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THE NOONER for February 8, 2016

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Happy Lunar New Year: Gung hay fat choy, Tết Nguyên Đán, and saehae bok manhi baduseyo to many people and others.

There isn't much political news today, as there was a YUUUGE game yesterday. Most reporters were buried in nacho cheese and chili. I won't taunt, but I'm sorry John Myers.

COASTAL KERFUFFLE: Leadership dispute rekindles coastline conflict [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "There’s a new skirmish in California’s perpetual – and perpetually hyperbolic – conflict over development along the state’s 1,000-mile-long coastline. Environmental groups are in a dither over reports that a majority of the 12-member California Coastal Commission – reportedly led by Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointees – may fire its low-key executive director, Charles Lester."

MOTOR VOTER: Nearly half of new driver's licenses in California went to immigrants here illegally [Tatiana Sanchez @ LAT] - "An estimated 605,000 licenses were issued under the law last year, accounting for nearly half of all new licenses, according to the California DMV. Nearly 400,000 of the licenses were issued during the first six months."

I agree with Jeb Bush, and I don't say that very often. Our economy would absolutely shut down if we deported 11.5 milion undocumented residents. Our restaurants would shut down, and our yards would go wild. And, don't believe the fiction that Billy drinking his Budweiser on the couch wants to wash dishes or use a leaf blower.

SDUT THOUGHT: Gov. Brown in what-me-worry mode - "We could go on in this vein, but the point is plain: We need a governor who shrugs less and acts more. Step one for Jerry Brown should be forceful, clear comments about his expectations of his Coastal Commission appointees."

THE CLEAR LINE: Riverside GOP cracks whip on Democratic endorsements [Jesse Marx @ Desert Sun] - "The Riverside County Republican Party has sent a clear message to its fellow elected officials: endorse a Democrat or third party candidate for another office and in a future election, you won’t get ours. As chairman Scott Mann put it: 'That is the penalty for breaking ranks.'"

Alex Vassar, did Ronald Reagan ever endorse Democrats? I bet he did. I'm just too lazy to reach it this morning.

DO NOT TOUCH MY BURRITO BOWL! No Chipotle for lunch today: Its U.S. restaurants shut for a food safety meeting [Samantha Mrsanuga @ LAT] - "Don't plan on eating at Chipotle before 3 p.m. on Monday. The Denver-based burrito chain is closing all of its U.S. restaurants for part of the day so its employees can attend a company-wide meeting to discuss food safety changes and allow staff to ask questions."

Anyway, it's a good day to do this, as America can afford not eating lunch the day after the Super Bowl.

Congratulations to my friend Assemblymember Matthew Harper, who's district hosted Matt Damon in the Surf-City half-marathon in Huntington Beach yesterday!

Okay, that's it. Go out and help make a better world on this beautiful February day!



  • California Life Sciences Association (formerly CHI) 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.



District 17 Race: Honda Campaign Spending Money Fast -- A Large Portion On Legal Fees
Eric Kurhi @
According to Federal Election Commission filings for the quarter spanning Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, the congressman's election expenditures included $86,000 for legal services and $15,000 to San Francisco-based public relations consultant Singer and Associates. Honda is currently the subject of a House Ethics Committee probe of whether his office -- which is funded by taxpayers -- and his campaign shared resources. That would be a violation of House rules and federal law.

Leadership Dispute Rekindles Coastline Conflict | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Coastal Commission director may be on way out

Room To Improve School Services For Lgbt Students :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Alisha Kirby @
School climate – one of eight California priorities for which districts must set goals and detail improvement efforts in their LCAPs – covers the overall culture of a school campus. Positive climates allow students to thrive academically and socially, and negative climates may result in higher suspension, bullying or absenteeism rates.

Obama to Ask Congress for $1.8 Billion to Combat Zika Virus
The money would be used to expand programs that control mosquitoes and for research into vaccines, as well as for new public education programs, particularly for pregnant women, the president said.

Rubio Stumbles With Help From Republican Governors Who Have Nothing To Lose
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida answers a question during the Republican presidential primary debate on Saturday at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.

Legislators Seeking Federal Regulation Of Natural Gas Storage
Today's high

Bernie Sanders 2016 Logo: Campaign Lawyers Acknowledge 'unintentional Improper Use' Of Logo - Politico
Companies increasingly are putting cash behind events around primaries and debates, settings they say are more casual and less transactional.

Hillary Clinton's Problem: Too Much Prose.
Hillary Clinton meets with supporters after taking part in the Democratic presidential primary debate on Thursday, Feb. 4.

Legislative Analyst Endorses Parental Choice Program | Edsource
8th grade students at South Pointe Middle School perform. The school in Walnut Valley Unified, the largest District of Choice district in the state, was named one of 11 California middle schools designated a School to Watch for 2015-16.

Cities Want To Raise The Minimum Wage. But It's Complicated.
Marchers in Long Beach in September call for increasing the minimum wage. The city last month adopted a timeline that will increase the base wage to $13 by 2019 and potentially to $15 two years later.

Benghazi Committee Asks Judge To Toss Lawsuit From Ex-staffer - Politico
How flip phones, socializing millennials and bad forecasting sowed confusion on election night.

First Draft: Andrew Cuomo to Raise Money for Hillary Clinton in New York
s presidential bid at a campaign event in New York City on Feb. 16, between voting in the New Hampshire primary and the Nevada caucuses.

How California Can Entice Young People Back To Teaching
Think your child's teacher is terrific? Or terrible? Just feel fortunate the kid has a teacher at all.

Bay Area Vaccine Controversy Reignites In Time For Super Bowl
Aaron Kinney @
Billboards questioning the safety of vaccines have popped up over the past couple of months from Berkeley and San Francisco to North Fair Oaks, a largely Latino community in southern San Mateo County. More went up in January in the San Jose area to coincide with Super Bowl 50, which has drawn tens of thousands of visitors to the South Bay.

Obama Asking Congress For $1.8 Billion For Zika - Politico
Trump said Rubio's repeated debate line was "certainly different."