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THE NOONER for February 2, 2016

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Well, Ted Cruz is the king of the GOP for this week. I can't believe this mailer that his campaign sent to Iowa voters just before the caucus.

THE COASTAL COMMISSION'S DEBACLE: Legislators urge Jerry Brown to intervene in California Coastal Commission spat [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "The letter, which 16 senators and assemblymembers signed, argues that the commission has “made significant progress” under Lester in addressing sea level rise and using newly authorized fines to preserve beach access while ensuring that “processing times for coastal development permits and appeals have been significantly reduced."

I haven't covered this story previously as I try to sort out the politics. However, it's one of the biggest stories in Sacramento. 

In an article about 35 past coastal commissioners who sent a letter, the LAT's Dan Weikel and Tony Barboza write:

The correspondence is among more than 11,000 letters the commission has received from the public since the panel decided to consider Lester's firing during a closed session at its December meeting in Monterey. A spokesperson for the agency said that only two letters favor ousting the executive director.

AT YOUR OWN PERIL: Activists in Ami Bera's CA07 (South/East Sacramento) blocked his party endorsement this weekend. However, by receiving 61% of the vote at the regional caucus, Bera is still eligible for a caucus endorsement at the state party convention. Unlike the CA17 race between Mike Honda and Ro Khanna, there are no other Democratic candidates. 

THE GREEN GOBLIN: California doctors’ lobbying group formally backs marijuana legalization [Christopher Cadelago] - "California Medical Association, the influential lobbying group representing more than 40,000 members statewide, has officially thrown its support behind a proposed November ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana."

TRUST US! Expanded air monitoring in Porter Ranch finds no health risks so far, but residents skeptical [Susan Abram @ LADN] - "Results from expanded air monitoring in Porter Ranch, where natural gas continues to leak from a breached well show evidence of high methane levels and some benzene, but pose no increased risk for longterm health effects, health officials said Monday."

CONSOLIDATION: Daily News parent to bid for O.C. Register, Press Enterprise [James Rufus Koren @ LAT] - "Digital First Media, the owner of the Los Angeles Daily News, has indicated interest in bidding for the Orange County Register and other assets of bankrupt publishing company Freedom Communications."

THE KINGS: There are lots of reasons to trade DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings, but this one from last night takes the cake. He had a temper tantrum about Lunar New Year shirts being distributed during Black History Month. He basically said he wouldn't play unless the shirts (which had already been placed on the seats) were removed. George Karl should have benched him and not acquiesced. Losing a game instead of principle is well worth it.

I get his complaint. Of the 18 teams playing (and thus 9 cities), there was coordination to celebrate the first day of Black History Month. I have no knowledge about the scheduling of celebrating the Lunar New Year last night (which starts somewhere between February 4 and February 8 based on your country of origin). Perhaps because the only other home date is tomorrow, February 3, and then they start a long road-trip. 

What sucks is that this has been turned into an argument between Asian-Americans and African-Americans who should be working together for economic and social justice.

BE PREPARED TO CRY: Aged dog cries at shelter as owner walks out with younger pup - "The family of Cookie, an aging cocker spaniel, left her behind at the San Bernardino City Shelter like she was an old shoe. They came to the shelter to retrieve Cookie and another dog Dec. 30 after the two had been rounded up as strays. The family claimed the younger dog, a Labrador retriever. Then they took off. And as Cookie watched them go, she whimpered."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Wanda Jong, CA Nurses's Assoc.'s Don Nielsen, and Keenan's Cindy Wilkerson!



  • 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, complimentary lunch. Contact 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.



Loretta Sanchez, Running For U.S. Senate, Unloads Old Campaign Headquarters | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Sanchez sells campaign digs, rolls money into race

As USC Faculty Awaits Results Of A Union Vote, Some Hope For 'a Bigger Voice'
Nate Heneghan, helping his 4-year-old daughter Ada with her socks, is one of about 430 non-tenure-track faculty members at USC awaiting results of a vote on whether to be represented by SEIU Local 721.

Former Top California Assembly Staff Member Announces Big Lobbying Contracts | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Greg Campbell, chief of staff to two speakers, launches lobbying shop

A California Republican Went To Iowa For The Caucuses. Here's What His Weekend Was Like
It's a vacation only political nerds could love: a trip to chilly Iowa in the lead-up to its famed presidential caucuses. California Assemblyman Matthew Harper, a Republican from Huntington Beach, booked his first-ever trip to the Hawkeye State months ago, before he even had chosen a candidate....

