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THE NOONER for January 6, 2016

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  • CA21 (Kings): added attorney Emilio Huerta (D) (son of Dolores Huerta)

Wow, it is windy out there! Sorry I've been a bit short the last couple of days. My neck is really hurting, probably from the change of the weather.

Now's a great time to book advertising as session begins. With publication increasing to 7 days a week, advertisin rates will increase modestly next week.

Are you ready for the budget release? 10am tomorrow and I'll try to have some top-level analysis for The Nooner. You can watch the governor talk it up on The deets will be posted during the press conference at

Five things to watch for in Jerry Brown's budget proposal [Jim Miller and David Sanders @ SacBee] - "Gov. Jerry Brown will release his budget proposal for the coming year Thursday, amid a strong state economy and fiscal experts’ predictions that tax revenue will continue to surpass estimates from last June."

[I'M THE TAXMAN…] California lawmakers propose anti-corruption law for state tax board [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) said Tuesday that he had introduced a bill that would forbid members of the state Board of Equalization from acting on any tax matters involving donors who had given any amount of money to their political campaigns in the previous 12 months."

If you haven't seen the speech by President Obama on guns this morning, you have to watch it. It may be one of the best presidential speeches of all time. As I have written here before, I'm not anti-gun. I grew up hunting with my dad and treasured that time together, but was also taught gun safety very early on. We have an austere family ranch in Texas and my cousins are taught the same way. If you are careless with your rifle or shotgun, you don't get to hold it the next day. Of course, the guns we're talking about in the violence are not used for responsible hunting.

Meanwhile, yesterday, a photo was posted to Facebook from circa 1994. In it was a long-haired hippy guy with a beard...not the Paul Mitchell you know now. I first met him at Orange Coast College, where he was literally walking across campus barefoot. We had classes together, tried to start a College Democrats chapter, and were told all of our flyers had to be approved by the Kremlin-like student government. So, we ran and won seats on the five-member student board of trustees and then went on to be statewide leaders.

We received scholarships that first year, but didn't know how to tie a tie. Fortunately, our friend Sandra Buzanowski Ramos was around and did it for us. Not joking here. Then, Paul and I were traveling somewhere (I think our first trip to Sacramento) and he showed up at the airport with his "luggage" in paper bags. Seriously. I think the airline wrapped them with packing tape and we were on our way. But, he was well ahead of his time, choosing paper over plastic, but I guess he travels in Tumi now.

I share these stories particularly for the younger Nooner readers. These friends you make now will (or at least should) be friends for life. Treasure them. I can't even count how many friends on both sides of the political aisle I have accumulated over the years, including several current legislators. We were kids when we met, but I'm so glad they are in my life today. I also saw complete jerks come in and try to be partisan hot s***, and they are working in fast food now. Bonus points if you can name the person to the left of Paul who has an awesome career and we met in those early Orange County days.

Finally, love you Paul.

Old school


CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tulchin Research's Kiel Brunner, lobbyist Matthew Del Carlo, Kamala Harris's staffer Daniel Lopez, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, education lobbyist Dale Shimasaki!



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  • 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.


Union Dollars, Clout Under Fire | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Friedrichs v. CTA a test of First Amendment free speech protections

New Year Changes To California Voter Laws Aim To Improve Elections | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
FILE: Poll Worker Mike Abeles, left, talks to a voter at the Juarez and Associates polling place on National Boulevard in Mar Vista during the 2013 primary election. Mary Plummer/KPCC

Field Poll: Clinton Keeps Lead Over Sanders In California | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Clinton leads Sanders 46 percent to 35 percent among likely Democratic primary voters

Obama Gun Orders Bolster Newsom Ballot Measures | Politico

Ballot Proposal Could Worsen L.A. Housing Crisis, Mayor Says
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned Tuesday that a proposed ballot measure aimed at cracking down on real estate "mega projects" could make things worse for the city¿s renters.

California Lawmakers Rush To Fix State's New Marijuana Law
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More Blows For Reed And Demaio As Pension Efforts Ring In The New Year :: Fox&hounds
A holiday blizzard of bad news has hit former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego City Council member Carl DeMaio, undermining their efforts on two state ballot measures to reduce retirement security for public workers.

California Businessman Pushes Ballot Measure For Nascar-style Disclosure | Politico

What Sales Should Be Tax-free? | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
New bill exempts feminine hygiene products

Sanders Pushes Back: Yes, I'm Electable - Politico
For Donald Trump, President Barack Obama's tears were "sincere," the Republican presidential candidate said Wednesday.

Judge Temporarily Freezes Garden Grove's March To District Elections - The Orange County Register
GARDEN GROVE – An Orange County Superior Court judge on Tuesday set aside a settlement between Garden Grove and a former City Council candidate that would have drastically changed the way voters elect council members – giving opponents of the accord a chance argue against it in court.

California Lawmakers Prep Gun Control Bills -
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Judge Voids Ex-columnist T.j. Simers' $7.1-million Jury Award Against L.A. Times
Former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers and his wife, Ginny, leave the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles after winning a $7.1-million judgment in an age bias lawsuit against his former employer, the Los Angeles Times, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.

Poll: Cruz And Trump In Dead Heat Among California Republicans
Josh Richman @
Cruz and Donald Trump are now knotted in a statistical dead heat for top support among California's likely GOP voters five months before the state's primary.

Stop The Presses: Women, Latinos Hate Cruz, Trump
News that the loathsome Ted Cruz has rocketed to the lead in the Field Poll ahead of the noxious Donald Trump among California Republicans is mildly interesting, but not nearly as important as the findings regarding women and Latino voters of all stripes.

L.A. County Supervisors Want The State To Oversee Gas Well Inspections
Los Angeles County supervisors called on the state Tuesday to set up a new regulatory structure to oversee natural gas storage facilities like the one in Aliso Canyon that has been leaking for the past two months.

Rubio Blasts Obama After North Korean Nuclear Test - Politico
"I have been warning throughout this campaign that North Korea is run by a lunatic who has been expanding his nuclear arsenal while President Obama...

The Ad Campaign: Group Backing Marco Rubio Unleashes Ads Attacking Chris Christie
In one ad, the political action committee accuses Mr. Christie, his emerging rival, for being a liberal who is too friendly with President Obama.