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THE NOONER for December 4, 2015

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Good morning and happy Friday! Jerry Brown postponed his trip to Paris because of the San Bernardino shootings. After speaking briefly at a press conference with law enforcement and other electeds last night, he is expected to arrive in the City of Lights tomorrow.

BOOM: Amid mass shootings, gun sales surge in California [Philip Reese @ SacBee] - “If history is a guide, California will see more applications to purchase guns this December than during any other month in history. Some of the nation's largest recent mass shootings have been followed by big increases in gun purchase applications, as reflected by the number of background checks performed by the FBI, federal data show."

SPOKEN WITH EXPERIENCE: California congresswoman won't stand for moment of silence [Sarah D. Wire @ Tribune Washington Bureau]:

One California member of Congress will no longer stand on the House floor to pay tribute to mass shooting victims. The day after the horrific attack in San Bernardino, Rep. Jackie Speier says she'll boycott the congressional chamber or stay seated instead.

"I'm not going to stand up for a moment of silence again and then watch us do nothing. It's hypocritical and it speaks to our impotence that we think that it's good enough to just take out one minute and pray for the lives," the Hillsborough Democrat said. "The families of those who have died don't want our one minute of silence. They want some assurance that this kind of conduct is not going to be sanctioned in this country moving forward.

"I've had it. I have had it with inaction. I've had it with the sense that it's OK that we not act," Speier said, pounding her hand against her leg as she spoke. Speier was shot five times while on a congressional fact-finding mission into the People's Temple in Jonestown, Guyana, in 1978.

When Jonestown happened, Speier was a staff member to Congressman Leo Ryan, who died at the scene.

San Bernardino slaughter not the terrorism we expected [Editorial @ SacBee]:

Farook and Malik aren't the immigrants we’ve been told to fear. They didn't pose as refugees, or slip across our country’s porous border with Mexico, as too many politicians predicted they would. Both are in the United States legally.

Farook, 28, was born in Illinois to Pakistani immigrants and raised in Southern California. He's an alum of California State University, San Bernardino. Malik, 27, was born in Pakistan and entered the country with Farook on a fiancée visa. She died as a holder of a conditional green card.

Nothing about this case makes much sense. That’s scary. But it also underscores why blindly resorting to stereotypes about Muslims and immigrants and terrorists is such a dangerous thing to do.

PLUG IT! Jerry Brown wants all new cars in California zero-emission by 2050 [David Siders @ SacBee] - "The Brown administration on Thursday adopted a goal of making all new passenger vehicles sold in California zero-emission by 2050 – an initiative that, if successful, could dramatically reduce the environmental footprint of the state’s drive-everywhere culture. The goal was adopted in a nonbinding agreement with 12 other North American and European governments, including Germany, the United Kingdom, Connecticut, Maryland and New York."

PAVING THE FUTURE: Transportation bill allocates $26 billion to California [Carolyn Lockhead @ SF Chron]  -  "Congress has agreed for the first time since 2005 on a long-term transportation bill that will raise federal spending on highways by 5 percent and transit by 8 percent in its first year. Over the bill’s five-year life, California will get $26 billion in federal funds for a variety of transportation projects, a 14.5 percent increase."

[h/t Carla Marinucci]

CRABBY ABOUT NO CRABBIES: Sour talk as lawmakers, crabbers meet over Dungeness shutdown [Peter Fimrite @ SFChron] - "The commercial fishery, which brings in from $60 million to $95 million a year, was closed before the scheduled opening on Nov. 15 after testing of crab by health officials showed toxic levels of domoic acid, a neurotoxin known to cause seizures, coma and even death when consumed by animals or humans."

AD16 (Tri-Valley): Dems tap challenger for Bay Area's only Republican state legislator [Matthew Artz @ MercNews] - "After looking long and hard for a candidate, Democrats are turning to former Pleasanton Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio in their bid to oust the Bay Area's lone Republican state legislator."

THE RALPH M. BROWN ACT: Six decades after Brown Act passage, elected leaders still hold illegal meetings [Daniel Borenstein @ CCTimes]] - “The principle underlying California's local government open-meeting law is simple: The public's business must be conducted in public. Yet 62 years after the passage of the Brown Act, some elected leaders still don't get it."

BALLOT BONANZA: Voters Say Too Many Initiatives—But Keep Them Coming [Joel Fox @ Fox&Hounds]- "The thing that voters like about the initiative process as captured in the PPIC poll is the ability to have their voices heard on policy issues. Looks like the voters will have plenty of opportunities to participate in decision-making next year. Which in turn will probably have them grumbling again about the number of initiatives they have to consider."

Finally, yesterday I got a Statement of Account in the mail from Kaiser. My four-day stint at UC Davis for my broken neck was $150,000. Kaiser had my back (or neck if you will), and paid a negotiated amount with UC Davis of $127,000. I write this here because I know that many of you have Kaiser through CalPERS or elsewhere). 

Now, if the damn neck pain would just go away. It's totally interrupting my sleep, and probably means I can't play pool volleyball next week in Cancun. Not sure which is worse! While the bone is fully healed, the doctor said it might hurt for a year.

And, now this.

FAREWELL: Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland (1967-2015) [Video for "Creep"]

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Kate Folmar, Jon Fleishman, and Bob Mulholland! Weekend greetings to Marc Aprea and Samantha Draper (Saturday) and Stuart Waldman (Sunday).



