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THE NOONER for January 26, 2016

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Well, the talk of the town is about whether tampons should be taxed via sales taxes. The argument is that they are only used by women and Viagra isn't taxed, and the product is necessary for personal hygiene. But, there is toilet paper...slippery slope...we're coming right for you.

Sorry to my subscriber that got my Kings tickets yesterday. Seriously, DeMarcus scores 56 points and the Kings lose in double overtime?

THAT LASTED LONG: Sacramento transit agency backs off of 20 percent fare hike proposal [Tony Bizjak @ SacBee] - "A majority of RT board members said at a Monday night meeting they could not support a level of rate hikes that one community member called “blackhearted.” They told staff to look for ways to improve the agency’s shaky financial situation without leaning so heavily on riders."

DOUBLE-X FACTOR: California Women Lead Hosts Annual Legislative Reception. "Honoring the recipients of our MOVER Award: Making Our Vision of Equality a Reality." Tomorrow from 5:30-7:30pm at the Citizen Hotel.

GO FOR IT, STEVE HANSEN: Time for a redo of downtown Sacramento’s Capitol Mall, Crocker Park? [Tony Bizjak @ SacBee] - "With a downtown arena on the rise and plans afoot for more housing and offices, some downtown Sacramento leaders say the timing is right for makeovers of two underused downtown public spaces, stately but dull Capitol Mall and nearby Crocker Park."

PICKED THE WRONG TIME TO START RENTING: Home prices jump in L.A. and Orange counties -- and soar in San Francisco [Samantha Masunaga @ LAT] - "Home prices in Los Angeles and Orange counties jumped 6.2% in November compared with a year earlier, and prices in San Francisco kept soaring, according to results from the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index released Tuesday."

Anyway, my councilman Steve Hansen will take care of me or I'll move into my neighbor Jay Hansen's backyard.

Actually, the talk around the Southside Park neighborhood in Sacramento (and probably other neighborhoods) is just how much rent and home prices will go up when the arena opens this fall. The city is going through a renaissance, but there will be consequences.



THE 411 (which the kids probably don't used to take three twirls around the phone dial): In Wildly Overbroad New Investigation, California Telephone Regulators Gasp For Relevance [Larry Downes @ Forbes] - "California’s scandal-plagued Public Utilities Commission is at it again. Just before Thanksgiving, the agency surprised everyone by launching a comprehensive investigation into the state of competition in the increasingly obsolete analog telephone network." 

HOLY COW: El Niño storms erode Pacifica bluff as homes teeter on the edge [Veronica Rocha @ LAT]- "Apartment buildings lining a rocky cliff overlooking the ocean in Pacifica, Calif., are in peril after recent El Niño storms severely eroded the crumbling bluff."

Pacifica is a beautiful locale if you'd never been there. Let's wish the community the best. 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to CA Faculty Association's Eddie Kirby, Dept of Fish and Wildlife's Scott Lipton, and Chris Stampolis.




  • CalDesal, a 501(c)6 nonprofit corporation, wishes to contract with an individual or firm for the position of Executive Director. CalDesal is seeking an Executive Director who will continue the success of the organization. The ideal candidate will have strong public outreach, communication, and administrative skills to successfully implement and manage the organization. The Executive Director will be the externally identifiable staff person in charge of the organization and will arrange the staff functions and advocacy support necessary to fulfill the organization's goals.

    For more information go to

    Proposals due by Monday, February 29, 2016 at 5:00 P.M.

  • Attend a free briefing at the Capitol, and learn more about health insurance in California, and about a key contributor to the Legislature's review of health insurance-related legislation. All interested parties and the public are invited to the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP)'s annual legislative briefing on 2/5/2016 from 10:30 – 11:45 am. The briefing will provide information about CHBRP’s methods and our role in providing independent analysis.

    Please RSVP to this free event online – REGISTER HERE
  • California Partnership to End Domestic Violence seeks experienced Prevention & Education Policy Specialist. College degree required. Responsible for leading and implementing the Partnership’s Adolescent Dating Abuse Policy Project and related strategies. Please send resume and cover letter to

  • Thinking about Graduate School?  Sacramento State’s master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration is the region’s most affordable program, offering a rigorous education in both public policy and administration, nested in the political context. More than 400 alumni work in California state and local government as well as private and non-profit organizations. Applications are due March 1, 

  • TBW Media/TBWB Strategies is interviewing experienced campaign managers and campaign staffers at all levels for potential campaign positions with our client campaigns this year throughout California. If interested please send a cover letter, resume, salary history, writing sample and 3 references to Barry Barnes ( No phone calls please.
  • Capital Fellows Program - There is only a bit over a week 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:

  • Subscribe to the Capitol Morning Report and closely follow who’s doing what each day in California government and politics. We list news conferences, legislative hearings, state board meetings and other events. Plus we add in community news and announcements from political campaigns. More info at

  • 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.



