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THE NOONER for January 29, 2016

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Hey! It's Friday! You made it.

I had a great time last night talking the business of politics and the intersection thereof at the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis.

Is it February 14 yet? It's the trifecta of the return of The Walking Dead and Last Week Tonight, oh and there is something else that some of you probably shouldn't ignore. 

I have to share this photo from Facebook from one of my law school study group partners, whose son is battling cancer. It'll bring tears to your eyes, but also states why finding cures for cancer is even more important than killing Osama Bin Laden or stopping ISIS.

And, it's Friday, so, guys, you can cry too. Imagine this is your son.

A dear letter.

CA07 (South/East Sacto County): Q&A: Scott Jones talks issues: Immigration, abortion, marijuana, guns [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Jones, a Republican, is challenging Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, who represents a swing district that takes in much of suburban Sacramento County. Jones sat down Thursday with The Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Bureau for his first extended interview on the race. Following is an edited transcript of the policy-focused discussion."

THE SOCAL GAS CHAMBER: Feinstein, Boxer to call for federal review of Porter Ranch gas leak [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - "U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer want Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to review the cause of and response to the natural gas leak at Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility. Next week the California Democrats will try to add an amendment to energy legislation under consideration in the Senate. It would require Moniz to conduct a review and make recommendations about stopping the leak and preventing future ones."

You can't underestimate the political nature of this natural disaster. Home prices are dropping and health concerns are prevalent. Politicians that ignore it are at their own peril. This is perhaps the biggest relocation of Americans (3,650 households) since Japanese-American internment. 

SoCalGas's stock is doing fine (basically aligning with the overall market). This disaster is costing hundreds of millions of dollars, but of course a utility will just amortize that and get ratepayers to pay for it.

IT DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN THIS: Dr. Evil is thinking about buying the evil NFL team and bringing the black and silver to Vegas. Of course, that would eliminate betting on the Raiders in Sin City, but that was never a good bet anyway. Sorry, Brian Ha.

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for public affairs consultant Mike Roth, State Senator Jeff Stone and my dearest cousin Ashley Lay Miles, who most certainly get her Nooner on from her home in Kentucky.



  •  McGeorge School of Law is hosting the 2016 Municipal Law Institute Symposium - Ensuring Integrity in 21st Century California: Water & Public Works in Our Arid State – on Friday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lecture Hall.  The Sacramento Bee senior writer Dale Kasler will present "Explaining the Drought” as the lunch keynote, sponsored by the Witkin Legal Institute. The symposium is presented by the Municipal Law Institute of the League of California Cities, the McGeorge School of Law Capital Center, the County Counsels' Association, and the State Bar of California Public Law Section.
  • 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.



California Starts Decisive Year On Governor's Water Tunnels | The Sacramento Bee
State regulators launched Thursday into a year of pivotal decisions on Gov. Jerry Brown's quest to build two giant tunnels to ferry water from Northern California for Central and Southern California, a $17-billion project that would be one of the largest in decades in the state.

Kamala Harris Makes O.C. Campaign Stop In U.S. Senate Race Against Loretta Sanchez - The Orange County Register
LAGUNA BEACH – State Attorney General Kamala Harris held a meet-and-greet in Laguna Beach on Thursday, answering questions about gun control and protecting the environment.

Q&a: Scott Jones Talks Issues: Immigration, Abortion, Marijuana, Guns | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
On immigration, Jones backs pathway to legal status

More Than $1 Billion In Cap-and-trade Funds Unspent As Budget Negotiations Begin Anew
When budget negotiations were in danger of stalling last year, Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers put off deciding how to spend more than $1 billion in funds collected from the auction of greenhouse gas pollution credits.

Marty Block Exits State Senate Race Against Toni Atkins - Times Of San Diego
Ken Stone @
What was shaping up to be a brutal campaign among Democrats for a state Senate seat in San Diego came to an abrupt end Thursday when incumbent Marty Block announced he will not run for re-election.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Unveils Plan To Triple The Number Of College Graduates
Joyce Tsai @
The pep-rally-like launch of the Oakland Promise initiative -- held under a big white tent on the Oakland High School football field -- drew a who's who of Oakland civic and education leaders, as well as U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and University of California President Janet Napolitano.

California's Election Chief Knows Firsthand Why So Many Don't Vote -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

California Lawmakers Send Brown Bill To Fix Marijuana Mistake - San Francisco Chronicle
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Why Don't More Californians Vote? -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Chargers Submit Plans For O.C. Facility |
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, listens as San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos talks to the media after team owners voted Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Houston to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to a new stadium just outside Los Angeles, and the Chargers will have an option to share the facility.

Next Phase For Cfa, CSU Contract Negotiations -
Ed Joyce @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Legislator Proposes New Credentials For Dance, Theater Teachers | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
State Senator Ben Allen introduces a bill to create stand alone public school credentials for dance and theater teachers. Lorie Leilani Shelley/courtesy Sen. Allen

3 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 Thursday, Jan. 28, as presidential candidates scramble for last-minute support.

San Francisco students suspended over racist â
More than a dozen high school students were suspended from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco after they took part in a racist-themed party at Stern Grove in the Outer Sunset, school officials said Thursday. The party, which took place Saturday at the city recreation area and was promoted through social media, was themed a “wigger party” and was attended by students from at least five different high schools including St. Ignatius, said Principal Patrick Ruff. The slang term “wigger” combines the word white and the n-word and refers to a white person who attempts to emulate African American culture by drawing on racist stereotypes of clothing and mannerisms. “It’s disheartening and incredibly sad this type of thing exists not just for SI, but for the entire city,” Ruff said, noting that the 14 students involved had been suspended as soon as administrators learned of the party. Ruff said the school has put an emphasis on social justice issues for years, and that he hoped this weekend’s incident could provide a “teachable moment” at the school. Some former students, while expressing gratitude for the education they got at St. Ignatius, said the party and its racist theme did not come as a surprise. “I had a wonderful experience there and they really do try to have a focus on social justice,” said one alum, who graduated in 2013 and asked not to be named. Ruff said that, despite the ugly nature of the incident, he was pleased that the issue was brought to the attention of school officials by students who were upset after they heard about the party.

State Senate Bill Would Keep Gas From Going Into Storage Facility Near Porter Ranch
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First Draft: Some Iowans Who Like Carly Fiorina Worry About a Wasted Vote
People who could embrace Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive who is struggling in single digits in most Iowa polls, say they might ultimately go for another Republican choice, or even switch parties and vote for a Democrat.

State Approves New Standards For Light Bulbs | The Sacramento Bee
Mark Glover @
Standards cover LEDs, small-diameter directional lamps

Hillary Clinton Camp Open To More 2016 Democratic Presidential Debates In April And May - Politico
Campaign staffers for Sen. Bernie Sanders donned union pins to gain access to worker dining rooms in Las Vegas, the powerful Culinary Workers union confirmed...

Head Of Homeboy Industries Backs Proposed Ballot Measure Targeting 'overdevelopment'
Father Greg Boyle, executive director and founder of the job-training nonprofit Homeboy Industries, in his office in 2015.