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THE NOONER for February 9, 2016

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!Buenos dias mis amigos¡ What a glorious Tuesday morning it is at the Global Nooner Headquarters. It won't be long before I'll be sitting in Southside Park basking in today's expected high of 72, with the 70s continuing through the week. Meanwhile, the forecast has snow today in that other capital city, and it keeps getting colder.


  • USS2 (Statewide): removed Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R)
  • AD05 (Foothills): updated analysis (available to subscribers)
  • AD10 (Marin-Petaluma): updated analysis (available to subscribers)
  • AD76 (Carlsbad): added Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R)
  • AD76 (Carlsbad): updated analysis (available to subscribers)


Did Donald Trump really repeat at a rally last night an attendee's comment that "[Ted Cruz] is a p*ssy"? You just can't make this stuff up. Oh, the commercials are making themselves.

US SENATE: Chávez drops out of Senate race [Joshua Stewart @ SDUT] - "Assemblyman Rocky Chávez dropped out of the U.S. Senate race Monday in an attempt to give a fellow Republican a better chance of ending up on the November ballot and possible victory in a state where Democrats have a commanding lead in voter registration."ent startled the small audience huddled inside the KOGO AM 600 radio studio in San Diego for what was expected to be a three-candidate forum."

That leaves Tom Del Becarro and Duf Sundheim as the organized Republican candidates.

SCHOOL BONDAGE: Vote on smaller June school construction bond possible within a week [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "The size of an alternative June bond remains unclear. It likely would be in the range of $3 billion to $4 billion, according to people briefed on the package."

Meanwhile, Dan Walters pours water on the fire, writing California school bonds can be source of scandal.

CA07 (South/East Sacto): Democratic activists ramp up pressure on Rep. Ami Bera [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "On Monday, the group calling itself Sacramento Democrats for Truth said in a letter to [Ami] Bera, D-Elk Grove, they were “troubled” by campaign contributions he received from people who they said were “closely connected” to foreign investment funds and foreign governments. The group wants his office to produce details about his travel abroad, and donors controlling more than $1 million in overseas assets."

CROWDED HOUSE: November: Ballot props lining up [Dorothy Mills-Gregg @ Capitol Weekly] - "From school bonds to the environment to condoms to drugs to plastic bags, and more, voters already are set to vote on seven propositions on the November ballot. And there are more in the wings: Backers of another 66 proposed initiatives are in the process of gathering signatures. Those include legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and boosting the minimum wage."

FULL POLITICAL GEEKISM: A rocky road for down-ballot propostions [Paul Mitchell @ Capitol Weekly] - "If the 2016 ballot has 20 measures, we would expect the first one to have around a 6% undervote, then each successive measure would lose a bit more and more, on average losing one percent of voters for every four spots down the ballot.  A measure at the tail end of the ballot could be ignored by 11% of the voters who actually showed up for the election."

COASTAL CLUSTERF***: Big turnout is expected at a showdown over the Coastal Commission chief's future [Dan Weikel and Tony Barboza @ LAT] - "On Wednesday, the commission will consider ousting Charles Lester, a 23-year veteran of the agency, during its regular meeting in Morro Bay. If he is removed, it would be a first in the agency's history."

DEPORTED BY TRUMP: Has El Niño abandoned L.A.? [LAT] - "By this point in winter, Southern California was supposed to be dealing with rains and flooding, not brush fires and beach weather. Yet temperatures have soared this week, breaking records in downtown Los Angeles and other locations across California, with even hotter conditions expected Tuesday. Forecasters warn of more hot winds as well as temperatures that could exceed 90 degrees downtown."

IE TRACK: This morning, Maplight and Secretary of State Alex Padilla introduced a new independent expenditure database. You can access it here. It's wonderful to have a Secretary of State who is willing to build partnerships and not just rely on an immediate multi-million proprietary rebuild and of Cal-Access. The project was funded by the James Irvine Foundation. Padilla also is seeking state funding for a state-funded replacement of Cal-Access.

This is where the real money is in California politics. While there's an initiative effort to require every legislator to wear the logos of their top ten donors at all floor sessions and committee meetings, the fact is that there are limits of $4,200 per election. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands can be spent independently and not legally connected to the candidate.

PIMP LEGISLATOR: A reader shared this New Year's greeting screengrab from Assemblymember Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach). Matthew is a longtime friend. He, Paul Mitchell, and I all went to Orange Coast College at the same time. Matthew wears a hat most of the time, except during floor sessions (when it's not allowed). However, rumor has it that he sleeps on the floor of the Assembly chamber at night, when he can wear his hat. ;-)

QUITTING TIME: A day after hosting Super Bowl, Santa Clara mayor steps down [Nanette Asimov] - "A day after his city drew the nation’s attention by hosting Super Bowl 50, Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews held the spotlight Monday by announcing that he is leaving his job, effective immediately. Matthews, 53, has nearly three years left to his term, his second as mayor. At a news conference, he gave little explanation except to say, “It’s time for me to focus on my family and look forward to the next chapter of my life.” Health issues are not behind the decision, he said."

A SECOND SPRING BREAK? CSU faculty to strike for five days if contract deal isn’t reached [Alexei Kosoff @ SacBee] - "The California State University faculty union announced Monday that it will strike for five days across all 23 campuses if an ongoing contract dispute is not resolved by the middle of April."

GASSED: Mysterious ship helped keep California gas prices high, consumer advocate says - [Ivan Penn @ LAT] - "SR American Progress, an Exxon Mobil ship, sailed for 70 days off the coast of Singapore but never picked up fuel for California from the company's two refineries in Singapore that produce the state's special blend of environmentally friendly gasoline. Jamie Court, president of advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog, told the state Petroleum Market Advisory Board that the ship stopped in Los Angeles after its Southeast Asia excursion but didn't unload any gasoline before taking its fuel to Florida."

