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THE NOONER for November 25, 2015

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Oh, it's Wednesday before a four-day weekend! Oh, I have never understood the origin of the phrase "being crabby." But, it's when there are no crabbies for Thanksgiving.

Meanwhile, the Warriors have the best start (16-0) in NBA history. 

MONEY MATTERS: State still owes one huge debt [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "One of the debts that [Jerry] Brown omitted was the $10 billion that California borrowed from the federal government to keep unemployment checks flowing to jobless workers."

A Sleeper Senate Race in California [Jack Pitney @ Fox & Hounds]:

The prohibitive favorite would seem to be Kamala Harris. As the state’s two-term attorney general, she has good name recognition and an established political network. As a woman with both African and Asian heritage, she has a unique appeal to the state’s diverse electorate. She has achieved national prominence, albeit in a slightly awkward way. At a San Francisco fundraising event a couple of years ago, President Obama praised her brilliance and toughness, then added: "She also happens to be, by far, the best-looking attorney general in the country." After getting widespread criticism for the sexist character of this remark, the president apologized. Ms. Harris accepted with good grace.

Nevertheless, [Loretta] Sanchez has a serious chance of being California’s next senator. The reason lies in the state’s unusual electoral system. The top two finishers in the June primary, regardless of party, move on to the general election. Although a number of lower-level races have featured same-party opponents in November, it has never happened in a partisan statewide race. It might happen this time. If all the Republican candidates stay on the ballot, they could split the GOP vote, giving the top two slots to Harris and Sanchez.

COST/BENEFIT: California tourism groups worried about changes to visa program [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - "The head of a group representing California tourism organizations says she is concerned that the state’s more than $117-billion annual tourism industry could be hurt by a plan to change a visa program following the Paris terror attacks."

GOBBLE GOBBLE: California bill would require double pay on Thanksgiving [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "As Californians start brining birds and mashing potatoes, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, is again hoping to dish out meatier wages for Thanksgiving workers. She plans to amend and revive stalled legislation guaranteeing double Thanksgiving pay so it would only apply to workers at large retail businesses that have more than 500 employees in California."

CVRA: Democrats censure Anaheim Councilman Brandman [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "Democratic Anaheim City Councilman and congressional candidate Jordan Brandman has been reprimanded by the county Democratic Party for his decisive vote to put the city's new Latino majority district council seat before voters in 2018 rather than next year."

This is not unusual in the switch from city/district-wide elections to ward elections, with a variety of excuses.

Finally, Donald Trump is just making up stuff.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to political consultant Joel Olsson and teacher Gregg Solkovits! Thanksgiving birthdays include Dustin Call, lobbyist Pete Conaty, Devon Mathis's COS Sean Doherty, Stacie Frerichs, Learning Solution's Matt Martinez, and UC's Jason Murphy.

Friday's cakedays include Rancho Santiago CCD John Hanna and consultant Luis Marquez. On Saturday, the candles will be lit for Torey Van Oot Davis, Sandre Swanson, and lobbyist Kathryn Austin Scott and on Sunday they will be for lobbyist Barry Brokaw, Fiona Ma's district rep Cally Wong.




  • The California Council on Science and Technology is recruiting a development officer to lead fundraising efforts for the S&T Policy Fellows program in Sacramento.  Includes organizing, directing and implementing strategies for securing major gifts.  Deadline to apply is December 11th.  For more information and to apply see position SOR6418A through UC Merced:
  • Campaign strategist DARRY SRAGOW discusses Alan Cranston, DiFi, and 30 years in California politics in this exclusive interview:
  • 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.
  • 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

USC Faculty Moves Ahead With Union Election Plan, Despite Warning Of Increased Hostility
People gather around the "Tommy Trojan" statue at the center of USC's campus. On Tuesday, USC faculty filed paperwork to hold union elections.

