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THE NOONER for December 7, 2015

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Greetings from Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, where I start writing today during a stopover for breakfast before reaching the destination of the temporary Nooner Global Headquarters.

On this Pearl Harbor Day thank you to all who served both on this day and throughout the war. And, our apologies (as adopted by Congress) to the Japanese-Americans that were ordered to internment camps. 

Two views of World War II from the Japanese-American perspective:



I don't know about you, but I didn't learn about internment and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team--the most decorated unit in U.S. military history until I was in college (similarly, the story of the Tuskegee airmen). I bet a lot of the people that are reacting to recent events couldn't identify them either.

Reportedly, there were 3,500 Muslim-Americans serving in the U.S. military as of 2011. Some of the rhetoric has gone way too far. Increase our vigilence, but let's not round them up and put them behind barbed wire like these three boys.



  • SD03 (Yolo/Solano/Napa): added attorney Matthew Prigmore (D)


BLURRED LINES: Court case could shake up California districts [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week in a case out of Texas suggesting that equalizing the number of potential voters, rather than raw population, would be fairer."

From experts I have talked to, if SCOTUS ordered states and local governments to use Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP) rather than raw population, there wouldn't a significant change in the overall partisanship of the state's congressional delegation and legislative delegations. However, it would have a huge effect on the majority-minority districts (Latino and African-American) in Los Angeles.

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: The vote to succeed Toni Atkins as Assembly Speaker, presumably by Anthony Rendon will take place January 11, which the swearing-in ceremony on March 5.

MOVIN' OUT: GOP candidates leaving Democratic-leaning California [John Wildermuth @ SFChron] - "In what could be a sign of California’s growing partisan tilt, high-profile Republican candidates are fleeing the state’s Democrat-heavy political landscape after losing campaigns. 'If you’re an ambitious young Republican in California, run for Congress,' said Tony Quinn, a former GOP consultant turned political analyst. As long as Republicans control the House, 'the 14 California Republicans have more power than the 39 Democrats.'"

...Okay now I'm on Delta shortly before going over the Gulf of Mexico, so this may be a quickie.

WHO YOU CALLIN' LITE GOV? How Gavin Newsom keeps getting ahead of the pack, from gay marriage to gun control [Cathleen Decker @ LAT]:

[Gavin] Newsom's political image has been built on taking early and controversial positions, as he did with his support for same-sex marriage at a time most Democratic elected officials ran from it, and then seeing events confirm his view. When it came to marriage equality, confirmation came in the Supreme Court's validation of the right 11 years after Newsom pushed it as mayor of San Francisco.

When it comes to guns, Wednesday's bloodshed potentially positioned Newsom ahead of the pack again. And again it was on an issue that will put Newsom in the ring with moneyed opponents — in this case the National Rifle Assn. On Friday, in an early demonstration, he sent out a fundraising pitch blistering Congress for spurning new gun measures in deference to the NRA.

JOHNNY'S GOT A GUN (OR AS MANY AS THERE ARE DONORS): California candidate's gun giveaway fundraiser will go on [Javier Panzar @ LAT] - "Johnny Tacherra, running against Democratic Rep. Jim Costa in the Central Valley, is holding a fundraiser billed as a "2nd Amendment BBQ" at Full Spectrum Firearms in Fresno next weekend. Donors who give $2,700 to Tacherra's campaign will get either a 9 mm or a .40 Smith & Wesson M&P Shield handgun."

SPAT BETWEEN THE NEIGHBORS: Nevada governor hits back against Jerry Brown’s gun control comments [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Brown, asked in Paris on Saturday if stricter gun control laws were warranted following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, said, “California has some of the toughest gun control laws of any state. And Nevada and Arizona are wide open, so that’s a gigantic back door through which any terrorist can walk.”"

It's an interesting issue. When buying a firearm in Nevada (I don't know about Arizona or Oregon—which is also ranked of the most lenient on gun control, the purchaser is supposed to provide proof of Nevada residency. However, some argue that it's like a 21-year-old buying a group of 16-year-olds a 6-pack of PBR.

THE $$$ PARKING LOT: County supervisor Shawn Nelson's campaign account draws scrutiny [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "Fundraising can seem like it never ends for politicians. One reason is that they can use campaign funds for non-campaign uses such as hosting constituent coffees or mailing out holiday cards or giving money to non-profits. Another reason is that, in many cases, they can transfer money from one account to another when they decide to seek a different office."

It would be interesting to tally up the amount parked in accounts, such as Bill Lockyer's (over $1.7 million), who are clearly not running again.

Anyway, gotta run, as I'm leaving American air space and GoGo is going to ByeBye very soon.

Finally, The Warriors are now 22-0, which is the best start of any American sports team ever. If the Niners had skipped the black uniforms and had started Blaine Gabbert as quarterback, they could very well have been a playoff contender.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to State Senator Jim Beall, Burke sr. field rep Odysseus Bostick, CASBO's Sarah Bachez Campos, communications guru Kassy Perry, and Dept. of Human Resources's John Simmons!




