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THE NOONER for December 8, 2015

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Initiatives...time to clean out the gutter... 

Buenos tardes desde el Nooner World Headquarters. First world problems in the not first world...sitting on my patio and the wind is a bit strong and is literally blowing down my MacBook screen. Now I know why they call it the "Air."

But, of course, I still have two fingers on the jugular of that big white building in Sacramento and around the Golden State.

My friend Luis Alejo announced yesterday that he will pass on a run for Congress and instead run for the district 1 seat on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. If elected, he would join former Assemblymember Simon Salinas on the board. 

It is also another sign that Jimmy Panetta has CA20 wrapped up, in which he would succeed Sam Farr, who succeeded his dad Leon Panetta. Leon, now heading a respected public policy institute, has been seen much more recently. That's not a good thing. He's called out when the world is going to hell, and yes it is. When we have attacks at home, and then attacks by leading presidential candidates to exclude travel by race, it's time for Leon. He's one of our best cool-headed, soft-spoken leaders of our lifetimes.

Some of you note that I switch between identifying congressional districts between "CDXX" and "CAXX". I've always used "CD," but the number of readers from Washington and other out-of-state locales has grown, and they refer to districts as "CA". No diff...

Let me take a pause and say thank you to Stephen Colbert for extending your condolences to the victims and families of the San Bernardino shooting. Of the three main late night show hosts, you were the only one to do so, even though you were off last week. 

THE FEDERALIZER: Jerry Brown wants stricter federal gun laws, hesitant on California measure [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Gov. Jerry Brown called Monday for stricter federal gun laws in the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, while suggesting he has reservations about the use of the ballot measure process to strengthen gun control in California."

Of course, the initiative is backed by Lieutenant Governor and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom, who hasn't had a peachy relationship with Brown. It's not to blame either one of them, as it's designed that way in California. The Lieutenant Governor's job is to sit (or send staff to sit) on a few boards and wake up each day, read the newspaper, and discern whether the governor is incapacitated or out of the state. 

The Lieutenant Governor has four staff members, recently supplemented by two more courtesy of the State Senate, but now under jeopardy. The lowliest of Assemblymembers, with one-fourth the office space, have more than that. And, no, I won't name names.

LIFE IN THE FAST LANE: Google Fiber adds Los Angeles to expansion plans [David Pierson @ LAT] - "Alphabet Inc. said it would explore adding its super-fast Internet service to Los Angeles, the largest city yet in the tech giant’s nascent bid to build a network of hyper-connected urban centers called Google Fiber."

Not fair! L.A. shouldn't have Internet traffic faster than the 405. (Remember Prodigy?)

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to my longtime friend and CMA's Lance Lewis, activist Doug Johnson, and CMTA's Michael Shaw!




  • Earl Warren's grandson DR. WILLIE BRIEN discusses his grandfather's legacy and his career in Beverly Hills politics in this exclusive interview:
    Attention lobbyists - interested in appearing on an upcoming political talk show?  Send an email to
  • 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:
  • 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

Jerry Brown Wants Stricter Federal Gun Laws, Hesitant On California Measure | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
California governor speaks on guns in wake of San Bernardino shooting

Think Your Transient Occupancy Tax Will Pass With Little Effort? Think Again
Adam Probolsky. @
Elected policymakers - even those reluctant to put new or higher taxes on a ballot - are attracted to TOT votes because they can explain them away as hotel visitor taxes. It's a tax paid by tourists and business travelers, not residents.

California water suppliers, buoyed by El Niño, seek relief from cuts
On Monday, water managers from San Diego to Santa Rosa convened in Sacramento to ask state regulators to show leniency to suppliers that find it difficult to meet conservation rules — whether due to booming populations, warmer weather or uncooperative residents. “We have created new supplies that are not taking water from somebody else,” protested Mark Weston, a board member for the San Diego County Water Authority, who called for a relaxing of the rules as his agency opens a $1 billion desalination plant in Carlsbad. At a special meeting, the State Water Resources Control Board did not take action on the scores of suggestions for improving California’s unprecedented water-savings rules. The governor has directed measures to continue, but he’s given the water board flexibility to tweak the existing rules, including possibly reducing the cumulative conservation target from 25 percent. The policy also launched a number of ordinances, such as banning lawn watering within 24 hours of measurable rainfall, prohibiting restaurants from serving water without a customer request, and forbidding washing hard surfaces like driveways. Even in the Bay Area, where water suppliers face less stringent quotas because of historically low water use, some believe the rules remove the necessary incentive to invest in local reserves, such as building recycled-water plants and banking groundwater. “The current regulations strip away much of the drought protection these supplies provide by not allowing the region to benefit from these investments,” wrote Jim Wunderman, president and chief executive of the pro-business Bay Area Council, in a letter to the water board.

Actor Rob Lowe Wins Tax Case, More Or Less | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Lowe battled with state tax collectors over home sale

California's Congressional Delegation Calls For Action On Gun Control
California Democrats are taking up President Obama's call to action, asking for more law enforcement resources and trying to force a congressional vote on banning suspected terrorists from legally purchasing guns.

California Gives Local Colleges A New Role | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Community colleges now offer some four-year degrees

Pro Health Care Briefing: The Quality Conundrum
POLITICO's Pro Health Care Briefing with Christine Cassel, Joanne Lynn, and Pierre Yong.

Brown Was No Stranger To CpUC Involvement |
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San Bernardino Shooters Had Been Radicalized 'for Some Time,' Went To Shooting Ranges Before Attack
A shooting attack in San Bernardino leaves 14 people dead and 21 injured and prompts a rare address from the Oval Office by President Obama.

Obama Presidential Address: 2016 Candidates Take On Terror - Politico
Praising members - and Ryan

Senator Claims California Grows Jobs Faster Than "rest Of The Nation" | Politifact California
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Top California Democrats like State Senate leader Kevin de León often claim that the state’s economy is humming right along — and not weighed down by their ambitious new clean energy requirements.

Obama Gay Marriage Tweet: Tops Twitter Political List - Politico
On the campaign trail, the billionaire is showing less interest in his Republican rivals and more in Hillary Clinton and November 2016.

Donald Trump's Call For Muslim Ban Is Met With Outrage
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Dec. 5 in Davenport, Iowa. 

Ben Carson Announces Africa Trip - Politico
The statement represents the most aggressive comments yet from the billionaire Republican presidential candidate.

Oakland City Council Considering Easing Rules To Overcome Homeless Shelter Crisis
The City Council on Tuesday will vote whether to declare a crisis, which would suspend some rules and regulations considering housing, health and safety for "more flexible interpretation of standard building and planning requirements," according to a city staff report.

School That Taught San Bernardino Assailant Is Known For Anti-western, Fundamentalist Views
Pakistani students arrive Monday at Al Huda Institute, a women-only seminary in Multan, Pakistan, where San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik studied.

San Bernardino Shooting: Survivors Recount Hiding From Gunshots - Wsj
Zusha Elinson @
A Less Risky Anesthesia for Babies

China And The World Turn To California For Climate Change Expertise
Although California lacks a formal seat at the negotiating table while countries seek an international accord on climate change, the state has something many places do not ¿ a track record of ambitious environmental programs that could be imitated around the world.

Ap Nation / World | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
>Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown

L.A. City Attorney Sues Socal Gas Over Gas Leak Affecting Porter Ranch
Mayor Eric Garcetti and Southern California Gas Co. officials visits the firm's Aliso Canyon facility near Porter Ranch on Wednesday.