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THE NOONER for December 16, 2015

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DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION: L.A. County probation agency chief steps down amid allegations of a romantic relationship with aide - [Garrett Thereolf @ LAT) - "Los Angeles County’s Probation Department chief, Jerry Powers, resigned Tuesday amid allegations that he had an inappropriate romantic relationship with one of his top deputies."

From Jeremy B. White @ SacBee - "UNCLE LELAND: If you’ve been eagerly waiting to learn how much prison time awaits former state Sen. Leland Yee after pleading guilty to a felony racketeering count, sorry. Yee’s sentencing, which was scheduled for today, has been pushed back to February."

It's not good to be a young black guy. This is crap.

 FAREWELL: Reporter Doug Willis.




  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of CA seeks two experienced Senior Campaign Organizers to work with the seven California Planned Parenthood affiliates  on campus  and electoral organizing through the November 2016. Three to five years and two election cycles experience as full time campaign staff required. Prior management experience preferred. Excellent salary (DOE) and cellphone/laptop stipend and reimbursement of healthcare up to a cap. Positions located in the south and north. Details here.

  • 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

High Drug Prices Spike CalPERS Prescription Bill To $1.86 Billion | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Cost up 7.5 percent from previous year

DWP Board Approves Water Rate Hike To Fix Aging Pipes
The board that oversees the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Tuesday approved the utility¿s plan to increase water rates by about 4.7% each year over the next five years.

Judge Questions City Stance On Shooting Video |
A federal judge appeared skeptical on Tuesday of arguments from lawyers for the City of San Diego and one of its police officers, who want to keep secret a video of a fatal shooting in April in the Midway district.

The Maple Leaf Candidate: Ted Cruz - Sfgate
This month, GOP political consultant-turned-analyst Tony Quinn wrote

Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against Medi-cal
A group of Californians filed a civil rights complaint against Medi-Cal on Tuesday, alleging that failures in the program have made it so that Latinos are unable to access the healthcare they need.

Anger Boils Over After New Voting District Map Is Scrapped By Anaheim City Council - The Orange County Register
Protesters on Tuesday said they want the City Council to approve a voting map with one district that has a majority of registered voters who are Latinos, and two others where Latinos make up a plurality. The activists see this as the best chance to get multiple Latinos elected to the council. The council tossed out the proposed map last week, opting to examine other proposals that have at least two Latino-majority districts rather than just one. District 1 starts on the west side, moving east to District 6 in Anaheim Hills.

Louis Katz, civil rights lawyer who represented Pete Seeger, dies
Louis Katz, a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer whose clients in five decades of practice included folk singer Pete Seeger and a defendant in the last death penalty case tried in San Francisco, died Dec. 2 at his home in Oakland, his family said. Mr. Katz enrolled in college and law school after volunteer service in World War II — he was medically ineligible for the draft but joined the Merchant Marines and served in both the South Pacific and convoys in the North Atlantic that were attacked nightly by German submarines. When the San Diego school board tried to stop Seeger — who had been blacklisted for his leftist views during the Cold War — from singing at a local high school, Mr. Katz filed an emergency court motion that cleared the way for his performance. Wu and his co-defendant, Victor Diep, were both convicted, but the jury rejected prosecutors’ request for the death penalty and chose a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Mr. Katz taught trial advocacy at the University of San Diego law school and served as a mentor to many defense lawyers. The family suggests donations in Mr. Katz’s name to the American Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad St., 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004, or to California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 1555 River Park Drive, Suite 105, Sacramento, CA 95815.

A Tough Night For Trump And Political Correctness: 5 Takeaways From The Republican Debate
The fifth and final Republican presidential debate of 2015 came less than two weeks after the San Bernardino attacks, which thrust the campaign conversation into a new phase, dominated almost exclusively by national security, that continued into Tuesday night. Though the issues were sober, the candidates did not hold back in attacking each other. Here are five takeaways:

2016 Democratic Primary Campaign: Poll: Majority Of Voters Backing Bernie Sanders Would Be OK With Hillary Clinton - Politico
Chris Christie thinks Donald Trump is a serious candidate and he had a serious performance during Tuesday night's debate.

No Threat Made To San Diego Schools |
SAN DIEGO — Officials with the San Diego Unified School District said its campuses will remain open Tuesday even while a "credible threat" prompted the closure of schools in Los Angeles.

La County Supervisors To Consider Gun Buyback Programs, Taxes On Firearms
Today's high

Man Acquitted In Priest-beating Trial Seeks Signatures For Ballot Initiative
Tracey Kaplan @
By the time Will Lynch was ready in the mid-1990s to report he'd been sexually abused as a child by a priest on a camping trip, there was nothing police could do about it. The abuse had happened about two decades earlier when he was 7, and the legal window then for bringing charges against the priest had closed by the time he reached 13.

Golden State Warriors Throw Party To Bag 20,000 Lunches For Hungry People
OAKLAND - The Golden State Warriors threw an elaborate party for team's season ticket holders today where they just happened to bag 20,000 lunches for hungry people.

No new jail â
A contentious proposal to build a new jail at the Hall of Justice failed on Tuesday, as the Board of Supervisors refused to allocate $215 million for the project and said the city should invest instead in diversion programs and mental health services. The vote represents a blow to Mayor Ed Lee and Sheriff-elect Vicki Hennessy, who both championed the replacement for County Jail No. 4, which is located in a seismically unsafe building and has no room for programming. Lee spokeswoman Christine Falvey said “the mayor is looking forward to the work that Sheriff-elect Hennessy and Public Health Director Barbara Garcia will lead to taking a deeper look at mental health needs and other jail diversion strategies.” Opponents of the project, including Board of Supervisors’ President London Breed and District Attorney George Gascón, said the city should continue to invest in diversion programs to decrease the jail population and that the remaining inmates at County Jail No. 4 should be moved to the city’s three other jails. The vote gave the supervisors political cover because they did not technically reject an $80 million grant the state has offered to subsidize the $240 million cost of building a new jail.

Drugging Our Kids: California Courts Step Up Scrutiny Of Foster Care Use Of Psychiatric Drugs
The state's juvenile court judges have long had the responsibility for signing off on those prescriptions, but too often they fail to question requests for multiple medications at once, unapproved drugs and unproven regimens for very young children. The proposed new rules aim to turn these often-blanket approvals into serious probing of prescribers and others who care for foster children, from social workers to foster parents and legal advocates.

Qualcomm To Keep Chips, Patent Licensing Divisions Together After Review |
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Tax Bill Includes Big Breaks for Cider Makers and Timber Companies
Congressional leaders plan to vote on the tax measure in the next few days, along with a spending bill to finance the government in the coming year.

State Regulators Propose New Rooftop Solar Fees While Rejecting Utility Plans
State regulators proposed new fees Tuesday for rooftop solar customers but rejected several recommendations by utility companies that threatened expansion of residential and commercial solar efforts.