Palo Alto trailer-park landlords fight tab for tenant relocation
[...] the battle is moving to federal court, where the couple who have owned the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park for nearly three decades are hoping to escape a city order to pay their tenants roughly $20,000 apiece to move out. Tim and Eva Jisser filed suit in San Jose, enlisting the help of the conservative, pro-business Pacific Legal Foundation of Sacramento to argue that the city requirement that they pay a total of $8 million in relocation costs to their tenants is nothing less than an “unconstitutional taking of money.” Buena Vista is home to about 400 people, most of whom maintain they would be forced to leave Palo Alto if the park closes. Cope, a retired seed salesman, shares his trailer at space 75 with two dogs, Oliver and Midnight, and 200 cactus plants that Oliver and Midnight have learned to steer clear of. State and local law requires mobile home park owners to pay displaced tenants reasonable moving costs and rent subsidies, because mobile home residents who own their homes but rent their spaces are at a particular disadvantage if a park closes. “The high cost of living in Palo Alto is not the Jissers’ fault,” said Lawrence Salzman, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation who is representing the couple. The Jissers have owned the 117-unit mobile home park since 1986 and have been trying to sell it, perhaps to a developer who would build a high-end apartment complex. The Buena Vista, located just off busy El Camino Real at Los Robles Avenue, behind a smoothie franchise, is a 4½-acre collection of mobile homes and cabins in various states of repair. The Palo Alto City Council voted in April to approve the park’s closure, on the condition the Jissers pay relocation costs that take into account the cost of living in the city — which happens to be among the highest in the U.S. Erika Escalante, president of the residents association, said park tenants were “surprised and shocked” by the lawsuit, which she called “another bump in the road” in their effort to stay put or receive a fair settlement. Residents point out the obvious — they cannot find housing in Palo Alto for rents comparable to what they are paying at the trailer park. If the proposed $8 million were divided among the tenants, each would get $20,000 to move their mobile home, if possible, or help pay for rent in another location. Nadia Aziz, a lawyer representing the tenants, said closing the park would mean Buena Vista residents would “lose their homes and lose their equity,” because there is no comparable park to which the tenants can move.

Senator Huff Celebrates "Operation Gobble"
Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) will take part in a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway tomorrow in Covina in anticipation of the upcoming holiday. Senator Huff is working on the Operation Gobble effort in conjunction with both Golden State Water Company and Suburban Water Systems, which annually asks legislators throughout California to nominate charitable organizations to receive Thanksgiving turkeys.

California Bill Would Require Double Pay On Thanksgiving | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Previous version of bill failed badly in Legislature

Rubio Budget Win Is Dealing Heavy Blow To Obamacare | Thehill
Sarah Ferris @
A 2014 budget measure inspired by the Florida senator and presidential hopeful is pushing some insurers to drop out of the ObamaCare exchanges, experts say.

California GOP Consultant Rob Stutzman Helped Sink Vitter In Louisiana | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Republican senator lost governorship to Democrat

Worker Pay Only Small Part Of Water Rate Hikes |
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Willie Mays Receives Medal Of Freedom From President Obama - Sfgate
The president walked over to Mays and placed the award around his neck as Mays removed his Giants cap for the presentation before sitting back down with the 16 other honorees.

California Politicians Seek Potential Disaster Relief For Crab Industry - San Francisco Chronicle
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Democrats Censure Anaheim Councilman Brandman - The Orange County Register
Democratic Anaheim City Councilman and congressional candidate Jordan Brandman has been reprimanded by the county Democratic Party for his decisive vote to put the city’s new Latino majority district council seat before voters in 2018 rather than next year.

Why Government And Tech Can't Agree About Encryption - Sfgate

California Reaches $1 Million Settlement With Maker Of Robotic Cleaners | The Sacramento Bee
Mark Glover @
California Energy Commission approves $1 million settlement with iRobot

Average Taxes On Wireless Bills In California Reach A Record 18%
The good news: Thanks to increased competition, wireless companies' rates have dropped nearly 7% since 2008.

Report Finds 6th-grade Science Texts Inaccurate On Causes Of Climate Change | Edsource
As California Gov. Jerry Brown joins world leaders in Paris next week after several months of campaigning to curb climate change around the world, many middle schools in his state are using science textbooks that are inaccurate on the subject, according to a new report from Stanford University this week.

Tough Marijuana Rules In San Diego Fuel Boom In Delivery Services | Kpbs
Andrew Bowen @
San Diego's first legal medical marijuana dispensary, A Green Alternative, opened its doors for business in Otay Mesa on March 20. Its application and approval process took 13 months.

California Tourism Groups Worried About Changes To Visa Program
The head of a group representing California tourism organizations says she is concerned that the state’s more than $117-billion annual tourism industry could be hurt by a plan to change a visa program following the Paris terror attacks.

Even After Release, California Convicts Contend With Digital Trail | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Early criminal releases tracked online in Sacramento

Kentucky Governor Restores Voting Rights to Thousands of Felons
Gov. Steve Beshear issued an executive order that will immediately grant the right to vote to about 140,000 nonviolent felons who have completed their sentences, lifting a lifetime ban.

Carsoncare: The doctor's ill-fated dream of solving America's health care woes
Ben Carson set up a fund to help needy patients but most of its money went to overhead.

Gas Company Criticized For Uncontrolled Methane Leak Near Porter Ranch
Air quality officials have cited Southern California Gas Co. officials over a monthlong gas leak that has been sickening residents in the San Fernando Valley community of Porter Ranch, and a county supervisors sharply criticized the utility Tuesday over the issue.

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