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THE NOONER for January 17, 2016

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Happy Sunday. I'll be quick this morning before heading to the Buddhist Church to get my dharma on for good karma before the Broncos game. Several of you have asked why I'm a Broncos fan since I was born in Portland and grew up in Orange County. Well, many of you know that I had bad asthma growing up, which led me to 6 months in a hospital in Denver in 1987 and three months in 1989. Well, that's when I came a Broncos fan. I am/was also a Colorado Buffs fan, but they stopped playing competitive football awhile ago.

This's morning's Dharma talk ("sermon" in other religions) was about "Right Speech," which is one of the elements of the Eightfold Path to enlightenment. It's about not lying and using kind and helpful words. Wow, we could use more of that in politics.



  • AD74 (Huntington Beach): added businesswoman Karina Onofre (D)

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Race, ethnicity inject tension into California campaigns [Jim Miller and Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "The racial and ethnic overtones of politics in California, the country’s most diverse state, surfaced again last week. Two Democratic Assembly incumbents, Mike Gipson and Cheryl Brown, both of whom are black, are facing challenges from Latina opponents within their own party."

ASTROTURF: Amount of lobbying done in the shadows is growing, California ethics officials agree [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Now, top state ethics officials have agreed that weak laws allow oil companies, labor groups and other special interests to conceal how they spend much of their money trying to influence state government, and that the amount of lobbying in the shadows is growing at an alarming rate."

Repeating this for a few days...because that's how much scum they are...

CORPORATE SCUM: Goodbye "Ahwahnee Hotel," hello "The Majestic Yosemite Hotel"? The scum at Delaware North Companies (DNC) are being crybabies after losing their concession contract in Yosemite National Park (although they have most other national parks). Unbeknownst to the feds, they filed trademarks on the names of facilities throughout the park. Now they are suing the feds over allowing the names for future use by the United States or Aramark, the new concessionaire. Of course, DNC wasn't the concessionaire when the Ahwahnee opened in 1927, let alone Curry Village in 1879. 

DNC is a "family-owned" private company, meaning we don't know about their finances. One thing that's clear is that the leadership is all white men. What do they care about the Native American legacy of the names in Yosemite? 

You can contact scum here.



#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for attorney and Democratic activist Andrew Lachman and lobbyist David Quintana




  • Capital Fellows Program - There are only three weeks left to apply for the Capital Fellows program. The deadline is February 6, and I strongly encourage you to consider it if you are looking at work in the Capitol or as a bridge between undergrad and grad school, as some of the best legislative staff (and even legislators) started as fellows. Get more info here.
  • Vice President, Public Affairs.  Fiona Hutton & Associates, one of California’s largest independent public affairs agencies, is seeking a Vice President to join the firm’s growing Los Angeles office. FHA is an established leader in managing high-profile and controversial issues for a diverse client base. We’re looking for the best of the best. The candidate that thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, working on high stakes situations, and demonstrates a commitment to excellence. The Vice President is responsible for establishing client strategy, overseeing implementation, managing a team and helping grow the business. 

    Please see link for additional details and how to apply:

  • Fiona Hutton & Associates, one of California’s largest independent public affairs agencies, is seeking an Account Supervisor to join the firm’s growing Los Angeles office. FHA is an established leader in managing high-profile and controversial issues for a diverse client base. We’re looking for the best of the best. The candidate that thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, working on high stakes situations, and demonstrates a commitment to excellence. The Account Supervisor is responsible for tactical implementation of client programs and plans, oversight of communications materials, ensuring quality control and managing a team.

    Please see link for additional details and how to apply:

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  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of CA seeks two experienced Senior Campaign Organizers to work with the seven California Planned Parenthood affiliates through November 2016. Salary (DOE) and reimbursement of healthcare up to a cap. Details here.
  • 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.


John Busterud, former GOP assemblyman from S.F., dies
John Busterud, a former state assemblyman and chairman of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, held office in a different time, when San Francisco elected Republicans and being associated with President Richard Nixon was not the political kiss of death. Following the war, Mr. Busterud graduated from Yale Law School and moved to San Francisco, where he started his career as an attorney with the Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison firm. In 1962, Mr. Busterud decided to seek higher office, and ran for state treasurer on the Republican ticket with Nixon, who had lost the 1960 presidential race to John F. Kennedy and was a candidate for governor. Mr. Busterud and the rest of the Republican ticket went down to defeat with Nixon, who lost to Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Brown. Nixon was elected president in 1968, and in 1971 appointed Mr. Busterud to be the first deputy assistant secretary of defense for environmental quality. President Gerald Ford named Mr. Busterud to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, and Mr. Busterud also represented the United States as a delegate at the Law of the Sea Convention in Geneva.