  • 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

Poll Questions Importance Of Ballot Measures :: Fox&hounds
With a potentially long ballot of initiatives facing voters next November, the Public Policy Institute of California asked voters the importance of some of the issues they would likely vote on. While voters could ultimately face as many as 20 initiatives, the pollsters focused on four measures: a state school bond, minimum wage, extending Prop 30 taxes and legalizing marijuana.

Jerry Brown Wants All New Cars In California Zero-emission By 2050 | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Rifles In Calif. Shooting Legal In State With Strict Laws - Sfgate
Rifles in Calif. shooting legal in state with strict laws The FBI says authorities recovered two military-style rifles, two handguns and thousands of rounds of ammunition after the siege at a disability services center and a later shootout with police.

California Prison Chief To Leave | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Jeffrey Beard held position for three years

2016 Election: After San Bernardino Massacre, Marco Rubio Hits Ted Cruz For Surveillance Vote - Politico
A former editorial page editor of The New Hampshire Union Leader is backing a different Republican presidential candidate than the one the paper endorsed...

Advocates Say Efforts To Rein In Vague Lobbying Payments Should Be Strengthened | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Some want legislation spelled out in ad spending

Former New Hampshire Union Leader Editorial Page Editor Backs Rubio - Politico
A former editorial page editor of The New Hampshire Union Leader is backing a different Republican presidential candidate than the one the paper endorsed...

Consumers May Sue Farmers Who Falsely Label Their Products As Organic, Court Rules
Growers who falsely label their produce as organic may be sued for false advertising under state law even if the federal government has certified their farms as organic, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris Grants Conditional Approval For Hospital Deal
Tracy Seipel @
Harris' provisional consent allows BlueMountain Capital Management to invest in the troubled nonprofit Daughters of Charity Health System, with an option to purchase the Los Altos Hills-based hospital chain after three years.

Audit Finds Widespread Mismanagement At Central Basin Water District In L.A. County
Central Basin Water District avoided competitive bidding for contracts, had six general managers in five years and spent thousands of dollars on potentially illegal gifts of public funds to support community events, a state audit found. Above, the district office in Carson.

A Sleazy Tradition Continues In L.A. County | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Audit slams Los Angeles-area water district

Bill to Repeal Health Law Passes Senate
The Republican-led bill is ultimately expected to pass both chambers, but faces certain veto by President Obama.

White House Plans Executive Action To Expand Background Checks For Gun Sales
President Obama speaks in the Oval Office about Wednesday's shooting in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead and 17 wounded.

First Draft: Lindsey Graham Assails Ted Cruz and Warns of Votersâ
His poll numbers hovering near 1 percent, Senator Lindsey Graham warned his fellow Republicans that they risked losing another presidential election because of what he called extreme views on abortion and immigration.

San Bernardino Shooting: By All Means, Please Do Politicize My Hometown's Tragedy
Fourteen people were killed when two attackers opened fire at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Senate Rejects More Gun Background Checks After Ca Attack - Us News
ALAN FRAM, Associated Press @
By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

Amid Mass Shootings, Gun Sales Surge In California | The Sacramento Bee
If history is a guide, California will see more applications to purchase guns this December than during any other month in history.

Oakland Officials Propose Stronger Gun Safety Laws, Ban On High-capacity Magazines
Council members Dan Kalb and Anne Campbell Washington are offering legislation to ban possession of large-capacity gun magazines in the city, unless otherwise exempted, such as those issued to a police officer. They also want to introduce a Safe Storage Act, requiring residents to keep firearms in a locked container or accessible only with a trigger lock.

Oakland bills would require stricter security for guns in cars
Two Oakland officials want to make it a crime for residents to leave guns or ammunition in their cars without locking them up. Legislation introduced Thursday by City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan and City Attorney Barbara J. Parker would also require Oakland law enforcement officers to lock up city-issued guns in their personal cars, even when they are outside Oakland city limits. The proposed legislation follows a wave of high-profile crimes in the Bay Area involving guns stolen from cars, including slayings of a muralist in Oakland, a backpacker in Golden Gate Park, a hiker in Marin County and a woman walking on a San Francisco pier. “Unfortunately the U.S. Congress is suffering from some kind of political psychosis when it comes to guns, refusing to pass common sense reforms such as universal background checks and licensing for all gun purchases,” Parker said in a statement. Under the legislation, Oakland residents who leave guns unsecured could face six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, as well as potential revocation of their gun permits.

In A Historic Move, Defense Secretary Opens All Combat Jobs To Women
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter speaks during a Dec. 1 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill.

Daniel Borenstein: Six Decades After Brown Act Passage, Elected Leaders Still Hold Illegal Meetings
The most recent example comes from Emeryville, where a majority of school district trustees met privately with the superintendent and construction manager before a board meeting last month. They say they reviewed costs for a joint city-school district project for which the board later that night approved issuance of another $4.5 million of bonds.

Do Armed Citizens Prevent Mass Shootings? |
The news of the shooting that left 14 dead and 17 injured in San Bernardino Wednesday immediately raised the question: Would the outcome have been better had some of the potential victims been armed and fired back? Or, phrased another way, would an armed citizenry deter or head off such senseless acts of violence?

Gene Editing: Don't Use In Human Reproduction, Panel Says
Lisa M. Krieger @
"It would be irresponsible to proceed with any clinical use" of embryos or reproductive cells "unless and until the relevant safety and efficacy issues are resolved, and there is broad societal consensus about the appropriateness of the proposed applications," said biologist David Baltimore of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. A Nobel laureate, Baltimore chaired the committee that issued the academy's statement on Thursday.