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THE NOONER for January 27, 2016

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What a beautiful morning it is in Sacramento. It should be nice until Friday, when Mother Nature should give us some agua. Just be glad you're not governor of Michigan

There's a crisis in California's public transportation systems. From Sacramento to Los Angeles to Sandy Eggo, ridership is down and the financial impact is creating enormous problems for local transit agencies. "Shared economy" services like Uber and Lyft are reducing demand from higher income individuals who generally would otherwise pay full fair. I'm guilty. I live two blocks from the RT line that goes straight down 8th Street toward the Capitol. I have a car, but Uber is just too convienent and cheaper than paying for parking by the Capitol. And, I like the social aspect of talking to someone.

There's little political appetite for increasing fares--which hits the elderly, disabled and the poor the most. But, cities are also not in great financial shape and can't bail out their transportation agencies (which frequently are JPAs spanning multiple municapilities and make financial solutions difficult). Meanwhile, we find money to subisidize sports arenas (and I support the Kings arena) and pay for it over 35 years by securitizing parking meters...

STALEMATE: Union, Jerry Brown stuck on pay vs. benefits [Jon Ortiz @ SacBee] - "Brown has proposed $350 million for raises next year. That’s about $145 per month per state employee, far below expectations for many who have endured years of stagnant pay, furloughs and higher pension costs. And now a new retiree medical expense to pay."

A$$HATS: Park service wrong to change Yosemite names, concessionaire says [Michael Doyle @ SacBee] - "The departing concession company that secured trademarks for famed Yosemite names such as “The Ahwahnee” hotel claims in a revised lawsuit that the National Park Service is trying to undermine the market value of those names."

BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE VEGAS: Daily fantasy sports industry targets California assemblyman [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "Amid a legal fight over the daily fantasy sports industry's fate, a group representing businesses like FanDuel and DraftKings has launched an advertising campaign targeting a California lawmaker who labeled the practice illegal gambling and voted against authorizing it in law."

As you probably have seen, the coalition has an advertisement in The Nooner. I don't exercise any discretion in advertisements, unless they infringe legal rights or are outright discriminatory. I've never denied an advertisement, and I like Marc Levine.



BULL$$$$: U.S. Senate Candidate Sanchez Defends Islamic Caliphate Statement [Ben Adler @ CapPubRad] - "California Congresswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez is standing by her statement that up to 20 percent of the world’s Muslims want to form an Islamic caliphate – and that they’re willing to use terrorism to do it."

Um, can we see a poll on this? Just have to wonder if this is a play against Kamala Harris, who is African-American and Indo-American.

Let's just float that Mexican-Americans want to form a caliphate (re)taking over the American southwest. Just as ridiculous a statement.

YOU CAN'T HIDE: Think Target and Home Depot invade your privacy? Political campaigns might be worse [Evan Halper @ LAT] - "When presidential candidates turn to data crunchers at Rocket Fuel in Silicon Valley for help finding voters who want tougher immigration enforcement, the firm comes up with a surprisingly specific answer: Chevy truck drivers who like Starbucks."

Congratulations to former UC Davis Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Judy Sakaki, who has been named as the new president of Sonoma State University.

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Emerge California's Lindsay BubarMorrow Cater, founder of Cater Communications, Port Hueneme Harbor Commissioner Jason Hodge and the lesser half of Fiona Ma, CA Department of Natural Resources's Richard Stapler, and LACCD trustee Scott Svonkin!




  • The James Irvine Foundation 2016 Leadership Awards Luncheon. Join Irvine and state policymakers in honoring California leaders and their innovative solutions to critical state issues. Meet the leaders. Hear their solutions. February 18, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Sheraton Grand. Contact Tamara Torlakson -916-288-2245.

  • Children Now – Senior Policy Associate, responsible for developing, directing and implementing a portion of Children Now’s education policy plan for California. More information. Details here

  • 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.



Union, Jerry Brown Stuck On Pay Vs. Benefits | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Brown wants new out-of-pocket retiree health benefit payments from employees

California Water: Silicon Valley Leaders Express Skepticism Of Gov. Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels Plan
Paul Rogers @
But rather than embracing the idea, five of the seven board members of the Santa Clara Valley Water District -- whose support is considered critical to the controversial project -- instead voiced skepticism. Their concerns ranged from the price tag to environmental impacts to whether Santa Clara County property owners could be left with property tax increases without a public vote to pay for future cost overruns.

California Independents Have Three Choices For Presidential Primary | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
No-party preference voters can request Democratic, American Independent or Libertarian ballots for president

Home Prices Jump In L.A. And Orange Counties -- And Soar In San Francisco
Home prices in Los Angeles and Orange counties are reported to have increased 6.2% in November compared with a year earlier. Above, a three-bedroom home in Huntington Beach that sold in 2014. 

Here's Why California's New Dmv Voter Registration Law Won't Raise Turnout Rates Anytime Soon | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Secretary of State Alex Padilla says a new law that creates automated voter registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles is expected to be fully implemented no later than mid-2017. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Hollywood Bigwigs Want To Raise Property Taxes :: Fox&hounds
The ballot initiative to raise property taxes to pay for poverty programs is starting to report donations from influential Hollywood players.

Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Targets California Assemblyman | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Radio spots playing in Bay Area call out Assemblyman Marc Levine

Super Bowl boosters denounce S.F. cost complaints
Growing complaints from San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim and others about the city’s plan to spend nearly $5 million for the celebrations surrounding the Super Bowl are little more than political grandstanding and opportunism, a group of business leaders said Tuesday. In October 2012, Kim voted to back the city’s bid for the 2016 Super Bowl in a resolution that said city officials “plan to host events, parades, parties and entertainment,” Jim Lazarus, vice president of the city’s Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. Kim, joined by Supervisors John Avalos and Aaron Peskin, planned to introduce an emergency resolution at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, demanding that Mayor Ed Lee renegotiate the city’s contract with the National Football League and the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee to recoup the estimated $4.8 million in costs for the local events surrounding the Feb. 7 Super Bowl, which will be played in Santa Clara. Kim has never said anything when the city underwrote the costs of other events, like the Pride Parade, Fleet Week, the Chinese New Year Parade or the 2014 World Series Parade, which cost the city about $2.3 million for police and Muni services alone, he added. Events like the Pride or Chinese New Year parades are nonprofit celebrations for the entire community, she said, rather than parties for the NFL, a corporate entity that makes billions of dollars a year in profits. None of the anticipated revenue is guaranteed and even if there is a profit, that money should be spent on programs for city residents and not on events for rich visitors, Kim said. “It’s not appropriate for public funds to be spent for a private marketing party” aimed at some of the wealthiest people in the world. The $4.8 million in city costs will be covered by increased hotel tax revenue alone, Lazarus said, noting that hotel occupancy for the time around the Super Bowl will be near 100 percent instead of the typical 85 percent, with average room rates up from the typical $231 a night to “north of $400.”

Former Obama Campaign Official Says He Will Challenge Eric Garcetti In 2017
A longtime Democratic operative who played important roles in the first Obama presidential campaign and the Clinton White House said Tuesday that he plans to run against Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2017.

S.F. supervisors approve day of remembrance for Mario Woods
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a day of remembrance Tuesday for Mario Woods, the stabbing suspect shot to death last month by several police officers, in a vote that ratcheted up tensions between the supervisors and the police union. Police say Woods, 26, was a suspect in a Bayview stabbing and was carrying a knife when he was confronted by several officers Dec. 2 at a Muni bus stop. Video taken of the confrontation showed Woods starting to walk away from police when five officers opened fire with at least 15 rounds. Critics of how police handled the incident say there’s no indication on the videos that Woods was lunging at or otherwise threatening the officers. The district attorney’s office, police and Office of Citizen Complaints are investigating whether the officers either committed a crime or violated department policy. [...] on Monday, the Police Officers Association sent the supervisors a strongly worded letter deriding the Woods Day resolution. “It will be a hurtful day to their families if this city’s elected officials decide to recognize and honor an individual that preyed upon our most vulnerable citizens,” wrote union president Martin Halloran. Breed and some of the board’s more moderate members were running the risk of longer-term political damage by defying the police union. The union seldom funds progressive candidates, but it has thrown its money and weight behind moderates, including Breed during her 2012 campaign. The police union has previously criticized Cohen for questioning the officers’ actions in the Woods shooting, saying she was making “dangerous and inflammatory statements based on little more than an eight-second video clip.” The police union’s vice president, Tony Montoya, said after Tuesday’s vote, “Unfortunately, today’s resolution only politicizes a tragedy and does not engage us in a meaningful dialogue, but instead assuages blame and lack of understanding of what men and women of this department do every day to keep our city safe.”

5 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 Tuesday, Jan. 26, as presidential candidates scramble for last-minute support.

Sacramento Treasurer: Arena Lawsuit Will Cost City $27 Million -
Bob Moffitt @
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State Issues New Rules To Avoid Future Methane Leaks | The Sacramento Bee
Edward Ortiz @
New regulations seek to avoid repeat of massive Aliso Canyon gas leak

California Regulators Propose New Round Of Rules For Uber, Lyft | News Fix | Kqed News
Nearly two weeks after California regulators struck Uber with a $7.6 million fine, an administrative law judge with the California Public Utilities Commission has proposed an updated set of guidelines for ride services that stop short of requiring more rigorous background and fingerprint checks for drivers.

The Problem With Your Lottery Tickets And School Funding
Lottery commercials and billboards plastered around the state suggest that the long-shot gamble of buying a lottery ticket can not only make you rich but also make you a better person.

Gofundme Campaign Offers Mops For Christie - Politico
A graduate from a New Jersey university is launching a campaign to help Gov. Chris Christie clean up his mess.

Farming Industry Balks At Obamacare Requirements | State Of Health | Kqed News
Agostin Garcia says the two contractors he works for near Fresno offered him insurance directly. But when he saw the price tag, he turned them both down.

Students Criticize CSU Tuition Increase Proposal | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
The student tuition increase would tie yearly increases to the rate of inflation. Inflation was less than one percent last year but more than three percent in 2011.

Bipartisan Coalition of Legislators Join Vidak's Push for Increased Water Flows

Off-ramp | Assemblyman Gatto Proposes Parking Bill Of Rights: 'the Public Owns The Streets' | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
A weekly look at Southern California life covering news, arts and culture, and more. Hosted by John Rabe

Millennials At Cal State Long Beach Mull Whether To Get Health Insurance, Or Pay Fines
D Buses @
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East Bay Water Guzzler List Questioned After Some Figures Turn Out To Be Wrong
Denis Cuff @
East Bay Municipal Utility District officials said they are reexamining the lists that contained more than 4,200 names of customers that the agency said violated its limit. The names and the amount of water they used were distributed to the media.

El Niño Lets Landslide Scientists Get Back To Their Research
Emily Benson @
January and February are traditionally landslide season in the Bay Area, when rains are most likely to drench unstable soils on steep slopes. And when the water pressure gets high enough, landslides can let loose, causing destruction and often death.