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THE NOONER for November 30, 2015

Subscribe to The Nooner to access exclusive election analysis | Follow @scottlay's a chilly morning at The Nooner Global Headquarters. I don't want to see this month's PG&E bill. For this reason, our headquarters are relocating to Cancun on Saturday for a week to make up for missed week because of the broken neck.

And, all is right in the world as the Broncos beat the Patriots last night in an exciting game. As a Kings fan, I've never been a fan of Kobe Bryant, but the NBA will miss one of the best players of all time.

Quickie Nooner today, as most political reporters took the weekend off (as well as every California politician, aside from serving turkeys).

U.S. SENATE: Sanchez expands base in U.S. Senate race [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s campaign for U.S. Senate is showing signs of expanding its base beyond Southern California, giving frontrunner Kamala Harris, the state’s attorney general, reason to keep an eye on the rear-view mirror."

BEHESTED PAYMENTS: Donors to state tax board candidates bypass contribution limits [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - “Two days after California's elected tax board gave SpaceX exemptions worth millions of dollars last year, the Hawthorne rocket company donated $7,500, at the request of board President Jerome Horton, to a nonprofit group founded by his wife. SpaceX made the donation as a sponsor of a public conference headlined by Horton as he was running for reelection. Such donations are among the ways that businesses and others with matters before the state Board of Equalization have benefited its members despite a tough law passed in 1990 to prevent conflicts of interest, a Times analysis shows."

THE UPSIDE: There's a bright side to the San Onofre nuclear plant teardown, and it's in the billions [Teri Sforza @ OCR] - "Ever wonder how much that nuclear power plant down the street depresses your home value? Call it an even 6.4 percent. Yes, homes within 10 miles of nuclear facilities can gain that much value once said nuclear facilities are removed, according to Southern California Edison’s study of the economic impacts of San Onofre’s decommissioning, released earlier this month. Real estate barons in San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano can expect to reap those gains eventually."

THE END OF AN ERA: Last Boeing C-17 built in Long Beach takes flight [Dan Weikel @ LAT] - "The last Boeing C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane built at the company's Long Beach plant departed from the facility Sunday, ending production — at least for now — of the last military or civilian aircraft to be built in California. . . . In the coming decades, the U.S. Air Force is planning to replace its fleet of strategic bombers, which could result in contracts to aerospace companies in Palmdale, potentially creating thousands of jobs."

Uh, to my knowledge, Palmdale is still in California.

Anyway, it's still an end of an era. Virtually every family on my Orange County block growing up had at least one parent working in aerospace, including my mom. Yes, it unfortunately turned orange groves into subdivisions, but is a major part of the economic development of the region. Now Hughes Aircraft makes satellites for rural internet service, a far cry from what Howard Hughes envisioned.

I normally don't report on job changes, but Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr is moving to KQED's Sacramento Bureau on December 28th. I love both stations, but congratulations Katie!

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Coast CCD trustee Lorraine Prinsky and Patterson mayor pro-tem Sheree Lustgarten.




  • 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

School Advocates Look To Extend Tax Hike On Wealthy :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Kimberly Beltran @
Titled “Tax Extension to Fund Education,” Initiative 15-0065 would extend by 12 years temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on single filers earning over $250,000; over $500,000 for joint filers, and over $340,000 for heads of household.

Presidential Race Plays Out In Congress: Which Candidates Do California's Members Support?
At least 70% of the Democrats representing California in Congress support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid. The former senator and first lady has had the support of many congressional Democrats sewn up since the summer. With nine weeks until the Iowa caucuses, 28...

Sanchez Expands Base In U.S. Senate Race - The Orange County Register
Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s campaign for U.S. Senate is showing signs of expanding its base beyond Southern California, giving frontrunner Kamala Harris, the state’s attorney general, reason to keep an eye on the rear-view mirror.

CalPERS Takes One Step To Monitor Private Equity | Calpensions
Using a new data system, CalPERS last week issued its first report on fees paid private equity firms, a type of investment that created a new class of billionaires and is criticized for debt-laden company takeovers resulting in job losses and bankruptcies.

