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THE NOONER for January 31, 2016

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My morning rant:

Email from Congressman John Garamendi: "It's crab season again, Please join me on February 19th"... Actually, it's not crab season in California and likely won't be by February 19th due to the algae bloom creating a toxin that might just kill you. I'm guessing he'll be importing from Oregon and Washington...a great message for a California member of Congress. Lots of organizations in NorCal have given up on local Dungeness and are flying in crabs from other states.

This is an environmental issue associated with increasing ocean temperatures. Why not have a seafood pasta feed that gives jobs to the poor California fishermen who are desperate for work, as well as the communities that rely on that economy?

Grilled tuna medallions. Bodega Bay oysters. Pacific halibut. Salmon. The options go on and on...

YOUR GRADUATE SCHOOL: A Facebook friend posted that he is reading "A Disorderly House" this morning, which reminded me I haven't put out the Sofa Degree list of books for a long time. While I don't discount higher education, these are the books you need to read for a life in California politics and policy:

ENDORSEMENT TIME: Cheryl Brown survives early challenge in contested re-election bid [Alexei Kosoff @ SacBee] - "Despite an unusual challenge from a fellow Democrat, Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown received enough support at a delegate vote in her San Bernardino-area district Saturday to secure the party’s endorsement at its upcoming convention. Brown is one of several moderate Democrat lawmakers this year who attracted unexpected intraparty opponents in safely Democratic districts where re-election would otherwise be a mere formality. Speculation that the challengers are backed by environmentalists seeking revenge for the weakening of high-profile climate-change legislation last session blossomed into controversy over whether the incumbents were being targeted because of their race."

The California Democratic Party's endorsement process is a parliamentarian's dream. To end up on the consent calendar for the state party convention (essentially guaranteeing your endorsement), a candidate needed to win 70% in the regional caucuses yesterday. If a candidate doesn't receive 70% yesterday, (s)he needed 50% yesterday. I know some of the results from yesterday (perhaps the most notable is that Mike Honda didn't receive 70% against Ro Khanna).

HOLY S STUFF: Day 100: The Porter Ranch gas leak that won't go away [Daily News]

  • Since it was discovered, about 87.5 million tons of methane, a greenhouse gas, has spewed into the atmosphere.
  • As of Friday, SoCalGas Co. had placed 4,309 households in temporary housing and was working on finding lodging for 2,275 households.
  • Costs to SoCalGas: $50 million

DISCONNECT: Why activists in these California swing districts are feuding with the national Democratic Party [Javier Panzar @ LAT] 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to public affairs consultant Kelly Calkin, my friend consultant Andrea Jones, and political consultant Joshua Walters!



  •  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.



November's Big Ballot Probably Won't Be Downsized By California's New Election Law
One year after enactment of what was hailed as major reform to encourage compromise on California ballot initiatives, there's still skepticism of Sacramento.

Matters Of Life, Death, Guns And Politics | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
Criminal justice is not well-suited for the blunt instrument that is the initiative process

California Tax Measures Loom Like El Niño Deluge
Andrew McGall @
Transportation authorities in Contra Costa, Solano, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties are planning sales tax elections. Santa Clara County is also talking about a sales tax to help the homeless.

