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THE NOONER for February 1, 2016

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#PREMIUM CAKEDAY: Today is my dad's birthday. I'm sorry that the gift is tonight's Iowa caucuses. But, I still believe in a place called "Nope."

Seriously, I know some are feeling the "Bern," while others are feeling the "burn." Heck, I am just glad I don't have to go out in freezing to play junior high school dance games tonight of moving around gymnasiums to "affiliate" with various candidates. Well, it'll be fun to watch on CSPAN tonight. Fortunately, the blizzard isn't expected to start there until after midnight. I feel bad for my media friends like Shane Goldmacher and Tamara Keith, who may be stuck in Des Moines for several days. 

And, there are only 8 days until the New Hampshire primary. Getting there could be a challenge.

Meanwhile, without getting political, you can't say that this doesn't make you teary-eyed.

SO CAL GASSED: Southern California gas leak forces Secretary of State Alex Padilla into hotel [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Alex Padilla told NBC 4’s “News Conference” in an interview aired Sunday that his family has been living in a Burbank hotel for the past month and a half, while a leak from a well near the Los Angeles neighborhood of Porter Ranch continues to vent fumes in the San Fernando Valley." 

THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Old Brown tries to fix a young Brown's mistake [George Skelton @ LAT] - a good read on criminal justice policies.



  •  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.



Why Activists In These California Swing Districts Are Feuding With The National Democratic Party
Activists in some California swing districts are feuding with the national Democratic Party

Pondering The Future Of Cta, Sacramento Post-friedrichs :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Tom Chorneau @
Deserved or not, the California Teachers Association has a reputation as kingmaker in Sacramento – a status so solid that only a handful of other stakeholder groups in the country can match. But later this spring, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to deliver a life-threatening blow to them – as well as to all other public employee unions – by trimming their ability to raise money.

Sacramento Cautiously Eyes Commercial Marijuana Cultivation | The Sacramento Bee
Peter Hecht @
City officials considering plan to tax and license commercial marijuana production

Iowa Caucus Results 2016 Election: President Live Map By County, Real-time Voting Updates - Politico
But attendance at one of his final Iowa rallies was light.

Porter Ranch Gas Leak Forces Family Of Ca Secretary Of State To Evacuate | Nbc Southern California

2016 Election: Bernie Sanders Calls Accusations He's Running Negative Campaign 'absurd' - Politico
Even on Capitol Hill, all eyes are on Iowa.

Super Bowl planners try to avoid game-changing traffic mess
Ever since Levi’s Stadium opened in 2014, the shiny new home of the 49ers has drawn more attention for the difficulty of getting to and from events than for the quality of the football. On Super Bowl Sunday, officials hope, the focus will be on the game — and the parties — and that a carefully choreographed game plan for getting 70,000 fans, 6,000 workers and 5,000 members of the media in and out will perform smoothly. “That’s our goal every year — to help assure fans have a great game day experience,” said Dave Houghton, the NFL’s senior director of events. The NFL’s strategy for Super Bowl Sunday counts on adding hundreds of private charter buses, limiting the number of people allowed to ride light rail to the stadium, dedicating zones for taxis and Uber, and keeping looky-loos without tickets from hanging around the event. The suburban location of Levi’s Stadium, the lack of direct freeway access, the dispersed parking lots and a limited transit system have made getting fans in and out swiftly as tough as fourth-and-long for the 49ers. Fans flooded social media, and sports talk shows, with complaints of two-hour waits to get out of parking lots after 49er games, and of long lines for VTA trains. Stages, corporate party palaces and broadcasting equipment will occupy most of the main parking lot, and almost no one will be able to get within a quarter mile of the stadium except on foot. Fans may be reassured to know that NFL officials, including Houghton, have spent a lot of time in Santa Clara over the past year studying the stadium, attending not only 49ers games but Wrestlemania and the Taylor Swift concerts. About 20,000 people will be hauled to the game on a fleet of 400 or more buses chartered by the NFL, the Super Bowl Host Committee and corporate sponsors. VTA will carry up to 10,000 fans on light rail — a crowd the agency should be able to handle without long waits, said Brandi Childress, a VTA spokeswoman. Fans taking light rail to the Super Bowl must buy advance tickets on their mobile phones using a special app, and will have to display a ticket to the game or proof that one’s waiting at the stadium. Perhaps appropriately for the first Super Bowl in Silicon Valley, ride service Uber will have special drop-off and pick-up zones for passengers north of the stadium. After the game, fans won’t be able to hail rides with their phones outside the stadium, but once they reach the lot, they can log in, request a ride and be directed to a waiting car. For those who drive, about 20,000 parking spaces will be available — most in the more distant lots used at 49er games, meaning fans should be prepared for a healthy walk. The NFL plans to take some of the load off the roads around Levi’s Stadium by using the Earthquakes’ Avaya Stadium in San Jose for game-day employees to park and catch shuttles. Hundreds of buses are hauling people to the Super Bowl, and fans can catch a ride on an express bus from San Francisco and other sites. While anyone can ride Caltrain, VTA riders will need to buy a ticket on their mobile phone using the EventTIK app and have a game ticket or proof one is waiting at the stadium. Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor and ACE will also provide rail service to the game, stopping a short walk from the stadium.