Joe Tries To Show One Guy Can Make A Difference | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
By 29, Joe Sanberg made more money than he could ever spend

First Draft: Senate Confirmation Vote Set for International Development Post
The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on the stalled nomination of Gayle Smith to be administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, a vote White House officials have long been pushing for but which Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and other Republicans had delayed in protest of the nuclear deal with Iran.

Marijuana Dispensaries Are Banned In Newport Beach
Brick-and-mortar marijuana dispensaries and delivery services are now illegal in Newport Beach.

UC joins Bill Gatesâ
The University of California has joined an international coalition led by Bill Gates to invest in clean energy technology, it announced Sunday. UC will be the sole institutional investor in the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, according to the university. “The University of California, with its 10 campuses and three national energy labs, is home to some of the best climate scientists in the world and as a public research institution we take the imperative to solve global climate change very seriously,” UC President Janet Napolitano said in a statement. “The UC system — with its world-leading campuses and labs — produces the kinds of groundbreaking technologies that will help define a global energy future that is cheaper, more reliable, and does not contribute to climate change,” Gates said in a statement.

San Jose Leaders Eye Changes To Medical Marijuana Rules
Ramona Giwargis @
Nineteen pot providers have been seeking to meet San Jose's regulatory requirements by Dec. 18. The rules, adopted in June 2014, restrict pot stores to select industrial and commercial areas away from schools and parks and impose a host of security, tax payment and other requirements. Dispensaries that fail to meet the requirements by the deadline face closure.

Tax Status of Museums Questioned by Senators
Senator Orrin G. Hatch suggested that some museums may offer minimal benefit to the public while enabling donors to reap substantial tax advantages.

2016 Election: Syrian Refugees Pay Close Attention To U.S. Presidential Race - Politico
In Turkey, Syrian refugees are paying close attention to the U.S. presidential race

First Campaigns: Ted Cruzâ
s presidential campaign is essentially an extension of his 2012 Senate race.

Where Will They Go? Homeless Desperate For A Warm Bed | The Sacramento Bee
Marjie Lundstrom and Debbie Arrington @
Buses transport some homeless to area churches as temperatures drop

Why Rooftop Solar Advocates Are Upset About California's Clean-energy Law
California's aggressive push to increase renewable energy production comes with a catch for people with solar panels on the roof: You don't count.

California Tobacco Tax Measure's Supporters, Foes Prepare For Battle
Josh Richman @
But having been outspent almost 4-to-1 by tobacco companies to lose by just four-tenths of a percentage point -- the narrowest defeat of any statewide measure in California's history -- backers of the tax hike now believe they have the upper hand.

Our Cities Have Become Vulnerable | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Bankruptcies and scandals showed danger

Judge: Regulator Should Release Brown E-mails On Nuclear Shutdown - Sfgate
A San Francisco judge is urging the state

Developmentally Disabled People Face Losing Access To Services As Closures Hit | State Of Health | Kqed News
Surrounded by stacks of packages in a brightly lit room, Michael Palone gingerly folded a box and taped it shut. His eyes averted, he shuffled to the front of the warehouse to retrieve scissors, skirting by people and tables in his path.

Planned Parenthood President Denounces 'hateful Rhetoric' - Politico
Donald Trump's campaign called the cancellation a "misunderstanding"

Last Boeing C-17 Built In Long Beach Takes Flight
A crowd watches as the final Boeing C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane built at the company's Long Beach plant taxis at the Long Beach Airport before departure on Sunday.

GOP Donors Wrestle With Possibility Of Trump Nomination | Thehill
Jonathan Swan @
Schnabel disputes that account and said in a telephone interview Tuesday that it was just banter among friends and that he is confident that all the Republicans at the table would support the final GOP nominee for president, whomever that turns out to be.

President Obama In Paris For Open Of Climate Talks - Politico
The report takes a whack at everything from a $43 million fueling station in Afghanistan to a $25,000 grant for a movie museum.

Bay Area Communities Gearing Up To Create Their Own Power Systems
Tracy Seipel @
To its proponents, the idea is a no-brainer. But to its critics, it's just a lot of hype -- a feel-good solution that will lead to unstable prices, empty promises and -- at least for the time being -- no additional green energy.