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THE NOONER for January 28, 2016

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"The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."

Thirty years ago today. One of the best presidential speeches ever, written by Peggy Noonan. I remember my teary-eyed science teacher as we watched the tragedy, including the loss of teacher Christa McAuliffe. That morning, we went from being junior high school kids to adults.

Until this morning, I forgot that January 28, 1986 was supposed to be the State of the Union, which was shelved for this amazing address to the nation. The two speeches we will always remember of the Reagan presidency were the Challenger address and "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

SD39 (San Diego): Marty Block (D) won't seek reelection, paving the way for Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D) to earn a promotion to the State Senate.

POLL POSITION: PPIC is out with its latest poll on Californians and the government. What it tells us in that Californians are generally happy with their government (even giving the Legislature an overall approval rating), although the state certainly doesn't care for Donald Trump (74% unfavorable).

Californians split over Jerry Brown’s proposed budget, want more action on guns [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed spending plan is splitting state residents, but a record-low number of Californians believe the state budget situation is a big problem, according to a new poll."

In other words, poll respondents have no idea about the state budget, which is in the best shape in fifteen years.

BUT, WHAT IF WE WANT/NEED TO GET AWAY FROM FAMILY? Assembly narrowly passes bill requiring extra Thanksgiving pay [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "A more expansive version of Assembly Bill 67 fell far short last year. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, won over formerly opposed members with amendments that would limit the bill’s application to large retail and grocery businesses with 500 or more employees. Gonzalez called those types of stores the worst perpetrators of a trend of staying open during holidays, arguing that many employees work on Thanksgiving for fear of losing their jobs otherwise."  

I don't have a strong feeling about this bill, but think it could be better handled through collective bargaining or public pressure. But, damn, if I had 499 more employees on TEAM NOONER, I could get double time.

INITIATIVE MADNESS: Thank goodness that the filing fee for initiatives is being increased from $200 to $2,000 January 1. The latest one in circulation is one that would require all votes in the Legislature to be done by secret ballot. We also have the initiative to have a vote to split California from the United States every four years, increase the Legislature to around 12,000 people, and one to require lawmakers to wear logos of their top ten donors during floor sessions. . . which is a bit strange since $4,200 is the contribution limit per campaign...which ten do you have to wear?

The latter two are both sponsored by successful San Diego businessman and lawyer John Cox, who ran for Congress and U.S. Senate in Illinois, as well as a short-lived 2008 campaign for president, before relocating to California.

WHALE OF A SEXY AD: PETA targets SeaWorld with sex ad [Lori Weinberg @ SDUT] - "PETA is stepping up its anti-SeaWorld campaign with a billboard it hopes to place in San Diego featuring an apparently naked man atop a toy orca below the message: 'SeaWorld: Where grown men perform sex acts on orcas.'"




  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West seeks Political Capacity Organizer (Oakland or Sacramento).  85,000 member California healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive, motivated Political Capacity Organizer – to grow the union’s activist base and political action fund; proven track record in fundraising a must.  Excellent salary, benefits, career ladder. Resume, letter, references to:

  • The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) is currently seeking an Executive Director of Western States Legislative Affairs: This position has overall responsibility for the functioning of the Western Regional Office.  S/he works in developing and advancing HACU's legislative agenda with respect to state government issues in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. S/he will coordinate activities for legislative relations, and track state policy in operation or under development.  Go to job opportunities for complete position description.  Salary DOE (Located in Sacramento, CA) EOE.

  • 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.



Jerry Brown backs new ballot measure to let inmates out of prison earlier
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown is putting his weight and likely his campaign war chest behind a November ballot initiative that would allow inmates to get out of prison earlier and require judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether to charge juveniles as adults. The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016 initiative would allow inmates with non-violent offenses to seek parole after serving time on their primary, most serious offense. In a conference call with news media, Brown said good behavior credits would be given not just for “not doing anything bad,” but earned by demonstrating an “act of will and practice and participation by the inmate.” Brown has called on criminal sentencing reform for more than a decade after becoming a critic of the state’s determinate sentencing practices, which he helped create. In 2003 while he was mayor of Oakland, Brown said that fixed prison terms had led to state prisons dumping unprepared, unreformed parolees on the street. Once convicted, prisoners were given broad sentences - such as five years to life - and had to show a parole board they were rehabilitated and had a plan for their release. The state Legislature stepped in and passed a bill to create determinate sentences, which Brown signed into law in 1977.

U.S. Senate Candidate Sanchez Defends Islamic Caliphate Statement -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Gov. Brown To Seek November Ballot Initiative To Relax Mandatory Prison Sentences
Gov. Jerry Brown will announce a November ballot initiative to change course and return California to a system where judges and parole boards have much more discretion about the punishment for serious crimes.

