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THE NOONER for December 17, 2015

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Ugh, this is like the quietest time of the political year, unless you're covering Donald Trump.

Handling of L.A. schools shutdown offers a civics lesson [Peter Jamison & Howard Blume] - "A day after that decision, which has drawn some criticism because the threat turned out to be a hoax, key players acknowledged that their effort could have been better coordinated."

Uh, you think?

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Uduak-Joe Ntuk!




  • 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

Jerry Brown Spends First Nights In Historic Mansion | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Brown and his wife are giving up rented loft downtown

Cigarette Tax Hike Initiative Starts Circulating
By Josh Richman Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 at 4:22 pm in ballot measures.

Report: State Prison Awash In Abuse, Intimidation, Secrecy | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Jon Ortiz chronicles civil-service life for California state workers

State Lawmaker Wants $1.4 Billion In Polluter Fees That Are 'just Sitting There' Put To Work
It’s not common for politicians to leave money on the table, but that’s what happened when a new state budget was approved this past summer.

California Dems Get Flak For Votes On Refugees | The Sacramento Bee
Sean Cockerham @
Legislation would block refugees, opponents say

How The Budget Deal Opens The Door Even Wider For Secret Money In Politics
House Speaker Paul Ryan announces the bipartisan budget agreement on Wednesday.

Draftkings, Fanduel Ask California To Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Daily fantasy sports faces political threat over whether it constitutes illegal gambling

San Jose Council Votes To Tighten Lobbying Rules
"We're talking about major nonprofits that receive big money," said Councilman Johnny Khamis, making the case for why nonprofits should register as lobbyists and report meetings with politicians, just as other groups do. He noted that nonprofits last year received more than $21 million in taxpayer-funded dollars and regularly lobby decision-makers.

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

First Draft: Spending Bill to Block Limits on Outside Political Groups
To the dismay of campaign watchdogs, the budget bill that lawmakers are set to consider on Friday would thwart efforts to force more disclosure of contributors and to limit increasing political activity by nonprofit organizations.

Comcast to pay $26 million for illegally dumping old equipment
Comcast has agreed to pay $26 million to settle claims by the state and Alameda County that the company routinely and illegally dumped hazardous electronic equipment into local landfills and failed to shred records that contained customers’ names, addresses and phone numbers. Investigators found that the cable company’s dispatch and warehouse facilities throughout California, since 2005 had been sending used remote controls, modems, amplifiers and other electronic gear to landfills that were not supposed to receive them, Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office said Tuesday in announcing the settlement. “Comcast’s careless and unlawful hazardous waste disposal practices jeopardized the health and environmental well-being of California communities and exposed their customers to the threat of identity theft,” Harris said in a statement. The Comcast settlement includes $19.85 million in civil penalties and costs, $3 million to fund environmental and consumer protection and enforcement, $2.4 million for public service announcements on proper waste disposal over four years, and at least $700,000 to improve the company’s practices.

Winners And Losers In The Omnibus And Tax Bills
Both Democrats and Republicans won a few and lost a few in the $1.1 trillion spending bill and package of tax extensions that congressional negotiators agreed on late Tuesday.

Obama Will Travel To San Bernardino To Mourn Victims Of Massacre
President Obama speaks on Islamic State in the Pentagon briefing room on Dec. 14.

High-profile Spending And Tax Votes Start Today - Politico
Boxer pushes for TSCA conference ... by holding up bill

Update: Family Members Of Missing Children Lash Out At Accused Abuser And County Child Protection Agency | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton and Richard Chang @
The woman arrested in a horrific abuse case in Quincy had been reported to Monterey County authorities four times for child neglect

In Likely Spending Plan, Congress Readies Blows to Obamaâ
Republicans have forced President Obama to swallow three changes that undermine his signature health care law, including a two-year delay of a tax on high-cost insurance plans provided by employers to workers.

Metrolink Train Cars That Derailed In Oxnard Had Flawed Parts, Confidential Report Finds
According to Metrolink, two couplers on passenger cars and the cow-catcher of a cab car at the front of the train broke in the collision with a heavy-duty pickup truck and trailer that strayed onto the tracks at a grade crossing.

Budget Deal Raises Spending, and the Deficit Through Tax Breaks
The $1.1 trillion measure increases the deficit by $500 billion from making the tax breaks permanent and surpasses previous spending limits by $66 billion.

News Analysis: What Happens When A Legislator Quits? | Calmatters
by Laurel Rosenhall

Gray Water And Stormwater Can Help In The Drought, But Risk Needs To Be Studied, Researchers Say
As water utilities and their customers increasingly look to gray water and runoff from storms to supplement their supply amid drought, more guidelines and research are needed to ensure that the water is safe, researchers said in a report released Wednesday.

Congress' half-trillion dollar spending binge
Budget austerity takes a backseat as lawmakers prepare to pass nearly $700 billion in unpaid-for tax cuts.