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THE NOONER for November 24, 2015

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



Happy Tuesday! The sky has actually opened up this morning at the Nooner Global Headquarters, but don't get excited Southern Californians, as it was a dribble.

We'll keep it short this week, as many of you are probably not "working" anyway.

MONEY MATTERS: CalPERS discloses private equity investment fees: $1 billion [Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - "CalPERS on Tuesday released long-anticipated figures on how much it pays the companies that manage its private-equity investments: more than $1 billion in the latest fiscal year. Pension fund officials said CalPERS earned a $4.1 billion profit from those investments."

Yeah, I would pay 30% fees on my E-Trade account.

THE DONALD: Inside the Southern California factory that makes the Donald Trump hats [Christine Mai-Duc @ LAT] - "Dozens of employees, almost all of them Latino, continue to work, sweeping scraps of fabric from the floor, peering over glasses as their deft hands assemble one hat after another. All around them sit stacks of freshly minted camouflage-print trucker caps, with the real estate mogul and 2016 presidential hopeful's familiar “Make America Great Again” slogan emblazoned on the front in orange. "

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to fundraiser extradenaire Kristin Bertolina Faust, and the CA Strategic Growth Council's Allison Joe!




  • Legislative Director Early Edge California. Works with senior leadership to develop a successful policy and advocacy agenda.  Includes advocacy and external relationship development and management through grassroots/grasstops activities, policymaker education, communications, and coalition building. Competitive salary. Resume, cover letter to

  • 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

Providing Essential Services For Low Wages | The Grizzly Bear Project
Anthony York @
Momentum is building for a higher minimum wage. Already, 14 localities in California have passed local ordinances that call for a higher wage than the state minimum, with more local ordinances on the way. The state wage is set to go to $10 per hour on Jan. 1, but there is a strong political push — both in the Legislature and among ballot initiative proponents — to set that wage as high as $15 by the end of the decade.

2016 Election: N.h. Panel Weighing Challenge To Donald Trump's Ballot Eligibility - Politico
The New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission is considering a challenge to Donald Trump's eligibility to be on the presidential ballot in the state.

California regulators cut anti-terror spending for power plants
A new state law mandating that utilities take steps to protect power plants from terrorist attacks is being held hostage in a fight between the California Public Utilities Commission and legislators over the agency’s $5 million legal tab in corruption investigations. The Legislature slashed $5 million from the utilities commission’s budget this year, angry that regulators had hired outside lawyers as federal and state investigators probed allegations of official influence-peddling and improper deal-making with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and other utilities. Lawmakers didn’t specify where the commission had to make budget cuts, however — and last week, the agency took the money in part from efforts to implement anti-terrorist legislation. The legislation, proposed by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014, ordered the state’s power providers to draw up security plans to harden the electrical grid against saboteurs. [...] breach PG&E officials did not notice the breach for hours, prompting the utilities commission to fine the company $50,000 for failing to carry out promised security upgrades. Last week, commission Executive Director Timothy Sullivan told the agency’s five-member governing panel that he would slash $350,000 needed to implement the security plan as part of the $5 million in cuts that the Legislature ordered. “Physical security for critical facilities is already being addressed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corp.,” an industry trade organization, Sullivan wrote in a memo to the commission. In an interview, Sullivan said the involvement of the federal and state agencies means the commission cutback “doesn’t really compromise safety the way that cuts in other programs would.” “They are trying to make it painful for the Legislature — the same Legislature that is trying to hold them accountable for power plant security and grid safety,” Hill said Monday. The utilities commission explained that it had to outsource the legal work because the attorney general’s office — which is leading one of the corruption probes — cited a conflict of interest and refused to represent the regulatory agency. In an ironic twist, Sullivan also suspended oversight of a greenhouse-gas research project that the agency approved last year for University of California campuses, stemming from the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Diego County.

