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THE NOONER for December 11, 2015

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Buenos dias desde Cancun. I normally like writing to you but, today, I just won't say. It's a beautiful day here, and the rain has moved along.

Happy Friday. Well, for those of you working this week, it's happy. For those of us on vacation, every minute of the clock, let alone calendar, sucks. Well, you've been there before. 





#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, Senator Isadore HallKatie Gerwig, the CA AG's Thomas Lawson, and Health Access's Tam Ma!




  • 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 Pension Overhaul Advocates Move Forward After Kamala Harris Issues Analyses | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Proponents will poll language to gauge likelihood of success

Riot At Donovan Prison; 134 Inmates Involved |
OTAY MESA — A fight among two inmates Thursday near a workout area at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility escalated into a riot in the recreational yard involving about 134 inmates, prison officials said.

Jerry Brown In Paris: California Governor Goes Deep On Climate Change And Other Global Threats
California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at one of his many appearances around Paris this week during the U.N. climate change summit.

Feinstein Proposes Social Media Rules As FBI Says Shooters Talked Jihad In 2013 | The Sacramento Bee
Sean Cockerham @
FBI says the shooters were radicalized before they even met

Democratic Lawyer Announcing Challenge To GOP Rep. Steve Knight
First-time candidate and attorney Bryan Caforio, who lives in Valencia, will announce his candidacy Thursday, the Los Angeles Times has learned.

Friday Preview: The Fed, The Budget, And Tax Extenders - Politico
New House Speaker Paul Ryan is keeping Capitol Hill calm as the possibility of a government shutdown looms over the holiday break.

Thirsty Illegal Marijuana Farms Stealing Water Amid Drought. |
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U.S. School Bill Roils Our Debate | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Obama signs more flexible federal measure

California Drought: Storms Help, Water Supply 'below Average' -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

How A Conservative Congressman Ended Up On The Terrorist No-fly List | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, once landed on a no-fly list

First Draft: Mitch McConnell Demurs on Prospects of Criminal Justice Overhaul
Despite a push from a broad right-left coalition and though he seemed open to the idea, Senator McConnell says he has not determined whether he will bring a bipartisan criminal justice overhaul to the Senate floor next year, legislation that could present a sticky election-year vote for some Republicans.

Community College Transfer Degrees Doubled Over Past Year
The new degrees stem from a law that took effect in 2011 to help California's transfer students make the leap from one of the state's 113 community colleges to afour-year university, a notoriously lengthy and confusing process.

Former Boxing Champ Tony Lopez To Run For Sacramento Mayor | The Sacramento Bee
Sammy Caiola @
Three-time world champion Tony Lopez to announce mayoral bid Friday

President Obama Signs Into Law a Rewrite of No Child Left Behind
shrinks the federal role in education and returns power to states and local districts.

Dr. Julia Quint, health scientist, workplace safety booster, dies
Dr. Julia Quint, health scientist, workplace safety booster, dies Dr. Julia Quint, a Bay Area public health scientist and toxicologist who dedicated her life to pushing for stronger workplace chemical regulations, died Nov. 14, about one year after being diagnosed with multiple system atrophy, a neurological disorder associated with the degeneration of nerve cells in the brain. Dr. Quint may be best known for her work as an early advocate for stronger environmental regulations to protect the health of nail salon workers; for helping to get World Trade Center attack first-responders more compensation for their occupational exposures during 9/11; and for her influence in the 2014 passage of a state law establishing a repository of data on toxic materials used in workplaces. “Julia Quint was a unique and highly influential person in her field, and her contributions to worker health and environmental health were underappreciated for decades, due to her modesty and her low-profile approach to making social change,” said Gina Solomon, deputy secretary for science and health in the state’s Environmental Protection Agency. What drove her, said her husband, Richard Quint, was her experience as a child being raised by a family that supported civil rights in a segregated South. After holding research positions at UCSF and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Dr. Quint began a career in public health in 1981, joining the state Department of Public Health’s Hazard Evaluation and Information Service, a program for preventing workplace illness. “Over the years, she sounded the alarm over many issues that were not recognized at the time and that are now known to be significant human health hazards,” Solomon said. “In the face of Big Money cosmetic manufacturers’ intimidation and distortion of information tactics, Dr. Quint stood with us, arming us with knowledge, conviction and grace,” Quach said. Donation checks can be mailed to UC Berkeley School of Public Health’s Office of External Relations and Development or submitted online at

Superintendent Candidates Emerge As L.A. Unified Seeks To Keep Job Hunt A Secret
Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Ramon C. Cortines has said he wants to retire by the end of the year.

Dem 2016 Hopefuls Demand The Citadel Remove Confederate Flag - Politico
The Senate leader, who's been flayed by Stewart over a stalled 9/11 health bill, vows in a POLITICO interview that the measure will pass.

Daniel Borenstein: West Contra Costa School Trustees Flying Blind On Superintendent's Contract
While the superintendent of West Contra Costa schools says district trustees have not yet approved an extension of his sweetheart contract, they actually may have.

San Diegans Support Refugees On Human Rights Day |
Somali Muslim women hold posters in support of refugees at an event in San Diego Thursday.

Little Dip In Poverty After Recession, Study Finds -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Los Angeles Approves Program To Fix Up And Sell Bank-owned Nuisance Properties
Banks that own vacant, rundown houses in Los Angeles soon could lose control of those properties to the city, which wants to fix them up and sell them.