Race, Ethnicity Inject Tension Into California Campaigns | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller and Jeremy B. White @
Challenges to African American incumbents spur anger

Gov. Brown Denies Parole For San Diego Police Officer's Killer
Gov. Jerry Brown again has denied parole to a former gang member who was convicted of fatally shooting a San Diego police officer in 1978.

Obama On Iran Prisoners Freed: 'this Is A Good Day' - Politico
The president stresses the importance of diplomacy.

First Draft: Republican Candidates Assail Iran Agreements
News of the diplomatic thaw with Iran provided the Republican presidential candidates with more fodder to attack both President Obama and Hillary Clinton over the weekend.

Finally, A Smart Approach To Helping L.A.'s Homeless
Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez tours skid row with a new team of outreach workers.

Michelle Obama turns 52! A dance party of photos for her birthday
It's no surprise: The first lady — whose signature platform has been to encourage the nation to "Let's Move!" — is a bit of a dance fanatic. Even before she was pulling kids to their feet and dancing with giant vegetables in an effort to promote healthful living, Michelle Obama regularly could be seen moving to the beat: Just check out those photos of her and Barack dancing on the campaign trail, long before they cut a rug in the White House. As the first lady turns 52 years old on Sunday, POLITICO takes a look back at some memorable dance parties.

California Coastal Property Owners Face New Fees On Sea Walls
Walking along the beach and building sandcastles may be priceless pastimes in California, but in places where sea walls are contributing to shrinking shorelines, state officials say someone's got to pay.

Cruz Slams Iran Prisoner Swap - Politico
The fracas between the Republican front-runners escalated as Donald Trump went after Ted Cruz's likability.

Within Party's Big Tent, Democrats Grapple With Divisions
The feud is blazing within the Democratic Party, not only nationally but in blue California too, where it is one of several schisms brewing.

Lottery Officials Say Identifying Winners A Must - San Francisco Chronicle
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Sanders: 'i Am Very Healthy' - Politico
Expect fireworks between Sanders and Clinton.

How to Watch the Democratic Debate
The Democratic presidential candidates will hold their fourth debate in South Carolina on Sunday night. Here is how to follow it.

Former Iran Prisoner Slams Clinton's Call For New Sanctions - Politico
While born in Boston, the American leader spends much of his life in Philadelphia.

Luxury clothier Wilkes Bashford dies after battle with cancer
Clothier Wilkes Bashford, who helped to change the world of high fashion in San Francisco when he opened his eponymous luxury store in 1966, died on Saturday after a brief battle with prostate cancer. Late Saturday, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown confirmed the death of his longtime friend and favorite store owner. Originally a men’s store, Wilkes Bashford opened under the Sutter-Stockton garage and was the first in San Francisco to promote an aesthetic he called “bold conservative,” carrying Brioni, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Versace and other designer brands, a contrast to the counterculture, hippie clothing of the day. Brown, a Chronicle columnist and a famously natty dresser, told The Chronicle in October: This town was devoid of any attention to quality of fabric or style until Wilkes came along. Mr. Bashford was a presence at fundraising functions all over the city, as well as an almost daily presence for lunch at Le Central restaurant, where he ate and gossiped with friends and customers at a table near the window. In recent years, he devoted efforts to the War Memorial Complex in San Francisco to create a veterans monument, a 30-foot-long granite octagon between the War Memorial Opera House and Veterans Building. The monument, built with $2.5 million in privately raised funds, is known as “Passage of Remembrance,” and the driveway that circles Memorial Court was named the Charlotte and George Shultz Horseshoe Drive. [...] of his death, Mr. Bashford was listed as the president of the War Memorial & Performing Arts Center Board of Trustees. [...] his store was his life, and he treated his products with the same care — requiring that sweaters be pristinely folded and suits and dresses be displayed on hangers to their best advantage. In social situations, he sported a smile, kept any negative thoughts to himself, and was old school when it came to manners, opening doors for others and always picking up the check at lunch.

First Draft: Bernie Sanders, Under Attack on 2005 Gun Vote, Says He Will Support Bill Rolling It Back
As Hillary Clinton attacks Senator Bernie Sanders as being weak on gun control, he said he would support a bill that would remove some protections for gunmakers.

