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THE NOONER for February 3, 2016

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Happy Humpday to you! We're getting close to the Super Bowl. Rand Paul and Rick Santorum are now out, as is Huck. Candidates are scrambling to get Santorum's 0% of the vote. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is calling a new election in Iowa because he accuses of Ted Cruz of "fraud." You can't make this stuff up.

This morning, former Assemblymember Tim Donnelly sent me (and probably most of you) pushing the idiotic initiative that would require legislators to wear logos of their biggest donors during floor and committee hearings. Donnelly didn't put his biggest donor--Altria (parent of Phillip Morris, which makes Marlboro cigarretes)--in his message. And which logo would he wear? The innoculous Altria logo that disguises what it does, or that of the dead Marlboro man?

I've written it before, but this is one of the stupidest ballot measures ever. Most legitimate candidates have far more than 10 donors that max out at $4,100, and the big money is funneled through state and county political part committees, which mostly have no "logos." The whole concept is impossible. 

SIN AGUA: California extends mandatory water cuts despite growing snowpack [Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese @ SacBee] - "California’s drought regulators agreed Tuesday to extend water conservation mandates through the end of October. The decision came in spite of increasing evidence that El Niño is delivering better-than-average precipitation, including an encouraging measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack recorded just hours earlier."

THE 619: San Diego settles sexual harassment suit against ex-mayor for $667,000 - "The suit filed by Benelia Santos-Hunter, who had worked as the mayor's executive assistant, described more than two dozen incidents in which [former mayor Bob] Filner allegedly grabbed her buttocks, asked to hug and kiss her and tried to touch her breasts."

UN-SERIAL KILLER?: Adnan Syed, with 'Serial' followers in tow, arrives in Baltimore courtroom [Justin Fenton @ LAT] - "An attorney for Adnan Syed, the man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend in a case re-examined in the popular podcast "Serial," said his client should receive a new trial because of an alibi witness who says she saw him in a library on the day of the killing."



  • California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) seeks Senior Director—State Government Relations. The position, reporting to the Vice President—State Government Affairs, will conduct strategic lobbying activities in Sacramento on behalf of the biomedical industry and CLSA. The Senior Director functions both as a lobbyist to secure legislation and regulation to advance the interest of CLSA’s members, and as an organizer to engage legislators and staff to support CLSA’s advocacy goals. Excellent lobbying skills desired, association or capitol experience, superior communication skills, B.A./B.S. required, salary DOE, bonus and competitive benefits. For full job description visit ( Submit resumes with salary history to HR and Administration, Cheryl St. Cyr, via

  • 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.



Legislators Urge Jerry Brown To Intervene In California Coastal Commission Spat | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Executive director Charles Leser faces ouster attempt

35 Former Members Of California Coastal Commission Oppose Effort To Oust Executive Director
California Coastal Commission Executive Director Charles Lester. 

California, Oregon Moving To Demolish Klamath River Dams, Despite Congress | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders and Ryan Sabalow @
States seeking to remove four hydroelectric dams

Open-records Bill Will Help Limit Agency Obfuscation |
Iconic index image of state capitol building in Sacramento, the capital of California. / Courtesy of Wikipedia

California Launches Overhauled Government Jobs Website | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
The revamped aims to make finding state work easier

State Water Board Extends Mandatory Water Conservation Measures Through October
Today's high

Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris Joins Those Suing Over Aliso Canyon Gas Leak
Tera Lecuona, resident of the heavily-impacted Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, holds a protest sign during a hearing in Granada Hills on Jan. 16, 2016 over a gas leak at Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon Storage Facility. 

California Lobbying Tops $300 Million In 2015 | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
Spending increased 11 percent over 2013.

County Supervisors Move To Halt Commercial Marijuana Cultivation
Concerned about a possible influx of commercial medical marijuana farms, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to put a temporary moratorium on cultivation of the crop in county unincorporated areas and to study a permanent ban.

California Department Of Water Resources
State of California @

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Socalgas Over Porter Ranch Gas Leak
Today's high

La City Council Unanimously Approves Zero Tolerance Policy For Taxi Drivers' Prejudice At Lax | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Cab drivers who discriminate at the airport could soon see their permits revoked.

Ex-treasurer For O.C. Congressman Charged In Alleged $300,000 Embezzlement Scandal
A former volunteer treasurer for an Orange County congressman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion that he allegedly embezzled more than $300,000 from campaign funds and his former employer, prosecutors said.

Sierra Snowpack Jumps To 130 Percent Of Average | The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese and Dale Kasler @
As snowpack rises, water conservation efforts slip in California cities

Sick student prompts meningitis scare at Santa Clara University
A Santa Clara University student hospitalized over the weekend is believed to have contracted meningococcal meningitis, public health officials said Tuesday, but they are still awaiting lab results to confirm it. The undergraduate student, whose condition and identity have not been disclosed, became extremely ill Sunday and was admitted to an area hospital. County public health and university officials were working to identify anyone who came into close contact with the student during the contagious phase. Santa Clara University officials and personnel from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department were administering antibiotics to those who came in close contact with the student. Lynn Bozof, president of the National Meningitis Association, urged parents to ensure their children get the immunization.

DWP Defends Security Practices After Leadership Shake-up
Officials with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power defended the utility's security practices Tuesday following the release of a confidential report that identified vulnerabilities at three of the city's power stations.

'i Was In A Panic': Taxi Driver Describes A Terrifying Week With O.C. Jail Escapees - The Orange County Register
"In the beginning I was very scared, but by that time I had said, 'If I die I'm going to be happy not sad because that's no way to live.'"

California Cut Water Use 18.3% In December, Still Barely Meeting Gov. Brown's Mandate
Boaters last month on Lake Oroville, where the water level is still well below capacity but is rising after recent rains.