Recovered heroin addict goes full circle to serve huge community
Today, Eisen, who is a finalist for The Chronicle’s second annual Visionary of the Year award, leads HealthRight 360, a nonprofit health provider created in 2011 by a merger of Walden House and the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic. The previous year, she had been named the first and only Walden House graduate to serve as its chief executive officer. Under her leadership, the new organization has expanded its depth and range of services for underserved people, taking under its umbrella other health organizations in the Bay Area and throughout California. HealthRight 360 offers primary care, mental health and substance abuse services using programs sensitive to its patients’ languages, ethnicities, genders, sexual identities and cultures. Barbara Garcia, director of health at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, described Eisen’s leadership as “rooted in her commitment to communities that face profound prejudice and stigma.” The personal struggles that brought Eisen to Walden House give her credibility, said journalist, author and broadcaster Ben Fong-Torres, who nominated Eisen for the Visionary award. A self-described middle-class Jew from the Bronx, Eisen dabbled early in marijuana and prescription drugs. Free from her addiction, Eisen finished her undergraduate degree at New College and then attended San Francisco State University, where she received her master’s degree in social work. HealthRight 360 also offers treatment to inmates at three state prisons and last year agreed to operate Glide’s health clinic, now renamed Tenderloin Health Services. The organization plans next year to move its primary care, mental health and substance abuse services into a five-story 50,000-square-foot building it purchased at 1563 Mission St. Lyon-Martin Health Services will move into HealthRight 360’s current leased 34,000-square-foot building just two blocks away. Eisen credited the Affordable Care Act with helping to financially stabilize the organization’s clinics by expanding Medicaid programs to poor people, often single men with no dependents, who previously could not qualify for benefits. Eisen, 56, is married to Rachel Sing, whom she met as a graduate student at Harvard, and the two are raising three children in Berkeley. The eight finalists were nominated by a distinguished committee that included Evan Marwell, CEO and co-founder of the nonprofit group Education SuperHighway; Pam Baer, founder and CEO of For Goodness Sake, a nonprofit foundation that created an e-commerce site to connect consumers with curated brands and nonprofits; Ron Conway, an angel investor and philanthropist; Ben Fong-Torres, a noted rock journalist, author and broadcaster; Pamela Joyner, founder of the strategic marketing consulting company Avid Partners LLC; Zhan Li, dean of St. Mary's School of Economics and Business Administration; and John Diaz, The Chronicle’s editorial page editor.

First Draft: Hillary Clinton Criticizes Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz on Healthcare
Hillary Clinton staked out her position as the lone defender of the Affordable Care Act on Saturday night, warning that her Democratic rival, Senator Bernie Sanders, would scrap it and start over and that Republicans would hand healthcare back to insurers and drug-makers.

Ap Nation / World | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
>Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown

1 day 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 Saturday, Jan. 30, as presidential candidates scramble for last-minute support.

When It Comes To The California Coastal Commission, 'cozy' Is A Four-letter Word
A look at the proposed development project by the state Coastal Commission at Banning Ranch near Newport Beach.

Trump Hopes For Reversal On Same-sex-marriage - Politico
"I disagree with the court in that it should have been a states' rights issue."

With No Trump Onstage, GOP Hopefuls Make Sounds Californians Seem To Like
For months, many Republicans in California have held their heads in their hands, watching the presidential contest unfold in a way injurious to their uphill struggle to rebuild the state party.

Gay Rights Advocates Vow to Fight Utah Bill on Adoptions
Proposed state legislation that would require judges to favor heterosexual couples over same-sex couples in adoptions and foster care placements is blatantly unconstitutional, critics of the bill say.

Predicting El Niño's Flood Risk: How New Warning Systems Save Lives, Property
Lisa M. Krieger @
"You see that shrub?" one public safety official said. "When it's under water, we're going to start evacuating."

Anatomy Of A Jailbreak: How Three Inmates Carried Out Their Escape From Orange County Central Jail - The Orange County Register
As they cut, crawled, climbed and rappelled their way to freedom, the first inmates to bust out of the Orange County Central Jail in more than a quarter-century were nothing if not audacious.

California's Primary Presidential Might Make A Difference This Time
Jessica Calefati @
As the Iowa caucuses scheduled for Monday and the early primaries that follow begin to shape one of the most unpredictable presidential contests in years, California's political junkies are licking their chops about the possible impact the state's huge cache of delegates could have come June.

First Draft: Hillary Clinton Campaign Declined Bill de Blasioâ
s initial offer to campaign in Iowa for her candidacy, the New York City mayor said.

High Times Medical Cannabis Cup Smokes Out San Bernardino
Today's high

Dispatches From the Final Dash of Presidential Candidates in Iowa
s caucuses.

John Doe In San Diego Identified After 16 Years On Life Support | San Diego News From Inewsource
A man previously known only as Sixty-Six Garage has finally been identified after living 16 years in a minimally conscious state.

Citizen Tipped Police To Jail Escapees' Stolen Van In S.F. Whole Foods Parking Lot
The two Orange County jail escapees who remained at large after a daring escape eight days ago were arrested in San Francisco after a citizen noticed a van matching the description of the one they had allegedly stolen parked in a Whole Foods Market parking lot, officials said Saturday.