Darrell Steinberg Says He Would Use Capitol Connections If Elected Mayor Of Sacramento
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Cowardice Helps Pass Refugee Bill | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Eight California Democrats voted for Republican bill

California school textbooks seen as spineless on climate change
Science textbooks in California schools — including in San Francisco and Oakland — are wishy-washy when it comes to climate change, offering middle school students caveats and conditional language that downplay the scientific consensus on the warming of the planet, according to a Stanford University study released Monday. The books portray climate change as uncertain, including whether humans are causing it, said K.C. Busch, a doctoral candidate at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education who co-authored the study. “Based on the results of this analysis, there must be a definitive effort to improve the text about climate change so it reflects scientifically accurate portrayals of uncertainty and includes specific agents,” the authors wrote in the study. In general, the science textbooks present information as fact, but the parts addressing climate change use more qualified language, the report concluded. Busch, with co-author Diego Román, an assistant professor of education at Southern Methodist University, looked at four middle school science textbooks found in California sixth-grade classrooms. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen. All of the textbooks analyzed were nearly 10 years old and perhaps reflect political debate around climate change, the authors said. In San Francisco, where the Prentice Hall book is used, district officials said teachers have leeway to use other materials to help clarify or correct old or erroneous information in the state textbooks.

Fullerton To Pay $4.9 Million In Kelly Thomas Wrongful-death Lawsuit
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Hollywood Debate Is Trial Run For City Growth Fight
The neighboring AIDS Healthcare Foundation is waging a zoning fight over the Palladium Residences project. The development would contain 731 housing units, one block from a subway stop on Hollywood Boulevard.

First Draft: Pfizerâ
s $160 billion merger proposal with Dublin-based Allergan, which could help the new company escape billions of dollars in United States taxes, drew a cascade of harsh criticism from lawmakers and renewed a push to crack down on these so-called tax inversions.

The Debrief With National Retail Federation Head Matthew Shay - Politico
The New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission is considering a challenge to Donald Trump's eligibility to be on the presidential ballot in the state.

Firm That Teaches 'life Skills' To Suspected Shoplifters Extorts Them, Suit Alleges
Saying its practices amount to extortion and false imprisonment, the San Francisco city attorney filed suit Monday against a Utah-based company that asks suspected shoplifters to sign confessions and pay hundreds of dollars to take a six-hour ¿life skills¿ video course ¿ or risk prosecution.

First Draft: John Kasich Tries to Spoil Donald Trumpâ
Gov. John Kasich and other legislators in his state who support his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination have stepped up their criticism of Donald J. Trump as the billionaire businessman heads to Ohio to woo voters.

Study: One-third Of Nation's 30 Worst Traffic Bottlenecks Are In Los Angeles Area
A study released Monday confirms what every Southern Californian behind the wheel already knows: Freeway traffic jams in the Los Angeles region are some of the worst in the United States.

Outside, In: Will Population Health Solve What’s Ailing Our Healthcare System? - Politico
The disconnect is drawing scrutiny from members of Congress.

Modified Mosquitoes Block Malaria |
Feeding female Anopheles gambiae mosquito, a known carrier of malaria. This specimen had landed a human skin surface, and was in the process of obtaining its blood meal through its sharp, needle-like proboscis, which it had inserted into its human host. Note the red color of the proboscis, as it was filled with blood, as well as the bright red abdomen that had become enlarged due to its blood meal contents. / CDC/James Gathany

2016 Campaign Security: Security Fears Reshape 2016 Field - Politico
"Make no mistake," the president said. "We will win, and groups like ISIL will lose."

First Draft: David Vitterâ
Democrats were hoping that if David Vitter, a Republican, lost his bid for governor he would try to remain in the Senate and seek re-election as a wounded candidate next year. But Mr. Vitter quickly announced that he was done.

Dna Points To 'teardrop Rapist,' Not Man Who Has Spent 16 Years In Prison, Attorneys Say
At a news conference in 2012, LAPD and L.A. County Sheriff's Department officials display sketches of a man believed responsible for at least 35 sexual assaults since 1996.

New Report Spotlights Growing Problem Where Cops Act Like Robbers |
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L.A. Art Collector Vows To Cut Off Funds To Democrats Who Voted For Syrian Refugee Bill
In this 2005 archival photo, Blake Byrne, a retired TV executive, stands next to a sculpture by artist Stephan Balkenhol titled "Vier Figurengruppe," on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The sculpture is one of many pieces of art that Byrne has donated to MOCA.

California School Textbooks Seen As Spineless On Climate Change - Sfgate
Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen.

Latino-majority District Will Have To Wait - The Orange County Register
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Trump Instagram Ad - Hillary Laughing - Politico
The simultaneous climate and budget deadlines give the GOP a tool to derail a legacy-defining pact for the president.