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THE NOONER for November 23, 2015

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  • AD64 (Carson): added Los Angeles Planning Commissioner Marta Segura (D)



Well, another weekend is behind us, but we only have to work three days this week. And, we know the fate of Glenn, but I won't spoil it for anyone who is behind on their DVR.

Congratulations to the Noonerites who got news they passed the state bar exam this weekend. It was the lowest fall passage rate since 1986, with only 46.6% passing. While I passed on the first try, I have never practiced (stayed in lobbying). But, something needs to be looked at when students accrue $100,000 or more in debt with a 50/50 chance of getting into the field that will allow them to pay off that debt.

SHORT AND LONG: Budget missed new reserve requirement by about $2.2 billion, estimates suggest [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "Less than six months after Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers approved the first deposit into the reserve approved by voters last November, the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst estimated this week they were short by about $2.2 billion. That will lead to the first "true-up," a key feature of last year's Proposition 2 and money the Legislature would otherwise have available for different priorities next year."

GAME PLAN: On gun control, Newsom seems to be following Bloomberg's strategic lead [Paige St. John @ LAT] - "As he pushes a proposed ballot initiative cobbled together from gun-control bills that died in the Legislature or on the governor's desk, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom frames the battle he hopes to wage next year as a personal one."

IN THE MIDDLE: Gavin Newsom making overtures to San Joaquin Valley – might go duck hunting [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Three years before the next gubernatorial election, Newsom and his rivals are making inroads into inland California, touring farms, holding receptions and speaking to small crowds. In addition to Newsom, two other Democrats who are expected to run, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former state Controller Steve Westly, have both made excursions in recent months." 

MORE IN THE MIDDLE: California Capitol: Bipartisanship breaking out all over [CALmatters] - "Compared with the partisan gridlock that gripped Sacramento just a few years ago, the dynamics in the statehouse can seem almost cuddly these days."

Part of that is making the budget process a one-party deal. Republicans don't have to participate in what had been the most acrimonious part of the legislative year and taking many months, and not the process is like ripping off a Band-Aid quickly. Then, the Legislature moves on with governing.

MORE IN THE MIDDLE: No-party voters get extra attention from slate mailers [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "Candidates and statewide ballot measure campaigns have taken notice [of the increase in NPP voters]. State filings show that, during the last election cycle, dozens of campaign committees paid a total of almost $200,000 to a pair of slate mailers with titles aimed at appealing to the almost one-quarter of California voters without a party preference: the Independent Voters League and the No Party Preference Voter Guide."

UPSWING: Wrangling over new state taxes [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "The underlying scenario will be much different from the fiscal crisis of 2012 and will compel tax advocates to devise a more nuanced message."

MIXED BAG: Economy is up; so is state's distress [Steven Greenhut @ SDUT] - "First, the good news: California’s unemployment rate has fallen to 5.8 percent, down from 7.2 percent a year ago. We can hear the hurrahs at the cash-starved government. “California’s economic engine will continue to hum in the coming years, allowing the state to ring up a series of multibillion-dollar budget surpluses and build rainy-day reserves,” reported the Sacramento Bee. . . . But a new report from the federally backed National Resource Network published a long list of economically challenged cities, with a focus on California. The report spotlights our state because of its size and urbanization – and its high concentration of distressed places."

Finally, if you didn't see Adele's performance on Saturday Night Live this weekend, you're missing out on one of the greatest vocalists of our lifetime. Nothing fancy, just vocal cords. NBC Universal has blocked all the YouTube posts of the performance of "Hello," but it's at 27:14 of the episode. Or, the amazing leaked isolated vocals are even more amazing.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Autumn Burke and Prophet Walker!




  • 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-time Political 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