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THE NOONER for February 7, 2016

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday to you! That was an interesting Republican debate last night, with Chris Christie going all New Jersey shore on Marco Rubio. I was wondering if John Kasich would ever be given a chance to speak, but when he did, he was great. As expected, Bernie Sanders made a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live last night next to his chief impersonator, Larry David. 

The state and federal January 31 campaign finance reports are now posted on the district pages, and also on a single page listing all districts.

WATER WORRIES: Erin Brockovich, Stockton ‘freak out’ over water treatment [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Erin Brockovich is fuming about the chemicals in Stockton’s drinking water, and fearful residents are protesting at City Hall. The mayor is less than reassuring – he doesn’t trust the tap water in any city. The media is captivated, and three weeks into Stockton’s convulsion over the use of a routine water disinfectant, the city manager is exhausted."

MONEY MATTERS: Brown’s projects face tests [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "The two immense public works projects that would be Jerry Brown legacies will soon face pivotal moments. The years-long debates over a north-south bullet train and twin water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have focused on whether they are needed, as Brown contends, to enhance the state’s future. Ultimately, however, whether they fly or die depends on securing tens of billions of dollars in financing."

BOSTON TEA PARTY: Finding statewide office hard to attain, tea party stakes claim to city, county races [Phil Willon @ LAT] - "They need the votes of tea party loyalists, who are among California's most politically active conservatives. But embracing them too tightly may drive away Republican moderates and independents, whose support is essential if they hope to have any shot at winning in a state thoroughly dominated by the Democratic Party."

GASSED: Oil's latest slump takes a heavy toll on Bakersfield [Samantha Masunaga @ LAT] - "Bakersfield is no stranger to the oil industry's booms and busts. But this time, the slump is different. Two years ago, the price of oil hit $100 a barrel. Since then, oil producers have pumped more crude than the world needs. Prices started to slide and haven't stopped, hammered by the recent slowdown of the Chinese economy and a stronger U.S. dollar. Iran's return to the market can only add to the glut."

DEFER: Cities want to raise the minimum wage. But it's complicated. [Abby Sewell @ LAT] - "…[O]ne, and possibly two, labor-backed statewide initiatives on the minimum wage planned for the November ballot, advocates and experts said they expect to see the movement of local initiatives slow to a trickle."

MOVIN' OUT: Disappearing bargain-rate hotels worsen homelessness [David Garrick @ SDUT] - "The disappearance of single-room-occupancy hotels in San Diego, considered a key factor in the city’s worsening homeless problem, has been more severe than city officials thought. A new city survey has found that the number of remaining SRO rooms, the lowest rung on the housing ladder above being homeless, has shrunk from 14,000 to less than 3,900 since the late 1980s."

This is happening in every large city in California. In Sacramento, SROs downtown are largely gone, as is the Greyhound bus station that many residents used to get around. In San Francisco, the Tenderloin is becoming the Twitterloin. There's a big backlash in the 415 about the Super Bowl cost and the increasing homelessness problem. The neighborhood I live in, while it doesn't have any SROs, has seen a large turnover from lower-income immigrants to Capitol folks and others who like the proximity to the Capitol, but the serenity of being a mile away. 

Homelessness is a major issue, and Los Angeles is taking the lead on addressing the issue. 

Enjoy the game! 3:30 PST on CBS. Available streaming at

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Eddie Bernacchi, owner of Politico Group!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: In CA46, since no candidate received 50% of the vote in the regional caucus, the state party will not be endorsing in the primary election.





  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.



Doctors Dance With A Toasty Partner | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
California Medical Association hopes to limit smoking of one plant, legalize another

President Obama Coming To South Bay On Wednesday
Matthew Artz @
The president is scheduled to travel to the San Jose area on Wednesday, a White House official said. On Thursday, he will attend fundraising events held by the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, before traveling to Los Angeles.

Fierce Exchanges Mark Republican Debate, As Marco Rubio Is Hit Hard
The target on Marco Rubio’s back grew larger Saturday, as rivals candidates, starting with Chris Christie, sought to turn the Florida senator’s polish into a liability in a critical debate on the eve of New Hampshire’s leadoff presidential primary.

