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THE NOONER for November 18, 2015

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Buenos dias to the Early-Bird subscribers and buenos tardes to the rest of you. It's time to get your Nooner on. It's another glorious day at the Nooner World Headquarters, as much as we need to break out the Umbrella Ella Ella Eh Eh Eh. Bobby Jindal has "suspended" his campaign, and now the fight is on for a share of his 0%. Pataki and Santorum continue to be the 49ers and Lakers of 2015, thinking their 1% will get them to the finish line. O'Malley, with 4%, can be more optimistic, and look at himself as the Chargers.

And, we still don't know Glenn's fate.

Carla Marinucci has quotes this morning that very much sound like Steve Westly is in the Governor's race. If you're not getting the Politico California Playbook written by one of CA's best political writers of my lifetime, you're missing out.

Wow, we could be looking at a June 2018 primary of John Chiang, Gavin Newsom, Steve Westly, and Antonio Villaraigosa. And, after all the house-cleaning Jerry Brown has done (benefited by a large economic recovery), the job could actually be fun.

SLIMMING DOWN: Kamala Harris changes campaign managers, moves to cut costs [David Siders @ SacBee] - "U.S. Senate frontrunner Kamala Harris is changing campaign managers and making moves to reduce costs, her campaign said Tuesday, after unusually heavy spending in recent months. Juan Rodriguez, who has been the campaign’s senior adviser, will become campaign manager, spokesman Nathan Click said. He replaces Rory Steele, who the campaign said resigned."

OH, YOU BUZZ-KILLERS: California ethics panel targets vague lobbying payments [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "Seeking more clarity, the FPPC is pushing an amendment that would have lobbyist employers break down expenditures that exceed $2,500 into an array of categories that include paying employees other than lobbyists, advertising, and public affairs work. They also would have to disclose the recipients of the payments, giving the the public a detailed look at how much political companies in Sacramento’s vast influence industry are making." 

DANNY DOWNER: Is California's economy booming? Not really [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "A few sectors, principally the Bay Area's technology industry, are doing very well, but recovery from the Great Recession elsewhere has been spotty. Our job-growth rate is far from the nation’s highest, our unemployment rate is 10th highest, and our underemployment rate is third highest. We also are No. 1 in poverty with nearly a quarter of Californians impoverished."

Meanwhile, the governor was on a judicial appointment spree yesterday.

POP: San Diego's Ballast Point Brewing to be sold for $1B [AP] - "Ballast Point, the San Diego craft brewery founded in the 1990s whose beers are now sold in 30 states, is being acquired for roughly $1 billion by beverage conglomerate Constellation Brands. . . . The brewery known for its Sculpin IPA will remain headquartered in San Diego, where it has about 500 employees. Ballast Point is on pace to sell nearly 4 million cases in calendar 2015."

OMG…a business not moving to Texas? That totally ruins the meme!

#CAKEDAY: Light them candles for United Ways' Bryan Ha, CA Charter Schools Assoc's Carlos Marquez, CSBA's Dennis Meyers, CA congressional delegation ED Martin Radosevich, and political guru Ace Smith!



  • First 5 LA seeks a communications manager responsible for creating and implementing communications strategies that inform the public, elevate the conversation on issues affecting children prenatal to age 5 and their families, and to support the implementation of First 5 LA’s Strategic Plan for 2015-20. Position reports to the Director of Communications and Marketing. Qualifications include 6 to 10  years experience in corporate, foundation, or governmental communications, 3+ years managerial experience, a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Spanish/English bilingual a plus. Additional information and how to apply at:

  • 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

Kamala Harris Shakes Up Senate Campaign Staff
Phil Willon @
Democratic Senate candidate Kamala Harris on Tuesday replaced her top political advisor, parting ways with campaign manager Rory Steele and replacing him with Juan Rodriguez.

When Unions Collide | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Support staff employed by SEIU Local 1000 will vote on a contract soon

State Controller: Prop 30 Extension Will Pass :: Fox&hounds
The Economic Summit is an ongoing program dedicated to creating a roadmap to build economic prosperity in California. This particular session was dedicated to finding keys to develop more skilled workers, more water, and more housing in California.

