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THE NOONER for December 3, 2015

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CA's sad day



Good morning. Let's hope today is better than yesterday. My friend Congressman Pete Aguilar, who represents the district, immediately flew back from DC and, aside from the immediate struggle, has to return to Washington to deal with a gridlock on the associated issues.

While its true that California has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, it is an easy drive to Nevada, which has some of the loosest. When you drive back, they'll ask you if you have any produce from out of state (if not quickly waved through); they don't ask about guns.

I've written in this space a few times before that I've enjoyed hunting with my father (and previously my grandfather) hunting on the family's (very rustic) ranch in Texas. I've never used an assault rifle for that and was taught very responsible gun use early on. I don't own any firearms, and my dad keeps his in a locked gun safe.

EARLY BIRDS: Gavin Newsom picks up California nurses endorsement [David Siders and Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee]- “The California Nurses Association, whose support helped Gov. Jerry Brown defeat Republican Meg Whitman in 2010, on Wednesday endorsed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to succeed him. The endorsement, though not unexpected, comes unusually early – three years before the 2018 election. It is an indication of Newsom’s appeal to organized labor, and also a challenge facing one of his main rivals, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Villaraigosais is a former labor organizers, but had several run-ins with labor as mayor of Los Angeles.

SD25 (Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena): removed Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D) 

Gatto explained the decision on multiplle factors, including not wanting a divisive primary among Democrats, his two young daughters, and the desire of he and his wife to have another child soon. Gatto has over $2 million cash on hand that he can park that for a future race. Congressman Adam Schiff is only 55. If Anthony Portantino wins the SD25 race, he could serve eight years, while the other candidates could serve 12 years.


One look at a new statewide poll published Wednesday night suggests that all's swell in California, with the governor’s approval rating 22 points above his disapproval numbers and President Obama reasserting his position as a convincingly popular politician. Even the long-derided Legislature had a relatively high favorability rating, with 4 in 10 Californians approving the way it’s doing its job.

But contradictions rest at the core of the survey, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California. They make it clear that a persistent unease suffuses the state on both the economic and political fronts.

. . .

15.How about legalizing marijuana in California?
28% very important
21 somewhat important
18 not too important
32 not at all important
1 don’t know

16.How about increasing the state minimum wage?
57% very important
23 somewhat important
9 not too important
11 not at all important
1 don’t know

17.How about state bonds funding K–12 schools and community college facilities?
63% very important
25 somewhat important
5 not too important
6 not at all important
2 don’t know

18.How about extending the Proposition 30 tax increases which are set to expire in 2018?
36% very important
38 somewhat important
12 not too important
11 not at all important
3 don’t know

[full poll]

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to State Mining and Geoloogy Board member Michael Mendez and the Senate Democratic Caucus's Brian Micek, and Assemblymember Don Wagner



  • Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) seeks a full-time Legislative Advocate to help design and implement the organization’s legislative and regulatory agenda. Job description plus salary and benefit info at EOE.

  • Energy Efficiency Program Manager - 81817
    Berkeley Lab’s Electricity Markets and Policy Group has an opening for an Energy Efficiency Program Manager. Depending on experience, we will hire the qualified candidate at the Program Manager 2 or Program Manager 3 level.
    This position requires advanced knowledge of energy efficiency programs and policies, experience conducting research projects, and general knowledge of program management principles and skills, such as budgeting, scheduling, computer-based spreadsheet and report generation tools to perform the work. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please go here for the full job description and to apply:
  • 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

California Voters Not Yet Jazzed About Tax Extensions, Recreational Marijuana | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
37 percent of likely voters see renewing tax hike as very important

Californians Split On Health Coverage For Those In The U.S. Illegally
A new statewide poll finds a noticeable split among Californians when it comes to offering government subsidized health care regardless of immigration status.

Ted Cruz Cannot Be President: Take Him Off The Ballot :: Fox&hounds
Secretary of State Alex Padilla should not list Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as a Republican candidate in the presidential primary because Sen. Cruz is not eligible to be President and to place him on the ballot would violate the United States Constitution.