Lawmaker Hopes To Lure Tesla Buyers For Visits With Tax Exemption | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Bill would eliminate sales tax on new cars manufactured in California for out-of-state buyers

California Lawsuit Appeal Pursues Claim Of Inadequate Education Funding | Edsource
Plaintiffs in the Robles-Wong v. State of California lawsuit announce the case at a press conference in Sacramento on May 20, 2010.

Video: Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Passes Assembly In Blowout | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Proponents said regulation would protect players

Billions Spent, But Fewer People Are Using Public Transportation In Southern California
Change from previous calendar year

Assembly Narrowly Passes Bill Requiring Extra Thanksgiving Pay | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Measure would apply to stores with at least 500 employees

On Immigration, California Offers A Cautionary Note For The National Gop
California's experience in recent decades suggests that Donald Trump's anti-immigration stance does not bode well for the future of the Republican Party.

4 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 Wednesday, Jan. 27, as presidential candidates scramble for last-minute support.

La Transportation Projects Face Cuts As Gas Tax Revenues Fall | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
The low gas prices that consumers are enjoying at the pump will mean cuts in Los Angeles County transportation projects.

State Regulators Order Sweep Of All Gas Storage Wells In California
A security guard stands at the entry point to Southern California Gas Co.'s Aliso Canyon storage facility near Porter Ranch.

Flint Water Emergency Aid Proposed by Senate Democrats
The lawmakers said they would request $600 million in federal aid to help Michigan address the contaminated water emergency in the city.

Bill Legalizing Fantasy Sports Websites In California Makes It Out Of State Assembly
With the owners of L.A.'s professional sports teams lined up in support, the state Assembly on Wednesday approved a bill that would license daily fantasy sports websites ¿ including DraftKings and FanDuel ¿ to operate in California.

First Draft: Other Candidates May Join Donald Trump Away From Debate
s campaign manager said he had heard from other candidates about attending the event Mr. Trump will hold at the same time as the presidential debate he is skipping.

Museum trustees raise legal concerns over Wilsey-approved payment
In the face of a state investigation over allegations of misused funds, Fine Arts Museums trustee Louise Renne has called on her fellow board members to privately meet with legal counsel over potential lawsuits, while board President Dede Wilsey continues to insist there is no cause for concern. The issue arose at the end of a regular board meeting Tuesday, at the de Young Museum, when trustees of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco were presented with a report by an outside auditing firm that addressed the possibility of litigation in only general terms. Renne, a former San Francisco city attorney, and fellow trustee Daniel Johnson, also an attorney, were dissatisfied that the report ignored the news that FAMSF is under investigation by the office of state Attorney General Kamala Harris for authorizing a $450,000 payout to a retired employee. Wilsey, who was about to adjourn the meeting, became defensive at the suggestion of legal action against FAMSF, though nothing specific was mentioned. Gutierrez was put on administrative leave and has retained trial attorney Joe Cotchett to represent her in a potential legal action. Normally the four-member audit and risk committee approves the report and refers it to the full board for approval, but in this case the audit committee could not gather a quorum and Wilsey, who admitted that she had not read the audit report, referred the item to the next regular meeting, April 19. Neither Johnson nor Renne serve on the audit committee, but both were upset that the report suggested there was nothing out of the ordinary, in terms of legal issues that may be coming. Reached at her law office Wednesday, Renne said that since FAMSF is a nonprofit, each board member bears a legal duty to protect its assets.

2016 Election: Bernie Sanders To Release Medical Records Thursday - Politico
The California lawmaker is one of the most prolific fundraisers in history.

Parents Getting Onboard With Immunization Mandate :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Alisha Kirby @
A new report from the California Department of Public Health shows that almost 80 percent of counties across the state reported an increase in the percentage of fully-vaccinated students, with Alameda County boasting the highest increase of more than 7 percent.

Vidak: Governor's Proposed Ballot Measure plays 'Russian Roulette' with People's Lives

Forget Fox, Univision Vote Totally Thumps Trump « Calbuzz
No matter how you cut it, Latinos like Hillary and Bernie a lot more than they like any of the Republicans.

O.C. Jail Escapee Was Ordered Deported In 1998 But Remained In U.s.
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Sheriff's Deputy Loses Ar-15 Rifle, 3 Loaded Magazines After Placing Case On Car Trunk And Driving Away In Aliso Viejo - The Orange County Register
ALISO VIEJO – An Orange County Sheriff’s Department patrol deputy lost an AR-15 rifle late Tuesday night after placing it on the trunk of a patrol vehicle before becoming distracted and driving away. It was seven hours later when he realized the gun was gone.