Jones Made Inaccurate Claims About Mass Killer | The Sacramento Bee
Sean Cockerham @
Republican sheriff seeks congressional seat now held by Democratic Rep. Ami Bera

Presidential Election 2016
s the latest news and analysis of the candidates and issues shaping the presidential race.

Orange County Breaks Tourism Record With 47 Million Visitors In 2015
Thanks to big crowds at Disneyland and huge growth in convention attendance, Orange County welcomed a record 47.3 million visitors last year.

Trump Stands By Proposal To Revive Waterboarding - Politico
"They're chopping heads off. They laugh at us when they hear that we're not going to approve waterboarding."

Almost A Year After Exide Shut Down Its Toxic Plant, Neighbors Are Trapped In An Environmental Nightmare
Amelia Vallejo talks to L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis about the lead contamination in her yard.

Bell Sounds For Baby Boom Teachers - The Orange County Register
Scrounging for drawing paper. Buying supplies with her own money and even asking her dad to contribute. Teaching in a heavy coat on cold days, as there was no heat.

Christie: No Reason For Establishment Candidates To Coalesce Anytime Soon - Politico
But he stops short of predicting he will finish ahead of Marco Rubio in New Hampshire.

Debate Takeaways: Rubio Shaken, Trump Not Stirred
View the discussion thread.

Chris Bashes Marco, And 5 Other Debate Takeaways « Calbuzz
God, we love the smell of napalm in the morning.

Letter From Washington: Harsh Tone in Campaigns Bodes Ill for Governing
The increasing rancor between Republicans and Democrats will most likely have consequences for the next president of the United States.

Rubio: I Hope Opponents Keep Running Clips Of Me Attacking Obama - Politico
"I'm going to keep saying that because not only is it the truth, it's at the core of our candidacy."

The Vote for Bankruptcy Reform that Haunts Hillary Clinton
The Bernie Sanders campaign has leaned on years-old criticism by Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat, to link Mrs. Clinton to Wall Street.

Partyers and protesters mark last full day of Super Bowl City
Embarcadero Center, the office complex whose ground floor has been swallowed up by the short-lived fan village, will be back to bankers and brokers — sports coats and briefcases instead of the oranges and teals of Denver Broncos and Charlotte Panthers gear. The corner of the Giants Dugout store dedicated to Super Bowl 50 gear will be reclaimed by the hometown team’s orange and black. The Bushes, who live in Denver, have been Broncos season ticket holders for 35 years, but this was the first time their number had been called for Super Bowl tickets. The Bushes had been to Fisherman’s Wharf, tasted the sourdough bread at Boudin Bakery, hopped on a cable car and planned to head to the Presidio and the Disney Museum after their stop at Super Bowl City. Saturday also offered a last chance for higher-than-usual exposure for protesters who have seized upon the the Super Bowl as a golden opportunity to bring attention to everything from the treatment of San Francisco’s homeless population to the plight of nonunion security workers to the city’s lack of affordable housing. At Civic Center, about 50 Service Employees International Union workers protested the fact that Levi’s Stadium uses nonunion security guards, while other groups brought attention to police brutality, animal rights and what they said was garden-variety corporate greed. The protesters stood about four first downs from men and women in tuxedos and gowns lining up for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presentations at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. [...] in addition to those lucky enough to have a ticket to the awards, fans lined up along a fence, hoping that a few of the attendees, a group that included former greats like quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Brett Favre, would be nice enough to sign a football or two. Raider Los, an electrician who lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains, said he was thrilled with the whole show — the NFL Experience at Moscone Center, Super Bowl City and the Payton Awards. After the awards, the Liberation Brass Band led about 100 protesters in a march down Market Street to Super Bowl City.

Rep. Chris Gibson, a Republican, Explores Run for New York Governor in â
The 51-year-old congressman will file paperwork on Monday to form a committee that would allow him to raise money for a possible campaign against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Trump: Cruz Won 'because He Got Ben Carson’s Votes' - Politico
The audit discovers 5 errors.

Who Won the Debate? It Wasnâ
Jeb Bush and Donald J. Trump were among a number of candidates who had good nights, analysts said. But Senator Marco Rubio was not one of them.