Lawsuit isn’t way to fix California’s teacher laws [Karin Klein @ SacBee] - "There are good reasons to alter the laws challenged by Vergara. Quick decisions about new teachers aren’t just bad for schools, they’re bad for teachers. It typically takes beginning teachers four years to reach the top of their game; why not give them that time before throwing a struggling newbie out the door? The current system for firing the few really awful teachers is downright crazy. Due process is one thing, but it can take years and cost more than $100,000."

Assemblymember Melissa Melendez tweeted yesterday of her oldest son dunking a basketball.

#CAKEDAY - Happy birthday to Assemblymember Phil Ting and CMA's Juan Torres!


  • 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.



Lawmakers Unveil California Health Plan Tax Proposal | The Sacramento Bee
The California Legislature on Monday unveiled a bill imposing a new tax on health insurance plans that would prevent a massive $1.1 billion hole in the state budget.

Property Taxpayers In Center Of School Bond Debate :: Fox&hounds
There is also the danger than business properties, including small businesses, could be singled out for even higher taxes if local bonds rely on parcel taxes for repayment.

City Atty. Mike Feuer, Turf Rebate Recipient, Steers Clear Of DWP Records Lawsuit
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has spent months fighting to keep certain information about its turf removal rebate program from being released, arguing in court that customers' names and addresses should remain confidential.

California School Bonds Can Be Source Of Scandal | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Gov. Jerry Brown wants to get out of construction bond business

Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona Shifts Focus From Immigration Debate
While the governor says he has been addressing economic and educational problems, he may be forced into the immigration debate by the State Legislature.

CSU Faculty To Strike For Five Days If Contract Deal Not Reached | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Union seeks 5 percent pay raise for faculty

CSU faculty solidify strike date amid stalled negotiations
Thousands of California State University faculty members are threatening to go on strike for five days in April if a labor agreement is not reached by then, union officials announced Monday. The California Faculty Association union represents nearly all CSU tenured professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches — so a strike would bring campuses across the state to a virtual standstill. Negotiations began in May 2014 and hinge on a wage disagreement: faculty members want a 5 percent salary boost across the board, but the administration has offered a 2 percent raise. “We tried both persuasion and empirical data,” said Kevin Wehr, a Cal State Sacramento sociology professor and chair of the California Faculty Association’s bargaining team. The university system, she said, also needs to focus on priorities such as student enrollment growth, hiring new faculty, infrastructure and technology upgrades. In 2011, faculty at CSU’s East Bay and Dominguez Hills campuses held a one-day strike because of stalled negotiations and canceled pay raises.

Laborers In Gig Economy Drive Legal, Political Battle Over The Nature Of Work | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Services like Uber, TaskRabbit and Postmates offer range of services

White House Seeks Billions for Cybersecurity
President Obama will seek $19 billion for a major initiative to modernize government computers that have been repeatedly hacked.

Democratic Activists Ramp Up Pressure On Rep. Ami Bera | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Group after congressman turns attention to his donors

Vidak Introduces Legislation to Reimburse Counties for Special Elections
Under current law, counties must bear the cost of special elections. As a result, affected counties must allocate funds away from essential services to pay for the election.

Political Science: Bush and Clinton Are Subpar Campaigners. It Could Have Been Predicted.
The flip side to the advantages of being a dynastic candidate: You often have to compete with more natural politicians who got to the top on their own.

Legislators Ask California For $23m For Earthquake Early Warning System
Today's high

D.C.’s Double Header: 100th New Hampshire Primary, And Budget Day! – First Wins For Trump And Sanders, Or Shock Upsets? – Marco Roboto Strikes Again -- Shaun Donovan: Obama Determined ‘to Run Through The Tape’ - Politico
Jeb Bush and Donald Trump are trading insults as voting opens in New Hampshire.

Porter Ranch: Residents Will Get More Time To Move Home After Leak Is Stopped | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
File: Matt Pakucko, president and co-founder of Save Porter Ranch, speaks to the media during a press conference on a gas leak in Porter Ranch after a regular Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

First Draft: New Hampshire Heads Out to Cast Its Vote
s vote are a window, but an opaque one. Donald J. Trump seems poised for a win if the polls are to be believed, but by what margin remains to be seen. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont also seems poised for a win over Hillary Clinton, but again, by what margin is the main question.

Big Turnout Is Expected At A Showdown Over The Coastal Commission Chief's Future
For more than four decades, the California Coastal Commission has policed land use and preserved public access along more than 1,100 miles of shoreline ¿ some of the most valuable and scenic real estate in the nation.

Trump And Bush Keep Feuding As Voting Opens In New Hampshire - Politico
Jeb Bush and Donald Trump are trading insults as voting opens in New Hampshire.

UC Lecturers Would Get Pay Boost, Earlier Mentoring Under Tentative Contract Agreement
Lecturers at UC Berkeley rallied for higher pay, more job security and other improvements last fall. 

Homeless Saying No To New Pier 80 Shelter - San Francisco Chronicle
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Everything You Need To Know About The Next Democratic Presidential Debate - Politico
Bush, Christie, Kasich and Rubio are all hoping to break out as the establishment candidate of choice.

New Hampshire Voters Hear Candidatesâ
As the snow fell, the Republican and Democratic candidates carried on, with at least one front-runner wondering how the weather would affect turnout.

Robotic Cockroach May Be A Lifesaver In A Big, Future Quake - San Francisco Chronicle
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Relief Well Is Closing In On Porter Ranch Gas Leak
Crews work on a relief well at the leaking Aliso Canyon natural gas facility near the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles.