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THE NOONER for February 4, 2016

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Argh...I woke up this morning thinking it was Friday, and then realized the Super Bowl is three days from now, not two.

HELP! To the person that contacted me about moderating the Sacramento Mayoral Debate, can you email me again? I can't find the original email with the logistics!

Speaking of the River City, there's a new poll on the mayoral race between Angelique Ashby (24%), Tony Lopez (8%), and Darrell Steinberg (54%). 

The 2016 "Oops" moment. PLEASE CLAP!

RUH-ROH: California revenue dips, possible sign of 'revenue deterioration' to come [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "Preliminary tax revenue for January stands at a net $167 million less than estimates in Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget, according to a report Wednesday by the Legislature’s non-partisan fiscal analyst. [report]

LAW AND DISORDER: Sempra-owned utility charged in gas leak [Paige St. John] - "Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey filed four misdemeanor criminal charges against the gas company, accusing it of releasing air contaminants and neglecting to report the release of hazardous materials until three days after the leak began Oct. 23."

NICKELED AND DIMED: Why California gasoline is so expensive [Dan McSwain @ SDUT] - "Although oil markets are bankrupting producers and draining government coffers from Moscow to Riyadh, plummeting costs are filling the pockets of ordinary consumers this year, right? Um, wrong, at least in California, where state government helps the refining industry keep gasoline prices aloft for months at a time."

POP! California voters favor taxes, labels for sugary drinks [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "A new Field Poll, sponsored by The California Endowment, found that overwhelming majorities of voters favor taxing and putting safety warnings on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, proposals that advocates argue would help reduce health conditions such as diabetes." [poll]

REMEMBER TO PUT THE SEAT DOWN! Lawmaker pushes for "all-gender" restrooms [Melody Gutierrez @ SFChron] - "Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, said AB1732 would require all single-occupancy restrooms in private businesses and government buildings to be “all-gender,” instead of one restroom for men and another for women. Supporters of the bill say it would allow transgender and gender nonconforming people to pee in peace, without verbal or physical threats when they are seen entering a restroom for the gender they identify with."

THE DEAN SPEAKETH: California's presidential primary might matter, but the odds are against it [George Skelton @ LAT] - "It's conceivable that California's votes will be worth counting when the presidential primaries finally reach the state in June. Conceivable, but still unlikely."

FINALLY: Developer unveils vision for ‘hole in the ground’ in downtown Sacramento [Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - "The owners of downtown Sacramento’s infamous "hole in the ground" said Wednesday they plan to build a 30-story tower on the long-vacant site with a mix of offices, retail and 100 apartments."

THE LOBBY WORLD: Gilson Government Solutions and Sacramento Advocates, Inc. announced today that they are merging.

CRINGE: Oklahoma Lawmaker Uses the Term 'Jew Me Down' and Everybody Laughs, Because Oklahoma [Dan Amira @ NYMag] 

#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia!



  • 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.



Harris Pads Fundraising Edge In California Senate Race | The Sacramento Bee
California Attorney General Kamala Harris is gradually padding her fundraising edge in the state's U.S. Senate race.

California's Presidential Primary Might Matter, But The Odds Are Against It
It's conceivable that California's votes will be worth counting when the presidential primaries finally reach the state in June. Conceivable, but still unlikely.

Jerry Brown Signs Bill Removing Pot Cultivation Deadline | The Sacramento Bee
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California cities, counties get more time to regulate medical marijuana growing

Vidak to Governor on proposed MCO Tax Hike: 'We wonâ
Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) issued the following statement in response to the governor pressuring Republicans legislators to cave in and raise the medical care organizations (MCO) tax by $1.7 billion.

