 2008 to attend a conference sponsored by the Pacific Policy Research Foundation."

A junket...interesting that these conferences are always in Hawaii. Also from the article, "

The Pacific Policy Research Foundation, which is based near Sacramento, left afternoons free for golf, tennis, snorkeling, cocktails and other leisure activities, according to news reports."

Why did I spend all those years representing community colleges. My junkets were in Burlingame.

The apparently defunct foundation's Board of Directors of the foundation are/were former Assemblymember Tom Bordonaro and his wife Martha and former State Senator Roy Ashburn. Yup, that's it.

CHARLIE: With all the talk about Charlie Sheen's interview this morning in which he admitted he has (and has been hiding his having) HIV, let's thank Magic Johnson, who was forthright in 1991 and made the disease much more mainstream. That led to far more government funding and lives for those afflicted. Since then, he's been an amazing entrepreneur, invested in underserved communities, and led the investment group to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers from the jerk Frank McCourt. In contrast.

Oh, The Onion, how I love and hate you.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to CSU's Karen Yelverton-Zamarippa and to This American Life, which turns 20 today!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: AD47 is Rialto, not Chino. I knew that, but there are only so many five-letter cities that end in "o."



  • California Council on Science and Technology is now hiring a Program Assistant for our Sacramento Office.  This position will support fundraising and senior staff members for the S&T Policy Fellows program. $36,600 minimum salary.  Looking for a highly organized self-starter with strong communication and technical skills.  Must apply through UC Merced by December 11.  Position code SOR6417A.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union of California seeks an outgoing, results-driven, and experienced advocate who is passionate about advancing many of the most important – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil rights and liberties in our State Capitol. Please see job description for details.
  • The Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) in the San Francisco Bay Area is seeking a full-timePolitical Director. This position will help NPH grow public support and political will for affordable housing funding primarily focusing on the local and regional level. It is a new, senior position responsible for a significant program of data collection and analysis, strategy, program development and implementation and will create a new center of expertise, resources and capacity to move a pro-affordable housing agenda. For details on how to apply, please see

  • THERE'S MUCH MORE TO EFFECTIVE LOBBYING THAN LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY. Get the total picture of lobbying in California with Capitol veteran Ray LeBov's introductory Lobbying 101 and advanced Lobbying 201 seminars December 10-11. Lobbying 101 covers the Legislative process and Legislative advocacy; Lobbying 201 explores time-tested principles / best practices in the equally critical areas of Budget, Regulatory Agency and Executive Branch advocacy plus Media Relations. $250 each.Essential for lobbying firm principals / staff, organizations / agencies that employ lobbyists, newcomers to the profession. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • 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:

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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

Brown Budgets Shrink Pension Payment To CSU | Calpensions
CSU employees pay less for their pensions and health care than other state workers, including members of a faculty union scheduled to demonstrate for higher pay at a CSU trustees meeting in Long Beach today.

Fresh Off Bay Area Victory, Tech Giant Airbnb May Set Sights On L.A.
A billboard funded by Airbnb, which opposed San Francisco's Proposition F. On Nov. 3, voters in the city rejected the proposition, which placed restrictions on short-term rentals.

Sacramento Sheriff Makes Immigration Top Issue In Campaign For Congress | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Scott Jones announced his candidacy Monday to take on Rep. Ami Bera

Sacramento County Sheriff Launches Bid For Congress, Slams Obama Immigration Efforts
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones announces his candidacy for California's 7th Congressional District seat during a news conference Monday.

Accept Syrian Refugees But Screen Carefully, California Gov. Jerry Brown Says | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Statement comes after Paris violence prompts backlash

Kaiser, mental health workers OK last-minute deal to avert strike
Northern California Kaiser mental health workers were on the job Monday a day after their union and management averted a strike by hammering out a new contract that is expected to bring an end to nearly five years of conflict between the giant health care provider and its mental health employees. The two parties came to an agreement on a tentative three-year contract after Kaiser promised to meet the National Union of Healthcare Workers’ two central demands: to hire more mental health practitioners so that each would see fewer patients, and to allow workers to advocate for their patients without threat of discipline, union officials said. “Kaiser has opened the door to a positive working relationship with us with the goal of providing timely, quality care to our patients by hiring hundreds more mental health professionals,” said Clement Papazian, a psychiatric social worker at Kaiser Oakland and president of the union’s Northern California chapter of Kaiser mental health clinicians, late Sunday. The psychologists, social workers and therapists had accused Kaiser’s management of understaffing mental health services, leaving patients waiting far too long for appointments. “We greatly respect and value our therapists and mental health care workers,” said Gregory A. Adams, group president and regional president of Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, in a statement.

