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THE NOONER for December 1, 2015

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Happy December 1. While every nonprofit that has your email address is sending you messages to beg for money on "Thankful Tuesday," let's remember that it's also World AIDS Day. What we are really thankful for today is the remarkable progress made in the treatment after a very sluggish response by the federal government.

Ben Carson says that the Syrian refugee camps are "quite nice." Like how we protected the Japanese-Americans by putting them into "camp." Hmmm...let's contrast a Syrian refugee camp with Carson's home.

U.S. Senate: Top-two primaries could hurt Kamala Harris in Senate race [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Attorney General Kamala Harris is the odds-on favorite to win the seat, but Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is also running. With three underfinanced Republicans also seeking the seat, the situation is ripe for Harris and Sanchez to finish 1-2 in the June primary and face each other in November. . . Sanchez is more of an ideological centrist, as shown by her most recent spate of endorsements, and thus would more naturally draw support from business and conservative groups, as well as Republican voters."

THE EIFFEL TOWER WAS GREAT, BUT. . . California to Paris: Take our ideas, send money [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Because of Silicon Valley and state policies that promote green technology, California has become a relative giant in private investment in the field. De León’s remarks came hours after Bill Gates announced the formation of a new, multibillion fund to support green energy technology, with nearly a third of its members from California."

SIN AGUA: Official: California water savings take a dip in October [Scott Smith @ MercNews] - "California's latest water conservation numbers may not appear as impressive as in past months, but residents are exceeding a long-term order to use less during the historic drought, a state official said. The State Water Resources Control Board is expected to reveal Tuesday how much water cities saved in October. For a fifth straight month, Californians have been under an order by Gov. Jerry Brown to reduce water use by 25 percent compared with the same period of 2013, the year before he declared a drought emergency." 

UNPUMPED: California's top oil regulator quits after 17 months on the job [AP] - "California's top oil regulator announced his resignation Monday after 17 months as head of the embattled agency, including a criticized episode in which he directed state workers to investigate the oil and gas potential of Gov. Jerry Brown's family ranch. Steve Bohlen, the state's oil and gas chief, is quitting to return to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, according to a statement from Brown's office."

MIXED MESSAGES: Two Terrible Ideas, One Ballot Initiative [Joe Mathews @ Fox & Hounds] - "Many ballot initiatives are built around a big, bad idea. Bob Huff and George Runner have distinguished themselves by filing a ballot initiative with two big, bad ideas. Their innovation, and I use that term in a Hindenburg-esque way, is to combine those two bad ideas. Reversing the high-speed rail project that’s already under way, and using bond money for water storage."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to lobbyist George Osborn!




  • 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:

    Attention lobbyists - interested in appearing on an upcoming political talk show?  Send an email to 
  • 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

Top-two Primaries Could Hurt Kamala Harris In Senate Race | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Could it also affect statewide races?

9th Circuit Says L.A. Broke The Law When It Cut Housing Subsidies For The Poor
A federal appeals court decided Monday that Los Angeles illegally cut housing subsidies for the poor in 2004, a ruling that could force the city to pay a hefty amount in compensation.

2016 Election: Chris Christie Heading To Capitol Hill To Woo Lawmakers - Politico
Chris Christie is heading to Capitol Hill in hopes of landing new support.

California Lawmakers Joining Brown In Paris -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Ex-L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies Sentenced To Prison For Beating Of Jail Visitor
Gabriel Carrillo and his then-girlfriend -- now his wife -- show a photo she took of Carrillo a few days after he was severely beaten by L.A. County Sheriff's deputies in Men's Central Jail.

Six GOP Presidential Candidates Will Attend Ryan, Scott Poverty Forum - Politico
If he is found guilty, the murder charges carry a minimum of life in prison and a maximum of death.

La Area Planned Parenthood Clinics Increase Security | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Andrew Burton/Getty Images

California Sixth-grade Textbooks Frame Climate Change As Uncertain -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Californians miss water savings target for first time
California’s water savings slipped in October as cities and towns failed to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s 25 percent conservation target for the first time since reductions became mandatory in June, according to state water data released Tuesday. The decline likely fell short of the governor’s goal because of relatively warm October weather, primarily in Southern California, and because people generally have less outside watering to cut back on in the fall, state officials said. Most Bay Area communities continued to save with five of the six largest water suppliers hitting their conservation targets. Under the state’s conservation rules, every water supplier is assigned a certain cutback, between 4 percent and 36 percent based on how well they’ve saved in the past, in order to achieve the statewide 20 percent reduction. State officials expressed disappointment with Tuesday’s sagging numbers but said total savings since the mandates took effect remain above the cumulative goal, at 27 percent. Following the release of September’s water figures, the water Resources control board announced $61,000 fines for four agencies that had repeatedly come up short: the cities of Beverley Hills, Indio and Redlands as well as the Coachella Valley Water District.

2016 Election: Chris Christie Slams Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio For Being Weak On National Security - Politico
The New Jersey governor expanded upon past comments that the United States could not afford another president like Obama.

UC Joins Bill Gates' Clean-energy Coalition With $1-billion Investment
Bill Gates delivers a speech on Nov. 30 during the climate change conference in Paris.

Politics: Steyer Expands Activism, Sparks Questions On 2016 Goals -- Monday, November 30, 2015 --

California's Top Court Sends Newhall Ranch Project Back To The Drawing Board
The California Supreme Court throws out an environmental impact report for Newhall Ranch in the Santa Clarita Valley.

House GOP Leadership Backing Mental Health Overhaul Bill - Politico
The New Hampshire Union Leader's endorsement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for president has sparked a backlash from an unexpected place: another newspaper.

Wells Fargo's Sales Tactics Are Reportedly Under Investigation By The U.s.
A Wells Fargo Bank branch in downtown Los Angeles. The bank is the subject of a civil suit by L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer.

Kaiser Recruits Members To Help Unlock Autism’s Genetic Secrets | State Of Health | Kqed News
Thousands of Northern California families of children with autism are being recruited to join a new project to help scientists understand how heredity and environmental factors determine where each youngster falls on the spectrum of the disorder.

Tribune Publishing Denies Rumor Of Sale Started By Rupert Murdoch Tweet
A pedestrian walks past the Los Angeles Times building on Oct. 5.

First Draft: Trump Tells Georgia Crowd His Critics Canâ
Donald J. Trump was in full attack mode at a campaign rally in Macon, Ga., as he egged on a man who insulted President Obama and lit into Senator Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and several fellow Republican candidates.

County At Odds With City Of L.A. Over Funding Pulled From Emergency System
An ambitious plan to connect all of Los Angeles County's fire and police agencies on a single communications system has hit another potential setback with the loss of $11 million in federal grant funding administered by the city of Los Angeles.

Jake Tapper On Donald Trump Lawyer Comment: 'seriously?' - Politico
The decision could set up a political stumbling block for Hillary Clinton in Iowa.