Lawmaker calls for breakup of stateâ
Frustrated by recent disasters blamed on lax regulatory oversight, a key state legislator called Wednesday for the breakup of the state’s embattled Public Utilities Commission as “too big to succeed.” Mike Gatto, D-Glendale (Los Angeles County), the newly appointed chairman of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, said, “It is time to hit the reset button” and fix the state’s “broken” regulatory system. If approved by two-thirds of both the Senate and the Assembly, the Public Utilities Reform Act would head to the ballot and voters would decide whether to force the commission’s breakup by July 2018. Gatto said he was moved to act after he heard testimony about breakdowns in oversight before the October well break at the 86 billion cubic foot-capacity storage field in Aliso Canyon, which is still spewing natural gas around now-vacant homes in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles.

Police Say She Helped Her Husband, Who Is Accused In A Grisly Torture Plot. How Did She Become A Lawyer?
Recently recaptured Orange County prison escapee Hossein Nayeri appears in court in Santa Ana, Calif., on Tuesday. His ex-wife, Cortney Shegerian, who is an employment rights lawyer, may have had a role in some alleged crimes, police say.

Troubling Audit On Mental Health Services For Students :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Kimberly Beltran @
As a result, one lawmaker is considering legislation that would restructure the fiscal relationship between schools and county mental health services while also establishing new reporting requirements to keep track of outcomes and spending for the students served.

Treasurer Chiang Eyes California Governor's Race -
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Hunters Fear Fading Voice At Fish And Game Commission | The Sacramento Bee
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Hunting advocate resigns in frustration from pivotal state panel

Jerry Brown One Of Many Politicos Taking A Pass On Super Bowl 50 | The California Report | Kqed News
This weekend’s Super Bowl 50 is more than a just a big football game. It’s also an international cultural event, a place to rub elbows with the rich and famous and be seen on national television.

Fresno, Clovis Get Relief On Water-saving Requirements As State Lowers Targets | Fresno Bee
Tim Sheehan @
Wet winter allows water board to adjust mandatory standards

Lawmakers Propose Stripping Power From CpUC | The California Report | Kqed News
The constitutional amendment, which two-thirds of the Legislature would have to support in order for it to be placed before voters in November, comes as natural gas continues to spew from the Los Angeles County suburb of Porter Ranch.

Putting California First In Driving Education Reform | Edsource
To Brown, the answer is clear. California, not Washington, should be the driver of reforms dictating how schools will be held accountable for how well, or badly, their students do.

Trump Calls For Iowa Election Do-over | The Sacramento Bee
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is accusing rival Ted Cruz of stealing the Iowa caucuses and is demanding a do-over.

Will Legislators Have To Wear Donor Patches? :: Fox&hounds
Cox sent an email to supporters last week asking them to contact members of the media and ask for more coverage of the California is Not for Sale initiative.

New Hampshire Fear: Trump Success Means The Death Of Retail Politics
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Kelly Ayotte: Let Fiorina debate
"Carly Fiorina has campaigned hard in New Hampshire to earn support from voters," the Granite State senator said.

First Draft: Rand Paul Moves Directly From One Campaign Fight to Another
The Kentucky Republican hopped out of one race and into another on Wednesday, as both parties zeroed in on his Senate re-election bid almost as soon as he had quit the presidential primary campaign.

Tear Down The Puc: Legislators Want To Overhaul California Regulator | The Sacramento Bee
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Great Plains Indian Healthcare Is 'malpractice' Says Sen. Barrasso - Politico
Despite promised reforms, three Indian Health Service hospitals in the four-state region are listed as seriously deficient.

Wells Fargo To Pay $1.2 Billion Over Bad Government-backed Mortgages
Wells Fargo "engaged in a regular practice of reckless origination and underwriting" of Federal Housing Administration loans, prosecutors alleged.

2016 Election: The 11 Places Where Voters Get Their Campaign News - Politico
The revised ad removes a reference to a newspaper endorsement that the newspaper's editor called "deceptive."

Official: El Nino Could Signal Easing Of California Drought - The Orange County Register
FRESNO – In the strongest indication yet that the California drought could be easing, officials said strict water conservation orders could be dramatically scaled back or even ended if El Nino storms keep pummeling the state into the spring.