Pedestrian struck, killed by S.F. tour bus
Pedestrian struck, killed by S.F. tour bus In the second injury crash involving a San Francisco tour bus in two months, a double-decker rig turning right Saturday afternoon struck and killed a pedestrian who witnesses said had been waving and shouting at the driver just before his death. Police provided few details of the accident, saying they will be reviewing any surveillance footage of the crash as part of their investigation. Frank Zarich, a retired San Francisco police officer and painting contractor, said he was going to move his truck at a job at UCSF Mount Zion hospital when he saw the man waving and shouting at the bus, which was turning onto eastbound Post Street. Zarich said he heard another witness tell police the victim had banged on the window of the bus to alert the driver. In 2014, a 68-year-old city worker was struck and killed by a Classic Cable Car Charters vehicle while in the crosswalk outside City Hall. Saturday’s fatal accident comes as state legislators have called for tougher regulation of the tour bus industry. On Nov. 13, a runaway City Sightseeing double decker bus crashed in Union Square after suffering apparent mechanical problems, leaving 20 people injured, several critically. A failed post-accident inspection by the CHP found 61 violations and triggered a warning that the operator fix various problems or face action against its license.

Ryan Blasts Obama: Iran Will Use Sanctions Relief To 'finance Terrorists' - Politico
Iran's president calls the day a "glorious victory" for Iran.

Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund daily donor list
Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund daily donor list Dick & Lynn Ashby, $100; Jurgen Aust, $200; Judith C. Barker & Linda S. Mitteness, $500; Mr. & Mrs. Martin Berg; Paul & Sandra Bessieres, $500; Nancy Bissell, $50, in honor of Ninarose, Alexander and Ryan; Sue & Pete Bowser; Ruth Broady, $100, in memory of Michael Joshua Broady; Gail Bunker, $100, in memory of Jim Bunker; Eve Cheung, $100; Mavis Dewees & Carole Hines, in honor of President Jimmy Carter; A. Espenmiller, $100, in memory of Karin & Ben Espenmiller; Jackie Fenton, $200, in memory of Marjorie Albo; David G. Fink, $50, in honor of Prisoners of Conscience; Susie Foley, $100, in memory of Martha Long; Jon Frank & Lynne Rappaport; Charles L. Fritz, $100; Stephen & Lilia Gallion, $500; Melissa Gossett; Sharon Greer, in memory of B. Greer, M. & I. Goldberg and B. & C. Gordon; Harlan & Gayl; Kristina Holland; Pamela Jue; Elmer & Gloria Kaprielian, $100; William Kelly, $250; Deborah & Jon Krass; Delaney E. Lauderback, $50; Nancy & Andy Leahy, $500; Karin Leipelt, in honor of the Thomas Leipelt Family; Marian Li, $500, in memory of Bud Jones; Tom & Jill Linehan, $250; Kimberly Lum, $30, in honor of Geraldine Lim; Marty Mackowski, $400; David & Inge Nevins, $200; Maria Nieri, $50; Arlene & Jonathan Noble, $350; Tom & Bonnie O'Grady, in memory of Rick McRitchie; Christine Paterson, $100, in memory of Noryne Best; Herta Peju; Frederick Pemberton, $100; the Phan family, $50; Mary Lynn Reed, $200, in memory of Scott, Katy, Daddy, Mama, Margaret and Stan; Bruce & Sherrill Reeves; Don Rickets, $100; Lisa & Mark Rosenthal, $200; Gary Russler; Carolyn Sanders, $100; Charlotte Scherman, $1,000, in memory of Rolf G. Scherman, M.D.; Martha Siegel, $25; Gary Smith & Jamienne Studley; Marjorie & John Sproul, $100; Barbara Tauber, in memory of Carol Sarner; Jerome Testo, in memory of Myrna Soflet; Dave & Diane Toole, in honor of Marvin Silver; Steve Topol; Suzanne Tucker, in memory of Morrison Tucker; James & Arline Van Ness, $100; Sydney Wark, in honor of Jay Dee Wark, M.D.; Jon & Zita Weil, $100; Gretchen Whisenand, $225, in memory of John Trudell; Stephanie Winters, $250; June Yoshida, $100, in memory of Victor Yoshida; Jack Zakarian, $500. Anonymous donations in memory of:

Clinton Attacks Sanders' Gun Record Ahead Of Charleston Debate - Politico
The fracas between the Republican front-runners escalated as Donald Trump went after Ted Cruz's likability.