Jerry West, Warriors Trophy A Slam Dunk In Capitol Visit | The Sacramento Bee
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Legislators delighted to meet NBA great, revel in victory

Legislation Deadline Approaches, Clintons Descend On California
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How Caltrans Is Studying A Pay-per-mile Program That Could Replace The Gas Tax
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Owners Of 2 Businesses In Porter Ranch File Lawsuit For Losses Related To Gas Leak | 89.3 Kpcc
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Patricia Oliver, an attorney with the R. Rex Parris Law Firm, explains a diagram of the ruptured well near Porter Ranch that has been leaking since Oct. 23, 2015. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

6 days till Iowa: The latest photos from the campaign trail
With the Iowa caucuses just a flip of a calendar page away, POLITICO takes you on the campaign trail Monday, Jan. 25, as presidential candidates scramble for last-minute support.

S.F. drops animal control facility from bond-measure plan
City officials have nixed a plan to ask voters to spend $54 million on a new Animal Care and Control facility because of concern that doing so would send the wrong message at a time when San Francisco is facing a housing and homelessness crisis. Board of Supervisors President London Breed also questioned whether the money could be better spent on a mental health facility and raised those concerns with Mayor Ed Lee. “Fifty-four million is a lot of money to spend on any facility,” Breed said Monday at a Capital Planning Committee meeting, where she also criticized the city for “pouring money down the drain” on projects she said are too big and sometimes unnecessary. The money that would have gone to the animal facility will now be split among three initiatives: $20 million for the Department of Public Health to modernize local clinics, including providing mental health services; $20 million for modernizing and transforming homeless shelters; and $14 million for neighborhood fire stations. “The mayor is certainly committed to completing the Animal Care and Control facility — just using a different source of funding,” said Kate Howard, the mayor’s budget director. Most are cats and dogs, but the animals run the gamut and include snakes, turtles, guinea pigs and even skunks. The department has long sought a new building, both because the existing facility is seismically unsafe and because the large rooms that house the animals contribute to the spread of viruses and diseases among them. Another poll for the city done this month found that voters were most supportive of money for mental health, psychiatric services and San Francisco General Hospital.

Hillary Clinton 2016 Tax Increases: Analysis: Clinton Proposed Almost $500 Billion In Tax Increases - Politico
Christie plans to break from the campaign trail to attend a high-dollar fundraising luncheon in Chicago.

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Lawmakers Eye Their Own Districts' Underground Gas Fields | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
As methane pours out of a leaking underground gas storage field near Porter Ranch, local lawmakers are looking with concern at gas fields in their own districts.

Graduation Rates Are On The Agenda As Cal State Trustees Meet In Long Beach
The message from Gov. Jerry Brown in his recently released 2016-17 budget proposal could not have been clearer: Cal State campuses are not meeting the mark in graduating four-year degree students within four years.

2016 Candidates: Poll Tests Whether Voters Recognize Their Faces - Politico

Santa Clara County To Poll Voters On Potential Sales Tax | San Jose Inside
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Clinton And Sanders Address Voter Skepticism At Iowa Democratic Forum - Bloomberg Politics
Hoping to persuade undecided Democrats with just a week until the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders took on some of the questions that have most dogged their candidacies, from trustworthiness and e-mails to feasibility and socialism.

San Francisco Supervisor Pushes For Super Bowl Event Reimbursement | News Fix | Kqed News
On Tuesday, San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim will introduce emergency legislation to force the city to renegotiate its deal with the NFL over the cost of hosting Super Bowl events.

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France Braces For New Taxi-uber War – Politico
The German chancellor and British prime minister agreed progress has been made on Britain’s renegotiation with the EU.

Apnewsbreak: $1 Billion Insured Losses In California Fires
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Ratings Agency S&p Cautions Against More California Spending -
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Democratic Town Hall Takeaways: Little New Ground Broken With Unusual Format
The three Democratic presidential candidates did not quite debate on Monday night. Instead, in one of the last chances for voters to see them before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1, they took separate questions from the audience of Democrats who plan to caucus. What we noticed: Candidates stick to...

Bernie Sanders Moves To Block Obama's Fda Nominee - Politico
Using conventional budgeting techniques, the group figures her plan would reduce the after-tax incomes of the top 1 percent by 1.7 percent.

What's Causing The Rise In Stds In L.A. County And How Can Technology Help?
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S.F. Supervisor Scott Wiener: Homeless Tent Camps ‘need To Go Away’ | Boomtown | News Fix | Kqed News
San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener says the city needs to find a prompt and “humane” way to eliminate tent encampments that house a growing number of homeless people.