Gas Prices Drop, Gas Taxes Also | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Fuel prices drop to under $2 a gallon in some areas

Garcetti Reelection Fundraising Slows In Second Half Of 2015
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti raised about $7,300 toward his re-election campaign during the second half of 2015, bringing his campaign war chest to more than $2.23 million, according to a report his campaign is filing with city officials Monday.

Only 3 Percent Of Juvenile Salmon Survived California Drought In 2015 | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow @
Chinook salmon perished despite efforts to cool down Sacramento River

La 2024 Officials Try To Impress Ioc President Thomas Bach During Tour Of L.A.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, center, plays with a soccer ball while watched by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, third from left, and UCLA students during a visit to the university.

Introducing Prop 50, California's Lone June Statewide Ballot Measure -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Swastika Is Spray-painted On Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been a polarizing figure in American politics, drawing both cheers and outrage for his comments about immigrants, Muslims and prisoners of war — among other topics. 

California Senate Race Fundraising Mirrors Polls -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

O.C. Escapees Held A Prisoner While On The Run -- And Fought Over Whether To Kill Him
Just as Orange County sheriff's deputies discovered several inmates had vanished from a Santa Ana jail, three men got into a taxi cab not far from the lockup.

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

White House Expected To Nominate High-profile Silicon Valley-based Judge Lucy Koh To Federal Appeals Court
Howard Mintz @
The Obama administration is expected this month to nominate Koh to fill a spot on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which shapes federal law for California and eight other Western states. The 47-year-old Koh, best known for presiding over the Apple v. Samsung patent feud and legal claims against Silicon Valley tech powers over illegal hiring practices, has spent nearly six years on the Bay Area federal bench.

Mitchell Englander And Janice Hahn Lead Pack In Fundraising For Supervisor's Races, Filings Show
Campaign finance reports filed Monday gave a glimpse at the strength of candidates running for two open seats on the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

'devastating' Damage At Torrey Pines |
A number of trees fell at Torrey Pines Golf Course delaying the Farmers Insurance Open. Here a worked cleans up near the 16th hole of the south course. — K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune

First Draft: Sanders Campaign Criticizes State Party for Failing to Collect Votes
Campaign aides for Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Monday night that the Democratic Party did not collect the results of 90 Iowa precincts because the party had failed to properly staff the precincts.

Oil Companies Doled Out Big Donations In Climate Bill Fight
Jessica Calefati @
Since the state Senate bars its members from accepting campaign checks in the final weeks of the legislative session, a large share of the money went to lawmakers in the state Assembly, with five assemblymembers receiving more than $10,000 each from Chevron, Exxon and Tesoro, campaign finance statements show.

Californians still saving water during El Niño â
Californians missed Gov. Jerry Brown’s 25 percent water conservation target for the third straight month in December, consuming 18.3 percent less water compared to the same month in the baseline year of 2013, according to state figures released Tuesday. [...] state officials said the lapse was not so severe that the governor’s long-term goal of saving significant amounts of water after four dry years was impaired. Cities and towns have cumulatively cut back 25.5 percent since June when the state’s first-ever mandatory water rules were introduced amid the historic drought. The agencies have passed the mandates on to to customers in the form of strict landscaping rules and car-washing bans and, sometimes, quotas on total household water use that can trigger fines. Many communities have criticized the state’s demands as too harsh, especially as winter weather appears to provide at least some relief from the drought.

Expanded Air Monitoring In Porter Ranch Finds No Health Risks So Far, But Residents Skeptical
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The Seventy Four, Founded By Controversial Advocate, Takes Over La School Report
The Seventy Four, a news organization whose co-founder is a controversial education advocate, has taken over LA School Report, a web site that has focused on covering the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Correa, Dunn Lead Pack In Fundraising For Sanchez's House Seat - The Orange County Register
The battle for the congressional seat being vacated by Loretta Sanchez is firming up as a faceoff between two longtime O.C. Democrats: Lou Correa and Joe Dunn.

Iowa Caucus: Hillary Clinton Won Six Delegates By Coin Toss | Us Elections | News | The Independent
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