Silicon Valley Leaders, Politicians Urge UC To Elevate High School Computer Science In Admissions Standards
Katy Murphy @
A letter from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to the university system's faculty-run board of admissions -- and signed by a host of Silicon Valley VIPs, including Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, as well as Assembly Republican Leader Kristen Olsen and Secretary of State Alex Padilla -- argued that upgrading computer science from an elective to a core math course for college-entrance purposes "would acknowledge that computer science is a legitimate field and a valuable foundation for many academic pursuits."

Brown Cancels Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Decision follows mass shooting Wednesday in San Bernardino

San Bruno says PG&E too cozy with CPUC commissioner
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. should be punished for improper back-channel communications with a California Public Utilities Commission member that amounted to a campaign of “constant courting,” San Bruno city attorneys argue in a legal motion filed with the regulatory agency. More than five years after its gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, killing eight people, “PG&E still believes that it is above the law and need not play by the rules,” attorneys for the city said in the document submitted to the agency late Tuesday. Newly released documents show that PG&E executives had meetings, e-mail exchanges and other communications with utilities commission member Mike Florio that were conducted without public notice. PG&E noted in a statement that the company fired executives last year who engaged in back-channel communications with Florio, and said most of the newly released documents were innocuous. Sanctions against a utility can include fines or restrictions on its ability to hold such private sessions with commissioners or their staffs. Florio, a one-time attorney for the customer-advocacy group The Utility Reform Network, apologized last year after e-mails that PG&E released showed that he had promised a utility vice president to try to “bump” an administrative law judge from a $1.3 billion rate-setting case stemming from the 2010 San Bruno disaster. San Bruno attorneys say a newly obtained batch of e-mails from PG&E shows that the utility’s executives began secretly wooing Florio almost immediately after Gov. Jerry Brown named him to the utilities commission in 2011. Florio also oversaw the process that determined how much PG&E customers would have to pay to bolster pipeline safety following the disaster. Since the judge-shopping e-mails were released, Florio recused himself from voting on PG&E related cases, including the $1.6 billion penalty. Florio’s e-mailed suggestion in September 2011 about honoring the workers amounted to “free public relations advice” to the company, San Bruno attorneys argued. Because the penalty against the company was still pending, they said, it also gave PG&E an opportunity to convince the commission that it was had acted in good faith as the disaster unfolded. Cherry also talked secretly with Florio in February 2013 about who among the agency’s cadre of administrative judges would be able “to help out” in a pending rate case arising out of San Bruno, an internal PG&E e-mail shows.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto Decides Against Senate Run | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Move may avoid potentially costly Democratic fight

Rep. Maxine Waters An Unlikely Leader In Fight To Reopen Export-import Bank
Rep. Maxine Waters has made her name in Washington as a fiery advocate for minorities and liberal causes, such as worker rights, since arriving in 1991.

California Regional Centers Take Precautions After Mass Shooting In San Bernardino | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

The Undertow In A New California Poll: Economic And Political Unease
Jerry Brown and Barack Obama are popular, but not so the state's economy and politics. Under the surface of a new California poll is great economic and political unease

Ppic Survey: Partisanship Distorts GOP Perceptions
As world leaders, including California Gov. Jerry Brown, convene in Paris this week for talks on addressing global climate change, one of the more depressing facts that shapes the political landscape is how hyper-partisan perceptions about climate change have become.

U.S. Health Spending Hits $3 Trillion As Obamacare And Rising Drug Costs Kick In
U.S. health spending grew 5.3% last year, fueled by prescription drug costs and an expansion of insurance coverage, federal officials said Wednesday.

Senate Votes Designed To Exact Maximum Political Pain - Politico
Overall, Capitol Hill has seen an increase in reporters covering Congress.

Son Pulls Mother Under Bed During San Bernardino Gun Battle: 'it's Really, Really Terrifying'
A law enforcement officer stands guard at the police line near a home being investigated by police. Fourteen people were killed when suspects opened fired at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

2016 Election: Cnn Denies Donald Trump's Demand To Donate $5 Million, Risking Debate Boycott - Politico
Senate Democrats are mulling plans to offer as many as three gun-related amendments on a budget bill on Thursday.