  • The Institute of Governmental Advocates is holding a Toy Drive to benefit Mustard Seed Children’s School. Drop off your unwrapped gift at 1121 L St., Ste. 100, Sacramento through 12/9. Questions- Contact Lisa Rodriguez at 916-761-2696. More information is available here
  • 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

L.A. School Board Holds Unusual Sunday Meeting To Interview Superintendent Candidates
The Los Angeles Board of Education this weekend held an unusual Sunday meeting to interview candidates for the job of superintendent of the nation¿s second-largest school system. Except for brief periods to open and close the meeting, the entire session was conducted out of public view, and no announcement was made at the conclusion.

Battle Over Abortion Rights In California Shifts To Crisis Pregnancy Centers | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
New law requires notice of public reproductive health services in any licensed clinic for pregnant women

CalPERS Board At Odds With Maverick Member | Calpensions
As one of 13 CalPERS board members, J.J. Jelincic presumably has some authority. But last June and July, he filed Public Records Act requests to force CalPERS to give him weekly reports from its federal lobbyists, much like any member of the public.

Court Case Could Shake Up California Districts | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
For a half century, legislative and congressional districts have been equal in population

Brown Pushes Cities, States To Set Tough Environmental Targets
Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing states, cities and provinces around the world to set tougher environmental targets than those likely to be set by nations at the Paris climate summit. Fifteen more sub-national governments agreed to do so Sunday.

GOP 2016 Candidates Blast Obama's Terrorism Speech - Politico
Republican presidential candidates sounded universal alarm over President Barack Obama's Sunday night attempt to project calm and confidence in the...

Lax Gun Policies Are Hitting America Where It Hurts
SACRAMENTO — It may be a while before we know everything about the San Bernardino butchery, but the central detail was clear from the start: The culprits were guns.

Congress Unlikely To Change Gun Laws Despite High-profile Attacks - San Francisco Chronicle
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First Draft: Democratic Candidates to Dine Together in Nevada
Nevada Democrats and the Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, will host all three Democratic candidates at a party dinner on Jan. 6. The state, which has an emerging Hispanic electorate, has grown in importance for the party.

Rancho Santa Fe's Top Water Users Have Cut Down Dramatically
Marty and Pamela Wygod occupy the highest echelons of California's residential water customers, a group that has been demonized for weeks as resource hogs amid an epic statewide drought.

Boy dies after tree branch snaps near Oaklandâ
A boy who died climbing a tree near Lake Merritt in Oakland was described Saturday as a charismatic and energetic 16-year-old Oakland Technical High School student. “On Friday evening, we suffered a terrible loss when one of our 11th-graders died in an unthinkable accident during a birthday party at Lake Merritt,” Staci Ross-Morrison, the school’s principal, said in a message sent to the community. Jack Lewis was “climbing a tree when the limb supporting him broke, plunging him to the ground where the branch then struck his head.” School officials “were devastated to hear this news and are still struggling to come to terms with the information and the incredible misfortune that resulted in Jack’s death,” the principal said. Police received a call at around 6 p.m. reporting the incident near Grand Avenue and Harrison Street, near Children’s Fairyland, said Oakland Police Officer J. Moore. “It’s just a tragedy for our community,” said Jody London, vice president of the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education.

For San Bernardino's Elected Officials, Keeping Busy Is One Way To Grieve
The Arias family kids, Junior, 2, left and Jenesis, 5, bottom, and their parents, Robert and Sierra pay their respects at a memorial site in San Bernardino, Calif.

Obama Misspoke About San Bernardino Suspect's Visa - Politico
Many candidates questioned the president's leadership style and strategy.

Education Reform Bill Provides Increased Support For Early Childhood Education | Edsource
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Senate Republican Leader Commemorates Pearl Harbor Day

Bay Area to feel early-week warm up, but rain on the way
Bay Area temperatures are expected to warm up to the 60s Monday and Tuesday before a storm moves in bringing a decent soaking to the region and up to two feet of snow to the Sierra, forecasters said. The storm rolling in from the north is expected to reach the Bay Area on Wednesday, said Mark Strudley, a hydrologist at the National Weather Service in Monterey. Use extra caution near the surf zone as these large waves will be capable of sweeping people into the frigid and turbulent ocean waters. In the northern and central Sierra, above the 7,000-foot level, up to two feet of snow is predicted while another 4 to 8 inches should hit areas around the 5,000-foot elevation, said Travis Wilson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. Hamed Aleaziz is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

One stay. One hotel. $1,886.

2016 Campaign Iowa Polls: Ted Cruz Surges To First In Iowa - Politico
Jeb Bush argues that the authority, lapsed days before the shooting, is part of protecting the United States.