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THE NOONER for January 2, 2016

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QUACK! This is the day on which we Oregon Ducks fans have awaited. 3:45pm PST on ESPN. No duck hunting today, Bill Berryhill!

Most political reporters are on holiday and we have well received hiatus from the fundraising email. Several of the message the through had subject lines that made me think the bathroom at the restaurant was out of toilet paper.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to CMA's "brother" Jay Hansen--who was my first political mentor in 1992, former Assemblmember and San Bernardino Supe Curt Hagman, Visa's Adama Iwu and my amazing law school colleague Melissa Jones!



  • 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 January 28-29. $250 each. 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. Essential for lobbying firm principals / staff, organizations / agencies that employ lobbyists, newcomers to the profession. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West Regional Political Organizers (Los Angeles and Bay Area). 85,000 member California healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive, motivated political organizers, 3-5 yrs political/union experience. Competitive salary and benefits package. Resume, letter, 3 references:

  • 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.


New Laws To Have Wide-ranging Impact On Life In California - Sfgate
California Gov. Jerry Brown, center, signs landmark legislation, SB350, by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De Leon, third from left, to combat climate change.

California's New Laws For 2016: See How You Are Affected
Californians face new restrictions on carrying guns, new regulations on medical marijuana, and higher pay if they earn minimum wage under laws that take effect in 2016. Parents, students, healthcare providers and anyone who gets behind the wheel of a car will see changes — some immediately, some...

Pension Ruling Favors Unions Over Voters |
Former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, now president of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, has been a longtime ally to Kevin Faulconer and is expected to be part of the mayor-elect's inner circle.

California Politicos To Watch In 2016 | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Sanchez, Newsom are elected officials on the list

The Most Important New California Laws Of 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
It was a big year, legislatively, in Sacramento: With the budget wrapped up in June, lawmakers passed hundreds of laws dealing with everything from climate change to workers rights. Here’s KQED’s annual roundup of highlights.

Elections Will Top New Year | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
U.S. Senate race will be top contest

E-cigs Damage Dna In Lab Study |
Jessica Wang-Rodriguez, M.D., is the chief of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in La Jolla and is a researcher on a new study showing e-cigarettes damage cells in a way that could lead to cancer. — Howard Lipin

California Marijuana Ballot Measures Snuffed For 2016 - Times Of San Diego
Ken Stone @
According to Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s office, these measures failed in December to qualify for statewide ballots in 2016:

Metrolink Settles Lawsuit With Former Chief Auditor For Small Sum
Metrolink trains fill Union Station during a busy Monday morning commute. During the last two years, the commuter railroad has been grappling with financial and accounting problems.

Hillary Clinton Campaign Fundraising Totals: $55m In Final Quarter, $112m Total In 2015 - Politico
The Clinton campaign said it raised more money than any non-incumbent ever has in a non-election year.

Late Sacramento Teacher Jaime Escalante Among Those Honored With 2016 Stamps | The Sacramento Bee
Bill Lindelof @
Jaime Escalante taught from 1992 to 1998 at Hiram Johnson High School

New California Database To Help Doctors Spot Prescription Drug Abuse | State Of Health | Kqed News
Health officials now refer to prescription drug addiction as an epidemic. More Americans die from prescription opioid overdose than in drunken-driving car crashes, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Labor Relations Board Rules Against San Diego's Pension Cutbacks
A new state labor board ruling casts doubt on San Diego's aggressive pension cutbacks and orders the city to spend millions creating retroactive pensions for roughly 2,000 employees hired since those cutbacks took effect.

State Inconsistently Enforces Privacy Law At California Hospitals | The Sacramento Bee
Charles Ornstein @
Enforcement varies, with LA only reporting a handful of violations

California Cranks Out New Businesses And Jobs Despite Criticism
California's business climate has been a perpetual target of ridicule.

Caitlyn Jenner Settles Suit By Woman Injured In Deadly Crash
View the discussion thread.

New Data On 2 Bay Area Faults Cause Worry About Next Big Quake - San Francisco Chronicle
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Stanford Bringing Gene Editing To Patients With Deadly Diseases
Lisa M. Krieger @
Until recently, gene therapy was laborious, crude and unsafe for human testing. But the new technology, called CRISPR-Cas9, acts as a microscopic scalpel, performing genomic surgery with a precision, efficiency and affordability once thought unimaginable.

First Draft: Bernie Sanders Raises $33 Million in Last 3 Months
s presidential campaign took in more than $33 million in the final three months of the 2015, as his wide base of small donors enabled him to raise just $4 million less than his rival Hillary Clinton in their fight for the Democratic nomination.

Carly Fiorina Rose Bowl Tweet: #carlycurse Hashtag Trends - Politico
She tweeted support of the Iowa Hawkeyes, instead of her Alma Mater Stanford's Cardinals.