California Pot Farmers Wrestle With New Medical Marijuana Rules | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
New regulations confer legitimacy on a wild industry

SF supervisors OK 5M redevelopment project South of Market
For several hours, opponents of the project paraded to the lectern to plead with the supervisors to uphold an appeal of the environmental impact report on the development, which they argued would send land prices skyrocketing, prompt landlords to jack up rents, and squeeze out the working-class and elderly Filipino residents who have managed to hang on over the last 15 years amid waves of South of Market gentrification. [...] the supervisors concluded that the project’s benefits — 40 percent low-income and middle class housing, open space, and money for local institutions like the Bessie Carmichael School and the Gene Friend Recreation Center — outweighed any gentrifying effects the development will have on the area. Gabriel Metcalf, executive director of the urban think tank SPUR — located 2 1/2 blocks east the project — said the debate over 5M was less about the project and more about broader housing policy. The vote came a week after the developers, Forest City Enterprises and the Hearst Corp., which owns The Chronicle, entered into an agreement with Supervisor Jane Kim to increase the number of affordable housing while cutting the number of parking spaces. The development agreement, hammered out by Kim and Forest City Senior Vice President Alexa Arena, calls for 87 affordable apartments in a 288-unit rental building, up from the previous proposal of 58. Teacher Valerie Fernandez said that the upper level area median income threshold leaves out a lot of young teachers who earn significantly less than $75,000. [...] Michael Theriault, secretary-treasurer of the San Francisco Building Trades Council, said middle income housing is well-suited to the income levels of tens of thousands of people who can’t afford to stay in the city, including members of his union. Supervisor John Avalos, who voted against upholding the environmental impact report, said he felt more comfortable standing with the grassroots groups fighting displacement. There are about 8,000 housing units within one-quarter mile of 5M, 90 percent protected because they are low-income housing run by nonprofits, single room occupancy hotels or older, rent controlled buildings. Kim, who faced criticism from Filipino nonprofit groups in her district that typically support her, ticked off a long list of community benefits from the project, including $800,000 going the establishment of a Filipino Cultural Heritage District, $1.5 million for the Gene Friend Rec Center and $1 million for Victoria Manalo Draves Park.

Former Assembly Leader Urges Dialogue, Caution At California Colleges
As student leaders at Claremont McKenna College celebrated the departure of a high-ranking administrator deemed insensitive to minorities, one prominent graduate of the Claremont Colleges urged caution and dialogue.

See Where Syrian Refugees Have Resettled In California | The Sacramento Bee
About 250 Syrian refugees have arrived in California since 2012, with the large majority arriving this year, the latest federal statistics show.

Backed By California Democrats, Chinese American Scientists Arrested On Espionage Charges Demand Answers
The Chairman of Temple University's Physics Department, Xi Xiaoxing, left, listens as U.S. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch responds to a question while testifying before the House Judiciary Committee. Earlier this year, Xiaoxing was arrested on espionage charges that were later dropped.

Water Rates To Spike 16 Percent In San Diego |
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First Draft: Ted Cruz Challenges President Obama to Debate on Syrian Refugees
Ted Cruz criticized President Obama for his remarks in Manila, which included saying that Republicans were “political posturing” on Syrian refugee policy. The Texas senator delivered this retort: “Come back and insult me to my face.”

Republican governors: A winning machine
A relentless combination of big fundraising and recruiting just the right candidates transformed the Republican Governors Association into a political force.

20th Cd: Jimmy Panetta’s Deft Move Against Tpp
Democrats comprise 52% of the voters and Republicans are out-numbered by independents 23%-21%. Barack Obama carried the district 71%-26% over Mitt Romney in 2012. Farr won his last two elections with 74% and 75% of the vote.

Senate Votes To Reject Obama Climate Rule - Politico
How to stop nuclear material from falling into the wrong hands.

Leon Panetta's Son Announces Bid To Replace Farr In Congress
James Herrera @
Panetta, 45, was joined by his wife, parents and in-laws as he made the announcement he is running for the 20th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Sam Farr in front of supporters and media.

Bobby Jindal Becomes The Latest Republican To End Presidential Candidacy
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ended his presidential campaign on Tuesday. 

Oakland to pay for limiting seats in council chambers
Oakland will pay $37,000 to settle a lawsuit over the administration’s May decision to close off seats during City Council meetings, a measure that infuriated free speech activists and caused some officials to question whether they had violated state law. Council members voted Tuesday to approve a settlement that would cover legal fees for the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21, the union that filed a court complaint against Oakland for limiting access to public meetings. City officials closed the balcony seats inside Oakland’s council chambers for much of May and June after a May 5 meeting ended in chaos, when housing activists stormed the dais to protest a controversial development deal.

Hundreds Attend Vigil For Paris Victims At L.A. City Hall
A crowd gathered outside Los Angeles City Hall Tuesday night to remember the victims of the recent attacks that devastated Paris.

2016 Election: Rand Paul Rips Marco Rubio Over Terror Attack Response - Politico
Bush will speak at The Citadel here about what he sees as the failures of President Barack Obama.