Mixed Smoke Signals For Tribal Marijuana From Doj | Above The Law
At this point, the only thing to preach is patience.

Feinstein Slams Silicon Valley For Lack Of Help Against Terrorist 'monsters' | Politico

Why The Lafd Is Still Largely White And Male Despite Diversity Efforts
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's overhaul of how the city hires new firefighters - launched 16 months ago amid allegations of nepotism and bias - has so far failed to meet his aim of diversifying the LAFD and may require further reforms to succeed, according to interviews with city officials and a Times analysis of government data.

El Dorado Schools Chief Resigns Following Second Drunk Driving Arrest | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @
Jeremy Meyers has not been at work since his arrest Nov. 5

Republican Presidential Candidates On Syrian Immigration: Rnad Paul Joins Rivals Hitting Marco Rubio On Immigration - Politico
Speaker Paul Ryan announced to a closed meeting of Republicans Tuesday morning.

S.F. looks at raising minimum age for buying tobacco to 21
San Francisco would become the second major city in the country, after New York, to raise the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 under legislation to be introduced Tuesday by Supervisor Scott Wiener. Santa Clara County is also one of about 80 governments around the country that have raised the cigarette buying age to 21, the same threshold as buying alcohol. The two were the lead backers of a failed effort to levy a tax on soda and other sugary drinks at the ballot last year and have often linked the soda and tobacco industries in their discussions about the importance of government regulating matters of public health. The tobacco industry group said cities can’t override California’s age 18 for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products. San Francisco has long been at the forefront of legislation aimed at curbing smoking and has banned smoking in restaurants, bars, playgrounds, parks and taxis; on public transit vehicles, wharves, docks and athletic fields; and at bus stops, golf courses and even charity bingo games. Raising the purchasing age helps in that high school students know a lot of 18-year-olds they can ask to buy cigarettes for them, but are less likely to have 21-year-olds in their social circles, he said. Dr. Mark Rubinstein, who specializes in adolescent medicine at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, said research shows raising the tobacco purchasing age to 21 leads to a 25 percent decrease in teen smoking. “If we can help kids get past the highest risk period, we may prevent future addiction,” he said. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and kills more than 480,000 people a year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

U.S. Governors Don't Have Power To Refuse Refugees Access To Their States
As authorities made sense of the aftermath from Friday’s Paris attacks and the death toll count began to stabilize, reports emerged over the weekend that a gunman involved with the coordinated bombings and shootings may have entered Europe, embedded in the scores of refugees fleeing Syria.

Federal Judge Orders Governor Back To Talks On Madera-area Casino | Fresno Bee
Marc Benjamin @
New gaming compact must be completed within 60 days

Presidential Candidates Criticize Obama's Islamic State Strategy, But Theirs Sound Similar
President Obama addresses the G-20 summit in Turkey, explaining the United States' policy against Islamic State and counter-terrorism efforts the nation carries out with its allies.

Desaulnier Calls For State And Federal Review Of Bay Bridge Span | Politico

Constellation Brands To Buy San Diego Craft Brewer Ballast Point For $1 Billion
Founded by a group of amateur brewers in 1996, Ballast Point was the 31st largest craft brewer in the country in 2014.

Hillary Clinton 2016 Campaign Continues Outreach To Black Lawmakers - Politico
John Podesta will talk to members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Experts Defend CalPERS' Private Equity Investments
Though CalPERS has acknowledged private equity's problems, including high fees and murky disclosure, its record of generating higher returns over time than it does in public stocks has made it an indispensable part of the portfolio, officials said.

Louisiana Governor's Race: David Vitter Hits Edwards With Ad Knocking His Support For Syrian Refugees - Politico
Budget fight veteran Jim Dyer on what's at stake.

San Jose May Ease Up On Taxis To Level Playing Field With Uber, Lyft | San Jose Inside
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California, Bay Area Politicos Won't Shut The Door On Syrian Refugees
Josh Richman @
"Now is a time for us, as Americans, as Oaklanders to turn toward each other -- not on each other," said Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland where at least 16 Syrian refugees have settled since 2013, according to State Department data, the most in the Bay Area. "We should not let fear and anger lull us into accepting the false choice between safety and compassion.."