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THE NOONER for December 10, 2015

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CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Departure of powerful staffer comes amid changes in Capitol [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - "[Greg] Campbell, 42, is leaving the Assembly next week after an 18-year career in which he rose from a student intern who answered phones and opened mail, to the chamber’s most powerful staff member. He served high-ranking positions for the last five assembly speakers, and was chief of staff to the last two. His departure comes as new rules about term limits are changing relationships between Capitol staff and lawmakers. Senior staff gained influence after voters in 1990 approved a measure that limited lawmakers to six years in the Assembly and eight years in the Senate. As politicians were forced from office, political scientists have found that senior staff developed deep connections and expertise -- and the clout that comes with longevity."

Greg and I are the same age, and I have watched him grow (while I have stayed infantile). We're so thankful that he came back from that brain surgery to remove a tumor, and hope that his new firm affords him a more balanced lifestyle than being chief of staff to the Assembly Speaker.

MONEY MATTERS: California Scheming? Funneled Donations Raise Ethics Queries [Laura Mahoney @ Bloomberg BNA] - "The elected chairman of the California State Board of Equalization has been an important figure in getting money into the hands of nonprofit organizations since he joined the board in 2009, but it hasn't come without questions. SBOE Chair Jerome Horton (D) has reported $731,835 in donations by organizations at his request, with that money going mostly to or through nonprofit organizations tied to his wife, a Bloomberg BNA analysis found." 

The required "behested donations" to nonprofits reporting is important, and most of the time we see them to legit and important nonprofits. But, Houston, we've got a problem here, when supposedly "nonprofits" are set up to benefit only their employees, which coincidentally have relationships with electeds. 

MMM…MMM…MIDDLE: Glazer hopes to lead centrist movement [Dave Roberts @ CALmatters] - "Steve Glazer – bald, bespectacled and mild-mannered – doesn’t look like a revolutionary. But the politically moderate Democratic state senator from Orinda hopes to be in the vanguard of a centrist coalition in Sacramento that challenges the Legislature’s entrenched partisan divide and loosens labor unions’ grip on power." 


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Democratic superstar Eric Bauman (who has too many titles to list), American Cancer Society's Primo Castro, local gov comm/lobbyist Justin Caporusso, Senator Isadore Hall, and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León! Further, Congressman Mark Takano is celebrating a birthday today. I generally don't recognize those (202) candles, but Mark is an old friend, so let's help him blow out those 55 candles!




  • Communications Specialist, Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy: Position will develop and implement strategies to enhance the visibility and programmatic success of the Institute of Advanced Technology and Public Policy at Cal Poly. Creates and executes communication plan, outreach, and social media content. Located in San Luis Obispo CA. Excellent Benefits. Background check required. AA/EEO/Disability/Protected Veteran Employer. View job description and apply today:

  • 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

California Democrat Withdraws Support For The High-speed Rail Project
Assemblywoman Patty Lopez says she is withdrawing her support for the bullet train, and she says five other Democrats in the Legislature are reviewing their positions.

Jerry Brown Preparing To Engage In 2016 Ballot Measure Fight | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Options for California governor include climate change, defending Delta tunnels plan

California's 3 Largest Health Insurers Among Few To Show Obamacare Profit In 2014
Blue Shield of California led the country with $107 million in profit on Obamacare policies sold to individuals. Kaiser Permanente was second with $66 million, and Anthem Blue Cross ranked seventh nationally with a $9-million surplus in the Covered California exchange. Above, Sophia Bracho gets information from Blue Shield of California in 2013.