School Districts Begin Reporting Pension Debt | Calpensions
How did the debt go from zero to hundreds of millions in a year?

Billionaire Bush Backer Robertson Ponies Up For Kasich - Politico
The billionaire financier had dialed back his political giving after his failed 2004 effort to oust George W. Bush.

On the Runway: A Style Lights Shines on the Presidential Candidates
Donald Trump leads over all, but Chris Christie and Ted Cruz are tied with him in the subcategory of “presidential style.”

Regional Hospitals Gearing Up To Care For Surge Of Super Bowl Fans
Tracy Seipel @
The Unpredictable Party Animal also is on the loose. But while many aren't going to the game, they might be stampeding area hospitals.

Mojave Desert Areas On Verge Of Protection Under 1906 Law - San Francisco Chronicle
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Old Brown Tries To Fix A Young Brown's Mistake
Hang around long enough and you might see things turn full circle. People included. Like a comet, they come back around.

A Curated Guide To Why The Iowa Caucuses Reek « Calbuzz
Right then, in strode a squad of stern and solid guys with low body fat percentages and wires in their ears, trailed by a couple of pallid 23-year-olds with red ties and scrawny necks. The big fellas ordered the farmers out; they wanted to sweep the room — and the poor cows — in advance of the arrival of presidential wannabe, and Vice President of the United States George H.W. Bush, avec entourage, for the purpose of shaking hands with farmers, for benefit of many cameras.

In Days After Jail Escape, Why O.C. Sheriff's Department Went All Out On Media, Twitter, Periscope And More - The Orange County Register
SANTA ANA – It was barely 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, but Capt. Jeff Hallock and the Sheriff’s Department’s brass stood stone-faced in business suits before a bank of TV cameras outside the hulking Men’s Central Jail.

First Draft: Voter Who Confronted Ted Cruz on Obamacare Said Heâ
A Hillary Clinton supporter whose brother-in-law died shortly after he gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act said he got the idea to confront Senator Ted Cruz after hearing him speak in the fall.

Justice Department To Review Sfpd In Wake Of Mario Woods Killing - Sfgate
Super bowl crowd watches as police block #JusticeForMarioWoods protesters.

Trump Loaned $10 Million To His Campaign Toward End Of 2015 - Us News

L.A. First, Or Bay Area? State Rethinks High-speed Train Route Options | Fresno Bee
Tim Sheehan @
Bay Area may come to forefront for initial train operations

Super Gouging Will Help S.F. Clean Up On Super Bowl - San Francisco Chronicle
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Letter From America: How Wealth Plays Into Politics at a Personal Level
Research generally confirms what many voters perhaps always intuited: that wealth changes political leaders qualitatively.