Putnam Livermore, who helped save California public lands, dies
[...] as co-founder of the Trust for Public Lands, first attorney for the Nature Conservancy in the western United States and a leader in conservation law, Mr. Livermore, who died Nov. 1 at the age of 93, helped keep the forces of growth and development at bay as he worked to save huge chunks of the state for future generations. Born in San Francisco on May 29, 1922, Mr. Livermore used his lifetime of family connections and experience to convince wealthy Californians that the state needed their land more than they needed the money it could bring. Mr. Livermore’s “kindness, patience and thoughtful consideration of others made him a favorite with eccentric donors of large pieces of property and he became a highly effective advocate for preserving open space,” his family said in a notice of his death. Mr. Livermore attended the Thatcher School in Ojai (Ventura County), UC Berkeley, Yale Law School and Boalt Hall at UC Berkeley. A photo of the boat crossing the finish line seven lengths ahead of the field was featured on his wall for the rest of his life. While Mr. Livermore’s great-grandfather came to California to work in the gold fields and his grandfather became a founding director of PG&E when he sold the family’s Sacramento-area power company, his parents, Caroline Sealy Livermore and George Banks Livermore, were both prominent conservationists. Mr. Livermore “was a good guy,” said John Burton, a former Bay Area legislator who now heads the state Democratic Party. Mr. Livermore, whose brother, Ike, was Gov. Ronald Reagan’s secretary for natural resources for eight years, was a friend of the governor and did some political legal work for him.

Brown Considers Using His Campaign War Chest In 2016 Initiative Battles
Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon, left, listens to California Gov. Jerry Brown at the COP21 United Nations conference on climate change.

Is California A Climate Model? | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Questions remain about the effect of those policies on the economy, and other jurisdictions praise themselves, too

Senator Gaines Continues Efforts To Carry Common-Sense Drone Legislation
Last session, Senator Gaines introduced a series of drone bills that received unanimous, bi-partisan support from the legislature; however, they were vetoed by Governor Brown. Senator Gaines will be reintroducing those bills as part of his drone-related legislative package, in addition to several others, including the following:

Lawmaker Criticizes Unspent California Charitable Donations | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
A state lawmaker is criticizing California agencies for failing to spend nearly $10 million in charitable donations made by taxpayers.

Lawmakers Aim To Prevent Unspent California Charitable Gifts - Sfgate

Californians Have High Poverty, High Incomes | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
California has 15th highest state poverty rate in nation

Could New California Law Prevent Mass Shootings? -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

San Bernardino Shooters Began Plotting Attack Before Their Marriage, FBI Chief Says
San Bernardino shooter may have given false information on her visa application, lawmaker says

Drivers Get Big Boost In Lawsuit Vs. Uber - San Francisco Chronicle
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Donald Trump Rips Time Magazine After Being Snubbed For Person Of The Year - Sfgate
Real-estate mogul Donald Trump panned Time magazine on Wednesday for its Person of the Year declaration. The magazine selected German Chancellor Angela Merkel, praising how she handled Europe's currency and refugee crises. On the campaign trail, Trump often criticizes Merkel for opening up her country to Syrian refugees despite the terror threat emanating from the Islamic State group, which is based in Syria and Iraq. Trump has repeatedly warned that the Syrian refugees coming to the US could be a great "Trojan horse" for terrorists to launch a military attack.

2 Card Clubs Raided, 25 Indicted |
In this file photo, Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas joins the owner of Seven Mile Casino, Harvey Souza, during the opening ceremony for the Seven Mile Casino. Alexandra Mendoza

Lawmakers Rush to Cram Pet Projects Into Spending Deal Ahead of New Deadline
With a presidential election year approaching, and control of Congress also at stake, the current negotiations represent one of the few opportunities in the near future to pass sweeping legislation.

Chanel Pays Record Price For Retail Space On Rodeo Drive
French luxury retailer Chanel paid a record price for retail space on Rodeo Drive amid continued strong demand for properties along the swanky Beverly Hills corridor.

Plastic Industry's Unusual Strategy Against Calif. Bag Ban -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Anaheim Rethinks Voting Districts, May Add Two Latino-majority Zones - The Orange County Register
Of Anaheim's 336,265 residents, Latinos make up 53 percent of the population, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

Berkeley High School 'takes Back' Dec. 9 After Message Threatened Public Lynching
Berkeley High School students rally against racism at Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus on Nov. 5, 2015.